IT’S HERE! The Trailer For Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2!

I will proudly state that I am literally almost in tears over the brand new trailer for the last installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2. I cannot explain how excited I am for this movie to come out.

We have waited for so long for this moment. 10 years, 7 books, and 7 movies so far. I am a firm believer that splitting The Deathly Hallows into two parts was one of the best decisions the movie producers could have made. While I have heard, and can already see, that there are some differences in the biggest and final scene, I am still beyond excited to see this movie. But as much as I’m anticipating the release, I also don’t want it to come out — Harry Potter has been something I have loved and looked forward to for such a long time.

Since I began reading the books when I was only 13 years old (!!!!), I have been completely obsessed with this series. Nothing else I have ever read has consumed me in this way. When I read the books, I become so into them that I can hardly think of anything else. And while I love the books so much more, the movies are also really good. I will literally be in tears the entire time I watch this last movie. I can’t stand to think that there are no more books or movies to look forward to!

Anyway, here’s the reason you’re reading this. The trailer for the best movie of the year:


Obsession of the Day: Essie’s ‘Lapis of Luxury’

Lately I have found myself obsessed with my nails. I’ve always loved getting my nails done, or (attempting) to do them myself — when I was younger, I had a huge collection of almost every different color of nail polish a girl could want. But over the years, the busy-ness of school, work, and social obligations have taken priority. For a long time, I only got manicures a few times during the summer, or when they were absolutely necessary, like before a wedding or a party.

But I recently discovered that a simple manicure only costs $6 at my salon of choice, and that is wonderfully cheap for a small indulgence. So, I’ve been getting a manicure every week, and I must admit, it’s great to look at my nails when they’re perfectly filed, trimmed, and polished.

So where am I going with this? I’ve been experimenting with different colors, but a few weeks ago, I finally found one color that I simply cannot do without.

From Essie’s resort collection, ‘Lapis of Luxury’ has become my all-time favorite color for spring. It may look a little drab in the bottle, but on your nails it is shiny and the most perfect color blue. It’s almost more of a lavender-ish/blue, actually. It’s just a different color than what you normally see on nails, and I absolutely love it. I’ve already gotten three manicures in a row with this color, and I get compliments from everyone.

Not to mention that it has great staying power. Essie and O.P.I. have always been my my nail polish brands of choice, but Essie is slowly creeping ahead of O.P.I. I got a manicure exactly a week ago with this color, and until yesterday, the polish was barely chipped, despite lots of showers and cooking.

So if you’re looking for a beautiful and perfect spring nail polish color, Lapis of Luxury is the best choice! I might even get it a fourth time…

Shoes I Need, Part 1

Summertime brings with it so many new and exciting fashion choices. While we are forced to hide our fabulous outfits under heavy coats and weather-friendly rain/snow boots during the winter, during the summer we can proudly show our fashion sense off to the world as we walk down the streets. It’s a time for adorable cropped tops and tiny shorts, cute dresses and skirts of all sorts. It’s also a time for new shoes.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love boots – knee-high boots, high-heeled booties, furry boots that are perfect for the cold – they’re all drool-worthy. But I REALLY love summer shoes. From flip-flops to gladiator sandals to wedges to open-toe pumps, the possibilities are endless. And the best part of it is, I don’t have to worry about stepping in a puddle of dirty slush or ice cold snow.

When I was bored the other night, I started browsing the Steve Madden website. Bad idea. I have a huge thing for floral prints this season, and I absolutely love the look on shoes. Here are several shoes that I absolutely need for the spring and summer season:

Steve Madden WILDD wedges, for $149.95

Too precious for words.

Steve Madden BEVV suede pumps in Royal Blue, for $89.95

Although suede isn’t normally considered a warm weather material, I can’t get over how much I love the color of these blue pumps. They’re so bright and fun that I can still see myself wearing them during the summer and kind of getting away with suede factor. Also, because they’re suede, they’re perfectly appropriate for fall and winter. They would just add a nice pop of color to any outfit.

Steve Madden Karmenaf platforms, for $129.95

I am so in love with these platform shoes. I love the print and the color and the fact that they will make me nice and tall.

Steve Madden Cynthea espadrilles, for $129.95

Is there a more perfect shoe for summer than espadrilles? I think not. These would go with almost anything, and the print adds an adorable component.

Kate Upton for Guess

I have always been a big fan of Guess ads. Unlike most fashion ad campaigns, Guess doesn’t use stick-skinny models wearing an assortment of clothes with odd hair and makeup — the brand chooses gorgeous models with perfectly enviable curves. The ads are usually reminiscent of old glamour complete with big hair, red lips, large sunglasses, and beautiful dotting male models.

Kate Upton’s new Guess Spring 2011 photos for both the accessories and lingerie lines are no exception. The blonde bombshell looks classy yet sexy dressed in pin-up girl styles, her hair set in large, loose curls. The ads are both fun and full of sex appeal. They’re inspiring to me — I find myself wanting to hang all of these on my walls to look at while I pick my outfit for the day.