Black and gold glitter mani

Here’s a very simple, but totally fun manicure idea: a black and gold glitter mani.

Black and gold glitter mani

I used a base coat, two coats of black polish for an opaque base, two coats of Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Polish in Glamorous, and a couple of coats of clear top coat for shine and durability.

I love the rock-n-roll glamour feel of this manicure. As a bonus, all of the topcoat makes it nigh on indestructible for a full week, so your hard work won’t chip away too quickly!

Get the Look: Victoria Beckham on Glamour’s September issue

Ay-yi-yi: there’s so much fashion inspiration in the September issue of Glamour, starting with the cover girl, Victoria Beckham. On one of her bonus covers, she rocks a lavishly embellished Balmain mini-dress and teal Nicholas Kirkwood pumps.

I love this combo of a fierce dress and boldly colored heels: it’s so fun and fashion-forward, and definitely not for the faint of heart. Here are some ideas to get you started on recreating her look:

Scarf Print Bodycon Dress, $19.80, Forever 21; dress, $34.95, H&M
L-R: Disco Zebra Body-Con Dress, $19.99; Mixed Print One Shoulder Dress, $24.99; Mixed Print Illusion Dress, $24.99; Charlotte Russe

And of course, the shoes (which I featured yesterday for Cute Shoe Monday):

L-R: Sueded Keyhole Platform Pump, $35:50; Sueded Uber Platform Pump, $32.50; Round Toe Sueded Wedge, $35.50; Charlotte Russe

For her hair, Victoria is wearing a low, messy ponytail. Straighten your hair if it’s wavy, and add a little shine spray. Pull hair back into a low pony, then tousle the ends and pull out a few pieces around your face for an undone finish.

Complete the look with brown eyeliner and plenty of mascara to define your eyes, flicking the liner up at the outer corners for a subtle cat-eye. Then add a peachy-nude lip color and dark nails for a rocker edge.

Hard Candy Plumping Serum Fat Pout Lip Gloss in Uptown Girl, $6; Wet n Wild Mega Last Nail Color in 216B Under Your Spell, $3


Cute Shoe Monday: teal heels! (Three under $36)

This Monday, I’m torn between these three very cute pairs of teal heels:

L-R: Sueded Keyhole Platform Pump, $35:50; Sueded Uber Platform Pump, $32.50; Round Toe Sueded Wedge, $35.50; Charlotte Russe

I’m feeling inspired by the fashion in Glamour magazine’s September issue, and cover girl Victoria Beckham wears a pair of teal peep-toes on one of her bonus covers, which is what got me started on this trend. But if you’re not a fan of peep-toes, the closed-toe pumps or wedges would be equally gorgeous!

Bonus: Charlotte Russe is currently featuring Buy One, Get One for $12.50 on all pumps…and they have tons of fab new styles in for fall, so look around while you’re there–you might just see another pair you can’t resist!

Cute shoe Monday: Mossimo Kalea boot from Target

How awesome is the Mossimo Kalea boot? I just picked up a pair from Target and I must say, they’re not just good-looking—they’re comfy, too. I love the southwestern cowgirl style. The upper feels like denim and the bottom is, of course, faux leather.

Mossimo Kalea boot
Mossimo Kalea boot, $29.99

They’re right in line with fall’s Southwest-inspired fashions. But they seem to be selling fast, so don’t wait to buy them! At my local Target store, the Mossimo Kalea boot display was almost completely sold out already, and a lot of their other boots were selling fast too!

Peacock ring from Icing (so glam!)

My last trip to the mall yielded the most amazing accessory I’ve seen in months: this luxe peacock ring from Icing. (Thanks, Mom!!)

Jeweled cocktail peacock ring from Icing

Gorgeous, huh? It’s such a statement piece and it’s only about $13—not bad at all for such an ornate piece of jewelry!

This peacock ring is now out of stock online, but you can shop more awesome accessories through the Icing website.

Wet n Wild Fergie nail polishes!

I finally spotted the new Wet n Wild Fergie nail polishes at Walgreens—but let me warn you, if you’re hunting for the display, snap up any colors while you can: the displays are emptying out FAST and there’s no word on whether these polishes will move to a permanent fixture anytime soon!

I managed to scoop up three bottles of the limited edition polish, shown here. There are a couple dozen shades on the rack, from brights to glitters to metallics, but these are the three that really caught my eye: Grammy Gold, Glamorous, and Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night.

Wet n Wild Fergie nail polishes, left to right: Grammy Gold, Glamorous, and Tonight's Gonna Be A Good Night

If you can find them, the WNW Fergie nail polishes retail for about $3.49. (Check out the Walgreens website to find a store near you.)

How-to: American flag nail art for the Fourth of July!

Since today is Independence Day, I thought I’d experiment with some American flag nail art.

First, I started with a layer of base coat and three thin coats of white nail polish. This gave me a nice, solid background for the flag. Make sure you let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next one; if your nails still feel tacky when you touch them together, give them more time.

American flag nail art how-to

Next, I added a small square of navy blue in the lower left-hand corner of each nail. You might need to apply two coats to get a nice, deep blue.

American flag nail art how-to

Once that was done, it was time to add the stars and stripes. I used a $3 angled eyeliner brush from E.L.F. to add the small white dots for “stars” on each nail. For the stripes, any true red will do. Again, if you need to do so, use two coats to make sure the red is deep and the white “stars” really pop.

American flag nail art how-to

Finish it all off with a couple of coats of clear top coat to protect and add shine, and you’re done! Investing in a good top coat is worth the extra $$$ when you’ve spent so much time creating artwork on your fingertips.

American flag nail art how-to

Happy Fourth of July, everybody! Check out more American flag nail art on Pinterest.

A week’s worth of maxi dresses (all under $30!)

Summer was made for the maxi dress, and maxi dresses were made for summer. They make great casual pieces to throw on for brunch or a day of errands, cover you up going to and from the beach, and with wedges and some bracelets, they can even go out to dinner and a movie later in the day. Here are seven cute maxi dresses (all under $30) to brighten your summer:

Cute maxi dresses for summer

How do you style your favorite maxi dresses? Get style inspo on Pinterest.