Sunday, February 27, 2011

No new nails today, but.....

I have to share my giddiness!

I ordered GOSH Holographic from eBay! (Found it for a surprisingly good deal!) AND, I caved and bought Nfu-Oh #063 and #066. (Pink and Green holo! Ordered from www.fabuloustreet.com) I can't WAIT to get them and play! I'm in love with the look of holographic polishes... I wish they were more accessible in the US! I know the Tronica collection is going to be readily available soon, but it just doesn't compare to Nfu-Oh... or even the OMG collection from 'o8 (of which I currently have 2.)

I really shouldn't have bought them, but I brought my lunch all week last week, so I pretty much broke even! It was like a reward to myself. :)

Til my next mani....

~AP

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Zoya Caitlin + Zoya Marley

Happy weekend everyone!

Yesterday, I went to the Paul Mitchell School so my sister could cut my hair. She gave me a present: a bottle of Zoya Caitlin! I couldn't wait to try!


I got so excited to stamp that I forgot to take a picture of Caitlin by herself... oops! I stamped with Zoya Marley and a vine-y flower design from Konad M36. 

I love love LOVE Caitlin! I swear, I come across a new favourite with every Zoya I use! Caitlin is a gorgeous purple-y grey.... More of a dark lavender, I think. I can't quit looking at my fingers... I love this one!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Zoya Perrie + Teal Chrome Polkadots!

In the midst of our CRAZY storm weather (Yes, we are under a tornado warning! Hello, Spring!), I've got a new pretty mani to show you!

Zoya Perrie

Zoya Perrie + Sally Hansen Quick Color Pen in Chrome Teal +  BM19
Any tips on these full nail bundle monster images? I have trouble lining them up.... Loving my dots though! C:

And on that note, time to duck and cover! 

~AP



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My first Scotch Tape Mani! Zoya Marley + China Glaze IDK

One of the wonderful blogs I follow is Chloe's Nails. Her Konad-icures are beautiful, but what I really love are her scotch tape manicures. They are adorable! I especially love the patch work ones. I've been trying to get up the courage to try a scotch tape mani, so I finally did. I used Zoya Marley, and then I taped off diagonally and added China Glaze IDK from the Holo collection. (Thank you, eBay!!)

I love it... I think it turned out really neat!



Please mind the messy one... I realized I hadn't done my clean up yet. I was excited! I'm really pleased with how well the holo showed up in these pictures... when I used IDK on my toes awhile back I had a hard time capturing it! I NEED some more holo nail polish in my life... 

I painted my nails with Zoya Casey over the weekend, but unfortunately I don't have any pictures. Trust me, I will be using her again soon... such a beautiful, deep burgundy! I had a long weekend... I somehow pulled a muscle in my back, and I had to go to the doctor. I'm on 2 strong pain killers and 1200mg of very strong anti-inflammatories. They also gave me a shot. I didn't even get a sticker. :( I wish I knew what I did to my back.... this is irritating! 

Going to lay down now... have a good week! <3

~AP

Monday, February 21, 2011

Awesome blog and giveaway shout out!

Hello my friends!

Let Them Have Polish is one of my favourite blogs that I read... she has such beautiful and creative mani's, and I'm SO jealous of her Zoya collection! She just reached 500 followers and is having a give-away! It includes some fun Zoya haul, pretty stickers, and a lot more! Head over her and give her a follow! :)

<3 AP

Friday, February 18, 2011

Zoya Dana + Sally Hansen Color Quick Purple Chrome

I need more of these Color Quick Chromes.... They stamp wonderfully! (9 bucks though..? :( )

Note to self: Wipe finger prints off of the bottle!


Love love LOVE Dana! I'm not to incredibly great at this free-handing tips thing, so I think I will be ordering M19 soon. :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Hello, friends!

I did a Valentine's Day mani, but to be honest... it sucked. I really didn't like it! No pictures.. it's guts are already on cotton balls in the trash!

But I did a new one! I finally got around to using my Zoya Midori, and stamped/frenched with Zoya Raven. Enjoy!

Two Coats of Midori

Raven and Konad M73
Love!

Also, here's a mani I did last week when I finally got my Nubar 2010.


Nubar 2010 layered on 2 coats of Zoya Raven
This picture does NOT do this polish justice! 2010 flashes from red to blue in sunlight! So fun!

Enjoy!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2 years ago....

I'm taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to tell you a story. I hope that, by sharing Rachel's story and my sister's story, it will change lives.

On February 14th, 2009, my sister Brittany, my (essentially) step-sister Rachel, my niece Lexi and my nephew Landon were on their way to Gaitlinburg for a fun weekend. At about 3:00 am, they were hit head on by a drunk driver.

Lexi, Rachel, and Landon; Fall 08

I got the call at 4:45am... my mom, frantic on the phone, told me I needed to drive to Knoxville. Immediately. I asked if she was okay, and the response was "You just need to get here. Now."

The three and a half hour drive was a blur. I left the house with my laptop and phone charger, with the thought process of "I need to keep as many people in the loop as possible." I didn't bring clothes or toiletries... Not even a tooth brush. I stayed on the phone the entire almost 4 hours... calling everyone I knew. Brittany and Rachel are in bad shape... Rachel has multiple injuries, we don't know how extensive. They are both on life support... Brittany has broken bones... They can't keep Rachel's heart rate or blood pressure steady. My mom was hesitant to give me information while I was on the road, and it was making me crazy. I didn't know how were hurt.... all I knew was that it was bad, but they were alive.

When I got to the hospital, Brittany was in surgery. They had finally gotten Rachel stabilized enough to take her to surgery, and she was close to being done. I learned that she was conscious while in the car, but her legs were pinned. When they took the parts of the car off of her legs, they learned that her femoral artery was severed, and they had trouble keeping her stable after that. The paramedics told my mom that Brittany was unconscious at the scene and was having multiple seizures... they put her in a medically induced coma to stop them. Rachel had multiple bone breakages, including her neck, collarbones, ribs, pelvis, arm, and multiple points in both legs. Brittany broke her left arm in 6 places (4 at the top, and both bones at the bottom in clean breaks), and pretty much shattered her right knee. She also had a hematoma on her brain, which was the biggest cause for concern at the time. She was in surgery at the time for her knee, and I wouldn't get to see her for a few hours. Lexi and Landon were ok for the most part... They both had moderate internal injuries but no broken bones. Landon suffered a head trauma and moderate vision loss in one eye, and Lexi suffered a laceration to her liver. They were 2 and 4 at the time.

I got to see Rachel first... She had external fixators on both legs (if I remember correctly, there were 4 breaks in one leg and 5 in the other, with a very serious injury to her right ankle)... The big discussion was if she would be able to walk again.

We were in the critical care waiting room when they came to tell us we could see Brittany. The walk to her room was the longest of my life... I wanted to run to her, just to be able to see that she was okay. What I saw when I walked through that curtain is something I will never forget.





That was my baby sister, 19 years old, laying broken in a hospital bed and hooked up to those machines. Machines that were breathing for her, replenishing the blood in her system. I couldn't believe it... I didn't want to believe it.

I stayed at the hospital that day for as long as they would let me. I think I went to the hotel at 12... (it really was all a blur, and so surreal). When we left, everyone was stable and doing as well as they could be. The next morning, I woke up and went to Walmart... I had no clothes, remember? This was the day after Valentines day, so all the goodies were on clearance! I spent a good deal of time picking out Valentines day goodies for Rachel, Brittany, Lexi, and Landon... as well as nail polish for my sister's toes and body spray to make her smell good. (The idea of that came from the nurse she had the first day... she made it a point to primp Britt as much as she could and spray her with body spray. The first time she did it, she said, "It's one of my favorites... I hope she likes it too." She was one of my favorite nurses. :)  )

I got back to the hospital at 11:15, and took the elevator to the CCU with the goodies to be delivered. When I stepped off, the hallway was crowded with people. It took a minute before I realized I knew those faces... and their were filled with tears. They had performed a test on Rachel that morning, and learned that there was no activity in her brain. They believed that there was so much fluid released from her injuries that it put pressure on her brain, and the result was that she was brain-dead. They kept her alive for 8 more hours, and at the decision of her family, took her off of life support at 7PM. She was 24.

Brittany stayed on life support until Tuesday... they woke her up and removed her breathing tubes. She stayed in the hospital in Knoxville for 2 more weeks, until they transported her to Skyline Medical Center in Nashville. She was there for another 2 weeks... she was in physical therapy to learn to use a wheel chair with her one arm and one leg, as well as learn how to navigate from the wheelchair to a regular chair, and so on. She was released from the hospital on March 11th, 3 days before my 23rd birthday.

Brittany, Easter 09.


Today, Brittany is fully recovered, although still in pain every day. She is in cosmotology school, and due to graduate in May.

I do apologize for the sad entry... but I feel I need to share this story at every opportunity. Tomorrow, it will be 2 years since the accident... Two years since our lives changed forever. Tuesday will be two years since our beautiful Rachel was taken from us... Two years since those beautiful babies lost their mommy. All because some idiot decided to drink and drive.

Anthony Lambert was sentenced to 10 years in prison for what he did... and he will be up for parole in 3. He killed someone... and he'll serve such an insignificant time in jail. He will go back to his children, watch them grow up. Rachel will never see her children. She will never go back to her family. She had her life stolen from her, all because this idiot couldn't call a cab.


(This is a video that my sister made to show at her old high school... they have a week long program called "Prom Promise" to raise awareness with Seniors about drunk driving)





I beg you, friends, please NEVER drink and drive. I hope this offers some insight into what can happen... what does happen, far too often. It doesn't need to happen... If only people could be more responsible and realize that it could happen to anyone. It shouldn't take tragedies like this to make people wake up.

I love you all, and have a happy and safe Valentines Day. <3




Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snow day manicure!

Yucky, funky SNOW! We have had way too much of it this year... since when does Tennessee get SNOW? Seriously! Usually, I have to drive to work the next day, but tomorrow, for one GLORIOUS day, I get to stay home! YAY!

So, of course, I celebrated with new nails!



Orly Winter Wonderland, stamped with Orly Black Vinyl and Bundle Monster BM14. I got Winter Wonderland on sale at Sally's last week, and I LOVE it! It's such a neat, flaky finish. Not quite glitter, but not quite flake... like snow on my nails!

I wish my drive home was just as pretty..... For those of you that wonder what un-plowed, un-salted roads look like:


It was really scary.... losing momentum while going up a hill on the interstate is NOT fun! I am SO glad I get to stay home tomorrow! :)

~AP

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Bright, sunshine-y day!

Since the sun decided to peek it's beautiful face out of the clouds today, I thought I'd update yesterday's post. Mmm, holo-ey goodness!



Zoya Ki, Day two and no chips! (This is unusual for the girl that can't keep polish on for more than 4 hours!)
I played with my pedi yesterday and did the swirly pattern from Konad M51. :) Unfortunately, you can't see the Holo too much.....



Until you come inside! There was a sliver of sunshine on the floor by  the window, and it was spectacular!

I hope you all have a great, productive Sunday! I, for one, will NOT be watching the Superbowl, but I am SO looking forward to the new episode of Glee!!

~AP

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sister Nail Day! Zoya Yasmeen, Trixie, & Ki


My sister is here today! We had a Girls Night In at Jess's house last night with my other friend Dana... We had pizza, cheese-stuffed potato balls, wine, and ice cream! We played Guesstures.... "I'M STROKIN' A WALL!" We also had a prom dress fashion show... I only need to show you one picture to explain.

Need I say more?

Anyway, this morning, my sister and I had a nail day! She participated in Zoya's 3 Free promo as well... her choices here Delilah, Pru, and Gilda. She wanted to play with my Zoya, so I did her nails! She chose Yasmeen and Trixie, stamped with Konad M64.


Pretty! I might have to steal this one for my own nails. :)

I decided to play with Ki again today. Ki was the first Zoya I tried on my fingers (on my toes first was Dannii)... She's so pretty! So many different colors... and so difficult to capture on  my camera! I took a few different pictures, some inside and some outside. I also stamped my ring fingers with China Glaze IDK... Holographic! I wish the holo would have transferred a little thicker... if anyone has tips on this, let me know!





I really do love the way this turned out, despite the Konad not coming out as BAM as I hoped it would. I really wish I could find a way to capture all the colors of Ki... 

I also took Charla off of my toes... Over a week and still as beautiful as day one! I just HAD to plat with my China Glaze... so I did IDK on my toes as well. I am so obsessed with this... Hey Zoya, please make me some Holos! 


SO FREAKIN' COOL! Like a rainbow on my toes! I'll be keeping this one for awhile! 

Enjoy! :)

-AP

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Zoya Sarah + Zoya Trixie... Paisleys!


Ever since I did this painting at Sips n Strokes, I've been in love with paisleys. It's such a fun shape! So many possibilities! So when I saw the M60 Konad plate with the paisley design, I had to have it! And... What luck! It arrived today!

I started with Sarah today, one of my Zoya Threebies. (That word makes me giggle.)


Gor-GEOUS! This picture does NOT show how absolutely beautiful this color is! A deep, dimensional sparkly red... I think this is one of my favourite Zoya's so far! (Sorry for that middle funky cuticle... What the heck?)

I stamped today with Zoya Trixie.  (Surprise! She just transfers so well... I don't have any Konad polishes, and I don't think I'll get any... Zoya seems to work just fine.)


I had to take at least 15 pictures before I was happy with the way it turned out... So much sparkle! I may take another picture in the sun tomorrow (if we have any) to see if it turns out better... But I love this one! I was not disappointed in this pretty paisley design! I took this one of my right hand... The left one didn't turn out as clean. It helps if you clean the plates inbetween nails... DUH Amber! :)

Also, another DUH AMBER moment... I accidently deleted all of the comments on all of my blog entries. All at the same time. OOPS! So, show my blog some love, will ya?

~AP




Look what I got today!

After 14 looooong days of waiting, I finally got my Konads in the mail!

M36, M51, M53, M60, and M64

Hooray!! I cannot WAIT to use that paisley pattern on M60, and that pretty flower pattern on M64! It took forever to get them in, though... When they said 6-15 days, I didn't expect it to be at the END of that estimate! I can honestly say I probably won't order from Konad's website again... the other Konads I have, I bought on Amazon for almost $3 cheaper a piece. 

I also got a little surprise as well... China Glaze 2Nite and IDK! My nail polish buddies know how hard these babies are to get a hold of... so I'm thrilled! :) Can't wait to play with them. 

Tonight, I think I'm going to re-do my fingers with Zoya Sarah, and stamp her with Zoya Trixie. I'll post pictures when I'm done! 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Here comes the bride... There goes the bride... {PICTURE HEAVY!}


I'm not changing my nails or doing anything crafty today, so I thought I'd tell you about my wedding! For those of you that don't know, my husband and I got married November 6, 2010. :) It was a super fun, super stressful day, but I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat! 

You know when they say, "When you get married, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong?" Yeah, they weren't kidding. My wedding had so many mishaps it was actually comical! I'll start from the beginning.

Rewind to the Wednesday before the wedding, the morning after Thomas's bachelor party. I woke up with the dreaded white spot on my throat.... Strep throat. Are you kidding me? Three days before my wedding?? I didn't get sick ALL YEAR, until 3 days before my wedding. I've had strep countless times before in my life, so I went to the doctor and got antibiotics. Big deal. Then it turned into a sinus infection of sorts. More about that in a second. 

The next day, I got a call from Susan, Thomas's cousin. She's a wonderful pianist, and she was gracious enough to not only perform our music at the ceremony, but she also hired a violinist to accompany her. Turns out, the violinist also teaches martial arts... and imagine this! He broke his arm. Two days before my wedding. Hah! But she found a girl that was a member of the Nashville Symphony, so crisis diverted.

Rehearsal dinner, Friday the 5th. I've been quarantined away from the family for a day and a half at this point. Thomas's family lives in the UK and Ireland, and they were all staying with us (10 people! Woah!), so when I got sick, I got to stay upstairs with a pot of tea and a remote control, rather than risk getting half of my wedding party sick! So, I was un-contagious at this point, but still feeling pretty miserable. The mucous-y goodness had made it into my head and ears at this point... you know that feeling that you're in a fish bowl? Yeah, that's me. 





But, we made it through! I did the best I could with the energy I had. We made it through the rehearsal dinner with just one minor mishap... My purse caught on fire. :( My sister knocked it into a candle, and the strap caught on fire. Could things get any worse?

Yes. Yes they can.


Yes, that's right, dear Readers... This bride fell down the stairs. "Omg! This is it! Don't look at your feet! Hold the bouquet in the right hand... hold on to the rail... Smile! This is it!" THUMP THUMP THUMP! Every bride's worst nightmare, right?


But I recovered...


Laughed my freakin' butt off... (I mean, run up the stairs and cry? Never crossed my mind. This was HILARIOUS!)


And got hitched. We did it!



I even made it down a second set of stairs! Huzzah! 


Danced with my Groom....

We danced with our mommies...

And our friends! (Love this picture! Thanks for the swing dancing, Hailey!)

We even made it to Santiago, Chile and back!  (That's another adventure for another day. Oh lordy!)

So, yes, weddings are eventful, stressful, and possibly sometimes quite disastrous. Make it through with a smile on your face, because at the end of the day, you're married, and that's all that matters!


To end, I will leave you with a few hand-made details from my wedding. You'll learn as I blog more that I love to make everything I can! I had a lot of help from my best friend, Jess. She's the best! 


The brooches on the shoes were actually earrings that we found on clearance at Dillards...

Ring pillow and flower basket were hand-made and designed by us! Designed by both, executed by Jess, and green added later by me. Total cost for project, including unity candle (not pictured): less than $20

All jewelry for bridesmaids hand-made and designed by Jess and I. 

Centerpieces all handmade by me. Dipped in black pixie dust glitter and glass etched with monogram.

Can't take credit for the programs... we bought a kit! But I did add the green and templated the wording!

Favors! Boxes of chocolate candy... hand constructed by Jess, Amber, and sister Brittany. 


I hope you all enjoy my wedding pictures as much as I do! All credit for pictures go to Ashley DeYoung Photography, Chris Wright, and Angela Melton. 

~AP
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