Garnet Gemstone Tutorial



I’m excited to show you this awesome tutorial featuring butter LONDON’s LA Moss. It reminded me of the birthstone for January, Garnet, so I designed nail art with that idea!


Check out the step by step tutorial over on Pretty Prudent. I hope you enjoy it!

So pretty!!

"I have learned that when sadness comes to visit me, all I can do is say “I see you.” I spend some time with it, get up, and say goodbye.
I don’t push it away, I own it.
And because I own it, I let it go."

— (via okmorgan)

(Source: blogcarolinazacariaworld, via vidaserene)

Still Hungry so I’m watching The Taste

I’ve eaten all my ”allowed” calories for the day so I’m drinking sparkling water and watching The Taste.

I’m not sure it’s actually working but I’m refusing to give in. So… Actually… I guess it IS working. Mind over matter!


Day 2 of Paleo!

· Meals have been 100% perfect yesterday and today.

· Started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. So sore today that I can hardly breathe - wowza. At least day 1 is behind me, right?

· Working out again tonight.

· Learned about califlower risotto today and am eager to try it.

This has been an update.


2014 Resolutions

· Drink at least 80 Oz of water per day.
· Be Paleo for January
· Take January off from booze.
· Work out 3x per week.
· Quit smoking cigs (but forever this time).
· Lose 15 lbs.
· Be an amazing partner, friend, sister, dog-owner, and employee.
· Save $8,000 this year.

That’s the focus.  The action plan begins today.

"You cannot use someone else’s fire; you can only use your own. And in order to do that, you must first be willing to believe you have it."

— Audre Lorde (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

(via ironphenix)



Between the festive gaudiness that becomes inevitable as nail art this time’a year, I went for something understated, muted and subtle. I kinda love it.


This Marc Jacobs nude is just a touch above a regular nude, with it’s ever-so-slight pink pearl. The name of it actually inspired me…

Old Tricks

I remembered an old trick of mine from back in the day when I was fitter than a fiddle: drink an entire glass of water when I’m hungry or having a craving, wait 15 minutes and see if I’m still wanting to grub whatever it was that grabbed my attention previously.

You see, the brain frequently confuses thirst for hunger (or so I’ve been told) and I’m chronically dehydrated.

Pro tip. You’re welcome.


I came back…

… But I can’t think of anything to share these days. I’ve tried writing a handful if times but mostly think my musings arent all that unique and worth sharing.

Most days I forget I’ve even got a blog.

Life is busy. Life is full. Life is good. I’m in a happy time in my life, that’s for sure.

My fitness journey continues, as it has before and as it will in the future.

My fitness goals aren’t clear and defined and perhaps that’s why I struggle to write.

…until I figure it out…


Abstract Pilgrim Buckles for Thanksgiving - Tutorial!



It’s tutorial time again! Here’s my take on a Thanksgiving nail -instead of gimmicks and childlike imagery, I chose something classy, dark, and graphic with just a gleam of shimmer. Now THAT’S a recipe for hot nail art. 


Follow along with the tutorial at Pretty Prudent!


Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming

I’m continuing on with my portion control and yoga and its going great, thanks for asking.

Actually, I recieved a message in my inbox yesterday welcoming me back and asking about how hiking is going, wrote a long answer back and hit ” post” … And nothing happened. The message disappeared along with my response. Sorry about that, dear follower!

But to respond now: thank you for the grand welcome! Hiking this year has been sporadic for me but I’m eager to get back in the swing of things again for the sake of my dog.

Yep, my dog! Chippy and I adopted a one year old mixed mutt 7 weeks ago. It was one of my better decisions of my life, that’s for sure! He’s a total cuddle bunny, a great hiking partner and I’m totally smitten so prepare yourself for pictures if him all up in this blog! So far we’ve gone on two hikes together, and he’s also a great biking and walking partner.

It is raining in Los Angeles this morning (which I LOVE) and according to it’s supposed to snow here tomorrow. Umm… yeah, right.

A couple nights ago I made an awesome soup. Key ingredients: spicy sausage, kale, kidney beans, parsnips. There were the other obvious veggies, too. Man oh man was it GREAT. Chippy and I decided that at the end of each week we are going to make a soup made of all our leftover veggies and add kale and spicy sausage. It’s so hearty and fall-icious.

Today I will probably not work out but I am planning on using the foam roller. Oh, how I love to hate and hate to love that thing.

Guess that’s it for today - just keep swimming, lovely followers, and stay positive!


Think, Decide, Do

I hopped on the scale this morning so I’d have a starting point to reference later (because obviously I’m going to be successful with my fitness journey, riiight? Right.) It wasn’t a cute number: 143.0 lbs. I’m short at just 5’2ish and I’m curvey with both tits *and* ass. I do love that about my build - I do feel skin. 143 doesn’t look horrendous on me so I’m trying not to mentally repremand myself too hard for slacking off for so long… But it’s pretty hard not to because I really don’t like seeing 143 on the scale. Also, I’m most comfortable (aka actually fitting) in size 6 or 8 right now.

As far as goals: 130 lbs (less than that means sacrificing too many of the things I love and I’m not willing) and size 4 - 6.

These are not crazy goals. These are not unreachable goals. In fact, I can probably meet them rather quickly if I start integrating workouts back into my life regularly. So today I’ll start with working out

I just decided that right now. This instant. As I typed. That’s how it’s been working for me right now: think, decide, do. I’m on a roll!

Home yoga and a long walk sounds just about right for today. I’m recovering from a shoulder injury from moving furniture so I have to choose something that will feel okay without injuring it further.

I’ll report back with how that goes tomorrow.

What about you? What’s your ”think, decide, do” today?