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Summer Moods

I’m going on a little fishing trip this Saturday and that coupled with all of the mermaid braids I’ve been coveting and the pretty summer pictures on http://universe–me.blogspot.com/ have inspired me to create a little fishing trip/open sea/waves/water/summer feeling mood-board.

Ice Cream in Cold Spring Harbor, Pointer Alice Boat Shoe from Urban Outfitters,Mara Hoffman Swim Braids, Swallow Tattoo at http://fyeahtattoos.com/search/anchor, Photo by Louise from http://universe–me.blogspot.com/, Risto Bimbiloski : Short Smock Moon Dress 

Mermaid braids, boat shoes, lakes, mermaid sea color dresses, and perfect ice cream cones remind me of summer and fishing and everything beautiful in the world that you no longer truly experience once your summer is filled with a 9-5 job. I miss being young and going to Poconos for the summers, having bbq’s and swimming in lakes everyday, getting lost in tiny forests and having adventures and learning about life. Once your in your mid-20’s, you’re learning about a very different type of life and it’s not as magical anymore. I’m trying to fill my summer weekends up with magical things, like boats and day trips, to feel like all the magic of summer isn’t lost, but it’s hard when you have responsibilities. Anyway, you don’t want to hear about responsibilities, so look at pretty things and pretend that all is not lost.

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Still Loving Mermaid Hair

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When I’m obsessed with something, I tend to stay obsessed. I first featured Mermaid Fishtail Braids on my blog in February, and now I’m becoming enamored with the delicate braids again. Although I’m kind of lazy when it comes to doing my hair (wash, brush, air dry, typically) I’m willing to try some of the easy tutorials I’ve found online. Check out a couple of my favorites below.

Image via Refinery29

Refinery 29 has a great tutorial by TRESemmé hairstylist Elsa Canedo who created the braids above for the Mara Hoffman Swim runway show. If you know how to do french braids, then this tutorial will be super simple for you. If you’re French Braid challenged, like me, you’ll need some extra help.

Image via Sasha Owen

I love this Mermaid braid variation courtesy of blogger/model Sasha Owen. It’s super simple to do, and I didn’t even watch the youtube tutorial with the sound on. I have no idea what she actually says, but it’s still pretty easy to follow just by watching. Since I have super straight hair (from a Keratin treatment months ago) I would probably have to wash it sans conditioner and tease it first to get the desired effect, but that’s doable, even for a lazy-hair doer like myself.

What do you think about Mermaid Braids? Will you be trying them this summer?

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The New Nail Trend: Photo Nails

Every day, I see numerous blogs, tumblers, and websites posting about the newest trend in nails; Japanese nail art, gel nails, matte tips and glossy moons . I’ve always been a big proponent of nail art- it’s the easiest thing to adorn when the rest of you has to look professional. Of course, crazy nails might not be okay in every office, but it seems like the least of HR concerns.

With my always Macaulay Culkin obsession (see here and here and here and list goes on so I’ll stop) I started searching around for a way to incorporate mac on my nails and stumbled onto digital nail printers. There isn’t a lot of information about the printers online, and only one (from what I found) company in the US produces them- most come out of China and Japan. The printers print on either natural or fake nails, and require a steady hand. Ranging from 15 to 30 seconds per nail, depending on the printer, you get a glossy, perfect little image on your nail. The process is super easy; put a base coat on, stick your finger in the printer, then put top coat on. Of course, as these printers begin at over $1000, I decided to search for a salon who has the printer and could do custom nails for me. Lynn’s Boutique on Etsy sells ready made and custom nail designs starting at $8.99 for 20 nails. Lynn was easy to work with and the nails came very quickly. Once the transaction goes through, Lynn sends you an instructional video and then the nails come packaged with instructions as well. The image of Macaulay was perfect, getting proportionally smaller and smaller as the nails decreased in size. I didn’t actually have a chance to put the nails on yet, however, you can see an example of what they would look like in the last picture.

Directions on the back of the package

Close up- perfect Culkins

Nails come with glue and a small nail file

An example of what they would look like on

Personally, I probably would not order these again as I don’t really love wearing press-on nails, however, if you’ve mastered the art of press-ons, these are really fun to wear and definitely quite different. However, if I can find a salon in the city with this machine, you can bet I’ll be getting photos on my natural nails all the time.

If you want to order your own pair, check out Lynn’s Boutique.

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