Mani Monday – Back to Writing Edition

I want my green juice.  But if I walk to get it, my newly cut and styled hair will be ruined.  The sunny summer mornings of Los Angeles summer have moved on to fog.  The marine layer will burn off soon, but thick, be-careful-you-don’t-miss-a pedestrian-in-the-crosswalk fog will stick around.  It’s the same fog I grew up with and learned to drive in.  The summer fog I suffered through as a young professional in San Francisco.  If anti-humidity hair spray had existed in high school and San Francisco I’m certain my life would have been different.

I am exhausted.  I won’t sleep that much during September.  I decide to drive. Driving is something I don’t love about Los Angeles.  I always look for opportunities to walk. I am constantly convincing my son and husband that it’s not that far between errands.  I refuse to subscribe to “Nobody walks in LA”.  We do walk, but it’s typically a hike.  I want to walk in my day to day life and effortlessly stay leaner as I did in my years living in New York.  I get in the car, within a minute I hear Ryan Adams singing “New York, New York”.  “farewell to the city and the love of my life” and I sigh.  I did not leave the love of my life there.  In fact, magically the love of my life, my New York City born and bred husband, was waiting for me in Los Angeles.  I would wait many years to meet him in Santa Monica.  Maybe I passed him on the street when he was visiting his father in Greenwich Village only a few blocks from where I lived, when I wondered if the love of my life was “out there’”.  New York City was the love of my life then. I felt at ease and happy even with all the noise and congestion.  The constant buzzing energy of New York City was a perfect match for my energy and of course, the walking.

I chug the juice in the car.  Saturdays provide a rare privilege where I can drink my green juice on an empty stomach and wait to drink my coffee.  It is the preferred method for maximum benefit from celery juice.  Something that is much harder (impossible) on a weekday with school drop off.  I bring back juice for my husband.  He has his with his coffee.  My son and husband are in their father and son Saturday morning routine watching a show about cars while my son operates the Nespresso machine. He is a charming barista.  “Do you guys want eggs?” I ask tentatively as not to interrupt them.  “Are they the fluffy kind you made last week?”  “Yes” I reply as my wrist starts to hurt as I try to get the perfect scramble and I hope in in my exhaustion that I got the temperature on the stove right. I sigh with gratitude.

I am here in this LA kitchen making eggs for this family that I was not sure I would ever have 17 years ago.  17 years ago, on Sunday, September 9, 2001, I was exploring the Cloisters with a friend. I had no idea what the following Tuesday would bring.  There is an innocence to that summer that will never be the same.  This summer I turned 50.  Yes, I am a half century old.  With the birthday came another level of gratitude and a shedding of a few insecurities.  Suddenly how I looked in my swimsuit became far less important than swimming with my kid. By freeing myself of some of that I managed to capture a little bit of the innocence of summer of 2001 that I spent on the beach on weekends (Spring Lake, NJ style) and in Europe and Alaska.  The world feels even crazier than it did in 2001.   If you told me then who would be running things, I would have laughed.  In fact, I think our current president laughed about that himself.  One thing is clear, things can change beyond our wildest expectations.  I am holding on to the little moments with my family; the smile on my son’s face, perfectly made eggs that he eats, the beauty around me.  The fact that I am here.  I survived that day.  I was there. You can read more about my account of September 11, 2001 here and here.

This week’s mani is for back to school.  It was designed by my son who came to my appointment right before school started.   School is back in session.  I will put pencil to paper and get back to writing.  To achieve that summer innocence, I took some time off from the blog.  I’m back.  It may look a little different going forward and the schedule may be less consistent.  But I’m here – and I’ll return when I have something more to say.

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

 

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Mani Monday – Beach Edition

I am soaking up the last days of summer at the beach and pool.  We have had a few weeks at home and my son tagged along for my mani appointment and came up with the beach idea.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Dye-Mentions” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items featured in the photos include:

Chambray Beach Tote

Eyelet Cover-up

Hermes Sandals (similar here and here)

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Mani Monday – Hibiscus Edition

I just got back from nine glorious days on Maui.  The weather (and my hibiscus mani) were perfect and my son even learned to surf.  I read three books, logged a lot of time in the water and enjoyed a lot of delicious seafood.  We definitely caught the beach bug and will be beating the heat this coming week at the beach in Malibu.  The gel mani I got just before leaving is still going strong two weeks later.  For last summer’s trip to the Big Island, I had palm leaves.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Shells in the Sand” by CND.

Items in the photos include:

Pink and White Clutch

Jungle Clutch

Checked Dress

Pink and White Pom-Pom Tote (on sale!)

Sophie Anderson Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Polka Dot Edition

Life does not progress in a linear fashion. Some random polka dots on my blue mani was just what I needed to remind me of that. This manicure and its message is one of my favorites to date. There is something soothing about both the color, the polka dots — and the acceptance of life’s random progression.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “First View” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Clare V Blush Bag

Eyelet Tee

Tulum Tee

Beach Tote

Off-White Mini Dress

Floral Top

Liberty Swell Bottle

Pineapple Eyelet Top

Blue and White Wrap Dress

Striped Collage Top

Embroidered Peacock Tee (on sale!)

Floral Clutch

Embroidered Floral Shirt (on sale!)

Floral Dress

Denim Tote

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Cherries on Top Edition

“Mommy I don’t need a cherry on top of my sundae.  It’s sweet enough.” says my son as we order his dessert.  I sigh with relief, I am not crazy about the dye in the cherries.

“I prefer cherries on the pit, anyway.” he continues.  Another sigh of relief.  Most days I feel like he barely gets enough vegetables and has a few too many snacks of questionable nutritional value, but when he makes a choice like this on his own, I feel like we are doing OK.

The last thing I want to do is make some things more desirable my making then “off limits”.  Today I will celebrate my cherry victory.

 

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Items in the photos include:

White Eyelet Top (on sale!)

Striped Espadrilles (similar here)

Heart Clutch

Embroidered Peasant Top

Printed Dress

Striped Dress

Over the Bikini Dress

Striped Dress

Blue Leopard Dress

Striped Sandal

Top

Yellow Clutch (anniversary sale!)

Striped Bag

Red Patent Bootie

White Eyelet Top

Striped “Love Conquers All” Tee

Paisley Dress

Black and White Bag

Red Eyelet Coverup

Lipstick Pumps

Plaid Mules

Custom Clutch

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

 

 

 

Mani Monday – A Touch of Pink Edition

“Allez les Bleus” was a tough act to follow.  I got so many compliments on last weeks’s mani.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we had a serious case of world cup fever in my house.  We had so much fun watching the game and enjoying a red, white and blue breakfast yesterday.

Then it was off to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  My son found some new kicks (not in the sale).  In case you missed my picks from the sale, they are here.  The last two years I have picked up the Tumi dopp kit for first my husband and then my son.  As I packed my family for Paris this year, I realized I could use one.  It’s in a cool blue this year and I highly recommend it for travel.  My husband has his eye on this jacket.

I think this top and this top add a fun pop of color.

This week I went from blue to pink for a change of pace.  I found the cutest bag I may need to scoop up for an upcoming vacation.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Haute to Trot” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Striped Dress

Geometric Mini Skirt (on sale!)

Striped Dress

Rainbow Maxi Dress

Clutch

Elephant Coin Purse

Tweed Skirt

Floral Slip Dress

We Are Leone Wrap Dress

Floral Gown

Camo Denim Jacket (also in Leopard)

Raffia Bag with Pink Fringe

Floral top and skirt

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Allez les Bleus Edition

We could not help it. Like everyone else, we got caught up in World Cup fever while in Paris. When France won the excitement was contagious.  My son had to have a jersey.  In typical French fashion, there is no shortage of style in the logo wear.   I was tempted by this striped shirt  and this t-shirt with the crest.  I picked up a jacket (above) in Paris that I have been wearing non-stop to and from Pilates or for walks.  I continue my support with the coq gaulois crest on this week’s mani.  I can not wait for the semi-final game against Belgium tomorrow.  Allez les Bleus!

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Surrounded by Studs” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Nike Jacket (similar here)

Hermes Sandals (similar here)

Captain Tee (so soft!)

Polka Dot Heart Long Sleeve Tee

Striped Tee

Navy Raffia Mule

Ruffled Neck Gingham Shirt

Striped Tee

Striped Pouch

Denim Weave Shirt

Amour Tee

Polka-Dot Slide

Star Silk Tee

Tote

Geometric Silk Top

FFF Soccer Ball (considering this as decor for my son’s bookshelves)

Woven Cross-body (also here)

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Fourth of July Edition

Happy Independence Day!

Here are a couple of nail art ideas from the past two years…

In the meantime I have my eye on a few cute summer things that work for the holiday and rest of the summer like these denim slides (that I have been wearing non-stop), this striped sweatshirt (because you can never have enough stripes), this daisy top (coming soon to the blog), this fun bag, this red denim mini skirt,  this statement-making striped top, and this star top.

Have a great holiday week!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Tipsy French Edition

Bonjour!  I woke up this morning at 3:30 am with thoughts of my fresh croissant and cafe creme.  Instead I made myself an iced black coffee and had some overnight oats with hemp, flax and chia.  Back to reality.  The nine days in Paris to celebrate my birthday were glorious.   It was my son’s first trip out of the United States, so we hit all the usual spots. I loved seeing them all again through his eyes.  We stayed in the same neighborhood where I spent ten days in the mid-90s.  I kept flashing back to pre-marriage and mommy memories as my family  made new memories.

In preparation for the trip I got a gel mani with a tipsy french tips.  My mani paired nicely with my aperitif of choice, kir and all things Paris.  The gel held up well as you can see in the photos (some were taken more than a week after the mani).

I may hold on to this mani for a few more days as I reminisce and ease back into my California life. I will miss the walking and the endless light of the summer long days.

Adieu.  Until next time…

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Items in the photos include:

Clare V Tote

Moynat Gabrielle Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – In the Pink Edition

I’m starting off my birthday week in the pink. It’s a throwback to my nail game before I discovered nail art. Back then, I used to alternate between pale pinks and wear my mani for at least two weeks. My, how times change. I love this subtle stripe with the negative space of my nail-art-adjacent manicure.

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The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Blush Worthy” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Insect Shirt

Zig Zag Flats

Star Cashmere Sweater

Simple Tote

Strawberry Clutch

Pink and White Striped Sweatshirt

Tiger Blouse

Perforated Tote

Floral Dress

Floral Smocked Skirt

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE