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snow day

12 Jan

I woke up this morning with a little black rain cloud over my head. Despite my overwhelming inclination to stew in a pot of my own grump, I decided that I needed to get over it. And then I looked out the window and saw that it’s snowing today for (basically) the first time all winter. There’s something so beautiful about the first snowfall. It makes me feel, if not happy, then at least not as Scroogey.

I found a fun program online to make the picture more interesting. It’s called Pixlr-o-matic. It’s super easy (and free) and you don’t have to download anything. Here’s what the original picture looked like before all the voodoo magic: 

Still pretty, but just not quite as interesting.

I can see myself wasting a lot of time  having a lot of fun with this program.


free zoya nail polish

6 Jan

When I lived in NYC, my favorite place to get my nails done was a small place in the East Village called Priti. The place was tiny but nice and the people were always super sweet and remembered me each time I came in (which was not that often). But what I liked best about the place was the fact that their polishes were organic and non-toxic. No nasty chemicals to breathe in or leach into your body.

Sadly, I have yet to find such a place in Chicago but what I have found is a (new to me) brand of nail polish called Zoya. Zoya is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor AND it works great.

“But why on earth,” you may be asking yourself, “is she posting about NAIL POLISH?” Well friends, the folks at Refinery29 just posted a giveaway from Zoya for two free bottles. All you have to do is pay for the shipping (it’s $6.95). The offer is only good until January 9th, so don’t take too long deciding on your two shades.

Don’t ever say I’ve never given you anything.

Go get it here!  Free Zoya Nail Polish – Zoya Nail Color Giveaway.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I ordered “Sooki” and “Lolly.”