What I wore today (for the last time)

13 Apr


  • Cardigan:  Target
  • Sequin tee:  Kohl’s
  • Skirt:  Talbots
  • Shoes:  Guess
  • Necklace:  Judith Ripka

Well, this skirt had a pretty good run, didn’t it?  From what I can tell I’ve had it for a couple of years now.  Today I snagged it in not one, but two different places, and after attempting to put all the threads back where they belong, I gave up and realized it’s just time to let it go.

No, I still haven’t seen Frozen, but I’m sure my last sentence just made someone somewhere break into song.



OPI Toucan Do It If You Try

1 Apr

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try | whenlifehandsyouapear.com

Put on your sunglasses because I’ve got a BRIGHT polish to share with you today.  It’s OPI Toucan Do It If You Try from the Spring/Summer 2014 Brazil Collection.

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try | whenlifehandsyouapear.com

I did my best to  capture the intensity of this shade, but I’ll admit, it’s still much brighter in person than it looks in my photos.

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try | whenlifehandsyouapearThink neon.


And traffic cones.

OPI Toucan Do It If You Try

And Cheetos.

Or at least the dust Cheetos leave behind on your fingers.  Seriously.

I’m a little disappointed because the color is so much brighter on my nails than in the bottle where it looks more coral and less ‘fluorescent safety vest’.  Some people said the formulas in this collection were perfect, but I had some issues with streakiness and opacity on this color.  The jury is still out on whether or not I’m keeping this one.

I mean, I like it.   It is fun and unexpected, and it looks like summer.

But man, it’s BRIGHT.


What do you do with nail polish you’re not sure about?  Do you hang onto it hoping it’ll grow on you, or do you pass it on to someone who will give it the love it deserves?

What I wore today

30 Mar


  • Top:  Banana Republic Non-iron shirt
  • Skirt:  Talbots Bonded Lace Pencil Skirt
  • Belt: TJ Maxx
  • Shoes:  Nine West, TJ Maxx
  • Necklace:  Banana Republic

I really wanted to wear my shirt tucked in and eliminate the belt today, but I couldn’t because, thanks to my pearness, the waist band of this skirt is a few inches too big and gapes like crazy.

And I DESPISE paying for alterations.  I realize it’s a fact of life, especially for someone as short and curvy as myself, but unless I suddenly become an expert seamstress, it’s something I need to get used to.

Because I’ve spent so much the last few times I’ve gotten things altered I’ve finally learned that I need to keep that expense in mind when selecting clothes.  I may love a dress that almost fits, but if I’m going to have to pay another $30 to have the shoulders taken up, do I still love the dress and am I willing to pay that?

OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby

26 Mar

OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby. | whenlifehandsyouapear.comThis is OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby from the Gwen Stefani collection.  It’s a beautiful matte gold, so it has some shimmer especially when paired with a top coat, but isn’t quite as ‘in your face’ as a lot of gold polishes out right now.

OPI Love. Angel. Music. Baby. | whenlifehandsyouapear.com

I love it and see myself wearing it quite a bit, especially this summer.  Since the Gwen Stefani collection of polishes has been out for a while now I’ve seen it on clearance at Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA.

What I wore today

16 Mar

whenlifehandsyouapear.com Stein Mart dress and cardigan

  • Dress:  Stein Mart
  • Cardigan: Stein Mart
  • Shoes:  Guess
  • Belt:  JCPenney
  • Necklace:  Target

And then here is what happened when I walked over to the camera to push the timer button and came back to find Thelma had claimed the spot where I was going to stand.


I’m also wearing a ‘new to me’ color that doesn’t remotely go with my outfit, but I love it so much I’m totally okay with it.  This color is China Glaze’s Custom Kicks.

China Glaze Custom Kicks turquoise nail polish whenlifehandsyouapear.com

It’s THE perfect shade of turquoise, although I think it looks lighter blue in my photos than it really is, and I’m not so great at adjusting colors. Google it.  I promise it’s awesome.

China Glaze Custom Kicks

I picked it up at a big local beauty supply store I found on Yelp a few months back and have a love/hate relationship with.   I LOVE the store because they have hundreds, maybe thousands of kinds of polish and it’s fun to look through all of them and score some fantastic deals.   (Most China Glaze is $3, Essie is $3.75, and OPI is $4.50! ) They have colors and brands that Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA just don’t carry.

At the same time I hate the store because a lot of the polishes look really old and separated and the colors are off, I often have to ask how much things are because not everything is marked, and the two men that work there sometimes make me feel like they’re doing me a huge favor just ringing up my purchases or even letting me shop in the store.

And yet I keep going back.

I guess sometimes good customer service isn’t that important to me.


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