Hi. I am Valerie, the Sassy Housewife, wife of Z and mama to Sam. Creative brain, space cadet, sewist, quilter, painter, DIYer, lover of marshmallows, and author of this blog that has been dead for the past couple months.
It's nice to (re)meet you. It's nice to be back.
Some of my kind readers and dear friends have been asking me whats going on? And I don't know, really. I mean the holidays hit me hard. I feel like they were a coma that I haven't fully awakened from yet. I know it's the end of January and everyone else in the world dealt with it and moved on, but I'm not quite there yet. So please be patient with me. I want to get back in the swing of blogging... I need to. I enjoy it, and love the creative and brain outlet it offers me, but sometimes it feels big and overwhelming and I just need to step out for a bit. So I stepped out.
But now I am back.
With no promises of regularity.
So there's that.
Here's something fun to get us started on an unseasonably warm Monday. (I mean, I know I live in KS, but 66 degrees in January is weird.) It's crazy.
My good friend Amy Lee recently converted me to The Fancy Side. In Amy's words, "The Fancy side is like the dark side, but with glitter and pretty stuff." She is mostly referring to her new nail polish/nail art obsession to which I have also been sucked in. Which is actually pretty significant if you know me and my history with polish... I have mostly always been terrified of it. I would even go so far as to say I was anti-polish. I mean, take care of your nails, a nice manicure doesn't hurt anyone, but I never really liked color. Until recently. And I don't even really know what it was that changed my mind. I just suddenly wanted fancy, fun fingernails.
My very first fancy side mani was done at Amy's house after a few glasses of Sangria, So I feel like I can confidently blame either Amy or the Sangria or both for this particular life change.
|Sparkle fade |
essie: Beyond Cozy
|Golden and braided|
China Glaze: Passion
On NYE Amy created Champagne nails for me with a subtle gold and tiny bubbles... and would you believe I never even took a picture? They were so amazing. We'll have to make it happen again sometime.
This color may be my new favorite... it's coppery, gold, and pink all at the same time. It's a bit more sparkly than a metallic but not quite a microglitter. It's amazing. And shimmery. And definitely Fancy Side bait.
|OPI Liquid Sand: Can't Let Go|
|essie: Sand Tropez|
and a Sharpie!
OPI: Hawaiian Orchid
I have actually really enjoyed doing my nails. It's my little naptime guilty pleasure. I sit down and relax fox about 15 minutes and do may nails. It's kinda nice. It's a break from the crazy. And anyone who has (or has ever had) a toddler knows how crazy and manic a mama can feel if she doesn't take the time to relax even for just a few tiny moments each day.
I feel like I am getting better at my nails... especially at that dominant hand! So hard to master. For that reason I havn't really done anything toooooooo crazy with my nails, but I am having fun learning. You should check out some of the nails Amy Lee has done... her's are crazy fun!
I don't know if I can commit to making this a regular installment on the blog... but I do have a few things I still want to show you about my nails. Some tips and tools for beginners and junk that I use, etc. Plus I'll want to show off my manicures as I get better and more adventurous. What do you think, anyone else interested in Mani mondays?