Hello Beautiful: iPhone & Desktop Backgrounds

A couple weeks ago I posted this as the Quote of the Week, and I decided that it was so inspiring that I was gonna put it up as my desktop background. After being cheered up every time I hop on my Mac & enjoying the clean and simple design, I’ve finally created a version made for my phone, and I’ve decided to share them with you!

Here’s what it looks like on the iPhone:

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Go ahead and click on the links below the download them!

:: click to download Hello Beautiful for your phone! ::

:: click to download Hello Beautiful for you desktop! ::

I hope you guys enjoy these as much as I am! Let me know if there’s ever a quote of the week that you’d like turned into a desktop or phone background, I’d love to make one for you!

till next post, Katie

 

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Dots & Hearts Nail Art

Here’s (probably) my last Valentine’s Day inspired nail art for the rest of the month, and this one actually took a long time to work on. Originally I planned on using a confetti polish full of cute little pink and red hearts…but we all know how well those work. So, instead of covering my black nails with failure I came up with this cute and sparkly design!

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I’ve certainly been obsessed with dots lately haven’t I? Or at least, according to last week’s nail art and the one from back in fall. I’ll have to try harder the rest of this year to avoid using dots on my nails!

This design is a bit easier to deal with than the last one, simply because there are a LOT fewer dots to place. All you have to do is start with a base color of black polish on all of your nails accept the ring and thumb nails, and coat your ring and thumb nails with a silvery polish (or any other metallic color, a pink shimmer/metallic would’ve worked well too). Then, using the brush of the pink polish (Brushstroke Blush by Fingerpaints) I made a heart on my middle finger. Next I used that same pink polish to create dots on my index and pinkie nails with a dotting tool. And of course, be sure to cover everything with a base coat!

till next post, Katie

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Love Will Find A Way

With only a week before Valentine’s Day, I figured it’d be as good a time as any to post a lovey-dovey based post. So this week’s quote is –

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While for some of us Valentine’s Day and love are the last two things we want to hear or see about, it’s all around us. And even if you don’t believe it, love will always find a way to you. It just takes more time for some than others.

If you’re single right now, please don’t be bitter. I know, I know, it really is hard not to be salty around this time of year, in the midst of all the hearts and romance floating around right now. But even if you don’t have a significant other, you still have others that love and cherish you. Your parents, siblings, friends, and pets are all still here and all still care and love you to pieces. So if you’re feeling down about not having V-Day plans, set something up with them. And if everyone is otherwise preoccupied (aka – going on a date with their S.O.), try going on a date with yourself or your pet! What better time to give yourself a little self-love than now? Order some chinese, stay in and binge watch your favorite show on Netflix. Take a bubble bath with candles and wine. Dance with nothing but socks and a tshirt on in the kitchen. Stay up until 4 am playing your favorite video games (you’d be surprised how much you can get done on MineCraft if you’ve got nothing else to do).

For some, you’re not single but still spending this Valentine’s Day alone. Be it a long distance relationship or maybe things just aren’t going too well right now (maybe someone forgot what day today was…some people can’t seem to remember what the flowers and giant pink and red hearts everywhere mean). Remember that love will always find a way, and that everything will work out to be ok somehow. You’ll get to see that special someone in the future, or the two of you will make up and come through your disagreement stronger than before. As long as you love each other, everything will work out in the end. Remember why you’re with them, and remember that relationships are work, so even if things are rough now it’ll be ok.

Now for everybody else that is either in a long-lasting relationship or maybe you just snagged someone to spend the day with, good for you! I’m happy for you! I hope that this Valentine’s Day brings you all joy and love and chocolates and romance and everything you imagined for your V-Day. But while you are going about your gushy lovey stuff, do be kind to those around you. We’ve all been alone on Valentine’s Day, we all know it ain’t fun. So by all means enjoy the day, just don’t rub it in everyone’s face.

I hope everyone – single or not – has a fantastic Valentine’s Day this year! How are you spending it?

till next post, Katie

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Nail Art: Valentine’s Day Dots

It’s officially February guys! And with a new month I’m hoping to get back into blogging, and now with it being the month of love I bring to you a simple nail design. Valentine’s Day (and any other holiday focused on showing your family and friends how much you care) is kinda a big deal for me. So of course I have to let it seep through into my nails.

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Like I said, this is super simple, and cute enough to be worn any time of the year with these or any other color combination. <3

All you need is two complementary polish colors and a dotting tool of some kind, be it a true blue dotting tool, a toothpick, bobby pin, paper clip or (if you’re patient and careful enough) just the brush itself.

  1. Start off by laying down your base colors, alternating colors on each nail
  2. Start the painstaking dotting process…one dot at a time
  3. Finish it off carefully with the rest of the pretty little dots and celebrate because you don’t have to strain your eyes anymore XD

Ta-Da! Adorable dotted nails for any occasion. What colors would you use? How will you be celebrating (or not) Valentine’s Day this year? Let me know below!

till next post, Katie

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Hello Beautiful

This week’s quote isn’t so much a quote as it is just a little bit of inspiration and love.

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Let this just serve as a reminder that you are beautiful. No matter what skin color, gender, orientation, hair color, eye color, weight, height, body shape, ethnic background, age…youΒ we are all beautiful in our own unique and individual ways.

And as the new year begins, let’s all remember that while we are all beautiful, those around us are too. Let’s spend this year trying to not only better ourselves, but the lives of those around us as well. Even if it’s just a friendly wave or hello or nod while walking down the street.

A little bit of kindness and recognition can go a long way in someone’s otherwise awful day. Love yourself, but spread that love to the people around you as well.

Because while I preach that self love is one of the most important kinds of love (because how can you truly love anyone else if you don’t love yourself?) don’t let that lead you to forget that the reason why we as humans are capable of love at all is so that we can love others.

till next post, Katie