Nail art


I’m sorry, but I cannot get on board with this. I know all of the lifestyle and fashion bloggers out there are doing it, but I am just not a fan of nail art.

First of all, it looks way too difficult for an non-artistic, shaky-handed person like me to master.

Second of all, a fingernail is a pretty small area of real estate. Why clutter it up with stripes or polka dots or little flowers? Too busy, I say!  I much prefer a simple, chic, solid color.

And there you have it – my unsolicited opinion of the day.

Red carpet comments: Oscars 2012

I am no authority on fashion. But I do I have thoughts and occasionally even opinions. When beautiful people in shiny outfits parade down a red carpet striking poses that scream, “Look at me!” I say, “Ok!” And then my simple non-fashiony brain comes up with thoughts like these.

Emma Stone

I like Emma Stone, I really do (see?). But I liked her a little bit more when she had a neck. That massive bow is really going for the jugular. It’s like she’s being strangled in the prettiest way possible. I see this photo and all I can think is BOW! BIG BOW! SMALL HEAD! I’m sure the rest of the look is lovely, but HUGE BOW! Sorry, what was I saying? PINHEAD!

Stacy Keibler

Hmm, looks like George Clooney dropped one of his accessories on the red carpet. Oh well, I’m sure someone will find it and scoop it up before it gets stepped on. I think the same thing happened to his cuff links at the Golden Globes.

Ellie Kemper

I think this is my favorite look. Impeccable bang/dress coordination. Plus it’s shiny and reminds me of Katniss’ Girl on Fire outfit in The Hunger Games. I miss Cinna.

Rooney Mara

Wait, no – this is my favorite look! Beaming down to the red carpet from that Tiffany’s in the Sky, the Ghost of Audrey Hepburn BROUGHT it! And her bangs are totally kicking Ellie’s bangs’ ass (asses?).

Gwyneth Paltrow

Like the annoying child who believes that donning a bathroom towel turns him into a superhero, Gwyneth here would just like you to please pay attention to her. She is wearing a cape, so that makes her cool. And invincible. But I have to give the woman credit – she’s wearing her hair the way I wear mine when I work out, and she still looks chic. Blast! But let’s not forget who named her child after a fruit…

Kristen Wiig

Since Kristen and I are totally BFF, I’m not going to say anything about how she looks like a feather duster made out of human flesh. Well ok, maybe we’re not best friends, but we totally would be if we ever met. Plus, I know if I made fun of her, she’d come back with some sort of hilarious zinger because she’s so funny and clever. So… yeah. Kristen – call me!

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February Photo a Day: Something new

My new Hunter boots!

This is what they look like while waiting for the bus in the morning. Fabulous.

If you’re wondering why there was no photo yesterday, it’s because the challenge was “phone.” I take all my photos with my phone, so that in itself presented a problem. And I’m pretty sure you don’t care to see a picture of my work phone. So I skipped it.


If you’re big into blogging or fashion, you’ve probably heard of Tavi Gevinson.

This girl’s style, blog and new online magazine are revered throughout the fashion world. She gets personal invites to New York Fashion Week. Her originality and creativity are pretty much mind-blowing. She’s the definition of cool.

But there are two especially crazy/interesting things about her:

1. She lives in Oak Park, IL (where I was an infant resident for the first 8 months of my life).

2. She’s 15 years old. FIFTEEN! And girlfriend already has her own Wikipedia page.

To put it in perspective, when I was 15, my life pretty much consisted of watching Dawson’s Creek and scraping gum off my retainer. Often simultaneously. (I’ve always been good at multi-tasking!)

So Miss Gevinson, you have my complete respect. As well as sincere jealously because I seriously want your life.

P.S. All the cool kids are from Oak Park. (Um hello – Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Kathy Griffin, Bob Newhart, Ludacris, Betty White?! Need I say more?)

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February Photo a Day: 10 am

At 10 am this morning, I was drinking coffee and lamenting over the fact that none of the Jason Wu for Target clothes or accessories that came out today are available in my size online. NONE.

You know how excited I was about this.

Oh well. I don’t have time to sit here and stew (anymore). Some of our friends are coming over for the Super Bowl, so I must dry my tears, clean the apartment, take a shower and then drown my sorrows in a delicious mimosa.

(Please note that I am being overly dramatic. I promise I’m not crying over this. I’m not even really stewing. That much.)

Sarah Pinto planner

Remember when I was agonizing over which planner I should buy for 2012? Well, I didn’t end up getting any of those.

Because I found an EVEN BETTER one!

I’m a sucker for stripes and anything that looks remotely nautical, so when I saw this Sarah Pinto planner online, it was all over.

I got it in the mail yesterday and spent a good 45 minutes last night writing in all of my events/appointments for 2012. As I’m a hyper-organized person, it was probably (no, definitely) the most exciting 45 minutes of my day.

I’m feeling very confident in my choice, and the best part is that Sarah Pinto donates all of her proceeds to a children’s hospital in California, so my money went to a good cause.

Another bonus? All of these super cute postcards came with it! Score!

Some mid-winter cheer

The past few days in Chicago have either been snowy and frigid or dreary and soggy. And apparently the weather events of today will encompass all four of these lovely descriptors.

So last weekend I decided to take some advice from Matchbook and paint my nails pink for some mid-winter cheer. Check out the picture above – pretty cheery right?

Other cheer-inducing aspects of that picture (taken on Sunday night) include my Golden Globes viewing drink-of-choice: a delicious vodka tonic (keep in mind that I did not have to work the next day).

Which watch?

I have a Nordstrom gift card burning a hole in my wallet, and I’ve decided to use it to buy the better part of a Stella watch by Fossil. I’ve narrowed it down to the two options above.

My heart says, “Rose gold! Get the rose gold one! It’s pretty and the color looks better against your pale white/pinkish skin, you Anglo freak!”

But my head says, “Gold! Get the gold one! Gold is more classic and timeless. This rose gold business might just be a fleeting trend! Plus most of your jewelry is gold! And your skin tone does not make you a freak.”

Thanks, head.

But seriously, which one should I get? If you’re reading this, have the decency to comment and help a girl out, would you?

Planning ahead

The Jason Wu for Target collection comes out on February 5th. I just set a reminder for myself on my Google calendar. Because look how cute!!!

I’m pretty sure I have to have that navy and white clutch. And the white dress with the black trim at the bottom. And also everything else.

The collection will supposedly be available at Target until March 6, but I suggest getting in on this action early! Remember Missoni?

All images from Tom & Lorenzo.