Sunday, August 28, 2011

Chanel Peridot


My new academic year's resolution -- besides to finish my qualifying exams at the end of the Winter 2012 quarter -- is to be more consistent about posting here!

Chanel Peridot



Got lots of compliments on this one. It felt more like a foil to me than a duochrome and oddly enough, the duochrome is more pronounced in the photos than in real life. Still, it was sparkly and bright. A little streaky on the application and you can see some evidence of brushstrokes. Three coats, thinner than I expected though. The photo was taken on the fourth day of wear and, as you can see, it was still chip-free!

Close-up on Peridot
So bright, it burns. :)

I've been up to quite a bit lately. Attended a wedding in Seattle. Saw friends that I haven't seen in a long time (all of whom seem to be in wedding planning mode... so there was a lot of conversation about cakes and caterers, dresses and... more dresses). There are a lot of pregnant women in my life so I'm making quilts, burp cloths and other basic, easy-to-sew baby items. I have also started making quilts for Quilts for Kids, an organization that provides handmade quilts for children in hospitals. I don't get that much time for hobbies and volunteer work, so it's gratifying to be able to kill two birds with one stone on that one. Attempting to make a dress from a 1952 pattern... I suck at sewing darts but now I'm super picky about buying clothes because I'm so aware of how they're made and how they fit. I tried to herd my RAs and got a bit of participant running done in the last two weeks of the summer quarter. I'm doing a little bit of freelance editing for an academic in another country who needs a little help with English and English-language publishing. My own paper just got slung back to me for a second revise/resubmit and I'm writing this post while trying to force myself to read all the comments VERY VERY CAREFULLY so I can see exactly how dumb I am. (Seriously, I can't type numbers. It's a very bad thing to be bad at as a researcher!) I went to the dentist for the first time in three years: I needed two appointments to properly clean my teeth (ugh) and I found out that my previous dentist did a crappy job applying two of my crowns, and thus they need to be replaced (double ugh). Lots of dentist visits. Though I like this dentist and his office a lot: they're the most cheerful bunch of people and all patients get a flower at the end of their appointments. I'm getting LASIK in about a month, so there's been a lot of back and forth to ophthalmologists (and one day I'll spell that correctly on the first try -- I forgot the first 'l' again... at least I got all the 'h's this time). I can't wear glasses because all the glasses I've ever had have given me a splitting headache and my eyes seem to have developed an allergic reaction to all sorts of contact lenses in the past year. It's a sh*tload of money but I'm hopeful that it'll be a good investment. And I'm slogging through a huge backlog of NOTD photos and trying to get some of the summer and fall collections swatched. So I've been busy... and spending more money on fabric than polish lately. A history of cosmetics obsession translates really well to sewing and fabric choices.




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16 comments:

Veronica said...

Gorgeous polish!

The Lacquered Lady said...

Good luck with the Qualifiers! They are certainly nerve wracking! When I went to my oral component, I was sure to paint my nails a bright red. It gave me a little extra confidence boost.

Also, I've been lusting after this polish for a while (especially since peridot is by birthstone). It looks great on you!

~TLL

Lucy said...

Your so right about the duochrome showing up better in the pictures. I finally broke down and bought this last week. I wore it for three days before I had to take it off. I did a lot of washing of vegetables,etc. I also thought this was really like a foil. I wish I could sew. My Mother did and make all my clothing growing up. Nothing better or more special.

ilexica said...

I love Peridot - wish I'd been able to snag it! It looks gorgeous on you!

Elaine said...

I got Peridot and love it! It shows up more gold than green in certain light and stays on nicely. You gotta love the Chanel polishes!

Suz said...

i think it's amazing!

Karen said...

Good luck with the LASIK. I had it 4 years ago and have loved the results. The only two very minor downsides have been I'm more prone to tired eyes at the end of the day and I have more eye allergy issues.

imfeelingnail-venturous said...

Such an amazing polish! I have been seeing it a lot on blogs lately. I am a new follower by the way. Great blog! I look forward to future post!

beachgal said...

I agree on Peridot being more a metallic than a duo. For me, it was a bit too glaringly gold. I feel for all the hype over it and then did not like it! That's why I rarely buy Chanel. Good luck on your qual tests - glad it's you and not me - been there - done that....and I don't ever want to do another PhD defense as long as my days are here on earth! Just keep at it - you will get there - they just need you to jump through the hoops you and 'they' have set up for ya. It's worth it in the end. And you get new name badges, new stationary, etc all with more acronyms behind your name!

beachgal said...

@ Lucy - I think that is why I cannot sew - my mom made all my clothes for me too while I was growing up - so I really never wanted home made clothing again. I wanted store bought things!!!

beachgal said...

Oh - forgot to say - good luck with your Lasik. As far as # typing - force yourself to learn 10 key - it comes fast. You really DO need it as a research - take that one from a life one clinical scientist!! #'s have to be PERFECT.

Kristy said...

Your close up of Peridot is just beautiful

mariebeedee said...

Lots of things - Kristy is right, your photos are beautiful, I'm learning to sew and it's HARD, harder than learning to knit for me, and YAY for Lasik! It's going to be a great academic year, sounds like!

Katie said...

Awesome pics! Peridot is beautiful! Love that it is a foil. Good Luck with sewing and Lasik!

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chichicho chichicho said...

I agree...... so bright it burns
such a pretty color!

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