If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I’m all about my nails…especially nail art! While the trends have come along way from the painted flower on our big toes (I totally got this in middle school), the love and artistry is still there! I tend to lean towards more conservative nail art, but so many followers have reached out about my colors and styles of choice. Here’s what’s hot on my radar on the nail front:
Negative space: this trend seems ultra minimal and gives a geometric twist to any design. Plus, the negative space makes it less apparent when your actual nail starts to grow out. Gel manicures rejoice!
A stunning stud: An easy gateway into nail art is a gold or rhinestone stud on your color of choice. I love a gold stud on white or a candy colored shade. It’s simple, but adds a touch of personality and glam to an otherwise ordinary manicure.
Foil: When I was in New York, a foil manicure was all the rage. Cover your entire nail, incorporate negative space, or do a combo with your fav color. This futuristic and shiny look is a modern cool girl’s must- have!
Many of you know that I live a little bit of a double life. By day I work in advertising, and the evenings and weekends are when I focus on Brown Paper Doll! While fashion is a part of my everyday life, I often dress differently for my day-job than when I attend blogger events. I would love to be able to come home and get glammed up before my evening commitments, but I don’t always have that luxury! AND I know that you don’t have to be a blogger to face that same conundrum. Happy hour or date night can often be right after you “punch out” for the day. That’s why I partnered with Amazon Fashion to showcase one of my looks where I transitioned from day to evening. Sometimes a couple of easy tweaks can transform an outfit and take you from desk to dinner in no time!
One of my favorite looks for work is a crisp collared shirt with high-waisted jeans (usually ripped). Since I work in advertising, I can be a little bit edgy, but still need to be professional. I often throw on my favorite navy blazer or leather jacket depending upon my mood and client meeting schedule. In this instance, the warm weather has me trading up my black ripped jeans and opting for high-waisted white culottes and a chunky heel that’s equally bright and comfortable. That’s the amazing thing about Amazon, I can find my go-to work staples like this classic theory Oxford shirt, but also funkier fashion finds like my velvet Loeffler Randall mules.
After work it’s time to meet Mr. O’Toole for dinner or grab a cocktail with my girls! I don’t like to make too much of a fuss when I transition my look. I want items that are simple, but make an impact! For this particular look I couldn’t wait to grab my new favorite piece of jewelry. While chokers have been in for a while, I’m a recent fan of the simple collar. This one by Jules Smith was a must-have in my Amazon cart! It’s sleek design, but gleaming finish adds the right amount of glamour to my weekday look! On a side-note, I can’t wait to wear this as a layering piece for a more trendy look on the weekend. To make my outfit more after-hours appropriate, I kicked off my sensible heels and threw on a pair with pom tassels. With these couple of changes, all I need is a cocktail and I’m ready for my evening plans!
Sun, Sand, and Citrus. That’s what Florida is known for, right? Well that was certainly true on my recent impromptu trip home to Jacksonville. My parents were planning on coming up for the weekend, but ended up cancelling, so Jason and I went to them instead! We went back and forth on doing the drive, but ultimately decided that east access to Florida was one of the reasons we left New York in the first place.
Yes, the drive got annoying after about 2 hours, but we were so happy we took the plunge. The thought of sunshine and family time brings a smile to my face even as write this now! While we were there we took it easy, hit the pool, and went to some of my favorite spots growing up. We kept it very low-key and also ran some errands. And just because I’m running around town, it doesn’t mean that style goes out the window. I firmly believe that some of the cutest outfits are casual and effortless looks.
Being in Florida, I ditched my blue denim jeans and went for a bright white! I threw on a chunky oversized sweater that kept me warm when the evening breeze rolled in. But my favorite thing about my casual look are my new orange espadrilles by Patricia green. The color is the prettiest vibrant shade, that still goes with every other color of the rainbow. While I opted for a more nautical look, I’ve already worn them with bright dresses and blue denim alike. And don’t get me started on the comfort. After wearing these a couple of times, I’ve already put in an order for another pair in navy! Stay tuned for how I style those!