BARRY M. TAKES AMERICA.

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barry m 2But not really. A more appropriate title would’ve been Barry M. Takes Succhisimples(.), but that somehow doesn’t seem as eye-catching. And yet succhisimples HQ (look at me, getting all official and such) is USA-based, so here we are. A lovely friend of mine from London was kind enough to bring these back for me from her recent trip, and of course I was over the moon when she landed with these beauties in her suitcase. This is no exaggeration-maybe just a little bit-I was more excited about four nail polishes than any human being should be. But can you blame me? Those colors. I’ve got the shades (L-R in top photo) Blueberry, which I’m also sporting on my nails in the second photo, a stunning periwinkle shade, Mango (true orange), Kiwi (blue-toned green), and Guava (bright teal with a hint of yellow/green). The formula of these surpassed all expectations: they’re everything we here on American shores could hope for-judging from the extreme hype surrounding them on the blogosphere-and much, much more.  Opaque in a single coat, glossy, true gel-shine like you’ve never seen it before outside of the salon. Don’t even get me started on the lasting power: I wore the shade Mango on my toenails for two straight weeks without a single chip (this includes many, many beach days). These outperform even some of my high-end polishes in the succhisimples stash (Chanel, anyone?) for a fraction of the price. Bottom line: Barry M., America needs you.

WHAT I’M WEARING: SPOTTED.

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“Good Morning Upper East Siders. Gossip Girl here. And I have the biggest news ever. Spotted: Lonely boy, shoe-less and clueless.”

Oh, how I do miss GG. I’m sure there’s a few of you reading this thinking the exact same thing. Give me New York, a killer wardrobe, and Chuck Bass any day over reality. But, for those of us still struggling to find our own way to the Upper East Side, we have to get our “Spotted” news elsewhere. And so, God created the spotted pant.

Yes. I wore polka dots. I picked these up on a trip to Manhattan’s H&M a few years back, but pushed them to the back of my closet, because come on. No one wants to look like they’ve just skinned a dalmatian. But. The other day I’m staring into my closet, trying to figure out an outfit, when these peek out from a pile of clothes on a rack, and I must say, I’ve has a change of heart . Yes, they’re absolutely outspoken and scary, but they have this cool artsy sense about them, something street-chic and completely spontaneous. Paired with a bright peach bag and black tee, also from the fashion house, and my trusty Prada flats, I think I’m in love.

Thoughts? Love it, hate it? What’s the last statement piece you sported? Drop me a comment below :)

WOMT #1: ESSIE LAPIS OF LUXURY

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Oh, I do love a good pastel blue. This one is no exception, but it’s a bit of a twist on your classic sky-blue, with more periwinkle and purple-ish undertones. While the shade IS gorgeous, the formula is kind of funny compared to your usual creamy, milky pastel polish, since this one’s really sheer. Here, I had to layer on three coats to get full opacity, but a white base might help.  All in all, a gorgeous spring and summer shade if you’re willing to put in extra work. While this was from a resort collection a few years’ back, you can get it here.