Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I Can See Clearly Now, The Tortoiseshell is Gone...

As I've made pretty clear on this blog before, I love painting shit with nail polish. It goes on smooth, dries hard and shiny, lasts forever, and is an easy update for items you're tiring of.

Today I'm updating an older pair of glasses. I have a shitload of glasses. Thanks to cheap sites like Coastal Contacts and Zenni Optical, I always manage to snag sets of glasses (frames and lenses) for around $10, so I've stocked up. 

To say the very least. (Curious about how those are stored? That info is here.)

I had bought a pair of Derek Cardigan clubmaster-style glasses from Coastal, that I liked the style of but realized after I bought them that I already had three pairs of tortie glasses, and the pattern doesn't even look all that good on me.

But hey, at least the shape itself is cute/makes me feel like I should be a part of the Watergate scandal. Before today's post even happened, I had actually already painted them once:

I painted them with a liquid gold-leafing that was an absolutely beautiful color, but was totally not made for this. After about 5-10 wears, it started to flake off.


Not to say that it didn't stop me from wearing them. In fact, it took until one Saturday night when I was bored and losing my mind from spending NINE STRAIGHT HOURS watching The West Wing on Netflix (omg if you're watching it, lets talk about it in the comments or something because I can't stop won't stop, I'm this close to writing "I <3 Josh Lyman" all over my notebooks). Anyways, nine hours, gone mad, needed a diversion. Stay on track, would you? 


I picked out a few good colors from my nail polish collection to kick things off. One soft and subtle, one bright and poppy, one fucking crazy. 

I swiped a line of each on the arm of the glasses to test them out. For the record, we're looking at (L-R) Revlon Minted, Zoya Holly, Urban Outfitters Afterhours.


I had to immediately rule out the glitter, because 1.) it was just too fucking crazy, and 2.) it would have required a million coats.  However, I couldn't choose between emerald and mint. A quick poll on Instagram confirmed my instincts, and I went mint.

From there, it's pretty easy: just paint your glasses. The brush that comes in a thing of nail polish is small enough to get into all the tiny corners just fine. It will take a few coats, so it's not all that different from actually painting your nails.When I was done, I hit it with a coat of Sally Hansen topcoat in case that makes it last longer or something, I don't know. Just go with it. Mine took three coats for a nice coverage, and even people I've told about my nail polish trick were surprised to hear that, because the finish is great. Part of the reason I did this is because last time I wore the gold ones, someone asked "Are those a diy project?", which is the worst. DIY should never look DIY. 



The funny thing is, Revlon Minted is a terrible polish. The one time I attempted to use it on my fingers, it went on too thick, and chipped within a few hours of less-than-strenuous internetting. However, as I've learned with other nail polish crafts, polish thats absolute crap on the nails can actually be really good for stuff like this. Its nice to have the money from impulse buys not go to waste!

Also, as you may have noticed from this picture, I'm blonde now! This is closer to my natural color, or so I'd assume, since I haven't really seen it since Clinton was president. I did it at home, in one night, without going bald or turning my head orange, which I will take as a sign that there is a god and (s)he wants me to look cute. I'll do a post on that later, as long as none of you promise to take it as gospel since, well, it really is surprising that I didn't go bald.

xo,
z

10 comments:

  1. Love, love, love, love, love, love, love TWW. Josh is my absolute favorite, forever and ever amen.

    Cute glasses, too! Definitely don't look DIY.

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    1. THANK YOU. We've got Sam-stans in this thread?? Here at Radical Possibility, our official stance is that your favorite character may only be Josh, CJ, or maybe Charlie. I really love Charlie.

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  2. Ahhhhhhhhh! The West Wing is the reason for my lack of sleep these past couple of weeks. I watched the first season a few years ago because my uncle had it on DVD but haven't seen much of the rest and now I'm obsessed. Mint is the best!

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    1. hahah ive started only allowing myself one WW episode a day because it is getting OBSESSIVE. I am so glad Netflix has drawn everyone back in so i have people to talk to about it, haha since im about fifteen years late on the original go-around of the trend haha

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  3. Josh Lymon! Girl please- everybody knows that Sam is MAN (other than CJ- let's face it, she runs the show).

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    1. GIRL PLEASE. Haha i'll even put TOBY above Sam!! Though I am 100% with you on CJ, girl is my hero

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  4. wait, what? shut up! prescription glasses for $10? I need these sites.

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    1. yeah girl! coastalcontacts.com has my favorite frames, and always run a first pair free promo where you just pay for shipping. i've also ordered from zenni optical a ton of times, and they have less variation/less trendy frames but good standbys. another one i've ordered from recently (but havent arrived yet so i cant vouch!) is firmoo!

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  5. You know what hurts my feelings today? That I just found your remarkable blog and I totally missed the West Wing love. Back when it was on network TV, I'd make sure I didn't close at the store on Wednesdays because I had to get home in time to watch The Real President. I am now making a fan of my 10 YO daughter because parents get to do that.

    Toby's always been my favorite, but I've crushed on Rob Lowe since The Outsiders because I'm an Old Lady and that's what we admit to on long-ignored blog posts.

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  6. You know what hurts my feelings today? That I just found your remarkable blog and I totally missed the West Wing love. Back when it was on network TV, I'd make sure I didn't close at the store on Wednesdays because I had to get home in time to watch The Real President. I am now making a fan of my 10 YO daughter because parents get to do that.

    Toby's always been my favorite, but I've crushed on Rob Lowe since The Outsiders because I'm an Old Lady and that's what we admit to on long-ignored blog posts.

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