Minty Fresh NOTD

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Doesn’t this combo just make you feel spring-y inside? Taken over my mother’s patch of strawberry babies for extra spring-y emphasis, obvi.

Mint nail polish: Julep’s Kam

Gray Polish: Barry M’s Gelly Hi Shine in Chai

Gold glitter top coat: OPI for Sephora’s Only Gold for Me (discontinued)

Base Coat: Julep’s Oxygen Bonding Base Coat (incredible)

Top Coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti Chip Top Coat

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Inside My Jewelry Box: My Favorite Pieces of the Moment

Welcome to another episode of Hoarders!

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White over the door jewelry armoire from Amazon. In case you were wondering, the Pat the Bunny book is an old childhood Christmas ornament I want to keep safe, so it keeps my jewelry company.

J/K, welcome to my jewelry box. And by jewelry box I mean human-sized over the door jewelry armoire.

I can feel you judging. I’d just like to preface this by saying that when not writing here, I work for a jewelry company and I get a discount. “But Savannah,” you say, “What about all the jewelry that didn’t come from there?” and I’d say “Hush it, remember the talk about judging?”

You’ll notice a couple of large themes in this armoire:

Theme 1: Pearls. Because, hello, pearls. They are my love, my life, my jewelry staple and whatever other earrings I show you here, just know that my classic white pearl buttons are what I wear probably 70% of the time.

Theme 2: Druzy. I’ve gotten majorly into the druzy. I feel like it’s totally at odds with the preppy pearls, but if not wearing pearls, I’m probably wearing druzy.

Theme 3: I have more earrings and rings than any person could ever wear. I know this. I choose not to act upon it, because I luff them.

Now, because it would take years to write a blog about every single piece in here, I’m just going to show you my favorites.

Let’s start with the earrings, because earrings and rings are my top two priorities when it comes to jewels.

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Grey glass stone and gold earrings from The Dotted Poppy on Etsy.

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Pink and gray bow earrings from Vertigre on Etsy.

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Gray druzy in gold from Hautelook.

Next up, of course, the rings:

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From left to ring: black and gold bow ring from Kate Spade, gold marquise cut ring (vintage shop), gray druzy ring (vintage shop), marquise and baguette cut silver ring (vintage shop), sapphire ring from Helzberg Diamonds, aquamarine ring (vintage shop).

And now for bracelets, which I have been getting into a lot more lately:

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Gold and smokey quartz bracelet from Lucky Brand.

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Cuff bracelets with quotes. “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.” – Dr. Who from My Sunny Shop on Etsy. “I am no bird; and no net ensares me.” – Jane Eyre from Berkey Designs on Etsy.

And finally, necklaces. Despite the amount of them in my jewelry box, I really don’t wear them that often, but I have been absolutely loving these two I just got from ElisabethAshlie on Etsy – especially layered together:

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The Amy necklace and the Michal necklace from ElisabethAshlie on Etsy.

You may have noticed that I get a fair bit of my jewelry from Etsy and various vintage shops or estate sales. I love going that route, because my pieces are often quite different from anyone else. I must also say, if you like what you see you’ve got to visit the aforementioned Dotted Poppy and ElisabethAshlie. ElisabethAshlie is actually run by Lauren from The Lauren Elisabeth Blog. Her and her sister Kate from The Small Things Blog are my favorites when it comes to fashion, so duh I will buy whatever she makes – there’s a lot more of her creations in my armoire. The Dotted Poppy is actually Lauren and Kate’s mom, and the stuff is equally as cute.

So what do you think? Anything else you like to see up close?

#ThrowbackThursday: The Queen’s Hamlet

My whole life I’ve been obsessed with English history – compared to us Americans, their stories are so fascinating. So when my new husband and I got the chance to jet off to London, Scotland and Paris for our honeymoon, I had no doubt that London would capture my heart, and Scotland would be a close second, while Paris was sort of an “eh, we’re there already, why not?” tacked on to the end of the trip.

So imagine my surprise when this wee corner of Versailles ended up being my favorite part of our whole trip. If you’ve never been there, imagine vast, sprawling grounds (which are, in fact, open as a public park), and tucked away at the very back, far from the grand palaces, was the Hameau de la Reine – The Queen’s Hamlet. The queen, of course, being Marie Antoinette.

She so craved a spot away from the limelight of the court that she devoted a whole section of the Versailles grounds to building her own little farm village (replete with vineyards, a water wheel and sheep, which we unsuccessfully tried to pet). Many would point to this little hamlet as a sign of her signature disregard for finances, but look at this. LOOK at it. I spent a whole hour wandering around the little pebbled streets, then another simply sitting on a mossy, derelict bench and gazing at her accomplishment, laying around me in such a delicately beautiful state of disrepair. Perhaps the best part was that we were alone – no one else had ventured this far back to see this. Or maybe that’s the worst part.

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#WeddingWednesday: My Wedding Makeup

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Products used, in order of application (all makeup applied with Real Techniques brushes):

Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

Primer: Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer

Foundation (applied with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge): Rimmel Match Perfect Foundation in color 101, Classic Ivory

Under eye concealer: Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque

Highlight Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair

Under eye powder: bareMinerals Well-Rested Eye Brighter

Face Powder: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light

Contour: MAC blush in Harmony

Blush: NARS Deep Throat 

Highlighter: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft n’ Gentle

Brows: MAC Wedge Eyeshadow and Benefit’s Gimme Brow in light/medium

Eye Shadow: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Foxy for brow highlight, Bootycall for lid, inner corner and under eye, Tease for crease, Blackout to deepen outer v), MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow in outer V and under eye, Urban Decay MoonDust Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy over lid.

Liners: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black for wing, Sephora Waterproof Eye Liner for tightline, Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude for lower lash line.

Mascara: bareMinerals Lash Domination on upper lashes, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in black on lower lashes

Lashes: Esquido Mink Lashes in Lashlorette, Duo Eyelash Glue

Lips: Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist

Setting Spray: Ben Nye Final Seal

(All photos by Jennifer Little’s Sugar Photography)

May Julep Maven Unboxing

I’ve tried my share of subscription boxes – Birchbox, Ipsy and all the others have all fallen by the wayside eventually, but I am still loving my Julep box. Probably because I’m a nail polish hoarder and I have a problem. But I digress. This month for their Set Sail themed box, I chose the Classic With a Twist profile. Behold:

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For some reason I was sent two of the navy polishes. I can’t complain; my little sister is quite pleased to be the recipient of  their mistake. P.S., they always send some lovely little candy treats in the box and the saltwater taffy was scrumptious, in case you were wondering.

I chose this one because navy nail polishes are the bomb.com, obvs, but also because I’ve never tried any of the Julep makeup before, so I was curious. I thought this eyeshadow duo in the shade Sequins and Showtime looked quite nice, and I’m a sucker for anything that looks like MAC’s Satin Taupe. I wasn’t disappointed.

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I put both the polishes on a wheel, and I actually quite like them together – you’ll probably see me rocking this combo sometime soon. The navy is called Shelby and is a navy ink creme, while the pink is called Amanda, and she’s a raspberry creme shade. Sequins and Showtime comes in a nicely packaged compact with a mirror, and swatched well with plenty of color pay off:

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They’re soft, buttery, and they blended acceptably well where the two shades met. Sequins is a nice gold-ish champagne color, while showtime is a pretty gray-purple taupe. Of course, they’re both a shimmer formula because what else would you wear?

What Julep box did you pick this month? Let me know how you’re liking it!