Happiness, more or less

11 Apr

{ daily outfit: }

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing silk flower pattern shirtdress with yellow belt
Flowers in the garden

If my life had an anthem, it would be this song, “Lucky Man” by The Verve. I heard it for the first time in Maui, about twelve years ago. I had gone on vacation by myself and made a friend, Janusz. We had a blast and introduced each other to our favorite music. He got Air, Moon Safari. I got The Verve, Urban Hymns. Here’s an excerpt:

More or less
It’s just a change in me
Something in my liberty
Oh, my, my
Coming and going
I watch you look at me
Watch my fever growing
I know just where I am

But how many corners do I have to turn?
How many times do I have to learn
All the love I have is in my mind?

Well, I’m a lucky man
With fire in my hands

{ beauty: }

Style tip, Sally Hansen's Salon Effects real nail polish strip in pink camouflage
Pretty in pink

I don’t often post on this topic but I couldn’t resist sharing with you my latest find. There was a conversation on Twitter recently between @thecoveted, @gritandglamour and @beautifullyInv about Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects in Denim. I keep my nails very short for snowboarding during the winter. Given that it’s the end of the season they haven’t been looking their best. Eureka! A solution! Real nail polish strips, perfect for this busy modern woman. I dashed to my local Walgreen’s and picked up pink camo. I’ll report back on how long they lasted, but for now, I’m tickled pink with the results.

{ style tip: }

A confident colorful belt against a contrasting pattern defines the waistline with drama. It’s especially flattering on a shapeless shirtdress; defining and accenting curves, drawing the eye in to your beautiful, unique-to-you body. Enjoy it, love it, you’re the sole owner of it.

{ deets: }

Stretchy silk flower shirtdress/Express, yellow elastic belt/Anthropologie, aqua tights/unknown, black ballet flats/Ecco, (unseen), silver and mother-of-pearl necklace and cuff/Lois Hill.

The Verve – Lucky Man lyrics copyright of their respective owners.


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  1. doc starr

    April 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

    love the look & the pink camo nails. btw i really love your theme and lay-out. its very pretty and different from most. i love the neatness of your sidebar.
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  2. Señora Allnut

    April 11, 2011 at 7:24 am

    love your dress, love the abstract pattern in blue and how it match with your glasses!
    very wise style ti, indeed

  3. Collette Osuna

    April 11, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I absolutely love this dress on you… eyes popped wider when you mentioned Hawaii…..I just finalized our yearly trip over the weekend….cant wait:0
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    April 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I absolutely love, love your dress. It fits you like a glove, and he touch of the belt is fantastic.
    Loving your nails.
    I keep mine short. I make my own bread, so i have them under control, hehehehe.
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  5. Ofelia

    April 11, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Love the bold flowers design on the dress and it fit you so perfectly!
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  6. Allyson

    April 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Absolutely love that dress — the big, bold pattern softened just a touch by the watercolor effect. Must look for something like that!

  7. Casee Marie

    April 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I saw that convo, too – I was loving Jennine’s houndstooth nails, especially. My nails are unnervingly thin so I can never seem to keep them long, and nail polish only tends to last a day or so before chipping. This sounds like it might be a perfect alternative for me!

  8. Emma at Daily Clothes Fix

    April 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Love the Verve. It was my go-to album when I first moved to London in 1998. It brings back memories of living in my own flat for the first time.

    Love the nail polish and the pattern in your dress is great.
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    April 12, 2011 at 4:33 am

    EEEEEEE!!!! Love the nails babe! Hope you’re having fun with them!
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  10. Arash Mazinani

    April 12, 2011 at 6:11 am

    The pink cameo is super cool, it’s really detailed and sharp. Love it!

    I also love the Verve album I have it on my iPod still not listened to it for ages but it is an absolute peach of an album, classic!
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  11. Melissa

    April 12, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I LOVE the contrasting belt. I really love that dress on you too and your nails look awesome!

    I’m way to chicken to ever go on a vacation alone. I don’t even want to run errands at work alone! You’re my hero. :)

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