Quest for the Best: Nail Edition 2

Hey y’all!

My quest for the best nail salon in the metro continues! Thank goodness, because I was about a week overdue! Life just gets so busy! Today I went to the Polished Nail Salon in Chisholm Creek! There’s one in Yukon as well. They have received recognition for their excellence, and everything in Chisholm Creek is so hot right now! My last nail review was in the same area, and it was gonna be a tough one to beat.

The verdict is in, and while I still prefer Urbane, I had an awesome experience at Polished! I wanted the shattered glass nails that I’ve seen on their Insta, but the lady who specializes in it was out, so I went with chrome and rhinestones instead, which I’m not mad about. I had been wanting to do a chrome accent nail for a while. I also chose shorter nails this time, since the stiletto nails were kind of driving me insane with the amount of typing I do! I’ll do long ones again soon. Here is the gorgeous finished product:

Obsessed!!

The atmosphere was also nice! The mint color on the walls went well with the sparkly chandeliers! Perhaps the decor inspired my nails today!

I was also super into the fact that it was 55 bucks! That is an awesome price since I got extras! The only thing is that I wished they would have offered me a drink, even if it was just water. Call me extra, but I’m used to a glass of wine at the nail salon. Oh well, we can’t always have it all! I probably should have just asked! πŸ˜‚

The numbers are in!

Ambience: 9

Friendliness: 9

Quality of Service: 10

Price: 10

It was an awesome time, and I’m going to enjoy these nails for the next 2 weeks! 😊

Talk to y’all Sunday! (For real this time! I’m finally getting good at working this blog into my schedule! #movinonup )

OKC peeps, comment with your fave salon! Maybe I’ll try it next!

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OK Gazette Best of OKC

Hey y’all!!

So I’m struggling to stick with my blogging schedule with my now 4 jobs! Lordy! I apologize for being late!

Anyway, as promised on my Instagram (@glitterandgrades), I’ll tell y’all about my OK Gazette best of challenge! Every year, the Oklahoma Gazette, which happens to be my favorite info source for local happenings, does a best of OKC list and the readers vote! I pretty much feel like a local at this point, as I’ve lived in the metro for over 8 years now. This is my final year in OKC, but those deets are for another blog post. πŸ˜‰ I wanted to go out with a bang and hit up every spot, even the ones I’ve been to a thousand times. Experiencing the city I love with a fresh outlook seemed to be a perfect way to end this great run! I have until July to do it!

I even made a list!

I already got one this week! I went to The Pump, which was voted the best neighborhood bar! It happens to be around my neighborhood, which makes it even cooler! It’s an old gas station turned awesome bar with awesome bar food! The outside patio area is gorgeous and the year-round Christmas lights add just the right amount of kitsch.

My roomie and I love to go on Mondays because it’s karaoke on their patio! What we lack in talent, we make up for in spirit! πŸ˜‚ We went on Monday and had a great time!

Because I forgot to get more than this picture! πŸ™ˆ I was drinking the Tallgrass key lime beer! So good and perfect for the last official days of summer!

Stay tuned as I keep y’all posted about this bucket list!

Comment and tell me what your favorite place in OKC is! 😊

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Quest for the Best: Nails Edition 1

Hey, y’all! It has been a while since I’ve posted. If you read my last one, you can probably understand why I took a break! I’m glad to announce that I’m back and regularly posting on Wednesdays and Sundays!

This “Quest for the Best” series takes you on my journey to find the most awesome services in the OKC Metro area! This time it’s all about my personal favorite: NAILS!!

I tried Urbane Nails and Spa 2 for the first time! Their second location is in Chisholm Creek, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite areas in the city. I am obsessed with their Insta page and couldn’t wait to get mine done!

The first thing that impressed me was the decor! The waterfalls and chandeliers were so classy and sparkly, which is kind of what I’m all about! It wasn’t why I went, however, and I was anxious to check out their services.

While double-fisting their complimentary glass of rosΓ© and my iced PSL, I waited for my turn. While waiting, I saw another amazing sign! The two girls on either side of me were both regulars, they were friendly, and they gushed about how great the place was. Either someone was paying them, or this place is GOOD.

When it was my turn, I had Kimberly do my nails. I asked for pink stiletto nails with a black and white marble accent nail and three crystals on each middle nail. Yeah, I was that you-know-what with the complicated order, but she delivered! She was also super friendly! I loved that she didn’t try to rush me out the door and she made sure every detail was right! Here is the finished product:

Oh. My. Lanta. I’m in love!!! I have literally never had so many compliments on my nails! Best part? Only 60 bucks even with the extras! That is fair pricing!

So yeah, it’s going to be super hard to not just quit my quest and go there forever, but I’ll do it for the blog! Haha! Here is my rating, all out of 10:

Ambience: 10

Friendliness: 10

Quality of service: 10

Price: 10

Y’all. GO TO URBANE RIGHT NOW AND GET YO NAILS DID!

I’ll see you guys on Sunday and update y’all on my awesome Labor Day Weekend trip! Until next time!

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Life After Love

Hey everyone!

It has been a while. Lots of life changes have transpired, and while they needed to happen, things have still been a bit tough. I have an immense fear of failure that I’m working through, and it felt like I failed at the one thing I should have succeeded at.

I got a divorce.

Divorce seems to be a dirty word, especially in Christian culture. I get it. I said I didn’t believe in divorce, and I fully intended to keep the vows I made to my husband. In fact, I trudged on when I knew we were growing in different directions because I wanted to be a woman of my word. We tried to compromise to save the marriage numerous times, but it just left both of us unfulfilled. I think we both knew there was a better way, but we were both stubborn for a long time. But here’s the deal:

It’s okay to prioritize your well-being and happiness.

I obviously don’t mean you should get a divorce if your spouse doesn’t cater to every ridiculous and selfish whim. That’s not a thing. I’m saying that if you are not happy and fulfilled in any situation and you have tried to make things work, it’s perfectly fine to do what you need to do to become your best self, because you simply can’t pour from an empty cup.

Social media only saw the “perfect” side of us, because that’s what we wanted y’all to see. We couldn’t bear the thought of anyone knowing that we weren’t a perfect match. People regularly called us #goals. There were great times in that marriage that I’ll always cherish, but at the end of the day, we couldn’t simultaneously live our best lives and be married. Everyone deserves a chance at their best life, so we took ours. There is no animosity or bitterness, because we both knew what the right decision was. Because we respect each other, we had to let the relationship go so that we could both fulfill our purposes. No drama, no secret scandals, just two people realizing their alternative paths.

There are always alternative paths.

It may not be a marriage you’re struggling with. Maybe you’re not feeling your job, or you feel called to another city. Perhaps your gut is telling you to take a leap of faith and do something that is new and slightly scary. If you are not attaining your life’s purpose on the path you’re currently on, you can change it. We are supposed to thrive, not just survive. If you’re not thriving yet, look inside yourself and make the choices that will allow you to be the absolute best version of you. It may even be painful, but DO IT!

My experience has been positive despite the heartbreak, because I am rediscovering myself and what I need to do to stay on my purpose path. There are parts of me that I need to get reacquainted with, and that’s okay! I may stumble a little in my new life, but I know it’s where I’m meant to be. I urge you to do whatever you need to do to get to where your purpose lies. It’s okay to not have all the answers yet! I know I don’t, and that’s part of the grand adventure.

Cheers to new beginnings!

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Bleu Garten OKC

So Midtown is one of my favorite districts in OKC! The restaurants and businesses are thriving down there, and one of the best things about it is Bleu Garten, an outside area that features different food trucks and delicious adult beverages!

Tonight was a summer kickoff party introducing the new cocktail menu! I ordered a fruity, tequila-based drink called the Midtown Sunset! I highly recommend it! Ben got a beer, as usual! They had the Filipino Fusion food truck tonight, which is one of my favorites. I had already eaten, but the dessert was insane! The Halo Halo, a Filipino variation on the classic shaved ice, featured boba-type stuff at the bottom, ice cream, and a random piece of flan on top! Yes, you read that right! FLAN!!

I was so excited, I forgot to take a picture until this point! Oops!!

Besides the delicious offerings, I love that Bleu Garten has stuff to do! There was a live band to listen to, cornhole games, and GIANT JENGA!!

Here we are with some friends playing! Photo cred: Brianna Dodd! It was super fun! I always like food/drink places that have activities!

Bottom line: If you live in OKC or are planning a visit soon, go to Bleu Garten! It’s the perfect summer hangout! Bonus: You can bring the dog! We would, but our sweet Sheltie suffers from anxiety around crowds! Kids are also welcome before a certain time! Our toddler godson was there for a while!

Hope you had a fun Thursday like we did! Let me know if you love Bleu Garten, or drop a different OKC recommendation in the comments!

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Hump Day!

Hey y’all! It’s hump day! Wednesdays are kind of bittersweet to me. At the end of the day, we are officially over the hump and on the downward slope to the weekend. Getting through the day, however, can be a ride on the struggle bus.

I feel like Mondays, though sometimes dreary, are a powerful reset button. It’s a chance to start the week off right and crush it! Since summer started, I have been working on the goals that I put on the back burner during the end of the busy school year, such as quiet time with God, exercise, housework, and this blog, among other things I will announce later. πŸ˜‰ This Monday was awesome! I did my devotional and Bible study first thing in the morning, went to kickboxing, grocery shopped for the week, started my weekly cleaning project, cooked a delicious dinner, went to Barre 3 with my friends, and did some professional development reading. Tuesday was a similar day, but with a full day of professional development. Today, however, was more of a struggle. It was hard to wake up early for devotional time before my day of professional development. I was tempted to watch TV instead of pushing through cardio dance and then order in instead of cooking the healthy meal I planned. I had to use one of my mom’s favorite phrases to push through:

Being an adult is doing what you don’t want to do when you don’t want to do it.

I listened to my mom’s voice, which frequently finds its way into my head, and I did it all anyway.

Does my story sound familiar to anyone? Does your Monday motivation turn “meh” about midweek? If so, you are not alone! It’s normal to hit the “hump slump,” but it’s not okay to stay there! Your responsibilities don’t end because you’re tired, and self-improvement can’t happen if you grow stagnant after a couple of days. You need consistency to be successful, which means doing the things you know you need to do even when you don’t feel like it.

At this point, you may be thinking that I’m a total slavedriver and that you deserve a rest. If that’s you right now, you’re correct! You DO deserve a rest! As for the other part…hehe, no comment! πŸ˜‰ I’m not saying to just push through constantly and never give yourself a reward or a breather! We all need to recharge sometimes. The difference is that you recharge and then get back to work. It’s far too easy to justify laziness to yourself and extend your break to the point of irresponsibility. After I did my professional development sessions today, I met my husband at our favorite coffee shop, had coffee and a delectable croissant, and just chilled for an hour. That was a lovely treat for me, and I felt rejuvenated when it was time to go to the gym!

Here I am with that latte! Yum!! If you haven’t gone to Hank’s in Midtown, check them out! Great coffee with fun and knowledgeable baristas!

Here’s the bottom line: Push through hump day, do what you need to do, but allow yourself a bit of time to recharge when you’re feeling slumpy. I hope y’all had a great Wednesday! You are on the downward slope now, so keep your chins up!

What are your tips for getting through the “hump slump?” Let me know in the comments!

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Frugal Fashionista

Howdy!

So, y’all know I’m a teacher. What you have probably also gathered is that I have expensive tastes! It is what it is. Everyone who knew me in middle and high school probably remembers that I was OBSESSED with labels. Back then, American Eagle, Hollister, and Abercrombie were staples in my closet! Unfortunately, my adoptive dad made great money, and I chose to make WAYYYY less. (Totally worth it for those students, btw!) The problem was that I couldn’t quite change my wiring enough to get down with Walmart. So what did I do? Take out crazy credit cards a la Lily of HIMYM? Call my parents for a shopping allowance?

Haha, no way! I just had to learn to be a frugal fashionista! I still wear name brands and have what I think is a pretty fabulous closet! I have just learned how to find those deals! Here is some of what I do when I shop:

1. Check the Outlet Mall first

OKC has a fabulous outlet mall that opened up a few years ago! I actually worked at the Nine West for almost a year in college! Yeah yeah, it’s last year’s clothing, but the prices are initially lower. Then, I wait for sales to get even better deals! Since there are so many designers featured at an outlet mall, you can build a versatile wardrobe just by shopping there, though I have plenty of other recommendations! Here is an outfit that is almost exclusively from the Outlet Mall!

Forgive the tired expression! I was finishing up my night teaching job at that point! 😴

Skirt suit: Express

Leggings: Gap

Booties: Clark’s

The shirt and necklace are the only non-outlet pieces, and I got those on super sale! My students and colleagues complimented this outfit like crazy, and I paid a fraction of the original price for all of it! #balleronabudget

2. Thrift Shop, Macklemore Style

We all know that catchy song about “poppin’ some tags” from a few years back. While I personally don’t look for your grandpa’s clothes, I definitely thrift! I have found incredible pieces from Goodwill, Daisy Exchange, Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor, and other local shops. If you are in the OKC metro, here is what I would say. Preppy fashionistas seem to have the best luck at Clothes Mentor in Edmond. They are super strict about what they will buy from people, and they only take name brands! I have had wonderful experiences with them! Oh, and Kendra Scott lovers rejoice!! They have quite the spread! I think my most exciting find has been these Kate Spade shoes that I snagged for $25!

Wow!! I’m a sucker for a good pump, and the gold details make them special! Kate Spade is one of my favorites because of her ability to marry the classic and the whimsical! I don’t always like her prices, though, so this was the perfect find! I wear them at least once a week!

In addition to those gems, I’ve bought several items there and would highly recommend it! Daisy Exchange and Plato’s Closet can be more “trendy,” but I have been able to dig through and find some great stuff. Plato’s Closet can be especially helpful for workout wear! Almost all of my Nike shorts are from there!

3. Upscale Resale

This kind of goes hand in hand with the last one, but upscale resale shops are great if you are looking for something like a Lilly dress or a designer handbag. All of my favorites are actually in Florida! Remember my New Year’s dress?

Yep! Lilly dress for $50 at the upscale resale shop! (Recognize those shoes?) I’ll tell you more about the bag later! Another one you may remember from the summer:

This Lilly was $40 at a different one! If you are in Florida and you’re a Lilly fan, those shops almost ALWAYS carry Lilly, since she is a Florida phenomenon! Those pink shoes also came from that store! Boom!

4. Shop Super Clearance

Sometimes you just have to go to the regular mall. You can make this work just as well for you, though! I know threading through the messy clearance racks is a bit of work, but it can reap some major benefits! Yes, clearance is usually from a different season, but get your winter clothes for next year during the spring, and vice versa, to save some precious dolla dolla bills! (…why do I even try to be cool?) Not only do those items go on clearance, but there are some stores that do extra clearance at certain times. Dillard’s does an additional 30% off clearance once a month. It’s usually the 3rd weekend of the month. Cardholders get dibsies that Wednesday, and everyone else gets in that Thursday-Saturday! Their New Years Sale is even better! Additional 50% off clearance! Beware the crowds, though!

So if you find a piece you love that isn’t on sale, my advice is to exercise patience and wait for it to go on clearance, then wait again for extra clearance. If it’s gone, it wasn’t meant to be. I did this once with a total princess skirt! I found the most gorgeous tulle skirt at Windsor, and it was $50. I waited and waited, finally snagging it months later for $9!

Worth the wait!! By the way, the only full-price thing in this entire outfit is the Kendra Scott. Gotta splurge sometimes! πŸ˜‰

5. Take Advantage of Hand-Me-Downs

I feel that hand-me-downs have been given a negative connotation in our society. Even Ron Weasley complained about having to wear hand-me-down robes. We all love having new stuff, but there are times when hand-me-downs are awesome! I especially love the vintage ones, because I’m old school like that! My adoptive mom is turning 80 this year, and she has some truly unique pieces from her younger years! I now have all of her old evening bags, as well as a hat and some kid leather gloves, all in impeccable condition!

Remember this hat? Perfect for church! The eel skin clutch also adds to this outfit, which, by the way, is made up of Goodwill, Women’s Exchange, and the Outlet Mall! I’m known for my hats at church, and this one is particularly fabulous! That gold evening bag from my New Years outfit? My mom’s! This one is amazing, because it is a genuine Whiting and Davis mesh bag, and it is STILL IN THE BOX! Mom is quite meticulous, and it paid off! She told me that was the “it bag” of her time, and now I carry it! My future daughter will get it as well, and it will pass through my family! How stinkin’ cool is that? Hand-me-downs are more than just thrifty. They are sentimental! Another one of note is the black Coach bag from my first outfit! It was my Mother-In-Law’s! So sweet!

I hope you have come away with some savings ideas! I know my ways can’t be it, so I’d love for you to comment and tell me what you do to save money on high-quality clothing!

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