I'm definitely a brand loyalist. Once I find something I like, there is very little deviation. That's for sure the case with Essie nail polishes. It's not just that they have cute little white handles, I genuinely think they go on easier and I love their color selection! 

When I lived at home and had a paycheck to burn I would routinely get my nails done at a salon every 2 weeks. Gone are those days because with marriage came a budget tightening. At first I really had zero nail painting abilities, but gradually got better and now I think I do a pretty good job! On my own nails anyway, I have a feeling I'd do terribly on someone else's. 

An unexpected bonus of my budget tightening do-it-yourself manicures, was learning that keeping my nails painted keeps me from biting my fingernails! It's easy to talk yourself out of chewing on them when you worked so hard to paint them, and wanting your paint job to last a long time. 

I'm completely obsessed with Essie, and that's the majority of what I own. With the last bottle I purchased, I had to expand my storage to two acrylic bins instead of one. Bittersweet for me actually. I love having a nice collection and plenty to choose from, but it totally meant a reorganization of my medicine cabinet to store it. 

Here's how I keep my collection tidy: 

I found these 2 acrylic organizers at Walmart, and I think they were meant for a drawer, but they are perfect for our not-that-deep medicine cabinet. I had about 18 polishes before I outgrew just one. 
And now for my current favorites! I love all of my colors, but these are the ones I have been grabbing more of lately. 

one// Fiji
Fiji is an awesome light pink, but it's still a very bright color. Great for both spring and summer. Light colors like this make me feel a little bit more tan!

Petal Pushers was Essie's color of the month in December (or maybe January?) and I hadn't seen it before then. It's such a great blue-gray and I think it's still a good color for spring. I was wearing it the other day when my friend Ashley complimented it, she said she had been looking for a similar color after she saw it on Pinterest. I had her pull up the picture and sure enough it was Petal Pushers! She was first of all amazed that I knew it before I read the caption and secondly really excited that she could borrow it from me anytime.

This has been a favorite lately too. Cute As A Button is a bright coral color, but also not fluorescent. I feel like this color goes great with everything both spring and summer.

Four// Gel Setter
Ok, so this isn't a color, but it's my favorite on this list! I swear by Gel-Setter. It's a super thick top coat that makes your regular polish into a gel manicure. It makes your nails shiny and chip resistant. I'm incredibly tough on my nails, and I even hand wash our dishes. I get atleast a week of chip freeness when I use this top coat...as opposed to maybe 2 days without it.

I'm currently on a nail polish buying freeze until I use up a bottle or two. A girl can only use so many colors...I justify it by thinking about how much money I save by doing my own manicures. At a salon a regular polish manicure can be anywhere from $10-20. Each Essie polish is about $8, and contains countless manicures and pedicures...right?! Yeah, Blake didn't buy it either. 

Leave me a comment: Tell me your favorite nail polish brands and colors! Are you a brand loyalist? Do you do your own nails, or do you splurge and go to a salon? 

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one// Outfit time! I did really bad this week with my outfit pictures. Most of these are actually from last week...I am so mad at myself because I LOVED my outfit last Friday, and I completely forgot to take a picture. I will have to recreate it. 

two// I got my Ipsy bag in the mail last Saturday. I had actually completely forgot it was coming! I got a bottle of moroccan argan oil, which I wasn't extremely excited about because I have gotten 3 or 4 argan oil samples since I signed up for Ipsy-and you don't use all that much so I have quite the collection at this point. I also got a Tarte lipstick, which is great and feels so awesome on your lips. The highlighter brush is such a pretty color, but I don't have any highlighter to try it out with! I've been wanting to get some though. I got a creamy gold eyeshadow, and I will probably give that away. The eyeliner is a really cool light tan color, which I am experimenting with in the corners of my eyes. 

three// Our weather has been gorgeous and all I want to do is be outside. We did another little hike at Big Shoals State Park, and that was so fun! My hip has been bothering me after a tough workout last week, and I wanted to stretch it a bit, so a nature trail was just right. That golden hour though...everything looks so picture perfect. 

four// I feel like such a traitor and imposter! I was born and raised in Tallahassee, so I basically have to be an FSU fan. But, I went to my first Gator game Thursday night. I have to admit I even wore orange and blue...I feel so guilty! It was such a close game. It was 1-1 the whole game, and they ended up playing 12 innings. It was so late, but I really wanted to stick it out. Georgia eventually won, but I loved being on the same 'side' as Blake, who is an avid Gator fan. 

five// Guys, I have to share these pictures of Delly! She had a vet appointment this week for her yearly check up. She gets crazy at the vet! She has learned that's where she gets her nails trimmed, which is a nightmare. As soon as we pull into the parking lot she's frantic. Recently when we are there she has tried to climb into my purse, hoping I will carry her out! It's so cute. Okay, how hilarious is her face in these?! 

Happy Friday!

From Amazon: FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
What I Didn't Like:
I really don't have much to say in this column! I'd really have to nitpick to find something I don't like. Isabelle really irritated me at first, but not for long. 

What I Liked: 
The character development in this book is outstanding. There are some really strong women in this story. I love these sisters and their dynamic is so realistic to family that has had a strained past. Their relationship story is great, and I also love Vianne and her daughter's relationship, as well as Vianne and her best friend Rachel's relationship. All very moving and easily to relate to! I liked reading about how two people can have very different responses to the same tough situations, and you can completely understand both points of view. 
The flashforward chapters completely threw me and I was not excepting how emotional I got during that last one! It's hard to believe how awful humans can be and that WWII wasn't that long ago. 

Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5 Stars (1: hated it, 2: didn't like it, 3: liked it, 4:liked it, 5: loved it)
Another 5/5 for you! I really enjoyed this book. It's not a difficult read, but it takes you on quite a journey. 

Leave me a comment: What's next on your to-read list?

I absolutely love the idea of Stitch Fix! Getting new clothes is so great, but the actual act of shopping isn't all that fun for me. I get frustrated so easy and dressing rooms are the worst. Stitch Fix is an online personal shopping service. When you sign up you fill out an style profile that includes your size, tastes and preferences. They ask you questions like how often you wear dresses or if you prefer gold or silver jewelry. Plus you can link your Pinterest boards for your stylist to look at! They send you 5 pieces to try on, and if you like them you can buy them. Buy all 5 for 25% off. 

My dad and my sister made it really clear they thought this was a really weird thing to do, but I really wanted to retake our wedding photos! We got married 6 years ago, and we hired a friend of the family photographer to take our wedding pictures. He did a good job documenting the day. But, there were maybe 2 or 3 portraits of Blake and I that I actually loved. Most of them were really awkwardly posed or photoshopped to death. 

So it may have been a weird thing to do, but I'm so so happy we did it! Chabeli has taken our family photos before and did an amazing job once again with these pictures. I wore my original dress, but had to do my hair a bit differently because it's much shorter now. Blake on the other hand had a completely different outfit on. On our wedding day he wore a rather ill fitting tux, but now he's in his trusty navy suit. Our friend Tammy made us a bouquet and boutonniere. I did my own makeup and my sister did my hair! I only wish I did my own makeup on our wedding day-I may have actually looked like myself! 

So it was really super hard for me not to post every single picture! I love them all. The hardest part will be deciding which ones to get prints of! You can see more of our pictures here or here.

Dress by David's Bridal (I'm pretty sure it's one of their $99 ones now! A little upsetting since it was a lot more than that in 2010) 
Pearls: Helzberg (A gift from Blake)
Hair Comb: Amazon

Suit by Men's Warehouse
Tie: J Crew
Pocket Square: Mark and Graham 
Shoes: Jos A Bank
Star Wars Cufflinks: Ebay

Leave me a comment: What do you think of retaking wedding pictures? What do you think of ours?

Navy & Green

11:20 AM, in ,
Lace Tank: New York & Co
Navy Slingbacks: DSW
Green Bead Necklace: Bead Outpost at Epcot (It's made of old park maps!)

one// I had written an entire life update post to go live this week and for some reason it didn't publish when I scheduled it. Just as well, it stressed me out reading it! Our life is so busy right now. We did hire a newbie at work which will means a big relief for me. I will share a few highlights from that post here today. 

two// I have taken on a few cleaning jobs for some extra money. Cleaning isn't the most glamorous job, but it's my jam. I enjoy that time to myself and I have been getting a lot of audiobooks finished. One of my newest jobs asked me to help organize her new house. Organizing is also one of my favorite things! It's so satisfying. Here is a linen closet I worked on this week. It makes me so happy to look at it! 

three// I've been really inspired by Bible Journaling lately. Basically you draw whats happening in the margins, or hand letter a verse. My version has been writing down a favorite scripture from the week's Bible reading in my planner margin. Job 22:21 is a new favorite. 

four// I only have my outfits from Monday and Tuesday to share with you today! Pink and navy is obviously a favorite. Wednesday and Thursday I was in my cleaning outfit which is basically a khakis and a v neck. I also loved my outfit on Sunday, but neglected to get a picture. I'm still trying to get into the habit of taking these daily pictures. I really like the idea though, so I promise to improve. 

five// If you need something to watch here are my current recommendations!
11.22.63 is a Hulu original by JJ Abrams. It's a time traveling show, where the main character tries to go back a stop the assassination of JFK. Really good, just lots of language. 

I just rented Brooklyn, and it's so good too! Love those accents and great outfits. This trailer does give away quite a bit of the plot though. 

And, lastly, we rented The Man from UNCLE last week and really really liked it. It's so funny and entertaining. We ended up buying the dvd too. 


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