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DIY Watercolor Manicure

It’s always fantastic to add fabulous flash to your wrists and digits with gorgeous bracelets and rings, but if you want to further customize your look, manis are the way to go! Here at HeirloomFinds.com, we’ve been perusing runway nail art trends and have discovered that watercolor nails are in for spring. We seized the opportunity to visit our local beauty supply store and gather the tools necessary to craft such a unique look.

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Spring marks the perfect occasion for rocking sweet watercolor manis.

Although the artistic nature of watercolor manis allows you to choose whatever palette you like, we decided that a mélange of springtime pastels would be the perfect selection for celebrating the return of warm weather.

What You Need

Gather the supplies you need to get this great manicure!

What You’ll Need:

  • Clear base coat
  • Clear top coat
  • One base color. We chose “Paper Mâche” by Finger Paints.
  • Three or more nail polishes. After some deliberation, we decided on “Can’t Find My Czechbook,” “Hawaiian Orchid” and “Do You Lilac It?” by OPI.
  • Pure acetone
  • Small mixing cups
  • One pipette
  • One or more small nail art brushes
  • One small cleanup brush
Base Coat of White

We chose a white nail polish as the backdrop for our pastel manis.

Step One: Apply your base coat and let dry. Then apply one to two coats of your chosen base color.

Mixing Your Colors

Combining a drop of polish with pure acetone dilutes the color for a great watercolor effect.

Step Two: Use the pipette to place four drops of pure acetone into a small mixing cup, then add one large drop of your first nail polish color. Stir until the mixture is well combined. Repeat for your remaining nail polish colors.

Third Color

Start dabbing on nail polish. You’re the artist!

Step Three: After making sure your base color is dry, begin using a small nail art brush to dab splotches of color onto your nails. Since you’re the watercolor artist here, you may be as random or careful as you like. We decided we wanted our colors to have a mottled overlapping effect. Continue until your nails are completed to your liking. Also, you have the option of diffusing the painted splotches by gently going over them with pure acetone.

Touchups

Touch up your newly painted nails to get that professional look.

Step Four: Remove any excess polish around your nails using the small cleanup brush and pure acetone. Once everything’s dry, apply the clear top coat.

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Look at those pretty pastel nails and gorgeous accessories!

Voilà! You have a watercolor manicure that’s perfectly on-trend for spring and totally one of a kind! Now all you need is to do is layer on some ring stacks and bangles before going out to enjoy the sunshine. Have fun showing off your fresh springtime look!

by Sarah Clark

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Jewelry Wardrobe Basics

Every jewelry collection needs some basic go-to essentials that easily add polished flair to a range of ensembles. Wearing versatile accessories that are timelessly classy yet perfectly on-trend is a foolproof approach to looking your best in any wardrobe situation. Here at HeirloomFinds.com, we’ve assembled a selection of the basic pieces you need in both gold and silver tone, allowing you to customize your lineup to create an ideal jewelry wheelhouse to fit your fashion requirements.

Rings

We’ve curated a collection of jewelry essentials that are gorgeously versatile. These ring stacks are a must-have!

First and foremost, you have to be sure that your necklace makes an unforgettable statement wherever it’s worn. A glistening crystal collar adds the perfect amount of glitz to both formal gowns and your boardroom best. If you’re going for a more laid-back look, a long tassel necklace lends you flattering runway flair without becoming too overbearing. After you’ve picked a necklace, layer on a gold or silver tone ring stack to achieve optimal flash for your digits!

Gold Necklace

This gold tone crystal necklace has on-trend appeal and a timeless vibe.

Silver Necklace

Pair this silver tone crystal tassel necklace with a moto jacket for an edgier look.

Statement Necklace

These crystal collar statement necklaces will add fabulous glitz to dressier outfits.

Dependably gorgeous earrings are always great for pulling an outfit together. Chic love knot stud earrings are the way to go for everyday. For date night or a special occasion that requires some extra glamour, pick an eye-catching pair of statement earrings. A classic combination of crystals and faux pearls will lend a touch of elegance that’s perfectly on point for dressier attire.

Gold Studs

These classic love knot earrings’ gold tone shine is nothing short of beautiful.

Silver Studs

The same studs in silver tone are equally stunning!

Statement Earrings

Elegant glamour is within your reach with these chic statement earrings.

Don’t forget the bracelets! If you need a basic bangle with trendy appeal, wire charm bracelets boasting sparkling pave crystal dangles are an exemplary option for your casual and office go-to jewelry lineup. Alternatively, a multi-strand spring coil bracelet will add the right amount of edginess to a wide range of ensembles with its updated take the usual arm party.

Gold Bracelet and Ring

The pave crystals on this gold tone wire bangle add fantastic flash.

Silver Bracelet and Ring

This silver tone bracelet and ring stack make the perfect go-to combo!

Spring Coil Bracelets

Get instant arm party glamour with these spring coil bracelets.

One of the best parts of curating your own versatile collection of basic jewelry pieces is taking the guesswork out of accessorizing every outfit in your wardrobe. You can easily grab these jewelry essentials in a hurry to quickly accessorize any ensemble without appearing too rushed. In fact, planning ahead has never looked more fabulous!

by Sarah Clark

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Colcannon for Spring: A New Twist on an Irish Classic

Come March 17, everyone seems to break out their green clothes and trot home from the grocer’s with a corned beef brisket and a six-pack of Guinness. Boiled carrots, boiled potatoes, boiled cabbage, boiled beef…for a celebration of an emerald land, it’s a bit on the drab side.

Today’s Irish cuisine is far more ingredient-driven and tuned into freshness and seasonality than our limited stateside St. Patrick’s Day dinner repertoire might suggest. So I don’t feel guilty at all about tinkering with the classic dish of colcannon potatoes to make it a little brighter and more colorful.

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The cabbage that gives this traditional Irish dish its name.

Colcannon (named after the Irish cál ceannann, meaning “white-headed cabbage”) is made up of mashed potatoes and cabbage, though kale and/or leeks or scallions may make an appearance, too. It’s comfort food at its most comforting – especially when it’s made without skimping on the dairy richness of butter and milk (I prefer whole-fat, though cream won’t hurt, either). A friend of mine even sneaks bacon in there, though some might consider that anathema.

Colcannon in its most straightforward of forms is not visual poetry; it’s pale and shapeless. I like to jazz it up with green scallions for color and flavor (a nod to colcannon’s mashed-potatoes-and-scallions cousin, champ), but I sneak in some lemon zest and fresh dill, too, for added springy zip. It’s not a textbook colcannon, no, but it’s good enough to make a deliciously simple meal. For a bigger production, serve this with a broiled salmon fillet (another very Irish food we tend to forget about)…or, yes, even a few fatty, pink slices of corned beef.

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These are the basic ingredients required to make one tasty St. Patrick’s Day dish.

Springy Colcannon Potatoes

Serves 4 to 6

The classic colcannon recipe calls for boiling the cabbage along with the potatoes, but I prefer to sauté the cabbage first–it develops the flavor more, keeps the cabbage’s texture more intact and results in a final dish that’s not as blah-homogenous. If you happen to live around Appalachia and want to tip your chef’s hat to the region’s rich Irish heritage, substituting locally grown ramps for more traditional scallions is a great option for customizing your cuisine.

4 to 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced crosswise
6 cups chopped cabbage (about ½ medium head)
1 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, or any boiling potatoes (about 6 medium), scrubbed
up to 1 cup milk, preferably whole fat
¼ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, optional
up to ¼ cup chopped fresh dill, optional
salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the white part of the scallions and cook for about one minute, then add the cabbage and cook, stirring frequently, until the cabbage is soft but not browned (turn the heat down gradually, if needed). This might take up to ten minutes. Add the green tops of the scallions, season generously with salt and pepper, then set aside.

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Cook the cabbage until it’s soft, but avoid browning it.

Meanwhile, peel the potatoes (if you must; I prefer to leave their skins on for a more rustic dish) and cut them into 2-inch chunks. Put them in a 2-quart saucepan , cover with cold water and add a few fat pinches of salt. Cover with the lid, bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook the potatoes until a chunk can be easily be pierced with a fork (you don’t want them to get too mushy).

Drain the potatoes, return them to the saucepan, and mash them with a potato masher or a sturdy wooden spoon. Add as much of the milk as it takes to make the potatoes creamy and not stiff, but not mushy, either. Add up to 4 more tablespoons of butter if you want to throw caution to the wind.

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Garnish, serve and enjoy. Sláinte mhaith!

Add the cooked cabbage and scallions to the mashed potatoes; stir to combine. Add the lemon zest and dill, if using, and taste to check for seasoning (I find potatoes need quite a bit of salt for maximum yumminess). Colcannon will keep for up to five days covered in the refrigerator.

by Sara Bir

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Styling Seventies Pendants

Vintage pendant necklaces: anything but humble, these versatile baubles are rife with styling options that will keep your look fresh and fabulously on-trend. Everything old becomes new again, and here at HeirloomFinds.com we’ve been keeping our eyes out for runway trends that undeniably borrow from classic throwback glamour. What we’ve found is that statement pendants are definitely the baubles to rock for Spring 2015. And so without further ado, we’re proud to show off our newly launched line of 1970’s pendant necklaces with stunning styling options.

Black turtleneck pendants

These vintage necklaces’ geometric pendants make them perfect for pairing with a black turtleneck sweater.

Although the flared slacks and popping psychedelic prints we’ve seen on the runway might make great companions for necklaces like these, you needn’t completely refurbish your wardrobe with updated takes on retro threads to achieve an amazing throwback look. Instead, simply sport one of these grand accessories solo over a timelessly stylish black turtleneck for a swinging look that will last all season long. Their warm metallic tones and geometric designs will stand out perfectly from a dark subtle background.

White t-shirt pendants

These necklace’s unique designs are perfect for styling over a chic white tee.

Would you prefer a comfier look that’s perfect for enjoying some warm springtime weather? Try styling a vintage pendant necklace with a slouchy white tee as an extraordinary update to your basic weekend casual. Simply slip one of these perky pendants’ chains to effortlessly and instantly become a groovy throwback fashionista!

Pottery Pendant

This floral pottery pendant adds instant boho appeal to a comfy V-neck.

We’re so excited about the prevalence of fashion inspired by 1970’s styles on the runway today. It allows us delve into our treasure troves of vintage jewelry and couture to resurrect retro looks and add our own brand of fresh contemporary flair! According to Harper’s Bazaar, “The pendant necklace is coming out swinging for Spring ’15—taking over the statement market and changing the game for updating your basics.” So whether you love the tailored look of old estate jewelry or adore unique artifacts with a bohemian vibe, 1970’s pendant necklaces are positively ideal for achieving an on-trend look spiced up with vintage glam.

by Sarah Clark

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