I got this colourful dress at the Fiji Day festival at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby a few weeks ago. I wore it to the Vancouver Pride Parade on Sunday because it’s so bright and colourful. My matching blue cardigan is from Ross Dress For Less in the States. My necklace is from UBC and my earrings are from Claire’s. My bracelet is from Sears and my ring is from the Blim Market festival downtown. I finally washed my hair this weekend and then straightened it myself. I will never be able to get it back to salon quality, but at least it still looks decent. I got a shellac manicure and pedicure at Beauty Lounge in Richmond yesterday with a Groupon I bought. This bright royal blue is my favourite colour. Hopefully it will last for a while.
Oh my God, I’m actually wearing pants! I may or may not have run out of dresses at this point. Or the weather was getting better and I didn’t want to wear boots but I couldn’t find flats or other appropriate shoes to go with my dresses. My toenails are not currently ready for the public. Do you ever get annoyed and clip them, but then you keep going and clip them too close to the skin, and not even evenly? Or is that just something weird that I do? The point is, they’re too short right now, and my pinky toes barely even have a nail. I’ll have to wait until they grow to a decent length and then get myself a pedicure before I bust out the sandals. Also, I haven’t shaved my legs and the one pair of leggings I have are kind of thick, so yeah. Pants! I got these black pants the one time my friend took me to Marshalls after Pirate Pak Day at Whitespot. The purple top is from Ross Dress for Less in the States and the black cardigan is from Bryan’s at Lansdowne Centre. The scarf is from an Orb Warehouse sale. I guess I used to always buy scarves when I went to those. The necklace is from a Christmas craft fair I went to at Steveston Community Centre with my parents last year. I like that it’s adjustable so you can wear it at various lengths, long or short. Plus, it’s got just the right amount of bling. You can’t really tell from the picture, but my Claire’s earrings are in the shape of little black safety pins. And for added bling, my UBC SUB ring and my dollar store bracelet. Because that’s how classy I am.
After a long day of working and volunteering, I decided to treat myself to a pedicure. Well also, I bought a voucher from TastyGo a while ago that I had yet to use. I tend to have a bit of a problem when it comes to purchasing online deals like Groupons, Indulge Living deals, SocialShopper deals, and so on and so forth. I mean, I forgot I even had a TastyGo account. And then I always end up checking my accounts at the last minute and realizing that I have a voucher that will soon expire. This particular one expires in June. However, I have another pedicure voucher from TeamBuy that also expires in June. So I had to use one of them now.
The place I went today was Illusion Studio and Spa on West Broadway. It was nice there. I picked out my polish, and then made my way over to the chair. In the past I’ve often opted for red polish, because it’s just so classic, but lately I’ve been opening up my colour choices. I thought a bright blue would be nice for spring. And I think it was a good decision. I tested a few shades of blue on my nail, only to realize there was a piece of paper sitting on the counter designated for colour testing. Oh well.
I liked the set up they have there, because my chair was faced in good view of the TV. At first I was disappointed because I thought that the chair was not a massage chair. And then I noticed the remote carefully hidden at the side and retrieved it as soon as I made this discovery. I love those massage chairs, pressing random buttons even though you’re never really sure what exactly they’re going to do. Do they sell those things to normal people, or only supply them at salons? Because I want one. At some point the massage chair stopped massaging and it took me a while to notice before starting it up again. But I did stop it while she was doing the nail art, as the vibration may have caused some disruption.
The TV was on the Food Network. I think if you’re going to have the channel on the Food Network, you should also have some food available for the people watching. It’s the decent thing to do. The show that happened to be on was Family Cook Off, a show I had never watched before, nor will I ever watch it again. It’s basically two families cooking an entree and a dessert and then the two judges give them points and whichever family has the most points wins the “coveted golden frying pan” and $1000 worth of groceries. I don’t know why but that seems like kind of a lame prize to me. I mean I’d rather have the $1000 so I can go buy my own groceries. Cause I’ll bet the $1000 worth of groceries they get weren’t on sale. The host of the show is super annoying. She just keeps bothering the contestants as they’re trying to cook and asking them stupid questions. The episode I saw was a family of kids against a family of old people. The kids won. That’s all I have to say about it.
So back to my pedicure. I usually don’t get nail art, but the voucher I bought included it. Score. I am quite happy with the outcome. I don’t get pedicures very often, but in the past I’ve had some where they didn’t look that much better than if I had attempted it myself. Okay, that’s not true, any attempts of mine would be far worse than anything a professional or a normal person could accomplish. Or anything a drunk or otherwise incompetent person could accomplish. But some were never really anything special. This time, they came out pretty and professional looking, and like they’ll last.
For some reason, the woman beside me got a nail dryer after her pedicure to speed up the drying process. I did not. I was just left to sit there and let them air dry in their own sweet time. But I didn’t complain. It allowed me more time to sit and watch TV in my massage chair. No complaints there. I’m pretty sure the staff there made fun of me in another language, but I think that happens to me pretty much at any salon or spa I go to ever. Or maybe I’m just paranoid. But she painted my nails so pretty that I don’t care either way.
I brought flip flops to wear after, as you’re supposed to do. But unfortunately for me, I was taking public transit and it was cold and raining outside. I probably looked like an idiot with my rain coat, umbrella, and flip flops. Not exactly weather appropriate footwear. But whatever. Why hide a good pedicure? And it wasn’t terribly cold. Although my last bus was late so I was standing outside longer than I had expected. But I figured that if my toes were to turn blue from the cold, they would at least match my toenails.
I am wearing socks right now, so I can’t see the beauty of my toenails at the moment. Because it’s cold. And tomorrow I will likely wear boots because it’s supposed to rain. And the day after that, closed toed shoes of some kind because it might still be cold. But damn it when the sun is shining and the weather is nice, I will wear my flip flops proudly once again. Also, the Army & Navy shoe sale starts next week, so at least my feet will look good as I’m trying on shoes.