Saturday, August 31, 2013

After Midnight Manicure

I looked at the calendar this morning and realized September begins tomorrow! Where did the time go?!?!?! Soon the weather will start to change, along with the leaves, the decorations we see in store windows, and the amount of free time I have... I start school back up in about a week so you can imagine I am pretty cranky about that. 

But I supposed it isn't all bad. We can also look forward to everything pumpkin flavored, chai lattes, apple picking, weekends in the country, and the scent of burning leaves in the air. Notice how I skipped over midterms and finals, the NY bitter cold, my 21 hours a week internship, my 25 hours a week job, and an obscene amount of school  reading : )

So no, it isn't all bad. That is, as long as we make the conscious choice to stay positive and remember the past with warm affection, while viewing the future as one with endless possibilities. So instead of worrying about how stressed I might be in the upcoming months, I have decided to instead, look forward to the pumpkin flavored and burnt leaf scented days ahead of me.

Yes, I know. I sound like a fortune cookie.

It's just, over the past few months I realized that everyone (myself included) tends to get caught up in everyday annoyances and stresses that in the scheme of things, don't matter that much. We become so stressed within the everyday that we fail to appreciate the little things like, the owner of your corner bodega making your breakfast before you arrive, because he already knows what you are going to order and is trying to save you some time. It could even be something as simple as the cute guy who smiled at you on the subway, the woman who let you cut her in line at the grocery store, or the kid who said excuse me, instead of rushing past you.

That being said, my new thing is to avoid stressing the little stuff. To remember the good things that happened during the week and remember that the bad things that happened, maybe weren't so bad. My new slogan: Let's remember the little things.

Of course, I am saying this now after a relaxing summer, but watch me begin complaining about life as soon as I get my first home work assignment. Sigh.

So now that I am done, being a fortune cookie, lets get into the fun stuff. Aside from chai and apple picking, one of the best things about the upcoming fall season, is my chance to use some of the gorgeous fall/winter colors I have picked up over the summer season. With that said I present you with Essie's Midnight Cami.

Absolutely adore this color. I got lucky and found it in an odd job type store for $3  which is pretty good considering Essie's usually start at around $8. Midnight Cami is a super rich, super dark navy blue shimmer that actually appears a tiny bit darker in these photos than in reality. Either way it is a gorgeous color, perfect for fall or winter. I used two coats to achieve the richness of color. I paired MC with Avon's textured polish, Platinum from their brushed metals collection. This textured polish is a silver polish with a slight blue hue to it, giving it an icy feel. Finally, I stamped the  partial designs using Sally Hansen's Celeb City. I think the silvers and navy blue look superb together.

After doing this mani, I tried to come up with a scenario for it and cheesy as it sounds, I thought of moonlight in winter. Think of stepping outside after dark, after a freshly fallen snow. Absolute silence. No tire marks, no dog prints, no human footsteps. When you look outside all you see is the light of a full winter moon hitting the tree branches, covered in little crystals of snow.

Essie - Midnight Cami
Sally Hansen - Celeb City (stamping)
Avon Brushed Metals -  Platinum
BM20 - leaf pattern