west end wonderland

Patriotic Manicure

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After perusing through a zillion patriotic inspired manicures on Pinterest, I was determined to recreate a star-spangled look myself. Surprisingly, this manicure can be done in minutes–a speedy top coat is much to thank for it!

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What You Need:

Base Coat – I like Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat

Fast Drying Top Coat – Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Nail Coat is absolutely fabulous

Scissors

Tape

Red, White, Blue, Gold, Glitter lacquer

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Essie (Fifth Ave) | Zoya (Snow White) | Dior (Tuxedo) | butter LONDON (The Full Monty) | butter LONDON (West End Wonderland)

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  1. Attach an end of a lengthy piece of tape onto a counter or table. Apply two coats of blue lacquer to the tape and let dry completely.
  2. Apply two coats of red lacquer to your thumb, pointer, and pinky fingers.
  3. Apply two coats of gold lacquer to your middle finger.
  4. Apply two coats of white lacquer to your ring finger.
  5. Once dry, apply two coats of gold glitter lacquer over the already polished gold nail.
  6. Cut the painted tape into thin identical strips.
  7. Once completely dry, place two tape strips one at a time, evenly over the white painted nails.
  8. Using scissors, trim the ends of the tape strips to fit evenly over your nails.
  9. Apply one coat of a fast drying top coat to all nails.
  10. Apply an additional top coat layer over nails with the applied tape strips.

Friday Finds {My Favorites Things of Fall}

November weather has me cozying up to oversized knits (particularly this sweater coat that I’ve been living in.), hot cups of tea, and a good read. Very Cameron Diaz-ish in The Holiday. (Cozy socks & all.)

How cozy is this scarf?

My cozy spot for reading & blogging.
I just can’t get enough of layering during the Fall and Winter months, so I’m constantly adding to my scarf collection.

Pumpkin Spice Tea. Almond milk and stevia complete this festive tea latte.
I’m in love with bow detail. This sweet little bracelet makes for chic Holiday arm candy. (A Kate Spade find at TJ Maxx, $29 originally $78!)
I’m all about subtle hints of sparkle. A great greige, Julep’s Sophie from the Trina Turk Fall 2012 Collection, and Butter London’s West End Wonderland.  I truly think West End Wonderland may be the prettiest polish I ever did see. I’ve declared it my Holiday go-to.

What are your must-haves and favorite things of Fall?