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How to master a good at-home manicure

Going to the nail salons is a luxury I never get to experience as much as I would like because of how fast my nails grow out, and how fast the nail polish chips (mostly on my hands). I use alcohol based sanitizers a lot at work, so going to the nail salon every week is too expensive for me, making me a huge fan of at-home manicures. I have attempted to master the process, so here we go:

What you need:

  • Nail clipper and file
  • Nail polish remover
  • Warm water, a scrub and hand lotion
  • Towel
  • Top and base coat
  • Nail polish
  • Eye-shadow brush


Clip your nails and file to desired length. A pro-tip I learned from someone, the way you file affects how long the nail polish lasts, so make sure the nails are evenly filed and smoothed (involves going on top and underneath lightly with the nail fail to get rid of roughness)

Put your hands in warm water for a minute or two, then scrub, concentrating on the nails, to further clean, exfoliate and smooth them, removing any dead skin.

Rinse, dry with a clean towel, then apply lotion on your hands to moisturize and hydrate. Feels like heaven!

After the hands are dry, start with the base coat. The less thick the better, since it will dry faster and will have less possibility of chipping or sliding right off.

Pick your color!, and apply with smooth strokes from base to top, avoid going too slow or going over it too many times, I do three clean strokes mostly. Wait for first color coat to dry, before second coat (I usually finish all the nails, then go to other hand or foot to give it time to dry).

Top coat goes on last, after all the nails are dry!

If you have smudges or nail polish outside the “lines”, here are some quick tips:

for smudges: use a q-tip, dip it in nail polish remover and lightly smooth out the smudge, then re-apply nail polish color in quick strokes to match the rest, and add a quick top coat stroke too.

for nail polish outside the lines: Use the eye shadow brush, dip it in acetone and lightly brush off the polish outside the lines.
Have fun guys!, I would love to hear what your pro tips are, do you do home manicures?, what can we learn from you?



Life lately

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I sort of stepped away from the blog in February to reconnect with those around me, focus more on school work and organize my life a little. I am not abandoning this little space, but sometimes life just happens and some time away is much needed.
While I’ve been away, I read A Man Called Ove: A Novel, What Alice Forgot and The Racketeer by John Grisham. My favorite is the Latter, such a clever plot!, but I do recommend the other two as well. A man called Ove by Fredrick Backman is based in sweden and the plot doesn’t disappoint, it is a charming story about an old man and how life events/people mold him into what he becomes, I loved it. What Alice forgot by Liane Moriarty is Australian based, about a woman who loses her memory…still reading this one (I actually got the audible version, so listening to..) but I am enjoying it so far, can’t wait to find out what happens
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I am also itching for a getaway, I need to take a trip some place far away. I am thinking of the oregon coast or a ski trip with Ian. With my birthday coming up, maybe I’ll get some time to go some place.

A few weeks back I walked around downtown Tacoma and took some photos of the areas I love. I want to remember these places once I leave. I even thought about doing a “street style photography” sort of thing like this Seattle photographer, but I didn’t see any interesting people unfortunately haha

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I hope to take some outfit photos this coming week and post something to keep you guys here haha
Have a lovely day and see you next time 🙂

So many babes!

Oh my, this week and last week have been too good to be true. I did my first ever clinical rotations in a pediatrics hospital and I absolutely loved it! (and so did all in my clinical group). We had an amazing instructor, so that really made things positive, but the environment just made me feel more lively and in-love with nursing. Even though I don’t think I will work in pediatrics, it was so nice to see nurses who truly care and are so positive and kind despite the stressful and busy work environment. The docs and other practitioners/therapists were so nice and knowledgeable, I enjoyed asking questions without feeling like am being pushy. We even got to see the NICU, which of course was very intense in its own way, but again such wonderful nurses there, I honestly wanted to just hang out and see all the babies.

I am honestly so excited to be graduating soon because I feel like I need to find my niche and just be the best nurse, who others enjoy working with, in the shortest amount of time realistically possible. I am very interested in learning new things and teaching others (not as a teacher), because thats how growth happens.

Even though I do currently work as a nurse, I am obviously limited to what I am doing currently and not very many doors are open to me. I suppress a lot of emotions at my current job and just vent to my family or friends, and I cannot see myself working there for more than 6 months (time left before my new license). I have however learnt a lot of skills and definitely time management, so I am grateful that I was offered the opportunity to work there.

This is way overdue, but for valentines day I wore this outfit to dinner. This dress from SheInside is perfect for a dinner date. It was so comfortable, literally wanted to sleep in it (ha). The only downside..if you don’t appreciate your curves being accentuated, you may not like this dress, or you can buy a size bigger as long as height won’t be a problem..but I was fine with it.

Have a lovely day lovely people!

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Outfit details:
Dress – SheIn
Boots – Marshalls (similar)
Purse – Forever 21
Necklace – Forever 21
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Lately I have been feeling as though I am bitting off more than I can chew, I have been extremely busy with school, work, and life in general, to the point that I am not keeping track of what day it is (I know dates, but not days…insert exasperated emoji). Even though I have a planner, I still can’t keep track of things!!
O.K enough of me ranting, hopefully things will slow down now.
Today I wore this dress I bought from SheIn, one of my first purchases and I am impressed. Even though I love a good deal, I get skeptical about cheap clothes online, but SheIn seems to be getting very good reviews on most items. This dress was only $16!, say what now??… 😉 , it fits true to size and it is good quality, you can tell from the feel of the fabric.
It is a 60’s inspired look, with long sleeves and a belt that you can take off. I wore it with some chelsea boots and my F21 cross body for a modern look. No make-up face, I wanted to keep it simple or was just lazy to start painting my face (ha!)
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Thanks to Ian for being so kind to take my photos for me..and as valentines is approaching, I love and appreciate you all for bothering to check my blog once in a while!, and I love all your feedback!
Tell someone you love them today!

Take hold: The clutch


The clutch bag is one of the “going-out” bags in this century, because it is small enough to complement dressed up looks and also not too bulky, just enough for carrying essentials in. It was super popular in the 20’s, but died down nearing the 60’s because…..well…consumerism happened. Now, every lady most likely owns a large tote/bag which she uses to carry a million things she thinks she might need. I am guilty as well, but in my defense, as a student, those big bags come in handy.



Outfit details:
Dress and Clutch – Francesca’s
Boots and leggings – Marshalls
Coat – Rue 21 (only 12 bucks on sale!)
Necklace – Forever 21


Incase you’re wondering why my hair looks like a was raining that day and “poof” went the hair, I had to later on tame it down with bobby pins.


happy friday guys!

My daily essential beauty items

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I never really focus on beauty products on the blog, but as a way to end the month, I thought it would be nice to talk about my favorites this month. I have very sensitive skin and many products don’t work well on my skin. I envy those girls who just wear any kind of moisturizer on their faces without any break outs, because if I try on a different moisturizer, my skin immediately reacts to it, sometimes in a good way, sometimes bad.
My favorite items so far are the artistry essentials hydrating products. I actually tried them out just to support my friend who was selling them, but after using them for a month, I fell in love with them. They prevent my face from drying out and if am consistent with cleaning my face twice daily, that means no break outs for me…yay! Before then I was using clinique and my face was becoming dry in patches, so I had to use vaseline lotion on the dry patches and I just hated it.
On the daily, I wear little to no make-up because my face doesn’t like make-up very much (insert eye roll), so I usually just pat my t-zone with the powder foundation and thats it! I will then wear lip stick or my favorite revlon lip stain, then do my eye-brows and done.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I would love to hear what your daily beauty products are, comment below 🙂

Wednesday wishlist

This are some of the things currently on my wish list and can’t wait to get them! I need a white pair of jeans because the one I owned for the last 7 years (gasp!) is basically gone!
And shoes…with valentines coming up, I need some cute heels and a red dress(I have never worn red on valentines so this year I’ll be rocking a classic valentines outfit). Last but not least on my list is…brogues. I own one pair, and honestly I wear them too much so I need a second pair, and my eye is set on these ones (so gorgeous)

Happy Wednesday friends!


I always debate whether to set goals or not to for the new year, but it always comes down to me forming up goals in my head and not wanting to admit I have goals for the new year. I don’t know what the deal is with setting goals, maybe it is the ultimate fear of failing to achieve those goals that scares most people off. Lets be honest, nobody wants to be a failure right after the year starts, so the best tactic is basically avoiding goals. (ok am glad I answered my question ha)

So this year I am setting goals (just like every other year)

1. Plan! plan! plan! – Its cool to be all spontaneous, but I have found myself wasting so much time when things don’t go through, so I will try and plan more/better in 2016

2. Clean my car more often – Even though I am better than average, I will keep up with this in 2016

3. Be 10-15 minutes early for anything and everything – this is my weakness through and through, I can never seem to be on time

So those are my goals for next year, planning is an umbrella goal for other mini-goals that I plan on working on, so with that I hope to have a better year.

I hope you are all planning on improving yourselves one way or another in the coming year. Here are some tips on sticking to your goals:

1. Share them with someone in order to have some accountability
2. Admit you have set goals and associate them with good feelings – so it doesnt feel like a chore you have to complete
3. Know the reasons you have set the goals.
4. Make your goals flexible, if you loose track along the way somewhere, don’t beat yourself over it, keep going from where you left off, a year is a long time
5. Have fun with it! Human bodies are wired for pleasure, we are more productive and think clearly when we experience pleasure and happiness.

Happy new year friends!

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Style – 90s kid

Yesterday I got off work and couldn’t wait to change into something comfortable, but I couldn’t wear pajamas since I had to run errands first, so I slipped on my softest dress top and my Old Navy tights, then decided to wear my denim jacket and when I looked in the mirror, I felt like a 90s kid with my afro puff and oversized denim jacket haha. I adore old fashion trends; effortless and unique. While I like to look well put together in modern fashion looks, there’s something about older fashion trends that makes me a little happier.

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Anyone excited to end this year?
I certainly am, it started a little rough but it is ending on a high note. I had some very good things happen to me in 2015 and I am very grateful. 2016, I can’t wait any longer, just get here already! , I have my first month planned out already..
In 2015:
– I read some great books, here are my favorites; The Goldfinch, the Secret history, The Fold, Paper towns and Orphan Train
– I hiked a lot; Olympics, Mt. Baker area, Mt. Rainier and Snoqualmie area
– I ran 100 miles in August
– I blogged consistently 🙂 Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, August, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
– I learnt a lot career-wise
– I got engaged! 🙂

Hoping for even better things in 2016, thank you lovely people for sticking with me

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Stay warm, and I would love to hear about your old year and plans for the next, feel free to chat 😉


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Merry Christmas!

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You’ve probably heard this a million times and in so many ways, but…..from me to you….Merry christmas and happy holidays to those who don’t celebrate christmas. It’s officially that day we’ve all been preparing for. I unfortunately haven’t spent christmas with my family for a couple of years, but I spend most christmas days with friends, or extended family who live many states away. My first christmas away from my family was actually ok, I had an awesome group of friends from college and we cooked a ton of food, exchanged gifts and just had a good time with the girls. My second christmas without my family was the toughest, I chose to work extra shifts at work to distract myself because I was so homesick, it also snowed a ton in Washington and I had no power in my apartment for 3 days!!! – worst christmas ever (ha)
The other christmas days after that(2), I would either spend it with my roommate and some friends (invite people over) or with my fiancé and co-workers, nothing too crazy haha. This year, a friend invited us to a christmas party, but I will be working late that day, and am planning on getting some yummy food for my co-workers who worked all day christmas 🙂
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On the other hand, my family gets together every year with everybody else in the family (I have a huge family), and just have a good ol’ time while sending me photos and videos of everything I am missing ;( Next year though, I will be going home for christmas, so thats something to look forward to.
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What are you guys doing for christmas? Anything fun? I wanna know..
For all of you that don’t get to do much/see family for christmas, it is not the end of the world, the true meaning of christmas is in your heart so don’t feel left out by everyone else having a good time.
Again, Merry christmas! Happy holidays!

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Outfit details:
Dress – Nordstrom
Jacket – Forever 21
Shoes – Norstrom rack
scarf – Local store
Tights – HM