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Friday, June 7, 2013

Shellac French Manicure

Hey y'all! I just wanted to make a quick post today sharing what's been on my nails for about a week now. I got a shellac French manicure, which is one of my favorite things to have on my nails. It always goes with everything and it lasts forever! I just love the look of a classic French manicure.

Do y'all like French manis? I know some people get bored with it, which I understand. I usually get a little tired of it towards the end when it's growing out, but I just can't get over how long it lasts.

Hope y'all are all doing well!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Always Playing Catch Up with Y'all

I know I'm always saying I'm gonna be a better blogger and blah blah blah. I'm just not consistent. I probably won't all of a sudden post every day because it's summer, either. I'm gonna be pretty busy this summer but I do want to at least get on here and keep up with y'all a little more than I have been. I've done so much since the last time I checked in! It's so hard to remember what all I've done. So I just went through all the pictures on my phone and picked out some to share. 

So let's start with my spring break trip to NYC! I think I mentioned in my last post that I would be going there. I went with my family and we spent about 4 days in the city. We actually stayed in Times Square. Let me just start by saying I'm not a huge fan of Times Square. It scared me! The first night we went out to find a place to eat and EVERYONE in the WORLD was there. I like space and being able to see things other than buildings. So I had like a mini panic attack, but I got over it. The next few days there were a lot less people. The view from our hotel was amazing, though. We were on what seemed like the 90th floor looking down on Times Square. Pretty amazing. Here's a few pics from the trip.
 This is from the very top of the Empire State Building, one of my favorites parts of the trip. What an incredible view. It's amazing to think about what this city is and how incredible it really is.

Times Square. This was just outside our hotel. 
And this is the view from our hotel the first night. 
Just hours before we left I got to see the naked cowboy, definitely a highlight. 

The trip was overwhelming, awesome, tiring, stressful, and fun. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to go because I think everyone needs to go at least once just to see what it's all about. It really is incredible. I still think back and it's really like nothing else. It does scare me though! It's such a big city and I'm so not into that. The subway was so cool, but so confusing, at least to me. My sister totally understood it and understood how it worked and everything. I'm over there like, well, I hope it gets us where we gotta go. I'm lost either way. I've said this a lot to my family and friends: If I was dropped back at our hotel all by myself, I could get to ONE place, the Hard Rock cafe. I would be totally and completely lost otherwise. The city is so big! It's amazing how much is in it and how everything works. So anyway, that was my trip to NYC. I can tell y'all that I definitely love where I live and I appreciate the smallness of it. I don't think I could ever be a city girl. So needless to say, I went to Arkansas as soon as I could when we got back. Wide open spaces are my thing. :)

These are both taken from my Great Grandparent's farm. I'm from the delta of Arkansas and I have never appreciated it as much as I do now. NYC made me appreciate the uniqueness of each city and state. Our country is one beautiful place with so many different landscapes, all beautiful in their own way. 
And then just one of my favorite backroads... :)

The other day I went to see Blackberry Smoke in concert at Minglewood Hall! If you haven't listened to their music, I would definitely say go take a listen! It's a country-southern rock band out of Atlanta. They remind me a lot of Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. And let me just say, they are a million times better in concert. I had the best night listening to them! 
This is the band that went on before them, A Thousand Horses. Check them out, too! They're from Nashville and have the same kinda sound as Blackberry Smoke. 
And then Blackberry Smoke. I can't wait to see them live again!

My post wouldn't be complete or relevant to this blog without some nail pics! I've had shellac a lot, but I've also been wearing basically the same shades all the time. I did some pink for Easter, some lilac and then some sheer pink. I've been wearing OPI's Princesses Rule! a lot lately. I had it in shellac and then went out and bought the polish. It's a soft, sheer pink that's really pretty. I also like it because chips aren't as noticeable when you wear it, so you can get away with wearing it longer. Of course I don't have pics of that. I do, however, have pics of a new favorite OPI pink, Meep Meep Meep from the Muppets collection. I love it so much and even got a co-worker hooked on it! :)

Meep Meep Meep only needs two coats and it lasted about a week for me! I'm wearing it on my toes right now and it's so pretty and sparkly!
This is Minsk by Mavala. My Godmother gave me three Mavala polishes and I think she got them in Switzerland. They are some of the best polishes! Super pigmented and smooth. 

I have a really awesome summer job taking care of two kids during the week. They have a big, beautiful pool in their backyard, so guess what we'll be doing everyday? Don't be too jealous of my view! ;)

I hope y'all are all doing well and enjoying the summer so far! Also Happy Memorial Day! God Bless the USA and those who fight bravely for our freedom!

Talk to y'all soon! :)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pop: Punk'd

Hey y'all! Happy Easter! I hope y'all are all doing well and enjoying the end of the weekend. I wanted to share a polish that I picked up when I was in NYC for spring break. This is Pop: Punk'd. I absolutely LOVE it. Pop is my new favorite brand! Check it out. 

The best part about this polish is that it only needed ONE coat. It doesn't get much better than that, y'all. It also dried super quick and lasted about a week. I just wish these weren't $10 a pop (get it? ha!). But considering all the awesomeness that came along with it, $10 isn't too bad. I got this in one of those giant Walgreens that has all the big brand make up and pretty stuff. They had rows and rows of Pop cosmetics and nail polish, I almost had a heart attack. I had to limit myself to one so I could afford other things, but I'm so glad I picked up this color because I just love it. Also, it's a unique blue to my collection. I don't really have another one like it. So that's an added bonus.

What do y'all think of Punk'd? Do you like this brand? What's your favorite blue polish?

On a side note, I went through what seemed like a million of my polishes to try and get rid of some that I didn't like and some that were way too old. I ended up getting rid of about 20! That may not seem like much, but it sure did make a difference when it came down to organization. Thanks to my Mama for helping me sort through them all! :) I even found some I never used to give away, so I'm proud of myself for getting all that done. Do y'all ever go through your polishes to get rid of some? It feels so weird to be giving some up but it needed to be done.

Alright, talk to y'all soon! :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Joys of Instagram

Hey y'all! My spring break just started and I'm stoked! I'm headed to NYC for a few days with my family. This will be my first time in New York, and kind of my first time going up north... I'm southern. I'm gonna say y'all a lot. Anyway! I'm sure I'll have lots to say and share when I get back home from the trip. I just got an Instagram, per the request of the kids I babysit (how behind the times am I??? these kids all have instagram accounts and I'm over here just tweeting and facebooking... silly me...) so y'all can follow me on there to keep up with me. It's kinda funny because I really just got it to appease the kids since I spend almost all of my time babysitting. But it's kinda cool and I like it, my username or whatever is livylulu93 or you can just search my whole name I guess. I just wanted to share some of the pics I've taken recently. 
 Nothin better than sweet tea in a mason jar... ;)
 I was rockin this pony tail, and I wanted to document how awesome I thought it looked at the time.
And then just me :)

I hope y'all are all doing great! Are any of y'all on spring break? I guess I should at least mention my nails. I'm rockin some shellac right now, just a neutral shade with light glitter. I had a French manicure and wanted to switch it up. 

I'll talk to y'all soon! :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

OMG Nail Strips Review

Hey y'all! A while back I was contacted to do a review for OMG Nail Strips. I've been a horrible blogger and I've just now gotten around to posting about it. I'm truly sorry for that. I'm usually more on top of stuff, but it has been a crazy past two months. I was sent some plain nail polish strips, which are right below, with a super cute pattern. I'm a big fan of red and black together. And then I had some foil strips. 

 So I'll start by talking about the plain nail strips. I will admit that I'm not as experienced as others in the nail strip department, but I have had experience with them. I had a little trouble getting these to go on correctly and I went through a lot of them just trying to get them to cooperate. This was the best that I got. I think y'all can probably see the bubbles, but the pattern is so intriguing that I don't think it's as noticeable as it could be.

The foils were my main problem. My mom and I both worked with them. I used up so many trying to get some that didn't just flip up and peel off. I was provided directions on how to use them and I did follow those directions. I was also told to use a hair dryer on high heat to work out any imperfections. I could tell that that helped a little, but I just couldn't get these to cooperate. However, my mom's worked out a lot better than mine (her nail is the first picture with the white background). I loved the pattern on the foil and I wish it could have worked out better. Do y'all have any experience with foil nail strips? Please provide feedback! I need to know if anyone else has had trouble with foils of any brand.

Overall, I enjoyed getting to review these products. I received them in a timely manner and dealing with the company was just fine. I would recommend going to their website to check it out.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's Been A While...

I always say I'm gonna get back to regular posting... it never happens. Y'all know the deal. But I do have a review that I was supposed to do like fifty years ago. So I actually do have that coming up. And it REALLY IS COMING because I've already written it out and put it on a schedule. Y'all are welcome. But I thought I should like update before I just throw a random review out there. I'm gonna try to sum up the end of 2012 and beginning of this year with a few pictures. I was going through the pics on my phone and I noticed that I have very few pictures of all the awesome things I've done. I get picture happy when I'm at an Arkansas game, but otherwise it's like I don't have a camera on my phone. Anyway, let's get started. 
 I have been obsessed with French manicures. Obsessed. I have no idea why. I mean I've always loved them because I think they look clean and classy. But I also like bling and bright colors. I've had a couple shellac French manicures and have loved them. My nails will go with everything I wear and they don't chip or get messed up. So easy and low maintenance! They're just really pricy.
 My awesome Godmother lives in France and she was back in town recently. She gave me some AMAZING nail polish! It's a brand based in Switzerland called Mavala. She got me a really pretty red (that is the perfect Razorback red!!!!) a gorgeous gray and then a sparkly pink glitter. I didn't get pictures of the bottles, but I took a picture of the red on my nails, I have the glitter on my ring finger. This polish is seriously the best. Super pigmented and possibly the smoothest and easiest polish to apply EVER. I love it! So thank you, Michelle! And y'all can check out her blog and see what she's up to in France.
 I went to a rodeo back in December. I love going to rodeos! So much fun. I went to the same one last year. I don't remember the exact title or whatever, but it's college students from all over competing. My favorite part is when they ride the bulls, but of course I didn't get a picture of that part.
And I just liked this picture. I thought the sky was so pretty, in the mirror and just out the window.

I've been really busy. The spring semester started about a month ago and I got really overwhelmed because my classes are pretty hard. But I'm getting into it and it's not as bad as I was thinking it would be. Of course, I did drop a class. Well let me tell you why... I have been putting off taking a Biology class because I cannot stand science. And so I registered to take it in the spring online. What was I thinking? Y'all try doing labs online and let me know how it goes. It was impossible. So I will be taking it like a normal person in a real class in the fall. I'm so dumb for choosing to take it online. Honestly, the only kind of class that really works online is one with a bunch of reading involved (like history). Not a really interactive class like Biology. So yeah I dropped it. That's over. And I feel a million times better.

What's been going on with y'all? I'm sorry for not being very consistent with my blogging. :( Y'all can always follow me on twitter or look me up on facebook, because for whatever reason I always have time for that. ;)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I'm An Arkansas Girl, Y'all

So I know I haven't blogged in a while, and I'm very sorry about that. But I can show y'all what I've been up to lately... Callin the Hogs! ;) I have lots of photos from my trip to Fayetteville, AR this past weekend. I went with my Mom and we were able to go to the Razorbacks football game on Saturday night vs. Kentucky. We had so much fun! I hope she doesn't mind me putting a few of our pictures together on here, they were just too cute not to post. Take a look at these photos from the YOU of A. :)
 This is the back of the HUGE wide screen you can see from the field. The football field is Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Razorback Stadium for short.
 My mama & me! There were some really big storms moving through the area, that actually delayed the game TWICE and eventually forced a termination. We had our $15 rain ponchos, though. Aren't we cute?!
 The University of Arkansas has a mini Walmart on campus (and for those who don't know, Walmart was founded in NWA, so this isn't unusual) and they were selling the new Razorback poptarts! Had to get these.
 This is the band on their pre-game march around the stadium. Even they were wearing their ponchos.

 Here we are again! Before the rain.
 This is the bus the cheerleaders ride in on. Our mascot, Tusk IV is in the cage on the bottom.
 I love when the band marches around with the Razorback flags. I got as many pics of this as I could.
 The band on the big screen.
 This is a better view of the big screen, and a pic I got the next day.
 Big screen again. I looked at this more than the field because it is HUGE and you feel like you're down there on the field.
 This is along the practice fields. 
 And here's Tusk IV! Kind of hard to see, but he was definitely there!
 This was at halftime, and you can see how many people had left. The first rain delay took lots of people out of the stadium. You can see some Kentucky blue down there.
 This is the band marching through before the game and the players warming up. 
 This was one of the most awesome things, Randy Jackson stopped by!
 This is running along where Old Main sits on campus.
This is my favorite thing about halftime. I love when they run the flag of Arkansas and the Razorback flag. I get chills when they run them down the field. I love my home state and the University of Arkansas! 

I had such a great time at the game! We won 49-7 and we didn't even get to play 4 whole quarters. After the second rain delay, the game was terminated. So we scored 49 points in barely 3 quarters of play. All kinds of school records were made Saturday night, and I'm so glad I was able to be there! My Mom had a great time, too. We both agree that it was the most fun game we've been to by far. And this has been stuck in my head since Saturday night:
"Hit that line, Hit that line. Keep on going,
Take that ball right down the field
Give a cheer, Rah! Rah!
Never fear, Rah! Rah!
Arkansas will never yield
On your toes Razorbacks to the finish
Carry on with all your might
For it's A-R-K-A-N-S-A-S for Arkansas
Fight, Fight, Fight!"

Go Hogs Go! I'm going to another game on the 27th and I'm stoked! I have some nail pics coming soon of what I had on for this game and other pictures of the other things we did in NWA. Have a good one, y'all! :)