Saturday, September 29, 2012

Gameday Nails #GoVols

Boyfriend is a Volunteer, and I'm a...well, part of the Orange? So I'll do a set of Syracuse nails when they stop being depressingly bad.

I'm really happy with the way these worked out. If I had to give a tip, it's that I used paint from my nail art pen to paint the "T" (with a paintbrush) and fill in the checkered stamp. The formula is much thicker but levels out with topcoat.

Colors: Zoya Arizona, China Glaze Foie Gras, Sally Hansen White On, Dou'ble-Art nail pen in White

I also happened to make some festive cake balls (VolBalls?). They're great, if you like sugar poisoning.

Go Vols! Beat UGA!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Neon Zebra Party

Admit it, if you could wear nails like this all the time, you totally would.

At a nail party with the girls, one of my friends brought her collection of Island Girl nail polish from Hawaii. It's pretty much only available on the West coast, which is a shame. Their colors, as you can see, are incredible. I've heard a lot of bad things about the formula, which dries thin and matte in my experience. I didn't have a lot of trouble with it, but it did chip heavily after a few days. Still, they are cheap and the color payoff is worth the formula issues.

I can't remember the names of the colors I used, but with these tropical neon skittles, something was needed to really pull it together, and you can never go wrong with a little zebra Konad. Over the top? Maybe. Awesome. CLEARLY.

Antiquing: Eggs, Avon and politics

Some of my girlfriends and I went antiquing last weekend. When I say "antiquing," I really mean "went hunting in antique shops for cheap, awesome jewelry," and this round did not disappoint. The only bad part was when the nice shop ladies tried to start talking politics to us :/. Sorry ma'am, not here for impromptu debates, just shiny things.

And oh, what shiny things:

Avon blue egg necklace: Possibly my favorite thing, this is a great example of all of the wonderful, cheap baubles Avon apparently used to sell. It's easy to wear, yet creative at the same time. I think I have a zipper necklace and a key ring lying around somewhere from Avon as well.

Mosaic pin: One of the main frustrations of antiquing are all of the beautiful little trinkets that are totally unwearable. Seriously, what are we to do with pins and cufflinks and clip-on earrings? (Modify them, you say? You underestimate how lazy I am.) Anyhoo, I just couldn't resist this pin, because the sort of mosaic-bead layout was worth the price and trouble. I need to learn more about this technique, because it really is beautiful.

Gold hoop earrings: Yo you can never have too many pairs of gold hoop earrings.

Bezel bracelet: Clearly not real, in any way, but I've worn it a few times just this week, and you really can't tell I only paid $12 for it. Fancy stuff.

Green earrings: Another one that looks more expensive than it is, the stones here appear to be plastic and the earrings themselves are light. That being said, they look badass, and add to my burgeoning green jewelry collection.

Pink and silver earrings: What can I say? You see these for $2, you buy them.

All for under $70, I would say this was a successful trip. If you're ever in the Roswell, GA area, it is an antique lovers dream.