Fashion Friday 6/14/13

A lot of teachers I know and work with — okay, pretty much all of them — often admit they need a week or two to decompress from the school year once summer break starts.  Of course, summer is short, and most teachers have a lot of work to do over the summer (even if they aren’t teaching classes).  I know this shatters a myth many people like to believe, that we spend a couple of months just doing nothing but draw a paycheck.  (Trust me, in seventeen years of teaching, I’ve never encountered any teacher for whom that was actually true.)

Anyway, a week or two out of ten is an awful big chunk of time to spend decompressing.  So sometimes, the first weekend of summer, you have to make a grand statement, metaphorically, to shock your system into understanding you really are on summer break.

right hand watermelon

And the other hand…

left hand watermelon

This gets the point across nicely.

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Fashion Friday 4/12/13

One of the most fun and low-impact ways to experiment with one’s appearance is with nail art.  It’s a short-term commitment at best and is small enough not to freak people out when you do it.  Sometimes inconspicuous, sometimes splashy, it’s still just on your fingernails, so it’s all low-key.  Even less noticeable is nail art on your toes, even if you wear sandals.

 

left hand tropical nail art

 

This effect was created with ordinary nail polish for a base coat, and then the flower designs were hand-painted using different sizes of brush and metal tips.  In case the colors don’t show up well on your screen, the base coat is mauve, the flowers are white shot through with green, and there are understated silver glitter accents at their centers.  The flowers weren’t all situated in the middles of all my nails so as to look more…natural?  Is that what we’re going for here?  Anyway, less cookie cutter.  The overall effect is surprisingly tropical and lovely for spring.

 

right hand tropical nail art

And just in case you’ve forgotten, tomorrow is the 13th of the month, so rêveurs and rêveuses, dress accordingly!  I’ll be posting here.  Will you come out of the woodwork and join me?  

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