Five things: The July edition

Five things: The July edition

One. I’m crazy about card making right now. I’ve dived head first into YouTube land with the likes of Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire (and more) and have gathered bundles of inspiration that I think my head is going to explode. Thank goodness for Pinterest! I need more excuses to send cards to friends. And I’m hating on the fact that Australia Post keeps increasing postage prices but it won’t stop me. How I love snail mail.

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Two. I’m in full KonMari mode again and attempting to purge all my unwanted material possessions. I’ve discovered Carousell and Shedd. Why do these apps need the superfluous extra letter you ask? Maybe it adds to their success. Who knows. I’ve sold a bunch on both apps. I find it convenient enough to list quickly and efficiently, but find the hagglers a bit much to deal with.

Three. Truffle season is happening right now and whilst it is usually Canberra that gets the bulk of the celebrations, Sydney is getting onboard with the truffle party. I’ve visited some restaurants with truffle specials and I’m addicted. I just can’t say no to a smattering of fresh truffle atop my jaffle. And all other indulgent foods just because. Winter.

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Four. Hobonichi research dominates my free time right now. At the moment I’m using an Appointed weekly notebook planner. I love it for task planning and an overview of what’s to come, but what I’m really craving is the day-to-day journalling. I guess this related to point number one and documenting and stamping everything in sight. I think I’ve decided on an A6 version, now whether I want the Avec or the traditional… I really wanted some cute planner clips so I ended up making my own.

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Five. I saw they just released the Instax Square, which is a hybrid camera. Not sure how I feel about this. I love how the older Instax captures moments without any editing. However I can see why you would want to edit your photos to print. I just purchased the SP-2 printer after years of detesting it, just because I can’t deny it in this digital age. I have SO many photos on my phone, on my hard drive that I just want to physically touch.

Now, all I need is some time to pursue my 103,482,298 hobbies. That is all.

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Manicure: Violet filigree

Manicure: Violet filigree

I think it’s time for another manicure post. I feel like I haven’t done one for a while, despite changing my nails at least twice a week. I just get so restless with my nails that change is inevitable. I was sporting some white ones earlier in the week that I captured on Instagram, but it felt odd against my tanned skin so I promptly changed to a light lilac.

I stamped with a Bundle Monster series 3 plate. I used the filigree design.

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I used Essie She’s Picture Perfect for a base, and stamped with a dark purple Konad polish that my brother kindly brought back for me from Taiwan. Not sure what the name is as it was a tiny bottle.

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It’s such a pretty and delicate filigree pattern. I think it might work better with a statement metallic colour. That’s an idea for next time… Overall I’m happy with how this one turned out.

Essie konad manicure

Of course you can’t really go wrong with purple on purple. Slowly getting through the different patterns of my BM set. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get through all of them

Essie konad manicure

Manicure: Nude Flowers

Manicure: Nude Flowers

Apologies I’ve gotten behind in my blog posts! I made a visit to the annual coffee festival the other day, so I have a bunch of photos from there! I got super wired, but how could you not with $2 cups of coffee. I’ll post them up soon hopefully! As per usual, life has had made a bit of a hectic turn, so I’ve either been working hard, or just relaxing, and nothing in between.

In other news, I can’t believe that it is August already. It just seems as though time has flown by so quickly. Before you know it it will be Christmas again. Sigh.

I’ve had to tone down my nails as of late. The corporate environment doesn’t look kindly upon brights or glitters. I stuck with my go-to nude, Tickle My France-y and stamped a floral design over the top in white Konad. That reminds me, I should really look into obtaining more Konad polishes. I’m quite impressed with how well they work.

Manicure: Inverted Tiffany Blue

Manicure: Inverted Tiffany Blue

Time for another mani! I was feeling a little more brighter this time around and went with China Glaze’s For Audrey. This Tiffany-esque blue is frequently in my colour rotation. It is just an easy colour to wear, despite its bright bold hue. I opted for BM-310, a plate with an inverted design.

China Glaze For Audrey

I decided I’d do a feature nail on my ring finger. I admit I do like how the other nail stamps seem understated in comparison to it.

China Glaze For Audrey

Until next time!

China Glaze For Audrey

Manicure: Black and white houndstooth

Manicure: Black and white houndstooth

I couldn’t resist doing a David Jones manicure yesterday. For those non-Aussies, that translates to a simple black and white houndstooth. I used Orly Pink Whisper as a base and stamped with aKonad Black. The Orly polish calls itself pink, though I’d describe it more of a pearly white. It is definitely one of my go-to bases for stamping. It takes that sharp edge off of a pure white.

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I used Bundle Monster plate 322. I was tossing up between the geometric full nail designs on this plate. Too hard to choose! I gotta tell you I’m itching for a change as I type this. Haha. I should really wait at least a week.

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And one more shot in natural sunlight. It gave me a chance to play around with the white balance on this camera. Still getting my head around all the settings.

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Manicure: Easter inspired

Manicure: Easter inspired

I’ve been keeping my nails somewhat neutral for the past few weeks just because, and I felt like a bit of a change. Of course it had to be purple. And metallic. I’m beginning to see what colour tips I favour over others. I didn’t think I had any favourites, but there you go! The mid-season sales have started in the malls and shopping centres. I’ve tried to do my best to stay away, but there are times where I just cave in. Exhibit A: a few days ago, I bought work clothes at 50% off. I try to justify this to myself as a necessity. Reality is, I have too many clothes.

I decided on doing a cute little chick for my feature nail. I debated long and hard on whether I wanted to stamp the rest or do some polka dots. You can see for yourself what I decided on. I can’t believe that it is almost a quarter of the year over! I gave up chocolate for Lent. It has been trying at times, but it really makes you reflect on the sacrifices that were made for human kind and it just brings you back to the roots of Easter. I won’t harp on too much about that. I’ll just say that I’m looking forward to the chocolate at the end.

More photos after the jump.

Happy Easter everyone!

Easter nails

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