All Essie, the turquoise is Naughty Nautical and the dark blue is After School Boy Blazer, which is one of the colors from this fall's color collection. For the record, it definitely reads blue in person, but the darkest possible version. I'm feeling these almost blacks for this season, they add an edgy accent that stays super cool as you get a closer look.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
That's what comes right before barefoot and pregnant, AMIRIGHT?
I believe this color comes from one of the Essie bridal collections from a few years back. I have pretty mixed feelings about the name, if I'm being honest. Just can't decide if I find it amusing or if it's trying too hard. But that has very little impact on its wearability, so onward and upward, I suppose.
The first coat applies quite patchily, but gives good opacity with a creme finish. It has some problems self-leveling, but a little finesse resolves that issue nicely. On its own, this isn't my favorite neutral nail ever, but I think it has a lot of potential as a base for nail art. Glad to have it in my collection.
Monday, September 9, 2013
I'm a little disappointed that, the moment I embrace the inevitability of fall, the forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-nineties, but hopefully an embrace of more autumnal colors will bring on the milder weather in which I prefer to enjoy football games.
Meet Julep's Josephine. This dark teal is great for fall. It provides an excellent contrast to some of them warmer fall colors, and should make any outfit pop. I'm definitely feeling it, even if it can't ward off today's 90+ high.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Do any of y'all listen to podcasts? I know they're kind of old news, but I discovered them when I finally jumped on the iPhone bandwagon in January and I am totally addicted. Here are my top five faves (in alphabetical order, for fairness):
This American Life
Ira Glass's long-running show on NPR also puts up their weekly hour every Monday. With subjects ranging from recidivism to map-making, there's always something interesting in the show to keep your mind engaged. Throw in Glass's surprisingly soothing voice, and you've got the perfect enriching radio piece.
When You Should Listen: On your commute, or your Monday lunch break.
Stuff You Missed in History Class
I'm just gonna go ahead and show my hand on this one...this is my favorite podcast. Such my favorite that I've almost run out of (3 years!) of back episodes. I guess I'm just a sucker for the kind of fun bits of trivia that show up here! Subjects range widely, with current hosts Holly and Tracy exploring world history in easily digestible episodes between 20 and 40 minutes long. Luckily, they put out two new episodes a week, so it's pretty easy to get my fix.
When You Should Listen: At the gym during cardio, keeps your mind off the pain and focused!
Stuff You Should Know
Chronic jokesters Josh and Chuck bring listeners two episodes a week chock full of things you didn't even know you wanted to learn. With titles like "How Beer Works" and "Is there such a thing as a truth serum?," how could you not be intrigued. Admittedly, some shows captivate me more than others -- I'm sorry, I just couldn't bring myself to care about Bitcoin -- but there are so many episodes that it might very well be impossible to run out of listening material.
When You Should Listen: In bed before you fall asleep, while cooking dinner, or on a long road trip.
This gem features short stories told live, without notes, at Moth events around the country. Some of the stores featured are told by well-known writers or performers, while others are told by "normal" people. The topics range wildly, from a day in the life to events with a global impact. What they all have in common is that they are deeply personal and beautifully told. Chances are, your emotions will run the full spectrum as you follow the podcast's updates, but it's fully worth what you can learn about the world.
When You Should Listen: When you need 15 minutes to reboot and get a new perspective on life.
Welcome to Night Vale
The newest addition to my must-listen gaggle. This bimonthly podcast concerns the goings on of fictional (or maybe not...) Night Vale, AZ. The voice of Night Vale has an eerily deadpan delivery of the increasingly strange events in the town, causing you to become worried for its citizens and stay oddly amused at the same time. I would give more details, but I wouldn't want the sheriff's Secret Police to come knocking...
When You Should Listen: On an exceptionally beautiful day to stave off the creeps.
So there you have it! Best part is, theyre all free! What do y'all like to listen to?