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O-P-I don’t mind if I do!

I’m just going to say it- I am addicted to OPI nail polish.

Their clever marketing has sucked me in and now I can stop despite the fact that I have over 30 bottles of nail polish that I have no hope of ever using in my lifetime.

I discovered OPI nail polish when my bestie took me to my first manicure. Shortly afterwards, I purchased Ali’s Big Break as red is my favourite colour.

Next I bought Princesses Rule following a manicure session for my cousins wedding. A pale pink colour that was recommended as it could go with everything.

And with that- I was hooked!

Next came Purple with a Purpose and Austin-tatious Turquoise as my next two favourite colours. And I thought, ok let’s stop there.

But, then I found Grand Canyon Sunset and the obsession really began. They make nail polish after places in the world?! I must have all of the ones from my favourite places in the world that I have been to.

I started with the Coleccion de España- the Spanish collection- and once I obtained all eight colours in that collection I moved onto the six colours of La Collection De France- the French collection. By now it didn’t matter what the colours were or if they suited me as long as they belonged to the right collection.

I was dismayed to find that the London collection had been discontinued and New York only had a collection for the ballet company- not the city. There was also no Vancouver collection, so I settled with a bottle of Chocolate Moose from the Canadian collection.

When the San Francisco collection came out in 2013, I was majorly excited and bought the mini collection as soon as it hit the shops in Australia. I had realised that buying full bottles was not a viable option for me anymore as my bathroom cabinet was full to the brim.

As a preview of some places that are covered/are to come on the travel side of my blog, below are some other bottles of OPI nail polish that I own as places I have travelled to:

  • Vampsterdam (Holland)
  • You’re a Pisa work (Italy)
  • Euro Centrale mini collection (Hungary, Czech Republic).
  • Berlin there done that (Germany)
  • Big Apple Red (New York)
  • Diva of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • My address is Hollywood (USA)
  • Royal Flush Blush (Las Vegas)
  • Cozumelted in the sun (Mexico).

I wonder what they will come out with next?!

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USA, 1990

All I remember about our family trip to Los Angeles, California in 1990 is Universal Studios and Disneyland.

At Universal, we got attacked by Jaws and King Kong and then caught in a flood. We were greeted personally by name by ETon a cutting edge computer bike ride; saw the Blues Brothers, animal actors and Harry and the Henderson’s shows and met KITT and the scientist from Back to the Future.

I relived my childhood on the Matterhorn bobsleds in Disneyland. We walked down Main Street, USA to Sleeping Beauty Castle and visited New Orleans Square. We rode the Mark Twain Riverboat, the cable car and went mad in It’s a Small World.

Only mum would brave a second day at Disneyland, while Dad opted to stay at the Thunderbird Motel. My favourite ride was the Splash Mountain log ride themed with Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear. Even though it was new and had the biggest line, I went on it three times.

We left LA for Lake Henshaw and a drive through the Anza- Borrego Desert in our dark blue hire car. We visited the small town and church of Santa Ysabel and Julian with its weird pioneer museum featuring a stuffed raccoon.

In San Diego, we stayed with my parents friends Teri and Steve. They had two young boys who I enjoyed watching The Little Mermaid movie with and going to their favourite park on the harbour. It was the 75th Anniversary of San Diego Zoo when we visited and I remember the iconic flamingos at the entrance.

I loved Sea World San Diegowhere I petted a dolphin and saw the famous Shamu killer whale show. Mum pointed out the dolphin prams that they used for me last time I was there as a toddler and I got my photo taken with the Shamu in a costume.

Leaving San Diego, we drove through the Mojave desert to Yosemite National Park. I remember seeing Half Dome and driving right through the middle of a large redwood tree in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

We drove past mountains with white windmills, Mono Lake and stayed in a Tee Pee in the desert. I remember visiting the eerie Bodie ghost town where you could look inside the empty buildings.

Ending our road trip in San Francisco, my dad wanted to visit the hippy mecca Haight- Ashbury. I remember the pink Palace of Fine Arts theatre on a Lake. We caught a cable car up a steep hill, went to Golden Gate Park and visited Seal Rocks.

We flew home through Honolulu, Oahu in Hawaii where I got my picture taken with a macaw. Mum and I went shopping at the very cheap Waikiki, while my dad sat by the surfer statue on the beach. I remember going to the white Pearl Harbour Memorial and driving to Diamond Head. We went to Iolani Palace, Waimea Bay, Hanauma Bay and Pali lookout. We saw a hula dancer show and dad went windsurfing at Kailua.

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Top 5 Wildlife to Spot in California

December 2007

1. Joshua Tree National Park

We have been driving through the park for an hour- a detour on the way to Las Vegas. I am on a mission to find the Cholla Cactus Garden, after my fill of knarled Joshua trees. It’s getting towards sunset- we may be running out of petrol soon. As we round a corner I spot something moving. “It’s a coyote!” I say. “No it’s not,” says Steve. But it is.

 

2. San Simeon

On a foggy day, we are headed for Hearst Castle. Randolph Hearst was a great lover of animals, just like me, and he once had a zoo there. I look out the passenger window and can’t believe my eyes. How can that be? Am I in Africa? Those black and white stripes cannot be mistaken. “It’s a zebra!” I say. “No it’s not,” says Steve. “YES it is,” I say.

 

3. Big Sur

On our way up Big Sur, the weather is quite bad. Steve wants to stop for a driving break, so we pull off the road. I stay in the car. Five minutes later, there is a knock on the window. “You have to come and see this,” says Steve. Below are an entire family of Elephant Seals on the beach- fighting, playing and dragging themselves around the sand.

 

4. Monterey

We stopped in Monterey for the night at a hotel on the edge of town. The hotel proprietor is a lover of animals, like myself, and promises that a trip to the harbour is a must so we head out along the wharf. “There’s one there!” I say. “No it’s not,” says Steve “YES it is,” I say. Seeing otters in the wild was a high light of this road trip for me.

 

5. San Francisco

We arrive at our final destination on the road trip. My favourite Californian city- San Francisco. We enter Golden Gate Park and head through the park on another one of my missions. The Bison Paddock is water logged but they are all there at the feeding pen. Real American Bison. Not roaming the plains like they once did, but there all the same.

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