Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bad Habits

Dress worn as a top: c/o Lulu*s; Skirt: H&M (similar splurge, similar save); Heels: c/o Lulu*s; Necklace: c/o Style Lately

I won't plague you with my trying-to-go-buy-an-engagement-ring-saga except to tell you that we still haven't gone shopping due to inclement weather and pesky medical school exams (darn you, Ben!). But it did bring up another, more interesting topic when I was brainstorming blog posts today... bad habits.

I am a nail biter - obvious to anyone that's around me, known me, or seen pictures of my terrible stubby nails. I think it's primarily because I'm an anxious person and always need to be fidgeting about something. Much to the detriment of my fingers and my teeth, my anxiety took the form of nail biting from a really early age. I've stopped for very brief periods of time and grown out my nails, but it never lasts. I actually now dislike the feeling of a nail growing long. What's wrong with me?!

I'm currently on a three-week no-nail biting period of success. Woohoo! I stopped biting them about the time Ben proposed so that I could show people my ring/go shopping for a ring without subjecting friends, instagram, and salespeople with my hideous nails! And if there is anything to encourage some pretty nails, it's a diamond. I painted my nails yesterday again (I need to keep them painted and pristine to keep from gnawing them off in a fit of joy anxiety) and they look so lovely in bright red.

Here's to trying to kick bad habits, as hard as they may be to boot out the door, and for all those that celebrate the many variations of February 14th, happiest Valentine's, Pal-entine's (for friends!), Gal-entine's (for lady besties), and Single's Awareness Day!


  1. happy valentine's day!!
    and congrats on the 3 week no nail biting :) im trying hard too!!!

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  2. You'll get to the ring, no rush! Well done on the nails - I am an on-off nailbiter, have an okay length at the moment, but a night of anxiety and they're done for!

    I just love this outfit, and how clever to wear the dress as a blouse - I need to do that more in the winter, it would make my wardrobe go a lot further.

    Just beautiful! P x

  3. Such a cute and feminine top! Love the floral detail :)


  4. Gorgeous outfit! I love it!
    -Alex of

  5. Love the floral top!!

    Madison Martine

  6. You look lovely, your blouse is stunning!:) X

  7. love your top! and good luck with the nail biting/ring shopping. after we got engaged, I painted my nails before I posted an instagram photo of my ring ha.
    -- jackie - jade and oak

  8. I'm right there with you with the nail biting, but I also pick at my cuticles and it's the worst! I try and get manis regularly so that there's nothing to pick at.

    Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache

  9. Love that blouse! I quit biting my nails a couple of years ago and it was tough! keep on! Although now i bite my cheeks, which is a worse habit I think :/


  10. Oh gosh... Love this! Would never have known it was dress as a top! I SO have to start trying that! The print is fabulous! Love it!

    xo, Kenya

  11. Gorgeous work style…perfect for winter!
    But can I just say how much I have loved your photos and words about Portland's winter thus far!? I miss it there so much…and I kinda love that the city grinds to a halt whenever snow is in the forecast. My favorite thing to do when I lived there was to sit out on my covered balcony in the South Waterfront area with a glass of wine and just watch people try to drive. Sounds bad but it was free entertainment :)
    Anyway, happy Valentines to you two!
    xo - Marion

  12. This look is gorgeous! I'm loving that floral top!

    xo, Nina

  13. That type of florals are soooo cute! By the way, I just posted an exclusive post FRONT ROW view of ALEXANDER WANG'S FW14 RUNWAY! Literally shot and sat next to ANNA WINTOUR, you wouldn't even believe it if you saw it, guaranteed to #PROVOKE!


  14. Love this outfit! Great idea for a dress worn as a top.
    xo, Connie

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  16. Omg I neeeed that shirt/dres!! LOVE! Happy Valentine's Day :)

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  17. love the top and necklace combination.

  18. I love the design of the dress/top, it's beautiful!


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