Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Marble Print Nail Art Tutorial



A few weeks ago, I posted a photo of my DIY marble nail art on Instagram. It is easily one of my most complimented manicures. Ever.

The thing is it's really easy to do–not a drop of water involved. A little on the time intensive side (20-30 minutes), but easy! Watch the video below to see how I do it and keep scrolling to read a step-by-step.



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You'll Need:
  • A white or pale grey polish
  • A medium grey polish
  • A dark grey or black polish
  • A toothpick or bobby pin
  • Plastic wrap
  • Elmer's glue
  • A couple of nail art brushes or q-tips
  • Polish remover

Step By Step:
  1. Polish your nails with your lightest color and allow to dry. 
  2. Use your brush or q-tip to apply white glue to the skin surrounding your nail. Keep the layer on the thin side so it doesn't take as long to dry.
  3. Place a drop or two of each color of polish onto the plastic wrap, use your bobby pins or toothpick to lightly swirl the colors together. Take care not to over mix or you'll lose that tri-color swirling effect. One to three passes through the polish is sufficient as it'll mix a bit more on the next step.
  4. Either dip your nail onto the polish-covered plastic or lift the plastic to press onto your nail. Repeat for each nail, varying the color ratios.
  5. Peel off the dried glue and discard.
  6. Use a second brush or q-tip and some nail polish remover to clean up any areas not protected by the glue.
  7. Finish with your favorite top-coat.

For fun color variations, get inspired by real life marble and incorporate a small bit of gold, green, or blush polish.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Techchic Mom & Her Lenovo YOGA Tablet Pro 2





I was recently given the opportunity to try out the Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro and see how it can adapt to my life. As a new(ish) mom, I've been trying to find ways to hold on to who I am while making room for my new role. Without even trying, it has pretty seamlessly slipped into my life as a Techchic Mom who wants to keep life stylish while being a great mother for my baby girl.

First things first, it's been great for shopping. With the big screen, I'm able to easily find stylish things to buy for me (and my daughter–matching mommy and me outfits anyone?). 

It has also been super handy for playing music (or watching Netflix–shhh!) in my daughter's nursery. The built in stand makes it easy to adjust the position so it's just right whether I'm rocking her or we're down on the floor playing. I'm always a little shocked with how many episodes of Friends I can watch before I have to recharge the thing.


Techchic Mom

Techchic Mom


That's right, you can hang this tablet by it's built-in stand. So handy! And since he's Lenovo's product engineer, I guess I have Ashton Kutcher to thank for that one!

One of the coolest things about this device is Pico projector in it's barrel to project movies onto the wall. If we had a backyard, I'd be all about setting up a summer movie night with some friends by projecting onto a big white sheet. Idyllic, no? But while I wait for that dream to be realized, I used it to help me with a little DIY project I did in the nursery: applying gold vinyl to the dresser in the shape of the letter A. (I'm a little obsessed with how it turned out!)


Techchic Mom

Techchic Mom


Living two states away from our family in Utah, we're always utilizing technology to keep in touch with our relatives so they don't miss too much of my daughter's life. Avery just loves to see her family talk to her via Google hangouts and I know the feeling is mutual! And I love being able to share all of her cute outfits on Instagram, Facebook, etc.

I was also surprised that given the tablet's size, it's still light enough to slip into the diaper bag when we travel.


Techchic Mom


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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Athleisure




As a new mom, comfortable and practical clothes have been a higher priority than they ever have been in the past (hello, I used to wear sequin skirts to the office). I've been rockin' sneakers like nobody's business lately because it's a lot easier to carry a carseat in flats as opposed to sky high heels. Thank goodness the athleisure trend is happening during this point in my life so I can wear these sweats, workout leggings and sneakers to be comfy and still look on trend.

But don't get me wrong, my cabinet full of heels WILL be shown some love again. Someday.

Probably by my daughter. ;)


Athleisure

Athleisure

Athleisure

Athleisure

Athleisure
Tortoise sunglasses - Karen Walker | Faux leather draped collar jacket - Mossimo via Target | T-shirt - c/o 9th & Elm | Black duster cardigan - Merona via Target | Black quilted wristlet clutch - Target | Black mesh panel leggings - Fabletics | White Jack Purcell sneakers - Converse





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