Saturday, August 27, 2016

Family Fun Day!

Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday!  Today is my mom's birthday so we'll be getting together later to have some dinner and play some games.  It's a bit challenging celebrating my mom's birthday because on my mom's 18th birthday her mother died.  I never met my Grandma Shaw but I know she was deeply loved by my mother and her death especially on her birthday was a crushing blow.

My mom's sister, Lynette, or as we love to call her Aunt Net, came down from Menomonee Falls last night and is spending the weekend with her.  Trust me when these two gals get together there is a lot of jaw jacking and definitely some fun times.  

Before the get together I'm going over to my sister's house and we are doing a DIY spa day along with my niece.  These are the times I love!  My family hardly ever asks me to do their nails but today we are doing pedi's for sure and maybe even a mani will get snuck in.

I've been kind of lacking in the nail art department lately.  Not really sure why.  I never not have my nails painted but sometimes I don't have any art on them or sometimes I have the same art on them for almost a week *GASP* 

I have been very dedicated to losing weight so I am walking quite a bit these days and that walking may just get in the way of me wanting to sit down and paint my nails and then do some stamping.  I'm also reading a lot more than I used to which makes me INSANELY happy but it seems like more and more little things are taking over my nail art life.  I'm hoping to find that perfect balance out there that's for sure!

This is a mani I did the other day because I just needed something fun and quick.  Gradient stamping always seems to do the trick when you want something that looks like it was complex when really it isn't

My base is the pretty Pahlish Divination from the Bespoke line, I am a huge of pastel polishes with the chrome flakies in them.  I wish someone would do them in every single pastel color imaginable!
I did some gradient stamping with Mundo de Unas Pastel Blue, Holland Blue and Purple with FUN 15
I like doing just a couple of accent nails over a non cream base so you can see both the art and then the beauty of the base color on it's own
And I'm not going to lie it's quicker so then I have more time to walk and read LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Hi Everyone

Today is the 39th anniversary of Elvis' death.  If you've been reading my blog for the past few years you know I am a HUGE Elvis fan.  I have been since I was 7 years old.  I never thought that at 14 years of age my only dream of seeing him in concert would be forever dimmed but my dream died on August 16, 1977

People I went to grade school and high school with will still come up to me and ask me if I still like Elvis--and of course I tell them yes.  Once you become and Elvis fan you are a fan for life.

Here's my in memory mani for this August 16, 2016
I truly love Elvis.  I could listen to him 24/7 until the day I die
The one and only King of Rock & Roll
Gone way too soon, but his music lives on!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Missing In Action!

Hi Everyone!  Looks like I've been missing in action for a bit.  July and August are some pretty depressing months for me having lost my sister in July and my dad in August so I tend to do the whole bury my head in the sand in the summer.  It's kind of odd how when you're sad you just don't feel like doing anything at all.  I always read.  Read, read, read and read actually but getting some art on my nails not so much.

So let me fill you in on what's been going on the past few weeks.  Well I am not officially addicted to the Fitbit!  Yes it's true!  I can't believe that when I first started walking I couldn't even go 2000 steps a day.  When I first started I actually could not walk a lot every day because I was just too worn out.  Now I am regularly walking at least 10000 steps a day and I've even made it to 15000 a couple of times.  My "off" days are not less then 10000.  And it really is showing.  I am down 39lbs and can't believe how much better I feel.  More energy and less pain in my back and joints.

I spent the day with my mom on July 15th--the day my beautiful sister, Lisa, died.  We had a really nice day sharing Lisa memories, going to lunch and then going to see Ghost Busters on the big screen.  Yep I ate a bucket of popcorn but instead of eating a lot of really bad for me food that day all I ate was the popcorn.  As always it was delicious.  Mom and I both thought the movie was great.  To all the naysayers out there the women only cast reboot was funny and fabulous.

This year's work outing was going to see the Kenosha Kingfisher's baseball team.  I sort of felt bad because almost all my coworkers had to drive up from Illinois but for me the baseball diamond is two blocks away LOL. I work a cute top and jeans--YES my mom bought me a cute pair of jean capris when we were together so I wore them to the game--and did this dry brush stroke mani to match the top.

When I first did this I thought I sucked!
But after I got the top on I couldn't believe how close all the colors were LOL
I like the dry brush stroke method because you can get a really unique look without a lot of effort
I should have had the forethought to take pics of this mani with the top but NOPE not smart enough to do that LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by--I hope you all have a fantastic day!