Question: Do you wear a camisole under your Portofino shirt (specifically white)?
Express / Necklace: Express / Black Jeans: Express / Sandals: Target (Out of Stock, Similar) / Watch: Fossil / Bracelets: Express
Answer: No, I never do. It is a little bit sheer so some people might not be comfortable wearing it without a camisole. But if I have to fuss with trying to keep a camisole smooth and tucked correctly along with my shirt I am not a happy camper. I just wear a nude bra and call it a day. I have one Portofino in my collection (the white plaid one in this post) that absolutely requires a camisole, and I tend to not wear it much for that reason!
No cami, no problem
(Side Note: The Black Jeans and Grey Jeans in outfit one and three above are currently 40% off!)
Question: How do you keep your clothes pressed and "a perfect manicure" all the time?
Express / Necklace: Express / Jeans: Express (Similar) / Shoes: Calvin Klein (Similar) / Watch: Fossil / Bracelets: Express / Bag: Forever 21 / Nails: Essie "Blanc"
Answer: Megan jokingly asked me this question in this post. On the pressing part...ha! I rarely use an iron or steamer (my steamer broke recently anyway so that's not an option at this point). I try to buy low maintenance stuff because I hate ironing. I wash all my Portofinos and Barcelonas on gentle and then hang them (on a hanger) to dry. Most of the time that's all they need.
On the manicure...that's quite a bit more work. But I like painting my nails a lot more than I like ironing so I do it. I used to paint my nails every 2-3 days to keep them how I wanted. Now I only have to completely redo them 1-2 times per week. A few things that have helped me reduce my nail maintenance time:
- Light Nail Colors: All year round (but especially in the summer) I favor a lot of white-ish or pinkish-white or whiteish-pink nail colors. They match every outfit and they don't show chips very easily so I don't have to re-paint as often as I do with dark nail colors.
- No-Lamp Gel Top Coats: I am a huge fan of these. I have used the gel top coats by Sally Hansen, Creative Nail Design, and now I'm testing out Essie Gel Setter. All of them extended the lasting power of my (non-gel, regular) nail polish quite a lot, and so far Essie's is my new favorite. (I can't find a retailer with it in stock online right now to provide a link but I bought mine in store at Target.)
- Scrub-Tub Remover: I don't know the technical name for these things (pictured in this post), but I always have one on hand. The three middle nails on my right hand (I'm right-handed) consistently chip first from all the scrubbing of dishes, floors, and counter tops I do on a daily basis. Rather than removing and redoing all of my nails, I will use the scrub tub to remove the polish from just the chipped nail(s) and just redo those. That takes much less time than a full manicure and buys me a few extra days before I have to redo everything.
Question: Did you get anything at the Nordstrom Sale?
Answer: No, I did not. Almost everything on sale said "Fall" to me, and I wouldn't get to wear it here until November/December. I don't like trying to predict my wardrobe needs/wants that far in advance. I did try on the tee that Carylee is wearing in this post because I liked it on her and it would work for all seasons here, but I didn't think the fit or color were very flattering on me.
Question: Did you get any of the new Express One Eleven Stuff?
Answer: No, I did not. There are a couple of pieces I like but just like the Nordstrom Sale stuff, they are Fall pieces so I'm holding off for now. My personal One Eleven Collection collection stands at one piece, this comfy oversized tee, which they just re-stocked:
Express / Jeans: Nordstrom / Necklace: Express (Similar)/ Shoes: Nordstrom / Bracelet: Express
Question: Can you share your work out routine?
Image via Cathe.comAnswer: Of course! I gave an overview of my routine and shared some before/after pics in this post and went into a little more specific detail in this one. I also talked about a current favorite fitness DVD set here. Just like manicures, fitness is an area that requires a lot of work. But luckily I enjoy my workouts just for the sake of feeling active and fit, so it's not something where I mind putting in the time or wish I could find a short cut.
Question: How did your hair get so long?!
Target / Shorts: J Crew / Necklace: Express (Similar) / Sandals: Nordstrom / Bracelets: Express / Fedora: Target / Hair: Sally's
Answer: Ah, if only my real hair could grow this long! My real hair is too thin and fine to look nice at any length past my shoulders so whenever you see this ponytail it's my clip-in extensions from Sally's. I went into more detail about them in this post with some links to tutorials that I found helpful for getting started, etc.
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I did leave one infrequently asked question unanswered in this post: Erin wanted to know exactly how many Barcelona Camis I have and which one is my favorite. I will answer that too but in a a separate post because that collection in and of itself will be longer than this list of questions! So keep an eye out for that post a little later this month. And before you go, I'll be discussing the book of the month (in the comments section, of course) with Literary Ladies, so stop on by there if you want to meet a great group of ladies for a low-stress virtual book club!
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