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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!

 

Friday Favorites January 25, 2013

Yay, another Friday!!

Favorite Shoes:

The leopard/neon combo has me swooning for these kate spade ballerina flats.

Favorite Manicure:

Astrowifey killed it with these lace and crystal nails. Gorgeous!

If you are in the Bay Area, Hand Jobs opens tonight at 24k Studios in SF. Hand Jobs is a gallery exhibition of nail art and jewelry. Astrowifey is one of the nail artists participating in this event.

Favorite Recipe To Try:

Key lime fruit dip! Yum!

Favorite Haircut:

I’m in need of a new haircut and I’m loving long layers.

Favorite DIY Project:

V-Day will be here before you know it! Get your craft on making these cute origami hearts for all your valentines.

Enjoy the weekend everyone!

 

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?