Summer LUV’EM had me a blast!

School is finally out and I have already done so many fun things! On May 2nd-4th I had the pleasure of experiencing the Kentucky Oaks Day and Kentucky Derby. My friend Megan on the volleyball team let me stay in her Kentucky home to really experience the Derby. She was funny and warned me that her house was not the typical Kentucky home. Being from Florida I have no idea what the typical Kentucky home is but, her place was awesome! She lived 4o minutes from the main road. It was great learning about the history and traditions of Oaks and Derby from her and all her friends.IMG_7870

For Oaks day I wore a light pink dress from Urban Outfitters. I also wore the dress for my high school graduation. I love this dress because it has a open back but, it still looks classy. For Oaks day I learned that it is tradition to wear pink in support of fighting breast cancer.IMG_7929

For my make-up I used my typical everyday Mac pallet. My lipstick was my favorite part of my make-up though. I wore a Nars lipstick called Schiap.

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We got lucky and met on of the horse owners. He got megan and I tickets to go up to the grand stands. This was awesome view for a first time experience.

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Oh yea I forgot to mention that we were only sitting two rows over from Johnny Damon!

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For Derby day I wore a white dress with a neon belt from Express. I love this dress so much but, mother nature didn’t. It was raining almost the whole time durning Derby. It didn’t matter to Megan and I though we were still going to have fun and hunt for Lauren Conrad! IMG_7943

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Of course I had to have a hat for Derby! I got my hat for a great price at a small boutique in Nashville called Monkee’s.

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After I got done with Kentucky fun, I went to Mexico. Well kind of. It was Cinco De Mayo! On the 5th of May, as you probably guessed, I went to a Mexican restraint with a bunch of friends for our friend Carly’s 21st birthday!

I wore a red peplum top from Express, with a pair of Express jeans. For shoes, I wore black wedges that I got at Blush, a small boutique in Nashville. Of course our beads added a little extra to the look. 🙂

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Lastly, on the 8th of May through the 19th of May I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on a mission trip with the Lipscomb Volleyball team. I had such a great time! We helped paint a school and got close to a local church. There were many friends made and many new things to see. To read more about the trip visit Lipscomb Volleyball’s page.

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Edgy nails

Well exams are coming to an end and seniors graduate soon. Through all this studying I still had to paint and post some nails. I wanted to do something different, something edgy with my nails. I had a little bit of inspiration from these two pictures.Nails-With-Golden-Designs-19 Nails-With-Golden-Designs-33I found these and many other nails with golden designs on Fashion Diva Design.

What I took from these two looks was this…IMG_7828

I felt like Rihanna wearing these nails. In other words a B.A…if you know what I mean.

To get this look I painted a base coat then, painted Sinful color’s Black on Black on all of my nails, except for the index fingers and pinky fingers. On the pinky fingers I painted two coats of Sinful Colors Snow Me White. After letting that dry I painted OPIs Spark De Triomphe.

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After the two coats of Black on Black dry, have your rhinestones kit, dotting tool, piece of paper and clear nail polish ready to use.

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Place the rhinestones on the nail however you wish. I placed the rhinestones in rows starting from the nail bed and ending at the nail tip.

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On the index finger that was left unpainted, take stripping tape –I used silver– and line the nail just below the tip then, connect another strip of stripping tape making the triangle shape. Repeat this step on both sides.

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Finish the look with a top coat. Yes you should paint over the rhinestones as well.

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Duck Dynasty Camo.

Being on a sports team at Lipscomb has it’s perks. Every year we have to work an event called Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. This year our volleyball team was working concessions to try to raise money for our mission trip to Brazil. Every year at the Don Meyer Evening of Excellence there is a new guest who speaks, this year the guest, well guests were Phil Robison, Miss. K and Si from the hit reality television show Duck Dynasty. The first show sold out so quickly that they added two more shows! This was one of Lipscomb University’s biggest events in history!

Our coach set a meeting time to meet with Phil and Si from the show!

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Everyone was wearing camouflage! Even the Bison decided to dress up!IMG_7796 Being the typical Brittnay that I am, I had to do something special with my nails. So I did camouflage nails!

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To get this look, I painted a base coat to protect my nails from staining yellow or green from the polish I was going to use.

I painted two coats of China Glaze Rare and Radiant and let that dry.

Next, I took OPIs Over the Taupe and placed a drop of polish on a piece of paper. Using my dotting tool I placed an assorted shape evenly all over my nails.

Then, I took my green stripe rite brush and made a longer miss shaped design all over my nail. Doing the same with a black stripe rite brush.

Place a matte top coat to finish the look, giving it a more natural camouflage look. If you don’t have a matte top coat, any regular top coat will work.

We had way to much fun this weekend working the Don Meyer Evening of Excellence. Everyone was so supportive in helping us raise money for our mission trip to Brazil this May. IMG_7775

Chevron nails and more!

This post is a little bit of everything. I don’t only love nails, but I love fashion, make-up and hair too!

This season, one go to look is a beautiful maxi skirt with a nice tank top. I got the maxi skirt pictured below from Pac-Sun. IMG_7646

The black tank top is from Forever 21. This top is see through in the back, so I wore a lace bandeau underneath. I really think this helped bring the look all together.IMG_7657

Yes, I do have a llama phone case! His name is LeBeau. 🙂

For my shoes, I always love to wear gladiator shoes with a cute skirt or shorts. You can never go wrong with them!

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For my hair I curled it using a flat iron. Using the flat iron is my most favorite way to curl my hair! It last for longer than two days, and adds so much volume to my hair.

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Now onto the best part, nails! I did my friend Alex’s nails the other day and she wanted the chevron look!

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 I loved the look so much that I wanted to do it myself!

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Here’s what I did! I liked the sparkles on my ring finger and didn’t want to pant over it, so I just painted my middle finger. I free handed this look with a stripe right brush.

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And yes that is a llama wallet. It’s another obsession of mine.

Another way to make perfect chevron stripes, is to use a pair of zig zag scissors. First paint the nail all white and let the nail dry. Then, cut tape strips using the zig zag scissors to get the chevron shape. Paint over the tape with a different polish color. Before the polish dries take off the tape using tweezers, to get perfect chevron stripes. You can also purchase pre-cut chevron decals on Etsy.com. Anyway you paint them, you can never go wrong with the chevron look, it is very much in style.

Happy Painting! 🙂

Throw some glitter make it rain

My hexagon nail art glitter finally came in the mail! I guess you can say I was pretty excited to get new brushes and all these beautiful nail art hexagon glitter containers!IMG_7457

This kit comes with 12 different colors of hexagon glitters, which you can find on Amazon for a really good price.IMG_7458

Start with base coat. Next, paint one coat of any color polish you would like. For this step I used China Glaze For Audrey. After you let the first coat of polish dry completely, add a second coat. It is really important you allow the polish to dry in between coats, because the hexagon glitter will easily get lost or clumped in the polish.

Before doing anything with the hexagon glitter, get prepared by laying out all of the sparkles you are using, take a piece of paper and add a drop of clear coat to the paper. I used a flashcard, but you can use whatever you would like. Have your dotting tool or a tooth pick, ready to dip into the clear coat to pick up a hexagon glitter. IMG_7475

For the next step, place a single piece of the hexagon glitter onto the nail. I started placing the sparkles at the tip of the nail making sure that the side of the glitter is able to be matched up with the glitter piece that I will place next to it.

After you completely cover your nail with the hexagon glitter, add a top coat. Make sure your nails are dry before doing anything, or the hexagon glitter will easily mess up. This look takes time and patiences, but is completely worth it!

IMG_7479I love this look because I reminds me of a mermaid. What is your favorite nail design and why?

Happy Painting! 🙂

Nail Salon Review: The Nail Bar

I know I normally don’t do nail salon reviews, but I went and got my nails done the other day. I was blown out of the water! Im really disappointed I didn’t take pictures of the salon on the outside, but I got a lot of the inside. I had no idea how awesome this place really was!

The nail bar is located in Franklin Tenn. by a greek food place and a mattress store. It looks like the typical strip shop that every nail salon is in. Not on the inside though! Right when you walk into the Nail Bar you feel like you are in a 1970s night club. To me this was a sweet surprise.

The waiting room has a comfy and massive purple suede couch for customers who are waiting. The walls of the waiting room have tons of nail polish to choose from. Not to mention that all the polishes were color coordinated, making it easier on the eyes when picking out the polish you like.  The waiting room also has different types of lotion that you can choose from for a manicure or pedicure. I got Flirty and loved the smell of it. I loved that they allowed me to pick the type of lotion I wanted instead of having the typical lavender smell that I honestly can’t stand.IMG_7495

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When you walk into the main area of the salon there is a nail bar right in the middle of the floor. Surrounding the bar are pedicure chairs that are comfy and are always clean when you sit down. One thing I don’t like is a messy pedicure bowl that someone else just had their feet in.IMG_7505

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The walls are painted all black making it dark in the salon, but this is perfect for the bar look they are going for. On the sides of the bar there is a lounge area with purple suede on the walls where customers dry their nails. I loved this look! The walls made you feel like you were in an actual bar in the 1970s. This made the experience fun and different.IMG_7506

IMG_7501Not only were the surroundings cool but the service was great! The nail technicians were very accommodating and always called me by my name. The nail technicians only spoke english on the floor. I think everyone can agree that no one likes it when your nail technician starts speaking another language.

I ended up getting a gel manicure which only cost 25 dollars, and a pedicure which was 30. That is a very good price in the Nashville/Franklin area. They had a lot of gel color choices to choose from and also did not charge extra for the gel that I previously had on my nails. Normally salons charge an extra five dollars to take off your old gel polish. I was very pleased that I did not have to pay extra. My feet felt amazing and looked awesome!photo 2-4

IMG_7537Another interesting thing about the Nail Bar is that it’s BYOB. So if you are of age you can bring your own alcohol and have a good time while you are getting your nails done. This is a great idea for a evening out with the girls, a birthday party or even a bachelorette party. I went with some of my friends and we had a blast!IMG_7498

IMG_7509When paying, they accepted debit and credit card, but before you go make sure you have some cash. They only accept cash for gratuity which is inconvenient.

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It’s springtime and the living is easy.

Spring is finally here in beautiful Nashville, Tenn. The sun is shining and people are playing frisbee here on campus. With these last few busy weeks coming up, studying outside in the sun is all I need to keep me relaxed. Spring is definitely my favorite time of year! The weather is perfect, and it’s not too hot outside yet. SAM_0424

For this post, I wanted to put a little bit of an Easter spin to it, which is perfect for springtime! Pastel colors are always the way to go in the spring!

Start off with a base coat. For this look I used three different colors IMG_7321Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, Opi’s Did It On Em and finally, Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl.

Using Mint Candy Apple, paint two coats of polish on all your nails.IMG_7322

Next, use a dotting tool — if you don’t have a dotting tool use a pencil — to place different-sized dots on the nail.

Using Opi’s Did It On Em place dots on the nail starting with bigger dots at the tip of the nail as well as placing more dots at the tip of the nail. Work your way down the nail using smaller dots as well as less dots as you get near the bottom of the nail.

IMG_7325Then repeat using Sinful Colors Beautiful girl. Again start at the top of the nail with big pink dots, then work your way down the nail with little pink dots.

Finish with a top coat and that’s it!

This is a very simple and fun nail design. Plus, there are so many color combinations it’s unreal!

Happy painting! 🙂

Batter up! Baseball season is back!

Growing up I was always a big baseball fan. My father would take my sister and me to almost every Devil Rays game when we were younger. The picture bottom right is of (in order) my dad, me and my sister. Weren’t we cute?IMG_2878

Even though the Devil Rays are now the Rays, I am still a major fan! This past year I got to meet Ben Zobrist, who is one of the Rays’ top players. IMG_6135

Ben recently spoke at Lipscomb University, where I got to meet him. I was a little celeb shocked when I met him, but I managed to get a picture.IMG_6256

I may have been a little sweaty shaking his hand. I mean it’s not every day you get to meet your hometown baseball team star!

This year I was also was blessed to meet R.A. Dickey when he came to speak at chapel. Dickey is a NL Cy Young award winner who recently signed with the Blue Jays IMG_4698organization.

I was pretty excited to meet him as well! Yes, that is RA Dickey in our locker room.

I got to talk with RA about his move to the Blue Jays organization. Growing up only 15 minutes away from where the Blue Jays’ spring training games were held, I would always watch them play. The picture below is from spring training 2012 vs. the Braves.photo-6

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget that this is still a nail blog! What can I say? I get a little excited about baseball season.

Now that spring training is finally over and baseball season is back in business, I wanted to do a nail design that would be a definite home run!

Thankfully I have a wonderful mother who knows I am obsessed with nails and baseball so she sent me the idea. Yes she actually drew it out for me.IMG_6041

To get this baseball look start out with a base coat, like always then, take reinforcement labels which you can find at any store that sells office supplies. The colorful ones are optional. 🙂

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Taking a reinforcement label, place it just blow the white part of your nail tip. This will help you get a french tip look.IMG_7211

Paint the tip of your nail white. For this look I used two coats of Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White.

IMG_7212Your nail should look like the picture above. Let dry for around five seconds, then pull off the reinforcement label carefully. IMG_7213

Next, I used a red stripe rite brush to make a line right under the french tip. IMG_7214Still using the red stripe rite brush, I placed diagonal dashes along the red under the french tip to get the look of baseball seams.IMG_7216

There is always a chance of polish getting on your skin. If you wish to remove the polish around the nail so you can take fabulous pictures of your nails before messing them up because your nails are not dry and you have to go to the bathroom, just take a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover and remove the polish around the skin.IMG_7217

Finish with a top coat!

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Hope you enjoyed this post! If you are baseball fan, may your team have a good season and lose to the Rays! GO RAYS!

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