Body•Spa•Banquet on The Lacquerologist #2

Happy Friday and happy May!  May is my birthday month, so it's always been one of my favorite times of the year.  Here in Northeast Ohio, we're swinging back and forth between perfect 70F spring days and gloomy chilly 40F days, but by the end of May, we should be firmly into warm weather!  May is also the anniversary of our opening at Body•Spa•Banquet, making it extra special.  Here's a look at some of the nail art manicures I did on clients throughout the month of April 2015...

Geometric triangles & dots in butter LONDON lacquers on Taylor...for her birthday!

Energy swirls on Tanya in OPI GelColor.  Tanya came all the way from Australia and held an energy workshop with doTerra in our spa!

Leopard & glitter in OPI GelColor on Sarah.

Easter & spring colors in OPI GelColor on Jessica.

Springy dots in OPI GelColor on Lauren.

Spring roses in OPI GelColor on Jenn, who is enjoying some of my favorite local coffee!

Springtime cascading dots & glitter in OPI GelColor on Katlyn.

Engagement glitter gradient in traditional lacquer (Zoya and OPI) on Jennifer.  Happy engagement!

Geometric moons in Zoya lacquer on Jaclyn.
Pretty florals in OPI GelColor on Emily for her grad school interview!

Splash floral in traditional lacquer on Tara for her trip to the Master's!

Abstract lilies in OPI GelColor on Pam.  This was her first manicure, and...

Pam's reaction and excitement for the whole experience was fabulous! :)

Boho floral & glitter in OPI GelColor on Kimberly.

Disney dots in traditional lacquer on Jena for her trip to Florida.

Polka dots on modern mauve in OPI GelColor on my sweet grandma.

Chevrons in butter LONDON lacquer on Taylor.

Splash floral in OPI GelColor on Anna for her bridal shower.

Chevrons with a pop of blue in OPI GelColor on Lauren.

Subtle glitter accent nails in OPI GelColor on Katie.

A classic roses & glitter look in OPI GelColor on Gina.

Golden gradient in OPI GelColor and CND pigments on Maria.
Dry brush in OPI GelColor on Sarah.

Galaxies in traditional lacquer on Taylor.

Leopard in OPI GelColor Soft Shades on Michelle.

Gold & nude splash floral in OPI GelColor on Linda!  She ran a half marathon in these!

Silver foils on OPI GelColor Don't Bossa Nova Me Around on Jamie for her business trip.

Cute floral accent nail in OPI GelColor on Erin.

Foils and boho florals in OPI GelColor on Emily
Products in this post were purchased by me for use at my business, Emily Draher DBA Body Spa Banquet Nails.


Super Simple Stay-cation with Palm Breeze & #MyNailsAndMyDrink!

Hello polished friends!  Today's post is a fun one that I hope you'll enjoy!  If you follow me on Instagram, or know me in real life, you know I'm all about finding tiny ways to add blissful moments into every day, so when I read that Palm Breeze's motto was Vacation Every Day, I was super excited!  My husband and I are both pretty busy people with multiple irons in the fire, so it's easy to get through the week without having a quiet moment together.  Palm Breeze inspired me to create a simple weeknight stay-cation for the two of us, right at home in our sunroom!

So the process started out like everything does for me...with a manicure!  I picked up a six-pack of Palm Breeze at my local grocery store and immediately saw the nail art inspiration on the can...the contrast of blue with the coral-red, the varying shades of blue...the tropical motifs...there was so much to be inspired by!  Plus, no spontaneous stay-cation evening is complete without a good #MyNailsAndMyDrink post ;)

I started with Zoya Rebel as the base.  I sponged on some Zoya Ling near my cuticle, and then used Zoya Blu, KBShimmer Eyes White Open, Zoya Song, and OPI Live.Love.Carnival for the details.  I tried to capture the water, palms, birds, and the glowing, abstract sun motif.  Overall, I'm pleased with how it came out!

Once my manicure was dry, I grabbed some beach-themed decor from my mantel and took it out to my sunroom, along with some candles.  I thought about hanging up lights and getting a special table cloth, but than I realized that this was supposed to be simple!  Spending time together relaxing is what makes it a special occasion...not just the decor!  So I grabbed some fresh fruit and light snacks from the fridge and set-up a simple spread for us in our sunroom (our favorite room in the house).

I picked Palm Breeze Sparkling Alcohol Spritz in Ruby Red Citrus, but it is also available in Pineapple Mandarin Orange.  It has a sparkling pink grapefruit taste that is really refreshing and easy to drink.  Seriously, this would be the perfect thing to drink on the beach (or anywhere you happen to be where you'd like to pretend you're at the beach)!  I threw a few raspberries into each glass for an instant cocktail!  If you're not really a beer drinker, you may enjoy the flavor of this...perfect for a girl's night...or anyone who enjoys a fruity, refreshing drink!

Even Bob had to join in on the fun...

So overall, my matching manicure and super simple stay-cation evening were a success!  It doesn't take a lot to bring people together...sometimes, especially when it's spontaneous, the easier the better!   We relaxed and enjoyed some nice springtime weather and snacks.  Stay tuned for more posts like this as the summer begins, and I will be updating this post soon with links to RSVP to upcoming events held by Blo Bar and Palm Breeze!

OPI and Zoya products used in this post were provided for previous review.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Gradient Nails & The Desire Map

Hi everyone!  Today's post features some nail art inspired by a book I've been working through: The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.  Basically, desire mapping is the process of figuring out your core desired feelings - the feelings/emotions that you want to experience in your life.  Once you discover these feelings, you set goals and create habits that lead you to these feelings, instead of setting purely external goals based on other factors.  My business partner Stephanie suggested that we read this book at the same time, since we could apply what we each learned about ourselves to our business...and overall, I think it has been a good process for us!  But I will be honest...I haven't fully enjoyed the whole experience...searching deep into your heart and soul for your personal truths is a raw, emotional, sometimes painful experience, and it has taken me quite a bit of time to get through it (honestly, months...).  Still, it has been valuable and I wanted to share it with you all!

The book is divided into two parts.  The first part talks all about the theory behind The Desire Map.  Danielle LaPorte is a self-help guru, well known for her books, social media networks, and workshops, and while reading through this section, I really understand why.  She writes in a whimsical, yet brutally honest, style that makes you feel like you're communicating with a good friend.  It's simple and easy to read, but I found myself spending a lot of time pondering over each sentence, dreaming about how this would all manifest for me.  The second half of the book is a workbook...the nitty gritty process of desire mapping.  You answer a lot of questions and then have to commit (you can always change them later, but it really does feel like a commitment!) to 3-5 core desired feelings.  At this point, I feel confident in my chosen feelings [relaxed • flexible • expansive • valuable • blissful], and am in the very last portion of the book, where you connect your newly discovered core desired feelings to the actions you need to take for them to become reality for you, and then you go on to set goals based on that.  Again, it is taking me a lot of time to get through this part.  I take breaks when I feel blocked up and revisit it later, but overall, I feel like it's pushing me in the right direction.

As you can see from the photos with the book, it is just gorgeous and 100% deserves some nail art to go along with it.  The book feels great in your hands, and if you glance through it, you'll see right away that Danielle LaPorte is a design genius - the fonts, pull quotes, lists, and layout make it look like something you want to be a part of after just a quick flip through the pages.  Here's my take on The Desire Map inspired nail art!

In an effort to replicate the beautiful colors of the cover of The Desire Map, I create a gradient manicure.   I polished my nails with OPI My Vampire Is Buff and let it dry.  Then, using a cosmetic sponge, I created a gradient with China Glaze Plur-ple, My Vampire Is Buff, and China Glaze Red-Y To Rave.  Once I was happy with the effect, I sealed everything in with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

So even if The Desire Map doesn't interest you, I hope you can appreciate these pretty nails!  Have you read The Desire Map?  I know Danielle Laporte is wildly popular, so I would assume some of my readers have read her books before!  If you are looking for a light-hearted, yet deeply important, self-help book, I would definitely recommend this, even if I have found the process emotionally trying (but let's be honest - sometimes that's a really great thing).  I have never been a big long-term goal setter, so I am interested to see how I respond to the final portion of the book.  If you're interested in chatting about your experience with The Desire Map, feel free to tweet me (@lacquerologist)!

China Glaze polishes used in this post were provided for previous review.
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