30 Jun 2023

Mimi Takes Five - #255

ONE // Red Manicure
I have been following the Manucurist nail polish brand for years now and have always wanted to try their formula. Lucky for me, their Poppy Red colour with cuticle oil was on offer during this month's Ipsy subscription. I've never added a product so fast! I'm happy to report this brand lives up to the hype! The red is a perfect summer red with orange undertones, which means it goes great with a tan and a bold red summer lip. I put on two coats (usual) without a top coat and it has held up beautifully for a week now. Even without a top coat it has a nice sheen and I noticed it dried quite quickly too, which is always a plus. As for the cuticle oil, this stuff is miraculous. My nail beds had been looking rough since our vacation and one application of the oil cleared everything up. I'm a fan and will not hesitate to get more Manucurist shades!

TWO // Red Scalloped Swimsuit
We had made last-minute plans to go to the cottage for the Canada Day long weekend. While packing, I came across this one-piece red scalloped swimsuit I forgot I had. I remember buying this on major clearance during the off season. If I recall correctly, I got it mid-winter. Clearly, I had stashed it away and completely forgot about it for a few years... Well, I brought it with me this weekend and it will finally be seeing the light of day, ha ha! Besides, a red swimsuit for Canada Day is totally on theme; all's well that ends well.

THREE // Nap Dress Expansion
I'm branching out and expanding my horizons with some new-to-me Nap Dress silhouettes. While I live Ellie and Nesli, I fell in love with a print during the last launch. I loved the print so much I finally decided to take the plunge and try two different silhouettes. This was a bit of a gamble as I had no clue of the sizing and fits of these dresses. But I did my due diligence and ended up selected the right size. I had been eyeing the Sabrina for a while, but was weary of the deep plunge and lack of smocking (making the fit less forgiving), but I am a convert! I love the way Sabrina fits and looks! It's perfection in the blue basketweave and I am delighted with it! I am considering adding an extra hook and eye closure for a smidge more modesty, but am undecided as of yet. 

The next one I got was the Juliana in beige basketweave. For the record, the print in this specific colourway is what I fell for, for obvious reasons. It's my entire summer aesthetic in a print. The print is gorgeous and the entire dress is lined, which I appreciate. The straps are elastic, making them well fitted, I just wished they were a bit wider so the straps don't twist on me. I like the smocked back for a well-fitted bodice, but I find the zipper to be too long and it makes the back bunch a bit. I have a long torso and find it long, so it's probably really long for the average person. Hopefully, this is something that is tweaked for the next iteration of this dress. This was a brand new silhouette, so the fit could use a bit of adjusting. These things are minor, so I'm still keeping the dress. So pleased with myself for taking a chance (and things working out!)

FOUR // Eye Exam
Well, it's been two years since my last eye exam, so I went for my regular check up this week. I was born with a strabismus, so have been seeing eye specialists my entire life. As far as doctors go, this one is easy to go to and is non-invasive. Either way, I'm very familiar with this particular medical exam. All is well and my eyes look good. Always a relief when things are in order. I realize I might have issues down the line, so staying on top of it is essential for me. I've also decided to just get my lenses updated with my new prescription rather than replace my frames because I still like them. Keeping things simple.

FIVE // Raffia Block Heel Sandals
I had been searching high and low for years to find just the right raffia sandals. My love of all things straw/raffia runs deep this time of year and has been ongoing for years at this point. I could not resist the idea of a perfect neutral woven finish sandals that would pair with literally all of my summer outfits. The trick was finding jus the right pair. My patience paid off this year because I snagged these block heel beauties at J. Crew Factory (on sale, no less!) I'm a big fan of block heels for their sturdiness, comfort and classic look. I'm also partial to ankle straps to keep my foot from sliding out of the sandal. The simple design of this particular pair makes them timeless and I plan on wearing them for many summers to come!

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