Archives for the month of: October, 2012

Meelah would like to wish you all a very happy Halloween and share her bee costume.

In case you missed my previous Meelah post, she is my fur baby and we love her very much.

Here’s the story behind the costume.

The first time I tried to put on the costume she ran away before I was able to fasten the second strap. She ran around with half of it on it looked like she had a black and yellow cape. Kitty-superhero to the rescue! Get it?

On the second try I succeeded and she wore her costume for a few minutes. As you can see we caught her while in the kitchen where she froze in place as if she did not know what to do.  She just stood still and would not move it was actually pretty funny.

After I took off her costume she hid for about 30 minutes or so, I felt bad because that means she was upset.

All is well now and we are thinking of another costumer for her to wear on Thanksgiving… I will share it if we find a cute one.

Well, hope you all have a safe Halloween!

-CAT

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Halloween is tomorrow and even though I’m too old to trick-or-treat I’m definitely not too old to still have a little fun. In the spirit of Halloween, I decided to take a stab (no pun intended) at painting my nails “bloody red”.  Below are simple instructions on how to do it.

Step 1: Using a deep red nail polish draw a couple of (uneven) red lines and then place a dot or two of polish close to your cuticle line in order to create a dripping effect.

Step 2: Using the same red color, paint the tips of your polish. As you apply polish to the tips, ensure that the polish is blending with the drips.

Step 3: Apply topcoat and wualah!

Have a Happy Happy Halloween!!!

**Cristy**

I used to never live in the moment. See, I was always too concerned about what lie ahead and what I should be doing in order for my life to pan out just how I had planned it out in my head. When life didn’t develop the way I meticulously planned, I would get so down on myself and dwell on the WHY?’s. When something didn’t go as planned I saw it as a negative and never moved past it.

In my case, I think life was determined to teach me to leave that negative thinking behind and live in the moment/trust that although life wasn’t exactly going the way I planned, there was a method behind all the madness. Unfortunately It has taken many twists and turns for me to open my eyes to the idea (which I hope one day I’ll be courageous enough to share with you all), but I now get it. Everything happens for a reason.

I think that often we want to be the best that we can be, so we over plan. Amidst our life planning we forget that we can only plan so much. Life too wants the best for us, and we have to learn to let her lead. Whether life takes us through good times or some unpleasant journeys she always has  method to her madness.

To this day, I still find that I am learning to let life guide me through this journey. I don’t know that I will ever completely understand it, but what I have learned is that having faith that everything happens for a reason has reduced stress in my life and  made me a happier person.

I encourage you to take a moment today and let life lead the way. 🙂

**Cristy**

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a
mosaic of them all.”  ~Stanley Horowitz
 
 

Story behind Foto: Where I live it finally started to feel like fall or autumn, we had rain and leaves are starting to cover the ground. After the rain lifted, earlier this week, something inside of me could not wait to go outside, during a break at work, and take foto’s. Here you have a mosaic of various shades of fall, all within one frame.

The change in season has really inspired me and I hope you check back to see what I create.

Enjoy, CAT

This week I have been feeling a little blue, maybe it is the change in weather or because I am getting over a cold, who knows!

I saw this post by Bucket List Publications and I had to share it with you. I loved the quote and I find it to be true, laughter makes me feel better and definitely puts me in a better mood. Do you tend to agree? So, when in doubt, “find a reason to laugh…”

Hope you enjoy, CAT

Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to participate in a fall tradition – visiting a pumpkin patch. Lemos  farm is located in Half Moon Bay, Calif., not too far from San Francisco. The farm is ideal for little ones because it offers pony rides, it has a mini train that goes on a short ride, and there’s also a hay ride, but we were unable to make because the little ones had a melt-down. Oh, and for those who are a bit older there’s also a haunted house on-site but that was not an option for us. The farm also has goats, chickens, and a little duck pond, which make a fun feeding experience for children.

Like I said, they have a pumpkin patch and they have plenty to choose from. These pumpkins inspired today’s tutorial:

Start off by using an orange nail polish to make a semi wide line through the middle of your nail, start from the mid section to the edge. Then you will follow with two semi wide lines on each side of the middle, start a little lower so you have one tall and two shorter lines.

Then with a dotting tool (or a small fine brush) dip it in a dark color, I am using a forest green, to outline the edge of your pumpkin.

Once the outlines have been defined, add a stem on top of the taller orange line.

Now you should have something similar to this:

I added color to my other two nails without a pumpkin so I would not have naked nails. You can choose to leave then are they are or add color. Depending on how creative you want to get you can also add faces or make them with different colors, totally up to you, let your creativity flow.

Products used:

  • Mad About Mango by Revlon
  • Tough Art to Follow by Finger Paints
  • a small tip dotting tool
  • a medium tip dotting tool

Let me know if you re-create these nails.

Hope you enjoy, CAT

Hi all, it’s Cristy here! On a second attempt at Foto Friday. Lets hope I do as good a job as Miss Catalina. 🙂

Story behind foto: About two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to go to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for five days and during my stay I went foto crazy! It is such a gorgeous place with some amazing views and I thought I’d share one with you all today. I took this foto from inside the pool at the resort (I know, risky taking a camera in water). I love this foto, because it captures the beauty of the ocean water and I think that the palm tree adds character to the background. In the picture you can also see the rain clouds clearing up. You see, it had just rained before I took this foto, but it was so hot and humid that I didn’t leave the pool because the fresh rain felt so great.

I hope that you enjoy this foto as much as I do.

**Cristy**

Keeping with the theme of last weeks post and Halloween a few weeks away, here is another nail tutorial.

This one is a simple and easy to do, all you need are an orange and a black sparkly polish.

As you can see, this one is way easy, simple and perfect for any halloween party or gathering.

Once again, let me know if you decide to re-create the look.

Thank you for visiting, CAT

Story behind foto: Lately I have noticed a theme with the fotos I take or is it called my style. Whatever it’s called I like to shoot objects up-close and personal.

Here you have a perfect example – a close-up of a flakey tree bark overlooking a lake. There is something that caught my attention, I ended taking multiple fotos from different angles and then I treated them with varies filter.  Here you have final result.

Thank you for visiting, CAT

 

 

Here in the U.S. we have this interesting “holiday” called Halloween which we celebrate on Oct. 31. Halloween is fun for all ages. When I was little we used to go out Trick-or-treating where we would dress up in our costumes and go around the neighborhood asking for candy from our neighbors. As I got older, especially in college, we dressed up in more “elaborative” costumes and attended Halloween parties where we no longer asked for candy, but perhaps something on the rocks with a splash of something (aka adult beverages).

Moving on, over the next few weeks before Halloween I will be featuring some themed nail tutorials. Here’s the first of them.

I started with a black base color by Milani.

Then I added an orange color to the edge of my nails to make it a Halloween manicure.

Here you have the final look – a Halloween take on your average French Manicure. I think this look is very cute and simple, perfect for the office.

Products used: “Mad About Mango” by Revlon and “Black Magic” by Milani.

Let me know if you decide to recreate this look.

Thanks for visiting, CAT.

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