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SIA interpretation: Chicago naturescape

It’s my interpretation of this past week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by Erin @ Loop Looks.

SIA inspiration pick:

Erin decided to use a photograph that her friend, an amateur photographer, took of tulips against the Chicago skyline. Her friend posts online and on Instagram as blinkofalens.

Chicago flowers and skyline, photo by Vinod, blinkofalens

Photo of Chicago flowers and skyline, used with permission of the photographer

My interpretation:

My outfit came together very quickly. I primarily focused on the pink and turquoise colors in the photo. (It also helped that I had recently painted my fingernails “Rockstar Pink” and my toenails “Jazzy Jade” from the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear line.) I knotted my thinner chambray shirt over my pink-and-white ikat-print sundress.

I also had Sam take some photos from a lower perspective, to echo the angle taken in the inspiration photograph. It was fun to look super tall in these photos — I guess my legs are like the “stems” of the flowers? 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

We took photos in Wright Park in Tacoma, where we also enjoyed the annual Food Truck Fest! The greenery of the park grass totally fit in with the inspiration photograph.

We also took a few photos by one of the nearby sculptures in the park, a bronze sculpture of an older man and a younger girl called “The Leaf” by teacher-turned-artist Larry Anderson.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, posing by "The Leaf" statue in Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, posing by "The Leaf" statue in Wright Park in Tacoma, Washington

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink dress + teal pedicure + cognac wedges closeup

Close-ups of my cognac-colored accessories and my new mani/pedi!

I really enjoyed wearing this outfit, and it came together so easily. Gotta love summer! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of "Rockstar Pink" manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Pink + chambray + cognac, summer casual outfit

Weather:  Sunny with a breeze — perfect PNW summer weather!

Where:  Weekend outing to the park and annual Food Truck Fest

What:

  • Dress:  JCPenney, old
  • Chambray shirt:  Target, old
  • Wedges:  b.o.c. Born via Macy’s, old
  • Straw bag:  Local boutique in Vancouver, WA, old
  • Nail polish for manicure:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink
  • Nail polish for pedicure:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Jazzy Jade

Shop my outfit:

very similar chambray shirt  //  similar print dress  // very similar cognac wedges

Librarian for Life + Style | Chambray + floral + cognac outfit collage

Yep, there’s still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Erin, at looplooks@gmail.com. Erin will post the SIA round-up on her blog, Loop Looks, so get those photos in to her by tonight.

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Everyday faves: Fast drying top coat polish

It’s time for a new entry in my now-monthly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation.

Fast drying top coat

Last month, I highlighted the silver tray I use to store my nail polishes. This month, it seemed fitting that I highlight the nail polish I use EVERY SINGLE TIME I paint my nails, my fast drying top coat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

I never used to wear a top coat, because I was super impatient when painting my nails as a teen and in my twenties. When I hit my third decade, I transitioned into being super impatient with instant chips in my polish and manicures that didn’t last, so I started scouting out clear top coats in order to extend the life of my self-manicures. And a top coat really does make a difference!

I am still pretty impatient when it comes to painting my nails — call a spade a spade, right? — so I’ve found a fast drying top coat is the perfect compromise to balance extending manicure but doing it as quickly as possible. Enter my favorite clear top coat, the Seche Vite dry fast top coat.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you will have seen photos of this top coat before. I include it in a lineup of polishes whenever I do a nails post:

Librarian for Life + Style | Mellow yellow + gold flecks mani/pedi polishes

Original post:  Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Librarian for Life + Style | Sparkly 4th of July manicure polishes

Original post:  Updating my easy 4th of July manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Rose-tinted metallic polishes

Original post:  Rose-tinted metallics

I am now on my second bottle of Seche Vite top coat polish. I have found this brand at Walgreens or Target or Sally Beauty Supply stores, costing a range between $8.50 and $10. It’s definitely a bit more spendy than other nail polishes, but in my opinion, it’s worth the investment to extend the life of your manicure or pedicure. It also provides a lovely glossy finish to your polish, and tends to even out any lumpy bits.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves, fast drying top coat

Do you give yourself manicures or pedicures? Do you use a top coat? Please leave a comment and share 🙂

Exploring more everyday faves

Want to explore more of my “everyday faves”? Past posts in the series have included:


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Mani/pedi in shades of gold

I gave myself a new manicure and pedicure to spruce myself up for my college’s recent commencement ceremony. I treated myself to a new yellow nail polish, Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail polish in “Mellow Yellow,” a sunny shade of gold.

Why yellow? Because yellow/gold is one of my college’s school colors AND because “lemon yellow” is the color of master’s hoods in library science. You can also read here and reminisce about a previous time I went with yellow polish to celebrate commencement.

I also decided, spur-of-the-moment, to do a quick manicure, too, but one that didn’t matchy-match my toes. I went with my Wet n Wild Fergie nail polish in “Glamorous” (no longer available but here’s a similar gold glitter option), which you’ve also seen before here and here.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold flecks manicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Gold flecks manicure nail polishes

Details, from left to right:

A friend remarked on how I got my nail polish on my toes so opaque. It’s pretty simple:  keep adding coats! My toenails took 3 coats of the “Mellow Yellow” nail polish, waiting a few minutes in-between each coat. I also did 3 coats of the gold-flecked “Glamorous” polish on my fingernails, slowly building up the gold flecks with each coat. Then I finished off all my nails with a coat of the fast-drying Seche Vite clear polish.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mellow yellow pedicure

Librarian for Life + Style | Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Librarian for Life + Style | Mani/pedi in shades of gold

Having nails in different shades of gold feels so right for summer, yes? Particularly against metallic sandals and bright green grass! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Yellow line, yellow toes

Have you tried yellow nail polish — or would you be willing to? Please leave a comment and share!

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New nail polish | Cinna-snap

It’s, uh, been awhile since I’ve done a nail polish post. The last one was in fall 2015 (!) — sorry about that oversight!

It’s actually been months since I painted my fingernails. But I rectified that recently by trying out a new polish, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Cinna-Snap.

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

I didn’t do anything fancy with the manicure, like adding chevron stripes, as seen here, or dipped in sparkly polish, as seen here. Just straight on with the single “Cinna-Snap” color. I think it dried a little darker on my nails than it looked in the bottle — I liked the final color, a warm red somewhere inbetween red and burgundy.

I waited about five minutes, then did a second coat of the nail polish, waited another five minutes, and then topped it off with my go-to quick-dry top coat, Seche Vite.

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

Librarian for Life + Style | New manicure, Cinna-snap polish

UPDATE:

Being a quick-dry nail polish, I wasn’t sure how long this polish would really last. Even with two coats of the nail polish plus the top coat, the nail polish only lasted a week. But it did look really good for that week. Then, almost like clockwork, after that week, it started chipping around the edges. And chipping is always more noticeable with a darker nail polish.

Below is what my manicure looked like yesterday, a week and a half since I first put on the nail polish. (This is also what it looked like right before I took it off.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sally Hansen manicure, Cinna-snap polish, after a week and a half

Final verdict? I liked the color and the quick drying time, which is what I primarily needed the polish for for when I bought it. I just need to be aware that this polish lasts only a week and not to expect it to last longer than that. (I normally prefer a manicure to last two weeks, which is probably why I usually prefer metallic nail polishes, which I’ve found to have longer staying power.)

Did you enjoy another nail polish post? What is your favorite nail polish color or brand? Please leave a comment and share. 🙂


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The sparkly girl

Today’s blog post title comes from my husband. I wore this ensemble to a house concert of live music and poetry, and there were breaks for mingling and socializing. My husband pointed me out to others as “the sparkly girl,” since I was wearing a sequined tank top. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

I went for a “casual yet dressy” vibe because there was no dress code circulated prior to the house concert event. I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a carpeted or a hardwood floor, or if it was going to be held outside or inside. Therefore, I didn’t want to wear high heels, so I knew I would be wearing flats instead. I wore my sequined tank top because it was comfortable but also dressy because of the sequins. I finished it off with basic black ankle pants.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage book cover purse + bracelets

I added a bit more quirk with my vintage book cover clutch and a bit more sparkle with my Greg Michaels crystal earrings, which I chose to echo the circular shape of the sequins. The chrome layer of my chevron self-manicure also echoed the metallic shine of the sequins.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Chevrons + sequins

I had fun with my makeup! I rarely wear a lot of makeup, but I decided to make more of an effort that night. I went with purple tones on my eyes, blending lighter and darker shadows on my lids, and lining with a dark purple liquid eyeliner. I also layered two lip stains, starting with a dark purple shade and then topping with a pinky burgundy stain.

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl makeup

Finally, I added a little sparkle to my hair, as well, clipping one side of my bob back with a sparkly bobby pin. I then slightly curled my longer bangs with a large-barreled curling iron, in order to get a bit of a swoop to the side.

Librarian for Life + Style | Bob with sparkly bobby pin

Librarian for Life + Style | The sparkly girl

The evening was fantastic — good music, good poetry, good conversation — and I’m glad I felt comfortable so I could just focus on the evening’s entertainment. I really liked how this “sparkly girl” outfit turned out — what about you?

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