• The Power of Pink with bodega flowers, crosswalks, and jelly shoes

    Give me pink or give me death.  

    Now, I know that pink is “in” right now – hello, Glossier ads and sweaters at Barneys – but it’s also my second favorite color (behind orange of course). I’m delighted at the multitude of affordable ways to incorporate soft shades of pink, blush, rose, and nude into my wardrobe as of late, as pink has always held a special place in my heart as the symbol of all things female, sexy, and mysterious.  Yea, I think pink can be mysterious.  A woman in pink most definitely gives you pause.

    Today I’ve paired a slick pair of light pink trousers with a long, navy coat for warmth against the brutal winds coming off the Hudson River, and a basic white turtleneck. To finish the look I’ve added a pair of clear, jelly sandals that are the opposite of sensible. Who needs comfort when you have the sauciest of shoes on your feet, daring the almost freezing temperatures to tickle your toes?

    Jelly, or Jam, These Shoes are Sweet.

    I’m off to the bodega in this outfit…

    …because whether you’re running a quick errand to pick up some of the city’s most affordable tulips, peonies, and baby’s breath or you’re heading into a meeting with your boss, a smart pair of trousers matched with an oversized coat really won’t do you wrong.

    Roses for the win.

    Home I went, flowers in hand, eager to get them into fresh water so they’d make it a day longer than anticipated.  I think they lasted for an entire week – not bad for bodega buds.  The sweetest part of my day and this outfit?  Shoe envy.


    Explore more ways to incorporate pink into your everyday look with some of my favorite pink pieces of the moment, right here…

     


    Photography by Stephanie Cheng.

  • Floral Nail Art Manicure

    Saw my Instagram and want to rock this adorable floral nail art manicure for yourself?  It’s incredibly easy to achieve because no nail polish is required to wear this look!  Getting floral nails for summer is as easy as taking a quick trip to your nearest drug store.

    So many of you asked that I had to share this not-so-secret: my nails aren’t painted at all.  Instead, they’re wrapped in Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in “Girl Flower” and they only cost me around $9.  A few of the other patterns available look a bit too manufactured for me, but I’ve gotten pretty results using Lustrous, Glitz Blitz, and Misbehaved.

    These polish strips are some of the easier ones to apply, especially because it seems like they’ve changed the sizing on the strips to be a bit more uniform since I used them last.  The patterns aren’t amazing, but a select few are definitely hot-to-trot.  My tips for applying these are below.

     

    POLISH STRIPS TIPS and TRICKS

    1. It’s critical that your nail is completely dry before applying the polish strips.  Wipe some acetone or alcohol over your nails with a bit of cotton to do this.

    2. Measure the polish strips against your own nails before you start, and line them up in the correct order on a table.

    3. Unpeel each strip completely before applying (I disregard the directions here as it’s easier to shape the strip without the top layer of plastic still attached) and delicately fold the strip around your nail, starting at the cuticle.

    4. If you need to shape the strip, I’d recommend using cuticle cutters to get the job done quickly and more precisely than the small emory board provided in the package.  Same goes for the tips – just cut the ends off where your nail ends and fold the remaining part of the strip over and under the tip of your nail.

    5. The wooden board provided in the kit actually does a great job of sealing the strip to your nail.  Just be sure to hold it on there pretty hard, and use your fingers for a final seal. 

    I’d love to see your summer nails – tag me on Instagram @LoBosworth and use my #AtHomeMani hashtag!

    xo

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