On Nnenna’s Nails #3: Silver Sparkle

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I’m back at it with the glitter nail polish!  This was one of those lazy manicures- I started with this awesome silver color by Zoya Nail Polish that I picked up during Blogger’s Night Out.  Zoya Nail Polish is seriously amazing: it glides on so smoothly, looks fantastic with just one coat, is not too thick, and lasts for days!  I was going to stop there, but then I decided to jazz it up with this glitter polish.  I love the big glitter flakes and also how they are scattered sort of randomly- it’s like someone threw little confetti on to my fingers and they stuck!

Zoya Nail Polish Tao and Wet N Wild Party of Five Glitters

Hope you guys have a great weekend!  Anybody have fun weekend plans?  Also, if you follow me on twitter or instagram, you know that I went to a couple of fun events this week, so check back next week for recaps! :)

Handmade Holidays: Stocking Stuffers, $15 & Under!

Handmade Holidays

For the last Handmade Holidays post, I wanted to pick out some fun stocking stuffers!  All of these cute goodies are under $15, so you won’t be breaking the bank (the first set has an animal theme- which was totally unintentional, but then I just went with it :)!

1. Terrier Dog Brooch– For the doglover, who can pin this cute brooch anywhere they want!
2. Cute Animal 2012 Calendar– This cute calendar will keep you smiling throughout 2012 :)
3. Oh My Deer Ear Posts– Adorable and unique= a great gift!
4. Animal Paper Clips– Function & form come together in these tiny paper clips.
5. Black Apple Paper Dolls– We’re never too old to play with dolls, right? :)
6. Tea Pot Note Cards- Perfect invitations to send when you’re hosting your own tea party :)
7. Nordic Leaves Pillow Cover– A pretty pillow cover would make a lovely addition to any home.
8. Leather Bow Necklace– This sweet necklace would look great with so many outfits!

This is the last Handmade Holidays post- I hope you guys enjoyed this seasonal series! :)

A Great Many Happenings Lately

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Hola friends! With all the little changes happening around here and the busyness of this season, I thought it would be a good idea do a bit of a round-up about what I’ve been up to lately, for my sake and yours! :)

New in the mail:
– My Black Friday/Cyber Monday purchases finally came!  I ordered these boots from Macy’s and this dress and a pair of loafers from Lulu’s.  Don’t worry, you’ll be seeing these things on the blog soon I hope :)  I also got a sweet little package from Laura containing a recipe, awesome Christmas mix CD (which takes me back, I love it!), and a bag of tasty tea!  Thanks again Laura :)

New on the blog:
– I made some small changes around the blog a while back but I never officially announced them!  As you can see, I switched to a three-column layout and in the right sidebar you’ll now find links to my lovely sponsors, Flowers From Fatima and BrideBlu Jewelry!  You should definitely check out these ladies’ shops because they sell beautiful merchandise :)  I also add a tab in the navigation bar and a mini visual in the right sidebar so you have easy access to my etsy shopYou have until December 16th to place an order for delivery by Christmas in the domestic U.S., so you better get to shopping! :)
– There have been a few new features on the blog: Around Nnenna’s Nest gives you a little peek into my home, On Nnenna’s Nails shows my weekly manicures, and Handmade Holidays is my series of gift guides for the holidays showcasing Etsy sellers only.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out this features yet, now’s the time!

New in the blogosphere:
In case you hadn’t heard, Google will be shutting down Google Friend Connect in the near feature and I just don’t want to lose you guys!  There are several ways to stay connected to my blog: you can follow me on Bloglovin’, subscribe to my RSS Feed, or follow me on Google+ where I share all of my favorite finds on the web.  There’s also Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!  I would so appreciate it if you could follow me on one of these other platforms! :)

Pin of the Week:

–  I found this cute DIY on Pinterest this week which I think will definitely come in handy as the gift wrapping begins!  To see more of my findings, check me out on Pinterest!

Tweet of the Week:

Emily and Mayra totally made my week with this tweet!  Thank you again Emily for the RT and Mayra for being my 5th sale on Etsy! :)

Current Discount:
– I’m sure you guys have heard about JewelMint, the awesome jewelry collection created by Kate Bosworth and Cher Coulter?  Well the lovely people over at JewelMint have generously offered my readers a discount: Enter ny1002 at checkout for 50% off your first month of JewelMint, courtesy of the New York MBA Team!  More to come on that later! :D

On My Reading List:
A Feast of Crows
Laughing at Wall Street
The Marriage Plot
Skippy Dies

Tell me: What have you been up to lately?

Handmade Holidays: For That Guy

Handmade Holidays

This time I decided to tackle a set of people that I find difficult to shop for- the male population!  Lucky for me, Etsy doesn’t disappoint and I found several great gifts that a man would enjoy!  How’s your holiday shopping going?  I hope you’re getting some ideas :)

1. Hand-stitched iPad Case– This sleek leather case will protect that prized possession (the iPad) and can be monogrammed too!
2. Forest Green Skinny Necktie– A little twist on the traditional silk tie that still leaves him looking dapper.
3. Rustic Copper Money Clip– This rustic money clip looks cool and can carry a personal message of your choosing.
4. Plans for Global Domination Spiral Notebook- Who doesn’t secretly want to dominate the world?!  Keep your top-secret plans in this nifty notebook ;)
5. Upcycled Dark Grey Briefcase– He can use this great bag for travel or for work and the printed stag adds a special touch.
6. Hand-printed Rocks Glasses– For the man who’s serious about his liquors!
7. Deep Brown Leather Watch– This watch is classic in the best way, yet still very modern.
8. Retro Leica Camera Skin for iPhone 4– Look again- that’s an iPhone skin!  How cool is that?

I’ll be doing 1-2 more of these gift guides, so if you have any particular theme you like me to tackle for Handmade Holidays, just let me know in the comments below! :)