I’m Back!


It’s been so long! Oh how I miss you all. Seriously. This semester has been crazy from the start, and I apologize for the long break. But I come bearing gifts in the form of several new, awesome, content- and picture-filled posts over the course of the next couple weeks! I’ll leave you today with this image, a lovely set of white china that I picked up at the local thrift store– which I subsequently washed and broke into pieces. But more on that later.

My Fall Color Palette

Time for another nail polish post! Not manicures this time–I haven’t been doing much interesting since my Sculpture class destroys my manicures within 24-48hrs… not much to be done about that. But! I have ordered a lot of polish in the past couple of weeks, so I thought I’d share with you my fall colors for this year!OPI colors

From left to right: Ninja Polish Color-Changing Garnet, OPI German-icure, OPI Danke-Shiny Red, OPI Deustch You Want Me Baby?

I’ve worn all four of these colors and I am in love with every one of them! I rarely say that about colors that I pick up on a whim, but the formulas and color payoff on these polishes have been fantastic. Color-Changing Garnet looks amazing over German-icure, incidentally. Garnet is possibly one of the most multi-chrome-y colors I have. German-icure is an amazing burgundy (and I’ve been missing a deep burgundy in my collection, which I didn’t realize until now. Deustch You Want Me Baby? is a really fun autumnal orange, not copper, with a nice red undertone. But I think my favorite of these four is Danke-Shiny Red, which is unexpected; it’s such a super-saturated red it seems to glow from within, and I think it might be the exact shade I would refer to as my ‘power color.’ Oh yeah. Zoya colors

From left to right: Zoya Jinx, Zoya Goldie, Zoya Yara, Zoya Natty, Zoya Monica, Zoya Jem, and Zoya Edyta.

I may or may not have gone a little overboard with the BOGO coupon Zoya sent to all of its members a few weeks ago. I love lining the bottles up like this, it’s like an autumn rainbow!

Jinx is a nice coppery brown with a smooth shimmer. It’s very close color-wise to my China Glaze Harvest Moon, but with a wildly different finish: Jinx is a smoother, finer shimmer whereas Harvest Moon has a foil finish. Love them both, though. I haven’t worn Goldie yet, but it looks like liquid yellow-gold in the bottle and on my swatch wheel! Yara is an unexpected combo of olive green and silver shimmer–possibly glass fleck? Whatever it is, it makes the normally-neutral olive come alive. I was concerned Yara would look terrible on my skin tone, but no such problems!

Natty is a most unusual blue (of course I had to have another blue are you kidding) even for a collection like mine–it’s a smoky, slate blue, not too dark on the nail. Natty is definitely one of my favorites out of this batch, even though I usually favor the shimmers and glitters. Next up is Monica, a deep eggplant purple creme. Monica is more red than blue, which is readily apparent in the first coat, and is all-around a good basic color that I didn’t realize I was missing. Jem…Jem is probably my favorite. I haven’t actually worn it out (!!) but I keep swatching it on my nails and staring at the very intense red shimmer! I can’t wait to show ya’ll swatches of it! And finally we have Edyta, which I can really only describe as a blue-charcoal with gold shimmer–definitely glass fleck! Edyta is ridiculously shiny for being such a dark color, and I love that contrast. I haven’t worn this one out yet either, I really need to get moving on that.

Not included in this pic: Zoya FeiFei. I ordered it with the above seven but it was on backorder, so it’s coming to me in the mail now!

I’ve been trying to keep my fall colors to a consistent color palette with few deviations (Garnet is kind of an oddball, though). I love the muted, earthy colors of fall, they just seem to speak to me. Fall is absolutely my favorite season, can you tell?! And we get so little of it in Mississippi, I feel like I have to cherish every bit of cool weather and sunny skies. 🙂

I think my overall favorites are OPI Danke-Shiny Red, Zoya Jem, Zoya Natty and Color-Changing Garnet. What are your favorite fall colors this year?



Nora loves that window.

Monday Manicures

Sneaky back-post for Monday! Since I was sick last week I kept my manicures to a minimum–no one with a head cold needs to inhale that much acetone & nail polish fumes. 😉

First up, that other polish I told you I was craving from Hot Mess Lacquers: Yankee Star!

Yankee Star manicureThis is two coats of NYC Skin-Tight Denim with two coats of Hot Mess Lacquers Yankee Star. Yankee Star is packed with all kinds of holographic glitter–bar, square, small and large hex, stars (!!!) and some holographic shimmer to top it off. I cannot wait to do more galaxy manicures with this polish! Yankee Star has a nice density of glitter, including the coveted star-shapes, even though the formula is a little thicker than I prefer. Nothing a little thinner can’t help!

The only other polish I wore last week was my new color-shifter from Ninja Polish, Color-Changing Garnet:Color-Changing Garnet by Ninja Polish

This is two coats of Ninja Polish Color-Changing Garnet over two coats China Glaze Smoke & Ashes. I tried my best to show the shifty-ness of this polish so that you could appreciate the array of colors! I saw this color shift from deep garnet-red to burnt orange, bright gold, lime green and even turquoise in the dim light of my apartment. The shifts are even more dramatic in full sunlight. The pigment is a little grainier/coarser than I expected but it still has a nice finish on the nail. If you love multichromes/duochromes/all things shimmery, I would highly recommend this one. I want to try layering it over more colors than black, though, to see what kind of effects I can get.

So this week is going to be super super busy!! My department is traveling down south a little tomorrow for a lecture/exhibition by the legendary artist Christo; Thursday we’re having an opening reception for our exhibition of African-inspired Fiber Arts by artists Mary Hark & Nnenna Okore; and Friday I’m participating in a papermaking workshop with Mary Hark to create a collaborative piece to hang alongside her work in our galleries. I’m going to try to take lots of good pictures for ya’ll, so check back later this week!

Sick Days

I’ve been sick all this week–probably a particularly vicious head cold, if I’m not mistaken, but it does suck pretty bad. Since I’ve been pretty useless in the going-to-work and making-art categories, I thought I could at least share with you what’s been keeping me entertained as I wait for my body to overcome its current sickly state. Spoiler alert: I consume a lot of internet and TV.


Community has been a life-saver. We watched all three seasons earlier this summer and I really got hooked. Re-watching has been a joy, just to pick up on all the little cues and inside jokes I missed the first go-round. (The Dean is my favorite character, easy.) Can’t wait for the new season.

Jennifer Armintrout is my new favorite author whose books I have never read. She’s been writing these brilliant recaps of the 50 Shades books (currently on book 2) and I recommend them to everyone–at least, everyone who hates or should hate the source material. She is hilarious and pissed off in all the right places–my kinda woman. She has legitimately given me a lot of good laughs with her writing, and I’ll probably buy one of her books just to throw some cash her way. She earned it. (Her blog can be found here.)

I’ve also been spending an unholy amount of time on Pinterest. Yes, I know, it’s every mid-twenties woman’s procrastination tool. It shows us everything we should be but can’t be because there isn’t enough damn time in the day. But hey, I like to dream–and who said you couldn’t pick and choose from the list of expectations and forge your own path? I love DIY, it’s at the heart of my artwork and my life, and that started waaaaay before Pinterest. So did my love for food. But interior decorating, raising children and the constant ‘weight loss tips you must try!’ posts? Nah, not so much. But I think we can all agree on cute pictures of baby animals. 😉

I suppose I should also mention that I’ve been carefully watched-over by my stalker-creepy ever-loving cats, who can’t seem to let me even go to the kitchen alone.Izzy & Nora by stevenj82 on Instagram

(Image courtesy of my husband, since they were piled on my lap and I couldn’t move.)

So what about ya’ll? What do you do to combat boredom when you’re sick?


Monday Manicures

Sorry for the long break in posts! Last week was my first week back to school–and the first week of my senior year!–and it’s been super crazy. But everything’s settled now, so we should be back on schedule. 🙂

Alright ya’ll, this week’s post is pretty simple, since I limited myself to fewer, more elaborate nails. Lots of compliments on these designs!!

First up, I did my current-favorite manicure: Galaxy nails!Galaxy Mani

This is two coats of China Glaze Smoke & Ashes with Revlon Colorstay Marmalade and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint for the nebula. I sponged them on (mint and then coral) with a makeup sponge and then layered one coat of Revlon Stunning over the top for the starry effect. I love this look so much and it’s such an eye-catcher! I always get good wear out of it, too.

Next up, I followed this tutorial to create a cheerful floral pattern:Floral Mani

This is, again, 2 coats China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint for the background, and the flowers are Revlon Colorstay Marmalade & Zoya Maura, and Sally Hansen Instra-Dri Lightening and Sun-Kissed. The green detailing is from a mini bottle of Sinful Colors with no name–just a nice medium green with a little shimmer. These were such happy nails to have for the first week of school! I need to work on my technique a little more with this style, but it was certainly fun and something I’d like to try in a more muted color palette.

This week in polish is going to be pretty exciting: I managed to get 8 new Zoyas with the BOGO coupon they gave out a few days ago, and I managed to snag a new color-shifting polish from Ninja Polish. I can’t wait for them all to get here!

The Work of Others

Being an art student has it prices. This time, it includes me spending the last month before classes have even begun attempting to plan and organize work to make for the semester. I’m usually such a heavy planner that the majority of my time is spent in that initial stage; executing the work is a much faster process for me than planning. So I’ve been doing all of that work on the front-end, in the hopes that I can spend more time perfecting the execution of these pieces.

A large portion of that planning is deciding upon imagery or symbology. I’ve recently been looking at a lot of illustrators’ works featuring multiple heads, faces, facial features, or expressions–multi-headed icons like Cereberus come to mind as well–and it all began with this simple drawing from Angie Hoffman:Angie Hoffmeister

I love everything about this–the simplicity and clarity of the linework, the effective use of multiple facial features to construct an uncertain expression, the minimal color palette. In some respects it feels like a more honest version of a portrait–constantly shaking, moving, changing–and in another way, I see it as a manifestation of the different facets of a single person’s persona. I’ve completely reconsidered the way I think about portraiture because of this drawing, especially in the way that I would like to use the human face.

Then, not long after, I stumbled upon this image on Pinterest (I spend a lot of time there 😉 ):Eugene Ionesco

As much as I can gather, this is an image of a performer from one of the plays of Eugène Ionesco, a Romanian/French Absurdist playwright who published work from the 1930s through the early 80s. His work sounds amazing and I will definitely be looking for a copy of The Killer and Rhinocéros. I love the boldness of this image and the seamlessness of the three faces. I sort of become mesmerized looking at it, honestly.

And, last but certainly not least, I found this image from Christine Wu just the other day, as if to complete the trifecta:

Christine WuI love this piece for similar reasons to the Hoffmeister: an effective but understated and sophisticated use of color, the spectre-like quality of the overlaying figures, the clairty of the faces and expressions…I love that every figure is staring straight through me, as a viewer, that I’m always being watched.

Another thing I love about Wu’s piece that isn’t present in the other two is her overlay of skeletal features onto the faces of her subjects. Those who know me can probably attest to my obsession with bones and teeth–it borders on the unhealthy sometimes. I especially love teeth, though. But these are simply extensions of my fears, the same fears we all have: of death, of losing part of the body, of feeling pain and being less than whole.

I have a lot done in the way of compositional studies and initial sketches, so I’ll probably post those next week. I’ll also be setting up a studio space at the university and choosing my professor for my advanced drawing class, so it’s a big week coming up! Exciting, though. I think I’ll pin these images up when I get settled in.


Cheddar-Garlic Biscuits

Everyone and their mother must have a recipe for these biscuits by now, because I see it all over Pinterest. That’s where I found this one, too. But it’s such a delicious food to have a recipe for on hand–I haven’t met anyone who objected to one of these guys. And I can’t seem to make them small, so we always end up with a half-dozen giant biscuits…but is that really such a bad thing? They never last through the night around here.Cheddar-Garlic Biscuits

This recipe has been failproof for me, even on days when I can’t bake a thing to save my life, and so it’s a great go-to for potlucks or last-minute dinners. Gotta have those carbs, man. It’s not a meal to my husband without ’em. (Source.)



2 1/2 cups Bisquick

4 Tbsp cold butter

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

3/4 cup milk

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Butter Glaze:

3 Tbsp butter

1/2 tsp garlic powder

3/4 tsp dried parsley flakes



Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease or line one cookie sheet with parchment; set aside.

Cut cold butter into Bisquick, using two forks or a pastry cutter, until butter is about the size of peas. Add cheddar cheese, milk, and garlic powder. Mix by hand until just combined–don’t over mix.

Drop 1/4 cup portions of the dough onto the lightly greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes in preheated oven or until the tops of the biscuits begin to turn light brown.

While the biscuits are baking, melt butter is a small bowl in the microwave. Stir in garlic powder and dried parsley flakes. Use a brush to spread the garlic butter over the tops of all the biscuits. Sprinkle a little kosher salt on the freshly coated biscuits. Makes one dozen.



By the way, are you following me on Pinterest? Because you totally should.

Monday Manicures

Aaand we’re back! I’ve been waiting patiently for today, because I finally get to share with you my newest polish loves from Hot Mess Lacquers, a new-ish indie seller on Etsy. These are some seriously amazing polishes, so get ready!

The trio that I bought are known as the White Trash Trio — number one is Redheaded Step-Child.Redheaded Step-Child by Hot Mess Lacquers

RHSC is a red jelly packed with red micro shimmer and red and black hex glitter. I love this combination, it reminds me so much of strawberries! This is three coats on its own, not quite opaque but not enough VNL to bother me. All of the glitter laid flat and was glass-smooth with a single coat of topcoat, and absolutely no problems with fishing for glitter. I was hesitant to pick this one up because I don’t wear much red, but juuuust before my package arrived I rediscovered the power in wearing red polish. Totally worth it.

Number two in our trio is Aquanet!Aquanet by Hot Mess Lacquers

Aquanet is composed of a violet jelly base and is absolutely–irrefutably–packed with holographic glitter in all shapes and sizes–super large hexs and even squares! I think this may be the most intense glitterbomb I own now. Believe it or not, those super huge hex glitters were no trouble at all to apply or get on the brush. This is three coats of Aquanet on its own–not quite as opaque as RHSC, and I may wear a solid lavender underneath next time. This polish definitely has the highest shine payoff of the three!

And, last but not least, is Across the Trailer Park.Across the Trailer Park by Hot Mess Lacquers

ATTP is a dark blue jelly base filled with blue and green hex glitters and some blue micro shimmer. This polish has completely killed my lemming for Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe, so if you’re as frightened of that price tag as I am, here’s a good substitute. 😉 And this is no second-rate version; this is three coats on bare nails. The glitter is dense and intensely glowy, even in dim lighting, at three coats it’s mostly opaque, and out of the three it wore on me the longest without chipping. Or maybe I just loved it so much I didn’t want to touch it for fear of messing it up! (I have a real thing for blue polish…)

I also ordered a 1oz container of Hot Mess Lacquers’ Cracks are Whack cuticle cream because I loved the little trial version so much. It’s a firm cream but feels silky to the skin–and it smells vaguely of baked lemon treats, which I love, so that’s a little bonus.

All in all, Hot Mess Lacquers has totally won me over with this selection of polishes, and so I have to highly recommend her shop! I have a couple more picked out on my wishlist–Yankee Star may have to be my next polish buy because omg holographic stars 😀

Now ya’ll stay tuned, I’ve got some good stuff coming up this week! It’s my last week before the beginning of my semester, so I’m trying to get everything done before then!


So I didn’t do a Monday Manicures this week. I’m really bummed out about it, too, because I had this gem in store for ya’ll:

This is Zoya Maura, 2 coats, along with an accent nail done with generic nail striping polishes. Steven and I have been on a real Twin Peaks kick lately, and it only felt appropriate to finally do a manicure based on the Red Room from Agent Cooper’s dream:

But, I’ve decided that I’m going to mix up how I blog about my nails (since that’s one of my most popular tags, currently) so I’m waiting for next week. We’ve also been house & pet sitting, so I’ve been away from my apartment and hanging out with this girl a whole bunch. She’s a pretty cool dog, even though I’m a cat/bunny person. 😉

And to kick off our new Monday Manicure format, I have MORE new polishes to show you!! It’s a brand-new shop, with brand-new polishes, and I’m honored to be part of her grand opening because look at these bottle shots they’re gorgeous! 

More on these come Monday!