under the sea

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It’s Monday, so I’ve done my nails for the week!

Well, technically, I did them on Saturday. However, the look turned into what I dubbed a “nail fail.”

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I was going for an ocean/sea look but it ended up a smeared mess! Though, from further away, they actually looked okay. The close up, however, shows how smeared they got. I used a silver Sharpie for the middle section and I think I didn’t let it dry enough. I really do not know what happened there. Regardless, I decided to just start over. That’s the best part about trying nail trends; If you try something and you don’t like it, just start over!

I wanted to keep with the water theme. I was definitely inspired by water themed photos I took over the course of the past month:

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Voila! Under the sea nails!

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I created a “bubble” effect with two different shades of blue on top of the dark blue background.

Colors:

Base color, Dive bar by Essie ($7.50); Darker turquoise, Ocean teal from Gap ($3 on sale!); Light turquoise, Turquoise and Caicos by Essie ($7.50)

1) Taking risks on nail polish is an easy way to try out trends. Sometimes they look great, sometimes they do not! Just start over if you do not like the look. In retrospect, I should have done the first look on one nail before moving forward with the rest of my nails. I recommend you do the same, and next time I will too!

2) I created the dots on nails with a toothpick dipped in polish. I used the wider end for the bigger bubbles and the pointed end for the inner bubbles. I recommend getting a decent amount of polish on the toothpick to paint the dots. Otherwise, you can end up just chipping the base color instead of adding a layer of polish.

Happy Monday, readers! Thanks for visiting!

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does fancy have to be synonymous with expensive?

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Generally speaking, I think that a lot of cheap jewelry looks, well… cheap. There are a number of places to find good quality jewelry at a decent price when on sale. I will write about some of those finds in upcoming posts. This post, however, is about my favorite thing: hidden gems that look fancy but actually are not fancy at all (in terms of price). The earrings pictured here are from (wait for it)…Forever 21. Not only did they come from Forever 21, but also I recently realized that Forever 21 has a $1-$1.50 jewelry section. The jewelry that comes on pink/light coral backed holders seems to be around that price point. In the megastore near me, there is a rack with this jewelry, while the rest comes on cream-colored holders. I have worn these pale turquoise earrings probably 30+ times in the past few months and get compliments on them every time. $1.50, people. $1.50. Sold.

As a side note, these earrings have not lost a single rhinestone! My sister had a pair of Chanel sunglasses (LOVE, so beautiful!) that lost so many rhinestones that they had to be sent back twice before she gave up. I am just saying, yes, you generally get what you pay for, but occasionally you can find a hidden gem.

Original price of the earrings: $1.50, paid $1.50

Savings? With this price point, no sale hunting needed.

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) If you are adding a piece that is trendy but not great quality, do a mix of ‘high and low’ pieces. Coco Chanel was a master of this strategy! Otherwise, the whole ensemble can end up looking not so great. (Bear in mind that even high-end pieces can still be very affordable if you are dedicated to “digging,” as we call it in my family…I’ll blog more about that later).

2) Who cares whether it was a low cost accessory? I just love some pieces, regardless of where I got them.