Sunday, 23 June 2013

Simple Tape Up

Hey all,
How's your weekend going?
This morning I woke up wanting to create a bold tape manicure.
So after my first two cups of tea... and a long time playing Candy Crush... I got to it!

I used Nubar - My New Obsession & A-England - Excalibur
I absolutely love the combination of these polishes. So flashy.
Then again, silver is awesome with everything.

I really like this manicure. What do you think?
I love bold crisp geometric lines.
There's something almost art deco about it.

I watched a documentary the other night called Crazy Love. It was so interesting and bizarre. 
It's hard to stop thinking about it.
If you're into docs, I enthusiastically recommend it.  
It will definitely intrigue you.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Have a great day and an awesome manicure.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Ode to Margaret

Margaret Winifred Siemens (nee Diggins)
I only knew you as Nana

You have been a huge influence on my life.
I was most happiest as a child when I was with you.
All I ever wanted was to sit with a cup of tea and watch murder mysteries while crafting.
And nothing much has changed Nana. 
Because that's still the only thing I want to do.

 I will remember everything you gave me.
Camping trips in your motorhome.
Colouring together. Playing boardgames. 
The time I sprained my finger and you splinted it with popsicle sticks.
The numerous cookies we baked, the blackberries we picked, the pasta we made from scratch.
Going through the McDonalds drive through on your scooter till they told us we weren't allowed.

I will remember you as the perfect grandmother.
Because you were.
Everything you ever gave was love.
And I wish I could have given you more.  

I found out my grandmother died just as I was finishing up a manicure.
The next day I couldn't stand to look at my nails.
So as soon as I came home I painted them black.
But Nana would have wanted some light.
So I used a flakie to lesson the depession.

51 (I hate names that are just numbers -_-) shines from copper to yellowy green
Photos show more copper, but in real life it is quite multidimensional.

Zoya - Raven 
Nfu-Oh - 51

Of course it ends up being a Nina Hagen song that consoles me the most.

Have a great week and an awesome manicure.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

7 Deadly Sins Challenge - Pride

Hey all,
This is the last 7 Deadly Sins manicure :( 
It was a lot of fun. I'm really glad I took part. 
All that great art by all those awesome ladies. 
I'll miss it.

The final theme was Pride
"This is YOUR time. Brag about how good you are at..."
Well Dagadelic always raves about how well I splatter.
So I have to end this on a messy note :)

I absolutely love splatter manicures.
They're completely improvised.
All you can do is cross your fingers, hope for the best and blow as hard as you can.

Of course being a huge Jackson Pollock freak also helps :)

I used Zoya - Jacqueline as my base
It's my new favourite neutral. 
I love how the colours pop against it. 
It lends such a retro feel to everything it touches.

For the splatter I used Salley Hansen - Blackout
Nubar - Into the Wild & Pyramid Purple
I love me some Nubar cremes Mhhhmmmm...

You may have noticed the background for my polish shots has changed recently.
(not that that's what you look at, but I'm into details)
Well that's because my old backdrop was a crochet project.
And now it's all done and finished, hanging in my closet with joy.
Since this post is about pride I thought it was a good time to show off something else I'm good at.
(and my love of bizarre photography)

I'm really pleased with this top.
It's so casual, I've worn it quite a few times already, including to work.
It's yarn was made from recycled blue jeans!
I love not having to worry about being gentle.
And I have a feeling, like worn jeans, this will occupy the same space in my heart.

I hope everyone's having a good week.
Be sure to check out all the other awesome art!
Have a great night and an awesome manicure!
jeeb jeeb

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Who is John Galt?

 Hey all,
I've been thinking lately about why I blog. And I'm not quite sure. Perhaps it's the push of the second self. Turning inward once again. I'm filled with doubt. But not about myself. Just with the world. Society is so completely baffling. I urge you, if you haven't read Atlas Shrugged, do it now! Because everyday, more and more, Ayn Rand was right. It's already happened. And all I really want to do is gather my favourite people and move to the mountains of Colorado to start over again.
So if that's the way I feel, why the hell do I have a blog? I don't know! Because I like to torture myself.
I do want to connect with people. And I think that's why I do it. To weed out the goodness in a world I find so... there are too many words to describe. And if I need the filter of a computer to do that, then so be it. I am a weird antisocial girl. I need a machine to feel human. That's the honest truth.

No art today. Just something I wore back on Valentine's Day. 

piCture pOlish - Monroe
Marilyn would definitely approve.

I remember taking this bottle shot in February. I already admitted I'm weird so I'll tell you.
The bottle seemed to be giving off so much personality. In every pose it was expressing something, a scene in my head.
Give me passion! Seduce me! And it would.
Ever since then every bottle shot I do is like the still of a movie... to me. 

Do I really have to say anything about this polish?
It's that fantastic.

Hope everyone's having a good week.
I have a very exciting future crochet project to work on. 
But I can't say anything about it right now :)
Anyone read, watched or created anything awesome?
Let me know.
Have a great night and read Atlas Shrugged!

Sunday, 2 June 2013


Hey all,
Hope you're having a great weekend.
Just a quick post today :)
Must get back to crochet!

I present you with Neely-Solange.
Sounds like something a celebrity would name their child.

I was craving Zoya. So I mixed a Lovely with a Summer PixieDust accent.

I wore this for a day then decided to turn up the flash.

I think I like the first version better, but you can't help but want to indulge in that gold.

I used Zoya - Solange & Neely
I knew the combination would be beautiful.

As far as I can figure, nothing would be bad paired with Solange.
I'm more of a silver than gold girl, but this one totally turns my crank.
If you're into PixieDust, or are looking to try it, you need this! 
Fricken fantastic.


Here's a song from the album I'm listening to right now.
I love the first 2 PJ Harvey albums. 

Have a great night and an awesome manicure!

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge - Envy

Hey all,
Welcome to the second to last edition of the Seven Deadly Sins Challenge - Envy
"Who would you like to be? Let us know by recreating another challenger's work"
After perusing the albums I knew it had to be Dagadelic's "more is more" Greed manicure
I totally fell in love with that beauty. 

I went with a pink version. Dagadelic is always shocked when I use pink
I don't have much of anything that colour in my life except nail polish :P
But I will have you know, when I was 16 I was obsessed with the film Pretty in Pink.

I think I did complete justice to the original. I'm really happy with it.
Great design D. I feel like mermaid barbie.
It's so fun and glitzy. 

I used Essie - Off the Shoulder & Muchi Muchi for the gradient
stamped with Zoya - Reagan
then painted on some Essie - A Cut Above

Despite not being a pink kind of girl, it was A Cut Above and Muchi muchi 
that got me back into polish over a year ago.
Totally bizarre.

I can definitely see doing this design in every colour of the rainbow.
What do you think?
(And D, what do you think of my recreation?)

I finished my crochet project last week :D (pictures to come soon)
Now I'm working on a shawl. The beginning of a project is so thrilling.
Watching an embryo grow. 
All I want to do is watch movies and nurture my baby.
So on that note,
I hope everyone has a great weekend and an awesome manicure!
And don't forget to check out all the other fabulous manicures.

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