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Manicure Monday: Chinese New Year Edition February 25, 2013

Saturday night was the Chinese New Year parade here in San Francisco. We were able to score a pretty sweet view from a rooftop along the parade route. The parade is one of the top ten parades in the world and the largest of it’s kind outside of Asia! It is also one of the few remaining night illuminated parades in the country. There were lots of dragons, lions, beautifully decorated floats, marching bands, martial arts groups, dancers, and of course a ton of firecrackers! Many of the groups in the parade incorporated snakes into their costumes or floats to celebrate the Year of the Snake. The finale featured the Golden Dragon, at 268 feet it is the longest dragon in the Western Hemisphere and requires more than 100 people to carry it.

On to the nails:

Year of the Snake

I used Gelish Hot Rod Red as the base color. The gold glitter is Julep Oscar and for the snake I used Nubar nail art pens in Mint, Neon Lime, Basic White and Black.

CNY Year of the Snake

To see last year’s CNY mani click HERE.

Year of the Snake

West Coast Lion Dance Troupe

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Wells Fargo turned the beloved Lombard Street into a snake. So clever!

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SFPD Lion Dance Team

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Giant Fortune Cookie

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The 268′ Golden Dragon carried by Leung’s White Crane Dragon and Lion Dance Association.

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

 

Manicure Monday: Catching Up January 21, 2013

Sorry about my lack of posts the last couple of weeks. I’ve been settling into a new job and a new schedule. I took pictures of some of my manis over the past couple weeks and will share those with you now.

This first manicure is Julep Mila. I did this mani when I was planning on participating in Judi’s “Julep January” theme. Watch Judi’s eye opening video to find out why “Julep January” didn’t last very long. I knew the Julep bottles contained less polish than standard bottles but to see how much is actually contained in those bottles was enough to make me second guess my Julep Maven subscription. I’m still debating on whether I want to continue as a Julep Maven. On one hand I love the excitement of it but on the other hand I feel like I am getting ripped off. I’m most likely going to be cancelling in the next day or two before February’s box ships. What are your thoughts on the Julep Maven program?

Julep Mila

For my next mani I wanted to incorporate the color of the year: EMERALD. I added a little leopard print and I was good to go!
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Emerald Leopard

On to my current mani: I took inspiration from one of the nail sets I created for sugarshorts available HERE.

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Skulls and red roses with silver studs.

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What’s on your nails?

 

Manicure Monday: Christmas Edition December 24, 2012

 

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the holidays. Here’s a pretty quick and simple Christmas mani I did with candy canes and snowmen. I love how it turned out!

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What’s on your nails?

 

 

Manicure Monday: SantaCon Edition December 17, 2012

This past Saturday was SantaCon¬†here in San Francisco. SantaCon is everyone’s chance to be Santa! Dress up as Santa or any of his merry helpers (elves, trees, reindeer, milk and cookies, etc) and spread the Christmas cheer! SantaCon originated in San Francisco in 1994 and now takes place in 37 countries and 276 cities. Ways of participating in SantaCon are passing out candy canes, giving toys to children, giving gloves/hats to homeless, having a snowball fight, etc. In general, Santa consumes many adult beverages during SantaCon and the entire city turns into a bar crawl.

Here are some pictures from the 2012 SF SantaCon:

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Unfortunately the weather was cold and rainy but it was so much fun seeing red EVERYWHERE!!! Some people came up with some very creative costumes as well. Our little group was made up of a reindeer, a Christmas tree and a Santa.

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I dressed as a Christmas tree for SantaCon so I decided to paint my nails with Christmas presents!

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What things do you do to spread the holiday cheer?