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!



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 – Watermelon Edition

Refreshing watermelon. Picnics. BBQs.  Parades.  Swimming.  Long days.  I can’t wait for my favorite season. It’s been a bit chilly in Los Angeles of late, but I’ve got summer on my hands.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are “Kiss Me I’m Brazilian” by OPI, “Minty” by RGB, and “Cake Pop” by CND Vinylux.

Items featured in the photos include:

Watermelon Coin Purse

Watermelon Glitter Bag

Watermelon Pouch

Gingham Shirt

Striped Bell-Sleeve top (on sale!)

Happy Monday!



Mani Monday – Easter Eggs Edition

We enjoyed a long weekend with family to celebrate Easter which included an Easter egg hunt, dying eggs and lots of candy.  I love all the pastels of the season. It was fun to choose not one, but five for this week’s mani.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The colors are all CND Vinylux and are: Creekside, Sun Bleached, Cake Pop, Mint Convertible and Wisteria Haze.  They also have the best top coat.

Items in the photos:

J. Crew Liberty Blazer (on sale!)

J. Crew Floral Bandana

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

J. Crew Striped Bell Sleeve Top

Prada Sandals

Le Creuset Baker (on sale!)

Happy Monday!



Mani Monday – Stars Edition

The stars were all out last night.  Our family Oscar viewing party included a fort in the family room, and Postmates delivery of Bareburger (yum!).  If you have not tried Postmates, it is amazing and with code ryi1k your first delivery is free.

We had a ballot contest. My son is seven and it was his first time participating.  The only movie on the ballot he had seen was Zooptopia.  He was asleep before it was over and he missed being the winner for a few minutes and then coming in second.  He had picked “La La Land” for just about everything.  Sadly, I came in last.  At least I have stars on my nails to get me through the week.

The colors are Chanel Velvet Nail Colour in “Pink Rubber”, Chanel Long Wear Nail Colour in “Ballerina”, and Chanel Long Wear Nail Colour in “Camelia”.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Links to items pictured:

Drake’s for J. Crew Bandana with Elephant Print

Perfect shirt in Liberty Edenham floral

J. Crew Chambray Dress

J. Crew Charlie Slides

J. Crew Star Print Jeans

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy

Happy Monday!



Mani Monday -Blue Triangle Edition

This week I wanted something elegant and neutral with a pop of color.  I went with nude and blue triangles on two nails on one hand and one on the other hand.  I felt like a full set would just be too much.

The colors are “Do You Take Lei Way?” by OPI and ” I Know What Boys Like” by Deborah Lippmann. The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

Links to a few of the items featured are here:

Fitbit Flex 2 in Navy here and here

Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish

Valentino Camustars Slip-on Sneaker

J. Crew Star Print Jacket

J. Crew Striped Capri Leggings

Happy Monday!



Mani Monday – The Flower Guy Edition

It feels like Spring.  At least in the stores and definitely this weekend in Los Angeles, actually make that Summer.  Nothing screams Spring like flowers.  The Michael De Feo for J. Crew collection of t-shirts give J. Crew‘s new roll a freshness that is irresistible.  I featured all three t-shirts (the Painted Daisy Vase, Striped with Painted Flowers, and Painted Tulips) last week in Blooming in Blue.  The collection inspired this week’s mani.

The color is “Mariniere” by Chanel.  The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.

The book pictured above is”A Passion for Blue & White“, by Carolyne Roehm

My Fitbit Flex 2 in navy is pictured above and is so easy to wear.

Happy Monday!



Mani Monday – Umbrella Edition

I love my rain boots.  They are comfortable, stylish and naturally, a leopard print.  They make me look forward to the rain.  I love to slosh through puddles and not worry about my shoes.  I feel a little invincible like I can tread through anything.  I am more playful; the idea of jumping through puddles makes me smile.

1983. Winter sports at Stevenson School include Boys Soccer, Boys Lacrosse and Girls Field Hockey.  Field Hockey has the worst field; on rainy days it is more like a swamp.  We play in knee-high mud.  We practice rain or shine — or we would never have practice during El El Niño.  I love Field Hockey. All the stresses, troubles, and academic pressures of the day melt away with the mud.  Mud flies everywhere. Sticks and balls and mud do battle.  I stand in my cleats. Mud swishes through my socks between my toes and my toes wiggle in the mud.  I am not the most skilled player, but I love this sport.  Actually, I love the uniform.  The kilt hits me just right and Field Hockey girls  – we – give off a,  ‘ready for anything’, tough-girl vibe, which I can’t muster off the field/so unlike the real me. I am covered in mud, my perfectly coiffed bob is destroyed.  I feel liberated from the controlled and striving for perfection self I am off the field.

My father picks me up from practice.  The front seat of his Audi is covered in towels.  I strip down in the laundry room off of the garage lest I drag the field into the the perfectly clean main part of the house and dump my clothes into the washer.  After a hot shower, I devour a whole box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and ask for more.   I have earned this, I am a serious athlete and I am starving.  It is time to buckle down for 4-5 hours of homework.  As I write essays, solve geometry proofs and conjugate verbs in French, I stop and smile as I remember the feeling of freedom in the mud.  Tomorrow is another practice, I hope it rains.

The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.  The color is “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around” by OPI.

Happy Monday!



Back to Basics

This week’s black striped mani (which was chip-free seven days later, btw) got me thinking about stripes and basics.  As much as I love color, there is an elegance to simple black and white and (of course) my favorite navy and white.  Here are my selections from the J. Crew New Arrivals and some great classic buys from the sale section.

J. Crew Italian Cashmere Mixed Stripe Sweater (new!)

J. Crew Geometric Eyelet Top (new!)

J. Crew Colorblock Ponte Striped Dress (on sale!

J. Crew Swimsuit

J. Crew Striped Pom-Pom Scarf (on sale!)

J. Crew Buffalo Check Shirt-Jacket (on sale!)

J. Crew Gemma Cap-Toe Flats (on sale!)

J. Crew Gemma Cap-Toe Flats (on sale!)

My favorite faux-fur scarf that I featured in Pattern Mix Hits the Gym , All of the Stripes and Stripes and Kisses is on sale!

J. Crew for Net-A-Porter Faux Fur Scarf (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!