Thursday, 30 January 2014

Cute Googly-Eyed Monsters | KKCenterHk Review

Cute little monsters! I did most of this design at my friend Hannah's (Polished NZ) house, and added the googly eyes at home later. The background is done with a variety of OPI Liquid sand polishes - none of them mine, unfortunately. I thought the eyes would go well with them, and I must say I am pretty happy with how cute they turned out ☺.

I love the little container they came in, so cute and handy! They're from KKCenterHk and I do quite like them. They're hardly practical, but great for special occasions or just one finger. And oh-so-cute. I stuck them on with clear nail polish and that worked well; they didn't even hint at coming off during the time I wore them.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Video Tour of my Nail Art Room

I'm a bit slow putting this on my blog; it's been up for a couple of weeks but there's just been so much else going on! This is my new nail room. I've done video tours of my previous nail room before, but this is quite different with new equipment and fun stuff ☺. Enjoy!

Monday, 27 January 2014

How To Blog | My Experience & Where I'm Going

I feel like I bared my soul in this video, plus I told all my blogging secrets. But why should they be secrets? And why should I feel self-conscious of my dreams? When I was new to blogging I trawled through Google looking for tips to starting blogging, and while there were some helpful posts I found that certain issues were avoided. Like money. Like reviews. Like actively growing your blog. Like careers. I'm not the biggest nail blogger out there by a long shot, but I feel I have an exciting career ahead of me and thought I would share my story. I recommend watching the video first, then reading the rest of this article. They're kind of a combo deal ;).

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My Blogging Tips & How To Gain Followers

Update regularly, with good content
It doesn't matter what you're blogging about; if you only blog once a month you will find it hard to be "noticed." I try for 2-4 times a week. Proof-read your work; even if the main attractions are photos, you need to make sure there are words to go along with them - and words that relate. Google search the term "SEO" - you need to use key words in your posts in order for search engines to know what you're showing people. Write full sentences in a font that's easy to read - that means no Wingdings, I'm afraid ;).

Open up
I was hesitant about showing my face on my Youtube channel for a while, because of privacy issues and trolls. So far so good, but I know it's just a matter of time, and I'm prepared for it. It's worth it, because now people can see me, follow me because they like me. It's the same with blogging; you need to show people a bit of yourself; your personality. You're not a nail-art-creating-machine, you're a real person with a life and that's what people like! I love having followers call me "Jessie" now, instead of just "the girl from Nailed it NZ." In saying that, don't go telling the whole world personal information. When saying something about yourself, make sure you'd be okay with it being on the front page of the newspaper, too.

Take good photos, and watermark them
Make a light box. Find good lighting - preferably outside or near a window. If you're using indoor lighting replace normal light bulbs with white ones, so the colour is more accurate. Learn the basics of how to use your camera. Experiment. Take lots of photos. Edit them (lighting, colour) on Picasa or a similar program, and remember to watermark! You can also use Picasa for this. You may think no one will steal your photos, but they might. And it will really annoy you - I talk about this in my video.

Clean up
This has been a bit controversial in the nail community, but I do highly recommend cleaning up around your cuticles. Messy hands distract from the design. You can use a cotton bud or small brush dipped in acetone/polish remover, it's easy and really does look so much more professional! Learn to make less mess when painting your nails here.

Challenge yourself
Don't get lazy; try new things. Stuck for inspiration? Look for ideas on the internet - but remember to credit the original! Copy a pattern off your top, your phone cover, a book, whatever. Try tutorials - mine or Robin Moses ones; whichever is more suited to your level.

Spread yourself far and wide
You want this to work, you want lots of followers? Well you can't just have your blog. Most people don't have blogs, but most people do have Facebook. That's where you'll find your followers! Instagram is also a good place to spread your work. There are heaps of other social media sites as well; I'm on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, We Heart It, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube regularly.

Get involved in the community
Think bigger; there are thousands of other bloggers like you out there. Go find them! You'll probably make some great new friends in the process. As I say in my video, find a blog and leave meaningful, geniune comments. The blog owner is quite likely to click through to your blog and return the favour. This does work best with blogs with under 200 followers, though.

Appreciate your followers
I don't mean by doing giveaways (although it's an option) but by acknowledging them. Get to know the people that follow you. Reply to them, become friends with them. Obviously as you get bigger you can't do this with everyone, but just let them know that you appreciate their support. They are amazing.

Know what your goals are
This is part of my career, so I set goals and have something of a business mindset. You don't need to, but keeping note of your achievements is confidence-boosting and you can reflect on how things have changed. Write a list of things you'd like to achieve with your blog. It might be to make new friends, become a better writer, better at your art, get X amount of followers, make a career out of it - personalise it to YOU.

Don't over-extend yourself.
Blogger burnout is common. I know I couldn't handle posting every single day - it'd become too much of a chore. Know yourself, know what you can handle. The Crumpet has a great post on this.

Don't blog for money, or for free stuff
Never! Blog because you love it! Money, things for review are just bonuses, and these bonuses won't happen overnight either. See my video for details about where I get my money from.

Be yourself
Never pretend you're someone you're not. It won't work out well. Gain respect by being who you are. Sure, I totally believe in self-improvement, but be honest with who you are now. Don't try be perky, sexy or bubbly if that's not how you normally are. Accept you.

People often think if they just do the first point the followers will come eventually. There's a chance they will, but it's low. You need to be visible. People don't know you exist, and I'm sure they'd love to see what you have to show them. However, don't worry about doing everything perfectly; enjoy the experience. Blogging is meant to be fun, and not everyone cares about having followers. However, if you do, this is what I did.

I hope you found this post and video interesting and have some ideas for your blog!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Disney Nail Art #4 - The Little Mermaid

It's fair to say that these are my favourite nails to date. I make an effort to hand-paint some detailed Disney nail art every month (or three) - it's just such a cute theme! I can't do them more regularly though, because the level of detail means that they take a long time. I started doing these around 1pm and they probably took a good four hours for both hands, if not longer. I actually added the final brushstrokes around 7pm, but I had stopped and started during this time so I had to guesstimate how long they took. A while, anyway!

As I said, I've done other Disney nails, as you can see here;
Beauty and the Beast nail art (my second favourite!)

Here's the other hand. I'm particularly proud of this, as it was painted with my left hand, and I am by no account ambidextrous!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Effie Trinket "Hunger Hearts" Nail Tutorial

I finally have another nail tutorial up on YouTube! I've been so busy pumping out reviews that I've been neglecting it. This one is for these Hunger Hearts nails that I did a while ago - see here. They're inspired by Effie Trinket from the Hunger Games - they're bright and crazy!

Here's the tutorial.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Cookie Monster Nail Art - Inspired By Robin Moses

Every now and again I like to try a Robin Moses tutorial. They're really good at making me test my limits and try new things! Some of her previous designs I've re-created are:

My previous favourite was the Tribal design, but these ones have now reached first place - here are my awesome Cookie Monster nails!

I love them. Completely, utterly and totally immodestly, and I feel more comfortable bragging as Robin came up with the actual design, not me. I was so happy with the way Cookie Monster turned out; nothing really went wrong! I slightly changed the way I did the cookies, and wrote a Cookie Monster quote on my thumbs, but other than that it's exactly the same as Robin's tutorial, which you can watch here.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Hearts & Stripes | Nail Art With Blue Rhinestones

Sometimes I have no idea what to title my posts. You'd think I'd be good at it by now; almost 400 posts into my blogging journey. Maybe one day I'll regularly take ideas on my Facebook page - I've done that before and other people are much more creative with words than me!

Alright, so as you can see I have some simple nail art with two hearts and some yellow and blue stripes. I got the blue rhinestones to review from Born Pretty Store and well, they're not my favourite...

I mean, it's not all bad - the pack they came in was huge - there's approximately 5000 pieces in there, and it's cheap, only $8.45 normally and $5.99 right now. But the main attraction to these is the fact that they're meant to glow - and they just don't! It's a pity too, because they look so cool here!

Update: They might be UV-responsive (I can't check because I don't have a UV light), but I'll leave the review like this in case anyone else else is expecting them to glow normally. Bit frustrating because they're in the normal "rhinestone" category, not "UV" on the site!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Leopard Print Nail Foils | KKCenterHk Review

I'm really keen on nail foils lately! They're so cool and stay on for ages! Here are some that KKCenterHK sent me to review - aren't they the coolest colours?

As you can see here, it's a big long roll of foil with leopard print and an ombre background. This means you can have heaps of varied tones in your manicure.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Revlon Nail Art | Chalkboard Nails

A month ago I was lucky enough to win a a Revlon nail polish from Miss Bliss! It's from the Nail Art Chalkboard collection and has black polish at one end and white at the other - chalkboard colours. I was really excited to try it out, but unfortunately I was in the middle of my December challenge at the time and had to wait. But now that we're well into January I finally have a chance to post it!

I like it. It's really handy having the polish doubled sided; one side is black with a normal brush and the other end is white with a thin nail art brush. The polish has a matte finish, very accurate for a chalkboard.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Sunset and Palm Tree Nails | Trip Down Nail Art Lane Day 7

It's the last day of the Trip Down Nail Art Lane challenge! Today's prompt is "the one which got you a lot of compliments." My most complimented designs are really intricate ones such as Beauty and the Beast, these Tribal nails and Cinderella, which turned out to be a bit of a problem. I didn't want to spend three hours re-painting them and I didn't want to repeat them, so I just chose another popular design I've done. I originally did this manicure as part of a review of Maybelline Color Show polishes, which you can see here. It also includes a tutorial!

I really love this design! Here's a picture of the old version of it for comparison. As you can see, I focused more on the palm trees in the new one and gave the leaves more detail.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Disco Striping Tape Nails | Trip Down Nail Art Lane Day 6

It's the second-to-last day of the Trip Down Nail Art Lane challenge! Today's prompt is "a technique which you are not so perfect at." This one was easy; I hate striping tape! Every time I use it I end up screwing something up. If I leave it on the nail it gets annoying and I pull it off. If I pull it off (using it to make thin lines) I pull the nail polish off from underneath as well. Then there's all the cutting and time-consuming placement that goes along with it. I don't understand how people regularly do it. Same with exact glitter placement, too. But I'll do that another day I want to torture myself.

Today's nails didn't turn out too bad though. The tacky polish went a bit funny as I pulled it off, leaving a less-than-perfect finish, but this design is quite forgiving. Really simple too; just sponge a bunch of colours on a white base, apply tape, apply black polish and pull the tape off!

The nail polish I used are:
Jordana - Mellow Yellow
Jordana - Orangesicle
Jordana - Black
Jordana - White
Sally Hansen - Himalayan Blue (with a bit of white added)
Maybelline Color Show - Pinkalicious
OPI - Greenwich Village

You can buy striping tape here.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Nail Foils | Trip Down Nail Art Lane Day 5

In April last year I reviewed these foils and absolutely loved them! They're so unique, and once you know how to stick them on they're really easy to apply. Unfortunately, shortly after posting the review I completely forgot how I did it. This led to a LOT of frustration and ruined nails, and I swore off attempting them again for a while. However, the prompt for day 5 of the Trip Down Nail Art Lane challenge is "recreate your favourite nail art." I don't really have a favourite (at least not one that will take under three hours to do), but I really love this look so I chose the foils. And it was about then that I realised that the reason they hadn't been working was because I hadn't been using glue -_-. 

You see, sometimes people apply them straight on to still-tacky nail polish - something I haven't had much luck with. I didn't mention glue in my last review but I have a feeling that I did use it, just forgot and posted the review too late to remember. Fail. Anyway, so problem solved. There was still the trouble of waiting for the glue (cheap nail glue from Ebay) to dry to the right stage, but I managed to get the hang of it - I'll do a YouTube tutorial sometime for it. I was quite amused when I compared the photos of my last attempt to this one - they're near identical! The above picture is my current manicure... and below is the old one.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Daisy Nails | Trip Down Nail Art Lane Day 4

It's pretty intense doing a daily challenge, if only for a week. I did three in one day and all of a sudden it's time to do that again - eek! And I have no idea what to do for days 5 and 7; my "favourite" and "most-complimented" nail art are always designs that take ages! How did I manage to do a 31 day challenge?!

Anyway, at least today's design was simple - "first floral nail art." I did a lot of floral manis at the same time, it turns out, but daisies were first. I've recreated them twice before, as you can see here and here (this one includes a tutorial). Here's my most current recreation!

I like the pastel colours I used in it; makes the design a lot softer. This is what my first attempt at these daisy nails looked like. You can see the (very old!) blog post about them here.

Naturally, being a year and a half later I've improved a bit. I've really enjoyed wearing these nails over the last couple of days - they're not too bright but also very cute! They also managed to flawlessly survive horse trekking, which I was impressed with!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Orange Nail Art | Trip Down Nail Art Lane Day 3

It's day three of the challenge I'm doing! Today's prompt is "with a favourite colour of your best friend." My best friend is my husband (as cheesy as it sounds) so I chose his favourite colour, orange! Then I sat there thinking "what's orange?" I could have just one a bunch of patterns like I did yesterday but I find that so boring. And I've recently done tiger nails, although they're not up on my blog yet. And well, as you can see, my genius solution was to literally paint oranges on my nails.

I actually really like them. I searched "cartoon orange" so I could see what looked best, and ended up styling my nails after this picture. Chelsea Queen does a lot of cool nail art involving fruit and I've always been meaning to join in; now I have!

My orange in the above photo looks a bit yellow though - either that or the polish was a bit red. Here are the nail polishes I used;

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Two-Polish Nails - Khaki and Black | Trip Down Nail Art Lane Day 2

It's day two of the "Trip down nail art lane" challenge, hosted by Moonshine and Sunlight, and today's prompt is "with your last purchased polish of 2013 and first of 2014." Well, I couldn't actually do this strictly by the rules as I've been very good and not bought any polish this year. So I went with the two most recent polishes I purchased; here they are.

They are Jordana 'Black' and OPI (wait for it...) 'Uh-oh roll down the window.' The person who names OPI polishes is either a genius or an eight year old. I love the colour though - I don't have any others even close to it!

This is the design I ended up with. As you can see I painted a bunch of crazy zig-zags on my index and ring fingers and a pointy half-moon design on my middle one. On my thumb and pinky I did simple gradients.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Piano Nail Art | Trip Down Nail Art Lane Day 1

I recently decided to start a new, shorter challenge. I had no intention of doing another one for a long, long time but the prompts for this one are just so cool and different! The challenge is run by a little blog called Moonshine and Sunlight. If you're taking part in this as well go check out her post about it here - it says what to do and where to post your links. You can also see her post for day one here.

So, today's theme is "recreate your first nail art, the one you started with." My first blog post was with crackle polish, which doesn't really count as nail art so I checked my second blog post and found that there were two designs there. One was dumb, but the second was quite cool - piano nails! I learnt piano for a long time and while I don't play much now, I'm proud that I passed Grade 5 and intend on picking it up again one day when I can afford lessons.
Here's my nail art - and my lonely piano!

Here's my old design that I recreated. From what I remember, I found the idea for this design from We Heart It, and after a quick search I found that Nail Art Madness first did a variation of this design, which you can find here.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Charm Bracelet | 3D Nail Art

I used to love charm bracelets, friendship necklaces, everything like that when I was younger - and still  do now, to some extent. So when I went to review this box of nail art decorations from Born Pretty Store I decided to make a 3D bracelet out of them.

Here's the box - sorry about the crappy photo - I had to adjust it a lot on my computer, which left it a bit weird-looking. But it gives you an idea at least! There are five different boxes with different sequin-like decorations in them; I chose number 5. You can see the rest here.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Burger Nail Art - Check Out My Guest Post!

Today (well actually a few days ago, oops) I guest posted on From L&P to English Tea! Anjali is a friend of mine from way back when - we were eight when we met and she taught me a lot about blogging when I started! Here are the nails I did for my guest post - yummy cheeseburgers!

Go read more about these nails on my guest post here!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

YouTube Lighting, Audio & Editing Set-Up + Watermarking Tutorial

I managed to get myself some new equipment for my YouTube set-up recently, and after sharing it on social media I was asked to show you what I have - well, this is it! This video also includes a tutorial on how to make curved watermarks and shows how I edit my photos for my blog.
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I figured I might as well do a text-summary of this as well, but check the video to get a better idea of what these things are like to work with.

As you may know, I started making nail art tutorials on YouTube about a year ago, and in the last six months I've been uploading more regularly. I have now posted 51 videos - finally a substantial number! I've had two main problems though - one, my lighting set-up didn't exist and two, my microphone left a lot to be desired. I didn't have my own video camera or tripod, either, but they were lower-order concerns as I could borrow them.

First I looked at ways to solve the lighting issue. Until recently I just used natural light - which works fine if you can film during daylight hours and on a sunny day. However, as that does not always work out, I wanted something a bit more flexible. I watched this video by Shaaanxo, which led to me purchasing two lighting umbrellas and a ring light. I love them. I still need to work out something better for lighting my hand when filming (the ring light is too big for that part), but this will do just fine for now. Something I found interesting when buying my ring light is that they're twice as expensive on Ebay than on Trade Me (factoring in shipping costs) - normally it's the other way around! So if you're from another country and are interested in buying one make sure you shop around.

The audio problem was something I tried to solve the cheap way at first; I tried a $40 headset from Dick Smith, then a $20 desktop microphone from the same place, but both were terrible quality and way too quiet. I hunted around, looked up reviews and eventually decided what I wanted.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Bunting Flag Nails | Pearl Rhinestones from BPS

I've had so many cool things sitting in my bookshelf for the last month, whispering "review me, Jessie, review me!" I stubbornly ignored them while I was furiously making Christmas tutorials, but now it's January and time to catch up! So today I'm showing you a design I did with some pearl rhinestones from Born Pretty Store.

First, a bit about the rhinestones. There are 360 in the container and each one has a diameter of 2.5mm. They're round/dome-shaped and there are 12 different colours in the box. They have quite a pearly-look to them (I'm sure that's a real word) and kind of make me think of Marie Antoinette! Hmph, now I wish I had done Marie Antoinette nails with these. 

To apply them, I painted my nails then put a dab of clear polish on the area I wanted the rhinestone. I then applied the stone with a wax pencil, then sealed it in with another coat of clear. Sometimes I do yet another coat of clear - just do however many you think is necessary to hold the rhinestone on.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Highlights of the 12 Day of Christmas Nail Art Challenge 2013

I couldn't believe how many people took part in the challenge that Anjali, Hannah and I created! We had people all over the world show us their creations for the 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge and it was so cool! This post is just to say thank you, and highlight some of the designs.
Obviously I can't show everyone, and if I miss you it doesn't mean you didn't do amazingly! It's just that there are hundreds of photos and I've only chosen a handful from each day. 

Also, everyone who tagged me or #12daysnailchallenge has their pictures in this album. Lots of people didn't watermark their photos so I cropped every photo from Instagram so you can see who did it - this took so long each time, and the main reason they weren't uploaded regularly - I just can't bear to let pictures go unaccredited! Most of the non-Instagram pictures in this post have clear watermarks, or else don't have a blog... plus they were essentially submitted to me so I figured it'd be alright to post them ;).

You can click on the title of each day to go to my post (and tutorial) for that day.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

2013 Wrap-Up - My Favourite Nail Designs of 2013

I feel like there must be a proper tag or name for this post, but I can't think of what it is. If anyone knows, please let me know in the comments!

These are my favourite 10 manicures that I've done in 2013, in chronological order.

1. Tribal diva nail art, inspired by Robin Moses' tutorial. I love this design so much, I wish I had the creativity Robin has! You can see the blog post and tutorial here.

2. Aladdin nail art - this year I started doing some intricate Disney designs, and this was the first. I was quite happy with how it turned out! See the blog post about this here.

3. Continuing with the Disney theme; Beauty and the Beast! These are possibly my all-time favourite nails - I was very proud of how the beast turned out. You can see the thumb properly and my other hand (with Chip on it) here.

Friday, 3 January 2014

The Winners of my 10,000 FB Followers Giveaway!

It's time to announce the sixteen winners of my massive giveaway! First, however, I should mention that I'll be giving each winner one week to reply to my email. If they don't reply by then I'll be picking a new one. So if you think you've won, CHECK YOUR EMAIL! And your spam inbox. I hope they all reply quickly so I can get their prizes out to them!

Winner #1 is...
Char D
She's won the Literary Lacquers Community Collection!

Winner #2 is...
Adriana S
She's won Prize Pack 1 from Alice's Nail Tech Supplies!

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Years Blogging Resolutions - 2014

Happy New Year!

I did this last year as a spur-of-the-moment thing, but it's actually a good way to track how your blog is doing. New Years Resolutions; the blogging edition! I'm the kind of person who loves lists - if we're going shopping I'll make a list. If I've got a lot to do, I make a list. If I'm stressed, I'll make a list of the things making me feel this way and find ways to eliminate or ease them. Not all the time, to be fair, but I like to have things organised and laid out in an easy way. I'm also quite motivated and love setting mini-goals; and my blog is no exception. Like most New Years resolutions, there's no certainty that these things will happen, but it's cool to look back on anyway! Which is what I'll be doing first - reviewing last year's resolutions.

1. Reach 150,000 page views (dreaming big here!).
Well that happened! I'm now just over 332,000 so that worked out better than expected.

2. Get better at painting on fine lines.
I think this was achieved as well, I have definitely improved, and am quite proud of some of the more intricate nail art I've done this year, such as my Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Catching Fire nails. Still more to improve on though.

3. Take better care of my brushes.
Failed this one miserably. I'm terrible at cleaning them reguarly.

4. Take more consistent photos - new light box, same hand position each time etc... just make it more professional.
Hmm, didn't really do this either. I've gotten a new light box and have a plan for the backgrounds and that, but it hasn't really happened yet.

5. Review more NZ and Aussie polishes. I just like the closer to home stuff!
I guess, a bit? I reviewed a few things for Picture Polish and took part in the Blog Fest, so that was cool. I also reviewed a bunch of polishes that are easily found in New Zealand on my YouTube channel, here.

6. Try out more Indie polishes - I barely have any :o
 I've managed to collect a good number of Indies now, but most I haven't bought brand new - I got them from blog sales and the like. The problem is that I really just don't have much money to splash around and it's cheaper for me to just get Jordana nail polish for the colors I use most I rarely use up my other bottles.

7. Be as original as I can.
I think I'm pretty good at originality. If I think of a design I'd like to do, I Google it first to see if it's already been done. If it has, I try to put my own twist on it. It can be hard when it comes to the ones that everyone has done - who can you claim "invented" leopard print?

8. YouTube YouTube YouTube!
Yup, did this pretty well! I now have 50 videos up on my YouTube channel. It was a bit slow going for the first half of the year but it picked up in the later half - I got most my videos up then. I'm heading on 2100 subscribers at the moment, which I'm pretty happy with! I also bought my own (cheap) video camera, lighting set up and microphone this year, plus finally got my own tripod for Christmas.

Right, and these are the ones that I've come up with for 2014. Basically, these are the things I'd love to achieve by this time next year.

1. Reach 500,000 page views.

2. Reach 10,000 YouTube subscribers.

3. Complete (and do well) in my nail technician course (starts February!). I want to be the BEST.

4. Do something to organise my reviews. They pile up and sometimes I feel like all I'm doing is them!

5. Get a job in a nail salon. This is underway! I've got several salons interested.

6. Do more media-related stuff. 2014 has a tough act to follow - 2013 was incredible. On TV, in the newspaper, on the radio... And I got to do the most amazing things! I did enter The Amazing Race Australia - but I doubt anything will come of that.

7. Get to know other bloggers better! There are several who I'd love to get to know properly but life just gets in the way, plus it's a bit weird saying "hey, wanna be blogging BFFs?"

8. Maintain a good work/life balance. My blog, my YouTube, and my hopefully soon-to-be job in a salon is my career, and I love it! However I love it so much I can quite happily forget about the rest of the world, including friends and my husband. So I'll make sure that doesn't happen too much this year!

And that's it! I'll be doing a "favourite manis of 2013" and a post about the 12 days of Christmas soon too, so keep an eye out for those :).