Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Startin' the New Year off with a BANG!

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year! Everyone has been sharing their feelings about the new year, moving forward from one year to the next, but I'd like to share a comment made by a friend of mine:  

"No resolutions, No regrets, 2013 I have no idea where we are going, but no plan is the best plan I can think of right now! Stay humble, show love, appreciate, rec-reate, and love the life you live!!"

I think these words are perfect and I couldn't have said it any better myself. 2012 was a great year for me in so many ways. Firstly, I accomplished the biggest goal I've ever set out for myself this year - I graduated from University. Finally. Also, I was fortunate enough to spend the holidays with my family who lives 1,800 miles away - something that doesn't get to happen as frequently as I'd like. But this year they came to watch me walk and spent almost two weeks in my home. This alone fills my heart with love and joy, and also a little bit of sorrow now that they've gone home. Overall, I see now way in which I should be ungrateful or unhappy about my lot in life. I am happy through and through and can't wait to see what this year brings as my life changes and I move forward.

I'm not a resolutions type of person, mostly because they more than likely fall through (ahem, we've all seen the rush of people at the gym in January & February that drops off sharply by March.), but I do believe in goals. When I was in recovery from my cancer surgery I vowed to go back to school and finish, and now I have. So lets set some new goals! 

My personal goals include saving money and doing big girl things, like buying a car - I really need a new one - and getting back into my old hobbies like knitting/crocheting and reading books like a maniac. But I also want to set some goals for this blog, because I love it and I love my readers. So here goes...

  • Figure out where I fit in the incredible world of beauty blogging. What kind of blogger do I really want to be? So many talented ladies out there are swatching queens, stamping goddesses, and incredibly talented at free-hand nail art... but where's my niche?
  • Create and adhere to (as best as humanly possible) some sort of blogging schedule. The summer of 2012 was my first occasion of posting almost every day and I loved it. Regular posting increases blog traffic and participation from myself and readers in commenting - which is why I started blogging in the first place. Kudos to the ladies out there who manage regular and frequent posting while working on their degrees, you're amazing and I admire you.
  • Improve the layout and professional presentation of this blog and of my photography skills. I think part of this goes hand in hand with figuring out what kind of blogger I really am, but since I do all of my photography with my iPhone and edit on my iPad - I'm interested in seeing where this goes. I think I've made leaps and bounds in cleaning up the presentation of my website this year, but in 2013 I want to learn more about web design so I can create something amazing here.
  • Become more active on my social media accounts and reach out to PR. Social media is a lot to manage once you move past your basic Twitter and Facebook accounts, as I'm sure many of you know, but they are important in interactions with readers and I haven't invested enough time in them. As for PR, I didn't start blogging to be a sample queen, but since I love sharing my love of nails and nail polish with the world I would also love to be able to share brand information and news.

With all of that said, I wish each and every one of the wonderful men and women I've met through blogging as well as all of my readers a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year! Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs!

Now, check out my fancy-pants NYE nails!


I started my New Years Eve manicure with two coats of Sinful Colors Ardoise from a new display I found in my local Walgreens called Haute Rebel. I haven't seen or found any other info on this collection other than a photo found HERE. There are some re-promotes but a few new shades are in there as well, including Ardoise.

Ardoise is a charcoal creme that reminds me of storm clouds... and of a few other polishes, including NARS Galion (Ommorphia Beauty Bar swatch HERE) and OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok, Fine! (my swatch HERE). Its an incredible one coater too, with a great formula that isn't thin enough to flood your cuticles but not thick enough to be goopy. I used two coats because that's what I prefer.

Flash Black:

I stamped my fireworks using Layla Hologram Effect in Flash Black, a polish I won this summer from the lovely Ashley at Passion for Polish, you can check out my Flash Black trigger mani HERE. Best part about stamping with a Layla... I didn't have to pull out an aqua base to wear it! I used LeaLac stamping plate A for the retro marquee star-burst design.

Our New Years Eve celebrations were really low key this year, Mr. OUaP and I stayed home for a lovely night in. We'd originally planned for friends to come over but instead ended up cozied up together on our couch at midnight toasting with champagne and kisses. I was drinking champagne all evening, and made mimosas this morning with the leftovers. And blueberry pancakes for breakfast... with apricot butter. Life is good. :) <3

How did you spend your NYE?


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