Monday, April 30, 2012

Raindrops Rise Up

rainy day, graduation outfit

Today was my best friend's graduation. As happy as I am for her, I can't help but be reminded of how long it's taking me to finish school. I've always been a good student. It surprises me (and everyone who knows me) that it's taken me this long. There are very normal reasons for this. I decided to switch majors two years in because, as it turns out, I HATED journalism. It's just not my thing. I am much too fond of adjectives to give them up forever. I switched to something entirely unrelated to writing. Nutrition. I like it better. Writing and grammar have never posed a challenge for me. Nutrition hasn't been especially hard either, but I do have to work more. What's really getting me are the sciences. Also, I had to take a semester off because my mother had breast cancer two years ago. That was certainly difficult. Sorry to be all down on you today, it's just that it's been raining here for the past four days. I wanted to bathe in the sweet sunshiney freedom after all of my exams, and I couldn't. I am grateful for a little time alone though. More than anybody knows.

Outfit Details:
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Bow Belt: Anthropologie
Dress: Anthropologie
Necklace: Forever 21

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Constellation Nails

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Have I told you how much I love anything pertaining to outer space? I do. I used to think the stars were alternate dimensions. If Neverland was located on the Second Star to the Right, then what other lands must there be, right?
I did these on Sunday, and it was surprisingly easy. I also think they look kind of impressive. I've seen lots of galaxy nail tutorials, but I wanted to do something a bit simpler and maybe less messy! You can recreate these in just a few easy steps!
1. Start with your base color (I chose a deep blue called Bobbing for Baubles by Essie)
2. Once your base is dry, make dots you can connect to form constellations with white
3. Connect the dots!
4. Once the constellations are dry, top with a silver glitter polish. I like Essie's Set in Stone luxe effects polish because it has round flecks of glitter in different sizes, which looks the most like stars!

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This is the image I used as a guide for making the dots and lines on my nails.