I actually don't know how I feel about it. Aloof has this weird quality to it where it's not quite white, not quite gray and not quite silver. Also not quite a pearl, not quite a metallic and not quite a shimmer. It occupies a weird liminal nail polish space. The formula was fantastic, though. I was almost good with only one coat, but I did two just to be safe. It applied a bit bubbly or lumpy, but I can't really tell in real life. It's a nice wintery color. I think I just wanted it to be different than it actually is. But I'm starting to appreciate Aloof for its own weird and special qualities. Plus it was on sale.
Last Friday I wanted to feel pretty. Do you ever have those days? I was teaching my last class of the semester. I was also submitting my first PhD application. It's not like I did it in person or anything, but there was something about looking nice that day that seemed appealing. So I wore a new dress from Anthropologie that my mom got me for my birthday. When I was at work and school I got a lot of compliments. Then I ended up unexpectedly spending the night at my parents' house on Friday night and having to wear the same dress on Saturday. It's AMAZING what's acceptable on a college campus and a museum setting, but what is deemed ridiculous in a small town. I got so many I-can't-believe-she's-wearing-that-looks. Like open stares.
WHAT? If a twenty-five-year-old woman wearing what is basically a full-on tutu on a random Saturday is wrong then I don't think I want to be right. Yes it's tulle. Yes my friend described me as a goth ballerina. Yes I indulged the fantasy by putting my hair up in a ridiculously high top-knot. But I wore scrunchy boots (which you can't see in the pictures) to make it look less formal! I was practically dressed down! The stares I got in Panera while I was editing my paper are still funny to me.
Then I walked into H&M (retail therapy is the best therapy, I tell you) and this happened:
I made a beeline straight for the neon pink, high-waisted, pleated, long skirt. I think I've realized why people stare at me now. But it is FABULOUS. And only $12.95! God, I love H&M. Both my boyfriend and my mom got me H&M gift cards and I can't wait to spend all of those dollars. And yes, I know you can see my bra through that shirt. Don't worry, I didn't buy it. But I really liked that color combination.
Anyway, that's my life. Wearing tulle and neon pink and having a color called Aloof on my nails. Classes ended Friday, so that's a relief. Tomorrow I'm proctoring an exam and then I will have to grade them. My internship is over. One of my papers is done, and there's only one more to go. I feel like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel, but I know I have to keep plugging away at PhD apps. I fear the light may be an oncoming train...
Opinons on Aloof? My new skirt? MY AWESOME TULLE DRESS? Please share.