Friday’s Fab Five – Weekly Inspiration Board

Pink Lipstick Summer Tablescape DIY Paint Glass Vases DIY Tee Cardigan Pizza Recipe

What’s not to love about an inspiration board that includes pizza and pink lipstick all in one post!?!?. Check out the things I can’t wait to buy, try, and DIY this week.

  • I’m going to get the nerve to try a bright pink lipstick soon. I’m not the one that has to look at it all day, so I’m not sure why I’m so intimidated lol. Any suggestions on the perfect pink shade?
  • I had so much fun with my winter tablescape, that I’m ready to put another one together for spring/summer. I’m loving the peach, yellow, and mirrored glass in this tablescape.
  • A couple of my favorite tees are starting to get a little “snug” in the midsection, but I don’t want to toss them! I’d love to try Trina’s long sleeve tee to cardigan DIY to save my favorite grey and white striped tee.
  • I’m in love with this painted glass diy tutorial. The paint actually goes on the inside of the vases and is swirled around, so you get a super shiny and dimensional effect with the clear layer untouched on top. This is such an easy and inexpensive way to add the colors of your choice to any room.
  • One of my favorite things to make at home is pizza! I’ve never made a margherita pizza {one of my favs}, so I may have to give this this recipe a try.

It’s Friday, so I may have to go for the pizza tonight with a big ‘ol icey glass of Coke. My man is in town this weekend, so maybe we’ll make it a date night with a movie! What were your must-haves this week? Did you try anything new? I’m always up for new ideas!

Manicure Mondays – Set In Stones

Chanel Quartz Gray Nail Polish Essie Set In Stones Silver Sequin Glitter

Winter is finally in full effect here in Florida. I thought {hoped} that it may pass us up altogether, but our 24 degree mornings are evidence that it did not. The second my Twitter bud, @bunniexoxo tweeted this pic from Instagram, I reached out to see if she’d be interested in sharing it for a Manicure Mondays post. I thought this mani was perfect for adding a little sparkle to the gray days we’ve been having here!

Bunnie layered Essie’s Set In Stones over Chanel’s Quartz, a beautiful grayish champagne nail polish, and the monochromatic sparkly combo is gorgeous! So what do you think of this manicure? Is this something you would try?

Check out my review of the entire Essie LuxeEffects line of topcoats, including Essie Set in Stones used in this mani.

White House / Black Market

Coco Rocha White House Black Market Ad Commercial

This is not a sponsored post, I am just beyond obsessed with the new commercial for White House Black Market! I haven’t seen it on TV just yet, but I had my husband watch this video on YouTube so that if he ever sees it on TV, he can record it for me lol.

Coco Rocha + tap dancing + amazing WHBM outfit changes + fun groovy music = one amazing commercial. Her outfits change to the beat of the music!!! How many times did Coco have to change outfits and do that dance lol?

Coco Rocha White House Black Market Ad Commercial

Glitter In The Air vs. Whimsical

How was your weekend? Mine was amazing, but flew by way too quickly. I’m enjoying my grand finale by eating chocolate ice cream, watching the Grammys, and workin on Manicure Mondays. Just a few of my favorite things!

When I was in Virgina for Christmas, I was browsing the nail polish aisle {as usual} at Ulta and saw a pretty little seafoam and sequin polish by the queen of dupes Revlon that looked strikingly similar to Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air. Check out the comparison below and let me know what you think.

Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter in the Air

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Revlon’s Whimsical

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air Revlon Whimsical Dupe Comparison Mint Creme Sequin Glitter Nail Polish

So what do you think? Pretty spot on right? The two polishes are exact dupes in terms of the seafoam creme base and sequin color. Where they differ slightly is in coverage and amount of sequins. Both polishes had visible nail lines {VNL} after 3 coats; however, Revlon’s Whimsical had a bit better coverage and a few more sequins per stroke. The biggest difference is in price. Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter In The Air retails for $17.00 and Revlon’s Whimsical will run you only $3.99.

Creamy Chicken And Gnocchi Soup

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe Olive Garden

I am addicted to Olive Garden’s creamy chicken and gnocchi soup, so when I came across this copy cat recipe, I knew I had to try it. I ordered OG’s soup on Friday so that I could do a side-by-side comparison of this recipe to the original, and it is spot on!

This recipe takes a little bit of chopping, which I hate, but thanks to my favorite chopper, I got through it pretty quickly! This chopper is a must for soups and dips that require a bunch of mincing and dicing.

Serves: 8


1 tablespoons extra virgin oil
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1 quart half and half
1 stalk celery, finely diced
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 minced garlic cloves
1 14 ounces can of chicken broth
2 carrots carrots, finely chopped
2 medium chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1 package gnocchi, cooked
1 cup of spinach coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)


Saute the onion, celery, and garlic in the butter and olive oil over medium heat until the onion becomes translucent. Add the flour and make a roux. Let the butter and flour mixture cook for about a minute before adding 1 quart of half and half.

Cook gnocchi according to package directions.

Into the roux, add in the carrots and chicken. Once the mixture becomes thick, add the chicken broth. Once the mixture thickens again, add the cooked gnocchi, spinach, and seasoning; simmer until soup is heated through.

recipe – altered from

Manicure Mondays – Chevron + Tangerine Tango

Sally Hansen Kook-A-Mango Chevron Tangerine Tango Pantone Manicure Nail Polish

I hope you all had a great weekend! You may have caught an Instagram preview of this mani on Twitter the other day as I was chattin it up with the Budget Babe about chevron nails. She reached out for a how-to on this popular pattern, and I just happen to have this lined up for today’s Manicure Monday.

For this manicure, I thought it would be fun to mix the color of the moment, Pantone’s color of the year Tangerine Tango, with the pattern of the moment, chevron. The color I had on hand that was most similar to the coral reddish orange of Tangerine Tango was Sally Hansen’s Kook-A-Mango. Another coincidence cuz the Budget Babe and I share a love for this color and wore it often last summer!

I opted to showcase the color and pattern over a nude base color using Essie’s Sand Tropez. For the chevron pattern, I used Bundle Monster’s image plate 201 with my Konad stamp and scraper set. Once the design is good and dry so that it doesn’t smear, top with a layer of Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat.

My Twitter bud @bunniexoxo thought this mani looked Missoni inspired. Fun, right? So what do you all think of this chevron + Tangerine Tango manicure? Is this something you would try?

Avocado, Black Bean, and Cilantro Lime Dip

Avacado Black Bean Corn Lime Red Pepper Dip Recipe

Happy Superbowl weekend! I blogged about this avocado, black bean, and cilantro lime dip a couple of weeks ago in Friday’s Fab Five and I couldn’t wait to make it. I was looking for a Super Bowl Sunday snack and this recipe is perfect. It’s healthy, yet so so good.

This recipe makes quite a bit of dip – the pic you see above is a full size bowl and that’s about a third of what it makes. Feel free to make this dip ahead of time, but I’d recommend adding in the avocados right before you serve it, or try soaking the slices in the lime juice before adding both to the dip. Store leftovers in an airtight container with the avocado pit to slow the browning process. I bet this would be amazing over grilled chicken with a side of low fat sour cream. Yum!!!

Serving Size: 6-8


2 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can Mexican corn, drained
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced shallots (one medium shallot)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (I like Colavita)
8 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest (be sure to zest limes before juicing them)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus more to garnish
2 Hass avocados, diced


Combine all ingredients except avocados in a large bowl and mix well. Cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. Right before serving, add avocados and mix gently, being careful not to mash avocados. Garnish with a few sprigs of freshly chopped cilantro if desired. Serve at room temperature.

recipe – altered from once upon a chef.