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.

Let’s talk about tribal.

IMG_1398Last summer the look that took over almost every teenage girl nails was tribal. This trend was all everyone was talking about -at least at my school. For people who didn’t know what polishes or tools to use to get this look, it wasn’t easy. In all actuality getting that tribal look you always wanted is not as difficult as it seems. If you have the right tools and patience you can complete a successful tribal look.

All you need to complete a great tribal look is one of the following: a Sally Hansen nail art pen, a stripe rite nail polish or if you feel like you can handle it, a regular striping brush that you dip into nail polish. All of these tools can be found at a local Sally beauty store or online at sallybeauty.com.

To complete the look pictured left, I painted two coats of  Minted by Revlon, then I used the white Stripe Rite nail polish to section off the nails. After that I painted some sections Radiant by Revlon, some sections Tangerine Crush by L’Oreal Paris and some sectioins Charming by Revlon. I also made sure to not paint over the minted color.

After applying the polish in the sections I wanted them, I went back over the white lines with the Stripe Rite polish.

When the polish dries you can add little details like the line in the Tangerine Crush on the index finger and the lines on the Minted color on the thumb and ring finger. This tribal look has a lot of lighter polish, so it’s always a good idea to add black in the design for contrast. In this case I added black to the middle finger helping to highlight the Radiant color.

Below I posted another example of this color combo, but this design still has a completely different look.IMG_1253

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There are also different styles of tribal. You don’t always have to use a lot of colors. Like the picture right, you can use two or three colors which still makes a statement. On these nails I used a dotting tool for the white dots and a striping brush for the gold lines.

The biggest thing to be successful while doing a tribal design, as well as painting nails in general, is to have a steady hand and work patient and slow.

IMG_1161There are so many different ways to do tribal, so really try to be creative. Unless you missed the kindergarten lesson on drawing straight lines, you cannot mess up this simple design. You can never go wrong with this design (unless you have no idea how to draw a straight line). Try different colors, different shapes and remember to tell yourself that practice makes perfect! The nails pictured left were the first tribal nails I ever did. They have come a long way since then, thank goodness. So try this look out and practice on a friend.

Happy painting 🙂