31.12.13

nye manicure: it's a formal affair

It's New Year's Eve!!

YAY FOR NEW YEARS!!!


In honour of this super fun reason to drink way too much champagne awesome night, I did a super formal manicure. Or, at least my version of a super formal manicure. Ha! I'll confess that it was a total nightmare and it took me forever (let's not talk about the hot mess that is my right hand) but the end result was worth it!

What I used:

The mani:

Nothing says fun and formal like a monocle, top hat and bow-tie tux, right? Haha! Oh, I kill me...

See you all in 2014!!

(And be safe tonight, okay?)


27.12.13

the nail files: it's christmaaaaaaaaaaas (two days ago, but whatever)

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Yeah, yeah, Christmas is over but I still wanted to share the mani I rocked for the holidays! Haha!


Special shout out to my baby bro for giving me a photo light box for Christmas! #uppingmygame


Pinky: Two coats of Paper Mache and then two coats of set in stones (which isn't in the picture of polishes because I forgot, whoops!).

Ring finger: Two coats of Paper Mache. When completely dry, I cut five bits of striping tape to make a triangle and then three criss-cross stripes over top. After pressing down because the strips are finicky sometimes, I did two quick coats of Running in Circles and then pulled off the tape right away. To seal the tree, I used one coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Top Coat. When that was dry, I did another coat of Top Coat and then pressed the star decal and the garland stripes (one with six dots, one with five dots, and one with three dots). I waited until I finished all my other nails to do a final coat of Top Coat. (Side Note: this seems like an excessive step-by-step list but I swear it wasn't complicated--just time consuming!)

Middle finger: Two coats of Paper Mache, followed by two coats of There's Snow One Like You.

Pointer finger: One coat of Running in Circles and then two coats of Monster Mash.

Thumb: Inspired by the mega-talented Bailey - two coats of Paper Mache and, when it was totally dry, I added the dots with a large dotting tool. The ribbon loops were a bey-otch, so I used the Stripe Rite brush that I "tailored" for my leg-lamp mani by cutting off all but about four bristles. Ha!


Hope you're all having an awesome holiday season (and that you've recovered from your turkey comas! Ha!). See you next year! You know, cause next Friday is January 3rd. #badjoke #hadtodoit





23.12.13

happy birthday to meeeeeeeeeeeee!

Yes, it's Christmastime but all of that goes on hold until tomorrow because today is my birthday!!


YAY FOR BIRTHDAYS!!

Add 31 to that shirt's number, and that's how old I am, today.  

So, in the immortal words of Teresa Giudice…

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! BIRTHDAY GIFS ALL DAY!

Will do, Teresa. Will do.

Hahaha!



20.12.13

the nail files: birthday mani!

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Just this week (three days ago, to be exact) I received my first "complimentary polish for an honest review," which pretty much made my life.

Side Note: When Nail Polish Canada contacted me last month to do a review, I nearly lost my mind because it (a) made me feel awesome and (b) it meant I'd get sample polishes!! Ha! 

I got five to review (eeeee!), which you'll get to see when I post my formal review in a couple of weeks, but one polish was so amazing, SO INCREDIBLE that I was all: THIS MUST BE IN MY BIRTHDAY MANICURE.

And you know what? My birthday's on Monday, so that worked out perfectly.

Yes, that means I'm an almost-Christmas baby, so although you were probably expecting another holiday manicure this week, you get a birthday one instead. TRICKED YOU! Hahaha!

Here's the polish that captured my heart:
It's called magic cake and it's amaaaaaazing. I mean, not only does it look like vanilla sprinkle cake (making it super birthday-mani-appropriate) but it's also a bit like Saved By The Bell in a bottle! Haha!

Here's everything else that I used with it:

 And here's the mani!

Pinky: Two coats of Warhol Wannabe.

Ring and Middle: Two coats of Paper Mache and then one thick coat of magic cake, applied with a flat nail art brush because otherwise, the confetti gets all glooped together (this is not specific to this polish, but to all big glitter/sparkle/confetti polish).

Pointer: One coat of Sparkle and Snowflake, followed by two coats of set in stones.

Thumb: Two coats of Paper Mache and then one coat of Celtic Sun.

I freaking loooooooooooove this polish, guys. It's the funnest polish EVAAAAAAAA! It makes me want to draw out the letters of one word in each sentaaaaaaance! Haha! But seriously, it's the best confetti colour combo I've seen yet and just looking at it makes me happy, therefore making it the perfect birthday polish! YAY!

And because next Friday is after Christmas, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


19.12.13

a tale of two christmas parties

One of my favourite parts about Christmastime is the parties. Work parties! Parties with friends! Family shindigs! Themed Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties! I LOVE THEM ALL! So, it's probably no surprise that I was super psyched for The Remix's work party, set to happen at a super-swanky restaurant in a wonderful part of the city. Living in New Brunswick was freaking awesome but there weren't many places where you could really dress up so we were pretty excited (YAY FOR ALL THE SHINY ACCESSORIES! Haha!). 

Side Note: The Remix was at this company for almost 11 years before we left, so he's kind of an old-timer, but this was the first Christmas party we went to because they were usually just for higher-ups, so we didn't know quite what to expect and were, therefore, a tad nervous.

The weather was horrible and the drive took twice as long as it should have but when we got to the restaurant, we were VERY happy we stuck it out. I mean, just look at how pretty the room was!

Okay, so this probably isn't the best picture because you can't see the massive, framed paintings on the wall, nor the MULTIPLE chandeliers and hand-painted ceiling but trust me, it was spectacular. Ha!

The party was set up kind of like a wedding reception, with a four-course meal and speeches in-between each serving. Usually, I'm not a huge fan of speeches because they can get a little boring but by the end of the night, the owner of the company had managed to personally acknowledge everyone (including The Remix, yay!). Quite the feat considering there are over 100 employees and the room was practically bursting with pride when the dinner part of the evening was over.

We had a lot of laughs and I was able to put some faces to names, which is always good and even though it took forever to get there, we were happy we made the effort.

But despite the awesomeness of the night and how much fun we had, it still wasn't enough to claim the coveted Best Work Christmas Party Ever Crown. 

You may be thinking: But Jennie, you said that it was swanky, heartwarming, and a super awesome time so how could it get better than that?

Well friends, sometimes it's not about those kinds of details. Sure, it's awesome to get dressed up and clap enthusiastically for people who deserve it but that doesn't make for a *great* story and since I'm all about The Great Story, my measuring gauge is somewhat different…

 (I'll warn you now that the rest of the post is borderline NSFW. There aren't any racy pictures, or even any swearing, but the content may be enough that you wouldn't want to be caught reading it at a conservative workplace. I bet you can't wait to keep reading now, haha!)

The Best Work Christmas Party Ever happened four years ago. We had been in New Brunswick for couple of months and were looking forward to getting to know the girlfriends/wives/partners of The Remix's work buddies because we were on the lookout for new couple-friends. Because we knew that the party was in the basement of a 50s-style diner, we opted for what we thought would be appropriate: a solid nice-casual look.


Well, it turns out that everyone else didn't think it was necessary to change out of their work clothes  before coming to the party (it was on a Friday) so we were the most overdressed couple there. Especially when you compared us to the one dude who was sporting grey sweatpants. You know the ones. With elastic hems? Made of cotton? That are designed predominantly for little kids or avid gym-goers in the 80s?

Yeah. Those.


Anyway, the night was kind of weird because it wasn't really a get-to-know-you affair as much as it was a get-shitfaced-soirée and that's not really our scene. The drinking died down a bit during the buffet but after the silver buffet trays were taken away and the DJ started playing music, it was all about the booze. Usually, drunkenness equals dancing but the dance floor stayed empty for a while until one couple, composed of the sweatpants-wearer and his girlfriend, took to the floor with vigour that rivalled a John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John number. It was super cute, as they only had eyes for each other, but then things started to get…well…awkward. 

They started kissing and before long, were full-on making out. And by making out, I mean that they moved across the dance floor until the girl's back was against the wall and the guy got to second base.  Please don't forget that there was nobody else dancing, so they were basically on display. I looked at The Remix, who was just as shocked/entertained as I was but everyone else just stole a glance and went back to their conversations. Confused that no one thought it was a big deal, we tried our best to ignore them (read: not stare too hard while giggling--yes, we are those kinds of people). 

Well, apparently the sweatpants-wearer and his girlfriend weren't too happy that they weren't the centre of attention so they moved their show to the tables where the buffet had been. Within seconds, she was sitting on the table with her legs wrapped around sweatpants-wearer's waist but before we could really process what was happening, she had leaned back and he was on top of her.


No, I'm not kidding. Just to recap: we were at a Christmas work party, the same party where sweatpants-wearer's parents were in attendance, and they were on top of the former buffet tables, grinding away like they were rehearsing a soft-core movie.

Needless to say, it was mind-blowing. 

They weren't there for long, though, because although fevered making-out against a wall was okay, former-buffet-table-grinding was over the line so one of the sweatpants-wearer's friends broke them up. They unhappily obliged and eventually got off the table, straightened their shirts and then walked back to the bar, which is when I almost choked on my wine and died.

Why did I almost die?

Think about it.

Man.
Sweatpants.
Heavy Grinding.
Unavoidable Physiological Reaction Of Heavy Grinding.
Sweatpants.

Did you get there? Are we on the same page? 

I'm talking about a sweatpant-boner situation, people! He literally led himself to the bar.


It was as ridiculous as it was amazing. I mean, he was in his thirties! And it was a CHRISTMAS PARTY. His PARENTS WERE THERE. Did he not know what would happen? Did he just not care?  THERE ARE JUST SO MANY QUESTIONS! Haha!

So although we've been to some super classy and fun work Christmas parties, including the one last weekend where I got to wear my fancy Kate Spade Ice Queen Bib (OhemgeeIloveitsomuch) the Night Of The Sweatpants Boner remains my favourite because you just can't make that shit up. Haha!

Do you have a good work Christmas/Holiday party story? Preferably one with some embarrassing inappropriateness? Ha!



13.12.13

the nail files: it must be italian

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It's hard to believe but Christmas is just around the corner (as is my birthday--YAY!). So, I thought I'd share my holiday manicure. Originally, I did it to enter the China Glaze Holiglaze Contest but when I went to submit my picture, I read in the fine print that I couldn't reference a copyrighted image so after crying hysterically I decided to use for the nail files! Also, my nails are a DISASTER after moving so there's no way I'm showing them to you until they've had some time to recover. Ha!

If you've seen A Christmas Story, you'll get my incredibly awesome design (not that I'm biased, haha). If not, this clip will fill you in. Also, if you truly haven't seen A Christmas Story, you really should because it's all kinds of awesome. You can thank me later. Ha! 



My mani:

What do you have planned for a holiday manicure? Only few days left to squeeze them in!

6.12.13

the nail files: frozen tribute

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So, combining glitters seems to be my thing right now and I can't stop, guys. I CAN'T STOP! The good news is that I don't really want to, so it all works out. Haha!

What I used:

 The Mani:

Two coats of Blu and then, using a flat nail brush, I added Sweet Dreams to just over halfway down my nail. Then, when it was dry, I used the same flat brush to add a coat of Mosaic Madness to the top third.

Although I haven't seen the movie Frozen, I've watched Kristen Bell (who I LOVE) promote the movie all over the place and that's almost the same thing, right? Haha!! Anyway, this mani is my tribute to the movie (mostly Kristen Bell, ha).

Happy Weekend Everyone! (And wish me luck as we're in the midst of our long-distance move! I'll be a more active blogger in a couple of weeks, PROMISE!)




29.11.13

the nail files: more sparkles. always more sparkles.

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Ever have one of those manis that just never looks right so you keep heaping on different glitter until it's dangerous to look at your fingers without sunglasses? 

No?

Just me then. Haha!




As you can see, the glitter is a tad out of control but is that really a problem? 

Hint: the answer is no. Haha! 

On top of two coats of Wild Wisteria, I started with one coat of Glitter All The Way (too mardi-gras-esque)…followed by a coat of Can't Be Tamed (better, but still mildly mardi-gras-esque)…then a coat of Polka.com (too much purple, kind of dulled Can't Be Tamed)…and finally, a coat of Your Present Required (perfection!). I'm sad because this picture doesn't do the shine justice AT ALL, but when I went into the light, my iPhone had a mini-meltdown because the insane glittery-ness made it impossible to focus. Hahaha!

Have an awesome weekend! Especially for you Americans--leftover turkey sandwiches, HORRAY!





22.11.13

the nail files: a snowy quilt of pretty

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I've been waiting for the first snowfall to try China Glaze's There's Snow One Like You because then it would be a happy day instead of one that made me want to curl up in a ball with a bottle of wine and hibernate for the next six months sad. 

So, when I saw the first snowflake fall past my window, I went to my nail polish rack and started thinking about possible designs. I've read online that it can be tricky to work with, because of its texture, but because I do what I want, I decided not to heed those warnings. Haha! That makes me sound decidedly more badass than I really am (want proof, click here to see which Lord of the Rings Character I am).

Here's what I used:
Indoor light (no flash)

And here's what I did!
Outdoor light (no flash)

Side Note: Holy crazy-pants do things ever look different in natural light!!

The plain fingers have two coats of Paper Mache and my middle has two coats of Sparkles and Snowflakes, followed by two coats of Set In Stones.

For the pattern, I did two coats of Sparkles and Snowflakes and, when the polish was fully dry, used striping tape for the lines. Overtop, I did two quick coats of There's Snow One Like You and then peeled them off. 

Every finger got a coat of quick dry top coat as well.

The extra-awesome thing is that There's Snow One Like You smells like snow-in-a-can! So funny! And at the end of the day, I didn't find it hard to work with. The texture is really cool, and I'm not usually one for textured polish, so that's saying something. I love that there are sparkles as well as hexagonal glitter. It's definitely a polish that I'll be using A LOT OF this holiday season! It's just so freaking fun!!

Happy Weekend, everyone! :)

18.11.13

lord of the rings personality quiz (complete at your own risk)

Mondays kind of suck so here's a fun thing to put a smile on your face, if you like the Lord of the Rings, that is. One of my good pals, and CP, Gina, had this personality quiz, which uses the results of a Jung personality test to figure out which character you are.

Fun, right?

Well, I thought it would be, until I got my result…

Bilbo Baggins. 

Bilbo? For reals, personality quiz? FOR REALS?! Look, I'm not saying that Bilbo's the worst LOTR character but there are certainly more interesting ones. You know, like royals and fighters and super badass females who shoot arrows and cast spells and do all kinds of awesome stuff.

So, because something clearly went awry with my results, I took it the test again and REALLY considered my answers. And you know what? There were actually a few answers that, on my second try, I GENUINELY answered differently. And when I got to the end, I was satisfied that I had *cough*reconsidered*cough* enough questions to classify me as Arwen, Galadriel, or maybe even Gandalf. Brimming with confidence, I pressed the submit button and got…

Bilbo Freaking Baggins.

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So yeah, I may not have gotten the character who I think I'm most like, but it's still pretty cool so I thought I'd pass it along.

Click here to take the quiz and then let me know who you are! Hobbit-High-Five for any other Bilbos out there. Haha!

LOTR Lord of the Rings Personality Chart Myers-Briggs Type MBTI


15.11.13

the nail files: kate spade tribute

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In case you don't know, I'm a total kate spade fangirl. I have far too many bags, accessories, and even a few pieces of clothing and you can bet your bottom dollar that I stalk the sale section like a fiend. Haha! But recently, I've been obsessed with a new pattern of theirs so I decided to do a little tribute becausewellI can't afford to actually buy anything with the pattern. Haha!! I posted a pic on my Instagram account but I thought I'd share it for the nail files, too, because I love it so much! 

What I used:

The mani:

The dots are overlapped in the pattern, so that's what I did with my feature nails. It took longer because I had to alternate colours instead of doing one colour, letting it dry, and then adding another, but it was the only way to get the legit look. I used a larger dotting tool for the bottom (and top) and then a smaller one to fade out the dots. Wohoo for gorgeous dresses that inspire pretty manis! Haha!

Can't wait to see what you're all rocking this week!

14.11.13

mad props for hakim optical

It's been a very long time since I've given out a bag of mad props, but that's just because I've been insanely busy (which you can tell by the lack of posts, as of late), but this one has been a long time coming. 

I've been wearing glasses for the better part of seven years and it's safe to say that they're now part of my look.


It took me a very long time to find glasses that suited my face but eventually, I discovered the Derek Cardigan brand of glasses from Clearly Contacts and fell in love with their vintage vibe (and their cuteness. I mean, just look how cute I am! Haha). The only problem is that the lenses they come with are basically garbage--plastic, actually, if you can believe it or not. So, I've gotten into the habit of replacing the lenses with ones made of actual glass and after going around to all the opticians in Fredericton (because that's just how I roll) I discovered that Hakim Optical had the best prices, which made them my go-to place for quality lenses. 

Not only that, but the majority of the time, my lenses are ready in less than 24-hours. Sometimes, even on the same day, which is amazing because their primary competition sends them out for like, a week! Yeah, it makes no sense to me either because, you know, I need my glasses to see and not having them for that long is complete and utter insanity. But just when I thought that Hakim Optical couldn't get any better, they did!!

You see, much earlier in the summer, my beloved Derek Cardigan, no-longer-available frames, broke. 

BROKE! 

I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that this was one of the worst days of my life. 

Yes, I have many pairs of glasses but these ones are my everyday ones and the mere thought that I'd never be able to wear them again was almost enough to make me run to my doctor's office for a valium prescription (I kid, I kid…I already have access to ativan. ;) ). I emailed Clearly Contacts to see if they did repairs, but they said no!

             This was me….                                and this was Clearly Contacts.

After I recovered from completely losing my mind because who the heck sells glasses but doesn't repair them (??!!!), I decided to take a gamble and pop into Hakim to see if they'd be able to help. I didn't have high hopes because I didn't buy the frames there, but lo and behold, they said they could! Or, specifically, Ben said that he could…once he went home and got his soldering gun, that is (which, by the way, was hilarious because he literally picked up his keys and left through the side door). Less than a day later, I got the call that he had fixed them!! 


Everything was again right in the world and I went on living my life and sporting my awesome, signature frames. But then, just a week ago, the other side broke!


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Naturally, I practically annihilated the speed barrier as I made my way back to Hakim (not really), where the very lovely Lori took my poor frames and said that, although Ben was out, he would be back sometime soon and would call me if the glasses could be fixed. 

Could be fixed? Oh the horror. 

The next few hours were tense, akin to waiting for a verdict from a sequestered jury, and I jumped every time my phone rang, hoping to hear good news. Finally, the following morning, I got the call. Ben had done the impossible AGAIN and fixed my glasses!

So, without further adieu, I hereby award Hakim Optical in Fredericton, NB with a massive bag of mad props for being the most awesome optical store ever. 


If you EVER need glasses or an eye exam, and you live in Fredericton (or the surrounding area) let me save you some time running around and JUST GO TO HAKIM! Lori, Bill, and Ben are super nice and helpful, and they always greet customers with a smile. Their prices are phenomenal in comparison to others, and they're even willing to deal with pseudo-hysterical customers who barge into their store, cradling broken glasses in their hands like a baby turtle. So if they can handle me, then I'm pretty confident they'll be able to help you too. Haha!

Thanks again, Hakim!



8.11.13

the nail files: your present required (with a dupe!)

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It's Holiday Nail Polish Collection Time and I could NOT be more excited about it! Haha!! I picked up a few new bottles the other day (Sally's had buy two, get one free!!) and China Glaze's Your Present Required caught my eye the second I walked in. Mostly because it's just so darn pretty!!

What I used:
Sorry about the unfocused-ness here. I accidentally deleted the "good" one and then was too lazy busy to take another.

 The Mani:

This mani was pretty easy: two coats of everything! Haha!

I really loooooooooooooove this sparkle, guys. Like, a lot. A WHOLE LOT. To the point that I've already thought about buying another bottle because it's a limited edition. But then, I was picking up a few things from Walmart and I saw this!!

My first real-life dupe!! 


Yes, my ring finger has a different base coat. I tried it first with China Glaze Flying Dragon but I wasn't so much a fan. I MUCH prefer the white. Haha!

 China Glaze, Your Present Required - $5.95

Hard Candy, party central - $3.47

That's a crazy different price!! CRAZY DIFFERENT! Being a proud recessionista, I nearly died because it is legit the exact same polish. Seriously. You'd never be able to tell the difference. 

So there you go! If you love Your Present Required but haven't bought it yet, there's a much cheaper alternative out there! Yay!

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!