Weekend Catch-Up & #MonthlyMani August Theme!

August 11, 2014

Hello, friends!  I just thought I’d post a quick weekend update, and announce our theme for this month’s #MonthlyMani.  Are you ready?  It’s a good one.  The theme is…….

Romance in Blooom!


The theme was suggested by Sistas from Cali because August is “National Romance Awareness Month” in the U.S.  I am super excited to see what everyone comes up with for this theme, because it can be interpreted in so many different ways!

Last month’s theme was “Ice Cream” – here’s my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough inspired mani, in case you missed it!  Don’t forget that we post on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, so this month that will be next week on August 20th!  There’s plenty of time to join in, just drop me a line or comment below if you’re interested!  (All you have to do is paint your nails according to the theme, post on the 20th and link to the other participants.)

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In other nail polish related news, I just got this beautiful lilac shade on Thursday and I have absolutely been loving it on my nails!  Lucky for me, my weekend started early because I had Friday off, so I started my day with a quick manicure.

The rest of the day was spent with my boyfriend, Derek, at the O.C. Fair.  It was a beautiful day and we had a ton of fun meeting up with friends and eating lots of yummy fair food, including deep fried pineapple, which was delicious!  (Fridays at the fair are “sample days” so most food booths have $2 samples – we ate a lot, yum!).

We also love checking out all of the exhibit halls and the animals every year.  This year they had a butterfly garden where you could feed butterflies nectar and they would land on your hair, clothes, hats and the little Q-tips they provided.  It was so cool!

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Isn’t that pheasant gorgeous?!  We ended the night at the fair watching the Demolition Derby Damsels of Destruction – those chicks are awesome!  After all of the excitement, walking and fried food at the fair on Friday, I was pretty tired on Saturday.  Luckily, I didn’t have much planned.  I watched my nephews for a couple hours in the morning while my sister got her hair done and ran an errand, and then Derek and I had an easy afternoon at work and some couch and T.V. time in the evening.

My nephews are getting so big and so cute!  I convinced them to take a little snooze before their mom came home!  ;)

My nephews are getting so big and so cute! I convinced them to take a little snooze before their mom came home! ;)

Sunday ended up being another fun-filled day.  It started early in the morning with paddle boarding / kayaking in Huntington Harbor with Derek.  The water was beautiful and I am really enjoying my new stand up paddle board.  After getting home and cleaning up, I spent the afternoon shopping with my mom.  I found a gorgeous pair of Kork-Ease sandals on clearance at Nordstrom Rack that I just couldn’t resist.  I have been looking for something just like these all summer and I am so glad I finally found them and decided to buy them – I am in love!

Then Derek called and told me we were invited to dinner at Benihana with some family friends.  I quickly changed into a cute dress, threw on my new sandals and grabbed my bag.  It was a fun, and delicious, dinner out – such a treat!  After dinner, Derek and I decided to walk around a local shopping center where I spent the last of my H&M gift card money and got two cute tops.

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My weekend haul – 2 tops from H&M and Kork-Ease sandals

I had a great weekend, it was the perfect mix between fun, relaxation and quality time with family and friends.  I feel refreshed and ready for the week ahead.  How about you?  How was your weekend??

As always, thanks for reading!  Love, Kristi :)


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  • toopretty12

    Reblogged this on The Pretty Canary.

    August 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    Loved reading this post! I adore that lilac shade. I have the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails version and I wear it year round because I love it so much. FRIED PINEAPPLE?! YUM. And your nephews are adorable. That is all :)

    August 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Haha thanks, Justine, you’re the best!! :)

      August 11, 2014 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    Sounds like a fun weekend! I love your butterfly photos :)!!

    August 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! The butterflies were so pretty, the exhibit was just the coolest! :)

      August 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • mintstatement

    Great post as always! I love unexpected finds!!

    August 11, 2014 at 10:07 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks! It’s been awhile since I’ve done much actual retail shopping (as opposed to thrifting), so it was actually kinda overwhelming, but I think I did just fine haha! ;)

      August 11, 2014 at 10:11 pm Reply
      • mintstatement

        I wish there were amazing thrifting stores where I live or I would thrift as much as possible but alas I must stick to the crazy malls and online shopping.

        August 12, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply
        • alligatortoe

          Haha I have to admit I love online shopping, but I try to limit it to “window shopping” as much as I can! ;)
          There is online secondhand shopping, too, like ThredUp and eBay and a bunch more!! :)

          August 12, 2014 at 9:26 am Reply
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    I will check that those out! Thanks! Also I would love to join in the monthly mani if that’s okay.

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      Awesome! Absolutely, you are more then welcome to join!! I’ll email you the deets! ;)

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        YAY! Look forward to the email :)

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