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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Metallic Croc

Today was manicure day and I chose Metallic Croc for my nails. Metallic wraps are a challenge to work with. To activate the glue, you have to hold the wrap with the glue side facing the heat source. However, the metallic wraps curl like crazy when the wrap is held close the the heat source glue side. So I tried to apply the wrap to my nail and then the heat. Worst mistake. I was unable to stretch the wrap to get rid of the buckles. If I haven't mentioned it before, but I have curved nails. The wraps buckle on the sides when applied to curved nails and the only way to get rid of the buckles is to stretch the wrap until the buckles disappear.  

To get around the curling, I turned the glue side of the wrap away from the heat. So I essentially heated the wrap on the pattern side. That worked like a charm. 

I don't think this manicure will last as long as my previous manicure and I think in the future I will only use the metallic wrap as an accent.  

I was going to give myself a pedicure but changed my mind. I have hobbit feet and I don't feel like shaving my toes. Yes, that's right.  I have hair on my toes. I just told you I have hobbit feet. What did you expect??

I'm going to leave you with another fabulous picture of my manicure.  

Check out the other designs Jamberry has to offer!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Hair and Manicures

I'm looking forward to my next manicure, which is tomorrow. I had a really hard time choosing a wrap. I placed an order not too long ago for wraps that were being discontinued, like Skyline (I'm wearing them in a picture in the previous post) and Holographic. In my first month I've already made over $100 which isn't much but it's pretty good for just showing off my manicure. I've hosted a party and I"m hoping to get a few more parties this month to earn back the cost of my kit.  

Here is a picture of the three wraps I have to choose from from left to right (Hot to Croc, Metallic Croc, and a hostess exclusive from Summer 2014.


My eyes are gravitating towards the Metallic Croc. I like shiny objects and I want my hands to get noticed. I wish I had another wrap to pair Metallic Croc with but my order hasn't gotten here yet. Bummer.

I better get to bed and get some sleep. I haven't gotten to bed before midnight in 3 days! And I have to get up early tomorrow to wash my curls. Good night.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Jamberry Nails

I did it. I joined Jamberry Nails as a consultant. I just couldn't resist the opportunity to make some money promoting a product I really, really love. For my first manicure, I chose the Skyline nail wrap in matte. I absolutely loved how my nails turned out and I didn't do that bad of a job applying the nails. This manicure did not last a full two weeks like the company advertised, BUT this was due to the way I applied the wrap.

For my second manicure I chose the Hot Zebra wrap. My nails turned out amazing! And thanks to watching a few YouTube videos of Jamberry consultants, I learned how to apply my nails so that I would get two weeks out of my manicure.

I applied this wrap to my nails on Sunday, August 24th and they still look dang good. It looks like I need a fill in this pictures because my nails grow fast. I have gotten so many compliments on my nails and I've made some money. Win win!

I plan to post a final picture of my nails just before I remove them to put on my next wrap. I'm still trying to decide what Jamberry design I want to use on my nails next.

I have a personal website where you can check out all the designs Jamberry has to offer at shavonne.jamberrynails.net.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Married at First Sight

I'm watching Married at First Sight and I think this is the only way I would ever get married.

I hate dating and I don't have a great track record for picking great guys. I'm just lousy at it which is one reason why I've completely given up on dating.

I hate blind dates. Just a casual mention of someone wanting to fix me up feels like I'm being gut punched. I hate that feeling.

Sometimes I think I'm supposed to be single and that's what has gotten me through being single most of my adult life. 

I think I would be okay with four experts screening thousands of guys to find the right one for me. It sounds a lot better than "kissing" a bunch of toads just to find my prince.

I need to go to bed.  I have another long day tomorrow. I'm meeting with someone who may become my client. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What Ticks Me Off

I finished watching a commercial for Kaplan University and it got my blood boiling.

I'm one of those people who believe you have to do what you have to do to get ahead. However, one of the things society keeps pushing on people is the idea of and education as being the ONLY way to move up in the world.

I'm not anti education by any means. I've spent gobs of money on a undergraduate and graduate degrees. I was told it was the only way to be successful. I didn't realize I only bought myself a cubicle and a 60-mile commute. The jokes on me and I'm out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Anyways, I bought a Macbook Air and I love it. I got the 11 inch. It's the perfect size. And it's lighter in weight than my first generation iPad.


Monday, July 14, 2014

It's Been a While

I haven't posted to my blog in a year!

What do I pay for this domain name for? I might as well get my money's worth.

I've been busy learning how to cook and staying active and learning how to invest in real estate. I'm seriously tired of working for someone else and I'm envious of those who've managed to find their niche and are making money.

I've been practicing that old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say it at all." It's been working but it's left me little to talk about on my blog.

That will have to change. I have been contributing to a video blog these past 6 months. It's a pretty boring watch. I've gotten bored with video blogging but since I've committed to doing a video 365 Project, I'm going to finish.

To start off with a little positive, I've been reading PaleOMG because the blog is just a good read. Plus, there are paleo recipes I can try. I'm new to the whole cooking thing because of my food allergies and this is one blog I turn to for recipes. Anyways, Julie posted a fashion Friday post which included a picture of one of the most beautiful bags I've ever seen. The bag is made by Kelly Moore and it's Esther bag.
Isn't it beautiful? The green is just lovely. For the first time in a I wish I were a married woman with kids that way I'd have Mother's Day or an anniversary to get an awesome gift like this.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Coursera: the Science of Gastronomy

I've been taking a course at coursera.org called The Science of Gastronomy. So far I've learned I can defrost meat faster if it is in a metal bowl submerged in water. I also learned my taste buds don't work well. I had to do an experiment based on the taste map. I had to rub something sour, bitter, sweet, and salty across four different areas of my tongue to see if I could detect the sensation, and if I could, how intense the sensation was. I actually could not taste anything. 

I wish I had more to post but I'm still working on a few things. I want to get them good enough to publish somewhere online. I'd like to get paid for something I write for once. 

I hope I hear from some of the jobs I applied for. The drive to work is driving me insane.


Tuesday, July 09, 2013

My Blogit Days

So I did some searching and I found that blogger I mentioned yesterday. She can be found at www.ahermitt.com. She left blogit a few years after I did and started a self-hosted blogger blog.

I need to send her a quick thank you. She was my first bread crumb.

I ended up finding my profile on that website. SCAREY!!! I'm not proud of it at all. I was a different person back then. I'm glad my idiosyncrasies haven't been completely erased from the web. I like being to see where I used to be and how far I've come in my life journey. 

I received an email from a lady I met at a meetup a few weekends ago. Networking has paid off. She wanted me to forward my resume. I'm hoping to get an interview. Even if I don't get a job, I still need the practice of selling my skill sets. 

I need to cut my nails. I'm having difficulty typing this. 

Nothing but random thoughts today. I plan on taking a rest from staring at a computer screen. My eyes have been blood shot red for the past couple of days. I didn't realize how much I missed blogging.

I'm working on a serious piece, one that I'm hoping to be able to sell. Now that I think about it, it's probably outdated as the topic is a subject that is done but the repercussions will be around for generations. I just hope I can finish the piece without it coming off as hate speech. Some topics are hard to write about even when it's done with the most tact. People don't like viewpoints unless they are politically correct.  

Monday, July 08, 2013

I Didn't Know What I Wanted

I didn't know what I wanted until someone showed me what I could have. I'm very fortunate to have found people who want me to want more than what I was used to seeing around me. And it all started with blog.

I stumbled across a blog at blogit.com written by a black woman. (Blogit is a website where you can get paid to blog.)  She was a married, Christian black woman who homeschooled her children. Not only that, but her husband (a small business owner) could provide for their family without her having to work.

I've personally never a black woman who lived like that. Growing up, I was surrounded by single moms (mostly never married). The women who were married worked and they weren't married to business owners.

Some years later I was introduced to a couple who lived a similar lifestyle to that blogger I stumbled across years ago. What I loved most about the couple is, the wife adored her husband. I could tell by the way she looked at him. She had respect for him. That's something I don't see much from married women.

I never wanted to get married or have children because the examples of marriage and motherhood were what I considered to be nightmares. But, I got glimpses of what I now what because there were people who showed me what I could have. Now, I just need to find a husband.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Shavonne (the blogs)


I've been meaning to post to the blog but haven't felt motivated. My main reason, I don't have much to blog about and two, It isn't easy to blog from  Tiny Mac (my iPhone). I can't seem to want to do anything if I have to turn on an actual computer. I have two apps that work great on my blogger blog, but posting to my self-hosted Wordpress blog is proving difficult from my iPhone. The images and text formatting is all screwed up. I get around that by posting a draft and doing some really painful editing on my iPhone from the Wordpress dashboard. Not. Fun. Or. Easy. At. All.

Wordpress does have a free app, but I was only able to get that to work once. When it did work, it was great. And easy. And fun. And then it stopped working. And mobile blogging to my Wordpress blog from my phone is a nightmare.

I have two options, I can find other platform to blog from (I think I'm limited because my web hosting only supports Wordpress or Blogger). But I love my blog template. I paid for it!! Graph Paper Press designs beautiful blog templates that compliment photograpy and display well on mobile devices, specifically Apple mobile devices. (Sorry Android and Windows fans, I don't use them, don't have an interest in how they work or how my blogs display on their screens). Anyone have some advice on how to solve my dilemma? Or how to get the Wordpress app to work? The Wordpress forums are useless.

It would also helped if I narrowed my focus of my blog. Then I realize, the blog is called Shavonne for a reason. It's about me. And I'm interested in everything, so I should blog about the things that interest me. Politics, food, religion, men, dating, being single, those are the things I like talking about. Lately, my obsession has been food.

I don't like dating, so I won't be blogging much about that. I blogging about dating mostly because I don't date.

I hate cheaters! Sorry, I'm watching Army wives and the Sherwoods are cheating on each other. Army Wives is my guilty pleasure. I served in the Army, but I was never an Army wife, so I'm seeing it from a very different perspective. I couldn't marry a soldier. I witnessed too much cheating and I'm a clingy woman. I wouldn't want my man away from me for too long. My heart doesn't grow fonder with distance and time.

Must get cook my cilantro lime cauliflower then get some shut eye. Happy Independance Day.