Saturday, March 18, 2017

Green Day #RevRadTour

On Monday, Ben and I saw Green Day on their Revolution Radio tour in DC. He got tickets for me for Chanukkah, and I had been looking forward to it ever since. I was actually really nervous that the show would get canceled due to the big snow storm. I checked Twitter all day long, and luckily the show was on!

What I wore to the Green Day concert

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Green Nails for Green Day (and St. Patrick's day)

On Monday, Ben and I saw Green Day on their Revolution Radio tour, which was amazing! I will talk more about the concert in an upcoming post, but today I wanted to share the nail art I did for the concert.

From the start, I knew I wanted to do something with green and black. Since St. Patrick's day is around the corner, I also wanted my nails to be festive for the holiday too. I decided that the perfect way to incorporate both events was with green-to-black gradient nail art.

Green and black gradient nail art

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Julep Maven March 2017 - Face The Glimmer

If you follow me on Instagram, then you might have seen my first ever live video! For my first live video, I decided to unbox the March 2017 Julep Maven box. This month Julep released the Spring To It collection. I opted for the Face The Glimmer box, which featured four full sized makeup items, and two sample items.

Julep Maven March 2017 Face The Glimmer Box

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mandala

In college I took a Buddhism class, and it was one of my favorites. A huge teaching in Buddhism is the idea of impermanence. What that means is that everything that we know in this world is going to be destroyed sooner or later, so it's wise to not become too attached to things as they are.

One way the Buddhists embrace this idea is in the creation of mandalas. People can spend days or weeks creating this intricate designs made of sand, just to wash them away. Ever since I learned about this, it is something that I have tried to keep with me so that if something in my life breaks, I try to not get too upset over it.

When I saw this nail art on Pinterest, it reminded me of a mandala and I was inspired to recreate it.

Colorful mandala nail art

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Look Book: Gray and Burgundy

There are three ways in which I acquire new clothes into my wardrobe. The first, and least common, is buying it full price. The second is from the clearance rack. The third way is from my mom. This outfit combines the second two.

A few weeks ago I picked up a gray top on clearance. It was really comfy and perfect for work. A little while later, I got a surprise package in the mail from my mom with a pair of burgundy boots. She said she ordered them for herself but they were too small, so she sent them to me. Thanks mom! I love purples and grays together, so I decided to pair them.

Gray top and knee-high burgundy boots


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Remembrance Picture Frames

I am officially less than 3 months out from the wedding and it's getting close to crunch time! That means finalizing the details with all the vendors, and finish making all the crafts.

Of course, browsing Pinterest gave me a lot of ideas for personal touches to make the big day more special. One idea that I loved was to put photos of loved ones that have passed on the chairs during the ceremony.

I knew that I wanted to create fun signs and have lots of photos for the wedding, so over a year ago I picked up two picture frames that were on clearance. They were actually a hot mess when I got them (no wonder they were marked down so cheap!), but I knew I could revive them.

Pictures of loved ones that have passed on for wedding ceremony

Saturday, February 25, 2017

February 2017 Round Up

And just like that, February was over already. It was nice having a pretty low-key month, especially since March looks like it's going to be crazy one. I still had a lot of fun this month celebrating Valentine's day and hanging out with friends.

Nail Art

nail art feb 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Old Lace

I feel like a broken record when I say this, but I have been feeling pretty uninspired lately. With so much going on in my life, from the wedding right around the corner, and excititng things happening at work, it has been hard to think of nail art ideas.

Thank goodness for Pinterest! It has been saving my butt (and also making me want to spend money on lots of wedding details I probably don't need). I found this beautiful lace nail art look and I knew I wanted to recreate it. I loved the soft neutrals and the delicate lace.

Neutral and lace nail art

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Look Book: Purple Peplum Sweater

Every Valentine's day, my mom sends me (and now Ben too) a little care package. The rules are that it has to have Reese's and a stuffed animal. She usually also throws in some clothes, makeup, and other accessories. In my package this year, I got this beautiful purple peplum sweater.

Purple peplum sweater, grey knee high boots

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wedding Crafts: Painted Wine Bottles

It has been a hot minute since I have posted about my wedding planning on the blog. Since yesterday was our 2 year anniversary of being engaged, I thought it was time to share some of the things that I have been working on.

While touring wedding venues, we saw one wedding that I just thought was so beautiful. One thing I loved about this wedding was all the personal touches that the bride added. I actually used some ideas in a few of my crafts. The first one I worked on was painted wine bottles.

What you need:

Wedding Crafts: Painted Wine Bottles

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Makeup Looks: Smokey Valentine

Can you believe that Valentine's day is right around the corner already? Ben and I are actually celebrating tonight. We are getting dressed up and going out for a fancy dinner. This is also a special day for us, because Ben proposed on Valentine's day two years ago.

I decided that I wanted to create a Valentine's day makeup look, so I started browsing Pinterest. I found three looks I loved, but I ended up deciding to go with this Valentine's day smokey eye.

Smokey makeup look for Valentine's day

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Love Letters

Even though my fiance, Ben, and I are millennials, there is something special about handwriting your feelings for someone, and sending it in the mail (snail mail that is!). We only wrote each other love letters a couple of times while we were in our four year long distance relationship. 

Now that we live together, we do leave the occasional love note. I think that taking the time to write your feelings down is so special. It takes time and thought, and you can keep it forever. I save all the love notes that Ben has written for me. You can't save a text and look back on it with your grandchildren!

Love letter nail art for Valentine's day

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Look Book: Triple Heart Dress

Valentine's day is around the corner and I am getting excited. I love dressing up and going out for a fancy dinner. Ben and I are pretty frugal, so we don't eat out often, and when we do it's usually on a budget, so it's fun to splurge a few nights a year.

Of course I can't wear any ol' dress! I love dressing up in festive outfits for most holidays, and Valentine's day is no exception. I picked up this amazing heart key hole dress a few years ago and I wore it every Valentine's day. Sadly, I gained some weight and I wasn't able to fit in it anymore (and I gave it away at a clothing exchange). Luckily, my mom found a similar dress in a bigger size!

Triple cut out heart dress for Valentine's day

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

French Tip Hearts

Happy first day of February! I love the start of February because love is in the air. Why's that? Valentine's day is around the corner, of course! Love is such a focal point of my life that I even got a tattoo of my favorite Rooney song, That Girl Has Love. Of course I love my Fall holidays, but a day celebrating the best feeling in the world, love, is up there on my list.

Since Valentine's day is one of my favorite holidays, of course that means I need to do some looks on the blog to celebrate. I'm sure you have all seen this French tip heart manicure all over Pinterest. I have had my nails almond shaped for a while, so I have no idea why it took me so long to try out this look!

French manicure heart nail art

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 2017 Roundup

Welcome to the first roundup of the new year! Thankfully my January wasn't too crazy, after a super crazy October, November, and December. That not to say I wasn't busy. I spent it doing a lot of wedding planning from crafting decorations to buying Ben's wedding band. I also fulfilled one of my life's dreams and was in a protest! I went to the Women's March on Washington to fight for human rights. It was such an incredible experience to be a part of history.

Nail Art

Nail art by Claws Up in January 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dorothy in the Streets, Blanche in the Sheets

A few years ago, I watched The Golden Girls for the first time. I love older TV (I Love Lucy is my favorite show of all time), but for some reason it took me a long time to watch The Golden Girls. After one episode I was an instant fan. I even listen to a Golden Girls podcast every weekend while I work on my nail art for the blog!

Dorothy in the Streets, Blanche in the Sheets pillow

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Makeup Looks: Frozen

Last week when that cold front came through, it meant that winter was officially here. I have broken out my warmest clothes, my snow boots, and my hot chocolate. This cold weather inspired me to create a winter makeup look.

Winter makeup

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grape Galaxies

My first ever nail art post on this blog was my first attempt at galaxy nail art. To be real with you, one of my first times doing nail art period, and it was pretty awful. One year later on my blogaversary I decided to attempt galaxy nail art again. While better, was still a fail.

A month ago I went to Texas to visit family for the holidays (but really to see Rogue One). I wanted to do nail art my brother would think was cool; I wanted to do galaxy nail art. I had to talk myself up to it.

You can do it.

Your're actually sorta not bad at nail art now.

It's easy, I swear!

Purple galaxy nail art

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Look Book: Cozy Chevron

There is no more denying it, winter is here! The temperature is dropping, snow is falling, and I am bringing out all my warmest clothes. I love fall and winter for a lot of reasons, and one of them is that I get to wear my favorite clothes. Give me a sweater, a scarf, and boots, and I am a happy camper.

I got a lot of clothes from my mom for my birthday and Chanukkah, and one thing that I got that I was extra excited about was this sweater dress and scarf combo. The sweater was long and warm, and I loved the chevron scarf it came with. I thew in some leggings and boots, and instantly found my favorite winter outfit!

Black sweater dress with burgundy leggings and red and black chevron scarf

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Makeup Looks: Greenery

Welcome to 2017! With a new year comes many other new things. #NewYearNewMe and all. In case you haven't heard, Pantone has chosen the new Color of the Year, and its Greenery. I am having sort of a love-hate relationship with Greenery. I love green, and it is a pretty and fresh shade of green. However, this color screams Spring to me, and I really really hate the spring.

No matter if I love it or if I hate it, since it's the 2017 color of the year, I wanted to wear it. Here is my Greenery makeup look:

Pantone 2017 Color of the Year Greenery makeup look

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