5 RA’s + loads of coffee= ?

… it equals a lot of laughs, sometimes a few tears & struggles, and most importantly a strong & life long friendship.

Right now, I am headed to Seattle with some of the most important people in my life. JKJAB, as we call ourselves (Julie, Kailah, Jackie, Ashley, Brittany), is meeting up for our 6th annual trip. We all met working as resident assistances at the school we went to. Ever since a year after the last of us finished undergrad, JKJAB has gone on a trip together. We typically try to go to locations that the majority of us have never been before, however, sometimes budgets only allowed for more local trips but they’re just as fun.

Below are some pics from the past trips (and one while we were still in college). I plan on taking a ton of pictures this weekend and will share them when I get back. Gotta go get on my plane!

Have a great weekend,

Tootles! 🙂

Not So Eggcelent Eggs

Hi there! I hope everyone that celebrates Easter had a wonderful day and if you don’t celebrate it, I still hope you had a great Sunday!

I spent Saturday out of town with some old friends of mine for a crawlfish boil. I don’t eat crawlfish, but I love all the other fixings they have with them, eggspecially the potatoes and carrots, yum! Sunday I had lunch with my boyfriend’s family and then dinner at my uncle’s house with my uncle of course, my mom and her boyfriend.

All in all, a very tasty weekend filled with family and friends, the best kind of weekend to have!

Now for the crate of rotten eggs… I had quite a few ideas for manis that I wanted to do for this weekend, but the eggecution was not on point. The glitter look is OK I guess, but it wasn’t really what I was going for. The chocolate robin’s eggs with basket weaves really aren’t Easter Bunny worthy, but not every mani can be a golden egg, oh well.

Colors used for glitter eggs:

  • Pink nail is with L’Oreal – Pink Me Up (280) topped with OPI – Princesses Rule (NL R44)
  • Yellow nail is OPI – Lemonde Stand By Your Man (NL D22)
  • Blue nail is OPI – Teal the Cows Come Home (NL B54)
  • White nails have a white creme base topped with OPI – Fit for a Queensland (NL A48)
  • All nails topped with Sally Hansen – Goldi-Flecks (140) and OPI – Snow Globetrotter (HR F16)

Colors used for chocolate eggs:

  • Base for the robin’s eggs was OPI – Don’t Boss’s Nova Me Around (NL A60)
  • Speckles for the robin’s eggs were acrylic craft paints DecoArt Americana brand – Baby Pink, Indian Turquoise, & Pineapple (I used a toothbrush to dot the paint on)
  • For the basket, I used Plaid Folk Art acrylic paint in 2480 Royal Gold (and also for the gold flecks on the robin’s eggs) and for the basket weaves I used a mix of DecoArt Americana Bittersweet Chocolate & Mississippi Mud (also used for the chocolate part of the eggs)
  • Zigzag decal for the egg crack was from a drugstore set of French tip guides
  • Topped all nails off with a glossy top coat then a couple of coats of Zoya Matte Velvet Lacquer

Have a great week, Tootles! 🙂


**Sorry about the egg puns, I couldn’t help myself** 😛

Rockin’ & Rollin’

Well hey there! This past weekend my boyfriend and I went to a car show that we’ve attended the last couple of years. This car show features 1963 and earlier traditionally-styled American hot rods, custom cars, and traditionally-styled bikes.

The weekend starts off Thursday with a BBQ and what you could call a mini car show. On Friday morning, car show drivers and general car enthusiasts meet up bright and early at 7AM for a garage crawl. The crawl highlights a handful of garages ranging from shops built at homes for personal use, which tend to be really impressive, and shops that are actual businesses (local grown shops, not big box places). The rest of the day until 6PM everyone gathers at the expo center for the big event. Rows and rows of cars line up to be admired, get inspiration from, and create new connections of friends. The show also has live bands, lots of food trucks, vendors, and a swap meet. Later in the night, event goers break out to different locations hosted by the car show, either at a local car hop with great burgers, live music, and a drive-in movie; or they gather at a well known car shop for more car perusing and live music. The show and evening events all repeat on Saturday. Finally on Sunday, there’s one last crawl and meet-up for a breakfast shindig. We haven’t been to this event yet we usually leave before then, but we hope to participate next year.

This is the first year for us to actually have a car at the event… Our first year attending, we had a vehicle, but it wasn’t road worthy yet, so we took my boyfriend’s, great granddad’s old farm truck (it’s old, but not old enough to qualify to be in the show). Last year, we drove my boyfriend’s 1931 Chevrolet Coach most of the way to the event, but we started having issues midday on that Thursday. After some fiddling and finagling, we thought we had things ready to go for the garage crawl on Friday morning, however, issues occurred in the middle of the crawl. More tinkering took place… a long story short, Remy (that’s the ’31’s name) never made it to the expo. Thankfully this year we made it issue-free to and from the show.

All that said, I of course had to do a mani that was themed for the weekend. Remy is mostly navy with little hints of black and some chrome, but it took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. I obviously was still stuck on my marbling kick, so I did that as my accent nails and went for a sleek and classic look for the rest.

I didn’t really get a good photo of my nails in my usual mani pic format, this will have to do :/

Colors used:

  • Any creme black polish
  • Pure Ice – Kiss Me Here (541CP)
  • Essie – No More Film (364)
  • OPI – Silver Canvas (NL P19)
  • Any clear coat polish (not a top coat or quick dry, I painted the marble nails with No More Film as the base and instead of marbling with that polish, I used a clear coat in the marble so you could still see the navy)
  • Vinyls – I bought a package of assorted french tip strips at the drugstore (a while ago) and used these to expose the chrome base, not sure of the brand name

Tootles! 🙂

Double Dipped

As predicted, I did one last March Marble Mani Madness look. I did this look for last week because not only was it the final week of March, but last Monday was the one year anniversary of my mom’s mom passing away. I also lost my dad’s mom 22 days prior to Granna (in the same year) but I was on my trip to London/Ireland earlier this month which made me miss doing a dedication mani for her. So, this mani is for both Granna and Grandma! They both loved purple, so I knew I had to do something with a lot of it. Granna also loved daisies, hence having the accent nails with daisies on them. 2016 was a pretty difficult year and I miss them both terribly, but I’m glad neither of them are suffering anymore (Grandma with Alzheimer’s and Granna with Pulmonary Fibrosis).

Ok so, the title of this post is “Double Dipped” and here’s why… I’m featuring BOTH my hands. I typically do all my manis on both hands, but as most nail artists will share (that do their own nails), they have a hand that isn’t as great as the other one, aka Cinderella hand. My right hand is Cindy for me, since I’m right handed and my left is usually the “prettier” mani. However, this time, I really like how Cindy turned out, almost like it more than my left!

Colors used:

  • Any white creme polish (for marbling and daisy petals)
  • Wet n Wild Megalast – On a Trip (213C) used for base color and marbling
  • Sinful Colors – Enchanted (1183) for marbling
  • OPI – Siberian Nights (NL R52) for marbling
  • OPI – The “It” Color (NL B66) for the daisy center
  • Decal/Stencil – Twinkled T Daisy Vinyls

Tootles! 🙂