imperfectlyperfect: A woman in a purple a-line dress (Clothes (purple dress))
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Though I don't honestly expect that I'm going to raise anyone's awareness, I decided I wanted to try and do a month's worth of pink manicures. I don't know if I'll succeed, but just the action of doing it has given me a sense of comfort and solidarity.

Six Days of Pink. )

I feel like this project is being good for me in a few different ways. I do have a feeling of connectedness, of being part of something larger that I don't think I've ever had, in relation to cancer. I spent a lot of my cancer time defining and having illuminated all the ways I was RADICALLY DIFFERENT from everyone else, both in how I dealt with my cancer and in how the various medications and side effects affected me. So this is a new thing and it's a...IDK. A reminder that this is something that has affected me, at a very personal level. And then, at the other end, it's something very life-affirming and creative, to bring beauty out of something that has otherwise affected me so negatively. It's a mental exercise to work with a single color (albeit in many shades) and come up with something different each time. Like I said above, I don't know if I can realistically come up with 31 different pink manicures. But I will enjoy the hell out of trying.

"I was very against pink and purple when I was young, because they were girls' colors. But that was only because I didn't want people to write me off for what I can do. When I got into my 20s, I decided that was stupid. " ~Danica Patrick
imperfectlyperfect: Nails painted black with shiny black tips. (Nails (black manicure))
I'm at the stage in my cycle where my nails turn brittle and break off. Always such fun! And I mean that, sarcastically. My favorite nail (is it weird that I have a favorite nail? I usually suck at favorites, but I have a favorite nail) broke today, so I bit the bullet and chopped them all off.

The one skill that I do not have, that I really need to work on is learning to file my nails. Or really, learning to shape my nails, since I can get them smooth, I just can't get them even and in the shape I would like. My nails are fortunately, given the current trend toward square nails, naturally pretty square but all nails could use a little shaping as they grow out, or when they get cut or broken, and I suuuuuck at it. Just really, truly suck at it. To a point where I actually considered making a manicure appointment today, just so I could have a pro file and shape my nails. *facepalms*

That didn't happen, though, and I sucked it up and did my best with what I got. Today's nail color was selected by a random number generator from the list of 86 polishes I have not yet tried and it is Roman Gelato, by Pixel.

Big pics & review under the cut. Say hello to my little friends! )

I really do have some more serious posts I want/am trying to write, but so far, most of my write-fu has gone into trying to write this novel and when I've tried to muster my higher thought function, it's been less than lucid. Whereas talking about the silly colors I put on my nails is blithery fun.

I need to find another nail icon. Hmmm.


imperfectlyperfect: Close-up of fingernails painted dark purple with white nail art. (Default)

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