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This is one of my very favorite quotes, and I try hard to keep it in the back of my head always.
Back on April 18th, I began my trip to the big apple. My first flight was a breeze. The plane was less than three quarters of the way full, and I got a little extra room since I was the only person in my row. I felt more lucky than an aspiring actress winning an Oscar over Meryl Streep... cough cough Jennifer Lawrence.
The second flight is where this story gets sticky. After I volunteered my window seat to a father and daughter, with the promise of a new seat & free drinks- I quickly found out I had nowhere to sit because someone had done a miscount of passengers. An extra person somehow snuck onto the plane and taken my new seat. Where did this leave me, you ask? In the 30 minute commotion that followed, I got to stand with all my bags at the front of the plane, on a sort of very small, very crowded impromptu stage. Everyone got some extremely awkward entertainment as I repeatedly shuffled my bags back and forth every time a pilot or flight attendant needed to get by. Finally when miss sneaky pants was found and asked to leave the plane, I got my seat, and we were off. Little did I know, I got the middle seat between two fellows with some interesting characteristics. Before we were even off the runway I found out that the gentleman to my left was an adult nose picker, and the man to my right was an awake snorer (this one got uncomfortable because I kept thinking he was asleep and looking at him- he probably thought I had a huge crush). Adult nose picker turned out to be a pretty cool guy, so I will pretend he was just getting a hard to reach itch.
The travel to the city was a big indication of how the trip would turn out- awesome but awkward.
Many manicures I see these days are a little too over the top for my taste. Just because I like pretty nails doesn't mean I should have to sign on for animal print or over the top embellishments. I think that a classic french manicure or a soft neutral color is perfect for everyday. But every once in a while (call me crazy!) I like something special. A bright red, or a interesting ring finger pattern usually fulfills the craving for something different. Here is one of my new favorites. I got the idea from this charming cookie decorating recipe. & it was surprisingly easy!
1. Start with clean filed nails. Add a base coat (I like Seche Clear Base base coat). Then paint your nails in a neutral color that you like, like Essie's Go Ginza.
2. Using a toothpick draw a semi thick line toward the top of nail with a darker color, like Essie's Recessionista.
3. Before the polish dries, 'pull' the polish downward in a curve, so you can see the lighter color through the darker.
4. Continue doing steps 2 & 3. Each 'petal' should be far enough inside the last so you can see the color variation.
5. Add a dot of the lighter color in the center, and add two little green leaves on the outside of your flower. Seal with a top coat. & Enjoy!
Lately I have been loving poppy. Never before have I had an affinity for this striking color, so I'm not sure what has suddenly caused the allure. There is a possibility that when springtime stares me right in the face I realize that bold colors aren't always scary. Generally, I think of this time of year in neutrals and pastels, but as I look around at natures inspiration, I realize that there are far more vivid colors than soft ones. It is easy to add a bright top to my wardrobe- but the tech accessories available in my new favorite color add a fun element to something I don't always keep fashion forward. Here are some products I have been lusting after.
1. Gold Taylor Headphones - $270.00
2. iPad Smart Case - $50.00
3. Gold Pop Phone - $40.00 (Sweet H got me this one for my birthday- making me a real stinker for looking it up!)
4. Aluminum Stylus - $5.00
5. The most charming glasses - $145.00 (Who doesn't need glasses when staring at a screen all day?)
6. Paintbrush Stylus - $30.00 (SO cool!)
7. Rifle Paper Co. iPhone Case - $30.00
8. Bamboo Create - $200.00 (Allows you to sketch on to your computer!)
Over the years I have undoubtedly spent a small fortune on various kinds of candied nuts. They are delicious coarsely chopped in salads, but equally as delightful by themselves. They are an easy, not-so-healthy on the go snack & they are completely addictive. Should I have known you can make your own (slightly more healthy) version at home I would have stopped spending $6 for a not so large bag at Trader Joe's a long time ago. Here is where I get to play the poor college student card and make my own. & how could I not jump at the chance, since they are easier than a young Pamela Anderson?
1.5 C Raw Almonds
.5 C White Sugar
.75 Tbl Cinnamon
.5 C Water
Pinch of Salt
Combine water, sugar, and cinnamon in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, and add your almonds. Reduce your heat. Let the mixture stay over heat until the liquid around the almonds is a thick syrup texture. Make sure you stir it regularly, but leave the almonds in a single layer so they get candied evenly. Once the syrup is thick enough put the almonds on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Separate all the almonds and let them cool for at least 15 minutes. These almonds are even better the next day.
My life is exceptionally awkward on a regular basis. Often times situations I get myself into are too funny not to share. You're welcome.
-When my elderly neighbor approaches my car after I check my mail, and tries to make me take hers. Miss, I am not the mailman. There is a communication barrier and it goes on for way to long. I think she left offended.
-Talking to someone with an accent and realizing a few minutes too late that I suddenly sound like Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. The guy noticed.
-Trying to push a grocery cart that will only go right.
-Singing in my car, arriving at my destination, STILL singing when I get out of my car. Weird looks were given. No, this white girl cannot sing a Wiz Khalifa song very well..
-Trying to get someones attention at Starbucks, and resorting to, "Young man?". Let's celebrate my eightieth birthday next year guys. (There is a good possibility that he was older than me)
-Let me paint you a picture for this one. Me and a good friend are at a packed grocery store. We have been waiting in line for at least 15 minutes. The checker starts scanning my items, but the guy in front of us still hadn't paid. He ends up paying for my food with out knowing it & good people we are go after him. This checker was not bright & it takes some serious talking to for her to realize they OWE him money. No, he does not need to give you any more... he paid for ours. If you pay him back I will pay for my food & we can be on our way... People were mad. The situation was hideous.
Pink and gold make up one of my favorite color combinations. Delicate gold jewelery makes any outfit feel instantly chic, and a touch of bright pink adds a pop to my usually neutral decor. Generally when I fall in love with an item, I will search tirelessly until I find the perfect version. Etsy is a phenomenal place to discover all your new favorites, and it's so nice to know you are supporting real people.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
1. Initial Passport Holder, via Bambina- $22.00
2. Diamond Heart Ring, via Shop Eli and Leah- $195.00
3. Pink Leather Key Fob, via Giona Accessories- $40.00
4. Hello Weekend Pencils, via Amanda Catherine Des- $12.00
5. Faux Deer Mount, via White Faux Taxidermy- $100.00
6. Rise & Shine Mug, via Out of The Dust xx- $12.00
This year I have decided that I will take a more casual approach to a holiday that usually involves a dress and stockings. Tortoiseshell has been a very serious obsession of mine for a few months now, & I try to incorporate it in to every outfit that I can (It will probably make a show even if it isn't my intent). Regardless, now that Easter is so close, it is time to put some thought into what I will be donning. A pair of pants that puts a pop of color into the outfit is on the bill, and a pair of nude flats can do no harm. I am only 5'3", this means that nude shoes are another regular staple since they elongate my nugget legs. Here is my ideal uniform for a casual Easter.
It’s been a few weeks since my twenty-second birthday, & I have been doing some pretty serious thinking. Is this supposed to be the year adolescence is left behind and adulthood is embraced? It certainly feels like it! I got most of my wild child boogies out before I even turned twenty-one, but who didn’t feel so fabulous the first time they ordered a drink out, or bought a bottle of wine? (I’m talking with your own ID ladies and gentlemen!) Regardless, every year I make birthday resolutions. They are the real start of MY new year, and the seem more meaningful than New Year's resolutions. Here they are for twenty-thirteen:
Photo Credit: Canyoustayfordinner.com
There is something special about finding the perfect polish. I usually stick with a french manicure, or a nude, but sometimes a bright pop of color is just what I need. I recently got my hands on this fabulous Tom Ford Nail Lacquer. It is a beautiful color, as are all the Tom Ford lacquers. As much as I would like my polish collection to consist only of the highest end makes, I cannot justify buying more than one or two polishes that cost as much as a half a tank of gasoline. The twenty-two dollar price difference found between Tom Ford, and Essie's polishes will certainty add up quickly. Essie has a phenomenal selection of colors, and they have one of my favorite formulas. It stays chip, and crack free for quite a while, and the colors always stay vibrant.