Manicure Monday: Chinese New Year Edition February 25, 2013

Saturday night was the Chinese New Year parade here in San Francisco. We were able to score a pretty sweet view from a rooftop along the parade route. The parade is one of the top ten parades in the world and the largest of it’s kind outside of Asia! It is also one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country. There were lots of dragons, lions, beautifully decorated floats, marching bands, martial arts groups, dancers, and of course a ton of firecrackers! Many of the groups in the parade incorporated snakes into their costumes or floats to celebrate the Year of the Snake. The finale featured the Golden Dragon, at 268 feet it is the longest dragon in the Western Hemisphere and requires more than 100 people to carry it.

On to the nails:

Year of the Snake

I used Gelish Hot Rod Red as the base color. The gold glitter is Julep Oscar and for the snake I used Nubar nail art pens in Mint, Neon Lime, Basic White and Black.

CNY Year of the Snake

To see last year’s CNY mani click HERE.

Year of the Snake

West Coast Lion Dance Troupe


Wells Fargo turned the beloved Lombard Street into a snake. So clever!

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SFPD Lion Dance Team


Giant Fortune Cookie

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The 268′ Golden Dragon carried by Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!


Blog of the Year 2012 January 4, 2013

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Happy Friday ya’ll! A huge thank you to Zenorah and Melissa for nominating me for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. I’m so excited to be nominated by two of my favorite bloggers. I took a huge unintentional break from blogging this year. I’m happy to be back and receiving awards from these lovely ladies makes my return that much sweeter!


The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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My Nominations:

I love everything about Zenorah’s blog and youtube channel. Zenorah is gorgeous and I love her name and her Trinidadian accent! Check her out for perfect swatches and informative reviews.

Melissa’s blog is one of my favorites so I’d like to nominate her as well. Melissa is a recovering nail biter so let her be an inspiration to you if you have the same problem. Check out Horrendous Color for nail related goodies and make sure you stop by her “About Me” section for the best blog naming story ever! She also has a beauty blog HERE.

I also want to nominate Judi from Middle Aged Beauty Queen. Judi is so sweet and so encouraging. After wearing the same color on her nails for 10 years she now changes her nails everyday and experiments with all colors. Judi came up with idea of Julep Januay (all julep, no repeats for all of January). Calling all Julep fans, check her out! Judi also has a youtube channel you can check out HERE.

Amy’s Vintage Closet is an awesome blog. Amy definitely deserves a nomination. I love how she combines vintage pieces with new pieces for totally stylish, totally unique outfits. And she’s rocked some pretty sweet mani’s over the past year too!

My final nomination is Tina from My Highest Self. Tina covers all kinds of topics and often has great giveaways.

Honestly I could go on and on with these nominations, I follow so many talented bloggers and all of them deserve an award. I am inspired on a regular basis by all my fellow bloggers. Cheers to 2013 everyone!


2012 in review January 1, 2013

Thank you to everyone that visited my blog this year. Happy 2013 everyone! The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


Friday Favorites December 28, 2012

Favorite Video:

Favorite Mani:

Gorgeous glitter placement by Chelsea King of getnailed.

Favorite New Year’s Decor Idea:


I love the idea of decorating with clocks for New Year’s.

Favorite Recipe:

I made this green bean casserole for Christmas and it was sooo good!

Favorite DIY:

These DIY Toy Animal Jars are so cute and simple to make.

What has been your favorite recipe this holiday season?