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.


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?


This Week’s Roundup

So I’ve been a bad blogger and skipped this week. Here’s a little bit of a catch-up:

I did a lot of shopping this week–this weekend was Tax-Free Weekend here in Mississippi, and it only applied to clothes and shoes, so guess what I bought? 😉 My favorite piece is a new denim pencil skirt, and some tops that I’ll be modifying this week using the same tutorial as JWo Designs! I’m really excited about this one.

My husband bought me something of a late birthday present while we were at the liquor store:

Some friends of ours served this wine at the engagement party they threw us three years ago. I remember it being amazingly good, considering I have little taste for (or knowledge about) wine. It’s just enough of a sentimental gift to be sweet, but not gushy. That’s not the kind of girl I am, y’know.

We had a lovely dinner party with Emily & Charlotte, wherein I made crockpot chicken tacos so delicious they cracked my husband’s top 5 favorites. I’m pretty proud of that one, so I’ll be posting about that soon, too!

Aaaand, we can’t end a week without the obligatory cat picture. Nora loves baskets.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my regular Monday Manicures–this time, we’ll be looking at the three polishes I ordered from Metametics! (Spoiler alert: they’re gorgeous!)

Harry Potter Party!

Yesterday was a gorgeous day, so a couple of my friends, my husband, and I decided to have a Harry Potter party.

Yes, that is an awesome blanket fort.

Okay, so we really decided about a week ago. The original plan was just to watch both parts of Deathly Hallows back-to-back, but the longer we talked about it, the more elaborate this party became and well…

I ended up making Acid Pops, Licorice Wands, and Every-Flavor-Beans (okay I just bought these but same thing). Emily and Charlotte brought a fabulous cake (like Harry’s first birthday cake!) and pizza (magic pizza).  My two cats, Izzy and Nora, were very interested in what was going on in their kitchen.


Nora loves people-food.

Izzy doesn’t normally look quite this dignified…

…usually she’s more like this.

Integral to any good party is a good drink, and here, Butterbeer is the obvious choice. Now, there are a ton of Butterbeer recipes floating around the internet. I did some research and decided upon this recipe from Bakingdom since she based hers on the version from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Park in Orlando. I’m all about some authenticity. 🙂 I’ve never been to WWOHP, but for now, we can dream. Best Sunday afternoon/theme party ever.