I’m having difficulties uploading photos right now. I’m not sure if it’s my internet connection or flickr AND wordpress or my computer, but I can’t get a damn thing to go anywhere. I will sort it out this weekend. Hang on till then!

In the meantime, here is a picture of me with Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres because reasons.

nathan fillion, myself dressed as zoe from firefly, and gina torres. all smiling.

8 week nail art challenge @ sharmylae.com

  1. Your least used colour
  2. Metallic or glitter
  3. French tips
  4. Polka dots
  5. Stripes
  6. Follow a tutorial
  7. Water marbling
  8. Something epic!

Phew! Between finishing up my job, moving to Toronto, and attending Fan Expo, I have really fallen behind in my Nail Art Challenge posts.

nails painted black with white dots on the ring fingernail

I did these on the correct week, but it was a hurried manicure. I didn’t even top coat these since my top coat was almost out and would basically destroy the work I’d been doing.

nails painted black with white dots on the ring fingernail

Only a couple iPhone shots for these ones. I’d love to try them again, with dominoes on every nail, and maybe reversing the accent nail’s colours…

nails painted black with white dots on the ring fingernail

Tomorrow I’ll be posting Week 5 (they were painted last night, instead of last week! Eep), and will have Week 6 up over the weekend, or early next week. Then I’ll be back on track!

nails painted black with white dots on the ring fingernail

I’ll be posting my favourite Fan Expo pictures at somepoint soon, so if you’re not one of my facebook friends and you’re into nerdy costumes, get excited!

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Okay, what colour is this shirt? Is it wine? Is it plum? Is it burgundy? I can’t seem to decide which colour name fits best.

WIW - Wine

I do know that it’s one of my favourite things I own. I’ve had it since high school and it’s one of few tops I have that have remained intact over the past 8 or so years. The only downside is that it gets wrinkled very easily. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked back at photos of me wearing this shirt and been like, “What the heck?” because it looks a hot mess. Like this week’s manicure, it looks better in person.

WIW - Wine

top: Reitmansleggings: Zellers – cardigan: Old Navy

WIW - Wine

When my hair grows, I need to twist it to maintain its dreadlock shape. Usually, when I twist my hair, I braid it together and keep it in this style for a few days or a week or, if I listened to my mother, two weeks. I used to hate keeping it like this for any length of time, and would take it out at the first opportunity. The result is wavy dreads, which I love, but it means that I have to  should twist my hair more often, as the new growth doesn’t get as much time to bond into dreads.

WIW - Wine

Recently, I’ve begun to like the hairstyle more and more. Maybe it’s because I now see the merits of letting my hair reform into the hairstyle I’ve grown so attached to in the fifteen years I’ve worn it. What can I say… I love my hair. Dreadlocks forever!

WIW - Wine

 

Whew! Is it that time again already?

8 week nail art challenge @ sharmylae.com

  1. Your least used colour
  2. Metallic or glitter
  3. French tips
  4. Polka dots
  5. Stripes
  6. Follow a tutorial
  7. Water marbling
  8. Something epic!

Nail Art Challenge Week 3

Just a quick post this week. I wanted to try something similar to what I did last week, but with an Avenger in mind. This time I chose the deadly and beautiful Black Widow! Since her ledger is full of red, I went for red as the base and black for the tips. Then I did a bit of crackle between the red and black, as if the black was trying to reclaim the red space.

Nail Art Challenge Week 3

This manicure looks way better in person. It just refused to photograph well. I am also in dire need of new top coat, so that cut down on the beauty of these photos as well.

Nail Art Challenge Week 3

But the point of the challenge is to do something interesting, and I got what I wanted out of these nails. Especially since I feel that if I had to, I could defend with them. There are a lot of layers of polish on here!

Nail Art Challenge Week 3

I took some iPhone photos that turned out a little better in regards to the detail of the pseudo French tip. Don’t mind the quality.

Nail Art Challenge Week 3

The site was down last Friday, and I didn’t want to post Fashion Friday on Sunday (when I had the time to finish writing it), so I’ve saved it for tomorrow. Get excited.

Nail Art Challenge Week 3

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Another week, another round of apartment hunting. So exhausting! Anyway, here’s my week 2 manicure!

8 week nail art challenge @ sharmylae.com

  1. Your least used colour
  2. Metallic or glitter
  3. French tips
  4. Polka dots
  5. Stripes
  6. Follow a tutorial
  7. Water marbling
  8. Something epic!

Nail Art Challenge Week 2

I chose metallic! I had actually been wearing glitter for over a week after my Hulk nails had to be decommissioned, but I forgot to get a picture of them in the first few days, and after that they just got more and more chipped… And I ignored it because it gave me something to pick at due to stress. Last night I regained some self control and finally did another manicure. Pardon the messiness of the manicure but I didn’t want to wait too long before photos!
Nail Art Challenge Week 2

Of course, I stepped on the toes of next week (French Tips) with this one, but at least the crackle is far enough away from traditional that it won’t feel boring doing tips again next week.

Nail Art Challenge Week 2

Speaking of next week, I’ve been toying with another Avengers-related idea… But I can’t decide which one. Black Widow? Thor? Hawkeye? I have a plan for Captain America nails during the challenge too. I could also just go with a random colour, depending on how I feel that day. I do prefer to have a plan, though. Maybe I’ll try out one of my many subtle Star Trek ideas… There is much to mull over…

Nail Art Challenge Week 2

Tomorrow I’ll have a sweet outfit post for you, showcasing one of my favourite tops ever, and a hairstyle I used to hate. Interesting how things change as you get older further into your twenties.

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When I was a kid, my mom’s then-partner used to make the most delicious peanut butter cookies. As a child who hated the cloying feeling of peanut butter trapped between two thin slices of white bread (a thought that still makes my tongue curl up in disgust), these cookies were a revolution in peanut butter. Long after I had forgotten what life was really like in those days, I remembered the smell of those cookies, the indentations of a fork’s tines, and the light, sweet taste of peanut butter heaven.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

I still don’t really like peanut butter in anything other than baked goods (apple slices and peanut butter being the exception to the rule), but recently I got bit by the baking bug and decided I had to have these cookies for the first time since I was ten years old.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

These aren’t really those cookies. They were a little burnt (my oven runs hot), and were crunchy rather than soft (I left them in a little too long), but the taste was nearly spot on.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

And my coworkers (the only taste testers) were pretty happy with them.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Want to whip up a batch? You could have delicious snacks in about an hour.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Original Recipe and blog post, complete with beautiful images, can be found here.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

(Yield: ~2 dozen, if you make them the right size)

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Enjoy!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

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Okay, before you do anything, go watch this video. Go ahead, I’ll wait.


Q.U.E.E.N by Janelle Monáe featuring Erykah Badu

Now check out my outfit. BAM. I belong in that video.

WIW: Black & White

I’ve been down with the black and white stripes for a while, but I recently bought an EPIC dress from Target that’s black and white and striped all over. It was my graduation dress. Ever since, I’ve found myself wearing black and white more and more.

WIW: Black & White

This outfit is evidence of that. I love to match! The little jacket isn’t something I would usually pair with this top, but I acted on impulse… and loved it.

WIW: Black & White

jacket: Addition Elle - shirt: City Chic Online - leggings: City Chic Online shoes: Converse

I even got compliments from strangers! How weird is that? I’m not even joking. I may or may not have revealed that just to brag. You be the judge.

WIW: Black & White

 

Phew! I have been away too long! Friday I was travelling around Toronto looking at apartments and panicking… And then a good friend came to visit and the weekend suddenly got AWESOME. Then there was further apartment panic… Today is the first day I’ve really felt up to blogging. At long last! Now I can reveal my nails for week one of the challenge!

8 week nail art challenge @ sharmylae.com

  1. Your least used colour
  2. Metallic or glitter
  3. French tips
  4. Polka dots
  5. Stripes
  6. Follow a tutorial
  7. Water marbling
  8. Something epic!

hand with fingers splayed, nails painted green nail

One of my lovely friends got me this green as part of a set of nail polish where each colour represented an avenger. This one, of course, is the Hulk. Other people might call this colour grey – while I agree that it’s greyish, it’s firmly green to my eye. And I’ve never thought this about anything green before, but I’m not sure this colour is for me?

hands with green nails holding two bottles of nail polish, one green and one purple

I paired it with a dark purple I may not have worn before. I can’t remember. Since I continue to be weirdly into Joss Whedon’s Avengers (enough so that my friends get me avengers things as presents) I went for a Hulk themed manicure.

Nail Art Challenge Week 1

I went with a jagged purple tip to emulate his torn shorts, and painstakingly painted his face on with a couple striper polishes I got at zellers a while back. It was difficult! But also super fun. I used some fun scissors my mom gave me to cut tape into weird patterns, and stuck them across my nail semi-regularly.

Nail Art Challenge Week 1

The tape is much harder to cut than I thought it would be. I love the purple, though. I can’t think why I haven’t used it more often.

Nail Art Challenge Week 1

Well, that’s it! Week one done. Anyone else got some sweet or challenging nails to show off?

Nail Art Challenge Week 1

Hmm… looking at these pictures, I like the colour even more now… There is no end to the Hulk’s power.

 

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“Current” here meaning “always”. Because an obsession spanning four years can’t really be considered a passing fancy. It’s ongoing. Perpetual. And awesome.

big pile of nail polish on a bed

As you can see, I have a lot of nail polish. That pile is a significant portion, but I’m telling you: I have at least 100 bottles of nail polish. Not including top/base coats. I have a problem.

nine bottles of blue nail polish

It’s not really a shopping problem. Though I do buy more nail polish than I should (I likely average about one per month), I don’t buy a lot. In fact, most of my collection was free.

Nail Polish Collection

Free here meaning given to me. My friends know I love nail polish – I get some for almost every present-buying occassion. My mom paints her nails a lot too, and when she doesn’t like a colour, she passes it on to me. Basically, when you want to get me a present, nail polish is a good bet. Provided I don’t already have the colour (this has happened multiple times).

Nail Polish Collection

I have nail polish in every colour. I even have pink – a colour I don’t actually like, but have been known to wear once a year or so.

Nail Polish Collection

I love doing my nails. It’s relaxing and exciting and they make a great conversation starter. Especially when I’m wearing something nerdy. I love it so much I made up a list of challenges to do with my friends last summer…

Nail Polish Collection

captain sharmie’s 8 week nail challenge

  1. Your least used colour
  2. Metallic or glitter
  3. French tips
  4. Polka dots
  5. Stripes
  6. Follow a tutorial
  7. Water marbling
  8. Something epic!

nail art - black nails with rainbow dots

I loved doing this challenge last year. It was a great way to connect with my friends when we were spread across the country. And it gave me an excuse to do something creative on my nails, rather than the traditional one colour manicure.

Nail Polish Collection

As a way to get back into painting my nails creatively, once a week (er, maybe) I’ll post an original nail art design based on this challenge. One or two might even come with a tutorial (if I can figure out how to get my camera to do what I want).

Nail Polish Collection

Beware: there are nerdy nails coming soon…

TARDIS nail

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I like to name my outfits. When I do, I feel less like I’m dressed, and more like I’m costumed. Being in costume means being in character, feeling confident, and having fun. Feeling a little whimsical – okay, when am I not – I named this one Business Pirate. Still corporate enough for my office, but amusing enough for me!

black female with dreads wearing a white blouse, red belt, and black patterened shorts

shirt: thrifted – belt: Addition Elle shorts: City Chic Online

black female with dreads wearing a white blouse, red belt, and black patterened shorts

I haven’t worn my hair like this in a while. I think it’s cute, but it sometimes gets annoying. For some reason, hair in my face is easier to deal with when all my dreads are hanging free! I couldn’t help but pair this style to this outfit, though… I can just imagine my dreads blowing in the wind as I captain a ship across the seven seas…

black female with dreads wearing a white blouse, red belt, and black patterened shorts

The name Business Pirate is partially inspired by Business Animals, a collection of comics from Scenes From A Multiverse  by Jonathan Rosenberg that I picked up on a whim at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in June. Totally the funniest comic I’ve ever read. You should check it out. And maybe buy the book too. Because seriously – so funny. I embarassed myself in public reading it on more than one occassion.

Have you seen any fabulous outfit posts lately? I’d love to check out some new bloggers! Leave a comment with a link, if you’ve got any suggestions for me.