Jeans and a Teacup

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winterize Your Nails

I love it when my nails are nicely manicured. For some reason, it's an automatic mood lifter and makes me feel like I'm more put together. Unfortunately, I can't always spend the money to get my nails professionally done. I usually get them done once during the holidays and once during the summer. So what do I do with all the months in between?! My nails would be a hot mess if I didn't take things into my own hands. 

That's where Julep comes in. Since finding out about this subscription nail/beauty service my nails have been in much better shape. I get all my nail care products from Julep now. Not only do they have great products they also have great tips and suggestions for how to apply their products. Julep has come out with a guide for how to winterize your nails! 

Julep, Nail Care, Nail Polish

Below are the Julep products I currently use to do my own manicures. 

1) Oxygen Nail Treatment - promotes strong, healthy nail growth.
2) Vanish Cuticle Softener - Softens cuticles and removes color stains from nails. This is my favorite item from Julep. It makes it super easy to trim my cuticles and really makes my nails look professionally done. It also removes leftover color that my nail polish remover misses. 
3) Ta Da! Quick Dry Drops - Reduces polish drying time. Smells great! I love the lavender scent.
4) Freedom Polymer Top Coat - Quick dry, smudge free, high shine top coat.
5) Essential Cuticle Oil - A blend of essential oils and Vitamin E. Use daily to soften rough cuticles and strengthen nails. 
6) Clean Up Tool - Cleans under nails and wipes polish off skin.
Julep, Nail Care, Julep Maven

Here are some great Julep polishes for a winter manicure. I'm loving the ink blue Ilsa polish! You can find lots of fun new nail polish shades right now at Julep!
Julep, Nail Polish

I used some of my Julep nail products to create my winter nail look! I just noticed I'm lacking some more "wintery" shades. I mainly have shades of reds and pinks. So I picked out my Helen polish - a light lavender creme which looks similar to the Shari polish. Then I added a sparkle accent nail with the Zelda polish. I'm not one for crazy nail designs. I prefer simple looks with an accent nail or different colored tips. 

Julep, Nail Care, Nail Polish

If you are interested in trying Julep out, use this link to get your first box free! Julep is a subscription service so if you don't pass on your box at the beginning of the month you will be automatically charged $20 and sent the subscription box for that month. But I promise it's totally worth it! I've gotten some great products out of my monthly boxes. And each time you buy your box you earn credits that add up to a free box! I used my credits to get my February box for free! 


* This is not a sponsored post. Julep sent me some images to use but all opinions are my own. I actually love and use Julep products!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Silver and Grey

iSanctuary, Purpose Jewelry
iSanctuary, Purpose Jewelry
Dot Pants
iSanctuary, Purpose Jewelry
iSanctuary, Purpose Jewelry
iSanctuary, Purpose Jewelry

Happy Monday! Here's a simple outfit I wore yesterday. It was one of those days where it took me forever to decide what to wear. Sometimes I feel like I have nothing to wear - or more like nothing that I want to wear. But I finally decided on this split-back top and dot pants with silver accessories. Nothing crazy, but it was comfortable for a Sunday lounging around watching football!

Outfit Details: 
Top: Express
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Sole Society (similar)(option)
Necklace: c/o iSanctuary

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Layers

J.Crew Zip Sweater
J.Crew Zip Sweater
J.Crew Zip Sweater
J.Crew Zip Sweater
J.Crew Zip Sweater

Happy Friday! This was my first week back to work after the holidays so that's always a little rough. But the good news is it's Friday and we have some fun plans tonight. My husband and I are going to the Magic Castle with some friends! I've been once before and it's super cool. If you are in LA and get a chance to go you really should. 

Anyway, it was a little chilly recently here in LA (which means high 60's) so I was able to wear some layers! I love this sweater because the zipper details allow more of my shirt to show through. Other than that it's a pretty simple outfit. Add a pair of fun socks and you're good to go! Have a great weekend!

Outfit Details:
Sweater: J.Crew Factory
Pants: Rachel Roy via Macy's (similar)
Booties: Sole Society (similar)
Socks: J.Crew
Bag: Coach Factory (similar)
Necklace: J.Crew (similar)

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Healthy Drinking with #FitTeaDetox

I know I said I'm not making any New Year's Resolutions, but one thing that I'm always trying to do is be healthier. And a new year seems like a good time to re-evaluate eating habits. One thing I'm not doing enough of is drinking (and I don't mean wine - I've got that covered!). I really need to work on drinking something other than coffee in the morning and wine at night. In fact, I've had to go to the doctor recently due to fainting spells as a result of not drinking enough water. NOT GOOD!  The obvious thing to do is drink water throughout the day. But that can get boring. So a good option is to drink more tea! 

FitTea, Weight loss tea

FitTea recently sent me this all natural 14 Day Detox tea which I was very excited to try out. I'm a big fan of tea (as you can tell from my blog name) so I'm always willing to try out different blends. From the name of the tea it sounds like it's only for people who are trying to lose weight - which I'm not! It does boost your metabolism and help promote fat burning but FitTea can do more than that. The all natural ingredients provide a fast-working and natural detox, boost your immune system and give you more energy - which I'm all for.

FitTea3

The natural ingredients are Organic Green Tea, Oolong Wu Yi, Organic Rooibos, Ginger, Pomegranate, Guarana, Birch, Stevia, Corn and Honey Powder.  As you can see, the FitTea is a loose leaf blend. So I measured out a teaspoon into a tea infuser and let it steep for a couple of minutes. I thought it tasted good! It definitely has more flavor than the regular green tea I'm used to drinking. It had a little spice from the ginger and a little citrus flavor from the pomegranate. I could also taste a little bit of the sweetener but I thought it just helped to bring out the flavors of the tea. It could definitely use a little more sugar or honey if you like sweet tea. 

FitTea, Detox Tea, #FitTeaDetox

I've been drinking a cup of FitTea for about a week now. It's a nice alternative to drinking only coffee in the morning. It still has caffeine but it doesn't leave me feeling jittery like coffee does. (You can also get FitTea in a caffeine free version). 
As with any other fitness product, I believe the best results happen when combined with exercise and healthy eating. I didn't use this tea for weight loss purposes so I can't attest to it's effectiveness. But I do know that tea can help suppress your appetite, is a good source of antioxidants and boosts your immune system. In general, it's a super healthy thing to drink! And FitTea has already done the hard work of blending the best kinds together so all you have to do is add it to water! 

"Give us a few weeks and we'll give you a new waistline."


*I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sparkle Grey Tweed Coat

Sheinside, tweed coat
Sheinside, tweed coat
Sheinside, tweed coat
Sheinside, tweed coat
Sheinside, tweed coat
sheinside, tweed coat
sheinside, tweed coat


I've found my new favorite coat guys. It's tweed, it's sparkly and it's light enough for me to wear in California!  When I first picked out this coat I thought it was just a simple grey tweed. But I was pleasantly surprised when I looked closer and saw metallic gold threads throughout! This coat is about as lightweight as a blazer so I can wear it indoors too. I wanted the jacket to take center stage so I wore a simple black and white outfit. Instead of black jeans I went for my faux leather, coated denim for a little more shine.

If you haven't heard of Sheinside you should check them out. They have TONS of items to choose from at really amazing prices. This coat was under $40 and I'm sure you could get it cheaper than that because they are always having sales and offering discount codes. Sometimes it's hard to judge sizes online but SheInside always has specific measurements listed so I've never had a problem. (I'm wearing the size small if you are wondering).

Outfit Details:
Coat: c/o Sheinside
Pants: American Eagle (similar)
Boots: ShoeMint (similar)
Silk Shirt: Joe Fresh via JCP (similar)
Necklace: J.Crew (similar)

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