Mani Monday: Paprika

Dear Readers (mostly my supportive husband and mother-in-law),

I am sorry that I have been so remiss in posting to my blog. I even forgot to post pictures of my back-to-school sweater. I am very sorry. Please find it in your hearts to forgive me. I know you will because I have some awesome fall sweaters that I plan on wearing ASAP.

Now, let’s move forward together. It is Mani Monday, and I have a beautiful coral to share with you. It’s Paprika by OPI. In the bottle, it looks quite reddish. In the warmth of incandescent lights it looks more orangey. However, in direct sunlight it is almost neon. It’s quite a stunning shade. It was on clearance for a buck in the Ulta clearance section, and I’m glad I “splurged” on it.

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I would really like to start my own nail polish line so that I could name the colors. Should I start a Kickstarter to make it happen? Actually, Kickstarter takes a big percentage of the money given, so forget that. You can just hand me the cash directly. As Sally Brown once said in a letter to Santa, “Make it easier on yourself. Just send money. How about tens and twenties?”

Greed never looked so cute...

Greed never looked so cute…

Mani Monday: Back-to-School Blues

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Guess who’s back? Back again? Mani Monday’s back. Tell a friend.

(I’m sure that Eminem won’t mind me misusing his lyrics to bring back Mani Monday.)

I recently lucked out at Ulta and scored a bunch of OPI and Zoya nail polishes on clearance for $2 that were also usable with their in-store coupon. It’s like God was giving me a sign to continue Mani Mondays. As a Christian, I find it is my duty not to ignore signs from God, so I am back to blogging my nails.

Since teachers and students are going back to school this month, I have decided to go with this chambray color from OPI called “Dining Al Frisco.” This color reminds me of blue jeans and the 90’s, so I believe it is the perfect color for the first day of school.

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I really like this color. It leans more gray-blue in real life, but it is hard to capture with my camera (phone). Unfortunately it does not last very long. I have some rather large chips after two days of wear.

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As I was researching this color, I realized that I had another color from the OPI San Francisco collection, Alcatraz… Rocks. This is an amazing royal bluish (navy/purple) textured glitter color that I wore on the red carpet for my husband’s movie Moms’ Night Out.

Moms' Night Out Premiere 2014

Moms’ Night Out Premiere 2014

That is Alcatraz… Rocks on my nails. Hmm, I really had planned on just talking about school stuff, but all of these San Francisco names are making me reminisce about my trip to San Francisco for my best friend’s 30th birthday. Forget going back to school! Let’s just focus on vacations!

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

San Francisco Bridge

Some old red bridge

I hope that you have enjoyed my rambling trip down memory lane. I know I have. I will save my back to school memoirs for another day.

Mani Monday: The Thrill of Brazil and Lots of Hearts

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I apologize for my lack of “themeing” this month. I had many more Valentine’s Day-themed things planned, but I have been preoccupied celebrating my husband’s movie and trying to watch all of the Oscar nominees before the awards show (which did not happen).

Speaking of the Oscars, wasn’t Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute well done? Lady Gaga is not only an amazing singer, but also a lady who loves a theme. Have you seen her engagement ring? It’s heart-shaped of course.

As another lady who loves a theme, I pull out my heart-patterned purse every February. I bought it for $5 from J.C. Penney when I worked there one summer break from college. This purse was in the bottom of a clearance bin, and a customer brought two over to my register in another department. When I told her how much I loved them, she hurried over to the bin and fished the last one out for me so that I could buy it on my break. Working retail was fun, but it was not that great for my savings account.

My classic red nails are The Thrill of Brazil from OPI, which was the first bottle of OPI I ever bought. I have a theory that the old nail polishes had longer lasting power due to all of the chemicals in them that were bad for the environment. I’m glad nail polish is now more eco-friendly, but sometimes I miss the good ol’ days of long wear time.

What old things do you miss? Beanie Babies? Milky pens? Ignorance of how bad processed food is? Let me know in the comments!