Geeking Out: Google Glass

google glass

I’ve been following the development of google glass since I first heard of them, because I am fascinated with the idea of singularity and well google glass is among the first tangible examples of the possibilities of our future heading towards this direction.

It was quite a surreal experience having all this technology and information in your line of vision. While It does take some getting used to, it’s actually not as invasive as one would imagine. Its set up so that you have to slightly look up to access the information available on google glass. So It’s similar to seeing things through your peripheral vision, but with more focus. The biggest adjustment for me was getting to learn how to command google glass via the tapping and scrolling feature on the side sensor bar. Once you understand how it works and get the hang of it, well that’s when the fun really begins.

The google glass was loaned to me by my boy friend’s step father who works for Discovery education and is a technology educator, so naturally the glass was custom tailored for him and had all his social media sites up on display.

It was pretty neat, I was able access his twitter feed, email messages, contacts, use the interactive map that actually gives you a virtual pathway, and take video and picture through voice command. Since he just got his google glass they still were not connected to his wi-fi but I was still pretty impressed with all it could do with out internet connection.

Google glass is a really innovative way seamlessly connect with the world around you and the social media we’ve already made an intrinsic part of our daily lives. I look forward to have the opportunity to explore more of its features if given the chance.

Pretty radical stuff!

Love, Z

On a Budget: Nail Salon Quality Manicure

I just turned in all my loan paper work for USC grad school yesterday and am officially 30k in debt, so you will be seeing a lot more of these “How to Make that Budget Look Fabulous” posts.

However, I am pretty excited about this one! It usually costs me about $27 for a mani/pedi every two weeks. Since I am officially in debt, this means that I am also officially on a budget and sadly the mani/pedi was on the top of my list of things to cut out…

Like I’ve mentioned before, I freakin’ LOVE the 99 cents only stores and will continue being their biggest advocate so long as they continue to keep me satisfied. While strolling along the beauty isle the other day I stumbled upon these:

fake nails

Where the untrained eye might see tacky artificial nails, I saw a world of possibilities! I mean for a $0.99 what did I really have to loose?

So I took them home, and gave my self my own manicure! I pushed back & trimmed my cuticles as well as clipped and buffed my natural nails before gluing on the falsies. I just applied the adhesive directly to my nail beds and carefully placed the artificial nails over my own. I clipped the falsies short and shaped them to be squared. I then applied about three coats of Essie’s “Saturday Disco Fever” with a gold accent nail in Khroma’s (Kardashians’ line) “Fairy Dust”. For my toes I decided to only use the “Fairy Dust” to keep the mani/pedi colors balanced.

Voila! This was the result!


Since I already owned the two nail polish colors I used, this salon quality mani only cost me $1.00! They turned out so pretty I haven’t been able to stop looking at them ever since! They really do look exactly like they usually do when I come out of the nail salon! I can’t believe I’ve never thought to do this before. What’s fantastic is that I can now save $54.00 a month and still get to keep my fabulous manicure for only $1.00 per mani/pedi! I will update later with a review of the product including how they kept through the week and how long they last before they need to be replaced. This specific brand was “Kiss 100 Nails Active Length” which I found online at CVS for $6.99, so pretty huge discount and great find for me at the dollar store!

Who said frugal can’t be fabulous?!

Love, Z