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!
2017 saw a lot of changes for me – I grew Brown Paper Doll, changed jobs, and moved cities! In addition to all that change, I also did A LOT of traveling. Jason and I were chatting the other day and reminisced about a period of time that we rarely saw each other. We were both traveling for work and seemed to be passing ships in the night! My trips included Los Angeles, Boston, Rhode Island, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Amsterdam, Dublin, Miami, Ohio, Jacksonville and Dallas. What a whirlwind! With all of that travel under my belt, I’m looking forward to an even busier 2018 with commitments for Brown Paper Doll compounding on work travel.
With that said, I really wanted a new luggage set that has me covered wherever I go and for however long I’m staying. I had a carry-on duffle bag, but it really gets taxing to schlep that through airports when the bag gets on the heavy side.
Luckily, Jon Hart design reached out with an opportunity to try a few pieces from their travel collection. Let me just say… I’m obsessed! Jon Hart has been around for over 40 years, making customizable and distinct luggage, gifts, and accessories. Handcrafted right here in the USA, their products are the most amazing quality that you can feel to the touch. From their durable canvas, high-quality leather, and custom monogramming – the products really speak for themselves. Recently, Jon Hart launched a new color, Rose, which is the prettiest shade of pastel pink. And as you dolls know, pink is my favorite color!
I opted for a couple pieces that would surely suit my travel needs – a 360-degree wheeled carry on, an adjustable weekender, a spacious makeup case, and a zippered pouch for odds and ends.
When Jason and I planned our recent trip to Charleston (travel guide coming soon), I knew this was the perfect opportunity to break out my new pastel travel gear. I decided to take all 4 pieces because I knew I would be packing a lot to shoot new looks, and let me tell you…it was so easy to maneuever with the carry on and the weekender! I can see myself just packing one or the other for shorter trips, but the ease and maangeability of both was a pleasant surprise!
Other things I love about Jon Hart Luggage (besides the monogramming) are the amazing materials and functional design. Each piece is lined with JH monogrammed material, and the pockets and compartments are a dream. I packed everything with ease and extra space to boot! Lastly, I’m so happy that I got the smaller pieces as well. The makeup case actually held my makeup and ALL of my toiletries, while the my zippered pouch held jewelry, a folded silk scarf, phone charger and earplugs. If you are in the market for durable and gorgeous travel essentials, I highly recommend Jon Hart. I know I’ve already started browsing additional pieces to add to my collection. Guess that means I need to add some more travel plans to my schedule! Bon Voyage dolls!