Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Glitter Nail Tutorial


After posting a poll to see if anyone would be interested in a tutorial for glitter nails on Instagram stories, about a dozen of you said you'd like to see one! (Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more polls.) This is our first ever video, and if you like it, we just may have to do more. Let us know in the comments what you think and be sure to give any suggestions of videos you'd like to see on Mod Circus!

Now, drumroll...find out how to get glitter nails that aren't wimpy with any glitter nail polish!

PS- I totally didn't mean to sing a little. I almost edited it out, but, hey, it's who I am (insert shrug emoji).



-Molly

Get the nail polish I used here and see other fun glitter options below.


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Stripes Overall


Overalls are something that I have worn ever since I was a little kid. Since they came back into popularity though, I've been hesitant to wear them. Mostly because there are so many styles out there and I wasn't sure which would look best for my frame. I slowly started to come around by experimenting with various jumpsuits, and figured out that I enjoy a wide leg, retro style best. 



I can't decide if this look is more 90's or 70's, but either way, I am digging it! I've also become a huge fan of adding a belt to just about anything to cinch in my waist. It's a small, simple trick to instantly make an outfit look pulled together and chic. 




This outfit will take me from winter right on into spring, and I can't wait to try it out with warm weather accessories and different tops! Are you a fan of overalls? If so, which style do you prefer? 
 

Overalls (similar, similar)
Stripe sweater tee (love this and this)



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Friday, February 16, 2018

Five Friday Faves


Welcome to Five Friday Faves, where we shoutout things we're loving that don't exactly fit into the structure of our usual posts. From podcasts to skincare, TV shows to restaurants, and everything in between, see what we're loving lately and let us know what you're obsessed with at the moment in the comments too!

MOLLY'S FAVES

Schitt's Creek
If you have Netflix, you have to check this comedy out! It's about a wealthy family who loses everything and has no choice but to move to "Schitt's Creek," a rundown town they bought as a birthday joke years before. My husband and I started watching it after my parents recommended it and, though we don't always have the same taste in shows, we also thought this was a winner. It was created by Eugene Levy and his son Dan, and also stars Catherine O'Hara, so it has a very "Best of Show" or "Waiting for Guffman" vibe to it, though it isn't a mockumentary. Also, the character Moira Rose is basically my new fashion icon.


Dry Brushing
Have you heard of dry brushing? It's a homeopathic immune-supporting practice that I've been trying to work into my routine and have really been enjoying. It's just what it sounds like: you brush your body with a special body brush before showering. Working in motions towards your heart, you stimulate your lymphatic system, and essentially help your body to detox. Not to mention, you get a good exfoliation, and the practice has also be attributed to reducing cellulite. It naturally invigorates you as well, so it's a great way to start your morning routine. Want to try it out? Pick up your own dry brush here.

Fabletics
You've probably seen Facebook ads of Kate Hudson in adorable workout gear in your newsfeed wearing her line, Fabletics. The way you had to sign up for the program to see much of anything kind of turned me off, but after hearing how their leggings really are great, I decided to sign up and give it a try. I've only received three orders, but I've been impressed so far and I'm so excited to fill my wardrobe with fun new workout wear. I'd also be happy to answer any questions you have about it!



You are a Badass
This book by Jen Sincero is a great intro to self-improvement books, with a dash of humor and a side of sarcasm. Maybe it's because I'm staring down the barrel of turning 30, but I'm in the process of trying to get motivated about my life, and keeping her principles in mind have really started to turn my outlook around. I'm also excited to check out a lot of books she's referenced!

Who What Wear spring collection
Who What Wear's winter collection at Target had some great wintry pieces, from lots of velvet to sheer party dress looks, but I'm venturing to say I'm even more in love with the spring collection. Filled with florals, feminine details, and trending yet sophisticated cuts, it basically contains all my favorite style elements. I'm ready to get my hands on all of it (especially giving heart eyes to the shoes!).

JODI'S FAVES

Queer Eye
I have very fond memories of the first installment of Queer Eye, so I was a little skeptical that this new version wouldn't deliver. Let me tell you, it is The.Best.Show.Ever! We had an ice day last weekend and may or may not have binged the entire new season (we totally did). It's touching, genuine and hilarious, plus it tackles a lot of issues that are hot topics right now without being controversial or alienating. Bonus: we got a lot of great ideas for decorating our home and for recipes to try too! 

Jade Rolling
I saw a lot of bloggers that I follow using a jade roller and thought to myself, what's the big deal? I decided to read up on it and found a cheaper one on Amazon here, so figured I'd give it a try. Well, I am so glad that I did because I've been using it every day since! It has many benefits, but the thing that hooked me was that it's a great way to rid your body of toxins by promoting lymphatic drainage, increases blood circulation, and reduces puffiness. I could actually feel things starting to move around and drain in my sinuses, plus the cooling properties help with puffiness around my eyes. There are a ton of other benefits though and you can read about them here

Bitch Sesh: A Real Housewives Breakdown
This isn't necessarily a new fav of mine, but I talk about it to whoever will listen, whenever I can. If you're a fan of The Real Housewives franchises or anything Bravo, you NEED to listen to this podcast! It is hosted by Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider, with tons of celebrity guests. I literally laugh out loud throughout every episode. It's also a great way to not feel SO terrible about watching trash TV.

Hygge


This isn't a new concept by any means, and you've probably heard about it by now, but Hygge (pronounced HOO-ga) is Danish for being "cozy" more or less. It's the art of creating moments throughout your day where you slow down and revel in small pleasures. Give yourself a treat. Be kind to yourself and others. Take a break from your routine. Live in the moment and take pleasure in the little things. Winter is the perfect time to get into the groove of hygge, so I am embracing it wholeheartedly right now!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
I was just at an event and someone mentioned that May 19th was the date of their wedding. I thought to myself, hmm I think I have something planned that day, then realized I totally do because it's the ROYAL WEDDING! I am loving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's love story. I am here for every single moment of it. Her style is flawless and I can't wait to soak in every detail of their wedding in just a few short months! In the meantime, I will be over here pinning all of her outfits and stalking their every move. 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Vintage Love Tour 2018


If you followed us last year, you might remember that I did a post about a fun day I had with my mom visiting all of the vintage shops in Springfield. Well, my mom and I had so much fun last year, we invited my aunt to join us and we embarked on this year's Vintage Love Tour! We didn't get to all of the places on the list last year, so we made a huge effort to complete the whole tour this time around. We got pretty close too! 


We started the tour at Springfield Vintage. I absolutely love this store! It's full of fun, funky, retro and kitschy items that are perfect for your home, wardrobe or gifts! I scored a set of vintage palm print curtains and a sparkly gold caftan. 







Next, we stopped at Urban Sassafras, which is quickly becoming my go-to spot for unique gifts for family and friends (and myself). They never disappoint! I even picked up my husband's Valentine's gift while I was there. 



After that, we stopped for lunch at Long Nine Junction. I've been dying to try this spot and am so glad I was finally able to. The food was some of the best I have had in a while and I will certainly be taking my husband back for more. We got there just in time too, there was soon a line out the door of hungry shoppers looking for lunch. Can you blame them? Check out our scrumptious looking lunches below! 






Having fueled up, we headed to Shimmy Shack Vintage Style. I was very excited to visit this shop as I had not been yet, but I follow them on Instagram and am always intrigued by the styles they post! I will definitely be going back here to score one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. 





Next on our list was Shabby Shack. This shop is full of refurbished vintage furniture and unique items for your home, as well as gifts! I got major home inspo in here and can't wait to go back for more!






We popped in Recycled Cottage on our way to Flea Market 2 Fabulous. Both of these places had great furniture and knick knacks. Again, I was getting major inspiration for decorating my house, so I will definitely be visiting again! 




We finished up our day of vintage shopping with a visit to Bunn Gourmet! You already know how much we love this place, so I will just leave you with a drool-worthy picture of our treats. :) 

All in all, a perfect way to spend a Saturday with my Galentines! What are your favorite vintage shops in Central Illinois? 



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Monday, February 12, 2018

My Fuzzy Valentine



Did you make homemade valentines growing up? There's not much I loved more than my mom pulling out those craft boxes and getting to work making them for my entire class from scratch. From writing new "roses are red..." poems every year to painstakingly cutting out victorian characters and gluing them onto doilies, then onto folded red cardstock, making these unique creations were SO FUN. Basically every one had to be embellished with little pearls, glitter, little foam hearts or flowers. 


That's kind of the approach I took with this cozy Valentines outfit I put together. I started with a hot pink eyelash sweater (that's what this fuzzy chenille-type material is called, and seriously, eyelash material is the coziest, softest stuff ever!). I just love the bell sleeve details on this sweater too, and I've linked a couple similar styles below. Ok, so that's my base card. Time to embellish with pearls: enter pearl-studded jeans. 


Gold fishnet socks and a fun floral hair comb are the next level of icing on this mult-tiered valentine cake. Hair accessories, from bright scrunchies to giant metal barrettes, will be EVERYWHERE this spring, and I am here for all of it. Finishing touches of hot pink lipstick and pink sunglasses ensure you don't miss the fact that this is a valentines look (as if that was possible lolz).


Black heels make the look a little more fit for an evening look, while 100% still playing into the '80s vibe going on. I feel ready for my next meeting of The Babysitters Club, TBH. And I look like an actual valentine. I'm my own funny fuzzy valentine!



 Do you dress up for Valentine's day? Do you go low-key, or super dressy? Let us know what you're planning to wear in the comments!

-Molly


Outfit Details:
Pink Sweater (similar here and here)
Pearl Jeans (similar here and here)

Floral Hair Comb (in a 2-color pack on super sale!)
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Friday, February 9, 2018

Cherry Red Lace: Jodi's Valentine's Style


I love a good statement top and this cold shoulder lace number is no exception! I feel like I could do a really great flamenco dance number in this top, never mind the fact that I've never done flamenco dancing before in my life. It also happens to be the perfect top for a Valentine's date, or a Galentine's night out! 




I'm really digging the high waisted trend at the moment. It's a great way to look pulled together and chic with minimal effort - just tuck in your shirt! These jeans are perfect with just about any top, especially paired with a sleek belt. My favorite red booties were a no-brainer to accessorize with, as was a sweet silver bag. 



How are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year? 


Belt (similar)


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