Birthday Celebration + Photo Book Giveaway

Let me begin by saying Thank You! I had a wonderful time celebrating with friends and family far and wide. The day before my birthday I was surprised with a Party at a local restaurant. Several friends were able to come and celebrate with me. The day of my birthday I went Antiquing then lunch at Norma’s at Duh where I was in for another surprise, Norma signed her cookbook for me as well as sat and chatted for a bit. I had a wonderful time celebrating that I am no longer in my teens! Thank you to everyone who made it so special for me, this was a birthday to remember for years to come! Below are two galleries of my celebration. Check out the bottom of the page for the giveaway.

Birthday Celebration via LashesandDashes

My surprised look as I saw all of my friends.

Today I bring you a Photo Book Giveaway, I have partnered with Lashes and Lenses Photography to bring you this awesome gift. The giveaway starts today and will end on Monday September 8, 2014. Whoever wins this giveaway will receive a 8 inch by 8 inch, 20 page photo book with their choice of Beach, Nature, or Sunrise and Sunset Pictures or a mix of all. This book will be beautiful to display on your coffee table. Below are a few picture options.

 

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Star of David Sunset

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Sunset

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Nature

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Nature.

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

The Beach

Photo book giveaway via Lashes and Dashes

Grey Heron on the Beach

 

Photo Book Giveaway

St. Louis Trip Overview

We went to St. Louis, MS. in October and I am just now getting around to blogging about it. We had no idea all of the different things to see and do in St. Louis. We had never been to St. Louis and we were shocked to find all of the different cultural experiences to be had in this fine City!  In the short time we spent there we visited The St. Louis Art Museum, The St. Louis Zoo, The Missouri History Museum, The St. Louis Science Center, and  Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis all of which were free. Many of the attractions we visited were in Forest Park, Forest Park was the site of The Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 and the 1904 Summer Olympics. We also enjoyed just a few of the many wonderful restaurants. In the next few weeks I will be posting a more indepth look at our stay in St. Louis. Below is just a snippet of our stay in St. Louis.

Click on the Links to take you to each post about St. Louis.

St. Louis Zoo

Jewel Box and Korean War Memorial 

The Missouri History Museum  

St. Louis Art Museum

 

 

Vandeventer Place Gates at Forest Park St. Louis, MO.

Vandeventer Place Gates at Forest Park St. Louis, MO.

Outside The Jewel Box

Outside The Jewel Box

St. Louis Trip via LashesandDashes

Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue at night Outside of The Saint Louis Art Museum

Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue at night Outside of The Saint Louis Art Museum

Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

Emerson Grand Basin and Art Hill

World's Fair Pavilion St. Louis, MO

World’s Fair Pavilion St. Louis, MO

Otter Exhibit St. Louis Zoo

Otter Exhibit St. Louis Zoo

Worlds Fair Pavillion

Worlds Fair Pavillion

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Gaylord Opryland Hotel via LashesandDashesOn our way home from Louisville we decided to stop by the Gaylord Opryland Hotel to view their “A Country Christmas”, I have posted the Video Promo below.

We had not been to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel for over 12 years, the last time we went it was absolutely wonderful! We had not been there at Christmas time, and it exceeded our expectations! If you will be traveling through the Nashville area this Christmas I highly recommend taking a pit stop here. No matter what your budget may be, or your interest you will find something to do here. We arrived around 9:30 central time, and decided to walk around inside the Hotel as it was drizzling outside. If you look close enough you can find free parking if not you will have to pay $20 to self park. We made our way downstairs first to see the Holly Jolly Town Square, if you have young children this is a must stop for you! At the Holly Jolly Town Square they have a store where children can buy gifts for family and friends. After this we walked up to the first level to see the Atrium, in the Atrium there is a river flowing through the middle of it that you can ride a River Boat. As we were walking around viewing the live flowers we enjoyed the waterfalls and also the Water Fountain Show. Another feature that is great for families is the Christmassy DreamWorks Experience, when we where walking around the Atrium we saw the ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal. Before we went to get lunch we walked through the Treasures for the Holidays Craft Show and picked up a few last minute Christmas gifts. We were still on Louisville time and were quite hungry by 11am, we decided to eat at the Jack Daniel’s restaurant, the food was BBQ and was quite good! After lunch the rain had subsided so we went out to the front lawn of the hotel to see the Outdoor Nativity Display, it was beautiful and was a wonderful reminder of the True Reason for the Season!

With out any further adieu the pictures from our visit are below.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel via LashesandDashes

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No Sew Toms Fix

My Toms were in desperate need of help, and I knew I did not want to throw them out or buy a new pair so I looked on Pinterest and low and be hold there were many tutorials. I adapted my tutorial from this blog post by The Carbon Magazine Post Here.

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

I will let the picture speak for themselves, but a couple notes before we get into that. You can use either a razor knife or scissors to do your cutting I prefer the scissors but it is completely up to you. Also I played around with the pieces of fabric, on one shoe I cut the fabric to fit the shoe on the other I cut strips of fabric larger then the area I needed to cover. I found that cutting strips of fabric was the better choice of the two. If you will be washing your Toms after you have refinished them be sure to wash the fabric before you cover the shoe. I did not wash my fabric because I do not plan on washing my Toms.

The Supplies you will need for this project are as follows:

3/4 yard of non stretch cotton fabric (this will be more then enough for this project but I always think it is better to be safe then sorry)

Fabri-Tac Glue

Scissors or Sharp Razor Knife

Ribbon or cording

Old Fabric Toms

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

As you can see it was a cheap fix.

All of the Supplies you will need for this project except for scissors

All of the Supplies you will need for this project except for scissors

Stuff the shoes with tissue paper.

Stuff the shoes with tissue paper.

Glue any holes together with the FabriTac

Glue any holes together with the FabriTac

Cover the first section of the shoe with the FabriTac

Cover the first section of the shoe with the Fabri-Tac then take a section of your fabric and place it on the glue. Press the fabric into the glue to make sure it bonds. Make sure to fold the fabric in the front of the shoe just like the original fabric.

Use either a sharp razor knife or scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the shoe. Follow the sole of the shoe when cutting.

Use either a sharp razor knife or scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the shoe. Follow the sole of the shoe when cutting.

Continue with the rest of the sections of the shoe as explained above.

Continue with the rest of the sections of the shoe as explained above.

Here I have glued together a large slit in the back of the shoe. Very carefully cut of the Toms logo on the back of the shoe.

Here I have glued together a large slit in the back of the shoe. Very carefully cut of the Toms logo on the back of the shoe.

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

You can stop at the above step if you would like. I wanted to give the shoe a bit more pizzazz so I glued a very thin gold ribbon onto the shoe wherever the fabric meets.

The Finished Product.

The Finished Product.

No Sew Toms Fix

My Toms were in desperate need of help, and I knew I did not want to throw them out or buy a new pair so I looked on Pinterest and low and be hold there were many tutorials. I adapted my tutorial from this blog post by The Carbon Magazine Post Here.

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

I will let the picture speak for themselves, but a couple notes before we get into that. You can use either a razor knife or scissors to do your cutting I prefer the scissors but it is completely up to you. Also I played around with the pieces of fabric, on one shoe I cut the fabric to fit the shoe on the other I cut strips of fabric larger then the area I needed to cover. I found that cutting strips of fabric was the better choice of the two. If you will be washing your Toms after you have refinished them be sure to wash the fabric before you cover the shoe. I did not wash my fabric because I do not plan on washing my Toms.

The Supplies you will need for this project are as follows:

3/4 yard of non stretch cotton fabric (this will be more then enough for this project but I always think it is better to be safe then sorry)

Fabri-Tac Glue

Scissors or Sharp Razor Knife

Ribbon or cording

Old Fabric Toms

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

As you can see it was a cheap fix.

All of the Supplies you will need for this project except for scissors

All of the Supplies you will need for this project except for scissors

Stuff the shoes with tissue paper.

Stuff the shoes with tissue paper.

Glue any holes together with the FabriTac

Glue any holes together with the FabriTac

Cover the first section of the shoe with the FabriTac

Cover the first section of the shoe with the Fabri-Tac then take a section of your fabric and place it on the glue. Press the fabric into the glue to make sure it bonds. Make sure to fold the fabric in the front of the shoe just like the original fabric.

Use either a sharp razor knife or scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the shoe. Follow the sole of the shoe when cutting.

Use either a sharp razor knife or scissors to cut off the excess fabric from the shoe. Follow the sole of the shoe when cutting.

Continue with the rest of the sections of the shoe as explained above.

Continue with the rest of the sections of the shoe as explained above.

Here I have glued together a large slit in the back of the shoe. Very carefully cut of the Toms logo on the back of the shoe.

Here I have glued together a large slit in the back of the shoe. Very carefully cut of the Toms logo on the back of the shoe.

No Sew Toms Fix via LashesandDashes

You can stop at the above step if you would like. I wanted to give the shoe a bit more pizzazz so I glued a very thin gold ribbon onto the shoe wherever the fabric meets.

The Finished Product.

The Finished Product.

Salon Effects by Sally Hanson Review

Salon Effects by Sally HansonToday I thought I would bring you a blog post about Nail Effects by Sally Hanson.  Last Christmas I had acrylic nails on and used the product. It worked beautifully with the acrylics on so I decided I would try it on my natural nails.

Salon Effects via LashesandDashes

The packaging was quite nice, really pulls you into the product. I bought this at Ulta on sale, but you can find it just about anywhere!

Salon Effects via LashesandDashes

Salon Effects via LashesandDashes

As you can see the box has all of the supplies you need except for your favorite nail polish remover. The instructions where fairly clear, my only issue with the product is, it is quite hard to get the nail foil off of its backing.

Salon Effects via LashesandDashes

Here I have placed the foil on my finger and am getting ready to file off the excess.

Salon Effects via LashesandDashes

Here is the finished hand. My overall rating would be a 7. I would use the product again but some improvements could be made such as a different source of backing for the nail foils, as well as the adhesive on the foils. Below is a picture of my nails after a weeks time. I think they held up fairly well, I do a lot of hand washing!

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True Southern Hospitality at Von Maur

Southern Hospitality at Von Maur via LashesandDashes
Loving the true Southern Hospitality at Von Maur in Louisville Ky. At Von Maur after you have finished your shopping they will not only wrap what you have bought, they will ship it any where in the US! All of the sales associates are so kind and helpful, they truly embody Southern Hospitality.
Now dashing off to a full day of shopping and errands.