Nail Inspo

Recently I was at breakfast with my friends, and one of them asked me what nail polish she should wear for Thanksgiving. When she asked me, I had this deer in the headlights moment because she had this really pretty cranberry color on her nails already. I was trying to quickly come up with another color, but all my head was saying was RED (or any variation there of… cranberry, burgundy, oxblood, bordeaux)! Luckily, another friend (whose brain works way faster than mine and who has a knack for picking out a good nail color) said something like, “Well, red is always a great color for the holidays!” So why reinvent the wheel? Go classic red! Plus, for some reason, red always makes me feel happy, feminine, and festive!

This picture cracks me up because it is terribly awkward to have your friend take pictures of you at Starbucks with people sitting very closely to the right and left of you. I’m sure they were thinking, “Oh, she must be a blogger.” HAHAHAHAHA!

Did you know Starbucks carries rice krispie treats?!?! I get them all the time for a little snack! Oh, and they’re gluten free!

Nail Color: I’m wearing Macks by Essie, which is apparently very old since “Allure” did a review on it in 2009. Ha!

If you get a mani and you love the color, post a pic of it with the #cstyleinspo (tag me, too)! I can regram it, and we can all copy you! 

Here are a few of my favorite reds:

The rest of the details:

Watch- Kate Spade, Blouse- J. Crew, Rings- Nadri for Similar, Hair- tutorial here and 3/4 inch wand here, Lips- NARS in Luxembourg

Time Saving Hacks For Getting Date Night Ready

BP. Slouchy Button Front Shirt

I’m constantly using time saving hacks to get date night ready because, at this point, I’m just trying to look the best I can in the amount of time I have to get ready. It’s actually quite liberating, considering I used to spend waaaaay too much time getting ready. I think it’s because I would try to make everything look perrrrrfect. I would fret like crazy over my outfit (ok, I still do on occasion -ha!). Our previous house had no full length mirrors to scrutinize my outfit in and wow, did that save me a ton of time and fretting! Now I intentionally avoid the full length mirror! This actually works well for me because these days I have very little time to get ready because of well, LIFE, but truthfully it’s because I HATE getting ready! I procrastinate like crazy and typically leave myself with very little time to get ready. I’d just prefer to do something else… like, anything else, so I’m pretty strategic and I use a ton of time saving hacks.

BP. Slouchy Button Front Shirt

Truth be told, on this particular day, I wasn’t feeling very date nighty. Since I sprained my ankle, I can only wear extremely comfortable flats, and I was on day 28 of tennis shoes and flat booties, humph. Plus, we were headed to a pretty posh restaurant here in Houston, so I really wanted to be in cuter shoes. Double humph. But by golly, I was just going to make the best of it! I decided to wear my booties, and to save time, I wore the outfit I had worn that day. I was going to wear my cute, casual outfit and own it! Can you hear the pep talk I gave myself? Yes, I give myself pep talks. If I don’t, who will?

But, I could tell I needed to do a little something to counter my “humphs”, so I decided to do my hair and makeup really well. Ha!

BP. Slouchy Button Front Shirt

Here are the time saving hacks and tricks I used:

I used my two day hair trick, which means my hair is dirty and that I’ve worn it in a bun for most of the two days. Ha! I used my favorite dry shampoo to spruce it up and this hairspray for a little bit of volume. Full post here (although now I like this dry shampoo better).

Then I used my Conair wand to create the waves. Usually I only do the front strands of hair as a time saving hack, but I decided to go all the way around because I had the time and was feeling well, humph. Full hair tutorial here.

For my makeup, I decided to glam up the eyes with some high pigment eyeshadow because I don’t usually wear it during the day. It’s really quick and easy to apply.  Full post here.

Getting date night ready looks very different for me these days, and I love finding new hacks. Usually my best hacks are born out of a desperate time crunch. See, it’s good to procrastinate! Do you have a hack you use?

Outfit Links: Top- B.P.; Jeans- J Brand both here and here; Shoes- H By Hudson; Earrings- Nadri; Bracelet- Miansai

Pictures by Traci Ling

Hair cut and color by Robert Moore at K. Renee Salon.

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