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Stiletto Nails

Okay, so I am a pretty girly girl. I do the make up, the waxing (just the eyebrows!), I get regular pedicures, but I hardly ever do anything with my nails. I keep them super short and usually polish free. However, I’ve been seeing a lot of people rocking the stiletto nails and I thought, “maybe I’d like to do that.” You know, have fancy, slightly impractical nails that are maybe just a little scary. Originally I was going to go all in and get acrylics, but then the little voice in my head started reminding me how bad acrylics were for your nails and how I didn’t know if I was going to really be able to commit to these nails, so I thought, let’s go for some press-ons instead.

I felt like such a bad ass taking this back-lit photo with my purple sunglasses and my extra nails. Full disclosure, we were in a fairly nice restaurant and I am sure some of the other patrons were looking at me selfie-ing like “this bougie bitch”, but I only cared a tiny bit because I was feeling my nails. However, I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s go back to the beginning…My search started at Ulta because I thought “surely Ulta is going to have my back – I KNOW I will find EXACTLY what I need there” at least that was how I sold it to my husband. They, however, not only did not have the stiletto nails; they had zero press on nails. At this point, I am trying to figure out how to sell going to another store to Andy since this was supposed to be a very brief outing, and I remember the Riley Rose literally across the street in the mall. So I start trying to spin this like this really great no stress alternative and Andy just gives in so I stop babbling.

We quick march through the crowded mall on the last Saturday before school starts at lunch time – let me tell you he earned some good husband points for this one. We finally get to the store, and I am approached by this adorably tiny salesgirl (who was rocking some killer black moon cosmetic lipstick). She offers to not only help me find the nail, but she has used this particular brand and gave it rave reviews. I dutifully go through all the different colors, but it was love at first sight with the black and red nails. Everything applied fairly easily – I did take a minute to figure out exactly what size needed to go on each finger and set them up in order so I couldn’t screw up the application, but all in all, I’d say I was done maybe 10ish minutes from opening the box.In my head, I kept thinking “just like the Louboutin heels!” – who cares that I can’t pick anything up!So how did they wear you might wonder? Well… it was an adjustment. I think going from almost no nails to super long nails was perhaps not the best idea, but I sort of got the hang of it. I will say, I did get quite a bit of attention from strangers when I was out. People loved them and just had to know where I got them done. I haven’t received this big a response on something since my hair was purple. It was a great conversation starter, and once I told people how easy it was, a lot of them were keen to try it out for themselves. I figured out typing faster than I thought I would; I just had to adjust my hands a bit, but taking my contacts out that night and putting them in the next morning? Easier than I thought, but still kind of scary. Andy refused to even be in the same room with me because it looked “creepy”.I even managed to dye my hair with the nails. At the end of this, I feel like I am still a short nail girl, but I would absolutely reapply these bad boys for a special occasion or if I just wanted to feel a little more glamorous. I’d also like to try a shorter version because I think I would be able to make that work a little better for me. So if you’re feeling like you want to look a little dangerous, you should definitely give these bad boys a try. And if you’d like to try the same brand, here is a link to their website.

Half Moon Manicure

For better of worse i’ve always been a girly girl.  On my first birthday I wouldn’t touch the special alphabet block cake my mom spent hours making, so she took my hand and smooshed it into the frosting to get things started.  The next four photos in the sequence go something like this: Me wrenching my hand from the cake, looking at the sticky frosting coating my tiny fingers with an adorably befuddled expression,  me then bursting into tears, and finally my mom laughing as she cleaned my hands off. My mom still calls me “Prissy Britches” from time to time.

I’ve come a long way since then, but I still have quirks. Little things like wrinkled clothes, untidy eyebrows and chipped nail polish make me a little twitchy. Since I just can’t seem to make a manicures last, 9 times out of 10 my nails go unpolished.  Lately, i’ve been thinking about trying to do at home manicures once or twice a month, just for fun. This nail tutorial by blogger Keiko Lynn seems like it might be a fun and pretty easy way to get started.


Step by Step:

Images from here.

Natural Nails

One of the blogs I like to start my day with is I go by Katie written by Katie Kukulka.  I really enjoy her short, photo based posts, that are a informative about everything from living as organically as possible and collection antiques, to book reviews and easy recipes.

One of the things that keep popping up in her posts is a nail polish brand called Scotch.  This polish has an incredible resume, it claims to be Vegan, Cruelty-free, Gluten-free, Fragrance-free, Toxin Free, Paraben Free, Hypoallergenic & Biodegradable.  While I didn’t know that some of those terms needed to be applied to a nail polish, it made me feel more altruistic just reading the brand information.  I haven’t had the privilege of testing out the products myself, but a selection of the colors have made their way onto my “to buy” short list.

Katie’s three color review:

NEAT – a sheer pink when applied once gives your nails a pretty & refined translucent pink hue. If you apply it multiple times it can become opaque but you risk brushstroke lines if you don’t let it dry between layers.

KILTLIFTER – a bright pinkish, magenta red that goes on opaque with one coat. My new all time favorite for toes 🙂

HEATHER BLUSH – (not pictured above) a grayish taupe brown that went on very sheer though with my skin tone made my finger nails look bruised. If you have an olive or tan skin tone this polish could look lovely & natural.

*I know the $14.99 price tag might make some shy away from trying this product, but remember, every little step we can take towards a healthier lifestyle makes a difference.

Images and color review from here.