Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kodak Zi8 - Giveaway now CLOSED



Before actually experiencing it for myself, I wondered..."what the heck could HD TV possibly look like? How can it be clearer?". HD TV makes TV look unbelieveable. Movies like Toy Story and other computer generated films which seem faultless on your regular TV with regular cable, look like you could reach in and grab Woody by the woody on HD TV. It's insane. Just having an HD compatible TV is one thing, but then getting the HD converter box is opening up the Pandora's box of home entertainment. Technology is advancing so quickly and we're addicted to it.

Now we've been granted the abilities to save our memories and adventures in HD in the convenience of a handheld camera. Flip cameras have made a huge impact on buyers, but Kodak came out with a bang, shooting Flip out of the water.

Meet my new friend.



Hello box. What do you hold ever so safely for me inside?

BUT,
Before we find out...

I must camera whore with the box some more.



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(Nail polish - China Glaze - Turned up Turquoise)

TADA!!!

Kodak Zi8!


HD handheld camera!

Only around $170 bucks for priceless memories saved in HD!






For those of you who are curious about my makeup,
I wore:
  • Face - Revlon ColorStay #30 Classic Tan
  • Cheeks - Mark After Glo
  • Eyes - MAC Aquadesiac on the lid and Femme Fi as a highlight.
  • Eyes (cont.) - Revlon liquid liner & Elf falsies.
  • Lips - MAC Peachstock & Perfectly Unordinary.


Looks cute but what can it really do?

Ahem...
Specifications of this mini miracle:
  • Filming in 1080p and 720p at 60fps!
  • Microphone compatibility
  • USB compatibility
  • Comes in a variety of colors such as purple, blue and black!
  • Editing software pre-installed on device! (Plug & play!)
  • Captures imaged as well.
  • Macro and regular mode. Macro mode actually works!


Here it is...translated!


Now since everyone has video on their phones, but with still lacking quality, you won't look like a total doofabooger holding a huge camcorder or one of those shakey flip screen cameras. You can just snatch the Kodak Zi8 and you're on the go. Slips right into your pocket when you're done.

I have some sample footage, but it may not be the greatest.

Make sure to watch in 720p HD.







These vids were filmed in 720p, but this camera is also capable of filming in 1080p!

This means I will now have some YouTube vids for you guys coming up!


Ladies, if you do get this for yourself, beware!
Your man WILL try to steal it!


Behold Exhibit A:


Check out that face detection!

I know you're thinking about what I will say is the downfall of this device, and there is one. The Zi8 doesn't come with a memory card and the built in memory is really tiny. It's no big deal...you can get a hefty memory card for around $20, but it's just a slight inconvenience. I guess at $170 bucks you can't really complain.

Another inconvenience is that you will not be able to edit videos in Windows Movie Maker or Live Movie Maker until you download the free codecs that are available all around the net. I found the editing software that came with the product to do the job just fine though. It was painless and very easy to use.

Ok, let me hurry up and get this post over with so I can go play with my new camera...and so you can go and buy yours!

Overall, I am loving my videos in HD. It's as if the video just moves in a more fluid and life like way. No grainy-ness or messy looking videos. Me likey.

Update: Yes, this camera comes with ridges on the bottom to screw on top of a tripod. I was scratching my head when I tried to stand the camera up and couldn't because of the rounded bottom, but the tripod screw hole is right there, perfectly centered.

Now about the photos, it doesn't crank out DSLR quality pics...just okay photos in good lighting which is totally typical. I wouldn't recommend you buy this if you are looking for a photo camera...this baby is made for video, but it has a nice little selection for you if you would like to snap a photo. I would compare it to camera phone quality. The iPhone can pull off nice photos, but you wouldn't go and use it for your everyday photos now would ya. Same goes here.

For under $200...I don't think you can beat it!

Thank you Kodak!

Now, on to the fun part!

YOU COULD WIN A Zi8 FOR YOURSELF!


Leave a comment on this post and you could be the
ONE lucky winner!


Good luck and film away!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED


xoxo,

Monday, April 26, 2010

Jet Setting

Long distances relationships CAN make it, but when they do, one side of the love needs to make sacrifices for a certain amount of time. Jerrid had to make a huge sacrifice by moving down to Florida to be with me and to start our own family and continue our life together down here in the sunshine state. Of course, we knew we would go visit as often as we could, but it dragged out a lot longer than we had expected.

We finally had the chance to go up to Ohio to visit Jerrid's family since the last time that we went up there to visit, which was when JJ was still a lil' guy at 3 months old. We knew they wouldn't believe how huge he is now!

We packed our bags and prepared for our short weekend trip to Ohio to enjoy some good family time and feast on the yummy homecooked meal.

This was gunna be JJ's first plane ride, and I didn't know what to expect or how to prevent any loud baby situation...I know how annoying that can be, and didn't want our seats to be the center of all the attention on the plane.


Fort Lauderdale from the sky.




Us on the plane.

JJ behaved so well...he actually fell asleep pretty quickly. That white noise from the plane gets you. Jerrid and I both were knocked out too...with JJ sprawled out all across our laps.



We got settled into our hotel. JJ was such a little ball of energy that Jerrid and I tried to drain him by jumping on the beds and running around the room, but he was more and more wound up.





We had some visitors!

Jerrid's cousin came by along with his mom, wife and kids!



The next day everyone got together at Jerrid's grandmother's house for amazing food and good times with the family. JJ got to meet all his cousins, aunts, uncles, and so on.






Jerrid's cousin, Zoe.


JJ takes his Patty Cake seriously.


All smiles!



On our way back home, we stopped by the Buckeye Cafe in the C terminal inside of the Columbus airport to grab a bite to eat.





It was another sleepy flight. JJ feel right into a deep sleep, and both Jerrid and I shortly followed.

We were so proud of JJ for doing so well on his first air travel trip that we bought him a present.





Watch out!
BABY PUTS PEDAL TO THE METAL!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as we did!


Coming soon:
Review on the Kodak Zi8 HD Compact Video Camcorder



xoxo,

Monday, April 12, 2010

Swatch & Such - MAC Florabundance Lipglass



Who doesn't have this lipglass? Possibly one of the greatest shades ever created by MAC that makes any lipstick look glossy, and just a little pinched with peach.



Much more wearable than Underage its similar looking cousin, but when it comes down to the wire, the two are polar opposites of one another. Underage, which looks very much the same in the tube, is a pale, pasty pink with white hues, while Florabundance is a peachier pink with more color payoff.




Comparison swatch between Underage & Florabbundance.

Florabundance has minimal shimmer, and is perfect to wear over lipstick or just alone. It has enough color in itself to give you a gorgeous nude pout.

MAC lipglasses are known for thier stickiness, but the lasting abilities due to this are great!

xoxo,

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Swatch & Such - MAC Peachstock

I did such a good job convincing myself that I didn't need anything from the Give Me Libery of London collection from MAC, but somehow I ended up wanting Peachstock so badly, I just had to have it. I guess I can blame all these other bloggers who ended up getting the color and swatching it, making it look so perfect that I needed to join in on the fun.

Strangely, it hasn't sold out at any MAC store or booth that I have visited recently, but the other colors have...hmm. I would have thought Peachstock would go first, it's lovely!


Peachstock

Peachstock is a matte peachy shade...it comes on as a nude, much lighter than Brave New Bronze (from Style Warriors), but more of a wearable shade than most find Fleshpot (Heatherette or Pro) to be.



Swatch it out



It's been a while since I've showed off my fabulous lip hair in an up-close and personal lip swatch! It's so liberating...the perks of being human!

If you missed Peachstock from this collection, have no fear. It's a Pro color, so all MAC Pro stores will carry it. No need to go pay ridiculous prices on eBay for it, unless you specifically want the packaging for it...which holds no shame, we have all went to the depths of our wallets to have that lipstick packaging of our dreams! Like I said though, I have not found this color to be sold out anywhere near me, maybe its a different story by you, but it never hurts to try. I know there are a few MAC Collections coming out in the future that will suck me dry for a while such as the MAC To the Beach Collection (shown below).


Will be released on May 27th.
I'll be there, credit card in hand!


Ok, ADD aside, back to Peachstock.

The color...it's perfect. Great for tan skin tones as its a very wearable nude that doesn't give you concealer lips or wash you out. I'm sure fairer skin tones may also work with this color. I really liked wearing "Brave New Bronze" when I was paler, and this is a lighter shade, so I think it could work, but it's not as pink toned, so it may look very bland.

Let's compare Peachstock to Brave New Bronze




Peachstock (top) Brave New Bronze (bottom)


I have Florabundance lipglass lined up for an upcoming swatch!

Till next time...

Keep those kissers puckered up!

xoxo,

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Kick off your shoes

A casual Saturday with not much to do. Plans of going to the visit the Viscaya have been put on the backburner since it was a cloudy day that kept us guessing whether it would rain or not. We snapped some photos...and theres a surprise in this post!






Peachy cheeks and lips, to shine back at the rays of the sun.




Look ma...no shoes.


What I wore:
J Brand Tie Dye Jeans (Also worn HERE)
Old Navy button hole tank top
Calvin Klein t-strap sandals.
Chloe python "sally" handbag.


Rope swing...hanging on.





JJ has a new friend,
who loves chasing fire hydrants around...







Meet Angie!
8 week old Chorkie pup.


Angie looks cute...but I look weird in this one, lol.

I hope you all enjoyed your Saturday!

xoxo,