Link Tank #12

by Jamie Sanford on April 25, 2014

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It’s Leica’s birthday and they’ve created another expensive camera to celebrate! Yay!

Florida stories, almost always terrifying.

This guide to Savannah from Ann Street Studio is going to help for my next trip.

Joy Reidenberg is one of my heroes, and here she talks about whales and how they breathe and communicate.

Gala gives us 50 ways to beat blogger’s block.

WorkAwesome gives us a list of how to incorporate personal growth into your workplace.

Also from WorkAwesome, 3 rules for dressing to impress in the office. This list has a lot of tips for dressing well in general.

How to make a gif in 5 steps. You will need Photoshop.

Creative DIY methods for hiding things, from Make via Tested.

27 Underrated Things About Being in Your 30s. Some of these are really true!

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Polish Project #35

by Jamie Sanford on September 30, 2012

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132. Orly Smolder
133. Orly Flicker

Orly Smolder and Orly Flicker, from the Orly Fired Up collection.

For these two colors, I tried the pistol mani I have seen done by Sara but I had never tried.

You can see the depth here.

Orly Flicker and Orly Smolder are full of flecky shimmer that are just really beautiful. I can’t quite get it across in the photos, but the one just above shows a bit more of the finish of both polishes on the index and middle fingers.

Thoughts: These are not polishes I would normally gravitate to, but I totally bought them during a weak moment at Ulta. I always figure that an orange polish can go to Mom if I don’t like it, and this time, the red would be appropriate for Momcycling as well. However, these are both absolutely amazing. I had a great time applying them, and better yet, they lasted for DAYS without chipping at all.
Verdict: These stay in the collection. I am so pleased with this purchase because they turned out 100x better than anticipated. I am loving the Orly polishes lately!

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Twilight Collection by PRO Beauty Tools

by Jamie Sanford on September 9, 2011

Twilight Collection by PRO Beauty Tools

There have been some interesting product connections with the films in The Twilight Saga.  I will admit to having purchased Twilight Lip Venom that was blood red and tinted my lips while making them all tingly.

This was not the result of the Lip Venom, much to my dismay.

Anyway, I think it’s pretty funny that there is an upcoming group of beauty tools from PRO inspired by the hairstyles in the films of The Twilight saga, since the fandom has talked a LOT of smack about the hair in the films.  (Me included – there have been some hot messes in there over the years.)

Anyway, here’s a little look at what they have coming up.  Note that all images are from this gallery on

For $29, you can style an Edward-rific bouffant.

WTF. Her hair isn’t even curly in this photo. Can I just talk about that for a minute? I REALLY hate it when a hair tutorial makes you curl all of your hair for a final look that isn’t curly at all. I know I am wrong in feeling this way because there is a process, blah blah blah, but still.  I just want to do 2 steps and have amazing hair.

Oh, right, the Twilight Collection by PRO curling iron will be available for $25.

See! Rosalie there has some curls, and we have the Twilight Collection by PRO Beauty Tools version of the infamous Caruso Molecular Hairsetter.  I know that some of you remember that infomercial that was on ALL THE TIME, and I loved it. If this PRO version works as well, it would be well worth the $30.  I’d love to try out the Twilight Sparkle Ionic Steam Hairsetter since I don’t have my steam rollers anymore.

The rest of the products in the Twilight Collection by PRO Beauty Tools can be seen here on  They will all be available starting October 1 in Walmart, Kmart and Best Buy.

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Sephora by OPI GLEE Collection (Product Review)

by Jamie Sanford on July 7, 2011

Sephora by OPI GLEE Collection (Product Review)

A few months ago, I was lucky enough to win the “Sephora Hot Now” sweepstakes on Facebook.  I received a package of 7 full-size products from Sephora, one of which has emerged as the clear favorite – a .5 fluid-ounce bottle of Sephora by OPI from the GLEE collection, in a beautiful blue color called Slushied.  Here’s a post on the PolishAholic with swatches of nearly the entire GLEE collection.

I am no stranger to bright and bold nail colors, so I was excited that this bottle came in my package from Sephora!  I immediately tried it and liked it, but I decided to write about it now because I just decided to use it again and I’m thrilled with the results.

Don’t judge my nail polish application skills, I am no professional.  The decal on my ring finger is from a package I purchased from Walgreens, the brand is Broadway Nails.

The color is totally opaque after 2 coats, and the polish levels itself pretty well, which is good for those of us with less than perfect painting abilities.  The decals were an afterthought, but they are a great way to add something interesting with minimal effort.  I put a little sticker on over the polish and then threw up some Seche Vite top coat and I was good to go.

I think I’ll definitely be trying to pick up a few more of these Glee polishes from Sephora.  The .5 fluid-ounce bottles of the GLEE collection nail polishes from Sephora by OPI are available for $9.50 each from Sephora and

Disclosure: I won the bottle of GLEE collection nail polish in a contest I entered on the Sephora Facebook page.  I bought the decals and the top coat myself.

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Vintage Platform Shoes Collection

by Jamie Sanford on March 10, 2011

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Lady Gaga is into some more modern-day platforms. (Via GagaFashionLand, click the image for the full post on their site.)

When I saw the first pair of shoes below, I decided to look up the origins of the platform shoe.  Wikipedia has some great info on the origins of platform shoes.

Platform shoes enjoyed some popularity in the United States, Europe and the UK in the 1930s, 1940s, and very early 1950s, but not nearly to the extent of their popularity in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, when the biggest, and most prolonged, platform shoe fad in U.S. history began at least as early as 1967 (appearing in both advertisements and articles in 1970 issues of Seventeen magazine), and continued through the early-1980s. (This is thought not to be the case in Europe or the UK, where they had all but died out by 1979.) At the beginning of the fad, they were worn primarily by young women in their teens and twenties, and occasionally by younger girls, older women, and (particularly during the disco era) by young men, and although they did provide added height without nearly the discomfort of spike heels, they seem to have been worn primarily for the sake of attracting attention. Many glam rock musicians wore platform shoes as part of their act.

Thanks to the Etsy Tumblr for pointing these shoes out!

Epic Disco-Era ShoesLook at these giant beasts!  They have been super disco-weathered.  These are a women’s size 9 and are available from Etsy seller SimplicityisBliss for $525.

Gold PlatformsThese are sparkly. These vintage gold sparkly platforms are a women’s size 6.5 and are available on eBay for $120 via Buy It Now.

Vintage Leather PlatformsOh these ones are super fierce.  (This is making me want to go and scan some photos from my parents’ wedding – some of their guests in 1976 have crazy awesome platforms.)  These multi-colored platforms are a women’s size 9.5 and are available on eBay for $550.

Are you into vintage items? Would you buy these vintage platform shoes to wear or just to use as home decor?

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