There’s something about a fresh manicure that always makes me feel instantly put together. With winter in full swing and the new year upon us, I decided to elevate my typical vampy nail with a touch of gold shimmer. The pairing of oxblood and glittery gold manages to feel like a fresh take on a classic color combination, while the polka dots add in an element of fun. I loved that this plum and gold manicure only took a few minutes to do, and due to the playful nature of the glittery gold dots, my inner perfectionist had the chance to take the day off as I placed the polka dots over each nail.
Here’s how to do it:
1. Apply a base coat, followed by two coats of a your oxblood polish.
2. Once the polish has dried, dip a q-tip in glittery gold polish and then dab it on your nail with two to three polka dots per nail. I used Sally Hansen’s Golden-I.
3. Once the gold polka dots dry, top off the manicure with top coat.
One of my favorite parts of going out when I was in college was getting ready with my roommates. It included borrowing blouses, swapping heels, and catching up while doing our hair. One time, during my sophomore year, I decided to wear my hair in waves for a party. My then-roommate always made my hair look phenomenal, be it pin straight or in pin up curls, but it always took at least three hours to do. So one evening, I wore my hair a bit more natural, and my roommate dubbed it as mermaid hair. These days, I don’t straighten my hair quite as much as I used too. I prefer keeping my hair healthy and somewhat heat free, at least some of the time. Since my loose waves mermaid hair is my current go-to, I figured I’d share a tutorial of my beach ready or date night ready hair. It’s the perfect look for when you want to feel dressed up for date night or just a bit put together, while still feeling completely unfussy for our stay-at-home/ remote work uniform of yoga pants and a slouchy tee.
Step 1: After washing your hair, press out all extra water from it without using a blow dryer, and then braid your hair.
Step 2: Sleep in the wet braid.
Step 3: The next morning, undo your braid and brush your hair. Then, scrunch your hair with a curl enhancer.
Step 4: Enjoy your mermaid hair.