Monday, August 29, 2016

Getting A Little Personal

Hi friends,
Today's post has nothing to do with manicures or nail polish at all. In fact, if you want details about this manicure leave me a comment and I'll tell you anything you want to know.

Today I want to talk about my personal life, which I usually avoid doing online.  But, against my better judgment, I'm going to do it anyway.

I have really good friends who love me and my kids and want nothing less than the best for us. I love them too and sometimes wonder how I could make it without them. They simply want me to be happy and fulfilled. Of course, so do I. But sometimes their idea of happy and fulfilled and my idea of happy and fulfilled are not the same.

I feel content and satisfied with my life, but many of my well-meaning friends think that I can't possibly be happy until they find me a date. Ok, it's been almost 2 years since my husband passed, and they tell me it's time to get back out there and jump back into the dating pool and catch myself a fish.

But here's the thing, I'm doing great.  I don't want to jump in a pool, toss out a line and go fishing. A fish will not enhance my life. And quite frankly, my kids have already expressed their intent to kick any fish down the stairs.  I'm not making this up guys.

Well, that's not something they need to worry about.  I have them, my friends and family, and their friends too (since they're always around). Adding a fish to the pot would only make it boil over. And who wants to clean up smelly fish water?  Ok, enough with the fish analogies. Mohinder Suresh (my beta fish) wouldn't take too kindly to that).

Well-meaning friends say my boys won't be with me forever and I'll become lonely. But I have to laugh at that.  What I wouldn't give for my kids to be all grown up and living good, productive lives that don't include coming home every night to my house. Trust me, I already have plans for their rooms.

So, dear friends and loved ones, I am quite happy and fulfilled as I am. I don't have time to date anyway, and I like things just the way they are. Now, if you want to hook me up with concert tickets, great.  But if you want to hook me up with a date, I know a lovely young lady down the street that would give her right arm for one and I'll gladly give you her number. Your matchmaking efforts won't go to waste.

Please excuse (or ignore) my personal rant.  My next post will include nail polish talk. I promise.  Thanks for reading. 
Till next time,
Ciao Bellas!

Sneak Peak: Dia De Los Muertos by Morgan Taylor

Just in time for Halloween, Morgan Taylor launches their Dia de Los Muertos set.  Dia de Los Muertos translates to Day of the Dead, and is a Mexican holiday to celebrate friends and family members who have died.  The celebration is on October 31st, November 1st, and November 2nd.

Nice color choices for this cute four polish mini set. Pink, black, white and a glow in the dark top coat.  Can't ask for more than that.

Ciao for now!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sneak Peak: China Glaze Rebel Fall Collection

Yay, fall is coming, fall is coming!  I love warm weather, but I still look forward to the changing seasons. Soon, we can switch out our summer wardrobe for warmer clothes, boots and sweaters. And best of all the polish companies come out with their latest fall collections.

China Glaze came up with a really terrific collection this year. Most of the colors are on the cool side which strikes me as a little different. When I think of fall, I think Thanksgiving, orange, yellow and brown leaves, hot apple cider, Halloween, orange pumpkins, cornucopia... you get it. All of these inspire warm tones.  But this year China Glaze broke out of the box and went cool. The collection has twelve colors. The cooler tones consist of  two blues, a teal, two purples and a green.  There's a warm red, a pink, a few neutrals.  A couple of the colors might be used best as toppers. No black, orange, yellow, deep brown. I'm impressed at the selection of colors.  And, like always, I have to critique the names. I think China Glaze is giving OPI a run for their money.  Will we have to consider passing the polish naming award over to China Glaze? Well, not just yet. Here's a few.  Jagged Little Teal (Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morrissette), Purple Fiction (Pulp Fiction, perhaps?), Pearl Jammin' (Pearl Jam).  Good job China Glaze.  I have to admit that I've seen very similar colors in previous collections, but that's OK.

If you pick up a few, let me know how you like them.
Ciao for now.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Boy or Girl??

Hi ladies,
I got some exciting news last week. My coworkers niece is having a baby! Yay! In her honor, I decided to do a baby themed mani. We don't know what the gender of her little ball of joy will be, so I used both of the traditional baby colors, blue and pink.

I can't wait for the baby shower.  I love shopping for baby stuff.

Till next time,
Ciao Bellas!

These polishes will be available soon at  Little Black Dress Nail Lacquer 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fuchsia and Teal Manicure

Hi friends,
Summer vacation is slowly coming to an end. Some kiddies are back in school or counting down the days until school starts. Parents are picking up schools supplies and shopping for new uniforms and school outfits.  I have done none of these things.  Not because my kids aren't going to school soon, and not because I'm a super mom and already have everything ready to go.  I'm just trying to hold on to this last week of freedom. We took a second mini vacation last weekend, and today I'm playing hooky from work.  By Friday, I'll be ready to start shopping for school supplies and uniforms.

I have very mixed feelings about the fall.  My schedule picks up and I'll find myself back in the rat race again.  On the plus side, however,  a return to normalcy comes with a sense of familiar security.  Are you ready for fall?
Ciao for now.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New Collection by Little Black Dress Nail Lacquer is...Dazzling

Hi Ladies,
I have a terrific new collection to show you by Little Black Dress Nail Lacquer.  The collection is called Dazzlers, a collection of eight super glitter polishes. Perfect for the pretty princess in you. The polishes in the photo above are (from left to right),

Shimmering Silver White
Exciting Gold
Tantalizing Tangerine
Captivating Crimson
Smashing Grape
Alluring Azure
Tranquil Teal
Enticing Emerald

Try them out.
Ciao Bellas!

A Morgan Taylor Sneak Peak: Fall 2016 Sweetheart Squadron

Hi friends,
Today I have a sneak peak of Morgan Taylors new 2016 fall collection  The Sweetheart Squadron is inspired by "courageous female pioneers of the aviation industry" With the exception of one shimmery red color, the polishes have a cream finish.
The colors are:
Up In The Air-Heart (a dusty coral cream)
Perfect Landing (a dusty rose cream)
Put A Wing On It (shimmering runway red)
Looking For A Wingman (sultry eggplant cream)
Oh, Para-chute! (dusty sage green cream)
Rule The Runway (slate gray cream)

The polishes also come in a mini set and three duo sets.

Mini 4-pack
Altitude With Attitude Duo
Daring Darlings Duo
Fashion On The Fly Duo

Ciao for now!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Essie's New Summery Neons 2016: " electric, it's off the wall!"

Hi friends,
I know, I know, these aren't exactly new, but definitely noteworthy. This is the 2016 Essie spring collection, and it's all about bright colorful neons. This set of neons is quite a bit different than her 2015 neon collection.  These are brighter and truer neons. Although there have been many neon collections through the years, this one has a fresh, crisp feel that's more wearable than some of the more glaring one's.  I think this collection is the perfect bright collection for this spring and summer.

On the down-side, I've heard that the formula for these isn't the easiest to work with, but if you're brave and decide to pick up a few, let me know what you think.

Till next time,
Ciao for now.