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Nov 262012
 

Whew! It’s Monday again already. Last week was so nice with the 4 day weekend, and it still went by too fast. I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving. We were blessed to be invited to a friend’s home , and we had a lovely time. Plus, we got leftovers without having to do all of the cooking!

I loved my last mani so much. It was just the right touch of sparkle , and the french tips were really easy. So I thought I’d do a slightly different take on it this week. Not sure how I feel about the outcome. To be honest I was a little rushed so I think it would have turned out better if I’d taken more time with it. Anywho, I did another french tip, this time with dots And because I know a lot of other ladies had been skeptical of doing a leopard print on their own I decide to do that design on my accent nail. it’s really so easy, and it looks better when you are a little messy with it! So here we go with a step by step pictorial on how to achieve the look.

All the polishes you’ll need. From left to right: OPI Pearl of Wisdom, Zoya Dove, OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs., Zoya Avery, OPI Strawberry Margarita, Zoya Raven, Butter London P.D. Quick Topcoat

Step 1: Paint 2 coats of base color on each nail. For french I used OPI Pearl of Wisdom. For the accent nails I used Zoya Dove.

Step 2: Paint your French tip and apply contrasting dots along the smile line. For the tips I used OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs. For Dots I used OPI Strawberry Margarita (pictured) and Zoya Dove (see following picture)

Step 3: Apply randomly sized dots to accent nail. I sued 3 colors here. OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs., OPI Strawberry Margarita, and Zoya Avery. After allowing French tips to dry completely add quick dry top coat. Do not apply topcoat to accent nails.

Step4: with a toothpick or nail art brush out line the dots on your accent nail with black polish to create the leopard look. These do not need to be crisp sharp lines. In fact they should be more abstract to mirror the natural pattern of a leopard/cheetah’s coat. Think squiggly ‘c’ shapes.

Step 5: Once your accent nail has completely dried, add a quick dry topcoat. As you can see in the picture, I rushed ahead and smudged my leopard print slightly when adding topcoat.

And there you have it! What do you think? Do you have ideas on how to improve it?

As always I’m part ot the MANICure Monday blog hop. I’m telling you, you NEED to get in on this! These ladies will inspire you with their creative and innovative manicures. This week the link up is being hosted on LA Lynn’s blog. Go get some :)

 

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! It’s my first year blogging, and I’m thankful for having the opportunity to write abut my life here. I’m also thankful to have found so many amazing new blogs to follow.

We have been invited to dinner at a friend’s house this year. This makes me thankful for a few reasons. I am thankful that we have friends that feel like family. I am thankful that we are welcome in their home. And of course I am thankful that I didn’t have to dream up and execute an entire menu this year. I’m making one dish!

I am always thankful for my family. I’m grateful that even on our roughest days, we have each other. I know that life is that much easier because I have people in it that will without a doubt have my back any day, any time.

I am thankful for the safety and stability God has granted my family. So many people have been displaced this year, either through natural phenomena, or economic uncertainty. I am blessed to say that God has spared us those challenges.

I am thankful that even in the face of tragedy, God provides. I mean how BIG is our God? Even when we feel like life is on its very last leg, when it seems like trials will certainly steal our joy, God shows up for us. Just think about how truly amazing it is to wake up every morning. We don’t think about how incredible it is that our hearts continue to beat moment by moment. Even if you think you have nothing to be thankful for today, take a second. Close your eyes, listen to the sound of  your own breathing. Just think about how good it feels to have air in your lungs. We are all blessed.

I’m thankful for everyone who has stopped by to look at my blog. Thanks to everyone who has left a comment, or sent a tweet, or commented on Facebook. I hope you enjoy the day with your friends and family. And most of all I hope you take a little time each and every day to count your blessings and be thankful.

And Now I leave you with a little ditty that will bring you all kinds of reasons to be thankful. Mostly because you’ll be thankful you aren’t the one who came up with it.

Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

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Nov 192012
 

Hello lovelies! Happy Monday. It’s Thanksgiving week. Whew! This year has flown by. So since it’s Thanksgiving and all, I of course decided to do a winter mani O.o  … I know, I know. It’s not winter yet. But I’m one of those people who likes to skip right past fall and slide into winter. I’m all about cozy nights and blankets, hot chocolate, and of course, CHRISTMAS! So to get into the it’s almost Christmas mood I decided to do a little bit of an icicle themed manicure. A play on the french manicure with some icy tips, and a little bit of a triangle accent nail. I picked up Essie Beyond Cozy polish this weekend. It’s one of their new winter polishes and it is amazeballs. I am still fascinated by how many different finishes a glitter polish can have.

Beyond Cozy is a sandy textured silver glitter. It’s actually more of a platinum tone and lends a glamorous feel to any manicure. I’m trying to get into nail art slowly so  decided to try the triangle accent that’s become quite popular. It wasn’t hard at all. I do think I’ll have to practice getting the triangle in just the right spot. Also, I couldn’t find the scotch tape so I ended up using ….wait for it…. band aids! Yeah i know it’s not conventional but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. Besides how often do you really use those little square band aids that only fit a mosquito bite or something?  Anywho this week I used OPI Pearl Of Wisdom and the base for my french mani. Then I added Essie Beyond Cozy to the tips. A little Essie Mint Candy Apple on the middle fingers for accent nails and another shot of Beyond Cozy to make the triangle. I hope you like it. and as always remember to hop on over to Lipgloss and Binky to check out the other MANICure Monday posts from all the other wonderfully creative ladies in the link up!

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Alright so I’m late. But here’s the thing. I did my nails Sunday night like always. I was planning on waking up and taking pictures Monday Morning because night pictures suck. And then I woke up with a pretty nasty case of food poisoning. Truth be told I’m still not 100%, but I love you all so much I just couldn’t stay away. So let’s get this party started.

This week I wanted to use my other Skyfall polish. And if you remember a couple of weeks ago I said there was one I missed. Well another trip to Ulta fixed that! I now have the glitter I was looking for.  So without further ado here’s this week’s manicure.

OPI The World Is Not Enough OPI The Living Daylights (glitter)

The World Is Not Enough is another superfine metallic glitter polish. The overall effect is a very shiny lavender leaning taupe. The Living Daylights is a chunky mixture of copper teal silver and gold hexagonal glitter. It is a nice way to get a variation of the traditional red/green Christmas theme.

Remember, Mani Monday (even on Tuesday) is a part of the MANICure Monday link up, hosted this week by LA Lynn’s blog. Stop by and check out the other fantastic looks these ladies are showing off!

 

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Nov 052012
 

Hello, how was your weekend? I’d love to tell you about mine but we literally did nothing. Sometimes things just shake out that way. You know what I mean?

It’s Mani Monday again and this week I wanted to feature one of my new polishes from the OPI Skyfall collection.  Anyone who really knows me will tell you that I’ve never met a glitter I didn’t like. And on top of that I CAN NOT get enough of gold glitter polishes. Since the polishes in the Skyfall collection are all named after James Bond films, I’m sure you can guess what I’m about to tell you. There’s a polish called GOLDENEYE!  And let me tell you something it is amazeballs. The color is very Vegas gold. It has a lot of warmth to it and an almost orange-y undertone that some gold glitters shy away from. Think Disco era gold lamé . After last week’s full on metallic madness, I wanted to tone it down just a little so I only did accent nails with Goldeneye. I chose OPI You Don’t Know Jacques as my base color.

OPI You Don’t Know Jacques OPI Goldeneye

 

Look at that gold sparkly goodness!

Look at the sparkly gold goodness!

Goldeneye is a beautiful flaky gold polish that is completely opaque within 2 coats. This isn’t a fine gritty glitter. It’s reminds me of a very finely shredded mylar or velum. There’s a kind of transparency to the gold flakes that add dimension when on the nail. The finish becomes more of a foil look . Think of a Gustav Klimt painting. It’s just gorgeous. I think it would make a perfect choice for a holiday manicure. It’s also relatively easy to remove, as glitter polishes go. You won’t end up with a cotton ball or pad that has been ripped to shreds, but you will probably have a few random bits of  glitter all over your fingers. Think of it as bonus fairy dust!

I did two accent fingers or “color blocking” on my left hand

A single index finger accent on my right hand

SN: I intended to paint the accent nails with just the Goldeneye. But since I have to do my nails late at night after the busy bean is in bed, I ended up absentmindedly doing a first coat of Jacques on all of my nails and topping the accent nails with the gold. I actually ended up liking the effect.

Don’t forget to check out all of the other amazing MANICure Monday posts.  Mimi of Lipgloss and Binky is hosting this week, and her blue ombre manicure is sure to inspire!

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Hey there! It’s Friday *confetti*, and I’m here to share a pretty awesome recipe that you can make this weekend.

Last Saturday was my husband’s birthday, so of course I wanted to do something special. He had already decided on takeout for dinner, so I thought what’s better than a nice homemade brunch. I have a tendency to overdo it when it comes to making plans for special occasions. I always find myself wanting to make some sort of 8 course spread fit for a palace. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I should learn to keep it simple, and stop stressing myself out. Luckily, this year, I did just that. J had mentioned that he’d been wanting a BLT for the past few weeks. Random, I know ; but what the man wants, the man gets (within reason). So I pulled out my handy Kindle and loaded up my Epicurious app. I love, love, LOVE Epicurious. The website has almost any recipe you can imagine and a glossary of ingredients to school even the most learned foodie. The Kindle app is just as amazing. I searched for BLT, and ended up with this awesome recipe from Esquire magazine. I tweaked a couple of things to make sure everything ran smoothly, and it was glorious!

The King of B.L.T.’s

French Toast BLT

What you will need:

12 thick slices smoked bacon

2 cups heavy cream

5 large eggs

coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1 loaf of challah bread cut into slices (at least 1″ thick)

2 tbsp oil or butter

2 1/2 cups grated Gruyere cheese

12 slices ripe tomatoes

6 cups arugula, cleaned ( I used pre-cleaned available in the produce section)

How to put it together:

Combine the heavy cream and eggs in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You can then soak the bread in this mixture overnight if you are planning ahead, or just soak for 10-15 minutes making sure you turn half way through to soak both sides equally.

Pre Heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the bacon strips on a rimmed cookie sheet  and bake for 10-15 minutes or until brown. I cut the bacon strips in half and did an over under basket weave to make bacon squares. It keeps the bacon flat and together so that you don’t end up with bacon falling out of your sandwich, and you get bacon in every bite. It only takes a few more seconds and it works wonderfully!

While your bacon is cooking, heat your oil or butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the challah slices on each side until brown, working in batches. Transfer the slices to a cookie sheet and place in the oven. Bake until the custard is fully set, about 6-8 minutes. You should see the bread puff up when done.  Remove the bread from the oven and cover each slice with cheese. Return the pan to the oven to melt the cheese. I melted the cheese and then turned up the broiler for about a minute to brown.

Remove the bread from the oven. Top with bacon, and tomato slices. Toss the arugula with the juice of half a lemon and 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place arugula atop each piece of toast.

You can serve the sandwich open faced or top with another slice of the cheese toast. I chose option two, as it was a special occasion, and I was feeding a man with a hearty appetite ;) Serve these warm with a knife and fork, and dig in!

So Delicious and FILLING. I could only finish half!

 

 

 

 

Recipe modified from:  Esquire Eat Like A Man, June 2011

Author: Sue Zemanick

Photos by me :)

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