Oct 26, 2010

Fall/Winter nail polish favorites

Most of my friends and my manicurist will tell you, I am a manicure fanatic!! I go to my favorite nail spot about once a week in the fall/winter. Why you ask? Well, there are several reasons.  The first being that I have horrible nails! I have thin, weak, dry, and brittle nails.  So going to get a manicure about once a week helps keep my nails healthy.  The second is the fact that my nail polish usually chips within about 3 days (due to having horrible nails). AND probably the actual reason I go so often is to change up my nail polish. I love, love, love dark polish. As soon as September 1st hits, I am already bringing out my fall/winter colors.  To me, nothing looks more classy or just plain fabulous than a dark polish on short nails.  My girlfriends and I are obsessed with dark polish.  We are always asking each other what color they have on or what they are going to get the next time they go. I have a couple staples that I use on a regular basis and a few new ones that I am dying to try.  For the most part, I am an OPI girl.  For as long as I can remember I have been using OPI.  I have used a couple ESSIE nail polishes and I do like them, I just started with OPI, so that's what I am comfortable with. What are your favorite nail polishes?

         Lincoln Park after Dark
This is a deep purple and looks fabulous with anything!
This is not for the faint at heart, this is a bold color and is
definitely an attention getter.

      You don't know Jacques
This is a taupe/grey color and is the color of the season!
I have seen so many women with this color on lately.
If you are a little scared to jump into the dark polish,
I would reccommend starting with this color. 

        Color so hot it Berns
This is a fabulous red! It is bright and is
definately an attention getter. Being from Arkansas,
this is the perfect red for game days!

             Light my Sapphire
This is a great dark blue color. 
It's great for those girls who want to wear
a super dark color, but dont want black. I
will warn you, this is dark! But it is still a great color
to wear this winter! I will definitely have this color on in
the near future.

           Ski Teal we Drop
This is a gorgeous turquoise color! I have only
tried this on my toes, so I dont know what it looks
like on fingernails. But with all the compliments I got,
I am sure it will be a winner on my hands too!

Sweet Heart
This is a great neutral color.  It is perfect for
those who just want a little bit of color.  I use this
a lot when I want something that will go with everything,
or don't have time to go to the nail salon every week.

      Rumple's Wiggin
This is more if a spring/summer color,
 but it is one of my new favorites, so I
decided to post it anyway.

               Cajun Shrimp
This is my go to summer color. You cannot go
wrong with this color for toes or nails. This color usually
stays on my feet for most of the summer. If you haven't tried this,
I highly reccommend trying it next summer!

This is from their new Burlesque Collection.
I am dying to try this! It would look great alone, or
as a top coat on red or dark polish for the holidays.

Tease Y Does It - OPI Nail Polish
            Tease-y does it
Also frim the new Burlesque Collection,
this is a burgundy-plum color with a little
bit of shimmer. I can't wait to see what
this looks like on me! I am not much for
shimmer, but I think this might be just the
right amont of shimmer.

I think these are enough for now.  I have so many favorites, it would take me all day to get them on here  These are by far my favorites right now.  Remember, when doing a dark color, it's best to put it on short nails.  If your nails are too long, it will change the whole look.  Short dark nails are the classy way to go.

Sarah, is this a want or a need?

This is a question I get asked almost weekly. I am not going to lie, I have a HUGE obsession with Fashion!! I mean HUGE!! I have a degree in Apparel Studies, so I can kind of blame my addiction on that.  .  .kind of.  Not a day goes by that I don't find something I HAVE (by my standards, probably not everyone elses) to have.  Since I was little, I have always had a problem with saving.  I just hated to see money sit and not be well spent.  My sister on the other hand, is a super saver! My parents would always have to dicuss every purchase with me to make sure it was something I really wanted or needed.  And most of the time I really needed/wanted whatever it was I was looking at purchasing.  Now that I am married and have our money, my spending habits have changed quite a bit.  I no longer buy something just because I sort of like it and may wear it.  I buy things I know I love and will wear to death.  I also have started shopping at less expensive boutiques and clothing stores.  I buy trendy things or what I call "seasonal" things at the more wallet friendly stores.  Things that are "staples" or "long term" purchases, I usualy buy at department or upper scale boutiques.  I have started becoming more of an internet shopper, and it's really easy and fun! I have joined several private sale websites and get an emails everyday about all the sales they are having. 

Most of the time, I don't end up getting anything, but there are times when I do and I am SOOO happy I did.  Case in point. . . Last Saturday we had a bunch of friends over for Hubby's birthday and to watch the Hogs play Auburn (we got ROBBED). A couple of my friends and I were talking about the genious invention - the Jegging. I swear its the most ingenious idea ever! (well maybe not ever, but for right now, yes it is) My friend Candice said she found a great pair of Rich and Skinny's (my fave jean brand) and a local boutique. My other friend Morgan, who shares my affinity for bargain shopping and great sales, told me they had that brand of jegging on a site called smartbargains.com, AND they were half the price of the ones at the local boutique. SO what did I do, I jumped on there monday morning and bought me a pair for cheap! I am wearing them today and love them so much, I went back and bought the black pair too! Both pair did not even add up to what they were originally priced for. Score one for Sarah!! My husband will probably not be happy that I bought two more pairs of jeans/jeggings, but these were a great deal and I know I will get lots of use out of them!!

This is now my mantra for shopping, I always ask myself the very question that I hate being asked. Sarah, is this a want or a need? And 9 times out of 10, its a want, and not something I really need.  So I end up not getting it.  It has probably saved us a lot of money in the long run, and most of the time I realize that it wasn't something I really needed, I just thought I did. 

My challange to you the next time you go shopping, ask yourself this question, "is this a want or a need?" and I bet you will talk yourself out of a lot of unnecessary and impulse buys. I know I sure have.

Happy Tuesday!

Oct 22, 2010

Why am I starting another blog?...

I already have a blog about my life with my wonderful husband and our two dogs.  It's mostly about what we have been up to and how our lives are going.  Since the blog is about the Vicks, I didnt think putting my ideas about fashion, cooking, obsessions, rants, society, etc. on that blog would be appropriate. So I decided to start one just for all that and probably a lot more. This blog will be mine personally, to talk about whatever I am loving that week, or feeling the need to discuss.  I hope you all will enjoy this blog and I am very hopeful it will turn in to something pretty great! I have high asperations for this blog, I just hope that I live up to them!

My parents and Brandons parents are in town for the Razorback Football game tomorrow, so we are going to hang out with them this weekend. Hopefully I will be able to post something Sunday, if not for sure Monday! Have a great weekend and GO HOGS!
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