Dashing Diva NOTD

Dashing DivaI’m back on the NOTD grind! What better way to get the ball rolling than with trying new brands for MOJ?

I added some Dashing Diva polishes to my collection recently, and have been itching to show you guys.

The inaugural Dashing Diva mani comes fresh on the tails of trend reports that a light gray is the new cool color of the hot summer upon us.

Taking stock of the inventory in my closet I realized that I tend to purchase light grays at all times, so I suppose the reports are correct. Is your summer wardrobe gray friendly?

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The color Milk Mauve is pretty true to color from the bottle. It’s a subtle gray/blue/white mix. The left image is with flash and the right is without. The left is what the color looks like in sunlight and the right is how it looks when it gets darker.

It’s really creamy and wears well. I liked that it didn’t go on super thick and didn’t chip for the first week (I try to change up my polish every week anyway, so it got the job done!).

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Experimenting with Nails

MOJ Nail PolishStarting around August I divulged a lot about my unnecessary nail polish shopping sprees. To this day, I am still experimenting with the new additions to my collections. I have hopes and dreams to franken my own colors, but so far I have just been swatching and sometimes mixing with top coats. I have also been indulging in super old polishes.

What may I be talking about? Does anyone remember Victoria’s Secret polishes that came in wide bottles that resembled pebbles a bit? No? I remember not only did I have these buggers, but I was even around to buy my favorite bottle of gold flecks on clearance when they wiped their collection clean of this version.

Here’s what my new favorite Essie color (Chinchilly) looks like:

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Photos: Left with no flash, Right with flash

Check out after the jump for the deets of my experiment!

I was overjoyed because my polish perfectly matched my handbag:

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Photos: Left with no flash, Right with flash

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Photos: Left with no flash, Right with flash

I’m loving this mix of colors. The color is more true to life in the pictures without flash but in sunlight is a bit lighter.

Like it? Have you experimented with colors? Let me know!

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It’s a Gray Field…

PhotobucketBlack is the color that generally is worn most. In the winter it is of optimal choice for it’s simple ability to pull in light and retain warmth, it shows much less stains or dirt, and of course, it has a slimming effect. It’s no wonder that almost every person in the world has a pair of black pants or black shoes lingering around the household.

I remember the first time I had to go to a school event and our uniform included black pants. When someone said they didn’t have black pants, you could swear I was reacting to news about the earth not being round. If you don’t have ’em. Get ’em!

Being a New Yorker, I find that a lot of the city dwellers here often find shelter in the color black and sometimes dedicate their whole wardrobe to the color. If you’ve had a chance to make it to NYFW, you’ll find that many a fashionista is clad in all black.

I’ll admit that I’ve resorted to an all black wardrobe when too lazy to match things together. When you start buying too many of the same color, you even start to forget they could be paired with others. God forbid we forget ROYGBIV! Other times, I’m a punk. Who wants to risk their hard earned cash on a red sweater with rainbow polka dots, when a black version looks smarter for the long run? Sure, it’s safer than magenta, and will outlast any leopard print trend, but it becomes a monotonous and if I dare say, mundane, practice.

So wouldn’t Yaya be surprised that as soon as the first leaf fell off a tree, that there was a dime a dozen a New Yorker rocking the gray jacket, cardigan, and scarf (not necessarily all together though…).

Gray is equally as durable in outlasting trends y’all. Between white and black, all the shades are ones that can magically travel on through time and through wardrobe without dating your style. That’s just the color though.

If you are looking for something that will last more than a season, steer clear of super trendy embellishments (ruffles, feathers, ribbons, etc.) or cuts (asymmetrical, batwing sleeves, etc.) unless you have the confidence to wear it as if there was no expiration date in sight.

  • Gray works well in breaking up your closet collection and presenting a color variety in the selection.
  • The color works well as a complement to all light and dark colors (try to pair with a grape/burgundy color and a yellow/mustard color – each combo will look just as good!).
  • The deeper shades of gray are also equally as successful in creating a slimmer silhouette.

So what are you afraid of? Go try something gray now!

Check out some style options all under $100:

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What do you think about the color? Is this old news, or are you running out of the house to try it now?

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