Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dallas World Aquarium

Now that Ryan and I spend the majority of our time apart since we aren't living together, finding activities to do and trying to make the most of our limited time together has been challenging. Don't even get me started on living alone. Most days I feel like I'm moments away from a nervous breakdown. But I digress...

Today we spent the majority of our day at the Dallas World Aquarium & while it was a bit expensive (20 bucks per person), it was completely worth it. I've been to a handful of aquariums before and they are almost always a let-down. But oh my goodness, this aquarium is multi-level & FULL of so many different things. My favorite part was that so many of the birds and animals had free range of the building & there was SO MUCH plant-life. Whoever designed the building did an amazing job integrating what felt like a rainforest-environment & ecosystem for all sorts of different birds and animals and fish into a building in downtown Dallas.

The trashcans even had really beautiful plant arrangements on top of each of them! The whole place was really beautiful.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Essie's "bikini so teeny" Nail Lacquer Review

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I feel like I've been looking for this particular nail polish for over a year. I wanted a periwinkle with a slight bit of silver micro-glitter & I was fairly positive that Essie made a polish exactly like it. Either I dreamt it up or it was just unavailable virtually everywhere aside from the one time I saw it forever ago & recently when I finally picked up "bikini so teeny".

This polish is pretty opaque and two coats does a pretty even and good job but I normally do three coats of any pastel-ish polish just to be thorough. Not gonna lie though --this polish chipped on my nails within 24 hours the first day I wore it. I took it all off and reapplied a few days ago and I haven't had a chip since so maybe it was just an unfortunate fluke, but most Essie polishes chip fairly easy on my nails anyways. It doesn't bother me too much since I change my nail polish fairly often & get bored easily.

Plus, since the glitter is so minimal, it's not difficult to remove from your nails so it's a pretty low-maintenance polish. I've gotten a lot of compliments on it & I'm planning on buying another bottle to put in a friends birthday present because it seems like it would look really pretty against her olive skin-tone.

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Anyways, my final verdict on it is, if you're really in love with the color and can see yourself wearing it a lot, go ahead & buy it. Or wait and see if you can get a coupon. Target weirdly offers coupons for essie polishes fairly often so you can get it for $5 or $6 rather than the average $8. Or maybe there's a cheaper dupe? Whatever you decide, good luck.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Plant Babies

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Spring & summer hit & I go a little house-plant crazy. Never mind I have absolutely no gardening skills & I've never kept a plant alive for more than a few months. I just keep trying and each time they survive a little longer. Plus this time I'm only buying succulents, cacti & hearty flowers so I'm hoping I'll have an easier time keeping them alive as they require so little attention. Fingers crossed!

I've also bought a couple of African Violets to sit on the shelves by my bed. I've always had good luck with Violets & they're so beautiful & come in such a wide variety of shades of pinks, purples & blues.

I've also been on the lookout for a big 'snake plant' to put in a corner of our bedroom but so far no luck.

Do you have an indoor/patio garden? Got any tips? Feel free to share!


p.s. sorry for my recent month long absence. I've been dealing with some personal stuff & have just had absolutely no desire to buy cosmetics or take pictures or honestly do much else besides eat mango popsicles, lay on the couch & work on jigsaw puzzles. Here's to hoping I'll get back into the swing of things soon.