Author: avibrantday

Mani(cure) Monday: A Bright, Summery Mani

Hello, friend! I’ve missed my Mani(cure) Monday posts!! Its been way too long since the last one. I’ve been enjoying my new MoYou London Doodles Plate Collection 03 (which is out of stock at the moment…), and was feeling inspired to create a bright, summery manicure along the lines of Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night or a colorful lehenga. Here’s what I came up with… I used Zoya’s Arizona for the orange, JulieG’s Canary Islands for the yellow, and MoYou London’s stamping polish Turquoise Mint for the blue. It was a bright and cheery mani that was a conversation starter for sure. I say you’ve got to fit in fun where you can, right?! I hope that you have a great week! I’m currently in Los Angeles with my husband and brother-in-law soaking up the last days of summer fun (and eating plenty of good food for all of us!). XO, Jacqueline Advertisements

ColourPop + Coffee Break With Dani: Metamorphosis

Hi, friend! As you know, I’m a huge Coffee-Break-With-Dani fan. Dani’s YouTube channel is just plain fun. Her big heart, constant smile and sense of humor, in addition to her devotion to kindness are just a few attributes that make her YouTube channel a must-watch for me. Having said this, I wasn’t sold on her latest collaboration with ColourPop — a set of four, seemingly neutral, Super Shock shadows called Metamorphosis — until I tried them, that is. I had been debating whether or not to purchase the set, because, like I wrote above, I just wasn’t crazy about the color range. And, to boot, the examples people were sharing on Instagram were a bit dramatic for me. The set just wasn’t doing it for me… But then ColourPop sent me a coupon for $5 off my next purchase. I’m a little ashamed to say that this is what pushed me over the edge to finally trust Dani with her latest creation and purchase the $20 set. Like Frida, Dani’s Lippie Stix collaboration with ColourPop, she put …

Six Days in Paris: Day Four

Hi, friend! I apologize for my long absence. We’ve been getting in lots of last minute summer fun before school starts for everyone. I’m back today with a quick post to share day four of our June Paris vacation. Day four began with Andy rushing off for the final day of his conference, leaving me with a busy schedule of completing the same tasks you see the park goers above doing. ;o) In all honesty though, I have to say that spending so much leisure time in the Luxembourg Gardens during this trip left a strong impression on me. I walked away from my hours in the sun and greenery learning that a) slowing down and enjoying life on a park bench is amazingly good for my wellbeing and b) allowing myself to recharge in this way put my mind in the perfect place to tackle the challenges of floor nursing and to increase my efficiency (without picking up the pace). Brilliant! Sign me up for more park time. After Andy and I met back …

The Year of Charlotte Tilbury: Tilbury’s Collaboration with Norman Parkinson

Hi, friend! Welcome to the July installment of The Year of Charlotte Tilbury! If you follow the Tilbury hype at all, then you’ve been seeing and hearing lots about her new collaboration with the famous British fashion photographer, Norman Parkinson. The collaboration sprung from Tilbury’s love of Parkinson’s photography. After frequently seeing Parkinson’s photography featured on Tilbury’s Instagram account, Parkinson’s grandson, Jake Parkinson, the current director of the Norman Parkinson Archive, approached Tilbury about a collaboration, and voilà, a match made in heaven was born! Although I would have loved to have everything, I purchased four items from the limited-edition release. They’re even more glorious than I had imagined, inspiring me to keep them in a prominent place on the vanity… and of course to use and enjoy them as well! The Haul I selected the two compacts from the Charlotte Tilbury / Norman Parkinson collection, as well as the two newest Matte Revolution lipsticks. You know how big of a fan I am of her mattes! Dreamy Glow Highlighter This is a lovely, subtle …

Six Days in Paris: Day Three

Day three of our Parisian vacation was pure magic for me. Have you read the book or seen the TV movie called Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris? It’s a sweet little novel by Paul Gallico which was published in 1958 in the UK, about a London house maid (charwoman) who, after seeing a client’s Dior haute-couture dresses, becomes determined to own a Dior dress of her own. I empathized with the passion that springs up in Mrs. Harris after seeing Mr. Dior’s handmade confections. I’ve had a life-long love (this word doesn’t seem adequate for the fiery emotion) for fashion and often feel transported to some other exciting, ethereal world when watching the videos of fashion’s reigning kings and queens, such as Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for Valentino and Raf Simons for Dior. I’m a modest girl from Utah, though. I was raised by practical, hardworking parents, and the thought of owning Chanel of my own is not a thought I entertained… until I became infected by the Mrs.-‘Arris bug! …

Six Days in Paris: Day Two

Day two, our first full day in Paris, was the day that Andy presented a paper at his conference (at the Sorbonne!). He was busy with last-minute fine tuning of his work in the morning, so it wasn’t until just before lunch that we set off on our pre-conference adventures. We began by taking a stroll through the Montparnasse cemetery. Although famous folks like Charles Baudelaire and Jean-Paul Sartre occupy plots at the cemetery, a stroll through the Montparnasse cemetery for me — unlike the more famous Père Lachaise cemetery on the north side of the city — is less about who rests within the walls and more about the quiet atmosphere. I got the feeling that our friend the crow (above) feels the same. Andy guided me through the streets of the Montparnasse neighborhood, showing me places he used to frequent as a child during the year his family lived in Paris (his dad was a political scientist who was invited to teach at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes). We eventually ended up at the …

Jouer Summer 2015 Le Matchbox Unboxing

Hi, friend! I’m back with a new unboxing video to share Jouer’s Summer Le Matchbox. Le Matchbox is a quarterly subscription that costs $45. The summer collection is valued at just over $100. I’m still loving the items that I received in my spring box, and my first impressions of the summer box are great! Check out the video and let me know what you think! I hope that your weekend is going well! XO Jacqueline P.S. I’ll be back later today with day two of our Parisian vacation.