Happy new year!

It’s 2014! Just like every year I am going to make sure this year is better than the last! Today is the first day of spring semester and I couldn’t be more excited! I am finally getting into my Telecommunication classes. That means I am finally going to be speaking on camera. I also am sideline reporting the girls basketball games for our school sports radio. It is so exciting to finally get some experience, which is also making me excited for the real world.

For Christmas I was home in the FLA and obviously had to visit Boutique nails. My mother, sister, and I all got holiday nails. We all got what Boutique nails is famous for, bio seaweed gel. Lyndsie, my sister, had the best ones I think. Just look at that snow flake! The nail tech did that by hand! IMG_0766

IMG_0764My hand is pictured left and my sisters hand is pictured right. Can you see why I was so jealous of my sisters nails?

For some reason my nails grow extremely fast and I think it’s because I am so active. The nails pictured below were my nails a week and a half later, the day after Christmas. During that time I was working out, hitting softballs with my dad, playing indoor, and beach volleyball. Those puppies held on strong!

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I went back to Boutique the day after Christmas and paid 35 dollars for a new set of bio seaweed gel New Years nails.

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If you have not noticed by now I LOVE glitter. I am currently typing with my nails the way they are pictured above. My nails have grown out a lot since I had them done, but I am going to see how long they last. With volleyball starting back up I am interested to see if they will last a month like normal.

Pre-season Confessional

Readers! I am very sorry I have not been able to post much in the last month. Volleyball season has started back up. Meaning…I have no life. I’m kidding, I do have a life just not enough time to do my nails. 😦

If you would go to the Lipscomb Volleyball Facebook page and hit like, that would be awesome! We are trying to reach 5,000 likes before our first game August 30th against University of Georgia.

If you were wondering what I have done in the past month let me give you a quick rundown.

My nails were grown out and need to be done. I was bored with the colors so I painted cats on them!

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I went home on July 19th to celebrate my 19th birthday, which was July 17th. 🙂 Of course, when I went home I got Bio Seaweed gel on my nails. IMG_9352

When I got back to Nashville my friend Christian wanted me to paint his nails. I thought he was joking.

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Let me tell you…he was not joking!

On tax free weekend I got lucky and bought a pair of Nike running shoes for twenty dollars at the Nike outlet!

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I was looking for cute hairstyles for work and came across this…IMG_9494

Don’t worry I didn’t go out in public!

I got a fill and chose to do my accent nail on my index finger for something different. Turns out I ended up really liking the look.IMG_9576

I can’t remember the names of both colors, but the pink polish is Essie and the sparkle is OPI.

Then, pre-sesaon activities started! Every year we go on a team retreat. This year the seniors chose to go to Deer Run. It was amazing!  We zipped lined into a lake and climbed up a 33 foot tree to jump off and ring a bell.

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Next, we ran around downtown Nashville taking pictures of ourselves holding up LUV with our hands trying to win a scavenger hunt. Don’t let me forget to tell you the best part, my team won! GO TEAM CAMO!

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Then, pre-season practice finally started! If you don’t know what pre-season is, it’s a lot of volleyball practice put into two weeks. After two days we kept track of how many hours we had been in the gym. The total was 18 hours. Like I said before volleyball is my life and I love it!

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You could imagine that my nails probably needed to be done after all those practices. Well you were right! I sponged my nails gradient pink and orange. Then, I took a black stripe rite polish and painted a bunch of different designs on each of my nails.

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Let’s not forget how bad my feet need a pedicure!

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Finally, this past weekend I got to go out with the team! Dressing up and feeling pretty felt amazing! Do you ever have one of those days where you just feel like looking nice?

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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.

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! 🙂

A nail design that gives braiding a twist.

The other day I was looking up nail designs that I could try.  My nails needed some help because they were looking –what we call– “rachet.”

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I watched a youtube video called Braided Nail Art and thought it was a brilliant design! Of course I had to try it.

You can definitely say my nail design didn’t turn out as good as the nails in the video did, but I still love the way mine turned out.

The colors I used were Yodel Me On My Cell by OPI, Spark De Triomphe also by OPI and Tangerine Crush by L’Oreal Paris.

I used the same color scheme that I used for my tribal nails in my last post Let’s talk about tribal. For some reason I subconsciously love to use pink, blue and sparkles together.

photo-6Anyways to get the look pictured left, I started with a base coat. Then I painted my entire nail with two coats of Spark De Triomphe.

The video explains that it is best to make a line while rolling over your finger. During this step it is really important to take your time and not rush the strokes.

Start with Tangerine Crush then cross over with Yodel Me on My Cell and finally cross over with Spark De Triomphe. Repeat this process until you reach the tip of the nail. Finish with a top coat.

Side note: The main reason I started with Tangerine Crush is that I found it easier to go over Yodel Me on My Cell. Plus it uses less paint. If you are a nail freak like me you know how we feel about wasting paint–and cotton balls.IMG_6572

The video tutorial makes this design look super easy to do, but to be honest I struggled. It was my first time doing this look and I didn’t take my time. Be sure to be patient and take your time while painting. Also let the polish dry after doing a color, so the polish doesn’t get really thick and look caked on.

Hopefully if you try this design it turns out better than mine. Happy painting! 🙂

What’s your favorite nail design to do?

Quick, easy, trendy!

IMG_2888It’s the hottest trend all over the world from Europe to California to New York. Painting your ring finger a different color than all the rest. This trend has slowly been taking over the United states the last two years. I have to admit this is the easiest way to put a beautiful twist on your nails, without paying any extra money at the nail salon and also easy enough to do at home for people who are artistically challenged or can’t come up with designs on their own.

IMG_5610This trend has got to be my go to look when I am doing my nails or getting them done. I always love to have a bright color on all my nails and a sparkle on my ring finger. The picture on above are my summer nails (Oh how I miss my tan hands!) and the picture on the left are my Christmas nails. Simple and easy!

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Recently, for winter I got these bad boys done (pictured right). They are black sparkles with neon yellow as the accent nail. At first I didn’t know if I liked them, but now I am obsessed. These nails are edgy and different from what I normally get.

You can also add a twist to this already different look by adding caviar which I talked about in my previous post Caviar please! Or you could also add a little bling. Examples of those two styles are posted below. IMG_2987

The first time I came home from the salon with an accent nail my mother quickly questioned if I was in a gang! She was puzzled when I explained to her it was just another teenage trend. She though the nails meant something negative (remember those ever-popular gel bands in middle-school?).IMG_1864

I asked some of the girls that live on my hall what they thought about this trend. They to had noticed the trend and were interested, “I feel like it shows our generations desire for individuality,” says Adriana Leon. They were eager for me to try it out on them.

The best way to find your favorite color combo is to mix match and try out the colors you think would look good. Remember you can never go wrong with a little sparkle! I want to hear your favorite color combos to help give me more ideas. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading and Happy painting! 🙂