Manicure Monday


Last week I ran-didn’t-walk to Shopper’s Drug Mart to pick up some of the new Quo by Orly nail polishes, and I have to say, WOW. The colours are totally beautiful and the formula is amazing. Not too thick and gloopy, not too thin and watery. No streaks, two coats for perfect coverage, and dries quickly. I’ve tried four shades so far and been thrilled with all the results. Here are the first two.

Quo by Orly Celestial Star
right hand: Quo by Orly in Celestial Star

This has purple in it as well but unfortunately I couldn’t get it to photograph properly no matter what light I used. It’s really pretty but for some reason it reminds me of this metallic blue Wet’n’Wild polish all my goth friends and I used in 1993 (back then it was the only “weird” colour of polish, besides black).

Quo by Orly in Turquoise Sky
left hand: Quo by Orly in Turquoise Sky

I had a bit more luck with this one! Depending on the light it looks anywhere from bright turquoise to dark teal to emerald green. I love this polish, I haven’t been able to stop staring at it!


A Clean Start

I’ve mentioned here recently that I’ve been in a rut, a slump, a funk, whatever. I’ve been feeling very :/ about a lot of things, and one of them is this blog. I’m sick of my posts! I’m sick of my pictures! I’m sick of thinking up titles! But most of all, I’m (was) sick of the layout, so last night I steeled myself for a huge hassle and changed it.

New New Blog Layout

It’s not one hundred percent perfectly how I want it, but it’s pretty close! I think it’s a lot cleaner looking than the old layout, which is definitely what I was going for. I’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback you guys might have about it, and as a thank you here’s a Georgie for your troubles.


Golden Giveaway Winner


Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway to win the golden mini bunting necklace from Little Pancakes! I’ve selected the winner using‘s random number generator, and that winner is…


April from So Yeah… So! Congratulations April! I’ll be giving your email to Melissa so she can contact you for your mailing address.


Thanks again everyone who entered, you are all winners in my book ^___^


I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was planning on making some Halloween glitter banners, and here they are!

I’ve never had orange glitter before and it is a pain & a half so it’s available in VERY limited quantities!

The purple bats have acid green paper on the reverse.

I think these little ghosts are so cute!

This black glitter banner has bright red paper on the reverse.

You can find these all in my etsy shop; click on the pictures to go directly to each listing. Also don’t forget to “like” the Unicorn Parade Shop on facebook!

The Curse of the Gym


I have the worst luck with the gym. Every time I say I’m going to start going again, I go once and then suffer some calamitous event. I throw my back out and can barely walk, or I get strep throat, or I fall down the stairs at the gym when leaving after my workout and sprain my ankle. Every time I lose all my gym momentum and it’s months before I go back again- just to suffer a new setback.

Well. In August Taylor spent a lot of time talking about how he wanted to start going to the gym again, so I decided it would be supportive and helpful if I went too. Labour Day weekend I strapped my running shoes on for the first time in months and hit up Fitness World for some treadmill time. Aaaaaaaaaaand my shoes (pictured above), my beloved foot clouds, which are neither too old or too new, gave me huge horrible blisters, one of which popped and seeped and oozed and got horribly infected. WHAT THE HECK. It’s been really painful and gross, but it’s finally almost better. Just in time too; I think the weather is about to turn and I won’t be able to wear my flip-flops anymore (my feet are like Regina George on Kal-teen bars” flip-flops are all that fit me right now).

Hopefully I be able to re-restart going back to the gym this weekend, so please stay tuned for my next disaster.

In semi-related gym news, Taylor went yesterday morning and there was an older man running full-tilt on the treadmill while watchign full-on hardcore porn on his iPad. PEOPLE THESE DAYS idek.

Manicure Monday

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Not Like in the Movies

Katy Perry for OPI Not Like the Movies

This colour is kind of boring. I was planning on putting different top coats and glitters over it but I started painting pretty late in the evening and after three coats of this I was ready for Seche Vite and bed.

Supreme Thunder

This summer I did a Sailor Moon-themed craft swap with Rhiannon and this week I got my package from her!

Sailor Moon Craft Swap Goodies!

A hand-embroidered Sailor Jupiter totebag, Luna necklace and little moon earrings! So cute. And the totebag is UH MY ZING. Just look at this sweet embroidery!

Sailor Moon Craft Swap Goodies!

Sailor Jupiter is my favourite ^___^

I also got a star-shaped lollipop but Sym confiscated that pretty quickly.

Star Lollipop

In case you missed it, you can see what I made for Rhiannon here.