Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Drink Beer. Save Wildlife. #BrewAtTheZoo 2017

One thing that Ben and I look forward to in the summer is Brew at the Zoo. We went last year and had such a fun time that we bought tickets for this year the day they were available. This event is held every year at the National Zoo in Washington DC. The proceeds from the tickets go to helping wildlife.

Brew at the Zoo, National Zoo in Washington DC

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saguaro and Peyote

If you've been around Claws Up for a little while, you'd know that by far fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it from the weather, to the foods (hello pumpkin everything!), and the holidays. But for some reason, I have been really feeling summer this year.

I already did a classic summer nail art look, but I wanted to do another. My brother visited from Texas a few months ago for the wedding, so I also wanted to do something Texas related when he was here. Summer? Texas? Cactus nail art!

Cactus nail art

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Flowers and Pearls

Let me tell you a couple things about my nail art. First, the time between when I do my nails and when I publish post varies. That means that you may see very different nail lengths from two posts in a row. Second, sometimes I am craving really flashy or intricate nail art, and sometimes I just want to keep it simple.

I created this look back in March, so as you can see my nails were much shorter then. Ben got me a bouquet of orange roses which inspired me to do simple orange flower nail art.

Simple orange flower nail art

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rooney Ultrasonic Summer Tour aka The Greatest Night of my Life

Last Saturday, Ben and I went to see Rooney in concert. They are not a super popular band, but they were my favorite band for all of junior high and most of high school. One song in particular, That Girl Has Love, really resonated with me and got me through some of my hardest times. I would come home after school and play it on repeat. I even did a presentation on it for my high school psychology class. And when I was on college, I got the name tattooed on me.

What I wore to the Rooney Ultrasonic Summer tour concert

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Makeup Looks: Woodlands

Lately I have been really into makeup looks with natural browns on the top lid, and fun colors on the bottom. It's the perfect way to express yourself with fun colored makeup, but still keeping it subtle enough to wear out. I have already done purple, orange, and blue versions of this look, and I wanted to try a green version too!

Browns and greens makeup look

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Evil Eye Half Moons

I am extremely proud of my Greek heritage. I'm actually a mix of Greek, Polish, and Russian, but for some reason I most closely identify with being Greek. I think it might be because my mom's mom was Greek, and she was the grandparent I spent the most time with. She also made the best food from spanikopita to Greek yogurt.

Greek people have a lot of superstitions. I should know, my Greek family used to spit on me for good luck every time I saw them. A more well-known symbol of Greek superstition is the evil eye. Basically, the evil eye is a curse and you can ward off the curse by wearing an evil eye charm. I have done evil eye nail art in the past (I wont link back to that embarrassment), but I wanted to create a new look.

Evil eye nail art

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


I always get excited for summertime. Part of the reason is because that means my least favorite season, spring, is over. I also love all of the fun summertime activities from beach days to BBQs at night. With the summer officially here, I wanted to wear the summer fun on my nails.

Summer nail art

Saturday, July 1, 2017

May 27, 2017 Best Day Ever!

Just a few days ago, Ben and I officially reached one month of marriage. Since I have been sharing my wedding planning journey on the blog, it was only fitting to use this milestone as an opportunity to share my wedding day.

Matching personalized bride and bridesmaids shirts for getting ready.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Look Book: Summer Breeze

I thought that after I got married, life would calm down for me, but that's not true at all! I feel just as busy as I was while planning a wedding. From concerts to family visits, plus all the married-life stuff like dealing with bank accounts and insurance, this summer is going to be busy!

For a busy summer, I need the perfect summer dress. Something that's cute and will keep me cool, plus something that's effortless when I am too hot to think about clothes (you know what I mean, right ladies?). I picked up this dress while at a clothing exchange and it perfectly fit the bill. Plus, pockets.

Strapless blue dress

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lady Gaga's Cup Of Tea

Back in 2011, Lady Gaga took over Barney's department store in NYC to set up her workshop. It was a magical slice of little monster heaven. Gaga released a lot of limited time merchandise to sell in the workshop, including the most awesome teacup ever. I loved the fun pattern and that there was a fake diamond inside (here's why).

For the past 6 years I have wanted to do nail art to match the cup, and I have no idea why it has taken me until now!

Lady Gaga teacup nail art

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I'm Back! - Honeymooning in California

Hello world, I'm back! As you may know, I decided to take off some time from blogging for my wedding and honeymoon. While the time away was much needed to fully enjoy the experience, it's good to finally get back at it.

The wedding was an almost perfect day with only some minor mishaps. I am excited to share more about my day, and the photos, as soon as we get them back. In the meantime, I am really excited to share a few of the nearly 500 photos we took during the honeymoon, and tell you all about it!

Pacific Beach, CA

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

I'm Getting Hitched!

I'm Getting Hitched!

Can you believe that my wedding is just around the corner? I have been dreaming of this day since I was 5-years-old and it's almost surreal that it's finally here. Even when I got engaged, the wedding felt like light years away. I have spent so much of my life planning for this day, it's going to be a weird feeling not having to think about it anymore.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Julep Maven 2017: Sun Crush

Julep has been stepping it up with it's subscription box lately. I signed up (well, my mom did) back when you could opt out of the box each month if you didn't like what was in it. I usually skip the boxes, but lately I have been really liking them.

This month, Julep introduced the Sun Crush collection. This collection featured a variety of matte shimmer nail polishes, and beauty products for summer. While I liked a lot of what the Sun Crush collection has to offer, I wasn't a fan of how the boxes were grouped, so I decided to make my own custom box!

Julep Maven 2017 Sun Crush Collection

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wedding Nail Art

Can you believe that my wedding is this month?! When Ben and I got engaged in February of 2015, May of 2017 seemed like a lifetime away. Saying that I have been planning my wedding for the past two years would be a half-truth, since I have practically been planning it since I was kid. It's almost surreal to that the day I have been dreaming about since I was a little girl is just around the corner.

Not long after I got engaged, I did nail art inspired by my engagement ring. At the time I knew that one day I wanted to do nail art inspired by my wedding, and with the wedding so soon I thought this was the perfect time.

Wedding nail art

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mont Bleu Review

Pres Sample

Nail blogger confession: For years, I used cardboard nail files. I know, blasphemy! It actually wasn't until I got a glass nail file in the 2015 Ciate Mini Mani Month that I started to move away from the cardboard ones. That's why when Mont Bleu contacted me to try some of their products, I was really excited!

Mont Bleu specializes in glass nail files from the Czech Republic, but they have lots of other beauty items as well. I was sent three different items to review. They also sent me a Prague post card which I thought was super cute!

Mont Bleu Review

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Muffin's (Almost) 18th Birthday + Tattoo

I have mentioned it a few times on the blog, but my very special kitty, Muffin, passed away about a month ago. Her birthday is on March 31st, and every year I had a special celebration for her. As she got older she got more spoiled, and I gave her a special dinner, a gift, and a cupcake for each birthday. Some years, even my mom would send her a gift!

Cat 18th birthday party

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette - Nail Art

Surprisingly, when I got the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, the first place my mind went was not makeup looks. My first thought was actually "can I use this to create nail art?" I painted my nails black, got some of the makeup on a sponge, took a deep breath, and...

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette Nail Art

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette - Swatch + Makeup Look

Almost a month ago, my very special kitty, Muffin, passed away. It was very hard on me, and I am still not healed. My mom knew how hard that day was going to be, and a few days before we had to say "goodbye" to Muffin, my mom sent me a surprise in the mail. She asked me to open it on that day to try to lift my spirits. Even though it was a very sad day, I was still excited when I opened the box and saw the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette. I finally got a chance to try it out, and I can't wait to share it with you!

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mint Leopard French

There's no denying it, spring is here. For most people, this is a great time of year filled with sunshine and beautiful weather. I, on the other hand, hate spring with a passion. I don't like that the weather is warming up (I miss my scarves and boots!), and I especially don't like all the rain.

However, one thing I do like about spring is that the color mint is everywhere again! I love the gorgeous color, and it always pokes it's pretty head out when the weather starts warming up. I saw this pastel pink and leopard print nail art look on Pinterest, and I wanted to recreate it with my favorite spring color.

Gold and mint French manicure with leopard print

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Wedding Crafting: Who's Who Picture Collage

When I first started planing my wedding, I thought I wanted to craft everything. I soon realized that crafting was a lot more work than it was fun! I still have a lot of things on my crafting to-do list, and I want to share a few of them on the blog. One project that I knew I wanted to do was a Who's Who picture collage.

Who's who photo collage wedding DIY



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