Friday, November 30, 2012

My Existential Crisis

I wouldn't classify myself as an insomniac, but lately, unsettle thoughts causes me to toss in bed. My husband is out cold lying next to me, so I write. Some might say I'm a bit of a control freak, however the way I see it, I like to be proactive with my problems. Having a plan settles my mind.

I feel weird giving voice to my issues because I know that many people are having a much more difficult time in this economy. If I could control my thoughts, my emotions, and my sleep pattern, all would be well. But I can't. I'm here in this bed, trying to figure it out and take action. Hell, that's all any of us are able to do. Please keep in mind that I don't believe in airing out any personal issue that 1) I'm not prepared to deal with publicly and 2) I don't believe in airing out other people's business.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to: Party Photo Booth for Events

Shooting a party or celebration? Here's a fun way to break the ice with guests while creating lasting memories for your client.

A photo booth is an inexpensive way to add fun photographs to an event. The idea comes from traditional booths you would see at a fair. Remember inserting $1 into the machine and taking a few funny photos with a friend? Borrowing from that concept, I re-created the photo booth idea at this wedding and no, an actual booth is not needed. Here's what you do...

If possible, look for a non-distracting wall to set up. You don't need a lot of space, just the right space. Once you find the correct exposure, the only thing left to do is engage the guests to have fun while you snap away. To make things exciting, add a few items from your local party supply store. Guests are sure to have a blast making it easy for you to capture wonderful memories for your client.

Nikon D700 • ISO 100 • F-stop 5.6 • Shutter speed 1/125 • Lens Nikon 18 - 200mm • 1 light diffused through umbrella

Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY: Applying Loose Nail Glitter

Sinful Colors Nail Glitter
Sinful Colors #30103 Sparkle City
If you like ultra sparkly nails, you'll want to try this out. I picked up this loose nail glitter by Sinful Colors at Walgreens for $1.99.

The container holds 2.5g / .09oz of glitter. There's a sifter on top to control the amount that falls out.

I was able to snap a few photos but I was afraid of getting glitter on my camera so I didn't capture every step. Either way, the process is very easy. Here's how to do it...

1. Paint your nail with a clear nail polish.
2. While the polish is still wet, sprinkle on the loose glitter.
3. Clean up any access glitter around your nail. Use a nail stick to get around your cuticle.
4. Paint another coat or two of clear nail polish to seal.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Lipstick Storage Solution

If you love lipstick like I do, check out this affordable 60 compartment lipstick display, by Azar Displays. I've had this for almost a year now and I LOVE it.

The display makes it easy to find the color that I want, since I'm able to see all of my lipsticks at once. Each lipstick is held within its own compartment, so whenever I take one out, another lippie doesn't fall into its place. The front row is a tester slot that's slightly lower than the other 60 compartments. The display currently retails for $12.50 + S&H.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Call it God, good karma, or a life lesson

As many of you might know, my parents are from Barbados. My mother grew up in the country section of Barbados named Bridgefield and she was poor. Keep in mind, we're talking 3rd world poor... no shoes, no indoor plumbing, no electricity. My grandfather died when my mother was a young girl and my grandmother struggled at times to put food on the table for her children. Although my mother was just a little girl, she remembers Auntie Idell sneaking yams and potatoes out of her family's garden to bring to my grandmother so that she could feed her children. My mother never forgot this.


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