Cold and rainy weather doesn’t have to mean pants. For me, it just mean a slightly longer dress. I got this dress at the Caribbean Days festival at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver a few weeks ago. I love blue and I love leopard print. They also had green, pink, and purple versions of this dress, but blue was the best. My denim jacket is from Old Navy. My bracelet is from Suzy Shier and my ring is from the Blim Market festival downtown. My necklace is from Payless and my earrings are from Claire’s. Maybe I will just continue to wear blue until my nail polish comes off.
I’m happy to report that there have been no wardrobe malfunctions today. Yet. Perhaps I can make it through the whole day without incident. I got this purple dress at the Fiji Day festival at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby a few weeks ago. It was at this point that my friend yelled at me for buying too many dresses. She later apologized and said she only yelled because she was hungry. But she’s right, I do have a lot of summer dresses now. But that’s pretty much all I wear right now. Most people have several pairs of jeans and several pairs of shorts. I don’t. I have my dresses.
I got this white sweater at Old Navy at Richmond Centre. I don’t wear white that often. I never really thought it looked that good on me, and it also tends to get dirty rather quickly. I got my necklace at the Blim Market festival downtown a few weeks ago. Wait, I lied when I said there had been no malfunctions today. As I was walking down the hall earlier, I kicked something on the floor. It was the pendant of my necklace that had somehow fallen off. Luckily, I was able to put it back on the chain. I may need to get some pliers to secure it and ensure it doesn’t fall off again.
I got my earrings at Claire’s and my iPhone case at Aldo, both downtown. I got my bracelet at Carnaval del Sol at Pacific Concord Place a few weeks ago. I don’t have any purple bracelets so I decided to go with white. My ring is from Boca Raton Designs at Greek Day. My nail polish is chipping at an alarming rate. I should’ve put on a top coat sooner. Does my hair look dirty to you? That’s because it is. And I like it that way.
My pineapple dress is from H&M and my grey sweater is from Jacob. My necklace is from UBC and my bracelet is from Dollarama. My ring is from Boca Raton Designs at Greek Day and my #SELFIE iPhone case is from Aldo. I got these earrings at Claire’s. They have cats on them. Because why not? I’m not a cat lady. I’ve never even owned a pet. But if I were to ever own one in the future, it would most likely be a cat. I haven’t washed my hair since I got it cut on Saturday. And I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon. I’m still trying to figure out the longest amount of time I can possibly go without washing it. I also painted my nails. Badly. They’ll most likely be chipped by tomorrow. But my hair looks good, so nothing else matters, right?
I got this dress at Car Free Day on Commercial Drive a couple weeks ago. It’s a bit longer than my other dresses and stops right at my knees. Which is kind of weird, because it feels like it should be right above or right below. Like either cover my knees or don’t. It’s probably meant to be a full length dress on a short girl. I tried it on over my own dress at at Car Free Day. There was a mirror, but it was kind of low down, so I crouched down on the street to see how it looked. I paired it with my favourite blue sweater from Forever 21. My necklace is from Payless and my earrings are from a vendor at Greek Day. I wish they’d had the earrings in the same blue as my necklace. They are a bit heavy, but I don’t care because I love them. They were similar enough to my necklace that I thought they would go together. I’m constantly wearing mismatched sets, and pairing gold jewellery with silver jewellery. But I like it that way. My blue bracelet is from Sears and my green ring is from Boca Raton Designs at Greek Day. I wanted a blue one, but the blue ring they had was even smaller than this and wouldn’t have even fit on my finger, let alone been too tight. The little bit of what’s left of my chipped nail polish matches my outfit. I’m wearing another pair of new shoes today as well, but again, you can’t see them.
I’m not dressed very summery today. But screw the weather, I’ll wear what I want. Besides, temperatures are supposed to soar this weekend, so I’ll save the summery dresses for that. I got this top at an Orb warehouse sale. The red sweater is from Sears and the pants are from Winners. My Nintendo heart necklace is from Fan Expo Vancouver, my bracelet is from Dollarama, and my ring is from UBC. My earrings are new, I got them from a vendor at Car Free Day on Main Street on Sunday. The same vendor I got the blue earrings from, who called me back to his booth to offer me a free third pair of earrings if I bought the first two. I touched up my nail polish with a clear coat of polish. Do they look shinier now? I realized I should have painted them red since Canada Day is coming up next week. I don’t want to remove the polish and repaint them since they actually look decent. But it’s okay, I have plenty of red jewellery and clothing to make up for it.
Its annoying how almost all of my dresses are too short to wear without leggings. This one is just long enough. You know how some places make pants in a long or tall size? Can they make dresses like that as well? I remember one time in high school, my friend let me borrow her short skirt, but on me it was more like a mini skirt. I remember saying that a long skirt for her would be a short skirt for me, a short skirt for her would be a mini skirt for me, and a mini skirt for her would basically be a belt for me.
I asked my mom if this dress was too short when I was leaving the house and she was like “Just be careful when you’re sitting down, especially on the bus.” I told her I probably wouldn’t get a seat anyway, so it would be fine. The worst thing about wearing a short dress is having your legs directly against the gross bus seats when you sit down. My friend told me to do the finger length test and put my arms by my side, and if the dress was past my fingers, then it was fine. Is that an actual thing that people do? Apparently they used to make employees do that when I worked at Jacob. I don’t remember though, I guess I mostly wore pants there.
I got this purple dress from Urban Behavior at Metrotown (It always bothers me to write “Behavior” without a “u” in it). I got the tank top underneath it from Jacob, when I worked at the Richmond Centre location before they went out of business. The dress is really thin and would possibly be a bit see-through without it. In which case, the length would no longer matter. I got the floral jacket from Suzy Shier at Capilano mall. My mom asked me if it was new. It’s not, but this is only the second time I’ve worn it. The necklace and bracelet are both from Claires, the ring is from UBC, and the music note earrings are from a booth outside the PNE Marketplace. My continually chipping nail polish matches my outfit again. I really like that colour. But apparently not enough to maintain a proper manicure.
I decided to wear another dress on Friday, despite the fact that my leg hair was growing back. It’s a slightly longer dress, and I figure most people aren’t looking closely at the bottom half of my legs, so it’s fine. I got this dress at Suzy Shier at Capilano Mall a couple years ago. Normally, pleated skirts make me think of old lady outfits or my kilt from my high school uniform, but I like it on this dress. Floral patterns on black dresses are my favourite. I got this green cardigan at Ross Dress For Less in the States. I pretty much like to wear my blue flower necklace from UBC whenever I have similar flowers in my outfit. This ring is also from UBC, and has unfortunately lost a stone. But you can’t tell unless you look at it really closely. I guess that’s what happens when you buy a cheap $15 ring in a student union building. But as long as the main stone in the middle stays intact, I will continue to wear it and get my money’s worth. My earrings are either from a mall kiosk or a hair product store, and my bracelet is from Dollarama. Can chipped nail polish please become a new trend? Because I would love that so much. I had gone seven days at this point without washing my hair. I know that may seem unacceptable to some of you, but look how good it looks. I mean, it’s not stunning, but it’s so neat and smooth. I knew I would be sad upon washing it again and succumbing to the inevitable frizz.
Since Thursday was supposed to be warmer than Wednesday, I thought I would wear a dress again. This Old Navy dress is a little thicker than my other dresses so I thought I should wear it while the weather wasn’t too hot. This sweater is from H&M. It actually matches my nail polish. Or what’s left of my nail polish, anyway. My scarf is from an Orb warehouse sale, and my ring is from UBC. My necklace, bracelet, and earrings are from Claire’s. And I still hadn’t washed my hair yet because I wanted to keep it straight, or straight-ish for a little while longer. I ended up wearing sandals with this outfit, because my sister needed the one pair of flats I could find for her college graduation ceremony that day. It was also her birthday, so I let her have them. I have so many pairs of flats by I can’t seem to find any of them. My toes were kind of cold in sandals and my toenails were badly painted but oh well.
So I wore a dress with no leggings on Tuesday, not realizing how cold it actually was. What a fail. If there was ever a day when I should have worn pants, that was probably it. But my leg hair was growing back fast, and I wanted to go bare legged while I still could without having to shave again. I’m stubborn that way. I don’t dress based on the weather. I dress based on whether or not I’ve shaved, and based on what clean clothes I can find that sort of match. I knew it might be cold and rainy that day, but I didn’t care.
This dress is slightly longer than my other dresses, so somehow I thought that would make it more weather appropriate. I got it at an Orb warehouse sale at the River Rock Casino. I feel like I should be wearing a cowboy hat or something, just because I’m wearing denim. When I was in high school, at an all girls school, they had an idea one year that they would make Valentine’s Day fun by making it a “couples day”, where you could find a partner and dress as some sort of famous couple. My friend and I did Brokeback Mountain. I was Heath Ledger. And I was amazing. But we unfortunately didn’t win a prize for our awesome efforts. Probably because it was also a Catholic school and they weren’t ready to accept our same sex love story.
Anyway, I love jean jackets. I got this one at Old Navy on Robson Street downtown when I had leftover super cash to spend. I didn’t want to wear an actual rain jacket or anything even though it was cold, because it’s June and I’ve set aside the boots and the jackets. But this jean jacket seemed acceptable. It looks as though I haven’t quite set aside the scarves just as yet. At least not for cold days. I got this one from a vendor at the UBC Sub. I got the red necklace as a Christmas gift from my grandma. The Supernatural wing earrings are from Fan Expo Vancouver, my ring is from UBC, and my bracelet is from Suzy Shier. I thought about touching up my nails, but I think they’re too far gone now so I’ll just let them keep chipping away until there’s nothing left to see.
So after a prolonged period of time where my nails were disgusting, I finally got them done. Obviously because I bought an online voucher. That was going to expire soon. Cause you know I always wait until the last possible moment with these things. It was a voucher from The Red Pocket for a gelish nail treatment & paraffin wax treatment at Shi Nail in Richmond. It’s literally right across the street from where my bus stop used to be. Now it’s literally right across the street of the street that’s across from where my bus stop has currently been moved to. If that makes any sense.
My appointment was the first of the morning, and so I got there a little before they actually opened. And there happened to be a bench outside, where I decided to sit while I waited. But then this stupid bee decided that this would be a good place to buzz around. Very close to me. They say if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you, but I was clearly minding my own business and it bothered me nevertheless. And so I was forced to get up off that bench and stand outside the place in my heels instead. Yes, I’ve been wearing heels lately in order to prove that they were a good purchase and that I will make good use of them.
And then the place opened and I was let inside. The lady gave me a form to fill out, showed me where to sit, got me a glass of water, and informed me the technician would be right with me. Right, she was the receptionist, someone else would be doing my nails. How do land a job like that? Receptionist at a salon or spa. With perks of getting free treatments. That’s the dream right there. I liked her outfit. It was loose and black and comfortable looking. And she got to wear flip flops. I envied her.
What I didn’t realize when I bought the voucher, was that it wasn’t for a manicure. It was just for the gel polish. The technician asked me if I wanted a manicure, which would cost extra. I decided against it. I would just go with what the voucher would cover. They always try to upsell & add on things when you buy vouchers. I always try to resist.
I didn’t need a manicure. What is a manicure anyway? I thought that was a manicure. I thought it was all included. I guess it just meant that she wasn’t going to use her various nail tools to dig underneath my nails or get rid of excess skin or what have you. That was fine by me. She did file them for me though. Which was good, since they hadn’t been filed in a while, due to me misplacing my nail file and also being too lazy. They always ask how I want them shaped, if I want them square or round. It doesn’t bother me that they ask, it’s just that when they do they say it as if square nails are the obvious choice. But I don’t want them square. I want them round. And then afterwards I feel as though I’m being judged for making that decision.
I chose a light blue colour, because it was the one that most closely resembled the colour on my toenails. And I like blue. She applied a couple coats, and then went over those with the clear top coat or whatever it was. And then you put your hands under the lights to dry. I’m always worried that I’ll touch my nails to something before they dry which will ultimately result in them being smudged. But this time I somehow managed to avoid that. Good for me.
After my nails had dried, I was told to wash my hands so I could get the paraffin hand wax. No, this has nothing to do with hair removal, they do not wax your hands. I imagine that would be awful and painful. Paraffin wax treatment is meant to help soften your skin. It came with my voucher, so why not. I was led over to the container of wax and she took my hand and submerged it, removed it, and then submerged it again. It was as if she was trying to drown my hand. For my other hand, I dipped it in myself. Probably too many times, she wasn’t monitoring it. And then they put plastic over your hands and put them in these giant oven mitt things for ten mintues. I felt like someone who had the chicken pox and was forced to wear oven mitts so I wouldn’t scratch myself. Actually I don’t really know if anyone does that in real life, but I’ve seen it on TV shows. At least I remember them doing it on Full House.
Even though I didn’t get a full manicure, I am very happy with the results. Gel polish is amazing. I feel like I should only ever get my nails done with that from now on. I feel like the colour is more shiny and vibrant than normal polish. And more importantly, it lasts. It’s been about a week now, and my nails are still in good shape. Normally by this time, they would be chipped, and probably badly. But not this time. And it’s not like I’ve been extra careful either. I’ve been quite careless actually. But it doesn’t matter. I feel as though nothing will destroy the gel polish. It’s like it’s indestructible. Other polishes should cower in its presence. I would go and purchase a bottle myself, if only I wasn’t so bad at applying it.