L-A: When it comes to getting my nails did, I’m the laziest. I used to be pretty good at maintaining my polish during the work week, but now that I’m working from home, I’m pretty sure more than one cashier at the grocery story has judged me for leaving the house with severely chipped polish. I also leave doing my polish to the last minute – like in the cab on the way to get my train to work or in the car on the way to brunch. I also frequently do my nails before bed, which leaves me with an interesting “textured” look from my sheets. Like I said, I’m the laziest (and too cheap to go get them did).
I’m trying a little harder (because I do leave the house more often), but I’m still pretty lazy/laissez-faire about it all. Which is why it’s taken me over a month to review the summeriest of summer polishes: OPI Neons.
Highlight Reel Review:
Polish Verdict: Like it an awful lot. I still wear the purple on the regular.
Finish: Matte. I totally need a top-coat
Number of Coats: 3 to get the look I like.
Where to get it: We got it from Obsessed Look
(*full disclosure: free for review and I totally got it before Ally could reply. I’d buy it though).
French Figure Skating Judge Score: 8 (bribes not required)
As someone who celebrated her pre-teen and early teen years around 1989-1991, neon is both nostalgic summer staple and something I’m terrified of (because just think about what you wore back then and try not to shudder. But let’s take a moment to pour one on the ground for Bop). However, I totally dug these adorable mini-bottles of neons, especially the purple, pink and coral.
I personally have issues with green and yellow polishes. I like the idea of them and I like them on other people, but I can rarely wear them. I always feel like my nails are turning green and going to fall off. Especially pedicures. Not that this has ever been a problem in my life (knock on wood), it’s just an irrational thing I have about green and yellow polishes. So I really didn’t give them a proper go (although 1989 me is really disappointed that I didn’t pair that green and pink together. 1989 L-A loved that colour combo).
The purple quickly became a lazy manicure staple. It needed about three coats to get to the thickness that I like for my polish (I tend to go for big, bold nail colours like I’m a teen girl on PLL).
Of note, the polish dries with a matte finish. I think you can see this on the middle finger in the above photo. If matte finish is your jam, then polish and go forth! I didn’t dig it, so I went for top-coat. I like the shine. I also like that top-coat gives me extra days between manicures.
I did attempt nail art. Which was basically a giant fail.
Pro-tip: if you barely have the patience to do a straight up polish, then you should skip the nail art. This did not stop me from leaving it like that for the week. I liked the colours together, but am not meant for nail art.
The coral was a rad colour for a pedicure and looked nice with my bright green flops (which leads me to believe if I had the patience for nail art, I could do green and coral together). (Also, be prepared for a photo of my feet. Don’t scroll down if you don’t like pictures of feet).
If I’m not completely lazy this summer/fall, I might try doing more reviews. But since this is my usual look, we’ll see:
L-A: You guys, if one of you knew about Boden and hasn’t told me about it, well then we need to talk. Because I literally need this top:
It’s a striped top with a collar that sparkles. I don’t know what pounds mean in Canadian, but I know I need to come up with 39 of them. Probably more considering I could easily imagine myself wearing 90% of what’s on that site. If a guy can start a kickstarter for potato salad, I can have one for striped shirts – right? (My husband doesn’t seem to understand. He laughed at the use of the word “need”, but let’s be real. I need it).
The other thing I’m loving this week is this jam:
The song reminds me of being 22 and the amazing summer that it was for teen movies at the Acadia cinema and getting drunk and going to the Axe. Good times. And I just love Tokyo Police Club these days, so this is a big ball of summer awesome for me. (I am bummed to see that TPC will be at Pop Explosion while I’ll be chilling in the KDubs).
I’m also really on board with the fact that I bought one of these bags that everyone has basically had for the past five years.
There are bags I might want more in life (hi Marc Jacobs!), but I got tired of looking like a hobo on all my work trips as I try to carry purse stuff plus my laptop. Carrying 2-3 bags on the train or plane is just too much. Although I’m pretty sure I’ll never see my lip gloss and pens again.
Okay, let’s long wknd everyone!
L-A: We got an assignment from Stylelist Canada about what we’d pack in our beach bags for the long weekend. I have no idea where to find a beach around these parts and I have no plans other than buying a lot of strawberries and thinking about making jam, drinking gin on the back deck, and maybe a day trip to The Bruce Peninsula (because I find it hilarious that there’s a peninsula named Bruce). Let’s call it staycation weekend. And this is what’s in my bag (minus a notebook and about five different pens. I edited so I appear a bit more like some glamourous lady) – either for exploring or hanging out on my deck and watching the bees.
So here’s what’s in the bag (which is probably why I always carry a large bag):
The bag: purchased at Marc by Marc Jacobs a few years ago and my husband really really hates it. It’s a bit too America! for Canada Day, but whatevs. Love it. Illustrated maps are my jam. One day I’ll take it on a road trip in America.
The shoes: two pairs. The April 25th of Shoes (Kate Spade Keds) for more walking and Tkees flip flops. The flops are cute and I love the colour, but I’m not entirely certain they’re worth $50 a pair (I didn’t pay that much, but you know, still).
The scarf and hanky: J.Crew lobster scarf is one of my new favourite things. I’ve used it as scarf and in my hair. The hanky – because pollen (I’m not going to pretend I don’t get summer sniffles for glamour’s sake) – is by Bespoke Uprising Textile Studios (she makes the nicest stuff).
Sunglasses: the Coachella Ray-Bans. Finding those at Coachella still makes me giddy.
Accessories: Breaking out the super nautical Kiel James Patrick rope bracelet for summer and adding a super colourful Kate Spade necklace to the mix. New phone case is Rifle Paper Co and adorable. Plus headphones because I never go strolling without them. Lomo Diana camera so I can maintain some kind of hipster adjacentness. I use it to take really fuzzy, double exposed photos. I like to say they’re artsy, others would disagree and say I’m wasting money on developing film.
Sunscreen: Yes, two kinds. The perils of being super pale. SPF 60 for the face, Kiehl’s SPF 50 (which I spray everywhere, like all over the patio table).
Reads: New Rainbow Rowell!! This one is for grown ups, not YA (although, whatever. YA should read what they like). This one is coming out soon (make friends with librarians, kids! They can hook you up!) and if it’s half as good as Fangirl or Attachments, I’m going to be hooked.
Eats: it’s summer y’all and you know what that means: gin, lemonade, mint and twizzlers. Just the good stuff.
Decent Pop Video of the Week