Christmas Wish

Of course my list doesn’t end here (no brainer), but arent’ these fabulous Tom Ford Nikita shades the bomb.com? I’ve surrounded to the cat-eye trend long ago when purchasing an Urban Outfitters version and now I’m so ready to commit. Sure, I’m well aware this is a passing trend but  you gotta understand: these are fierce. Besides not knowing whether to go “black” or “light havana” there’s no question this are on top of my Christmas needs this year. Hope I’ve been good enough.

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Gold Triangles

“Here she goes again with her free-hand crazy artsy nails”. Sorry for my complete boredom, guys. How about I owe you all a video-tutorial of something else that doesn’t include nail polish or nail polish remover and we call it even? I’m not promising but next week, maybe? Stay tuned.

You’ll need:

 

  •   your sister-in-law’s “golden era” dior vernis polish
  •   your own “timeless gold” dior vernis polish
  •   artsy nail skinny brush (from another polish)

- First, “golden era” on it all (at least two coats). Let it dry

- Draw the outline of two triangles on each side of your nail with skinny brush and “timeless gold”

- Fill in the triangles

- Wait for it to dry off and if you don’t ruin it when you grab your bag or another lame excuse for being impatient,  you should be good to go

Now, is it just me or does this design elongate the nail?

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Blue Velvet

I’m wearing: topshop hat, h&m sweater, zara jacket and tights, forever 21 skirt, bakers boots, trevita bracelets

As I write today’s post I have “Marry the Night” by Lady Gaga playing on in the background. What a great song and video (in my humble opinion, her best yet).  It instantly puts me in clubbing mode , something I haven’t experienced in quite a while. Yeah, pathetic I know. But let’s leave real life behind for a second and pretend this is my “Marry the Night” outfit. Do you think this is strong enough for a beautiful happy ending or did it fail to impress, resulting in an ugly fashion divorce? You may speak now or forever hold your peace.

 




Una Mae’s

Last week I took a whole afternoon to explore the shops at Wicker Park.  It’s one of those places where you always go to get something good to fill up your  stomach and by the time “shopping’ comes into discussion you’re too full to handle a bargain.

Una Mae’s wasn’t totally unfamiliar to my ears, however I had very little idea of what to expect. First came vintage home goods and scented candles.


Not sure what was going on in my little brain that day, but the guy’s section was just so attractive it took me a while to get the women’s  area. I especially liked a wallet that from what I can recall was very stylish and under 25 bucks.

Since this photo hinted “sale” at me, let’s talk cash. Prices are extremely reasonable at Una Mae’s, and that I didn’t expect. They sell the most charming vintage pocket-watch necklaces, and the owner (whom I can’t recall the name for the life of me) was extremely nice and helpful. We spent quite some time discussing heating solutions for her house  and so on.

The vintage loft, also small but very cozy. My fav part, for sure.



There are a few high pointerthat classify the Wicker Park boutique as a must-at-least-visit-soon spot on my list: inexpensive, eccentric, awesome jewelry, chic, old, new, a complete shopping experience. And I love that.

The verdict: If you have no idea what to get your boo for his birthday, anniversary, valentine’s day or Christmas, come to Una Mae’s and I’m sure you’ll spot something cool to give. For the girls, I’d say the jewelry and the vintage finds at the loft are the main reason to shop at Una Mae’s.

Where? 1528 N Milwaukee Ave (between Damen Ave and North Ave) Chicago, IL 60622

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70s Updated

I’m wearing: alameda vintage cardigan, topshop shirt, zara pants, forever 21 belt and tights, jeffrey campbell shoes, gucci sunglasses

When I put my hands on the last issue of Nylon all I could see was a great deal of color popping up throughout the spreads. It’s a no-brainer the usage of brights would have been the inspiration in putting together this outfit, and when I was done, I realized it all looked very 70′s (cardigan and middle-part staying alive). A little revelation: first time wearing tights and sandals together and I love it. It can be risky but what a great way to extend a summer shoe’s life. It’s  bummer I hadn’t given this a go yet.



DIY Rug

So yeah… I painted my area rug. No, I didn’t use proper paint. Yes, it was very time-consuming. No, I was not in my right mind. Yes, it took way longer than anticipated. No, I wouldn’t do it again if you paid me (well, maybe!) and heck yeah, I love the result. Not because it’s any state of the art piece, but it looks close enough to something I’d spot at the store but with a lower price tag ($39.99 at ikea.) Like that?

I had everything else needed sitting around the house from earlier diy projects, from thin art brushes bought-for but never-used on our stenciled wall to cans of blue and black latex paint and cardboard. Latex paint wasn’t the best idea but I was way too lazy to run to the store and get fabric paint medium.

But just paint and brush wasn’t all I needed. I had to choose a pattern, which I found on Pinterest and looked like this:

that I later  printed and cut to look like this:

I  measured the rug  on both sides and began designing the pattern on the very center (or somewhere close enough).  Gotta work on my measuring skills.

And three hour later the design suddenly started gaining shape. Maybe not so sudden but you get the idea:

Things started getting a little chaotic but that’s how I roll

It took no less than a whole exhausting month to finish this “little project”. Of course I took I several-day breaks along the way, but still a much longer time allowance than budgeted. Here’s how the final piece is complimenting the room:

How to: Royal Sparkle

Last Thursday you saw how I faked a fur vest when matching a thin belt with a fur scarf, but did you look closely at my nail polish job? There was some spark going on and if you, like me love to shine, here’s the bit-by-bit:

oh! oh! Not so fast. First, here’s what you’ll need:

  •  Love & Beauty clear/silver (at Forever 21)
  •  Royal blue matte finish polish (I used lapis lazuli by Brazilian Risque, but this O.P.I matte finish is a great replacement)

Here’s how:

Step 1: royal blue all the way on all nails and wait for it to dry

Step 2:  apply a little “sparkle” on the very tip of the chosen sparkly nail

Step 3: continue on, applying more of the silver polish onto the rest of the nail. Make sure not to apply any near the cuticles. Don’t worry about uniformity: the less even, the better.

Step 4: after letting it sit for a few minutes, strike on another layer of silver polish (only to the nail tip), let it try off and you’re all set to shine!

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