Every afternoon we need a little pick-me-up but especially so on Monday afternoons.
With the World Cup starting this week, what better to ride through the rest of the day (and week) than with The 2014 World Cup Official Album: One Love, One Rhythm. I'm a salsa lover (the dance AND the dip) so nothing gets me more amped than Latin beats. This album includes names you'll recognize (Shakira, Aloe Blacc, Ricky Martin) as well as wonderful Brazilian and international musicians you may not be as familiar with (Arlindo Cruz, MAGIC!, Carlinhos Brown). I've been streaming the album over Spotify and dancing at my desk as discreetly as I can (which, so far, hasn't been that discreet). Press play and let the rhythm take over.
Totally unrelated but still awesome is this video from Style.com. This past weekend was my birthday and, of course, I deliberated about what I would wear for weeks prior to the big event. Go classic with an LBD or opt for the less obvious, but so much more interesting, chambray jumpsuit? ( If you can't tell, I went with the latter. Pictures to come.) Another modern nighttime ensemble I've been dying to put my own stylish spin on is the shorts-as-evening-wear look. In this video the woman, the myth, the legend, Leandra Medine (the original Man Repeller), puts together a gorgeous outfit sparked by this idea. (Those pale pink satin shorts and that pleated lilac blouse? I swoon.) She has a great tip of letting your statement shoes shine with this avant-garde approach to evening dressing. With a little less fabric than the typical dress contains, why not let your craziest shoes hold the style spotlight for a change? Watch the short segment for Saturday night dressing inspiration because who ISN'T already thinking about the weekend?
One of my tricks for staying on budget each month is to give myself my own manicures. Only once in a blue moon do I venture outside of my apartment for a mani/pedi. Armed with a manicure tool set, cuticle oil, and some hand cream you can get pretty professional at home. While I've attempted nail art in the past, I tend to stay with solid colors or easy color blocking. Let's face it, we're not all Michelangelo and trying to paint tiny versions of things on your nails is best left to the nail queens of Instagram (#nailsofinstagram #lol). This Cherry Blossom Top Coat from Sephora's new Formual X line is totally giving me life and helping me achieve a semi-nail art look with teensy cherry blossoms and glitter without all the hassle of attempting to paint pinprick sized flowers with my left hand.
With spring on my nails, I've decided to keep the season theme going and share some summer for your ears! These Kate Spade Saturday tassel earrings sadly aren't available on their online store anymore, but you can still find them in their shops! I love the beaded take on a tassel. I'm not usually one for long earrings since I have a shorter ear lobe-to-shoulder ratio and chandelier earrings tend to look a little awkward. However, these earrings could seriously be the Sisterhood of the Traveling Earrings because they compliment every face shape and neck length I've seen them on. I even love the idea of venturing onto a longer tassel earring and letting it slightly brush my shoulders - updates to come on that one. For now, enjoy this neon pop to brighten up any outfit.
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