How to Fake a Salon Pedi

I was so excited about the warm weather this past weekend, I had grand plans to get my first pedicure in months. But I was too busy actually enjoying said warm weather to commit to an hour in the nail salon. Luckily, I have a few products in my arsenal that helped get my feet sandal-ready.

How to Fake a Salon Pedi

1. Farmhouse Fresh Honey Heel Glaze, $24 for 3oz., farmhousefreshgoods.com

I brush a bit of this all over my feet, put on some socks and let this honey-infused mixture go to work. My feet emerge moisturized and soft. If your feet are super dry and crackly, you’ll want to go with a scrub. There are a ton of DIY scrub recipes on Pinterest — I’m a fan of this one from The Beauty Department.

2. Earth Therapeutics Foot Therapy Moisturizing Socks, $25, ulta.com

These retail for $25, but I bought a pair of these on clearance at my local Target. They’re not exactly stylish, but they’re kind of like walking on (slippery) clouds. They are lined with a gel that moisturizes and soothes tired feet. I never sleep with socks on, but I wear these at night while I watch TV or read — even wearing them for an hour produces results!

3. Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream, $8.99, burtsbees.com

In addition to moisturizing coconut oil, this well-reviewed foot cream boasts refreshing rosemary and peppermint extracts. Put it on in the morning to add some pep to your step, or slather it on before bed for a deeper treatment.

Now the only thing you need is a spring-friendly polish color. Make it bright and beautiful!

Stay beautiful,

Bethonie, S&P Beauty Contributor

 

The Stylish Vote: Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Julianne Hough

If you’ve got a formal soiree you need to get dolled up for, these leading ladies offer up lots of outfit inspiration: Jessica Biel served up some serious old school glamour in a halter-style Oscar de la Renta gown with a plunging neckline and high slit and matching stilettos at the Tiffany & Co. 2014 Blue Book event.

Kate Mara kept her look downtown chic in a red Christian Dior tuxedo dress with metallic rose gold platform sandals while attending the launch party for her May 2014 cover of Marie Claire. Julianne Hough channeled a bohemian vibe dressed in a blush pink cut-out dress by Philosophy and strappy satin sandals at the Kaleiscope Ball event.

**UPDATE** This poll is now closed. Jessica Biel is the Stylin’ Chick of the Week.

The Stylish Vote: Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Julianne Hough

Photos: InStyle.com

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor

 

What I Bought: Going on a Spending Freeze

This will most likely be the last WIB post you’ll see for a while. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be moving into my first home and I’ve made the executive decision that all unnecessary spending (read: purchases not related to decorating/furnishing my new place) must cease and desist. I know, I know — tragic. But it’s a sacrifice I’m more than willing to make!

So in anticipation of this spending freeze, over the past few weeks I stocked up on spring pieces I’ve been coveting that had finally been marked down. I didn’t go crazy with the shopping. I just picked up a couple items to help freshen up my existing wardrobe — and that could carry me for a while until I decide to shop more regularly for clothing, shoes and accessories again.

Here’s what I got:

What I Bought: Going on a Spending Freeze

1. Trenchcoat, $29,95, hm.com (no longer available online): I’ve got another trenchcoat that hits mid-thigh, but had been on the hunt for a longer version (i.e., below the knee) for a while. So when I spotted this one on H&M’s Web site — for that price — me buying it was a no-brainer. It would even look cute worn as a dress, too.

2. ASOS Clutch Bag With Radiator Quilting, $37.63, asos.com: I had every type of clutch you could think of except for a solid all-black one. ASOS is one of my go-to sites and their clutch section is the stuff affordable (and stylish) handbag dreams are made of. I tend to gravitate towards accessory items with subtle details that help make them look more expensive than they really are, so the contrast quilting on this bag made it a must-have.

3. ASOS Midi Skirt in Abstract Print, bought on sale for under $60, asos.com: I can’t say enough about how much I l-o-v-e this skirt. I plan on wearing it with everything — bold bright tops, printed blouses and I might even breakdown and test out the crop top trend. The pleating is very ladylike, but the print makes it funky.

4. T by Alexander Wang Sheer Panel Striped Pullover, $79 (marked down from $275), barneyswarehouse.com: This is one of those pieces that you can get so many wears from — tucked into a pencil skirt, worn with a slim-fit pant in vibrant color like cobalt blue or with your favorite pair of distressed jeans.

5. Vacay D’Orsay Flats, $49.99 (marked down from $79), ninewest.com: These adorable color-block flats have been discounted even more since I originally bought them during Nine West’s Friends & Family sale a couple weeks ago for $59. This shoe style is one of spring’s biggest footwear trends and will be in heavy rotation this season.

Keep it stylish,

Andrea, S&P Founder and Editor