Alpine Plum is here!

Winter’s not quite here yet but that doesn’t mean you can’t glam yourself up with the newest winter nail collection from CND! I’m typically drawn to neutral shades but like a subtle glam of color once in awhile. The newest CND Shellac color I am wearing is “Alpine Plum.” I wanted a shade that could go with everything and still have a little pop! This color can be found at most salons or beauty supply stores. I had mine done at Stem Hair and Body by Jade Brown.



“The New Java Craze” by Annie

In most American cities you can find a coffee shop pretty much on every corner.Kansas City has so many great java joints to choose from. Whether you are looking for your hole in the wall café that serves locally brewed coffee or your large national chain, there is something for everyone.

So on a crisp, cool fall morning I decided to check out a local well-known roaster.  I headed downtown to The Roasterie in Kansas City, Missouri. The Roasterie not only roasts and brews their own coffee; they also give tours of their facility including a sample of their brew on some weekdays and weekends.

If you are in Kansas City, the Roasterie tour is a must. The tour is free and consists of a 45 minute jaunt of the facility. In just 45 minutes I was immersed not only in the aroma of their signature blend, but in the technique of their cupping, roasting and blending process.

The Roasterie has one of the friendliest staff that I have come across in a long time. Their signature blends are available to purchase a long with other products a coffee junkie must have. The 27th street location tends to be the one that I frequent. The atmosphere is relaxed and very welcoming.

As I finished the tour and took in the aroma that surrounded me, I noticed a new item on the menu. I decided to try one of their specialties’, iced coffee soda. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it, fizzy coffee…so unusual! After a few sips and a teaspoon of honey added I decided this was a nice surprise for my taste buds. Coffee soda may not be for everyone, but it was  such a refreshing change.

Fellow Espressionist, check your fall calendars and pick a day to take the Roasterie tour and try a coffee soda. I promise you will want to keep coming back. Check out the Roasterie’s site for more information: Cheers!



Variety of Blends offered at the Roasterie.







“Fun Dip” your nails, newest trend in polish!

The newest trend in nails is dipped powder polish. There are some pro’s and con’s though, according to my mom and my friend Gail. Dip powder nails have actually been around for a while and have recently become popular through social media.

This process is done by a certified nail technician using a pigmented powder between base coats and sealants. The technician than files and buffs the nail. The ‘pro’s’ of this technique is that it lasts longer than gel or acrylic nails, about 3 to 4 weeks. If a client has an allergy to acrylic or gel nails , this is a great alternative. Removal is the same as gel and acrylic, nails need to be soaked in acetone. The only ‘con’ I discovered is that it’s a fairly new process and not many nail techs have perfected the technique or offer it in their salons. The look below was done at “The Nail Place” in North Kansas City. Pricing varies from $28 to $45 depending on the location. Now go get “fun dipped!”


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Nugenesis “best friends forever” dipping powder.