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12th Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest

Cheap Chic Weddings and Charmin teamed up again for the twelfth annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, which launched this past Monday, and runs through May 15th!

Remember that time you won the toilet paper wedding gown contest and cousin Jen’s bridal shower? These dresses are nothing like that!

Think you’ve got the chops? Here’s how to enter:

First: Plan your design.

Second: Grab some Charmin Toilet Paper (Ultra Strong, Ultra Soft or Basic), tape, glue and/or needle and thread (that’s all you can use)! To help offset the cost of designing these memorable creations; Charmin is providing coupons by request at TPDresscontest@gmail.com

Third: Make the dress and headpiece on your model or mannequin and take some clear, unaltered digital photos (front, back and side). The dress must be able to be worn by a human!

For the first time ever, the finale event will be broadcast live across multiple online channels. Top ten entries will be chosen then online voting will be open to the public.

The top ten dresses and their designers will be flown to New York City to participate in a live fashion show finale event on Haven Rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel in New York City on June 16, 2016 where the top three winners will be chosen.

At the Finale Event, the dress entries will be judged by members of Cheap Chic Weddings, Charmin, Edward Meyer of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, The Sanctuary’s Hank Freid, and celebrity guest judge Mikie Russo, event planner to the stars and member of the OK! TV Entertaining Team.

Good luck!








Mani Monday Nail Tutorial: Baseballs

Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, but I’m here to remind you that the season is still alive, especially with the summer sport of baseball still in season. To keep your summer spirits high, I want to share a baseball manicure nail tutorial!

Here’s what I used:

  • Nicole by OPI Challenge Red-y
  • Essie Blanc
  • OPI Matte Top Coat
  • Thin Nail Polish Brush

First I painted my nails all white, and used the matte top coat to give my nails more of a “distressed” look to coincide with the baseball look:

Next, I took the thin nail brush and utilized the Challenge Red-y to start creating the lines of the baseball:


The steadiness that you need in your hands in order to pull this off, as you can imagine, is intense. This was not easy by any means, and the reason I used the baseballs as accent nails only. The finished mani was great, and a fun way to show off your MLB spirit at a game: 


Mani Monday: Neon Orange Triangles

As much as I hate to admit it, summer’s almost over, so I want to get in my favorite summer nail colors while I can, and neon orange is my all-time fave! Here’s how I incorporated it into some fun nail art:


  • Essie Blanc
  • Fresh Paint Guava
  • Scotch Tape
  • Thin Nail Tape

Not sure if anyone has heard of Fresh Paint, but it’s one of those awesome cheap nail polishes, that I got at Five Below, the best dollar store on the planet. It’s awesome because the polish goes on well and lasts as long as polishes like Essie and OPI.

First, I used Essie Blanc and waited for it to dry before doing anything else:

Next the scotch tape and thin nail tape come into play:

 Then, I applied the Guava on top to create the designs:

I’m not gonna lie, I thought I over did the Guava. I was nervous it might have seeped through. To my surprise it didn’t as I peeled it off. Tiny victories! Also, there is a special art to peeling off the tape. You have to wait until it’s not too wet that the polish gloops up with it, or too dry that it gets stuck.

I also like to keep a magazine close by to put all of my scraps on. It turns into quite the mess:

Here’s the finished mani:

Nail Tutorial | Gold Stripe French Manicure

If you’ve been following me recently, you’ll know that I’ve been experimenting with minimalist manicures, especially since I got a ton of thin nail tape. This past weekend, I decided to keep it somewhat simple with a modified French manicure and a gold stripe. Check it out, and let me know your thoughts!


  • OPI Samoan Sand
  • Essie Blanc
  • Color Me Monthly Panther
  • Gold Thin Nail Tape


First I applied the Samoan Sand:

I used the Seche Vite top coat right away, then waited for it to dry, so I can move onto the next step of scotch taping my nails so that I can create a clean line: 
I didn’t want a traditional-looking French manicure, so I aimed to tape my nails halfway.  Next, I alternated between the Blanc and Panther:

I waited for it to dry ever so slightly then peeled off the tape. From there I placed the gold tape inbetween the colors to perfect the minimalist look.  And, here’s the finished product:


Valentine’s Day Nails

It’s no secret that I’m a DIY nail art junkie. Lately I’ve been turning to Etsy to help satisfy my addiction with nail stickers.  The latest batch comes from the Cover It In Vinyl shop where I purchased Valentine’s Day nail stickers in the shapes of filled hearts, hollow hearts, keys, love, and xoxo letters. The shop provided options of colors to purchase them in, and I opted for white since I was planning a red and hot pink nail scheme.  Best part? For a total of 60 (good quality, I might add) stickers, it costs a minimal $4.00! Stock up, kids!

Here’s my final outcome:

valentine's day nail art


Check out some more Valentine’s Day DIY nail art for some inspiration:

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Morning, Laurie.

Thanksgiving Nails

I got into the Thanksgiving spirit this weekend, and took to my nails to show it off!  I wanted to keep it a little low-key, with nothing too outrageous, and opted to do more of an autumn inspired theme, using Color Me Monthly‘s Pennyswise.

First I painted my nails white, excluding my ring fingers, which I was saving as my accent nail:









Next, I used some trusty scotch tape to help me guide the Pennywise polish for my tips:









Next, I went to spin class. I was having a really hard time deciding what to do on that accent nail. I found a tutorial for a marble nail, but at some point during my climb up the imaginary hill, I talked myself out of experimenting and went with the always easy stripe accent.  This look is easily done by cutting a piece of scotch tape a bit thinner than it actually is, placing it in the middle of the nail, then painting around it:

Thanksgiving Color Me Monthly nails








Happy Thanksgiving!

Winterize Your Nails!

I can’t be the only one in denial that it’s almost winter. With Thanksgiving just over a week away, reality is starting to set in that soon the temperature will dip even more and we will be complaining on social media about the amount of snow, and complaining about people complaining about it. To try to excite myself for the impending season change, I took to my nails to play with some fun winter manis!

First I thought, I want to do something fun. A lot of people think winter means it’s time to paint your nails in shades of maroons and black, which it does, but opted to kick the season off a bit lighter; with white and sparkles, to give my nails a frosty wintery feel:

I started with a basic white coat, well two coats, and opted for a matte top coat to really give off that frosty vibe:

white matte nails








I didn’t want to completely cover my nails in glitter, but rather give it a more cascade look so I can still showcase the white nail polish. In order to do that, you paint a layer of glitter nail polish on halfway on your nail, wait for it to dry, then go over the top of it again. Here’s what the first coat looked like: 

sparkle nail polish








I know this is a bit sloppy looking, this of course isn’t the final product. Once I waited for that coat to dry, I added the last coat of glitter. I did not add another top coat, as I wanted to really emphasize the white matte. Check out the finished product:

winter nails








Admit it. You are inspired to curl up under a down comforter and drink some hot chocolate. This particular manicure not your thing?  The gang over at Julep has some great nail polish colors to keep your nails winterized all season long:

Trending WInter Colors julep







Happy winterizing!