Mani Monday – Pink Stripes Edition

“Ummm, Jen, you should come here.”  I hear my husband say as I drift back to sleep.

“What is it?” I reply, struggling to wake up.

“Just come here.”

I get up and walk down the hall to the bathroom.  As I turn towards the door, I see a huge smile on his face as he holds the test.  The test. The one I took and left in the bathroom about thirty minutes ago.  I was so discouraged after almost a year of trying that I did not stick around for the results.  I look at the digital test.  It says “Pregnant”.

“Oh my god!  Really?” I scream.

“Do you think it sat too long?  Should we do another one?” he says.

“I only have the lower tech kinds, but yes.”

I take the test.  “Now we wait and hope for two pink stripes.”

The five-minute wait seems like an hour.  Finally, we look.  There are two distinct pink stripes!

Almost nine years ago, I finally saw two pink stripes, soon after I became a mother.  I have never been more excited about a stripe since (and I do love stripes).  I had to smile on Mother’s Day as I looked down at this week’s mani and at my husband and son in their striped shirts.

 

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Hot Pop Pink“, “Reflecting Pool“,  “Aqua-Intance“, “Creekside” and “Studio White” by CND Vinylux/

Items in the photos include:

Denim Jacket

Antonello Tedde Clutch (similar here and on sale)

Carrie Forbes Sandals (on sale!)

Rachel Comey Tie-Dye Dress

Striped Blazer

Blush Bag

Veronica Beard Striped Dress

Gingham Mules

Striped Clutch

Joie Beaded Chambray Top

Terez Star Leggings

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

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Mani Monday – Blues Edition

Fun weekends sometimes lead to Monday Blues.  Not this week.  I was informed that this Mother’s Day week.  I came home after a Saturday night out with friends to balloons, flowers, gifts, chocolates and the sweetest notes and cards.  I tried to hold off opening anything until Mother’s Day,  but my son insisted yesterday.  It is going to be a great week! My favorite gift is this new coffee mug. I will be drinking my morning cup with a big smile.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Surrounded by Studs” and “First View” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Striped Embroidered Fable Top

Butterfly Dress

Embroidered Off the Shoulder Top

Floral Top

Striped Sandal

Floral Canvas Bag (under $10!)

Floral Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Happy Edition

My son and I visited The Happy Place in downtown Los Angeles this past weekend.  (To see highlights check out my Instagram stories.).  I had my emoji nail art done a couple of days before and each time I looked at it it made me smile.  A little extra smiling and happy is always a good thing.

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

Items in the photos include:

Blue and Yellow Polka Dot Blouse

Striped Crocheted Dress

Whatever Striped Tee

Shibori Clutch

Denim Shirt

Wink Tote

Wink Clutch

Grey Tote

Yellow and White Striped Blazer

Rainbow Clutch

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – 10th Anniversary Edition

10 years

2 addresses, 3 houses

11 cars

6 jobs

2 marathons

2 funerals

1 beautiful boy

Countless laughs

A “few” arguments

Here’s to the next 10, 20, 30, 40, 50…

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Creekside” by CND Vinylux.

Items in the photos include:

Striped Clutch

Equipment Blouse

Bell Sleeved Denim Jacket

Heart Clutch

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Shades of Coral Edition

Time for coral!  I continue to want sunshine on my hands to match the spring like weather that we have had on the west coast (while the temps go from one extreme to another on the east coast.  I am willing spring for all!

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Looks to Thrill“, “Spool Me Over” and “Perfectly Poised” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Monogrammed Camo Clutch

Card Case

Denim Shirt

Striped Clutch

Orange Driving Shoes

Camo Jeans

Printed Tee

Monogrammed Camo Tote

Gold Kicks

Gingham Cardigan (also here)

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Pink Triangle Edition

I’ve got sunshine at (and on) my fingertips.  I am ready for sandals and spring weather after returning from the chilly east coast.  My son and I visited Washington, DC for spring break.  We had a blast, but were definitely bundled up and did not see the sun during our stay.  We did see cherry blossoms and they were beautiful.  I brought a little pink back in the form of triangles on my sunny yellow mani.  I love pink and yellow together.  This yellow color is one of my favorites and was included in my first Mani post just over two years ago (see here).

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Sun Washed” by CND Vinylux.

Items featured in the photos include:

Clare V Tote

Tibi Floral Blouse

Veronica Beard Embellished Denim Jacket

Floral Beach Coverup

Clare V Yellow Basket Bag

Clare V Pink Basket bag

Clare V Pouch

Rochas Dress

Veronica Beard Striped Sweater

La Double J Floral Dress

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Mani Monday – Bunny Edition

Happy Easter!  Happy Passover!  Happy Spring!

I am ringing in Spring Break with the cutest little bunny I ever did see.  I love the eyelash detail and the robin’s egg blue color.

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

Items in the photos include:

Pink Floral Slides

Equipment Blouse

Bunny Dishes

Blue Distressed Hoodie

Heart Print Top

Bunny Mug

Truss Striped Bag

Pink and White Striped Top

Striped Canvas Bag

Pink Army Jacket

Satin Bow Mules

Blue Denim Mules

Striped Jacket with Ties

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Abstract Stripes Edition

Is it really Spring? The calendar says so.  In typical spring fashion the weather is a bit confused.  After some much needed and refreshing rain in Los Angeles the sun came out.  I love how much more I appreciate it after a few days of rain and clouds.  There is a chilly breeze in the air. I am heading east soon and I will wait to pack until right before and be prepared for a variety of weather.

This week’s mani is a new take on stripes and also moves into spring with lavender, but still has a foot in winter.  It’s the second annual National Stripes Day Later this week.  A holiday near and dear to my stripes loving heart that was created by J. Crew.  Check out their contest.  Check out my  Stripes- Greatest Hits and this mani (which is in my top 5 favorite manis).  Of course, my family and I wear stripes all year long.  I can’t wait to see everyone’s contest posts on Instagram later this week.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Style in Excess” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photo include:

J. Crew Sunbathers T-Shirt

Tod’s Orange Driving Shoes

Clare V Lavender Tote

The Great Top

Rebecca Minkoff Floral Mule

Equipment Floral Dress

DVF Leopard Dress (on sale!) and here in a wrap dress

J. Crew Rubgy Shirt

Clare V Gosee Bag

Carrie Forbes Sandals

Opening Ceremony Knit Dress

Adidas Baby Shoe

Alice + Olivia Floral Dress

DVF Floral Print Top

Clare V Striped Clutch

Nordstrom Signature Floral Dress

J. Crew Bow Mule

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Non-Linear Edition

“Is that all there is?”,  I ask myself when the path seems too linear.  The non-linear path is both uncomfortable and full of possibility.  Linear you can count on, measure and predict, but it can also feel stifling.   Life lately has been anything but linear.  Computer problems, iphone challenges and life getting in the way prevented “Mani Monday” from going out on time today.  I have been able to produce my blog on time, scheduled and consistent since the beginning.  This weekend I had to let that go for a bit.

At the same time that technology was slowing me down it also allowed me to be more present.  As my child experiences a challenge in one area he blossoms in another.  There is a lot of growth in my household right now and it’s messy, uncomfortable and inspiring.

This week’s mani is the opposite of Drawing Lines from a few weeks ago.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Perfect Posture”  and  “Surrounded by Studs” both my Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the post include:

Balmain Dress

Camo Bomber

Floral Dress

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Wear Red and Attack Edition

“I am sorry Mademoiselle, it is not ready for you.” says the gentlemen at Bruce and Scott  in the 8th arrondissement.

“You said Tuesday, my flight is tomorrow.” I reply in my slowest and clearest English.

“Can you return before your flight?” he responds.

“No, my flight to San Francisco is in the morning.” I say as calmly as possible as I curse myself for not finding the suit earlier in my 10 day solo trip to Paris.

“Let me see what I can arrange today for you.  You looked so lovely in the suit.”

“Merci.  It was just a few alterations at the waist and the length.”

I rush off to gather my other purchases and will return in a few hours.

I had boldly decided to use the bulk of the airline miles I had earned traveling back and forth to New York and Chicago for my first employer, a consulting firm. I was the National Recruiting Manager.  The trip was in September after a busy summer managing the summer associates from the various MBA programs.  I grabbed one seat in first class with my miles right after Labor day.  The trip fit my schedule perfectly before the onslaught of campus recruiting in the fall.

I had ended up staying in a gorgeous apartment that belonged to the American mother of one of the summer associates.  I had called her after staying in a hotel on the Champs Elysees as she was weekending in Portugal at the time.  I was having trouble with the phone card system for a pay phone and an American actor passed me on the street.  I knew he would speak English, so I asked for help.  I reached her on the phone and made arrangements to move to her apartment in the 7th on the third day of my ten day trip.  I climbed many stairs with my luggage and enjoyed the fitness challenge.

On my last evening my host was able to clear her schedule, so I could take her to dinner.

“So what did you buy?”, she asked.

“A red suit for work.”  I proudly replied

“From where?”, she asked

“Bruce and Scott”

“That does not even sound French.”

“Well I love it and it was a great price.  There was a small issue with the tailor’s schedule, but I picked it up in time.”

Back home in San Francisco,  I was wearing designer clothes that I could not really afford.  I always believed you need to dress for the job you want.  On this trip I focused on things you could only get in France on a limited budget.  I tallied my receipts each night and organized them, so I could file for the refund on the VAT at the airport.  My purchases did require that I buy a large suitcase for the return trip.

I could  not wait to wear the red suit.  I flew home in the jacket with jeans and some new shoes I bought on the trip.  Whenever I was a sleep deprived, had a stressful meeting, or I had to stand up in front of the room and facilitate a big decision, I put on the suit to bolster my confidence.   It had magic powers.

When I was invited to “Wear Red and Attack”, a Chanel lipstick pop up event last week, I jumped on it. (If you would like to see moreof the event check out my highlights on instagram ).  Memories of Paris came flooding back.  I am still figuring out how to wear a red lip, but I tried the rouge allure ink in luxuriant and the double intensite in daring red was a runner up (I wear the double intensite all the time in light rose).

This weekend I reached into the back of my closet to find my red suit and was so happy it had not been lost in a closet purge.  I bravely tried it on and presented it to my fashion court, which includes my eight year old son, my husband and puggle, Cupcake.  Since the suit was expertly tailored to my 27 year old waist, I can’t zip it, or tuck a shirt or wear a belt as I had done then.  But I did get it on and the jacket might make it back into the rotation.   I will spare my readers a photo of me in it currently.   My fashion court was honest and mostly kind.  My son was quick to point out that the jacket fit better than the skirt.  My husband was impressed that it fit as well as it did.  It was thrilled to see it again, no matter how it fit.

This week’s mani is classic red with no art.  The color is “Rock the Runway” by Essie Gel Couture.  The manicure is by Olive & June.

Denim Jacket also here

Leopard Pumps (similar here and here)

Leopard Rain Boots (similar here) – I also like them in matte camo here

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE