Eat, Drink & Jamberry!

Friday, November 29, 2013


Shop today only for the above designs at Jamberry! They are ONLY available today and cannot be purchased in our catalog. I am in love with the designs, especially Icy Polka and Winter Morning! Best of all, if you have at least one Black Friday nail wrap in your cart, all of your other wraps will ship free! So get exclusive designs AND free shipping? Jamberry Nails make great stocking stuffers, too!


For Cyber Monday, give yourself something you will truly reap the rewards from--being your own boss.

I have been with Jamberry Nails for just over 3 months. In this time, I have built a team (there are 11 of us) and have been promoted 4 times. I have experienced first hand how hard work , passion for the product, and determination pay off.

When I say hard work, I should clarify that is TRULY is having fun with people. When I say product passion, that just means that I wear the products because I love them and just happen to get lots of compliments on them! And when I say "determination" it is because I am determined to send our son to a fabulous private school with lots of help from my Jamberry earnings.

What is your goal? To quit that job you hate with a boss who doesn't respect? To go on a trip around the world?

Our Cyber Monday special is incredible. If you have ever even just THOUGHT of joining Jamberry, why not invest in yourself? Join for just $85!


So excited for our event at Tanvi's boutique on Park Avenue just one week from today! Come join us!

Support Small Business -- Michigan Edition

It's all about supporting small businesses when I do my shopping and I will be spotlighting different businesses to give you some ideas this Christmas.

You all know that I *LOVE* the hair care products from Original Moxie and I wanted to share some other businesses in that area and share a neat idea they have going this season.

This holiday season, three Michigan-based, women-owned, eco-friendly businesses are collaborating to create an innovative partnership that they hope will boost awareness of the importance of shopping local.

•    Arbor Teas 
Owner:  Aubery Lopatin
Sourcing the world's most fantastic organic and Fair Trade Certified teas and delivering them as sustainably as possible.

•    Maggie’s Organics 
Owner:  Bená Burda
Proudly making fairly traded socks and apparel from organic fibers everyday for over 20 years.

•    Original Moxie 
Owner:  Rachel Blistein
Creating Super Natural™ hair care products for a diverse range of hair types. 

While their wares are very different, all three businesses hail from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community and share a passion for green, ethical business practices. The group is teaming up for Small Business Saturday (Nov 30) with a creative crossover social media promotion. 

The ‘Local Head To Toe’ campaign will offer followers a chance to win a gift basket valued at $90 and featuring products from all three companies that will indulge its recipient from head to toe.  In addition, all entrants will receive a $5 off coupon code that can be redeemed on each website.  The contest runs from Fri, Nov 29 - Mon, Dec 2 and can be entered via the Arbor Teas, Maggie’s Organics, or Original Moxie Facebook pages beginning Fri, Nov 29.

The gift basket will include the following items:

•    Arbor Teas Holiday Spice Black Tea – 5.5 oz 

•    Arbor Teas Stainless Steel Tea Infuser 

•    Maggie’s Organics Hair Ware Band

•    Maggie’s Organics Wool Urban Trail Sock – Ankle Length

•    Original Moxie Sulfate Free Shampoo – 8 oz

•    Original Moxie Natural Conditioner – 8 oz

A Gift for the Person Who Has Everything: Dobel Tequila

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


I bet you didn't expect that from this beauty blogger, but it's not time yet for my annual Holiday Gift Guide, so I thought I'd share a sponsored post from our lovely friends at Dobel Tequila this evening.

In our group of friends, we draw names for our holiday party. It never fails--we draw the name of a friend who seems to have everything. He's got the newest electronics. He has everything he needs for his tee times at the golf course. He already has planty of cologne. So we usually give a good alcohol.

Do you find yourself in this same situation? Don't worry, because we have the perfect suggestion of a gift you can stick under the tree that he definitely does not possess: understated elegance. Introducing: Maestro Dobel Tequila.

Unfamiliar with Dobel? Just check out their official Facebook page.

We all know that when you are purchasing drinks there can be a HUGE difference when it comes to quality. Of course, the same is true with tequila!

There is bad tequila, there is good tequila, and then there is Dobel: the first multi-aged clear tequila ever distilled. Named after its founder and famed tequila maestro Domingo Beckmann Legoretta, each bottle of Dobel is a blend of Reposado, Añejo and Extra-Añejo tequila, made from 100% blue agave grown on the Dobel estate. The liquid is then double-distilled, matured in Hungarian EUROPEAN White Oak barrels, and filtered for exceptional smoothness and clarity. Its sophisticatedly smooth taste is matched only by its aesthetics; as a modern twist on a vintage apothecary style bottle, the glass is embossed with the family's estate, labeled in a sleek silver and black color scheme, and signed by both Señor Dobel and the Master Blender.

Think of the drinks you typically have at your neighborhood party-- shots, schnapps, and other the other usual suspects that leave you with a hangover the next day. Pour Dobel straight over ice and revel in supreme taste and sophistication. OR you can create some fabulous drink recipes! Get some inspiration from the free recipe book download from Dobel featuring decadent sounding recipes, including martinis!

Dobel tequila makes a wonderful gift for that difficult to buy for friend. Try it out this holiday season!

*Please drink responsibly!

Hello there!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Well, hello there. Boy do I miss sitting down to share my beauty finds (and Etsy) finds with you at the frequency I used to.  Alas, life happens.

What has been going on in my little corner of the world that I used to share with you on a daily (or twice daily) basis?

*I started writing as a contributor for a fabulous women's magazine called Hope for Women over the summer. It has been fabulous. I love the ladies, I love the general theme of the magazine, and it is great to be able to write about what I love.

 A few weeks back, I was named the Beauty Editor of the magazine, something I am so proud of. What really is so fabulous to me is that I can create editorial content with so much more freedom. When you write for a magazine such as In Style, Vogue, etc., you are much less in control because you pretty much are told that you have the freedom to write what you want to as long as "Brand X" gets a plug since they pay for full page ads every month. When that happens, you have to compromise your principles.

Not at Hope. The publisher, Angelia White, is a warm-hearted, innovative soul. I really adore her even though when haven't met in person.  The magazine is published in Indiana and I am in upstate New York. She and I have a great rapport and we share a birthday!

The next print issue of Hope will be out soon and available at Barnes & Noble.

You can also find me every Friday on the Hope Facebook page for my Beauty Thursday segments, on their online site (soon to be relaunched and it will look AMAZING), and in upcoming newsletters from the Beauty Editor.

Here is a sneak peak of one of my beauty pieces:

*I am still doing some blogging and social media work for (seed). It is a company I truly believe in--owned by people I respect and believe in. I can see myself doing that for years and years.

*As you know, I thought it's be fun to sign up as a Jamberry Nails consultant at the end of the summer so I had something fun to do since my days weren't going to be as full (and boy, when I tell you what my dads are like now....well, just wait another couple paragraphs). I started promoting and selling the gluten free, vegan nail wraps on September 6, the first week Nick and Ben were back at school. I have been promoted three times (and in another week or so, it looks like I will again!) and have a team of ELEVEN. This journey has been unexpected, invigorating, and just completely amazing. I am so thankful for the flexibility this provides (and that extra income every Friday!) because I need a flexible schedule now more than ever.

*And for the rest of the story-- I am now a homeschooling mom. I *never* in a million years (billion years?) thought that I would say that. Not EVER. Once upon a time, the thought of homeschooling was laughable to me. "Who me, homeschool? That would be NUTS. I would go nuts. I give so much credit to the moms who homeschool--but I will NEVER do it!"

That was really how I felt until October 22nd when the phone rang and Nick's prinicipal was on the other end.  He called to tell me that--in front of multiple teachers and in front of him--Nick was punched in the eye by a bigger, older boy. If you have been reading Chic & Green for any length of time, you may remember that when he was 8, Nick suffered a concussion at school because of a bully. In the time between that October day in 2011 and the end of 4th grade, things were much better. Fifth grade was a whole other story. We found out Nick was pushed on the stairs, shoved in a locker, and then punched--this in a well-respected suburban school district people often move to in order to have their children attend.

We made the decision that day that Nick would NEVER be a student at that school again. Nick has been visiting private schools, but he will not attend until the fall to avoid as little upheaval as possible.  He has endured enough anxiety and we want to make the transition as smooth as possible for his needs.

It is not super easy. I cannot sit and work all day or do stuff on the spur of the moment--or just say, "Hey, I want to run to get a coffee and then over to Marshalls."  No, those days--for now--are gone. But it is worth it. I have MY son back--the one who is no longer biting his lips and nails or acting out after he gets home from school--the one with severe anxiety. I have MY boy back.

He is learning. And we have frequent field trips planned. For music, we will attend the regular concert series at the Hochstein School and he is being taught music literature and is learning all about the composers. For our art lessons, we will be going to various art museums across upstate New York, such as the Norman Rockwell Museum on Corning and the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.  When we read about women's voting rights, we will drive to Seneca Falls and visit the Women's Rights National Historic Park.

Nick is reading a large collection of Newbery Award winners for his reading and we are not talking about Common Core and standardized testing.

The past few weeks have truly been physically and mentally exhausting, but we are getting into a routine and, most importantly, Nick feels safe.

Here is our journey on my other blog, Moms Fighting Bullying.  Stay tuned, as Nick and I will be starting a homeschooling adventures blog!

So, my friends, this is why my posting has not been as regular as in the past 6+ years of the blog. We will fall into a routine soon. I have a post planned on my order from Silk Naturals, so look for that this week!

5 Easy Tricks to Keeping Your Beauty Products Organized

Friday, November 15, 2013

Guest Post from a local business to share today, written especially for C & G readers

by Kirsten Jackson

It’s always fun to get that next nail polish color or that new eye shadow that you’ve been coveting; it’s like getting a new toy! But what do you do when you have a collection that’s growing out of control? How do you keep everything organized? Here a few tips to keep your beauty products in control.

  1. A Nail Caddy

I highly recommend getting an organizational caddy to keep all of your nail polishes and tools, like clippers and files, together in one convenient spot. Unlike a bathroom drawer, it’s portable, which is great if you’re like me and love painting your nails while relaxing and watching your favorite movie. It’s a definite upgrade from using a big zip lock gallon bag because the bottles aren’t shifting around and crashing into each other.  Caddies come in many different sizes, with some containing 3-4 compartments you are sure to find one that suits your needs. You don’t want to crowd your nail polishes and have them overflowing but you also don’t want them rolling around in the bottom of an oversized container.

  1. Index Card Box

For you ladies who love your Jamberry nail wraps, a large index card holder is the perfect size to organize your sheets of nail wraps. Instead of storing them with your nail polishes, where they might get crushed or leaked on, an index card box is perfect for protecting your newest nail wraps as well as your leftovers. Most boxes include a few dividers as well so you could divide your nail wraps by season or style.

  1. Cup, Can or Jar

One creative way to organize your make-up brushes is in a DIY decorated mason jar or tin can. It’s a cute and completely customizable way to create storage space for your brushes. You can match the look of your container perfectly to that of your bathroom or match it to your taste. This makes your brushes quick and easy to access during a hectic morning and you won’t be scrounging around in the back of the drawer trying to find that one brush.
  1. Hang it Up

If your bathroom is a little short on drawer or cabinet space you might try using the back of your bathroom door. Hanging Jewelry organizers are a perfect way to organize your make-up. First there are many pockets of different sizes and second the pockets are clear! No more rooting around in your make-up bag because this allows you to see every product accessibly. Make your make-up storage portable, travel size jewelry organizers are a convenient way to carry your make-up when you are traveling for vacation or business.

  1. Rotation Routine

One way to keep all of your products organized is make sure you regularly check and chuck products. Take the time to go through your nail polish collection. Are there some nail polishes that are past their prime? Chuck ‘em. Are there some nail polishes that are sealed shut and you’ve tried everything? Chuck ‘em. Same goes for make-up. We all know that old make-up is unhealthy. It builds up bacteria that can clog pores and cause break outs or even eye infections. If you have a powder or eye shadow that’s been around for a while and gotten pretty grody, chuck it. Space is precious and you don’t need useless products lying around taking up that space.

These tips are brought to you by the gorgeous garage a garage storage and organization company that operates in the Rochester, NY area. For more tips on organization visit our corporate blog.  

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