A new dawn, a new day, a new blog

17 Jan

I’m channeling Jennifer Hudson over here. Anywho, I’ve gotten a new blog which is (mostly) up and running at this point. You can go check it out at www.swankyluv.com. I’ll be moving old posts gradually along with posting new content, so head over and check it out!

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Switching to Blogger

29 Nov

I’m seriously considering switching to Blogger. The fact that I can’t have ads on WordPress is really affecting my decision. I need 25,000 views a day to put ads on my blog? LAME. I guess I’ll have to think about it.

Edit: Of course, after I write this, WordPress announces WordAds, but that required a custom domain… still not sure…

Konad Nail Art

18 Nov

The other day I mentioned that I wanted a Konad nail art system, and these videos are why. All I know about it is from YouTube videos, but what I’m seeing makes me want it.

Onto the videos.

Most of the Konad plates, from what I’ve seen, are cute like this princess bow. I also really like rhinestones.

I’m a big fan of lace, so this lace and rose design is perfect.

“Street style”

Zombie girl

Rainbow houndstooth.

Random Product Love

18 Nov

I’ve been coming across some pretty cool stuff lately, none of which I own, but all of which I thought I’d share. So, without further ado, enjoy some random product love.

1. American Apparel interlock running shorts

2. Plasticland Magic Wand Salt and Pepper Shakers

3. Zgallerie Paquet Pilar Holder

4. Serena Antique Mercury Glass Candle Holders

5. Pottery Barn Basilica Pillar Candles

What do you want to buy? Or have people buy for you?

Top 5 reasons why I love the holiday season

16 Nov

Despite family drama and being frantic for a full month, a few things still manage to make the holiday season (Thanksgiving to Christmas worthwhile, and this week, a few of them have come into my life. Some of these may sound selfish, but these things really are my reasons for liking the holidays.

5. Cordial cherries

These are, quite possibly, my favorite candy. They have to be Queen Anne, though, because Zachary has this weird too sweet, chemical taste that I don’t really enjoy. And the chocolate isn’t that good. I know because I just finished a box.

I grew up on Queen Anne, and I did have some home made ones once, but I’m sort of dedicated.

4. Free stuff

Everybody loves presents. If you say you don’t, you’re lying. Christmas presents are the obvious reasoning here, but also, the 22nd of December is Chris and my anniversary (3 years!) so that comes with presents and a really great, fun day. But it’s not just about gifts. I love going to the mall and enjoying the decorations (especially the Somerset Collection), or driving around the neighborhoods and looking at Christmas lights. There’s something beautiful about the lights twinkling in the dark, or the guy down the street playing Christmas music timed with his lights.

Not only are free gifts awesome, but free entertainment and the beauty of the season are great reasons as well.

3. Black Friday

Do I really need to explain this one? It’s become a tradition for us to look at Black Friday adsĀ  after dinner (and clean up) and set our schedule for the next day. I might be going out really early on my own this year because I’m looking for a laptop, and my future sister-in-law likes to make us late (I’m still bitter that I didn’t get those boots two years ago) but it’s still an awesome tradition to spread out all of the ads. I’ve gotten some great deals during Black Friday (a $75 jewelery box for $30, a $30 socket set for $15) so I’m hoping this year might work out well for me.

2. Marshalls/TJMaxx/Tuesday Morning

I like to give unique gifts, so when I’m Christmas shopping, I usually go to Marshall’s, TJMaxx, or Tuesday morning. I know they’re going to have something unique at a super low price (like a $7 jar of asparagus pasta sauce and some handmade pasta) and I can usually find something that people like. Also, I’m cheap.

1. Great food

The most important thing about the holidays is probably the food. Honestly. When you think back 10 years ago to Christmas, are you thinking about the presents? What happened with your family? No, you’re thinking about how good that ham was. Or how moist the turkey was at Thanksgiving. Or you remember how good grandma was at making jello salad.

My family dinner at thanksgiving has to have two staples or it’s not thanksgiving – green jello salad, and green bean casserole. I could eat green bean casserole all day every day, but jello salad is reserved for the holiday season ONLY! It’s that little bit of desert that makes it to your first plate of food, and everyone in my family fights over it (my mom makes two sometimes – one for the day of, and one to eat with leftovers the next day). It’s all marshmallow and jello and cream cheese and cherries. Oh man, I’m drooling just thinking of it right now.

Christmas dinner is a little different. At thanksgiving, my mom and I make pasta noodles, and we have home made chicken noodle soup (along with nutmeg arguments every year), sloppy joes, and more green jello. There’s always shrimp cocktail, kolacki (we’re Czech), and meringues to use up the excess egg whites from the kolacki. I’m getting hungry and excited just thinking about it. Christmas at my dad’s is always different, but there’s usually ham, turkey, and some Italian favorites. My favorite tradition, part food, part just awesome, is going to the MGM after we leave my dad’s. They eat dinner at 3 or 4 on Christmas, so by the time we leave, we’re hungry so we go gamble, drink, and eat. My brothers and I started the tradition 2 years ago, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to stick because it’s one of the best ones yet.

New Years always has bean soup and herring, for luck.

What are your favorite holiday traditions? What are your favorite foods to eat at Christmas? Will you be going to the casino this year on Christmas because it’s an awesome idea?

More (fantastical) nail art

15 Nov

After my last post, I discovered a ton more nail art videos. Some of them are far from simple, but like I said, I really LOVE nail art! I obviously need to expand my nail polish collection so I can do some of these (like the Phineas and Ferb ones!!) but for now I guess I can just drool and start a list.

These Powerpuff Girls nails from I Have A Cupcake are a total throwback to my childhood and I love them! They’re super detailed (like most of the nails on this list), but the artist opened my eyes to using acrylic paints instead of polish. I know there’s a lot more colors, and they’re definitely a lot cheaper.

These soda nails actually started my obsession with nail art. They’re the logos from a number of large sodas, and they’re intricate and well done. I wish I had the patience to try them! Maybe I’ll do one.

Water marble is one of my favorite designs, albeit very tedious, and this video has a great technique. I read up on it the first time I did it, and if you don’t want to use tape, putting chap stick on the skin around your nails (and all the way up your fingers) is my preferred method over the tape method. I would definitely suggest looking at a bunch of videos like this one, and this one, and really anything in the “water marble” search results on YouTube. Especially this playlist.

These might be some of the most creative nails I’ve seen. I love it when all of the nails relate to one another, so theseĀ  Pikachu nails might be happening on my fingers soon.

I found these Phineas and Ferb (Perry!) nails while looking at the penguin nails from my last post. Perry was on her thumb and shown in the video, and I’m really excited to do them when I get the colors. I love Perry!

What are you favorite nail designs? Do you love Perry too? Go watch Phineas and Ferb.

Nail Art

14 Nov

One of my favorite things to do when I get bored is my nails. I love to do little, mini art that a ton of people see and compliment. Yes, I’m fishing. So, when I’m not cooking or napping or doing homework, I’m either looking for new ways to do my nails, or doing my nails!

I would absolutely love a Konad for some AWESOME designs, but since I don’t have one, I’m going to feature some videos that I’d love to try (or have tried!) that I think look cool.

This one is a splatter design that I hope to try soon. I did something similar two years ago, but I just dotted the nails and did some drip and pull type stuff. I like this more-random look. Plus it looks a lot easier than what I did!

This one is just epic. I have a brush now, so it’s theoretically possible to do, but my nails aren’t long enough, and it’s super intimidating. Hopefully sometime though!

These are just cute. I’m a big fan of penguins, and I think they’d go really well for a winter look. I’d totally do blue nails with white snowflakes and these cuties on the index fingers. CUTE!

I just found this one and fell in love. It’s cute and simple, and if I didn’t just do my nails, I’d try it.

This is what’s on my nails right now. I always loved Lisa Frank when I was little, but plain and non-licensed notebooks and folders were cheaper so I never got any LF. I actually still like like it, but can’t justify buying any. I guess my nails will have to do until I have a daughter to spoil. Or a niece. Which will be hopefully soon, because my best friend just found out she’s pregnant and I’m really hoping it’s a girl (so sick of my friends having boys!)

Do you like nail art as much as I do? How do you feel about Lisa Frank? Do you think it’s going to be a boy or a girl?