Bring on Summer with COLOR!

I am a major color-focused person.  The brighter and more saturated, the better.  I love neutrals – but mostly because a bold color shows up all the more against them!

One of my favorite color combos has had a major fashion comeback lately.  I’ve always loved the color combo of corals and blues – it just screams, “SUMMER!” Lucky for me, it seems like “trend” is here to stay in the fashion industry.

Summery and Cheerful - Feelings that Need to Be Happening in Chicagoland RIGHT NOW.
Summery and Cheerful – Feelings that Need to Be Happening in Chicagoland RIGHT NOW.

Don’t want to just take my color-crazed word for it?  From Decoist.com:

With bright oranges making a grand comeback…, coral is the ideal color for those who wish to join in on the trend…! While bubbly Tangerine has been dubbed the in color by some, coral is a refreshing alternative that is far more elegant and equally vibrant.

See that?  Elegant and vibrant.  Basically, my middle names.  (Except no.)

Bring on Summer with COLOR!

I’ve written about Jamberry’s Nail Art Studio before (and you can see my designs under “Custom Designs” at the top of the page!).  I’ve had several of the designs printed out, but when they got here, I just couldn’t cut into them.  But finally… I got this in the mail:

Coral Beach NAS - Watermarked

I know, I know.  It doesn’t look like much there.  Just some orange and blue blobs, right?  I needed to change my nails (the color polka dots were fun, but if my 5-year-old thinks they’re too young for me…).  I had these on my counter.  The day is once again gray and cold.

So I took the plunge and put these on for my next set of Jams.  Result? Instant cheer, instant summer vibe!

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I’m really happy with how they printed – and even happy with how the design translated to nail wraps.  That’s a sentence I never thought I’d utter!

Ready to Help Me Bring on Summer with COLOR?

Ready to help plunge us into sunny skies and warm temps?  Or at least a sunny disposition and warm tropical colors?  You can get your own set by clicking HERE! 

Psst: Love color?  Love fashion?  Here’s an article that marries the two – showing the hottest color trends for the year! Click here for Fashion Snoops’ Spring/Summer Color Forecast.  Check out all of those rich and saturated colors!

An Apple for Teacher

A few weeks ago I posted my new design for Teacher Appreciation Week and end-of-the-year teacher gifts.  I got the first order in last week and…

An Apple for Teacher – More Perfect than I Imagined!

An Apple for Teacher NASI LOVE how they turned out!! I’m so excited to wrap these up with some little extras and give them to Amelia’s teachers, who, lucky for me, are Jam-Addicts.  (And the best of us are, right??)

If you want to show your teacher some end of the year lovin’, An Apple for Teacher is the way to go!

You can order this uber-cute design HERE:

Take it From a Teacher’s Kid

Your child’s teacher the hardest-working, most emotionally-involved, and most enrichment-oriented person in your child’s life other than you.

Take it from a Teacher’s Kid

My mom was a third or fourth grade teacher until well past the time I was out of college.  Every night she put in HOURS of extra time grading papers at our kitchen table, worrying about the students in her class, trying to figure out how to approach parents about trouble at home, or just WORKING.  There were a ton of Christmases where she bought gifts that she knew couldn’t be provided for her kids – pads of paper, pencils, school supplies, even shoes.  (True story – one heartbreaking year she had a student whose mom could only afford to give her son HER hand-me-down tennis shoes.  That little boy got a brand new pair of sneakers from “Santa” that year.)

Whether or not you agree with standardized testing, the Common Core methodology, or belong to a home-schooling co-op, you can be certain of one thing: your child’s teacher wants your child to be loved, to be curious, and to be successful.  

Every year, my mom would come home at the end of the year with a few apples, some mugs, and if she was lucky, a “Thank You” note from a parent that *got it*.  No matter what you do at the end of the school year, do SOMETHING to let your teacher know that you realize how important they’ve been in your life over the last 180 days!

Ideas for Showing Your Teacher Some Lovin’

Write that person an honest-to-goodness “Thank You” note!  With the modern technological age, a handwritten note becomes all-the-more meaningful!  Even better?  Have your kiddo practice those handwriting, grammar, and sentence structure skills that she’s been working on and write a note as well! 

Gift cards, gift cards, gift cards!  BOOKSTORES, office supply stores, Amazon, teacher supply stores!  Your teacher pays out of pocket for an extraordinary amount of supplies throughout the year.  I’m sure she’d love some help in getting her room restocked for the next school year!

And, since you’re on this page, of course I’m going to suggest Jamberry.  I designed two sets of “Teacher Appreciation” nail wraps – perfect for a gift for a younger teacher that you don’t know a lot about!  You don’t need to know a size, whether or not they own their own place, or whether they drink coffee.  Add a bottle of sunscreen and a note and you have a wonderful token of appreciation for most important person (other than you!) in your kiddo’s life!

Check out how cute these are! 

An Apple for Teacher:

An Apple for Teacher - WaterMarked

Montessori Makes Me Happy”:

Montessori - NAS - Watermarked


To order either of these designs, please click here!  

Rainbow Row – At your Fingertips

My husband and I got married in Charleston, South Carolina.  Ever since I was a little girl, I *knew* that’s where I wanted to have my wedding.  It’s a special place for my family; we’ve gone to Charleston just about every summer since I was a kid.  Also – it was the first place that my hubs ever went on vacation with my family. It’s a place that only has happy memories for me – and it doesn’t hurt that the city itself is gorgeous.

If art class were a city, it would be Charleston: tons of color, style, gardens and flowers hidden around every corner.  Even the alleys look like they’ve been professionally styled for beauty.  Vibrant, happy, and energetic.

One of the most amazing spots to see is Rainbow Row, a portion of East Bay Street close to the water.  If you’re walking from the market area, you’ll pass several restaurants, tourist shops, and bars, then suddenly the street becomes more residential.  But the houses are RAINBOWS.  For real: Source: www.flickr.com,  "erikspictures"

Isn’t it beautiful?  I have ALL of my fingers crossed to win the lottery about 15 times so we could maybe rent the attic space in one of these!  (Seriously – what do these people DO that they can afford to live there?  Someone get on that and let me know!)

So given my obsession with Charleston and color, when I spotted a particular picture of Rainbow Row I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I uploaded it to Jamberry’s Nail Art Studio and a few minutes later, I had these gorgeous Jams designed and ready to go!

Rainbow Row NAS - Watermarked
Jamberry NAS Rainbow Row

I was really hoping they would print out as vibrantly as I imagined them in my mind.  The good news?  THEY DID!  Hooray!

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I’ll definitely be sporting these on days when I feel like I need a little Southern Charm in my day!  And I love that even if we won’t be IN Charleston on our anniversary, I can have a bit of Rainbow Row at my fingertips.  Literally.

Montessori and Jamberry Nails – Match Made in Teacher Heaven

My daughter goes to the local Montessori school (I’ve raved about it pretty rabidly here before), and the end of the year is coming up.  Normally, I stress at the end of the year about teacher gifts that are personal and will actually get used.  This year, I have it.  FINALLY.  Amelia is super proud of her new writing skills, and since it’s actually “legible,” I’ll let her write the note thanking her teacher for an amazing year.  (In her own words, so who knows what it will end up saying).   But for the gift part….

Montessori and Jamberry Nails – Match Made in Teacher Heaven

Amelia’s teacher and her teenage daughter LOVE themselves some Jams.  Her daughter may be one of my best customers – and I LOVE when they show me pics to prove it!  Homecoming, Easter, Christmas – they seriously pumped up the Jams.  (Ha!) So for an end-of-the-year gift, I used Jamberry’s Nail Art Studio to create her very own design, filled with pictures from her classroom.

Ms. Chiste's Class

One of the things about Montessori is all of the beautiful materials and activities involved in every aspect of the child’s day.  From gorgeous colored beads for math, to flower arranging, and back to glass and ceramic objects for pouring, polishing, and art, the materials in the room make the classroom feel like the happiest place in town.

Montessori - NAS - Watermarked

I LOVE the super bright colors!  The “paintings” in the design are Amelia’s “metal inset work;” the kiddos trace the shapes, learning pencil grasp, shape names, and get used to writing the curved and straight lines that they’ll need later on for writing letters.  Then if you’re lucky and give your teacher a big smile, she’ll let you paint the shapes with glitter watercolors.  (PS – The first few times Amelia came home she called them “Metal Insects,” which has STUCK like glue in our household as the name for the lesson!)


Sidenote: I’ll be writing about Amelia’s school quite often; it’s one of my top reasons for being in this Jamberry gig!  I love that I’m getting to help her (and her brother next Fall) get to go to this little school and be a part of the community that supports it!