Monthly Archives: September 2011

Misa Nail Lacquer

I’ve been using Misa nail polishes recently and I am loving the formula! All of the colors are so pigmented and easy to apply. I find that some polishes are too thick and look sloppy after application, but this formula definitely works. All of the colors I’ve tried really pop. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen this brand sold in stores so if you want to try them you’ll probably have to purchase them online. Check some of the most recent ones that I’ve purchased from Head2Toe:

  1. First Kiss (Classic Color)
  2. The Grass Is Greener On My Side (Look On the Bright Side Collection)
  3. Bikini With a Martini (Look On the Bright Side Collection)
  4. Whimsical Wish (Wishes Collection)
  5. Go For Pinks (Hip To My Jive Collection)
  6. Lather, Rinse, Repeat (Look On the Bright Side Collection)
Also be sure to check out Misa’s latest Surreal Escape Collection! I just discovered it and I am feenin’ for Beyond Infinity, which is somewhat of a dark bluish gray color. I need it in my life!! Anywhoo, if you guys have any questions about these polishes or any other polishes I’ve mentioned feel free to contact me! Smooches!! XOXO

Quick Post: Nails of the Day

I am becoming quite fond of Forever 21’s Love and Beauty nail polishes…I’ve been wanting to try a baby blue shade, but the creamy baby blues look a little odd on my skin so I thought I would try this one instead. It’s a light blue with gold shimmers in it…Not really a fall color but it brightens my gloomy days!!

Love and Beauty: Light Aqua

Aug/Sept Favs

Hey Ladies!! I normally do a beauty favorites haul each month, but I think I am going to try something a little different today. This ‘favorites’ post will include all of my favorite things at the moment.

From left to right: My journal, My Juicy Blog Notebook, and My New iPad

I write in my journal every single night….many writers tell you that to be a writer you MUST write daily!! I purchased this notebook on Amazon and I soooo adore it!! It has so many quotes about love and desire it…a must have!

As for the Juicy Couture Notebook, I purchased it last summer at Nordstrom. It actually came in a set of 3…I haven’t used the other two as of yet. Just the pop of color and the gold letters make me happy! I love writing down my blog ideas and various sites that I want to remember in it!

As for the iPad, what can I say…Apple got me again!! It is an amazing device and I’ve been contemplating purchasing it for quite some time. I carry it with me every day as it is much easier than trying to carry a laptop. I’ve added all the blogs I follow to my home screen so that they are easily accessible to me. If you don’t have one, you must get one ASAP!

I’ve also been doing a lot of running and my Nikes have become my greatest companion! These running shoes are the best! I purchased them for about $60 at Sport’s Authority. Also, if you haven’t tried the Nike Drifit clothing, you are not in the know! They are so amazing and soooo comfortable! I love the tights/capris because they have the pocket on the butt so that you can put your keys and iPod in it…Hand free running is a must!

These are one of my favorite pairs of earrings and I have been rocking them all month! They are super big so I can’t always wear them to work, but anytime I have the opportunity to rock them, I do! I purchased these babies a year or two ago at 4NXChange, a boutique in Washington, DC.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!! Smooches! XOXO

Fall Nails

I combed through my nail polish collection to see if I had the essential colors for Fall, and I do! Rusts/coppers, nudes, blues, greens, reds/corals and gunmetals are all in this fall. I’ve swatched all of the colors you will need, and even added some colors to keep things interesting. Personally, I can’t walk around with dark colors on my hands for several months (so depressing!) so I had to throw some wildcards into the mix.

Starting at the top with the black, I will list the colors and brands clockwise:

  1. Liquid Leather – China Glaze
  2. Revvvolution – Color Club
  3. Gunmetal – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear
  4. Pink (It’s actually a peach color)- Love and Beauty
  5. Hi Def – Sephora
  6. Monsooner or Later – OPI
  7. Hot Magenta – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear
  8. Purple Panic – China Glaze
  9. Let’s Talk – Sinful Colors
  10. Yoga-Ta Get This Blue – OPI
  11. Frostbite – China Glaze
  12. Blue It – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear
  13. Ocean View – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear
  14. Read My Palm – Sephora
  15. The Real Teal – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear
  16. Dance Teal Dawn – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear
  17. Emerald City – Revlon
  18. Teal We Meet Again – Sephora

Scarves, Scarves and More Scarves…

In my favorite Nordstrom Scarf

During my fall shopping spree (yeah right!) I picked up a few scarves that I am loving!! Both Forever 21 and H&M had some great ones in stock, but I was good and only purchased two. Check them out below:

From H&M...Just can't seem to stay away from leopard print!

From Forever 21

HRH Collection


Hi all! Using the Instagram application on my iPhone, I took some pictures of the recent purchases I made on I found out about the HRH Collection (designed by Alex) on Youtube a few weeks ago and I’ve been hooked every since!! All of her pieces are handmade and the quality of each piece is amazing.

You can even have items custom made. You just have to email her prior to placing your order to make sure that she can actually fulfill your request. Check out the pictures below:

The Packaging

The Cuff Necklace

The Silver Cuff

These statement necklaces make any outfit effortlessly chic!! I love them both so much and wear them all the time now…They offer a lot of versatility as you can rock these with a white tee, blouse, dress, anything!

The Ultra Sleek Charm Bracelet

Close-Up of Charms

The Ultra Sleek Bracelet is just so freakin’ cute. I usually wear it with one of my Juicy Couture charm bracelets.

There’s a few other pieces that I plan on purchasing from this collection, but I am trying to pace myself! Lol

Be sure to visit Alex’s blog at:…This woman’s style is so sick…Gotta love it!! Enjoy! XOXO!!

Something Sweet

Whenever I feel like I need a break from color or when I need a manicure and don’t want it to be noticeable that I haven’t had one, I turn to a nude color. Beige nudes don’t really work for my skin tone so I normally go for a pinky-nude. I’m sure that’s not a word, but whatevs! Check out this China Glaze polish in Something Sweet:

Other pink-nudes that I like are Sheer Strawberry from Sally Hansen, Empowerment from China Glaze and Pink Chiffon from Revlon…Enjoy! XOXO


With my last year of grad school quickly approaching, I am in need of a new tote bag. I’ll be doing tons of reading and research as well as writing so I am looking for something that can handle my spiral notebooks, books, and the rest of the junk I carry around with me on a daily basis. Here are a few that I am considering…If you have any suggestions for totes I may like, please do not hesitate to let me know!!

Steve Madden

Marc Jacobs

Steve Madden

Images: Nordstrom and Zappos

Guilty Pleasures…

Hi, my name is Kelli Cole and I am addicted to lipgloss...

So I was in Target last night looking for a particular nail polish (Revlon’s Starry Pink, which I found and cannot wait to use!) and I inevitably threw some lipgloss into my basket. Now, I just told myself the other day that I already had too many, and yet I was about to buy another one! So I put the gloss back and told myself: “Kelli, you have plenty of lipgloss at home!” I put it back and backed away from the Cosmetic section. I managed to get out of Target without buying anything unnecessary (with the exception of the nail polish, of course).  I went home and gathered up all my lipglosses and collected about 22 of them. 22!!! I am not a make-up artist, therefore, I don’t NEED all this lipgloss!! And that does not include my lipsticks…Though I only own a handful (8 to be exact).

So, I said all of this to say that I am not buying any more lipgloss until I use the ones I have!! If you know me personally, you know that this is going to be quite difficult, but I’m going to do it! This isn’t the only thing I am addicted to but you gotta’ start somewhere and take it one day at a time!! Lol…

Perhaps you should challenge yourself to refrain from an obsession that you can’t seem to stop indulging in! If so, let me know how it goes!! Smooches! XOXO

Nails of the Day: Red

If you follow me on twitter (@Clutchezblog) then you will (1) know that I am obsessed with Instagram (@alwayzkel) and (2) that I posted this picture of my red nails yesterday.

I’ve never been into red nails, but if any color is bright enough, I’ll wear it. With fall approaching, I want to wear darker colors but I just can’t bring myself to wear anything other than brights ( besides blues) right now! I am also working on a post on fall nail colors, which I’ll post later on this week…until then, here are my red nails:

Nail Polish: Color Club’s Warhol