Nail polish is a Gateway Makeup

IMG_4079Turns out that nail polish was a gateway makeup for me. I have enjoyed trying out new colours, new textures and new finishes so much that I realized that it was a part of me that I wanted to expand. Then came the rest of the make up.

Doing my face, hair, jewelry, nails and clothing has become a diversion for me. It is easy to argue that there is not enough time, and I certainly would not want anyone to feel that they need to elevate this to the status of the mandatory work out, for instance, but it is an expression of who I am.

When I indulge in this rather unnecessary pursuit of the perfect outfit or a matching look I feel like I have reclaimed a part of myself. The little girl that cried when her mother said that the pretty dress was only for special occasions and that she could not wear it outside to play, is cheering. I have brought this piece of joy back into my life. A small, yet significant, practise of coneiya, reclaiming a part of myself that was lost and becoming more fully whole.

Creating an outfit, a look, is a form of artistic expression. I need to dress each day before I go out, or the neighbours get really upset! So why not put some thought into the outfit? I got some great advice. Stay away from black, white and grey. The advice came from a woman that encourages other women to dress for their own style and she did not say that ‘No One’ should wear these colours, they are just not the right colours, or lack of colours, for me.

So that is the point. If I choose to wear colours it brings me into a whole new arena of what to wear. I can spin through most clothing stores in a matter of moments. The black and greys make up 85% of the clothing. I only need to slow down if there is a colour on the rack. This saves an enormous amount of time!

Another tool I’ve been using is a colour palate. This is not a template of the colours I MUST wear, it is a guide to the colours that suit my personality. The idea is to choose those outfits that come in colours that resonate with this palate. Picking out nail polish with this colour scheme in mind is a whole new experience.

It has allowed me to get away from the pinks and reds and move into teal, a muted orange and a shimmering brown. These colours match the palate and so they match the clothing that I am choosing, automatically.

Now, unfortunately, I have a gorgeous nail polish on today, that doesn’t yet match anything that I own. It is a high gloss, monochromatic orange that ever so slightly approaches a brown. It is not brown, but it is not ‘bright’ orange either. The biggest decision was, Do I put on a second coat to completely eliminate the possibility of light shinning through the nails, given the wrong lighting? Or, do I stay with a single coat and maximize the shine and finish? I know that I could put a topcoat on, but alas, I’m not likely to do that!

The more coats of nail polish, the longer the whole process takes and you know where I’m going with this, the less likely it will get done at all. So, I’m sending a warning to all of those individuals that are playing with nail polish. It may be a gateway makeup.

Lighting Dictates Nailpolish

IMG_3884Everyone that seriously wears nail polish has discovered that it is not so much your outfit, it is the lighting that defines what shade you should wear. I noted at the liberal convention that the dark rooms, constructed to focus light on the stage with enough ambient light to get around safely; the dark glossy red was perfect. The shine picked up the mellow yellows of it the light reflecting a gold colour, which made it match my fabulous jewelry. The high gloss, rich, red, colour of it is jewel like.

Dianne Lockhart, from ‘The Good Wife’, always has it right. The combination of class and good taste is reflected in all of her styles. She wears a silver, which is almost white, that make her nails light up next to the papers she is often holding. Shiny, a little taste of style accenting her fingers as they work. I think that I found this colour in a half off bin today!

Earlier today I knew that I would have a lot of hand exposure. I was helping the speakers set up and fortunately, for me and my hands; there was a tabletop touch template for the projector and computer. So, picture this, lecture hall lighting. The lights at the front, where I would be standing, slightly dimmed to allow better viewing of the lit screen. My nail polish had to be semi-solid colours, the ones that are too see through for the lighting at the mall (that can highlight a bad paint job). These are the ones that have a semi gloss finish. I chose a rather purple side of pink. It is the right shade for gold jewelry and stands up well in the dimmer lighting.

My opinion is that you have to think of the hand and how it looks on its own. Don’t rely on matching what you are wearing. If the hand looks co-coordinated, it simply doesn’t matter.

In the pool, the dark colour looks horrendous. It is too much. A lighter white accents the surroundings. The glossy finish has the right feel for the water and the pool. Two coats are necessary because the sun will shine right through the polish if it is not thick enough. I think it works and you have no idea what I was wearing. What do you think?

So I had great fun banging dramatically with my fingers on the console that controlled the projector knowing full well how to get it to work but taking the time to enjoy focusing the attention on my hands and making gestures. Fun stuff. I knew my nails looked amazing!

Those are the three types of lighting that I am confident that I had the right nail polish for. Now, to figure out what works in the boardroom…VERY unapologetic lighting… I love it when the most difficult thing to decide in a day is the colour of your nail polish.

Beauty and Style

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had a friend visit. We communicate regularly about work and family things but it is usually a text or an email. Sometimes there will be a call, but we are not the type of friends that would talk on the phone for hours and discuss all of the minor and major changes in our lives.

She was in town, which is rare because she lives on the other side of the country, and she came over for drinks on the deck. She looked fabulous! Now let me explain. We are both professional women and in our offices, the dress is casual, non-conspicuous. I have often thought that I would shop in a men’s shop just to buy the right type of suit (I never did this) but it is the predominant type of clothing that everyone wears, so it made sense to buy something and add a nice blouse or a scarf or something to spruce it up a bit.

So, she shows up and she looks great. She looks just as she should. Her clothing is comfortable and fashionable looking and I am astonished at how nicely she is dressed. I mention it and she tells me about a website that has directed her on how to pull together a look. I am intrigued.

Well, let me tell you. It makes all of the difference in the world. I have largely ignored the world of fashion. All of the new looks and styles are lost on me. I am no longer 20 something and built for the runway fashions. I usually go into a store and see what I might wear and whether or not it fits and that is about it.

This fashion website is different. It takes you through an examination of your personality and says what type of clothing and colours would look best on a person with your natural way of being in the world. I knew that it had made all of the difference for my friend, so I started to examine the material.

A whole new style in how I dress and present myself seemed to be in order. As I age, the texture of my hair has gone from poker straight to unmanageable. Despite my best efforts to find a style that suits me, and is wash and wear, I have been finding that I simply could not find one. So, like the universe usually does, it provided a possible solution.

There is a funny feeling that comes over you when you feel like you have found something worthwhile. The site was filled with all kinds of real women in before and after photos. I had seen an example in real life and I was intrigued.

So this is my newest thing. I am slowly changing my look to better reflect who I am as a person and it is bringing joy into my life. I have never embraced how important it is to have a style of my own, beyond, clean and well groomed and it has been eye opening. Many of my friends and co-workers are amazed at how much better I look.

The most astonishing thing for me is how fun it is. Because you are looking for types of fabric, colours and cuts, rather than buying the latest fashions, it makes it possible to shop at the thrift stores and find high quality, gorgeous pieces that suit you. These are pieces that cost very little and yet enhance your look. Wow! The little girl that played dress up and put on makeup has been re-invited into my life. As the practise of Coneiya teaches us, embracing your entire self is important to your happiness and this little girl had been ignored for too long.

 

Nailpolish is a Gateway Makeup

IMG_4079Turns out that nail polish was a gateway makeup for me. I have enjoyed trying out new colours, new textures and new finishes so much that I realized that it was a part of me that I wanted to expand. Then came the rest of the make up.

Doing my face, hair, jewelry, nails and clothing has become a diversion for me. It is easy to argue that there is not enough time, and I certainly would not want anyone to feel that they need to elevate this to the status of the mandatory work out, for instance, but it is an expression of who I am.

When I indulge in this rather unnecessary pursuit of the perfect outfit or a matching look I feel like I have reclaimed a part of myself. The little girl that cried when her mother said that the pretty dress was only for special occasions and that she could not wear it outside to play, is cheering. I have brought this piece of joy back into my life. A small, yet significant, practise of coneiya, reclaiming a part of myself that was lost and becoming more fully whole.

Creating an outfit, a look, is a form of artistic expression. I need to dress each day before I go out, or the neighbours get really upset! So why not put some thought into the outfit? I got some great advice. Stay away from black, white and grey. The advice came from a woman that encourages other women to dress for their own style and she did not say that ‘No One’ should wear these colours, they are just not the right colours, or lack of colours, for me.

So that is the point. If I choose to wear colours it brings me into a whole new arena of what to wear. I can spin through most clothing stores in a matter of moments. The black and greys make up 85% of the clothing. I only need to slow down if there is a colour on the rack. This saves an enormous amount of time!

Another tool I’ve been using is a colour palate. This is not a template of the colours I MUST wear, it is a guide to the colours that suit my personality. The idea is to choose those outfits that come in colours that resonate with this palate. Picking out nail polish with this colour scheme in mind is a whole new experience.

It has allowed me to get away from the pinks and reds and move into teal, a muted orange and a shimmering brown. These colours match the palate and so they match the clothing that I am choosing, automatically.

Now, unfortunately, I have a gorgeous nail polish on today, that doesn’t yet match anything that I own. It is a high gloss, monochromatic orange that ever so slightly approaches a brown. It is not brown, but it is not ‘bright’ orange either. The biggest decision was, Do I put on a second coat to completely eliminate the possibility of light shinning through the nails, given the wrong lighting? Or, do I stay with a single coat and maximize the shine and finish? I know that I could put a topcoat on, but alas, I’m not likely to do that!

The more coats of nail polish, the longer the whole process takes and you know where I’m going with this, the less likely it will get done at all. So, I’m sending a warning to all of those individuals that are playing with nail polish. It may be a gateway makeup.

Beauty and Style

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had a friend visit. We communicate regularly about work and family things but it is usually a text or an email. Sometimes there will be a call, but we are not the type of friends that would talk on the phone for hours and discuss all of the minor and major changes in our lives.

She was in town, which is rare because she lives on the other side of the country, and she came over for drinks on the deck. She looked fabulous! Now let me explain. We are both professional women and in our offices, the dress is casual, non-conspicuous. I have often thought that I would shop in a men’s shop just to buy the right type of suit (I never did this) but it is the predominant type of clothing that everyone wears, so it made sense to buy something and add a nice blouse or a scarf or something to spruce it up a bit.

So, she shows up and she looks great. She looks just as she should. Her clothing is comfortable and fashionable looking and I am astonished at how nicely she is dressed. I mention it and she tells me about a website that has directed her on how to pull together a look. I am intrigued.

Well, let me tell you. It makes all of the difference in the world. I have largely ignored the world of fashion. All of the new looks and styles are lost on me. I am no longer 20 something and built for the runway fashions. I usually go into a store and see what I might wear and whether or not it fits and that is about it.

This fashion website is different. It takes you through an examination of your personality and says what type of clothing and colours would look best on a person with your natural way of being in the world. I knew that it had made all of the difference for my friend, so I started to examine the material.

A whole new style in how I dress and present myself seemed to be in order. As I age, the texture of my hair has gone from poker straight to unmanageable. Despite my best efforts to find a style that suits me, and is wash and wear, I have been finding that I simply could not find one. So, like the universe usually does, it provided a possible solution.

There is a funny feeling that comes over you when you feel like you have found something worthwhile. The site was filled with all kinds of real women in before and after photos. I had seen an example in real life and I was intrigued.

So this is my newest thing. I am slowly changing my look to better reflect who I am as a person and it is bringing joy into my life. I have never embraced how important it is to have a style of my own, beyond, clean and well groomed and it has been eye opening. Many of my friends and co-workers are amazed at how much better I look.

The most astonishing thing for me is how fun it is. Because you are looking for types of fabric, colours and cuts, rather than buying the latest fashions, it makes it possible to shop at the thrift stores and find high quality, gorgeous pieces that suit you. These are pieces that cost very little and yet enhance your look. Wow! The little girl that played dress up and put on makeup has been re-invited into my life. As the practise of Coneiya teaches us, embracing your entire self is important to your happiness and this little girl had been ignored for too long.

 

Lighting Dictates Nailpolish

IMG_3884Everyone that seriously wears nail polish has discovered that it is not so much your outfit, it is the lighting that defines what shade you should wear. I noted at the liberal convention that the dark rooms, constructed to focus light on the stage with enough ambient light to get around safely; the dark glossy red was perfect. The shine picked up the mellow yellows of it the light reflecting a gold colour, which made it match my fabulous jewelry. The high gloss, rich, red, colour of it is jewel like.

Dianne Lockhart, from ‘The Good Wife’, always has it right. The combination of class and good taste is reflected in all of her styles. She wears a silver, which is almost white, that make her nails light up next to the papers she is often holding. Shiny, a little taste of style accenting her fingers as they work. I think that I found this colour in a half off bin today!

Earlier today I knew that I would have a lot of hand exposure. I was helping the speakers set up and fortunately, for me and my hands; there was a tabletop touch template for the projector and computer. So, picture this, lecture hall lighting. The lights at the front, where I would be standing, slightly dimmed to allow better viewing of the lit screen. My nail polish had to be semi-solid colours, the ones that are too see through for the lighting at the mall (that can highlight a bad paint job). These are the ones that have a semi gloss finish. I chose a rather purple side of pink. It is the right shade for gold jewelry and stands up well in the dimmer lighting.

My opinion is that you have to think of the hand and how it looks on its own. Don’t rely on matching what you are wearing. If the hand looks co-coordinated, it simply doesn’t matter.

In the pool, the dark colour looks horrendous. It is too much. A lighter white accents the surroundings. The glossy finish has the right feel for the water and the pool. Two coats are necessary because the sun will shine right through the polish if it is not thick enough. I think it works and you have no idea what I was wearing. What do you think?

So I had great fun banging dramatically with my fingers on the console that controlled the projector knowing full well how to get it to work but taking the time to enjoy focusing the attention on my hands and making gestures. Fun stuff. I knew my nails looked amazing!

Those are the three types of lighting that I am confident that I had the right nail polish for. Now, to figure out what works in the boardroom…VERY unapologetic lighting… I love it when the most difficult thing to decide in a day is the colour of your nail polish.