So much of my time for the past couple of weeks has been on set with Lust For Love that it’s barely felt like Christmas time! Still, I helped put the lights up with my dad and brother and last weekend we all set up the Christmas tree. It’s one of my favorite times of year and I’m very pleased to say it’s a happy one this year. Here are a bunch of snapshots from the holiday festivities thus far. :)
Due to my current limited income, I didn’t hit many Black Friday sales this year, but I did make it a point to check out the sweet deals at The Comic Bug! As you can see, I came home with quite a few excellent things: Neil Gaiman’s Marvel 1602 series for half-off the set price, the DC Showcase for Batgirl with 500 pages of her original 1960s appearances for 75% off, another set of Black Widow & The Marvel Girls, and a variety of comics from the $1 section.
Later that day, I saw on Twitter that Mike was in the store saying that all of the gift certificates he’d hidden hadn’t been found yet, so I figured I’d pop by to say hi and see if I could find one (I live less than five minutes away). Fortunately, he’d told me a couple weeks ago that Fear Agent is one of his favorite series, so I headed straight for the Fear Agent back issues and found a $25 gift certificate!
Sometimes you just need to have a decidedly lazy weekend: that’s what this one has been for me, so I can’t say I have too much to share. I did spend an embarrassing amount of time playing around with the Princess Maker last night while marathoning Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries.
I actually watched Season 1 of Vampire Diaries about a year ago on a whim, but Season 2 wasn’t out on DVD yet, so it kind of fell by the wayside. Imagine my delight when I noticed that Seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix instant now! Since it’s been a while, I’m rewatching Season 1 first, but I’m excited to get caught up. Let’s face it: it may be a “teen” show by definition, but that is one seriously attractive cast, the stories are great, and there’s plenty of snarky one-liners from Mr. Damon Salvatore up there. My personal favorite has to be after he bemoans that he doesn’t “get” Twilight and follows it up with, “I miss Anne Rice. She was so on it.” That she was, Damon. That she was.
How has your weekend been, lovelies?
One of my favorite parts of Halloween is carving pumpkins with my family. This year, I looked for some stencils online and stumbled upon this adorable Hello Kitty vampire (found here) and knew my decision was made! We’ve been using the stencil books for a number of years and I love the way they turn out.
This week I decided to try out The Dainty Squid‘s tutorial for Simple Triangle Nails. I love the look and it seemed simple enough. Turns out: it is and it’s one of my favorite manicures I’ve tried so far!
First off, I took off my old polish and shaped my nails to my liking. Then I applied my base coat followed by my base color. It’s worth noting that I love the color you get with Turquoise & Caicos, but it took three full coats before I got the level of coverage I wanted, which is a bit much in my opinion.
Once the base color is completely dry, you cut twenty small strips of Scotch tape. Use two per finger and criss-cross the strips in order to create your triangle pattern. Do this one finger at a time. Paint with your second color over the exposed bit of nail, then immediately peel up the strips of tape. Do this on all ten fingers, put on your final top coat, and you’re done!
I’m so glad that The Dainty Squid posted the original tutorial for the manicure. I think it turned out fun while still being chic and I can’t wait to try out other color combinations!