Dec 31, 2012

incredible Birthday gift ideas for 2013 - guest post by Michelle

Birthdays are special occasions in everyone’s life. So make it a cheerful one in 2013 and beyond by presenting an innovative gift to your loved ones.

Here are some amazing birthday gift ideas:

A Sweet Start

Elders say “Every year on your birthday, you get a chance to start new” and it is good to have something sweet before you start anything new. So, present a sweet box or a chocolate box to your friends to give them a memorable start on their birthday.

A Hug 

A Hug can is a great gift especially for your loved ones. It is an immediate gift which helps in relieving tension. So give a hug to your loved which delivers your memories from arms to the heart. So give your friends a no cost hug to get a million dollar smile from them.

A Greeting Card

Greeting cards are decorative cards designed to express your thoughts and feelings. Greetings convey wishes that last for a long time and you can find greeting cards of various colours, designs and sizes in the market to present it to your special person to make them glad.

A Flower Bouquet

Flowers are loved by many and are a good gift idea. Creative bunch of flowers play a major role in conveying wishes to people on their birthdays as they deliver a message to be open and receptive in life.

A Photo Mug

Gift them a personalized coffee mug with their favourite photo printed on it. They feel happy to have it and remember you during each sip of coffee they take.

Wrist Watches

Time is very important in every individual’s mind and if put it in a blunt manner time is money. Present a wrist watch to your dear ones so that whenever they look at it they recollect certain good memories with you.

A Wish Plant

Wish plant conveys a message to remember your roots and stand tall in difficult situations. So present a wish plant to your dear ones to celebrate a remarkable and cheerful birthday.

A Good Book 

A good book is more than any best friend.  So gift your friend a good book to help them open their life with hope and end with expectations.

An iPod

Be trendy and gift your friend an iPod with songs that match with different moods. So whenever they listen to them, they feel blissful.

Picture Memories

People may change but memories never fade, so present a photo collage to your dear ones to make their birthday cheerful.


Perfumes play a vital role in grooming and they do act as a good present. So gift your loved ones a bottle of their favourite perfume. There is a reason behind perfumes; the scent sprayed by an individual denotes their personality and character. Hence make the appropriate choice so as to stay in the safe line.

Always be creative to buy birthday gifts for your loved ones to make them happy on their special day. If you don’t have enough money to buy a gift, go for payday loans. Payday loan is an instant loan where you can get the estimated cash to your active bank account within 24 hours of approval.

Dec 30, 2012

stud earrings as a timeless piece of jewelry for every occasion - guest post by Jenny

Even though I've been a good girl this year (at least Santa thinks so lol), I've been a very bad blogger this year. :( I'm going to fix this, this upcoming year - 2013! Until I update you with a New Year's resolution and recap post, enjoy this guest post from Jenny!

Merry Christmas and 
Happy New Year my Ocean Dreamers! ;)

Each outfit can be complemented by a piece of accessory. When given thought and consideration, even the most harmless looking piece in a jewelry box can amp up one’s look to a whole new level!

Classic Earrings

Earrings have been used even by primitive women to adorn their bodies and add beauty to their otherwise “bare” ears. Today, with a thousand options to choose from, one type of earring remains a staple in every woman’s collection, and they are stud earrings.

Stud earrings are one of the most basic and were the first type of earrings used. They are attached to the ear by inserting the post or the long thin part of the earring to a piercing on the lobe. Then they are secured by a clutch.

Basically, stud earrings have a solid design which occupies a part of the lobe. These can be made from almost any material, ranging from plastic, precious metals, wood, and others.

Stud Earrings for all Occasions

Because of the simplicity of stud earrings, they can be used for almost all occasions. In some cultures, baby girls are given birthstone stud earrings just a few days after birth! These earrings are great for everyday use because they are small, simple, and can keep the lobe piercing open.

Younger girls who attend weddings as flower girls can be instantly prettified by stud earrings. Designs can range from hand painted porcelain flowers to butterflies, or even semi-precious stones which match the colors of their gowns. Since stud earrings are easily available in malls and accessories outlets, finding ones to match a flower girl’s gown will be fun and easy.

For more formal and elegant events, the ladies can wear stud earrings with bigger pieces. This works especially well when they are sporting a nice updo with their hair. Accentuating the ears with pearl earrings or a slightly larger pair of stud earrings can definitely make a stunning impact on a lady’s overall evening look.

For day events, simple designs in gold or silver will work just fine. Some stud earrings have simple swirl designs which can add a chic touch to one’s getup during a daytime party.

Casual dates and meetings can also be glamorized by wearing a pair of stud earrings. These earrings come in a lot of shapes and colors and wearing a simple pair with a button design, or some hearts maybe can add a cute appeal to someone wearing just the trusty pair of jeans and shirt.

Designs, Shapes, and Materials

In conclusion, stud earrings can be worn for any occasion. Bigger ones will work well for when the hair is tied up, and smaller ones are more advisable for young girls and those sporting the casual look.

Precious stones and metals will add a great visual appeal for formal events while those made from other materials like plastic, stainless steel, wood, and others can be worn on a daily basis while still achieving a subtle yet cute effect. Stud earrings are a great addition to any kind of outfit when chosen properly!

Dec 14, 2012

tips for holiday hair, beauty & makeup - guest post by Virginia

If you are looking to the future and want to have a great time and to get an exquisitely glamorous look then it is has to be during this holiday season. One must make the most out of the holidays with festive hair, beauty and makeup stocks in style and great fashion. However, the weather, holiday destinations, length and the type of holidays will have a part in your holiday hair, beauty and makeup plans. Basically, you only need to do a few easy and quick changes to enhance your look when it comes to getting great holiday hair, beauty and makeup.  Here are some very helpful tips to make your holiday stylish and glamorous.

Tips on Hair
If you want to expose your beautiful neckline then make sure you pull your hair back off your face nicely. Tease your hair, scrunch your locks, and curl for a short period of time. Then make a ponytail pulling back your hair. You may choose a big loose bun securing it with bobby pins. Consider using a hair clip or headband which will dress your hair up beautifully.  

Wearing nice makeup and styling your hair can give you a gorgeous look. Have you wondered how cascading waves would look in your hair? It gives an elegant look to your hair and can make your holiday exciting. Create waves to both sides of your head for an excellent vibe. If your hair is not perfectly in place, it can affect your whole look.

Tips on Makeup for Your Eyes
During the holidays, putting on easy eye makeup can be best without having to spend hours on your look. Eyelashes not only beautify the face of a girl or woman it gives a glorious look too to them as well. Use the darker shades along the line of your eyes but keep it light. Many tend to wear less eye makeup during the holidays.

Tips on Lipsticks
Depending on the color you will apply on your beautiful lips, lipsticks can really make a bold statement. No matter which color you choose, make sure you line both the outside and inside of your lips very well so that when you apply lipsticks it does not bleed. You should make sure that you use the lipsticks that go well with your skin tone. Picking red lipsticks in perfect combination can really express your taste and personality. Also pick the right eyeliner and mascara to add up extra glamour and doing the trick of making the perfect lipsticks makeup.

Polishing your Nails Right
Use paints for your nails that will last a little longer than usual when you are celebrating the holidays. Choose the right combination of color that goes in line with your skin and overall look.

Protect Your Skin
Sunscreen is a must to protect your skin from harmful effects of the sun if you are out in the open for too long. Use a good pair of sunglasses too. You can use soft moisturizers for your face and to protect it from sweat you can apply a light powder on your face. If you are looking for a fabulous holiday with a glamorous look the right hairstyle, beauty and makeup can be easy to achieve if you plan well.

Bio: Virginia Cunningham is a beauty, health and wellness writer from Southern California. When she isn’t writing about the next beauty trends she is writing for Northwest Pharmacy. 

Dec 12, 2012

Argania 1640 Argan oil review

Have you heard of Argania 1640? Well if you haven't you're about to learn about them now and their great Argan oil treatment! I got the privilege of reviewing their Argan oil, which applied to your tresses makes them shiny and beautiful! I should know since I recently tried it in my own hair and am now very addicted. :)

Before I dive into how this oil works, let me tell you a bit about nature's best organic moisturizer. This 100% cruelty free and organic oil works for both your hair and skin. It's also chemical free, which means it has no sulphates, parabens, or additives. Also, if you're wondering what exactly Argan oil is, it is an organic oil that's pressed from the seeds of the Argan tree and it also only grows in southwestern Morocco.

Pure Argan oil can also be combined with other beauty products. Add it to your lotion or to a favorite shampoo, body lotion, or conditioner. Sounds great to me!

What I love about this product, besides the fact that it is organic, cruelty-free, and makes my hair feel sooo silky, is that it works perfectly as not only a hair booster, but a face and body booster too!

The first time I tried it I decided to use it as a protective base as I straightened my hair, that way my straightener wouldn't cause any harm to my hair follicles. It worked perfectly and made my hair feel so silky for up to 3 days { that's how long I wait to wash }! Next time I use the versatile oil I'm excited to mix it with other products like the site mentions you can do. I think it will also work wonderfully placed in my damp hair right after showering. This oil will keep my tresses strong and healthy and definitely very silky too! Matter of fact, here are a few pictures of what my hair looked like after straightening it:
So if you're looking for a new oil to try I highly recommend Argan oil! It if you want silky smooth tresses that will stay healthy and beautiful, try implementing an oil in your daily hair and skin routine. Head over to Argan 1640's site and learn about this amazing oil for yourself!
*Disclosure: This review is my own opinion 
and is not swayed by the company.

Dec 6, 2012

from Russia with… style - guest post by Eve

When you think of Russian style, you may automatically conjure up images of huge furry hats, full length coats and drapings of gold and fur accessories. All these would be true of stereotypical Russian attire; however, as the country grows into an economic powerhouse, its strong, traditional folkloric clothing style is making its way onto the catwalks of the world.

Traditional Russia meets the modern catwalk
This influx of Russian-inspired fashion is being driven by a small group of influential Muscovites, who have sparked international interest in their local design and aesthetic. This group, nick-named the Russian Fashion Federation, have brought traditional Russian fabrics, such as thick fur, velvet and striking embellishment into the modern day fashion scene. Twenty-first Century adaptations of the fur cossack hat, the animal scarves, military jackets and snow capes have woven their way into many of the collections of the world's top designer labels.

Inspired by old wealth and opulence
Russian fashion has long been associated with the obscenely rich and elite. The traditional stereotypical wealthy Russian woman was draped in and sea of diamonds, fur and velvet, which scream excess, money and over-indulgent luxury. The Russian elite have a penchant for logos and expense; the bigger the label, the better, and the bigger the price tag, the better still. Russian style has, until now, been associated more with wealth than with taste.

In the modern day, however, this excess and obscenity has been somewhat subdued. Russians have become more educated about fashion and, in the age of austerity, even the rich in Russia prefer to display their wealth a little more subtly. Rich Russian women such as Dasha Zhukova, partner of billionaire Roman Abramovich, and Ulyana Sergeenko, wife of an insurance tycoon, are flying the flag for Russian fashion and are leading the country onto the world's fashion stage.
Trend-setting muses
Dasha Zhukova is a front-runner in the Russian style scene, and is leading the way in portraying Russian women as powerful forces. She is a magazine editor, fashion designer and contemporary art patron. She co-founded the fashion label, Kova & T, which has since grown to appear at many of the world's top fashion shows. The wives and partners of tycoons and oligarchs are no longer just that; they are carving successful empires for themselves and portraying the Russian woman as a force to be reckoned with through alluring and exquisite fashion.

Ulyana Sergeenko has become a muse. Thought by many to be the leader of the Russian fashion elite, her signature style of cat's eye makeup and glasses, red lipstick, classic folkloric full length skirts and babushka head scarves have inspired many of this winter's collections, including that of British label, Temperley London.

At the other end of the scale, Elena Perminova, the partner of billionaire former KGB spy, Alexander Lebedev, is flying the flag for the modern Russian. Her flirty, fun style adds a super-modern twist to traditional Russian attire; while her signature style keeps the typical Russian high necks and elaborate floaty layering, she dons bright and elaborate prints, midriff-baring tank tops and block colour sunglasses.

High standards
The immaculate Russian fashionistas are setting a high standard for the elite all over the world; recently referred to the glamorous Russian Fashion Pack, as frequent outfit changers; “no one on the show circuit, with the exception of Anna Dello Russo, changes outfits more often or with more look-at-me enthusiasm than this group of designers, bloggers and scenemakers," it said.

Powerful emerging nation
As Russia emerges as a global powerhouse, the strength of the country’s fashion industry is influenced heavily by its wide range of growing industries. A study by PriceWaterouseCooper found that consumer habits were changing and health was improving; quality of life in Russia is improving, as people are increasingly inspired by Western styles. This is reflected in a growing desire for comfort, extra services and premium health care. Russian women’s love of fashion is inspired by their desire for the best personal care; the Russian high street cosmetics and online pharmacy market is one of the fastest growing in the world. In 2005, the market was estimated at €5.6 billion, having experienced a 13 percent annual growth rate. Since then, the sector has continued to grow, with the most popular pharmacy and beauty items being luxury cosmetics, men’s and children’s products and anti-age makeup. As the country’s clothing and cosmetics industries continue to grow, we are sure to see some huge designers emerging from Russia. Although the country’s fashion mainly consists of foreign brands, the number of Russian producers is growing. Russia looks on track to become the next fashion powerhouse. 

Dec 1, 2012

bubble necklace obsessed

Soon I'll be in sunny AZ to dog sit my favorite puppy Tikko 
and as always I have to bring a few fashionable 
accessories with me! One of my latest fashion accessory 
obsessions are bubble necklaces. 
They are a great accessory that goes with striped 
or chevron tops and they also looks great paired 
with a simple tee, skirt, dress, or another fashionable ensemble.

In fact...
I love pairing my bubble necklaces with a 
simple basic tee-shirt, tunic, 
or a hot pink Hollister tee, for example. 
Matter of fact, a few weeks ago 
I wore my black bubble necklace with 
my pink Hollister tee. This is what it looked like:
{via my Instagram}

I also gathered some images from Pinterest and Tumblr 
and created my own collage because it is so much fun 
to accessorize bubble necklaces with a cute outfit! 
Here are some of my favorites:
images via Tumblr; collage created by me

Do you like the bubble necklace trend? 
Do you own a few like me?

Nov 30, 2012

steal vamp Bella's bombshell look

Happy Friday Ocean Dreamers!

Today I will be seeing Breaking Dawn part 2 and even though I've read all of the books, I admit I'm not as big of a fan as I used to be {I know, I'm sorry but I'm not sorry}.

However, even though I'm not crazy obsessed with Twilight like all of the Twihards out there, that's not stopping me from seeing the film! I'm dragging my mom along with me and we'll be watching the final segment of this vampire saga together. :) I do have to admit that I'm looking forward to seeing Bella kick some major butt and of course seeing Bella and Edward together with their darling daughter.

One of my sponsors {Marc Anthony} e-mailed me with this fun video that shows us how to create Bella's hairstyle that you often see in Breaking Dawn 2. I love her transformation (from what I've seen in photos) and soon I'll be seeing her transformation from girl-next-door to vamp bombshell on the live screen!

Here are some step by step instructions 
from Marc Anthony themselves 
on how to achieve Bella's bombshell look! ;)

Visit for more 
information on Marc Anthony Hair Care
and use their Morocco Argan Oil Hairspray
and Beach Spray to help you achieve the look.

Take one-inch by two-inch sections and spray lightly with Hairspray
We do this for two reasons: it protects your cuticle from the 
heat of the curling iron and it really helps to set the hair.
Curl each section starting close to the root all the way to the ends. 
You want to have a bit of inconsistency in the size of each
section so that the look is more natural. 
We also like to alternate the direction of the curl 
for each section so that one curls left to right and the next right to left. 
This gives it a more natural finish as well as making 
it a modern bombshell; a bit sexier and messier than its predecessor.
Leave the top section for last since you want the 
entire area to be curled back without a part.
This is done for the volume and a ‘no part’ finish is so modern!
It is important to let this sit for a bit to help ‘set’ the look, 
allowing it to last longer and with more substance. 
After curling a section you can roll the section back up 
and secure it with a bobby pin to mimic a sort of ‘roller set’. 
We like to wait about 10 minutes before taking a brush to this. 
If you want more of a messy finish or extra volume, 
teasing hair with a pick can really work as well.

I'll let you know what I think of Breaking Dawn part 2 in a bit! 
Have a great weekend! ;)

Nov 29, 2012

beauty is only skin deep

Isn't it amazing that we can spend so much money on beauty products? 
Take a look at this infographic below that's from Women's Personal Finance.
The findings are astounding!  

I am the first to admit that I love my fashionable items 
and buying from my favorite beauty brands is top on my list.
However, I think it's important to cut back on beauty 
products at times, especially after reading over this infographic.
Can you believe that 24% of women buy haircare
products and 23% buy beauty products
while spending around $40 per month?
I can and I think that's a lot of money!
I think I even spend more than that; pretty crazy.
I think it's important to be aware of where our
money is going and realize that beauty is only skin deep!
After all, beauty comes from the inside. ;)
I'm definitely going to try and do my best and 
think more about what I spend my money on. 
Saving is important for me now even though it is challenging!

*I'm not saying that buying beauty products is wrong.
Many products improve our way of living 
and I love my beauty products 
{especially organic and cruelty-free}!
They also protect your skin from skin cancer
 and improve your health overall.
I just thought these findings were interesting.
I hope you think so too!


Nov 26, 2012

preparing for that special event - guest post by Hazel

There are several times in our lives that call for special preparations. Whether you are getting married, attending a wedding or even a prom, you will want to look your very best. Looking your best will require a bit of advance preparation but there are many things you can do to make sure you are dressed to impress. Here are some tips to make sure you stand out – in the right way, of course!

Choose the Right Outfit


You want to dress for the occasion, but you do not want to overdress or outshine the guest of honor. The key to dressing correctly is to determine the type of event that you are attending. While you might think that a wedding calls for a fancy outfit, many weddings today are low-key and almost casual. The dress code is normally listed on the invitations that you receive prior to the event. If you are unsure what to expect in terms of the dress code, be sure to ask someone who is in charge of the event, not just another invitee.

Choosing the right outfit is important to put forth a good appearance. If the dress code calls for fancy wear, you will want to choose a dress or suit and tie, depending on your gender. Additionally, dress shoes will be required and should match your outfit.

Make Sure Your Legs are Shaved!

If you are wearing a dress, you will want to make sure you have no visible hair on your legs. Of course, some people opt to use a home hair removal aid instead of shaving. This offers a permanent solution to rid you of body hair growth once and for all. There are many different methods of removing hair; you simply choose the one that works best for you.

The important thing is to make sure that you use your home hair removal device a few days prior to the outing for the best results.

Get Your Hair Done

Women will most likely want to have their hair done; it is part of the pampering aspect of preparing for a big event. Whether you choose to visit the salon or have a friend or family member do your hair, choose a style that matches your outfit. This may sound funny, but the truth is your elegant outfit will not look so good if you simply choose to leave your hair down. Fancy outfits call for an elegant up-do while casual outfits can get away with a more casual do.

Men, while many opt not to have anything done, some may decide that they need a haircut before the event. This will help you present a polished look and when you attend a formal event, you want to look your very best. If you decide against a haircut, you can don a hat that is appropriate for the dress code. A fedora is good for a formal event while other hats, such as a beret, but never a baseball cap, are good for events that are not as formal in nature.

Tying Up the Loose Ends

Making appointments and taking charge of personal care is important, but your choice of transportation is important as well. If you are the guest of honor or family thereof, arriving in a state car or limo is not out of the question as it will add to the formality of the event.

Getting prepared for a big event requires a lot of minor details. It is best to begin preparations in advance so that when the big day arrives, you are not left scurrying around trying to pull the arrangements together.
There are many home hair removal devices that can help you get prepared for your big event. Do some research and find out which one is right for you.

Nov 25, 2012

when in doubt, go work out

I've been thinking a lot about how important it is to surround yourself with people that motivate you. For me, I tend to put off eating healthy, working out, and having a healthy lifestyle overall, but I know thanks to a few friends, my BK, and my mom and dad, I'm encouraged to stick with it. I've learned that I actually enjoy working out and it makes me feel good about myself. Even though I may struggle with the amount of food I intake, working out definitely helps me get back on track. I've also realized that it's important to rely on yourself for motivation and not always depend on people to get you up and going to the gym as well!! You definitely have to make up your mind to stay fit and do some form of exercise that you actually enjoy.

I've also realized that when I plan my workouts, I 90% of the time will actually do them. This means writing them down in my Erin Condren planner and planning in my mind what time I need to leave the house to make it to a class in time. I also have a workout plan wherever I go - California, Utah, and Arizona. I know it's easy to say that "I'm on vacation" but in reality I stay at these places 2-3 weeks at a time so I have to treat it like I'm at home and not on vacation. Otherwise I'm just giving myself an excuse not to workout out and eat healthy. 

{via my Instagram}

I've also realized that a lot about learning discipline to workout on a daily basis is by sucking it up. Ha ha, yes I know my tank top says that too, but it's true! If you make up your mind that you're going to get sweaty and not look pretty an hour out of your day then you'll go to the gym, class, or however you workout with the mind set that you're going to take care of your body and sweat. 

I've mentioned this before, but having a reward system to workout out hard is important too. In fact, when I return to Utah early next week I have a few new tanks waiting in my room that arrived in the mail by now. I'm obsessed with motivational words that encourage me to head out the door and go to the gym asap so I can show off my new tanks! You can get tanks like this at oGorgeous and it's just another site that I'm obsessed with. 

So how do you keep yourself motivated to workout?
 Do you have people that encourage you? Do you reward yourself?

When it doubt, go work out! ;)

Nov 22, 2012

3 reasons why most diets fail - guest post by Josh


Let’s face it, at some point in our lives we are probably going to want to lose weight. It might be because you had a baby, ate too much for the holidays or just put on some excess weight as you got older but the fact of the matter is you would probably like to be skinnier. The problem with losing weight is that a lot of people have the notion that a simple diet is enough to lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off. Many of these people begin to believe that if they just stop themselves from eating, sometimes to the point of starvation, that they will reach their weight goal. Unfortunately these are the exact reasons why diets do not work. Here is what to avoid on your path to weight loss. 

1. People Cut Out Too Many Calories

Do not completely cut out calories. Calories in and of them selves are a good thing. They provide the energy that you need to get your body going throughout the day. Cutting out all calories in your diet will result in a lack of energy and it will also lead to an increase in fat. When the body starts to notice a decrease in caloric intake, it will start to store what calories it does take in as fat and leave you with low energy. This often ends up with the dieter eating or drinking a sugar filled treat to give them a boost during their day and crushing their diet plans. 

2. People Don’t get the Proper Amount of Sleep

Another reason why a lot of diets end up failing is that the dieter fails to get the proper amount of sleep and does not drink the proper amount of water. Most people need about 8 hours of sleep a night for their body to recuperate and regain strength. When people cut their sleep short the body cannot regenerate and will continue to operate in degenerative state. This will not allow the body to lose weight and will actually slow metabolism. Not properly hydrating your body will also slow metabolism. The average human should drink approximately 4-5 liters of water everyday. A lack of proper hydration will once again lead the body to conserve its resources and will often lead to an increase in weight. Many people think that by not drinking water, they will not put on water weight and they could not be further from the truth. 

3. People Don’t Exercise While Dieting

The last and perhaps the biggest reason people do not lose weight is that they are not exercising properly. There is a common misconception that a dieter can jump on a weight loss plan such as an HCG Diet and that they still won’t have to work out to lose weight. That could not be further from the truth. Someone might be able to lose weight temporarily by doing a quick diet plan but for sustained weight loss, proper exercise should be incorporated into your dieting. This will often times not only help you lose weight but also give you a much better state of emotional well being. 

Diets can work but there are a number of reasons why they fail. If you can correct the stumbling blocks found above, you can be well on your way to a successful diet. 

Nov 20, 2012

8 holiday nail colors - guest post by Sara

The cooler air has arrived, the leaves have turned and holiday d├ęcor has been placed around town. It’s time to throw on your favorite leggings and comfy sweater and grab a mani/pedi. Before you head in to your favorite nail salon, consider these fun holiday colors:

Beyond Cozy by Essie: You don’t have to wait until the ball drops to wear a fun and shimmering silver on your nails. This holiday season welcomes metallic nails with open hands.

Wrapped in Rubies by Essie: Just like its name, this color wraps you in a luscious deep burgundy color with gold undertones. A more mature choice for the perfectly manicured hand.

Cocktail Bling by Essie: The color resembles the winter sky before the first fall of snow and the light shade of gray goes perfect with your winter wardrobe.  How can something so neutral stop traffic?

Holiday Glitter Trio by Butter: This special delight comes with three holiday colors: Chancer, West End Wonderland & Rosie Lee. Chancer is your deep, sexy red that will catch a jealous ex’s eye. Your West End Wonderland is a festive gold glitter and Rosie Lee softens the group with a light sparkle purple.

Carry On by Essie: A more modern look with this flat deep plum/burgundy hue. Compliments any skin tone and you can share this one with all the ladies in your family.

Bobbing for Baubles by Essie: Blue is not your traditional holiday color but don’t be fooled by this holiday outcast. Muted sapphire is perfect for fun, cold weather dates like ice skating and sledding or holding a cup of hot chocolate.

Dive Bar by Essie: Consider that deep green, teal to be the new Christmas green. Slather this color during the holiday office parities for a change of pace and fun.

Only Gold For Me by Sephora: Chunks of gold, just what a girl wants! This flashy but classy polish screams party. Quick tips, you will need several coats for this one or for instant glam, add it as a single top coat to a dark color.

Fingers and toes nail colors are a fun way to express your personality during the holidays. Stay in trend and stick to these colors. Happy holidays!

Author Bio
Sara is an active nanny as well as an active freelance writer. She is a frequent contributor of

Nov 10, 2012

what looks fab with shorts - guest post by Lem

Hi Ocean Dreams,

Happy weekend!

Since I'm gearing up to go back to CA in about a week, this guest post came at the right time! I can't wait to be in the warm weather and maybe wear some shorts! Enjoy this guest post by Lem!

Ladies (and even guys) have developed an extraordinary love for shorts. The obvious reasons? Easy to wear. You don’t have to struggle pulling up your shorts onto your waist, unlike tight fitted pants. Another reason is that it provides you great comfort! You can freely move around with your shorts on. And lastly, it makes any lady look sophisticated. Everyone will notice how good you look in your attire. However, sometimes we get stuck on what fashion items that go well with shorts. We become problematic on what we should wear with it. Ladies are meticulous beautiful creatures. Who wouldn't want to look refined? Now, if you’re looking for some ways on how to look gorgeous wearing shorts, here are some tips you might love to consider.

Top it off with the right tops: 

You already pull out your nice piece of shorts inside your wardrobe, and the next step is to determine what kind of tops you need to partner with it. Your shorts would go well with a fitted blouse. That is, if you want to flaunt your gorgeous curves. I don’t suggest wearing oversized shirts with it since it exudes a “time to go to bed” look. I know others look sexy wearing an oversized shirt with their shorts on, but it is also wise to consider the place you are heading to. If you’ll just annoy your friend around the neighborhood, go with your sexy-looking oversized shirt. Aside from fitted blouses, you can also dress up with your favorite sleeveless tank top. Tank tops today come in very stylish cuts. This is normally my outfit because it’s comfortable and breezy. You can also put on a chic floral blouse. I saw a lovely gal recently who looked stunning with this combo outfit. You might as well try it.

Go for the boots and heels:

If you have long, slender legs, getting your boots out of your closet will be a perfect glam-up match for your shorts. Don’t you love that sound your boots is making while you are taking your stride? As for me, I don’t wear boots, since my legs are short. I know I won’t grow any taller. I would only look like a blob with a boots on. Heels would also be an okay footwear. Look tall and glamorous with your heels on. This will be a great head turner for every guy.

The all-around sneakers:

If you are like me, you love sporting sneakers whenever wearing shorts. Comfortable isn’t it? Sneakers plus shorts are a great match if you want to exude a sporty yet girly look. Just remember that you also need to consider your ladies tops and shorts before slipping your feet into your sneakers. It’s totally off if you have a floral girly top and shorts plus sneakers. People might think that you have a weird fashion statement, or a crazy gal who wants to solicit unwanted attention. Would you want that? Definitely, no.

Play with knee-high socks:

WARNING: only for teens and the adventurous. Have you seen people on this outfit, especially the Japanese girls? They look cute don't they? Knee-high socks come in different colors like the traditional white, colorful stripes, pink, violet, and many more. But before you consider this fashion trend, don’t forget your age bracket. *winks*

The versatile leggings:

Leggings are not only worn by people who are members of the dance troupe. Though leggings have been part of the fashion trend since the 80's, you can actually dress up with your shorts. If you are not so uncomfortable about the warm weather, wearing leggings with your shorts might be a fashionable choice. There are several stylish leggings out there which come in plain colors and patterned designs. Just face the mirror and see for yourself which are a great combo for your shorts. Don’t forget your overall look!

And to sum it up, you have to glide with your best poise when wearing shorts. There are some who wear shorts who look absolutely stunning even if their legs are uhh, kinda hairy?

If you know other ways on how to look your best while wearing shorts, care to share them with us?

About the Author:
Lem Enrile is a writer who loves sharing her experiences, women clothes, and imparting useful tips about fashion. She works as an Outreach Consultant for IndieMode, the home for exclusive designer women fashion dresses.