The Daily Polish

9 Nov

When people ask me what colour polish to wear to a wedding, or with a certain coloured dress, I always say red.

That’s right. People ask me those questions.

It’s classic, feminine and goes with everything. The Thrill of Brazil from OPI is a personal favourite of mine. And Eve’s. And Anne-Marie’s. So it has a bit of a following.

Adventure venture: El Salvador inspired jewels

8 Nov

You know those people who quit their day job to make their dream career come true? Well, I know those people. Yep. All of them. Because I get the newsletter, I learnt that my friend Marie-Louise is the newest member of the club. She left a career in advertising to travel the world and make jewelry.

Her first collection is inspired by a trip to El Salvador, where she hung out with old Mayan stuff, climbed volcanos and ate a lot of fruit. I’m embarking on quite the love affair with the Lava Drop Earrings and the Zest Necklace. Because with a piece of citrus fruit around your neck and a piece of volcano hanging from your ears, you’re practically on an international adventure and *not* sitting behind a desk finding synonyms for “dazzling” right?

Right.

Lava Drop Earrings

Zest Necklace

Sharesies: Konad stamping kit

7 Nov

I often get asked how I make the fancy designs on my nails.

Sometimes I lie and say I did it freehand, but other times I tell the truth and try to explain the Konad stamping process. And I say “try” because people don’t often understand it until they see it action.

Without further ado, I’m offering my readers a chance to win a Konad starter kit from the fine ladies over at nailpolishcanada.com. Now *you* can tell everyone you did these super cute designs freehand.

All you have to do is leave me a comment (with a link to to your blog or an email address) and I’ll use one of those random number picker things on the Internet to choose a winner. Fun, right? You have until Friday, November 11 at noon to enter. Sorry American friends, this contest is only available to Canadians.

Here is what you get: M2 image plate, M3 image plate (see below), 5ml special polish (red), 5ml special polish (white), 5ml special polish (blue), stamper and scraper. Pretty much everything you need to get started. Hence the name, Konad starter kit. See? They’re so clever those Konad people.

I leave you with a couple shots of some of my favourite Konad designs. Good luck everyone!

Hot off the press: Flare Magazine

4 Nov

The only thing better than parcel Friday, is finding your nail art on flare.com. That is pretty fun too. The neon tiger stripes in the middle are even an editor’s pick. I’m not sure what that means, but it sounds exclusive. So let’s just go with that.

Bath time: post-yoga soak

3 Nov

One of my favourite activities is talking about how much yoga I do and making people feel my triceps. Most of time, people are nice and pretend to be impressed. If they don’t act impressed, I’ll usually flex a thigh or two as well.

I do enough yoga on a weekly basis to result in very sore muscles and having a hard time lifting my arms above my head for a few days. Lucky for me, I only wash my hair once a week.

What? Short hair is better when it’s dirty. Otherwise it’s all floofy and in my face.

With winter on its way, despite my massive denial, a post-yoga bath can ease the pain from 29 slow-moving chaturangas . It can also be a skin-soothing soak with the right ingredients.

Epsom salts. A bath is not complete without them. These days, I’m partial to Hawaiian Ginger Rejuvenating Epsom Salts from Calgon. It smells like vacation. And who doesn’t want vacation in their bubble bath? Crazies, that’s who. You get out feeling like jell-o, and if you did 90 minutes of yoga earlier that day you totally deserve a lie-down. And even a nap if it’s a Sunday.

Bubble bath. There is only one bubble bath I use. Because it’s the best. Skip any of the bubble gum scented stuff and go straight to the natural smells. I channel my Nanny Ferne and use Ombra Lavender Extract Foambath. My grandmother loved lavender scented everything. It’s been associated with stress-relief and relaxation. Maybe Nanny Ferne knew something we didn’t.

Body oil. A long soak in the tub can be drying on your skin. Some people like to reach their maximum pruniness before getting out. Not me. I have a window before I start sweating profusely and have to get out. I don’t fill the bath with super hot water but I still like to add a few drops of Aveeno Skin Relief Show and Bath Oil. Aveeno pretty much does everything right, especially when it comes to dry, sensitive skin. So I just do what they say.

Body wash. Those soap commercials have it right. I only use soap if I’ve been the gym or if I’m particularly sweaty and gross. Otherwise I’m body wash all the way. I just discovered this gem from one of my new favourite brands, Weleda. Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash. It foams up very satisfyingly on a pouf but it’s like showering with a dollop of foamy body lotion. You don’t get that soapy feel. And it has a sort of spicy scent that is the result of vanilla, blood orange and neroli.

Weleda makes all kinds of organic and natural stuff and have a really neat company philosophy. And they have gardens! And farmers! And sheep. You can buy their products at your local health food store or on well.ca if you live in Canada.

Oh, and don’t forget to follow your bath with your favourite moisturizer and someone to make you dinner.

The Daily Polish

1 Nov

One of the perks of my manfriend living in the suburbs is that he happens to live across the street from a Trade Secrets. I’m moving in with him after Christmas, so I have no doubt I’ll be making good friends with the girls who work there. It’s kind of a mecca for the nail polish collector. They have all the OPIs and often have half-off deals on other brands.

I’ve dragged my manfriend in on occasion and he was pretty helpful in the choosing of nail polish. I’ve even caught him showing other dudes photos of my manicures, which I send to him often.

Um. Also, he’s super manly.

I got a super fun parcel on Friday from Trade Secrets and in it was OPI’s Siberian Nights. Which may, or may not, be my new favourite colour. And makes me feel like I’m cheating on Lincoln Park After Dark.

When people ask me what my favourite nail polish is, I always answer OPI. It always goes on smooth and the wide brushes make it easy to cover your nails in 2-3 strokes.

Oh, and the hot pink dots are illamasqua in Collide.

 

 

Shake your booties: clog booties

1 Nov

These Madewell Clog Booties are kind of 70s meets 2011 meets awesome. And I’d like them in my closet. Thanks.