I ended up going to a bollywood themed charity event recently and wanted a quick accessory that would add a touch of bollywood to a dressy outfit. Since I wanted something I could wear afterwards without looking like I was going to a costume party, I ended up buying a couple of these $10 paisley scarves from Amazon.com. I’m really happy with them & ended up wearing the turquoise gold one to the event (left).
These are excellent quality for the price but there are some minor imperfections on close inspection. Not anything anyone would notice while you’re wearing it though. No idea if it’s real pashmina (probably not) but the fabric feels wonderful anyway.
It can be worn as a wrap or styled as a thicker looking scarf. The fabric IS lightweight but there’s a lot there. Definitely not a summer weight.
Turq/Gold – It actually looks pretty true to the manufacturer’s photo in natural sunlight though on second look, maybe not quite as vibrant. One side has the bottom band gold, the other side has the bottom band turquoise. I got a better photo of this one than I did of the pink/turquoise one.
Pink/Turquoise – the lighting in my photo could be better. It actually looks pretty true to the manufacturer’s photo in natural sunlight. One side has the bottom band pink, the other side has the bottom band turquoise.
I like it but I’m not as crazy about it as I thought I was going to be. The color DOES grab people’s attention and get good comments. Since I took it off my finger nails and left it on my toe nails, I’ve liked it a bit more so maybe just on all nails it’s a bit too much.
It also might have been that I kept needing to go to meetings and it didn’t seem appropriate and now that I’m on the beach it makes more sense.
Second photo I have the antique gold crackle on my thumb over this.
I SWEAR this isn’t going to be a nail polish blog. It’s just what I’m a little obsessed with at the moment.
So I’ve been looking for a warm grey for awhile so a couple of weeks ago I was mixing polishes and came across a combo I liked. Easiest way to do this is put some packing tape on the counter and mix away to determine if it’s worth the polish to make a larger batch like so (then mix with a brush.)
I looked on ebay and found some empty mini nail polish bottles for a decent price and ordered some. (I actually like OPI’s “You don’t know Jaques” which I found out after I bought some mini bottles.)
Anyway they are nice little bottles and I mixed up two different colors.
The Latte sorta grey brown color I mentioned above made using Zoya “Tao”, Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”, and Revlon’s “Hot for Chocolate” :
And the one I’m going to call “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” because it reminds me of the tiffany color (though probably not exact to be honest) made combining Sinful Colors “Snow Me White” and Sinful Colors “Aqua”:
So what do you think of my custom mixes?
And have you ever mixed your own personal nail polish colors?
Thanks Zoya for sparking me to become re-obsessed with nail polish – sheesh.
Part of my problem is I lean towards liking colors I don’t think are exactly … first-meeting-with-a-potential-client appropriate.
I knew I wasn’t going to be having meetings around the holidays though so I am actually wearing this color aqua at the moment. I’ll try and take a picture tomorrow before I remove it. One thing I didn’t like was that even being super careful and allowing for excessive dry time I ended up with some smudges. Nothing so bad I needed to redo it but not as good as the opaque white I wore the week before. Maybe I put it on too fast, I’m not sure. I plan on giving this aqua another go after my Thursday client meeting.
I don’t have a ton of in person meetings but a lot of my clients are fairly conservative and 40+ so they didn’t grow up with strange colors being appropriate on nails.
I remember wearing black nail polish back in 1993 and got crap for it from people I went to school with. I’d almost say that certain shades of black are more … socially acceptable now though?? Anyway – it’s leaning on the safe side that had kept me from using much nail polish in the last five-ten years (seriously.) That and the unnecessary chemicals that many of the polishes are starting to slowly remove due to demand. Plus typing used to mean that two days max and my nails looked like crap.
The teal has been going strong for about 4 days now and the opaque white (I don’t remember the name but it was also a sinful colors polish) died on day 7. Day 7 that one just started peeling off in blobs. I don’t think I’ve ever made it that long before without some tip chipping. I used the base coat, 2 coats, and then the base coat as the top coat simply because I didn’t seem to have a top coat polish here anymore.
Maybe that’s what I messed up on the aqua. I did base coat, 2 coats but no top coat (or base as top coat.)
In upcoming days I’ll be posting my research / wishlist for the sinful colors line and also sharing the massive number of spoons I’ve got from Zoya in the last couple of weeks.
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