Archives for the month of: July, 2012

One of my favorite hobbies is to find interesting blogs where I can find inspiration or learn something new. Last week as I was looking around on WordPress I came across something interesting, inspirational, and I can learn something new. Each week they provide a theme, then one is urged to interpret it, take a photo and post it on our blog. Here’s this weeks challenge: Purple.

My interpretation:

Thanks to my parents garden for providing me with much inspiration. Here’s a purple Glandiolus flower in their back yard.

Looking forward to the new themes, new one posted every Friday. You should also know that I have a weekly photo series called Foto Friday, came back and check it out each and every week.


Story behind foto: as mentioned last week, I visited my parents and took many foto’s of their thriving garden. Here you have a close-up of these tiny white flowers that were all over in between the larger patches of flowers. I think these are so pretty and simple, but since they’re so tiny it is difficult to admire their beauty, so here they are up close and personal! Enjoy.


Story behind Foto: Earlier this week I visited my parents, who still live in the same town where I grew up located in Northern California. As I was walking around the house admiring their garden and the variety of plants they have, I focused on a white patch covering the front of the house. I believe they are called Petunia’s and they’re a common garden flower, or seem to be. I thought they were gorgeous and for some reason they remind me of my father. Why? You see one of his favorite colors is white. I have vivid memories of him wearing white clothing during the summers of my childhood, or while I was still living at home. Anyway, here you have it – white Petunia’s from my parents’ garden. Enjoy!


In general, our last few posts have revolved around nails so I thought  I’d keep the theme going. A few weeks ago as I waited for my Catalina/4th of July inspired nails to dry, I thought…there must be something to help the polish on my nails dry faster! See, I’ve heard many myths of how one can achieve dry nails quickly (using Pam, cold water, blow dryer etc.) but I’ve never tried any of these myself.

So I decided to put some of these methods to test. The four methods I tested were ice-cold water, Nail Polish Dryer by Beauty Secrets, Dove hairspray and good old air-drying. I applied two coats of polish to four nails on my left hand and then applied a different “drying agent” on each nail. I allowed the agent to sit on each nail for about five minutes and then I simply ran my right-hand thumbnail across each nail and this is what I found…

Method 1 | Ice-cold water: Dipping my finger in a bowl of ice-cold water for 5 minutes was a disaster. Not only was my finger unconscious for another 5 minutes but it was the least effective method. The polish was extra gooey and I’m sure my thumb didn’t appreciate being submerged in ice-cold water for so long.

Method 2 | Nail Polish Dryer by Beauty Secrets:  This aerosol spray gets an 11 out of 10! My nail was completely dry after five minutes. When I ran my fingernail across it, nothing happened…not a dent or scratch. I highly recommend this product; it’s effective, inexpensive ($3.49 for 8.5 oz) and easy to get a hold of. I purchased mine at a retail Sally Beauty supply shop, but the product can also be ordered on the Sally Beauty website.

Method 3 | Hairspray: For this method I used Dove hairspray…I must note that the hairspray I used did not come in an aerosol can, not sure if that makes a difference. Either way, save the hairspray for hair. This technique did not deliver; it was a bit more effective than the ice water but not worth it. It made the polish thick and gunky.

Method 4 | Air Dry: As most of us know, unless you’re using quick-dry polish, five minutes is not long enough for nails to air dry. Air dry came in second to ice-cold water. While the polish was not gunky or gooey after five minutes, it was just not dry enough to be able to go on with the day without nicking or scratching the polish. For perfect air-dry results I would recommend waiting at least 15 minutes.

These nail quick-dry trials answered some of my questions, but if you have another method that you’ve tried please share with us.   We’d love to hear what products/methods you have tried or use regularly.


Story behind foto: I went camping some time ago, and I learned a new way of how to build a campfire. I am not a pyromaniac, nor do I condone you becoming one. However, I thought it was a pretty cool method, especially because my wildland-fire fighter-boyfriend taught it to me, so I’d say it has the seal of approval. We called it the “Log Cabin Method.”

Here’s what you will need:

  • Matches or a lighter
  • Tinder (anything that is dry such as dried moss, small stick, paper towel, newspaper, leaves or tree bark)
  • Small sticks or rectangular pieces of wood

Step one: create the outer shell by placing two sticks about 5 inches apart, parallel to each other.

Step two: continue stacking them on opposite sides (making sure your structure looks like a square) until the structure is about 7 inches high.

Step three: once you have your outer structure (once again, it should look like a large square) built, add your tinder. I used shredded paper towels and pine needles to make a “nest” like inner filling to the structure.

Step four: create a teepee structure around your “log cabin,” make sure you leave space between the sticks.

Step five: use your lighter or matches to ignite your structure. Once the fire is going strong proceed to add your fire wood and you’re ready to make s’mores, yummy.

Hope you can use this next time you’re out in the woods and need to build a campfire.



Story behind Foto: I was taking a walk during my lunch break and I came across these gorgeous flowers. They definitely remind me of summer, which is pretty much my favorite season. Hope you enjoy.


Here at C to C Friendspirations one of the aspects we like to cover is life. We’re two gal’s trying to figure life after college, in our first “real” job and life thereafter.
“What My 20s Taught Me: Everyone is Faking it,” was definitely something I (Cat) needed. As a self-proclaimed “late bloomer” (I’ll share more of my story at a later time), much of my anxiety come from fear of being called an “imposter” as Faith calls it. However, the reality is that I myself must gain “real confidence.”
I hope that you read her blog post and that you too stop faking it, one day at a time – baby steps.

When I worked as a magazine editor, I had a great friendship with our publisher.  Her name was (and still is, actually) Brenda. She was in her mid-40s and one of those women who just oozes confidence.  She had a wicked sense of humor, a commanding presence, and a really, really nice shoe collection.  She’d done very well for herself –  an editor by 26 (like me), a decades-long career in journalism, with a knowledge of the industry that made me want to sit at her feet and soak up everything she knew.  She was one of those people who knows how to get what she wants by treating people well, but also has an ever-so-slightly intimidating edge – just the right amount to keep people from messing with her.

Anyway, I was sitting in Brenda’s office one day, having a discussion about an upcoming issue of the magazine, and…

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Happy 4th of July!!!

As you may know, stars and stripes are what make up the U.S. flag, which also served as the inspiration to this tutorial. Remember to wear your red, white, and blue on this holiday.





Products used:

  • Love & Beauty – Indigo
  • NYC (in a new York minute) – Time Square
  •  L.A. Color Art Deco – White
  • Essie – Set in Stones



Freedom and Liberty are not only core principles of democracy in the U.S., but something we celebrate and are reminded of on this holiday. Let’s celebrate together, remember to wear your red, white, and blue – dots!




Products used:

  • Sally Hansen (Blue me Away), Love & Beauty (Indigo), and L.A. Color Art Deco (White) – combined to make a midrange blue
  •  L.A. Color Art Deco – White
  • Pure Ice – Crimson

One more day, check back tomorrow for the final tutorial.



Keeping with the on-going theme, here is another tutorial inspired by fireworks and the holiday (U.S. Independence Day – 4th of July).







Products used:

  • Sally Hansen – Blue me Away!
  •  L.A. Color Art Deco – Red Glitter
  • L.A. Color Art Deco – White
  • Pure Ice – Oh baby!
  • Wet n wild – I’m Seeing Double

Once again, check back tomorrow for a new tutorial.

Thank you,


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