Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Queen Mary Kind Of Day - Long Beach, Ca

Hands down this was one of the best and funniest weekends ever!

The day started with a mini road trip to Long Beach, Ca about two hours south of me. Finding the liner was fairly easy with a GPS and parking was even easier.

We arrived almost an hour before opening and decided to walk around the area, just check things out and take photos. Once 10AM rolled around we got our tickets and that's when the adventure started.

Our Passport Tour Tickets provided us with a audio tour, WWII Tour, Scorpion Submarine Entrance and Ghost and Legends Tour. I feel that I might have left something out... hopefully not. Just know that the Passport Tour is the best option as for the pricing goes.

Tip of the Day: Bring comfortable walking shoes. This is not the place to wear heels!

A Queen Mary Kind Of Day - Long Beach, Ca
Find all of the woods used throughout the Queen Mary in the first class lobby/shopping area. 

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade. Yummy! $4 at the cafe. 

Audio Tour Thingymajiggy. I kid you not when I say you have to walk from one end of the liner to the other to get this little sucker and you have to make that same trip to take it back and get your I.D. I.D. is collected as a "deposit."

Fun fact: The Titanic would fit in the Queen Mary. Yes, that makes the Queen Mary bigger than the famous Titanic. 

Maybe you can help me with this one. I know this a Birds of Paradise but is it dead or is there a black version of it? Either way it's gorgeous and of course I was fascinated with it being that I LOVE black. 

Speaking of which, I am slowly transitioning into other colors as far as my wardrobe goes. It's literally 99.9% black but I getting some color in there. Now its about 90% black and 10% color. By color I mean gun metal gray, haha. I kid, I kid, I am throwing in some blue, pink and white, mostly white though. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Stop Buggin'! - Ladybug Nails

It might be me or my gender or perhaps both that lead me to completely freak out at the sight of a bug. My mother shares this story of when I was about 16 months old and I would go into the garden, collect caterpillars and give them to her. I am so lucky to get the story every time I need her to kill a bug for me.

I would also like to note that this shows two positive traits I have/had; a green thumb and sharing!

What I am about to share, might come across as over dramatic but I just have to tell you! I have poor vision, as in wear glasses and need the lights on (get your minds out of the gutter), however when it comes to bugs I can see those suckers a mile away! So let me share this little story that I will NEVER forget. Ready?

Picture yourself relaxing on a big comfy bed, with Sex and the City the movie playing in the background. You are watching and I am working on my finals. Out of nowhere I see something on the ground in my bedroom move, I pause for a moment, scan the area and nothing so I go back to my final. Zip! There it goes again. Now I am placing my laptop to my side and thinking what was that? When out of what seems nowhere comes a cricket!

See its not the harmless bugs that get me, it's the fact that I don't get a warning, it just appears!

I'm sitting on my bed when I jump on my feet and scream bloody murder. Meanwhile my friend, Dave goes deaf, as he has never heard me scream like that before, then as per usual he starts laughing so hard he farts.

Every time I think of this story or see a bug thats the memory that comes into play. So very long story short. I freak out. My questions is what do you do when you are confronted by a pest?

In all honesty I don't know why I can't kill the thing or get over it. I see it, I know I dont like it and I know it needs to not be near or around me. I dwell on the pest being in my sight. Sigh, I'm so silly and maybe a little weird. What's a complete mystery to me is where they come from?! Do you know?

In lieu of my bug terrors I thought why not create something bug worthy and CUTE! Here are Ladybug inspired nails!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

$100 Manicure...

I went a little crazy the other day... I am not complaining at all, on the contrary I am very grateful and happy with the life I have. However, I am human and I would think like most people we tend to have those very overwhelming days where everything goes to sh*t. See, I felt that I had couple of those days in a row and thought I need to relax and pamper myself. Which lend me to book this amazing over the top $100 manicure. To most people disbelief, I'm not as stingy as I may seem, haha. 

Manicure was booked, I went and I was so incredibly disappointed that I actually started crying. It may have not been the actual manicure that made me cry but everything else that did, and this was the final straw. I couldn't hold it in anymore. 

I'm not easy. I have never claimed to be. If anything I come with a disclosure, haha. 

All I wanted was a luxurious, rich, relaxing manicure that would kind of knock me out. Perhaps even make me fall asleep midway? I don't know, maybe I am just thinking crazy. 

I was specific and kind when I asked, "Please cut the nails square or straight with SLIGHTLY round edges (so I don't scratch a bratha, haha) and DO NOT cut my cuticles." I had the colors chosen and when I looked down at my nails, this is what I see!

This $100 manicure!

That's not it, it then proceeded to chip (flaking off) as I walked out of the spa. 

Because I joke around A LOT! I thought this has to be a joke, where are the cameras. To my surprise there were none within a 20 mile radius.

This is my life lesson... Dahlia don't pay $100 for a manicure. Take 20 minutes and do it yourself, just how you like it. Meow! (Apparently I'm turning into a cat. Which I really shouldn't be as I am allergic but I digress.)

Due to the nature of these photos parental discretion is advised!

Warning! Warning!! Warning!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

All of Me - John Legend & Red Nails

What would I do without your smart mouth? 
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You've got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down
What's going on in that beautiful mind
I'm on your magical mystery ride
And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright

My head's under water
But I'm breathing fine
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind

Madre mia, I am in a lovey dovey mood today. Do you ever have those days where everything is beautiful, romantic, sweet, thoughtful and roses? Today it's one of those days and the first song that came to mine was All of Me by John Legend. 

Up until this song I can't really say that I was a fan but I've gone to the trouble of listening to all of his songs and I have to admit that they are pretty good. Are you a John Legend fan? 

What's more lovey dovey and romantic than red nails? Ok, so maybe there are other things but let's pretend that it's red nails today, haha. 

Solid Red Nails

Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July Manicure and a Special Announcement!

The fourth of July is just a day away and not only am I excited about this mani but also for July 2nd. It's an important day, it's my mothers birthday! This year I decided to surprise her with a little trip somewhere (post coming soon). You know, I've always believed that our parents have done a lot for us and at some point its time to pay it back. With that said I would like to wish my mama a very happy birthday and I truly hope you enjoy this weekend and everyday. P.S. I have more surprises... this is just the beginning. 

4th of July Manicure!

Fireworks, family, BBQ's are essential for this holiday and I thought let me add as much glitter as I possibly can to my nails. Y aqui esta my manicure, with about three coats of two different glitter polishes. Let it be known that the only reason I didn't add more glitter was because I thought it would chip off from being so thick! haha. 

On a more serious note. I wish you all a very happy and safe fourth of July. Please remember to keep your pets indoors and away from fireworks.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Covergirl Outlast - Seared Bronze 630 & Emeli Sandé Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

Emeli Sandé - Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall

Does this song sound familiar? Music trivia! Who else has sung it? 

Sadly, Emeli, my girl, hasn't announced any new tours which is a shame because I love her. Did I ever share with you that I met her husband? He is SEXY! It was a brief conversation, kind of, he asked me if I knew how to enter into the booth, I said (like I actually knew) right this way. Turns out that way was locked but he managed to figure it out. Which brings me to share that I think English accents are sexy and I wouldn't mind my boyfriend to have one. 

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis - Seared Bronze 630

I stopped at a CVS the other day to get a birthday card and of course I had to detour into the cosmetics. I found this Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Glosstinis Seared Bronze 630 and bought it, didn't think twice. It's pretty and VERY opaque with one coat. 

After finishing my mani, I started thinking and thought, I think I have this color already. Sure enough I have a Bonita polish that is nearly the exact same. Does that ever happen to you? 

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Reef (LA Mart) - Downtown Los Angeles

I recent had a couple of meetings in Downtown at The Reef and I'm excited to share it with you. The Reef not the meetings, haha. You will never hear me say I l*ve LA, ever! But, you know it's starting to grow on me... maybe... a little. Not to say that my heart isn't somewhere else!

Anyway, I can't believe I never paid attention! I literally went to the college on the other side of this building for a year and never thought to look left! How in the world does that happen?!

The Reef is pretty awesome, if you haven't been its an art zone. There are loads of shops, mini galleries, and tons of installations. I actually sneaked out of a meeting for a couple of minutes and started exploring the building, one floor at a time. It's was awesome!

The Reef - Los Angeles

Oh there is just a massive chair that is causally placed in the parking lot, which you can drive underneath! Yes I made two loops around the lot, what can I say, we are all kids at heart. 

These are two of maybe 40 installations that I loved! It's an umbrella! Can you see it? Am I the only one fascinated by this? It's an umbrella!!!

I believe this was one of the kid shops there and I love the cow with the ladybug custom, it's just so flippin' cute!

Currently, I am in the process of redesigning my home a little, and I thought this would be perfect to recreate in my hallway. What do you think?

...and I think this is what I will aim for in my bedroom. The thing is that my room already kind of looks like this and I want to jazz it up. I don't know, I just can't seem to make up my mind. 

I hope you enjoyed a little peak at The Reef in Los Angeles, Ca. 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Star Wars Episode VII Nails

In light of Star Wars Episode VII coming to a screen near you and me not hearing the end of it, here are some pretty cool Star Wars nails. (So I think anyway, haha)

Someone might kill me for saying this but I have never actually sat through a Star Wars series. Not to say I haven't tried or been forced to do so, I just haven't made it through one. Not to be mean, but I always seem to fall asleep within the opening credits. That doesn't go without saying that I wouldn't be up for my 100th attempt to watch it, so let's make a Star Wars date. In the mean time here is my tribute to Star Wars and D for loving it so.

For those Star Wars fans enjoy!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday the 13th and Gold & Navy Dot Manicure

Hello there! Happy Friday the 13th my Loves!

I am VERY superstitious and every Friday the 13th has always been a good one. Some people think, ekk its the 13th and a Friday, it's going to be a disaster. For me they have always been good or even great. So in light of it being a Friday and the end of a great week, I thought a new and fresh mani is in order! So here I have a navy blue and gold dots manicure. Hope you enjoy!

Gold & Navy Dot Manicure

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Brazil Flag Nails - The World Cup Begins!

Here's a fun back story on my heritage. As some of you may know I come from a Hispanic background, I am Guatemalan and Cuban. I think it makes for a good mix of spiciness, haha, but moving on to my point.

Up until I was a toddler, about 2 years old, maybe 3, I spoke Portuguese, Spanish and English. I wish I still spoke Portuguese now, unfortunately I don't but I understand a few words here and there. So of course being that the World Cup has just started I HAD to do a nail design. I know that I made Brazil flags a while back but why not create a new spin on it!

Here I share with you my Brazil Flag Nails!

Brasil Bandeira Nails

Desfruta! (Enjoy!)


Monday, June 2, 2014

Getty Villa Malibu - Exploring Los Angeles, Ca

Some of you may have seen earlier in May I visited the Getty Villa in Malibu. I have been there once before but this time it was so much fun!

The Getty Villa is an absolutely breath taking place. It over looks the Pacific Coast and every photo taken there is perfect. I highly recommend anyone looking to explore LA to visit the Getty Villa. Whats more is that it is FREE! There is a parking fee of $10-20 depending on the car but its well worth it.

So enjoy my day at the Getty Villa!

Getty Villa - Malibu

Have you been? If so, share your experience with me or photos!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli 180 & Jessie J - Gold

What a rush! It's the end of the week and a million and one things have happened! I wish I could share them with you! Just know this, it's AWESOME news! Ha, that was not descriptive or close to a hint.

Do we have any Jessie J fans in the house? If you have been with me for awhile now you know my love for her. I love her voice and the lyrics to this song! They are so fitting in my life right now, metaphorically anyway. Hint. Hint. 

Jessie J - Gold

On to the mani! I always say that, don't I? 

Dolce & Gabbana you are my weakness. There is something about the luxury of the brand and polish that I can't get enough of. 

I love Stromboli because its a deep powerful green with a gold shimmer that really can only be seen in the light. As I am looking at it and typing it looks black so in a way it's a two for one. Anywholicious, you be the judge and let me know what you think.

Dolce & Gabbana Stromboli


Monday, May 26, 2014

I Will Never Forget 5/26 Blue Glitter Manicure

Two years ago today I lost one of the most influential persons in my life. I wish I could lie and say that it didn't change me but it did. I could've never imagined the amount of pain someone goes through after they lose someone they love. Since the faithful May 26, 2012 so much has happened, so much that I honestly believed I would share with him.

I don't cry as much anymore, the pain exists but it's just a scar, no longer a wound. At the end of it, life, I guess all we really get to take and keep are memories. Memories shared with those you loved and those that loved you.

In honor of my great love, David this mani is for you! I love you and I always will.

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