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Sunday, May 17, 2020

At Home No Chip Manicure: Step by Step guide

You can have the perfect manicure right at home! And the best part is, it lasts 2-3 weeks! Doing your own gel manicure at home also saves hundreds of dollars that would have been spent at the salon. 

You will need:

(You can also buy a whole kit HERE
No-Chip Polish: Here are some of my favorite colors (Pink, Blue, Color Set)

UV/LED light (The one I use)

Step 1: Remove Old Polish
If you need to remove old gel polish, I have a post on how to do that HERE

Step 2: Prep your nails
You can remove your cuticles, some people do and some don't...its a personal preference. If you do choose to, a cuticle remover liquid is helpful. Use the cuticle clipper to cut off the cuticles from your nail. Buff the tops of your nails with the buffer to take off a little bit of the top layer of your nail. File your nails and create the shape that you want. 

Step 3: Rinse
Once done, wash your hands to remove any nail filings. They can cause bubbles under the gel polish if not removed. 

Step 4: Dehydrator
 Apply the PH Bond to help dry out of your nails.

Step 5: Base Coat
Apply a thin layer of the base coat gel polish onto your nails. Then cure it under your light ( the amount of time will depend on the type of light you have) The instructions on the base coat will tell you how long you need to leave it for. Since I have an LED light, I only have to let it cure for 5 seconds.  

Step 6: Color
Apply a thin coat of your gel polish color on all nails and place under your light.  If you get the polish on your skin use toothpicks to wipe it away. They key is not get any polish on your cuticles or they will start to peel a lot faster. Depends on the color, but usually I put two coats of color on. For some darker colors I apply three coats. 

Step 7: Top Coat
Apply one layer of top coat and place under lamp. 

Step 8: Remove Top  Sticky Residue
Soak a cotton pad in rubbing alcohol and rub each nail. This will remove the sticky residue that is left on top of the nail

And you are done!


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Disney Bounding Can Help Bring a Magical Touch to Everyday Wear

Dress Disney but make it fashion! Disney bounding is a great way to showcase your love of different characters in a creative way. It can bring a touch of magic into everyday life by incorporating your favorite character into what you wear daily. There is no need to buy excessive costumes to channel your favorite characters, you can use the clothing you have right in your closet. Below are some of my Disney bounding outfits:

Sleeping Beauty: Aurora Outfit

Everyday Disney Bound Outfits Aurora

Aurora Outfit costume ideas

Sleeping Beauty Disney Bound Skirt
Location: Pink Street, Lisbon Portugal 
Make it pink! Make it Blue! My favorite scene from sleeping beauty is when Flora and Merryweather are fighting over Aurora's dress color and end up make her dress pink and blue. I found a pink and blue skirt from Fairytale & Company that resembles that scene!

Outfit Details: Where to buy
Top: Chicwish

Minnie Mouse Outfit 
Disneyland outfit ideas

Disney World outfit
Location: Disneyland, Hong Kong 
Outfit Details: Where to buy:
Red Top: Amazon
Skirt: Amazon

Snow White Outfit
Disney Bound Snow White
Location: 925 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 
Outfit Details: Where to Buy:
Blue Heels: Sam Edelman
Blue Top: Amazon 
Yellow Skirt: Morning Lavender, Chicwish

Outfits for Disneyland

Disney Outfit inspiration


Saturday, April 25, 2020

Remove Gel No Chip Nails at Home - Step by Step Guide

No chip manicures are great for making your nail polish last weeks upon weeks. But when it comes time to take them off, that can be a little tricky. No matter what, do NOT peel your gel nails off! This will damage your nail bed and make your nails brittle and weaker. 

You will need: 

- Aluminum foil
- Paper towel

Step 1: 

Cut the aluminum foil into 10 strips that are big enough to wrap around each of your fingers. You will want to have all of your cotton balls separated before you start wrapping the foil around your nails. Once the foil is wrapped around one hand, it will be hard to separate the cotton balls.

Step 2: 

Buff the top layer of your nail polish with the nail file. You will want to do this over a paper towel because it can get messy very fast. Removing the top layer of gel polish will allow the acetone to penetrate the other layers of gel. 

Step 3:

Dip your cotton ball in acetone and place it on top of your nail (make sure it covers the entire nail). Then take the foil and wrap it around your nail/finger. Do this for every nail.

Step 4: 

After about 10-15 min check to see if the polish is coming off.  If a lot of the polish has started to come off, then remove the foil from your nails. Use your nail stick/cuticle pusher to scrape off the remaining gel polish. If the polish is not coming off easily, then place your nails back in the foil wraps for another 5 minutes. 

Wash your nails after tall the polish is off. 

Full video on How to Remove Gel Polish at Home:


Friday, April 24, 2020

Beautiful Furniture Ideas

Amazon has so many furniture options. With the IL stay at home order extended through the end of May, nows a good time to do some redecorating. I'm sharing some of my top picks from Amazon below: 

Available on Amazon

Clothing rack available on Amazon 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Eelco Mural - Beautiful Street Art in Chicago

Bet Murals Street art in Chicago
Title: Wild Life
Location: 1306 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL (back alley)

Artist Statement: 
"Wild life shows the animals in their changed habitat. Through the metaphor of today's society where we are packed up in it’s galaxy. All reaching for the same star"

Sky Blue dress
Dress: Calvin Klein, Similar
Heels: Here


Murals in Chicago downtown


Sunday, April 12, 2020

Carmel by the Sea, California Day Trip

Carmel by the Sea is one of the most charming towns in California. It is only a few hour hour drive from San Francisco making it the perfect place to visit for a weekend getaway. This cute town offers a plethora of activities and attractions including cozy bed and breakfasts, art galleries, wine tasting rooms, unique boutiques and the famous white sands of Carmel Beach. There are also so many great Instagrammable photo locations all throughout town! My favorite were the fairytale cottage buildings and shops. 

My top things to do:

1. Afternoon Tea at the Tuck Box

fairytale cottage tea time

2. Walk around town and find all the fairytale cottage shops and boutiques


3. Red Flower Wall

Flower wall

Flower wall for instagram

4. Beach Beach

5. Wine Tasting along the Carmel Wine Walk

Outfit Details: 

Carmel by the Sea

carmel by the sea

Flower wall

Carmel by the Sea



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