Mint

Normally, I avoid green nail polish like the plague, but when I came across this color, I couldn’t pass it up. First, it reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream, my favorite flavor that I’ve been eating at least twice a week because “it’s summer”, and second, I was in the mood to try something bright and new. I immediately plucked this shade from my nail salon’s polish selection (who else gets stressed picking sometimes?) and was thrilled with how it turned out.

CND Vinylux Mint Convertible Review

The color is Mint Convertible by CND Vinylux, that awesome lacquer line I wrote about last year that goes on and comes off like regular polish but lasts much longer. Made by the same company that invented Shellac, Vinylux stands somewhere between normal polish and gel. You get the benefit of having a manicure that won’t chip for 7-10 days, but you can take it off in seconds with acetone remover at home (no more sitting through gel’s sucky soaking process). It’s like magic in a bottle for those of us who love a classic mani that stays put and leaves us with healthier, stronger (not thinner) nails.

With my trusty Rejuvacote as your strengthening base coat and Seche Vite as your glossy top coat, you should be all set. Read about my obsession with both here.

Stack

I can’t seem to collect enough stackable rings, and I wanted to spotlight this set of six from BaubleBar. Each slim band would look super feminine on its own, but when you put them together in one powerful stack, the combination is striking. The rings are all the same size—between a 5 1/2 and 6—so they could likely serve as regular and midi bands depending on your fingers and how you layer them.

BaubleBar Willow Stacking Septuplet Ring Set

The fun with a set this large is that there’s tons of room to play with styling. And at only $28, that level of versatility for the price is hard to pass up. It also doesn’t get better than hammered metal in my book, and this set comes in solid gold or a multicolored mix of gold and silver, so there’s something for everyone to choose from.

The weekend flew by, as usual, but I hope your Monday is off to a great start!

Day Tripper

The book above is amazing. I came across it at Anthropologie years ago, and it’s my bible when I’m taking a quick weekend trip. It’s a concise guide of the best spots—must-visit sites, beloved restaurants, etc.— in 150 North American cities. Essentially, a map of everything you should do if you’re spending just 36 hours somewhere. Since there’s no better time for short getaways than summer, I wanted to spotlight it. Before I bought the book, I checked what it recommended for my hometown of Princeton. My favorite breakfast spot, PJ’s Pancake House, made the cut among countless local favorites, so I knew the writers did their research. Sidenote: If you’re in the market for an awesome travel duffle, click here.

One Teaspoon is always on top of their denim game, and I couldn’t resist featuring the shorts above. I love me a high-waisted hot pant, but the relaxed fit of this pair seemed just as sexy. I imagined sitting in a car road tripping and thought these shorts looked badass, but extremely comfortable for that sort of thing.

I have an appreciation for Timex watches (my grandfather wore them his entire life). Not only are they classic, like the one bottom right, but they’re reasonably priced. I’m all for an expensive watch, but sometimes you want a certain look and options instead of spending so much on one style.

I’m also obsessed with the half-purse-half-belt fanny pack top right. It’s kind of amazing (and only $20). My friends who studied abroad in Florence with me during college will laugh at this one. I proudly rocked a fanny pack like an ’80s mom most of the time I was there and loved every. single. minute. of. it.

Have a kickass Friday guys. And plan a weekend away! It’s surprising how much making the effort to travel and explore a new place—even if it’s just a day trip or somewhere close-by for one night—can revitalize you. You deserve it.

As always, just click on each item above to shop!

'Michelle' Shades Night Journey Belt Bag 'The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada' Book Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm Pixie Market Gingham Crop Top One Teaspoon 'Brando' Outlaws Timex 'Easy Reader' Watch Aldo 'Tober' Sandal Image Map