Sunday, December 16, 2012

Friday's Manicure: Turquoise and Pink Sparkle

I love the turquoise and pink combo. They go really well together. So, for this manicure, I chose those two colors. I wanted to do another Christmas design, but I didn't want to do red and green again. In my opinion, turquoise and pink can be very Christmasy. Think snowflakes, sugarplums, and sweets.

All the nails are painted with I Need A Refresh-Mint from Wet N' Wild. I am obsessed with this polish! On my pointer and ring fingers, I painted a coat of N.Y.C.'s polish, but I think the name peeled off. It just added a hint of shimmer. Then, I stamped a Konad snowman on my pointer finger and layered a bell stamp and a hot pink candy cane on my ring finger. All are with Konad polishes and from the m12 plate. On the rest of my nails, I put on a pink glitter polish called Disco Lights from Milani.

Friday, December 14, 2012

My Favorite Christmas Movie!

Elf is a lot of people's favorite Christmas movie, but mine is...

A Christmas Story!

For me, Christmas isn't Christmas until I watch this at least once. Me and my family often quote the infamous line, "Frag-il-lay. That must be Italian." If you have not seen this, you NEED to. It's a classic!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

2 Book Reviews! Insurgent/The Selection

Since I finished reading Divergent, I have read two more books, Insurgent and The Selection. Instead if making two separate book reviews, I decided to make one big one for both.

The first one I read was Insurgent. This is the sequel to Divergent, which I have already done a review for and you can read by clicking the link. I'm going to try to review this without giving any spoilers.

Normally, I do an overview, but I won't this time because I don't want to give anything away. So, I will start with what I liked. I really liked how Tris goes sees all the other factions and how they work. There is also one part that I thought was really funny when they were in Amity. Gosh, this is hard! Unexpected things happen, which kept me interested.

However, this book reminds me of Mockingjay in the sense that it's very military-ish. It has the same tone and feel, in my opinion. And well, out of the three books in The Hunger Games trilogy, that one was my least favorite. So, you can kinda guess how I feel about this story. I did like it, but I think that it might have been more interesting if there was a little more romance in this one.

I do reccommend this if you do like Divergent. There is going to be a third one, but it won't be released until September of next year. Why?!

The second book is called The Selection. A lot of people compare this to The Bachelor, which it is kinda similar. But, I also think it's like a girly version of The Hunger Games.

In the future, there is a country that is divided in 36 provinces. The society is divided into eight casts. America Singer is a five, who are artists. At the time the story takes place, Prince Maxon is ready to find a wife that will be the future queen, so elligible girls sign up. One girl from each province is chosen at random. The families will get money if their girl is chosen. America's family is very poor, so her mother convinces her to sign up. She is chosen. America is convinced that she will not fall in love with the prince because she is in love with someone else from a lower faction than her own. Then, of course, there is drama at the palace. The prince must narrow down the girls until there is only one, whom he will marry. Plus, the entire thing is broadcasted.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are all very entertaining. I particularly liked Prince Maxon because the relationship between him and America is funny, in my opinion.

The only thing I don't like about this book is that there is an unpublished sequel!

So, do you think you will be reading one of these? Comment down below.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

My Mini-Tree!

When I was about 12, I got this little pink, sparkly tree. Sorry it's sideways!

Most of the ornaments have been the same since I got it, but I also got some more since I was getting bored of the older ones. So, yeah.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Really Late Friday's Manicure: Snowflakes And Penguins

My manicure that I've had all week has been penguins and snowflakes. I couldn't get it up sooner because my camera was still packed from the Thanksgiving trip and I didn't feel like getting it out. Plus, I've been really busy.

All my polish that I used in this mani is from my midgi nail art pens and the snowflakes are from the konad plate M59 with the white special polish.

Monday, December 3, 2012

TAG: Tis The Season!

Meghan asked me to do a tag that she created, so now I'm gonna do it!

1.) As of right now, how many sleeps until Christmas?


2.) What is number one on your wishlist?

Well, there isn't really one big thing that I want. It's mainly little things. For example, there is a fashion sketchpad that I had asked for my brithday, but I didn't get. That is one thing. Also, my aunt said that she had ordered The Hunger Games for my birthday, but that never came in, so I do hope that I will be getting that. Other than that, it's mainly the stocking stuffers that I like. Last year I really enjoyed them.

3.) How do you get in the holiday spirit?

This may sound weird, but I don't really have to do anything to get in the spirit. It just comes. Even though if I had to pick one thing, it would be watching Christmas movies.

4.) What goes on on Christmas Eve at your house?

My mom makes appetizers and sets out little chip and dip plates and all of the treats we've made on the table. In the evening, our closest family, which is my aunt, uncle, and grandparents, come over and we have a little gathering. I always ask my mom to put on the Christmas music channel on the tv. Then we just hang out. My parents are separated, so sometimes my dad comes over. I get my present from him and vice-versa. If Christmas Eve falls on a night  when I'm supposed to spend the night at his house, I will sometimes go with him when he leaves. But, that's only if his family is staying with us. Since I spent Thanksgiving with them already, they won't be coming over this year. If his family is not over at his house, then I leave when everyone else leaves and go to my aunts house so that I can spend the night and be there Christmas morning. My family told me that when Santa comes to your house, he rings a bell. So, when I was little, I would stay awake and try to listen for the bell. When I thought I could hear it, I would shut my eyes and try to get to sleep.

5.) How does Santa operate at your house?

We just do the typical gift exchange. My mom stuffs my stocking and we have stockings for all of our pets. When I was little, we even had one for my fish! On Christmas day, my family gathers in the living room and we each open our presents one at a time. My aunt always has to pass them out. Every year. Really, the only ones who stay in the living room are us girls. My uncle and my grandpa drift in and out throughout. We always do the biggest ones that don't fit under the tree first, my aunt just passes out the presents that are in the front of the tree and gradually goes to the back.

6.) What's a tradition you love?

I like going to the Nutcracker with my dad. We've done that every year since I was about six years old with a few exceptions, like me being sick and stuff like that. I also like wrapping presents with my mom while watching something Christmassy on tv.

7.) Do you give gifts?

Of course! Ever since I was little I have made my gifts to my family. But my favorite part is wrapping them.

8.) What's your favorite holiday drink?

Hot chocolate! It must be made with milk, though.

9.) What about your favorite holiday food?

Ummm...this is a tough one. Most of the things I eat during the holidays I eat all year, but I would have to say that my favorite is fudge. That is something that I only eat during Christmastime. Sometimes me and my mom make it, but most of the time it's my aunt. She brings it over on Christmas Eve and I eat about three pieces of it.

10.) What is your favorite Christmas movie?

A Christmas Story. That is probably the first Christmas movie that I saw that wasn't Barney or anything like that. A few weeks ago, my mom went to Target (without me!) and got me a set of pens that have quotes from the movie. I use those at school. We also quote lines from the movie, too.

11.) If you worked in Santa's workshop, what would you be doing?

Wrapping presents! I could do that all day.

12.) Can YOU do this tag?

Like Meghan, I tag anyone reading this. But, I would also like to tag Madison.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

50 Posts! And A Little About Christmas

It's December, again! This is a favorite time of year for a lot of people, like me.

But before I talk about it, I must post an adorable penguin picture.

(In case you haven't read some of my other posts, I am obsessed with penguins)

I love Christmastime. I especially love going window-shopping at this time. So many people hate going to the mall because it's usually crazy, but I love it because they have the giant trees and all the stores are decorated. Micheals is also really fun since they always start selling decorations that are so sparkly! And when I do go shopping, I like stopping at a coffee shop and getting a hot chocolate. In the winter, I drink hot chocolate so much. It's my favorite thing to drink.

Another thing I like is the Christmas movies. I have not found one that I do not like. My favorite is A Christmas Story. I have to watch that at least once each year. The Hallmark movies are so cheesy, but I love those as well. For some reason, they make really cliche love stories and are still awesome. On the weekends I could just watch those all day. Wait...I have done that... :)

And then there is the gifts. I remember when I was little, my wishlist was pages long! Now, it's a little less than half a page. I love opening presents and the anticipation. I get so excited when presents start showing up under the tree! It's fun for me to read the tags. But, there is also giving the gifts. For as long as I can remember, I have made most of my gifts. But the most fun for me is the wrapping. I wish it could  take longer to do so it wouldn't be over so quickly. Me and my mom usually watch a Christmas movie while we wrap presents on the floor. I help her wrap her gifts, too.

Christmas for me and my dad is pretty much nothing but traditions. Every year, we dress up and go to the Nutcracker. We also give each other similar gifts, too. I make him fudge since he loves it so much. He gives me a small gift on Christmas Eve and then he takes me on a shopping spree during all the after-Christmas sales. Meanwhile, on Christmas Eve, my mom makes some appetizer-ish food and we get out all the sweets we've made. Our close family on that side comes over and sometimes brings some food, too. Then we just hang out. On Christmas day, we go to my aunt's house and that's where we open presents and have dinner and all that.

So, there are my favorite parts about Christmas which is pretty much every little thing about it. I would like to read about what you usually do on Christmas/Christmas Eve. Comment down below!