Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sequoia National Park - Water Marble Nail Art

How could I not be inspired by the giant trees of Sequoia National Park?! I mean really, have you seen my post yet? Dont worry HERE it is, enjoy!

For a city girl I have taken a liking to nature (in small doses). I don't know if it was the altitude and lack of oxygen but I found everything to be beautiful and inspiring. While in the park I thought of a few nail designs and this is one of them.

It's a water marble design to imitate a tree trunk. You be the judge and let me know if I came close.

Sequoia National Park - Water Marble Nail Art

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sequoia National Park Day Trip

Wow! Mother Nature creates beauty and Sequoia National Park is defiantly one of the most breathe taking places I have been to!

Over the weekend we headed North to Sequoia, where the largest tree stands and it was amazing! The drive was smooth and relatively quick. From Los Angeles it took about four hours with three stops. 

Arriving at 9AM we were welcomed by park rangers with maps and loads of information. There is a $20 parking/entrance fee that I recently heard went up and honestly it should be more! The amount of work and how clean the park is, makes it worth much more than $20! I promise you that you will never see cleaner public restrooms! Everyone that works in Sequoia truly cares for the park and every visitor. What made the trip even better were all the smiles and friendliness of everyone. 

We only spent the day there but I highly recommend that you allot two maybe three days minimum to see everything. Never the less we were able to see a lot; including the Sherman Tree and Crystal Cave. 

Enjoy my day trip to Sequoia National Park

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Matte RGB Minty - Ana Gabriel - Tu Lo Decidiste

I have a fun and a throwbackish post today. As you know I am bringing back to live a lot of my old nail polishes. I dug through the Helmer and found RGB Minty. If you have been with me for awhile you know I already swatched and reviewed it, this time however I added a matte finish to it. See my nails of the day, Matte RGB Minty below.

Before you skip onto the nails I also have a song for you. Now, I realize that some of you may not speak Spanish but I just have to share this song and a quick story behind it. While running errands over the weekend and driving back from Ventura I decided to listen to some radio, amidst scanning the stations I heard Ana Gabriel. Once I was done singing (in my cat got hit my a car voice) I called my mother and told her about it. That is when she tells me that I was obsessed with Ana Gabriel for awhile in high school... "What?!" was my reaction. Apparently I loved this lady that I had no recollection of! Isn't that nuts?

Anywholicious, now that I have rediscovered Ana Gabriel I would like to share that very song. It's called Tu Lo Decidiste or You Decided It/It Was Your Decision. 

RGB Minty Review - HERE

Ana Gabriel - Tu Lo Decidiste 

 Matte RGB Minty


Monday, December 8, 2014

OPI Nail of the Day: Don't Talk Bach To Me & Did It On 'Em

It's a good day when you find a new color you LOVE and it's a fabulous day when you find two new colors you LOVE!

Both OPI Don't Talk Bach To Me & Did It On 'Em are just perfect. They remind me of lemons and limes and are perfect to brighten up the day! The combination of the two go really well together and just make me smile.

Have you tired either of them or both? Let me know what your thoughts are below!

Don't Talk Bach To Me & Did It On 'Em

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1st and NOTD

Hola mis amores! Oh snap! I just went all Latina on you, haha. I'm teasing! I'm in a flirty mood today, so don't mind me. I tend to get this way around the holiday season, especially December!

Plans for this holiday season? As for myself I would like to say yes as I am a planner, however this year a lot seems to be up in the air and uncertain so I have no idea what major plans are happening yet.

Looking at my nail polish collection I have noticed that I have a lot and the majority of the polishes have only been used once if at all, so I'm bringing some of my older polishes back to life and this is one of them, Essie Armed & Ready.

What are you wearing today? 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

$1 Blog Sale! - Order Before It's Gone!

It's no surprise for my regular readers that I have been lagging a lot on my blog and even more so on my blog sale. It has come to my attention that I must sell all of the extra polishes I have, so... for a limited time I will be running a $1 Blog Sale

Yes, One Dollar Nail Polish. What's even more perfect is the timing! It's right before the holidays and I have loads of polish (all brand new) and other beauty items that need a good home. 

(Click on the above to see what's up for grabs.)

I hope you all take advantage of this $1 Blog Sale and enjoy all of the polishes!

Questions or comments about the sale? Email me directly


Monday, November 24, 2014

Dry Brush Nail Art - Yellow, Red & Brown

Happy Monday my Loves! We are now entering Thanksgiving week and I can already smell those turkeys cookin,' pumpkin pies bakin,' and hear those boys runnin' to play football.

With the holiday right around the corner how will you be celebrating? I will be along side my family enjoying the day and relaxing. It's always good to take a day off and just enjoy the fam.

Although we are mid-Fall it doesn't mean you can't use those bright colors of Summer. Today I am sharing with you a nail art technique that I have seen floating around, dry brush technique and "theme-ing" it up to Fall with a bright yellow!

This is my first go at dry brushing and I hope I did it justice.

Dry Brush Nail Art - Yellow, Red & Brown

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy 10th Birthday Nena!! & NOTD

This very day ten years ago Nena joined our family! It was a perfect day, a day I will never forget, so let me share it with you.

It was raining and it was late at night. I remember finishing all of my homework for the day and waiting for Nena to be dropped off that night. I waited for what seemed hours! Finally I see the headlights of a green van, out steps Nena and the guy (can't remember his name, sorry). He had wrapped her up in towels so she wouldn't be cold and all I could see was the tip of her tiny black nose.

I immediately ran with her to our apartment and called my mom, crying! I couldn't believe we finally had a dog!

See that pink leash? Follow it to the middle of the photo... that's Nena at about 3 months!

November 2014, 10 years old.

That night ten years ago was one of my life's highlights. Today we get to celebrate 10 years of her life on this earth and 10 years of silly quirkiness.

Now normally we celebrate with a pawty and all of Nena's friends but this year I decided to take it to the next level, making this 10th birthday celebration a HUGE milestone. So although we are not celebrating with a pawty we do have plans, big plans, that I know she will love. And, because it is a surprise you will have to wait to see what it is, so stay tuned!

In the mean time, here are my nails of the day and...

Happy Birthday Nena!
I love you!!

Nails of the Day - NOTD


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Simple & Easy Halloween Nail Design

Where has the time gone?! I kid you not when I say that I had a list of mani's to do for this month and the days just flew past me and before I knew it, it was the 29th!

Regardless of time slipping away I was determined to get an October mani up! So here it is, a solid orange with an accent nail with black squigglies.

While I work a litle harder at getting more posts up more often please enjoy this mani and check out Dahlia Loves on FB for past Halloween nail art!

Happy Halloween my Loves!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

San Juan Capistrano Mission - Day Trip Idea

Years ago when I was in grade school I remember going with my class to a mission and the only thing I kind of remember is the garden it had... everything was dead!

I was reading through a magazine and saw these gorgeous photos of a mission, the San Juan Capistrano Mission. I felt so cheated out of the experience the photos were depicting that I just had to go, so I did.

Now what you are about to see are just some of the photos but let me tell you that it is even more gorgeous in person!

-Tons of parking around the mission which includes lots, streets and meters.
-Go to the restroom before entering! The restrooms are partially outside and kind of gross.
-If its hot bring sunscreen, a hat, sunnies, and maybe even an umbrella.

If you are not able to make it to this specific mission, there are loads of them throughout California. I hear the one in Santa Barbara is pretty awesome too!

San Juan Capistrano Mission

Saturday, October 4, 2014

30 Day Squat & Cycling Challenge: Failure Update

Yep, just as it says in the title I failed at completely both challenges. For the Squating Challenge I made it to day 15 and for the Cycling Challenge I made it a little longer to day 22. 

I have to say that I am a little disappointed with myself and perhaps my self-control. Both challenges seemed doable but in combination with my laziness, bike repairs and difficulty of these challenges it just became overwhelming, especially the squatting challenge. The cycling challenge had a very sad and slightly tragic ending. Day 22 I was well on my way to making it to the main street and I lost my balance and fell off my bike, landing on my left arm and hand. In situations like that I feel like it goes in slow motion but still fast, if that makes any sense. Anyway, it must have looked pretty bad because cars stopped and this sexy guy helped me up. Lucky for me (and him, kidding) I landed half on the sidewalk and the other half was grass. I honestly thought I broke something because I heard so much cracking from my shoulder to my fingertips! Never the less that didn't stop me and I kept going making it to 13 miles that day.

Later that night, it was hell! My arm would have super cold or super hot spells and tingling. To me it didn't seem THAT serious sense I didn't see any bruising or blood so I thought it was just the shock of the impact. As I see it, if it didn't kill me, I better keep going. Today its October 4th and I am just now able to move my arm almost fully but my thumb, shoulder and elbow are still sore.

You know! One of the reasons why I stopped ice skating was because of a nasty fall. It was so bad that it looked like I had another knee cap growing under my actual one and my leg was black, purple, blue and all sorts of colors. Between you and I was proud of it. Coming from a home where I never played rough or outside for that matter it was refreshing to see that a fall wouldn't kill me.

Its almost two weeks later and I am not strong enough yet to get back on, but I will later this week. And for those wondering, Nena is ok! Thank God for her trailer! She wasn't affected by the fall AT ALL. I seriously have to review that trailer, it's the best thing ever!

As for my results and conclusion on the challenges. Squating got harder and harder and I didn't get pass the "wall". Cycling I love! Although I didn't complete the 30 days straight I will be back on that bike very soon! It's my indulgence!

For those curious about weight loss and challenges. It works in combination with a good eating habits. I was surprised that I lost a lot of weight and I built a lot of lower body (leg) strength. 

And finally to wrap up the month of September, here are some photos of Nena and her trailer. 

Waring! Waring! Waring!
You are about to see the cutest thing ever!

Follow Nena on Instagram: iamabichon


Sunday, September 21, 2014

30 Day Cycling Challenge! Week 2

30 Day Cycling Challenge! Week 2

This weeks updates...

Day 11 PEOPLE PLEASE SHARE THE ROAD! Nena's trailer was "bumped" by an old lady driver pulling out of a parking lot, then we (me) almost got hit again by another driver pulling into a parking lot. Let it be known that I ONLY ride in Bike Paths and Bike Lanes. To top it off I am overly cautious with headlights, front and back reflectors, taillights AND a neon bike flag. Oh and a bell! How in the world do people not see or hear us coming? Both times I thought this is it... :(

Day 12 Fuck, fuck, fuck! Nena's pet trailer (right) tire blew out! It must have scared the daylights out of my little pookie. Everyone is safe and trailer is going to the shop first thing tomorrow. I think I'm going to build up the courage and ask the sexy bike mechanic to teach me how to change the tire and inner tube because this is the third maybe fourth flat in the last three months of riding and this little hobby is starting to get expensive.

Day 13 The guy at the bike shop taught me how to change the inner tube. Yay! Ride was good but I spent 11 miles thinking of someone...

Day 14 Neighborhood ride

Day 15 10 Miles done in the same time. Really want to push myself to cut my time by another two minutes.

Day 16 Rest Day

Day 17 My bell broke. Must get a new one. 11 miles done!

Day 18 Doctor Appointment & Lazy Day

Day 19 11 miles complete! Some of our friends saw us riding and said hi. Which brings me to share this, if you see us please don't get all papazzi. We've had a couple of people in their cars follow us almost all the way home taking photos. Doing that is very dangerous especially when you are driving and taking pictures.

Day 20 Chill ride around the neighborhood.

The Rundown: This week was eventful to say the least. I didn't get to my 12 mile goal but I got to 11! This coming week I am aiming for a 20 mile ride. Will I make it?

How are you hanging in there?


Monday, September 15, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Anise with Silver Glitter Manicure & Celine Dion!

Happy Monday My Loves!

I'm listening to Celine Dion as I write this post and I almost forgot how much I love her. There was a "phase" where I was overly obsessed with her. I went to all of her California and Nevada tour dates and I swear I nearly passed out when she walked by me! As she was exiting the stage she walked down the aisle where I was and I just froze! Till this day I can't believe I didn't do anything.

On to the mani!

Dolce & Gabbana Anise with Silver Glitter Manicure

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