It’s that exciting time of the year again: that’s right, the new Essie collection is out! I am a huge fan of Essie nail polishes for both their easy-to-apply formula and distinctive colors, so I try to grab a new polish whenever they release a collection (if I don’t already own several of basically the same color, that is!). The Spring collection is on-par with their recent collections, having a few unique shades and some remixes of old favorites.
These are great shades for spring, with a fun mix of bold and subtle. Here’s how Essie is describing the colors:
- Hide & Go Chic - I see you! Covetable azure blue is ever elusive but impossible to miss – it’s love at first mani.
- Fashion Playground - Fun and games just met their match. This plucky pistachio green with subtle shimmer flirts with forever and plays for keeps.
- Romper Room - Make way for the new kid on the block. This pretty pale tea rose pink knows how to work the room: stylishly.
- Spin the Bottle - Close your eyes. When you give this flirty, semi-sheer nude a whirl, be prepared to pucker-up.
- Style Hunter - Bright. Hot. Laser-focused. This pure crimson is a chic-seeking missile that always gets exactly what it’s looking for.
- Truth or Flare - Sexy. Fun. Totally glamorous. Vintage blue denim fits perfectly, honestly, these jeans always make you look fab.
You can guess which is our favorite, right? I absolutely cannot wait to grab a bottle of Romper Room! It looks like a slightly more pigmented version of Ballet Slippers, which you guys already know I love! Hopefully I can get my hands on Romper Room soon and share the formulation and actual color with you, but until then I would love to see your own pics if you’ve already tried any of the 2014 Spring colors! Check out some Pinspiration based on these beautiful shades below:
Roses | Lights | Butterflies
Dress | Door | Typewriter
What do you think about the Essie collection? Which color is your favorite? Do you think the items I chose match the feeling of the nail polishes? Let me know in the comments below! I’m so excited to share this post with you, I hope you enjoyed it xo
Guys, I am so excited that I have finally had the time to import my old fashion and lifestyle blog, Aphrodite Perception, into Rompadomp’s interface! While Rompadomp is a design company, I also find that I take inspiration and joy from my everyday life that helps me feel better and do better work for my clients. If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed some snapshots of moments from my everyday life. So, welcome to the updated Rompadomp, now including lifestyle posts! I’m excited to announce this change and I can’t wait to take you guys on my new journey to document my crazy life and love of design.
Here’s some of my favorite Instagram moments from February:
Just hanging out with some artsy friends at the Taubman :) #Taubman #Roanoke #Virginia #museum #motomichinakamura #giantmoleman #plush #textile
Hmm, can you see a theme here? Excited about my Valentine’s Day present :) #rings #ringcandle #blueberrymuffin #theseareafewofmyfavoriterings
Snow cream from grandma’s recipe, yum! #grandmaknowsbest #snowday #snowcream
Happy Snow Day! :) #pupinasweater #pitboxermix #snowday
Life is beautiful, enjoy every day #salem #Virginia #nature #roanokeriver #landscape #lifeisgood
Good morning! It’s a beautiful day :) #rainbow #Richmond #Virginia #colorful #fauxstainedglass
Sometimes exercising can be a total drag, but cute and highly functional athletic wear always gives me the inspiration to get my workout on! Recently I’ve spotted a ton of graphic workout outfits on Pinterest that have me falling head-over-heels in love with their unique, feminine accents. Art + function, does it get any better than that?
Need a little inspiration to get your sweat on today? I love the clean lines of these looks. Check out some of my favorites below!
For more cute outfits, check out my Pinterest board “Graphic Workout Wear” HERE! What do you guys think of the new artsy take on exercise clothes? Which of the outfits is your favorite? Do you think fashion and design make sense together? Let me know in the comments!
In case you haven’t heard, it’s cold. Very cold. Record-breaking cold for this time of year. Every social media site has been blowing up with my friends and followers alerting me to this fact. But we shouldn’t let the cold outside affect what we feel on the inside.
Winter is a very complex time of the year, when many people suffer from seasonal depression and sadness. It’s also when many people stay tucked away in their homes and become recluses. Let’s try something different together this year — let’s make an effort to be more connected.
January is the perfect time to take stock of your life. Haven’t worn those clothes all year? Donate them. Feeling unhealthy from all the holiday meals? Set up a workout schedule. Haven’t set up a Skype date with you BFF in awhile? Call her up.
This year let’s try to become more loving, healthier, kinder, and, most importantly, let’s make an effort to communicate better. Why are we afraid to call up our friends on the phone? Why do we fear being called a “creeper” if we post comments on old Facebook photos? Why don’t we share our thoughts when something touches our lives us in some way? Share the warmth of your friendship (starting now!) and your heart will keep you warm during this cold spell and on into 2014.
I’ve been doing a lot of pinning this week and I wanted to share some of the inspirational photos I’ve been loving with you all! I’ve been really drawn to gold recently, so it’s no surprise that it’s the focus color of these four images. I love the shine and depth that gold can achieve without ever really changing its color, it makes it so versatile and striking.
Leaf | Manicure
Necklace | Card
And on that note, I’ve also added a brand new item to my shop today just in time for winter — a pair of Gold Antler Earrings! Check them out and let me know what you think! They are the perfect combo of Southern rustic and charm :)
Feliz Día de los Muertos!
If ya don’t know, now ya know: Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday, is a celebration focused on honoring deceased family and friends. It is observed on the Christian triduum of Hallowmans: All Hallows’ Eve (Oct. 31), All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1), and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2). The souls of young children are said to arise on midnight of October 31. The next day, Día de los Inocentos, is when the souls of lost children are honored and on the last celebration day, Día de los Muertos, families honor deceased adults.
These days are seen as a celebration of the lost rather than a mourning period. Families build alters known as ofrendas, where they leave objects for the dead like marigolds, sugar skulls, the deceased’s favorite foods, and other possessions. Today, these objects have become symbols of the holiday around the world.
This holiday is thought to have originated with the Aztecs’ celebration of the goddess of the underworld, Mictecacihuatl. Her influence can be see in today’s Lady of the Dead known as La Calavera Catrina (“Dapper Skeleton”), shown here:
Depictions of Día de los Muertos are colorful and cute with a touch of macabre. Here are some of my favorites:
Whether you celebrate Día de los Muertos or not, take a moment today and tomorrow to remember all of your family and friends who have passed. Add some extra color into your life – let’s bring November in with a bang!
Welcome to Sunday Spins! A weekly post where I share the hoop love — hope you guys enjoy!
This week I wanted to showcase a video that focuses on both gentle and athletic floor hooping, which could be good for anyone recovering from a leg injury. This is by Jenny Hoopnosis, and it shows how you can start to integrate floor work into your hooping routine. Check out her calming, yet athletic video below:
As for hoops, here’s a neat zebra print one from Etsy sure to bring out your animalistic side!
What do you think about Jenny Hoopnosis’ floor video? Do you think you would be able to incorporate some of her moves into your routine? What do you think about the zebra print hoop?
Welcome to Sunday Spins! A weekly post where I share the hoop love — hope you guys enjoy!
I’m ashamed to admit it, but recently I’ve been in a bit of a rut with my hooping. I can’t manage to get a few tricks down that seem so simple, and my hoop took a beating from my beach trip this summer. It’s pretty accurate to say that my hoop and I are a bit down in the dumps.
Thankfully, inspiration is never far away thanks to the internet! I found this great hooping tutorial by Katie Sunshine, one of the first YouTube hoopers I ever watched! It really inspired me to get my leg hooping down pat so that I can add some more fun into my routine. She is such a fun, joyful personality. Check out her video below:
As for hoops, I have been longing for a new one… Until I get a new one, window shopping will have to sate my appetite. And what better to long after than a totally unique style of hoop, like one made out of wood?
Try something new this week — you never know what you can do until you try! Do you think Katie Sunshine’s video is helpful? Are you as in love with the wooden hoop as I am?