Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I have always loved this holiday- its a perfect excuse to get dressed up, celebrate with friends, and eat chocolate. This year has been no exception.

One of my favorite parts of Halloween is dressing up...both myself and my apartment! I tend to go towards cute more so than creepy. That being said, most of my Halloween decor is PINK!

Last weekend I went to a Halloween party with my roommates. I am a fan of all things Audrey Hepburn, so felt oh-so-special floating around campus in my take on Ms. Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys.

I was running late that night, but still managed whip up a fun hairdo! I will hopefully put up a tutorial sometime in the near future.

And of course we cannot forget my other favorite part of Halloween...Candy!!! My mom sent me a package with Reese's Pumpkins, one of my Halloween favorites. And this year she found Cadbury "Scream" Eggs, basically Cadbury Easter eggs but for Halloween. Yum!

And, yes, I did get in a Halloween manicure! After a tough marketing exam this morning my friend, M, came by for some girl talk and a mani. She has the most gorgeous nails so this was super fun!

I hope you enjoy your Halloween as much as I have!

What is your favorite part of Halloween? And what did you go as this year?

Grand Amour

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for weddings. I am pretty sure that by the ripe old age of five I had been "married" two hundred times. My passion was only made greater as I was lucky enough to be a flower girl for many family weddings throughout my childhood. Moving into adulthood, my passion for weddings continues. I admittedly follow multiple wedding dress designers on all sorts of social media and watch way too many wedding shows. What can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic?

I was quite excited today as my passion for weddings collided with my love of all things Paris. Vogue Paris posted today about Parisian wedding planner, Jean-Luc Blais. I think I fell in love. Enjoy these pics of his dreamy designs.

Simple centerpieces. So elegant. I love how the plates coordinate with the walls and curtains.

Photo cred: vogue.fr

The candelabras. The pink Louis XVI chairs. The frosted stemware. The bright flowers. Perfection.

Foto cred: vogue.fr

Photo cred: vogue.fr

If these pics leave you wanting more French weddings, check out the most gorgeous wedding of Coco Rocha and James Conran here.

What's your favorite wedding theme?


Monday, October 28, 2013

Here's a pic of a sweet stand in the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France to get you daydreaming. I hope this inspires a little escape from the Monday mundane :)

How is this week looking for you?

Trick or Treat

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fate has a funny way of nudging me to do a Halloween post. I opened Facebook this afternoon to be met by this lovely picture, posted by my dad:

Yes,  that is my maltese, Mika, stoically sitting by the pumpkin she decided to snack on this afternoon. Throw a caption sign around her neck saying something like:
"I didn't have to do a trick for this treat"
and I think this deserves the title of "Best Seasonal Dog Shaming". Why do the best things happen when I am away at school...?

Mika's treat of choice is pumpkin...what's your favorite Halloween treat?

Seeing Spots

Saturday, October 26, 2013

It seems I have been seeing spots lately...gold spots. Gold is so in right now. Gold manis, gold accessories, gold decor...and I can't get enough of it. One of my favorite applications of gold is polka dots! A little bit of glam, a little bit of girly all in one print. 

Here are some simple ways to add some gilt sparkle to your life:

1 - 2 | Wall decals by urbanwalls on Etsy. Feeling crafty? For a homemade version, check out this tutorial.
3 |Gold dot business cards.
4 | Gold dot washi tape. Obsessed. Also sold all over Etsy.
5 | Gold dot (or, in this case scalloped) cupcake liners.
6 | Mani by The Beauty Department.
7 | Love these hair ties that double as bracelets!

What is your favorite look for gold? 

Fall Tone Union Jack Mani

Friday, October 25, 2013

Continuing on with the British Invasion to the blog, this week I bring you the Union Jack mani. I wanted to use some deep, sophisticated fall tones and thought the Union Jack would be a creative way to keep the look young. 

Nails and stripes- Essie "armed & ready", a grey/army green tone with gold shimmer
Union Jack background- Essie "good as gold"

What colors are you rocking this fall? 

Reads & Reels: Bridget Jones

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Today we’re going to talk about a little book (and film) called Bridget Jones Diary. Of all of the stories I have read and movies I have seen, I think I like this one the most. Helen Fielding does a brilliant (*says with British accent*) job of taking you on a journey of love, laughter, and most sometimes utter embarrassment with the story’s thirty-something protagonist, Bridget Jones. Although I first read the book when I was in high school, I identified with Bridget. A little bit awkward, a little bit na├»ve, and lot a dreamer. If I’m being honest, I probably do identify with her today as well.

For those of you who, like me, have missed ole Bridget since the second installment of the series, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, well, there’s good news…  Ms. Fielding has written a third book to the series; Mad About the Boy was released last week! If I get some free time over this Halloween weekend, I might go hunt it down at my local B&N.

In honor of Mad About the Boy, I will share some pics of Bridget's neighborhood from my trip to London this spring. I made the “pilgrimage” to the fictional (or not-so-fictional) neighborhood of Bridget Jones, and took some pics of London sites where the movie was filmed. 

 Pictured: Tower Bridge, Shad Thames Street, Borough Market, and Picadilly Circus

 Have you ever made a "pilgrimage" to the filming location of your favorite movie? 

Mani-for-the-cure: Celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This week I was inspired by National Breast Cancer Awareness month! Being the granddaughter of a breast cancer survivor (and an all around lover of the color pink), I have supported the cause for as long as I can remember. I have bought many pink accessories, rocked a pink ribbon on my coat, and bought lots of yummy yoplait yogurt with the pink lids. Now that I am entering my twenties, it is important for me to go beyond these ways of support and monitor my health with regards to breast cancer. 

That being said, one resource I want to share with you is Bright Pink. Bright Pink targets younger women, and focuses its efforts on early prevention and detection of breast and ovarian cancer. The fight against breast cancer begins with you. Their "assess your risk" tool takes about five mins and is filled with great tips on how to prevent breast cancer. Once you're finished, it gives you a write-up to better understand your risks for breast cancer.

And now for the "mani-for-the-cure"! 

For this look I used a combo of pink tones from OPI.
    -Base: "Designer...De Better" (rose gold)
    -Half moon: "If You Moust You Moust" (bubble gum pink)

Half-moon mani:
I painted my nails rose gold.
Then, I used a detail brush to outline a pink half moon and filled it in. 

Another trick is to paint your base color (pink).
Once the base is dry, place a round sticker at the base of your nail. 
Paint over your whole nail (rose gold); then, remove the sticker.

Draw two diagonal lines from one corner of the nail to the other. 
Connect the lines at the base of your nail. 

<3, Coco

What is your favorite breast cancer awareness/research organization? Do you have any inspirational women in your life who have been impacted by breast cancer?

The Grown Up Graphic Sweater by keepcalmandcocoon.blogspot.com

Sunday, October 13, 2013

We all love a classic graphic tee. Bold images adding a little life to the most basic piece in our wardrobes. One trend that I am loving is the graphic sweater. A perfect fall take on the graphic tee.

Despite the fact that I love them, I do admit some graphic sweaters look like they were snagged from the racks of Gymboree. Considering they come from an industry where the figure of beauty is a woman with the body of a five year old boy, I am not surprised.

That being said, I am not one to shy away from a graphic sweater. I have, in fact, owned one for a few years. I was first exposed to the graphic sweater by H&M when I laid my eyes upon "the poodle sweater". Yes. A fantastic grey sweater with a big black poodle on the front. The sweater brought some laughs to my family. I even wore it to an ugly sweater party my freshman year. But considering recent trends, who's laughing now?

I've seen these sweaters styled numerous ways, but would like to weigh in with some advice on how to look like a grown up in your graphic sweater:
-You know what a 5 yo cannot wear? Makeup. Dress up your graphic sweater look with some fierce cat eyes or a bold statement lip.
-Shoes! Adding high heels to an outfit is an instant grown up touch. Or, add some sophistication with a sleek pair of riding boots.
-Accessorize. Throw on a pair of bold earrings, or pair your sweater with a belt to create a womanly hourglass shape.
-Layering. Throw a crisp collared shirt underneath, or toss a blazer or quilted vest over. The layering options are endless. Its a great way to add some dimension and to pick up on the colors of the sweater. Not to mention, to add some warmth on a crisp fall day.
-Balance it out with some sophisticated bottoms. Opt for a pair of tailored jeans, raw silk cropped pants, or  scarf print pants.

Here are some looks I styled to get you inspired:

J Crew Camel Sweater

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Ann Taylor Kissing Fox Sweater

1 | 2 | 3

Burberry Brit Bus Sweater

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |

Love the looks? Click the images to pin on Pinterest

<3, Coco

What fall trend are you most excited for? How do you style your graphic sweater? 

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Interview "Tips"

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Its that time of year again... Fall? Nope...group project season! Such is the life of business student. Despite back to back meetings, I made time to watch National Treasure and paint my nails. 

Going subtle this week because I have some networking to do. The real world calls. And it has boring nails. 

In my career skills class, they advised the ladies to keep our look conservative. No flashy jewels, no crazy makeup, and no bright colors. I am all for respecting the rules, but don't they say rules were meant to be broken? Part of the networking and interview process is to show yourself, and one way that I do that is through my nails. Don't walk into an interview with leopard print or neon floral nails, but do allow your nails to be an expression of your self. 

 Here are some tips for your "tips" when interviewing: 
 -Stick to one color. You can do bright, but lets avoid rainbow bright. 
 -Have a lucky color or power color? Paint it on, wear it proud. 
 -Matte polish is great to cut some shine on your nails. It is trendy, but also helps to mute a bright color. 
 -Use discretion. If you are interviewing in a conservative work place, maybe skip the mani. But keep in mind, your toes are fair game :) 
 -Feeling bold? Paint an accent nail with a different shade or shimmer of you color of choice (pictured below)

It took me about a month before I wore a loud mani to work this summer. Play it smart, but also remember to be yourself! 
 <3 Coco

What's the craziest nail you have worn to a networking event, interview, or work?

Keep Calm and Coco On

Friday, October 11, 2013

The whole night I have been sitting on my (surprisingly) comfy couch attempting to get homework done. As the weeks of the semester roll on, so does my "To-Do" list. However, excited about this new blogging endeavor, I continue to sit in front of my laptop, eyes glued to my screen as I peruse adorable blog after adorable blog. I am so inspired by how other bloggers share their selves and their styles to inspire girls like me searching for some e-inspiration.

For the past few weeks I have been searching for my "identity" after eight months away from Minnesota. I was blessed to have a beautiful escape from the reality of student life. I lived what felt like a lifetime of new experiences; definitely enough to shape a person.

Coming back to "reality", I am changed; however, still innately "Coco". In a way, this leaves me with a bit of an identity crisis. My plans A, B, and C have shifted as I am trying to merge my unchanged goals with my new passions and motivations.  In all honesty, I have no clue what I will do after graduation, where I will live, and how I want to show myself to the world. I am back home, but still on a journey. This time, one of self re-discovery; this blog being one of the many vehicles I will use to continue on the road ahead.
I pass each day knowing that I will find my direction. As long as I Keep Calm and Coco On.