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Dried Flowers Nail Art

August 1, 2014

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The folks at Born Pretty have sent me another lovely batch of fun nail products to play with, which my niece is just chomping at the bit to try as well.  More and more lately, I’ve been experimenting with nail art, so I chose to review the Ubique Dried Flower Nail Art Design because I wanted something a little different to try, and it came with 12 different colors of flowers for only $4.86!

With the base color of “Pepperminty” by Ciaté London, I chose a turquoise colored flower to pair with it to make the color pop.  Rather than use a whole spray of flowers on one nail, I cut up the flowers at the stem and placed them on the nail each ring finger.  I then covered it with a clear coat.  I really liked the effect, and now I want to experiment with more color and flower combinations in the near future.

I’ll definitely post pictures of the other nail products once I try them (the bottle of Sweet Color Nail Polish in Purple Glitter and the Artistic Music Note Nail Art Water Decals as seen in the above photo).  Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram because I pretty much post my nail artistry as soon as the finished product is fully completed and “photo ready”.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

100 Days of Vinyl

July 30, 2014

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We interrupt these beauty posts to for a very important musical bulletin:  If you are a DJ, record collector, or vinyl enthusiast, you should definitely submit an entry to participate in Preferred Classics100 Days of Vinyl” Project.

This project will run for 100 Days (of course) and each day a featured vinyl enthusiast will handpick one of their cherished records and share insight on its meaning to them. We will post a clip from the record as well as a short paragraph about YOU!! (so shine those accomplishments up real nice.)
- Preferred Classics

I sent in an entry and I am going to be a featured collector!  There are days still available, and it goes until all the spots are filled.  If you collect records in any capacity and have a story about a favorite record, you should participate to be featured on Preferred Classic’s site.  I’ll let my story and vinyl pick be a surprise once the project launches!

I’ve Got Happy Feet Because of Freeman Beauty!

July 28, 2014

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When my husband and son made a quick trip to Las Vegas to visit family this past weekend, I decided to fill my alone time with a home “spa day.”  I used a couple of products from Freeman Beauty’s “Bare Foot” line that I purchased at Walmart with a coupon I received from Influenster through their VoxBox (details on their site).  I’ve been a part of Influenster for over a year now, and have received some amazing products to review, and these products from Freeman Beauty are no exception.

I first soaked my feet in Epsom Salt to sooth them from my work week.  I then used the peppermint + plum foot scrub to continue the soothing process.  I used a pumice stone to really get in and smooth out the rough areas, and the lovely scent of the peppermint and plum permeated the air as I massaged the scrub in.  Once I rinsed and dried my feet off, I used the new Spa Professional Moisturizing Massage Cream to help keep my feet soft.  All in all, a lovely little treatment I can give to myself on a daily basis.  Thank you Influenster for another great opportunity to try these fantastic products from Freeman Beauty!

Pop!

July 24, 2014

DSC04168 (2) (1280x1280)While in Palm Springs, I was able to sneak in an outfit post of a very casual summer outfit.  Although it was a little too warm to keep the hat and sweater on all day there in Palm Springs, it was still a great comfy outfit to wear while traveling home to San Diego after a wonderful weekend.  Besides, there’s no point in covering up such an awesome t-shirt, right?  The combination of my cute little tee and fantastic clutch (which converts to a cross-body with an add-on strap) made everything…pop!

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IMG_2611 - Copy (1280x1280)Outfit – H&M hat; Fossil sunnies (my hubby’s); Choose Your Own Short Phrase Ladies Notebook Paper Graphic© – T-Shirt c/o 9th & Elm; Forever 21 shorts (very old); Cotton On cardigan; PopJunki bag by BagJunki (bought with an add-on strap); “Berici” shoes by Aldo; Timex Originals Classic Round watch c/o Timex;  Vintage Scooter Necklace c/o Lavishy; London Tube Cuff c/o Designhype; Hashtag & @ sign rings by Wendy Brandes (from the “Swear Rings” set); Cosmic Spiral Ring from Emerging Thoughts (sold out); Cassette Tape 4s iPhone cover from eBay

(Thank you BagJunki for featuring my picture on your Instagram and Tumblr!)

FTC Disclosure:  I received product and was asked to review the product in return.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Weekend in Pictures: Anniversary Get Away To Palm Springs

July 22, 2014

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A couple of weekends ago, my hubby and I had a lovely little get away to Palm Springs.  The first time we went as a family was back in 2011 (post here).  This time it was to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary.  We didn’t have a set plan on what to do or where to go, other than Deon’s scheduled tee time (of course).  If you’re wondering, I slept in while he played, then hit Downtown for a little shopping.  We winged it the entire weekend and simply aimed for relaxation.  The result was one of the best little mini-breaks we have had in a long time, filled with good food, good shopping (we even found a record store), and of course alone time with the love of my life.  Could anything be better?

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Our cute little room at the Days Inn Palm Springs.

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How beautiful is the Escena Golf Course?

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Art representing life…

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My hubby’s first time eating escargot at Lulu California Bistro.  I’ve had it before, so I knew what to expect.  I think the jury is still out for Deon on the whole edible snail thing!

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Peabodys Cafe Food Collage

The “Best Bloody Mary Ever”, a Ruben sandwich and Patty Melt at Peabody’s Café.  The food was definitely delicious, and that Bloody Mary was pretty good, too!

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We spent quite a bit of time in here…our haul in an upcoming post!

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Our final breakfast in Palm Spring was at Rick’s Restaurant (and across the street is Rick’s Desert Grill).  Forgot to take pictures because we were getting ready to hit the road!

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One of my favorite pictures of the two of us, taken at Hair of The Dog English Pub.  Can’t you just feel how relaxed we are?  Such a fantastic weekend!

Want “Somethingood?” Listen to Chromeo!

July 15, 2014

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A few posts back, I explained that I discovered a really great band, DIIV through our five-year-old son (post here).  Believe it or not, Dominic actually helped us discover another band even before DIIV, and it was by watching Yo Gabba Gabba.  On a segment called “The Super Music Friends Show”, Yo Gabba Gabba usually features awesome bands like The Killers, Jimmy Eat World, The Faint and The Shins.  We discovered Chromeo performing a song about washing hands a couple of years ago, and loved how funky it was.  We thought about going to their show last year, but didn’t know enough about their discography yet.  Deon heard “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” recently from Chromeo’s newest album White Women and we have been listening to them for over a month now.  Not only did we download the album on iTunes, we also have this fabulous album on vinyl.  Note:  Deon won’t let me open the record until he sets up his Technics. Darn!  and just this week, I purchased tickets to see Chromeo at Soma here in San Diego on October 10th.  If you haven’t heard anything yet from Chormeo’s latest album, here is a little taste of my favorites from Spotify.  Enjoy!

 

Chromeo Tour Dates 2014Top photo is from “The Chen Listening Station” as posted on Instagram (basically, my record player in our bedroom).  The second photo is tour list from Chromeo’s official Instagram.

Doin’ Time in the Moonshine Jungle

July 9, 2014

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It’s been crazy trying to get regular posts up because of my family’s busy schedule.  For instance, Deon and I will be spending our anniversary in Palm Springs this weekend (where I’ll be shooting some outfit posts).  In the meantime, the next two posts will be music related, starting with concerts we’ve been to in the last couple of months.  Following the Boy George concert in April, my husband and I attended a Bruno Mars concert at the Hollywood Bowl in May.  Then over the 4th of July weekend, we saw Sublime with Rome as a spur of the moment date night.  Both of these recent concerts were favorites of my hubby, and most likely concerts I may have not attended on my own.  But that’s the wonderful thing about being married: you get to experience things you may not have because you want to be with the person you love.  I’m so lucky that Deon loves music as much as I do, because these were absolutely fantastic shows.  What concerts have you attended so far this year?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Pharrell in concert 2014

Pharrell Williams opened up the show…with a very special guest.  He said “Would anyone like to see the Queen of Awesome?”  This confused many people in the audience, until we heard the first few words of the song.  Awesome doesn’t begin to describe the performance.  Check out the brief video below!

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 One of the highlights of the evening was when Bruno Mars played a medley of songs they used to cover when he played smaller clubs and bars.  One of the songs was “Your Love” by The Outfield, one of our all time favorite songs.  These tickets and the whole weekend were already a birthday present for my hubby, so hearing that song was like the concert was personalized for him.  Then the show ended with fireworks. So perfect!

Bruno Mars Setlist Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA, USA 2014, Moonshine Jungle

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I really like the shirt I got for Deon.  I got a different one, but I think I’m going to find that one and get it in my size!
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What a fun venue!  Neither of us had seen a show at The Mandalay Bay Beach!
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Sublime Selfies 2014
Our silly drunk selfies!
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