Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nails, again.

So this summer I found that I don't really care for naked nails anymore. I very rarely had the time or patience to sit down on a weekly basis and paint my nails. And when I did, it was before bed and I woke up with waffle-fingers instead of cute nails. But since I've graduated, I've been able to find some more time to indulge. And I like having them look nice for my job as well; a lot of people see my hands all day long handing out passes, giving directions on the map, etc. And being a walking commercial for Avon nail polish isn't a bad gig either. :) I have some time before work today to give myself a nice manicure, and on this rainy day, I have a few ideas that may take a little longer. I can't wait to try some of these with a certain beautician-in-training!

Love the colors and patterns! I could never pull off the flowers, but the stripes, maybe!

Cut masking tape with decorative scissors and place on nails for different and super cute pattern!

I would stick to one color but I like the teeny polka dots.

The pink, the glitter, the ring-finger trend... and the ice cream.
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Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wine

Since taking a wine class in college, my boyfriend and I have become avid wine drinkers. We were trying different vineyards and vintages every other week when we lived in Indiana. But we have yet to get a bottle of wine in our new house. Some days, I'd like to curl up on the couch with him and a nice big glass of wine and just forget about everything-work, time (or lack there of), all of the "projects" I have to do, work for the house we've yet to finish, people, places, etc. Our local wine and spirits store has the most random hours I've ever seen and their selection is a fraction of the varieties we had access to at IUP. But one of these days, we'll have to take a minute to go up the street and invest in one of our more enjoyable and relaxing hobbies.

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I could use all of these things- wine, candles, and the puppy.

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Wine bottles and displays make wine one of my favorite things to shop for.

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Love pairing food with wine too; this was my strongest area of the class. ;)

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Love, love, love. And want, want, want.

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I adore this look, even though the glasses are empty.

PS- I experienced my first earthquake while at work today...
And I'd be fine if I never get to have that experience again! Glad everyone involved is safe and sound.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Office

Since becoming an Avon representative, I've come to find that the coffee table isn't much of a work space. We have a pantry/laundry room/potential office space that I'm dying to set up. Being that today is my day off, I wish I could run around and get everything I need and just go crazy and have the whole thing finished by tonight. But that's never gonna happen. So instead, I'll share my plans for the space. And then get back to cleaning. Boo.






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Friday, August 12, 2011

Football

I am currently watching the Steelers first preseason game. And I'm giddy with excitement. Not only are they starting strong, but I missed watching football so, so much.
Being within an hour of Penn State and a couple of hours from Pittsburgh, it's just silly not to try to make it to some games. I've already begun checking for tickets for any available games. Especially since my boyfriends younger brother and star football player graduated high school and won't be playing due to an injury and can't be our excuse to make a few road trips to watch him.
We really enjoy being at football games. The energy, the atmosphere, the excitement, the emotion. We just love it. It's in my blood. The entire side of my dad's family played football, and were good at it. I grew up spending Sundays and Thursdays watching games with my family, not to mention the days in between when we watched recorded games on VHS. We went to Steelers training camp. My dad went when he was a kid and saw the greats, including Terry Bradshaw. It's in the boyfriend's blood too, probably more so in his since he actually played. And was also really good.
I can't wait to be a football mom, screaming and yelling during every play, as soon as they can play pee-wee. But for now, I'll be more than content with my preseason Steelers, and hopefully some college... and maybe even some high school games.
Back to the game. I am so glad...

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Avon

So, I'm an Avon representative now! Please check out my website/online store and perhaps, purchase some things! I can have them shipped to you or, if you're in the area, deliver them myself. Feel free to contact me with any questions, requests, etc. Thanks so much y'all!

My store


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fabric Flower

So today, after a two hour nap with the windows open and the sound of rain putting me to sleep, I finally decided to do something on my "project" list.
I gathered up the old fabric that I've saved and found a couple of old Hanes T-shirts that I had leftover from a previous project with my best friend (we were groupies of a local band).
I followed these instructions and ended up with an adorable cover-up for a tank top with an unfortunate stain in a pretty unfortunate, and obvious place.

It actually held together pretty well! All I need is a clip so it'll stay on my shirt (and can be moved to various things, including bags!)
How cute is this hot glue gun?! It's a miniature; this project only took one mini glue stick.
On my mom's pillow. :)
I did this whole project on our coffee table. In my pj's.
Love it! I can't wait to wear it. 
(And it feels so good to have something done on my list- I think I'll make more!)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Summer Beverages

With my family visiting yesterday and the evenings getting cooler, I've realized just how much I'd love to have some nice cold drinks after a long day at work. Don't these look amazing?
I've included some recipes so y'all can make your own sips of relaxation!
Hope you had an equally amazing weekend!

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Here's Paula Deen's Southern Sweet Tea recipe.

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Watermelon Mojito recipe (just mix in pitcher and pour into hollowed out watermelon for serving)

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 (Had to include one picture with good ole Heinz ketchup in it) 

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Here's a great pink lemonade recipe!

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 Here is a strawberry smoothie recipe, courtesy of the NY Times.

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Here's a variation of this peach and orange drink, just add sliced fruit for not only looks, but taste as well.