How to make your manicure last two weeks

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Nearly two weeks ago, a few friends of mine and I went and got manicures and pedicures.  We all know that pedi’s pretty much are indestructible, but mani’s are a completely different story.  I don’t often go to the salon to get a mani, but it is fun to go as a group, so off I went.

One of my MAJOR pet peeves about paying for a salon mani is that my mani has often smudged by the time I get in my car (GRRR!!), or chipped less than a week later.  SO annoying, because, hello – mani’s are NOT cheap.  But, this time, I decided I would bring along my own nail polish and see if it would last a bit longer.

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I had the Essie Nail Polish Summer Collections –s’il vous play’ and ‘clothing optional’ to choose from!

I realized that salons, in attempt to make their polishes last longer, add a diluent – which yes, protects the polish from hardening or clumping – BUT affects the quality and robustness of your mani.  So, taking your polish is always the best course of action.  This time, I had several to choose from, so I picked a cute coral/reddish hue.

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Anyway, I’m nearly two weeks in and the mani has stood the test of time and I credit the following things with helping:

  1. Taking my own bottle of polish to the salon.  The bottom and top coats seemed fine, but taking a new bottle of polish seemed to make a big difference.

  2. About three days later, adding another coat of topcoat at home.  I like this one.

  3. Depending on how fast your nails grow, trimming them 1.5 weeks in and adding another layer of top coat.

That’s it!  Let me know if you decide to try these tips and how they work for you.  What tips do you have for making your mani’s last??  Share them with me below in the comments section.

Also, check out these two other bloggers who are sharing some fun outfits on their blogs today!

Walking in Memphis in High Heels

The Fashion Canvas


A Carefree trip to LA

Last month, I took a quick trip to LA.  I was invited to give a talk to a group of women about the disparities that exist in cardiovascular disease, particularly among minority women. Coincidentally, the We All Grow Summit was happening that same weekend, and I was fortunate to have my attendance at the Summit sponsored by Carefree!




They were a part of the swag I got at the We All Grow Summit (I forgot to include them in this photo because they were already packed up in my bag!!), so I left LA with two packages of liners!  I don’t know about you, but Carefree is a brand I have loved for over 20 years now. Carefree liners were among my first liner purchases and continue to be a staple in my home to date. I also always make sure to pack them on trips.  Here’s what I packed for my trip to LA.


These liners have been useful for the usual monthly reasons, but they have also been a part of my workout prep and were especially useful after the birth of my two sons.  I especially love them for workouts, and most specifically when wearing clothing that might not otherwise disguise workout-related perspiration!  Was that TMI??  Oh wellz.  LOL. Other women I know use them on a regular basis, and incorporate them into their usual morning routine.  It really just helps give that added boost of confidence when you know you don’t have to worry about one extra thing throughout the day.


One of the things I love about these liners is that they come in both a scented and unscented version.  I personally prefer the unscented version.  I always carry at least a couple of pads in my bag.  I have a transparent “makeup bag” that I keep in every bag I carry (if size permits), and add 1-2 pads for emergencies.  They are rather inconspicuous, so if someone peeks in my bag, it’s not completely obvious that I’m carrying around a panty liner!


If you’ve never tried Carefree liners, I highly encourage you to try them!  They are SO inexpensive and so worth having around.  Carefree® Acti-Fresh® liners can be purchased at Walmart if you have one near you. There is a coupon for $2 off any 2 Carefree® products and $.50 off any 1 Carefree® product (expires 6/24): if you decide you want to try them out, or if you already use them, to replenish your stock!  Let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are on these liners, or if perhaps, you’ve never tried them, but encouraged to do so after this post.

Otherwise, don’t forget to keep up with my daily outfits and other shenanigans on Instagram!

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!



Party Primping Faves


This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the Dove and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

If I haven’t saturated you with Galentine’s Day ideas by now, then I haven’t done my job, haha!  Just kidding.  There really was SO much prep that went into that event, that I could talk about it for days.  But, what I want to share with you today are a few of the things that helped me prep that day.  If you haven’t read the post, catch up here!

I’ve heard a lot about the Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, and in particular the Lavender Fresh and the Cool Essentials.  I recently posted them on Instagram Stories and I got SO many messages about how wonderful they were.  I tried them and let me tell you, I love them too! I love the fresh scent and it really does keep you dry throughout the day. When I’m in party prep mode, I’m running around like a mad woman.  On this particular day, I had to work, take care of my little one as he was not feeling well, pick up food and drinks, clean the house, pull out dinnerware, silverware, decor, I mean…should I go on?? It was a lot.  It was all worth it, but of course, I was super hot and sweaty.  YUCK.  BUT, not sweaty and STINKY!  And definitely not sweaty and stinky in the underarm area if you know what I mean. 😉


For the party, I picked out this pair of tassel earrings which I fully described here, a pop of pink lipstick, my Dove Advanced Antiperspirant – because hello, I can’t bring the stank to the party – and, my signature fragrance.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant offers 48 hours of odor and wetness protection, plus its Nutrium Moisture formula and 1/4 Moisturizers leave your underarms feeling soft and smooth.

Although both scents smell amazing, my favorite is by far the Cool Essentials – aka cucumber scent.  Also, the scent wasn’t overwhelming and didn’t alter the scent of my perfume.  Thank goodness for it!  I’ve officially found a new body deodorizer!  And, I got through my party too.





Photography by Mary Margaret Photography

Have you tried Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant?  Do you love it too?!  Let me know in the comments section below.  Also, stay tuned for another post coming in the next days.  A work-life-balance post, for those of you who are interested!  Make sure you sign up to follow this blog via email on the right hand side of this post so that you get updates as soon as the posts go live!  As always, thanks so much for reading!!  It warms my heart that y’all take the time to visit my blog and read my stream of consciousness. 🙂

Until next time!  Stay ‘Chic’!