January 16, 2013

New nails

coffee cup


A few days ago, a lady on the train with mint green nails caught my eye. It reminded me that that's my favorite color, so I copied random-train-lady, and painted my nails the same. It's Mint Candy Apple by Essie. I know it's not a "winter" color. And I know it's not the best paint job. It never is. I'm a pretty sloppy nail painter, if I do say so. But looking at my hands now makes me happy.

I sat on my windowsill and did my nails while looking out at my street, and it was the frigging best feeling. For no particular reason. It just was. I have chronic anxiety and stress... So moments like these are unexpected, beautiful, and such a relief.

I wish I could explain it... and I guess capturing these moments is what this blog is supposed to be all about. But no matter how many inspiring images I post, it doesn't come close to those quiet few minutes I experienced with myself and the Universe. Real life. And maybe real life is un-captureable. Something simple as sitting on a windowsill is all the healing I'll ever need. And the joy it brings is something I'll never be able to fully express.

I guess even if I tried to explain, only I'll ever know what my sloppy painted nails meant to me. Maybe it's better that way. That way, the moment will always be mine. Maybe it's not meant to be shared.

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  1. Lovely nail color!

    It reminds me of a color I wore many years ago when I spent part of my summer in Alaska with my Grandma. It is nice when you find a color that makes you smile.

    Sorry to read of your chronic anxiety, but glad you enjoyed a peaceful moment.

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    1. that sounds like a wonderful summer :) thanks!

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  2. Aw, this post totally resonates with me, as I've had my own challenges with anxiety and stress. Meaningful moments like the one you describe put it all into perspective.

    Am seriously digging the mint nails!

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    1. me too. and i'm glad you understand. xx

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  3. I have this nail polish, and it is seriously the best thing on the planet! Essie is my favorite!

    I really think I know what you mean. Just those random moments in day-to-day life that just all the sudden make everything seem ok, and for a moment you are completely content and happy. Things as silly as the way your dog looks at you, or the way the sun hits your face. I feel like I get it. Haha

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    1. essie is great! the way your dog looks at you... ha :) silly but true.

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  4. That first photo is awesome, and I am thinking I have the same mug (but I can't see the front so I'm not sure) Also maybe that's just a common colour scheme for thrifted mugs as mine says Florida on the front!

    Your nails look lovely and who says mint can't be a Winter colour? I think it looks great! So do your pretty red lips :)

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    1. i see those mugs everywhere in thriftstores! i actually have a collection of them, as well as a tea set in that pattern. i think they're pretty common, but i love them. thank you so much, carly :)

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  5. The nail color is super cute! And I agree that those quiet moments alone are some of the best! Happy that I found your blog. I'm a Brooklyn girl myself!!

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    1. oh yeah? what part of bk?

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  6. This is such a wonderful colour, moments like this, when you feel utterly relaxed are what can make life worth while xo

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  7. i super dig this introspective post <3

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    1. thank you... i'm a pretty introspective person, but it doesn't always show here.

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  8. Lovely as always. I love the color and if it makes you feel any better I have SUPER pale pink polish on...so we can be "non winter polish wearers" together. Also...I too have terrible anxiety mostly when I'm around people. I'll just completely not go places if I know there will be a good amount of people...I freeze and just...get scared? So weird. I'm glad you enjoyed your moments of anxious-less...sometimes it's few and far between!

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    1. yeah, i'm weird with social anxiety... like sometimes, i LOVE being around people. but other times i'm super awkward and can't articulate my thoughts :P it's interesting to know you're this way too, since i never would've thought that about you!

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  9. Love that colour - I've got China Glaze's For Audrey which is really similar. It sounds like a relaxing, peaceful moment. x

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    1. i've always wanted to try for audrey! i can never justify getting it though, since i have so many similar colors. x

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  10. I love your nails! I've really been liking the color mint green lately.

    Sabrina

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  11. I think I know what you mean. Sometimes you can feel a sense of perfect contentment out of no where. A few weeks ago I sat down to play cards with my fiance and then suddenly burst into tears because I felt so perfectly content in that moment. It was so out of the blue and not something I normally do.

    I just wanted to say that I bought your album at the weekend and have been listening to it constantly. It felt really familiar from the start and I've just realised it reminds me of Eisley who are *our band* for my fiance and I. It meant listening to it was like slipping into a new jumper that's already really soft. You have such a beautiful voice and with that same magical quality. I look forward to your next album!

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  12. For a moment I thought that was Minted by Revlon! Which is what I have. Gorgeous color and I dunno, mint-y colors remind me of both Winter and Summer!

    I find comfort in painting my nails. It's an excellent moment to sit, stop and relax, to de-stress, to paint out your worries.

    I am glad you found comfort in painting yours. The color certainly suits you, friend!

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  13. Glad you had such a lovely time! Painting one's nails is always fun, and the color you chose is lovely! xo

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  14. Oh my goodness, don't worry about what colors are in season!! Mint green is my favorite nail color and I wear it allll the timeeee :) It looks great on you!

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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  15. Oh, winter color? Summer color? Who cares?! :p Mint is worth wearing all year round!

    Hope you're having a great week! ;D

    Hugs!

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  16. Really lovely colour! Omg my mom use to have a mug like that! Lovely blog! It's nice to get inspired by a colour.

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  17. I don't really pay attention to seasonal colors- I've still been wearing the mint polish this winter too. It's the best color, ya know? That is... when I'm not to lazy to paint my nails which is most of the time ;) I love the bustle of big cities and sitting in the windowsill watching the street sounds amazing! Just don't freeze...

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  18. Maybe you could start a new trend of sloppy painted nails. I don't see why not.

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