Cute Meets Spooky: Easy Halloween Manicure

Halloween Manicure

Halloween–only the best holiday of the year–is quickly encroaching. I’m sure you’ve already considered your Halloween outfit, but what about Halloween-inspired fingernails? Sure, a solid orange or black is always apropros, but what if I told you could easily take your holiday-themed nails one step further? Well, with the help of me and The Budget […]

Etsy Goods: 5 Kitschy-Cute, Inexpensive Jewelry Shops

I'm Your Present

Etsy is a mecca of vintage-meets-crafty fabulousness. Like Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook, it sucks me in like a glitter-filled black hole where I spend hours clicking through steampunk couture clothing, retro bubblegum pink telephones and radios, hand-stamped stationery and elegant/kitschy/whimsical jewelry.

Fall-errific Manicure: Tiny Harvest Pumpkins

Harvest Manicure

Even though I live in the Sonoran desert, where October and November temperatures still hover in the 80s, 90s and–Lord, have mercy– 100s, I still love the fall season. I lived in the Midwest long enough to remember the crisp autumn air, overcast skies and brilliant foliage that hung over roads like giant fiery canopies. […]

Sticks ‘n Stones: The Best Indie Nail Polish Brand You’ve NEVER Heard Of

Sticks n' Stones Nail Polish

Any serious nail painting guru knows that independent nail polishes are where it’s at in terms of manicure “wow” factor. Sure, Zoya and China Glaze and Essie and OPI are always coming out with amazing colors and textures and sparkles, but when you’re wearing something that’s a little less “mainstream,” it’s almost as if you […]

Nail Art DIY: Glorious Gradient Manicure

Glorious Gradient Manicure

Sometimes I’ll do manicures that are so complicated they literally take me the better part of the day to complete. Take my “famous paintings manicure,” for example, which depicts Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and a landscape piece by Monet. These fancy, high-tech manicures do elicit some responses and a few “wows!” […]