DIY Matte Nail Polish

diypolishmainMatte nail polish is a huge trend this season and is a modern and sophisticated alternative to the standard high shine polishes. Of course, they sell special matte polishes, but if you don’t want to run to the store to pick one up, try this easy DIY idea. Using either a little cornstarch or powdered eyeshadow and a clear topcoat, you can easily make your own matte polish and even create a fun new color in the process.

The cupboards are always a little barren in my kitchen, so I skipped the cornstarch and headed for the eyeshadows. Since I already had a deep red polish on my nails, I wanted a matte top coat that would compliment the color. I ended up choosing a slightly shimmery golden hue. The result wasn’t entirely matte with the shimmer, but it still turned out beautifully. The process couldn’t be simpler – read on for step-by-step details.

DIY Matte Nail Polish: The Directions

In a small mixing dish, combine a small amount of powdered eyeshadow (make sure there are no clumps) and a few drops of a clear topcoat.

diynailpolishcupNext, using the nail brush from the clear polish, paint on a thin layer of the mixture on top of previously applied polish or to the natural nail.

*Tip – Make sure to clean the brush with nail polish remover before placing back into clear coat.

That’s all there is to it! I love this technique because the possible combinations of colors, sheens and base coats allow you to really get creative and find the perfect look for your event or outfit.

So go grab some cornstarch or eyeshadow and create your own custom nail polish. I would love to see what you come up with – show me on Facebook!

Top Coats for Fall

Last week we finally did it. The heater was officially turned on for the 2014 fall/winter season, and it feels so good! This morning, I’m curled up on the couch watching the drizzle outside, and I’m so thankful for that warm air blowing through the vents.

Of course, we have to leave the comfort of home eventually. So when you do decide to venture out, try one of these cute coats for fall that will keep you warm and fashionable. They are so adorable, they make going out in the chilly weather a little more enjoyable!

Coats for Fall

This first collection features long coats. Throw on one of these outerwear options for an instantly chic cool-weather look.

coats for fallVia Spiga flared trench coat / Button coat / Slim coat / Steve Madden faux leather coat / Chicnova Fashion slim coat

 I am in love with the black Via Spiga Flared Trench Coat (shown in the upper right corner). The sleek design, slim waistline and flared bottom, ensures this elegant coat a lot of mileage in any wardrobe.

The light blue overcoat from Chicnova is another gorgeous choice. With a slim fit, light blue fabric with specks of pink, and gold buttons this coat is a unique and stylish option.

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 10.00.48 PMAmerican Eagle Outfitters motorcycle jacket / Western Gal Leather jacket, $84 / C Luce draped faux leather jacket / Red Tartan Leather Sleeves Biker Jacket / Cusp by Neiman Marcus jacket

 A leather jacket is the perfect fall accessory, and these leather wonders are sure to bring a smile to any fashionista’s face. You already know about my love of fringe, so the Western Gal Leather jacket with the wrap-around fringe was an obvious choice for this collection.

Plaid has long been a staple fabric for fall, and the red plaid biker jacket with leather sleeves is a great variation on this popular trend. At only $68, this one-of-a-kind jacket is at the top of my list of coats for fall.

Tell me: Which fall coat is your favorite?

Fall Fashionista: Update Your Style

Fall-fasionista-eventsAs the cooler weather begins to make its presence known, I have found myself lacking in the fall/winter clothing department. I have racks of shorts and sleeveless tops from my years as a Florida girl, but those do me little good now that we have made Oregon our home. My closet needs a northwest makeover! How about you? Could you use some new fall pieces to give your wardrobe a boost?

If you answered yes, then you’re in luck because today marks the beginnig of Fall Fashionista! This awesome fashion giveaway event spans over 100 blogs each with their own “fashion-only” giveaway. Now is the perfect time to win yourself a new wardrobe! After you enter the giveaway here at LW (which is fabulous by the way!), check out the other bloggers listed at the end of this post and go enter their giveaways too!

More About Fall Fashionista

The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years and Katy from ModlyChic.  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!

Fall Fashionista Grand Prize

The  FALL Fashionista Events Grand Prize is $500 PayPal (worldwide where allowed by law).  For every giveaway in the Fall Fashionista Event that you enter, you gain one entry toward the Fall Fashionista Grand Prize. One Grand Prize winner will receive $500 PayPal cash. One first prize winner will receive $300 gift certificate to Midnight Velvet Clothing. Isn’t that stunning?

LW Vogue Sponsors

We have two lovely sponsors here at LW, Hourglass Boutique and Apricot Collection.

Hourglass Boutique specializes in vintage inspired pieces and offers fun fashions with unique details. The beautiful Madagascar dress is so cute with its asymmetrical hem and lovely white flowered print.

See full Hourglass Boutique feature.

HourglassCollageFFApricot Collection is an online shop stocked with versatile, comfortable, and stylish clothing hand-picked especially for moms. I am loving these gorgeous floral pants pictured below (they’re on sale right now for $33!). They are so vibrant and perfect for fall.

Read the full Apricot Collection feature.

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Fall Fashionista Giveaway – Enter Here

Enter to win a $100 gift code to Hourglass Boutique and a $35 gift code to Apricot Collection. For your chance, fill out the form below. After you’re done here, hop to the other blogs – the list is at the bottom of this post. There are lots of fashion goodies to be won! Good luck!

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Floral Pants for Fall Featuring Apricot Collection

Many people have a bucket list. They develop a checklist of sorts with all the things they want to accomplish before they die. From visiting exotic lands to eating bugs or learning a new language, anything goes when it comes to your list. Playing off this idea, I developed a different list for myself – a fashion bucket list. Included in my fashion bucket list are all the interesting styles, designs and trends that I have been longing to try. A jean jacket (can you believe I’ve never owned one?!), leather leggings and floral pants were at the top of my fashion bucket list. That was until last week, when I happily crossed off floral pants from my list.

DSC00175These may in fact be the perfect floral pants. They wear like pajamas (so soft and comfortable), and the darker color palette is especially suited for fall. For this look, I rolled them a bit at the ankles to show off a fabulous pair of booties from Nine West. Up top, I added a black cami and shear, white button-down tied at the waist. Accessories I kept simple, with a pair of cluster necklaces – one long, the other short.
DSC00172 DSC00193 DSC00197 DSC00179 apricot collectionFloral Pants by Pink Martini c/o Apricot Collection
Peep Toe Booties by Nine West
White Blouse by LC Lauren Conrad

I couldn’t resist adding this last pic of my daughter and I. We always take blog pictures in the park so she can play, but today she wanted to get in on the photo-taking fun! The Apricot Collection mission is to offer stylish clothing that suits the special needs of women who happen to be mothers, so I thought this picture reflected that well. As moms, we need clothing that looks great no matter what the day brings – from working, to making dinner, to chasing the kids at the park. These pants definitely fit the bill (the 4″ heels on the other hand….not so much).

Win an Apricot Collection Gift Certificate

The huge fashion giveaway event known as Fall Fashionista is coming up in just three days! On October 9, over 100 blogs will be hosting amazing fashion giveaways. Come back here for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Hourglass Boutique and a $35 gift certificate to Apricot Collection.

OOTD Featuring Chevron Dress + Black Boots

DSC00117cropped DSC00128 DSC00143 DSC00125 DSC00124 chevron dressYesterday was beautiful here in Oregon. After a chilly morning, the afternoon was perfect. Clear blue skies and warmer then usual temperatures lured my family away from the heater and outside to the park. We took turns pushing Ella on the swings and chasing her up the slide. And then, as my family expected, I took the opportunity to take some outfit shots as well.

I didn’t have to work yesterday, so I went with a casual look that was perfect for our day of fun. I love this little chevron dress in spite of the pattern (I like more intricate fabrics personally). For me, the sophisticated colors, boat neckline, side pockets and flattering cut make up for any pattern deficiencies.

Tall black boots were an obvious choice for this outfit. These are my current favorites from Kohls. They have been my “go-to” footwear lately – they are just perfect with everything. I finished this simple look by adding a cool chain necklace with smooth brown stones and bright rhinestones and small silver hoop earrings.

 What do you think of this chevron dress? Do you like the pattern?