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 – 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 – 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