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August 2014

Beauty

Mermaid Nails

I hit up the Chanel counter earlier this week at Saks to try some of their foundation. My skin has been crazy lately and I’m having a hard time finding the perfect liquid makeup. The sales associate applied Perfection Lumière Velvet to my blemished/dry skin, and since I wasn’t 100% sold on it, she gave me a sample so I could try it a few more times. I always feel bad not purchasing a product when they spend so much time with me so I splurged on some nail polish. I got a shade called Atmosphère from their Etats Poetiques Fall Collection. It’s a gorgeous sheer iridescent pearl polish that looks amazing as a top coat on other colors. I applied it over Essie’s Fashion Playground and the result was a beautiful seafoam with a pink hologram shine. These two shades create the perfect mermaid nail look! Madison would have totally rocked it! The downside is that my nails started chipping the second day after application. Maybe 4 coats of polishes is just too much? I didn’t use a base coat either. I’ve always found Essie polishes to be long-wearing, but I have had problems with Chanel in the past. Regardless, this has got to be one of my favorite polish combo colors ever!
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Exploration Food & Recipes

Brunch at Melt

One of my favorite spots to grab brunch in St. Louis is a cozy little eclectic spot on Cherokee St. called Melt. They specialize in lavish waffles with loads of toppings, and drinks with funky names. I’m not even a huge “waffle person”, but everything I’ve tried on their menu is delicious. This past Sunday when I stopped in for brunch, I tried the Elvis waffle. It is cooked with bacon inside, then topped with peanut butter, bananas, chocolate sauce and blueberry coulis. It’s more of a dessert than a meal option, but it was oh-so-good and very rich, so I could only eat half of it. I washed it down with a foamy latte. They have an impressive drink menu with an abundant list of hard drinks, smoothies and hot drinks that make it a prime “hair of the dog” location. While the food and drinks are amazing at Melt, it’s the décor that gives it a unique vibe. When you walk in, you may catch your head spinning from all the things there is to look at— from hanging fabric garland—to arcade games and painted furniture! I especially love the yellow 1970’s comfy couch with a pile of afghans on it. See, even your grandma would love this place!

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Design & Freebies

Free Watercolor Clipart

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Watercolor is super trendy in the design world right now and I love it! I created these hand painted seafoam watercolor brush strokes clipart as a free download. They can be used for logos, banners, or whatever your heart desires! They’re all PNG file format, and have a transparent background so you can slap them on whatever. A link back to my blog isn’t required, but would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy!

Exploration Fashion & Style Food & Recipes

The 63 Diner

One Saturday afternoon, I decided to take a mini road trip to Columbia, MO. I hadn’t been there in over 2 years, and as long as I have music in my car, I can drive for hours! When I arrived in town, I hit up The 63 Diner for a bite to eat. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a thing for diners. They’re cheap, casual, nostalgic, and I’m sucker for fried foods! If calories were no object, I’d probably eat them everyday. The 63 Diner is full of kitschy 1950’s decor, and makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Even the waitresses were dressed for the decade! The food was good, and exactly what you’d expect from any greasy spoon. I ordered the chili-cheeseburger, but dessert was the highlight of my meal, which was the peanut butter pie. It had peanut butter, chocolate, custard, whipped topping, and Butterfinger pieces—oh my god!! I was “full” from my burger and still managed to eat half of it. I wish they would have given me the recipe! I will definitely be visiting the 63 diner again. I’ll have to try the breakfast next time!

Photo time!

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Dress: Forever 21 | Shoes: Target | Bag: Nine West