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The Lazy Girl's Guide to the Perfect At-Home Manicure

The Lazy Girl's Guide to the Perfect At-Home Manicure

I prefer doing my own nails at home, but finding the time for a manicure can be tricky. So over the years I've perfected my quick & easy nail care routine using some arguably unorthodox methods that help streamline the process while still delivering beautiful results. Sally Hansen makes some of my favorite, stand-by tools (get them at Target!), so today I've teamed up with the global nail brand to share the Lazy Girl's Guide to the Perfect At-Home Manicure. Read on for the how-to!

Off the Rack: Poppytalk for Target

Poppytalk for Target

Yesterday I popped into Target to review the Poppytalk collection, which is an assortment of outdoor entertaining items created in collaboration with one of Target's favorite pinners and designers, Jan Halvarson from the lifestyle blog by the same name. While the line launched last weekend on June 22nd, I was still able to find many of the items in stock, from glamping (glamour + camping) essentials such as a bright pink candelabra and floral lanterns to more rustic-chic fare such as a cloth checkerboard game and banana-leaf picnic basket. You might easily pass up this understated endcap but it's worth stopping to take a peek. Certain items seem overpriced, like the floral thermos ($18) - I'd pick up this IKEA one instead for $8. But a powder blue charcoal stove for $20 will make your summer Instagram snaps on the beach making S'mores that much sweeter.

Shop Poppytalk for Target in stores and online (Target now offers free shipping on all orders over $50 - hooray!)

20 Vases Under $20

20 Vases Under $20

In this weekly column, I'm sharing budget-friendly decor tips that are high on style, and low on price. This week, we're talking affordable vases! Find more ideas on my blog, A Vintage Splendor.

If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your home this summer on a tight budget, then a punchy vase with some bright flowers will do the trick. A vase is such a basic home décor item, but you’d be surprised how many people skimp on buying it or just opt for the free, comes with the bouquet vase, which is more drag than fab. You can go minimalist or full on glam with your vase choice, without comprising style, budget, or the overall tone of your space. Plus, a vase is one of the most versatile and mobile pieces in your home. You can use the same vase to decorate your dining table for a dinner party, or add some fresh flowers from the garden to your bedside table.

Spot the Real: Anthropologie Yellow Lace Blouse

Anthropologie's summery yellow lace blouse is $80 (down from $148), perfect for pairing with white jeans and embellished flats. A similar top can be had for $30 elsewhere. See if you can spot the clues that make one top pricier than the other. Then click either image below to see if you're right!

Anthropologie at ShopStyle

Darling at ShopStyle