Mani Monday: Set In Stones II & a Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

What better way to start a week than with a giveaway?! 🙂 As I’ve mentioned before, I LOVE using Essie’s Set In Stones in many ways but especially as an accent nail because it’s the perfect mix of small and big chunks of silver glitter. Here it is on top of one of my favorite peach OPIs!

OPI My Address is Hollywood & Essie Set In Stones

Link up today!

Anddddd because I spend ultimately way too much time and money at Ulta, I picked up an Essie Set in Stones just for you! That’s right friends, Giveaway time!

To enter the giveaway

Mandatory to enter: Follow Simply Evani with 1 of the following: Bloglovin, WordPress or E-mail Subscription.

2 entries possible:

1. Leave a comment letting me know how you follow (Bloglovin, WordPress or E-mail) and tell me your favorite nail polish color!

2. Follow via Twitter and tweet the following for an additional entry: “I want to win Essie’s Set In Stones via @SimplyEvani’s blog! Check it out at: http://www.simplyevani.com!” Leave a comment on this entry saying you’ve completed this! 

This giveaway is open until Wednesday at 5:00 PST. Enter today!!

How was your weekend? Mine was a little uneventful, which at the time was what I wanted but I kinda wish I had done a little more with my weekend. I think that’s how I always feel when it’s my time of the month. Generally unfulfilled. Haha…

Did you get a chance to read the fabulous guest post from my friend Maša yesterday?

Hope you have a great start to your week!

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Good Eats: Leatherby’s Family Creamery

Happy Friday everyone!

I truly love sharing my blog with all of you and I can’t thank you enough for all the sweet comments and views! Also a big Gracias to two lovely ladies who featured me on their blogs this week, Emily over at Anna Delores Photography and Jess at Livin On Sweet Tea. You ladies rock!

So I’m going to be honest, I don’t have to travel far for this deliciousness (get real, it’s literally a 5 minute drive). But for any of you out-of-towners traveling through or to Northern California, I’ve got a spot right off the freeway to recommend. Sweet tooths of the blog world, meet Leatherbys Family Creamery!

So Leatherbys is a family owned creamery/diner where they make their own ice cream and toppings! I have a soft spot for Leatherbys because my parents used to go on dates to Leatherbys when they were younger and it’s been a part of our family ever since. Plus I love to support local businesses!

They have outrageous servings of ice cream like the Daddy Dave’s Sundae (the mound of ice cream pictured above) but my personal fav is a traditional vanilla and caramel sundae because their caramel is to DIE for. Just trust me on it. And the messy pour of toppings will work to your benefit, don’t hesitate to scoop it up! Also if you don’t like ice cream/sweets (like Rob) try one of their shakes, he raves about it.

So if you’re driving on the 99 through Elk Grove (just south of Sacramento), get off on Laguna Blvd and stop by Leatherbys! 🙂 Try the caramel, you won’t be disappointed. Better yet, call me and I’ll meet you there!

Winna Winna

I am so excited because I received the Swarovski Magazine that I won in a giveaway on Make it & Fake it! Its full of amazing jewelry and craft ideas and even came with a bag of Swarovski beads. So a big THANK YOU to Swarovski and Katrine for gifting me this wonderful package! I love it!

Beautiful right?!?

Friday Links to Love

I’m buying more “see-through” washi tape ASAP!

This is how you get custom color baskets! Brilliant.

I’ve been working on revamping my bathroom, these are happening!

Get in my mouth.

As soon as I have any free time (yea right!), get to planning these out.

Happy Friday loves!

P.S.  For a Simply Evani first, I’m hoping to get a post up this weekend too! Come check it out while you’re relaxing and enjoying the 2 glorious days off.

Things I’m Lovin’: Getting To Know You

I did my first Things I’m Lovin entry a few weeks ago and I thought it’d be nice to do one “getting to know you” style!

Here’s some things I love overall:

…being barefoot….

…Saturday mornings piling into my parents bed with my siblings just to talk

…the joy from a successful DIY

…finding something expensive for A LOT cheaper

….picnics in the park…

...reading any and all comment my readers leave me… *hint lol jk but really though…

…feeling completely immersed in a book

…putting on that one outfit and feeling 100% self confident…

…getting excited for the upcoming NFL season (Go Broncos!)….

…quotes that resonate with me that particular week/ day/ hour/ minute…

smores by the fire with friends…

…meeting someone who loves Disney related things as much as I do…

…that ice cream sundae that can turn my day around…

…video chats with my long distance best friends

…finding bloggers that I not only relate to but those who relate to me too…

…those days when even just for a brief moment, you find joy in who you are, where you are and where you’re going in life (even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time)…

Just lil ol’ me!

Hope you feel like you got to know me just a little better!  🙂 I love connecting with others so feel free to leave me a comment if you love any of these things too!

Also, check out this lovely free print from Danielle at Framed Frosting. I can’t wait to print this out and hang it somewhere 🙂

Lastly the giveaway winner!

 (Don’t worry, I plan on graduating to rafflecopter some day 🙂 )

The Giveaway Winner is Alejandro Castillo! Congratulations on winning your Bogies original Iron Man shot glass! 🙂

Thank you SO much to the people who entered, it means a lot! 🙂

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Simply Traveling: Santa Barbara

Happy Monday readers!

Ever have one of those months where it feels like you’re in overdrive? Since mid-May to now, I feel like I’ve barely had a second to catch my breath! Anyways, I finally had some time to pull up some of my vacation pictures from Santa Barbara that I wanted to share. First and foremost, I want to thank our amazing friends Jeremy and Casey for sharing their beautiful home and taking us around town. We love you guys!

I’m convinced that Heaven looks a little something like Santa Barbara.

We ate at this amazing southern restaurant called The Palace where a live jazz band performed as we waited outside. (Sorry the pictures aren’t phenomenal, we all know how night time indoor restaurant lighting makes for the best photos!) The pre-meal bread consisted of 5 different types of amazing muffins, my personal favorite being the banana nut! Rob had a filet stuffed with crawfish and it was DIVINE. Also, can we talk about how much I love restaurants that serve drinks in mason jars!

For our lunch the next day, we heard rave reviews for Brophy Bro’s chowder but the line was insane so we ended up at Longboards. With it’s location right on the peer and with an open air deck, I can imagine some amazing Sunday brunches happening here! The cuisine was perfect “beach” food and their fish and chips were SO good. Also, their drinks were both appetizing to look at AND to drink. Win win.

 I have to tell you guys, since I graduated college, my nights out have become rather tame. But when our dear friend Jeremy got bottle service at Wildcat, we definitely took full advantage and the drinks never stopped coming! Apparently Katy Perry wrote her song Last Friday Night about a night at Wildcat and I definitely know why! Come to this place if you’re looking for a fun place to drink and dance!

Santa Barbara was SO much fun, and I’m already counting down the days til we make our next trip out there. 🙂 Any places in Santa Barbara that you guys recommend? I’d love more spots to take some beautiful photos!

 Also, don’t forget today is the last day (Deadline 5 pm PST) to take part in my first ever giveaway! Enter to win a hand painted Iron Man shot glass from my friend Sam. She’s amazingly talented and it’ll make for a fun gift for you or the man in your life! It’s as easy as liking us on Facebook 🙂

Click the image above to learn more!

Happy Monday everyone!!

Simply Obsessing: Bogies Art Giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone!

With Father’s Day literally right around the corner, I am crazy excited to introduce you to one of my favorite artists in the world, Sam Boeger! Sam is an amazing artist (and a very dear friend all the way back to high school) who runs her own business named Bogies, doing everything from sketching, painting, pin striping and airbrushing. Here she is to introduce some of her art!

Hi everyone, Sam here!

I’m really excited to share some of my art with Simply Evani readers today! I picked up my first crayon at the age of 3, and I knew I wanted to become an artist. The enthusiasm and passion I have for art, is translated onto the canvas or current projects in my studio. I believe that we all have creativity in some form that needs to be expressed and shared with the world. My strong love for all things Disney, Starwars, and super heroes will always have a special spot in my heart. Which now include other obsessions such as Dexter, Firefly and Game of Thrones.  Being a freelance artist, I can take custom orders and commissions for almost anything you have in mind.

Through my art  I hope to energize, connect, and inspire others! Thanks again! and enjoy! 🙂

Sam ‘Bogie’ Boeger

Airbrushed pieces. And yea that’s Sam in the middle! Talented AND beautiful right?

* If you’re interested in this Father’s Day shot glass (colors can be customized to fit any sports team!) Sam is offering a special deal to Simply Evani readers: $30 with free US shipping for the month of June (Retail: $35) . Email her if you are interested and mention Simply Evani!

Where to find Bogies Art: Etsy/ Facebook/ Twitter/ Website/ E-mail

Aren’t those Avengers shot glasses amazing? Well, Simply Evani is doing it’s first EVER giveaway and we’re giving away the hand painted Iron Man shot glass (pictured below)! This is for all you Iron Man/Avengers fans or for the daughters, girlfriends or wives of Iron Man/Avenger fans. Own an original hand painted piece from Bogies!

How to win: (For a total of 3 entries)

  1. Mandatory to enter:
    Follow Simply Evani via Facebook (or Bloglovin) AND Follow Bogies on Facebook.
    Leave a comment on this entry confirming that you are following both. (1 entry)
  2. For 1 additional entry, follow Simply Evani and Bogies on Twitter.
    Leave a 2nd comment stating that you’re following both Twitter accounts.
    (And if you already follow, just comment that you already do!) (1 entry)
  3. For a last and final entry, tweet the following: “Check out @SimplyEvani to win a hand painted Iron Man shot glass from @Bogies! Enter now!”    (1 entry)
    Leave a 3rd comment stating that you’ve tweeted the giveaway!

That’s a total of 3 entries possible! Enter now!
(So if you complete all tasks, you would leave a total of 3 comments below)
Giveaway ends Monday at 5:00 pm.
Sorry US residents only

Have a great weekend everyone and good luck!!