Mani Monday – Coffee Edition

There are a couple of things besides my regular mediation practice that bring me instant calm and grounding.  The first is a good blow dry.  When my hair is in place everything around me can be in chaos and I definitely handle it better.  The second is an iced latte with homemade almond milk.  I was recently in San Diego for a few days of fun with a childhood friend.  While it was a great visit, I have been traveling a lot lately and I definitely needed help with grounding.  I made regular visits to my favorite Lofty Coffee for their delicious almond milk iced latte as well their perfectly cooked eggs and avocado.  You can read more about my first visit last year to Lofty Coffee here.

The manicure and nail art are by 20 Lounge.  The color is “Do you take Lei Away” by OPI.

Items in the photos include:

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

Leopard Pouch

Leopard Blouse

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

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Mani Monday – Golden Gate Edition

“Just one more cable car ride, Mommy” said my seven year old on our last morning in San Francisco.  We had a hard time leaving “The City”.  A one night stay at the Fairmont was extended to two nights and then we were having such a great time we extended one more to make three.  I had been reluctant to visit San Francisco with my son.  I spent the first nine years of my post college, professional life in San Francisco before moving to New York City.  The city is filled with memories of my twenties.  Good memories, but I had felt finished with the city.  My son and I have started a tradition of taking mother son trips to new cities that neither of us has visited.  San Francisco meant returning to my past.  I ended up having a completely new experience and it was such a treat to see “The City” through my seven year old’s eyes.

On our last night we went to the Tonga Room at our hotel, the Fairmont, and had a blast.  The cover band was amazing and it was so much fun to watch them as they played in a boat that cruised around the plunge pool.  Every twenty minutes rain falls (with lightening) around the pool and my son was quick to put up his drink umbrella.

This week’s manicure commemorates our trip and was my son’s idea. The color is “Lace Me Up”, by Essie Gel Couture.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Items in the photos include:

A.L.C. Leopard Print Dress

Burberry Plaid Blouse

Burberry Printed Skirt

Zadig & Voltaire Plaid Shirt

Gucci Mule

MSGM Track Jacket

J. Crew New York Sweatshirt

New Balance for J. Crew Palm Print Leggings

New Balance for J. Crew Sneakers

Legend of Lido Clutch

“A Life of Adventure and Delight” by Akhil Sharma

“You’ll Grow Out of It”, Jessi Klein

San Francisco Travel Guide

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Mani Monday – Pastel Half Dip Edition

As I start to shop for fall  am still enjoying summer, so I feel half in at times.  I meditate regularly and work on staying in the present moment.  This forward planning seasonal fashion seems at odds with present moment thinking at times.  Especially when summer weather lasts through early fall in Southern California.  So a half dip fit the bill, but in pastels.

Speaking of planning ahead, I am co-hosting a shopping event at J. Crew at The Grove in Los Angeles in August.  Stay tuned for details here and on Instagram.

The gel manicure (my first gel manicure!) and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are Cake Pop, Sun Washed, Creekside, Salmon Run all by CND Shellac.  For the same colors in weekly polish click here.

Items featured in the photos include:

Striped Clutch (similar here)

James Perse Striped Tee

J.Crew Striped Men’s Tee

Pleione Top

J.Crew Rainbow Gingham Flats

Ebbets Field “Hawaii” tee in mens and boys

J.Crew Liberty Seavees

J.Crew Denim Shirt

Ebbets Field “Surf Riders” tee in mens and boys

Tory Burch Tunic

Tory Burch Flats

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

J.Crew Seersucker Blazer

Vince Flats

DVF Striped Dress

 

Mani Monday – Purple Rainbow Edition

Have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  This week’s mani was inspired by fall colors, new jean styles (like these cute Frame jeans with zippers that bring me back to high school), and all these great prints.  I styled eight looks in Friday’s post and there will be more to come this week..  Several items that served as inspiration (some not from the sale) are linked below.

The nail art and manicure are by Olive & June.  The color is “Dress Call”, Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the post include:

DVF Striped Dress (above)

Rebecca Taylor Blouse (#nsale)

Ted Baker Bell Sleeve Top (#nsale)

J. Crew T-Shirt

Chelsea 28 Bell Sleeve Top (#nsale)

J. Crew Denim (on sale!)

No. 21 Floral Blouse

Equipment Blouse (#nsale)

Equipment Striped Shirt with Stars (#nsale)

Rag & Bone Denim Skirt

Rag & Bone Wristlet

J. Crew Sweater

J. Crew Yellow Pouch

J. Crew Lavender Eyelet Top

Kayu Designs Pear Clutch (on sale!)

DVF Floral Blouse

DVF Striped Dress

Rebecca Minkoff Scarf

Clare V Purse

Gucci Rainbow Kicks

Gucci Mule

Tory Burch Flat (#nsale)

Jimmy Choo Slides

Christian Loubitan Shoes

Mani Monday – Flamingo Edition

After seeing this t-shirt I had flamingos on my mind.  Coral is one of my favorite nail colors for summer.  I was able to find the perfect coral, “On the List” in my new favorite Essie Gel Couture.  My last mani lasted over a week.  It is indestructible.

This past weekend we had a quick getaway to Santa Barbara which included swimming and lounging at the Coral Casino.  It was the perfect mid-summer getaway and my coral, flamingo manicure fit right in.

The color is “On the List” by Essie Gel Couture. The nail art and manicure are by Olive & June.

Items featured in the photos include:

Equipment Striped Shirt

PJ Salvage Top

J. Crew Hat

Crewcuts Shirt

J. Crew Orange Dress

Kayu Designs Pineapple Clutch

J. Crew Rainbow Gingham Dress

Trina Turk Clutch (tote here)

J. Crew Flamingo Tee

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Fourth of July Edition

Happy Fourth of July!  I am enjoying the long weekend with museum visits, family movies and walks.  Tomorrow we will celebrate with a race in the morning, parade, barbecue and, of course, fireworks.  I hope you enjoy the holiday.

 

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Beauty Mark” by Essie Gel Couture.  Take a look at last year’s Fourth of July mani here.

Items featured in the photos include:

Crewcuts Linen Shirt

Clare V Card Case

J. Crew Striped Pouch

J. Crew Hat

J. Crew Striped Popover

Rebecca Taylor Dress

Sleepy Jones Striped PJs

Stella McCartney Star Jeans

Good American Jeans with Pom-poms

Jimmy Choo Shoes

Happy Fourth of July!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Sunflower Edition

 

Tall stems and long days – it’s Summer!  Sunflowers scream summer to me with their bright yellow and stems that seem to grow forever.  I am enjoying the longer days even if it does seem to make it impossible for my seven year to go to sleep.  He like, me wants to chase the light.  We take a later walk and scooter ride with the dog stopping along the way to smell the flowers.

The manic

 

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

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Items featured in the post include:

J. Crew Embellished Top

J. Crew Floral Skirt (on sale!)

DVF Floral Sequin Skirt

J. Crew Tie Neck Top in Yellow

Gucci Princetown Loafer Mule

J. Crew Scarf

Equipment Dress

J. Crew Bell Sleeve Top (on sale!)

GAIA for J. Crew Bag

J. Crew Liberty Print Blazer (on sale!)

J. Crew Beach Blanket

Mani Monday – Blue Stripes Edition

It’s no secret that I love all shades of blue and all manner of stripes, so this week’s mani falls into the neutral category for me.

It has been a little busy lately with the end of the school year and a lot going on as I am sure is the case for most of you.  In fact, you may have noticed there was no Mani Monday on Memorial Day.  I hosted a really fun dinner party on that Sunday and decided to take the holiday off.

My weekly manicures are regular polish, I have never tried a gel manicure on my nails.  I tried gel on my toes this winter which was a game changer.  Due to the process and fast drying I was able to walk out in socks and shoes and go have a workout right away.  I was excited to try Essie’s Gel Couture Color.  It has a “gel finish” without the process.  My manicure is currently on Day 8 and it looks brand new!

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

Items in the photos:

Saint James Striped Shirt

“Blue, The History of a Color”

Saint James Striped Tank

J. Crew Plaid Pants (on sale!)

“Indigo, The Color that Changed the World”

J. Crew Vintage Cropped Jeans with Patchwork (the most comfy jeans ever!)

J. Crew Liberty Print Blazer (also similar here)

J. Crew Stretch Seersucker Blazer

Carrie Forbes Sandals (similar here)

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Mani Monday – Camellia Edition

It is hard to think about a camellia and not also think about Coco Chanel.  My son and I have been reading this book about the life of Coco Chanel at bedtime, so I have had Chanel on the brain.  The polish is subtle matte pink and I love the little touch of camellia.  I think Coco would approve…

The color is “Pink Rubber” by Chanel. It is a matte finish.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Items in the photos include:

J. Crew Pink Rattan Clutch

Equipment Ainsley Button Down Floral

J. Crew Liberty Print Blazer

J. Crew Embroidered Top

J. Crew Pineapple Print Skirt

J. Crew Large Pouch with Glitter

Fendi Bags

Equipment Know Lace up Floral Print Shirt

Equipment Aubrey Dress

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE