Monday, July 17, 2017

When Life Gives You Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make fruit salad!

Sunnies: c/o HERE| Strawberry earrings: J. Crew, sold out| Dress: Snag a FREE membership HERE
Purse: Vintage, thrifted| Suede sandals: Via Spiga, sold out

Remember Gwynnie Bee, THEE ultimate source for a stylish, never ending Babe Boss closet?! 
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I scored this fab frock from them, fittingly it is called 'Fruit Salad'.  I am so excited to be one of their Influencer Partners- I can wholeheartedly advocate their Borrow N Buy service because I use and benefit from it personally! 
Moving on: The brand that designed this fruity number is called City Chic, I am a serious fan! From my experience (see previous posts HERE & HERE) their dresses are always well made, fit wonderfully, come with pockets, and often feature adjustable straps!!!! YES!!! Adjustable straps are a woman's best friend IMO, they help to eliminate side boobage (I'm not a fan) and those pesky bra gaps!
Another great thing about Gwynnie Bee, you can try out their fabulous service for completely FREE for 4 weeks. If you don't like it, simple cancel your membership and return whatever items you have 😉

Can I tell you about something that has been on my mind this week? It’s kinda petty, but I know I can be completely honest with you and you’ll love me anyway 👀
Soo…I am quite particular about how my nails are done ☝ Like seriously. Actually, I am quite particular about how everything is done…but that is a topic for another day… 
I got my nails done last weekend (a standard fill-in). My regular nail tech wasn’t in, so I ended up going to someone new. BIG MISTAKE! Why didn’t I follow my gut instinct to say “No”?! Welp, herein another lesson learned... The tech who did my nails was very nice - but seemed to be quite inexperienced. I had to keep interjecting, explaining how something or another should be done…and yet we still couldn’t make progress to get on the right track. At the end of the ordeal, after she polished my nails, I noticed that there was a large lump on my left thumb nail. It was a result of improper filing/buffing and an excess of acrylic. My passive irritation came to a head, and full on frustration was evident. She nervously redid that nail, but let’s face it- the entire experience was ruined at this point. 
Even now, every time I look at my hands (I have to let them grow out a bit before I can go back to have them done properly) I shake my head and repeat to myself ‘Never again’. Not only are my nails super thick (in a bad way), the shape is way off and inconsistent from finger to finger, my cuticles are uneven, and there is a gap in between where the acrylic starts and my cuticle ends… This is a problem whenever I touch my hair. Hairs get caught in the gap, snag, and tear. I won’t bore you with the details of what happened when I washed my hair…. 
What was interesting about this experience is that the tech shared with me that she had been doing nails for TEN YEARS!!!  That got me to thinking....I’ve observed that in life there are things that a person may be naturally good at, and then there are other things that one may not be good at - at all. At times no amount of schooling, training, and or coaching can help- because it just isn’t for you. There are some professions IMO, particularly ones involving some form of artistry that require a natural talent to be successful. If you don’t have a natural knack for it, let just say it is evident - to everyone. I thought about the nail tech and I begin to feel sad. What is it like to work long hours at a job that you’re not good at, and one probably that you don’t even like? This thought process led me to feelings of empathy. To be honest, I will never allow her to do my nails again. However: I respect her. I empathize with her. She is working to provide for a family. She may not be in the position to change professions. I will be sure to smile and be friendly to her whenever I see her. 
This experience was a reminder to myself to empathize with others MORE 💕 
One of my favorite quotes states: “Be kind, everyone is fighting a battle that you know nothing about”.
Until next time Babes,


  1. I love that dress! So fun. And when you're paying for a service it's really hard when it doesn't come out the right way. Maybe she was off that day as well or had something else on her mind...hopefully your nails grow fast!

    1. Thank you Ruth, this dress is tutti fruiti :)
      Maybe the nail tech was having an off day, I can't say for sure- but I know that I will never have a repeat experience with her :)

    2. Dress is gorgeous. I love that style dress and the pockets are definitely a bonus.

      The fact she redid the one nail is a good thing. But I feel if I'm paying for something I expect a first class service, off day or not.

  2. You know I love everything you wear and this dress is Fantastic on you. This borrow/return thing seems Fun for you and I love to see what you get, but it's not for me. So many women are working because they have to, not because they want to, therefore they are just there to collect a paycheck. I do feel sorry for them because I know firsthand how a boss can make you hate your job. But, if you do not cut my hair to my liking, I'm not coming back. Why should you pay for bad service?

    1. Thanks Neti!! Gwynnie Bee totally works for me, I love having new pieces to play with each week :) It doesn't stop/slow my shopping habits at all, but I get to try things out that I might not otherwise try on/purchase.
      Agreed!!! Paying for any service means you expect it to be done correctly!

  3. Seriously that dress is fabulous! It looks amazing on you! So sorry to hear about your nail saloon experience. What a bummer!

  4. I love your fruity dress! Pockets and adjustable straps are the icing on the cake! I'm super fussy about my nails too. I used to have gel overlays for years but when I moved I didn't want to go to anyone else. I trained as a nail tech although never worked as one. I did my own overlays for a while but didn't think I cut the mustard, plus it was wrecking my nails. I've been using nail polish and growing out the damage but I'm going to try Shellac tomorrow. I've never used gel polish before sobI hope it won't be a disaster!

    Emma xxx

    1. Thanks Emma!! I hope that you liked the shellac! I wore it for a few years, but when I observed that my nails were just as thin as they had been with acrylic- I went back to acrylic for the length and versatility :) A pointy tip is my absolute fav :))

    2. Maybe it was my application, but it chipped after a couple of days so I've gone back to nail polish!

    3. Oh no!! Maybe it will stick next time :) When I used to wear gel polish it would last for 3-4 weeks, but I had it applied & set at the nail salon.

  5. You look great in this dress! The painted wall is a great background for an outfit photo in this dress! Great choice! Thanks for linking up to Top of the the World Style