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Happy New Year – 2012 Edition


My New Year’s Eve Manicure!

Happy New Year!

Happy new year!! I hope your 2012 is already off to a great start 🙂 I had a lot of readers ask me for photos of my ring, which you’ll notice above in my New Year’s Eve manicure photo (which is one coat of NYX Be Jeweled with one coat each of Zoya Opal and Zoya Maisie).

The ring was designed by jeweler L T Denny in Seattle, who came as a very high recommendation from a good friend of mine.  It was the perfect ring for me:  simple, elegant, timeless, with a subtle tapered band with a round solitaire.  I had always envisioned white gold, but we went with platinum, because white gold is rhodium-plated and requires re-dipping over time to maintain that “white” look (you can also consider palladium as a platinum alternative).  A good jeweler will spend a lot of time educating you before trying to sell you on something–Yelp! is a great place to start looking for a reputable jeweler!  If you missed it, Shaun (who is also know as “tech guy”) proposed to me here on Christmas Eve. 🙂

For those interested in the ring, a few more photos 🙂 

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #113

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  MAC Naturally + Iris Apfel
  • Weekend plans:  Celebrating New Year’s with my fiance! Ooh, fiance.
  • What are your New Year’s Eve traditions?:   I used to play mahjong with my immediate family for most of the night and watch various NYE shows as it hit midnight across the world.  For the past couple of years, I’ve spent it with Shaun and trying to stay up until midnight.  Sometimes we’re like senior citizens 😉  Still working on creating some of our own traditions!

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Totally running out of ideas for where to take photos of Mellan!

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