Friday, July 22, 2011

The Nail File: Polish OCD

I may be displaying my slightly obsessive side here, but I found a clever way to keep track of what nail polish I already own.  I just spent the last few hours making a Filofax-portable file of all my polish so that when I compulsively buy it, like the addict I am, I won't buy a color I already have.

So, step one, I cut fairly thick sketch-pad paper to Filofax personal size (I just used a sheet from my filo) & punched holes:

Next, I lined up all my polish by color.  I considered doing it by brand but I'm generally not fussed about the brands I use, & the whole point of the exercise is to not get duplicate colors, so rainbow it is:

Then I wrote down the name of each color & painted a swatch, in 1-coat, 2-coat, & 3-coat varieties:

So there you have it!  Maybe a little bit fanatical but useful, no?  The swatches are taking quite a while to dry so no pictures of them in my Filofax yet!  But one day I promise to show off my filo!

Also, new nails!

Sinful Colors Hottie over Revlon Minted!  I love this!  Sparkles ^_^

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cupcakes! Nail art! Oh my!

I am getting waaay into nail art!  After being thoroughly chided about my previous nail care techniques by a woman who has only had a few years of experience being female compared to my twenty-two, I started obsessively scrolling through every nail art tumblr I could find.  This led me to a fantastic set of tutorials which are in Korean but with plenty of pictures to make it clear!  So last week I wore my nerd cred right on my fingers with...

...Pokemon nail art!  I completely loved this, my very own Pikachu gazing up at me from my hands :3  But after a week or so little bits of Pikachu started to flake off so on to...

...cupcakes!  This is from an extremely cute blog I found, Cupcake's Clothes.  I totally adore this girl's style.  One day I too will own adorable lolita dresses!  & petticoats!  & pale blue tights & pretty pink bows...sigh.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

OPI Black Shatter

I bought a bottle of OPI's Black Shatter nail polish the other day.  It's been available for a while but I hadn't been able to find it until recently.  It's a bit hard to get used to, so I thought I'd do a quick review.

It doesn't work at all over dark colors in my opinion; I tried it over a dark purple & it did nothing for me (I'm looking forward to the silver version that's coming out soon though).  It also doesn't work over a topcoat.  When you paint it on it kind of shrinks & turns into little blobby-crackly shapes & it doesn't seem to separate as well, just getting streaky instead.

I went for a bright color underneath so I'd actually be able to see the black on top:

This is OPI's Cajun Shrimp, which I love.  It's a little more orange than it looks in the picture, but it definitely falls somewhere on the pinker/redder side of orange.

Once my color was dry I painted on the Black Shatter.  You have to have a decent amount on the brush.  It dries really, really fast & if your first stroke starts to dry when you put on the second stroke, it will stick all together & get messy.  It also seems like the more you put on, the better it breaks up into chunks.

I did my index finger next to last & you can tell that I was getting better at it!  The finish of the shatter stuff is pretty matte, so I added a shiny topcoat:

I should have thought to put a matte topcoat on one finger just to see how it looks, but I didn't!  The black parts are a little lumpy and bumpy, which is really visible in the shine of the topcoat.  A matte finish might actually be better for this.

I would like it if the cracks in the polish would be bigger so that more of the color could peek through...I think that I need to keep practicing the application.  This is definitely a nice way to change it up if you're tired of plain color, although it's definitely a pretty casual look.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Things I Have Learned as a (Substitute) Teacher


Teachers are only people who are one page ahead in the book.

The shorter you make the instructions, the more likely they are to be followed.

If you want to project authority, stand, don't sit.

Nothing sounds as good as silence.

Free periods are more of a relief for the teacher than they are for the students.

Nap-time should be extended into high school.

Telling a middle-schooler to stop talking is like telling Lady Gaga to put on pants.

Sometimes it is easier to pretend you are blind & deaf.

Letting your students know that you're only human reminds them to treat you like one.

Grown-ups need snack time too.

School spirit was never about your school's colors or sports teams or anything like that, it was always about you, your friends, & the people you were becoming. (I wish I had learned this one while I was still in school!)

Children have extremely short memories - use this to your advantage.

Silence speaks louder than a shout.

A box of tissues is a necessity in kindergarten & a distraction by 5th grade.

Let sleeping students lie.

Age has nothing to do with how grown-up you are.

A bribe is something you offer as an exchange, a reward is something you give after an achievement.

When in doubt, fake it.

The higher your expectations of a person are, the better they will perform.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Take me to the forest...

I feel a little embarrassed for being so unaware of mori girls before now.  Apparently the style began in Japan a few years ago & took off.  I completely love it!  It's fairies & cabins & trees & tea & all the things I love rolled into one.  I have to admit, my personal style was turning into something somewhere between "sexy librarian" & "I don't know..." & this is exactly the kind of thing I needed to discover to set me straight again.

There's something so appealing in the simplicity & carefree attitude about this style that I can't help but think is missing in my life.  You can't look at these pictures & feel stressed!

It reminds me of picnics in the forest & books I read as a child & exploring the woods with my cats & all the things I wish I was still doing.

The one thing I'm not crazy about is the bagginess of the style.  I'm not a small girl (5'11"!!) & baggy clothes make me look like a circus tent!  I think I would stick to more relaxed fabrics & silhouettes but keep the overall shape a little slimmer.

Frida Kahlo via

Discovering this has made me excited about buying clothes again!  I'm still trying to work out exactly how I'd execute the style but I did go ahead & make a polyvore of it!

Here are a few links for inspiration!
Mori girl blog
Mori girls tumblr
Mori girls Livejournal community
Vanillery Garden has an awesome class that I want to take!

Love <3