Thursday, September 24, 2009

Passion Back on my Toes

My tired feet had been dragged through a bit of an arduous week bound in restrictive shoes. These poor piggies shed their perfectly kept pearl coats and have cruised through a few days au naturale. I filed and smoothed their backs as well as those of their cousins, the fingernails. Catching a break from the hustle of my chosen path, I came around to finally sporting one of two colors I had bought from the OPI Coleccion de Espana. Last night, er, technically this very early AM, I once again found solace in my bathroom whilst my loved ones were securely asleep. Only the sound of our zen rock slab fountain dribble is heard through a baseline hum of electrical appliances. It's quiet. I'm achy. The girls are not fighting and calling each other a "fidiot." I curiously asked what or where that word derived from. Apparently it rhymes with idiot and it sounds funny (and offensive). I couldn't help but look it up. On urban dictionary, it signifies an extreme of idiot. No wonder my bathroom is a desired, soothing shelter.
One attractive choice from that selection is Ate Berries in the Canaries. Wow! It colored smoothly with its wide brush applicator and its thinner consistency made for an even slick coat. It's a rich and seductive fuchsia that effortlessly oozes confidence and glamorizes my spoiled piggies. No glitter this time. It's perfect just how it is. My toes were tickled silly and smiled wide. This feels right. Very sexy, at least that's how it makes me feel. My wife still rolls her eyes.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pearly Pink Does It Again

Tutti Frutti Tonga by OPI was another color found at the supermarket on clearance. I guess people don't usually pick up their polish while purchasing leafy vegetables. This creation is composed of a simple yet complex silvery pink metallic lacquer. Since I've worn this new color, I like its flattering iridescence and understated elegance. Again, sprinkled with a touch of Orly Fifty-Four it gives it that brilliant edge.

I wore it to the fair this weekend with my favorite sandals, dark blue jeans, and a casual polo. The outfit came together well, I thought. It was quite dusty and being as subtle as they were, the fine dirt blended away the panache of my toes. Made it to the movies too. I saw "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" in 3-D with the fam. It was fun but looking through my own eyeglasses and the special plastic 3-D glasses gave me a headache. Ay!

I am travelling to Phoenix for business and to visit my brother. What color should I shock him with? I'll not hear the end of it but I have to stick to my guns. It was easier to present them to my mother-in-law. Even my own mother, who once asked if I was gay because of my pretty toes, at least tolerates it and won't say a word about them now. I wish the thought of decorated piggies had crossed my mind in my younger years. It will be fun grilling and cooling off in his pool as it is hellishly hot there. I'll meet his new dog. I miss having a dog. My thoughts are drifting,.. riffftngg... ningg..... It's late and I have a meeting at 630am. Ugh!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

A Pretty Pearl at the End of Summer

Having taken an affinity to all things pink, I considered knocking things back a notch and exploring more subdued, less alarming colors. Shades that would stand out when light strikes it at just the right angulation. Subtle (yeah right). I'm perfectly fine with louder colors but for me it takes more maintenance to get all my piggies dressed and in top shape. Going for lighter colors is a way to curb that as I'm trying to come to terms with my one injured piggy. Now, subdued did not mean flat polish or shimmer-free concoctions. No way!

I visited my friendly Sally store and picked up Fifty-Four from Orly, which is essentially a clear coat with fine silvery specks that will add a touch of beauty to a plain nail or dress up any nonmetallic paint with a touch of shiny glamour. I've also discovered that if used on top of a metallic color that it enhances its own shimmery properties by adding another dimension of glitter for an end result that is fabulous.

I used Fifty-Four as a top coat for the lovely OPI Rosy Future. It must be an old color because the label seemed dated and it was on clearance at a local supermarket. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful opalescent pink with a hint of blue shine and fine silver specks. It took two coats to cover the nail well and a top coat of extra shimmer that added depth and sparkle. It wore quite well as it lasted well over a week before I changed colors. We drove to a nearby town for a dog show. The dogs didn't seem to mind. In fact, I think they were rather tickled to see my colored toes. Ironic for dogs to notice.

Weather is still relatively warm and my piggies can still enjoy some exposure. If I count by weeks, I only have a handful of colors to show off before the cold sets in and the prohibitive snow follows. I imagine that I'll shift my palette to darker shades and I'm thinking for Halloween that I'll give black a try.