7/5: Friday faves

-Butter nail polish

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It goes on like, well…. butter. And, unlike my beloved Essie polish, you don’t need 14 coats for the color to look vibrant. 2 coats and BOOM. I also love that the BX on base carries Butter nail polish πŸ™‚

-Target sandals

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Meg told me about these sandals when I was looking for something to wear with a pleated skirt. Hint: they’re on the flip flop wall at Target– not by the rest of the shoes. They’re extremely comfortable, super cute, and were only $16.

-Drinking out of a Thai coconut:

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(I froze the meat to use for smoothies or raw tarts)

Did you know that Whole Foods sells Thai coconuts that have already been hacked for you? I had to rejoice because even though I put one hand behind my back while chopping, there’s always that small bit of fear that I’ll last-minute try to stabilize the coconut with said hand and lose it in the process. Thank you, Whole Foods.

-Watermelon eegees! If you haven’t been to Tucson, one of our “local things” is the eggee. (If you ever visit, make sure to try one!) It’s like a slushy, but with extremely fine ice so you can drink it. There are chunks of real fruit, and each month the flavor of the month changes (they always have lemon, strawberry and pina colada). The July flavor is watermelon and it is INSANE. We make it a goal to drink it as often as possible, and lament for its return the remaining 11 months of the year.

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-An amazing July 4th with the fam.

We all went swimming at my uncle/aunt/cousin’s community pool.

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For the most part, we had the entire place to ourselvesΒ and enjoyed a BBQ feast.

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The Pilot and I brought some burgers, chicken hot dogs,

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buns, guacamole, chips, grapes and s’mores supplies. (It was Livi’s first s’more! Welcome to the club, little love.) Madre brought more burgers and hot dogs, Sonoran hot dogs, chips/dip, and a huge box of Mexican pastries.

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I had a blast swimming with Liv and the cousins. It was such a fun and relaxing night.

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This morning, I’m subbing a Zumba class at work, and then coming back to enjoy the afternoon with the fam. Maybe a date night tonight πŸ™‚

Hope you have a very happy Friday!



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  1. Looks like a fin 4th! I have never tried Butter but I am in LOVE with Essie polishes. S’mores were on our 4th of July menu too: it’s never a proper BBQ unless there are S’mores!

  2. Another nice thing about Butter nail polish is it’s 3 free. No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde. Even better is 5 free which includes brands like Lacc, Chanel, and Zoya. These are also free of Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

    • Amanda S. says:

      I looove Zoya! I recently painted my nails with the “Bevin” color and honestly it looks better than professional manicures I’ve had. It goes on smooth and evenly and my nails don’t look frayed/dead when I take it off. Sometimes you can find them on sale at ULTA (I bought a few when they were on clearance for $4.99!)

  3. Hubs and I are coming to Tucson for our first time this December, I’m running the Marathon πŸ™‚ So, I will need to hit you up for all the “musts” while we are there. So excited!

  4. S’mores are the best! So fun that it was her first

  5. Wow this polish looks amazing! I am going to have to try it! I love essie but I do hate that I have to put so many coats no to get the color that I want! Thanks for the recommendation!

    I found some really cute sandals at Target for my brother’s wedding. They seem to have a reall good selection this year!

  6. That looks like a great 4th celebration! I’ve never tried the Butter polishes and I had one in my hand at Ulta to buy yesterday and changed my mind. I may need to go back now!

  7. I need to try the Butter nail polish. I’m glad to hear you need a bunch of coats with Essie as well- because I thought I was doing something wrong since it was so popular and I need at least 3-4 coats of it.

    The watermelon thing sounds amazing. I wish I needed to come to Tucson soon so I could try them. Our local summer treat is called Pineapple Whip. It’s awesome, but the watermelon thing looks so good!

  8. I LOVE Butter London. Just bought two new shades and LOVE them! I really like that pink… I should hurry up and buy it before summer’s over πŸ™‚ Great blog!

  9. Baby girl is looking so much older! πŸ™‚ she is SO CUTE!!!!

  10. Crystal says:

    I have those same sandals and looooooove them. We JUST got Target in Canada- rejoice!

  11. I haven’t had a s’more in a million years. Drool. Your blog posts with Liv always make me excited to be a mommy one day! You guys are so cute.

  12. Stella! My favorite beer lately. So light and refreshing! Looks like a fun 4th of July!

  13. Butter polishes are awesome. I just wish that they were cheaper!

  14. At the store the other day they were giving out free Smores as a sample. Like full on, full size smores. So random, so good.

  15. I love the butter polishes. They last so much better than essie. My favorite is the teddy girl, which is pale pink and super cute.
    And I love that whole foods sells the already hacked coconuts. Which is why I wish there was a whole foods near me! Darn.
    Sounds like your Fourth was an awesome celebration:)

  16. OMG, now I’m totally craving s’mores and a nice cold Stella Artois! Thx, Gina. πŸ˜€ Haha.

  17. I have never tried Butter but completely agree with you about Essie. I need 4 coats for it to look bright and solid which means I am doomed to mess them up before they are dry.

  18. I’ve never tried the Butter London nail polishes before. I always gravitate toward the OPI brand, but I’ll have to check it out! Love the new sandals!

  19. Um, what is the name of that color?! LOVE!!

  20. Oh my, where does one buy one of these eggees you speak of in Tucson? I’m a watermelon monster!! And I’m totally going to check out the Butter nail polish. I love my Essie, but as you said, it’d be nice not to have to do so many coats!

  21. I don’t think I need to ask if Livi liked the S’more or not.
    Love the colour of that polish AND those sandals though, I wish we had a target out here in Nova Scotia.. that’s why there’s online shopping though right πŸ˜‰

  22. Ah polished toes, I need to get on that. πŸ™‚

  23. That s’more looks amazing! I think I’m going to have to make some at my next BBQ!

  24. I’ve never heard of eggees, although I’ve never been to Tucson either! It sounds/looks amazing for a hot day.

    Glad you had a happy 4th of July. S’mores are my favourite! We actually had a S’more roasting station at our wedding!!

  25. Carrie R. says:

    Love that polish color!!!! So summer-y!!!!

    Glad you guys had an awesome 4th…just the thought of
    Livi enjoying her first s’more…Oh the CUTENESS…! πŸ™‚

  26. Random question….the rug your sandals are on–is that from Target? Is it a rug or runner? If it’s the rug…how do you like it? We just bought the runner and are trying to decide if we want the rug as well….thanks!! πŸ™‚

  27. lol “It goes on like, well…. butter.” ah Gina I LOVE YOU <3 I love Butter, too, but I only own one shade. A bright blue. And I agree, as much as I love Essie….. Butter has my heart.

  28. Awesome pics as always! =)

  29. Your fourth looks lovely! I love all the photos πŸ™‚ Love + Shine COURTSTAR

  30. I want to try one of those watermelon-y drinks!

  31. I just went to Target and bought the green and brown pair! Very comfy πŸ™‚

  32. Cute sandals!! I usually like the sundresses Target has, although I feel like this year has been a miss.

  33. That coconut looks delish! My mom (born and raised in Cambodia) is an expert in hacking those coconuts. Despite her best efforts to teach me, I’m still similarly terrified πŸ˜‰

  34. Chelsea says:

    I will have to try the butter polishes. But PLEASE tell me what colour is on your nails in the s’mores photo?? I LOVE!

  35. s’mores are the epitome of summer – mmm!

  36. Oooh I’ll have to look for butter – I always use opi or Sally Hansen quick dry which I actually think works better. I’ve started doing my nails at home as a money saver. I’m debating a gel system for at home but def haven’t made the plunge yet…

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