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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Hey guys, let me tell you, it’s SO nice to be back to the land of the living.  I got hit with the flu HARD!  12 days of a fever is lameo to the max!  Now that I’m alive again, I’m excited to share a hidden treasure with you.  Before I dish, I’ve gotta tell you that I’m SO NOT a girly-girl. Nope, I am sneaker and jeans girl through and through.  Every time Jess and I have to dress up for an event or TV, she’s excited to put together an outfit and I’m like, “Jess, can’t we just make sneakers and jeans cool??” (Imagine that in a seriously whiny voice) Thankfully, she makes me put my sneaks aside and usually I’m glad about that in the end…
So recently, I crossed over a little into girly-girl land and I’m never going back!

 Let me introduce you to Oasis Nail & Day Spa.
(Umm what? Isn’t this a DIY blog?)
Yup, we’re all about DIY here on the blog, but until about 3 months ago, wherever I went, my DIY projects went with me… under my nails!  Gross!  There was paint under my nails 24-7.  I wouldn’t bother painting them, because the same day it would be chipped off from one project or another.
After hearing about it for a year, I gave in and tried getting a Gel Manicure…
Guys, this is stinkin’ revolutionary! Seriously! So, they claimed it would last for at least 10 days, but for three months straight each application has lasted a full 4 weeks!!  I  painted, scrubbed, hammered… there’s nothing I didn’t put my nails through.  I wanted to see if they could handle a hard-core DIYer and they could! Now, I’ll only vouch for Oasis’ quality, I know a few friends that tried gel elsewhere and it only lasted like 8 days. Boo!  As I type this I’m on day 16 and they’re still rockin’!
 I tend to go with a dark color to hide my DIY evidence, but there are tons of color options for the gel colors…
Let me tell you a little bit about Oasis Nail & Day Spa, because not all nail salons are created equal.
This is our friend Kim, the owner of Oasis.  She’s awesome and knows all of her clients so well.  She even embarrassed me by showing everyone our Ladies Home Journal magazine that she had out on display!
If you’ve ever been to Oasis, you’ll know that they’re famous for a few things…
#1- They serve this awesome Korean Citron Tea
 (and you can actually buy it by the jar now!)
#2-  Kim’s staff gives the best back massages while your mani or pedi dries…
They also will get you relaxed pre-massage with a hot neck warmer… it’s so relaxing!
Jess and I are hoping to plan a DIYers Day Out this spring where we’ll reserve Oasis and invite all of our local readers to hang out with us, talk about our projects, and get a little girly together!!
But, we don’t want you to have to wait for us to check out Oasis.  Kim was kind enough to offer EC2 readers a coupon to come in for a visit!
(Print Coupon HERE)
Check out Oasis’ NEW Website to find out more about their services, pricing, etc… And make sure you print one coupon for you and one for a friend.  It’s so much more fun to go with a gal pal!
So, now that you know that I’ve become a teeny bit girly with my gel manicures, do tell…
Will you be trying one too?
What other girly things should I be trying?


The comments +

  1. Erin says:

    What an awesome idea!! Getting my nails done is my girlie thing too. I rarely ever get manis, but pedis are a MUST as soon as flip-flop weather is in full swing! I’ve heard great things about the shellac, mostly from DIYers 🙂 Will have to try soon.

  2. Haley says:

    I love this! My mom is way into it and even bought a professional machine and some basic shellac colors so she doesn’t have to go into the salon every time she wants a change. It’s the best when she comes to visit and brings her supplies!

  3. gina says:

    Umm… where did your bangs go? LOL

    They looked great on you!

  4. I have tried the gel manicure before and it really is amazing. I have done it around Christmas so I can have red nails with no chips. Sounds like a great spa day!

  5. local reader meet-up?? I’m all over that! (especially if massages are involved 🙂 )

  6. Jenny Lynn says:

    WOW this all sounds like fun. I sure could use a massage right now. But, I live to far away. 🙂

  7. So glad you posted this. I’ve driven past here a bunch of times and always wondered if I should stop in. Can’t wait to try this place!

  8. Tiffany Fink says:

    I’m ready to go back. Did u know there are such things as gel pedis now?!

  9. Tiffany Fink says:

    Mon, its OK to like girly things, miss too cool for school

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