‘kiss me I’m Irish’ week: a festive manicure.

it’s fun to coordinate your nails to reflect your mood, the season, or ..the upcoming holiday. which is in fact what I did. with a little inspiration from the flag of Ireland.

st pats manicure // LLinaBC.com

[my tip: if you need a particular nail color for a special occasion and you don’t think it’ll be a frequent visitor to your nails. like orange is for me. get it in an inexpensive brand. try forever 21’s selection].

st pats manicure // LLinaBC.com

st pats manicure // LLinaBC.com

st pats manicure // LLinaBC.com

st pats manicure // LLinaBC.com

st pats manicure // LLinaBC.com st pats manicure // LLinaBC.com

that’s not all ..

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I am [gratefully] guest posting over at {The Thread Affect} today.

finished productthe twelve steps of a beautiful DIY no-chip manicure. [& pictures for each step. the way I like it].

[the kit I use: SensatioNail].

go visit!

I’m practically obsessed.

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the week in photos.

we have all [basically] made it through the first week of 2013. and guess what? I’m still optimistic about this being A GREAT STINKIN’ YEAR.

I’m ready get back on the job search horse. [because I said eff you for awhile]. I have bigger & better plans for my blog. I’m excited about growing {TwoCoins Etsy Shop}. and [J] & I moving into our own place, so I can decorate, dammit! [danger: this blog will make a hefty shift toward DIY when that happens. I will send out a forewarning. promise!]

in other words: I better not waste any time ..I have a lot to accomplish. so without further ado ..

it’s friday!

also known around these parts as: the week in photos.

almost midnight

this was as good as it could get. happy 2013.
from colorado to illinois. this was as good as it could get. happy 2013.
couldn't have been more exhausted from sitting in a car the entire day. straight to bed - with champagne!
couldn’t have been more exhausted from sitting in a car the entire day. straight to bed – with champagne!

[the above: how [J] & I spent new years eve. realllly exciting].

jersey mikes.
jersey mikes.

[it’s a sub sandwich place. they slice everything right there, to order. and it’s just amazing].

hello mr giraffelook at me Im like chelsea taco salad[J] got a new phone – & hasn’t been reluctant to give me a taste of my own medicine.

I got the sensatioNAIL no-chip starter kit. I think, for a first timer, it turned out pretty dang good!
I got the sensatioNAIL no-chip starter kit. I think, for a first timer, it turned out pretty dang good!
our NEWEST TwoCoins Etsy shop product - launching today!!
our NEWEST TwoCoins Etsy shop product – launching today!!

and last but not least ..

BookClub

along with some of my favorite bloggers: {the thread affect}, {lacey in the city}, {the brunette one}, {fit fash run}, & {the kissing booth}.

the details are soon to come. but we would love if you would join us. and/or lend us your recommendations. [one of my 2013 goals is to read one book per month. and the amazing megan of {the thread affect} came up with the idea of a blogger book club].

just leave your email in the comments. and any book suggestions. the more the merrier.

happy friday.

have an amazing weekend.

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the joys of deals.

there are many.

but today we discuss a blunder [a bad egg, if you will].

[J]’s mom purchased a groupon for two no-chip manicures & two pedicures. and kindly let me be her tag-along. naturally, I was excited. who turns down an opportunity to be pampered? not I.

this place was new to both of us. but it was a good deal, so we took the risk ..

and lost.

whatever am I talking about? let me show & tell.

1. we were the only people in there. always makes you wonder.

2. mr. manicurist took two smoke breaks mid-mani/pedi. so pleasant when we’re sharing intimate air space.

3. I loved the color I picked out for both my fingers & toes – glittery red. ’tis the season. then I saw the end product ..

mani at beststill love the color. but seriously wondering if I should’ve tipped extra for the skin painting? [I’m hoping this bad boy doesn’t last the projected two weeks ..]

4. the least of our worries was our pedicures, until ..the shop owner became very concerned our socks & boots would damage our polish. her solution: paint our toes with grease oil and cover them in glorified sandwich bags. then we were allowed to put our shoes back on.

sack lunch

n.o. w.o.r.d.s

right?

pedicure5. oh and they forgot to put a top coat on my pedicure.

joy to the world. we’ll never return there again.

and as always for those blunders, they make for great stories.

[this was just toooo good to keep to myself].

[and yes, I’m wearing flannel santa PJ’s].

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