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

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Rose and Gold

Are you guys also super obsessed with rose gold right now too? I just can't get enough of it! I am not a fan of gold, but I am a huge fan of pink, and something about that combination is just so gorgeous. Surprisingly, I don't own a rose gold nail polish! So instead of rose gold nail art, I have rose and gold nail art.

rose and gold nail art

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

December 2016 Roundup

December was a crazy month for me, but I'm sure it was for everyone else too. From lots of traveling, to the holidays, December had no chill (no pun intended). The month started off with going to lots of different holiday parties. Then we visitied family in Texas and saw Star Wars. Finally we closed out December with celebrating the holidays and New Year's.

I am not one for New Year's resolutions, instead I try to pick a goal I want to complete within the year. Past ones have been to get my driver's licence, get a big girl job, and get engaged. I have thought a while and there is really nothing big that I want to get done this year. Of course I want to get married, keep thriving at my job, and be the best me, but those don't really count as New Year's goals. I have lots of things I want to do in my live, and I guess I'll see which ones are right for me in 2017.

Nail Art

December Nail Art

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Look Book: New Year's Eve 2016

Earlier this month, Ben and I went to his office holiday party. I noticed that a lot of woman were wearing glitter and sequins, and I got some serious bling envy. For someone that loves all things glitter, it made me realize my wardrobe is really lacking in that department. That's why when I found this sequin top on clearance at Kohl's, I bought it right away.

When I bought it, I knew that I had to wear it on New Year's Eve. I decided to go for a classic New Year's Eve look and wear just black, white, and silver. Remember my New Year's Eve nail art? I created it to match this outfit!

Black, white, and sequin outfit for New Year's Eve

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

New Year's Eve 2016

Can you believe that 2016 is coming to an end already?! A coworker of mine says that life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. 2016 has been...interesting to say the least. From politics, to the loss of so many great people (and gorillas), it has all been a hard pill to swallow. I have been trying for focus on the positives of what 2017 will bring. For me, my biggest focus will be on my wedding.

New Year's has always been one of my favorite holidays. Of course I love dressing up in gold, silver, and glitter. But I love how excited everyone gets siting together in front of the TV counting down. At the 10 second mark everyone counts and cheers in unison, and it's a neat feeling of togetherness that is so rare these days. While I am still skeptical of what 2017 will bring, I am trying to look forward to a night of celebrating.

And how do we celebrate around here? With New Years Eve nail art!

New Year's Eve nail art

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Look Book: Ugly Chanukkah Sweater

Every December, my coworker throws an ugly Christmas sweater party, Unfortunately, he always has it the same weekend I go to Texas to visit family for Chanukkah. When I first got invited to the party a few years ago, it made me realize that I don't have an ugly holiday sweater! Every year I meant to buy one, but I kept forgetting. This year, even though I couldn't make it to the party, I still got my ugly Chanukkah sweater!

Ugly Chanukkah sweater

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Look Book: Tribal Leggings

I don't know where my head has been! I think I deleted a line from my planner by mistake, and it threw my blogging game off. I posted a Swatch Saturday post on a Wednesday! Also, a Look Book post I thought I had plans to post this month was completely gone. A mix of the holidays, plus a week long Texas vacation, also didn't help me get my head in the game.

Luckily I got over this little hiccup, and I am getting myself back on track. That means I am finally sharing that forgotten Look Book post! As I mentioned, my mom got me a some clothes as part of my birthday gift last month, and that they would be making an appearance on the blog. One outfit she got for me was this black top and tribal leggings.

Black patchwork top and colorful tribal leggings



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