Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pinterest Nails

pretty nails
nail designs for short nails
My friend Jenny (the one with the great eyeliner) also gets really fun manicures. For Valentine's Day, her nails were pink with gold tips. She recently let me in on her secret: A nail salon that specializes in nail art. It's where you go to get the nails of your Pinterest dreams. Say what?! I was intrigued. The salon is right in my neighborhood, so my sister Sophie and I paid them a visit. We brought in our Pinspiration (here's mine and here's Sophie's), and in the end, our nails looked like they came right off of a Pinterest board.

p.s. The ladies at the salon also talked me into trying gel nails for the first time. I think I'm the last person I know to try it, ha! But I'm so excited to wash dishes and garden and change my oil* without worrying about chipping my nails.

*confession: I don't actually do most of these things

pinterest nails

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

How to Eat a Burger

You know when you're eating a big juicy burger that's perfectly cooked (medium rare) with the perfect number of pickles (four) and just the right amount of spread? It's during these special moments when you realize all the stars have aligned in your favor, colors appear brighter and more vivid, you start thinking maybe your life is complete... and then your burger falls apart. It's a buzz kill. Well, my friend Amanda taught me this simple burger-eating trick: Eat your burger upside down. The top bun is almost always more substantial than the bottom and holds up better as a base. It doesn't get as soggy so your burger stays together the whole way through. Isn't that smart? 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How to Hang Pictures

gallery wall
A few months ago, I put together a gallery wall in our living room. Here's the finished product above. (There's one empty frame because I can't decide what to put there, but I kind of like the look of the frame by itself, too). I've always wanted a gallery wall and now that it's up, I love it! You know what they say: Gallery walls are the new TV. Well, okay, no one really says that, but it could be a thing! Whenever people come over, we end up staring and talking about the gallery wall for a good five minutes. Back in October, I wrote about how to pick your artwork for a cohesive collection. Today, I'd like to share my tips for putting it all together, including how to arrange the pieces and hang them.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to arranging gallery walls. The first way is buy all the art now (in a variety of sizes) then play art-hanging Tetris after. The second way is to measure now and buy later. I like the second way because even though it takes a little bit more time upfront, it helps you see how everything will look together and pick art pieces in the right sizes. Here's how you do it...

1. Measure your wall space. 
Write down your wall specs, then take a picture of the space and open it up in Photoshop. I already had our wedding sign up, so I measured the available wall space around it. (If you don't have Photoshop, you could also do steps one and two in a blank PowerPoint slide).

small apartment decorating ideas
2. Find art pieces you like in various sizes. 
Take screenshots of each piece (or take a picture of it if you already own it) and place them on your Photoshop artboard. Roughly resize each one relative to your wall space. Move things around to get an idea of where everything will hang or where you might need to add another piece.

3. Get your art ready to hang.
When you're happy with the way your collection flows and fits in your Photoshop artboard, order and/or frame each piece.

4. Hang your artwork.
Using the layout you created in Photoshop as your guide, hang each piece.

To make it easy, here's an art-hanging trick I learned from Emily Henderson: Trace each framed piece onto paper and tape it up on the wall. This gives you a general idea of how it will look. Rearrange as necessary until you're happy as a clam.

Lightly hammer a nail through each piece of paper.

Remove the paper from the wall, leaving the nail in its place.

how to hang a picture
Hang your picture on the nail.

And voila! All your pictures will be hung exactly where you want them.

wedding invitation
Finally, I thought it'd be fun to sprinkle in some artifacts and mementos to add a personal touch. So I included our big "For the Love of Pies" wedding sign and invitation that our friend Andrew Beach designed and my dad's Cambodian high school diploma.

Other art pieces include:
Abstract dots

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Is That You Matthew Crawley?

Do you watch Downton Abbey? My hair stylist stopped watching because he's still mad that Dan Stevens, the actor that played Matthew Crawley, left the show. When we realized that we hadn't seen him in anything since then, we wondered, what happened to Matthew Crawley anyway? Then one night, I watched The Guest and realized this is what happened...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Five Things on My Spring Wish List

Good news: Spring is just 2.5 weeks away—woohoo! I'm already daydreaming about sandals and warm weather. Most of all, I can't wait to wear...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect: A Week of Wearing Eyeliner

eyeliner styles
After seven days of wearing eyeliner, I'm happy to report that I eventually got the hang of it, shaky hands and all. I had to split it up over two weeks because something popped up, but I did it! Here's how it went...

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