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 […]

Three Fall Necessities Worth the Splurge

Splash Dyed Hand Painted Fleece Hoodie Sweatshirt

Saving money is, hands down, one of my favorite pastimes. You see, I’m one of those ladies that goes through the Sunday newspaper and organizes all her coupons into a binder. The kind that peruses at all the weekly sale fliers and scours the Internet for awesome deals on products I need. In fact, I […]

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. […]

Don’t Cry Over Broken Nails: Fix Them With This Tutorial

Quick Fixes for Broken Nails

A few weeks ago, I was in the kitchen mashing garlic potatoes for a tasty dinner when–all of a sudden–I experienced the traumatic event that is breaking a nail. Based on my reaction and mad dash to the bathroom, my husband thought I’d seriously injured myself. My body was fine. My nail was not.

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!” […]

How to Do Your Own DIY Foot Spa

How to Do Your Own DIY Foot Spa

I’m a major proponent of purchased pedicures. I love walking into a salon and having some other person work his or her magic on my little tootsies. All that scrubbing and buffing and painting–and don’t forget the massage finale–puts a lady in a fine mood. Honestly, I have absolutely zero problem spending $25 or $30 […]