Category Archives: nails

Subtle candy cane striped nails

Those of you who subscribe to my Instagram feed have already seen my most recent manicure, but I thought y’all would all enjoy my holiday nails — a subtle candy stripe!

Behold:

Librarian for Life + Style | Candy stripe nails

Librarian for Life + Style | Candy stripe nails

Here’s how I achieved this subtle candy cane stripe effect:

I started out with a base coat of red, a Revlon shade that I’ve had for years. Then I did thin stripes with my a Sally Hansen nail art pen I picked up this past summer. The pearly white stripes looked kind of uneven — and too glaring for my taste — so I did another coat of red on top. That made the stripes look more subtle, and more intentional, somehow. Then I followed up with with my regular top coat of Seche Vite dry fast polish.

Here are the nail polishes I used:

Librarian for Life + Style | Polishes for candy stripe nails

Details:

  • Sally Hansen nail art pen in “Pearly White” {exact}
  • Seche Vite dry fast top coat {exact}
  • Revlon polish in “Frankly Scarlet” {similar polish, “Raven Red,” by same brand}

Librarian for Life + Style | Candy stripe nails

I honestly wasn’t sure how the nails would come out, but I ended up really enjoying the more subtle effect of the candy stripes.

And here’s a photo from my Instagram feed when I wore a red-and-white striped sweater. Candy stripes times two! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Candy stripe nails

You can see other holiday manicures I’ve done here, here, and here.

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Casual Friday Pride

I showcased this new tee in last month’s monthly budget post, and I wore it on a day in which I knew I would be attending an art gallery reception immediately after work. So this is another example of a “day-to-night” outfit for me.

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

I seriously got SO MANY compliments on this outfit from work colleagues, which I wasn’t expecting. Tacoma Pride!      

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

We took these photos at a little Japanese friendship garden. I’ve been wanting to take photos here for awhile — I’m so glad it worked out this day!

I was also really pleased that I was finally able to get a good photo of these tuxedo-stripe jeans, so you could get a sense of how the black stripe looks against the dark denim, without me having to lighten the photo.

It was a happy accident that I happened to be wearing my “Rockstar” nail polish while wearing my Tacoma Pride tee. This nail polish is bright pink but includes all colors of the rainbow if you look close! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Rockstar pink manicure and cherry blossom lipstick closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Rockstar pink manicure closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Tacoma Pride tee + casual Friday summer work outfit

Weather:  Clear and perfect

Where:  Casual Friday at the library and an art show reception after work

What:

  • Tee:  Tacoma Pride Festival, new
  • Blazer:  The Limited, over a decade old
  • Skinny jeans:  LOFT, old
  • Sandals:  Lands’ End, old
  • Rose earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old
  • Nail polish:  Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Rockstar Pink
  • Lipstick:  Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in “Cherry Blossom

Shop my outfit:

very similar classic black blazer  //  similar Pride tee  //  tuxedo-stripe jeans  //  exact lipstick  //  exact nail polish  //  similar black flat sandals

Librarian for Life + Style | Pride tee + blazer outfit combo

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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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