Wednesday, July 13, 2011


If there's one thing I love to have done to make me feel like a chic nanay-- it's getting a mani, well, and a pedi too. I went to visit my girl, Tracy, at Art Nails a couple weeks back and she introduced me to this new nail polish called Shellac nail polish. Basically, it's a hybrid of a nail polish and a gel.

Here's why I like it:
*My nails are completely dry before leaving the salon. I don't have to worry about messing up my nails while attempting to grab my car keys.
*The polish doesn't chip and it maintains the same fresh "just got my nails did" shine the entire time I'm wearing it (usually up to three weeks).
*Nails look manicured for up to three weeks. (More than three weeks is when one REALLY sees the nail growth and, in my opinion, not so chic anymore.)
*I'm a mom and the convenience factor of not having to redo my nail polish every week is FABULOUS. Actually, I typically avoided polishing my nails because I didn't like the "chipped" look that usually followed my fresh polish (with regular nail polish). But now, I don't have to worry about that!

Photo above: Mani with Shellac nail polish after two weeks.

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Here's a peak of an area in my home that has various functions: dinning area, office space, and sewing lab. Truth be told, I'd love to have a separate space for each function but that just ain't happening anytime soon. With that said, I really love the way this small area has worked for us. The leaning book shelves, with a nook for my laptop, are such great decorative and functional pieces. The table, which serves as our dining and crafts table, can be extended for more seating or work space. I do have the task of setting up and breaking down my 'sewing lab' whenever the time calls for me to do so. This typically entails setting up my sewing and surger machines on the table and laying out my tools. It's really not so bad once I've done it and it burns some calories... Always a plus!

I'm quite content with my small space and in my opinion, I think it's considerably chic.

Friday, July 8, 2011


I thought I'd make a pullover sweatshirt for Amelia to use for the summer nights. It was a fun project but when it was time for Amelia to try it on, I discovered the sleeves of the pullover were too tight! My solution: shorten them. It's still as cute and functional even though the sleeves aren't as long as I originally planned them to be.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


One of my favorite moments spending time with my family is on Saturday mornings sitting together for breakfast before starting the day-- BEST feeling. I don't get to do this on the daily so I REALLY look forward to those days when I get to.

Today, after we had our Saturday morning breakfast, we headed downtown to take Bear to his monthly bath and checked out the nearby Farmer's Market while we waited for him. This is my favorite FM in the city-- yummy fresh foods, locals selling one-of-a-kind goods, and lots of friendly people in the crowds.

Friday, April 29, 2011


It’s been a while, a LONG while, since I’ve posted anything on my blog. A major reason as to why I just stopped blogging was because I felt like I wasn’t posting enough entries to keep people interested or coming back, assuming anyone actually read my blog. Ha! So, I decided to start utilizing Tumblr to post random thoughts, conversations, music, photos, etc… because these posts were quick. Thanks to the inspiring and oh so nanay chic blog called Mom Inc Daily, I’ve recently decided to start up my blog again to express my creative side. I also recognize that this is MY blog and I have the freedom to post when and what I'd like. Long live NanayChic!

A little information about the website that inspired me... Taken directly from Mom Inc Daily: “Mom Inc Daily (formerly “Designing Moms”) is a creative and business sanctuary for moms. Cat and her community of “Designing Moms” share their daily posts about their love for motherhood, design and the intricacies of running a creative business. Balancing both worlds is their M-O!” For those of you who are chic moms (or not, it’s all bueno) and desire the inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, check out It really is a Home of Designing Moms.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010




What do you do with a pair of gorgeous shoes that don't fit just right? You take it to your local cobbler, otherwise known as, a shoe repair person.

I bought these sublime pumps online. They were raved about in reviews. Problem, when I initially got them I discovered they ran a half-size too big so I had to exchange them for a smaller size. Thankfully, a half-size smaller was available. Painfully, I had to go through the whole returning and waiting for the new size to come fiasco. When I received the new size I was unpleasantly surprised that they were STILL slightly big. The back heels would slip off when I walked in them. I thought perhaps that it was just a matter of "breaking in" the shoes and eventually they would conform to my foot shape. No. Wrong. I even tried adding cushions, heel pads, and tissue inside the shoes. Nope, still slipped off. Dreading the reality that I wasted my money on shoes I wasn't able to wear, I came up with an idea... take it to my cobbler! Solution, add-on straps that help keep the shoes on. The straps were even dyed to match the shoe color. I tell ya, these pumps are now one of my favs. Woo Hoo.

If you ever have an issue with your shoes, take it to your local shoe repair shop to see if you can do anything to fix them before giving them up. The costs are usually reasonable, too.