23 Jan 2012

Not splitting, but splatting nails

I keep seeing these really cool nail designs, called splatter nails, and even though I haven't been doing much nail art lately I wanted to have a go. Since I pretty much knew I would make a huge mess and not be satisfied I made them with some cheaper nail polishes. Turned out quite funky though.

Base colour is L.A. Colors Color Craze in Tahiti Sunrise. The splatter is made with three small H&M polishes that may or may not have come in some set, they are called Dazzling Jade, Yellow and Purple.

My nails were already painted when I started so didn't have to do the base now. Then what I did was pour out a small amount of polish on a paper plate. Then I took a slim plastic drinking straw and put it over one of the nails and blew in the other end (obviously not the end with the polish!) of the straw. Did this with one colour on each nail and then waited a while for it to dry a bit. After that I repeated the same thing with the two other colours. Finished everything with a top coat.

After that... I had to clean up a huge mess on my fingers. Next time I might put some tape around the nails to cover and protect the skin and cuticles at least to some extent.


18 Jan 2012

"I know there’s no need for me to panic"

Hello, how cool can you get? I mean look at her. She makes me want to quit my hair growing project (that isn't going well at all, my hair looks horrible at the moment) and just cut it again and dye it blonde again (I'm a boring brunette now). And she's Scottish!

I am talking about the lovely Emeli Sandé. I heard about her a while ago but now it seems she has exploded in popularity. And no wonder. I saw the video for her newest single today. At least I think it's her new single, I can't check because of the Wikipedia black out for 24 h in protest against SOPA and PIPA (two abbreviations that are words in Swedish btw, sounds a bit funny). There are probably other pages with this information, but I am too lazy to check.

The song is called Next To Me. It always makes me happy to find a new song that speaks to me and makes me happy. This is definitely one of those songs.

I know there’s no need for me to panic
Cause I’ll find him, I’ll find him next to me



17 Jan 2012

The slow awakening of (P)interesting inspirations

The blog was a bit tired. So the blog slept a bit. A long bit. Half a year bit. Now the blog hits the snooze button. At least once. But like its owner often does in the mornings, it will probably hit the snooze button again and again for quite a few times before maybe finally waking up, or then (which is far more likely) fall asleep again.

What woke up the blog and (probably more importantly) me was the new(ish?) website Pinterest. I have been aware of it for a while, but thought that since I don't seem to have the time nor the inspiration to write any blog posts or spend much time socializing on the internet, I should probably just stay away from it. But then yesterday I had a closer look and was hooked. Since I only started using it last night there is not much to see on my page yet, but hopefully soon.

In case you are now wondering what I am talking about here is what they say themselves about the site:

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard.
Pinterest allows you to organize and share
all the beautiful things you find on the web.
You can browse pinboards created by other people
to discover new things and
get inspiration from people who share your interests.
source: Pinterest Help

At the moment there has been talk about redecorating the home. Apparently someone else might be moving in (shh! quiet... it's not "official" yet and no, it's not another cat this time, although this one is somewhat hairy too) and it'd be nice to have a home that isn't just "my" home, but "our" home. I see Pinterest being a great tool to help out a bit with this project. A way of collecting and storing ideas and inspirations in one place. And last night I noticed it will work as a great "shopping list" too. Not to mention for travel, nail, style, hair, photography, baking... ideas and inspirations. One minor problem will be to find the time and money to make reality of these inspirations, but I can at least start by dreaming and then something will eventually become reality I'm sure.



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