Summer Nails


Hello summer! This year just seems to be flying by--blink and it's another month or season! I'm hoping summer lingers for a bit since it might be my favorite season. At least it has been my favorite season in the past (and I still love the warmer weather and simple clothes), but lately I'm not sure what my favorites are. It's funny when you blog for so long there's a very real record of what you "love" and yet slowly over the years these things shift. Things that felt authentic and "me" in the past feel more hazy now. You can dig through these archives searching for "favorite" and find a myriad of seeming contradictory things. Clothes I thought I'd wear forever or at least keep have been donated or sold because I wasn't as attached to them as I thought I was (and you can't bring everything you like when you move across the ocean). Other things I thought I'd always treasure have also been donated or at least shelved in the last few years. Bright nail polish used to be a signature part of my look and yet in the last year I've been addicted to neutral colors on my nails. It's a small detail, something maybe no one else would notice, but in college I used to wear different bright colors on each hand (sometimes on each finger). Yet lately even when I manage to paint my nails a bright color I usually switch back to my Maybelline "Second Skin" within a day or two. I think this is the way most of us change, in small, perhaps unnoticeable ways that we only notice months after the fact. Heraclitus said you can not step into the same river twice. The river is in flux; the waters are always changing and whether a minute or a month has passed, the river has changed since your last step. But we are also the rivers that shift; our banks ever-changing and being worn by the waters around us...Still I think I might paint my nails a bright color for my holidays; a reminder of what once was second nature.


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14 comments:

  1. Can I just say how much I love your bike? It looks so pretty with your photos!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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    1. Thanks! It was an impulse purchase at a local auction, but now I'm so glad we got it :)

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  2. Love your dress! I'm obsessed with your bike, too!

    Linda
    https://lindatenchitran.com/home/2017/6/21/velvet-romper

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  3. Your dress is so cute, I love the subtle floral details
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  4. The print on your dress is the loveliest thing I've ever seen! <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

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  5. What a beautiful summer dress!

    Liv

    http://livforstyle.net

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  6. You know what I've realised now I'm in my forties? I think, like Paul and Art say in The Boxer "after changes upon changes we're still more or less the same" and I have been finding that out lately. In my teens I was very heavy metal, black metal even in the way I dressed - especially in the way I dressed! - always in tihgt jeans and band tees, hightop converse and a leather or denim jacket with a band patch on the back, mine was Megadeth. In my mid twenties and early thirties I was very goth like, though not a true goth, and black metal, with my all black looks and my leathers - faux - and my laces. Then I went through a phase where I was all light colours and brightness and trendy and fashionable but it never felt like me. Lately, in the last two years, I noticed myself going back to that esthetic that marked my youth: tight jeans, all black, leathers and laces, band tees, and black nail polish, something I had not worn since my late twenties!! I think we tend to go full circle, somewhat, though of course my dress style at this age is a little more refined than it was when I was fifteen, sixteen and wrote all over my jeans with a black marker my fave bands logos... I don't do that anymore!
    https://bloglairdutemps.blogspot.pt/

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  7. That is so relatable! I used to paint my nails a mixture of different colors and I would do different designs but practically the only thing I wear on my nails now are my light links and nudes! Occasionally I may add some sparkle to one nail. It's funny how we think one thing will never change and then years later we can be like, "Why did I wear that??"

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  8. I always feel a bit more neutral in the summer for nails; I think it's because I do more with my hands, and my nail polish chips more. So I go neutral so that it's not as noticeable! These photos are so pretty!
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    Kristina
    eyreeffect.com

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  9. Hi Rebecca,
    it's just the way it is in life. As long as we live, we change, hopefully to the better! We gain insights, we grow and our views change. And we're always trying to get closer to our dreams, to who we want to become and be.
    I have Problems with this too. I also want to be "one Person", somehow fixed and definite, if you understand what I mean (I'm from Switzerland, My English is not so perfect). I struggle with this in My business, because it changes all the time.
    But it makes life also exciting and always a bit new. What whould we do, if we'd arrived where we want to be? That's the moment, we die. Before that, we're always on our way to our better self!
    I'm very fond of you, your blog and your style! And I find it interesting to see, how you change too!! We would be boring people if we'd always remain the same!
    Kindly, Alexa

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  10. Just quietly obsessing over your blog! I just discovered you tonight, and your gorgeous copper hair and all the green tones everywhere are killing me <3 I can't wait to read more.

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  11. I adore your bike <3 Do you think you could do a post some day on tips on how to ride a bike in a skirt?

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    1. It's really easy as long as the skirt is not too tight or too long. No special tips required!

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    2. Yeah, I don't have any special tips either. I was nervous when I first tried cycling in a skirt, like "will this be awkward??? but actually it's really just the same as cycling in shorts; you don't really flash anyone either. I would avoid a tight or short skirt, but otherwise you won't even notice you're wearing a skirt once you get used to it. Your legs don't go up high enough to flash anyone when you're cycling, so a skirt doesn't make a difference.

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