I forget how I came across marble manicures in the first place, but last Saturday I watched a youtube video about it. It was so involved and messy I thought it was crazy people took the time to do this. Then I was hanging out Sunday around the house, and kept watching more videos about marbling, and got inspired to try it...so I did my accent nails (ring finger nails) in the marbling technique. As it was my first time, it took me 10 tries to get one right, and I'm glad I only did 2 nails! The next day I convinced my bestie to let me do her whole mani in marble (hehehe). Here are some pics of the end result. Maybe I will take pics of the whole process and do my own tutorial if I get good at doing this. Until then, these photos will have to suffice!
My mani w/ marbled accent nail and OPI Bringing on the Bling
Pearl's mani- Full marbling
It actually matched the poncho she was wearing. Wish I took a pic of it!
There's a lot of variation, hopefully I will get more consistent :)
Some of the mess required to do this marbling mani
Recently I came across this hot little pair of neon platforms. I was like a moth to the light. The gravitational pull these shoes had was inescapable. Had to have them. They are not the most practical shoes I've ever owned, but they have a high "drool" factor. Usually, I justify buying things by saying I can wear it to work, but sometimes you have to let go of the rules ;)
And what better place to take my little neons for a walk, than their natural habitat of color explosive, creativity fighting for a bit of space to exist, grimy street graffiti alley. Surely this is the kind of place they were conceived, by a designer on their way to a swanky art show in the Mission. I love graffiti. There is something democratic & dirty about it. It is mysterious, beautiful, and vibrant. There are a lot of interesting documentaries about graffiti now, here are a few of them: Exit Through the Gift Shop, which was nominated for Best Documentary in the 2010 Academy Awards, Bomb It, and Piece by Piece specifically about San Francisco's graffiti scene. I love walking around SF, taking the time to stop and spot the graffiti and just soak it in because it most likely won't be there for long.
Oh yes- the outfit. The shirt and skirt are both from Zara. BTW, Zara is opening their US online store on September 7th! (This is amazing for them, and bad for my bank account.)The shell clutch is vintage from the 80's. Sunglasses from Express. Bendie shoes by Jessica Simpson, AND there is another color way that is on sale! I love the neon yellow of the colorway on sale, but I just couldn't live with that pink platform :/ Also, wanted to note that these platforms are incredibly comfortable, despite their 5.25" heel, precisely because of the 1.5"platform. Your foot is only experiencing a 3.75" and not a 5.25" heel. I highly recommend these shoes if you're looking for a "going out" pair: their affordable, striking, and most importantly, comfortable!!
Happy Friday of Labor Day weekend! It's hard to believe we are in September already. Where did this year go? What's that saying, about when you get older, "The years go fast and the days go slow"? Or something like that. Normally around Labor Day I start feeling a little sad because it means summer is almost over, but lucky for me I live in San Francisco, which means winter is nearing an end and summer is finally heading our way :)
This week I tried a new manicure: American Apparel's Cameo Blue and these Rhinestone stickers my momma got me from her trip to Korea. (thanks mom!) Probably my most 3D mani yet! Well now I've just challenged myself...I may need to go get one of those Japanese filo clay 3D sculpture manicures! Kidding kidding!
Surprisingly, the rhinestones have stayed on quite well! I've lost maybe 7% of them in 5 days, not too shabby. Also-also, I LOVE this polish from American Apparel! It covered very well. If I had been more careful, I probably could've gotten away with one coat. Adore this creamy creamy blue. As Nailstah would say, it's a "dusty" kind of blue. Perfect for fall! I liked it so much I put it on my fingers AND toes. I haven't had matching colors on all 20 nails for many years. Only bad thing about this polish, the bristles on the brush are very long, and so I don't feel like I had as much control as compared to other polishes. Overall color-I'd give it a 9 out of 10 :)
Also wanted to mention that Sight Glass coffee did very well in The Great Coffee Klatch. 7x7 Magazine compared the best seven Bay Area coffee roasters. Congratulations Sight Glass :) SOMA Pride! you can read the article here. Have a lovely evening all!