Ombre Nails ?

Posted: 19th September 2012 by Tania in DIY & How-To
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I recently discovered Ombre Nail Polish and wanted to try it out. After my disastrous attempt at Marble Nails, I was skeptical about trying this out. However, Pinterest changed my mind (Addicted!). I’m sure you’ll find a more detailed tutorial on the web, but I thought I’ll share how I did mine and how it successfully turned out (Thank goodness :D )

MATERIALS NEEDED:

Nail Polishes of your choice. I used Pearl White as my base coat with Pretty Plum and PInk Color Crush as my gradients. (You can use two or more colors)

A Sponge.

Nail Polish Remover.

Cotton for clean up.


CREATING OMBRE NAILS:

  • Apply your base coat and let it dry. I prefer using the lighter shade as my base.
  • On a small piece of sponge, apply the colors you want as your gradient next to each other, so that they are overlapping at the center.

  • Now dab the sponge onto your nail. It may not look as much at first, but as you keep dabbing you’ll see the gradient. Dab at least 3 times.
  • Let it dry and then apply the top coat.
  • Clean up the excess and voila! you have your Ombre Nails.

Note: Sorry about the bad pictures, my camera sucks! :(

Hi everyone, I thought I would share this super easy way to decorate your text in Photoshop, using any wallpaper you like!

Okay, lets begin!

  • Open a new document in Photoshop. Any size will do, I used 600 x 600 pxls. 

 

  • Select the Text tool. Click anywhere on the stage, you’ll see the cursor. Now type out your text. Its best to use a big, bold font. Eg: Impact. After your done with your text, select the green tick on the upper right hand corner to confirm it.

  • Now, you have to insert the wallpaper of your choice. To do this, goto File – Open. Browse for your picture and select it. You’ll notice that the picture opens in a new photoshop tab.

 

  • In the layers window, right-click on the wallpaper layer. Select- Duplicate Layer. In the window that pops-up, select the name of the tab of your text document from the drop down box.

 

  •   Go back to your text document. you will now see that a new layer has been added with your    picture.


  • Right click on the picture layer and select – Create Clipping Mask.

Tada! your done. Your text will now be patterned.  Don’t forget to save your file in your desired format.
  
Note: Personally I prefer a black background to make the pattern stand out more. To do this, select the paint bucket tool. Make sure black is your foreground colour and the layer is selected. Click on the stage to change the colour. As you can see it looks much better.

 

SHOEBOX CRAFT

Posted: 28th June 2012 by Tania in DIY & How-To
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How to turn your shoebox into a nail polish container.

Materials Needed:

  • A shoebox
  • Wrapping paper/any decorative paper
  • Ribbon
  • Glue/tape
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Alphabet stencils
  • Sketch Pen
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French Braid

Posted: 25th June 2012 by Tania in DIY & How-To
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I have never been a girl who experimented with hairstyles, mostly because I’ve always had short hair. But now that I’ve grown my hair out a bit, I decided to try my hand at a French Braid. My mom always french braided my hair whenever I wanted to wear it, because for some reason my jinxed self could never get.

Thanks to Pinterest, I found this brilliant tutorial which totally helped me get the braid. And if I do say so myself, I’m quite proud of the result. Follow the link and try it out. http://2good2lose.com/braid-french.shtml#

Voila! My first self-made french braid.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • 7 large beads
  • Scissors
  • Jewellery elastic
  • Cushion rope (used to on the edge of cushion covers)
  • Ribbon (alternate method)

HOW-TO:

  • Cut a 12-inch length of elastic and fold it in half to make it a 6-inch double elastic.
  • Thread the beads into the elastic one at a time.
  • Take both the ends and tie them together. Triple-knot it as tight as possible.

ALTERNATIVE:

You can use the Ribbon to tie a bow over the knot, to get a Ribbon Beaded Bracelet.

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LOVE.  A single word consisting of just four letters of the alphabet. Yet, it has the capacity to define us, to control our actions, to give us life and even take life. How is it that nothing more than a single word – that is just as common as any other word, describes everything that is right and wrong with the world? With mankind?

As any sensible person would, I will not attempt to answer this question. Because I truly believe that there are no words to give meaning to the word and means everything.

Sadly, I admit I have never experienced love. I wouldn’t know how to recognize it, I do not know what it feels like. My judgements, or rather, my understanding of love stems from my watching and listening to people who, I fathom, must be ‘in love’.

It is universally acknowledged that love comes in all shapes and sizes, colour, height, weight…. and most importantly that love comes when one least expects it. Love has the power to make us cast aside our expectations, to blind us from reality, and maybe worst of all, to strip us of our armour, shield and sword, leaving us defenceless against it.

But, if love claims to be so powerful, why does so often fail? The crimes against love are numerous indeed. It is solely responsible for wars, hatred, jealousy, murder and the root of all evil (at least in my opinion) – heartbreak.

Love can break a heart into so many pieces; one’s heart disintegrates into dust, which is washed away by tears, thus, leaving one heartless.

Here’s my two cents worth at a meagre attempt of an explanation. God gave us love to bind us. Human to human. It’s the cord that ties us together. That is why love has such power: because in order for the whole of mankind to be susceptible to love, we have to feel it, experience it. The good, the bad, the unbearable, the complete and utter happiness. In short, we are powerless against love, but it is love that makes us the most powerful as is possible.

Tomorrow Will Be Kinder

By far one of my favorite songs on the album, the Secret Sister’s ‘Tomorrow Will Be Kinder’ speaks of hope in times of sorrow.

The classic, olden days style in which the song is sung, reminds me of the the songs my grandfather used to sing to me years ago. The music transports you into a bygone era,where memories of a forgotten time is all that’s left. Yet, it tells you that there is still tomorrow –  a new day, a second chance, a new hope.

If ever music was defined as beautiful, this is it.



 

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I was extremely excited when I heard that Grammy award winner Sting would be singing Rue’s Lullaby; mainly because it is definitely a big deal for someone so huge to be involved with the Hunger Games. The track was realeased on March 27th as a free download to anyone who purchased the Hunger Games Companion Album – Songs from  District 12.

In the novel (and film) the lullaby is sung by Katniss to little Rue as she lies dying in the arena. It is an old District 12 lullaby that is often sung to children who are unable to sleep due to hunger.

Sting’s version is very unlike his style of music, which makes me wonder why Lionsgate chose a male artist instead of a female to do the official version. I would like to assume it’s because it was Katniss’ father who originally taught her the song.

Overall, the lullaby is soothing and very different from the melody I imagined while reading the book. But it is most certainly something that any parent can sing to their children because its slow and beautiful rhythm is soothing and comforting.

Lyrics:

Deep in the meadow, under the willow

A bed of grass, a soft green pillow

Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes

And when they open, the sun will rise.

Here it’s safe, here it’s warm

Here the daisies guard you from every harm

Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true

Here is the place where I love you.

Deep in the meadow, hidden far away

A cloak of leave, a moonbeam ray

Forget your woes and let your trubles lay

And when again it’s morning, they’ll wash away.

Here it’s safe, here it’s warm

Here the daisies guard you from every harm

Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true

Here is the place where I love you.

SPOILER ALERT!  If you haven’t watched the movie yet, don’t read this review. Possible spoilers ahead!

I watched The Hunger Games yesterday. In a word…..WOW!

Saying that I am a huge fan is an understatement. But trust me, I am going to keep this review as unbiased as possible. I’ll be writing another article listing the differences between the movie and the book, so I will not be going into much detail on that point here.

To begin, I was very much surprised by the audience. I honestly believed that not many people knew about The Hunger Games in Chennai, and yet I found myself amidst girls wearing T-shirts with symbols and quotes from the books. It made my homemade Mockingjay sticker on my bag and my Effie-style nails seem insignificant. Well, with all those fan girls around, you can only guess the atmosphere in the theatre :)

The movie is as perfect as a movie can get. I’m sure there isn’t going to be a dissatisfied fan out there. Director Gary Ross has stayed as truthful to the book as possible. 

The Look, Feel and Tone: One of the first things that I noticed is how Indie-styled the movie feels.  Its not as clean and tidy as you would expect from a Hollywood Blockbuster. This style however captures the exact essence of the story. The contrast between the Capitol and the Districts is portrayed through color. At the beginning of the movie, we are with Katniss in District 12. Here, everything is grey, blue and white, surrounded by luscious brown and green woods. The Reaping scene makes you feel as if you are watching a less-gruesome version of the Holocaust. Everything is dull and plain in the district, their clothes, hair and lifestyle. There is nothing modern to be found. Mostly because they can’t afford it. Then, enter, Effie Trinket, with her splash of color on screen. She is wearing a bright pink suit and wig with a variety of extravagant adornments, accentuated by her high-pitched voice.  She is the Capitol representative.  Just a glimpse of what is yet to come.

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ARCADE FIRE – ABRAHAM’S DAUGHTER       

   

Lyrics:

Abraham took Isaac’s hand and led him to the lonesome hill

While his daughter hid and watched

She dared not breathe, she was so still

Just as an angel cried for the slaughter, Abraham’s daughter raised her voice.

Then the angle asked her what her name was

She said, “I have none”

Then he asked how can this be?

My father never gave me one

And when he saw her raised for the slaughter

Abraham’s daughter raised her bow,

How darest you child defy your father?

You better let young Isaac go.

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REVIEW:

To be honest, I have’t actually listened to Arcade Fire’s music before, but considering that I am currently obsessed with The Hunger Games, I was looking forward to hearing their song.

When the song was officially released by Lionsgate, Arcade Fire stated in an interview that they were inspired by Abraham’s story in the Old Testament in the Bible.

Found in Genesis 22.1-18, the Bible tells the story of the sacrifice that God asks Abraham to make. In order to prove his loyalty and faith, God tells Abraham to take his only son Isaac to the mountain in Moriah, where he is to sacrifice Isaac as a form of thanksgiving. Abraham does as he is asked, but just as he is about to stab Isaac, an Angel of the Lord appears and yells at him to stop, stating that Abraham has proven himself, seeing that he is willing to offer his son to God.

This is one of the most unique songs that I have heard. But I have to admit, using the story of Abraham to tell Katniss Everdeen’s is ingenius! Anyone who is familiar with their Bible stories would immediately spot the similarities existing between them.

The song introduces us to a fictional character – Abraham’s Daughter. She follows her father and watches as he prepares to sacrifice Isaac. But at the last minute, she defy’s her father by raising her bow and demanding that Isaac be released.

Now, in terms of The Hunger Games, Isaac represents all the tributes who are forced to be sacrificed in the arena, to prove that the Districts remain loyal to the Capitol.  Abraham’s daughter states that she doesn’t have a name, so it is only natural that she is assumed to represent Katniss. However, I have a different view on this assumption. Yes, she is Katniss, the bow being further evidence. She defy’s the Angel and saves Isaac just as Katniss defy’s President Snow and stops the Hunger Games for good. But I think that Abraham’s daughter is not just a symbol of Katniss. The fact that she’s nameless kept bothering me. Maybe its because she stands, not only as Katniss, but as every citizen who fights for justice. Yes, Katniss is the instigator, but it is the people who make it happen.

Okay, I do not know how deep Arcade Fire intended to go with the song, but when I first heard it and then re-played it over and over again, my thoughts kept digging deeper into all the possible meanings this song contains. It could also mean nothing of the sort :)

This is just my personal theory, and only because I love this song. I’m sure there are hundreds’s of fans out there who have their own interpretations.