powder blu

On June 7, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Zoya’s Blu nail polish is just what I hoped it would be, a pale powder blue with the barest hint of lavender, opaque in two coats.

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You know how you can be drawn to shades of polish you wouldn’t really consider in any other wearable life category? Not that I’m virulently against powder blue but I don’t own anything elseΒ in this shade, hardly anything that could be considered pastel at all, and that’s not a coincidence.

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Michael Kors open arrow ring, other rings…

In the land of nail polish, though, suddenly an entire different set of criteria seems to be at work. The touch of lavender makes the blue pop against my olive skin, the pale, opaque color pops on the hand as white would, but in a softer, more intriguing manner than straight white. I’m not certain why this doesn’t convert me to the shade all around…but it doesn’t. Though maybe it should?

Nails, like shoes, are a style zone of their own, with bold colors and patterns not at all unusual, even arguably boring, now, with a demand for more and more creative designs to catch the eye of the machine of cultural interest. I appreciate this, though I wish this trend would spread to more and more categories. Which it is, I think, spreading…but, you know, I wish it were faster.

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Vintage beaded clutch

Full marks to this shade for being pigmented enough (not too close to white) to pair well with every white accessory ever.

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spring thing

On April 5, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

opi mermaids tears

OPI Mermaid’s Tears

Nothing like the spring to inspire those extra touches of color.

Happy Easter!

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the turquoise python clutch

On July 16, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Here’s one of the python bags I picked up from the Etsy shop linmade. Just as lovely in person.

I immediately wanted to see it with white nail polish.

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On the nails: Wet n’ Wild French White Cream, which actually I don’t recommend. Not friendly to work with.

We are pleased.

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a dozen spring polishes

On April 20, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

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clockwise from bottom left: Wet N Wild On a Trip, OPI Mermaid’s Tears, OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, OPI Amazon…Amazoff, OPI Planks a Lot, Barry M Gelly in Satsuma, Nails Inc Swiss Cottage, Essie Naughty Nautical, Essie Braziliant, Wet N Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint, Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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Happy Easter!Β 

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on the street: the bright suit

On August 31, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

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Look at this boycutie in the bordeaux suit. I love when people are distracted by their phone and don’t notice you taking a candid shot of them (until it’s too late). I don’t mind asking people to stop but I prefer a candid shot 9 times out of 10, if I can get it.

He is clearly polished from head to toe, and I approve of these color choices all around. I like the pastel brogues with the rich color of the suit, and the printed shirt underneath. So many don’t venture beyond a plaid pattern with a suit, if that.

I think so many different colors could work with this formula of a rich, dark suit color and a pale, pastel shoe color. A rich cobalt suit with buttercream shoes, a dark forest green suit with pale brown or baby pink shoes…I think any combination would be interesting.

All of the dark, rich colors seem to go beautifully with each other, too, as the shirt demonstrates nicely.