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Nail Polish Fetish  

I have officially become obsessed with nail polish. I'm not sure when it happened either...well I kind of know it started when I found Polish Addict and starting reading her posts about various brands of nail polish and different colors that she swatched. Then I found Scrangie, who has a great writing style that makes me laugh and she does a lot of polish swatches. And ever since, I've been pretty much obsessed with changing my nail polish on a weekly basis. I haven't repeated a polish since November (when my obsession started) and that's scary and probably weighs heavier on my wallet than I'd care to admit. Then I found out about the Zoya Exchange...and well I'm just hopeless. I heart nail polish.
At first I liked mostly dark shades, like Opi's You Don't Know Jacques (check out Scrangie's swatch here), which was my favorite this winter. But now that it's Spring, I've moved on to brighter colors like Opi's Do You Lilac It and Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Lightening (here's a swatch).

My latest obsession (which I'm proud to say I haven't purchased) is Orly's Tiki Time. Scrangie did the swatches and got me hooked. I want them least the Mint Mojito and Calypso Breeze. I don't have any colors similar to any of these though, so I feel okay getting them all. :-) And I also want Cashmere Cardigan and Country Club Khaki from Orly's Prepster collection. Scrangie also did swatches of those. So that's like what...six new polishes overall....that's not too bad. Unfortunately, I've sworn off shopping until the end of May. So we'll see how I feel about these polishes then.


a passion for purple  

Ever since seeing he's just not that into you, I've been obsessing over purple nail polish. One of the characters wore purple polish and it was so springy and happy to me. I'm not sure how great a purple polish will look on brown skin, but never the less I'm willing to give it a go. The thing with bright colors is that they typically should be worn on short nails that are just a tad longer than your fingertip (like barely over). My nailbeds are short, so when I file my nails that short, my nails look like little circles...not cute. So I want to wear bright colors, but what to do when I paint them on my nails and they look like stupid 11 year old nails?! Arghhh!!! What colors are appropriate for longer type nails anyway? I'm going to go with...none! Or a nudish white color. Something very simple so I don't look ghetto fabulous. My nails are short to me right now, and they're probably a quarter of an inch past my fingertip. And from the top, they look short like they're just past my fingertips. So maybe I'll try out the purple anyway....


Black is Beautiful  

Watching Anderson Cooper 360 last night, I was amazed at all the attention and emphasis suddenly being placed on African Americans. It's almost as if all of a sudden, it's SOOO cool to be black. There was an array of contributors from fashion industry experts to news anchors weighing in on the Obamas and their branding affect on the economy. I saw a Barack Obama "Barbie" for lack of a better description, complete with interchangeable ties, and weaponry. There's the whole issue about whether or not the Ty Company is abusing the First Daughters privacy by releasing Marvelous Malia and Sweet Sasha dolls. J. Crew's website went down after the media released that the inauguration day outfits worn by the girls were J. Crew. They were custom made for the girls but similar styles are to be released with the Fall line. Mothers everywhere are scrambling though to come up with look a like options. First Lady Michelle's inauguration gown designed by Jason Wu already has spoofs from other designers. There are Obama earrings, Obama wine glasses, Obama hot sauce, the list goes on and on. Not to mention the underground merchandise. The Obamas superstar qualities could single handedly lift the economy, lol. Roland Martin mentioned on Inauguration Day that because of the President, designers and print ads would be scrambling to feature more African Americans, and the other contributors shook their heads. But it looks like he was right. One modeling company featured on AC360 said that they have received several calls for look a likes of the Obama girls. And a fashion industry expert commented back that absolutely runways, magazines and print ads will feel the pressure to use more African Americans. Because "Black is Beautiful even if America is just realizing that." I almost fell off my bed when he made this comment. Well then...gone head sir...Black is Beautiful. We knew that all along and now America realizing first hand just how beautiful it is and how beautiful we are.