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January 22, 2015

New York City Trip With Zoya!

Just got back from a super fun trip to NYC so I've got a few pictures to show you. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen a few my nail updates but I'll repost them here with some further explanation.

I started off the trip wearing Zoya London with accent nails of Zoya Tomoko. As usual, everyone wants to know about Tomoko; if you don't have a bottle yet, hurry up before it's gone since it's been discontinued!
Over the course of the trip I started adding bits of Zoya Sunshine and later more Tomoko since my outfits got less grey and more blue and gold over the course the trip. Lots of fun and since Zoya Pixie Dusts dry so fast I could just add a bit whenever I had a few spare minutes. By the end of the trip I had geometric shapes and stripes in all three colors and each nail was different. You can see the progression below.

The highlights of the trip were definitely seeing a large exhibit of paintings and drawings by one of my favorite artists, Egon Schiele at the Neue Gallery and then seeing Black Sheep, Das FX, and ?uestlove at the Brooklyn Bowl. ?uestlove DJs there every Thursday and he walked right by us on his way to set up.

And here are 3 of my favorite pictures from the trip simply because I can't resist.
I call this one The Light and The Dark - NYC 2015. I just think it's hilarious that we accidentally walked around New York the whole time as color coordinated couples! Will and I are the light and my sister Alisa and her boyfriend are the dark. Also Alisa fit in better than all of us with her black puffy coat. EVERYONE seemed to be wearing black puffy coats!
Will posing with a stunning Chuck Close painting at the MEtropiltan Museum of Art.
Me laughing loudly where it just might have been illegal. My laugh is often loud enough to get me in trouble but people usually love it anyway.

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December 18, 2014

Handmande Concrete Items Ready To Ship By Christmas!

Many of you know that my blog is called concrete and nail polish because I make concrete! I have lots of gorgeous lazy susans (which have been featured on Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, and Remodelista) in stock and ready to ship by Christmas. Lots of other fun concrete too. Check out my Etsy shop to see more.

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November 26, 2014

Swatch Sticks Of My Stash

Earlier this year I finally made swatch sticks for all of my polishes. I was able to borrow a label maker which made this task fairly easy though still time consuming. It was lots of fun to play with all of my polishes! I've got quite a few new polishes since then but I'll be able to catch up soon. I'm still not sure about my color organization and I'll probably go through and redo them soon. I know some of you love to see collection photos so here you go!
How do you organize your swatch sticks?

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August 19, 2014

DIY Sub Irrigated Planters (SIP)

I'm going totally off topic today to bring you a quick DIY for any container gardeners out there. Amazingly, my most popular post of all time is another off topic DIY about my pipe clothing racks!

I'd like to give you a very brief introduction into the world of sub irrigated planters. I don't have a green thumb but I decided to grow some fresh herbs & peppers this year so I started looking for watering methods for container gardens. I quickly became intrigued with the idea of sub irrigation, which waters your plants from the bottom up through the root system. I found a great DIY that also explains the benefits of Sub Irrigated Planters (SIPs) as quoted below. Thanks so much to Running With Guts for getting me started!
  • They have the capacity to hold large volumes of water without over-watering plants.
  • You don’t need to water as frequently. Just fill it up until the planter starts draining from the overflow tube, and you’re good to go for a week or two (depending on capacity and your regional climate). Going away for a week or two, but can’t find someone to come water your garden? No problemo!
  • They’re portable; I can start plants that are vulnerable to hard frosts sooner, because I can move the planters inside at night/on colder days.
  • The built-in reservoir system gives your plants’ roots access to much needed oxygen, in addition to the water.
I went with the second method described in this post with a few modifications. Instead of seltzer bottles I used this corrugated perforated pipe and this bulb guard tube from Lowe's.
Materials List
Cut lengths of corrugated perforated pipe as pictured below and secure a bit of plastic bag over each end with rubber bands. The plastic bags help keep dirt out of the pipes. Place in your plastic tote.
Next cut a hole in one of your corrugated tubes that is just big enough for the bulb guard tube, which will be used to water your plants. You'll want to cut the bulb guard tube about a foot taller than your tote for ease of use in the future. You should now have something similar to the picture below.
Next you'll need to drill a few drainage holes in your tote. I used 1/8" holes about 1" below the top of your corrugated pipe to allow for 3" of water and 1" of air in the finished planter.

Last step is landscape fabric to cover the corrugated pipe. You don't have to be too perfect or fussy here, just cut a section large enough to tuck in a bit around the edges. Don't forget to cut an x in the fabric for your fill tube.
Now you're ready to add whatever soil & plants you'd like! I went with a combination of basil & peppers in each of my totes & everything went great. Below is a picture of the very moist soil after I pulled up a basil plant that had gone to seed. Very cool to see such wet soil when I haven't watered from above at all!
This version isn't very nice looking but I plan to make either wooden or welded steel plate containers  on stands for each tote in the future.
Thanks for reading & let me know if you have any questions about the process of putting one of these together.

April 4, 2014

Banana Cake With Fernet Branca Frosting!

I usually stick to nail polish but every now & then I like to show a bit about my world. Last week I made a birthday cake for Will that got a thumbs up from our guests. Will loves Fernet Branca, an all natural bitter liqueur made with over 40 herbs and spices sourced from five continents. It's not for everyone but I decided to see if I could incorporate it into a delicious cake since I love to bake with booze!

The first step was choosing a cake flavor that would go well with Fernet Branca's complex & strong flavor. I considered lemon but decided to go with a simple banana cake (no spices just a hint of vanilla) since we had some very ripe ones on hand. Then we mixed up a traditional cream cheese frosting & just kept adding fernet until we got it just right. We ended up using 4 TBSP for a frosting made with one 8 oz package of cream cheese, enough for a 9" x 13" sheet cake. A delicious combination!

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November 10, 2013

Why My Blog Is Called Concrete & Nail Polish & OPI Done Out In Deco

People who stumble across my blog probably wonder about the curious name. It's actually very simple; Ashley & I make concrete! I snapped this spicture of her nails after we poured a few batches. OPI Done Out In Deco is her all time favorite polish (she's gone through two bottles & has two backups!) and it looks lovely even covered in concrete. I love this snapshot of my hard working sister!You can see some of our concrete work in our Etsy store, The Makerage.
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November 1, 2013

Zoya Maria Luisa & A Ghostbusters Halloween!

Zoya Maria Luisa was originally created by Rafael Cennamo for his Fall/Winter 2103 NYFW show. (You can read all about it here at Gothem Polish's excellent post.) Now it's available to the general public as part of Zoya's Satins - Fall 2013 collection.
Zoya Maria Louisa is a warm gold flakie polish that I decided to try out alone since it's so dense. Shown here at two very easily applied coats, especially for a flakie! I think it looks fantastic on it's own since it's so very reflective & will take on a hint of whatever color you're wearing. I think it will look fantastic paired with pretty soft white polish or maybe a red for Christmas. Definitely my favorite from this collection & a must have for any flakie lover. 

My friends & I decided on a Ghostbuster theme this year for Halloween. My friend Drew made patches for the jumpsuits & the rest of the guys costumes came from things we already had or that could be picked up inexpensively at Harbor Freight. My friend Melanie transformed her normally stylish self into Gozer the Gozerian & I turned into Zuul for the evening. Lots of fun & Zoya Maria Luisa looked great with outfit!
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This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

October 9, 2013

Purchase Your Very Own 3D Printed Crown!

I posted about my day at the Tulsa Mini Maker Faire recently and shared a photo of myself wearing an amazing 3D printed crown, modeled & printed by good friends of mine. Everyone loves it so much that we've decided to offer them for sale just in time for Halloween! You can choose to your crown printed here in Tulsa in a few different colors of plastic from our Etsy store, The Makerage. Or try out Shapeways for a wide variety of materials.
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October 5, 2013

Cupcake Car!

Some friends of mine decided to make a cupcake car for Maker Faire! Much of the work took place in my workshop so I have lots of photos. Congratulations Angela, Scott, Andrew, & everyone else who helped make the cupcake a reality!

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