Nail Polish of the Month April 2013; plus, Totally Doable I Have A Life April Nail Art Challenge: Day 10: Bright

Nail Polish of the Month April 2013; plus, Totally Doable I Have A Life April Nail Art Challenge: Day 10: Bright

I couldn’t think of a better “bright” for day 10 of this challenge than my bottle of Zoya Mitzi that I ordered this winter. It’s a matte velvet lacquer in a highlighter yellow shade.

Like all mattes, this dries super-quick: I am not lying when I say I did four coats in five minutes. The trouble with such a quick dry time is that it’s very hard to get a smooth, even application, without streaks or patchiness. Also, this shows every imperfection in my nails. So, I think it’s going to take some work to learn how to make this polish look as lovely as my other Zoyas.

That said, I do love the color, which is why I’m also naming it my Nail Polish of the Month for April 2013.

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 10

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 10

Ugh. Get ready for my no-coffee face. I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those weeks where getting out of bed will be an Olympian feat in and of itself, never mind putting on something cute. Also, we’re having really bipolar weather–freezing, dark and rainy, then bright blinding sunshine an hour later.
 

I got this shirt back in high school, when I was just discovering the magic powers of caffeine.  I look like I need some, huh? Oh well. There are days for primping and days for just getting stuff done, and tonight my reward for getting everything accomplished is going to be a big plate of pasta and a TV marathon.

Here’s what Mandy wore yesterday! I love this dress. I’m finally starting to embrace prints and I think the snakeskin print is super-cute.

Now it’s your turn to show us how you’re shopping your closet this month! Use the widget below to link up your posts and remember to use the hashtag #30dayclosetshop across your social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to show off your style!

Please follow your cohosts (Mandy and Martha) and visit a couple of other bloggers via the linkup to leave a comment! “I don’t like comments” said no blogger ever! :P

Sponsored post: CampusBookRentals.com

(Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for which I was paid a small fee by the sponsoring company. However all opinions are my own.)

While I mostly blog here about beauty and fashion, I do talk from time to time about what else is going on in my life. Lately the hubby and I have been talking about college a LOT. I hope to be able to start cosmetology school sometime soon, though I have no firm plans in place, and after that eventually dabble in something else: journalism, maybe, or a degree in health and nutrition.

Of all the reasons I’ve delayed settling on something, one of the biggest has to be the high cost of it all. The hubby has taken classes through the local college and had some grant money from a previous job contract that helped out quite a bit, but we’ve still been gobsmacked multiple times in the past by the high cost of a single semester, especially when it comes to books. I used to think people were exaggerating, if not flat-out lying, when they talked about dropping several hundred dollars on books (and sometimes on a single book!) that they would only use for a single semester. Now I know, it’s 100% true!

So I thought it was pretty timely when I opened up Gmail the other morning and found an e-mail from Angela at CampusBookRentals.com asking if I’d be interested in writing a short post about the company. The idea of borrowing books is nothing new to me–as a kid I practically lived at the local library–but before this I’d only vaguely looked into renting textbooks. (Obviously, since I’m not enrolled in classes.) I did know CampusBooksRentals.com had gotten positive buzz from Newsweek, the New York Times and MSNBC, so I did a little burrowing through the website and I have to say it’s a pretty neat concept!

Here’s how it works: you sign up for free, select the book(s) you want to rent, and decide how long you want to keep them. A variety of flexible rental periods, plus the option to extend or renew your rental and a 15-day grace period, mean you don’t have to worry about over-paying for a full semester’s worth of a rental if you’re taking a condensed summer class. This is also a great option if you’re not taking any classes but just want to read through a textbook for some reason. (Don’t laugh at me, I’ve done this with some of hubby’s old textbooks. What? Education is a good thing!)

CampusBookRentals.com estimates you can save at least 40% (and possibly much more!) as opposed to buying your books through the campus bookstore. You can highlight in the books if you wish. Shipping is free both ways, but if you decide you’d rather buy the book and keep it instead of returning it, you have that option; you’ll just pay the difference between what you’ve already put down in rental fees, and the original cost of the textbook.

CampusBookRentals.com has also introduced a program called RentBack, where you ship in your unneeded textbooks to be rented by other students. You make a profit each time another student rents one of your textbooks, as opposed to those books just gathering dust on your bookshelf or being sold for a tiny fee at the campus bookstore. (If you’ve never sold books back to the campus bookstore: they pay you very little for your used books. Been there, done that.)

Here’s a video that shows you how everything works:

Pretty neat, huh? One more cool thing: CampusBookRentals.com supports Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries to children with cleft palates whose families would otherwise not be able to afford the procedure. A cleft is not just a cosmetic problem; a child with a cleft may be unable to eat or speak properly, and in some communities, they can be shunned for their deformity. Operation Smile has spent the past thirty years working around the globe to help these children! You can read more about Operation Smile and their life-saving work here.

Classes might not be in my immediate future, but renting my textbooks is definitely something I’m going to keep in mind once I’m ready to sign up.

What do you think lovelies? Have you ever rented textbooks? Is it something you’d consider in the future?

(Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for which I was paid a small fee by the sponsoring company. However all opinions are my own.)

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 9

30 Day Shop My Closet Challenge: Day 9

I finally fixed up a little for dinner tonight, and by “fixed up” I of course mean “traded my sweats for something cute enough to be worn in public without actually bothering to put together a real outfit”. I’m still wearing my flip-flops. Deal with it.

Mostly I just wanted to show off this blouse. When I was a teenager the one item of clothing I wanted more than anything was a silky Mandarin-collared blouse in a pretty Asian floral print. Needless to say, this isn’t something you just buy off the rack at Walmart, so my Mom and I finally say down and sewed a handful of blouses and dresses. Despite the fact that I usually avoid blue and purple clothing, one of these blouses is blue, and the other is purple, and I love them to death. I guess it just has to be the right hue, or the right piece of clothing, or something like that.

Now it’s your turn to show us how you’re shopping your closet this month! Use the widget below to link up your posts and remember to use the hashtag #30dayclosetshop across your social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to show off your style!

Please follow your cohosts (Mandy and Martha) and visit a couple of other bloggers via the linkup to leave a comment! “I don’t like comments” said no blogger ever! :P

Ten on Tuesday: 4/9/13

Ten on Tuesday: 4/9/13


I’m feeling lazy, so you’re going to get lots of GIFs and whatnot and few words today.

1. I love a snappy comeback.

2. Continuing with Fat Amy…don’t you love those coworkers who yell everything at you instead of just walking over to you to talk in a normal tone of voice? I have one and I swear she has a sixth sense for the times I’m really busy with a project, because that’s when she yells the most and the loudest.

3. Oh, coworkers. I got this from M over at m-pir-i-cal.

4. So far so good with the spending ban. I have, what, about ten weeks to go? Perhaps I shouldn’t think of it in those terms.

5. Anyone else have fond childhood memories of Calvin and Hobbes? If not, go look it up. This is hands-down my favorite comic strip of all time.

6. Listen to this song and try not to dance. I think it’s actually better if you don’t watch the video, so you can picture people dancing in the funkiest way possible. I always picture Psy, for some weird reason.

7. People who don’t eat junk food weird me out. I do try to eat healthy and choose fruit over candy bars, nuts over chips, veggies and protein over giant plates of fried food every day. But when I want a treat, I have one. I eat dessert. I order the onion rings. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to look back on my deathbed and wish I had counted my calories more closely.

Source: tumblr.com via Martha on Pinterest

8. On a related note, can you even imagine meeting Jennifer Lawrence and not loving her? Me neither.

9. I play this little game with myself of trying to pump gas on the dollar. This would drive me nutty.

Source: imgur.com via Martha on Pinterest

10. There’s nothing quite like being guilt-tripped by a sighing cat while you’re trying to work on your blog. Oh, wait, there is: being guilt-tripped by a pair of sighing cats. On that note, I’m signing off for the day!