The hubby and I had an opportunity to take a quick three night trip to Cancun - all we had to do was get ourselves there! Whoohoo! Since the hubby travels a lot for work, he had racked up some points and free nights with Hyatt that we needed to use by the end of September. After finding cheap-o flights on Frontier, we packed up our bags and went on our little adventure this past weekend to the Hyatt Zilara.
It's almost that time of year! That time of year when everything in life turns GREEN for a day, and green food coloring gets some serious love. A few years ago, I even went out and bought this super sparkly green Shamrock shirt from Express. Sure, it may have been a bit expensive and somewhat overkill for a shirt that I literally wear once a year, but I LOVE IT and I always feel super festive when I have it on!
A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
No, I'm not Irish. I don't have any clear reason to love this holiday, but it's one of those fun holidays that is just an excuse to be goofy, drink some green beer, and eat some amazing corned beef. Yep, sounds good to me! Too bad it's on a Tuesday this year. :(
Now, it only makes sense that I show you a few St. Paddy's day mani ideas. The green polish used in each of the manis I'm about to show you is I-rush Luck by Sally Hansen (from the Insta-Dri line). This is the perfect green for St. Patrick's Day and it has an amazing formula! It's a one coater for sure (but I used 2 because I can never just paint 1 coat, haha).
I had a lot of fun creating these manis! I'm definitely not an artist, so if I can do these, so can you! Here we go!
I just love this one! It's so fun! To accomplish this look, paint your thumb, pointer, and middle finger green, your ring finger white, and your pinky gold. I chose to use Tomoko by Zoya, a textured pixidust glitter, for my pinky. I really thought the texture helped to portray the pot of gold look I was going for. Once the white polish on my ring finger was totally dry, I used a small nail art brush to freehand the rainbow. I wasn't worried about this being exactly perfect, but you could use nail vinyls or tape to make your lines more even and straight. I started with the red, and then very carefully painted stripes in rainbow order. I really like how this turned out!
It's All About the Shamrocks
Be Bold With Green Glitter
For this next idea, I decided to give the shamrocks some love. I used the same green I-rush Luck polish on my thumb, pointer, and middle fingers. I then used Mint Candy Apple by Essie on my ring finger, and a white polish on my pinky. The main focus here is the shamrock. Again, I decided to just free hand my take on a shamrock, using the darker green polish and a thin nail art brush. I started by drawing a small heart shape to make the first two clovers, then added two more clovers on each side, and a stem. It's not perfect, but I think you can at least tell that it's a shamrock. You could use a nail decal or stamp to achieve this look, too, if you aren't up for free handing it. I then added two thin green stripes to the pinky nail, and a white dot on each of the remaining green nails. I think it's pretty festive!
Now here's one for all you glitter lovers! When you aren't in the mood for nail art, a pop of glitter does the trick to spice up any mani. For this look, I first painted by nails green, then layered Green Ocean by Sinful Colors over top. Green Ocean is a light green jelly base filled with flakies and shards of different sized translucent glitters. Over a green polish, these take on a emerald/green/blue color, but when layered over white, the glitters take on a pink and orange hue, which really didn't appeal to me.
This mani reminded me of the Emerald City from Wizard of Oz! Absolutely stunning, and a great option for any one who wants a festive mani without tackling nail art.
Which one of these manis is your favorite?
Do you plan to wear a fun mani this St. Patricks's Day?
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March is here, and St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner! That means it's time to start busting out the green nail polish. I've decided to ease into the green polish, with Essie's Mint Candy Apple, which is a pale green creme polish with blue undertones. The name is a little misleading...this is definitely more of a pastel aqua than a true mint green, but I love it nonetheless!
I thought the formula on this was actually very good. It wasn't runny, and I got nice coverage in two coats. This is a unique color for me. I'm not normally one to wear green-ish nail polish, but I've decided that I'm going to give some love to the green polish this month in honor of St. Patty's Day!
At the last minute, I decided to spice this mani up a bit, and added Techno by China Glaze as a glitter topped accent nail. You can never have too much glitter, right?
The hubby and I also prepped for St. Patty's Day by "practicing" our beer drankin'. This past weekend we went to the Hofbräuhaus in Cleveland. If you live in the area, or have one of these near you (it's a chain), you MUST go! Even if you aren't into beer, the German food is amazing and the atmosphere is so much fun! It's polka music meets the adult sing-a-long. You'll want to start dancing and singing, and you'll become best buddies with the strangers that are sitting next you! Beer has that effect, doesn't it?
Well, dang! Look at the size of those beers! A full liter of beer will definitely get you in the mood to join the conga line and dance around the entire beer hall. Yep, I got roped into being the leader!
Why am I writing this post when I'm hungry! We had an amazing sausage, sauerkraut, and mashed potato dish called Nurnberger Rostbratwurstl. That's a mouthful to say! And those giant donut looking things? Onion rings! A.K.A fried fair food, heart attack on a plate, greasy dough with a bit of onion. Yummmmmmmm....take me back!
And there you have it - the hubs and I - enjoying a fun and goofy date night to start off the month of March.
Do you have a favorite green polish to wear this time of year?
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Today, I'm going to share OPI's Sweet Heart polish with you, and also give you a glimpse into my Valentine's Day extravaganza with the hubby. If you're here strictly for polish, skip down a bit. If you want a few laughs, keep reading.
This is the story of a young, child-less, pet-less couple, and the "fly by the seat of your pants" Valentine's Day that transpired.
The hubby and I have been together for 12 years! Yep! You read that right! Holy crap, right? I was just a kid when we met at 15. I mean, even I know that's ridiculously young! I'm pretty sure if I had a kid and they fell in love at 16 I'd freak out a little. (Sorry mom and dad for the added stress of raising a lovestruck teenage daughter - but at least it worked out!) :) Pretty soon, I will have spent more of my life with my hubby than without my hubby. CRAZY! I'm not complaining, though, he's a great catch and truly my best friend!
So this Valentine's Day really was no different than any other for us. We didn't really have any concrete plans - we're both indecisive like that. We had talked about going out to dinner, but didn't book a reservation anywhere and I was still in my pj's at 4 p.m. It had been snowing all day, and we actually considered not doing anything. Man are we getting old or what? Then, in a stroke of genius, the hubby said "what if we booked a hotel downtown and went to dinner and the casino?". Did I mention genius? Hubby travels a lot for work, so he said he'd check and see if he could use "points" and score a free hotel downtown. And guess what? HE COULD! Yay, we aren't lame! We had Valentine's Day plans...well sort of. We had step 1 of a plan.
Oh yes, before I go any further with my story, I should mention the beautiful roses that the hubster got me! Red roses - so pretty! And, he left me a little note saying that he wanted to get me some nail polish, but wasn't sure what to get and figured I'd like to pick it out myself, so he told me to go on a little shopping spree - SCORE!
Back to the story... So around 4:15 pm, we officially had Valentine's Day plans. And it's a good thing! I was in a bit of a funk that day, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have brushed my hair or even put real clothes on if he hadn't had his stroke of genius. I can always count on him to turn things around! So, the plan was...we were going to get ready as fast as we could, and head downtown and check into the hotel. (If you're new around here, I mean downtown Cleveland when I say downtown. Browns, Cavs, Indians...that city.) Then, we'd stop by Greenhouse Tavern and see if they could sneak us in for an early dinner or get us into a cancelled reservation. Hubby had been looking forward to having a steak, which he had there once over the summer (the gravy fries are also out of this world!). We had convinced ourselves that other couples would fear the snow and cancel their reservation, and we'd swoop in, valiant heroes, and save the day by filling the now empty table (wishful thinking, right?)
I think I got ready in about 30 minutes tops. I didn't even remember to pack the toothbrushes! I remember thinking "good thing we don't have a dog!" I literally went from scrubbing it in pj's to scrambling around like a mad woman, as if the Feds were after me and I needed to escape before they found me! I don't know why we were in such a hurry, but we were convinced that if we didn't leave as soon as possible, we'd be left eating McDonald's!
Once we got downtown, we parked the car at the casino, then walked over to the hotel. If you're lucky enough to live in the arctic...errr...I mean Cleveland...you'll know that it was NEGATIVE 50 THOUSAND degrees this weekend. So, our walk was a bit...FREEZING! On our way to the hotel, we passed the restaurant we had our eye on, and decided to stop in and check if anyone had cancelled their reservation. The nice hostess told us "no", but we could sit at the chef's table if we wanted. We kindly declined...hubby and I didn't even have to verbally communicate with each other on that one. 1) Chef's table sounds fancy 2) Chef's table sounds expensive 3) No. We decided to check into the hotel and then we would head back to the restaurant and sit at the bar. We aren't fancy people and the bar suits us just fine.
Two double beds...sweet. We got to the hotel, and they told us they were out of king beds, but we could have two double beds. How romantic! However, when we got up to our room, it was a king bed! Hubby thinks that the lady at the front desk "hooked us up", and I'm thinking it's a sign that luck is on our side. Millionaires in the making? Maybe the casino wants us to win tonight!
We were in the room long enough to look at our view (another building), then rushed back out to the restaurant. This whole evening was truly a whirlwind for the first hour and a half! We arrived back at the restaurant and parked our butts at the bar. Last two seats - yes! Menus came, and the hubby began to look for his beloved steak. Only problem...it wasn't on the menu! Nooooo! There was a different steak, but it was $60 and not the one he wanted! We had eaten here before, but usually just shared some appetizers and got drinks, so we weren't totally familiar with the full dinner menu. Change of plans! Luckily, we hadn't ordered anything and had only been sitting for about 3 minutes, when we quietly snuck out of the restaurant for the 2nd time in a 1/2 hour. We giggled as we left - close one!
Luckily, a little spot called Barrio was right near by, and the hubby and I had been wanting to try it, so we popped in. Tacos, salsa, chips, gaucamole, margaritas - it was perfect! I'm a huge fan of Mexican, so this was right up my alley. I ordered a blood orange margarita, and it was delicious! You can tell that they mix them fresh, and the blood orange was an unexpected, but delicious flavor! The night was coming together!
As I mentioned, the hubby sent me on a little shopping spree to pick out some nail polish for myself, so after we got back home, I spent Sunday afternoon stopping in different stores to look at the nail polish selections. The problem was, I didn't have any specific polishes that I wanted (or too many that I wanted?), so I sort of felt overwhelmed by the whole thing. I didn't know what to pick! Can you relate? You've just been handed money and been told you can purchase whatever you want, but you suddenly become paralyzed and don't want to spend any of it for fear of "picking the wrong one"? I decided to only get a few, and then saved the rest of the money to get something in the future. Good life decision, Katey! Way to be responsible!
One polish I did pick up was Sweet Heart, from OPI's Soft Shades collection. I really wanted a soft, neutral pink. I had been using Ballet Slippers by Essie, which I really love, but I've used it so much that the bottle is half way gone and it's starting to get goopy. The two colors are similar; however, I think Ballet Slippers has more of a crelly base, which is one of the reasons I loved it so much. I didn't want to get the same polish, though, since it is a little bit of a difficult polish to work with - enough of a reason to give something else a shot.
We ordered chorizo queso, traditional guacamole, and pineapple guacamole as an appetizer, and 2 tacos each for dinner. All of the food was incredible! Note to self...don't get the spicy salsa on your taco next time. Mouth on fire! The atmosphere at the restaurant was fun, and turned out to be perfect for us. Not quite as fancy as we initially envisioned, but absolutely fantastic!
We ended the night at the casino, and tested our luck at craps. We like to go to Vegas, so we called this our "practice run" for our upcoming trip this summer. Luck was on our side and we left the casino with more than we started with, which is always a good thing! The night was a success!
I preferred the formula on Sweet Heart over Essie's Ballet Slippers. It was a little bit streaky on the first coat, and had a few bald spots, but I was able to cover that up in the 2nd and 3rd coats. The pictures here are 3 coats. I probably could have gotten away with 2 coats, but I saw a few spots that weren't so perfect so I put a 3rd layer on to cover those spots up. One thing to note - the pink is very soft. It almost blends in with my skin tone since I have such fair skin, but there is definitely pink in this, especially when you see it in person. I'm in love with this shade!
I'm very happy with Sweet Hearts, and I'm glad it can be worn for any occasion. I had such a hard time doing a Valentine's Day mani this year that I wish I would have had this polish for Valentine's Day, instead of finding it the day after. I literally hated every mani I attempted and ended up wearing clear polish on Valentine's Day out of frustration. A simple polish like this would have done the trick!
How did you spend your Valentine's Day?
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Today, I did things slightly in reverse. Usually, I end my Sundays by eating a nice dinner with the hubby, and settling into my comfy clothes to paint my nails. Today, however, we were going brunchin', and I wanted to get my nails all spiffy for the outing. I woke up at 7:30 a.m., had some coffee, watched a bit of TV, and then busted out my nail polish to try out my new Zoya polishes. We were meeting my parents, my brother, and his fiance for brunch, and I was about done with my naked nails. I had been sporting a clear base coat for a few days that is supposed to help my nails grow stronger - we'll see how that works out...
So, here's the mani I came up with. I finally found a purple polish I love - Perrie by Zoya! I am not a huge fan of purple in general, and I've been unsuccessful in finding a purple polish that I actually wanted to wear on my nails. Well, look no further, I have found Perrie! I got this polish as part of the "3 Free" promo that Zoya ran at the beginning of January, and I'm so happy that I did. (Click here to see the mystery polishes that were included in that promo). I think the reason that I like Perrie so much is because it's a lighter shade of purple and has some pink undertones. It's perfect! I paired it with Tomoko, a Zoya pixidust, that I also snatched up in the recent promo. Tomoko is a gold micro glitter textured polish. One of the reasons I love it is because it's a soft gold, and not brassy in color. It doesn't dry smooth, but instead has almost a sandpaper feel to it when it dries...a soft sandpaper, if that's a thing. The point is, it's textured, but it's not going to catch or snag on things. Both of these polishes have amazing formulas. I also think they really compliment each other, and look beautiful together. These polishes will definitely get a lot of wear!
So with the mani complete..it's time for BRUNCH! The hubby and I don't go brunchin' often, but when we do...Mmmmmm! I love it! We went to Townhall in Ohio City in Cleveland, and naturally started off with some tasty beverages! My drink of choice, a Blood Mary. THIS WAS HANDS DOWN THE BEST BLOODY MARY I HAVE EVER HAD! The mix was homemade, and tasted sooo fresh! It's been a long time since I've had a Bloody Mary where they actually put a celery stalk in it. I love that! You get to drink AND eat your beverage. I need to figure out a dupe for this recipe. It was soooo much better than the store bought Bloody Mary mixes.
Next up, eggs benedict. YUMMO! English muffin, eggs, tomato, sausage, hollandaise sauce, basil. Seriously one of the best breakfasts I've had in a long time. And the rosemary breakfast potatoes? AMAZING!
With our bellies full, the hubby and I headed home to relax for the rest of the day. The remainer of this Sunday will consist of me snuggling up on the couch watching movies in my PJ's until the Grammy's start tonight. I might throw in some laundry, too! I love lazy Sundays!
Do you have a nail polish shade that you've struggled to love? What was the polish that won you over? What's your Perrie?
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