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Instagram Roundup #49

by Jamie Sanford on July 17, 2013

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Catching up with a few weeks of Instagrams, since we got back from the South Dakota roadtrip.

Curls are my summer hair jam.

I was back in the showroom right after getting back from SD.

I had dinner with Jess, one of my high school BFFs, that same week. We hadn’t seen each other in years, but naturally, it felt like we had seen each other 10 minutes ago.

More trials with matte nail polish, and I put a bunch of dots on the ring finger. Too bad my Seche Vite betrayed me with all of those little air bubbles.

This dude did pushups in line at Whole Foods. SMH.

I really hope this isn’t always the case.

I drive past Satin Dolls on my way home from work. It is also known as The Bada Bing, since this is where they filmed that location for The Sopranos. Fitting that they paid tribute to James Gandolfini.

Sassy mannequin at the Calvin Klein outlet.

One day, I want the number of my home to look like this on the door.

People keep interesting things in storage units. The scenes in the drive-in area are always something to behold.

How beautiful is that glove?

Tried this out, it’s waaay too strong for me.

I couldn’t resist some new A England polishes.

My absolute obsession with Elementary continues, but since it’s 2 more months until the season starts, I went back to the well and started reading the source material.

Getting ready for a big round of photography at the office. I am building a fort of dinnerware.

Sharknado was everything I wanted it to be.

I did a big review of magazines I was hoarding for one reason or another. I pulled out certain pages to be scanned for later reference, but I also take pictures. I loved this rainbow Ferragamo.

We were out the other night, and were driving to go find dinner, and I saw a sign for this high school production of The Crucible on the road. I immediately convinced Will that we needed to go, and so we did. Having participated in a spring 1997 production of The Crucible myself, it was really that much more fun.

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Instagram Roundup #43

by Jamie Sanford on June 5, 2013

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Look at the price on these Miu Miu Oxfords, which were featured in my 2012 Birthday Wishlist. I actually gasped when I saw the price, without any sort of dramatic intentions. I was DEVASTATED that they were in the wrong size and already waitlisted.

I’m still exploring new products from the beauty bag I won at Kelly’s Lyme-Aid event. This Body & Boudoir Spray by Naked Princess smells absolutely delicious.

I haven’t used it, but this limited edition Midnight Massage Bar by Lush is shaped like one of Salvador Dali’s melting clocks, and smells divine. My whole linen closet is perfumed.

Wearing Dragon by A England again. I have completely fallen off of the polish obsession, and so now I just want polishes that won’t give me a ton of trouble when I’m applying them. A Englands never let me down. I am contemplating trying to sell off my entire nail polish collection except this brand.

WTF. Police activity at the office on Friday. Apparently there’s a teenage drug ring that needed busting in the little town my office is in.

I got an old 20 the other day. It looks so weird! (Yes, it’s on top of my Spice World DVD. What.)

Fun travel Instagrams in 2 weeks. Next week is a special edition.

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Instagram Roundup #26

by Jamie Sanford on February 6, 2013

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It had started chipping when I took this, but Mysterious Curse by Orly has been pretty great.

I then stuck with blue. The base is OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, with dots of Essie Mesmerize.

It’s probably a whole blog post, but I’ve been on an organizational kick. As I said when I posted this, 17-year-old me would see my enthusiasm over this purchase and possibly attempt suicide. I would like to tell 17-year-old me that I am fully capable of enjoying Nine Inch Nails whilst having an organized closet.

My A England package came! I think I got in before they stopped shipping because of the Royal Mail dramatics.

I bought this hood with a scarf attached from ideeli a while back. It is the warmest.

I found this Savannah Bee Company Beeswax Hand and Nail Salve untouched in my nightstand. It’s a bit greasy but the moisturizing is serious.

This is the current state of my car. It fell victim to bad driving in the snow. You can see that the impact was enough to move my car since I did not park like that in the space. I’m in a rental waiting for the money to come from the insurance company. Old as it may be, I LOVE my car and this made me really sad.

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Polish Project #48

by Jamie Sanford on December 8, 2012

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THE CONCLUSION!

OK, first, let’s see where this all began:

For some reason, it never occurred to me to take a picture of the before shelf with a real camera instead of my phone. Either way, you get the idea. My homemade shelf was STUFFED with polishes, you can sort of see some of the bulging in a few spots. It was clearly out of control. I had no more room to shop, and no REASON to shop.

The Project

So I started this little project, where I figured I should test all of the polishes before I bought any more. I started testing polishes one by one, painting my nails and commenting on a spreadsheet derived from Sara‘s about application and staying power. I took pictures with my phone and blogged about them.

Soon enough, I realized that this was going to take a long damn time, and started grouping polishes by color. I wore a series of 5 pastels at one time – the Easter egg manicure, and did color gradients with purples, reds, blues. The grouping certainly helped things move along much faster. And meant less time exposing my nails to the acetone – and I still use acetone because of this amazing Target plastic bristle jar of polish remover.

I don’t remember how long it took me to break and buy polishes. I do believe I broke down when Walgreens was having a clearance event, and the Sally Hansen HD polishes were something like $1.25 each. I just checked and I was only on post 7, but it was a tough road to go from just collecting polishes to nothing. I bought a few, fell absolutely in love with the first one, and then hunted down the rest, all on clearance. I didn’t feel as bad about it.

So, from there, I bought a few here and there, sometimes on sale, sometimes just stuff I could not resist. I bought Fergie’s Hollywood Walk of Fame because I wanted those stars, and I bought random Orlys because they looked gorgeous. (The Orly polishes did not disappoint.) I definitely picked up some Hunger Games polishes when they were on clearance at Sally’s too, although 2 were for my Mom, who has benefited the most from this experience.

Perhaps the greatest success of this project was Mom telling me that she can’t even look at her old polishes anymore since she has so many fabulous new ones – and let me tell you, Mom had a penchant for some unfortunate brick-hued polishes before. I’m pretty sure her favorite out of what I’ve sent was either a Nicole by OPI shimmery orange (which I can’t find so I think I gave it to her pre-project), or King Arthur by A England. I am going to try to get her started on layering polishes when I see her for the holidays.

So, here at the end, my polish shelf doesn’t look all that different, at least if you only glance at it.

It looks full, right? Also the picture is 1500x better. Either way, you can see that the polishes are not all cramped and shoved in together like they were for the first image. The top 2 shelves are all OPIs, including minis. Then we have China Glaze, Orly, Essie, Sally Hansen, NYC, A England, Sinful Colors, Milani, Revlon, LA Colors, Zoya. The bottom row has Wet ‘n Wild on the far right, with Sephora by OPI next to them, and the rest of the row is single polishes from brands I have not frequented.

Lessons Learned

  • I very much prefer dark polishes to light ones, although the light ones have their moments.
  • I do NOT need every polish in a collection because they are a collection. I know now to check out blogger swatches and decide which polish is something I really want to wear.
  • A England polishes are superior to anything else I currently have in the collection. I bought 3 more of them last week because they had a sale – I have no regret or shame about it. If I was forced to, I would give up the rest of the collection and just use A England forever.
  • I need to get more into layering polishes. My favorite manicure of this entire project was a 3-layer creation.
  • I suck at stamping, and I’m not sure I care.
  • The dotting tool is totally fun. Not as fun as asking your husband to draw dots on your nails with a nail art pen though.

I am going to attempt to keep track of the polishes I use most frequently in 2013. I figure that this is definitely the next best way to cull the herd. I definitely still have a lot of blue and purple polish, probably more than necessary, but things being necessary was never the point of this, was it?

New project for next year, one much more in line with my career intentions. I will keep sharing polish experiences though. Thanks to everyone who read my posts and talked to me about the finer points of nail polish – it was an experience I did not expect.

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Polish Project #24

by Jamie Sanford on September 3, 2012

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96. A England Tristam
97. A England Lady of the Lake

A England Tristam nail polish.

A England Lady of the Lake nail polish.

I wore Tristam after Lady of the Lake but it’s first in the list. I only took an Instagram shot because it is pretty identical in formula and wear to Lady of the Lake. This is Tristam after something like 3 or 4 days, and you can see the little bit of tip wear, and THAT WAS IT.

Here is Lady of the Lake, also after a few days of wear. Still gorgeous with holo and purple and fabulousness.

Thoughts: These are amazing and I just asked my Facebook friends to name their top 5 desert island nail polishes. I think these both would be on my list, and I will have to figure out the rest. Seriously, they are expensive, but if you are a fan of A England on Facebook, eventually you will probably hit a sale. I got these for about $9 each on sale.
Verdict: OBVIOUSLY keeping them both, they are really fantastic.

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