F(auxnad)OTD

12.09.10

This wasn’t supposed to be a nail polish blog!  The problem is that I’ve been too busy to really do any sewing, which is my first love when it comes to the mile-long list of my hobbies.  Hopefully by the beginning of next week, I will have a post ready on the Chanel-style jacket that I recently completed.  For now, I wanted to share my latest Fauxnad-icure, which I think is my favorite one to date!  After much frustration last night, trying to transfer images using thin polishes, I nearly gave up and went with bare nails today (gasp!).  Then I tried this one…

CG 'Black Diamond' with CG 'Jingle Bells'

This is two coats of CG ‘Black Diamond’ stamped with CG ‘Jingle Bells’ using Bundle Monster plate # BM16.  I really need to stock up on polishes with a foil finish, which are usually not my choice for base coats, but they seem to transfer really well!

indoor light - no flash

Fauxnad is rad.

12.07.10

I had such good intentions to post a couple times a week when I started this blog.  How did so much time pass?!  Anyway, I succumbed to the Bundle Monster.  Having never Konad-ed before, I’ve been having a blast trying out new stamping combos.  My first Fauxnad ever:

Chanel Riva plus Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On

This was FOUR painful coats of Chanel ‘Riva’, stamped with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear ‘White On’ using plate #BM10.  Eh… take 2:

CG Mommy Kissing Santa plus CG Jingle Bells

This was 2 coats of China Glaze ‘Mommy Kissing Santa’, stamped with China Glaze ‘Jingle Bells’ using plate #BM21.  Now that’s what I’m talking about!!  The polishes that are more foil-like definitely transfer better than cremes.  I don’t love Jingle Bells alone, but this might be my go-to stamping polish for the season!  And one more…

OPI Glitzerland and CG Little Drummer Boy

The first snowflakes of the season were falling on my drive home tonight so I was inspired to do a “First Snow of the Season” mani.  This is 3 coats of OPI ‘Glitzerland’ stamped with China Glaze ‘Little Drummer Boy’ using plate #BM14.  I’m having way too much fun with this!

In theory, I’m a big fan of teals.  In reality, they don’t work for me.  At first I thought they just didn’t work with my skin tone, but I think it’s actually because they don’t work with my wardrobe.  With a bold color like OPI’s Ski Teal We Drop on your nails, you can’t go walking around with a red sweater.  I actually don’t even like teal with black and I wear a lot of black.  I love it with browns, tans, and charcoal grey – which are three colors that I don’t often wear.  I wore my Ski Teal We Drop mani with CG Matte Magic Topcoat for 2 days, which forced me to pull some things out my closet that I hadn’t worn in awhile.  Not necessarily a bad thing…  But first I played around with some different swatches:

Ski Teal We Drop (OPI) and Glitzerland (OPI) - Flash

 

Ski Teal We Drop (OPI) and Glitzerland (OPI) - indoor/no flash

Index and ring fingers have two coats of STWD and one coat of Glitzerland.  Middle and pinky fingers have just two coats of STWD.  Then I tested the CG Matte Magic Top Coat on the top two fingers and my old standby, the Seche Vite quick drying top coat, on the bottom two fingers.  It’s tough to see the matte effect on the index finger because the camera picks up the glitter.  However, in real life, the mattified version of Glitzerland is kinda cool.  It produces an antique-y, patina-ed effect.  It’s different… I think I like it.  On darker, vampy colors, I’m not a fan of the matte top coat.  However, I liked it with STWD and ended up doing my whole mani like this.  STWD is on the bluer side of teal (as opposed to CND’s Urban Oasis previously reviewed, which is more of a greenish teal).  It applied well and was opaque in two coats.  I didn’t love it with a coat of GL on top – I think I’ll do some more playing around with GL on other colors later, especially with a matte top coat, for something unique.

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I love sewing.  Of my 3,001 hobbies, sewing is my favorite.  However, I hate sewing things that look like they are “home sewn”.  I take a lot of inspiration from my favorite designers when deciding on my sewing projects.  These are a couple that I’m considering.

Nanette Lepore Sheath @ Saks

Nanette Lepore is 100% my favorite designer.  With every collection she releases, I have to exercise extreme restraint with my paycheck.  She could single-handedly land me in the (Le)poorhouse.  Ha!  This adorable sheath is available for pre-order from Saks for $332.  It’s tough to see in the image, but the Marfy 2179 pattern is pretty darn close.  I can’t decide how I feel about the drapey sleeve in the Marfy pattern. It could be cute, but I think it makes the overall look a little more casual.  It’s easy enough to leave off the sleeve anyway and bind the armhole to replicate the NL dress.

Marfy 2179

 

 

Nanette Lepore 'Top Secret' Skirt

Nanette Lepore 'Top Secret' Skirt @ Nordstrom

Nanette Lepore does a version of this skirt nearly every season.  I love how she changes it up from season to season with fabric, ruching, trim, etc. to make essentially the same pattern feel new again.  The Vogue V8672 pattern is about as close as you can get.

V8672

Vogue V8672

These asymmetric bomber style jackets are everywhere this Fall.  I’ve seen them in knits, tweeds, leather, denim – you name it.  So versatile!!

Missoni Jacquard Motorcycle Jacket @ Saks

Hotpatterns does an awesome version that you can really make your own.

HP 1037 Vintage HP Denim Diva Biker Babe Jacket

HP 1037 Vintage HP Denim Diva Biker Babe Jacket

Happy Sewing!!

 

 

Not my favorite

11.09.10

I love the idea of these CND colour and effect polishes, but my first trial with the Night Factory from their Fall/Winter 2010 collection was not love at first site.  The polish applied alright with complete opacity with two coats.  However, the color is just not right for my skin tone.  It is a very green teal and although beautiful in the bottle, not good on me.  I think I need a bluer teal.  Next up, OPI Ski Teal We Drop.

Urban Oasis - No Flash

Urban Oasis w/Teal Sparkle - No Flash

Urban Oasis w/Teal Sparkle and Seche Vite TopCoat - No Flash

Urban Oasis w/Teal Sparkle & Seche Vite TopCoat - Flash

For what it’s worth, I love the Seche Vite Top Coat!  Dries in record time and is super shiny.

It’s that time of year again!  No, I don’t mean Diddy (aka Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy, aka P. Diddy)’s birthday… it’s the Half-Yearly Sale @ Nordies, of course.  Somehow I’m on their radar so they call me to let me know when every new shipment of Steve Madden shoes hits the Rack.  Jealous?  Maybe it’s because I fall for it every time.  I’m the girl sitting in my car outside of the handbag department at 9:59 am on the first day of the sale, waiting for the doors to open at 10, because I got a phone call days earlier to personally invite me along with 8,000 other people.  Lame, I know.  Especially since I’m usually disappointed in the sale.  This year is no different.  The Half-Yearly sale allows me to stock up on Hanky Pankys (Pankies?), where I can get my favorite mid-rise thongs for 33% off.  The sale colors are out-of-stock on the website, but my local store still had a few early into the sale.

Hanky Panky Lace Trim Mid Rise Thong

Hanky Panky Mid-Rise Thong @ Nordstrom

BTW girls, if you have not worn these yet, you are living a life of torture.  Get some!  Trust me…

And that’s pretty much it for sale excitement.  First of all, my local store has a VERY limited selection.  The few items that I did love were OOS for my size and this is 1 hour into the sale.  The other items that I was digging online were not stocked at my store.  Believe me, I’m no stranger to pulling the trigger online, but I had Nordstrom Notes to spend and they have this stupid, stupid rule where you can only use one Note online per order.  So instead I bought some MAC makeup (not on sale) and these little things:

Nick & Mo Rosette French Terry Jacket

Nick & Mo Terry Jacket @ Nordstrom

Bobeau Bow Front Top

Bow Front Top @ Nordstrom

So beyond that, I tried on a few things, but frankly, the sale prices were not appealing enough.  Is it just me or does it seem like their first markdowns are not as good as everyone else’s first markdowns?  Perfect example with the Nanette Lepore ‘Novella’ pants, which were 33% off @ Nordstorm, but I knew that I could get them on NanetteLepore.com for 50% off.  The Miss Sixty ‘Harper’ boot, which is also 33% off @ Nordstrom with limited sizes available online (and not available at any of the 4 stores near me), is at Piperlime in the Elephant shade, on sale for 30% off with an additional 10% off available with code TREAT4U.  I ordered them from Piperlime this morning…

Maybe I’m just cranky or spoiled with the historically low sales that have been had over the last couple of years, but if I’m going to take the time to visit the store, I want it to be for a good reason.  Otherwise, I’ll just stick to click-click-clicking away my paycheck every month.  Just doing my part to support the economy…

On a High Note

11.02.10

Welcome!

What better way to start off a blog about fashion and beauty than with something CHANEL?  I’m only 152 years late in jumping on the Blue Satin polish bandwagon, but when Chanel offered free shipping for one day only last week, I couldn’t resist.  I’ve been obsessed with Chanel lately and apparently I’m not the only one.  It seems like Chanel-inspired design is everywhere this Fall – little boxy, tweed jackets with trim, flap bags with chain straps, quilted leather (or pleather).  I’m on the verge of completing my first Chanel-inspired jacket and am LOVING this style for Fall.  More on that to come later…

Anywho, this little gem is just about the best polish formula that has ever graced these fingernails.  I could’ve stopped with one coat (and may just do that next time around) because it is so incredibly pigmented, but I’m so accustomed to 2-3 coats that I did add a second coat.  The polish is creamy, smooth, and dries in an instant.  It’s like nothing else I’ve used – I’m hooked!  Plus, it comes in the cutest dustbag.  Who needs a dustbag for their nail polish?!  I do!  LOVE!

The only thing that disappoints me is that the beautiful purplish swirl in the bottle is not apparent on my nails.  This could be due to the second coat so I’ll have to give the one coat a shot.  With two coats and a clear top coat, the color is a deep, deep navy with just a hint of blue shimmer in the right light.

No flash, indoor light:

With Flash:

I promise that I’ll get better at doing manicures!!

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