Recently I was repainting my nails and decided that I would try out a couple of new colors to see what would be the best for winter! (Keep in mind I am a nurse and must keep my nails appropriate, in color and length, for work).
First color and my favorite: Essie Marshmellow. This color is a beautiful pure white which looked surprisingly good next to my fair skin. I thought that I would kick it up a notch by adding silver sparkles (Sinful Colors 923). This created what I am calling my “snowfall” look! Amazing! And bonus it looks good with almost every outfit!
Second: Essie Nothing Else Metals. This is a metallic silver/hint of purple. It blends great with everything, and I liked how it looked on my toes too!!
Third: OPI The Spy Who Loved Me. This was part of the James Bond Collection that OPI put out last year. It is a very Christmas red with a little bit of sparkle that would look great with any cocktail attire! To complement this you could do an accent nail in OPI Goldeneye. Like you might guess, this is gold sparkles!
And finally: OPI Lourve Me Lourve Me Not. This is a beautiful deep purple that just plainly looks great!
So now that we have discussed color, what can you do to make them last? Well good color looks great on strong nails. As a nail strengthener/base coat, I use OPI Nail Envy (Dry and Brittle). This makes my nails so much stronger than they naturally are, I definitely see improvement since I have started using this! As a top coat I have two suggestions for you! The first is OPI Top Coat and the second is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear. I have found this one pretty chip resistant!
I know that a lot of my suggestions for fall are OPI and Essie, but these two companies make good quality, lasting nail polish. If you don’t want to spend so much money Sally Hansen Insta Dri is awesome (and they makes fantastic summer colors)!
Good luck and for great design ideas check out my Pintrest Nails page http://www.pinterest.com/gdavidson1891/nails/
Christmas is just around the corner and we are all out buying gifts, wrapping, and preparing for the big day!! Below I listed/explained some of my favorite things to do!
1. Buy good quality wrapping paper! This may seem like a small detail, but once you start wrapping this makes all the difference! Also, your family will notice the beautiful wrapping job! (Another way to make your presents pop just that extra little bit is add a beautiful bow and decoration. For example a cheap ($1-2) ornament from Target can add a wonderful addition to any gift)
2. Wrap tinsel garland around your tree. I have an artificial tree (I live in Florida and realistically a “real” tree just doesn’t last) which is decorated with multi-colored ornaments. I have a lot of Disney/Mickey ornaments, most of which are colored, but the solid ones are silver. To make my tree come together I add silver tinsel garland, silver glittery “stick” accents, and a glittery silver snowflake! All the silver makes the lights reflect out and adds such dimension to your tree!
3. Buy ornaments year round. This past year when my boyfriend and I went to new places (such as the zoo, aquarium, one trip to Disney) we bought a Christmas ornament at each. When we got home we put them in a special place. When decorating our tree we were able to spend time reminiscing about our great memories from the year.
4. Recipes for party hosting:
Baked Brie – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/sugar-and-nut-glazed-brie-recipe/index.html
Sweet and Sour Crockpot Meatballs (put on a skewer and serve them up) – http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/07/17/sweet-sour-crockpot-meatballs-recipe/
Swedish Nuts (these are my favorite holiday treat!) – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/swedish-nuts-ii/
5. Throw a ornament exchange party. While we do this at work, it is a fun way to get your friends together for some fun. I have also heard of a cookie exchange party. (Everyone brings 3 dozen cookies. Everyone puts them out on the table and exchange. You bring 3 dozen… You leave with 3 dozen!)
These are just some beginning ideas! As the holiday gets closer I will be posting more! 🙂