5 Hot Nail Trends for Spring 2013

Lion nails

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Lions, and tigers, and nails, oh my!

I’ll admit it.  I have boxes and boxes of nail polish hanging around.  That is one of my biggest weaknesses. But what woman doesn’t love a good manicure?
I look forward to the new, stunning, wonderful, and sometimes wacky nail trends  every year – and cannot wait to try out some of the hot new looks that are in this winter and upcoming spring season.

This one, in fact,  I am going to have to give a go this evening.

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Source: Chloesnails.blogspot.com

Black on Black French Manicure
A little twist on the French manicure but still so elegant and classy.  Black not your color?  No worries, all matte nail polish colors are in this season.

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Source: Hellogiggles.com

Odd Man Out
Guilty as charged.  I tend to do this look from time to time as well.  There’s just something about having a splash of color that stands out and makes a statement.  Try this look with one nail a different color as seen in the photo, or add some glitz with one glitter polished tip.

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Source: Gothampolish.blogspost.com

The Midas Touch
We are seeing a lot of gold tones this season.  Shiny gold, glittery gold, even real gold.  You read that right, REAL gold!  If you’re willing to splurge a tad bit more, that is totally an option.  Want to rock gilded tips? Gold flake polishes run about $15-30 per bottle – but of course, a little goes a long way.

Source: Thedailyvarnish.com

Source: Thedailyvarnish.com

Blood Drips
These nails have an edge for sure.  Do you like the idea, but afraid that the “blood drips” are a little too edgy?  Try a simple red tipped manicure.  Or even choose a different color for your tips! Any bold color would give the illusion that you dipped your fingers in a brilliant can of paint.

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Top 6 Money Saving Tips

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Source: Edudemic.com

You’ve gone from 1 to 2 incomes, and you think you’re rolling in the dough. More often than not, what has really happened is you’ve inherited your spouse’s debt. With student loans, credit cards, cars and house payment, your income may have doubled, but so have your bills. Here are some ways to save money so that you can start chipping away at that debt.

Cancel Your Cable
Do you really need 785 channels? If you do, stick with your cable or satellite. If you find yourself flipping through the channels and still can’t decide on something to watch, try canceling and subscribing to Hulu or Netflix. For about $8/month each you can watch many of the same shows without the pricey provider or DVR costs.

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Source: Hulu.com

Cook
Making meals at home instead of eating out will save money on food, as well as the cost of gas to and from the restaurant.

Shop Smart
Make a list of meals you want to make for a week or 2, and include any ingredients you will need from the store. Most grocery stores will list their weekly sales on their websites, so check those before heading out. Clip coupons from your local paper, or try websites like couponmom.com. Also, making larger grocery trips less often can help keep you from purchasing unnecessary little items on the trips you make multiple times a week. And never grocery shop hungry.

Program Your Thermostat
Switching to a digital thermostat can save you money. Program it to keep your home a few degrees cooler when you aren’t there. An upfront cost initially can decrease what you pay for your heating bill long term.

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Source: Heatingoil.com

Unplug Items Not In Use
Even though you’re not using that toaster, if it’s plugged in, it’s using electricity. Unplug household items when you’re not using them to lower the cost of your electric bill.

Date For Less
Do you hate spending $50 or more at the movies? Try going to a matinee where your ticket prices will be lower, and eat at home first so you aren’t tempted to fill up at the concession counter. You can also ask for gift cards to movies, restaurants, etc. as birthday and holiday gifts to cut down on date night spending.

Have fun trying these money saving tips, happy nuptials!

 

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Top 9 Wedding Trends for 2013

Paper Lanterns

With the New Year just around the corner, brides everywhere are looking for insight into what 2013’s biggest wedding trends will be. Pin-worthy wedding ideas, DIY wedding decorations, and budget themed weddings were all the craze last year, these themes are leading the way for more the diverse, unique trends of 2013.

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Three Must Have Conversations With Your Partner

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Source: Drperrone.com

In the midst of planning your wedding, the dress, the flowers, music, seating chart, have you thought about your marriage? Here are some topics you might want to discuss as you approach your big day.

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Five Ways to Amp Up Your Dress

Dresses

The wedding dress on its own is a work of art and has no trouble commanding oohs and ahhs from onlookers, but dress it up with unique accessories and complimentary pieces and you’ll be wearing a Van Gogh.

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