Friday, August 26, 2011

Nail Polish: Essie Mint Candy Apple

This is my absolute hands down favorite nail polish. Again, as with all Essie nail polish, you need a few coats to really get a strong color. The Mint Candy Apple color is like having Tiffany blue on your nails and what girl wouldn't love that. It's a very bright color so you should expect people to notice it. If you like the color blue and love nails that make you happy when you look at them, definitely try Mint Candy Apple. 

The bottle appears more green in pictures but its a Tiffany blue color on your nails. Purchase Mint Candy Apple HERE at Amazon for about $5. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Places: Harry Potter The Exhibition

Today I visited Harry Potter: The Exhibition at Discovery Time Square for the second time. If you like the Harry Potter films or at the very least admire the craftsmanship in film design, you should definitely stop by the exhibit. 
This is from back in March (the 1st time I went).
The exhibit highlights some of the most well known props and costumes from all 8 films as well as some that aren't as well known such as the Gryffindor Bulletin Board that stands in the background shots in Gryffindor tower. 

The best part is that you can really appreciate the attention to detail. Everything from Colin Creevey's extraordinary petrified figure to the tiny cat pin on Umbridge's pink dress suit or the zodiac signs on the curtains of the Gryffindor boys' four poster beds. The exhibition has it all. (There is Harry's red sweater and corduroy pants from The Sorcerer's Stone and you just about die at how tiny he was!) 

The entire exhibition can feel like a walk down memory's lane if you, like I did, grew up alongside the release of the books and films. There are seven areas to walk through; 
Gryffindor Common Room, Classrooms, Quidditch (including Quidditch World Cup), Hagrid's Hut, the Forbidden Forest, Death Eaters and The Great Hall. 
Photos by Chris Hollo, Hollo Photographies, Inc.
It is definitely a trip worth taking and gives new insight to the beloved story. The Exhibition is currently in New York at Discovery Times Square until September 5th. Afterwards the entire exhibition, which is hundreds if not thousands of artifacts will be transported to the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney Australia. There it will run from Nov 18th to March 18th.

HERE you can find more information about the exhibition and how to get tickets. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Nail Polish: Essie Lilacism

Yesterday, I painted my nails an amazing lilac color. I've been loving purple colored nails lately. It's my last ditch effort to have fun playful nails before I have to turn to the darker colors for fall. 

I used Essie's Lilacism. I love Essie because of their wide variety, especially with the more vibrant colors. But, it should be advised that with Essie Polish you must do at least 2-3 coats if you want a strong color. It's a tad more purple than it appears in the picture below. 
Essie is selling Lilacism on Amazon for $0.25 (That's right, 25 cents!) right now. I'd definitely pick it up now if you can, otherwise its $8. Here is the link to purchase. 

Candles: Seda France Japanese Quince

I have a serious love for candles, as do most girls. Some you like, others you find are alright, but its a struggle to find the candle that suits your scent preferences. Through years of searching and smelling almost every Yankee Candle ever made (and there are a LOT), I finally found the perfect candle. It happened to be by a company with the name of Seda France. Ever since I have had a growing collection of their candles.  

Seda France offers three collections; their classic toile collection, jardin du seda, and flora. Besides making candles they also provide room diffusers, room mists, hand lotions, and soaps. 

Their products not only have incredible aromas, but are extremely sleek decorative elements for any room. They are the PERFECT gift either for a major event or for a simple housewarming. 

You'll find that Seda France offer some of the best scents you will ever find for candles. My favorite is called Japanese Quince. It comes in a really adorable pagoda box. As the Seda France website states, "Appealingly provocative, Japanese Quince, is a piquant fragrance with aspects of rhubarb, passion fruit and white fleshed peach over a heart of white jasmine petals." The pagoda box candles are $32 each. 

The next time you are purchasing a candle for friends, family, or yourself, make sure to check out the Seda France line. I am sure you will find something you love. 

Purchase the Seda France products HERE

Friday, August 19, 2011

Books: One Day

Today I finished the novel One Day by David Nicholls. It was one of the most refreshing books that I've read in awhile. The novel covers the lives of two friends following the night of their graduation from college, where they originally meet. The story is about Dexter Mayhew a rather confident young man with no plan for his life, and Emma Morley whose only real plan is to make sure she changes the world, somehow. Their relationship is featured through snapshots on the same day each year for twenty years. The novel is hilarious, frustrating, enthralling, and tragic at moments.

I definitely give this book a very high review. Nicholls has rounded out his characters so well that as a reader you have a perfect understanding of them. You may not always agree with their decisions but you understand their personalities well enough to know why they make them.

Sometimes books take the liberty to say everything is perfect so that you feel a sense of comfort. This book isn't that way. It takes a realistic look at a modern day relationship, where life doesn't go always as expected. There are triumphs as well as great losses and many missed opportunities.

Part of the reason I loved this book was because it was very believable of a relationship today. Though it starts in 1988, not much has changed in terms of human compassion. Another reason I loved this book is because I recently graduated from college. Like the young and optimistic Dexter and Emma, I am starting to think what I would like to do in the future. This novel forces you to reflect on your own life and the relationships you already have and where if anyplace you would like to take them.

I highly enjoyed this book and hope you do too! (Plus for the lazy, the film starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess opens today 4.19 so there is no reason to miss this decades long story.)
Purchase the book: HERE
Watch the trailer to the film: HERE
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