Radiating Sun Manicure


So last weekend I stumbled upon Wild Oleander in my neighborhood, a proper beauty parlor for the community, to be sure. The tropical retro furniture outside the joint serves as a sunny welcome, and I wandered in from the street wondering what the place actually was, and I soon saw others do the same when I came back for a manicure a few days later. 

There is certainly a level of decorum one should follow when requesting anything custom anywhere. Don't expect magic, don't expect to know what you want, and definitely respect the time of others.
The salon has a couple of seasonal manicure designs on their menu, but upon hearing I could try requesting something, I knew exactly which kind of design I wanted to try, but I don't think I had ever tried writing it down, less explain the damn thing. I was paired with Damisa, who patiently listened to me as I clumsily rattled off the design idea I wanted to try: 


Finally, after this crazy redhead rattled off this thing she wanted to have on her fingers, Damisa suggested I bring up an image of what I wanted, and we'd go from there. I googled "Radiating lines, etching" into image search, found a thing, and we went to town.
After a coat of clear gel polish, I held my breath as Damisa took the skinniest brush she could find, and started to paint these glittery lines on my nails. 

The resulting manicure is something I have always wanted: intricate, simple, pretty like jewelry. Thanks to the clear background, it has been growing out super nicely for a week now, and it feels great to look down at my hands every once in a while and admire someone's hard work, especially after they listened to my crazy ass.

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I'm only just starting to get pretty good at knowing whether or not I'm actually going to wear something before I commit to buying it. I have super limited space these days in a small apartment, and my north star shopping-wise has been something along the lines of what we have here. In other words: I need to find a good trench coat and then an excellent sandwich.

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Vintage Levis jeans
Vintage Coach pursette
Vintage jacket
Uniqlo heattech turtleneck
Opening Ceremony loafers

-beauty notes- 
Goldwell colorance foam conditioner in 8k
Label .M curl soufflé, twisted into sections of hair, and air-dried

I was shocked to realize how warm this looped jacket is- especially when layered over a piece of heattech. Post-rain Bushwick can either be puddly and miserable, or glittery and delightfully quiet, and It was definitely a pleasant surprise to find out that I can throw on this jacket and go for a stroll to figure out which outcome followed the rain last weekend.

I keep seeing people sporting loafers and brogues on the train this winter, so I'm calling it for this year: loafers and brogues 2k18. The ones I'm wearing here have been re-soled twice because I absolutely wear them into the ground. Nice and comfortable, and they feature three neutral colors and gold staples.

Maybe a little geriatric, but fuck it, I'm 25 and have the glasses prescription of an 80-year old, so I might as well play the part.

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Noul shirt 
Asos jeans (also similar via Cotton Citizen)
Vintage boots
Minor History Super Moon backpack 
Vintage collar pin
Ellsworth & Ivey cape 

The weather has been absolutely bonkers this winter- one day it's 60ºF+ and you need nothing more than a light jacket, the next it's 15ºF with windchill in the single digits! It's because of this that I have started keeping capes on hand, either packed in my bag or kept in my desk at all times. There's something awesome about being able to tuck your arms underneath one on the train & protect your limbs from the cold.

I think I have something like 4-5 different capes, most of them are vintage since my local vintage shops tend to have 'em on hand, but my dream cape would definitely be one of the Pierre Balmain numbers from this year because honestly, there more rock 'n roll you can make them, the better.

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