Happy Monday, polished friends! Today's post is a special one - a recap of the Ohio Nail Girls Meet-up that took place on Saturday August 1, 2015 at Body•Spa•Banquet in Canton, OH! This event was co-sponsored by Rachel and Miranda from Ever After Polish and me! Rachel wanted to have an Ever After event, I offered my space at Body•Spa•Banquet, and the rest is history. We decided to do a fairy tale themed event, to go along with Rachel and Miranda's Ever After brand...and it was a lot of fun! In this post, we'll take a look at the manicure I wore for the event, and then some pictures from the meet-up! Be sure to check out the #OhioNailGirls and #OhioNailGirlMeetUp2015 tags on social media and request to join the Ohio Nail Girls Facebook Group for more info :)
First up, my nails for the day! I wanted something to go with the fairy tale theme, but I didn't have a ton of time to do something detailed. I decided to do some crown-inspired graphic moons...
I started with a base of OPI Girls Love Ponies, a perfectly bold pink. Then, using my striping brush and KBShimer Goldie Rocks, I created some graphic, crown-inspired moons. So sparkly and really striking. I sealed everything in with KBShimmer Clearly On Top (my fav!).
I loved how these turned out...fun and graphic, but still theme appropriate. Plus pink and gold is one of my favorite combos lately!
Now, onto the event! If you've ever been to Body•Spa•Banquet, you know that it is a tiny space. After all, it is just me and my business partner, so we don't need a ton of room. The meet ups in the past have been 10-15 people and in bigger cities, so I figured it would be no problem to host at Body•Spa•Banquet, but when the RSVPs started rolling in, we had almost 30 people wanting to attend! Luckily, everyone was really flexible and it worked out well, despite the small venue! My business partner, Stephanie, and I met up on Saturday morning and did a deep clean of the space and moved things around so that the room was open, instead of split into two distinct spaces like it usually is. I got some pink table cloths and HOLOGRAPHIC BALLOONS, and was really happy with how the space looked! :)
We even had a cookie cake...and the man at the cookie shop never even blinked an eye when I asked him to write "Ohio Nail Girls" on it! :D
Rachel and Miranda set up their Ever After Polish display for people to shop and enjoy! They had polishes (including prototypes of their fall collection to peek at!) and bath and body products, as well as goodie bags for everyone! I will be reviewing some of their polishes and products soon, so keep an eye out for that!
My favorite pieces of decor was this awesome holographic skull balloon (that really didn't go with the fairy tale theme, but I wanted it so I got it HAHA) and the tiny little tiaras I had for everyone to wear! We were all princesses all day!
Because our space inside is so small, and the weather was beautiful, I decided to set up a large table outside in the parking lot specifically for SWAPPING! In the past, we have swapped at restaurants or out of the trunk of my car (haha) so this worked out really well comparatively. Everyone put their polishes out and people just sort of took what they wanted. It seemed like everyone was really fair and happy with what they ended up with. At the end, people didn't want to take back the polishes they had brought that weren't selected, so we threw everything back in a big bin and I'll bring it to the next event!
We basically hung out, looked at Ever After Polish, swapped, ate cookie cake, drank Fairy Tale Lattes from Muggswigz (they created a specialty beverage in honor of our event!), went to North Coast Beauty Supply, and then had dinner and drinks at Winking Lizard down the street from the spa. Overall, I think it was a successful day...fun was had by all!
Usually, I'm the queen of taking pictures, but I didn't do too good of a job this time. My husband was there with his pro camera for a while to capture some images (you can totally tell which are his in this post!), but I was so busy buzzing around I didn't get pictures with everyone. Here are the ones I did take...
A HUGE thank you to Sarah, an Instagram follower turned client turned friend, who hung around and helped me clean-up. We shared a special moment over a Muggswigz Mocha Cookie Crunch to celebrate the successful day... <3
In conclusion, a GIANT, loving THANK YOU to everyone who attended! It was my first time hosting an event like this at Body•Spa•Banquet, and I loved having everyone. I hope everyone enjoyed and had a nice time being with like-minded women :) Also, a big thank you to Rachel and Miranda for co-hosting and providing everyone with a sweet princess goodie bag! If you live in or near Ohio and would like to meet other polish addicts, please search Ohio Nail Girls on Facebook and request to join. All are welcome!
OPI and KBShimmer products used in this post were provided for previous review.