Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do. There's nothing better than getting absolutely lost in the universe of a good book! I love how a great story can pull you from wherever you happen to be and drop you in a fantastic, exciting place where anything can happen! Then there's that little thrill everytime you reach for the book, followed by that little bit of sadness when you finish the last page. I've got a lot of favorite books and authors, but the most recent series to lure me in? The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
The series is set in Gatlin, South Carolina, a town that's a hotbed for paranormal activity. It's not a real southern town, but you would never know it. Anyone who has visited the Southern States will nod their head as the scene is set in the small town. Dar-ee Keen, Link's Baptist Mama, Bottle Trees, Amma... the list goes on and on. Don't even get me started on how you can feel the searing humidity and smell the lemongrass and mint!
I could rave about this book all day, but we're here to talk about nails, so I'll cut to the chase. The Caster Chronicles tell the story of Light Casters and Dark Casters. Light Casters are good, Dark Casters are evil. When a Caster turns sixteen, they choose what type of Caster they will be. Unfortunately for Lena Duchannes, she comes from a line of cursed Casters. Rather than choosing, the sixteenth moon claims the women in the Duchannes line for Dark or Light. Lena's cousin Ridley was her best friend until she turned sixteen and went Dark. Lena is terrified that her fate will be the same.
In the BOOK, Light Casters have green eyes that glow when casting. Dark Casters eyes' glow gold while casting. I know that my shades are off, (more than a little) but I drew COPPER and the thought of pairing these polishes just jumped into my head and I went with it...
1 Coat Fingerpaints Smooth Over Ridge Filler
3 Coats Essie Leggy Legend
3 Coats Wet n Wild I Moss Have It
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite
Is it just me, or are these polishes just meant for each other? I thought so! They're both bold metallics with a lot of depth. I swear, I Moss Have It gets better every time I use it, and Leggy Legend is just bright, shiny, and awesome!
Both of these polishes have excellent formulas. And both could probably have been opaque in two coats. I went ahead with a third because it just felt right!
In the photos, you can see that I painted my left hand green with a "gold" (copper) accent. I took the whole Light and Dark thing one step further. Rather than paint my right hand green with 2 "gold" (copper) accents, like I normally would. I reversed it. I painted my thumb, middle, and ring fingers with Leggy Legend, and my pointer and pinky were painted with I Moss Have It. My left hand represents Light, while my right hand represents Dark. Sadly, my right pointer finger chipped while I was getting ready this morning. I somehow managed to scrape it on my zipper? Where there's a will... O.o
Despite the fact that righty wasn't in the mood for a photo shoot, and the fact that my polish chipped, I still LOVE this mani. These two colors paired together are just sooooo magically Fall right now. I could definitely see pairing them again for a gradient, french tips, possibly even an Autumnal Seriotype?
I can't begin to describe how insanely delighted I am that it. is. Friiiiiiiiday! It's just been enough of a crazy week that I'm ready for a little bit of relaxing this weekend. Just a little bit, though. I've definitely got plans to attack my clothing in a modified KonMari sort of way. With all the moving around in the past two years, I have clothing all over the place. It's beyond time for a big cleanup. Last week, Mr. Sparkle and I cleaned up our Pantry, and I'm loving how organized it is! It's really nice to be able to see everything you have, and that's what I'm going for in Le Boudoir.
What are your weekend plans? I know it's probably another week or two until pumpkin patching is a thing around here, but maybe not in your neck of the woods? Any other Fall cleaners/organizers out there? Whatever you get up to... I hope you have a great Friday and an even greater and more fabulous weekend! And if you are cleaning out your closets like me... Good Luck!!!