with one of Remy's toys in different light; pulling brown here!
Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive (camera made it waaaaaaaaaaaay brighter than it actually is); also you can see the little boo boo on my middle finger here
I got a little wobbly with Chinoise around my cuticles. I hadn't used an RBL polish in a while, and I forgot how thick the formula is compared to something like a China Glaze or an OPI. While I was checking out at Target yesterday the cashier asked me if my nails were for Ohio State (their colors are scarlet and gray). See, that's how gray OPI DYEAVG pulls when it's next to Chinoise. It really does look gray even though it isn't at all (here's my first post on it so you can see how beige it looks). I actually had just wanted to pair a bright red with a neutral to have something that was still Christmas-y but not overly Christmas-y. Oh well. Still looks chic.
I'm not sure why I chose Chinoise for this. I think it was just on top of a pile of reds. Truth be told (and I've said this before) I'm just not a fan of RBL as a company anymore. This was one of my first polishes from them. I considered gifting all of my RBLs to Anna because I know she's a huge fan. In the end I couldn't part with many of them. It's weird because I definitely associate different RBL hauls with different times in my life (some good, some not so good), and I got Chinoise along with Bikini Bottom and Diddy Mow at a time when I was feeling particularly happy. So they all stayed with me. Even though I don't like the company (mostly just the exclusivity that's associated with it now, and the demeanor of the owner)...damn if they don't make a polish with a great formula. Sadly they just don't last on me. I've been told to get the topcoat, but if I'm paying upwards of $20 for a nail polish I feel like it should perform well (read: PERFECTLY) on its own. I'm just telling you all of this stuff because a.) I've noted in the past that my thoughts about RBL have changed significantly since I first started collecting polish and b.) because this manicure chipped on me basically immediately. I'm not blaming it on the OPI because that usually performs fine on me. It was the Chinoise, guys. It was the Chinoise. But regardless, here's Remy cuddling the bottle.
This is THE CUTEST. He even has his paw on my little buffer. Manicure cat.
Anyway, the week's over and I kind of can't believe it. But I've been having a nice week. Several social engagements and such, which is always nice. It keeps me busy. Lately I've been a little down because the job front is bleak. Then yesterday I was talking to a friend from New York and she asked me how I'm doing. I expressed to her the bleak prospects but then said that I'm feeling comfortable and settled. She said, "Feeling settled is important." And you know, it is. I tried to think to myself when the last time I felt settled was. I can't really remember! Certainly not in my college apartment, because it seemed temporary (which it was, of course), not really during grad school because it was definitely temporary (I never even decorated; ask anyone who came over), and I felt awful in NYC, as we all know. But now I feel myself nesting. So it's nice. If nothing else, that's a personal triumph for me. All I can do is keep going, keep applying, and not giving up.
One last thing. A couple weeks ago I randomly decided that I'm going really girly with my wedding. Colors that were once black and white became blush and coral. I know. BLUSH AND CORAL. But I'm committed to these colors now (at least in my mind), and the other day I had another idea to incorporate teacups into the reception and decor. So. If anyone has any mismatched teacups lying around that you're not using or that you don't like anymore and you'd be willing to send my way, then e-mail me. I've started collecting them from Goodwill and the like, but help would be appreciated! Here's an example:
Not sure what I'm gonna do with these bad boys yet. Maybe centerpieces or little planters as favors. I don't know. But anyway, if any of you have any suggestions about how to use mismatched teacups like these, let me know. I'm getting into plan mode for this shindig, so it'd be appreciated.
Okay. Teacup out.