Friday, July 12, 2013

Summer Obsessions: A Pair of Denim Shorts, A Nude Manicure & A Fig Tree Walk Into A Bar...

Clockwise from bottom left: Gold Hoops, Fiddle Leaf Fig, Jon Contino Print, Old Navy Denim Shorts, Left of Center Black Tank, DevaCurl Set It Free, MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer, Ray Ban Tortoise Clubmaster, Vans SK8 Hi Top, OPI Nail Laquer in Don't Pretzel My Buttons

Gold Hoop Earrings: Simple or gaudy, I just can't get enough of this staple. I am not the fanciest lady,  I've pretty much been living in a simple $5 pair from H&M for about a month now.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: I've been seeing them all over interior design blogs and my friend Tyler has a pretty epic one in his living room- so, I've been back-and-forth about getting one for a while now. My plant care skills are below average at best, I'm a total plant killer. I've got some hydroponic pothos clippings in vintage soda bottles and a few succulents around the house, and I've more or less accepted my plant limitations. I took the plunge and picked up a smaller fiddle leaf fig at the Melrose/Fairfax flea market and so far so good. Since it originates from a tropical environment the stuffy indrectly lit vanity area in my bedroom seemed like the perfect spot. If it manages to survive long enough to outgrow it's spot, let's just say, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

"A Good Deed Brightens A Dark World" print by Jon Contino for When I was still living in Costa Mesa I saw a postcard version of this print. A quick internet search yielded more and more beautiful work from the NY based artist, but this is the one that has stuck with me. I haven't ordered the print yet, but I've got a silver ribba frame just-a-waitin' for it.

Old Navy Denim Shorts: No explanation required, summertime and denim shorts are like chips & salsa, they just make sense together.

Left of Center Tank (Anthropologie): Every so often I find a garment that just speaks to me, this is easily my favorite shirt of the summer. I own it in three colors and I will probably buy a few more. When I am choosing an outfit, I have to actively force myself to not wear the same shirt everyday. The back is just long and tunic-y enough to wear with skinny jeans or shorts.

DevaCurl Set It Free Mist: I've been wearing my hair natural pretty much all day everyday, this mist is my knight in shining armor. It reactivates the curl and gives it that good-frizz natural bounce. my hair is pretty fine, so it can't handle too much heaviness- so this is perfect for me.

MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Concealer: A super sturdy waterproof concealer that can be used to cover blemishes, tattoos and scars. While I may use it to cover the occasional spot, I use it to keep my make-up in tact under my glasses. Using my ring finger, I dab it all over nose and the apples of my cheeks- let it set and then apply foundation around it. Since it's waterproof not bulletproof, it does shift a bit but not nearly as much as foundation alone.

Ray Ban Clubmaster Sun Glasses:  Talented-Mr.-Ripley-Keifer-Sutherland-in-Lost-Boys vibes for DAYS. Can't get enough, and I just love the combo of the tortoise and gold detail.

Vans Sk8 Hi: Vans will always have a special place in my heart. I used to idolize my older brothers and their aqua net flock-of-seagulls hair, Baja ponchos from Mexico, Vans and all. I can't remember a time in my life that I didn't own at least one pair. I've always got the classic Spicolli slip-ons, but I've developed a fondness for the Sk8 Hi style as well. A random trip to the Vans outlet in my hometown of Lake Elsinore left me with my two favorite summer sneakers- I've got a pair of Sk8 Hi in cognac leather as well as a pair in a vintage blue hawaiian print from the Van Doren collection. I got both pairs for $40. It was a good day.

OPI Nail Laquer in Don't Pretzel My Buttons: My obsession with "mannequin hands" has been previously documented. I'm always on the lookout for perfect "naked" shades. This is one of my new favorites and it goes on easy and wears beautifully.

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