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!




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!



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!



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



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


Multi-plaid Top

Happy Monday!




Mani Monday – Snowflake Edition

“I want to see real snow this year.” said my seven year old.  “You have seen snow at The Grove and the Santa Barbara Zoo.” I replied.  “That is artificial snow.  I want to see the real stuff.”

The next day he complains about being “freezing”.  I think it must have been a chilly 62 degrees.  Thank goodness I got him this adorable Star Wars camo puffer jacket at The Gap.  I have been staying cozy in this faux fur leopard coat.  I wore it nonstop this past weekend and featured it here. For now, we will settle for not quite freezing temperatures and snowflakes on my nails.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Caviar Bar” by Essie Gel Couture, “Set in Stones” by Essie and “Alpine Snow” by OPI.

Items in the photos include:

Velvet Blazer

Plaid Pouch

Plaid Heels

White Lace Crepe Dress

Jeweled Blazer

Plaid Shirt

Blue Camo T-Shirt

Cropped Sequin Top

Reindeer Print Shirt

Shirred Top

Striped Mule Heel

Striped Sweater

Leopard and Plaid Pillows

Camo Jacket

Glitter Mule

Beaded Denim Jacket

Sequined Heel

Midnight Blue Beaded Sweater Dress

Skull Flats

Silk Blouse

Happy Monday!



Mani Monday – Red Dot Edition

I finally gave in.  I was visiting my parents this past weekend and they needed help with their tree.  I sent my husband a photo of my son and I working on the tree and when we got home he had gotten all of our holiday stuff out.  So I did not one, but two trees this weekend.  The house feels so cozy and it is nice feeling like I am ahead of the game, at least for now.  It’s only a matter of time before we start listening to the holiday station on sirius/xm.

I’m holding out on holiday themed manis for a a little longer.  This week I went with a light pink and red dot.  I thought it would coordinate with all the plaid starting to make the scene.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Dress is More” by Essie Gel Couture.  This polish has gel wear-ability while still being regular polish.  It is finished by this topcoat.

Gucci Fur Slippers

Striped Polo Sweater

Spectra Fringed Caridgan

Chambray Shirt with Embroidered Hearts

Beaded Clutch

Pink and White Striped Shirt

Plaid Jacket

Faux Fur Striped Stole

Snake Mule

Studded Red Plaid Shirt

Studded Floral Sneaker

Floral Silk Dress

Faux Fur Pom

Wool Leopard Topcoat

Metallic Silk Blouse

Striped Pajama Bottoms

Crewcuts Pink Floral Dress

Glitter Clutch

Cashmere Heart Beanie

Star Print Top, Dress, and Skirt

Tory Burch Pink Gemini Link Tote

Plaid Boyfriend Shirt

Long Cardigan

Pink Jacket

Plaid Ruffle Shirt

Equipment Floral Blouse

Kimono Sweater

Happy Monday!





Mani Monday – Navy Flowers Edition

“Look they replaced Billy Joel with a Holiday channel” said my seven year old from the back seat.  “I am not ready for that.  We can start listening to it after Thanksgiving.  How about 80s on 8?” I replied.  Then we went to Target and I could not help picking up this fair isle dog bed they have it in my favorite plaid too.  I came home and ordered matching monogrammed Santa pajamas for everyone (adult and kids sizes).  The whole family will be ready for Santa in terms of sleep.

I have not put on the holiday music just yet.  I am planning my holiday manis, but I am definitely not going to start them until December (O.K. maybe right after Thanksgiving).  This week’s mani is a nod to fall and also the warm weather we have been having in Los Angeles.  It actually finally cooled to below seventy degrees today.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors is “Surrounded by Studs” and “Dress is More” by Essie Gel Couture (use with this topcoat for gel-like wear and it’s polish),

Items featured in the photos include:

The GREAT Shirt

Gucci Mary Janes

Rag & Bone Pinstripe Pants

Harvey Faircloth Jacket with Faux Fur

Ghurka Tote

La Vie Dress

Vince Camuto Mules

Harvey Faircloth Vintage Camo Jacket

Ted Baker Floral Top

Alice and Olivia Floral Top

Sandro Sweater

Madewell Heels

A.L.C. Floral Blouse (on sale!)

La Vie Chambray top

J.Crew Floral Vest (on sale!)

Veronica Beard Jacket

Happy Monday!



Mani Monday – Skeleton Edition

“Let’s give him a hat and a cane and make him dance.” said my seven year old son in his second grade art class.  “Did you still want to add a dog?”  “No, that would be mean to Cupcake.”  I smiled and was touched by his consideration for our Puggle.  He proceeded to show me how to blend the clay and I was so impressed with his skeleton (in the bottom right corner) that it inspired my Halloween mani.  I look forward to trick or treating in the neighborhood with my Astronaut.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors is “Off Duty Style” by Essie Gel Couture (my new favorite polish that wears like gel, but is not gel).

Items in the photos include:

Zadig & Voltaire Skull Scarf

Clare V Green leopard print Pouch

Clare V Embossed Leather Pouch

Clare V Striped “Oui” Long Sleeve Tee

Cult Gaia Ark Bag in Black

J. Crew Shoes

Zadig & Voltaire Hooded Cardigan

Karen Millen Blurred Leopard Print Dress

John + Jenn Leopard Sweater

Ted Baker Black Bell Sleeve Top

Happy Monday!




Mani Monday – from Whine to Wine Edition

The heat in Southern California has brought out a little whining in me about the lack of fall weather.  I recently heard someone say that they did not understand how people could complain about the heat, when we really have endless summer.  It was an ah-ha moment for me and a reminder that I was not enjoying the present.  I love warm weather.  I decided to embrace that extension of summer but also decided it was time for a fall mani.  So I went from whine to wine.  I love this burgundy color and added a little abstract plaid with two more colors and some negative space.  Looking down at my fall nails even in ninety degree heat makes me smile and welcome fall.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Gala Vanting”, “Take Me to Thread” and “Surrounded by Studs” all by Essie Gel Couture.  This polish is amazing.  It is not gel, but lasts forever and rarely chips.

Items in the photos include:

Ferragamo Flats

Faux Fur Vest

Bernardaud Naxos Mug

Madewell Striped Tee

Ted Baker Dress

Sandro T-shirt

Ted Baker Dress

J.Crew Floral Top

Joie Leopard Bomber

All Saints Zebra Dress

J.Crew Pebble Print Top

Karen Millen Sweater

Vince Plaid Bomber Jacket

Gucci Snake Flats

J. Crew Faux Fut Vest

Tory Burch Plaid Plants

J. Crew Plaid Bomber

Happy Monday!