A Yellow Jacket Kind of Day

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A Yellow Jacket Kind of Day

I’m definitely not a yellow person. Not long ago I hated both yellow and orange, or any sunny sort of color, but at least orange has grown on me…maybe I’ve got a few more years until yellow does, unless this jacket changes my mind sooner! My sister called me over recently because she was donating several bags of clothing to charity and wanted to see if I wanted to steal anything before she took it all out. I grabbed a few items that fit my normal tastes, but this jacket caught my eye. I rarely take fashion risks, but something about it screamed FUN. It’s been a few weeks of mulling over, but I finally decided to just go for it and wore it to work a few days ago over a neutral sweater. I ended up loving the magenta hat with the yellow as well – both are a thick, wool-like fabric so it ended up being a perfect pair! This is why we take fashion risks, after all, right? You never know. Also part of my outfit today is something I’m fairly excited about—yet another addition to my expansive denim collection (le sigh). However, this pretty Levi’s Boyfriend Skinny Selvedge Jeans in Dense Forest pair is my first pair of selvedge denim! I grabbed them for a mere $20 bucks on a recent Beyond The Rack sale too. Selvedge denim is usually quite a bit pricier! Score!!

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MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer

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MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer

I used to not care much about my nails…I played guitar, enjoyed hitting the climbing gym from time to time, and rode horses for much of my younger life so I got tired of constantly trying to keep my nails manicured. I laugh when I think of the times when I was a rebel in a band, ripping off rough nail edges with my teeth while proudly proclaiming how far from “preppy” I was. I had a few friends that had acrylic nails, and I considered it at one point but was afraid of the grinding tools. It wasn’t until I got married that I found myself in need of something quick for my nails that would look great for photographs and not just painted on. I had everything else taken care of until…oops, at the very last minute, what about my nails!? My then-fiance’s sister suggested I get acrylic tips, and I thought well, there’s a first for everything, right? That was three years ago, and I ended up liking the convenience of acrylic nails so much that I’ve kept it up! For a year or so I kept the white tips, but as I grew bored with the same look I moved on to clear so I could play with some color. To this day I’ve collected a pretty rainbow of OPI lacquer colors so I could properly maintain whatever I chose at the salon! Once I think I’ve got a wide enough range, I always find another pretty color to covet, especially Louboutin’s new nailcolor line (which I still have yet to get my hands on but have heard amazing things about). I’m also a sucker for gemstones and earth minerals, so when I ran across a MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer sale at Touch of Modern (sale is now over), I was in love. These prices are a bit out of range for me, but I can still admire the idea, right? This line of nail lacquers includes several colors made from real earth minerals such as 24k gold, aluminum, silver, pewter or graphite, plus a few “standard” colors such as crimson or royal blue to combine with one of their pretty 24k gold (yellow or white) flake or crystal topcoats. MINE Luxury invites potential wearers to “unearth the most elegant collection of luxury nail lacquer ever created, made for those with the most discriminating standards and taste.”

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer - 24k Gold

Image: MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer. 24K Gold Lacquer

MINE Luxury was created by goldsmith and artist Veleta Vancza, who is also “an innovator in the field of vitreous enamel.” Her knowledge and skill of working with precious metals and design led to this “artful alchemy” of nail lacquers. Her artwork has even been featured in several museums and publications around the world.

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer - Fine Silver

Image: MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer. Fine Silver Lacquer

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer is 5-Free, making it the perfect choice for the more conscientious style icon looking for a truly raw, carefully formulated product that stands out as a benchmark of quality, style & perfection.”

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer - Graphite

Image: MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer. Graphite Lacquer

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer - Graphite & Gold

Image: MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer. Graphite & Gold Lacquer

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer - 24k Gold Leaf

Image: MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer. 24k Gold Leaf Top Coat

MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer - White Gold Leaf

Image: MINE Luxury Nail Lacquer. White Gold Leaf Top Coat

I really cannot choose just one. I’ll take them all! I’ve been eyeing a pretty metallic silver and you really couldn’t get much better than the fine silver lacquer! My only holdup (apart from the high price) is that I’d hate to see all these pretty metals get chipped off with wear! I think I’d rather wear them in the form of jewelry, but this is still a pretty innovative idea!

Read more about MINE Luxury and shop the entire collection here.

New Arrivals from TOMS

New Arrivals from Toms

New One for One&reg campaign and men’s Viaje Sneakers

New Arrivals from TOMS

By now we all know what we can expect from TOMS…not only are TOMS shoes ridiculously comfortable and flattering, but the brand’s commitment to charity has always been impressive, apart from their generous donations of footwear. From TOMSAnimal Initiative, to their involvement in World Sight Day, providing clean water to those who need it most with TOMS Roasting Co., and even fun collaborations with media heads like musical artists, we know we can expect TOMS to always be up to something good, and it’s always awesome to watch what they come up next. Within the last few weeks, I’ve seen two new projects pop up: a new active Viaje Sneaker line for men, and a brand new One for One® campaign focusing on bags for women. The Viaje Sneakers come in a variety of colors and woven fabrics such as burlap, linen and denim, and the women’s bags range from handbags to totes to backpacks and tablet sleeves and much, much more!

With every bag you purchase, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need by providing their giving partners the training for skilled birth attendants and distributing birth kits which include everything a woman needs for a safe birth. Maternal health is always a huge concern and with all of the depressing news and growing difficulties for women around the world, this just grew my appreciation for TOMS by SO much more!

I only chose a few of my favorite items from these two collections. There’s a ton more where these came from! Shop the men’s Viaje Sneakers here, and give your part to assist in safe birthing for women around the world by shopping TOMS bags here!