7 Fall Nail Polish Colors

nail polish colors for fall

I’m a fan of dark nail polish colors in general, but fall is an especially good time to break out deep plums and forest greens. However, there is something refreshing about light colored nails any time of year.

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What’s your favorite fall nail polish color?

September 2014 Popsugar Must Have Box

It’s time for another vlog! Today, I am showing you what is inside my September Popsugar Must Have Box

As you can see, this month’s box was packed full of good things. My favorite item is the Tilo scarf, but the Letter C Design pencils and Rifle Paper Co. note cards will, also, see plenty of use.

fashion and lifestyle monthly subscription box

  • Tilo Scarves Modal Gradation Scarf in Raisin – Value $125
  • Nicole Miller Stereo Earbuds – Value $20
  • Urban Remedy Almond Brownie – Value $6
  • Oribe Superfine Purse Size Hair Spray – Value $21.50
  • Letter C Design Gold Foil Arrow Pencils – Value $5
  • Rifle Paper Co. Garance Doré Assorted Girls Set – Value $18

Bonus Items

  • Nike $20 Gift Card
  • Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Sea Salt & Almond Minis
  • Urban Remedy $10 off

The Popsugar Must Have monthly subscription is $39.95, and so far, I have found it to be a great deal. For past reviews, click here and here.

Halloween in Your Closet: Miss Havisham

I hope you don’t think it’s too early to start thinking about Halloween because I’m quite busy coming up with ideas for costumes. Today’s look is inspired by Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Ugly beautiful is the idea behind this look, and while this may not be the costume you want to wear out with friends, I think it’s an excellent idea should you spend Halloween at home passing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Great Expectations Miss Havisham Halloween Costume

I saw that everything within my view which ought to be white, had been white long ago, and had lost its lustre, and was faded and yellow. I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes… Now, wax-work and skeleton seemed to have dark eyes that moved and looked at me.

-Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens Great Expectations Costume

For the costume, I used a vintage wedding dress and veil I found at the Salvation Army as well as another veil I made. I believe the dress is from the 1960’s and features an empire waist with buttons running down the bust. The veil is part of another vintage wedding set and features lace around the edges and an attached lace cap. I added a second veil in back to give the look a little more volume.

Miss Havisham Wedding dress Halloween costume

I used baby powder to lighten my hair (sadly, you can’t really tell in the pictures) and powdered it on my face as well to create an aged, cake-y look. I thinned my eyebrows by covering them with a heavy coat of concealer then drawing a thin line above my natural eyebrows. I used maroon blush underneath my eyes for a haunted look and used a brown eyeliner to sketch in some wrinkles.

Miss Havisham Book Character Halloween Costume

For more Halloween costume ideas, don’t forget to check out my looks from last year!

What’s your most memorable Halloween costume?

Sweet Links

bowl of cereal

I love that technology makes it possible to enjoy New York Fashion Week without leaving your computer. Here are a few of my favorite collections: RodarteJenny Packham, Ralph Lauren, and Reem Acra.

This recipe for coconut cream pie looks amazing!

David Bowie’s 75 Must-Read Books offers a fascinating look at his intellectual diet.

Undercover Colors is a nail polish that may help fight crime.

Marie Forleo and Chris Guillebeau discuss finding your quest.

If you are interested in continuing education, I cannot recommend Coursera enough.

I find this desk cat bed hilarious yet strangely intriguing.

This look at J.K. Rowling’s Plot Spreadsheet is fascinating.

If every state had an official dessert what would they be?

Hair tapestry is a new trend I would like to try.

Vintage Made

I love browsing bookstores for new magazines, and while some digging is required, a new discovery is always exciting. Recently, I came across Vintage Made, a magazine that focuses on vintage style. I picked up Volume 2 Issue 3 which is all about the 1930’s. Since I’m planning on throwing a 1930’s party for my birthday next year, this issue was perfect. From how to do pin curls to footwear of the 1930’s, this Australian magazine is a pleasure to read. There is even a pattern for sewing a dress based on an original pattern from 1932! Vintage Made is a great resource for vintage lovers, and I can’t wait to see what the new issue holds. Check out their Facebook page for a 10 minute turban tutorial.

1930s style vintage dresses

Now, I’m on the lookout for 1930’s style dresses. While I’ve been combing Etsy for vintage pieces, I like the idea of wearing something new like these vintage inspired dresses.

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September Wish List

September almost feels like it’s the start of a new year, and with the new year feeling comes the desire to update my wardrobe. However, this year I don’t just want to update my wardrobe; I would love to completely overhaul it. Fast fashion is no longer appealing to me, and I would much rather spend my money on pieces that will last more than one season. To that end, I’ve started doing Project 333, which suggests that your wardrobe consist of 33 pieces for three months. Since my wardrobe is in a rather sad state, I am currently working with about half the number of allowable pieces, which is a wonderful excuse for me to start adding in new, quality pieces. Into Mind wrote an excellent post on prepping your wardrobe for fall, which is a good starting point for anyone looking to make some changes in their fall wardrobe.

fall wardrobe shoppin list

The Acne Pistol Booties are number one on my shopping list. They look just right for transitioning into the colder months and look cute with jeans or a skirt. While I’m moving away from the look of skinny jeans, they really are the best option to wear with boots, and these black Gap 1969 High Rise Skinny Jeans will work nicely with my current selection of tops. A silk blouse is another piece I would like to introduce into my wardrobe this fall, and it’s hard to go wrong with the classic Equipment Slim Signature Blouse. One of my goals this fall is to wear more skirts, so I have my eye on Theory’s Evian Stretch Gida K Skirt. A red cape has been on my wish list for ages, and while Kate Spade’s Wool Capelette might be a stretch for a minimalist wardrobe, a girl can dream.

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What’s on your wish list?

Floral Friday: A Flower Quote

Floral Friday: A Flower Quote

Jo had learned that hearts, like flowers, cannot be rudely handled, but must open naturally…

Louisa May Alcott

I am back in Georgia after an even longer car ride than last month. It was the type of road trip where little things went wrong and an extra three hours were added because of unexplainable traffic. Next time I visit my brother, I would very much like to fly instead of drive. However, a good night’s sleep does wonders, and as I type this, a giant magnolia tree stands watch outside the window and a large pitcher of sweet tea is waiting for me in the fridge.

This month’s Floral Friday theme is A Flower Quote. I was obsessed with Little Women as a child thanks to the 1994 movie, which inspired me to read more of Louisa May Alcott’s works. I think the quote above is a wonderful reminder that we must be as gentle with ourselves and with others as we are with flowers. This beautiful, new edition from Puffin makes me want to reread this childhood favorite again.

Floral FridayLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott 

Floral Fridays is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along, please email Trishie (trishie@underlockandkeyblog.com) for next month’s theme.

Treat Yourself

Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by Jennifer Steinhauer

If you grew up on corner-store treats, memory lane is paved with Ho Hos, Yodels, Oreos, and Ring Dings. And while your taste buds may have grown up a bit, chances are you still crave these classic flavors. Now you can re-create the lunch-box delights that made you the envy of other kids, with all-natural homemade versions.

Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) by Jennifer Steinhauer is a snack food lover’s dream cookbook. Inside are recipes for Oreos, Hostess Cup Cakes, Fig Newtons, Strawberry Pop-Tarts, and so many other classic snacks.  The book is divided into seven sections and covers everything from classic cookies to frozen treats. Each section includes an informative introduction as does each recipe, and I found it fascinating how many of my favorite snacks were developed during the early part of the 20th Century.

I tried the recipes for the Nilla Wafers, Chips Ahoy!, and Biscoff cookies, and each recipe was a success. While the Nilla Wafers lacked the snap of their namesake, the flavor was spot on. The Chips Ahoy! cookies were chewy and tasted amazing right out of the oven. I’ve never had a real Biscoff cookie, so I can’t say how this recipe compares; however, if you are looking for a melt-in-your-mouth cookie, this is it.

My homemade Chips Ahoy! cookies.

My homemade Chips Ahoy! cookies.

The book is full of mouthwatering pictures for almost every recipe, but I do wish that every recipe was given a chance to shine in a picture and not just be left to the imagination. Also, some of the recipes veer towards the semi-homemade end of baking and call for things like refrigerated pie crust and marshmallow fluff, but a strictly from scratch baker can easily substitute a favorite recipe for a store bought ingredient.

Overall, Treat Yourself is a winner and a must-read for those who like to bake. To get a taste of the recipes in this book, check out this excerpt for homemade Twix Bars.

This book was provided by Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Why Don’t You…?

Why Don't You...?

Go apple picking then bake an apple pie?

Celebrate One-Hit Wonder Day by listening to a mix of your favorites?

Wear pink on Wednesdays?

Keep a dream journal?

Give yourself a back-to-school manicure?

Spend an afternoon doing puzzles?

Make this White Chocolate Cheesecake Pie?

Paint a picture (even if it’s just paint by numbers)?

Read a best seller?

Try something new every week?

August Favorites

It’s time for August favorites! From comics to nail polish, here’s a look at some of the things I liked this month.

Books

Beauty

Other Stuff

 What are your August favorites?