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#EtsyWednesday: Paris Laptop Sleeve

Laptop sleeves are sold everywhere, but it’s so hard to find one that really represents YOU, and the things YOU love. This pretty vintage Paris-inspired laptop sleeve by Etsy user janinekingdesigns is definitely my fave this week!

Nail Art

Week Five: Pop Art/Mondrian

This week, my nails were inspired by Mondrian paintings! Two of my nails on each hand featured a “mini” painting with geometric lines and color blocks, while the rest were painted yellow and outlined in a dark purple (I improvised since I didn’t have black polish.)

I used China Glaze, OPI, Orly, and Ulta nail polishes, with a fine paint brush for detailing.

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#EtsyWednesday: Recipe Divider Cards

If there is one thing I love, it’s staying organized. Check out these awesome Recipe Divider Cards, by Etsy used TheAdornedAdobe. The designer hand applied all of the prints, and hand distressed, each divider. These cards are so cute and super unique! Did I mention they’re totally customizable? LOVE!!

Nail Art

Week Five: Cubby Blue

Last night, I attended my first Chicago Cubs game of the season! Covered in Cubs gear - a tank, a hoodie, even a purse - I decided my nails should bleed Cubby Blue, too! I doubt it’s a coincidence the Cubs brought home a W….! :) #gocubs

Ralph Lauren Closing Ceremony Uniforms Unveiled

Colorado Springs, CO—The United States Olympic Committee debuted Ralph Lauren’s signature U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Closing Ceremony Parade Uniforms and casual village wear for the London 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Games during a fashion segment on this morning’s Today Show.

“Ralph Lauren takes great pride in understanding our U.S. athletes and creating a sense of patriotism through clothing,” said Peter Zeytoonjian, managing director of consumer products and licensing for the USOC.  “The Closing Ceremony garments embody our national sentiment of what it means to be an American.”

Drawing on the heritage and sophistication of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and a tradition of refined American style, Ralph Lauren’s 2012 Team USA Closing Ceremony Uniforms feature exceptionally elegant silhouettes in a timeless palette of all white with touches of red and navy.

Olympic taekwondo medalists Diana and Steven Lopez revealed the men’s and women’s Closing Ceremony parade uniforms. Diana was dressed in a crisp white blouse emblazoned with the official U.S. Olympic Team logo and Big Pony logo at the chest, paired with a breezy knee-length white skirt. The look was finished with a sporty repp-stripe silk belt in red, white and navy and matching silk scarf that tied at the neck. For men, the parade uniform is highlighted by a luxe white cotton sport shirt detailed with the official U.S. Olympic Team logo and a slightly smaller navy Big Pony logo. White trousers feature a subtle pleated front and cuff, echoing an old world athletic tradition. The men’s look is also finished with a red, white and navy repp-striped silk belt.

Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Soni, 2012 Olympic gymnastics hopeful Aly Raisman and three-time Olympian medalist Tony Azevedo (water polo), modeled iconic pieces from the Ralph Lauren village wear collection including the mesh polo, Create Your Own USA polo, Olympic tank and tunic.

The USOC is proud to have Ralph Lauren as an official outfitter of Team USA, providing iconic parade uniforms and an authentic sportswear collection of commemorative pieces for men, women and children. The Ralph Lauren 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Opening Ceremony Parade Uniforms will be revealed this summer.

The Ralph Lauren 2012 Team USA Olympic Collection for men, women and children will be available starting April 18 online at RalphLauren.com. Beginning in May, the collection will be available in select Ralph Lauren retail stores, Team USA shops, select U.S. department stores and TeamUSAShop.com.

Jimmy Choo and Rob Pruitt collaborate for Spring 2013 collection

Iconic shoe designer, Jimmy Choo is teaming up with contemporary artist, Rob Pruitt for the brand’s Spring 2013 collection.

Pruitt, a New York resident, is best known for his colorful, pop art-influenced work. Just last year, the artist that actually hates being referred to a “Pop Artist” (“Pop Art belongs to the ‘60’s,” he said in a Blouin Art Info interview in May 2011) unveiled a chrome-finished, seven-foot-tall statue of the late-Andy Warhol in Manhattan’s Union Square West.

While his latest project was not at all controversial, Pruitt was not always known for tasteful art. In 1992, causing a stir, he and fellow artist and collaborator, Jack Early, shrink-wrapped posters of African-American celebrities, splashed paint on aluminum foil, and created their own soundtrack of rap music - all to pay what they believed was “tribute” to the African-American community at a Leo Castelli Gallery show. Entitled Red, Black, Green, Red, White, Blue, this extremely controversial piece caused a sudden downfall in his career, and it wasn’t until 1998, that he was forgiven. “How,” you ask? The avant garde artist offered his infamous Cocaine Buffet as a peace offering, presenting a 16-foot line of the drug at his studio in New York’s Meatpacking District.. and suddenly everything was looking up again.

Now famous for his playful glitter panda paintings, it’s really no surprise that the founder of the Guggenheim Art Awards and the brand’s creative directors joined forces. After all, the fashion house is no stranger to the art world - Choo most recently collaborated with photographer, Nan Goldin, for this Spring’s Cruise collection, as well as Marilyn Minter and Richard Phillips for previous seasons.

We were captivated by Pruitt’s energy, his computer screen use of colour and the festive exuberance of his prints and materials; there were elements in his work that reminded us in subtle ways of the Jimmy Choo design iconography,” said Jimmy Choo creative directors Sandra Choi and Simon Holloway.

This capsule accessories collection will include handbags, small leather goods, and of course, shoes - all of which will be inspired by Pruitt’s style. The line, already dubbed as “very collectible and uniquely beautiful,” will hit Jimmy Choo boutiques and online stores in November of this year.

Nail Art

Week Four: Aztec Print

Lately, many of my tops have had Aztec prints… How could I not be inspired? I had a few colors - teal, coral, orange - and some basic geometric ideas - straight lines, diamonds, circles - in mind, and just dove right in.

Working with very little nail tools, it was hard for me to paint tiny details and very straight lines.. I used the “impressionist” method (tiny dots) for color fill-ins and small lines.

I used Orly, OPI, Sally Hansen, and Ulta polishes.

#EtsyWednesday: Turquoise Jewelry

This week, the Turquoise Necklace by Etsy user organikx is my pick of the week! This necklace is so, so perfect for the Spring and Summer, with its two strands of beautiful and unique gems and stones on sterling silver!

What’s your Etsy fave?

It’s Tuesday…. Happy Fashion Star Day!!

Tonight, DailyCandy and Suave are holding an event at Hotel Palomar in Chicago (505 N. State), in their Contemporary Suite. They have teamed together to provide a free hairstyling session, mini manis, gift bags - the whole nine yards!

Even cooler… Show contestants Orly Shani and Nzimiro Oputa will both be there for an exclusive viewing of tonight’s episode.

The event begins at 7pm, with styling sessions going on until 8:45pm. The screening begins at 9pm.

The event may be at capacity, but if it’s not, R.S.V.P. online now! Space is limited. Must be 21+ to attend.

Take pics and tell me how it goes! Tweet me, @whatevs_heath.