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 – 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 – Spring Flowers Edition

“On Tuesday it will be spring!” said my son.

“What are you most excited about?’ I ask.

“The flowers will bloom, and the days are getting longer.  And it is closer to summer” he replies.

I smile and think to myself that I am glad he is learning about the seasons in school.  California has never really delivered seasons on time and definitively, but this year feels particularly challenged.  As it was unseasonably cold on the West Coast a few weeks ago it was uncharacteristically hot on the East Coast.  Now everywhere seems colder than usual, so let’s bring on spring.

I love spring fashion right now.  In last week’s post I picked several options for spring.  That list has since grown to include this perfect cross body (aptly named the gosee), this striped cross body , these shoes and this jacket.

I am still making my shopping decisions carefully since my shopping detox that lasted 73 days more on that here, here, here and here.  For now, I am enjoying spring flowers on my nails.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Sit Me in the Front Row“, by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Rugby Shirt

Gingham Shirt

Striped Clutch

Navy and Rose Gold Kicks

Moynat Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Evil Eye Edition

I still have not broken my shopping detox,  but I have my (evil) eye on this bag for summer.  I feel like when I finally buy something it will be significant.  This bag is a contender too.  I love the denim.  I also love this limited edition year of the dog clutch.

My son had last week off school and we visited my parents in San Diego.  The week included trips to Legoland and Old Town.  It also included a quick shopping trip.  My mom was amazed that I left empty handed (a first!).  I do have a J.Crew reward card that will expire soon and I have my eye on this western chambray shirt (a lighter shade than the one I have and wear ALL the time), these flats, and this jumpsuit.  I have been holding off spending the reward card (it does have an expiration date) to keep the detox going.  I am deciding if spending the reward card counts.  It seems silly to let it go to waste.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Don”t Bossa Nova Me Around” by OPI.

Items in the photos include:

Tartan Wallet

Embroidered Chambray Top

Heart Pouch

Mani Monday – Christmas Edition

We are celebrating Christmas today and I can’t wait to watch my son open his presents.  At press time, he put himself to bed early, said no to dessert and declined the opportunity to open one present on Christmas Eve.  I remember being so excited and begging to open just one.  I stayed up all night waiting for Santa when I was six years old and my poor mom got thirty minutes of sleep.  My son’s self regulation and restraint never cease to amaze me.

I am so excited for tomorrow, I hope I can sleep.  Maybe just one more episode of The Crown…

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Lace Me Up” by Essie Gel Couture.

A couple of items in the photos that I wear over and over again:

Stewart Plaid Shirt

Camo Jeans (so comfy and on sale!)

Happy Holiday Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Golden Plaid Edition

It all started with one plaid nail two years ago.  I used to hate getting manicures.  I endured them every two weeks or so.  I always wore a very light pink so that I could get away with chips.  I decided to try to Olive & June a little over two years ago and have started to enjoy the actual process.  Then right before Christmas, I decided to get red nails (gasp!).  I was wearing a plaid shirt and shoes (duh) and was inspired to see how one plaid nail would look.  From then on, I have had some kind of nail art every week.    The design is often inspired by something I am wearing ( a few favorites here, here and here), an event (like my dog’s birthday or my son’s birthday or my wedding anniversary here and here), or my travels (here, here and here).

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Emeraude” and “Canotier” by Chanel.

Plaid Bow Shoes

Tweed Jacket

Plaid Fringed Sweater

Black and Gold Studded Mule

Navy Velvet Bow Flat (on sale!)

Plaid Flannel Shirt

Plaid Leggings

Black Dress

Plaid Scarf

Houndstooth Bomber Jacket

Camo Men’s Shirt Jacket

Navy Sparkle Clutch (on sale!)

Plaid Bow Shoes

Vintage Denim

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Abstract Candy Cane Edition

I am 99% done with my holiday shopping.  My son and I saw our fifth annual Nutcracker this weekend and also managed to bake two batches of cut out Christmas cookies.  This week I am looking forward to my son’s Christmas concert, a few holiday parties and dinners.  My nails are in the holiday spirit with an abstract candy cane.  I love wearing darker colors on my nails this time of year.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & JuneHoliday .  The color is “Beauty Marked” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items featured in the photos include:

Pottery Barn Kids Pajamas in kid and adult sizes

Tartan Blazer

Plaid Shoes

Denim

Fitbit

Floral Blouse

Striped Shirt with “Love More”

Striped Blazer

Vertical Striped Silk Blouse

Striped Sweater

Moncler Vest

Striped Clutch

Burberry Scarf

Sequin Dress

Striped Pajamas

Scarf

Multi-plaid Top

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE