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Easter Nail Art-Cadbury Creme Egg Nail Art Tribute

                                         
I can appreciate that the U.S commercial for Cadbury eggs has run for a little over 25 years. Click here to see the 1994 classic. Each year, a variety of animals would try out to be the mascot of Cadbury Creme Eggs and be bested each time by a rabbit that clucked like a chicken. Each time I found a Cadbury egg in my basket, I felt like a Princess.
                               
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 I went grocery shopping recently and saw a box of the eggs in the candy section. I felt a little funny putting the candy into my cart next to my spinach and Greek yogurt but for nostalgia sake, they made it home with me.


                                             

I bit into the egg after not having had one for years and dare I say they were... still exquisite! The chocolate tasted very rich and it reminded me of the high-end box of chocolate that I received as a Christmas from my office Christmas party last year. It was almost a little too sophisticated (because of the quality of chocolate) to be a childhood favorite but then came the sugar rush. I was as giddy as a schoolgirl.

                       
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Cadbury Creme Eggs are a product of the United Kingdom company of Cadbury. Cadbury partnered with Hershey to bring Cadbury eggs to the U.S in the early 1980s. The eggs are wrapped in red, blue, and green foil. The eggs can be purchased individually or they come in small boxes of say 4. The eggs have a hollow milk chocolate shell, they are filled with fondant and caramel that mimics the yolk or a real egg. These treats only appear for Easter season and then disappear for another year.

In this tribute I tried my best to mimic the foil wrapper. I'm working on my nail calligraphy (is that a thing?) but I attempted to duplicate the brands logo on my nails.

Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!


                                             
                   
                      

Pizza Friday- Pizza Nail Art Tribute (Story Time)

                  Ode to Pizza (Story Time!)
This lovely pizza pie comes from the Simpsons.


As a kid, Fridays were my favorite day of the week. Fridays were the marker of three things: 

#1. The start of the weekend.

#2. The green light to stay up late.


 #3. Pizza for dinner. 


 



It didn't matter what kind of nonsense I had to endure through the week as long as I could experience a lovely cheese pull when I separated my slice from the pizza box. Much to my parent's chagrin, their little princess blossomed into a strange awkward thing who would rather cut off an appendage than hold a conversation. As a way to combat my shyness, they used my love of pizza to bring me out of my shell. 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Heroes & Pizza Lovers

My Mom often left it up to me to determine whether or not we had pizza on Friday nights by making it my responsibility to order it every time. I would come home after school and sit for hours trying to muster up the courage to order our dinner.

 First, I had to lug the gigantic phone book to the kitchen table. 


Second, I had to flip to the letter "P" in the yellow pages. 


Third, I had to select the Pizza parlor that would be up to the task of getting hung up on the first couple of times I called. I just couldn't take that kind of pressure.


After placing the order, I would do a little victory dance but the magic would be soon over as the ominous cloud that is my anxiety would creep back over me when I would realize that I would have to interact with the delivery person.  
                       
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No amount of bargaining with my family would save me from the hell that was the awkward transaction between the delivery person and I. Although I knew that they were coming, my heart would drop at hearing the knock at the door. With shaky hands, I'd open the door. I would mumble a greeting and give them a fistful of cash.  When it was safe, I'd drown in cheese until my little heart was content. 

                         
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I blame 80's and 90's cartoons for my pizza obsession. The cheese always seemed to melt off the crust.
Left column: All Dogs Go to Heaven, Daria, & Doug.
Right column: Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, & Hey Arnold.
I could also blame my neighborhood where Godfather's pizza reigned supreme because they would throw in a giant cookie" pizza" for dessert. Washoe County School district is also a culprit because they would host pizza Fridays for lunch from some of the best pizza chains in the area and for a dollar more you could get TWO slices at lunchtime. Lord.


For whatever reason, pizza and I have a great relationship. If I wasn't so pizza driven, I would have never learned any social skills. Please enjoy my newest set and video of its creation. 


Happy Pizza Friday!


                                                                                                   
                   
  Supplies Used:

Nail Polish


“Velvet”-(Lilac) by Sinful Colors
"Orange U Jealous(Orange) by RK by Ruby Kisses
“Lemonade”-(Yellow) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish
“Hot blooded” (Red) by LA Colors

Nail Art brushes are from this kit

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Nail Art Tribute


                                        
My life used to revolve around getting as much cheese into my tummy as I could handle. While my cheese habit was often satisfied by pizza, on other occasions I was blessed with a bowl Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. 

                            
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The cheese sauce was florescent orange in color and it tasted like love & hugs. If my parents were feeling jazzy, they would add in sliced hot dogs or tuna to the pasta dish. Genius.

                                         
The marketing team that Kraft had in the '90s were really on a role; all of the commercials had extremely catchy jingles. I had the "blues" if I didn't get my weekly box of Mac. Click here to watch the iconic 1996 blues inspired jingle.
                 
                         
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Sometimes the macaroni would come in interesting shapes if they were cross-promoting with a cartoon such as Animaniacs or Rugrats, the noodles would come in the shape of the characters. The character shaped noodles did not always cook all the way through. Did that bother me? Naw. Did it hinder my cheese experience? Never that. Cheese life or no life!                                                                           
                                       

While I fantasized about swimming in a cheese river, I created a manicure that paid tribute to the little blue box that contained this American treasure. I tried my best to write the brand name on my thumb. Suspend disbelief and pretend that it is an exact replica, thanks! 

                                                                 

Supplies Used:

Nail Polish

“Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish

"Orange U Jealous(Orange) by RK by Ruby Kisses

“Sea Jewels”-(royal blue)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails

“Hot blooded” (red) by LA Colors

“Kashmere” (off white) by Sinful Colors

“Wonder Mint” (teal) by Sinful Colors


Top Coat:

"Frosting" by LA Colors

Nail Art brushes are from this kit




Pac-Man Nail Art Tribute


When I think of the 80's I think about teased hair, happy music, and Pac-Man. The Japan based arcade game was introduced to the U.S.A in 1980 through the company, Midway Games. Pac-Man features a yellow circular character as the protagonist with no other distinguishable traits other than having a large mouths and being extremely hungry.
 The object of the maze game is for the player to use their joystick to guide Pac-Man to eat the tiny dots or "Pac-dots" in their path while also avoiding the four ghost characters by the names of Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde who serve as antagonists of the game.

     
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 If a ghost were to touch Pac-Man it would result in losing a life and having to start the game over. Pac-man's defense against the ghosts is to eat one of the larger Pac-dots or a fruit piece which gives Pac-man the power to eat the ghosts. A level is completed once all of the dots are eaten and then a new maze is introduced. The ghost are only edible once they turn a royal blue.

Legend has it that the game was designed to be never ending and that once a player gets to the supposed "last level", the game begins to glitch.
The elusive level 256 glitch.
This game is part of the golden age of arcade games and is one of the longest running arcade games to date. You can try your luck here with this classic.


 I have great memories as a child of playing Pac-man often at local pizza parlors where the game was built into tables. A pocketful of quarters and a pizza was all it took to have a good evening.

My nail tribute today does it's best to honor this 80's staple by featuring the maze on my manicure. I have billions of rhinestones in my new nail art set which I made use of for the cherries.
 I also used nail tape to create the lines of the maze. I used a dotting tool for the Pac-dots and a few
brushes from this nail kit.

I've got a video below. Happy Friday!


              



Supplies Used:

Nail Polish:

“Lemonade”-(yellow color) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish

“Sea Jewels”-(royal blue)by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails

“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses

“Hot blooded” (red) by LA Colors

“Kashmere” (off white) by Sinful Colors

“Mint” (green) by LA Colors

Angled brush and striped brush are from this nail kit







I Choose You! Pikachu Nail Art Tribute


Pika, Pika, Pikachu!
"Pokemon"(or Pocket Monsters) were introduced from Japan to American televisions in 1997. Pokemon the anime series was based on the Nintendo game. In the anime series of the game, Ash Ketchum is the protagonist whose adventures that we follow. He is a hyperactive 10-year-old boy who dreams of one day becoming a Pokemon Master.
                                           
To achieve his dream he must stalk these fictional creatures and wrangle them by throwing a device called a "Pokeball" at his target which captures the creatures and houses them inside. Once the Pokemon is captured he must work hard to train them to fight monsters that belong to other individuals.  
                                         

 Ash's companions are Misty, a Cerulean City Gym Leader, Brock a Pokemon Breeder/Gym Leader from Pewter City, and the adorable Electric Pokemon, Pikachu.

                         
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Pikachu is unique in that he and Ash have developed trust between one another and behave more as friends rather than Pikachu hanging out in a Pokeball all day like other Pokemon.

This show was hit with American children. The playgrounds were flooded with Pokemon merchandise to the extent that it was dubbed a "craze"; rightful so because this show came issued with a warning as some of the sequences have been known to cause epilepsy in some children.

Gotta Catch Em All!

The series had a trading card game that acted as a companion to the new developments in the show. These cards were banned from
playgrounds due to the near riots that would
start over the Pokemon battles. Pokemon cards went the way of the slap bracelet in that you had to hide behind the slide to play with them so that you wouldn't get sent to the Principle's office.



Pikachu is one of the most recognizable characters of the franchise and today's tribute is dedicated to this cutie.
                           
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Retro cuties, where ya at?                                        

               



Supplies Used:

Nail polish: 

"Lemonade”(yellow) by Kiss Gel Strong Nail Polish.
“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails
"Hot blooded-(red) by LA Colors
 "Kashmere" (off white)by Sinful Colors

Nail brush and nail tape from the nail art kit in this link

We have a Lituation on our hands-Pink Flame Nails


                                                                                 


If you paint flames on the side of your car, it is scientific evidence that the flames make it go faster. I don't make the rules. Flames on the side of  clothing instantly made the owner a badass. What brought on this trend?


Was it  Jeff Gordon and his DuPont racing jacket with the flame sleeves?

Every truck driving Dad had a replica of this from' 97-'01
                                             
Was it the popularization of motorcycle gear that even had the likes of Britney Spears wearing leather and fire?
Motorcycle ready? Nah. World Tour ready? Yeppers!
                                                 
Was the popularization of Extreme Sports in the late 90's and early 20's began that made fashionable to wear cargo shorts, board shorts and stretchy neoprene shirts plastered with flames to let everyone know that you were fast or at the very least... HOT?

Quicksilver swim trunks.

*Sigh* Where do I even begin ?



I don't know why this was a thing but I loved it. There was no rhyme or reason to clothing in the late 90's/early 2000's fashion but you know what? I accept this trend for all the wonderful tackiness that it is.







I wanted to stay on brand/be dramatic which is my flames have a glitter element to it. In order to avoid looking like a Hot Cheetos mess, my flames are pink which is also on brand for me.
                         
                    
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Hope your weekend is fye! (fire).  Happy Friday!
         
                 

Supplies Used

Nail Polish

“Electrifyin’ Pink”-(Light pink color)OPI


“Pink Fusion”-(Hot pink color)RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails 

"Hot & Sexy" (Red glitter) RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails

"Elegant" (Tan color) by Revlon

Nail Brush is part of a kit from this link

Let's get festive, Dahhhlings-Mariah Carey Inspired Nail Art


                                               
Today is a very special blog post on My Pizza Fridays because today I am paying tribute to a living legend, diva, singer, songwriter, an angel on earth, butterfly queen, Mariah Carey.  Today is Mariah Carey's Anniversary and like all Lambily know, the Queen has Anniversaries, not Birthdays.

I used to take my babysitting money and run to Sam Goody (A now defunct music store) to buy Singles. For a dollar, I could have a CD with one song that I would wait all day on the radio for.


                                              
If I were lucky the single may have one or two remixes of said song ton the radio or even an extended version so that I could dance to it. I played Mariah Carey's single, "Honey" until the back of the CD looked like Wolverine scratched it. 

On Christmas morning  of 1997, I was blessed with my first full length albums. I received Mase, Harlem World (the explicit version because...ya know..Hip Hop!) and my first ever R&B album, Mariah Carey, Butterfly.


 I fell deep in L-O-V-E with this album. The songs were curated in such a way that you could play the CD and listen to it the whole way through.

I crawled inside this album and lived in it. It got me through so many tough times as well as being the soundtrack to me scribbling in my diary while drowning my sorrows with Raspberry Creme Shasta when the boys didn't call (which was often).

 There were no filler tracks because each song felt so genuine and intimate as if this album was a sort of diary for Mariah.





Her turtle necks turned to tube tops, her locks were ironed out, she had so many Hip Hop collaborations, and she was liberated, honey! This is my favorite album and era. My edges have been snatched since '97 and they still haven't grown back.

                              

To keep things festive, Dahhhlings, I knew that this tutorial needed butterflies. I went to Etsy and found some great butterfly stencils from What's Up Nails (there is a link further down). I also wanted to stay in the spirit of the
Butterfly album which calls for gold and copious amounts of glitter. All the brain storming lead me to the following set                                         
                                              

Side note: What's Up Nails included instructions with the stencils. It advises against using cream like polishes and suggests that you immediately peel off the stencil after you polish over it. These tips were very helpful and I would also like to add that some polish does make it hard to take the stencils off once the color is placed on it to which I would suggest some tweezers or a nail peeler help with taking the stencils off.
               


                                                    


Supplies used- some products will be linked to their website in pink

Nail Polish:

"Gold Medal" (gold color polish)by Sinful Colors

"Dizzy" (gold glitter polish) by L.A. colors-Color Craze

" Kashmere" by Sinful Colors (solid white color),

"My Pearl" (The white glitter polish)

"Frosting" (Top Coat)by L.A. Colors


Butterfly Decals by What's Up Nails

UV/LED Light by Makynail

Nail Peeler is part of a nail art set located at this link

Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice: Powerpuff Girls Nail Art Tribute.



The City of Townsville- has been under the protection of three kindergartners since November 18, 1998 on Cartoon Network . Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup were conceived in a lab as a result of Professor Utonium following the instructions of an age-old adage of what makes a little girl by compiling the ingredients sugar, spice, and everything nice. While mixing his concoction, he accidentally added: "Chemical X" which resulted in the girls being born with superpowers. 
All the girls were equipped with superhuman strength, super speed, and the ability to fly. Although the sisters have the same powers, they each have their own personality as well as having abilities unique to them such as Bubbles being able to speak languages and Blossom being to produce ice breath by exhaling.
 I enjoyed this show because it was made by the same creators of Dexter's Lab as well as Samurai which are more of my favorite shows from my childhood. The Powerpuff Girls were so witty, cute and even the villains were likable. 
This show was funny, it was empowering for young girls, it had a great hero origin story, and it challenged gender roles such as featuring Professor Utonium as a doting single father who wasn’t too macho to experiment with fashion.

The Powerpuff Girls were a staple on Cartoon Network since it's pilot aired in the animation showcase "What a Cartoon" in 1995. The show has since been rebooted as of April 2, 2016 and I'm happy to see the girls still retain what made them so great during their initial run.

This Friday's tribute is to the Power Puff Girls, Mojo Jo, and that darling pink glowing heart that would appear when the narrator signed off for the day at the end of the episode. I'v got a list of supplies below, the nails and a video as well.
                           
So once again the day is saved, Thanks to the Powerpuff Girls! Happy Friday, Loves!

              


Supplies used

Nail Polish:

“Electrifyin’ Pink”-(Light pink color)OPI
 “Pink Fusion”-(Hot pink color)RK by Ruby Kisses-HD Nails 
“Nuclear Energy”-(Grape purple color)by LA Colors
“Mint”-(light green) by LA Colors
“Pitch Black Darkness” (black) by RK by Ruby Kisses“Wonder Mint” (light blue)by Sinful Colors

Shader nail brush and nail tape from this link
                                         
                                                 

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