"Give Me Liberty”
Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope you all had a great one :)
Let’s also never forget those who sacrificed everything so that we can live freely.

"Give Me Liberty”

Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope you all had a great one :)

Let’s also never forget those who sacrificed everything so that we can live freely.

Meet me on Thames Street
I’ll take you out though I’m hardly worth your time
In the cold you look so fierce but I’m warm enough
Because the tension’s like a fire
We’ll hit South Broadway in a matter of minutes
And like a bad movie, I’ll drop a line
Fall in the grave I’ve been digging myself
But there’s room for two
Six feet under the stars.
—“Six Feet Under The Stars” by All Time Low
Here’s the second installation to my song-inspired works :) As a kid, I never listened to a lot of music. Mom listened to Jazz and Dad listened to whatever was on 95.5 in the car. I can still remember the day I discovered this band (which is impressive because I can’t even remember what I did last week, let alone yesterday) . It was in Summer 2008 and I was on MySpace looking on someone’s profile that made layouts and a song started playing. I fell completely in love with the song but I couldn’t figure out what song it was since they hid the music player. I refreshed the page over and over again and listened to the lyrics and typed them into Google and thank God for Google because I would have never been able to find out that the song was “The Beach” by All Time Low. I call them my “gateway band” because they’re the ones who started my love for music and led me to other great bands. It’s crazy to see how much they’ve grown and succeeded. I couldn’t be more proud and I’m excited to see what else they come out with. I know some people don’t like that their sound has changed a bit but I’m okay with it. Change is just part of life and I think that it’s important to support the ones you care about on their way to success because you would want the same :)

Meet me on Thames Street

I’ll take you out though I’m hardly worth your time

In the cold you look so fierce but I’m warm enough

Because the tension’s like a fire

We’ll hit South Broadway in a matter of minutes

And like a bad movie, I’ll drop a line

Fall in the grave I’ve been digging myself

But there’s room for two

Six feet under the stars.

—“Six Feet Under The Stars” by All Time Low

Here’s the second installation to my song-inspired works :) As a kid, I never listened to a lot of music. Mom listened to Jazz and Dad listened to whatever was on 95.5 in the car. I can still remember the day I discovered this band (which is impressive because I can’t even remember what I did last week, let alone yesterday) . It was in Summer 2008 and I was on MySpace looking on someone’s profile that made layouts and a song started playing. I fell completely in love with the song but I couldn’t figure out what song it was since they hid the music player. I refreshed the page over and over again and listened to the lyrics and typed them into Google and thank God for Google because I would have never been able to find out that the song was “The Beach” by All Time Low. I call them my “gateway band” because they’re the ones who started my love for music and led me to other great bands. It’s crazy to see how much they’ve grown and succeeded. I couldn’t be more proud and I’m excited to see what else they come out with. I know some people don’t like that their sound has changed a bit but I’m okay with it. Change is just part of life and I think that it’s important to support the ones you care about on their way to success because you would want the same :)

"Sunrise In Lagos"

After all the traveling I got to do for the past four months, I started to sketch out designs inspired by the different cities I’ve visited. This one was inspired by the beautiful city of Lagos, Portugal. My friend, Danny, walked into our room on Friday morning and asked if we wanted to go to Portugal and that there’s a bus that leaves four hours. We quickly found a hotel online and packed for our weekend and just like that, the basics were taken care of and we were off to our spontaneous adventure. Although, I don’t think any of us have cut anything so close before— we got there as our bus was pulling away and quickly waved the driver down to stop. Thank goodness he did. We were terrified we weren’t going to make it. The next day we did a 3 hour kayak tour in the ocean. It was absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never seen water so beautiful. We also met a dog along the way. He had a collar but no owner was around and the dog followed us around the beach. He was such a sweet dog. After the kayaking tour, the tour guide recommended his family’s restaurant, Restaurante Alkibir, for some traditional Portuguese food. His mother, Sao, was so kind to us and fed us so well. It was super affordable too! I normally don’t enjoy sangria that much but her’s was the best and I couldn’t get enough. The food and sangria waere so good that we went back there for dinner too. Our bus was leaving at 6:30 am the next morning so we went to bed as soon as we got back. We arrived at the bus station before the sun was even up and we were all so tired but once I saw the sunrise over the water, I was in complete awe. Even though our trip was short, I really appreciated how great the trip turned out to be.

Spontaneity can lead to wonderful things :) 

I originally put a shiny top coat on (left) but decided to make it matte (right) instead. The thumb came out a little weird because it was in the sunlight. I used a Ruby Wing color changing polish that I thought would only change the color of the flakies but the clear base turned blue and made the gradient under it look weird.

I can’t believe that my European adventure has finally come to a close. It really feels like I only left the States yesterday. My time abroad has truly been a once in a life time experience and it’s changed me and helped me grow into a better person. The transition back into American culture has been rough to say the least. I feel like I got flung back into society and I’m trying to do so much catching up—kinda like when Captain America gets unfrozen and is trying to catch up with what’s going on in the world. It’s a strange feeling, knowing that you’re in a culture that you grew up in but feeling like a completely isolated alien. Anyways, enough of the emotional mumbo jumbo. At least I made it back in time to see the Stages & Stereos concert. I had a great time even though the jet lag hit me before it was time for them to perform. Nothing that a Red Bull didn’t fix. There was a really long line up, six bands played. And as usual, Stages & Stereos killed it. If they’re coming to a town near you, go check ‘em out! They’re all really nice guys and they make stellar music.

5/15/14


"Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out"
This week was my Spring break and my friends and I went on a Bus2Alps Amalfi Coast tour that was 4 days, 3 nights that we got for half off. On the first day, we went to the islands of Capri and Ana Capri. It was a beautiful day and when we got to Ana Capri, we took a chair lift up to Monte Solaro. I’m scared of heights so as we got closer to the top, I got really nervous. But I’m glad I took the trip up! The view was breathtaking. On the second day, we were supposed to go cliff jumping in Positano but it was raining so we were basically left there for four hours looking for something to do. The island was gorgeous but I wish they had a backup plan of things for us to do. On the third day, we went to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. I’ve always wanted to go to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius ever since I read The Magic Treehouse series when I was a kid. Pompeii was amazing and I learned a lot about it on our tour. They were actually a very advanced city—one of the first (if not the first) to discover antibiotics and anesthesia. I expected preserved bodies to be scatter throughout the ruins but they are all kept in locked areas or in glass cases. Apparently, when archaeologists would uncover bones, they would disintegrate when it came into contact with air. This one archaeologist came up with the idea to fill the hollowed body encasements with plaster and thus you have a replica of what the person inside of it looked like. How cool is that? We also climbed up Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano left in Europe. I’m not gonna lie, it was a little tough for me. We’d been walking a lot the past few days and my legs were sore and the incline was killing my calves. But I’m glad I was able to make it to the top for another stunning view. We finished off our last day in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. I was skeptical of how good the pizza actually is because there was so much hype about it. Boy was I wrong to doubt the absolute deliciousness of their pizza. Everything tasted so fresh and I loved it so much that I ordered myself another one. I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity to see more parts of Italy. I hope one day I can return.
4/18/14

"Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out"

This week was my Spring break and my friends and I went on a Bus2Alps Amalfi Coast tour that was 4 days, 3 nights that we got for half off. On the first day, we went to the islands of Capri and Ana Capri. It was a beautiful day and when we got to Ana Capri, we took a chair lift up to Monte Solaro. I’m scared of heights so as we got closer to the top, I got really nervous. But I’m glad I took the trip up! The view was breathtaking. On the second day, we were supposed to go cliff jumping in Positano but it was raining so we were basically left there for four hours looking for something to do. The island was gorgeous but I wish they had a backup plan of things for us to do. On the third day, we went to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. I’ve always wanted to go to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius ever since I read The Magic Treehouse series when I was a kid. Pompeii was amazing and I learned a lot about it on our tour. They were actually a very advanced city—one of the first (if not the first) to discover antibiotics and anesthesia. I expected preserved bodies to be scatter throughout the ruins but they are all kept in locked areas or in glass cases. Apparently, when archaeologists would uncover bones, they would disintegrate when it came into contact with air. This one archaeologist came up with the idea to fill the hollowed body encasements with plaster and thus you have a replica of what the person inside of it looked like. How cool is that? We also climbed up Mount Vesuvius, the only active volcano left in Europe. I’m not gonna lie, it was a little tough for me. We’d been walking a lot the past few days and my legs were sore and the incline was killing my calves. But I’m glad I was able to make it to the top for another stunning view. We finished off our last day in Naples, the birthplace of pizza. I was skeptical of how good the pizza actually is because there was so much hype about it. Boy was I wrong to doubt the absolute deliciousness of their pizza. Everything tasted so fresh and I loved it so much that I ordered myself another one. I’m so thankful to have had this opportunity to see more parts of Italy. I hope one day I can return.

4/18/14

"Free Spirit"

I was feeling something colorful this week after seeing Antoni Gaudí’s works in Barcelona. He has become my favorite architect, hands-down.The weather in Seville has also put me in an amazing mood. I can’t believe I only have a week left here! Seville is definitely underrated. I hope I get the chance to come back one day. Off to Paris for the next part of my study abroad rotation.

3/16/14

 

"Velvet Rose"

I did these a few weeks ago before I had went on a weekend trip to Morocco through Discover Excursions. Morocco was amazing. Definitely a different vibe from anywhere else I’ve been. It is still a developing country and being there definitely makes you feel grateful for everything that you have. My favorite thing to do was to haggle in the marketplaces. It was like a game. I walked away with some great deals. I also got henna while I was there. I would have liked it better if they left out the leaves on my fingers but that’s okay. We went to two different cities: Chefchaouen and Asilah. Chefchaouen is the city between the two “horns” (the Rif Mountains) and Asilah is a city that has an annual art festival that lasts for two weeks and the best paintings get to stay on the walls. One day, I’d like to go a little deeper into Morocco—Marrakesh to be exact.

"Whoopsie Daisy"

These were inspired by the wahnails daisy chain design (theirs are much nicer but I still kinda like how mine turned out). I went to Plaza de Espana last week and I think it’s so cool that they have artwork that represents every city in Spain. I thought the ceramic was too pretty not to use as a background!

2/25/14

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Products used:

  • Save The Nail “Eau So Hydrated” Base Coat
  • Milani High Speed Dry Fast nail polish in “Black Swift”
  • Debby nail polish in White
  • Orly nail polish in “Gold Flake Top Coat”
  • H.K. Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat

I went to Venice, Italy a few weeks ago and it was absolutely breathtaking. I think it’s so cool that they don’t have any cars. Even the ambulance and police vehicles were boats! I wish I was able to go during Carnevale but I couldn’t because it was the weekend before finals. I’m currently in the next rotation of my program which is Seville, Spain. It was really sad leaving Rome but I’m excited to go back to Italy for Spring break. At least here in Spain I can communicate with people and understand what they’re saying to me.

Anyways, in Venice I saw this graffiti heart on a wall and since Valentine’s Day was coming up, I decided to try my hand at a mix and match mani. It’s not as easy as I thought it was to figure out what I wanted on each nail but I’m happy with the result. Valentine’s Day was GAL-entine’s Day for me and my friends. We went to the Trevi Fountain at 1 a.m. and witnessed two engagements. It was seriously like couple-central there but I’m glad I got to spend it with good company.

2/14/14

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Products used:

  • Save The Nail “Eau So Hydrated” Base Coat
  • debby nail polish in white
  • IsaDora Sugar Crush nail polish in “Gold Crush”
  • IsaDora nail polish in “Glistening Snow”
  • Essie nail polish in “Eternal Optimist”
  • Essie nail polish in “Play Date”
  • Essie nail polish in “First Timer”
  • Essie nail polish in “Knockout Pout”
  • Milani nail polish in “Black Swift”
  • MODI Glam Nails nail polish in “68 RidingHood”
  • Orly nail polish in “Gold Flake Top Coat”
  • H.K. Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat

One of the things I was really looking forward to when I arrived in Rome was to find a place that sells Isadora nail polishes because I’ve seen swatches on Instagram and I love their textured nail polishes. I emailed the company asking for a list of place that sell it in Rome and I put a day aside to search for them. Unfortunately, many of the pharmacies that were supposed to have it, did not. This was literally a whole day job. I eventually found it in the pharmacy in Termini Station and was about to go crazy and buy 7 polishes but the lady told how much I owed and my jaw hit the ground. I was only able to afford 3 so I tried to pick the ones I would least likely be able to find dupes of. This mani was made using the Butter London Fire Duo that my wonderful friend, Linda, got me for Christmas. I love that the gold flakies almost look like gold leaf. On my accent nail is one of the IsaDora Sugar Crush polishes I got. It’s so beautiful.

My university got us tickets to attend the Papal audience and we got to see Pope Francis. It was such a surreal experience—I’m really glad I got to go. It was cool listening to what he said in a bunch of different languages.

1/29/14

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Products used:

  • Save The Nail “Eau So Hydrated” Base Coat
  • Butter London nail polish in “Rebel Fox”
  • Butter London nail polish in “Brass Monkey”
  • Isadora Sugar Crush nail polish in “Gold Crush”
  • H.K. Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat

When I first arrived in Rome, I got so lost trying to find places. I’ve only taken Spanish in school and it’s definitely not as close to Italian as I thought it was because when I said una secadora hair dryer) the lady at the super market looked at me funny. The language barrier was definitely tough but I’m slowly picking up more words and I have a much better sense of direction of the city. One day when I was lost, I walked by a Kiko and stopped in to see their nail polishes. I picked up this bright minty color but it came out a little more turquoise on my nails. I was fresh out of ideas so these nails were inspired by preciouspolish:

 
Also, one of my favorite places to visit in Rome besides the Trevi Fountain is the Roman Forum. It’s literally walking through a piece of history. If you ever come to Rome and visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum is right across the street and shouldn’t be skipped ;)
 
1/13/14
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Products used:
  • Save The Nail “Eau So Hydrated Base Coat
  • Kiko nail polish in 389
  • Essie nail polish in “Play Date”
  • Essie nail polish in “Bikini So Teeny”
  • Milani nail polish in “Black Swift”
  • HK Girl Glisten & Glow Top Coat

Congratulations to the boys of You Me At Six for reaching #1 album on the UK charts! Cavalier Youth is a great album :) Check it out if you haven’t already!

I kinda suck at painting human figures but practice makes perfect, right?

2/6/14