Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Plain But Classic Red - SH 440

Today I have a really pretty classic red for you. I really do love a good, classic red, they are very pinup-esque. I'm not huge on every shade though, it has to be just right. Much like purple and green, for me at least. Anyway, this shade is really fantastic, not by any means original. So, what sets it apart and why am I showing it to you? Well, I've tried many bright cherry reds and they all work a little bit differently. Some are streaky and thin others thick and opaque in one coat. This one has the best of both worlds, it's on the thinner side but it's so pigmented that you can probably get away with one coat (if you can stand just a hint of VNL - visible nail line). I've only been wearing it for a day so I'm not sure how long it'll last on the nails but I'm guessing not very long since it is on the cheaper side. It dried very quickly but like many bright or dark colors, stained my cuticles if it got too close. That's why it's always a good thing to polish with just a slight gab in between your color and cuticles. If you are looking for a nice saturated, fast drying, bright cherry red that is also affordable you've got your polish right here. Also, I got mine from Walgreens so it's probably very accessible. Enjoy the pictures!

I think it's kind of funny how every macro shot is a different circle or oval shape. My fault but still weird.

Colors Used: Nicole by OPI - Basecoat Plus, Sally Hansen Hard As Nails - 440 Tough Love 2 coats, NYC topcoat 1 coat.
Side Note - In case you guys are wondering how the baby brother is doing, he's doing awesome! He's seriously the sweetest little baby ever. He hardly rarely cries, he's always sleeping, and he's constantly eating. Which, is of course normal for a baby (except the rarely crying part). I love him so much already, he truly is adorable. My other little sisters are so good with him. Lucie, (she's going to be 2) is so funny, she makes these little remarks when he's upset like, "You okay?" or "It's okay" to calm him and she always want to hold him. The twins (4 on Sunday! Happy Birthday sweet girls) alwaysssssss, always, always, want to hold him. Once Sophie started yelling at me because it was her turn and I was taking too long with him. Protective little sister already. Hopefully I'll get a few hospital pictures up soon.

Have a fantastic week!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Sista Nails: Gradient

Hello, hello, hello lovelies! How was your Monday? Fantastic I hope! Last week I did my sister's nails (Haley) with a polish I had bought earlier that day. I LOVE THIS COLOR. Oh my goodness it's so fantastic. I hardly have any blues and that is my favorite color so I had to stop that insanity right away. Luckily, this beauty was calling my name. I listened. I'm usually more a fan of creme finishes than foil or shimmer (sometimes) but I have seriously fallen for this shade. It isn't extremely unique but it's so affordable, the formula works well, and like I said, it was calling my name. Who was I to ignore it?
How about I just explain this color to you? It's a really beautiful slightly blue tinted green with very subtle silvery/white-ish glitter. SO PRETTY. Apparently it's older? But, I don't care because I love it. Formula wise this is my third or fourth Sinful Colors polish and they are so easy to work with. At least the newer formulas are. They are what I would call on the watery side but I tend to like that because they're easier to manipulate and work with. The brush is probably on the smaller side but it works fine. Usually these babies are sheer and streaky on the first coat but opaque and glossy by the second and third. And, they're cheap! I love cheap polishes with a great formula and color. I mean let's be honest, how often does that happen? Also, they're decent on wear. My sister noticed a small chip on her thumb after one day but we're both pretty rough on our polish. Plus, I had used a new topcoat so I don't know exactly how much wear that has either. Overall, it's a gorgeous color and you should buy it. Now. Target and Walgreens both sell them for US$1.99 not sure about many other places.

Yayy macro shot in a circle shape! It took me so long to figure out how to do this haha.

Macro shot of Sinful Colors - Mint Apple and Nicole by OPI - Follow me on Glitter. Strange fact: see those black chunks near the bottom? Second time that happened. Those are pieces of my sponge (makeup sponge? Is that what it's called?) that broke off and stuck on the nail polish when I was creating the gradient. It's much smaller in person but still I notice it and I hate it! Why does that happen? Maybe it's because my sponges are old...Not sure.

Colors Used: (BC to TP) Nicole by OPI - Basecoat Plus 1 coat, Sinful Colors - Mint Apple 3 coats for full opacity, Nicole by OPI - Follow me on Glitter sponged on, NYC - In a New York Minute 3 coats for optimum smoothness.

Man, am I in love with gradients. They're like the much prettier fraternal twin of the thankfully short-lasted ombre hairstyle. That was horrible. Especially since I have twin sisters (who are both beautiful!). And also, I just lied. Regrettably I should tell you that I've kind of been liking the whole ombre hair fad. Let me say this though, I only like the very subtle versions. You definitely don't want it to look like this: 
What is up with this, girlfriend?

Have a more amazing word than amazing week, guys!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Monday, March 26, 2012

Baby: In the Hospital

I said I'd try to post some pictures of the new baby so here they are! I edited each picture and ended up making them all black and white! I loved the way each picture looked separately but all of the black and white photos together just don't look right to me. So, just focus on one at a time ;) . I have so many pictures to post but to do that I have to edit and watermark them too which takes a lot of time. I'll try and get that done as soon as I can. I hope you enjoy seeing this sweet little baby and my other lovely little sisters as much as I do. I love big families, especially mine.  

All photos taken by myself, one by my sister.
It's so strange but already little baby looks different! I will absolutely be documenting his journey with my camera and sharing a few with you if you'd like. I'm sure you'll easily grow to love his sweet little face. Enjoy your week!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Friday, March 23, 2012

Baby Brother

Hi guys! Here's a picture of my new baby brother to hold you guys over until I get a real post out! Isn't he the most adorable little baby ever? Don't answer that, I know he is ;) .
Taken on an iphone using instagram

Is it weird to watermark a picture of a baby? 

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New: "Submit Your Nails & Hair" !!!!

Hi guys! I am writing this at 2:20 in the morning. I AM SO TIRED. But, I couldn't sleep because I was too excited for my baby brother to be born tomorrow. Now, I'm just so tired if someone even touched me I'd probably fall over haha. After this post I promise I will go to bed!

While you're reading this I'm probably getting ready to go to the hospital or already there. YAYY! Anyway, for the rest of the post I'm going to talk like it's really tomorrow and I'm writing it then. Sorry if this is so confusing although, it is the middle of the night so I am a little too tired to function correctly at the moment. Okay, starting....NOW!
So, last night I was up reallllyyyy late brainstorming and attempting to execute those thoughts. And, (whooohhh) one thought was executed! See that button/page/tab at the top of my blog under the blog title? See where it says "Submit Your Nails & Hair"? Well, that's new guys! Yeah, it is. I even tweeted about it. Yeah, that's right, I'm tech savvy. HAHA I can't even keep a straight face while writing that.
Okay, so I better just quickly explain what it is to you before I get a little too crazy from sleep deprivation. Basically, it's just a form you fill out that gets sent to my email. You can send in pictures (using a url from your blog post or a photo editing site not an actual attachment), or send me questions and suggestions (related to hair and nails). You may be thinking "I could already do that with the e-mail icon" well, you're half right. Both are pretty much emails but this form is more customized and easier for both of us. Now, you can just put in your name, email, website, picture, and question in a few words and your done. You don't have to write a whole paragraph or anything to me like in a regular email. See? Easy peasy!
I love adding useful things onto my blog. Like the "pin it" button! Did you guys notice that? I hope you did, it's at the bottom of every stinkin' post! Also, now that I started putting watermarks on all of my pictures (another new thing!) I feel better about them flying around the internet because people will be able to easily get back to the source. Yes, people do remove watermarks and things like that but I can't really stop that. Oh, another change (just a tiny one) is how I've been labeling my posts (so it's easier to identify each post by subject), now, I put the colors used in bold at the bottom of each nail post, I added a "You might also like" tab also at the bottom of each post, I have a twitter! (that's not so new though), and I'm going to be adding macro shots of a lot of my nail posts so you can really see the colors I'm using. It seriously took me like an hour to edit one macro (be patient, you'll see it next week! hint: it's Haley, my sister's nails) but, I really like the result so it's okay. :)
I'll try and keep you guys up to date on the new baby bro, have a great Thursday!
- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Marvelous Marbles

Holy Guacamole! (I don't doubt that was dorky, leave me alone) I'm going to have a brother in two days! Well, technically I already do but he's going to be born in two days! Crazy thought. I can't wait, it's so exciting but it never seems real until I'm actually seeing the adorable little baby. Everything before seems more like a distant reality to me. I'm going to try and schedule posts so you don't think I've gone MIA or anything but unfortunately I don't have any photographed tutorials or posts at the moment :( . I'll try to do some but I can't promise anything. I would say please don't be sad if you don't hear from me for a while but then I'd be lying. I hope you guys miss me! So, here's my last post I have scheduled, and it's pretty exciting. MY FIRST WATER MARBLE! Yayyyyyyyyy! Whenever I see water marbles I kind of just have to stare in awe for a moment. They're so pretty! Usually. In my mind they seem really difficult and sort of impossible but I am here to tell you, they are absolutely not. Oh my goodness, they were so much easier to do then I thought! If you're scared about doing one or you have no nail art/intermediate nail design knowledge thus far, you can still do this! I don't have a real tutorial for you guys because there are so many out there probably much better than I could make but I'd be happy to walk you through the general steps. Here's a great youtube water marbeling tutorial. Really all of her videos are wonderful though so check em' out.


all pictures taken by myself
Read after the jump for the full tutorial and tips!

Nude Clouds

Such a strange post title, right? How's that for a strange mental picture, guys? I feel like I should ask one more question. Do you want to see the nails or just read my unnecessary ramblings? Yeah, let's get to the nails. Today I have a totally inspired look. Some may say a little too inspired which is why I want to make it clear that this was not my design, not my idea, but was done by me on my nails. NOT MY DESIGN PEOPLE. Don't judge me, I liked nailside's design sooooo much I had to attempt a replication! Of course, I do have to admit design does look better what with her gorgeous nails. I always wished I had long nail beds like hers. Anyhow, if you want to know how to do this visit her blog here, it's awesome anyway. Also thanks to her, I'm so irrevocably, incredibly fond of nails designs that mostly or half show the naked nail. There's just something about it. Showing the actual nail line is a different story. That, I don't like; it would have to be executed in a very tasteful way. I have yet to see that way, sorry. On with it then!

The first time I did these the top coat got on my cuticles and formed a little bridge of sorts from the skin around my cuticles to my nails so if I tried to take off the clear polish on my skin it chipped some of the topcoat on my nail. Not sure if that makes sense but I hate it when that happens. That's why this technique is so great. I took off the top coat with a q-tip just around my cuticles and reapplied and as you can see it still happened on the middle finger. Oh, well. I really do love this blend of nude nails and polished nails, whoever said you can't have both needs to check this out!

Side Note: What do you guys think of the huge photos? I happen to be quite fond of them but I'd love to hear your take. Also, should I list the colors used like this for each nail post? I'd imagine it'd be much easier to find the colors used.

Colors Used: (in order of bascoat to topcoat) Nicole by OPI - Basecoat Plus, Wet n' Wild - the name is totally escaping me right now, sorry! I'll edit it in later ;), Nicole by OPI - Follow me on Glitter, Seche Vite, ALL ONE COATERS FOR THIS MANI

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beauty Review: Nail Care Edition

Usually I'm not a huge fan of Mondays but I'm trying to be grateful for each day so instead of complaining I'm just going to be cheery and annoying. Okay with you? Hope so :) . Lately more than anything else I've been really obsessed with everything related to nails. So, I have a nail care product review for you guys today! Some of this stuff I got back in February for my birthday and I'm finally going to show it to you! Actually, I just realized all of it was a gift from my grandmother for my birthday. My family knows me so very well.

Nail Tek Crystal File - Let me just start by saying this is my first crystal/glass file and I truly absolutely love it. It works so, so, so amazing. It comes with a case to protect it and is small enough to fit in your purse or cosmetic bag so you can easily whip it out at a moment's notice (without fear of it breaking!). The size I have (I think it's the middle size but not positive) features a pointed end which can be used to clean under the nail. I can fit it under my nail to clean it if need be but warning, it is thick. Huge plus, I read somewhere that as long as you don't break it or anything like that you never need to replace your file! Obviously emery boards get dull and need to be replaced often but supposedly glass files do not! And, they are so easy to clean, if you feel they aren't as gritty or are full of nail shavings, just take a toothbrush (hopefully unused) or a nail brush with some antibacterial soap and brush it rinse it off in warm water and you're done. SOOO easy! This file also works great because as it shapes and files your nails it seals them too so you don't have to worry about scratching yourself or anyone with your jagged nail tips. Overall, I would recommend this in a heartbeat, it's the perfect size, can be cleaned easily, and works very well.

Badger Cuticle Care Balm - I haven't tried many different cuticle oils/balms but out of the ones I have, this one is most effective. It doesn't have a very distinct overwhelming smell which is nice it's sort of just there. Basically, if you were to put your nose up to it and inhale you could smell a hint of lemon or something similar but it's subtle. I for one can't stand it when lotions or moisturizers are greasy but this one doesn't bother me much. When you put it on (I use a lot since I always use acetone) and rub it in slightly there will be some shiny residue which can get on things if you're using the tops of your fingertips (not sure what that would be...) but I happen to like it for this certain product because I really feel like it's working. Eventually is will be absorbed by your skin but it does leave some residue for a little while so remember that. I feel it really works, my cuticles are never really, really dry when I use this and that's exactly what I was looking for.

Tweezerman 6-Way Shape and Shine - At first I thought this was a buffer but after looking it up I realized it was so much more. It actually contains one side solely designed to shape and file and the other to buff and shine. Exactly what we need when prepping our nails! I'm such a dork, I actually wrote down what each color is for on card stock to put in my nail case. Here's what each color is designed for and what I use it for:
White - heavy duty filing. I use this for my toes because my nails are so thick and I don't need to be so gently with them. If you want to take down a lot of length this works really fast but it is really rough so I wouldn't use it on my fingernails.
Black - shaping. This works very well, however I don't use it very often because it's rougher on my fingernails than my crystal file and my crystal file seals my tips as well which the black side does not.
Blue - finishing. This side is actually for sealing your tips which I just mentioned my crystal file does so I don't use this side very often either.
Pink - smooths out ridges. This side is designed to do exactly what I just wrote, smooth out your ridges. It takes a little while to smooth out all the ridges of my nails but it does work.
White - buff. I usually use this first to take off the stains left from polish on my nails then use the pink side if my nails aren't smooth enough. The buffer works very well and even when my nails are really stained bright (gross!) it takes almost all of the yellow off.
Grey - shine. I don't think this side of a buffer ever doesn't work. Basically it just creates a shiny healthy sheen to your nails.
Overall, this works very well. If you don't buff your nails every and you have a file you use on a regular basis then I wouldn't tell you to go out and buy it right away. I love how it works and I love having it but like I said, if you already have products you like that do the same thing, then you're set.

OPI Drip Dry - Really I should just tell you to go out and buy this right now. These drops work so fantastically well it's ridiculous. Sadly, they get used up pretty fast, not as fast as I thought they would but I kind of wish it was a bottom-less bottle. I love the little case, it's a small glass bottle with a black rubber drip to thingy (not sure what it's called). I really like the fact that the "dripper" or the thing that collects the liquid is glass. I'm not sure why I like that so much but I do. A big plus to this is that it contains jojoba so it actually moisturizes your cuticles while drying your polish; talk about multitasking! I was so afraid at first to use more than one drop on each nail because I didn't want to waste it but I for one do in fact need two drops on each nail for full drying coverage. OPI states "Dries nails to the touch in one minute, completely in five..." I fully agree with this. In fact, I think it dries even faster. A scary little secret, I sometimes put this on over SV (which already dries fast) if I'm in a huge hurry and it really is scary how fast it dries. Also, it has no smell! You'd think it would smell like something but I put my nose practically in it an didn't smell a thing! I think you need to go buy this right now. Even if you have SV you still need this.

I was so surprised to be in love with all of these products but I seriously think they all work great! I hope you guys find this useful next time you're buying some nail care products. I'd love to hear your experiences with these!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Some News and Some Sorrys

Hello everyone! So, so, so sorry I haven't been posting as often as I'd like! Have you missed me? I did a post yesterday but I just haven't had as many as I usually do. I really hope to change that and get some more posts out! I've just been so busy with school work and my little sisters and my grandmother came down recently. It's been a little hectic some days to say the least!

On another note, I have some great news! I've been featured in FabFitFun's Manicure du Jour month of march manis. I'm so excited to have some of my posts that I worked hard on appreciated and on their website for so many to see! It really is a big step! I have another post to be featured on there as well but I'm not sure when it will be posted. I'll let you all know! Click on the "Manicure du Jour" link above to see my polka dot tutorial (on my little sister Emma's nails).

I do have some fun stuff coming up like a super helpful tutorial, and hopefully a hair post tomorrow. Let's cross our fingers! I really want to know what you guys want to see so pretty, pretty please comment, e-mail, or tweet me with your suggestions!

Have a great St. Patrick's Day and be safe!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Quite a Clover Idea ;)

Hi all! I know I kind of promised a St. Patrick's Day nail post for you so here it is! It was my first time doing a gradient or ombre on my nails and I was actually really happy with how it turned out! I used 2 different links to do this mani here's how to do the gradient, and this heart tutorial (because to make the clovers all you're really doing is make 4 hearts). If you are using green for the gradient I would suggest skipping the stems on the clovers because they sort of just blend with the green. It's really up to you though and what you think looks good!

Tips from my experience: 1. If you bring the green up too high on the nail, don't sponge the white on your tips because it won't be opaque, instead take the nail polish brush and apply some white to the tip going over your green gradient a bit. Use the sponge just to blend the very bottom of the white so the color change still blends. 2. Put a topcoat on after your done with your gradient, it blends it a bit, speeds up drying (if you're using a fast drying topcoat), and more importantly if you mess up your clover you can easily dip a q-tip in some remover and take off the clover without fear of ruining your base color because only the thick layer of top coat will come off a bit. Keep in mind however, if you're using white as your base color and black for a design it may be harder to remove and may leak into your base. I'd suggest using two coats of topcoat for something like that. 3. This isn't a necessity but I found my gradient looked more blended when I added a sheer shimmer topcoat. This can mask your design though so after I applied my shimmer topcoat I took my finger and gently rubbed it over the design so some of the sparkles would come off and you could clearly see the design. Just apply a thick layer of SV after to create a smooth and shiny finish. 4. Lastly, if your clovers are too close (if there isn't any white between each individual clover) just take a striper or nail art brush (or toothpick!) dip it in some white and gently paint a thin line between your clovers.

That's all that came to my mind at the moment although I may add more later on if I find any. I hope you guys try this! I think it's really fun and unique because you aren't just doing a four-leaf clover like everyone else, you have a cool gradient too! Please send me pictures of your nails for St. Patty's Day (even if it isn't this design), I'd love, love, love to see them!

*EDIT: Here's a macro shot of my ring finger so you can see the design better...*
What are you guys doing for St. Patty's Day? I'm going to my adorable cousin's birthday party, love hanging with the fam ;). Have a fantastic St. Patrick's Day!!!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sinful Colors - Olympia, Perfect Spring Color

Yay, another polish post for Tuesday! I get so excited about my nails sometimes that I just can't stand to wait an entire week to post them. I hope you don't mind. As you may recall, I went to Walgreens the other week and picked up a few polishes. The last color I have to show you from my trip is Sinful Colors - Olympia. I've been really into the pistachio greens lately, especially Essie - Navigate Her. They are just so bright and spring-y! I almost bought the Essie but as soon as I saw Olympia I knew she was a better deal. I have only two other Sinful Colors but I think they're formula works well so I knew what I was getting myself into. The two colors look very similar truthfully so I had absolutely no problem buying the cheaper of them. I'm so glad I did! I'm sure Navigate Her is a beautiful color but I really do love Olympia. As I said, it is so spring-y! In my mind it is really almost as spring-y as you can get in the green family. The color really reminds me of a field of flowers, one of those huge ones you see in pictures or movies. Those ones with the couple or just a girl running through, laughing and toughing the flower's petals. I love those pictures. I believe I used 3 coats, although it could've been 2. Darn it, I can't remember! Either way I think it's a really good spring investment. I do have to warn you, if might brake your bank at $1.99 a bottle. :) I hope you know I'm joking, I always feel the need to explain my humor which inevitably makes it un-funny. Oh well, at least now you know I wasn't serious! The other day I did the worst thing, I make this totally amazing layering combo and didn't even take one picture! Horrible, I know. If you want to try it anyway I used, tiny rainbow glitter in a nude/clear -ish base (sorry the name isn't visible!) and Essie - Shine of the Times (so gorg!) with Essie - Matte About You on top. It seriously (SERIOUSLY) looked like dragon scales. Seriously, it did. Please go try and send me a picture!

I just had to share with you guys how good I'm getting at my nail polish application haha! When I first started doing my nails I had nail polish all over, and now look! This is all before cleanup! My right hand is still a little messy but I shall improve!
left hand

right hand
Have a great day and remember to send pictures of your dragon scale nails!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Freehand Fail & New Image Plates!

Hi guys(?) and gals! Sorry I've been absent from the blogging world for these past 3 days! I've been so busy, my grandmother came down from up north yesterday and my mom is having a baby and there was seriously just so much to do! There really still is. Anyway, I don't think I've missed a Tip-Tastic Tuesday post yet and I most definitely don't plan on it anytime soon so, here you go! Speaking of posts, I need to make a hair post! Any ideas? Since there isn't another Tuesday before St. Patty's Day I'll post a design (if possible!) by this weekend :). So, I tried out my new brushes, well specifically the shortest one. It actually worked really well! I have no other brushes besides my DIY one but I was pleased with it. I make these drawings or maybe doodles rather, (will share if brave enough soon, promise!) and I thought it would be fun to attempt them on my nails. Well, it didn't really reach my expectations but that's okay, first try guys! It was a little bit thicker than I imagined it would be and It wasn't as clean or precise as I would've liked to be. And, for some reason I couldn't come up with any of my totally awesome designs. Maybe because my nail or canvas on each finger was too small? Hmm, not sure. Nevertheless I did this at night and took it off the next morning, it didn't last long. On my other hand (navy base) I used my new stamping plate from cheeky. The designs from the plate I ordered are really so lovely! They actually look quite like my drawings, but not as amateur ;). I hope you enjoy this even though I didn't fall in love with it! I'll have to reattempt in the near future!
 I used Salley Hansen Xtreme Wear - White Out and Ulta - Wild Nigh

If you guys didn't already know this, I have a twitter! Please follow me if you would like! I didn't think I would like twitter so much but, turns out I'm kind of becoming mildly obsessed with it.

P.S if you see crazy nail lengths (meaning: one week my nails are super long, one week they're little nubs) it's because my pictures aren't caught up to my present nails since I mostly don't post as frequently as I polish. My nails were long but my dumb thumb (I'm such a rhymer) nail broke and after a day or two I just decided to file them all down so my thumb wasn't lonely. No, that's not really why I filed my nails down. I'm not very friendly towards my thumb nail right now since it broke itself so I really couldn't care less if it was lonely, I just get bored of the same thing sometimes, hence my crazy nail polish infatuation :).

Have an amazing, lovely, super week and please don't mind my crazy rants!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Friday, March 9, 2012

Beauty Buys

Hey guys! Are you excited it's Friday? I am! The other day I went to Target and bought two things I wante to show you because, let's face it, I love sharing my beauty buys. I ended up getting a polka dot shirt (although I suppose some would call it a blouse but I dislike that word so I'll just say shirt) and a floral dress. I always have to try on things in the store because I hate returning things and I don't always get a chance to return it right away if I have to. I couldn't decide which piece of clothing I liked more so I just bought them both. The shirt is from the Jason Wu collection and was also on clearance (score!) and the dress was not on clearance (boo!). I read some of the reviews on the shirt after I had bought it which is strange but true, and discovered that many people had found holes in theirs only hours after wearing it! I'm so disappointed by this because I most definitely do not want the same thing to happen to me! So sad. But, I refuse to return it because I really like it and I don't listen to reviews anyway unless it's before I buy something. I'm just stubborn. I really hope it doesn't rip though, that would be very sad. I'll keep you updated, I haven't worn it yet. I'm not sure what else to say about the dress other than it's really pretty and spring-y (As are my nails! I shall post soon!). I plan to wear the dress this Sunday and possibly the shirt tonight so I'll try and take some pictures for you! Also, what do you guys want to see more of? Hair posts, makeup posts, food posts? And, oh my goodness that reminds me, I haven't done a single craft or DIY post yet! AND I AM SO CRAFTY! What in the world is happening? I must get on that!

Yes, I just added another piece to my floral clothing collection (Oh, hey, good idea! I should take pictures of all of my floral items for a post one of these days). It is in fact (one of my) true love(s), as are polka dots! I feel like the floral shirt would look lovely over a slightly form-fitting white or cream dress. It would look even better tied shorter (tied like this), I tried to do this with a dress I already had and it would've been perfect if the dress wasn't so poofy! Darn. I  need more cardigans. I need one in every color actually. I constantly find myself searching for a sweater to match my printed dress (another one of my loves, actually dresses in general are probably my most adored items) but unless it matches navy or black I'm out of luck. I need a tan one I think. I simply love these two items I bought, they feel so vintage (Whoah, that right there is another one of my loves! That one is really high on the list) and spring-y. The quilt under is my bedding if you're wondering. It's light pink, I got that form Target too! I love it it's so girly (which is probably why I have black sheets lol) and also reminds me of vintage things. But, who knows what I'm talking about, I usually just make this stuff up as I go :)

Have a lovely weekend

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Happy International Women's Day! : Funky French

I actually didn't even know it was International Women's day until a few minutes ago (shame on me and thank you twitter and google). In honor of this special occasion I thought it would be perfect to do a polish post! It's not exactly highlighting women's rights over the years or anything but it's totally girly! And come on, we all should know by now any excuse for a polish post is one I'm taking. Also, I know it's not Tuesday (again) but you guys love my nail posts anyway, right? I know I do! So, let's get to it!

I thought this was just really girly and perfect for today. I used a sheer franken as the base (3 coats), OPI - Happy Anniversary (3 coats) a sheer sparkly color for the tips, OPI - We'll Always Have Paris (such a gorgeous color) for the flower stamps, and Seche Vite (1 coat).

I hope you guys are having a great week! Happy International Women's Day, ladies!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Berry Trifle & Lavender Whipped Cream

I haven't done a food post for a really long time (In fact, I think I've only ever done one?) so I thought today would be the perfect time. Keep in mind these pictures were taken before I got my new camera and I used an iphone. I forget how my mom found this recipe but it's really good! (EDIT: I found the recipe and will post it at the bottom!) It's so fresh and super duper easy really anyone could make it. We did a few things different from what the recipe said but it turned out really great anyway. Instead of using rasberries and blackberries (we love them, but I think we made double and they're expensive) we just doubled the strawberrys and blueberry. Also, the recipe says to use instant vanilla pudding (which we did) but if you want to get all advanced culinary on your guest you can make a custard from scratch. I made a french custard a while back which I think would work really well with this, I'll link that too on the bottom. Anyway, this recipe is sooooooo easy, there's no cooking involved (unless you make the custard yourself), and it's such a yummy desert. Seriously, if you make this no one will be disappointed. So, get cookin'! Or, I guess raw cookin'!

I figured the pictures didn't need captions since they're pretty self explanitory.

Trifle all layered and finished.

The lavender whipped cream was so easy you're not even going to believe it. Seriously, it's rediculous. Just from the name you'd think it was something difficult but it's really not!

Sorry, I didn't have any good pictures of it blended! :(

Laid-Back Berry Trifle

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 6 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 boxes (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 all-butter loaf (or pound) cakes (11.5 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
1. In a large bowl, gently mix the berries with 4 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of water and set aside. In another bowl, make the pudding according to package directions; set aside. Cut the cake loaves into 1-inch cubes.
2. In a large glass bowl (at least 10-cup capacity), place 2 cups of the cake pieces in a single layer. Next, spread 1 cup of the pudding over the cake pieces. Arrange 2 cups of the berries over the pudding. Repeat with cake, pudding and berries for the second layer. For the third layer, arrange 3 cups of cake pieces, 2 cups of the pudding and then 3 cups of the berries. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour to chill.
3. Just before serving, combine the heavy cream and the remaining 2 Tablespoons of sugar in a mixing bowl. With an electric mixer, whip the cream until it's thickened and spoonable. Spread the cream over the top layer of the trifle and serve.

chef's notes

If fresh berries are out of season, you can use frozen berries to make this dessert. Just thaw and drain the same amount of berries.

Prepared whipped topping or whipped cream can also be used in place of the heavy cream from step 3.

To make a smaller serving for fewer people you can leave out the second layer of cake, berries and pudding.

Lavender Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon lavender flowers (herbs for cooking only)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
step 1. In a small sauce pan heat the cream until steaming but not boiling.
step 2. Add the lavender herbs to the hot cream and steep until cool.
step 3. Place the cream and lavender in the refrigerator, covered. Chill overnight or until cold.
step 4. Place the cream, vanilla, and sugar in a bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form and cream is light and airy.
step 5. Serve with honey cake or use as topping for a vanilla ice cream sundae. (we served it on top of the berry trifle, so yummy!)
I hope you enjoy these recipes, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
(On my nails is the mixed animal print)
- xoxo Alexis Leigh

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

You've done it again, Essie.

The other day I made a stop at Walgreens (bad decision) with Haley. Don't we know how that goes. Luckily I only bought three polishes but you should've seen my basket before I narrowed them down. Polish addiction at it's worst, that's all I'm saying. This nice woman who worked there came up to me and asked if I needed help (meaning if I was ready to checkout) and I truthfully replied that I did in fact need help, with my polish addiction. And then I proceeded to spend half an hour browsing their polish collection. I really do need help. Thank goodness Haley was there to help me narrow down my selections or I would've bought every nail polish they had. Like I said, I only ended up buying three, you may applaud me now. I did feel a tiny bit guilty because the polishes I bought weren't on sale and two of them were Essie's which means they weren't exactly "budget friendly". Oh well, I did really love the colors I bought so I don't feel too bad. Oh, before I forget, I made a twitter account and I'll be posting on there as well so follow me! Okay, Okay, I'll show you the pictures now!

(Left to Right) Essie - Merino Cool, Sinful Colors - Olympia, Essie - Shine of the Times

 Here is Essie's Merino Cool. This color is SO gorgeous. The pictures are really true to the actual shade. This is 3 coats although you could easily do 2 and it'll be opaque. I used OPI topcoat and OPI drip dry. This is really such a perfect shade, I love it. I'm not sure how I would describe it though, a purple grey creme? I'm not sure, all I know is that I love it!
Just a different angle of Essie - Merino Cool. I had just filed my nails down so they weren't as long and my thumb nail had to g and break. Now I have a nubby little thumb nail. :(
Essie - Shine of the Times over Essie - Merino Cool. In sun, with flash.
 Now onto this flakie deliciousness. If you were to buy one of the colors I purchased, buy this one. I heard really good reviews of it so I of course had to try it out. Let me tell you, the pictures really do this one no justice at all. I may have to take more pictures of this in better light tomorrow.
In sun, no flash.
I was pretty high on flakie polish (just to be clear, I am joking, I wasn't literally inhaling my polish! haha) so I may have been hallucinating but I think I saw the flakes change from copper and gold to green and blue as well. I'm not sure but either way it's a gorgeous polish. This is only one coat guys, one coat! Do you see how dense those flakes are? It's insanity, I love it! GO, RIGHT NOW AND BUY THIS. Essie I am officially in love with you.

EDIT: I have some more pictures! YAY!

 Here you can really see how it changes to green and blue. I am in love with the colors!

See how many flakes are in one coat?!?

- xoxo Alexis Leigh