Friday, February 5, 2016

National Wear Red Day

Did you know today is National Wear Red Day (in America)? I didn't know until I checked a calendar of random days online a while ago (when I was bored) and learned National Wear Red Day is the first Friday in February. It's purpose is to spread awareness that heart disease and stroke kill one in three women (YIKES) but is 80% preventable according to the official website! So I did in fact wear red today...on my nails!
To celebrate National Wear Red Day, the campaign asks you to wear red in support, show how you go red on your social media by using #GoRed, and donate to help raise funds for research and awareness. So show me your red nails!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

101 in 1001: #19

I'm excited to post a 101 in 1001 list update! I am hoping to be able to cross off #65 of my 101 in 1001 list soon BUT since I just started at my firm it's too soon to tell if I'll really like it or not. So, for now, my update is that I can cross #19 off my list! #19, if you have not checked out the list, is to "Inspire someone else to create a 101 in 1001 list." As of February 1, 2016, this has been completed! Ghila, the blogger behind over at The Beauty Travelista has created her very own 101 in 1001/Bucket List!! Yay! Shout to Ghila! Thank you for helping me cross off an item on my list and I am so excited to be able to check out your progress on your very own list. If anyone else wants to create a 101 in 1001 list of their own don't forget to share links with me so I can see what you want to accomplish.

In other non-nail, non-101 in 1001 news: I am happy to report that my firm does not seem to be too strict on nail polish!! Wahoo! I don't think that I can quite wear nails like my Color Paints water marble BUT everything else seems to be ok. Yay! Although...my first couple months will probably just be in the office (not going to depositions or court) which means much of my time will be spent at my desk, hunched over records and my computer keyboard, in my office, by myself with minimal facetime with partners. So really, who is going to have issues with the colors of my nails?! Maybe I WILL sneak in some rainbow water marble after all.

Now I'm off to dinner with my parents and Andrew to celebrate my new job!! Yay!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Swatch: OPI What's With the Cattitude?

Hello everyone! You've heard me say this before....I'm a blue polish kind of gal. It's my favorite. And this polish is no exception. OPI What's With the Cattitude joined my collection six years ago as part of the Shrek Forever After collection and it is the most spectacular powder blue. It's definitely more a spring color but we don't worry about that here on The Files, we rock our polishes rain or shine, sun or snow, spring or fall, and summer or winter.. Ain't nobody got time to worry about "on trend" and "in season" polishes, you know??

This might be my new favorite blue. Only problem is....it takes 3-5 coats to make it opaque. Bummer! Ain't nobody got time for that!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

HUGE NEWS TO SHARE!

I know so many of you have been waiting for this ever since I got the news that I passed the Bar Exam and it's now time to share!
I AM OFFICIALLY AN EMPLOYED ATTORNEY!
I repeat, I am officially back in the workforce again!
I start tomorrow as an Associate at a local law firm that does civil defense litigation. How else to celebrate this auspicious moment in history (lol) but to paint my nails?! I settled on these, the simple scales of justice:
The Scales of Justice is part of "Lady Justice", the statue of the Roman goddess of Justice. She is blindfolded and holds both a balance and a sword. It's supposed to symbolize that justice/law is blind, balanced, and powerful.  A pretty cool symbol if you ask me! I should get these as a tattoo! Jk.

I don't know what this means for my blog posting schedule but I'm going to try really REALLY hard to post as often as I can and remain up to date on as many blogs as I can! Blogging is something I really enjoy (both posting on my blog and reading other peoples' blogs) and I would hate to lose it. Thank you for your support and for reading my posts even when they aren't nail related. I'm so thrilled for this new adventure and, of course, I can't wait to blog about it!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Girls Just Wanna Have Pumps

This afternoon I had the second round of interviews for a firm so I had to wear "office appropriate" nails....yes, you guessed it...that means OPI Tickle My France-y. As soon as I got home after picking up my love from the airport I jazzed up my otherwise plain digits with the help of stamps from BundleMonster and Winstonia. I call this design "Girls Just Wanna Have Pumps" because seriously I love pumps....and I can't wait to work in an office where I get to wear them ALL.THE.TIME. Here are my nails:
The stamping got a little dirty on my middle finger. *Sadface* And I swear once I'm through with these interviews and I'm actually hired I will totally still rock my fun manicures into the office (at least until I'm told not to!). It's just that when I'm interviewing I don't want my nails to steal any attention! Who created "office appropriate" nails anyway??

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nail News: Essie Awards

Everyone knows it's award season right now. Yes, the Grammies, the Peoples' Choice Award, the Oscars.....and now the Essies. Yes, "The Essies" are becoming a thing! I was reading InStyle online today and found out that for the first time ever the Essie nail polish brand is creating their very own nail art awards this year AND it's going on RIGHT NOW!

The Essies will have multiple rounds, with the first round ending February 22nd. Visit this link or the Essie website for the rules and such. The second round ends March 28th (winners to be determined by us fans by the way!). Then there will be a third round (again picked by fans) but I don't know when that will be. The fourth and final round will be picked by judges (including Rebecca Minkoff)! I think that's in June.

As for the lucky lucky lucky winner? She (or he) will receive a $20,000(!) partnership with the Essie brand, join Michelle Saunders backstage at NYFW, and wil even be featured in Essie video tutorials!

Pretty cool, right? If you enter I can't wait to see what you do! Best of luck my fellow polish friends!

Product Review : OPI Color Paints

I hope you're all having a great week so far....it's Thursday (so almost Friday) so wahoo! Andrew is traveling for work until the end of the week so I've been able to really unleash my inner nail polish addict and I've been painting my nails like a fiend! I'm trying to swatch so many polishes so I can have fall back posts in case I get super busy.
I mentioned in my What I Got for Christmas post a couple weeks ago that my sister and her husband gifted me the OPI Color Paints kit. The kit comes with 6 polishes, including a silver "undercoat" and then 5 other polishes ranging from yellow to orange to blue to pink to purple. I set out to give them a try today and I have to say I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO USE THIS. Really. No clue. So this is what I ended up with at first:
I just painted all my nails with the silver and then painted splotches on each nail with the remaining colors. I wasn't happy with it though so I set out to create a different design to use the kit for. I was happy to realize that the somewhat thin consistency of the polishes made them perfect for water marbling. Seriously. PERFECT. They don't even look like the same colors! Here's my water marble:
I painted my nails with the silver undercoat and then just used the other polishes to marble.
I am OBSESSED with these polishes for watermarbling. I think the colors are incredibly vibrant and are really easy to work with. So even if you aren't used to water mabling you can get really good results. The colors look very 70s don't they?? Austin Powers anyone?
Big fan of the OPI Color Paints!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Weekend Blizzard Fun

Ok get ready for a giggle...Remember how I recently posted snow nails with the title "Gimme' Mo Let it Snow"? Well this past weekend I got my wish and the Northeast had a bit of snow. And by "a bit of snow" I mean an almost record breaking blizzard for our area. It started Friday night (yay for skipping the gym and hustling to get some Chinese food before it started!) and didn't stop until Sunday morning. Throughout Saturday it dropped about 30 inches of snow on us...which was roughly up to my knee, and then the snow drift gave some places full walls of snow! Needless to say Andrew and I dressed in our ski snow gear and had some fun! We let out our inner five year olds and started with making some snow angels.
I was actually really warm and comfortable and almost wanted to take a nap right there. Then we took some corny photos:
Don't let his sweet face fool you! He dumped snow on my head right after the photo on the right was taken. I'll tell ya, that boy is trouble! Yes, sir. Lol. :)
Naturally, my car was going nowhere fast. Andrew and I took a walk out on our main street and we saw not 3 but 4 different cars getting unstuck from the snow on the roads (no one was hurt they just couldn't move). We didn't drive because neither of us have the desire (or death wish) to take our cars out in snow. Plus, neither of us have what I would call "snow appropriate" vehicles or tires. Does my car look like it's a fan of the snow?? 

All in all, it was a nice weekend spent snowed in watching the "Best Film" Oscar nominated movies. Not a bad way to spend a weekend. And thank you to the snow gods for making it blizzard on the WEEKEND when my sweetheart didn't have to go to work!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Toetally Tuesday: A Whale of a Tale

My toes make me smile this week because they're just one of those odd unique fun designs that have no rhyme or reason for why I painted them. I was looking through my Winstonia plates and saw this adorable whale design. I thought it was adorable and could add to my otherwise boring classic pink and white pedicure.
I used OPI Tickle My France-y (might be becoming my "go to" pinks) and added an arrow tip in Art Deco white as well as the whale design from Winstonia W108 in Art Deco black.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Swatch: Zoya Tallulah

I liked the blue from my last Toetally Tuesday post so much that I decided I would swatch it for a separate post. This is one of the most cheery cobalt blues that you will probably ever find.  An added bonus is that it has a shimmer finish! Keeps it interesting.