My first attempt at fancy DIY nails!


You know all those crazy fancy nail tutorials you constantly see all over Pinterest & the blog world? Well, I decided to finally try one instead of simply staring at them in open-mouthed amazement. I used Keiko Lynn’s “Moon River Manicure” tutorial & I’m beyond pleased with the results! The secret to the clean lines are those round reinforcement labels that I don’t think anybody really ever uses (except for sweet manicures, of course). You can buy them  anywhere office supplies are sold. I’m not going to go through a long tutorial because Keiko Lynn’s is already amazing & needs no improvements.

Here are few tips I’m going to keep in mind the next time, though:

  • A base coat & a top coat are essential to getting your nails looking much more polished & finished at the end.
  • Make sure the first coat is completely dry before putting the reinforcement labels on them or else it gets messy.
  • Make sure to peel off the labels before the polish dries– which means doing them one at time (it really doesn’t take very long).

Let me know if you try this tutorial yourself! Seriously, if I can do it & make it look half decent, anyone can!

{EDIT: Looking at this picture of my little ampersand tattoo made me realize how badly it needs touched up. So, please ignore how wonky it looks in this picture. Perhaps this is just the motivation I need to actually grow a pair & get the retouch done! Alright, carry on.}

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My Summer Uniform 2012

My Summer Style 2012

 

I have been wearing basically an alternating version of this outfit all summer. Stripe t-shirts & tank tops have always been a staple of my wardrobe. I just can’t get enough! A pair of basic flat sandals, my favorite tote bag, & a cute necklace seem to polish off any outfit! I’m also loving all the colorful shorts there are this season. I’ve never been one to be afraid of color. I’m glad everyone else is finally catching on!  What is your summer uniform?

Joie striped shirt
$97 - joie.com

Dorothy Perkins chino shorts
$29 - dorothyperkins.com

H&M leather sandals
£7.99 - hm.com

Stella Dot chain jewelry
$59 - stelladot.com

Ray-Ban ray ban shades
$140 - smartbuyglasses.com

The Secret Garden
$16 - modcloth.com

Ampersand Natural
$19 - alphabetbags.com

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My First Summer DIY: A “No Sew” Workout T-Shirt!

 

Before I begin, I just want you to know that I am the opposite of crafty. So, when I saw this tutorial for how to make a a workout shirt (with no sewing involved!) on Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth‘s blog, I didn’t think I’d be able to do it! But, I DID it! I wish I would have taken a before picture of the t-shirt. It was just some old t-shirt that I never wore. I didn’t want to start with a nice t-shirt in case I messed up royally. But, it turned out so cute! I plan on going to the thrift store to find some cheap t-shirts & do it to several more in the future. It’s perfect for working out. All I have to say is that if I can do this, any of you can! Below is the t-shirt from Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth’s blog. She has step-by-step directions that make it really easy. If you try it, let me know how it works out!

(Above image & tutorial via Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth.)

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Autumn dresses!

The chill is in the air & fall is officially here! It’s given me the craving for dresses that can be matched with a cozy cardigan, colorful tights & some boots. I found these lovelies on Ruche‘s website. I am considering buying at least a few of them!

What are you excited to wear this fall?

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Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

I am so excited to share with you lovelies my VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY here on EmilyAbigail! I’m even more excited because this giveaway is sweet. The generous folks at Shabby Apple have given me the opportunity to choose one of their gorgeous vintage-inspired women’s dresses to give away to one of you lucky, lucky readers.

Choosing just one dress was an exceedingly difficult task because there are so many amazing dresses to choose from. Shabby Apple has every single shape, size, & color that you could imagine! I love this boutique especially because of the fact that they are very body conscious & willing to actually LISTEN to their buyer’s feedback & make timely changes according to said feedback. How many companies actually do that these days? I love this quote from their website:

“Every woman deserves to feel beautiful in a dress, but not all of us look like runway models. Shabby Apple celebrates the short legs, curvy hips, straight waists, & flat chests in all of us.”

So, after much wistful browsing, I  decided on a dress called “Happy Talk”. It’s such a darling  little thing, don’t you think? I love its delicate yellow color & the detailing on the shoulder. I think it has a nice spring-summer vibe to it & that it would flatter many different body types! Perfect. This contest will be open for ONE WEEK. The deadline for entries is Sunday, April 16 at 12:00 pm.

Luckily, ShabbyApple is willing to offer you 10% off any of their apparel with this coupon code made especially for EmilyAbigail.com readers. Just type in emilyabigail10off into the coupon code box. So, really, we all win!

How to win this dress:

How to win up to 3 extra entries:*

  • Follow/subscribe to EmilyAbigail’s RSS Feed. Leave a comment here letting me know that you did.
  • Blog about this Giveaway! Leave a comment here with a link to your post.
  • Tweet about this giveaway! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your tweet. (Include my twitter account: @EmilyAbigail in your tweet!)

Winner will be chosen at random on April 16 at 12:00 pm! Good luck!

*Quick Update: You have to leave a separate comment for each extra entry or these extra entries will not be counted. Sorry for the confusion!

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Daily Outfit: Oh, Messy Life!

Don't mind the mess.

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{Jeans: Converse from Target | Striped gray tshirt: Old Navy | Jacket: Express | Scarf: Target | Shoes: Target}

I admit, this photo is not the best showcase of my outfit. I do apologize. I got a small point-and-shoot digital camera for Christmas. It’s a nice alternative to my larger & bulkier Canon Rebel. However, I’m still getting used to it. So, please bear with me! I was also going to edit out the messy bedroom, but I thought you might find it interesting. I always get a kick out of other people’s clutter. Anyways, I wore this on Sunday night with plans to go out to see some live blue grass music with our downstairs neighbors. However, we ended up not staying at the bar because it was ridiculously packed. Everyone wanted to be out celebrating their impending day off, I suppose. We ended up going to a small, local bar, drinking a few beers, & enjoying some lovely conversation.


Oh, also! In the effort of full disclosure, I’m working on really trying to get in shape for 2011. I’ve been working out every day & watching my calories. So, perhaps we can consider this my “before” photo. Fingers crossed that I don’t lose all motivation like usual. Anyone have any tips for staying motivated?

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Daily Outfit: Date night!



Kevin & I rarely go out on “official” dates; so when we unexpectedly won a free full-course dinner (!!!) at the amazing Cumin restaurant, we were both stoked–to say the least! We never win annnything. So, this past Thursday we were wined & dined like NEVER before. I was positively giddy as we were served course after course of delicious food. It was the most decadent meal I had ever eaten. I would highly, highly recommend going if you are in the Cincinnati area. I am absolutely going back!

Oh, and this is what I wore!

Sweater: Gap
Button-up ruffle shirt: Old Navy
Skirt: Old Navy
Necklace & belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Aldo
Puppy: Craigslist

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To tuck or not to tuck?

That is the question.

Alright, let’s get straight to it. The high-waisted trend is running rampant in fashion. I think little petite girls with tiny waists look so charming in this trend! I was really inspired to start trying it after seeing Julie of Orchid Grey pull it off so flawlessly. I guess my question is, am I doing it right? I really can’t tell. I do have a “bit” (okay, more than a bit–let’s be honest) of a belly that makes me feel slightly self-conscious. I don’t know. I’m really on the fence with this one. I’m not a fashionista, so I tend to dress in a way that doesn’t attract much attention. You know? I guess it’s because I’m never fully confident of my fashion sense.

Tucked.

Not tucked.

I think it looks more polished tucked when compared to it being not tucked. But, I was just wondering what you all thought of this trend? Should I leave it to the petite girls or commit to it myself? Here are a few other examples of me trying to pull it off. So, what’s the verdict? Do you have any pictures to share for inspiration? How do you get over your fashion phobias & find the confidence to try new things? I’d love to hear all about it!

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