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Finding Your Something Blue: Lover.ly

We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration and e-commerce site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their expert advice for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.

We love the “something old, something new” tradition because it’s a great way to show a little personality on your wedding day. If you’re feeling daring, you can rock a blue wedding dress—or if you prefer being more subdued, you could just opt for blue accessories like most brides. From statement necklaces to pretty fascinators, here are the trendiest ways to do your something blue.

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(Photo: From Emilliner via Lover.ly)

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5 Polish Shades to Try for Winter: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

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The hot trends last summer were pretty in-your-face (remember all of the screaming neons and chunky glitters we wore so often?). This season, I’m loving more subdued shades in rich jewel tones, plus some added sparkle, of course. Here are five shades to take you through the winter.

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DIY Nail Art Tutorial Video: Leopard Print

Our favorite nail art designs are the ones that look really hard to create, but in fact require little to no serious skill. While we don’t usually recommend doing freehand designs for fear of them looking messy (thank you Scotch Tape!), we do promise that this leopard print motif is shockingly easy. In fact, the more irregular and inconsistent the spots, the better it looks.

Watch our video above to check out the step-by-step tutorial, and if you want to try a more natural look, consider swapping out the blue and black polish shades for tan and dark brown. 

—Meredith

You’ll love the alessandro polishes that we used in the video. Right now, we’re the exclusive U.S. retailer for the brand!

3 New Year’s Resolutions for My Nails: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.

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I’m all about New Year’s Resolutions this year. In addition to the rest of my list (eat more greens, run a half marathon, tidy up my apartment each night), I’m adding a few beauty-related goals for 2013. I put my nails through a lot during the year, so it’s time to give them a little TLC. Here are three things I’m doing this year to make it up to my fingers:

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Birchbox January 2013 Sneak Peek!

We can hardly believe it’s 2013 already! A new year wouldn’t be quite as fun without a new January Birchbox. This month, we’re getting you ready for your best year yet with a selection of samples that are helping us keep our New Year’s Resolutions. Watch the video to find out some of the items you can expect to see in your boxes. Don’t forget, we’re keeping many more a secret until they arrive in your homes!

—Lorelei

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Exclusive: This New German Polish Makes Home Manis Easier

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I’m normally a proud lefty, but whenever I paint my nails, I wish I were among the few lucky ones who were born ambidextrous. This might seem like a strange wish, but I’ve never figured out how stop my non-dominant hand from shaking when I pick up the little brush that comes with every bottle of nail polish. (I know there are some much bigger problems in the world, but it’s still vexing!)

That’s why I’m seriously loving the brand new alessandro polishes that just landed in our shop. Originally from Germany, this brand is launching in the US as a Birchbox exclusive—as of yesterday!—and not a moment too soon. These luxe polishes all come with a specially designed brush that’s wider and flatter than the norm. I tested out the Dusty Purple shade today, and the brush definitely made it easier for me to paint my nails evenly. The formula also feels thinner than other polishes I’ve encountered in the past, which helped give me more control and prevented my nails from ending up as a goopy mess.

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Essie To Release Magnetic “Reptile” Polishes!

Making nail art even easier, Essie introduces a new line of six magnetic polishes. (Photo: fashionista.com)

—Hallie

Missed a few names while holiday gift shopping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Here’s the gift that will work for absolutely anyone on your list!