Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Gift Guide for the Girly Girl

Have you made your list and checked it twice? Whether you're looking for your best gal pal, your mom or sister, these gifts will have that special lady smiling from ear to ear. Boys - you should take note too!

I don't think you can go wrong with gorgeous stationery or show-stopping accessories. In fact, most of these items are things I consider as essentials. Which ones are your favorite? Were any of items already on your personal wish list?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Once, the Musical

This week, I was invited by the Broadway in Cincinnati team to see Once, the Musical at the Aronoff. While I wasn't familiar with the storyline before seeing the show, two people told me that it is was one their all-time favorite plays, so I knew it had to be good! 

This play takes place in Dublin, Ireland. Essentially, a "Guy" meets a "Girl," who inspires him to take his songwriting and love for music (and girls) to the next level. 

The music alone was invigorating, not to mention the raw emotion of new love that the storyline evoked. The main song - Falling Slowly - was stuck in my head for days. I even created a Once station on Pandora. 

I found the use of choreography and staging clever. The visuals worked so beautifully with the melodies and each actor brought a musical talent to the stage.

Pre-show, guests were invited to hang out on stage for drinks and a jam session featuring Irish folk music. Then the show transitions right into the story featuring Guy singing his heart out over lost love. I won't give away the full story, but what develops between Guy and Girl is compelling. So compelling that I was in tears by the end show.

Let me tell ya - Stuart Ward was plays Guy, the male lead, was absolutely adorable! So charming, but at the same time such a true guy, and who can resist an accent? Ladies, I must mention that he has even been on Downton Abbey. My mom loved that! 

Dani de Waal who plays Girl is so talented. She had one heck of a voice and her one-liners really made the show quite comical. 

Interesting in checking out Once? There's still time! The show runs until November 23 at the Aronoff. A special thanks to the Broadway in Cincinnati team for inviting me to experience this delightful love story! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Styling A Thanksgiving Tabletop

Let's talk Thanksgiving. While I love hosting, I don't love cooking. My mom promised she would cook the turkey if I offered to host. So then, the deal was done. I'll decorate and create one heck of a tablescape and my mom will cook the big bird.

We have enough space in our new house, but there's a small problem...we don't own a dining room table yet. Yikes...yeah, small problem. So I decided I'm decking out card tables. That will have to do for the time being. I'm vowing to myself that they will be the most beautifully decorated card tables. Yes, that will have to do this year.

So, I've been scheming. I'm using the H&M Home black and white tablecloths I purchased for our housewarming party. Combine the black and white gingham with some neutral and orange accents, and I think I'll be golden. ;)

How cute are those "Wine. Pie. Repeat." napkins?!? Seriously. I'm such a sucker for cute and clever design.

Have you planned your Thanksgiving table yet? If so, what colors are driving your design decisions?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jamberry Review and Giveaway

I'm excited to introduce you to Jamberry Nails. A longtime friend and Jamberry rep, Sarah, reached out and asked if I would be interested in trying a set to see how they work.

Jamberry offers numerous prints, colors and many that I had a hard time selecting my favorite. After spending an hour browsing the different nail wraps, I settled on Champagne Toast. Online, Champagne Toast had a taupe-y look, but in-person, the color is more silver. The glitter portion is definitely sparkly.

To apply the wraps - basically semi-permanant stickers - to your nails, you'll need:
  • a cuticle pusher
  • a hair dryer
  • small scissors
  • a fingernail file
I have to admit, I did my first nail incorrectly. Major user error! Lesson learned - the rounded edge goes towards your cuticles, not the other way around. Once I got into the swing of applying the wrap, the process went smoothly. Just blow-dry the wrap for a hot second and then apply it to your nail. Trim the access and then file in a downward motion to polish the edges. 

I was delightfully surprised by how well the wraps stuck to my nails and remained in place over the course of several days. 

Sarah will be sharing one Champagne Toast Jamberry set with one Simply Sarah Style reader! This giveaway also includes some of my favorites fall goodies:
  • Jamberry set 
  • A cozy infinity scarf
  • A "busy bee" notebook 
  • Lindt HELLO Chocolates
  • Post earrings 
  • Happy socks
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