It’s a beautiful summer day- the rainy season hasn’t set in just yet, and the super-humid Asian summer is still a little way off. I’m going to go outside for a bit, because it would be a crime to stay inside on a day this perfect!
But first, here’s what I’m wearing on my nails! The base color is a periwinkle blue mixed from half China Glaze Bermuda Breakaway and half creme white. On top of that, I just mixed some glitter and clear polish in my silicone baking cup and painted some dark pink, aqua and light pink stripes. A lot of glitter will turn silver when it hits clear nail polish- test a bit first. It has nothing to do with price- I’ve had some cheap glitters stay colorfast and some expensive ones lose their color in a snap. But do test first so you won’t be disappointed!
The finishing touch was some dried flowers and rhinestones. The flowers are easy- just lay them on a layer of wet polish, smooth them gently with a finger or plastic spoon (I use the little sugar spoons from the coffee shop) and then top off with a layer of clear polish. They’re not super-durable but they will last a while. If you really want them to stay on, you’ll have to cover them in a layer of UV gel.
Oh! I just realized where I saw this color combination before…on my summer cotton kimono (yukata).
I’m not really good at making serious faces, but it feels strange to put on a big old smile while in traditional Japanese clothing at the shrine. I’m half-smirking, but in the photos where I didn’t smile, I looked mad. Ya just can’t win sometimes. It’s a very Japanese expression, anyway- I could either be quietly overjoyed or planning murder.