1. DO NOT SCRAP OFF NAIL POLISH Scraping off the polish from your nail is the worst nail habit out there. It ruins the texture of the nail, removes its healthy, protective layer and makes your nails excessively dry. 2. MAINTAIN HYGIENE Clean and trim your nails at home regularly and sanitize the manicure tools before and after each use. While cutting your nails, trim them straight across and then around the tips to form a curve, this prevents the dirt from getting pushed into the skin. 3. USE GOOD QUALITY PRODUCTS Do not use nail products that can harm


I Saw Criminal Justice 2 After All The Hype & It’s Way Better Than I Imagined

I know I am late to the party but I just had to talk about the Disney+Hotstar web series #CriminalJustice2 , Behind Closed Doors starring #PankajTripathi and #KirtiKulhari . The series which is based on the BBC Series with the same name has led to many polarising reactions. I hope you like the Criminal Justice 2 Review & Analysis.



If You Liked Tandav On Amazon Prime Video, Here’s 5 Other Political Dramas You May Enjoy

Here’s our list of five films and series set in the world of politics which you might want to dive into next if you enjoyed Tandav. The post If You Liked Tandav On Amazon Prime Video, Here’s 5 Other Political Dramas You May Enjoy appeared first on Film Companion.
Anupama Chopra . January 10, 2021

Financial pitfalls and controversial Moghul history force Karan Johar to shelve Ranveer Singh-Alia Bhatt starrer Takht – Bollywood Hungama

With the announcement of his new directorial Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, Karan Johar’s long-in-the-pipeline project Takht is finally a thing of the past. In fact, two of the actors from Takht Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh are now part of the new Karan Johar directorial which is a zany comic take on love and romance.A friend of Karan Johar explains why the producer-directed “exchanged” Takht with Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani; “Takht made no sense in the present context. It was meant to be an expensive historical costume drama, a collaboration between Karan Johar’s Dharma Production and Fox-Star. But Fox-star folded up and its replacement Disney+ Hotstar has been re-examining its long-standing relationship with Dharma Productions. Takht was no longer getting Fox-Star/Disney+ Hotstar collaboration. Also, it was based on rather controversial Moghul history. Besides this, given the financial pitfalls Karan Johar has decided to shelve Takht and do a light-hearted romantic family film.”We hope this change of subject and mood brings Dharma Production back on its feet.Also Read: Karan Johar tried to sabotage Alia Bhatt’s casting in Kapoor & Sons; here’s why More Pages: Takht Box Office CollectionBOLLYWOOD NEWSCatch us for latest Bollywood News, New Bollywood Movies update, Box office collection, New Movies Release , Bollywood News Hindi, Entertainment News, Bollywood News Today & upcoming movies 2020 and stay updated with latest hindi movies only on Bollywood Hungama.


Inside Pics & Videos: Newlyweds Rahul Vaidya-Disha Parmar enthrall with dance performances; Aly Goni, Jasmin Bhasin among others enjoy after-party – Bollywood Hungama

Indian singer Rahul Vaidya and Television actress Disha Parmar got married two days ago in a starry affair. The couple, who went public with their relationship during Vaidya’s stint in Bigg Boss 14, had a grand wedding with multiple celebrities in attendance on several occasions.After the wedding ceremony and reception, the couple hosted an after-party that saw the attendance of Rashami Desai, Vikas Gupta, Rakhi Sawant, Eijaz Khan, Pavitra Punia, Vindu Dara Singh, Aly Goni, and Jasmin Bhasin. The newlyweds performed on several songs including ‘Tenu Leke’, ‘Bole Chudiyaan’, ‘Bahara’, ‘Ruk Ja’ among others. Aly Goni enthralled the audience with ‘Malhari’ performance. The guests burnt the dance floor.Take a look:Singers Udit Narayan, Mika Singh, and Daler Mehendi were guests stars who made the guests go wild with their performances.ALSO READ: Rahul Vaidya keeps it sharp in black and white suit, Disha Parmar dons shimmery sareer from Dolly J studio for their wedding receptionTags : After Party, Aly Goni, Disha Parmar, Features, Jasmin Bhasin, Marriage, Rahul Vaidya, Television, The Dishul Wedding, TV, WeddingBOLLYWOOD NEWSCatch us for latest Bollywood News, New Bollywood Movies update, Box office collection, New Movies Release , Bollywood News Hindi, Entertainment News, Bollywood News Today & upcoming movies 2020 and stay updated with latest hindi movies only on Bollywood Hungama.


Priyanka Chopra keeps going from strength to strength Almost every birthday greeting coming from Bollywood stars about Priyanka Chopra talks about what a massive inspiration she is. And that is definitely true.


15 Best Radio Apps for Android Smartphone

FM broadcasting is a method of radio broadcasting using frequency modulation (FM) technology. Invented in 1933 by American engineer Edwin Armstrong, till now, this service is being widely used.
In the past, we have used FM radio devices to listen to the music from the broadcast frequencies around. But today, we can utilize our Android smartphone to listen to various radio channels.
List of 15 Best Radio Apps for Android Device
As of now, there are hundreds of Radio apps available for Android smartphones that lets you listen to different Radio channels.

Below, we have listed some of the best Android Radio apps that everyone would love to use. Let’s check out.
1. iHeartRadio Free Music & Radio

This is one of the best radio apps that is personally tested by me. This app lets you access the world of music and radio in one simple app.
Download today to listen to top radio stations, music, news, podcasts, sports, talk, and comedy shows.
2. TuneIn Radio – Radio & Music

Listen to your favorite radio stations for free with TuneIn Radio. With over 100,000 stations, TuneIn has the largest free selection of sports, news, music, and talk radio from around the world.
With TuneIn Radio, you can stream over 100,000 AM, FM, and internet radio stations broadcasting from 197 countries.
3. Stitcher

This is another excellent app for listening to the radio online. It provides listening on demand to your favorite news, comedy, sports, and talk radio shows and podcasts from NPR, CNN, Fox News, ESPN, This American Life, BBC, and more.
Stream or download episodes for offline listening. Stitcher also helps you discover interesting things to listen to from over 65,000 shows, based on your listening habits.
4. Pandora Radio

Well, Pandora is a music streaming app that offers you millions of hand-picked songs. With the Pandora Plus subscription, you get the option to subscribe and enjoy personalized radio with ad-free music.
The Pandora Plus account provides unlimited personalized stations and podcasts, up to four stations for offline listening, unlimited skips, and more.
5. Spotify Music

This is an excellent app in which the free version gets you pretty much all of the radio features. The premium plan that costs you $9.99 removes advertising and gives you additional features. It’s one of the best out there.
Spotify is also right now the most used and top-rated music streaming app for Android and iOS.
6. Accu Radio

Well, it’s better radio for your workday. The app offers 1,000+ free customizable music radio channels, unlimited skips, incredible variety, and less repetition.
Users can choose from more than 50 different genres of music. The best thing about AccuRadio is it’s 100% free.
7. myTuner Radio

With myTuner Radio, you can listen to live radio streaming from all over the world on your Android phone or tablet for free. You can listen to sports radio, news radio and music radio stations.
With myTuner Radio, you can listen to more than 50,000 radio stations from more than 200 countries and territories. Not only that, but you can even follow your favorite shows and more than 1 million podcasts.

8. Saavn

Saavn is unlimited, free access to all your music and audio content: Bollywood, English, Hindi, and Indian regional songs, music, radio stations, and exclusive audio programming – wherever you go.
You can listen to expertly curated playlists or play the online radio for any mood, genre, song, or artist.
9. Audials Radio

Well, if you are looking for an Android Radio app that comes with an excellent interface, then Audials Radio might be the best pick for you.
The great thing about Audials Radio is that it has over 80,000 radio stations, and you can also find numerous podcasts and recordings.
10. Simple Radio

You might have already figured out this app by its name. As the name of the app says, Simple Radio is a lightweight and straightforward radio app that you can use on your Android smartphone.
The great thing about Simple Radio is that it offers radio stations from all around the world. Not just that, but you can also search for any radio station in the search bar.
11. Dash Radio

Dash Radio is another best Android radio app on the list which is heavily popular amongst Android users. The great thing about Dash Radio is that it provides users with lots of radio stations to choose from. Guess what? You can also add Radio stations to your favorite lists.
12. RadioDroid 2

RadioDroid 2 is another best Android radio app on the list which grabs online radio lists from popular radio portals. You won’t believe it, but RadioDroid 2 right now has over 13,000 radio stations, and it also shows users the languages and the countries those stations are in.
13. Radio Online – PCRADIO

Radio Online – PCRADIO is one of the best and most battery-efficient radio apps that you can use on your Android smartphone. Guess what? Radio Online – PCRADIO offers users hundreds of radio stations of different genres.
Not just that, but with Radio Online – PCRADIO, you can listen to all status in high quality even with slow internet speed.
14. Online Radio Box

Online Radio Box is another best Android radio app available on the Google Play Store that you can use right now. The best thing about Online Radio Box is that it’s a free app, and it provides playlists for most radio stations. In addition, the user interface of Online Radio Box is clean and well-organized.
15. My Radio

If you are looking for an Android app to listen to FM radio, AM Radio, or the local radio stations worldwide, you need to give My Radio a try. It’s a free radio app that lets you tune the radio easily.
As of now, the app allows you to access 50,000+ FM AM radio stations around the world. You can even save your favorite radios with this app.

So, these are the best radio apps for Android. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. Also, if you know of any other such apps, let us know in the comment box below.


'Toofan' is a Mediocre Rehash of Tired, Old Bollywood Cliches and Tropes – The Wire

A certain kind of popular Hindi cinema relished staple tropes: hardy hero, servile sidekick, convenient coincidences, contrasting characters, parental opposition, perilous romance — and of course, template songs. Pleasant escapism became a formula; a formula became a depressing time machine. Bollywood has done some heartening course correction over the last several years; now most shoddy films find newer ways to fumble. But Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Toofan, premiering on Amazon Prime Video, insists on using a dial-up connection in the age of streaming platforms.It’s all in there: a violent extortionist, Aziz (Farhan Akhtar); a respectable doctor, Ananya (Mrunal Thakur); a funny sidekick, Munna (Hussain Dalal); a fastidious coach, Nana Prabhu (Paresh Rawal); debilitating odds; fighting underdog; and an impossible dream, a national boxing championship. And so it begins, a step-by-step reconstruction of an old formula. Aziz gets injured in a fight, goes to a local hospital, sees a doctor, who turns out to be Ananya (of course). They start on a rough note, keep bumping into each other, and – you know how it ends, don’t you? There are enough contrasts. Aziz and Ananya: feared and loved, Dongri and Dadar. Aziz and Aziz: a ruffian and a softie (who spends his free time with the kids at an orphanage; those scenes are filmed with as much finesse as some foreign correspondents describing ‘poor’ Indians).
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Ananya sees the compassionate side of Aziz through – what else but – a coincidence. Aziz watches a three-minute YouTube video of a Mohammed Ali match and wants to become a boxer. Nana, a renowned coach, finally decides to train Aziz, but he turns out to be – what are the odds! – Ananya’s father. Sometimes you think the film is operating in some sly meta mode. In an early scene, for instance, Ananya mocks a nurse (Supriya Pathak) defending Aziz, saying, “Uske haalaat bure hain [oh, his circumstances are bad]” – borrowing a line from Hindi potboilers verbatim.
Toofan also stays loyal to the Bollywood playbook (“if a recent approach has been successful, borrow its crucial elements”). So, we’ve some Gully Boy vibes: a poor Mumbai underdog as neglected as his locality — rough around the edges, an evident victim of class divide – training to win a prestigious championship. There’s even a rap song here (besides other similarities: same production house and a co-writer, Vijay Maurya). And if such derivations aren’t enough, the central conceit itself, a boxing drama, is stale, an overfed sub-genre that burps in clichés.
Rehashing popular ideas to make a crowd-pleasing entertainer isn’t a dealbreaker. But unlike any creative adaptation, Toofan is mindless adoption. Mehra, whose films have become progressively worse since Delhi 6 (2009), seems way too complacent, isolating his drama from the possibilities of discovery. Yet a small subplot – politically relevant, subverting genre expectations – stands out: Nana being a bigot. Moreover, giving that role to Rawal, who is right-wing and a vocal champion of the current dispensation, is a casting coup. The writing becomes sharp whose candour takes you by disconcerting surprise. “We should keep Muslims at an arm’s length,” says Nana early in the movie. The film continues to explore his mindset, interrogating and busting his vicious bubble. Later, Nana refuses to order food from a Muslim restaurant, even telling his liberal friend (Mohan Agashe), “Hinduism is in danger because of people like you”, and objects to his daughter’s marriage citing “love jihad”.
Bollywood films hardly depict Hindu fundamentalism, and they definitely don’t do it via an otherwise positive character (Nana is a loving father, an honest friend, a sharp coach). There’s an excellent scene where his friend tells Nana, in reference to him coaching Aziz, that his real religion is boxing. But this is still a Mehra directorial [who last made Mere Pyare Prime Minister (2019)], so this subplot is only effective till a point: Ananya hardly questions her father’s bigotry (her defiance only goes as much to say, “Aziz isn’t like this”) followed by some ‘balancing’ act where Aziz’s landlady tells Ananya to change her name to “Amina” and, when the couple disagrees, orders them to find a new house.
Illogical twists
The rest of the film continues being thoroughly mediocre, popping illogical twists. One of them, transforming the second half, makes no sense at all. Centered on Aziz’s moral conundrum, it contradicts his views in a short span. (People can be contradictory, but the theatrical plot turn doesn’t give you the sense that the makers are self-aware.) Even that twist’s revelation, through CCTV footage in a sports complex, demonstrates a lack of even bare-minimum effort to convince the audience. Since this is a sports drama, we get, probably for the ten-thousandth time in the history of cinema, a training montage. This trope, much like the rest of the movie, is quite stereotypical – except for split screens trying to make it look ‘different’. In fact, Mehra isn’t directing such a segment for the first time. His 2013 film, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (also starring Akhtar), had a similar stretch set to a song (also scored by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), where a tormented athlete subjected himself to a punishing regime (also featuring tires and ropes).
Like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Toofan manufactures simplistic villains to mould our sympathies. Aziz’s final opponent, a brawny figure with a murderous stare, doesn’t even look like a person. A bigger villain (Darshan Kumar) – once defeated by Aziz, now a boxing federation official – resurfaces with a glass eye. The dude could have tattooed “douchebag” on his forehead, and even that would have been more subtle. Besides, the climactic twist, centered on Evil Eye and Nana, is so predictable and ludicrous that even mediocre film students would have discarded it from their first drafts. Yet it bookends Toofan like a badge of honour, marking a new chapter in Bollywood embarrassment.


Specials – West Indians who also played for another country

The West Indies have signalled their intentions in the lead-up to the T20 World Cup to be held later this year, with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at home against Australia. The player of the series was leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr., who took 12 wickets at just 11.66 apiece. Having earlier played for the United States, Walsh is the fifth West Indian international to have also played for another country. Here is a look at this list.

Sammy Guillen

Guillen played five Tests for the West Indies and three for New Zealand. Born in Port-of-Spain, the Trinidadian wicketkeeper played all five Tests on the West Indian tour of Australia in 1951-52. He then took up residence of New Zealand, and started playing for Canterbury.  

He represented New Zealand against the West Indies in 1955-56. The final Test of that series, in Auckland, was also his last, and he fittingly effected the stumping that gave New Zealand their first Test win. He also played as a goalie in New Zealand’s premier football tournament.

Clayton Lambert

Born in Berbice in erstwhile British Guiana, Lambert first played for the West Indies in an ODI against England at his home ground of Bourda in 1989-90 – he scored a promising 48. The attacking left-handed batsman made his Test bow at The Oval in 1991, scoring 39 and 14.

He made a comeback after more than six years in 1997-98 against England, this time scoring 104 in a Test at St. John’s and 119 in an ODI at Port-of-Spain as opener. In 2004, he turned out for the United States at the age of 42 against New Zealand in a Champions Trophy match.  

Hayden Walsh Jr., who starred in the West Indies’ T20I series win against Australia, made his international debut for the United States in 2018-19 (source – AP)

Anderson Cummins

The exclusion of Cummins, who had started off well in ODIs, was the reason for the fans’ boycott of the historic Test against South Africa in Bridgetown in 1991-92 – “No Cummins, no goings”, stated a banner. The Barbadian pacer made his Test debut the next year, at Perth.

Though he played only five Tests, he did take 91 wickets in 76 ODIs. He reserved his best for India, taking 5/31 against them at Brisbane in 1991-92 and 4/33 at Wellington at the 1992 World Cup. In 2006-07, he appeared for Canada aged 40, playing his last at the World Cup.

Xavier Marshall

Having the middle name Melbourne, Marshall incidentally made his international debut in an ODI against Australia at the MCG in 2004-05. The Jamaican batsman’s best ODI innings was 157*, including a then record 12 sixes, at number four against Canada at King City in 2008.

His highest score in seven Tests was 85 against Australia at Bridgetown in 2008. He returned to international cricket in United States colours in a T20I against the UAE in 2018-19 – nearly a decade after his last game for the Windies – and played 13 ODIs for his new team.

Hayden Walsh Jr.           

Walsh made his debut for the United States in 2018-19 in the same T20I that marked Marshall’s return. The leg-spinner first played first-class cricket for the Leeward Islands in 2011-12, and is the son of Antiguan Hayden Walsh Sr., who was also a first-class player.

Walsh’s only ODI for the United States was against Papua New Guinea in 2019. Less than three months after his last outing for the US, he made his ODI debut for the West Indies against Afghanistan. His recent T20I success against Australia has been his best moment till date.


Record Book – Ireland v South Africa in ODIs

South Africa will be playing men’s ODIs in Ireland for the first time in 14 years when they take on the hosts in the Super League series at Malahide from 11th July. Back in 2007, the Proteas had played three matches against India at Belfast, following a one-off match with Ireland. Overall, Ireland have faced the African powerhouse only five times in this format so far. Here is a look back at those instances.

Calm Kallis guides the Proteas – World Cup Super Eight Stage, Providence, 2006-07

Ireland had given South Africa a scare in a warm-up match before embarking upon their dream inaugural World Cup campaign, during which they beat Pakistan and Bangladesh and tied with Zimbabwe. But the Proteas dictated terms in this Super Eight encounter in Guyana.

Ireland were restricted to 152/8 in the rain-reduced 35 overs. Boyd Rankin scalped AB de Villiers for a duck in the first over, before Jacques Kallis came in and went on to score a solid 66*. South Africa achieved their D/L target of 160 in the 32nd over with seven wickets intact.

Cusack and Philander impress on debut – Only ODI, Belfast, 2007

Less than three months after their first meeting in the Caribbean, the two green-clad outfits were involved in another rain-hit ODI. This time it was a 31-over tussle at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Stormont. The South African top order flourished, carrying the total to 173/4.

Debutant Alex Cusack, later named Man of the Match, was the standout bowler. The seam-bowling all-rounder came on as fifth-change and collected 3/15. He also top-scored with 36* as Ireland caved in for 131 in the 31st over. Vernon Philander, another debutant, bagged 4/12.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla in action during his match-winning 159 in the 2015 World Cup group match against Ireland at Canberra (source – AP)

Duminy makes the difference – World Cup Group Stage, Kolkata, 2010-11

A couple of weeks earlier, Ireland had provided the most sensational result of the tournament by stunning England at Bangalore. They gave the South Africans a glimpse of their giant-killing ability as well, reducing them to a wobbly 117/5 in the 27th over at the Eden Gardens.

Hashim Amla, captain Graeme Smith, and Kallis were all back in the hut, and Ireland had a great chance to turn the screws. However, JP Duminy swung the game around, smashing 99 from 103 balls to boost South Africa to 272/7. Ireland were bowled out for just 141 in reply.

Amla’s career-best leads a rout – World Cup Group Stage, Canberra, 2014-15

Amla put on 247 with Faf du Plessis (109) for the second wicket on his way to a career-best 159 in 128 balls, before skipper de Villiers (24 in nine balls), David Miller (46 in 23) and Rilee Rossouw (61 in 30) upped the ante to send the scoreboard galloping towards a massive 411/4.

Further misery was in store for Ireland, as Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott (4/21) had them reeling at 48/5. Andrew Balbirnie (58) and Kevin O’Brien (48) ensured that they reached 210, but this big defeat would cost them a potential quarterfinal spot by virtue of net run rate.

A hundred on debut for Bavuma – Only ODI, Benoni, 2016

Prior to an ODI series with Australia that they would go on to sweep 5-0, South Africa continued their dominance against Ireland with another thumping win, the highlight of which was Temba Bavuma becoming the second South African to register a hundred on ODI debut.

Quinton de Kock (82) and Bavuma (113) added 159 for the opening wicket in 24 overs, after which Duminy (52) and Farhaan Behardien (50* in just 22 balls) helped swell the total to 354/5. Duminy also claimed 4/16 with his off-spin, hastening Ireland’s slide to 148 in the 31st over. 


Record Book – Pakistan’s ODI wins at Lord’s

The Super League rolls on with England hosting Pakistan in the second ODI at Lord’s on 10th July. This match will mark the return of a full house to the ‘home of cricket’, even as England have been forced to go into the series with a depleted squad. Pakistan have won four out of their eight ODIs played against England at Lord’s so far. Overall, they have won six out of 13 ODIs at the venue. Here is a look back at those instances. 

Beat England by three runs, Fourth ODI, 1992

Having already lost the series, Pakistan held on to a narrow win in this rain-reduced 50-over clash (stipulated overs were 55) played across two days. After a slow start, Pakistan pushed to 204/5 thanks to captain Javed Miandad (50*). The second day saw controversy when the umpires changed the ball during the chase without giving a clear reason. England were ahead at 191/6, before capitulating to 201 with four balls left.

Beat England by two runs, Fourth ODI, NatWest Series, 2001

Nine years later, Pakistan notched another thrilling win at Lord’s. After Yousuf Youhana’s 81 had carried Pakistan to 242/8, England stuttered to 26/3. Marcus Trescothick and Owais Shah (62) put on 170 for the fourth wicket, but Pakistan fought back with regular strikes. When Trescothick was ninth out to Saqlain Mushtaq for 137, England needed six in four balls. With three needed off the last ball, Andy Caddick was out stumped.

Left-hander Haris Sohail smashed 89 in just 59 balls to help Pakistan beat South Africa at the 2019 World Cup (source – AFP)

Beat England by seven wickets, Second ODI, 2006

Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with a convincing victory in this rain-reduced 40-over affair, set up by the new-ball pair of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif. Akhtar (4/28) removed captain Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell while Asif (2/10) snared Trescothick and Kevin Pietersen to leave England tottering at 44/4. The hosts were skittled for 166, after which the Pakistani batsmen sealed the deal in the 37th over.

Beat England by 38 runs, Fourth ODI, 2010

Trailing the series 2-1, Pakistan were in a must-win situation. Mohammad Hafeez (64) anchored the top order, but it was a late surge by Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq – the latter hit 44* in 20 balls – that boosted the total to 265/7. Captain Strauss (68) and Steven Davies added 113 for the first wicket, but the batting to follow unravelled. Umar Gul (4/32) devoured the lower order to secure Pakistan’s win in the 47th over.    

Beat South Africa by 49 runs, World Cup League Stage, 2019

Pakistan kept their semifinal hopes alive thanks to a dominating performance with both bat and ball. After openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman put on 81, Babar Azam (69) and Haris Sohail (89 in just 59 balls) powered their side to a formidable 308/7. South Africa lost Hashim Amla to Mohammad Amir’s first ball in the second over, and never really looked like reaching the target. The innings ultimately ended at 259/9.

Beat Bangladesh by 94 runs, World Cup League Stage, 2019

Pakistan’s semifinal dream was all but over ahead of this last league match. A second-wicket stand of 157 between Imam (100) and Babar (96) laid the foundation for a total of 315/9, even as Mustafizur Rahman took 5/75. The second innings belonged to Shaheen Shah Afridi, who became the youngest man to take a World Cup fifer en route to figures of 6/35 – the best in ODIs at Lord’s – that limited the Tigers to 221 in the 45th over.


Specials – Moments from India v New Zealand Test history

The much-awaited final of the inaugural World Test Championship between India and New Zealand is set to commence at the Rose Bowl in Southampton from 18th June. The two teams have contested 59 Test matches so far, with India winning 21 to New Zealand’s 12. As we look forward to the battle royale, here is a look back at ten memorable moments from the 65-year-old Test history between the two teams.  

A record opening partnership – Fifth Test, Madras, 1955-56

The first series between the two teams ended in a 2-0 win for India. The final Test at the Nehru Stadium featured a new record for the opening stand in Tests, as Vinoo Mankad (231) and Pankaj Roy (173) raised a mammoth 413 (the record stood for 52 years). Mankad’s innings and the eventual total of 537/3 also created new Test highs for India. Leg-spinner Subhash Gupte then took nine wickets as India triumphed by an innings.

India’s first overseas series win – Fourth Test, Auckland, 1967-68

The 1967-68 tour of New Zealand was pathbreaking for India. In the first Test at Dunedin, they registered their first overseas win. Coming into the final Test at Eden Park, they were ahead by 2-1 and went on to notch a clinical 272-run win for their first series success on the road. New Zealand were bowled out for 140 in the first innings and 101 in the second, with off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna taking four wickets each time.

New Zealand’s maiden win in India – Second Test, Nagpur, 1969-70

New Zealand’s first win in India came on the back of a solid batting display and the left-arm spin of Hedley Howarth. Captain Graham Dowling (69), Bevan Congdon (64) and Mark Burgess (89) lifted the visitors to 319, after which Howarth (4/66) and Burgess (3/23) ensured a lead of 62. With India left to chase 277, Howarth took another 5/34 to bowl New Zealand to victoryby 167 runs. The three-match series was drawn 1-1.

The Bracewell and Hadlee show – Second Test, Bombay, 1988-89

New Zealand were reduced to 158/8 before John Bracewell scored 52 from number nine to steer the total to 236. The great Richard Hadlee built on this with a haul of 6/49 that gave his team a two-run lead. Andrew Jones (78) anchored the second innings, while Bracewell (32) added 69 for the ninth wicket with Ian Smith (54). The off-spin of Bracewell (6/51), aided by Hadlee’s 4/39, duly condemned the hosts to 145 in a chase of 282.   

Brendon McCullum led from the front with a record-breaking 302 to help New Zealand snatch a draw for the ages at Wellington in 2013-14 (source – Photosport)

Smith sets Eden Park alight – Third Test, Auckland, 1989-90

Leading the three-match series 1-0, New Zealand had slipped to 131/7 when Smith joined Hadlee (87) for a stand of 103. But it was during his ninth-wicket stand of 136 with Martin Snedden that the wicketkeeper went into overdrive. By the time he was last out at 391, he had hit a blitzkrieg 173 (the highest Test score by a number nine) in 136 balls with 23 fours and three sixes, an effort that was crucial in securing a draw.

India’s first-day disaster – First Test, Mohali, 1999-00

When Stephen Fleming decided to field first, no one would possibly have foreseen the drama to follow, even though the conditions were conducive for New Zealand’s seamers. As it happened, Dion Nash (6/27), Chris Cairns, and Shayne O’Connor combined to roll India over for 83 in just 27 overs – the score read 38/7 at one point. However, India fought back to draw, putting up a contrasting total of 505/3 in the second innings.

Four innings in one day – Second Test, Hamilton, 2002-03

A seaming track in this wet affair (the first day was washed out) provided only the second instance of parts of all four Test innings in a day – the third day saw the fall of 22 wickets. Moreover, in a Test first, both sides were dismissed for under 100 in the first innings. India were bowled out for 99, to which New Zealand replied with 94. The Black Caps had the final say, chasing 160 to win by four wickets and seal the rubber 2-0.  

Gambhir leads a great escape – Second Test, Napier, 2008-09

New Zealand signalled their intention of drawing level by amassing 619/9 (Jesse Ryder 201). When India were made to follow on 314 in arrears, more than two days still remained. Southpaw opener Gautam Gambhir dug in and battled for 643 minutes in compiling a gritty 137, which, together with VVS Laxman’s 124*, guided India to the safety of a draw. India went on to win a series in New Zealand for the second time.

The Turbanator’s rescue act – First Test, Ahmedabad, 2010-11

Just before tea on the fourth day, India bowled New Zealand out for 459 to take a lead of 28. Soon after, Chris Martin (5/63) jolted the Indian top order to leave the score in a shambles at 15/5, which later became 65/6. Harbhajan Singh came in at this stage and put on a match-saving 163 with Laxman (91) en route to a defiant 115, his maiden Test century. For good measure, the off-spinner scored another ton in the second Test.

McCullum’s monumental magnum opus – Second Test, Wellington, 2013-14

When captain Brendon McCullum was joined by BJ Watling (124) after lunch on the third day, New Zealand were behind by 152 with five second-innings wickets left. By the time they were separated, they had added 352, a sixth-wicket record. McCullum proceeded to score 302 – the first Test triple for New Zealand – after having batted for nearly 13 hours. His marathon spurred his team to 680/8 and a series-clinching draw.


Record Book – New Zealand’s Test wins in England

England’s international summer kicks off with a two-Test series against New Zealand commencing at Lord’s on 2nd June. This will be New Zealand’s 18th Test series in England and will be followed by their much-awaited clash with India in the World Test Championship final. Having played 54 Test matches in England till date, the Black Caps have won only five times. Here is a look back in time at those rare instances.

Second Test, Headingley, 1983

It took New Zealand 29 matches to register their first Test win on English soil. Geoff Howarth inserted England, and his decision was vindicated as Lance Cairns rose to the occasion. The medium-fast bowler returned figures of 7/74 – still the best for New Zealand against England – to restrict the hosts to 225. Chris Tavare (69) and Allan Lamb (58) scored fifties, but the last seven wickets fell for only 50.

Bruce Edgar retired hurt early, but later came back to compile a gritty 84. His opening partner John Wright scored 93, while the great Richard Hadlee contributed 75. Armed with a robust lead of 152, New Zealand strengthened their grip in the second innings. David Gower remained unbeaten on 112, but he lacked support from the other end. The wrecker-in-chief this time was Ewen Chatfield, with a haul of 5/95.

Cairns took 3/70 in the second innings, giving himself his only ten-wicket bag in Tests. New Zealand’s target was only 101, but Bob Willis was not going to go down without a fight. The pace ace kept things interesting by snaring 5/35, reducing the score to 83/5. However, it only delayed New Zealand’s eventual five-wicket win, which was confirmed when Jeremy Coney hit Ian Botham for four after tea on the fourth day.

Second Test, Trent Bridge, 1986

Though the 1983 rubber ended 3-1 in favour of England, New Zealand turned the tables at home in 1983-84 with their first series win against the Old Blighty. By the time they arrived in England again under Coney, they had also upstaged the Australians both at home and away. They duly proved their mettle by claiming a historic 1-0 triumph in the three-match series, with the decisive victory coming at Trent Bridge.

An all-round show from Richard Hadlee, which included a haul of 10/140, steered New Zealand to victory at Trent Bridge in 1986, which lead to their first series win in England (source – Getty Images)

Bill Athey (55) and Gower (71) held the top order together, but it was Hadlee who had the final say, taking 6/80 at his county home ground to help bowl England out for 256. New Zealand wobbled to 144/5 despite Wright’s measured 58, at which point Hadlee (68) joined forces with Evan Gray (50) for a stand of 95. Hadlee added another 79 with John Bracewell for the eighth wicket as New Zealand gained control.

Bracewell went on to score 110, his only Test hundred, and was last out at 413. He then scalped 3/29 with his off-spin, which, along with Hadlee’s 4/80, further dented England. England were 104/6 at one point, before John Emburey’s 75 improved the total to 230. Hadlee’s 10/140 was his second ten-wicket return against England. Martin Crowe rushed to 48* as New Zealand cruised to an eight-wicket win.

Second Test, Lord’s, 1999

The first Test at Edgbaston had seen New Zealand squander a lead of 100 to go down by seven wickets. They began strongly at Lord’s too, but this time went on to notch an emphatic nine-wicket win. Like his father 16 years earlier, Chris Cairns played a key role in a famous New Zealand win. The exciting fast-bowling all-rounder swung his way to 6/77 to condemn England to 186, with captain Nasser Hussain (61) top-scoring.

New Zealand’s response was built around a solid 100 from opener Matt Horne, who put on 120 for the fourth wicket with Roger Twose (52) and was later named Man of the Match. England would have sniffed a quick finish to the innings at 242/6, but Daniel Vettori (54) frustrated them and helped stretch the lead to 172. Mark Butcher and Alec Stewart kept English hopes alive by adding 55 for the opening wicket.

However, the innings lost its way after Vettori­’s left-arm spin sent both openers back, and the unavailability of Hussain, who had injured his finger while fielding, added to England’s woes. At 127/6, an innings defeat was likely, and it took a knock of 45 from Andrew Caddick to set New Zealand a target of 58. Late on the fourth day, a four from Matthew Bell brought up New Zealand’s first Test win at Lord’s in 13 attempts. 

Fourth Test, The Oval, 1999

The third Test at Old Trafford was a rain-affected draw, in which New Zealand clearly held the upper hand. This set the stage for a deciding final Test at The Oval. England made as many as five changes, which included debuts for Darren Maddy and Ed Giddins. New Zealand struggled to 104/7 on the first day, before captain Stephen Fleming (66*) and Vettori (51) fought back to drag the total to a respectable 236.

Chris Cairns celebrates a wicket during the 1999 series in England. He played a key role in both of New Zealand’s wins, at Lord’s and at The Oval (source – Reuters)

The English batting was found wanting in the face of Cairns (5/31) again, resulting in New Zealand getting a significant lead of 83 early on the third day. New Zealand started their second innings woefully, as the pace trio of Caddick, Giddins and Alan Mullally sent the score crashing to 39/6. It was that man Cairns again who thwarted England, this time with the bat. Batting at number eight, he hit 80 from just 93 balls.

Cairns’ exploits gave England a target of 246. At 123/2 with Michael Atherton (64) and Graham Thorpe in the middle, the chase was very much on. But after Atherton was fourth out to Dion Nash (4/39), a familiar collapse ensued. The last seven wickets were blown away for just 19 to hand New Zealand a well-deserved 83-run win and the series 2-1. This remains New Zealand’s latest four-Test series against any team.

Second Test, Headingley, 2015

New Zealand called the shots in the first innings of the first Test at Lord’s, only to go down by 124 runs. In the second and final Test at Headingley, The Black Caps endured a nightmarish start, losing Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson to James Anderson with only two runs on the board. Opener Tom Latham (84) and debutant wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi came together at 144/5 and shared in a crucial alliance of 120.

Ronchi blazed 88 in 70 balls and was instrumental in New Zealand reaching 350. Stuart Broad was the pick of the bowlers with 5/109. Remarkably, England totalled 350 as well, with Tim Southee (4/83) helping pull things back after openers Adam Lyth (107) and captain Alastair Cook (75) had put on 177. With the match now akin to a second-innings shootout, Broad removed Latham and Williamson early.

But Guptill (70), Ross Taylor (48) and captain Brendon McCullum (55) revived the innings, before BJ Watling smote 120 from number six. Mark Craig (58*) and the tail gave a further boost, enabling a declaration at 454/9. The bowlers fired as a unit on the final day, with only Cook (56) and Jos Buttler (73) showing fight after the score had fallen to 62/4. New Zealand ultimately squared the series with a 199-run victory.  


Specials – Best of the ODIs: Ireland v Netherlands

The Netherlands are set to lock horns with Ireland in a crucial three-match home ODI series from 2nd June, which forms part of the World Cup Super League. With both teams looking to gain maximum points, we can expect a hard-fought battle. The two teams have contested ten ODIs so far, with Ireland enjoying a dominating 7-1 record. On that note, here is a look back at five memorable ODIs between the European rivals.

Reekers stars in close encounter – World Cricket League, Nairobi, 2006-07

Bas Zuiderent and Darron Reekers motored to an opening stand of 114 in 19 overs after rain reduced the match to a 46-over affair. Reekers went on to hit a fine 104 in just 82 balls with 12 fours and three sixes, after which Eric Szwarczynski (56*) helped carry the total to 260/7.

At 195/1 in the 37th over with William Porterfield (84) and Eoin Morgan (94) having added 153, Ireland were in a rather solid position. However, Ryan ten Doeschate (4/56) removed the latter to open the floodgates. Ireland were pegged back thereafter, and were limited to 254/8.

A last-gasp win for Ireland – Quadrangular Series, Belfast, 2007

This was the second match of a quadrangular series that also involved Scotland and the West Indies. Morgan, opening on a sluggish pitch, scored 51 in 112 balls, while Dave Langford-Smith, batting at number seven, smote 31* in just 13 balls, which bolstered Ireland to 210/8.

Opener Mudassar Bukhari (71) anchored the response. At 192/3 after 45 overs, a Dutch win seemed inevitable. Kevin O’Brien produced a wicket maiden at this stage, and later bowled a splendid last over, conceding just five as Ireland kept the total to 209/6 to prevail by one run.  

Paul Stirling became the youngest man to score a World Cup century with his match-winning 101 in 72 balls against the Netherlands at Kolkata in the 2011 edition (source – Cricket Ireland)

Ireland defend a low total – World Cricket League, Amstelveen, 2010

Not for the first time, disciplined Irish bowling turned the tide in a low-scoring joust. Bernard Loots (3/16) and Mark Jonkman (3/28) combined to bowl Ireland out for a modest 177 – the score read 57/5 in the 22nd over, before John Mooney (54) engineered a lower-order revival.

Despite a wobbly start, the Dutch looked well placed at 132/4 in the 32nd over. But the spin duo of left-armer George Dockrell (4/35) and offie Paul Stirling (4/11) grabbed the last six wickets for just six runs, scripting a 39-run win for Ireland, who went on to win the tourney.

Stirling shines at the Eden Gardens – World Cup Group Stage, Kolkata, 2010-11

Ireland were looking for a second success at the 2011 World Cup after the extraordinary win against England. Powered by Ryan ten Doeschate (106) and captain Peter Borren (84), the ‘Oranje’ piled up a challenging 306. The last four wickets were all run-outs in the final over.

Captain Porterfield (68) and Stirling replied with an opening stand of 177 in 27 overs. Stirling, aged 20, hit 101 in 72 balls with 14 fours and two sixes, making him the youngest World Cup centurion. Niall O’Brien (57*) chipped in too as Ireland won by six wickets in the 48th over.

Rippon seals a remarkable finish – World Cricket League, Amstelveen, 2013

The dependable Ed Joyce (96*), aided by Stirling (49) and Niall O’Brien (50*), steered Ireland to 268/5 after Porterfield called correctly. In reply, five of the top six Dutch batsmen scored between 35 and 45, even as Kevin O’Brien and Stirling kept striking at important junctures.

When Daan van Bunge (45) was fifth out, the equation was 59 in 52 balls. It boiled down to 13 from the last over, with two wickets left. Mooney kept it tight and also affected a run-out. But with 11 to win from two balls, Michael Rippon cracked a four and a six to leave the match tied.


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When & How To Hire For Your Small Business

One of the most popular questions I get from fellow small business owners is how to know when it is time to seek additional help.
I started my blog 10 years ago this fall and in the beginning, it seemed like everyone I knew was hiring assistants left and right. It wasn’t until my business was truly standing on its own two feet, about two years in, that I figured out why I needed help. E-mails were going unanswered, scheduled conference calls were being missed, and sponsored posts were being dropped left and right. I simply couldn’t keep up with my own calendar and the output of work started to slowly slip.
Listen, I am really awful at managing and hiring people. After all, I started this blog and my business as a way to avoid working in a red tape environment. I never took any management courses in school, never in a million years dreamed that I would be responsible for managing a staff, and I am not the best at hiring. I was exceptionally lucky to have found my first few assistants, but in between a rough patch I knew it was time to seek outside help.
One of the strongest things you can do as a small business owner is to come to terms with your weak points and hire people whose strengths outweigh your own weakness.
Once upon a time I somehow got on The Grapevine newsletters where they blast out potential jobs to people. I was always drawn to their listings because they seemed to creative in nature, yet offered stable and “good” jobs in LA and NY. I knew needed help to find someone perfect for my own company, so I reached out to Grapevine.
Lori helped me find my last assistant, Erin, who was with us for nearly 3.5 years. It was an incredible match. Rather recently, Erin spread her wings to become an editor. Without hesitation I reached back out to Grapevine to help us find a great fit and we’ve been so happy since. They made the entire process feel so easy and were able to find a great match for us within 2 weeks! We were also offered peace of mind with the way Grapevine does their secure background checks and industry insights on salary, etc.
Whether you are using an incredible agency such as Grapevine, or hitting the pavement to seek talent on your own, here are my top 5 tips when seeking employees:
1. Make a List
Over the course of a week, make a master list of all the things you hope for your employee to tackle. Any and all things you are hoping to delegate that take up too much of your time should go on this list. This will also help you formalize a job title.
2. Figure out what type of assistant you need
Take a look at the list you’ve compiled and try to find a common theme. Are most of the tasks of personal nature or more administrative? It might involve a little bit of both, and that’s okay. Just be very clear with exactly what type of help you need so you can include it in the job listing.
3. Take Notes
During interviews, be sure to take a lot of notes. You’ll be surprised by how much you may forget when you are stacking interviews back to back.
4. Get Creative With Interviews
Sometimes I’ll ask candidates for a list of people they are following on Instagram. Or, I’ll give them a random question to shake things up and see how they respond. It’s a quick and easy way to get a gauge on someone’s personality.
5. Don’t Settle
The worst mistake you can make is settling on someone that you think might end up working out in the long run. Trust your gut and at the end of the day, hold out for the right person… not the right person right now.
Do you have any pro tips for hiring? Leave a comment below!

xoxo jacey


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Summer Classics & Best of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Summer romance in a cutout dress and sharing my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

First, this is not a sponsored post.  This is actually a list of items on my Nordstrom wishlist in anticipation of the sale.  And second, I wait for this sale every year for one major item – the Eyelash Conditioner Duo!  Last year, I wrote about this sale and basically said the same thing.  See related post for Before & After photos of my eyelashes.  It’s a game changer!

Best of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Let’s jump right into it.  The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale actually starts on July 28, but you can build a Wishlist of items now in anticipation of the sale.  Access to the sale is also tiered: July 12 – Early Access for cardmembers with Icon status; July 14 – Ambassador status; July 16 – Influencer status; July 28 – Anniversary Sale opens to the general public.  Prices goes back up after the sale.
– Beauty Favorites –
With that being said, my wishlist is full of items that I’m super excited about!  At the top of the list is the Eyelash Conditioner Duo (50% off savings)!  I’ve been using this for over a year and wished I started earlier!  My eyelashes are so much longer and thicker now.  Other items I use regularly are – brow pencil and gel to fill in my brows, and must-have hair essentials for textured and voluminous hair – volume hair set and texturizing spray set.

– Outerwear Favorites –
Even though we’re only in July, I’m starting to think about fall already!  These coats (especially the gray check wool coat!) and jackets are gorgeous.  The longer length gives it a sweeping regal look and that aviator jacket is so chic.

– Fall Favorites –
That silk shirt is such a classic piece.  I especially love how it flows and drapes.  The striped sweater + high-waisted jeans + ankle boots = perfect fall outfit.  And I always love a great pair of PJs!

I hope this post was helpful in navigating the Nordstroms Anniversary Sale.  Happy summer and thank you so much for reading!
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2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Dressing Room Try-On

You guys might have seen on my stories that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 opened for Icon members to shop yesterday!  I got the earliest appointment I could get at our Nordstrom here in KC to try on a bunch of pieces to review and share with you guys!

Every outfit and piece you see if from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and if you scroll down it goes in order of categories, so it starts with shoes. 

My store was limited in stock so I will be sharing another try on of items that weren’t available in my store so stay tuned for that later this week!

ps- My entire guide with top picks from each #nsale category can be found here!

Sam Edelman Lex Combat Boot

Review: Sam Edelman is always my go to brand for fall boots! The material of these boots are suede which gives them that feminine feature. Hands down my new favorite lace up boots!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9 Other items pictured: Sweater, Jeans, Hat, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Sam Edelman Knee High Boot

Review: These knee high boots are so cute. They feature a square toe that gives the boot a new look this year- which I love!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Dress, Cardigan, Bag, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Steve Madden Cedar Bootie

Review: These are such a great addition to anyones closet for the fall! + they really impressed me with how comfy they areSizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Sweater, Jeans, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Treasure & Bond Over The Knee Boot

Review: Love the slouchy look of these boots, so cute with a mini skirt or sweater dress for fall!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Sweater, Skirt, Hat, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Marc Fisher Lace-Up Bootie

Review: Such a great boot for the winter! The shearling inside the boot keeps you warm and makes the boot super comfy! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Jacket, Sweater, Jeans, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Steve Madden Chelsea Boot

Review: Obsessed with these Chelsea boots! The platform sole detail gives the boot a little statement, + the socklike ribbing in the back of the boot makes It super easy to put these on!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Jacket, T-Shirt, Leggings, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Adidas Swift Run X Sneaker

Review: These sneakers are great shoes for working out + I love this print!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Cardigan, Leggings, Top, Water Bottle, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Sam Edelman Poppy Sneaker

Review: Love this pair of classic white sneakers, the leather is soft and they are super comfortable. A great casual sneaker! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Cardigan, Leggings, T-Shirt, Hat, Bag, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Adidas Swift Run X Sneaker

Review: Workout sneaker, super comfy and fits great! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Leggings, Workout top, Sports Bra, Black Jacket, Tan Shacket, Biker Shorts, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Steve Madden Pointed Toe Mule

Review: I love the designer vibes of these mules. Comfortable and cushioned! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 9Other items pictured: Jeans, T-shirt, Blazer (similar), Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

AllSaints Slides

Review: I was so excited to try these slides. They do run small so I suggest ordering up a size. Comes in 3 colorsSizing: Runs Small, size up – wearing size 10Other items pictured: Leggings, T-shirt, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Vince Camuto Mule

Review: I love the braided detail on these mules, Can we worn for work or play and very comfortable!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Jeans, T-shirt, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Ribbed Turtleneck Dress

Review: Stretch cotton with rib detail makes this dress perfect from day to night.Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Boots, Bag, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Long Sleeve Wrap Tie Sweater Dress

Review: This is one of my top picks for dresses from the nordstrom anniversay sale. I love the ribbed sweater with the flattering wrap tie waist.Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Hat, Sweater Coat, Sam Edelman Knee High Suede Boots, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Mother Stretch High Rise Black Jeans

Review: Love the fit, they hug you in all the right places and have a great stretch that doesn’t lose shape. These are the perfect non-skinny black jeans for fall!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 26Other items pictured: Thread & Supply Shirt Jacket, T-Shirt, Hat, Booties, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

High Waist Ripped Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans

Review: I like the darker wash for fall with the raw hem that pairs perfect with booties. This is a great pair for under $100Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 26Other items pictured: White T-Shirt, Jeans, Boots, Hat, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace 

Madewell High Waist Skinny Jeans

Review: The best selling 5 star madewell skinny jeans are included in the sale! I feel like these need no review. This pair of black skinny jeans from the #nsale will def sell out quick. These are soft, stretch and high waisted!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 26Other items pictured: White T-Shirt, Mules, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace, Blazer similar

Levi’s 501 Distressed Crop Jeans

Review: I love the worn in look, with high waist fit. Pairs well with booties. Non-stretch!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size 26Other items pictured: Booties, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Levi’s Ribcage High Waist Straight Jeans

Review: I was SO excited to see 2 great pairs of levi jeans in the Nordstrom Sale this year! I own so many pairs of levi jeans and they are ones I wear year after year and just love levis. This pair is a super high rise staight leg jean with no stretch. I love these jeans with boots, heels, or sneakers – dressed up or down!Sizing: Runs small, size up one sizeOther items pictured: T-Shirt, Jeans, Booties, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace , Blazer, Cardigan

Tory Burch Crossbody Bag

Review: Tory B signature style that can be worn as a crossbody or clutch!

Club Monaco Slub Top

Review: Super soft, thin and lightweight. I love the sleeve length on this tee! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Jeans, Mules, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Billabong Graphic Tee

Review: Size up if you want a longer fit! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Leggings, Jacket, Sneakers, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Good American Mock Neck BodySuit

Review: This is easily one of my favorite bodysuits from the nordstrom anniversary sale. This is soft, stretch and the mock neck is so chic! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Pants, Sandals, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Review: My favorite t-shirt from the sale! it’s boxy, thin and just wears well with so many looks!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Leggings, Slides, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Nike Tempo Running Shorts

Review: So happy to see their classic running shorts in the sale! Such a good workout short! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Jacket, Sports bra, Slides, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Nike Crewneck

Review: Super soft, boxy and I love it paired with leggings or biker shorts. Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Leggings, Sneakers, Slides, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Alo Twistfront Tank

Review: SUCH a good workout top! soft and pairs well with any of the alo leggings from the sale. Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Leggings, Sneakers, Slides, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Alo Real Sports Bra

Review: soft, supportive and is so pretty! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Cardigan, Leggings, Water Bottle, Sneakers, Hat, Slides, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Alo High Waist Biker Shorts

Review: I own lots of pairs of Alo biker shorts and they do not disappoint. They are high-waisted, flattering and love this material! Sizing: Runs big, size down – wearing size xsOther items pictured: Half Zip, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Alo Airlift Leggings

Review: Hands down my favorite pairs of ALO workout leggings. I own the airlift leggings in a bunch of other colors and the material is like no other legging out there. Sleek, soft and ultra flattering. Sizing: Runs big, wearing size xsOther items pictured: Crew Neck, Water Bottle, Sneakers, Slides, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Nike Windrunner Hooded Jacket

Review: A great windbreaker or rain jacket to layer over your workout look! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Leggings, Sneakers, Slides, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Zella Biker Shorts

Review: Soft, high waisted and comes with pockets! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Shacket, Bra, Sneakers, Slides, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Thread & Supply Quilted Jacket

Review: Love the quilted detail of this jacket, it’s super comfy and warm + a great fall color! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Jeans, T-Shirt, Booties, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

The North Face Parka

Review: Super warm and a flattering fit- can’t go wrong!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Leggings, Sneakers, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Thread & Supply Plaid Shirt Jacket

Review: Super soft, love the fact that the inside is lined so that It’s comfy to wear, as most wool jackets can have a rough insideSizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured:T-Shirt, Jeans, Hat, Booties, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Avec Les Filles Shawl Collar Coat

Review: I was shocked how soft the inside of this coat is. I love the oversized fit and collar detail. Perfect pattern and color for fall.Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: T-Shirt, Jeans, Hat, Booties, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Treasure & Bond Long Wool Shirt Jacket

Review: I was shocked how soft the inside of this coat is. I love the oversized fit and collar detail. Perfect pattern and color for fall.Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured:T-Shirt, Jeans, Hat, Booties, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

BlankNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket

Review: If you have been looking to invest in a Leather Jacket I recommend this one! Such a flattering fit and the hardware detail is amazing.Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Graphic T-Shirt, White T-Shirt, Leggings, Sneakers, Bag, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Sam Edelman Belted Trench Coat

Review: If you have followed me for a while you know I love a good Trench coat. This Trench coat is the perfect length (not too long) and has a soft inside. It also has a hood that is removable! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: White T-Shirt, Jeans, Sneakers, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

BlankNYC Plaid Shirt Jacket

Review: This shacket has the best colors for the fall. Love the look of this relaxed fit with jeansSizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: White T-Shirt, Jeans, Boots, Hat, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket

Review: My all time favorite denim jacket, I’ve always liked the light wash of it! I was so excited to see that it was apart of the sale this year. Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured:White T-Shirt, Leggings, Sneakers, Bag, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

NECKLACES DETAILS I WORE FOR TRY-ON:  Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Other items I am wearing: White T-Shirt, Jean Jacket

Vince Camuto Tweed Jacket

Review: This blazer is such a flattering fit, the inside is lined which makes it comfortable to wear!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured:T-Shirt, Jeans, Booties, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Vince Wool Blend Cardigan

Review: This is so incredibly soft. I tried on all 3 different colors and I was obsessed + It is lightweight which makes It a great layering piece for the fallSizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Sweater, Boots, Earrings, Bag, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Madewell Kent Cardigan Sweater

Review: Love this Madewell cardigan so much so soft and a perfect layering piece. It is so versatile too because you can dress it up or dress it down! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: T-Shirt, Jeans, Booties, Hat, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Free People Turtleneck Sweater

Review: Free People Sweaters just keep getting better and better. This sweater might be my favorite from the sale. I bought it in three colors! It is incredibly soft and versatile. I wore It with Jeans for a cute fall outfit but I also tried It on one size up to wear It as a sweater dress and loved the look of It! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size small (Order one size up if you want to wear It as a sweater dress)Other items pictured: Cardigan, Jeans, Boots, Booties, Hat, Bag, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Free People Turtleneck Sweater

Review: This is that same Free People sweater in the color Beige. I love this color so much, Its a great piece for fall!Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size small (Order one size up if you want to wear It as a sweater dress)Other items pictured: Jeans, Booties, Hat, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Free People Turtleneck Sweater

Review: This is the Free People sweater in the color “Powder Puff”. Such a pretty white color that will not only be perfect for the fall but great for winter and spring! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size small (Order one size up if you want to wear It as a sweater dress)Other items pictured: Skirt, Jeans, Boots, Hat, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

Vince Funnel Neck Sweater

Review: Another soft, comfy sweater find! + almost half off! Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size small Other items pictured: Leggings, Bag, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace

BDG Urban Outfitters Sweater

Review: Loved the fit of this slouchy sweater! It’s the perfect relaxed sweater to make a casual fall outfit. Sizing: Fits TTS – wearing size smallOther items pictured: Jeans, Hat, Earrings, Huggies, Marquise Necklace, Coin Necklace, Crescent Necklace


A Letter from Lake Arrowhead

Our project in Lake Arrowhead is finally done!
While we put a few finishing touches on it and allow family and close friends to stay in the home during July and early August, we are getting so close to releasing the property to rentals. I’ve had a lot of people reach out with interest and have been suggesting that you all email Grant at – He will be releasing information as soon as its available regarding renting the home. You can also follow the house account on IG where I will be leaving updates.
I’m so excited to open our doors to you all. I went up to the lake this weekend with a few of my girl friends and it’s always so fun seeing faces light up over the beautiful experience. We had a blast. We went to town both nights and caught the free concerts in the village and picked up a few bottles of wine from Grapevine.
I’ll be sure to keep you all posted as soon as the house is open for rentals! In the mean time, here are a few pics I can share at the moment {prior to it being published!}.
In the feature image, I’m wearing my all time favorite button up by Velvet (I also have the matching pants), A.L.C. Skirt,  Hermes Sandals.

Boll & Branch Bedding

xoxo jacey


Pretty Summer Floral Dresses

If there is ever a dress that stops you in your tracks, this is it. Romantic, dreamy, and insanely gorgeous.
I’m usually a flowy, fluttering dress type of person.  But, this dress (fluttering but not flowy) wins.  And it wins big time.  From the fitted corset to the midi length, the organza and lace accents to the flute-like silhouette – photos do not do it justice.  In real life, it’s stunning.  And it’s super comfy!  While at Central Park, Colin and I decided to go rowing at the last minute.  I changed out my heels for flats, walked around Central Park for an hour, went rowing, and then to dinner.  This dress was like second skin!  Soft and super comfortable!

Styling this beautiful piece with a bag with chain, double gold headbands, and stud sandals.  Just in case you’re hunting for floral summer dresses, below are a few of my favorites!  From shades of green to mini floral prints, they’re beautiful for day and night.

I hope you enjoy this post and thank you so much for reading!
DRESS | V. Chapman dressSHOES | Alaia stud sandalsBAG | DeMellier bag with chainHAIR | Jennifer Behr headbands

Thank you so much for reading!