that lady up there, that is karly. lovely, isn't she? i have known this chick since we were itty-bitty kiddos, playing make-believe and driving our mums crazy with our shenanigans. as we got older, we were able to keep the friendship going thanks to our family's summertime visits to canada. good times.

and then, high school. university. marriage. babies. and more babies. life, ya know? but thanks to our handy-dandy smart phones and email and instagram, we have been able to keep in touch and up to date on each other's lives (not to mention all the pictures of our little ones. and if you want a laugh, check out her #weeHarriet hashtag for her little lady. priceless stuff.).

anywho. one of the things that i started noticing in all her photos is that this mum of three and all-around awesome gal always looks super polished and cool. a fresh manicure and everything! how DOES she do it? well, she is a jamberry gal. it gives her not only a creative outlet BUT it allows her to make some moolah from home so she can contribute financially while rocking it out as a mum. but instead of my attempting to share her story, why don't i let her do that...

take it away, karly!

So. My Jamberry journey…

I have always LOVED painting my nails. This was like, MY thing. BUT they had to be painted neon pink…and okay, I’m old enough now to enjoy seeing French tips. Hooray for finding a lengthier nail painting process! #eyeroll And my love of painting my nails is why Jamberry was not for me; or so I thought…

I would literally paint my nails every 4 days – because, you know, that’s when the nail polish would start chipping (#nojanknailsforme thank you very much). Fast forward two and a half babies later when a good childhood friend tells me she’s thinking of becoming a Jamberry Nails consultant. Cue polite smiling and nodding; and of course, I can’t turn her down when she’s at my house handing a couple of samples over to me. Alright, alright…how do these nail “stickers” work? Hmm...clean nails. Check. Push back cuticles…done! Cut sample in half and remove from clear plastic backing WITHOUT touching the adhesive...okay where are those tweezers? Okay, check! Heat adhesive side with hairdryer for 3 seconds. Check! Apply to clean nail without sticking it to cuticles. Check. Clip off excess hanging over my nail...chehhhhhck. Oh. OHMY! That’s GORGEOUS! How is this that gorgeous?!

Fast forward to: Okay, okay, I can get on this Jamberry bandwagon. But don’t worry hubby, I would NEVER become a consultant. That’s not for me.

Fast forward to: Oh! You’re actually making money selling these?! Hmmm. Maybe this is for me...

Fast forward to: (PULLS OUT BULLHORN) Hello friends! Have you heard about Jamberry Nail wraps? Hey! You’re a lady! Here’s a Jamberry Nail wrap for you! Oh! I see you like to paint your nails! Here’s something a gazillion times better, a Jamberry Nail wrap!

I am a stay-at-home-wife to one amazingly hard-working man and I am also a mum to three littles. I celebrated my third baby's one month of life by becoming a Jamberry Nails consultant.

#BecauseOfJamberry I am now paying for my monthly car payment. #BecauseOfJamberry I have made new friends and have been encouraged, supported, and built up by some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met.  In turn, I have encouraged, supported, and built up total strangers in their time of need. Jamberry truly is a sisterhood. #BecauseOfJamberry I now have this amazing creative outlet, that was otherwise lost in the midst of stay-at-home-wife-and-mother (as amazing as that gig is – it is equally awesome to finally have something that is just for me!).

I cannot say enough good things about this product and this company and what it has done for me and countless other women.  Come and see what it can do for you and your family!

xoxo,

Karly

yay! i love it. anytime i can share a story like this, i am game. and when the story and lady behind it go hand-in-hand with super-fab products? extra yay!

i have always been an au naturale gal when it comes to my nails. a quick clip and cuticle push-back and that's it for me. and i have always been a little jealous of the ladies who have perfectly manicured nails. but it just didn't seem possible. how did they have the time or money to keep things looking shiny and pretty? what about dishes and kids and the normal wear and tear of the everyday? enter, jamberry. an easy way to make your fancy nail dreams come true!

now, for the good part. if you are intrigued by this fun company and their fashionable products, have i got something for you! karly has so generously offered to give 4 SHEETS OF JAMBERRY WRAPS to one very lucky duck. head over to the online catalogue to check out the options...here. the winner will receive 4 sheets of their choice which is a $60US/$70CAN value!!!!

this giveaway will run from october 5 through october 9 on swanky & dapper and on instagramhead over there to check it out and play by those rules.


blog rules:

head to the jamberry site and take a look around, come back here and leave a comment with which design you love best. one random winner will be chosen from the combined blog + IG entries. the winner will be announced on october 10 and emailed by me.

one entry per person, open to residents of the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

giveaway runs from october 5 – october 9. closes at midnight, mountain time.

selections must be from the non-licensed design options. sorority/collegiate/muddy girl are not eligible.


oh! and karly is also offering bonus goodies for anyone who places an order with her! non-licensed wraps are Buy3Get1Free and she will include a sheet of accent nails for every order placed during the giveaway timeframe and one week beyond.

the moral of the story is: get in on all this. you can head to her site and poke around, you can view the online catalogue AND you can throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win (here and on instagram)!

good luck.

xo, rachel