I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving & a successful Black Friday. I did some online shopping on Black Friday but my favorite part of that day was going to a This Century concert with Nick Santino and a bunch of other great bands like Six Stories Told. I had so much fun and I can definitely say it was my favorite/the most comfortable concert that I’ve gone to this year. The venue was small, so no matter where you stood you were still really close to the band, which also meant that I didn’t have to wait in line for hours just to get a good spot. I also loved that I wasn’t getting shoved around and I actually had some breathing space. 

The first band that played was Six Stories Told and they were really good for such a young band. I knew they were all under 21 because they had their hands marked by security. Joanna definitely has some awesome dance moves haha. I can’t remember the name of the second band that came out but I’m 99% sure that they didn’t mention their name. But they were good as well. Nick Santino & The Northern Winds came out next and to my surprise, there was no band! The Northern Winds is a metaphorical concept. I loved the idea behind it though. The last time I saw Nick preform was at the 8123 Tour when A Rocket To The Moon was still together. He sang songs that I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to before and he’d occasionally stop because he forgot the lyrics. He filled in that time chatting with the crowd though. He’s a funny guy. After Nick was This Century. They’re performance was stellar. My favorite moment of all the concerts I’ve gone to happened when Joel said to the crowd, “I wanna talk for a little bit. Is that okay with you guys?” and I nodded and smiled and he winked at me. I mean it could have been in my general direction but I was making eye contact so I’ll just keep telling myself it was at me haha. He told some cheesy jokes (the best kind) like “Why did the hipster burn his tongue? Because he ate pizza before it was cool!” Good one, right? Ahaha. I also got to meet Joel and Sean after the show and they’re both so nice. It was the first time I didn’t feel awkward talking to band members and worrying about what I was going to say—it was great. When I went up to Joel and showed him my nails he said they were cool and asked to take a picture of them. He was wondering why it wasn’t working and then he realized he was taking a video. We had a good laugh and I complimented him on what a great show they put on and he asked if I had fun. It was really such a great night and Joel & Sean made me (and I’m sure many others) feel like friends. There were so many concerts that I’ve gone to feeling like I was overlooked while other people seemed to have these great conversations with band members that always made me question if there was something that people didn’t like about me. I really can’t wait until they come back to NYC. I’m studying abroad next semester so maybe if I’m lucky, they’ll have a tour overseas :)

"Peacock at Real Alcázar”

These were inspired by the peacocks that can be found at the Real Alcázar in Seville, Spain. All the colors used were from Cirque Colors. Cirque makes beautifully pigmented holo polishes and when you top them with matte top coat, they give off this foil effect! The technique I used was from chalkboardnails. It’s really simple, you just wipe off basically all of the polish on the brush and then drag it across in random areas. 

The Cirque polishes I used were Pop!, Panacea, and Cerrillos & you can pick some up at www.cirquecolors.com  if you like them!

Also some exciting news! Cirque was looking for interns for this semester and after my interview, I was told that I was accepted! Annie Pham, the company’s founder, was so nice and I learned so much about the business during just the interview alone. I can only imagine how much more I’m going to learn when I start. I’m very thankful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to share what we work on with you guys :)

Have a wonderful day everyone! 

Phew has it been a while! I’ve been so busy these past few weeks. I’ve had two regattas the past two weekends and I’ve had such little time that I even cut my nails down short so I wouldn’t have to worry about them during training and work. Anyways, it feels great to be back! These nails were inspired by the ipsy June glam bag by Rebecca Minkoff. Of all the bags, this one is my favorite! I got a little lazy doing the right hand so I just painted on a bunch of diffrent hues of blue and green and smooshed it around with a brush. I hope ya’ll like them as much as I do!

Also, I went to Smorgasburg for the first time this weekend. I walked out happily with a food coma and a nice vintage dress ;)

"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