My New Favorite Manicure

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet to make up for last week’s miss. I love having my nails done. It makes feel like I am still put together even if my hair is a mess or my makeup is the bare minimum. I find the upkeep difficult though for several reasons. There’s finding the time to go to the salon without the little one, or I could do them at home but I never am able to allow them to fully dry so they end up getting messed up on day 1. Recently I attended an online party with Sandy, for a company called Color Street and my mani world has changed!

Rio Red

Color Street is 100% nail polish strips. They are easy to apply, come in a ton of colors, and they last just as long (but mostly longer) as a regular manicure! Plus, my favorite feature: NO DRY TIME!

What makes Color Street better? In my experience Color Street exceeds it competitors for a few reasons. My struggle with similar products is that the strips don’t fully adhere to my nail so I end up with puckering and peeling. With Color Street, since it is real nail polish, the strips are more flexible and can even be stretched a bit to fit your nails perfectly. Application is easy and quick, plus everything you need comes in the little packet. There’s nothing extra needed!

Color Street is purchased through Independent Stylists. I have a few I can refer you to if you are interested in checking them out!

Here are some of my manicures. I promise, they’re awesome!

Colors top to bottom: Rio Red, Giza Sands and Tokyo Lights, French Meet Me in Paris, Tokyo Lights

Tip: Since these strips are made of real nail polish, they will eventually dry out if left open. To get more than one manicure out of a pack, I replace the unused strips back in the plastic, squeeze out as much air as possible then seal with packing tape. I was able to use the same color strips 3 weeks later. *No where on the Color Street site, or through consultants, is this endorsed…just found this to be useful to me after I lost half a pack without even thinking about the strips drying out!

Check out the strips here and let me know your favorite color! Mine is Tokyo Lights!

I purchased the nail strips shown above on my own. I received a free set of strips as a thank you for the referral links after the blog was published. All pictures and opinions are my own.
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DIY: Bow Frame

I am back!  Little Audrey was born on 6/1 and we have been enjoying life with an infant ever since!  It has been a crazy ride but she is great and we are super excited to watch her grow into a little person.  They say you forget what life was like before kids, and as cliche as that saying is, it’s been so true for us.  Maybe it’s just the sleep deprivation because I can’t remember much of 3 days ago either.  For my first post back, I thought I’d share an item from her room:

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Photo by Roza Melendez Photography (rozamelendezphotography.com)

As soon as I found out we were having a girl I wanted to go out an buy bows and headbands in every color under the sun.  So of course, we got some as gifts and I went at got a (large) handful and needed somewhere to store them.  I checked out good ole’ Etsy and was surprised by the cost of these frames.  On average they were about $40 a piece.  Don’t get me wrong, I love supporting local and small shops.  I understand and appreciate cost of supplies, cost of time, and that these shops are not in business to give away their work for free.  However, in this case I was feeling creative and wanted to give it a shot.

Supplies:

  1.  Frame.  I found one similar to this at Hobby Lobby.  They always have items on sale or a great coupon available.  I found mine for $15 in white.
  2. Ribbon.
  3. Glue Gun
  4. Tea Cup hooks 
  5. Paint
  6. Drill with wood drill bit a size smaller than your hooks

Steps:

  1. Remove the glass and backing of the frame and paint your frame in chosen color. I used Behr Ultra in Guava Jelly. I got the sample size for about $5 from Home Depot
  2. After measuring the ribbon, I used the glue gun to attach the ribbon to the lip on the back of the frame where the glass would typically rest.
  3. Using the drill, place holes evenly spaced in the bottom of your frame. You want to  drill the holes first so you don’t split the wood when twisting in the hooks.  (Phil did this for me)
  4. Attach bows and hang headbands!

Easy 😜

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