Remember to pink before you leap

I’m certainly not the first woman in the world to declare her love for sparkly things — and I know there will never be a time when legions of other lovely ladies will join me! My ex-boyfriend once cleverly provided a graph similar to this one for the LOLs. Please pay special attention to the “shiny things and diamonds olfactory” on the frontal lobe:


(FYI: Don’t Google Image search “woman’s brain.”
What has been seen cannot be unseen. Ick.)

And while the graph above is, you know, sexist and all, I can still see the humor in most of it (except for the bit about men being better drivers than women! Please.) At least where shiny things are concerned, it’s true. Women often flock to shiny, sparkly and pretty things like the famished to an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. I’m certainly a classically pink-loving, silly and often ridiculously girly girl: I start most of my mornings by pouring over my favorites list at Etsy just for the eye candy. All those pink, pretty and shimmery things — all available for purchase? I can buy them quickly and easily with a few clicks on my mouse and they arrive at my door? It’s dangerous, I tell you . . . scary dangerous! And yes, I’ve been misbehaving — buying way more than I should be. And loving every minute of it.

opi_colorsI have all sorts of sparkly things, you see. Shirts, book covers, photo frames, handbags . . . and, of course, jewelry. (Earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets . . . ah, sparkly things!) But my latest sparkly obsession? Nail polish! Well, specifically OPI nail polish. Each petite bottle (yes, women also think “tiny” things are adorable) is packed with loveliness and, in several cases, shimmer and glitter.

And they have ridiculously awesome names. The polish I slathered on last night is called “Pink Before You Leap.” I found an incredibly helpful chart with many of the shades and their respective, cute titles, and I’m now in love with “Mimosas For Mr. & Mrs.” and “Privacy Please” from the soft shades collection! Other awesome titles include “Nice Color, Eh?” from the Canadian Collection, “My Daddy’s The King,” “Cozu-Melted In The Sun” and “Blushingham Palace” from the British Collection (yeah, you know I’m loving that!). Rebecca likes “I’m Not Really A Waitress” (a very vibrant red) and I’m partial to “20 Candles On My Cake.” (It’ll be 24 this summer, but no mind.) There are just so many choices!

strawberry_margaritaIt’s fun to change nail color, too. I went through the blue-and-green nail polish phase, then the black nail polish phase, but I’m happy to report I’ve now come into an era where I wear . . . whatever sort of nail polish suits my mood! I usually stick with the pinks and reds, but tend to be a little more daring in the summertime. I haven’t had my nails professionally done in a while — a tad expensive, plus false nails usually annoy me — so I’ve been doing all the labor myself. This suits me just fine — I like to change the colors often! I’ll let “Pink Before You Leap” set for a bit, and then I’m moving on to . . . “Kyoto Pearl.”