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There’s a party on my fingers! Yay!

This week I forced my brothers to watch Fudoh: The New Generation with me (I feel like there’s probably a lesson in there about compromise, but…), my brother flew back to London on Thursday night (the most emotional part of the week), and I went to this awesome exhibit at MoMAI’ve also been trying to get my posterior in gearior regarding my next Fashion Challenge segment (I’m trying to post one/month and I’m already behind schedule), but I can’t find certain garments in the Polyvore archives or when I Google them, which is something I find unacceptable in 2013. Seriously, why is it so difficult to find the leather Rick Owens sporran I spotted in Philadelphia two years ago at a store that no longer exists?!

I knew that I was going to be doing my fair share of socializing this week, so I needed to be prepared for whatever excitement and mischief was to come my way. Enter the PARTY MANICURE.


Despite the fact that all of the manicure photos I’ve posted are fun, glittery, trendy, and two-toned, I generally stick to more solid and uniform manicures (which is also one of the reasons why I’ve only written about four of my manicures so far). What can I say? I was in the mood for confetti. Plus, this manicure matches these crazy pants which I’ve had for MONTHS and finally wore for the first time on Saturday night. 🙂



I absolutely love the print of these pants; however, there is this brown paint splatter motif that makes them kind of look….. soiled. Gross, huh? Well, I’m all for fugly chic and anything kind of transgressive.

Here’s to my gross-looking, but awesome printed pants and the party on my fingers!

Base coat: White Hot by Sephora by OPI (see the tip below)
Top coat: Twinkle by Milani
Pants: H&M

TIP: Use white nail polish as a base coat for solid, colorful manicures. Cover those white digits with a neon color (Dream On by Sinful Colours is my personal favorite) and watch that color really pop.

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My Nail Polish Bender (pt. 3) – Jeweled Topcoats and Essie’s Dive Bar


As I said in my video, I’m a big fan of jeweled top coats because they’re such a quick way to take your mani from day to night in a flash! Their transformative nail art power is CRAZY. Plus, seeing how I was on the hunt for inexpensive ways to upgrade my style this spring, I figured they’d make a pretty great addition to my nail cubby (yes, I’ve got a nail cubby. No judgment, please).

Nails Inc.’s Special Effects Overglaze Polish sets come with two polishes: one dark and very dramatic solid varnish and one iridescent and glittery top coat. The Sephora near 19th and 5th was selling three different combinations, but the Donmar Collection really stood out to me because it’s MAD FUNKY.

The solid is a burgundy called “Chelsea,” which also looks great on its own. The topcoat is called “The Donmar,” and has iridescent flakes that change from red to gold to green, creating a pretty trippy effect against the burgundy.

This makes for a great party mani. Plus, this shade of red is very sexy, but in a vampy and mysterious kind of way.

Pros: Smooth application. Rich color.

Cons: Effing expensive for a non-novelty two polish set ($20?! Are you for real?).

This look is also pretty customizable. You can pack on the glitter if you’re looking for something a little more flashy without being too Lisa Frank, or you could go for some subtlety. To me, a light application says I’m an educated lady who can appreciate a great Malbec, but sometimes I wake up with confetti in my underpants.

Another polish that I got which, unfortunately, neither films nor photographs that well on my camera is the latest limited edition Essie color, Dive Bar. It’s GLORIOUS.

It’s hard to tell, but this polish is a mixture of blue and purple, and it has a very sexy and sinister iridescence to it. As I described it in my video: it’s got the iridescence of an oil slick. Sexxxy. 😉

It does look really great on nails, though.

A few days ago, I decided to pair it with the Donmar top coat, and this is what happened:

What did I tell you about a manicure with a side of extra Donmar being flashy without being too Lisa Frank?! What I like is that the flecks in the Donmar topcoat look green from a certain angle.

From another angle, the flecks look more orange or bronze. The effect reminds me of the flames of a camp fire crackling into the night air. How romantic!

Pros: Easy application. Versatile solid (clearly works well underneath a glittery top coat).

Cons: None. It’s beautiful.

Who needs new clothes when one has a magnetic polish, a jeweled top coat, and two new solids? Nail polish benders are definitely shopping sprees for broke girls.

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My Nail Polish Bender (pt. 2) – Magnetic Nail Polish

As I said in my latest haul video, two of my resolutions for 2012 include updating my personal style more frequently, and attempting new things with fashion that I previously didn’t have the opportunity to try.

Now, although these goals sound pretty simple, I’ve come to find that they’re far more difficult to fulfill than they appear. Perhaps the greatest obstacle in my way is the financial resources I would need in order to officially get cracking. Right now, being that I just got my Masters in Taxation, and I’m about to begin my (fortunately, paid) internship with no guaranteed job prospects following the tax season, money’s a little tight at Casa Size J. And, I think it goes without saying that idea that I may not be able to check these goals off my list fills me with TERROR.

It’s always funny when and how the answers to our most pressing problems (or in this case, mildly annoying fashion conundrums) present themselves. It was only a few weeks ago that I was in my local coffee shop pondering different ways I could update my look on the regular and on the cheap, when suddenly, an old friend tapped me on the shoulder. After speaking for a while, she brought up the fact that I still, after all this time, gesticulate wildly when I talk, and that’s when it hit me! The key to getting the ball rolling with my resolutions (and getting over the ex) had been waving me and my partners in dialogue right in the face during every conversation!

The solution to my problem lay in my hands. Literally. Nail polish bender!

NAIL TREND #1: MAGNETIC NAIL POLISH by Nails Inc. in “Trafalgar Square”

Pros: Smooth application. Hovering the magnetic cap over nails for different amounts of time yields different results (see below), leaving lots of room for experimentation. Ergonomically designed magnetic cap allows one to get close enough to the nail to warp the varnish without smudging it.

Cons: The application process is somewhat time-consuming (one must apply the second coat and hover the magnetic cap over each individual nail BEFORE moving on to the next nail OR THE POLISH WILL DRY AND IT WON’T WARP!). It took me a few times to get the effect I wanted for my video (the photos immediately below are from my first try).

I happen to like a more subtle, brushed aluminum finish like the one above but, as I’ve said before, you can hover the magnetic cap over your nail for different amounts of time in order to achieve different effects. For example, this is what happens when you hover the magnetic cap over your nail for 10+ seconds.

This, meanwhile, is what happens when you hover the magnetic cap over your nail for about 5 seconds.

The Sephora I had visited was selling three magnetic polish colors: Trafalgar Square, a red and a blue. The beauty of the three colors is that they each have their own effect when applied; the red looks like a crushed velvet, and the blue/teal, meanwhile, reminds me of an ocean wave, making it great for a more beachy look.

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