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Size J, Queen of the Tundra

One of my brothers had bought me a black faux fur vest for Christmas. Yesterday it arrived in the mail, much to my heart’s content. I was so excited that I did a few karate chops (or what people who don’t practice martial arts believe to be karate chops) and then planned an outfit around my fake beast.

All the kids at work LOVED this thing (I work at a supplemental education center). I can’t tell you how many times my students “pet” me. I was getting hugs every ten minutes — I have never felt so loved in my life!

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Faux fur vest: gift from my brother. Shirt: H&M. Necklace: Forever 21. Pants: Adriano Goldschmied. Watch: Movado. Bracelet: gift from a family friend.

As you can see, I’m of the opinion that a black-on-black color scheme isn’t limited to Bentleys and Phantoms. I chose to wear my black vest with a black top, black pants, and black boots because black almost always look great with black.

Also, a black fur vest with an iridescent shard necklace looks so ridiculously cool together; I feel like a warrior ice queen who’s about to ride a silky black horse across a frost-covered plain into battle. I bought the necklace at Forever 21 last night for $9 and change. I couldn’t resist!

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Winter Flowerlandia

When I think of Christmas and all of the things that announce it, these things come to mind:

1. Everything peppermint and chocolate!
2. Really bad holiday-themed Larry Levinson romcoms on Lifetime. (“Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus” starring Steve Guttenberg, anyone?) To be fair, this one is a pretty recent addition to the list c/o my cousin Lisa.
3. Christmas cards.
4. Drag queen Rastafarian Santa!

Probably my favorite part of holiday decorating

Probably my favorite part of holiday decorating

5. Holiday shopping, naturally.

Speaking of holiday shopping (of course), I recently caved and purchased a pretty awesome dark floral blouse from H&M for around $15.

Blouse: H&M, Pants: Adriano Goldschmied, Jewelry: Gifts

Blouse: H&M, pants: Adriano Goldschmied, jewelry: gifts from family and friends

Now, I know that I should be abiding by my rules here, but it was only $15 and it was one purchase for myself. I don’t even feel guilty about having made the purchase; although, I did initially feel a little bit of guilt about not feeling guilty about having made the purchase. Who saw that one coming?

To be fair, I gave myself those two rules as guidelines to help me save money and feel less guilty about what I buy. So far, this plan has been working. I haven’t made any impulse purchases, and I haven’t spent money on anything that I might’ve subconsciously believed would hide or, at least, compensate for any inadequacies I might’ve perceived in myself.

Jewelry: gifts from family and friends.

Jewelry: gifts from family and friends.

Purple accents, like amethysts, play off of the purple and blue in the blouse.

Purple accents, like amethysts, play off of the purple and blue in the blouse.

On a technical note, this floral print blouse also has an interesting stripe pattern. Based on this, I thought it would be appropriate to pair it with some geometric accessories with more linear patterns and grooves. I also thought that a floral pattern was worthy of some romantic accessories, like my silver bracelet with the heart charm and the Celtic-style engraving or my floral brass and pearl earrings.

My brother bought these earrings at a flea market in Florence. They were supposedly inspired by the design of a pair of earrings worn by Caterina de' Medici.

My brother bought these earrings at a flea market in Florence. They were supposedly inspired by the design of a pair of earrings worn by Caterina de’ Medici.

Blouse: H&M, pants: Adriano Goldschmied, shoes: Tory Burch, jewelry: gifts from family and friends

Blouse: H&M, pants: Adriano Goldschmied, shoes: Tory Burch, jewelry: gifts from family and friends

Am I still a shopaholic? Let’s just say that I’m making great strides in my recovery.

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‘Tis the season for festive nails!

Thanksgiving Day marks the beginning of Holiday Party Madness, which pretty much means that for a month straight I will be drinking every weekend, eating more sweets LACED with sugar than I’d care to admit, and listening to The Vandals on repeat. Oh, and as is customary, I will spend the three hours before my Aunt Sheila’s Christmas Eve party freaking out at how little I have to wear, leading me to go on a massive shopping trip where I come home with a whole lotta sequined and glittery crap. And cookie dough.

The gatherings are always fun, though. This past Saturday night, in fact, I met up with a friend of mine for a couple of drinks at the Standard Grill in Meatpacking and ice skating (the Penny Drop is incredible! It’s a very refreshing vodka-based ginger julep served in a copper mug, and it comes with a candied ginger garnish). Being that this was my first outing since Thanksgiving, I wanted to look a little more festive and dramatic. Nail art is the perfect way to ease into the holiday spirit, and so I decided to do a reverse French using gold and black nailpolish (because the holiday season is not complete without some metallics and glitter!).

I thought it turned out quite well!

The look was also not that difficult to create:

1. Cover the entire nail with gold polish (I used Revlon Gold Coin).

2. Once dried, apply a French manicure nail guide less than a quarter of an inch above your cuticle (Nailene Perfect Tips worked well, but a stencil may work better — this is really a matter of preference).

3. Use black polish to paint the space above the nail guide (I used Milani Black Magic).

4. Peel off the nail guide, use the gold polish to retouch any spaces where paint was removed (trust me, it MAY happen, so be prepared to do some retouching), then use a black lacquer with a precision brush for nail art to create a smoother edge (I used Milani Nail Art Lacquer in Black Sketch).

Done! Festive nail art at your fingertips (haha, see what I did there?)! Try reversing the colors for a different look. Either way, your nails will look AWESOME.

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