Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Introducing... the Plie Wand from Julep!

I'm a Julep Maven, which is a nail polish subscription. I first heard about it on the College Prepster's blog and have been hooked ever since. So when they revealed a new tool that is supposed to make polishing your nails easier, I was intrigued.

I originally wasn't interested in Crowdfunding, but on the very last day, I bit the bullet and went for it! I paid $20 to ensure I would get the new Plie Wand in my May Maven Box. You can read more about the wand here.

So guess what came in the mail today!? My box! I wanted to share some photos of my new haul with you.

I haven't used it much yet, but I'm excited to paint my nails with it! Perhaps I will write up a review for y'all later!

Stay true to yourself,

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Thought of the weekend: How are people like houses?

The weather has been beautiful lately, so I've been purposely taking the long way to get to places. This is not so great on my gas tank, but I've been enjoying looking at all the little houses in Gainesville.

I used to hate driving around and looking at houses. It was something everyone else in my family enjoyed. I'm not sure if I just didn't want to like the same things as them, or if I was too young to understand, but now I see why it's enjoyable.

Each house sits on its own plot with its own decor and its own personality. Each house is different - two house could have the same floor plan, be built with the same materials, but never be the same.

House are like people. Some are old, some are broken down, some are in their prime. Some have more character than others.

But whether or not you like the little brick ranch house, it adds something to where it is. Just like a person, each house has it's own "vibe" and adds something - positive or negative - to the space around it. And what one homeowner likes, another could detest.

I like to drive by this one house that's a 1960's era brick box. It's a multi-family home and you can see the quadrants from the outside. It's nothing special, really. But when I drive by it, I see little plants in the hallway window, and a chandelier and a vintage wall separator in one quadrant. It's just neat, because that's somebody's home and that's the way they like it.

And, just like architecture, people only last for so long. So while you're driving down the road, looking at all the little houses, be kind to them. You may not like the front-facing garage, but somebody else loves it. Just like somebody out there loves you.

Stay true to yourself,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

I hope you have a marvelous day, filled with family and friends, all clothed in pastels, white and seersucker!

Throwback to Easter 2010! My first Easter in college. That's Sparkle Von B. on the right.

I'll be sure to post my Easter outfit later. I've been slacking on posts lately (so sorry!) so I'll have to do a life update as well!

What are your Easter plans? Share with me in the comments below!

Stay true to yourself,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Feeling of Almost

I enjoy writing a lot, and I've enjoyed having this blog. But no matter how many times I redesign or rebrand it, something is just not quite right.

It's almost there, but it's not quite, so I think a few tweaks may still be in order.

I know everything I rebrand or alter a lot of things, I risk losing readers, especially casual readers. So my goal is to figure out just what's missing, and fill it in, and get back to posting more frequently!

Do you have any suggestions? Share with me in the comments below!

Stay true to yourself,

Monday, April 7, 2014

What a Monday!

Normally, I like Monday's because it's the beginning of something new. But today? What a day! And it's not even halfway over.

Here's what went wrong: I broke a shoe; my groceries that I had just bought late last week are already spoiling; it's pouring rain and my umbrella went missing; I wore a dress I love but just wasn't feeling today; the station kept going off the air because of the weather; my internet at home hasn't been working properly for almost a week and since everything else was going wrong, why not let it bother me today? And finally, I received a letter asking for more information on my patriot for the DAR.

Ugh! When will it stop? All of those little things build up in to a really sad feeling. I knew when I went home for lunch I needed to turn my day around.

First, I cooked lunch and I picked my favorite food: Mac N Cheese. While that was cooking I gave my cat a quick bath - it's flea prevention day! - and snuggled with him as I towel-dried him. I talked to my Dad and one of my best friends via text. Then I changed into a promotion tee shirt and jeans. I also left my broken shoe with the station engineer who tried to fix it (we'll see if he was successful when I return for my second shift!)

Finally, I tried one more time to power cycle my internet and get it working. And what do you know? It's working again!

A lot of little things can be bothersome, but a lot of other little things can counter those and cancel them out.

What little thing cancels out your rough days? Share with me in the comments below!

Stay true to yourself,