Hot or Not: OPI’s New Glitter Polish

I have a new obsession and I want to know what you think…

OPI recently came out with a line of glitter-packed nail polishes, and I’m a big fan.  Check it out:

This color is called “Show it & Glow it “, and its one 12 polishes that have been released by OPI in conjunction with the new movie, Burlesque.

Here’s what I like about the glitter polish:

-It’s easy to apply… even easier than regular polish because the glitter keeps it from running.

-It dries quickly

-It’s SUPER durable!  I chip nail polish all the time at school, and this stuff is holding up better than anything I’ve ever used!

-It’s PRETTY!!! I think it’s awesome for the holidays!

I’d say that the biggest downside of this polish (or any glittery polish) is that it can be difficult to take off.  My recommendation: soak your fingers in nail polish remover before going at your fingers with a cotton ball.

Ok, I’ve made my case.  Now I want to know what you think!
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Do you think glitter polish is hot or not?  Would you wear it?  Do you think it would be cute on toes, or is it better for fingernails?  Let’s chat about glitter polish in the comments!

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Wedding Wednesday: What They Don’t Tell You About Being Engaged

Don’t get me wrong, I am SO happy to be getting married.  But I’ve also discovered that there are some less-than-fun aspects of this whole engagement thing.  (Almost engaged girls: prepare yourselves!)

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Here are my top five un-fun engagement frustrations (in no particular order):

1. Money management. This one isn’t too surprising, I guess.  But boy does it suck to fall in love with something and then realize that it’s not in the budget.  Even when you can afford something, talking finances is never that fun and can easily take me out of the spirit of wedding planning.

2. When other couples get engaged after you, but married before you. I should have known that this would happen, since Travis and I chose to have a longer engagement (14.5 months), but I had no idea it would bug me so much!  I didn’t know many betrothed couples before our engagement this summer, but now it feels like everyone is putting a ring on it.  Even Kate Middleton and Price William are getting married before we are, and they JUST got engaged!!

3. When both of your ex’s happen to work at the restaurant that is catering your wedding. Oh, that doesn’t happen to everybody?  Well, aren’t we lucky…

4. Opinions, opinions, opinions. Everyone has one, and they love to share.  I’ve heard that this happens with new parents as well (something else to look forward to, I guess…), and I still don’t know exactly how to handle everyone’s “help”.  I’ve learned that when people tell you what your wedding should or shouldn’t be like— or when they make specific requests— it’s usually out of love.  It’s their way of saying “I want your wedding to be awesome… here’s how to make it happen”.  Cue the smile and nod

5. People assuming that they’re invited to the wedding. Yikes… this one is probably the worst of them all, mostly due to guilt.  Travis and I both have big families, but we’re having the wedding at my parent’s house, which isn’t big enough to hold everyone.  (Not to mention, our just-out-of-college budget can’t handle the weight of everyone we’re related to!)  It’s so hard running into people who offhandedly say “I can’t wait for the wedding!”, when we know that they probably won’t be on the guest list.

Married or engaged girls: Did you run into these problems when you were planning your wedding?  Any other difficult things about being engaged?

Single and almost-engaged girls: Any tips on how to best handle these situations??!  Do you anticipate engagement difficulties?  Tell me about it in the comments!!

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POLL: Do You Celebrate Black Friday And Cyber Monday?

While I enjoyed a lazy day in Salt Lake City on Friday, I read update after update on Facebook about Black Friday deals and early morning lines.

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I’ve never participated in a Black Friday shopping spree, which is somewhat surprising, considering my love of sale items.  I have, however, found some pretty good deals on Cyber Monday.  (I prefer browsing in my sweatpants.)  Last year, I found a $300 printer for $99, which I bought Travis for his birthday.  (Yes, I know it’s an unromantic gift.  But he loved it!)

Yesterday, Travis and I hunted around online for a point-and-shoot digital camera, and we ended up buying a cool waterproof model for $100 lower than the normal retail price!

Have you braved a food coma and hit the streets in search of a good deal?
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Do you get up early for Black Friday, or do wait for Cyber Monday and score good deals online?  Do you prefer to opt out of these crazy sales?  What’s the best deal you’ve scored?  Tell me in the comments!

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Happy Holidays: Unique Wreaths

Happy Monday, lovely readers!  I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving!  Travis and I had our first ever snowy Thanksgiving (we even got to go sledding!), so it really feels like the holidays have begun in our house.

I’ve been stumbling across a bunch of creative winter-time decor lately, and I am obsessed with these cool wreaths.  Check ‘em out:

I found this photo in the latest edition of Real Simple Magazine.

Learn how to make this adorable wreath on The Spotted Fox!

I love how the chartreuse bow modernizes this traditional wreath.

Feathers!!

Wouldn’t this be a cool way to display your holiday cards?

Which of these wreaths do you like best?  Do you have any favorite holiday decorations?  Do you like the idea of making your own wreath, or would you rather pick up a pre-made piece?

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Wedding Wednesday: Bridesmaids… Skirts?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a super conventional bride.  There are many traditional elements to our wedding, but Travis and I aren’t attached to hosting a super formal affair.  As gorgeous as traditional weddings are (seriously, I think they’re beautiful), it just doesn’t feel like “us”.

This philosophy trickles down to every aspect of wedding planning, and it’s come up most recently in the form of bridesmaid dresses.  The thing is, I don’t want bridesmaid dresses to come within a ten mile radius of our ceremony.

Okay, I know that’s a bit harsh.  But like I said, we don’t want our wedding to be too “wedding-y”.  So I’ve been looking for alternative outfit choices for my girls, and I think I may have finally come up with the perfect solution: bridesmaids in skirts!

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When I pitched this idea to my ladies, they were less than thrilled.  But after further discussion, I think I have them convinced.  Assuming you find the right skirt, this look can still be just as classy and dressy as a bridesmaid dress, but it allows for a little more freedom of expression on the part of the wedding party.  If all of the bridesmaids wear the same skirt with a different top (in a coordinating color), they’ll look cohesive while still being a little individual.

What do you think of putting bridesmaids in skirts instead of dresses?  Do you prefer a more traditional look?  If you were a bridesmaid, would you be happy to assert a little of your own style?  Have you seen this done at a real wedding?  Tell me about it in the comments!

P.S.- Have a great Thanksgiving and a relaxing long weekend!  Travis and I are in Salt Lake City visiting family, so this will be my last post for the week.  But join me here on Monday for some pretty Holiday inspiration!  xo


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