Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Five: White Hot!

I love shades of white, ivory and cream; I think they are so fresh and elegant. White is part of the unofficial year-round uniform of the State of Florida and is now becoming acceptable everywhere outside of the old Memorial Day to Labor Day period. And since we're in the thick of summer, it's essential to cool off with this crisp color!

Essie Tuck it in my Tux - I'm all about a slightly-sheer white manicure, and this fits the bill perfectly. I'm IN LOVE with this polish! I had planned to buy a similar shade I really like, OPI Funny Bunny, but when I saw this one for half-price at Marshall's, I decided to try it out. It gives you the idea of a white manicure without looking like you painted your nails with Wite-Out. With two coats, I could see a little of the tips of my nails through the polish, which almost gives the illusion of a semi French mani. It was easy to paint on, was forgiving of mistakes around the cuticles and after a swipe of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, looked like a professional job. I couldn't stop looking down at how pretty my nails looked. I also think you could achieve different looks based on the number of coats.

Kira Grace White Hot Romance Yoga Collection - I'm lusting over these pieces, especially the Mesh Ballet leggings! White yoga/workout pants can be tricky, but I've found there is no reason to completely fear them. I bought the more budget-friendly Cozy Orange Aquarius Crops, and I love them. It's shocking, but they are actually slimming and do not highlight cellulite. Nude underwear is of course a must, and if you're still wary, pair with a longer top.

Schutz Gilberta Pumps in Oyster - So I'm cheating just a little on these, because they're not quite white, but close enough. And I love me a beautiful, neutral pump. I found out about this brand through a photo posted by Lilliana Vazquez. (She's a style contributor on Kathie Lee & Hoda...and can I ever get through a blog post without mentioning them?) Lilliana is wearing these fabulous pearl sandals in the photo that I can't seem to find online, so I'm guessing they are a past season. I did find some similar ones on Amazon. AND I found about a dozen other pairs on the Schutz website that I love. Although these Gilberta pumps would still be a splurge for me, I think they are a pretty good value for what appears to be nice quality.

RumbaTime Orchard Gold Watch in Snow Patrol - This watch was available, in a different color, as Birchbox Plus add-on item. I only found out after the fact, or I would have probably jumped on that since it was offered at a reduced price. But the good news is these watches are affordable even at the full price of $45. This company is based in NYC and was launched by two best friends in 2009. There are several different styles and colors for men and women. I was only able to find this style in white on Overstock, and they sold out of the gray one that was my absolute favorite. I just love that the style is so sleek and can be dressed up or down!

Lulu's Go All Out Ivory Sleeveless Dress - And finally, everyone needs a Little White Dress. I love that this one is fun and a little daring. Great price, too. (And those shoes! Need.) This one is also gorgeous. I found both on Lulu's, which has a huge selection of white dresses and just about everything else for that matter.

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