Every girl loves to get a manicure and I’m no exception! The trouble is, after spending $20-$40 on the professional service (depending on the salon/spa), my beautiful manicure gets chipped after a couple of days. I know you’ve all experienced this frustration and frankly, this waste of money. I feel the same frustration when I spend an hour at home filing and painting my nails and subsequently smudging it before it’s dry or chipping it a day later.

About a year and a half ago, my local nail bar, The 10 Spot started advertising a new “indestructible manicure” by OPI called Axxium. Immediately, I was intrigued and took to Google to learn more. I learned that it’s a gel based nail polish that is cured in stages under a UV light. Once the mani is complete, it’s 100% dry with no risk of smudging or denting. It’s not indestructible forever, but it is for about 3 weeks – with no chips (unless you’re super rough with your nails).

I immediately booked an appointment at The 10 Spot and got my first OPI Axxium gel manicure…and loved it! The curing process adds time to the process so the full mani lasted about one hour, but at the end, I could reach into my purse to grab my wallet and pay with completely dry nails! The gel really is durable and on top of that, it’s way more shiny than regular nail polish and comes in a variety of colours. At $50 a pop, this manicure isn’t cheap, but worth it for those who regularly get manicures. That said, I didn’t like the idea of relying on a professional service that costs so much on a regular basis, so I started researching DIY options…

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I have always loved Anthropologie and their sister stores the more affordable Urban Outfitters and the luxurious BLDHN, but since their dresses can be a little pricey (albeit super pretty), I generally stick to the more budget-friendly stores. Anthropologie is known for their unique collection of boho chic fashions, eclectic accessories and home furnishings.

Today I took the plunge and browsed their website for the first time in months and came across some serious stunners! Keep reading to see the dresses that I love…and wish I had never found!!! View Post

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During my daily ModCloth browsing, I came across a new dress for my wishlist! The excitement disappeared quickly though…because it was sold out! Of course I subscribed for the restock notification, but when I can’t have something, I always think about it more! I’ll be checking my email daily until I get that email from ModCloth – are we there yet? Lol…

This demure little dress has been dancing ’round in my head all day! Gorgeous green, a-line, short sleeves, scoop neck, criss-cross back with a lower back cutout – it sure is dreamy!

I think I would pair it with ballet flats or lace-up heeled booties and perhaps gold accessories because gold really pops on green. What do you think?

My first encounter with cake pops happened while I was standing in line waiting for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. They had three glorious kinds of cake pops, so naturally I had to sample them all! Well needless to say, they were amazing and I wanted to make them myself! I heard through the grapevine that Starbucks had DIY kits for sale, but I couldn’t find any so I decided to embark on this adventure on my own!

I came across some fun recipes on Bakerella and posted them in my “Yummy Recipes” pin board on Pinterest. The best place for DIY baking/candy making ingredients in Canada is Bulk Barn – I found everything I needed there, from cake mixes and icing to melting chocolates in various colours and sprinkles too! Time to get started…

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