I’m Doing The Curvy Fashionista Instagram Photo Challenge!

Hey folks!

I’ve talked about how I don’t really do pictures. In fact, since the inception of this blog, I’ve taken more pictures than I have in the last…what? 5 or 6 years, I think.

Yes, seriously.

But when I have the chance to step outside my comfort zone, I try to.

So, I follow Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista on Instagram, and saw her put up a daily photo challenge for the month of August.

I looked at it.

Thought about it.

And then I decided…shucks, why not?

Want to join it too? Here’s a full post outlining the details over at Marie’s place, and here’s a full listing of the subjects (number corresponds to day of the month.)

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Give her a follow on Instagram (she has got some FIERCE style, y’all), and follow me too, while you’re there.

Oh, and for funzies: today’s subject is “You.” So here I am this morning on my way to the bank and to get my caffeine fix:


Sunnies are from ASOS. We won’t talk about how it was sunny when it put these on and cloudy by the time I got outside. Still cute. 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!


Nail Adventures: Nude and Neutral Nails

I love color.

I have to wear black to work every day (beauty jobs represent!), so I try to inject color wherever I can.

I either have on super sparkly earrings and loud shadow, or loud lipstick or lip gloss.

But usually, to make sure I actually attract customers (purple shadow can put some folks off), I have loud nails. Blue, purple green, all manner of glitter or rhinestones. Flowers or tuxedo, french or stripes.

But what you don’t see me in? Are neutrals and nudes.

I don’t understand it, personally. If everything else is understated, I need at least one something for a pop to make me happy.

And since I’m doing things that scare me a bit, I decided I would do a nail look featuring nudes or neutrals. This week’s supplies:


Before y’all say it: yes, that sparkly orange is in fact a neutral. With my skin tone, you get just a hint of shimmer, and you don’t focus much on the color. That’s what makes it neutral. Now, an earthy tone that blends with one’s natural skin color is what makes it a nude; that will vary depending on skin tone. Kennedy (that neutral yellow-beige there) is my nude, as it blends with me. For those interested, that sparkly orange is called Karen. 🙂

Nudes scare me. Neutrals scare me. At least, if I have to stand out in some manner, it needs to be my hands! Don’t take my color away. 😦

So, I had to narrow down the pile of polishes I have but can’t be bothered to use 98% of the time. I decided on these four:


From left to right: OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie (sheer white with gold shimmer), Julep’s Lois (pink shimmer creme), pale tan creme polish by Julep (the sticker has fallen off and I have no clue of the name!) and Julep’s Mona (slate grey creme). I did opt for some rhinestones because let’s face it: it’s enough as it is I don’t have any real color in this mani besides the pink. If you think I’m pouting, you’re right.

Heh. I just wanted to be dramatic for a bit. All that complaining was totally unwarranted. Here it is:


So, even with the shimmer, this manicure is pretty understated. I layered No-Name tan with Ski Slope Sweetie to make this shimmery tan/gold thing. I painted Lois on my ring fingers, and a triangle in Mona. And again, because a manicure without a rhinestone or stud makes me very unhappy, I did a small row of clear stones down the center. Kind of like a reverse tuxedo nail. So cute, and the accent nail is a true accent!

Eventually, I want to challenge myself to do a manicure with no shimmer, glitter, or rhinestones.

That made me sad just thinking about it. 😦 But I can do it! One day.

I think.

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