NOTD: As If! Dimepiece Crop Top Inspired

One of my all time favorite cult classic movies is Clueless– it’s one of those movies where I could watch over and over again while reciting the lines and giggling into a frenzy of silliness. . . I totally make references all the time in conversation with my close friends. In fact, we refer to my best friend as Clueliz which suits her perfectly because she is truly CLUELESS- but in a good way! But holey moley it’s hard to be believe its been 17 years since the movie first came out!! AS IF!

Nylon put together a great post featuring youtube vids of the top 5 best moments from Clueless. . .but I had to share a couple of my personal favorite quotes!

“He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?” -Cher

“Sometimes you have to show a little skin. This reminds boys of being naked, and then they think of sex.” -Cher

“Why should I listen to you, anyway? You’re a virgin who can’t drive.” -Tai

“That was way harsh, Tai.” – Cher

 “ ’tis a far far better thing doing stuff for other people.” –Cher

“But it’s an ALIA!!!” -Cher

“Do you prefer “fashion victim” or “ensembly challenged”?” –Cher

“As if!” – Cher

“Whatever.” -Amber


Tai: I could really use some sort of herbal refreshment.

Dionne: Oh, well we do lunch in ten minutes. We don’t have any tea, but we have Coke and stuff.

Tai: No shit. You guys got Coke here?

Dionne: Well, yeah.

Cher: Yeah, this is America.

So Dimepiece LA recently came out with this awesome rainbow gradient corp top as a homage to Clueless! Isnt it deliciously adorable?!


Image from: NylonShop

The colors and print of the crop top totally seemed perfect for a nail art design inspiration so here is what I came up with:

as if mani

It was a perfect opportunity to finally use my Color Club Poptastic Collection set of polish- which I have to add that I randomly found at TJMaxx for only $9!

color club setnames of polish

Here’s a couple pics I took of the bottles for a closer look at the colors in natural daylight. . . I didn’t have time to do an individual swatch of each color but Rebecca’s Likes Nails has perfectly applied beautiful and informative swatches of each color here. Out of all of the colors, I surprised myself in picking the Twiggie as my favorite. I am not a fan of green polish on me in general but Twiggie is a beautiful creme and unique shade of green that looks amazing on!





chelsea girl

Chelsea girl



Almost famous

Almost famous

Wham! Pow!

Wham! Pow!

It’s fun finding nail inspiration and having it executed out just the way you hoped. I hope you like my AS IF dimepiece la inspired nails and don’t limit yourself on finding inspiration for your nails!

~xoxo B


NOTD: My Floral Design for Refinery 29 Nail Art Nation

It’s already week 2 for Refinery 29 Nail Art Nation contest which I’m a finalist in and I can share my design now that its been posted! So week 2 challenge theme was to create a floral design using Revlon polishes they sent. I got my inspiration from a lovely vintage frame I saw with beautiful floral pattern when I was thrifting-which is another long time hobby of mine 🙂

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For my floral design, I used the white from “Night & Degas” as a base to start off then hand painted flowers using “Pastel Pink”, the pink from “Pop Art”, “Ultra Violet”, and  the coral, “Pinkasso” accenting swirls and leaves with “Monet Monet” and the blue from “Pop Art” I dotted the bright yellow from “Monet Monet” and topped off with Revlon’s Matte top coat.

refinery 29 week 2

Check out all the week 2 designs here and I would appreciate any love- just click on the little heart next to my name 🙂 Thanks!

~xoxo B

NOTD: Orchid Inspired Gradient

What girl doesn’t love flowers? Flowers have the power to brighten someone’s day. I have different favorite flowers for different moods but one of my favorite flowers is the Orchid. The simplicity of the flower itself combined with Mother Nature’s gradient of colors is just so beautiful! My husband always gets me flowers despite knowing full well I am not blessed with the “Green Thumb”. Recently, I’ve been trying to improve my plant growing skills because it is the most depressing thing to kill every plant like some sort of plant serial killer 😦 I was so happy to see that my orchid plant which I got from him back in Valentine’s Day is thriving!! I had 11 buds form and to my surprise they have begin opening up the last couple days! I am ridiculously overjoyed! This is monumental because it is the FIRST plant that has survived my wrath!!




macro orchid gradient

So I came up with a simple and quick Orchid inspired mani to celebrate.

I achieved the  gradient or ombre using these colors:

  • FlossGloss “Perf”: A pretty barbie pink which has quickly become my new favorite pink!
  • Essie “Bottle Service”: One of my favorites from Essie’s Neon Collection this year, its a fun hot pink!
  • Essie “DJ Play that Song”: A unique and vibrant neon purple also from Essie’s Neon Collection this year


I topped it off with a glitter polish I made that I am currently testing out.

Have you ever done a mani or nail art inspired from your favorite flowers? And random but look it also matches my pink glitter iphone case from JCrew!


~xoxo B

Mani Monday: Super Easy Bobby Pin Floral & Polka Dot Mani

Recently, the fabulous fashionista Dianna from reached out to me to do a guest post on her blog for some nail art! I was beyond excited and humbled. For my first guest post, I wanted to do a fun design that would be ideal for Spring/Summer and also something anyone could do without having to use any special nail art tools- all you need is ONE regular hair bobby pin (and obviously polish :P) which I know everyone has!

Please check out my guest post here on budgetbabe to see my EASY step by step tutorial to achieve this “Super Easy Bobby Pin Floral & Polka Dot Mani” using Pure Ice nail enamels I created below:


The folks at Pure Ice nail enamels were kind enough to send me these colors to use for my design:

pure ice haul

[Image was created with stock photos sent by Pure Ice]

  1. Flirt Alert- A bright hot orchid pink creme
  2. Jackpot- A magenta pink with a slight pearl finish
  3. Strapless- A glitterly bright blue in clear base
  4. Scream- A beautiful teal-turquoise creme
  5. Wild thing- A nice fun lime green creme

Review: I think these colors are perfect for this Spring and Summer- my favorites being “Scream” and “Flirt Alert”. I was actually really excited to use these polishes because I have never used this particular brand to do nail art.  Honestly, I was actually surprised at how pigmented and smooth the formula is!  I only applied 2 coats of “Scream” and “Flirt Alert” to do the base for my design and was so happy how great it applied on! I’m always very picky about the nail polish brush and was pleased at how great the brush was as opposed to other comparable brands in this price range.

Another thing I didn’t realize is that Pure Ice nail enamels are also free of formaldehyde, toluene and DBP! And at only $1.99 a bottle, a great polish to have for nail art galore!

Pure Ice nail enamels are available through and Walmart stores nationwide.

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Cath Kidston Floral Inspired Mani

First of all, I hope everyone had just as a fabulous Mother’s Day as I did- I truly feel so blessed and loved! Mothers deserve gratitude and appreciation everyday but it’s nice to have a whole day to celebrate and honor moms everywhere!

I received the most beautiful floral bouquet this morning from my toddler and husband- and just got literally lost in the beautiful flowers. Pretty things inspire me so I made this out of a picture I took of my flowers for my mommy friends. . .


I just really admire flowers in general- Mother Nature is truly the best artist- and I frequently find myself doing different floral prints and designs for nail art.

A little while ago I did a Cath Kidston floral print inspired mani based off this free wallpaper which I sized it for my ipad mini- photographed in the background of my nail pics.


You can download more lovely floral free wallpaper here at Cath Kidston. I did this design using no nail art tools or brushes. I simply used the nail polish brushes and a bobby pin straighten out for polka dotting. I actually chose not to use any of my nail art brushes to see how this would turn out because I was limited in time that day. I was happy how it came it out and hope this inspires you to try some floral on your nails!


~xoxo B.