Step 3 of Stephanie’s Marvy Mani

This is the fun part!

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Stephanie’s Marvy Mani, Step 2

Today, Stephanie walks us through how to get a really solid base coat for a long-lasting manicure.

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A Quick Manicure that Lasts

You all remember my friend Stephanie from our internet shopping post, right?

Well, she always has the most fabulous manicures, and I cajoled her into sharing her process with us.

We’ve shown the steps  a little slow so you can see exactly how it’s done, but with a little practice, you’ll be able to do a gorgeous mani in minutes!

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Elegant Scarf DIY

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.Jane Austen

While the weather may tell some areas of the world that autumn is on its way, in Florida we have no such cue.

For warm-climate dwellers who appreciate fall style but don’t like to suffer for it, I will share two DIY scarves this week.  Both can be made from Florida-friendly fabric.

The first, created by Stamp 48 and inspired by a we are owls design, was brought to my attention by an AIS follower, and is a great way to wear a piece of sentimental literature close to your heart.

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THE Scarf

Okay, so I can’t do a series of posts on scarves without at least mentioning THE scarf–an Hermes.

According to Nina Garcia (author of The One Hundred), an Hermes scarf is sold somewhere in the world every twenty-five seconds. That’s particularly amazing considering the crazy-intricate process a 90-cm-square piece of silk endures before it leaves the design house sporting the famous “H” (you can find a full run-down of the process in Garcia’s aforementioned book).

If, like me, your current budget doesn’t allow you to be a member of this (no doubt elated) scarf-aquisition party, there’s much to be said for simply observing and appreciating the level of quality that results from design with such intention.

When it comes to forming your personal style, study the best to familiarize yourself with great craftsmanship and design.  Then it will be easier for you to spot these qualities wherever you find them (whether or not they are stamped with an H).

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Scarves + tees= a perfect pair

A skinny, painterly scarf tied in a half-bow adds a dash of style to a simple grey tee but allows you to stay cool in the summer heat.

A sparkly cowl in the same color as your top adds subtle warmth in a chilly movie theatre.

A large scarf is grab-and-go style for the weekend, and the more uncontrived it looks, the better.

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More easy scarves

The coral print of this scarf is displayed nicely in the “Waterfall” style showcased in Wendy’s video earlier this week.

A square neckerchief tied in a simple knot complements an asymmetrical neckline.


Add a small dose of animal print (here, a comfy jersey fabric provides a casual counterpoint to a more dressy silk shell).

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Scarves are THIS easy!

Adding a scarf in the same color family as your jacket is an easy, sophisticated way to add some depth to your outfit.

Add a dose of femininity to a boxy jacket by adding a frilly, lacy scarf.

I love pairing a bright color with navy, and this green pashmina is a warm alternative to a trench on Florida fall days. The concept could just as easily work with red, raspberry pink, hot pink, bright yellow, or turquoise.

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