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So we are back to chilly temperatures. We hovered right around freezing for a week or two, and now we’ve definitely dropped to more normal temps. I actually saw a man running in shorts on Xmas eve (it really wasn’t quite that warm, and he looked pretty cold), and yesterday I was in 2 pairs of pants and 2 shirts again. I even had to break out the balaclava again after a few weeks in just my tuque. Today it was -30ish, so I had to wear 3 pairs of pants and a tuque over the balaclava. Somehow I’ve always been good with my thin Lululemon mittens, and I just got a shiny new pair for Christmas, and they are still working great. Anyways, I ran 49.2 miles last week, and I’m now at 221 for the month (with today’s 12). I really need to check my mileage before I head out, because I totally could have done another 0.8 to make last week a round 50, but oh well.


Yesterday post run. Today it was so cold that my phone turned off when I took it out to take a pic of my much icier face!

On to the nails!

I’ve never actually seen Frozen, but I have a 6-year-old niece who loves it (of course she does, I think all 6-year-old girls love Frozen) and she suggested I do Frozen inspired nails. They are fairly wintery, and that now seems appropriate with the cold outside. But they are bright and cheerful and made me feel happier when we had a few cloudy days in a row. They have a base of Sinful Colors Endless Blue (bright royal blue creme, one of my favourite colours) which is sponged with Sinful’s Cinderella (a light, sparkly blue) and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away (a kind of tealy creme). I also stamped snowflakes on with Sinful Colors Snow me White. Since I don’t have any snowflake plates, I used the most random plate of all (Moyou London’s Explorer 8 (the skull plate) and picked out just the little snowflakes between all the skulls. I like it!

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For a first time sponging, I think it turned out pretty great! Now I want some actual snowflake plates.

If it’s cold near you, stay safe and warm! But don’t be afraid to go outside. It’s loads of fun if you’re dressed correctly.

Merry Christmas!

I was planning on posting yesterday, but never got around to it, so here’s a quick Christmas Eve post:

I’m off to a big family dinner (potluck style) tonight, then my partner’s parents house tomorrow. They LOVE Christmas, so that’s bound to be insane. Then, Boxing Day is at my parents, and I’m somehow going to fit in a few more runs (so that I don’t get fat with all the food I plan to eat!) to make my goal of 45+ miles for the week. I’m almost at 35 miles, so that should be doable, hopefully.

So my run today was a slightly different route than usual. I made it my goal to say good morning to everyone I passed and to enjoy the Christmas decorations. What I noticed is that some people go crazy on their houses and trees, and also that some people don’t realize that everyone can see into their windows when it’s still dark out and they have all the lights on (and maybe they should put on some pants!).

Anyways, here are some awesome (possibly crazy) houses I saw today:


All inflatable, some animatronic. These people LOVE Christmas.


I also did a quick, simple and Christmasy mani last night. Used some new Splendor polish from a lovely lady who lives right here in my city (see her etsy store here, a review to come!) in Balsam, Sinful Colors in Rosy Red and stamped with Julep Mahima. I used my Moyou Fashionista plate 7 for the snowflake like design and Tourist plate 21 to stamp the flowers on my ring fingers. I then topped my pinkies with Nicole by OPI’s Pick of the Glitter.



Happy holidays!

Green and gold wrapping paper (and microbeads)

Hi all.

Just got back from my last run of the week, and did 6.4. I had been aiming for around 7, but basically got lazy and cut my run short very close to my usual turn around. I’ve been feeling exhausted all week, and I think it just caught up to me. On the plus side, yesterday was my last day of work before the holidays, so now I have 2 weeks to recharge. Another plus is that I still managed to get in 59.4 miles this week (I really should have done that extra 0.6 to make it an even 60, but oh well), and I’m at 2510.8 for the year. I had an original goal of about 2000, so that’s pretty excellent.

In nails, I tested out a “caviar” set I bought in England over the summer. I found myself in Primark looking for a cheap t-shirt (I had spilled on the one I was wearing), and saw a 3D mani set at the cash for £1, so I bought it. Hadn’t opened it until the other day, because caviar nails actually freak me out a little. But I figured I should give it a try for a 1 day look, and if it drove me nuts, I could just pick off the beads at work the next day (which I did). So I did a mani using this set randomly on Wednesday night. I actually strangely liked it, so I might hit up Michaels and buy some more microbeads! Downside is that the super cheap polish was indeed super cheap, and actually peeled right off the next day in the shower. So this was actually a one day look. The other nails have sponged on glitter on the tips (OPI Carried Away) applied in a way inspired by Simply Nailogical’s tutorial (see the video tutorial at the end of the post here). What that technique does is it maximized the amount of glitter, since the jelly base of the polish gets absorbed by the sponge. Then I topcoated it all with NYC Grand Central.



My other mani this week is a dark green and gold wrapping paper inspired look. I did this on Thursday afternoon, and then looked at The Nailasaurus’s blog the next morning, and realized I had basically done the same thing (except hers is better, see it here). I did a base of Maybelline Color Show Walk in the Park, which is a super deep green that looks basically black after 2 coats. The plus side to the deep green vs black is that it doesn’t make my skin look quite so pale, and is a little softer than black. I really like it as an alternative. I took a pic (I was tired, so sketchy quality) attempting to show how green it is after one coat:


I did my ring finger in Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City, which is basically all superfine silver glitter. I also stamped with Moyou’s Kaleidoscope 10 (I really like these abstract kaleidoscope images, I need to get some more of these plates) in the same silver and topped it all off with NYC Grand Central. I also used Maybelline Color Show in Platinum Adorn on my pinkies, because my right pinkie nail is still all deformed from being in a splint, and it needs to be camouflaged. I applied the glitter with the same sponge method used above to make it extra glittery.

I love it. Its subtle, but sparkly, and using the glittery Celeb City to stamp makes my nails look almost vintagey and distressed. I do wish it was more green (vs looking black), but as I said, it is quite flattering on my yellowish skin tone.

I’ve also now had this look on for a full day of chem labs and it’s showing very little wear. And since there’s not a lot of glitter, it will hopefully be easier to remove than some looks I’ve done lately. And as an extra added fun bonus, it’s kind of Christmassy (as I said last post, I’ve been struggling with making my nails Christmassy!). I now wish I had actual wrapping paper like this. Instead, I have red plaid paper (I should probably try to do a plaid mani to match that as well…)




Thanks for reading and stay tuned for a Frozen inspired mani coming soon!

Sweatery nails

I’ve been attempting to do Christmassy nails lately…but I just don’t like them! So I’ve ended up starting over several times and ending up with things that are only vaguely holiday themed.

In terms of running, it’s been a pretty good week. I got horribly sick on Tuesday (weird nausea and dizziness) and had to leave work early, but that was my normal rest day, and I felt better by the morning, so I continued my usual schedule. I haven’t been hungry though, which is weird for me, since I’m normally ravenous. I’m at 47 miles for the week,and plan on getting to 60-ish by Saturday afternoon. Marathon training is semi-officially in swing. I officially start the first week of January, but my mileage right now is way higher than I had planned so I will need to rework my rough sketch of a plan.

So earlier in the week, I did a mani somewhat inspired by sweaters. It’s in Xmas colours, and is wintery, which is the best I can do at the moment. Apparently I’m not feeling the spirit this year. I think its how I basically get to work in the dark and leave in the dark. I teach in a room without any windows. I feel like I never see the sun, and that bright, cheery nails don’t make sense based on what I see all day. These short days are terrible, and I’m grateful for my long, sunlit runs on weekends.


What I used: Sinful Colors Rosy Red, Cinderella (the light, glittery blue) and Snow me White. Ring finger is topped with Urban Outfitters Afterhours (as I mentioned before, I LOVE this glitter! It enhances whatever its on top of, and seems to shine in a rainbow of colours.) I stamped with Moyou London’s Fashionista 15, which is distinctly sweatery. Despite actually liking this mani, I took it off pretty quickly. I just felt like the red and white weren’t really my thing. You can also see that the topcoat smeared the stamp a little (I was rushing), and that was driving me somewhat crazy. I did really like the stamp on my thumb though, and I’m thinking of doing it in black and white or black and neon some time soon.


It’s almost the solstice, so lets hope for longer days soon!


I just found out I get to be a chaperone on the school’s Europe trip this spring break. Someone backed out, so I’m in! I mean, I will now have 10 days of insanity with 50 students instead of a nice relaxing break, but who can say no to a free trip to Europe! I took students to Peru a few years back, and it was a great experience, so I’m hoping this will be similar. Of course, when I took students to Peru, it was primarily to volunteer, and this is to sight-see, but while it might now be as rewarding, it should still be great. And I’ve been pretty much everywhere we are going already, but I will be glad to go back! So we leave in 101 days. Pretty exciting! I’m not going to tell the students I’m going though, and hoping to surprise them at the airport. We will see if I can manage that with all the meetings and stuff I will have to attend before hand, but why not try.

The image Explorica uses to describe the tour….super generic.

Where we’re going: Edinburgh (I didn’t go in the castle last time I was here as I had just been to Stirling Castle and a few others, so I’m excited to go in there this time), London (which I’ve been to countless times due to family living there, I was actually in London this summer, but I love it so it’ll be great. Also, I know lots of good places to go during free time), Dover-Calais, including the cliffs (I was last there when I was a child and barely remember so YAY!), Paris (always excellent, I can always do with more Louvre in my life) and Normandy (which I’ve never been to and am SUPER PUMPED ABOUT. I’ve always wanted to see some of the Canadian war memorial stuff).


Happy hippo in the Scottish countryside four years ago & Highland cows


So I think it’s a pretty good itinerary. Everywhere is close together, so no long train journeys (=less cranky kids) and lots to do and see. I’m excited for the food as I love European snacks and chocolate, and I’m excited for the chaos of big cities.

Also, apparently Kate Middleton’s next baby is due in April and we will be in London in April. That would be pretty awesome if we were there at the same time as the royal baby’s birth!

Anyways, I just did a quick France inspired mani to celebrate:


Julep Gayle (a deep red creme) on thumb and pointer, Julep Marla on the middle and ring (basically the sparkly version of Gayle), and my pinkie is Julep DeAnn, which is a purpley shimmer. I stamped with Sinful Colors Easy Going (pinkish white creme) using Moyou London’s Tourist 21 plate. I was excited for the french poodles already, but this gave me an excuse to wear them. I also used the roses from the plate (LOVE) and the cameos.




I’m very excited, if you can’t tell!