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Everyday Style- Late June Maternity Style

SCARF- Thrifted // SWEATER- Old Navy // JEANS- Loft // BAG- Thrifted // EARRINGS- N&S (Bright White Cut Out- large) // PHONE CASE- Nordstrom

TEE- GAP // SWEATER- Forever 21 // JEANS- J Crew // SHOES- Nordstrom // EARRINGS- N&S (London Tan Cut Out- large) 

TEE- Target (old) // JEANS- Old Navy Maternity (old) // SHOES- H&M (similar) // EARRINGS- N&S (Warm Gold- large

TEE- GAP // PANTS- Old Navy // EARRINGS- N&S (Olive Suede- large)

SWEATER- Old Navy // JEANS- Nordstrom // SHOES- Thrifted // NECKLACE- Wrenn Jewelry // EARRINGS- N&S (Signature Gold- large) // CUFF- N&S

This is a late in the day because this week has been ca-razy. We were so overwhelmed with love, support, most of all orders over our Nickel & Suede birthday last weekend. This week we've just been working our tails off to send that love right back to you all in the form of earrings, cuffs and happy mail packages. 

And thank you to everyone who entered our $300 N&S credit giveaway last week as well. Our winner was...
Ellen Casper!

Congrats! Look for an email from us today Ellen!

Hopefully you caught (and tried!) this week's hair tutorial and tips for wearing black in the Summer. I'll have another hair tutorial next week and more outfits on the way. Have a great weekend!

Wearing All Black in the Summer- 5 Ways to Brighten It Up


TOP- Asos // JEANS- Stitch Fix // SHOES- Steve Madden // CLUTCH- Stitch Fix // CUFF- N&S // EARRINGS- Nickel and Suede (Silver Chrome- large) // SUNNIES- J Crew Factory

Even in the Summer, I can't give up my love of black. Yes, it's dark, yes, it can be hot, and yes, it is definitely the opposite of fun Summer colors. But my closet is full of black and I love how I feel wearing black- especially all black, so whether it is Spring, Summer or Fall- I'll be rocking it. (Proof- see last June's outfit here.) So to make it feel more seasonally appropriate- there are a few details that I rely on to help balance out the black. 

1.  Adding turquoise jewelry. Turquoise is my favorite kind of jewelry to wear- but it especially screams Summer. Whether it is a stack of bracelets or a pair of earrings or a statement ring- wear it. 

2. Cognac or tan accessories. These light warm browns definitely warm up this all black look. I love black and tan together-  but you could also do nude or raffia accessories for another kind of Summer/beachy feel. 

3. Fringe. I also love adding a fringe detail like these sandals- they add interest and as I've said before, fringe is in this Summer. A fringe cross body bag would also do the trick.

4. Add one bright color- whether it is your shoes, a clutch or on your lips. Keep the look monochromatic by only adding one color pop accessory. Use a neon clutch or  swipe on a bright lip with the rest of your black. Your bright color could also be white. Add a splash of white by wearing white sandals or a white clutch. 

5. Mix it up with your hair. Try beachy waves, a high pony tail or a cute side braid. Summer time is the perfect season to take a break from your typical heat styling and do something new. 

Bonus #6. Fake a tan. A tan is a huge way to make all black look different in the Summer than the Winter. I'm all about skin safety so make sure your tan comes from the spray tan booth or from the bottle. Currently I am using a mix of a spray tan every six weeks and then  Banana Boat Summer Color in Deep Dark Color and also Tanwise Foaming Mousse. The rest of my sunless tanning tips can be found here and here

Do you love your black as much as I do? How do you wear it in the Summer?

Hair Tutorial- Side Dutch Braid for a Long Pixie or Bob


Braids have been trending big time for months on Pinterest and all over blogs. For a while I counted myself out on that trend- because I have such short hair. But recently a friend pointed out to me that I still have plenty of hair in the front (thanks to my LONG pixie) so I tried and she was right. 

Today I have a braid tutorial for your long pixie or bob. Adding a braid that frames your face to a long pixie or bob is a really easy and cute way to keep your hair out of your face, work with 4 day old hair, and just mix up your hair styling. 

Start with slightly dirty hair- actually sometimes the dirtier your hair is, the better the braids look. This is day two or three day old hair- which I combed through and applied dry shampoo to the roots. 

Supplies needed:
Dry Shampoo (I also like this one.)
Bobby pins
Tiny clear elastics

First you will tease the roots of the front section of hair you are braiding. You can braid the dominant side of your part (like you'll see today) or you could braid the non-dominant side. Teasing the roots here will help the braid have some dimension and not stick flat to your head.

Next section off the area you want to include in the braid. For this tutorial we left a little bit of hair loose in the front- but you could braid it all as well. Stick close to the face and section off about a 3"x 2" area. 

Divide that area in three sections to begin your braid. 

Most braids you see on Pinterest are Dutch braids. They are the most striking kind because they sit on top of your hair rather than inside it. Start your Dutch braid by putting one side section under the middle one and then the other side section under the middle one. Dutch braiding is just the opposite of a typical braid- rather than braiding over, braid under. 

Next you'll add a little bit of hair to that middle section and braid it under and then add more hair to the other side and braid it under. Continue adding small sections of hair and braiding under towards your ear. This will keep you on track and keep the braid near your face. 

Once you get a few inches down, stop adding new hair and continue the braid down as far as you can go. 

Next you'll begin to 'pancake' your braid. I don't have very thick hair, or much of it with this style, so to fake volume in my braid I pancake it. Pancaking means to slightly tug the outside of each section of hair to add volume to each piece. You don't want to pull hair out of the braid- just loosen pieces of hair to look like there is double the hair in the braid. 

Pancake the braid all of the way down the braid. This is really just trial and error to figure out how you like your braid to look.

Use 2-3 bobby pins to secure the braid just behind your ear. Try to push the bobby pins up from the bottom of your braid into your braid so that they hide and still secure the hair.

If you left out any hair in front of the braid, you might want to tease it a little to add volume. Tease the crown of your hair and the other side at the roots as well. Now that your braid is done, you want the rest of your dirty hair to look finished.

You can put a little wax on your fingers or use spray wax to give the rest of your hair some body and smoothness. Use a round brush or comb to lightly smooth your hair to give it a finished look. You could also grab your flat iron and add some curls or waves to the rest of your hair. There are so many variations you could do with this style. 

And that's it. A face framing side Dutch braid for a long pixie or bob. If you have any more questions about Dutch braids, Abby has this great video tutorial. Let me know if you have questions for me in the comments. And happy braiding!

Sunday Style- Knit Maternity Dress and Off White Ankle Boots

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DRESS- Stitch Fix Maternity // SHOES- Thrifted (Target) // BAG- Freshly Picked // LEATHER EARRINGS- Nickel & Suede (Smooth Putty- large) // CUFF- Nickel & Suede // BANGLE- Wrenn Jewelry // WATCH- Jord Wood Watches // SUNNIES- J Crew Factory

Happy Father's Day! I don't think many men read OLM, so I hope you mommas have a great day spoiling your dads and husbands. We are heading to church this morning and will be celebrating my Dad and Soren later today. And there is so much to celebrate!

My Dad is one of the most thoughtful and talented men I know. He goes out of his way to help so many people and truly loves and serves everyone he meets. He is such a great example to me of putting God first in his life, working hard and sharing his talents with others. I'm so grateful for his help, his love and his influence on my life. 

And I couldn't post today and not also say Happy Father's Day to Soren. Soren is an amazing Dad and the kind of man who truly cares about his kids and who they become. He teaches our boys so many things- from how to be a good brother to how to try hard things. I'm so grateful to have married someone who loves babies and toddlers and big kids too. I wouldn't want to be raising kids with anyone else!

What do you love most about your Dad or spouse?

One Year Later- Let's Celebrate!


Can you believe it's been one year?? One year ago today we launched Nickel and Suede and what a year it's has been. What started as a side interest for me has bloomed into a business that supports our family. Last July I posted a little about our crazy and exciting launch day. Who could have know then what that sequence of events would start?! 

I've loved (almost) every crazy minute of this last year. From Soren and I learning to work together from home and  pushing everyday to make our products even better to building a brand and relationships with so many amazing customers. We've sold over 10,000 pairs of leather earrings since we launched our site and have loved being a part of so many women's lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing us, supporting us, putting up with changes this last year and for cheering us on. 

We can't think of a better way to celebrate our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY than with a new earring style!!?? Introducing the Accent Leather Earring. This gorgeous new shape comes in N&S Signature Silver and Signature Gold and in two sizes: medium and large. This lightweight leather earring has been in the works for some time now and we've worked hard to get it PERFECT. You will simply adore dressing it up or down. 

AND today through Sunday get free shipping off of your Nickel & Suede order with code: HAPPYBIRTHDAY

A year ago we launched with a $25 N&S credit giveaway- and let's just say we can do you one better today. We are giving away a $300 credit to Nickel and Suede to buy all of the leather earrings, leather cuffs and other Nickel & Suede accessories on your wishlist. 


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June Beauty Favorites

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I've tried a few new products this month that I wanted to share with you. And I love them all!
1. Covergirl Super Sizer Lashblast Mascara- I do love my 3D Fiber mascara, but for drugstore mascara- this is my new favorite. I've been a long time Lashblast fan and this updated version is even better. I love the volume and the length that this mascara gives. 

2. butter LONDON Wink Eye Pencil, Union Jack Black- This is a fabulous creamy black liner. It goes on super smooth and dark. Be sure to use an eyelid primer with it, but you will love this black liner.

3. Covergirl Intensify Me Liquid Liner- I think everyone struggles with liquid liner but this one fixes it all for you. It has a paddle shaped applicator which makes it super easy to make a thick or thin line. 

4. Maskcara HAC Pack- This one isn't new- but its definitely still my favorite makeup in my kit. I recently traveled and this compact stayed with me in my purse the entire time. It was the perfect for makeup and touch ups all day long. If you haven't tried this highlighting and compact set- I can't say enough about it. 

And speaking of Maskcara- I've also got a great giveaway today from Maskcara and Ruby Claire Boutique. I met the ladies of Ruby Claire at ALT last week and am excited to be working with them. Today they celebrating their new Maskcara collection and giving away three $100 credits to their boutique. Enter below and good luck!

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What products are you loving this month? Any recommendations for me?