Monday, March 17, 2014

Short-Term Goals

It's safe to say that last month was pretty terrible. I had about a billion and one things to do and yet felt so unproductive. I'm really starting to believe that productivity is the key to happiness and well-being, at least for me. I always feel best after producing and creating. Seeing as April is going to be just as hectic (if not more-so) than February was, March is proving to be the best time to work on some personal projects. With only about two weeks left, I best start working on these goals ASAP!

Number one on my to-do list is to purchase and install some blackout shades. I posted about my bedroom decor plans back in January and have since made 0% progress. A comfortable bedroom is so important, and the fact that I haven't yet tailored mine to my needs is proving to be detrimental. I feel like I haven't had a truly satisfying good night's sleep in so long, and it all starts with finally getting some good shades.

I haven't delved into a good book in what seems like forever. I just finished reading "The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari", but that was more of a self-help/inspirational book (and possibly what sparked this blog post). I need to get back into reading some good, food-for-though fiction, especially since I work in a library and am constantly requested to provide book suggestions (of which I have none to give). Because I'm juggling work, school, and internship, I've been spread a little too thin and haven't divulged enough effort into any of those things. So, for work at the very least, I need to start reading more.

Some books that have been on my to-read list for a while now.
Another thing I need to do this month is get a head-start on my final media project. The assignment is to create an "Artist Book", which is a "book" (very loose guideline) that explores the aesthetic and storyline elements of a movie of your choice. I decided I wanted to pick something fun, so I chose Tangled as my movie. I'm going to make an accordion-fold paper lantern, and on every fold, I'm going to depict a scene from the film. My first task is to explore Michaels for supplies and inspiration!

My poor, neglected Wreck This Journal desperately needs some love this month. I have yet to complete even one page from that book. I bought the book to spark my creativity, and it's been sitting in my drawer, untouched, for over a month. I don't think there is a metaphor for unproductiveness more fitting than that. Maybe a trip to Michaels might give me some drive to continue that project. After all, there's nothing quite like fresh art supplies.

And that concludes my short-term goals! I think four is a solid amount. I don't want to be over-ambitious because I know that would just be setting myself up for failure. I'll let y'all know how it goes!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Disney World 2014

Earlier this month I went to Disney World for three days and had a great time (as usual). My family and I go to Disney World a ton because my mom is a Disney Vacation Club member.  I'm the type of person that prefers a fun-filled vacation over a loungey beach trip, so Disney World is right up my alley. Add the fact that I'm a media geek (all those interactive attractions? Ma gawddd) and a huge lover of Disney movies, and I am Disney World's #1 fan.

I'm also a big design nerd, so the variations of typography you can find all over the parks is such eye candy to me. These are two signs on Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom.

Here's a snapshot of my mom and brother enjoying their Starbucks in Magic Kingdom as the sun starts to set. I really think you can enjoy Disney at any age.

Every night in Magic Kingdom they project a montage of clips from various Disney films onto the castle (including Disney's Frozen!). This was my first time seeing it and it was incredible. The above clip is from Tangled during the lantern scene. (PS - can we talk about how I can make Gifs now?!)

What's completely new to Disney are these wristbands that you get if you stay in a Disney resort. Basically, they're customized bracelets that hold your room keys, park passes, and fast passes. You can even make charges to your hotel room on them. So cool.

On our second night we went to Epcot and had dinner in the Italian pavilion. The Epcot World Showcase is one of my favorite parts of Disney World because everything is so authentic, right down to the buildings and decor. The employees at each pavilion actually come from the countries they represent. It's awesome.

And that concludes my Disney trip! Can't wait to go again next year :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Collective Nail Polish Haul

Somewhere, somehow, I managed to collect 14 new nail polishes in February... I justified the purchases because it was my birthday month, but I guess you can say have a bit of an addiction to new nail polish... GAH. It's a problem, but just look at them! I can't help it. I really need to get a good nail polish rack to display them.

From left to right: Color Club "The Lime Starts Here", Color Club "Koo-Koo Cachoo", Color Club "Yum Gum", Marc Jacobs "Gatsby",  Orly "Purple Crush", OPI "Sweet Heart", OPI "Alpine Snow", China Glaze "Light As Air", China Glaze "Sweet Hook", China Glaze "Make An Entrance", Zoya "Payton", Models Own "Hedonist", OPI "Push and Shove"
I'll just go through each of them, explaining my rationale for buying them/my initial thoughts if I've tried them already.

Orly "Bonder": I got this base coat because MissGlamorazzi recommended it on her YouTube channel, and let me tell you, it's great. The idea is that it bonds the nail polish to the nail, and it does exactly that. It seriously makes your nail polish last as long as it possibly can.

Color Club neons: On my way back from Florida last week, I popped by a discount beauty store and found these babies on offer - 3 for the price of 1. Such a bargain! I love neon nail polish (recall my obsession with Models Own Luis Lemon), so this was awesome. I haven't worn them yet but they seem seem really glossy and fairly opaque. Excited to try them out!

Marc Jacobs "Gatsby": My friend Marcella got me this nail polish for my birthday, and I love it. I would describe it as a rose-silver metallic (as opposed to rose gold). It sometimes looks a little champagne-y in different lights. It's totally opaque in one swatch. Although it's pricey, you really get good value for money with this one.

Orly "Purple Crush": Since "radiant orchid" is the Pantone color of the year, I felt an overwhelming urge to find a nail polish in that color range. My my my, does this fit the bill. Brands have been coming out with orchid colors left and right but none quite as radiant as this one. I'm seriously itching to wear it.

OPI "Sweet Heart" and "Alpine Snow": I got these two full-size OPIs in a set from TJ Maxx... The price? $7.99 for both! I couldn't leave this in the store, I just couldn't. I already know and love Alpine Snow, and it'll serve as a great base to make those Color Club neons really pop. As for Sweet Heart, well, you just can never have enough nude polishes, am I right?

China Glaze "Light As Air" and "Make an Entrance": I got these at the same place as the Color Clubs, and they were on sale for $2.99. Just couldn't pass them up. "Light as Air" is a beautiful dusty lavender color, and "Make an Entrance" is a vibrant raspberry.

China Glaze "Sweet Hook": So, for my birthday, I made a sneaky Nail Polish Canada purchase. I had enough fidelity points to snap up this pale lilac color, which I've been eyeing since last spring. It'll be the first polish I wear when the weather gets warm!

Zoya "Payton": In the same Nail Polish Canada order, I got Payton, which if you might recall from my previous wishlists, I've been wanting for a long time. The color is gorgeous - a rich purple with silver microglitters. My only gripe is that it's a little thin and brush is imprecise. Otherwise, I'm wearing it right now and I love the shade.

Models Own "Hedonist": Again, I've been wanting this bad boy since last summer! Oh god, I'm so glad I finally own it. I've never seen a brighter coral color in my life. I can't wait to have this on in the dead of summer when I'm eating popsicles and soaking up the sun. Perfect.

OPI "Push and Shove": Of the new OPI collections (Gwen Stefani and Brazil) this is the only polish that really caught my eye. I have a thing for mirror effect nails, so this was right up my alley. As you can see from the swatch above, it's really metallic and reflective. It comes with its own base coat (not sure what's up with that?) but I'm super excited to try it.

PHEW. That's it. I should probably lay off the nail polish purchases for the next while, although Nail Polish Canada did just get the new Models Own Gel Effects.......... LOL :)

PS. anyone notice, no Essie in this haul??? Their polishes have been so boring lately! Seriously hope they step it up!