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The Holidays – Nailed it!

I have a whole new respect for manicurists and nail art specialists. I now know that the images we see on Google images are much more difficult to attain than it seems. Case in point… In the spirit of the holidays, my sisters, nieces, and I decided to embark upon a holiday nail painting challenge. I looked at quite a few images and even watched a segment on Home & Family on the Hallmark channel. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do, but then I thought I’d do some version of a French manicure with glitter accented holiday colors.

Take 1. This was the first attempt at something festive. But it didn't have enough flair.

Take 1. This was the first attempt at something festive. But it didn’t have enough flair.

I attempted a redo this time with a white base instead of clear. I don’t think I waited long enough before I started dabbling with the decorations. I wasn’t prepared for the long wait time. I ended up trying to redo portions of the polish. It became thick and gloppy in parts. You can see it on the index finger in this second iteration. Also, I hadn’t done the work of soaking my hands and cleaning the excess polish from my cuticles and edges. So, though I like the white base better than the clear, I didn’t achieve that neat holiday nail art that I saw on Google images.

Take 2 - This was my attempt to make the holiday nails look more festive. These ended up looking a little sloppy. The index finger is a clear example of that.

Take 2 – This was my attempt to make the holiday nails look more festive. These ended up looking a little sloppy. The index finger is a clear example of that.

I finally settled on something simple – a rich burgundy red with one accent nail. I painted my pinky a festive silver. I painted the corner with the same burgundy red, but only after I made sure the silver was dried. I actually waited. As they say, patience is a virtue. Then, the bedazzling began. I was able to use the nail art accessories that I bought years ago, but rarely ever use. I figured adorning one nail on each hand was manageable. In order to make the little jewels stick, I had to add a clear coat first. Lastly, I dipped the toothpick into the clear polish in order to make it sticky. Then, I grabbed one jewel at a time and placed them diagonally – the green jewels first, then a mix of red and gold jewels. I felt this last simple design was more my speed. Thoughts?

Take 3 - the final iteration. Simple, rather neat, with a little holiday cheer.

Take 3 – the final iteration. Simple, rather neat, with a little holiday cheer.

My final holiday nail art attempt. This is the one I settled on and the one that I like best.

My final holiday nail art attempt. This is the one I settled on and the one that I like best.



Accessorizing Your Accessories – Part 2 Shoes!

 

Not many of us can boast of a Kardashian  shoe collection.  I personally don’t have the money or the space to truly indulge my love for shoes in that way.  But in keeping with my thoughts about adding options to the items you have, I want to talk more about accessorizing your accessories.  Not long ago I wrote about different ways to jazz up your every day bag (see http://www.silynrose.com/?p=1050).

To the untrained eye this may seem like just a row of shoes. But what I see here is opportunity.

To the untrained eye this may seem like just a row of shoes. But what I see here is opportunity.

Now it’s on to shoes.  Shoes are crucial to making an outfit look great. I am a huge fan of  pumps (especially pointy toe ones) and have them in multiple colors.

They can be great in their simple form. Check these out. A pair of Steve Madden suede green pumps, a pair of INC Concept pumps, a pair of black Miu Miu pumps, and two pairs of Aldo Stessy pumps, which are quickly becoming my favorites. (I even wrote a review on the Aldo site and asked them to please make the Stessy in orange. We’ll see what happens.)  A nice variety wouldn’t you say?

They look fine enough by themselves, but here’s where the accessorizing comes in. Shoe clips.  That’s right.  Grandma had it right.

Take a closer look. These are the same shoes adorned with shoe clips. Shoe clips are fairly inexpensive. I purchased a pair of four for $11.99 on Ebay

Take a closer look. These are the same shoes adorned with shoe clips. Shoe clips are fairly inexpensive. I purchased a pair of four for $11.99 on Ebay.

These little clips have the potential to add even more variety to your closet. I have added a shoe clip to each of these to give you a sense of how it works.

Below I have taken a closer shot and you can see where I have actually put the shoe clip on the side; they don’t have to placed in the front of the shoe.

A word of caution – don’t leave the clips on the shoes after you’ve worn them. You don’t want to risk damaging the shoes at all.

These green was suede pumps are dressed up with a simple rhinestone shoe clip.

These green suede pumps are dressed up with a simple rhinestone shoe clip.

There you have it. Another great way to accessorize your accessories, and extend the shoe options in your closet.

Try a clip on the side like you see here.

Try a clip on the side like you see here.