Monday, March 31, 2014

Wake up, Monday! #4: Roughles, Nicole by OPI

Hi friends!

This week, I took a step away from Incoco's glorious nail appliques to try out a nail varnish I got through ipsy's subscription service!


After reading mixed reviews about this nail polish, I thought I'd give it a go as I've been looking for something simple and different to wear.

What to buy:




It was definitely an interesting experience--this nail polish doesn't lack in texture. It's a sandpaper texture and actually reminds me of sand under clear ocean water. It's a very lovely hue, and I was surprised how pretty it looked, particularly against my pink tattoos ;)

In the sunlight, it's very matte, almost dull, but I think the novelty of it makes it pretty special. I wanted to see what it would look like with a top coat, but I really like the rough quality of it. It's girlie and unexpected at the same time.


Applying coats was only a teeny bit challenging, as too much would yield a really thick looking coat of nail polish, but applying thin layers ran the risk of it not spreading well. Two coats and some minor touch-ups was good enough, and the nail polish is forgiving--if you miss a spot or if it is uneven in places, you can't really tell ;)

Overall, I think I would definitely keep this polish in my collection as a game-changer, but maybe not something I'd wear willy-nilly. It's certainly perfect for the upcoming summer months, and I look forward to experimenting with it some more.




More gratuitous texture shots!

 






 Happy Monday!









Friday, March 28, 2014

1 photo.

I usually do 12 photos on Friday. 12 interesting (maybe) sometimes unusual (mostly) photographs to sum up my day. I attempted to do so yesterday, but there was really only one photo that could sum up my entire day.




So. TGIF. 

Have a great weekend, folks, and if you haven't entered to win an awesome book, you should probably go do that now. ;)


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I LOVE BOOKS #3: Giveaway!

Hello, my book loving fiends!

This week we're doing something a little different! I'm still in the midst of reading The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, so I thought it would be a really good opportunity to giveaway one of my favorite books of the year. I featured this book in my first I LOVE BOOKS post, and I'm excited to give a copy away to some fiend just waiting to devour this book!



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The Prize!

(1) copy of Vicious by V.E. Schwab! Either in e-book format or the real actual book shipped to your house! (International entries are fine!)


 How to win!

Leave a comment on this blog with an answer to one or both of the following questions:

 1) What super power do you wish you had?
-OR-
2) Why are you excited to read this book?

Names will be cobbled together and a winner drawn randomly!

 

Other important details:

   

You can comment more than once, but only one comment counts.
 Leave a way for me to contact you if you win! A tumblr username (asks open), a twitter name, URL, email--any way I can get a hold of you if you win. 

 Deadline to comment is Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, 11:55pm Eastern
(winner announced in next week's I LOVE BOOKS!)


That's all, book fiends! Leave your comments and GOOD LUCK!






  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Wake up, Monday! #3: Spring Nail Designs


Hi friends!

This is the first in a series of nail designs I'll be featuring from Incoco! I really loved these, especially with my new flower tattoo! They are a perfect light design to complement your spring wardrobe. In this edition, I've just very slowly started to manipulate shapes out of the nail appliques. ;)






What to buy: 
Incoco Nail Designs: Spring Fling
OPI Nail Polish: Kiss Me I'm Brazilian
Seche Vite Top Coat










 Notes for Success: 

  •   Don't be afraid to peel off the nail wrap and reapply. Be gentle but these wraps are durable and made to be applied just the way you want!
  • The directions on the wraps say to gently stretch to fit. Take advantage of this to get a nice smooth surface at the tip of your nails! 
  • If you're going to cut the nail designs to create something new to layer over nail polish, definitely try and cut them while they are still attached to the paper.
  • Use a light coat of nail polish for the nails you're going to lay a design over and use a topcoat to seal it all together.



Incoco Nail Designs come with 16 wraps with 
varied tips to fit to your nail shape. Since I used nail polish
in addition to the wraps, I was able to save the second
set of wraps to save (store properly) for later!





Happy Spring, friends! :D

Friday, March 21, 2014

12 Photos #2

12 Photos Preamble: I really love photosets, particularly ones that are a little bit different from the norm and ones which tell a story. While I wanted to do an hourly photoset, but life really does have a way of moving at it's own pace, so this isn't your typical photo-an-hour. Some photosets will be more mundane, others adventurous (conventions! faires! adventure!) Here are 12 photos across a 12 hour span that best tell the story of my day.







BONUS CAT.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I LOVE BOOKS #2: The Night Circus

Hi book fiends!

Welcome to my weekly update of what I've read, what I'm reading, and what's up next! Apologies in advance, my thoughts are mostly "wow" and "such write" in an attempt to not spoil any of the books I'm posting about.

 
Finished: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 

From Goodreads: "The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance."



 
This book came recommended by a good friend over at Honey Bee Manor! I'd seen various places talking about the book and how much they'd enjoyed it, but it wasn't until the coaxing of a good friend (with great taste in books) that I picked up the book.
    After reading some fast, but awesome, literature over the last few months, The Night Circus was a welcome and exciting change. 

   The words are a magic I can't accurately describe--it is an imaginative feast of mystery and utter beauty presented in such a way that one could visualize every aspect. Vividly*.
    The reader should (MUST) take their time and savor each bit slowly to receive the full impact of this satisfying story about a magical circus.  The characters--and there are many--are each unique and each have their own story and part to play in the circus.
    It's a dark and mystifying tale fit for a reader who wants a somber, beautiful tale set to a glorious backdrop of enchantment.
 



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Reading List:
Reading: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken





*Guys. The food in this book. The sights. I could smell the smells.











Monday, March 17, 2014

Wake up, Monday! #2: Spring Cleaning

oh sweet jesus

Spring is just around the corner (officially on Thursday!) but the urge to do a bit of early spring cleaning compelled me. I've always had a difficult time managing my closet, and even though I make quarterly trips to donate, it seems like the clothes keep multiplying. Something really needed to be done.

I threw open my closets and drawers and piled all of my clothes that I owned onto the bed with one goal in mind: Reduce my clothing pile by 50%.

My strategy: Dump clothes into a pile, separate clothes into like-piles, and then go through and make "Keep" and "Giveaway" piles.

It was a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I was amazed at all of the crap I had accumulated. I mean, I found an Orlando Magic jersey and a Space Camp t-shirt from when I was a kid!

26 deviantART shirts! These were dA Staff shirts from SDCC!
Gave away a rainbow of colors *u*
I created a nostalgic rule to keep 10 pieces of clothing that were just sentimental. I went to Space Camp in the 4th grade, and my father took me to a billion concerts, one of which was Bob Dylan!
Gave away 10 dresses, one of which was this great summer dress.
Finally parted with my rainbow hoodie ;__;
My closet is still pretty full... but at least it all fits!
Even if this hockey jersey doesn't fit in amongst the frills ;)

A billion bags (7) of clothes to donate. And a bonus cat!
After four hours of sorting and reorganizing, here are some stats!
  • 10 skirts, 10 dresses were given away
  • 26 deviantART shirts = highest number of like clothing
  • I had a difficult time getting rid of pretty shirts and skirts
  • 74 items of clothing donated!



Still a long way to go, but what a load off of my wardrobe! I'm not accustomed to spring cleaning, it's definitely made me (and my bedroom) feel a lot lighter. Happy Monday, friends!




Friday, March 14, 2014

12 photos: #1

Hi friends,

I really love photosets, particularly ones that are a little bit different from the norm and ones which tell a story. While I wanted to do an hourly photoset, but life really does have a way of moving at it's own pace, so this isn't your typical photo-an-hour. Some photosets will be more mundane, others adventurous (conventions! faires! adventure!) Here are 12 photos across a 12 hour span that best tell the story of my day.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I LOVE BOOKS #1

Hi book fiends!

Welcome to my weekly update of what I've read, what I'm reading, and what's up next! Apologies in advance, my thoughts are mostly "wow" and "such write" in an attempt to not spoil any of the books I'm posting about.

 
Finished: Vicious by V.E. Schwab
From Goodreads: "A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, 
and superpowers, set in a near-future world."

 
  Not gonna lie, I love me some V. E. Schwab books. She had me at The Near Witch, kept my heart with The Archived, and continued to fill my imagination with goodies through Vicious. All of these books are different, but an underlying magic ties these books together with Schwab's storytelling.  Vicious is a satisfying read from start to finish. The idea of creating a superhero--of being able to have it at the tip of your own fingers--is compelling. It begs the questions "Would I want this enough to risk my current life?" "What kind of ExtraOrdinary being would I be?" I think Schwab gives us enough perspective to decide for ourselves. Each character has a motivation, something to lose, and I found a part of myself within each of them. Even Mitch and his chocolate milk.* Overall, I liked it. I was intrigued. It satisfied my desire for something new. This certainly is a vicious tale--a sunless story told with glimpses of light for a curious someone begging to be fed something dark and different.    



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Reading List:
Reading: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Up Next: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken




*Yeah, I TOTALLY bought chocolate milk to read the last half of this book.