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Monday, October 18, 2010

14 days of perfectly polished nails? Yes please!

I have been hearing about this shellac manicure for a while now. Two weeks of a perfect manicure, no acrylic, fun colors and no chipping? Kind of sounds too good to be true, right? It's not! I called Sherrie Bearden, an awesome nail gal at Salon Lydia, booked my appointment and went in for my first shellac mani!

I had no idea what to expect. Here is the lay-man's rundown:
The 14-day staying power happen in 3 steps - a base coat (UV lamp), 2 color coats (UV lamp between each) and a top coat (UV lamp).
The big deal is that it goes on like a polish, looks like a gel and wears beautifully!

My nails looks amazing... bright red, unchipped and soooo shiny!

Call Sherrie, she did an amazing job and I love (and appreciate) how sanitary and timely she is too!
Sherrie Bearden, 801.918.3895

Cheers to the latest and greatest!
{I hate my hands, but I had to show off how miraculous this is... normally by day three, there is no day three... I paint every other day}

A perfect fall menu

With an intense craving for soup and something new, I thought I would try a Porcupine-inspired dish: potato beer cheese soup. It turned out even better than I expected. I added potatoes to a beer cheese soup recipe I found online, made a few minor adjustments and served this magical treat in a bread bowl. It was DELISH! Mikey and my sister Emily also raved about (Emily told me it was thee best soup she had ever had, and she gets to enjoy my Mom's cooking regularly, so this is a BIG deal).

I am normally so GOOD about taking pics of the entire process, but this time I was NOT... next time!

Click here for the link to the recipe I used.
I did not top with popcorn
I sauteed my veggies in butter until they were soft
I added potatoes... I peeled and boiled them, diced them and added them to my veggie mix
I used two cups of 1/2 & 1/2 and 2 cups of 1% milk
I used one bottle of Blue Moon (thee perfect choice)
I added a little extra chicken boullion, making it even more flavorful and some extra hot sauce and cayenne pepper

Served in a bread bowl... a recipe that will now be in regular rotation!

Dessert: Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies... to DIE for!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Falling for warm, rich colors

Along with my festive decor throughout our home, the aroma of warm pumpkin and cinnamon filling the air and the closet season switch out, I have busted out some of my favorite fall makeup colors.

During the fall and winter seasons, I like to switch up my hot pink cheeks and pale pink lips for warmer mauve-ish tones.

Here are some of my very favorites, the pumpkin is a nice touch, right?!
Cheeks: Plum Foolery
Eyes: Twinks, Arena and Antiqued
Lips: Liner - Half Red, Lipstick - Viva Glam VI

Do have any fall favorites?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The day Jamba became an Archibald

Jaima wore a gorgeous Maggie Soterro gown that hugged her tiny little body just perfectly! Beautiful pearl and gold accessories gave her a polished look with beautiful curls and great makeup (compliments of mmuuaah).

Congrats Jamba!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Just Married

Jaima and Chris had an incredible wedding this last Saturday, October 9. {I am SO obsessed with Weddings.} Everything about their day turned out perfect and Jaima was a gorgeous Bride! I was in-charge of hair and makeup, while I was a nervous wreck (about this and my toast) they both turned out so great!
As her MOH I gave her the something blue to cross off of her list, I am SO dissappointed in myself, I did not take a picture of the darling bouquet charm, blue lace panties and super cute packaging... but I am telling you, it was SUPER cute.
Now what will I do with my creative time? Good thing Halloween is around the corner... time to create!

I have said this before but again - I would love the opportunity to work with any of you, or anyone you may know, who is planning an event (wedding, showers, parties, etc.), call me!

It's all in the details

With my passion for coordinating events, and doing a fab job at it, I would love the opportunity to plan an event/party for a "client." Yes, I am totally new to the industry, but I do have enthusiasm for a perfectly planned soiree and tons of fresh ideas.

Being the neurotic human that I am, a detail does not go untouched.

With my growing interest, I am dying to help someone plan an event as a consultant... and even do some of the dirty work, because I love it! While some things can be outsourced, I have way too much fun creating and crafting to delegate it all.

(PPBH does not put me on agency event planning because I don't ROCK at it)!!! I am currently working on my second agency event this year, managing the entire event!

In the last year, my designer-friend Kenji and I have created (he does the actual design work) wedding invitations and coordinating print collateral, two logos and a website ... we are working to pull some of our pieces together to display on here.

OK, that's all. I just had to say it again... I AM FOR HIRE.