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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

"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

Rainbow Honey Haul & Swatches

I finally bought some indie nail polish from rainbowhoney! I originally wanted one of the duos months ago but my order had to be cancelled because it was out of stock at the time. Today, I’m showing two duos: “20% Cooler + The Element of Magic” and “Pinkie Promise + The Worst Possible Thing” .  

The packaging is very nice. I like that it has a clean look but the bold coloring of what’s supposed to be the nail polish color draws attention. I like the labeling too. One thing I was a little disappointed with though, was that the color on the outside packaging didn’t quite match what the nail polish looked like in real life. Afterall, it was the outside packaging that drew me in the first place. BUT these colors are still beautiful.

First up, Pinkie Promise(top left). It’s  a light pink polish with a slight gold shimmer when in the light. It has multicolored hex and tinsel glitter and it looks like a party on your nails! Seriously, I could not stop staring at my nails during class. The formula is a little bit thick but it helps with the application. Opaque in two coats.

Element of Magic  (top right) is a slightly more sheer polish. It has a bit of iridescence to it and it has quite a few shades of glitter. Truthfully, I would have liked it to be a little more opaque but I was able to get full coverage in three coats. I layered it over a blue polish (pointer finger) and a iridescent purple (ring finger). Personally, my favorite way to wear this was over the purple polish,

20% Cooler  (lower left) is a sheer, light blue polish with tons of rainbow colored glitter. It looked beautiful in the packaging but I was a little sad that it wasn’t an opaque shade. It really is just my personal preference though, I just am not a big fan of sheer polishes. I was able to get full coverage in 4 coats. I also layered it over the same blue polish (middle and pinkie fingers) that I used under Element of Magic.

Last but not least, The Worst Possible Thing (lower right), which was the whole reason for ordering in the first place. It looked SO gorgeous on the packaging and I absolutely had to have it. It’s like a glitter topper with a sheer base. It’s full of different types of blues and purples, mostly pastels, which is why I love it so much. I decided to make a manicure out of this one because I loved it so much. I tried it under black and white but I personally think you can see the glitter better when it’s over black. I also tried to see how many layers it took to get it opaque on my thumb nail. I had to try—the color was just so beautiful! I was able to get it opaque at 6 layers. A lot, I know, but it was really worth it. This is hands down one of my favorite polishes I own. Definitely not the worst possible thing ;)

Remember how I wished everyone a happy new year full of new adventures? Well, I’m about to embark on one of my biggest adventures. I always loved traveling and I never minded dropping everything just to do so. I thought leaving home for a semester would be easy, but it’s harder than I expected. The longest I’ve been away from home and my family & friends was three weeks. I’m leaving for four months this time! There was definitely a lot of anxiety as the days until my departure creeped closer and closer. Over the past few years, my grandma and I have became really close; we’re best friends. I feel sad leaving her for such a long time but I’ve been reminding myself that God has provided me with everything I need: a fully functional body, loving family and friends, a wonderful home-aid for my grandmother, and a new chance to start fresh every day. So yeah, there has been plenty of anxiety but I can definitely say there is so much excitement to start this adventure and start seeing more of the world. I hope that everyone else gets to go on their own adventures, even if it may seem a little bit scary sometimes :)
These nails were inspired by the three cities I’ll be visiting: Rome, Seville, and Paris. (Inspired by images found on Google. They’re supposed to be the Colosseum, a tourist attraction in Spain (not sure which one yet), and the Eiffel Tower. Surprisingly, the lady who was doing my pedicure recognized that the middle design was in Seville. Nobody else knew haha.  
Ciao :*
1/13/14

Remember how I wished everyone a happy new year full of new adventures? Well, I’m about to embark on one of my biggest adventures. I always loved traveling and I never minded dropping everything just to do so. I thought leaving home for a semester would be easy, but it’s harder than I expected. The longest I’ve been away from home and my family & friends was three weeks. I’m leaving for four months this time! There was definitely a lot of anxiety as the days until my departure creeped closer and closer. Over the past few years, my grandma and I have became really close; we’re best friends. I feel sad leaving her for such a long time but I’ve been reminding myself that God has provided me with everything I need: a fully functional body, loving family and friends, a wonderful home-aid for my grandmother, and a new chance to start fresh every day. So yeah, there has been plenty of anxiety but I can definitely say there is so much excitement to start this adventure and start seeing more of the world. I hope that everyone else gets to go on their own adventures, even if it may seem a little bit scary sometimes :)

These nails were inspired by the three cities I’ll be visiting: Rome, Seville, and Paris. (Inspired by images found on Google. They’re supposed to be the Colosseum, a tourist attraction in Spain (not sure which one yet), and the Eiffel Tower. Surprisingly, the lady who was doing my pedicure recognized that the middle design was in Seville. Nobody else knew haha.

Ciao :*

1/13/14

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! I can’t believe 2014 is literally right around the corner. I always get excited to start a new year but sad that this one is ending. I’ll be leaving to study abroad in Europe next semester. That’s another thing that’s exhilarating yet frightening. Five months is a long time to be gone; so much can happen, but at the same time, I know that time will fly when I’m over there. 
Anyways, I finally got around to doing District 2 nails for my Hunger Games inspired series. District 2 is known for masonry (stonework) so I did a marble inspired mani. cutepolish has a good tutorial on YouTube on marble stone nails. The most tricky part for this was finding the right alcohol-based liquid to spray the polish with. I tried hair spray but it didn’t make the right sized netting that I wanted. I tried my brother’s Axe body spray and cologne too. The house was very uh…fragrant…after my experiment was over. Haha. I’ve also been experimenting with different nail shapes and I’m loving the talon shape, but not too pointy. What do you guys think? 
I’m not sure how much nail art I can post while I’m away but I’m going to try to have some designs I’ve already done on the backburner but I won’t have a whole lot done before I leave. I’m limited to the number of polishes I can bring with me but I’m 100% sure I will find new brands and colors overseas ;) I hope everyone has a stellar New Year! May it be a happy & healthy one filled with new adventures! 
xoxo,
Nat
12/31/13
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Products used:
Essie Protein Base Coat
Essie nail polish in “Blanc”
Sonia Kashuk nail polish in “Smoke and Mirrors”
L’Oreal nail polish in “The Queen’s Ambition”
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Happy New Year’s Eve everybody! I can’t believe 2014 is literally right around the corner. I always get excited to start a new year but sad that this one is ending. I’ll be leaving to study abroad in Europe next semester. That’s another thing that’s exhilarating yet frightening. Five months is a long time to be gone; so much can happen, but at the same time, I know that time will fly when I’m over there. 

Anyways, I finally got around to doing District 2 nails for my Hunger Games inspired series. District 2 is known for masonry (stonework) so I did a marble inspired mani. cutepolish has a good tutorial on YouTube on marble stone nails. The most tricky part for this was finding the right alcohol-based liquid to spray the polish with. I tried hair spray but it didn’t make the right sized netting that I wanted. I tried my brother’s Axe body spray and cologne too. The house was very uh…fragrant…after my experiment was over. Haha. I’ve also been experimenting with different nail shapes and I’m loving the talon shape, but not too pointy. What do you guys think? 

I’m not sure how much nail art I can post while I’m away but I’m going to try to have some designs I’ve already done on the backburner but I won’t have a whole lot done before I leave. I’m limited to the number of polishes I can bring with me but I’m 100% sure I will find new brands and colors overseas ;) I hope everyone has a stellar New Year! May it be a happy & healthy one filled with new adventures! 

xoxo,

Nat

12/31/13

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Products used:

  • Essie Protein Base Coat
  • Essie nail polish in “Blanc”
  • Sonia Kashuk nail polish in “Smoke and Mirrors”
  • L’Oreal nail polish in “The Queen’s Ambition”
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat