Manicure Mondays – Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer Giveaway

I just entered to win the entire Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer 2014 collection at http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/06/manicure-mondays-zoya-magical-pixiedust-summer-giveaway/ #nailpolish #giveaway #zoya

Good morning! Happy June and happy Manicure Mondays! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! I had a nasty cootie bug and was in bed for most of it. That was the closest thing to a break I’ve had in a year and a half since the baby was born, but unfortunately, it didn’t feel like a break at all :( I’m starting to feel a little better today, thank goodness.

I have another super fun giveaway for you all, courtesy of Zoya! This week, I have the newly released Zoya Magical PixieDust for Summer 2014! These best selling matte ultra textured shimmers feature Zoya’s holographic Magical Pixie formula and will have your nails beach ready in no time. These sparkly shades look amazing against a summer tan. Zoya sent me a collection to give away to one lucky reader, and I have one for myself to swatch for you all below! Enjoy and good luck!

My Zoya Bubbly giveaway ends tonight – enter here if you haven’t done so already!

Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer 2014 - Ario Swatches Giveaway

Zoya Magical PixieDust in Arlo is a glittering amethyst. This sparkler is a beautiful magenta with equal parts shimmering rose pink and violet purple.

Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer 2014 - Bar Swatches Giveaway

Zoya Magical PixieDust Bar is a glittery nude topaz and reminds me of the sparkly sand at the beach. The entire collection is amazing, but Bar is my fav of the 3!

Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer 2014 - Ginni Swatches Giveaway

Zoya Magical PixieDust in Ginni is a glittery pink tourmaline. It’s the perfect shimmery light rose pink for summer.

Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer 2014 - Swatches and Giveaway

From top, clockwise – Zoya Ginni, Zoya Bar, and Zoya Ario

Zoya Magical PixieDust Summer 2014 retails for $10.00 each, or $30.00 for the set of three. These shades and so many more are available at Zoya.com.

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. There is one mandatory entry, US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends June 17th.

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The products mentioned in this post were sent to me by the merchant or their PR company. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.

Bing In The Classroom – Now Available To All US Schools!

Imagine your kid wants answers to questions like, “where do babies come from” or “what is twerking”? If you can’t be there for their every online search, I’m sure you want their results to be safe! I’ve searched innocent topics and retrieved some not so innocent results. It can happen to anybody, but Bing in the Classroom is here to help your kiddos!

Not only is the Bing in the Classroom search engine safe for kids, but it also returns ad free results and strict filters for adult content! Say “YES” to show your support for #adfreesearch!. In addition to safe searching, did you know can earn reward points for searching with Bing? Bing in the Classroom allows you to donate those points to your child’s school so that they may earn Surface tablets for their classrooms? It’s all as easy as…

  1. Get free Surface tablets in your classroom – It’s easy! Anyone can earn rewards just by searching the web with Bing.
  2. Support ad-free search – With just one click, join parents across the country to support ad-free search in the classroom.
  3. Find your school – Find out how close your school is to earning a free Surface tablet.

Help Bing in the Classroom transform the power of technology in schools with ad-free search, Surfaces for classrooms, and digital literacy lessons. Join the movement!

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8 Summer Short Shorts

Denim Short Shorts

Have any of you searched your local retailers for basic denim short shorts lately? I have and I’m finding it impossible to find simple shorts without all the frills!

I’ve been rummaging through racks all spring and the denim shorts are trends only – either too high waisted, too ripped, WAY too short with the pockets hanging out, embellished, or colored. I thought it was time to get on the net and start finding some styles I like, otherwise it will be jeans all summer long in this hot Florida sunshine!

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Vanessa Hudgens Look For Less

Vanessa Hudgens Look For Less Airport - Blue Pants, Ivory Cardigan, V-Neck Tee, Wide Brim Fedora, Gold Strappy Sandals, and Oversized Sunglasses

I LOVE checking out celebrities as they work their way through an airport. Their airport attire is usually way more wearable than something you’d see them wearing on the streets of New York or Hollywood. Vanessa Hudgens looks amazing in her easy breezy “perfect for summer” outfit. Her pleated blue pants, ivory tank and cardigan look so comfy dressed up with her wide brim fedora and gold strappy sandals!

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Italian Dinner Housewarming Basket

Housewarming Welcome Basket - Italian Dinner with Wine, Tiramisu Dessert, Frying Pan, Spaghetti, and Sauce

Last September when John was 5 months old and we were living in our rental house, we finally broke ground on the property we’d owned for 6 years, a lot that we purchased right before we got married. I remember my husband calling me later that week to tell me that someone had broken ground on the lot next to ours, and with the same builder. As if the timing weren’t interesting enough, we were walking our property the next week and our future neighbors stopped by in passing to introduce themselves. I noticed they had a carseat in their car so I asked the obvious with a bit of excitement, “do you have a baby”??? Not only did they have a baby “boy”, but he was 2 months older than John! They were also renting a house while they built, so our situations couldn’t have been more similar and in sync.

We became friends on Facebook and have Facebook messaged or texted each other almost every day since our meetup. It was so fun to talk about our houses as they were being built since we were going through all of the same meetings at the same time. We’d chat about what lighting we’d picked out for each room, our paint colors, and all other things house related. Now that we’re in our house, we have play dates with our boys, followed by an occasional cocktail after they’ve gone to bed lol.

When they moved in shortly after us, I thought it would be fun to make a housewarming basket to welcome them to the neighborhood. I went with a dinner themed basket to make one night of cooking a little easier on them as they worked their way out of boxes. Not only was it a dinner theme, but I went with all things Italian, including a dessert and wine!

Housewarming Welcome Basket - Italian Dinner with Wine, Tiramisu Dessert, Frying Pan, Spaghetti, and Sauce

I picked up everything for the basket at World Market including the coolest tri-colored nests of spaghetti noodles in a bag, spaghetti sauce, an Italian wine, a frying pan, and some natural paper shredded basket filler.

Housewarming Welcome Basket - Italian Dinner with Wine, Tiramisu Dessert, Frying Pan, Spaghetti, and Sauce

I filled the frying pan with a slice from the big Tiramisu I’d made that week.

Housewarming Welcome Basket - Italian Dinner with Wine, Tiramisu Dessert, Frying Pan, Spaghetti, and Sauce

I took a picture of the basket on their doorstep and was going to text it as her way of finding out there was a basket on her doorstep. Unfortunately, I was busted by their boy, then the dog, and then them, so it didn’t go as planned, but was still a fun surprise!

Classic Cuban Mojito

Cuban Mojito Recipe

It’s not summer yet, but it sure feels like it here in Florida. I’m not sure if there is a cocktail that better defines sunny days than Cuba’s classic mojito! The mint and the lime paired with rum and club soda are so refreshing. I can tell that I am going to love sipping on cocktails this summer in our screened-in back porch. In fact, maybe I should make Cocktail Tuesdays a weekly tradition this season at Fab Fatale!

Classic Cuban Mojito

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Glass

Classic Cuban Mojito

Ingredients

  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime (cut into thirds)
  • Ice
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)
  • 1.5 ounces light rum
  • Club Soda
  • Lime wedge and mint sprig, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Muddle at the bottom of each glass, 10 mint leaves and 3 lime wedges. Sprinkle a bit of sugar in the bottom of the glass because the abrasive texture will release the mint oil from the leaves.
  2. Fill each glass with ice, top with simple syrup, rum, and then club soda and give a good stir with a long spoon. Garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint.
http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/05/cuban-mojito-recipe/

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Manicure Mondays – Zoya Bubbly Giveaway

I just entered to win the entire Zoya Bubbly collection at http://www.fabfatale.com/2014/05/manicure-mondays-zoya-bubbly-giveaway/ #nailpolish #giveaway #zoya

Happy Manicure Mondays everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was more productive that restful, but it’s really nice to have so many things marked off of my never ending to-do list. We are still trying to get situated in our new house and trying to get out of those last few boxes that we’ve just been too busy to unpack. Sometimes it’s difficult to make progress with work, blog, and baby, all while my husband travels so often, but life is way more calm than it was last year, so I couldn’t be more happy!

I have another amazing giveaway for you all today! Zoya just sent me their gorgeous Summer Bubbly collection of shimmery citrus hued holographic jelly nail polish and the shades are oh-so-summer! This collection goes on so smooth, that I had no idea they were jellys until I read the description. Usually jellys are a bit difficult to get on (sticky and thick), yet the Bubbly formula is SO smooth. However, true to most jellys, these are opaque in two coats and have that layered sheer sparkly finish! Each shade features Zoya’s exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula and are opaque in two coats. They literally look like a mix of fruit juice and sparkly soda, and they’re all yours if you are the lucky winner of this giveaway.

If you haven’t already entered, check out my Zoya Tickled giveaway, ending next week!

zoyaBubblyHarperPinkGlitterNailPolish

Zoya Harper is a cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer.

zoyaBubblyStassiGreenGlitterNailPolish

Zoya Stassi is a brilliant citron green with a gold metallic glaze and holographic finish.

zoyaBubblyJesyOrangeGlitterNailPolish

Zoya Jesy is a full coverage, firey coral orange metallic holo. The golden undertones make this shade bright enough to flatter a tan, but keep it distinctly different from the coppers of fall!

zoyaBubblyMuseBlueGlitterNailPolish

Zoya Muse is a blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold.

Zoya Bubbly Binx Orchid Purple Pink Magenta Glitter Nail Polish

Zoya Binx is a spicy orchic purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles. With undertones evenly balanced between red & blue, this shade is flattering to most skin tones.

zoyaBubblyAlmaOrangeGoldGlitterNailPolish

Zoya Alma is a warm golden peach metallic. Perfectly balanced between yellow and orange, this shade flatters most skin tones!

How To Win

One lucky reader will win this entire Zoya nail polish giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below to enter. There is one mandatory entry, US and Canadian readers only, giveaway ends June 3rd.

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The products mentioned in this post were sent to me by the merchant or their PR company. All opinions are 100% my own. For more info, please view my full disclosure policy.