Mani Monday – Tipsy French Edition

Bonjour!  I woke up this morning at 3:30 am with thoughts of my fresh croissant and cafe creme.  Instead I made myself an iced black coffee and had some overnight oats with hemp, flax and chia.  Back to reality.  The nine days in Paris to celebrate my birthday were glorious.   It was my son’s first trip out of the United States, so we hit all the usual spots. I loved seeing them all again through his eyes.  We stayed in the same neighborhood where I spent ten days in the mid-90s.  I kept flashing back to pre-marriage and mommy memories as my family  made new memories.

In preparation for the trip I got a gel mani with a tipsy french tips.  My mani paired nicely with my aperitif of choice, kir and all things Paris.  The gel held up well as you can see in the photos (some were taken more than a week after the mani).

I may hold on to this mani for a few more days as I reminisce and ease back into my California life. I will miss the walking and the endless light of the summer long days.

Adieu.  Until next time…

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Items in the photos include:

Clare V Tote

Moynat Gabrielle Bag

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

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Mani Monday – In the Pink Edition

I’m starting off my birthday week in the pink. It’s a throwback to my nail game before I discovered nail art. Back then, I used to alternate between pale pinks and wear my mani for at least two weeks. My, how times change. I love this subtle stripe with the negative space of my nail-art-adjacent manicure.

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The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Blush Worthy” by Essie Gel Couture.

Items in the photos include:

Insect Shirt

Zig Zag Flats

Star Cashmere Sweater

Simple Tote

Strawberry Clutch

Pink and White Striped Sweatshirt

Tiger Blouse

Perforated Tote

Floral Dress

Floral Smocked Skirt

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Summer Bright Edition

We are in the home stretch.  Just a few more days until summer vacation and I must say it is looking bright.  We have some fun travels planned this summer as well as list of local sights and activities we want to check off.  The days are longer and we finally broke out of “June gloom” and into some sunny warm weather.  I was inspired to pick up the cutest denim mules this weekend as an early birthday treat to myself and they ended up being comfortable on an impromptu walk.  Hello, summer everyday shoe!

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

Plaid Top

Floral Gown

Off the Shoulder Dress

Floral Top

Black and White Dress

Lem Lem Dress

Ballet Flat In Zig Zag Raffia

Tweed Mule

Tie-Dye Sweatshirt

Striped Wrap Skirt

Gingham Mule

Flower Chain Pants

Peasant Top

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Love is Love Edition

Love is Love.  It’s pride month and I love seeing rainbows everywhere.  Rainbows are the most colorful, cheerful expression of stripes and the fact that that all the colors are represented makes me feel balanced looking at them.  There are so many cute sweaters, sweatshirts, bags, and shoes that I have on my list right now (below).  Rainbows just lift my mood and make me smile.  I also smile when I think about my son growing up in a more inclusive and open world.  LOVE is LOVE.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Perfectly Poised” by Essie Gel Couture.

A few of my favorite rainbow items:

Rainbow Cuff

Striped Rainbow Tote

Navy Rainbow Clutch

Rainbow Sweater

Rainbow Slides

Rainbow Cardigan

Rainbow Sneakers

Rainbow Slides

Items featured in the photos include:

Dotted Chambray Pants

Rainbow Top

Orange Driving Shoes

Striped Tank

Woven Tote Bag

Hat

Tibi Floral Top (on sale!)

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

Mani Monday – Frog Edition

Mommy, they are actually not green!” says my son as I arrive at his class presentation.  “Well I still thought a frog would be cute.” I reply.  “They are orange, but it is cute.” he says with a smile.

This week my son gave a presentation on the poison dart frog.  Did you know that a poison dart frog does not sleep?  Instead it sits very still and rests.  This amphibian is typically bright orange, but some are green.

My first polo shirt in high school was pink with green stripes.  It remains one of my favorite color combinations.  I love both colors in prints too, especially Lilly Pulitzer prints like in this top ,these shorts and this dress.  This week’s color combination has had me missing all my old Lilly clothes.  I did manage to keep one pair of shoes (pictured above) with blue butterflies that were a favorite in my New York days.  I also kept a dress and a few other pieces that I will wear this summer.

 

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

Items in the photos include:

Veronica Beard Floral Dress

Rebecca Taylor Embroidered Denim Jacket

Pink Gingham Shirt

Legend of Lido Tropical Clutch

Pink Tie Shorts

Loewe Gingham Bag

Splendid X Margherita French Terry Sweatshirt

Swear Camo and Pink Kicks

R13 Liberty Print Shorts

Basket Circle Bag

Pink Adidas

Bow Mules

Pierre Hardy Bag

Floral Dress

Striped Tee

Chambray Top

Happy Monday!

XO,

JAE

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

 

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