Saturday, December 31, 2011

Surprise! I'm back!

It has been nearly a month since my last post and I feel terrible about my absence.  I do plan to keep this blog running smoothly into the new year, so I thought I would explain my delinquency and try to make amends.

I work 60+ hours a week, so finding time to do anything outside of that is difficult, least of all my nails.  On top of that, I haven't been feeling exceptionally inspired to create any new designs.  I've found that in these past few weeks of down time I've been able to just paint my nails one color and marvel at the unique aspects of the polish all by itself.  It's made me really happy.

And I'd be lying if I left this little part out...I've become completely engrossed in the A Song of Ice and Fire fandom and it's eaten my life.  In the short span of two months I've read all the books, listened to hours and hours and hours of podcasts, began helping out with one of said podcasts, reblogged thousands of gif sets on tumblr, made countless friends equally obsessed, started thinking of myself as an actual Baratheon, and participated in a lot of really freaking strange jokes within the fandom.  These books have taken over my life like nothing ever before.  I love every single character (except Ramsay Bolton), I love every theory (except Tyrion is a secret Targaryen), I love every single fan, and I want to talk about it non-stop.  So...yeah, you can blame George R. R. Martin for my disappearance from the nail art community.  But I regret nothing.  (and if you really feel like seeing how creepy I am, my tumblr is pretty much solely ASOIAF check that out here).  I probably lost like 20 followers by giving that link out...from the outside, ASOIAF fans look craaazy.

Moving forward, I do plan on getting back to regular posting here.  It might not be daily like before, but my goal is two or more posts per week.  Good news...I'm really energized about music again, so those posts will be coming back as well.

And to top it all off, today is my second favorite holiday of the year!  New Year's Eve!  (As you can tell, I rather hate holidays, unless they involve a party.  I pretty much solely celebrate Halloween and New Years).  So, I will share with you the nails I will be wearing for tonight's festivities...

China Glaze Blonde Bombshell
This shiny glitter bomb is China Glaze Blonde Bombshell, which I believe is part of the 3D glitter collection that was just released.  It is the one with the silver cap.  It has micro glitter, small gold hex glitter and bar glitter to give it a very multi-textured appearance.  It is both shiny and matte at the same time and I really, really love how it looks.  It looks fabulous with my dress and a gold Tyrell Rose bangle I will be wearing tonight.  (Yes, I bought jewelry because it reminds me of an ASOIAF reference...I'm a horrible person, but I just really love the Tyrells, okay?).

ooh shiny
To add even more multi-dimensional aspects to this polish I layered it over OPI Designer-de Better from the Muppets Collection.  The small copper flakes in that polish shine through just enough to add a really cool effect.

OPI Designer de Better

See you all next year!  And thanks for sticking with me during my long break.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I really don't have a clue what this is.  I'm kind of thinking it is a subconscious nod to Cylon Centurians, but let's pretend I'm not that big of a nerd, okay?

I was too lazy to use tape for this, so it's freehanded in about 5 minutes or less.  I apologize for any less than straight lines resulting from this.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Winter is Comng

Bahaha, seriously, I love that I can say "winter is coming" over and over and it is actually appropriate this time of year.  (For those that don't know, it is the motto of House Stark in the A Song of Ice and Fire books, as well as the TV show Game of Thrones).  I've also taken to shouting "WINTERFELL!" in place of cheers or skaal when taking shots.  I highly suggest it.

This design doesn't really hold up to close scrutiny, but it actually looked amazing from a distance.  The blue is Zoya Tallulah, and it just glows.

We don't have snow yet in the part of Wisconsin where I live which is actually kind of depressing.  I love snow, and I keep writing stories at work about snowfall in New Mexico or North Carolina and it's upsetting.  This is freaking Wisconsin...we should have way more snow than all of these places.

I decided to do this wintery design in lieu of a more "Christmasy" one as I have zero Christmas spirit.  I think it is a stupid holiday, sorry.  I have major problems with the history of Christmas, and I'm kind of (okay...not kind of, more like very much) anti-religion.  I also think it is blown way out of proportion and that people spend too much money, decorate to the point of being outrageously tacky, and play the worst music ever created.  Ugh, I'm all for giving your loved ones gifts...but it should be about things they really need, or appreciate...not just spending a shit ton on crap to make yourself look good.

So yeah...winter themed designs trump straight up Christmas for me.  And yes...I am the grinch, sorry.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I kind of regret putting this dotticure over a metallic.  I think these tend to look better over cremes, and any fun finishes like metallics or holos can be used in the dots.  But I REALLY needed to redo my Thanksgiving manicure, and I wasn't feeling very inspired.

I'm not quite ready to graduate to the Christmas season yet, so I'm still playing with fall colors.  I live in Wisconsin, so it's not the holidays until we get some snow.  And on top of that...I kind of hate Christmas, so don't expect a ton of holiday cheer around here.

The gold is Nicole by OPI Not a Gold Bigger, the others are Stripe Rites or Love & Beauties with no name.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Nails

Please ignore my TERRIBLE outrageous schedule has meant that I've kind of given up on proper moisturizing.  Let these be a reminder to you when happens when you don't take care of your cuticles.  Eww, right?

Anyway, this design was what I wore for Thanksgiving.  I really love the colors, and it held up pretty well.  This picture was taken after about four days of wear, so besides the ding on my index finger (courtesy of doing dishes) it is still looking great.

The colors are both two old Love & Beauty polishes that have no names, sorry I can't be more helpful on that end.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Zig Zag Accent Nail

I love this shade of green.  It might be more of a spring color, and I know winter is coming (ha, yeah, still not over ASOIAF), but I don't care.  Seriously though about Winter is Coming...I snuck that lovely Stark warning into a morning newcast early today (yes, I write the should be worried about America's future).  I was very proud of myself.

And I really don't have much to say about this design, thus my ramblings about fantasy books.

The green is Sinful Colors Innocent.  The black and white were created with Stripe Rite polishes, and I finished it all off with Seche Vite.

Saturday, November 26, 2011


It's about to get real nerdy in here, so all those too cool for fan girl freakouts and hard fantasy can kindly skip forward to the next post.  I am currently obsessed with the A Song of Ice and Fire book series (known as Game of Thrones on HBO for those not in the know)...obsessed to the point where it has consumed my life.  I am halfway through the fourth book, and I've just jumped on board with the whole "R+L=J" theory, so I'm even more excited than before.

That being said, my two favorite characters kind of bit it early in the series, and I'm beginning to miss them.  Especially Renly Baratheon.  He was so wonderfully charming and ostentatious.  I know I read a lot into him that wasn't actually in the books since all and all he is kind of a background character, but I still freaking loved him.  It is part of the reason I cling to Ser Loras Tyrell now, projecting parts of Renly's personality on to him.

I won't lie to you...I didn't initially set out to do this design.  I meant to do an ode to all of the houses of ASOIAF, but my Tyrell rose looked like a blob, I basically wanted to cry over the freaking Lannister lion, and didn't even attempt the Targaryen dragon.  So I gave up and stuck with the one that kind of turned out, the Baratheon stag.  Lucky for me, I adore the Baratheons...okay, Renly, not so much Stannis and Robert.

Thus was born, the ode to Renly Baratheon and his Rainbow Guard.  Maybe he isn't the true king, but he will always be the most fabulous.  I eagerly await the second season of the television series, because I have a feeling they will delve deeper into Renly and his court.  Renly, Loras, Margaery, and Brienne are all such amazing characters, it will no doubt make for wonderful television.  Their merriment and tourneys will make a great juxtaposition to the awful crap Jon deals with up at the wall.  I know what is coming for Renly, but I hope they give him a few episodes to eat peaches and be generally awesome before they bring about his end.

I love Renly because he is kind, funny, and seems to have a good head on his shoulder.  Maybe he doesn't understand war, but he does have honor, and in a book full of horrible, horrible, self-centered assholes he is a breathe of fresh air.  Plus, he is fabulously well dressed and ambiguous...and I enjoy that.  The fact that his kingsguard wears rainbow cloaks is just too much.  Thus my inclusion of a rainbow index nail.  From the looks of the preview that was released last week, Loras was wearing Renly's green and NOT a rainbow.  I hope this doesn't mean they've passed that detail up so it looks more realistic.  But newsflash HBO...that isn't Renly's style.  Pomp and ridiculousness is his style.

I know I've basically given no info on why these books are so amazing...or anything other than gushing over Renly's outfits...but trust me when I say these are beautifully intricate fantasy novels written in the same vein as Tolkien...but with more human intrigue and political maneuvering.  I'm in love, and I can't recommend them enough.  And if you are into cute boys, you might want to check out the television adaptation, because...umm....hello Robb and Jon...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Twilight is Ridiculous...and so am I!

I have a well documented love for young adult fiction.  I read a lot, and they tend to be engaging and quick reads.  I have a special soft spot for dystopia and science fiction.  Something I don't have a soft spot for...Twilight.  Stephanie Meyer is a terrible.  She has created something on par with a bad Mary Sue Mormon fan fiction and for whatever reason silly girls seem to latch on to it.  Get over it girls, and go read Harry Potter.

Despite my feelings for the phenomenon, I do enjoy bad movies.  And Twilight always provides me wonderful fodder in that department.  So my friends and I decided to make mocking tshirts, and head out to an opening weekend screening of Breaking Dawn: Vampire Babies!  I laughed a lot, and enjoyed the crappy CG wolves that ended up looking like a rifftrax version of itself with it's weird voiceover work.  God, it would have been beautifully terrible if I didn't legitimately like several of the actors involved (Michael Sheen, Lee Pace, Jamie Campbell Bower).

To poke as much fun at the series as possible, we all did our nails as sparkly as possible.  Because honestly, sparkling vampires?  That is patently ridiculous, and I will take up the weakest excuse to use glitter on my finger tips.

These things were outrageously shiny.  I think I may redo this for New Years in fact...though I already know what I'm wearing for New Years, and gold might be a better option.

That crappy cell phone photo is all of our nails in the full glory.  I wish I had a photo of our tshirts, but let's just say they involved Edward R. Murrow, Teen Wolf, Eddard Stark, and sparkling unicorns.

To get the full sparkle vampire effect I used a base coat of Sally Hansen Celeb City and finished it off with two coats of La Girls Glitter Addict Explosion.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm In Love

What am I in love with?  Renly Baratheon This design!  I rarely wear manicures for longer than a day, but this one stayed on a full week!  The colors went with practically everything in my wardrobe, and it was simple enough while still giving the impression that I have some semblance of skill.

I used my light tan franken again, as well as OPI San Tan-tonio and Finger Paints Black Expressionism. With two coats of Seche Vite this lasted a week and would have gone longer.  These pictures were taken about three days in.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Deep Colors and Triangles

I love how these end up looking like HTML tags...because I'm a nerd.  I don't love how messy this ended up, but whatever.  The colors are pretty, and in person it is harder to see the sloppy lines and it actually looks really great.

I've been getting a lot of use out of the franken that I used as a base for goes really well with winter color palettes, so I've used it to replace white in a lot of designs.  The other polishes used here are Sally Hansen Red Zin, LA Colors Navy, and OPI San Tan-Tonio.

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