Monday, June 14, 2010

Lacquers to Inspire Your Summer Adventures!

Accessories are no longer limited to bangles, baubles, and belts - polish your summer style with, eh, well, polish. Ulta is currently featuring a buy 2 get 1 free sale on Essie varnishes, which sounds like a lacquer-licious opportunity to pick out your new summer musts!

Wear with: swimsuits to the beach for a playful pop of color; a single-hued maxi dress in an un-fussy fabric for a trendy, yet low-key look; a belted romper, flushed cheek, and gladiator sandals; military style cargo pants or shorts, rope wedges or espadrilles, and a blousy, of-the-shoulder-tee for cocktails with the girls. *Try any of the above with beachy waves or a loose bun fastened at the nape of the neck and top with your favorite summer sunnies!

Wear with: neutrals and linen; a pair of light-wash jeans, a loose white tee, a grey or navy cardigan and large, statement jewelry in gold and peach tones. *Follow the jewelry links to examples a la Forever21 - don't be turned off by the name - you don't have to be a youngster to shop the site and you'll be surprised by the inexpensive and wearable pieces they offer! Shop the Forever21 jewelry here - the internet is an anonymous way to glimpse the goodies!

Wear with: navy garments (navy is pink's black); a reserved grey sheath dress, polished pony, simple shadow, glossy pink lip, and a pair of peep-toe pumps to a business-casual summer function. *Remember that bright polish is an accessory in itself, skip the loud earrings or brightly patterned bag.

Wear with: greys, navy, aubergine & white; think classic and dainty; opt for soft florals or ruffles; perfect for a trip to South Coast Plaza with your ladies or a family function with the kids; an excellent option for matching mani-pedi as the color is office-friendly; when donning a soft shade of lacquer, glam-up your locks without worry of appearing like you've just tried WAY to hard - nobody likes fuss-overload!

Wear with: a button-front shirt dress and leggings; an LBD and bright lip; white chunky heels or others that make their own statement and need a non-invasive pedi to keep it classy. *When you've piled on prints, bracelets, or shadow in any hue other than a standard smoky, keep your polish in the nude family so that your look isn't at odds with itself. Keep in mind that you will naturally gesture with your hands near your hair and face throughout the day, so check your mani against your makeup to see if it's at odds with the image you're after!


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