Fairy Dust

Hello beautiful people!

It has been a hot minute since I have written a blog post, FOUR years to be exact…

So what has happened since then?

I graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Journalism and New Media, Lipscomb Volleyball won two Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, I moved to Los Angeles, California to play beach volleyball at Loyola Marymount University, I graduated with my Masters of Educational Studies, and got a big girl job. *inhales deep breath*

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In the world of nail art, chrome is the hottest trend, aquarium nails are a thing and SNS is the new acrylic.

Welcome back

For my first blog post back I figured I would do a salon review.

Since moving to Los Angeles I needed to find a new spot to get my nails done. I have been searching throughout the Marina Del Rey, Venice, and Santa Monica locations for something with a great atmosphere, an accommodating staff and a salon that has plenty of options for my ever changing and indecisive mind.

I recently visited BonLierre Nail Spa in Santa Monica, they do request an appointment due to the fact that they are very busy on the weekends, but I went early in the week and there was no problem fitting me in (bonus fact they are open on Monday).

When I walked in the door I was greeted by a friendly face and a little corgi named Abby. Now if you know me you know corgi’s are my favorite!

The atmosphere felt like I was in a botanical garden because of the ever green living wall. They also use natural and organic products.

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The chairs were not your typical massage chairs, but more like lounge chairs, they were comfortable and made you sink right in.

I asked for a chrome gel manicure. I had gel already on my nails and thankfully they did not charge me to remove them, but they did charge an extra $15.00 for the chrome.

The nail technician joked saying they call the magic powder I picked fairy dust. She was spot on with her description, the powder looked like Tinker Bell’s fairy dust.

For the base color she applied two coats of Blue Bell from the DND gel line and layered the chrome over top, giving me this fantastic combination.

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Do you have a favorite color combo? How about you LA locals any nail shops you recommend?

Overall, I highly recommend this place. It was comfortable, welcoming with great service, and plenty of choices for my ever changing mind.

Finally, I am so excited to be back and blogging again! Thanks for reading!

Have you ever twerked?

I was doing the normal morning routine –like forcing myself to get out of bed — when my sister sent me a text with the nails she planned on getting. I loved the design she sent me and noticed that she found the picture of the nails on Instagram. The user name was @we_twerk_them_nails. My nails were not looking to hot, so I wanted to grab some ideas. That is when I saw what I wanted to do to my nails! The colors just look outstanding together. I had to give it a try.IMG_8846

To start this look off, I grabbed four colors that would look similar to the ones in the picture. I used L’Oreal Tangerine Crush, Opi’s Suzi Says Feng Shui, Pro Gel’s Electric Pink and Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. Let us not forget about the black stripe rite brush! You can use whatever colors you would like, these are just the ones I owned that would work together.

Let’s start with the base colors. On the thumb and pinky fingers paint Electric Pink. Continue onto the middle finger with Tangerine Crush. After, draw two parallel black lines using the black stripe rite brush on the index and ring fingers. You should get a little something like this. IMG_8849

Don’t worry about the black lines being perfect because, you will paint over them.

Add another coat of polish to the thumb, middle and pinky fingers.

Now, onto the ring and index fingers. For this design I would suggest doing them one at a time. Taking the black stripe rite brush draw two diagonal lines, which will makes the design look like four to five small triangles. There is an example pictured below.

IMG_8851 Next add Suzi Says Feng Shui to the top and bottom of the nail. Then, add Electric Pink and Mint Candy Apple. Like I said don’t worry about the black lines. Once that all dries, add another coat to both blues and the pink. Let all that dry.IMG_8852

Take the stripe rite brush and go back over the lines that were previously made. I would take this part very slow and steady to prevent any messy lines.

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Finally, I used gold and pink Caviar beads to complete the look. To add the beads I just used a dotting tool that had been dipped in a top coat polish. This helps the beads stick to the nail.

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So far your nails should look a something like this!

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Time to move on to the Electric Pink nails. Using a dotting tool place a dot of Suzi Says Feng Shui near the nail bed to complete the look for the thumb and pinky fingers.

For the middle finger use a dotting tool and alternate Suzi Says Feng Shui and Electric pick creating a cross shape. After those dry, using the same process as the ring and index fingers, take a dotting tool and place gold caviar beds which will outline the cross shape that you just made with the alternating dots. Finish with a top coat and that’s all there is to it! IMG_8857

Happy Painting! 🙂

Shine bright like a diamond.

This past week was amazing! I got to see my family, friends, a lot of baseball/softball and of course I got my nails done!

My sister sent me a picture from Pinertrest telling me to get my nails done like the picture. The lady who did my nails nailed it! 😉 I did bio seaweed gel like I always do when I go home. It never fails, I love my nails!IMG_8619

You can get this look with regular nail polish as well. Use OPIs Mod About You, which is similar to the light pink color on the thumb, index and pinky fingers. For the ring finger, use OPIs Mariah Carey Pink Yet Lavender. Finally for the middle finger apply OPIs Fab-YOU-lous. Completing the diamond shapes on the middle finger with a white stripe-rite brush.

I got to spend a lot of time with my grandma at home, which was a blessing. My grandma was recently diagnosed with cancer and living in Nashville I never see her. When I was with my grandma we went through old pictures. Looking through the old pictures was priceless. I got to see all my mom’s hairstyles. IMG_8753

My favorite is the bottom left picture, where she has pigtails and a plaid shirt on! Priceless!

I also found out why I am such a cool  kid now!

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It was a jam packed week, but worth every minute. I went to my father’s last high school softball banquet. This was his last season as East Lake’s head softball coach. This coming fall he will be the pitching coach for Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. They are very blessed to have my father! I am being a little biased, but my dad is awesome!

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I also got to watch my dads travel team play. They won every game — just saying.

In the seven days that I was home I went to four baseball games and four softball games. I guess I just can’t stay away when the weather is 80 and sunny. Could you?IMG_8716

When I was not at a game, I went to the beach or the pool. Which was everyday. I live close to Clearwater beach, making it easy to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.IMG_8687

The best part about my family and the person who keeps me from going crazy, is my sister Lyndsie. IMG_8676

I think we look a lot a like. That’s just me though. My sister is the best! She acts like she will kill you if you mess with the family, but she wont kill you. She will just hit you hard. 😉

Lyndsie wants to get another puppy to keep her company. She knows that I love animals of all kinds, so she invited me to the puppy store. My mom was not happy about this. She figured I would be the one coming home with a dog and not my sister. When my sister walked into the puppy store and first saw the puppies she was worse than me! I wanted to pet all the puppies but, she actually wanted to take all of them home! Who wouldn’t though? Look at these little puppy faces!IMG_8765IMG_8763(“It’s so fluffy!!!!!!!”)

They were adorable! If you are thinking of adopting a dog or cat from a shelter please do! They all would love to be saved and have a cozy home.

Overall my trip was outstanding. It always is when I go home and see the people that I love.

Give your loved ones hugs and kisses. Live your life like it’s everyones last day.

Summer LUV’EM had me a blast!

School is finally out and I have already done so many fun things! On May 2nd-4th I had the pleasure of experiencing the Kentucky Oaks Day and Kentucky Derby. My friend Megan on the volleyball team let me stay in her Kentucky home to really experience the Derby. She was funny and warned me that her house was not the typical Kentucky home. Being from Florida I have no idea what the typical Kentucky home is but, her place was awesome! She lived 4o minutes from the main road. It was great learning about the history and traditions of Oaks and Derby from her and all her friends.IMG_7870

For Oaks day I wore a light pink dress from Urban Outfitters. I also wore the dress for my high school graduation. I love this dress because it has a open back but, it still looks classy. For Oaks day I learned that it is tradition to wear pink in support of fighting breast cancer.IMG_7929

For my make-up I used my typical everyday Mac pallet. My lipstick was my favorite part of my make-up though. I wore a Nars lipstick called Schiap.

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We got lucky and met on of the horse owners. He got megan and I tickets to go up to the grand stands. This was awesome view for a first time experience.

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Oh yea I forgot to mention that we were only sitting two rows over from Johnny Damon!

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For Derby day I wore a white dress with a neon belt from Express. I love this dress so much but, mother nature didn’t. It was raining almost the whole time durning Derby. It didn’t matter to Megan and I though we were still going to have fun and hunt for Lauren Conrad! IMG_7943

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Of course I had to have a hat for Derby! I got my hat for a great price at a small boutique in Nashville called Monkee’s.

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After I got done with Kentucky fun, I went to Mexico. Well kind of. It was Cinco De Mayo! On the 5th of May, as you probably guessed, I went to a Mexican restraint with a bunch of friends for our friend Carly’s 21st birthday!

I wore a red peplum top from Express, with a pair of Express jeans. For shoes, I wore black wedges that I got at Blush, a small boutique in Nashville. Of course our beads added a little extra to the look. 🙂

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Lastly, on the 8th of May through the 19th of May I traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on a mission trip with the Lipscomb Volleyball team. I had such a great time! We helped paint a school and got close to a local church. There were many friends made and many new things to see. To read more about the trip visit Lipscomb Volleyball’s page.

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Chevron nails and more!

This post is a little bit of everything. I don’t only love nails, but I love fashion, make-up and hair too!

This season, one go to look is a beautiful maxi skirt with a nice tank top. I got the maxi skirt pictured below from Pac-Sun. IMG_7646

The black tank top is from Forever 21. This top is see through in the back, so I wore a lace bandeau underneath. I really think this helped bring the look all together.IMG_7657

Yes, I do have a llama phone case! His name is LeBeau. 🙂

For my shoes, I always love to wear gladiator shoes with a cute skirt or shorts. You can never go wrong with them!

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For my hair I curled it using a flat iron. Using the flat iron is my most favorite way to curl my hair! It last for longer than two days, and adds so much volume to my hair.

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Now onto the best part, nails! I did my friend Alex’s nails the other day and she wanted the chevron look!

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 I loved the look so much that I wanted to do it myself!

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Here’s what I did! I liked the sparkles on my ring finger and didn’t want to pant over it, so I just painted my middle finger. I free handed this look with a stripe right brush.

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And yes that is a llama wallet. It’s another obsession of mine.

Another way to make perfect chevron stripes, is to use a pair of zig zag scissors. First paint the nail all white and let the nail dry. Then, cut tape strips using the zig zag scissors to get the chevron shape. Paint over the tape with a different polish color. Before the polish dries take off the tape using tweezers, to get perfect chevron stripes. You can also purchase pre-cut chevron decals on Etsy.com. Anyway you paint them, you can never go wrong with the chevron look, it is very much in style.

Happy Painting! 🙂