Summer Obsessions

July 10, 2011 § 1 Comment


So, I have been on “vacation” this past week — which means that I freak out about work while 200 miles away from the office — and the weather was a little lacking. Very early into my time off, I had finished reading an Isabella Blow biography and taking endless calls from the owner of the company that is painting my hallways back home. (He does not like the color, as it is very, very dark. While an amazing painter, I don’t think he shares my vision.) I had also finished cooking almost all of the veggies my CSA sent to me, did my accounting for the month of June and a zillion other work things when I suddenly found myself in need of something mindless.

Mindless lives at Bravo. And so I dipped my toes into yet another bit of Andy Cohen Quicksand: “Million Dollar Decorators”. Just typing the show’s name makes me cringe, especially when I heard one of the decorators refer to the iconic Barcelona chair ( as an “Eames” chair as if they only ever designed one. (They most certainly did not, and you probably know their work, including the equally iconic Eames lounge: Editing mishap? I don’t know. But really, this is just wrong. Especially if said decorator wasn’t referring to the Eames lounge, which is still a stretch. Look it up and then tell me how right I am.

ANYWAY, ability to distinguish the work of Mies van der Rhoe from Charles and Ray Eames aside, I can’t stop watching this show for one reason: Mary McDonald. She was made for this medium and is awfully stylish. Aside from the masses of perfectly arranged dark hair, fabulous jewelry and ability to say that something is ugly or simply horrid out loud in front of people, she wears brightly colored nail polish on her finger nails and it looks fantastic.

So, over the past week I have become newly obsessed with trying to get that look on my paws. Not easy for me, as I always fear that my outfits and jewelry will clash with bright polish. And there there is the maintenance factor…

Fortunately, my dear friend must have had a premonition and sent me three fantastic essie colors several weeks ago: Tangerine, No Boundaries and Well Read. They have all been on the pedi-rotation since for some time now, but today I decided to Go the Full Mary, and put Tangerine on the toes AND fingers. Sadly, I am wearing an orange dress at the moment, so I can’t leave the house until I change, but I must say, I am already feeling more like I could tell somebody that something is ugly. (Lord knows I see enough of it out and about.)

So, I guess these are my two newest Summer Obsessions — join in if you like.



More information about the show can be found here:


Tips for Brights on the Paws:

– Nails must be immaculate: No cuticles, no rough edges.

– Nails must be short and kind of squared, like a glamor girl in the twenties. Leave long and pointy to Gaga.

– Nails must be SHINY. Get yourself some Seche Vite top coat stat.

(Photo of my new polishes: Some Cozy Night. Thanks, Ms. J!)

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