In a Flash: Week #22

Happy Saturday, everyone!

I hope my American friends had a safe and happy Fourth of July. To everyone else, I hope you had a great Friday.

Here’s Week #22 of ‘In a Flash’ and I hope that you’ll enjoy it! As I’ve been choosing photos for this particular week (and the one before it), I’ve been choosing and discarding some that I want to use for future posts about my trip to England and Ireland. A month later isn’t too late, is it?

Sarah and I had a fabulous trip to Omaha (even with a hiccup or two along the way) and I can honestly say I have spent more on makeup in the last week than I did last year! Of course last year, I was obsessing over nail polish.

Priorities, I have them.

I hope that you’ll enjoy Week #22 of ‘In a Flash’!

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May 25 – May 31st, 2014

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In a Flash: Week #21

Let me take a minute to just say, wow!

I cannot believe I’m on Week #21 of ‘In a Flash’.

As I write this, I’ve just finished creating and updating an album on the Detour from the O.Z.’s official Facebook page. As I went through them and chose an image per week, it made me realize not only how long I’ve been doing this, but how far I’ve come from where I started.  Truthfully? I cannot believe it’s been over twenty one weeks.

As of this moment? I’ve only forgotten to take a photo on two occasions.

Crazy!

Anyway, here we are, ladies and gents!

The first of two weeks filled with trip photos. I took so many that I had to narrow down some of the photos so I’d have something left for the upcoming trip review. Not a bad place to be at all. Those reviews will come once I get home from Omaha, Nebraska.

Speaking of, when this posts, I’ll be on my way back into town with even more stories to share and tell.

For now, I hope that you’ll enjoy Week #21 of In a Flash.

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May 18 – May 24th, 2014

 

To any American followers – anyone have anything exciting for the 4th of July? Or, in general, in fun weekend plans?
Follow the Facebook Page for any updates and teasers.

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In a Flash: Week #20

By the time this posts, I will be in a car on the way to Omaha, Nebraska with Sarah. It’s home to the Huskers, annual College World Series and many Fortune 500 companies. It’s also where my Mom’s side of the family all settled after immigrating from Ireland and the Czech Republic (at that time, Czechoslovakia) and called home.

Tonight, we’ll probably eat at my aunt and uncles and tomorrow will be their 50th wedding anniversary. Holy cow!

Yes, I just typed ‘holy cow’ and I don’t plan on erasing it.

But, never fear! After today’s ‘In a Flash’ post, we officially hit the two weeks where photos from my trip to Ireland and England come in. I admit, it’s been hard to not choose EVERYTHING but it just means there will be long travel posts in the near future!

This one is mostly flowers (again) and a couple of other photos that would be easily targeted in a game of  ‘which of these is not like the others’.

Enjoy!

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May 11 – May 17th, 2014

Hope everyone has a safe and fabulous weekend!

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In a Flash: Week #19

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Meaning, we’re just that much closer to the weekend, yeah?

I don’t know about you but I’m always happy when it’s Wednesday because the rest of the week just flies by afterward.

In this case, the weekend means an upcoming trip to Omaha, Nebraska with Sarah from beauty-bitch.net! Which also means, there will be trip photos coming up for that small vacation as well. This time around however, posts are being scheduled and this blog won’t be on complete hiatus.

May is a great time for flowers and storms in Kansas and this year was no different. Minus the storms. With that in mind, I hope that you’ll enjoy Week #19 of In a Flash.

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May 4 – May 10th, 2014

Anyone have any big weekend plans?
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In a Flash: Week #18

If you remember earlier in the year, I started doing a once a month photo walk with a group of both professional and amateur photographers in the ICT area. Since then, we’ve done a few things at places like the library, the zoo, the local nature preserve and in May, we were at Botanica Gardens.

It was the perfect time to catch everything in bloom! Even with it being the driest start of the season (since the dust bowl) the flowers were absolutely gorgeous.

Needless to say, this week’s photographs consist primarily of flowers and even a couple of photos of clouds and a sunset.

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April 27 – May 3rd, 2014

In a Flash: Week #17

Eventually, I will be caught up on ‘In a Flash’ posts and they will return to Saturday’s in my publishing queue. For now though, I hope that you will enjoy the posts as they come! I’m going to attempt at this scheduling ahead thing.

The week of April 20th through the 26th was a busy one at work as everyone got ready for our spring opening party. The Ulrich Museum opened it’s doors in 1974 and as of 2014, it’s been open for 40 years. Where has the time gone? So, as you may guess (after looking at an image or two below) the theme of the evening was the 70s with its very own 70s Dance Party. I would say it was a great turn out and a lot of fun!

Hope you’ll enjoy this set!

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April 20 – April 26th, 2014

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Subscription Obsessed

Raise your hand if you are obsessed with subscription boxes?

/raises hand/

Maybe I shouldn’t call myself obsessed per se since I truly only have one box I’m subscribed to currently. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to have more!

I love getting things in the mail. Especially packages that I don’t know said contents of. So long as they’re not going to blow up in my face, it’s really exciting to open a box up and finding what surprises lie in store.

When I fell in love with nail polish (and nail art), I bought all the colors I could want and could use for future nail art at places like Sephora and Ulta. Then, along came Julep and finally my first step into a not-quite-subscription but close enough. They’re called Mystery Boxes and when I was actively buying them, they ranged from $24.99 – $39.99 (if you wanted the extra big one). They were  always filled with 6-9 polishes at any given time and toward the end, it even started to include full sized bottles of other products they produced.

In the end, when each polish you buy from Julep would normally cost you $14 ($11.20 if you’re a Maven), I felt it paid for itself.

Just a fraction of the polish and products given in the Mystery Boxes.

Just a fraction of the polish and products given in the Mystery Boxes.

 

After nearly a year, I stopped buying them.

I know, I was shocked at me too.

Mostly I wasn’t getting excited about it any more and to be honest, I probably have enough Julep nail polish to last me until I’m in my 70s.

After that, I started looking at other subscription services such as BirchBox, SquareHue and NatureBox (among others) but the one I was really interested in trying was SquareHue. I waffled on that one for months, even while I was still buying Mystery Boxes from Julep!

Each month ($19.99/month) you get a curated three piece set. Every color that comes to your doorstep is completely different so over time, if you continue buying from them, you won’t get any duplications. In return, they automatically donate a portion of your subscription payment to a current focus. Their main focus right now, and for as long as I’ve been scouring their website, is human trafficking.

That was, in of itself, what sold me on Square Hue and to be frank, made me consider supporting them much sooner than I had.

 

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Even with all of that, I put my subscription on hiatus after only my second box. The bottles and the packaging were cute, I’ll fully give them that. At the time though, I was starting to slowly back away from collecting even more nail polish that I have no where to truly store.

It was around this same time that Sarah (beauty-bitch.net) started receiving her Ipsy bags and frankly, I loved everything about them.

For roughly $10/month, you get a really cute bag with a bunch of full sized and sample products to try out. The contents of each bag differs between people depending primarily on your interests. Afterward, you can review them, watch product tutorials and get discounts on other products that you may or may not have received!

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Over time, as they do, my interests and priorities changed. I still love nail polish and will, in fact, buy all the neons that I can get my hands onto this summer. Now though, I’ve gotten into make up and I want to continue experimenting with different mascaras and eyeshadows and finding what I like and don’t like.

It took me a long time to get into make up.

A LONG time.

Now that I have, I’m enjoying this experimentation period.

Which means, dear readers, that you’ll probably start seeing some reviews on my blog. This isn’t a beauty blog by any means but when I feel strongly about a product, I like to give my opinion about it. Especially when I’m trying to figure out what colors/shades/products I enjoy and don’t enjoy.

What about all of you? Any subscription boxes that you’re obsessed with?
Any that you would recommend I try out?
Sound off in the comments below!

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