the Shira Rose

Shoe Spa Giveaway!

Welcome to The Shoe Spa Giveaway! I’ve joined some fabulous bloggers to give our readers the chance to win a pair of shoes of your choice from The Shoe Spa (up to $200)! Um, heck yes! 🙂
The Shoe Spa, both on-line and in-store, offers a uniquely different selection of comfort footwear that ranges from classic to modern, sophisticated to funky and with a little bit of whimsy too. It’s all brought to you with unsurpassed service for absolute satisfaction.
The selection at The Shoe Spa is a world away from the usual, and all based on comfort technology. You may not recognize the brand, but you’ll never forget the styling and comfort or the experience.
Enter for your chance to win your favorite pair of shoes from The Shoe Spa (up to $200) using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends August 9th and is open to the US only. The Shoe Spa is responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!

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Neon and Tulle Love

It’s always nerve-wracking for me to shoot with a new photographer. I know it doesn’t seem like it, but I’m insecure in front of the camera and worried I’m going to end up looking completely awkward and hideous. I’ve loved Brittany Taylor’s photos for a while now and finally decided to do a shoot with her. This was the EASIEST shoot I’ve ever done. Each outfit took like 5 seconds to shoot (only a slight exaggeration) and I was like, are you sureeee you have good photos? And oh my g-d, she did! I’m showing my favorite look first; hope you like it as much as I do!

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Photos by Brittanny Taylor (check out her facebook page here!)
Shirt: Gap (similar here or here) SkirtDouble Header, I got a kid’s large, not adult, because I wanted a shorter length (tulle skirt in blush color hereseriously crushing on this one!) ShoesJ.Crew (similar here, herehere) Clutch: Asos (save herehere, splurge herehere) Watch:  Kate Spade Ring: Molly’s

Linking up with Lauren andAmy and Tara and Three-fer-Thursday and Trend Spin Linkup.

Matchy Matchy Florals

This is seriously my favorite floral print ever. I wore it here with a pale yellow cardi and nude wedges and here I paired it with denim and matchy matchy Madewell flats for a more casual look! Which do you like better?
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Photos by Chani Deutsch
Dress: Madewell (floral dresses herehereheresplurge– & buy me one too 🙂 or another splurge) Denim JacketGap (similar here) Shoes: Madewell (dyinggg for these major splurge! ) 

3 Fun Nail Art Ideas!

 Before you ask me how I did these, let me tell you: I didn’t. I always envied the girls on instagram and pinterest who do insane nail art on their nails and make it look so easy! Then they post these amazing tutorials and you think that maybe, just maybe, you can actually attempt it. So you try it out. And you look at your nails which don’t even slightly resemble the tutorial; they actually look like someone vomited nail polish on your nails. You resign yourself to the fact that nail art (or even simply polishing your nails) is not one of your strong points. So what do you do next?

You hope that you live in Brooklyn or somewhere where manicures are pretty affordable, find someone at a nail salon who’s willing to do some nail art for you, and show them pictures of the nails you want! Check out this post if you want to see my past polka dot nail art.

Striped nails up first! 
Next up, anchors (and waves? or chevron if you prefer).
Lastly, here are swirled watercolor nails.
Below are some of the polishes used in these manicures as well as a few favorites of mine! What are your favorite nail polishes and colors? Please share!

A Fun Color-Blocked Summer Dress

I seriously love this dress. And I also seriously love Zara sales. So this dress + a sale = definite purchase!

 I know I’ve mentioned it before but dressing for the summer heat is no fun so I’m all about finding lightweight dresses to wear on days when you feel like you’re walking in an oven…which was this entire week! (I’ve posted some of my favorite summer dresses herehere, and here.)

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Photos by Chani Deutsch

Dress: Zara (similar herehere and here) Shoes: Zara (similar and similar) Clutch: ASOS (I’ve been wanting this one! Similar and affordable herehere) WatchKate Spade Ring: Kate Spade (similar hereherehere, and hereNecklace:Kate Spade in rose gold (a few different color options here and gold here) BraceletAnthropologie Sunglasses: Anthropologie (wanting these so bad! spendspendsplurgetemporarily on salesavereally save)

Linking up with Trend Link Spin Up!