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

 

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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!

XO,

jAE

Mani Monday – Half Dip Edition

My nails may be half dipped, but I am one hundred percent in holiday mode.  The house is decorated, the shopping is underway and the holiday cards are in the mail.  I did a special post last night on how easy they were.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Model Clicks” and “Take Me To Thread” by Essie Gel Couture.  The wear of this polish is similar to gel without the gel process.  Be sure to use the special top coat.

Items in the photos include:

Bow Pump here and here

Floral Dress

Leopard Pouch (medium and large)

Ted Baker Floral Dress

Gucci Mule in Leopard

Guitar Blazer

Tweed Coat

Pink Faux Fur Stole

Foulard Top

Tapestry Flats

Striped Tunic

Velvet Sneakers

Missoni Cape

Floral Blazer

Plaid Shirt

Custom Pouch

Plaid Sneakers

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

 

Mani Monday – Pine Cone Edition

“Some of my friends at school say Santa is not real.” says my seven year old.

My heart stops and my stomach drops until he says, “But I KNOW he is real.  I usually get everything I ask for and I have seen him and he looks exactly the same each year.” I sigh internally with relief and thank The Grove Los Angeles for having such an awesome Santa (that is the same guy every year).

“Wasn’t is so nice of Santa to put together the hot wheels ultimate garage last year, so it was ready to go in the morning?”  he continues.  “I am ready to make my list.”  I start typing it into the notes in my phone:

BB-8 Robot
Cozmo Robot
Mach 1
Alexa “for the go”
Icee maker
Kitchen Aid Mini Stand Mixer
Sensor lights for the backyard for the raccons
Two pieces of Ghiradelli chocolate
Big Eraser
Star Wars Water Bottle
Swiss Army Knife (TSA Approved)
Calculator

“Take a look at the list and take off the things that are easy for you to get.  I will only ask Santa for the things that are harder.  That will make your shopping easier.” My eyes start to tear up and I fight them back.  I want to freeze this moment in time.

We brought the list to Santa this weekend.  Santa told him no one had asked for a calculator in a while.

This week’s mani is both festive and nostalgic.  The pine cone reminds me of my own childhood on the Monterey Peninsula and all the huge pine trees.  I don’t remember when I stopped believing in Santa, but I am enjoying every second of Santa magic now.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The colors are “Gris Obscur“, “Cavaliere” and “Emeraude” by Chanel.

Items in the photos include:

Star Sweater

Velvet Mule

Windowpane Sweater

Gold and Black Shimmer Top

Studded Denim Jacket

Camo Monogrammed Clutch

Red Dress

Army Jacket with Peplum Tweed

Floral Top

Poof Sleeve Plaid Blazer

Bell Sleeve Sweatshirt

Camo Puffer Jacket

Metallic Dot Skinny Jeans

Tweed Jacket

Patent T-Strap Wingtip

Heart Blouse

Faux Fur Slippers

Leopard Print Coat

Multi-color Tweed Jacket

Camo Tee

Striped Tee with Embroidered Dots

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

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!

XO,

JAE

 

 

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!

XO,

JAE

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!

XO,

JAE

 

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!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Reinvent Me Edition

“I can take that meeting on Tuesday if that is the only time that works, but my chakras are likely to be a bit out of whack.”  I half joked to my husband as we were confirming a meeting.  “Well we don’t need that on a regular basis.  I’ll avoid Tuesdays in the future.”  Neither my husband nor I would be described as woo-woo or new age, but we both know that the class just works for me.

I go to classes regularly at Unplug, a meditation studio in Los Angeles where the Tuesday Chakra balancing class led by Camilla Sacre-Dallerup takes place.  She is a gift and her approach and strategies are so simple, yet profound.  I wrote about how her approach and a particular mediation bolstered my cleaner eating habits here.  I was so excited to get my hands on her new book, Reinvent Me.  The cover also served as the perfect nail art inspiration.

 

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Looks to Thrill” by Essie Gel Couture and “Alpine Snow” by OPI.

Items in the photos include:

J. Crew Scarf

Tory Burch Tote

Jonathan Simkhai Dress

Madewell Striped Tee

Loeffler Randall Slides

Hugo Boss Jacket

Joseph Fair Isle Sweater

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Star Edition

Who are the stars of your story? I have been asking myself that question in a number of ways.  In my meditation practice I am working on making my internal narrator a positive one.  That voice has a lot of air time and it is not always kind.

Last week my husband and I attended a memorial service for someone my husband worked with right after business school.  I never met her and she was gone far too young to breast cancer.  The service was beautiful and inspiring.  The stars of her story had genuine love for her.  She had made her friendships and interactions count. The finite nature of our lives was brought home, but I also thought about how she will remain a star in the stories of those whose lives she impacted.  Life is short.  I am dedicated to flashing the smile, extending the kindness, going the extra mile, attending the concert or performance and being present.  I want to be a positive star in the lives I touch and in my own story.

The manicure and nail art are Olive & June.  The color is “Haute to Trot” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items featured in the photos include:

Studded Jean Jacket

Gingham Bell Sleeve Top and Tweed Shoes

Floral Dress

Legend of Lido Clutch

Star T-shirt

Star Blouse

Star Dress

Chloe Heel

Faux Fur Jacket

Moon and Stars Sweatshirt

Embroidered Denim Shirt

Glitter Clutch and Pink Ruffle Sweater

Gucci Slide

Star Denim Jeans

Star Denim Dress

Star Purse

Miu Miu Shoes

Kate Spade Bag

J. Crew Jacket

Givenchy Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE