Crimson and Pearl: ModCloth Nail Klub Challenge

I sometimes feel I have two lives – the blogger and the musician. They usually don’t intertwine, but this is a special occasion. You see, last week was big for me musically. It was my first symphony rehearsal in five years. I LOVE playing in the orchestra, and I am so excited to be performing again. Anyway, last week I was also challenged to come up with a nail design that captures the essence of one of ModCloth’s fabulous summer dresses (visit the ModCloth Nail Klub page to see what it’s all about). As I was scrolling through the dress options, I came across the Beyond Compare Dress. This crimson gown with metallic flecks and ornate bid collar is a stunner and would be an absolutely perfect dress for performing.

beyondcomparedressAfter seeing this dress, I knew it was the one. So, I played around with some different nail designs until finally I came up with this:

ModCloth Nail KlubThis nail design, like the dress that inspired it, is overall a simple look that is amped up with a little embellishment. It is super easy to recreate too, read on to see..

How It’s Done

After applying one coat of Covergirl Outlast in Forever Festive, I sprinkled on a sparkly red glitter to mimic the metallic fibers in the dress. Next, as a nod to the embellished collar, I used a dotting tool to create pearl-like drops in a crescent shape along the cuticle edge. After everything was dry, I added a second dot of polish onto the first. This made the pearls appear rounder and stand out further. Finally, I finished the design with a clear coat to keep everything in place.

rednails1 rednails2 rednails4Tell Me: Which ModCloth dress is your favorite? Do you ever match your manicure to your outfit?

Fall Love – Ankle Boots

Even though back-to-school clothes shopping is a thing of the distant past for me, I still feel the urge to stock up this time of year. And, in my humble opinion, nothing beats fall style. I love the creatively layered outfits, colorful tights, cozy over-sized sweaters, and cute jackets. So, to help get you in an autumn mood, I've put together a little collage featuring one of my all time fall favorites – the ankle boot.

fall ankle boots

Cole Haan chunky heel ankle boots / Sports shoes / Short western boots / Timeless peep toe bootie / ALDO high heel booties / Charlotte Russe platform booties / Nine West short boots

Jewel tones, decorative buckles/straps, and unique accents are all big trends this fall, and the mulberry Sports Shoe from Modcloth (middle of the top row) has it all. The thin wrapped straps, floral applique, and beaded tassels take this ankle boot to the next level.

The Timeless Peep Toe Bootie from Pret a Beaute (bottom row, second from the left) is truly a one of a kind shoe. With swirls of sequins contrasted by a strip of suede and an adorable peep toe, this bootie is definitely something special.

Finally, forget black and brown, add some fall-tastic color with the Cole Haan Cassidy Bootie in deep teal (bottom row, far right). The clean, go-with-everything design insures this boot will get plenty of mileage this season.

 

Tell me, what are you most looking forward to this fall?

 

Sweet September Giveaway

The $500 Sweet September Giveaway is starting now! I am so excited because one lucky fan will win $500 CASH. With school starting this month and all the expenses that go along with that, I know this will be a big help for one special person.

Win $500 cash via PayPal

Fill out the form below to enter. And if you really really want to win, refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more entries.

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Ends at 11:59pm ET on September 16th, 2014.

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The Colorless Manicure: Nude Nails

Timeless, chic, elegant – the nude nail, an understated look that elongates the fingers and goes with everything, is a bit of a phenomenon in my opinion. Perfect for every season/occasion, you truly can't go wrong with this colorless style.

Find the Right Nude Polish

While the nude look is inherently effortless, finding the right polish for your skin is a definite must. One foolproof way to select your perfect color is to look for a polish that is similar to your skin-tone, but a shade lighter or darker.

One option is Samoan Sand by OPI – a gorgeously rich, slightly tan polish. In the photo below, I've paired it with Sally Hansen's Hard To Get (white).

Get These Nails

Nude Nails Nude + white is a lovely combination, and this look couldn't get any easier. To start, apply two coats of Samoan Sand. After polish is completely dry, use a sponge to apply a white tip for a modified french manicure style. If you're new to the sponging technique check out this post. To complete the design, use a dotting tool or a dull pencil dipped in white polish to create a fun, polka-dotted accent nail.

For more inspiration, check out my Pinterest board featuring some nude nail favorites!

What do you think of the nude nail trend? Do you have a favorite nude polish?

Spa for Ma Giveaway Featuring Apricot Collection

 Welcome to the 4th annual Spa for Ma Giveaway Hop hosted by Measuring Flower and Homemaking Hacks

As we enter into September, we prepare ourselves for the start of school and all the lessons, practices, homework, etc. that come with it. This time of year can get crazy and stressful. So, to bring some well deserved pampering and relaxation to all the mamas out there, I have joined with 50+ bloggers to offer an amazing selection of prizes just for you!

Here at LW Vogue, one lucky lady will receive a $45 gift code to Apricot Collection – a online boutique devoted to bringing moms modern, unique styles that fit and flatter.

ApricotCollage

  1. Infinity Bracelet in Gold
  2. Leather Cuff with Links in Black
  3. Now You Get The Rose Garden 
  4. Navy Janis – Sheer Top
  5. The Bonnie Dress
  6. Black & White Jacket

 

Apricot Collection Giveaway

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