Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mint Nails & Beachy DIY

Is it just me or is everyone else as over winter as I am? Ladies, I am in quite the clothing rut -- My heart is telling me to reach for the neon, bright colors, and skirts but when I step out the door I am quickly reminded it is not yet spring, no matter how bad I want it to be! So please accept my sincerest apologizes for lack of outfit posts this months! Once this rain stops and I get a little hint of spring warmth I have a ton of outfit ideas I am dying to share. Until then, I have a few last winter wardrobe ensembles coming your way. But today my nails are in the spring transition with one of my favorite colors -- Essie's Mint Candy Apple. It matches my blog color scheme which makes me like it that much more. Is anyone else in this Spring where are you slum?!

My blog is typically geared towards sharing work and weekend attire with a side of beauty -- but since some of my favorite posts are my Pin-spired outfits  I couldn't help wanting to share a fun Pin-spired DIY I completed last weekend! If you follow me on instagram you will have already seen this (make sure to go follow me @xochristinemarie!)

Before I type up my how-to, let me know if this is something you gals would be interested in reading about. I tend to do a lot of DIY crafts in the little bit of spare time I do have! And you girls know how much I love any and everything beach related!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Favorite Spring & Summer Trends

Last Fall I shared all of my favorite upcoming fall and winter trends -- to see the post click here -- and it is still one of my most viewed posts!  Spring and summer are quickly approaching and I can't help but start my 'summer shopping list'. So ladies, here is a collection of my favorite spring and summer trends.  Sorry if this further intensifies your itch for summer, it surely did for me!  

If you keep up with my blog then you know I have mentioned on several occasions just how much I adore my white denim. When the weather warms up most of us live in my white pants, jeans, skirts and dresses and I am no different. Although I love adding neons -- as you'll see as you continue to read -- somethings a white and neutral is all you need for a fresh and summery ensemble.

As just mentioned, I adore pairing whites with any and every neutral shade but I have to admit -- it's just not spring or summer without some pops of neon. Whether it's a neon top or bottom or just a colored shoe, bangle or clutch, a simple pop of neon brings summer to any outfit.

When I first started collecting pictures for this collage I had 'colored denim' shorts in mind until I remembered how many of my colored shorts stretch well beyond just denim. From high waisted to distressed cut offs, colored shorts are a summer must have. Throw on a pair for a summer lunch, trip to the beach or with a pair of wedges for a night out, the versatility makes them one of my favorites.

Maxi dresses have been popular for the past few years and I am guilty of owning one in every pattern and color. Although, I have intentions of staying loyal to my maxi dresses this upcoming season, I have a new found love for maxi skirts. To see how I paired one of my maxi skirts this winter click here

I don't think many items of clothing have stayed in summer fashion quite like cut off shorts. My cut off shorts collection has certainly grown over the years as I am sure most people's have considering you can easily turn an old pair of ill fitting jeans into your new favorite shorts. I adore the sparkle pockets and studded distressed pair I added to this collage! Next DIY project? I think so!

This past year has been 'year of the boyfriend jeans' for me! I am constantly looking for another pair of perfectly fitting boyfriend jeans -- without looking like I am literally wearing my boyfriend's pants or some ill fitting jeans in the wrong size. To see how I paired my boyfriend jeans this past winter click here, here and here. I recently purchased a second pair and I think they may be my new favorite jeans -- outfits paired with those beauties will be coming very soon!

If you have a spring or summer trends post make sure to leave it in a comment and I will surely check it out! Don't forget to follow my blog so you can see how I incorporate these trends into everyday outfits this season! 

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Outfit 3

Today's Valentine option leans on the edgy side with all black and a pop of hot pink. Throughout the summer I adored throwing on this necklace to add a contrasting color to an otherwise plain outfit. I had to bring it out for Vday because let's face it, ladies... February is the only acceptable month to be seen wearing any and every shade of pink or red -- and I plan on taking full advantage! 

...and then theres this....
Black shirt -- $12.95, H&M. | Pixie Pants -- $80.00, J.Crew. | Pink Necklace -- $24.00, Francescas. | Nude Pumps -- $29.99, Target. 

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's Outfit 2

There is something so girly and feminine about pale pink -- which is exactly how I felt in this outfit. Pale pink, gold accents and a nude lip, and voila the perfect romantic outfit for a night with your man. 

Leather Shorts -- $17.80 , Forever 21. | White Top -- Old Navy. | Pink Blazer -- Forever 21. [similar] | Black Booties -- $19.99, Ross. [similar] | Monogrammed Necklace -- gift via Etsy. | Gold Clutch -- $16.99 , Target. | Chain Bracelet --$18.00 , TJ Maxx. | Nails -- Essie Forever Yummy. 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's Outfit 1

Valentine's Day is a week away and love is in the air! Ladies I am a sucker for all things Valentine's -- I want to break out all my red and pink items and make heart shaped everything! My first outfit is flirty and girly with a peplum top, nude pumps and heart accessories. 

Check back in a few more ensembles before Valentine's Day arrives! 

If you haven't already read my Valentine's Nail post take a peek! I have picked out my favorite Valentine's colors and would love to hear yours! Today I have on Essie's Forever Yummy. 

Red skinnies -- $35.00, Old Navy. | Peplum Top -- $12.95, Forever 21. | Blazer -- Target a few years back. | Nude Pumps -- $29.99, Target. | Nails -- Essie "Forever Yummy"| Tiffany's Pendant and heart ring were purchased 5+ years ago. 

I have a couple more date night ideas coming up -- make sure to check back if you are looking for some Valentine's ideas! I would also love to hear about what you have planned with your honey! So far the man and I have a couples massage planned and I have a few tricks up my sleeve. He reads my blog -- as all good bloggers boyfriend should ;) -- so I can't give away any details just yet! 

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentine's Day Nails

If you are anything like me then you aren't just thumbing through your closest for the perfect Valentine's Day outfit but your searching for the perfect Valentine's nail as well. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- nothing completes an outfit like the perfect nail! 

I searched through my ever growing nail polish collection and brought out my favorite pinks and reds for the upcoming occasion. I haven't yet decided which will be the polish of choice but I think I have a good selection to choose from! Which is your favorite? and most importantly, what will you be rockin' this Valentine's Day? 

Check back in the upcoming weeks before V-Day -- I have a ton of Valentine Date Night outfits coming! 

a rich and deep burgundy with gold undertones 
a creamy and refreshing juicy red. 
a creamy tango red.

Essie Fiji 
an opaque creamy pale pink.
a luminous peach shade

Nicole by OPI Eenie Meanie Marry Me
"A rich red that will say I do on the day" a red with pink, red and silver sparkles. 

Nicole by OPI Omb! 
A vibrant red metallic shimmer with pink and golden tones. 

L'oreal Red Tote 
A deep burgundy red. 

China Glaze Shocking Pink (Neon) 
A shockingly bright neon pink. 

I'd love to hear your vote -- whats a girl to do with so many pretty colors?! Please don't forget to follow my site! 

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