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Tutorial: DIY Half-Moon Nails

June 23, 2015

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The Half-Moon Manicure has been around since the 1920s.  From the 1920s through the 1930s both the top tip and the bottom moon were bare or left a lighter shade. In the late 1930s it then became popular to leave just the bottom half moon bare.

This manicure was a symbol of glamour, but it was ultimately for practical purposes: when you had your nails done in those days the varnish took a long time to apply and dry, so women tried to keep their manicures going for as long as possible, and leaving the half moons meant that regrowth didn’t appear so obvious as the weeks went by.

The half-moon manicure has become popular yet again thanks to Dita Von Teese. I too am a fan of the traditional ’30s-’40s half-moon manicure so this is my little DIY on that traditional ’40s pinup manicure.

What you’ll need

  • Nail polish
  • Nail polish remover
  • Reinforcement labels (found in the office area, typically used to reinforce punched holes, but make a great half moon shape!)
  • Nail care sticks
  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers
  • Q-tips
  • Top coat nail polish

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Steps

  1. I Like to clip and file my nails to a round point in a traditional ’40s style.
  2. The reinforcement stickers stick directly on to the nail to create that half moon shape.
  3. Paint your nails right over the sticker.
  4. Remove the sticker.
  5. You may have some boo-boos here or there. Just clean them up by using the nail sticks, Q-tips and some nail polish remover.
  6. Then top off with some top coat.
  7. Repeat on the other side.
  8. Fin!

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Beauty Style

Tutorial:
Lace Ribbon Bohemian Braids inspired by Frida Kahlo

June 8, 2015

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I have always been inspired by Frida Kahlo not only as an artist, woman, and true bohemian but also by her captivating style. Her style is even more captivating when you find all the meanings behind it.  Her ribbon braided hair had many meanings behind it.  1st: Frida and Diego, became a driving force of the ‘Mexicanidad’ movement which sought to increase the status of Mexican culture and decrease the Spanish influence from Europe due to European influences such as Surrealism . She started to wear traditional Mexican costumes and braided her hair with ribbons, flowers and jewelry to identify with indigenous Mexican culture. 2nd: Femininity.  Frida later cut her beautiful locks to rejected her femininity and express the pain she felt over the separation with Diego, shown in her Self Portrait with Braid

This DIY is my ode to Frida; this is my version of feminine lace braids — a personal hairstyle favorite.

What you need:

  • Lace strand long enough to braid two pigtails wrap around your head twice and tie in a bow
  • Scissors to cut the ribbon
  • Make sure your hair is semi damp for clean braids and less flyaways

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Beauty Body & Mind Productivity

30 Day Challenges

June 1, 2015

In May I started 30 day challenges because I was feeling guilty for not doing the things I wanted and needed to do with my son while I was trying to grow my own business and work on other creative, fun ventures and adventures.  Ursala had recently done a 30 day yoga challenge and really enjoyed it, so I thought to myself, “why not challenge myself to 30 day challenges so I could successfully do the things I need to do as a parent and the things I want to do independently for self-love?”  So it was on! I’m extremely competitive and I love a good challenge, plus this was a great way to not procrastinate, and learn balance and time management in my new mom life.

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My 30 day Challenges

  • Yoga everyday. I jumped into my 30 day challenge with Ursala on the full moon by attending a Yin Yoga class with traveling duo Maredith Rom & Michael Zeligs.  They were then on an awesome tour together called the Vision & Voice Tour.  I then found two 30 day yoga challenge videos on YouTube to follow for the remainder of challenge.  They were short, so I did both videos to make my practice longer.  I did yoga with Adriene and yoga with Erin Motz everyday. (FYI Erin Motz yoga ended up having ads in between the yoga sessions half way through.  I was not happy about this.)
  • Juice at least twice a week.
  • Contortion training at least twice a week. I followed along with Fit and Bendy with Kristina Nekyia for the month.  I took her class a few times in LA at Cirque School and loved it!  As soon as I found out she released a DVD I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and do stretch training at home.  Her classes are amazing because she enforces strength for flexibility which is immensely important.  This stretch workout hurts in the best way! I bought this DVD as soon as I got pregnant and now baby Wyatt is 15 weeks and I can start training again.
  • Read at least every other day with the babe.
  • Tummy time with the babe every day.
  • Nature walks with the babe every day.

30 day challenges exist heavily for health and fitness.  It’s easy to do a diet and get abs if you challenge yourself to do it everyday.  30 day challenges make me feel like I have to make the time no matter what.  But why don’t we do these 30 day challenges for other things in our lives we wish we had time for but never do?  Check out this article about the pros and cons for fitness 30 day challenges.

I found if I combined my challenges the better my time management became and the more successful I felt. I later read an article explaining how 30 days creates a habit and ideas for 30 day challenges.  It also gives you ideas on challenges if you need help finding a challenge.  Idea #26 is combining your challenges. This article also has a great Ted talk on 30 day challenges.

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What I learned

Make it work for you.  I’m a new mommy and becoming a mom was a real challenge because my freedom was no longer there to do what I want when I want.  My baby boy is my main priority so I would just work around him and his schedule. However, I realized that in order to get my challenges in I needed to wake up before him, or incorporate him into my tasks.  It was difficult to find time to blog, work on Ghost Rabbits (my vintage store), and do my challenges on top of being a mom while not getting frustrated.  I had to learn to be OK with finishing something I started later in the day, or crunching challenges together.  It’s usually suggested that you only pick one challenge so you have a better chance to succeed, but I picked a zillion. This worked for me, because not all of my challenges were daily, which helped me succeed and feel accomplished.

A daily planner. I’m not necessarily trying to start a habit with any of these challenges but in a way they are my weekly planner. Eventually I’d like to get a tangible planner, but knowing that I had a checklist that I had to accomplish every day or so was a way to work me into using a real planner.

Competing with myself.  I’m a highly stubborn and competitive individual especially against myself and the best way I’m going to juice twice a week and read every other day is to challenge myself.  Psychologically that works for me even in my mini daily rituals.

How my 30 day challenges went

My love and I were on the road for two weeks in the middle of the month. He was tattooing and I was working on my online vintage store, posting items and shopping to find new treasures.  Sooo… I had to take my challenges on the road.  I made sure I continued all of my challenges everywhere we went which wasn’t hard since we stayed at friends that had magical yards to do yoga and explore nature with the babe.  The hard challenge to keep up with was juicing. I didn’t have my juicer on the road so I just had to buy juice (and I don’t know if that still counts).

My body feels great from all the yoga and flexibility training. I am planning to keep these challenges up to a yearly goal.  I want to have the splits and scorpion down by the end of the year!  I also feel like I’ve been a good mom making sure I read, do tummy time, and explore outside with Wyatt everyday.  I’m still going to juice as much as I can but I’m not going to challenge myself, I just hope I’ve created a little habit that will continue.  The overall experience went well and I have to say it was even easer to keep up with my challenges when I knew I had to blog about it.

I’m compiling new challenges for this new month to create a new “weekly planer” and encourage you to also!  There’s no excuse not to do those things you wish you always had time for or are scared to do!

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Beauty Style

The Language of Rings

May 15, 2015

Ring PlacementOne of my friends wears thick, chunky rings on four of his fingers.  I’d once heard that in Japan each of the fingers represents different members in your family, and I wondered if he knew about that.  He didn’t, but he said that they each had a special, more abstract meaning for him.  I was jealous.  I wanted meaning!

So I started researching the meaning of rings, and treated myself to some retail therapy after a pretty emotionally exhausting/enlightening few weeks.  What I found was that the language of ring placement is fairly universal, kind of like mathematics.  In all cultures, the circle is a symbol of the all-encompassing eternity.  Rings simbolize unity and life.  In ancient cultures, rings were considered to bind the wearer with power and energy, bestowing protection on them.  Priests and shamans wear rings on their pointer fingers for spiritual guidance and leadership, and couples bind themselves together by placing them on their ring fingers.

Rings Meaning

I have bought six new rings this month, and made three— I’m a little obsessed.  It has become my morning ritual to decide who I am for the day, what I need spiritually, and I project my intentions.  Even if the rings are not harnessing extra energy from the universe, my mini-ceremony is in no doubt changing my life with the law of attraction.

Here’s what I found…

Fingers, Planets and the Yin & Yang

Your hands are essentially an energy map of consciousness, with each finger having a quality that it represents and stimulates.  Rings act as a filter, enhancing or decreasing our innate energetic characteristics.

The Two Hands

Based on the age-old art of Palmistry, your right and left hands hold distinct energies— the yin and the yang.   The passive hand holds the yin energy, the active hand holds the yang.  For right-handed people, the left is considered the passive hand, the active hand will be the right. With the left hand we receive energy, and with the right we give.

Placing a ring on the left hand aligns in to our bodies and our lives with the qualities associated with that particular finger.  When we place a ring on the right hand, that ring channels the giving/creating qualities associated with that particular finger.  The hands/energies are opposite for left-handed people.

The Thumb
The will, both personal and universal, and Self-assertion

Index Finger
Leadership, Executive Ability, Self-esteem, Power, Money, Spiritual/Religious Authority

Middle Finger
Responsibility, Universal & Human Law, Justice, Sense of Right & Wrong, Self-Analysis

Ring Finger
Love of Beauty, Creativity, Expression of Self, Relationship with Others

Pinky Finger
Intuition, Communication, Quick Intelligence

 

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The Greek Gods

Mercury (pinky finger)

Mercury was the messenger of the gods.  He symbolizes intellectual capacity, thought process, comprehension, and all intellectual activities in general.  He is the planet of communication and exchanges.

Sun (ring finger)

The Sun is a star of warmth, life, and light. He emphasizes courage, loyalty, nobleness and generosity, but also pride and self-centredness.  He represents the source of life itself, and therefore, creation and creativity.

Saturn (middle finger)

Saturn is a sign of ambition, maturity, wisdom and asceticism.  He is associated with the elderly, the wise, and all people who can help others overcome an ordeal such as priests, medical practitioners, etc.

Jupiter  (index finger)

Jupiter is associated with wealth, glory and honours, and he also is a success factor.  He symbolizes abundance, warmth, blossoming, good luck and self-confidence.

The Elements

varung mudraThe five elements of the body have a close relationship, with each finger representing a specific element.  The meanings of each finger in relation to the elements are key in understanding the power of Hindu/Buddhist mudras.  It is interesting to note the relationship between the planets (above) and the elements (below), and observe how the power of the mudras correlates with planetary descriptions.  For example, the Varun Mudra is the mudra for the higher mind, or mental clarity, to symbolize openness and fluid concentration.  It is formed with the thumb (universal will) and pinky (intuition).  What better way to find mental clarity than connecting your intuition to the universe?!  Mudras are effective through reflexology, as putting light pressure on specific areas on your hands triggers certain areas in the brain to activate.

Water (pinky finger)

Water characterizes change and represents the liquid state.

Earth (ring finger)

Earth represents the solid state of matter. It manifests stability, permanence and rigidity.

Ether (middle finger)

Ether is the subtlest of all elements, which is everywhere and touches everything.  It is a vessel in the mind which receives all impressions, and in the heart space accepts love.  Ether is receptivity and non-resistant to what is true.

Air (index finger)

Air is the gaseous form of matter, which is mobile and dynamic. It is a key element required for fire to burn. Air is existence without form.

Fire (thumb)

Fire has the power to transform the state of any substance: to transform solids into liquids or gas, and back again.  It is the universal force in nature that produces heat and radiates light. Fire removes doubt from the mother-substance of human heart and replaces it with joy.

With all of this laid out to enjoy and contemplate, our fundamental intuition is truly the best guide of all.  What matters most is what feels right to the ring wearer.

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