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Jun 252013
 

I have never been the kind of person with a huge stockpile of vacation photos. I almost always forgot my camera, and even when I remembered to bring it along, I’d leave it in my pocket on most trips. Even my son’s first year of life is mostly documented on my cell phone. Don’t judge.

But then I started this blog. And I was forced to take pictures of things I was doing, or places I went. And let me tell you, they were some pretty horrible pictures. But they’ve slowly started to improve.  And I find myself  looking at my life experiences in a whole new way.

I don’t claim to be a photographer. I’m just a person who has a little camera, and likes taking pictures.  Luckily, we live in an age where online photo editing sites make it easy to take my ho-hum pictures and turn them into something a little more appealing. I have really been getting into pixlr, and editing lots of my random vacation shots. I’ve also enjoyed trying to look at the world at new angles. You never know how you can transform something by moving left, or right, or in some cases turning it upside down.

Today I thought I’d share a few of the pictures I enjoyed playing with, and a couple that I think are pretty neat without any fancy fidgeting. I’m still learning a lot about the process, so don’t expect expert stuff here :) And in the end, I just like what I like. I like making things that are beautiful to me. I hope you enjoy them too!

I took this picture on the way home from our weekend in Bryson City, NC. One the way up we'd seen this huge field of poppies just on the shoulder of the highway. As a California girl I got excited, because they were a reminder of home, and the state flower. On the left is my original photo and on the right is the edited version.

I took this picture on the way home from our weekend in Bryson City, NC. One the way up we’d seen this huge field of poppies just on the shoulder of the highway. As a California girl I got excited, because they were a reminder of home, and the state flower. On the left is my original photo and on the right is the edited version.

This is just something that happened while I was playing around at home. I love the light fixture in our bedroom, and I can never make it look as graceful in pictures as it does to me in real life. So I thought, why not try to capture the reflection? We have some inspirational plaques on one of the walls, so this is what came to mind. I added a vintage filter, and a little vignette. I'm pretty happy with the result.

This is just something that happened while I was playing around at home. I love the light fixture in our bedroom, and I can never make it look as graceful in pictures as it does to me in real life. So I thought, why not try to capture the reflection? We have some inspirational plaques on one of the walls, so this is what came to mind. I added a vintage filter, and a little vignette. I’m pretty happy with the result.

I like this picture of the bean, taken at an awesome little coffee shop on our trip. The blurred focus around his face was unintentional. But I love happy accidents. I think it makes him look slightly more angelic than he actually is ;)

I like this picture of the bean, taken at an awesome little coffee shop on our trip. The blurred focus around his face was unintentional. But I love happy accidents. I think it makes him look slightly more angelic than he actually is ;)

 

Just quick snapshot of some of the amazingly colorful work the students od SCAD did in this year's sidewalk arts festival.

Just quick snapshot of some of the amazingly colorful work the students of SCAD did in this year’s sidewalk arts festival.

And here are just a few pictures of some pretty awesome snippets of nature.

And here are just a few pictures of some pretty awesome snippets of nature.

I hope you enjoyed my little photo display. As I get better I’ll try to share more.

Is there a new hobby you’ve picked up unexpectedly? Please share it with me!

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Jun 242013
 

Hey y’all! How’s it going? This week’s mani Monday is gonna be a little bit of a cop out. I didn’t really do anything interesting to my nails this week. Sometimes you just want to rock a color you’ve already worn, you know? So I thought I’d show you a couple of manis I did while I wasn’t  around these parts as much. Yup that’s right. Even when I wasn’t blogging I still snapped a few pics of things I really liked. Please excuse my less than stellar cuticles. Everybody gets a little dry and cracked now and the >_>

Anyway here you go!

This is a mani inspired by the movie UP. If I was better with nail art I would have added the little house. But I decided not to hurt my own feelings, and just went with the balloons. I also love doing just the clouds. They are so light and airy, and just make me happy.

This is a mani inspired by the movie UP. If I was better with nail art I would have added the little house. But I decided not to hurt my own feelings, and just went with the balloons. I also love doing just the clouds. They are so light and airy, and just make me happy.

I may be mildly obsessed with Wonder Woman. Just mildly. So of course when I needed to throw together a super quick mani the night before an outing, I did this. I sued some mini polishes from NYX and they were surpisingly good quality. I actually really like this mani. I think I'll give it another go with some more details. Maybe some stars on the blue and a full on Wonder Woman symbol with the gold. I'll let you know if/when that happens.

I may be mildly obsessed with Wonder Woman. Just mildly. So of course when I needed to throw together a super quick mani the night before an outing, I did this. I used some mini polishes from NYX and they were surprisingly good quality. I actually really like this mani. I think I’ll give it another go with some more details. Maybe some stars on the blue and a full on Wonder Woman symbol with the gold. I’ll let you know if/when that happens.

So that’s it for this week. Do you have any random mani pics hanging around on your phone or camera?

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Jun 172013
 

Whew! That weekend went by fast. How was your Father’s Day? Did anyone do anything super over the top for your dad? Luckily, my husband is super low key. We stayed in and had a marathon of our new favorite show, Suits. I just love a good legal drama/comedy.

This week’s manicure has no fancy embellishments. The color itself is so vivid and eye-catching that it doesn’t need any help to get noticed. A couple of weekends ago I was doing my regular Ulta run, looking for new polish, when I happened upon the Essie Neon collection for this summer. There were some really pretty shades, but this one really caught my eye. I’m a sucker for a good blue polish. Even more so for a good cobalt blue. So of course, Bouncer, It’s Me! was right up my alley. Also, can we take a moment and appreciate how much Essie is stepping up their naming game? I think we can all admit that we’ve bought at least one polish simply because of the catchy name!

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Anyway, I grabbed this puppy up and rushed home to try it out. When I started applying the first coat I was a little worried. To be honest I thought this polish was going to ruin the beautiful relationship I have with Essie and their flawless formula. This polish has a very weird consistency at first. It was streaky. And it starts drying very quickly, so going back to try to even things out just started removing big patches. I was so shocked, that I actually looked up other reviews to find out if it was just my bottle, or what. Everything I read said that the first coat was problematic, but the second coat did the magic self leveling trick and everything finished flawlessly. I was super skeptical. But all the pictures seemed to show a beautiful even finish, so I soldiered on. And wouldn’t you know, the second coat actually fixed everything!  And a little bonus. Because of the “neon” pigment this polish dries to a satin, semi matte finish. It looks sort of like matte vinyl before applying top coat. It’s a great effect, if you’re bored with super shiny nails. I topped it with Seche Vite because I just love super shiny nails. I did notice that there was more tip wear than normal with this shade, but I was able to wear it in the pool without any chipping. In fact I wore this for about 6 days before I removed it and there was no chipping at all.  SCORE!

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This color is simply gorgeous. It’s not what I would call NEON but it’s definitely got a cool “glow” to it. It’s also a jelly polish. But not the super sheer takes a ton of coats to build it up jelly. It’s actually opaque after 2 coats (3 if you do really thin coats), but it still has that juicy, squishy look. So if you’re in the market for a beautiful cobalt to add to your collection, grab this as soon as possible!

 

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Jun 102013
 

Surprise! I’m back after a looong hiatus. No long explanations here. But I do have to shout out my awesome husband for saying I should post this mani, because he missed my blog. There’s nothing better than a loving supportive man!

So this week’s mani is actually pretty simple, but oh so fun. My mommy sent me a package of nail art tools last week. Among them were quite a few different sized dotting tools. I figured I give them a go before trying to bust out the brushes, because dots are so much easier. I decided to go with a neutral palette. And because I’m incapable of doing anything without at least a little shimmer, I used two metallic polishes to do some of the dotting. The overall color scheme is soft and romantic, but the dots give it a touch of a mod feeling. And if you think about it, the colors are kind of  Neopolitan ice cream inspired.

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If you want to re create this look you will need:

A  neutral polish with a pink undertone- I used Zoya Avery

For the dots- a light cream or off white color ( Zoya Jaqueline), a metallic copper/rose gold with a satin fish (Essie Penny Talk), a cool greyish taupe cream (Essie Chinchilly), and a sparkly metallic gold (Zoya Ziv).

First polish all of your nails with 1-2 coats of the neutral polish. Zoya Avery is an opaque neutral cream, that covers in just one coat. Follow up with one coat of quick dry top coat. Then start your dotting. I used 4 different sized dotting tools for this mani. I used 2 different sizes with each color, and did one color at a time. You can just apply the dots randomly, and even overlap a few.

Once you’ve dotted to your heart’s desire, let your dots dry for 5 to 10 minutes. Then go ahead and finish off with one more layer of fast dry top coat.

I really like this look. It’s a nice break from all my usual glitters and bright colors.

What’s on your fingers this week?

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