Monday, September 30, 2013

One Shade of Grey

Happy  Hump Day readers !! The color I'm sporting this week is Chinchilly by Essie.  This beautiful grey color is my favorite for all seasons, it looks good during the summer months and even better in the winter.  My nails are finally getting stronger after having them wrapped for so long ! My manicures also lasting for a week now that I've found the most awesome base coat by China Glaze.  I'm thinking about doing a post in the future on how I do my manicures at home & all the products I use to make my mani last whole week. What color have you been wearing this week ?
xoxo, thanks for reading ! 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My Nails Un-Wrapped

Hello my lovely readers ! As you can see my nails don't look like they normally do & thats because I soaked the acylic off. Yes, I know acylic is supposed to be really bad for your nails, but if you soak them regularly, your nails won't suffer as much. I used to soak mine about every 3-4 months. When my soaking session came around this time, I wanted to give my nails a little break. I'm not sure how long this will last but who knows. While unwrapping them I didnt like how long my nails were so I cut them short and painted them "Cashmere Robe" by Essie; its part of their fall 2013 collection. I ADORE this color, its a dark grey creme formula with a little bit of glitter. Its perfect for fall and I think it looks very nice againest my skin tone (or at least I think so)!

I'd like to thank all you lovely people that take the time to look at TAD, I appreciate it so much!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

DIY - Table Top Vanity

My problem: I had THREE makeup bags on my dresser and it wasn't very appealing to the eye. So, I wanted something prettier other than the typical clear drawer systems.  I honestly do not have that much make up to need those clear drawers. My mother & I had taken a trip to Michael's (the arts & craft store) on Saturday & I had noticed that these really pretty storage boxes were on sale. I really wanted one but couldn't think what it would do in my room other then collect dust. It dawned on me that I needed something to put my makeup in and TA-DA ! this is how my "DIY Dresser Top Vanity" was born.

The supplies you need are:
  • a garbage bag
  • glue gun - $4.99
  • glue sticks - $3.99
  • mirror- $7.99
  • decorative storage box big enough to hold your make up - $7.88

  1. You first need to cut the garbage bag on the sides, so you're able to spread it on your working space. Wouldn't want to get your beautiful box dirty! 
  2. Open your box and put it flap first on the table (facing you). You should have the area where you are going to glue the mirror laying flat on the table.
   3.  Now place to mirror in the center of the flap. With a pen/pencil mark on the flap where you are going to place the mirror. This will make it easier to remember where the mirror goes once the glue is on. REMEMBER: Glue from a glue gun sets extremely fast so you really have no time to mess around when deciding on the placement. Also make sure to get the glue around the whole backside of the mirror. This will take around 2 glue sticks depending on how big your mirror is, so make sure to have them handy.
 4. Glue your mirror ! Make sure to press firmly on the flap to ensure that the mirror glued on. I left my box just like that for the rest of the night. You don't have to do that, you could let the glue dry for a few minutes and put your make up in. 

 I love my new makeup storage box & I think its wonderful.  I should have taken a picture of how it looked on my dress but I didn't :( .  It holds all of my makeup and I still have space for more. I hope you have fun creating your own Dresser Top Vanity ! If you decide to make your own, use #theamandadiaries on Instagram/Twitter so I can see your finished products! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Current Things I'm Loving For the Fall

Hello Readers ! It is now offically September (it has been for the last 3  Starbucks has started serving their PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE !! It happens to be my most favoritest drink EVER. I feel like it embodies fall. When I think of fall I automatically think of PSL. In other news...above are all the things I'm currently going to be obsessed with as the weather starts getting cooler. 

I love blacks, whites, & neutral shades. This season the runways are breaking the rules and are working WHITE appearal down the runway.  WHAT ?! QUE ?! WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY ?! SAY IT AIN'T SOO !! I love winter whites. People have the misconception that it has to be bright/optical whites.  For me, winter whites lean more to the cream/off white side of the "white spectrum".  White sweaters are going to be making their way in to my wardrobe this season.

I'm a very big fan of sweaters, vest, & anoraks. I was in desperate need of a new anorak for this season and lucky enough I was able to snag the one in the photo from AE during their Labor Day Sale. ( I sure love me a BARGAIN) ! The J.Crew Excursion vest are a staple in all preppy girls' closets around the US.  I love wearing them during the cooler months and pairing it with a nice warm sweater, a printed scarf, & some riding boots. 

I've been noticing a pattern of graphic sweaters in different stores. C.Wonder & Old Navy have super cute variety of sweaters with dogs, bows, & foxes. Clearly, the C.Wonder ones are not cheap (They do offer a student discount of 10%; don't forget your school IDs if you're going to purchased some items). Old Navy sweaters are on the more reasonable side & for the most part there's at least weekly sales online. The sweaters are good quality & wash extremely well.  

Riding boots are a permant staple in my closet. I do not care if they go out of style tomorrow, I still will be wearing my riding boots ! I find them so comfortable and chic ! The ones above are by Sam Edelman & are made for wider calves, which is one of my problems. They are a little on the pricey side, but I'm sure a sale will come around & I'll be able to get them.  I also like combat boots, but feel they aren't very giry, these Steve Madden ones are so cute & girly ! I can't wait to pick those babies up ! 

On to my favorite things ever....NAIL POLISH ! Essie's fall line is AMAZING !! I really love "After Schoolboy Blazer" & "For the Twill of It ". I can't wait for them to be featured on my Manis with Mandie page ! Let me know what your fall fashion staples are going to be ! :D