Now that those sick days are behind me, I can finally get back to important things like doin’ my nails! My pal Marie did a glitter gradient nail tutorial for Rookie last month, and I’ve been eager to try it for myself. I didn’t have the exact same polishes, but because my love of purple knows no bounds I had some shades that were very close. Marie isn’t a fan of the word ombre, but I just can’t help myself. It makes me feel like I’m channeling Tim Gunn, and when coupled with my favorite phrase ever uttered on reality TV, makes for a cheeky little title.
The goods, from left to right: Sally Hansen Top Coat, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyranees (greyish black), Sephora by OPI I don’t Bite (glittery/shimmery purple), OPI Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not (plum/berry), and Sephora by OPI Wild About Shimmer (photographs white, but it’s just a pale shimmery glitter)
I followed Marie’s tutorial, but I did go back and touch up the colors with the brush because my gothic tendencies needed the colors to be darker. But the sponge application was a great template and made dividing up the nail a lot easier than applying the bands of color freehand.
I really loved the way they turned out! The shimmery color I used at the end is my favorite new glittery touch! It’s so light, the perfect way to add some pizazz and cover up any little flaws. Besides being fun to say, ombre nails are a great way to use all those polishes in my collection!
Major ombre thumbs up!
I’m finally getting over whatever demon bug worked its way into my body. I’ve been dragging myself around, coughing, sniffling and sneezing my way through the last three weeks. Three weeks! Every time I felt like I was getting over it, I’d get hit with another wave of “bleh”.
But finally my steady diet of DayQuil, Ricola and NyQuil (in that order), is working its voodoo on the beast. I’m hoping for a full recovery for next week, it’ll be perfect timing for Halloween crafts I want to try. If all goes as planned, I’ll be sharing the results here!
Since I will undoubtedly mention him in every post, I’d like to introduce you to the (puppy) love of my life, Oliver. As you can see from the formal portrait, I am a crazy dog lady. I will not deny the truth, but I will point out that the photo shoot was to raise money for a local shelter. Oliver is a Boston Terrier, and recently celebrated his second birthday (at In-N-Out). So how did this 30 pound chunklestein come to rule my world and turn my parents (staunch non-dog folks) into baby-talkin’, puppy walkin’ hot doggers?
It all started in the summer of 2009… I’d been wanting a dog for years, but knew my busy work and school schedule wouldn’t allow it. In June, the Fates closed one door (my job) and opened another (oodles of free time to train a puppy), and my quest for a dog began. Boston Terriers were already my #1 choice, so I took the plunge and emailed a breeder I’d found (and Googled nearly to death). I put down my deposit and waited, as the pups were still fuzzy buns in their momma’s oven. The breeder emailed me one day in August to let me know the puppies had been born and I could finally pick out the one I wanted. I saw that photo above and fell in love. Well, that’s half right. I saw that pic and my heart said, “aww!”, then I saw another photo of the puppy waddling around and that’s when I fell in love. Oliver’s chunky monkey buns tugged on my heart strings, and there was no looking back.
I still had to wait nine long weeks until I could get my hands on him, and I read everything I could to turn myself into a puppy whispering fool. I also got tons of good info from my friends with dogs, so when the time came to drive out to Palm Springs to pick him up, I had a good grasp on what to expect. I may have been ready, but my parents were harder to win over. My mom (aka Maria) wasn’t too tough a nut to crack, but my dad remained aloof. Any reservations Maria had melted away the moment she saw the breeder hand Oliver over to me. I heard a gasp and she said, in a dreamy voice, “Vanessa! I didn’t know he’d be so cute!”. Oh, Maria! Oliver won my dad over all on his own, all it took was Oliver falling asleep on my dad’s slippered feet and wiggling his little puppy butt whenever my dad walked into the room.
And just like that, our family had not only added a new member, but reconnected like never before. I read a lot about the benefits of having pets (improved brain function, lower blood pressure, etc.), but I never imagined the new life Oliver would breathe into our family. Suddenly we were all interacting for more than five minutes a day, bonding over our shared Oliver stories or just watching him romping around the yard. We still all laugh at the first time we heard Oliver bark – he’d been with us a few days, and saw himself in the mirror for the first time. He was not amused by the doppelganger and tried to pounce on the a-hole copy
cat dog in the mirror.
So when you find yourself thinking, “this crazy puta… what is with her and that dog?” Try to remember that the reason I spoil that little dog, and give him everything he wants, is that he gave my family a whole new lease on life. Because of Oliver, we’re acting like a real family again and are even getting healthier with daily walks. Plus, as you can see, he’s picked up some skills and is training hard to be a part of the Virgin America flight crew. Momma didn’t raise a lazy dog, okay!
I know I buy a lot of useless things I later regret, but I think we can all agree that this Painted Dog Pillow Cover from Pottery Barn is absolutely necessary. Added bonus: they can be personalized with your dog’s name. I hope my Secret Santa is reading this…
I wonder if it could have anything to do with those new Halloween Design Sally Hansen Salon Effects I found in that abandoned, probably haunted, mansion I visited last night? Oh, wait! I got them at the well-lit, totally not creepy, drug store.
p.s. This design is called “Ghoulie Girl”, there are four others available. Be warned, the designs are quickly selling out so hurry up and scare up a box of your own!
Looking for some spooky sparkles this Halloween? Check out the post I wrote for a The Whoreders:
Halloween season is in full effect! I know Target has had Halloween decorations out for weeks, but I don’t officially recognize Halloween season until after October 1st. So if you or someone you love is a Halloweener, I’ve got a list of goodies here that’s sure to tickle their spooky pickle. Pretty sparkly things with a sinister flair, Hallow-Bling!