You know how when you're sick (and I am getting sicker by the minute) you do oddball things to amuse yourself? Jeff passed his sore throat/cough/mucus generator on to me, thanks sweetie. Painting this morning only seemed to make the mucus situation worse since I spend most of my time bent over my work, thus opening the floodgates. It's also hard to create eyelashes and things during a coughing jag. So I gave myself the day off...but I still felt like painting.
So I grabbed my black and red nail polish and duplicated a manicure I saw on Twitter a few weeks ago. It mimicked Christian Louboutin's signature black pumps with red soles.
Even if I could afford $800 shoes like those, I would never wear them because I have Sideshow Bob feet: flat, wide, big. I wore a women's size 10 in fifth grade, to give you some idea, and Dad lovingly nicknamed me Squatcho, as in Sasquatch, i.e. Bigfoot, around that time. I've never enjoyed the kind of lifestyle that would ever allow me to wear high heels, anyway. Art teachers might as well be waitresses or nurses in terms of footwear requirements--they've got to be comfortable. And every man I've ever known has required me to walk long-ass distances with him on a regular basis. So yeah. No Louboutins for me anytime soon.
But I love the red and black so much!
I've always wanted to attend or teach at a school whose colors were red and black, because those have been my signature colors since forever. Unfortunately, I've had to deal with just-OK purple and gold (twice!), orange and blue (meh), red, white and blue (so close!), and maroon and gray (HATEFUL AND DEPRESSING).
What a joy, then, to combine my favorite colors on my hands if not on my feet! I painted the entire nail red first, and then I free-handed the black over the top. I've also seen a variation on this manicure where the insides of the nails are red and the other side is black--my nails are not long enough to make that happen, but it's a cute idea. I'm not going to pretend that painting my nails like this was easy, but it made for a satisfying sick day activity.