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I love, love, love this vintage "half-moon" manicure.  Popularized in the 1920s, it has been making a comeback with the advent of the huge nail art trend.  I tend to have more classic taste (no suprise there!) but this vintage style makes me want to step out of the box and give it a shot. 

This manicure was a status symbol back in the day because the half moon effect was difficult to achieve on your own. I'm going to take a cue from that, and have my first one professionally done. I'll post the results and would love your feedback!

Check out my pintrest board with some of my favorite modern twists on this style, and post pics of your own if you have it done so we can all share in your Vin-spiration!

xo,

Ap



 
 
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Mae Murray started the whole pouty lip thing in the 1920s...

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But Lana del Rey took it to a whole new level.







Who did it best?

 
 
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This week it will be 51 years since we lost our beloved Marilyn Monroe.  Whether you love her, are inspired by her, feel sorry for her, or write her off as a cautionary tale of the pitfalls of fame, she still evokes some sort of response from everyone...and that's an achievement in itself.  Entertainment is about affecting people, after all.

She was truly an icon of fashion, sex, and the Hollywood studio stystem in it's last glamorous days...

This week people all over the world are celebrating her life and remembering her contribution to movies, fashion, and just people in general.  If you are in the L.A. area, you should not miss the Hollywood Museum's Marilyn Monroe Exhibit.

Here are some gorgeous photos commemorating Marilyn's life and style.

So this week, pop a bottle of Dom and toast one of fashion's true icons.

 
 
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I received a few of these as a gift from my dad, and a couple from my Grandmother.

Nothing classes up an outfit like a cameo.  Wear them as a brooch, on a choker, in your hair, or even accessorize your clutch with one.

Transcend trendiness.  These never get old!

 
 
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Julia in "Pretty Woman"


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Lana de Rey in "Ride"

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Pretty sure that Julia knows she'd totally win the "Who Wore It Best" if that feature (and LDR) had existed in 1990.

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But we were all obsessed with this red dress when we saw "Pretty Woman" so Lana, we totally get it.  A for effort.


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But what I think we are really asking ourselves is...is Lizzie Grant behind this whole thing?


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Was Julia Lizzie's inspiration all along...is this amazing transformation from Lizzie to Lana inspired by a 1990s chick flick?  Because that is what would really blow my mind.

Lana/Lizzie, you win again.


 
 
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I freaking love Lana, but it's nice to see she still has a Lizzie Grant moment every now and then.

 
 
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As we approach the most super of Super Moons of 2013, I feel I must feature this shirt, which is currently the most popular tee on Amazon.com.  But don't take my word for it....the reviews speak for themselves.

I'd honestly never pick this out on my own, but if someone gave me one I'd butcher it with a pair of scissors until it was either the perfect mini-dress or workout tank. 

The ironic tee trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon.  So have some fun for Super                                                                                 Moon 2013!

                                                                            xo,

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ANYTHING PINK.

This "manufacture every team's merch in pink" trend is just silly.  Pink and sports have nothing in common. 

If you are attending a game and don't have any team jerseys, team hats, tees, etc. or anything at all with your team's colors, then please just wear neutral...i.e. jeans and a white or black top.

Anything but pink. 

Pink jerseys, tees, hats, etc. make me want to make fun of the people wearing them.   Also, if I was an athelete, I think I'd be kind of offended by my team's logo on a pink jersey.

In general, pink attire worn at sporting events is all kinds of ridiculous...and it makes you look like you are trying too hard to look cute.  Don't be that girl!!!

Take a cue from the girls of the SEC...they know how to dress for their team and look hot at the same time.  Most of these girls have spent their entire lives perfecting the art of dressing for a sporting event. 

Emulate these girls, and save your pink for breast cancer charity events.  TRUST.

xo,

Ap 

 
 
Now that Orb has crushed everyone's hopes of there being an actual Triple Crown Winner this year , we can all relax and focus on what horse racing is really about:

Remember socialites, your hats can never be too big, crazy, or ridiculous at the races...as long as they are proportionate to your husband's gambling losses, you have nothing to worry about!
 
 
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Fun Fact: I sometimes get paid for modeling shoes!  Here are some secrets I've picked up along the way for getting your feet sandal-ready for summer! 

If you haven’t already booked a pedicure, get thyself to a salon ASAP before you even think about slipping into those gorgeous new espadrilles...here’s some inspiration to get you motivated:

Nail salons are notorious for trying to up-sell you once you’re in the chair.  If you’re doing regular pedis, you probably can skip these, but if it’s your first one in a while, I recommend the sea-salt scrub and parrafin to help minimize the toll the winter months have taken on your tootsies.  For DIY girls, here’s a pedicure how-to.

Between your salon appointments, use a pumice stone on any callouses immediately after your shower while your feet are still wet to keep them smooth.  Another great tip for keeping your maintaining your pedicure: every few nights massage your feet with a moisturizing cream and sleep in socks.

And the fun part...choosing a great new nail color for the summer season!  Here are some fun new nail colors from Essie.  My personal fave is “in the cab-ana.”  Enjoy!