Thursday, February 11, 2016

Put to the Test: Emjoi Micro-Nail Shine Buffer

My nails have been on a short "nail polish holiday." I've been experiencing some dryness, peeling, and fingernail bed sensitivity from frequent polish changes. So, I gave my nails a rest. Do you ever need to do that?

I still want my nails to look good during this time, so I keep them trimmed and filed. I try to oil my cuticles often too. I've also been using a new tool I was sent for reviewthe emjoi Micro-Nail. This product promises to smooth, buff, and shine nails instantly.

I've had success with another emjoi productthe Micro-Pedi (now on sale). I wrote all about it in Getting my Feet Ready for Sandal Season. I was especially curious, then, to put the Micro-Nail to the test.

The product comes with two Micro-Smooth rollers for smoothing and two Micro-Shine rollers for shining the nails. It's battery-operated and requires two AA batteries. Here's how it looks.

One of the Micro-Smooth rollers is on my Micro-Mani tool. 

My nails always require smoothing, but I rarely have the patience to do it. The emjoi Micro-Nail makes it so easy. The rollers move so quickly that you can buff and shine the nails in seconds. By the way, the rollers can be used several times before becoming worn out. Replacement rollers are available. Here are my nails before using the Micro-Nail.

And, here they are after! Do you see all that shine? I could almost see my reflection in them. The shine is supposed to last up to two weeks too. By the second week, my nails looked more dull, so I skipped the smoothing step and just used the Micro-Shine roller for a high shine touch-up.

The emjoi Micro-Nail retails for $29.95, which is such a great deal. Wouldn't this be the perfect Galentine's Day gift? Actually, it'll be a perfect gift for that guy who likes to keep his nails in tip-top condition too.

My favorite mani tools:

Disclosure: I received an emjoi Micro-Nail free for review purposes. All of the opinions and images are my own.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

This Classic is Back at Old Navy for Under $30

St. Louis weather has been all over the place lately. As I'm writing this, it's freezing again, y'all. During the surprise warm stint, when temperatures got as high as the upper 60s, I relied on wardrobe staples to get dressed everyday. One of my uniforms has been slacks and sharp button-front shirts like my trusty chambray shirt from Old Navy. Can't go wrong with the basics, right?

ShirtOld Navy
PantsNine West | option
ShoesJ.Crew (old)
BagLinea Pelle (on sale)
Bangle℅ Kendra Scott
WatchMovado | Skagen option

My Old Navy chambray shirt is about 4 years old and still in perfect condition. And, I've worn and washed it often. Just so you know, Old Navy just brought this same style back. If you need one, I highly recommend it.

Sizing? I'm wearing the shirt in a size small.

I'm wearing the shirt with black crop slacks that I found in Marshalls (or was it TJ Maxx?). I tried on a fab-fitting pair of skinny crop pants, though, in the Who What Wear collection at Target. Have you shopped the line? It's filled with beautiful modern classics, and the quality seems superb for the low price point.

My big baby, Nevis, is a master photo-bomber. He looks like he's been cozy on my lap all day, right? Nope. He jumped on my lap and got comfortable as I was shooting this frame. Ha.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Lasting Valentine's Day Bouquets

What can I say? I like my flowers in my closet. If you too would prefer to bypass vases, water changes, and flowers that'll eventually wilt, this post is for you. These Valentine's Day bouquets are fuss-free, fabulous, and long-lasting.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Just Add Accessories

Have you been shopping the Ann Taylor sale? There are so many wardrobe essentials on sale, and the additional discount on markdowns is huge. At the moment, I believe there is an additional 50% off markdowns online.  If you are shopping for anything from a fancy blouse to slacks to dresses to a coat, check out that sale. I found the white tunic I'm wearing today at an Ann Taylor store for about $8. The in-store sale is that serious.

TopAnn Taylor (on sale) | option (on sale)
ScarfGift (old) | option
Pants℅ Venus 
ShoesJ.Crew (on sale)
BagLinea Pelle (on sale)
EarringsKate Spade (old) | want these
BangleKendra Scott
RingsAlexis Bittar, Kendra Scott
WatchMovado | Skagen option

For brunch yesterday, I wore the tunic with black skinny pants to create a classic combination. I added a silk scarf in bright shades of green to give the look more life. The yellow accents, an old pair of Kate Spade earrings and my J.Crew Roxie pumps, were then added to complement the green hues.

My leopard Linea Pelle clutch was an easy choice for carrying that day. The smaller size is perfect for a brunch date, and the print blended well with the overall look.

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Friday, February 05, 2016

#NOFOMO: Boosting My Swimsuit Confidence

This post is sponsored by Target.

Back in December, my husband and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. While booking our tickets, my inner critical voice kept telling me that my post-holiday body was far from "swimsuit-ready." I'm comfortable making clothing flatter my body in any shape, but swimsuits? They're so little. In Mexico, I relied on coverups and spent more time lounging around the Caribbean Sea instead of diving in and enjoying every moment to the fullest. Have you ever let insecurities prevent you from doing something you wanted to do?

We're planning a spring break getaway to an island neither of us has visited. I want to experience that island to the fullest. So, I've decided that my current body, thick thighs and all, is beach-ready. I'm so committed to shaking off my insecurities that I've already purchased my swimsuits.

I feel most confident in retro, super stylish, one piece swimsuits. So, when Target launched its 2016 swimsuit collection in-stores, I grabbed several styles in several sizes and had a major try-on session one night. By the way, if you prefer to try-on swimsuits at home, Target makes it easy to do so by offering free-shipping and free returns. I took a ton of selfies in the fitting room to help me decide which pieces I liked best.

The three pieces I chose in Target are so my style. They've got sexy details. They're comfortable. They each make bold fashion statements. I can't way for my trip so I can wear these flattering suits.

I was very pleased with the one piece swimsuit options at Target. They're sophisticated and fashion forward. I've always wanted a suit with mesh cutouts, and the one I'm wearing is under $40, y'all.

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