Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pretty in Pink + New Essie Gel Setter ( 100TH POST! )


Hello, everyone!  It's been a couple weeks since I've done a nail post and actually have several new Essie products to share.  I've always been intrigued by the brand by of their gorgeous color selection and sleek packaging.  Finally I made my first purchase.

*Also on a side note, this marks my 100TH BLOG POST!  It's hard to believe and I'm pretty excited about it :) *

Anyways, back onto the post!  I bought this as a duo and there were several different color options available.  I chose the set with a beautiful pastel pink.  This shade is one of their classics and the Gel Setter Top Coat is new on the market.  The application was smooth and I love the brush applicators.  I've quickly fell in love!  


Products Used: Purchased at Meijer (Retail $18.99 as duo package)
***Can also be purchased individually***

* Essie Nail Polish in 96 Ballet Slipper (find it here) -- Pale Pink, No Shimmer Creme Finish 

* Essie Gel Setter Top Coat (find it here) -- Very Shiny & Glossy

Please note: This post contains affiliate links through Magic Links.


My thoughts so far on these Essie products?  They're amazing!  I painted my nails last Friday-today is Tuesday-and for the most part they are holding strong with only a couple tiny chips.  Even after several days, my nails are as shiny as Day 1.  That makes me happy :) Very happy!

What do you think of Essie?  These are the first products I've tried.  Share your opinions down below!

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Love ya lots,
Richelle

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tea Tuesday - Wisdom Tea? - Celestial Seasonings Wisdom Green Tea Review



Hello, everyone!  Welcome back for another Tea Tuesday and this is for the month of July, so that means I've been doing this for seven months now!  If you missed June's tea pick (it's a HOLY GRAIL tea of mine!), you can check it out HERE.  

It's okay, go ahead check it out.. I'll wait :)

For July, I chose Celestial Seasonings Wisdom Green Tea with White Tea.  I chose this for many reasons, including the unique flavor combo and the fact it has an elephant on the box--who can't resist a cute dressed up elephant?  Elephants are known for being wise animals, so I guess that's why it's called Wisdom Tea.

Front & back of the box, which made partially of recycled materials and has
the cutest circus elephant on the front!

As mentioned in the title, this tea is different because it combines green  and white with lemon.  The flavor is mild and sweet and gives a little caffeine kick for the morning, which I love.  It's also full of amazing antioxidants and vitamins A & C.  There's 20 tea bags per box, but they are not individually wrapped like you would expect... they're grouped together in a paper bag inside the box.  (I have a photo below).


Overall I've been enjoying this tea, but it's not a favorite compared to others.  I think I prefer a tea to be either only green leaves or white leaves based, if you know what I mean.  That concludes July's Tea Tuesday!  Do you have an favorite teas I should try?  Let me know in the comments and they just might be featured in a future Tea Tuesday :)

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Love ya lots,
Richelle

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Our Quilted Addition - Custom Quilt



Hello, everyone!  Welcome back for another post!  A few weeks ago I showed a bit of my crafty side by sharing my latest crochet piece in Cozy Home - Handmade Crochet Blanket.  Many of you enjoyed it, so I wanted to show our first quilt blanket that was custom made in Michigan.  This has been a long time in the making and it's finally completed!

Last November, my boyfriend Paul surprised me by taking my into a local quilt shop.  We were on a mini vacation for hunting season and we wanted to check out the downtown area.  There we found Backstreet Quilt Shop, this charming store managed by a mother and daughter team that offer classes, quilting supplies and specialize in custom order quilts.

We worked with Beckie--one of the owners--and chose a pattern along with all the fabric.  There were so many to chose from!  We took ages to narrow down our favorites and kept staking them together until we were content.  From there, we needed to decide on the quilting pattern, which holds all the layers of the blanket together.  We loved the leaf design and went with that.  Now that's one of our favorite parts!

Closeup of our beautiful quilt.  I love the leaf inspired quilt stitching!
They were very busy with orders for the holidays and the upcoming year so our blanket wasn't going to complete until June.  We were in no rush and loved that it was going to be handmade, so it was no big deal... and was definitely worth the wait!  Throughout the entire process I received updates and pictures of our quilt.

It's amazing to support a small local business and incredible artists.  The quality and craftsmanship in our blanket speaks for itself!  Everything about this piece is so well done and the stitching it perfect.   We're all in love with the quilt, especially Nala!  She loves to cuddle up in it every chance she gets!

Paul and I had an amazing experience working with Backstreet Quilt Shop.  It was so much fun deciding on a pattern, playing with fabric combinations and wandering the shop.  I loved seeing all the quilted creations that covered the walls and hallways inside.  We would love to work with them again in the future---maybe for a custom quilted bedspread?  Fingers crossed!

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Richelle