Friday, September 26, 2014

Fab Friday: Polish Girl Nail Cafe

Happy Friday loves! Hope you all had a great week and are anticipating an even better weekend. Now, if you follow me on Instagram, you're pretty familiar with my ever changing gel mani's.

Well, since I'm heading there in few minutes, I thought I'd pop in tell you guys about the place where these beauties are created!

Polish Girl Nail Cafe is probably my home away from home. I'm there almost as often! Not to mention, it's one of my favorite places to get chatty and come up with ideas for new projects.

The owner, Ebony "Wynter" Conley, lets me unleash my DIY skills across the shop. For example, I tried my hand and faux finishing and distressing on the cash counter above.

The shop is so bright and happy, not only with its bright colors, but also huge picturesque windows that give views over midtown Memphis.

The beauty bar above is where in-house makeup artist, Paris Chanel does her magic. Just one of the many services that the shop provides.

The custom nail bar (built by yours truly) is the centerpiece of the shop. It's where you'd sit for any service from a "Just Polish Me, Please" Polish Change to a "I'm So Gelly" Gel Manicure. Whatever it is that you're in need of, they are willing to provide.

Polish Girl is known for their extensive selection of the latest and most popular colors from brands like Essie and OPI.

And their gel color selection is constantly growing!

You'll always find the latest collections readily available for your choosing.

It's actually what I chose from on my last visit.

So, if you're looking primp you pinkies this weekend, give the ladies as Polish Girl Nail Cafe a call and schedule your appointment now! You'll love what they can do for you!

Also, be sure to visit their website and follow Wynter and Summer on Instagram to get the latest news on events at the shop and special deals and discounts!

Don't forget to tell the ladies that I sent you! That's if you don't see me there, of course!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello September!

I'm so excited about everything September represents and promises to bring. We're on the cusp of fall, so that means shopping for cute booties and new jeans is on the horizon. I started a new job last week and can't wait to tell you guys about it! And most importantly, the hubs and I are celebrating our anniversary this month!

Is anyone else as excited about September as I am?!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Adding some function with the help of TIde Oxi

Despite the unexpected delay, my project is finally ready for it's big reveal!!!

I was recently chosen by the good people at P&G to be one of 50 bloggers to put the new Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover to the challenge. If you haven't heard of of this stuff, you're in luck, because I'm about to give you your first glimpse of its capabilities!

For the challenge, I was given a Home Depot gift card to purchase the product; and since I knew I didn't want to just do a  a product review, I used the remaining balance of the card to purchase a few more supplies that I needed for my project.

For a long time, I've realized that we hadn't been using our entry way to its full potential. Despite not actually having an entry way, I knew and could add some function to this lack-luster space.

You'll see our front door, which opens up directly into the living room, to the right. The wall that you see, is actually, a wall of our dining area. This was the perfect spot for me to try out some simple floating shelves to help bring some function to the area. 

After a little painter's tape placement, I finalized my shelf size and location.

 I didn't have a lot of money left over for materials, so I thought of a solution that would give me sturdy shelves that required the least amount of lumber. One 2 x 10 x 16 piece of lumber was all I needed! I had my piece cut down into four 40" pieces.

After locating three studs in my wall, marking their locations on my boards, and then using my Kreg jig to drill in some pocket holes, I gave the boards a good sanding and they went up on the walls in no time!

Once up, I prepped them for paint with a little frog tape.

 Once prepped, I gave them each a coat of primer and two coats of glossy white paint. (If I was a little more patient, I would've painted them before hanging them...only because getting the tape from behind them was a pain.) And after letting them dry for about 24 hours, I jumped right into styling!

I added a white vase to act as a mail catcher and brought in a tray and one of our elephant hooks for keys and loose change.

I'm still on the hunt for a pair of stools or ottomans to go under the last shelf, but I couldn't be happier with how they turned out! Now, what I could be happier with was our carpet. Enter Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover!

With it being our entry/dining area, it had more than seen better days.

I grabbed a bucket and a couple cleaning rags and dissolved a scoop of Tide OXI in about a gallon of warm water. I used one rag to dip into the Tide OXI solution and scrub the stained areas. Then, I used the clean, dry rag to blot it up. Pretty simple process and it gave pretty awesome results.

This stuff has over 200 household uses, from cleaning carpet to hard surfaces; so, whatever your problem, this is a great solution. Just simply follow the instructions on the back of the tub.

I was pretty excited about the carpet results, so I threw a little in with a load of whites. In this load was a pair of my 5 year old's all white sneakers.

Here they are before:

And here they are after:

The test is always in the laces, and I definitely give props to Tide OXI for killing it in this challenge! 

So, what do you guys think? Willing to give Tide OXI a try?
This is a sponsored post. P&G provided me with a Home Depot gift card to purchase this product and other supplies, but all opinions and photos are 100% my own.

P.S. I'll be back next week with a few posts on the DIY artwork you see above!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Project Alert!

It's hump day and I'm knee deep into a new project!

Hopefully, all goes well and I'll have details and a finished project by Friday! Wish me luck!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Eggplant Pasta Casserole

Scrolling through my Instagram feed yesterday, I came across a healthy eats account that had posted this recipe. I couldn't resist. I had to try it out immediately.

The recipe sounded great as it was, but while shopping for groceries, I got the bright idea to add just a few more veggies. It turned out so well, that I HAD to share it with you guys!

1 large eggplant
1 package of sliced Baby Bella mushrooms
1lb of your choice of pasta (I chose wheat penne rigate)
2/3 cup of chopped yellow onions
1 tsp of minced garlic
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce (mine is Kroger brand tomato & basil)
1 tsp of fresh-ish basil
1 cup of mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
Garlic Powder

Start by dicing your eggplant into 1/2 inch cubes.

Spread them out on a parchment paper lined pan and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast in the oven at 500 degrees for 15 minutes.

I decided to beef up my casserole by adding some garlic, onion and mushrooms. Just saute the mixture until the mushrooms and onions are cooked through.

While this is going, cook your pasta according to its directions. Once done, combine all of your ingredients, including half of the cheeses, into a casserole dish. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top, and bake in the oven on 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until it's nice and bubbly.

Serve it up hot and enjoy with a little garlic bread. The hubs and the kid, both, cleaned their plates. I'm definitely calling this one a winner!