Julep Challenge // DIY Pedi

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Full disclosure — this feels sort of weird to be flaunting my feet for the world to see. But hey, it is what it is. Anywho, today we’re teaming up with Julep to give you a breakdown of how we keep our toesies looking fine & fresh for summer. A couple of weeks back we picked up the bright and sheer color “madison” and had at it! Check out the steps below for our routine (and more goregous Julep colors here)!

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01. Get the Goods // You’ll be needing the following — a medium-grit nail file, medium-grit nail buffer, a cuticle pusher, some creamy lotion, a paper towel (or actual towel), and some warm water for soaking. *optional — pumice stone for rough/cracked heals

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02. Shape Nails // Using gentle motions and moving in one direction (this avoids nail-splitting) begin filing to your desired shape.

03. Buff ’em // Grab your buffing block and give your nails a rub down. This reduces your nail ridges and gives the polish a little something to grip onto.

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04. Soak It Up // Let your feet soak for five minutes in some warm water. If you have any roughness on your heals, this is the time to grab your pumice stone. Move the stone in circular motions to remove buildup.

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05. Moisturize // Using about a pea-size amount per foot, use your lotion to soften your cuticles, heals, and smooth dry skin.

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06. Push it Real Good // Once your cuticles have softened, use the smaller end of your cuticle pusher to clean out any buildup in and around your nails (sorry — gross, I know). Then go around your nails to push back any wonky cuticles (this usually happens to my pinky toes).10

07. Clean Up // Use a dry paper towel (or dap in in nail polish remover) to remove lotion from your nail. This will allow your polish to stick better and chip less.

08. Coat ’em // Apply your first coat, starting in the center of each nail and working your way out. Allow be fully try (not tacky!) then apply your second coat. *Note — working in thinner coats rather than big globs helps in preventing chips.

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09. Top Coat // If you’re feeling ambitious, go ahead with a top coat once that second one dries. It’ll give your nails more shine, and hide little chips/bumps that may have happened along the way (that’s our specialty).

10. All Done! // Now put your feet up and watch a movie or read a book while you let those suckers fully dry. I’m also a fan of taking a cold shower to speed up the process — just be careful not to bump them on anything!

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Soo those are my feet. Hope you liked ’em!

PS. In case you’re curious, the color on my hands is “clambake” by Essie!

xo, reg

Beachin’ it // Summer Towels

 

… Because what’s summer without some pretty textiles to plunk your tush on? Time to layout and unwind with some surf & sand, while keeping things fresh from head-to-toe. GM_BeachTowels

{ Clockwise from top left: Nautical // Pastel // Artsy // Preppy // Cali }

Summer Nail Color Crushes

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Now that we’re finally getting a little glow to our skin, we aren’t quite as shy to show off some loud colors. Summer is our favorite time to flaunt those brights we’ve been eyeing, so show your hands some love and get playful with your color choices!

From top right, clockwise: Loreal in Tangerine Crush // Formula X in Phenomena //  Julep in Alma // Butter London in Fiver // Essie in Geranium // Essie in Urban Jungle

Etsy Round Up // Vol 6

The past 2 Etsy Round Ups (Vol 4 & 5) were a tad neutral and beige-y, so I’m keeping up my promise and brightening things up! These days have been a bit warmer (this past weekend was fantastic!) and with April half way over, we’re officially in Spring here in New England. I’ve managed to find some colorful, fun items to spice things up – and even if you’re not ready to rock pastels and colored skinnies, you can still add bold accessories to feel Springy!

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Coachella might be over, but beaded bracelets are here to stay!

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Gorgeous packaging and gorgeous beachy hair – yes please!

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Floral prints add brightness and beauty to your home without the pollen!

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Neutral Kitchens

Pinterest has evoked a new love for us lately, and that’s light and bright kitchens. It’s amazing how much larger and cleaner a space can feel with neutral colored walls.

My current apartment’s kitchen isn’t terribly small, but up until recently, the wall color in there was definitely terrible. The sad dirty yellow had been on those walls for at least ten years, and now that I’ve lived here for two, I was beyond over it. After extensive research, I decided on a “greige“… a blend of a little grey and a little beige. It made an enormous difference, the space feels bigger, brighter, and now I actually want to spend time in there!

The best part about neutral kitchens are that they can come in a variety of colors. You can opt for a bright white to make the light bounce all around, a sophisticated grey, or a nice latte color to warm things up a bit. If you want to get a little more colorful and spunky with it, muted colors work really well also. Think mint or pale pink.

If you’re considering a kitchen overhaul, here are some looks to inspire your redo:

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