Through My Lens: July

July came and went in a flash this year! I know, I say that every month, but it feels like I was looking forward to this month all year! As I have been planning for my vacation all year. And now it has come and gone. But that is ok, it means I am one step closer to some of my goals and I can start planning my next vacation/adventure! Anyhoo, here are a few snap shots of my wonderful month!

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I took this picture on my way to lunch at my favorite pizza place in Austin with my friend. Little did I know that this quick picture was going to be the quickest pick me up for me all month. My car has broken down 3 times this month and my poor dad has had to make 6 hour trips each time it has broken down to help fix it. I was feeling so guilty and useless this month but am glad I surround myself with positive people and was able to continue smiling through it all. And of course I am forever grateful for my father and all of his self-taught skills.

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As I mentioned above, I took my trip to Los Angeles this month!!!! Oh my gosh, I had such a great time! I mean, the picture of the delicious cronut above can really sum it all up. As soon as I arrived, one of my favorite people scooped me up and we picked up a few cronuts (croissants turned to donuts). The beauty above that I could hardly finish was maple-bacon flavored while she went the safe route and chose a nutella cronut. We enjoyed these at the beach and although I was a little sick from my flight, I felt at peace near the beautiful ocean. I can’t wait to go back!

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Sigh, another day at the beach during my vacation. We spent my second day in California in Newport Beach whale watching followed by a picnic at the beach. While my friend took a nap, I was able to enjoy my new book by my favorite young adult author, Sarah Dessen, and my favorite treat, cotton candy. It was seriously amazing and I wish I could spend every weekend at the beach.

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Our next stop was Hollywood Boulevard. Which is possibly more obnoxious to walk through than Times Square…and that says a lot. But I just had to go to revisit the autograph floor in front of the Chinese Theater, more specifically, John Travolta’s little section! Since I can remember, John Travolta has been my favorite actor, and it had been years since I visited LA and his handprints. I wanted a current picture with them. Unfortunately his star was gone 😦 it was moved temporarily due to construction. It may have been for the best, last time I saw it I laid down on Hollywood Blvd to take a picture with it, and that cannot be sanitary.

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The only real souvenir I bought, a cute little magnet to accompany the ones I bought in New York two years ago. Sigh, I already miss my days in LA, especially the weather! I am so grateful I was able to take a little trip this year that included visiting three dear friends from high school and my fathers family that I have not seen in 7 years! I hope they all know how blessed I feel to have them in my life and I cannot wait for the day that I am able to see them all again!

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Last but not least, a picture with one of my closest friends, Tanya. Thank you so much for opening up your home to me that weekend and for battling traffic to pick me up from and take me to the airport. I am glad that throughout all these years and with the hundreds of miles and state lines that separate us, our friendship continues to thrive. And may it continue this way. Anyhoo, here we are before Mean Girls started at the park and before we devoured delicious trailer food.

As you can see, my month pretty much consisted of food, car repairs and more food. Once again, I apologize for not posting too many DIY’s or budget finds this month, I felt swamped. Now that I am back to my routine, I hope to continue sharing that part of my life with y’all soon!

Til then, I hope everyone has enjoyed their month as much as I have!

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Manicure of the Month: Nautical Nails

ImageI am sharing a nautical/beach-y inspired manicure I rocked this weekend in South Padre Island. I decided to give my new nail art brushes a try with this anchor along with my newest bottle of polish. I am not including a tutorial on these nails because YouTube is full of them, just a few pictures of me strutting them on my impromptu beach vacation.

ImageA few weeks ago I hit the jackpot at my local beauty supply store with a “buy 2 polishes get 1 free” special! I bought some china glaze polishes and could not love them more. I really like the thick brushes provided along with the opaque formula for the colors I chose. Pictured above is Dorothy Who? by China Glaze, atop a beach side background.ImageThe anchor is a little funky but I have decided to cut myself some slack. It was 3am and I was trying to finish packing to leave at 6am. Considering the conditions, I am pleased with the crooked anchor. ImageI used a dotting tool to outline the anchor shape, and a nail striper to make the lines as thick and straight as possible. I followed a few tutorials to watch how others achieved the look.

I fell in love with this royal blue glitter polish. I feel it will come in handy during football season, matching the Dallas Cowboys colors perfectly. Image

Here it is in Instagram form (I went a little instagram happy this weekend while at the beach). I am sure a few of those photos will make the cut for my end of the month Instagram wrap-up.

Til then, I hope to share a little more of my trip with y’all.