I found out this weekend that my FAVOURITE nail polish brand, Zoya Nail Polish, was in Nashville — well, the person handling the Twitter account for Zoya was anyway. I just happened to see a tweet come through asking for recommendations on things in Nashville and promptly responded–It is my second home base after-all!

I was pleasantly surprised when my tweet was not only acknowledged, but responded to! As a blogger, getting noticed by a brand is HUGE. And getting noticed by one of your favourites? Well, that just makes you feel like you are Queen of the World!

So, inspired by Zoya’s trip to the Music City, I opted for bold, two-tone sparkles with this week’s Nail of the Week post.

Zoya Nail Polish: Dream + Cassedy

Meet the lovely duo of Dream (left) and Cassedy (right). Dream is a full-coverage, deep space blue with holographic sparkles, while Cassedy is a full-coverage pewter metallic.

I’m not fancy enough to put art on my nails, but if I were, rest assured I would’ve had all the Nashville markings painted on! (Music notes, anyone? It is, after all Music City!)

Dream is a lovely colour, and actually reminds me more of a royal blue than a deep space blue. When I think deep space, I tend to think black… The flecks of glitter in Dream are noticeable, but not overpowering. Cassedy is the perfect complement to Dream, as she’s still got a hint of sparkle, without actually being a glitter polish. I think she looks a bit teal and less pewter, but it really did depend on the light!

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I somehow managed to match my nails to my outfit yesterday without even trying! Who knew I had the perfect Dream coloured skirt in my wardrobe (minus the sparkles….)? Love a good bold nail! Make it two-tone for extra umph. And the way my week is going, I need that extra bit.

What do you think? Love the colours? Head on over to www.zoya.com and snag yourself a new set today.

XOXO – K

 

 

I realise Thursday has come and gone, but Sunday Showdown has just as much ring to it as Thursday Throwdown, right?

I only have six more fragrances to get through before I can FINALLY make a decision, so I need to get this little project wrapped up! Let’s discuss the fragrances from this week’s Sephora Fragrance Sampler showdown: Lancome vs Chloe.

Lancome – La Vie Est Belle

Lancome - La Vie Est Belle

Meaning life is beautiful, this fragrance captures the daring spirit of the modern woman with notes of Iris pallida, patchouli, orange blossom, jasmine, and a sweet gourmand blend. This fragrance is crafted to give you sex appeal and make you irresistible

Maybe it’s a little unfair that this particular fragrance is in the sampler set, as I already own this one — a MASSIVE bottle of this one. I have actually owned this one since it hit the stores a little over a year and a half ago. It is absolutely addictive! I love the scent — so light and gentle. Yet, I feel just like Julia Roberts in the ads for it, breaking  the crystal chain and capturing the eye of all around (by way of their nose).

This fragrance IS my essence and before I started this project, it was–still is–my go to fragrance. It embodies feminine and life really is beautiful!

Conclusion: See above.

Chloe – Eau de Parfum

Chloe - Eau de Parfum

This fragrance is designed to capture the attitude of a Chloe woman with a blend of pink peony, rose petals, amber, and honey. This fragrance is chic and will make the perfect entrance every time. 

Just the description on this one makes me think of Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl. I don’t exactly know why, because I have no idea what a Chloe woman is. I know what a Chloe woman isn’t though, and that’s me. I actually like the notes of peony I get from this fragrance, but the rose petal is a bit overpowering and after a short time I had the most unforgiving headache.

This fragrance is a bit too sophisticated for me, but it is definitely worth a sniff if you tend to gravitate towards these flower blends. Just be sure to pair it with a very classy outfit (power suit for the office!).

Conclusion: A bit too strong for my nose, this fragrance is well suited to a strong, powerful woman. The floral notes pop brightly and a bit loudly even.

Have you tried either of these fragrances? TWEET ME! We only have four left now before I have to make a very tough decision! Stay tuned for another rendition later this week. Happy Sunday.

Until next time. XOXO – K

April 30-Day Challenge

April 1, 2014 — 2 Comments

My oh my time is flying! Does anyone else think someone gave the month of March a red bull? (It does after all, give you wings!) OK, bad joke — I know. I’m still laughing though!

As I look at March in the rear view mirror, I’m loving the results of my March challenge — down seven pounds and a whole clothing size since mid-February. The goal for April? Keep it off — because birthday preparations are under way and I’m less than 60 days from thirty! (Again, where has time gone?)

And so, for the month of April, I’ll be focusing on the mid-section, because even though I’m down in pounds, I still have that lingering mid-section BLAH. [You know what I'm talking about--don't deny it!]

I’m not going to do fancy ab workouts 7 days a week — goodness, that just sounds like torture! But, I am going to focus my workouts to hit the abs a little harder. Hear that Jillian Michaels? I’m going to modify your 30-day shred and intensify it so that my abs feel the burn!

And of course, amazing abs have a lot to do with food consumption as well, so, guess what? I’m focusing my diet a bit more as well. More greens, more super foods, and less baguettes/bagels/wraps.

Abs - Waste Basket

It’s not the greens or the super foods that bother me. Giving up the bread that is so delicious and down right yummy on this side of the world is going to be sheer torture! But that picture? I’M GOING TO LOOK LIKE THAT PICTURE! (In my own, unique, awesome way of course)

If you want to join me in my fitness journey, I’m part of an extra motivational and absolutely amazing Facebook group and can easily get you set up and on your way in no time! Where will YOU be in thirty days?

Desires Differentiate!

You CAN reach your potential.

Until later, XOXO – K

You know those mornings where you just pop out of bed and put together an outfit without even thinking about it? Yeah, that doesn’t happen to me either. Ever. People are always telling me to lay my clothes out the night before, but I can promise you that whatever I’m feeling the night before will either a) not be what I’m feeling come morning or b) I’ll be having one of those mornings where NOTHING looks good to me.

Last Tuesday might have been the exception to the rule. I laid out a nice outfit the night before and ACTUALLY still felt happy with it the following morning! It was the strangest thing.

The weather was a bit warmer, and sunny, on Monday, so I laid out a lovely spring outfit. Wouldn’t you know that Tuesday was mildly colder? Might be part of the reason why I was still OK with the outfit — because I was READY for spring!

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Outfit Details:

Ecru, double pocket sheer blouse via The Limited

Bright blue, straight leg trousers via Express

Pink Sunday tote via Angela Roi

If colours aren’t your thing, well, that’s just a shame because colour makes the world go round! You can always mute coulor by pairing them with neutrals — hence my ecru blouse. And though you can’t see my feet (I had my runner’s on at the time!) I also paired the trousers with nude Mary-Jane heels from Nine West.

I don’t think people in Ireland are prone to bold colours in the office, but hey, I’m bringing my own sense of fashion to the office — so let them gawk! Be true, be you.

XOXO – K

I’ve taken quite a few Thursdays off from the Thursday Throw Down as of late. I promise I’m still trying out my fragrances, I just haven’t had the time or energy to put my thoughts onto the screen. Today, I’m bringing it all back! Welcome to another rendition of the Sephora Fragrance Sampler showdown.

This week, I’m pitting two very respectable brands, Givenchy and Versace, against each other and the fragrances are going head to head. How will the competition play out? Will either of these two oust the reigning champs and move into the top three? Read on to find out!

Givenchy – Very Irresistible

Givenchy - Very Irresistible

The elegant tradition of French style meets the energy and magic of the American films in this fragrance with bursts of roses followed by star anise and verbena leaf. It leaves a casual impression  that is energizing and its vibrant freshness will make you feel full of life.

This is a wonderful fragrance. It is light; It is elegant; You can literally smell the roses, and roses are NEVER bad! It really is a vibrant fragrance and does make you feel fresh. I won’t lie, I wore it to work one day with an A-line skirt and a striped top, and paired with kitten heels and I felt VERY Audrey Hepburn-esk all day with just a spray of the fragrance. I guess that’s the elegant French style meeting the American films…

I would absolutely love to make this my every day fragrance. However, the more fragrances I sample, the more I realize I can’t limit myself to just one. Why? Because my mood changes constantly, especially at the early hours of the morning, and having to limit myself to just one would never suit all of these moods! So, while I have to choose only one from this sampler pack for the full size bottle, it’s safe to say I’ll likely be expanding my fragrance collection significantly in the coming months!

Conclusion: This fragrance is fun, light, and absolutely brilliant for the office. It really does make you feel full of life and that is a GREAT quality, especially on a Monday morning!

Versace – Bright Crystal

Versace - Bright Crystal

Inspired by a mixture of Donatella’s favourite floral notes, this fragrance has floral and fruit hints of lemon, pomegranate, peony, and lotus flower followed by hints of musk. The fragrance is playful as the shimmering fruits and rich amber encourage spontaneous gestures and instant parties.

With just one spray onto the wrists, your nose is filled with the citrus notes and the floral arrangement and it is an absolutely divine combination. It isn’t overwhelmingly powerful, but is perfectly balanced and lingers quite nicely in the air. This fragrance packs a bit more of a punch than the Irresistible, but in a good way. This one is still light, but has a bit more umph to it when sprayed, due to the mixture of the citrus and the florals.

As the description implies, it’s almost as if my nose immediately wants to party and all those little hairs inside my nose (invisible to the eye of course!) are starting to dance with delight. This is definitely a fragrance I would want sitting on my vanity. It is perfect as a day fragrance for the office (who wouldn’t want to feel like partying all day?!) as well as the perfect balanced fragrance for a night out on the town. It will have the boys lining up, I just know it!

Conclusion: I love the balanced blend of the floral and citrus notes of this fragrance. It is bold and fun without complexity or overpowering the you you try to create. Perfect fragrance for day or night!

Have you tried either of these fragrances? TWEET ME! If you are keeping up with these Thursday show down posts, I now have a top five list and it’s going to be quite difficult to pick just one and I still have six more to sample! I don’t know about you, but I’m sensing a fragrance splurge in my future.

Until next time. XOXO – K