Monday, March 19, 2018

Christian Louboutin "Simple Nude" Nail Polish

Hello everyone! Today is a dreary spring day but here is my latest nail polish. I am posting because there are only a few people who have swatched this color on their blog; maybe this will help someone say "yay" or "nay" to buying it for themselves.

"Simple Nude" is a yellow-based camel color. It is not the most flattering neutral on me; I tend to favor more red-based colors. This polish is a creme that is pretty opaque. Here is 2 coats, over Rimmel London's top/base coat. After 2 coats were completely dry (overnight) I used Dior Gel top coat.

Christian Louboutin shoes come in many shades of "nude" which is appropriate since all of our skin tones are different. The nail polishes also come in a handful of "nude" colors. As you can see, "Simple Nude" closely matches one of CL's "nude" shoes in tone and shine!

No matter if your skin color is light or dark, if it has yellow undertones, this polish could be a great and flattering choice! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

It's All About the Accessories!

I've really slowed down on buying clothing recently. I have a good mix of clothing and at this point, it's just another pencil skirt, only in a different color, blah blah blah. Instead I've been focusing on accessories, from the mundane (socks and knee-highs) to the exciting (shoes!). Here are a couple of recent purchases.

Manolo Blahnik 90mm BB in navy calf leather, worn with Banana Republic logan navy pants

vintage 1980s Laura Ashley silk scarf, worn with old Banana Republic button-up shirt

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Scarf Life

Here are a couple of favorite scarves I've worn this summer. Yes they are designer scarves, but I purchased them both secondhand! 

Pucci silk scarf

Herm├ęs Twilly

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Beautiful Butterfly Wedding

My husband and I were so happy to be invited to attend a friend's outdoor wedding at The Butterfly House. We had so much fun. It was beautiful and relaxing. Here's the outfit! It's low-cut so I wore a skinny scarf for modesty's sake... the scarf had a butterfly print.

I've had this DVF dress for five years. It is very flowy and great for dancing. And I would call the color "Cerulean Blue"!

Diane Von Furstenberg Fleurette dress, scarf from Etsy, Jessica Simpson patent heels

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Latest -- and Greatest -- Shoes!

It's been a while but maybe I can blog a little more regularly. Here are my latest shoes, which were on sale. Love them!

Balenciaga Lock-Front Sandal, 7 for All Mankind Skinny Jeans, Dior Rouge polish

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Disney World Fashionista in January

Hi there, long time, no see! Well let's get right back into it with Zealous Blonde's How to Be Fashionable at Disney World in January!

The weather really fluctuated during our 5 day stay, from freezing to mildly warm. The key was planning ahead and dressing in layers.

above: Animal Kingdom: Our first day: temps in the 60s with occasional downpours.

• J Crew Tippi sweater
• 7 for all Mankind Josefina skinny boyfriend jeans
• Repetto flats
• Gucci cotton scarf
• Rebecca Minkoff fringe suede crossbody purse

Since we knew we were getting a lot of rain that day, we stuffed my rainboots in the bottom of the stroller. Boy I really needed them!

above: Magic Kingdom: Our second day: temps in the 40s with a harsh cool wind. In addition to freezing, I was getting very sick this day and feeling awful.

• hat: purchased spontaneously at Magic Kingdom
• LOFT dress
• Hue leggings (on top of silk long underwear)
• Converse
• Burberry short trench coat

I was unprepared for how cold this day was. Being sick really made it worse.

above: Hollywood Studios: Our fourth day: temps near 70 with lots of sun!

• Rodarte t-shirt
• J. Jill white sweater
• Calvin Klein Jeans denim jacket
• J Brand flares
• platform Converse
• Gucci cotton scarf
• Ray-Ban aviators

Finally the kind of day you hope for!  Still chilly in the morning but I was shedding layers in the afternoon sun.

Keys to being Disney World Fashionista in January:

• jeans and dresses with leggings or tights - even if it hits 80 degrees, you will be comfortable in jeans and ready for the cooler temps in the morning and evening.

• a small crossbody bag. In January, you don't need all the baggage you might want in July: giant sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. Find someone in your party already bringing a backpack or stroller and ask them to carry an item or two for you.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Spiritual Things: Why I Am Against Hunters

I have been without a camera for a while, so time for a non-fashion post! It is about something this Blonde is very Zealous about: anti-hunting. But not for the usual reason. 

I know I am opinionated. I don’t care about sports, I like zombies and cats, etc. God is the King and Jesus is the Lord. And I love animals, but not all animals. Mostly cats. I don’t care about squirrels or even dogs, or monkeys being used for research. I don’t write letters about the abuse of circus animals and I’m definitely not a vegetarian. But I have developed a conviction about people who hunt.

When I moved to the southern state I live in now, I was surprised that people here hunt deer and boar. A lot of people. For fun. They take off work, they buy all kinds of gear, they share stories and photos. They plan big weekend trips. Even people at church, they make a big deal out of it. I really didn’t think people hunted anymore, or I thought it was small groups of people.

Now believe me when I tell you, I don’t care about deer. I don’t care if they die, or get hurt, or if the forests are overpopulated. I have no sympathy for deer, fish, pheasant, or wild boar. 

Let me tell you what I care about: YOU, the hunter. I care about YOU.

And because I care about you, hunter, that is why I am against hunting. 

Living here, I have heard all the reasons why people say they hunt. Let me outline them off the top of my head:
  • it gives them a reason to be outdoors, and they love being outdoors, it helps them feel closer to God.
  • it is a bonding experience with other hunters. 
  • the thrill of the hunt, the chase, and the capture is exciting and real, possibly addicting. Maybe like a video game, but in real life.
  • it makes them (even women) feel more “manly”, builds their self-esteem.
  • it makes them feel powerful.
  • it makes them feel like they are providing for their family.
  • because someone has to prevent the wildlife from overpopulating.
  • because that’s what everyone does, it’s a rite of passage.
  • because it puts food on the table.

And after I hear all these reasons, I want to ask a hunter, in a low, clear voice: “But as for you, why do YOU hunt? Really?”

And I wait for an Answer that will never come. Because it is in such a deep, dark place, the part of the heart that we all want to keep hidden. Who would want to admit it? To face a sin so ugly?

The Answer: “I hunt because I enjoy killing.”

And hunting is a socially-acceptable way to kill another living being.

The heart of hunting is killing. The goal and aim of going out into the forest is to kill something. And if you didn’t enjoy it, you would pass and leave that responsibility to others. You would find other ways of being outdoors with God, alternate methods of bonding with others. You would find other thrill-seeking adventures, like paintball or skydiving. And if you had to hunt to put food on the table, you wouldn’t glorify it or brag about the fact that you had to kill that animal. But I haven’t met any hunter who hated killing, or even felt bad about it. 

I eat meat. When I eat, I know that I am responsible for the death of that cow, chicken, or pig. But I don’t brag about it. I don’t rejoice in the animal’s death. I don’t make plans and spend money to go out and kill animals so I can eat them. If I enjoyed killing, I would gladly go out and wring that chicken’s neck and cut that cow’s throat. Instead, I pass that responsibility to others, because I can’t stomach it. When presented with a dying animal, no matter what animal it is, I have compassion and sympathy for it. I hurt over it.

Some may call me a hypocrite. But the difference is the enjoyment, the desire to kill. That is what I fear and object to.

This week, a 45-year old schoolteacher kidnapped and killed a 10-year old girl, a girl he did not know. He just drove by and snatched her, and within a few hours, she was dead. The newspaper article interviewed friends of the man. One said he was an “animal lover”. Another said he was an “avid hunter.” That stood out to me. Being a schoolteacher, people might say he “loved kids”, and yet this man will be convicted of being a child murderer. I am not surprised by this, because this is a spiritual issue. He simply enjoys killing.

And until each hunter can face the truth in his or her own heart, and turn from his or her evil desires, he or she will continue to be the same.