Pretty Polished Summer


Summer nail colors should be bright, fun and colorful! This is not the time for sweet pastels or vampy, dark polishes. There’s just something so wonderful about dipping your pink polished toes into the ocean or complimenting your newly acquired tan with a crisp, white manicure.




Essie’s Blanc is a vibrant, true white that goes perfectly with a tan and a cute summer sandal. I love this color because it’s summery and bright but it also looks very clean and polished ~ pun intended 😉 ~ This Essie polish is also great because unlike a lot of white polishes, it’s not streaky. Two coats and a thick glossy top coat and you’re sweet, summertime perfection.




A lot of us have to work during the summer (LAME) and it can be very, very depressing to be stuck inside all day but do not fret my darlings, I have a solution! Try this Sinful Colors polish in Island Coral. It’s a fun, happy color but in a way that is more toned down than many of summer’s neon brights so it’s perfect for the office (or you know, the BEACH). It’s peachy pink color is a fun way to celebrate the season without being too over the top and if that doesn’t make you happy, the fact that it’s only $1.99 at drugstores will.


Now this is my favorite summer color- bright, happy pink! I’m usually not much of a pink girl but there’s just something about a vibrant pink manicure in the summer that makes me so happy. This one by Spoiled (available at CVS) is also a steal at just $1.99 and is a festive accompaniment to a summer pool party, outdoor BBQ or a long lunch with friends. (I also really love the name of this color “Tip Your Waitress”)

What are your favorite summer nail colors? Let me know in the comments below!

And check out my YouTube channel, MissVranHalen for my Sweat Proof Summer makeup look and my best summer vacation packing tips.



Norwegian Waffles

tumblr_inline_mqiofpRpdq1qz4rgpNorwegian waffles, or vaffler as they’re called, have always been a staple in my house. Growing up, my Grandma would make these waffles every Sunday and invite her friends over for coffee and vaffler.

When my sister and I were little, we referred to these guests as the “Waffle People” and every Sunday morning our home was filled with Waffle People and the scent of fresh waffles.

Vaffler are quite different than American waffles. They are softer, and a bit fluffier than the American and Belgian styles. Instead of butter and syrup, Norwegian waffles are served with sour cream and strawberry preserves (It has to be preserves, not jam and never jelly. It’s just one of those things.) My favorite destinction is that these waffles are flavored with Cardamon instead of the more commonly used vanilla extract, giving them an incredible flavor and aroma that wafts through the entire house, persuading everyone out of bed and into the kitchen. Continue reading

This Is Where I Leave You Review

There are few things in life more wonderful than sitting on a warm beach with a good book, a cold drink and nowhere to be.

I just finished reading This is Where I Leave You on a recent beach vacation and LOVED it. And in the off chance that all caps was too subtle, allow me to clarify, I LOVED IT.

In a nutshell, it is about a family of grown children and their mother (reluctantly) sitting shiva after the death of their father. It follows one of the sons, Judd, and we see the ins and outs of love and family in a way that is frank, honest, cynical and full of heart.

This was the kind of book you read slowly for fear it will end too soon. Jonathan Tropper is one of those writers who has the ability to make you laugh, cry, question everything you know about and love, and remind you that you are not alone all in a single page. 300+ pages later, you are left with the feeling of having been a part of these people’s lives, and more, their family. Their weird, dysfunctional, loving, messed up and oddly familiar family.

I highly recommend picking up This is Where I Leave You this summer! If you do, let me know what you think of it in the comments below. Also, let me know if there are any books you think I should check out 🙂

** I wouldn’t suggest this book for people under college age, not because it’s a difficult read but because it is rather adult pertaining to both sex and life experience as a whole. 20s and up, I’d say. 

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Beat the Heat Summer Fashion

My boyfriend and I recently went on vacation to New England and were met by beautiful Colonial style beach houses, out of this world lobster rolls, and…a heat wave. Which, actually, wasn’t horrible because being an East Coast girl myself, I anticipated (at the very least) humidity and packed very light layers. Below are three outfits I wore on vacation that allowed me to be comfortable and stylish despite off the chart temperatures.

Classic summer ~ Striped cotton tee, comfy denim cut offs, and the ever-classic aviators. Pair with a chunky watch and some cute flip flops. Easy, breezy, cool.


Statement Tribal ~ Summer style should be effortless, a sundress and sandals and you’re good to go. I really like that this dress can be worn in a variety of ways (with a skinny belt and cage sandals, black pumps and a cute evening clutch or as a bikini cover up). I also love the way the black and white adds a classic touch to the cool, tribal print.


Captivating Coral ~ Coral is my favorite summer color. Lipstick, nail polish, clothes, accessories….you name it, I want it in coral. I think it looks good on pretty much everyone and is the perfect compliment to a suntan. This dress from Target is not only my favorite color but it is also very light and airy, which is perfect for the sometimes sweltering heat of summer. I really like that it’s form fitted at the top but has a bit of elastic in the back so it’s not constricting at all. Pair this dress with some really girly accessories like a matching flower ring and some pretty sandals and you have the perfect summer date look.



Watch this video for more of my summer essentials and my vacation packing tips


Forever21 V-neck Tee

Target Black and White Sundress

Target Coral Dress

What are some of your favorite outfits for summer? Let me know in the comments below 🙂