Friday, November 21, 2014

Mint in the Fall + Life this Week

Anyone who knows me will tell you I love the color mint, as you might have noticed at some point by the bounty of minty colored things I purchase or feature on my blog in nail polish looks. It's most generally thought of as a springtime pastel or a summery color, but I'm a fan of trying to bring mint into the colder months as well. Pairing it with taupes, browns and beiges is one of my favorite ways to do that... hence today's nails.

Essie Case Study with mint accent nails

Sidebar... it's been REALLY difficult for me to get colors to photograph correctly in my new apartment. The lighting is so bizarre at all different parts of the day! Sometimes things look much more yellow or blue in my photos than they are in real life.

Anyway, this is two coats of Essie's Case Study on my pointer, middle and pinky fingers, with 2 coats of a Love & Beauty creamy mint polish on my thumb and ring fingers. Over the mint I've also added 3 coats of a new Maybelline Color Show polish - Precious Pearl from the Jewels line of the polishes. 

Taupe nails, mint accent nails, Maybelline Color Show Jewels Precious Pearl
In addition to my fondness for mint, perhaps you've also noticed how much I dig these different Color Show polishes. They offer such cool effects and unique glitters! Precious Pearl has four different sizes of white glitter inside a clear base - the effect is reminiscent of what you'd see in a snowglobe. And since it's white, this glitter will go well over pretty much any color... so I'ma put that on everything.

Here are some other recent much-loved manis using Color Show polishes:

Fuchsia and Polka Dots
Bailamos con Polka Dots
Rose Gold Glitter Nails
Two Polka Dot Accent Nails

In other news, it's been a decent week. On Wednesday evening I had dinner in Boston with an old friend, the ever-luminescent Kate. It was one of those amazing times when you haven't seen someone in years, but it's as if you never left each other. There were many congratulations exchanged on neither of us apparently aging a day since our last meeting (which, for the record, was probably early 2009). As an added bonus to our reunion, the restaurant we ate at - Douzo, in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood - served us some exceptional sushi.

Last night on a semi-whim I went and got a little haircut at a James Joseph Salon near my apartment. It was just a 2-inch trim (trim on a whim, anyone?), but a refresh was in order because there were some serious split ends starting to pop up. My cut was preceded by an in-cred-ible shampooing and head massage that instantly and unexpectedly relaxed the bejesus out of me, and my stylist Edda was absolutely lovely. I'll definitely be back to that location in the future!

Tonight I'm doing something completely new and different for me: I'm heading to a 2-hour guided meditation session with Kara! Here's the description of the event:

Treat your soul to two hours of guided meditation focusing on the connection between the heart- or Anahata- chakra, and the third eye- or Ajna- chakra, while in restorative postures to access a deep state of relaxation and healing. The meditation will be set to a special gong meditation that focuses on frequencies of the heart chakra and the third eye chakra which will elevate your vibrational state of being. The intention is to experience expansion between heart, mind and intuition.

I've never done a single thing like that before, so it should be interesting. Maybe enlightening? POSSIBLY EVEN EARTH-MOVING?? I'll be sure to let you know. I could sure use some tools to help me quiet my mind and reach a state of healing, that's fo damn sho!

The rest of the weekend is shaping up to be pretty busy as well, with a trip down to Roslindale tomorrow to help my friend Anna with some apartment decorating, a Patriots game to watch on Sunday afternoon, and an early friends-Thanksgiving at Kate's new condo on Sunday evening that she was kind enough to invite me to!

What do you have going on this weekend?
Do you believe in wearing mint after Labor Day?
Have you ever done a meditation session like what I've just described? What did you think??
{Linking with The Nail Files, Beauty Frenzy Friday, and Friday's Fab Favorites}


  1. I have been looking into mint polishes. I am starting to really like this color. Also love the one nail painted different then the rest!

  2. We ARE twinsies!! I'm soooo going to try my snow polish over a mint base. MINT NAILS FOREVER. Haha!

    And a two-hour guided meditation session? Sounds relaxing. Or like the longest night ever. Haha! Have you seen Eat, Pray, Love? I'm totally Julia Roberts when she tries to meditate the first time, in that small little room. I have the hardest time quieting my mind. As you have the same problem of mind overactivity, I'm interested to know how it goes. Wishing you quiet and non-cramped legs! ;)

  3. I love me some mint! (er, the color). Wear it ANY time, all the time. :)
    I hope the meditation was relaxing and grounding! I've found guided meditations to be much easier than going at it solo, so it's a good way to start.

    Have fun at the game, and friendsgiving!

  4. Omg that mint is so pretty. I can't believe I don't have any mint polishes in my collection! O_O I believe in any color at any time of the year.
    I've done mini meditation sessions. They're relaxing and it's actually kind of hard to quieten down your brain haha. Just shows that we don't slow down enough!
    Have an awesome weekend!

  5. This is such a fun mani, friend! I've been obsessed with those detailed glitters too! And this is perfect for a snowy winter :) I'm glad things have been shaping up some for you. I'm with Jennie on the meditation--I have a verrrrrrrrry short attention span but it does sound like it could maybe do the trick! Thinking of you friend <3

  6. Congrats on the new trim and taking part in the meditation. I hope it was a good experience for you. Love the mint with the accent nails.

    1. The meditation was most definitely an *interesting* experience that was, at times, mind-bendingly relaxing.

  7. Sounds like you had a fun weekend! I love mints and light blue polishes, too. I am going to have to look into the Maybelline nail polish you used on your accents nails. I used to avoid chunky glitter polishes like the plague, but for some reason am getting into using them recently!

    I would love for you to link up this manicure at this week's Beauty Frenzy Friday blog link party! Every post that links up will get pinned and have the chance to be featured the following week.

    1. Chunky glitter polishes are certainly troublesome to take off, that's fo sho! Thankls for letting me know about the link up :)

  8. Thank you so much for linking this post up at Beauty Frenzy Friday last week (the manicure is gorgeous)! Hope to see you link back up with your latest beauty and fashion posts at this week's party, which is now live:


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