Monthly Archives: October 2012

Stanley Hotel

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In honor of Halloween, I decided that my first post of an activity in Colorado would be about the Stanley Hotel located in Estes Park.  I visited here with my boyfriend, for our one year anniversary, and thought it would be fun to take the ghost tour!  Well, I thought it would be fun, he on the other hand is terrified of ghosts but decided to brave through it because he knew I wanted to go.  As we pulled up to the hotel, I was amazed by how beautiful the building is and the surroundings.  I definitely have a thing for the early 1900’s and this hotel captured the ambiance of the era.  We walked in and the lobby was decked out in Victorian furniture and lighting, making me thirst to walk even further into the hotel.  On the immediate right of the front doors is an original steam engine, that apparently the Stanley brothers invented.  I couldn’t wait for the tour to begin to learn everything about the hotel.  Before the tour started, however, Ryan (my boyfriend) and I read a few testimonials from the guests at the hotel who wrote of a few supernatural occurrences that happened during their stay.  Ryan squeezed my hand as we read the part about a woman who woke up to seeing a male ghost in her room.

Once we the tour began we were greeted by our lovely tour guide who informed us that she knew all about the secrets of the hotel (and she did).  We started by going out to the hotel’s rose garden where she told us the story of the Stanley brothers growing up and how one Stanley brother, his name escapes me, moved to Colorado due to an illness and believed a doctor out here could cure him.  He did and thus the hotel was built.  Our tour guide showed us around the hotel going into great depth about the different ghosts that have been spotted in particular rooms.  She told us, and I was very surprised, that the movie “The Shining” was not actually filmed at this hotel even though the book was based there.  The movie was actually filmed in Canada and parts of London.  Because of that I also learned that Stephen King, the author, was not happy about that and did not like the movie whatsoever.  He made a mini-series on ABC that did feature the hotel but different interior aspects were changed.  Unfortunately (or fortunately), I did not see any ghosts on the tour.  Ryan did, however, to his dismay.  He reported seeing a faint figure walk down the hallway we were in and he said that the figure came to just below my shoulders.  So if you’re looking to get spooked or learn and see some fascinating history I suggest visiting the Stanley Hotel!!  They do have Halloween events but they are a little pricey to get into but is on my bucket list for later down the road!!  Happy Halloween everyone!

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No heat or drama waves

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You know those days where you want to curl your hair but you don’t actually want to put in the effort in the morning?  Or where you can just hear your hair screaming for mercy every time you plug in your curling iron?  Well I have a solution!!  My mom has been doing this to my hair since I was little and I’ve discovered that a lot of my friends have actually never heard or tried this method: braiding damp hair and sleeping on it.

Is that it?

Yes, it is!!  So what I did was section my hair off in four ways and french braided them.  That’s it!  Just be sure that your hair is damp and not dripping wet or this method of curling your hair will not work.  Sleep on it and wake up the next morning and undo your braid!  You can make your braid any size.  A larger braid will make your hair look like you used a wave curling iron and smaller braids will create more of a crimp effect.  I chose medium sized braids.  Enjoy!!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to leave a comment!  Thanks for reading 🙂

Halloween Nails

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What you will need:

  • A nail file with seven sides
  • Cuticle Nippers
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • Sally Hansen: Advanced Hard as Nails, Nylon + Retinol Strengthener
  • Sally Hansen: Xtreme Wear “Sun Kissed”
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black (Walgreen’s)
  • Sinful Colors Nail Art “Fashionista” (Sally Beauty Supply)
  • Sally Girl in a dark glittery purple (Sally Beauty Supply)
  • Sally Hansen “Mega Shine”
  • Nail art fine tipped brush

First Step: Make sure to pamper cuticles and nails before applying any sort of nail polish.  I like to use a nail file that has seven sides, three sides with a file and four with a buffer.  This helps strengthen the nail and brings out it’s natural shine.  Before using cuticle nippers, I suggest using cuticle oil in order to soften your cuticle so that the trimming will be less painful and easier.

Second Step: Put on the clear Hard as Nails nail polish to help protect your nails and also build up the strength.  Putting on a clear coat can also help prevent your nails from being stained by your nail polish.

Third Step:  Apply the “Sun Kissed” nail polish.  Wait until it dries.  This is a beautiful color which I will probably play around with later this fall.

Fourth Step:  Time to create the spider web!!  Make a line with the “Fashionista” glittery nail art and move it at a diagonal across your nail.

Make two lines “sprouting” out of this diagonal.

Make a half circle facing towards your hand over the three lines.

Now, paint another half circle above and repeat until you reach the top of your nail.

Fifth Step: Now is the time to create the creepy, crawly spider!  Take the black nail art and put a  medium sized dot on the nail to create the spider’s body.  You can place your spider anywhere!  Carefully paint on little legs on your spider.  The legs are the most challenging part so be patient! Once you have made the spider’s body take the fine tipped nail brush and dip it in the glittery purple.  Dab the purple onto the body so it creates a nice Halloween glow when you move your nails in the light!!

Sixth (and final) Step:  Put the Mega Shine nail polish on top of all of your nails to create a shiny finish.  Happy Halloween!!

***Please comment on my blog any questions, comments, or concerns.  Thank you for reading! ❤