Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Back to School

Hey Everyone!! Ok. So school started yesterday. My baby joined the ranks of high school. It is so very odd having him go to the same school I went to and even having one of my teachers! We took a tour of the school on Friday and it was a very weird feeling. I was dressed in jeans, sneakers and a t shirt roaming the same halls I used to roam dressed pretty much the same way. We even ran into a teacher that was there when I was so it made it even more strange. I am not enjoying the switch from getting up after 7:30 am to getting up before 6:00 am either. I am hoping I get used to the new schedule quickly because not even coffee is waking me up and I am pretty much in a haze until around noon. I can't tell you how many stupid mistakes I have made the past two mornings because I have not been fully with it. The good news is that I should be back on schedule blogging now. 

In honor of school starting I did a back to school mani which I wore yesterday. I was going to do a full week's worth of back to school designs but I was so tired last night I went for something more simple. I guess this year we will have just one back to school mani. On a side note did you know they now have Crayola Colored Pencils in 36 color packs?! When I was a kid we had 10 (or was it 12) colors!! How in the world are there 36 colored pencils? I was impressed and actually picked up a pack. One of the school supplies T needs is colored pencils and I couldn't pass up the 36 pack even though I know he probably doesn't need that much variety. 36 colors!!! 

Back to the mani. I used a base of Illamasqua Scorch. I don't have a picture of it but I used three coats. I love the polish and the color but the brush makes me a little crazy. It is on the wonky side and applies the polish uneven and streaky. I don't know if all Illamasquas have that problem or just this brush but I am not a fan of that stupid brush. I need to check out my other two Illamasqua polishes to see if they have the annoying brush too.

I used a Sinful Colors striping polish in blue to stamp the loose leaf paper design on Vivid Lacquer nail plate VL008. I think this image is the cutest and it was one of the main reasons I bought the plate. I love the Vivid Lacquer plates and they stamp really well. 

I used a neon purple Sinful Colors stamper and Mash plate Mash-31 to give my papers a happy face.

I have short nails so I was hoping the paper design would actually look like paper. I think it came out pretty cute. I used Wet N Wild Ebony Hates Chris to do the nail art. 

If my nails were a little longer or bigger fitting some school work on there would have been easier. They are growing though so that is a start. 

My right hand didn't quite come out as good as the left but it is still decent enough to show. 

I was so excited to do this mani. I love the paper design so much. 

I had to explain the mani to my mom. She didn't quite get it at first look. I am not sure what that says about the mani but I also had to tell C why there was a check mark next to dog. He didn't quite understand the check marks. 

I thought it made a great first day of school mani. Not exactly high school level work happening on those nails but I don't think an algebra equation was going to fit on there. 

As a nice little bonus for you I have Mr. Neil guarding his food bowl. The big dogs come and push him out of the way and eat his food if you don't watch them. Poor little Neil, he gets no respect. 

That's all for now :)


  1. You have some of the best nail art! Neil is adorable. He looks like a little baffled raccoon.

    1. Aww thank you :)

      Neil thanks you too. Lol he does look like a baffled raccoon. He is the funniest cat. SO LAZY that cat will lay there/sleep all day especially if he is with his humans.

  2. I love the mani and Mr Neil is lovely!

    I've got quite a few Illa polishes and I've never had a wonky brush problem - I think you might have just got a duff bottle there. Hope your others are OK!

    1. Thank you :) Neil says thank you too :)

      Hmm. I figure it is probably the brush. It has a piece that sticks out funny I think. I have been tempted to try and see if I can cut it but it doesn't always stick out and I fear I might make it worse. I think I am going to have to try using a different brush. The polish is really very nice especially for a white.

  3. Awesome back to school mani! I'm 99.9% sure I STILL have the pencil crayons I used in high school 25 years ago in the nightstand beside my bed (and my pencil case too!)....I'm pretty sure I have a 24 pack. Makes me feel old just typing this!

    1. Thanks :)

      Well I have stickers from when I was young that I collected but never wanted to waste. I think any crayons and pencils I had left over I let T destroy when he was little but I do have the weirdest things that I kept all this time.

  4. Now I have another stamp plate lemming! Thanks! ;-)

    1. Oops, sorry about that :) It is a cool plate though lol


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