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Nailing it Part III – Paint Nite

19 Mar

Or day…day is actually better. You get more drying time and that is good. The down side of daytime nail painting is that you are likely to have tasks that need to be done shortly after the nails are dry. So really, it is all about planning.  There are web pages and videos galore explaining how to actually put brush to nail, but the planning is important.

  1. Assemble your tools. Polish, polish thinner, polish remover, cotton, orange sticks, q tips etc., etc. Having it all together before you start makes the whole experience nicer.
  2. Check your stuff.  Have you got base coat, main colour, quick dry top coat? Is the polish gloopy? Make sure you thin it before you start. Will you be doing clean up? (ummm…yes, you will! If the pros need to do it, you sure will.) Have your polish remover and tools (a little brush works well, but orange sticks or a cut off q tip sticks are also great) ready to go. Pour the remover into a small container and make sure it is nearby but won’t tip over. Some tissue or a small scrap of fabric is good for wiping the brush or stick.
  3. Pee. Yep – nothing like getting all the polish perfect then needing to head to the head! While you are there, put your hair up if it is long.
  4. Glasses. Gotta be able to see.
  5. Light. Here is where daytime helps. Better light makes any paint job easier.
  6. Podcasts, Netflix, computer whatever. If you have something to do all lined up and you don’t need to use your hands to get it ready, you are more likely to keep your nails nice.
  7. Coffee, tea, wine, chocolate. Get it ready to go before you start and in order to have the best results, try to refrain from indulging until the job is done. Especially the wine.

Southwest Regionals Hair and Makeup

10 Feb

Getting ready for the Southwest Regionals in lovely Culver City California. Note the attractive, decorative mirror.  Lighting is poor again, sorry!


I went for the quick version of the bangs and just did one big curl.  Maybe not my favourite, but still okay.


Side view – very smooth.  Could use a bit more glue on the back.  The hairpiece looks good!


Back view.  Amazing that this is all fake hair… Thank you Olga Kulikova for showing me that shorter hair and a hair piece works for ballroom!


Crowning glory!  Looks like I have a great big tiara on sideways.  LOL!


Results there were pretty good.  We made our first tiny step into Open choreography by doing our single Quickstep run in Novice.  Yikes!  Time to start some serious cardio.

Vancouver Challenge Cup. The New Comp in Town.

19 Jan

The Vancouver Challenge Cup  is the newest ballroom competition in the BC, Washington, Oregon area and oh so welcome since we no longer have the Grand Ballroom for hosting local events.  (Glad to see the videos are still up though!)  The venue is lovely and I have to say I was pretty comfortable with the Ladies Dressing Room being in the preschool classroom!  Felt right at home:-)

Though Bill is struggling with some foot issues, which may be plantar fasciitis, we managed some good placings.  do we count the first place in a solo foxtrot?  well, why not!

Though I am still having a sewing block and not managed to get a new gown ready, the hair department has been busy.  Two new hairpieces made their debuts this weekend.  And a good thing I took both, as the first one got hopelessly tangled in hair net and glued into the ornament.  The photos from Friday are a bit dark.  Must remember to get daylight shots!  Also, never do a chin-down photo ever again.


Love the back view.  The ornament there is a corkscrew type little gem that just winds into the hair and stays. Love them!


The matching ornament comb that became hopelessly tangled when I tried to get it out in the evening.  Lesson learned!


The head turn.


Day Two: a little blurry, but you can sorta see the crystals stuck on the bun.  I cut up a bracelet that snagged on EVERYthing and used the sparkle for the hair.


Back view:


Side view – ack!  No chin down!


Side view done right:  fuzzy focus is almost as good as botox.


Tango face.  Lashes thanks to Anne-Marie


Now smile, he says, as he moves the camera…


Now the only question is which hairpiece to tidy up and take to the Southwest Regionals?

Eyes and feet

8 Jul

Did the big eye checkup this morning so had to kill some time waiting for my eyes to un-dilate.  You don’t want to be driving when your eyes feel like they are too big for your eye sockets.

So I did a little thirfting and found some nice IKEA halogen lamps for the sewing room!


They have telescoping arms and long cords so I will be able to angle and move them to whichever machine I am using.  The original owner glue gunned some felt to the bottoms, probably so they would slide nicely over a table or desk.  Since mine sit above the serger, which vibrates enough to send those cute Muppet figures raining down on me from time to time, I will be replacing it with some waffle mat.

View under the sewing machine desk:


Two pairs of Birks and ballgown-trying-on shoes.  Step 1 – wear shoes. step 2 – kick off one shoe to sew, step 3 – kick off other shoe to walk over to the ironing board, step 4 – wonder where all shoes have gone!

Eyes still feel weird and up close vision not great.  No sewing for now.  Just lunch:-)

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