Monday, August 17, 2009

It's a Gray Day for Me...but that's not necessarily bad

I'm back. And this time I think I really mean it. After being at an off-site for work all day Tuesday, I postponed my trip to the river and didn't go until Thursday because I was just totally wiped out. And I had every intention of keeping up with blogging, Polyvore-ing, reading blogs, etc...until I got there and realized that I left my connection cord at home that hooks the BlackBerry to my laptop so I can get to the Internet. Doh! So I had to download my work desktop application onto my parents' laptop so that I could actually get some work done. So no blogging fun at the river. And I just pretty much stayed off the computer for the entire rest of the weekend. Actually it was nice to take yet another break, as unintentional as it was. Thanks for bearing with me over this crazy summer and not just dumping me. I appreciate it, I really do. :)

So, yep, it's a gray day here. Weather? Nope, actually weather-wise, it's sunny, hot & humid. So a perfect day to pull out the doesn't-really-require-a-bra trusty dress jersey strapless dress. I think I wore this last Monday....but the accessories are a bit different. Actually looking at the pic, I probably won't choose the gray bracelet next time (too matchy-matchy?), but it's easy to pop on and off, and I wore the garden pearl bracelet last Monday with the dress. And I actually have the ATL cardi on in the pic, just to change it up a bit, and because I wore it this way to Target. I will say that this dress was definitely worth the FP less 25% Mickey card price to me because I have worn it that much. I've actually worn this one more than the navy one, I think.

And it's not a gray, sad day because my former across-the-street BFF neighbor is visiting today and I'm very excited to see her and her 4 cute kiddies. And another neighbor who had the gall to move across the river (you don't do that in the DC metro area, folks) is coming over, too. Afternoon pool time and Pizza Party in the evening. Yay!!

So why is it a gray day? It's all about the toes....

I pulled out the bottle of Essie Chinchilly on Saturday (which, interestingly enough, isn't even on Essie's website yet, even though I got my bottle 2 weeks ago - and because I am so A-R, that really bothers me). I know 95% of you will probably think it's awful and that's ok. The other 5%, enjoy! :) I like the color. I was actually pleased with the application, and you know I am iffy on a lot of Essie's polish applications - streaky, etc.

I think it's a fun color for fall, as long as it doesn't make you look like a cadaver (let your skin tone decide). It would be great on fingers paired with a dark pedi. In fact, I will probably wear this more on my fingers than my toes this season. A lot of polish companies have a gray in their fall line and it continues to be a hot color. And gray eye makeup has been featured in a lot of magazines for the fall. So instead of matching you nails to your lips, match them to your eyes!

I like fun and funky nail colors because I think they spice up my usual neutral, classic clothes. To me, this reminds me of my gray patent flats and the gray beaded bracelet...that I'm wearing today (not to match the gray dress, but to match the toes - I am a sad, sorry case). It's not as crazy as a bright blue or green or yellow, but still with some edge. Or that's my thought. If it's not your thing, no worries. Wait till I post on the new OPI Here Today Aragon Tomorrow, with its perfect eyeliner complement (let me tell you, I am in love with my new eyeliner). I will probably tire of the gray in a couple of days since I am dying to try this new OPI shade. And will post on it asap, of course.

Polyvore for today:

Wearing Today-8/17/09
Wearing Today-8/17/09 by HeidiGblog featuring J Crew

Signing off now. I promise to catch up on blog reading, even if I'm not commenting as much as usual. I have really missed seeing what everyone is up to...as well as the fun JC fall purchases, natch. Which reminds me, I still haven't put together my fall wishlist...

17 comments:

dinagideon said...

So I don't know when you posted this entry, but I think blogger is SLOW on updating today (I have posted a post, btw...yay)...

I love your outfit because the grey and white are so CHIC together...very mid-century modern of you, missy... :)

Ooh, your friend came over to VA? That's rough...it is true...crossing the Potomac means a lot less visiting because we all have no FORTITUDE when it comes to driving across these bridges. (Of course, you are lucky, Ms. HeidiG, being so close to the ferry...that is the way to cross the river...)

Have a great day, hon!

Kathy said...

I am really liking your polish colors! I did look for the Chinchilly but could not find it. I ordered several from Hello-
Gorgeous.net but they did not have it either. Welcome home and thanks for commenting on Shelley's post, you made her very happy!

Patina said...

Welcome back. I don't know if it's good or bad that "the regulars" like myself are back blooging on a regular basis. It's good because we get to catch up, but bad because it signals the end of summer...booo..I love your outfit too. My grey ruffle hem dress has been my go to dress this summer...it's so comfotable that I'm sad that i will be putting it away in a few weeks. Oh well, bring on fall

MCC said...

I am in love with your polish color! I just started following your blog recently and love it! :)

Summerilla said...

Welcome back!! As always you look super fabulous, love you in this dress. I'm embarrassed to say I still haven't worn mine but I promise to pull it out one day soon.

I must learn how to hook blackberrys into laptops to get the internet!! I think we have the same phone if I remember correctly and I don't know how to do any of the fun stuff they are capable of.

Can't wait to see you and everyone this weekend!!

Lady Buttons said...

Whee! We missed you, Heidi! Great to have you back. Love the grey, I think it is quickly becoming my go-to neutral for fall, so the nailpolish will be a nice touch! (I, too, am intrigued by this Blackberry > laptop business, do elaborate!) Hope you're having fun catching up with your bff! :)

KDot said...

I love the gray polish. Now I want some too!

A Bigger Closet said...

Welcome back Heidi. You look so pretty as always in the dress. The grey polish deinitely works on you. I like it! :)

HeidiG said...

Dina - just headed over to see your post - yay, you are back!! Love that outfit, BTW. Mid-century modern? Such a compliment coming from you...

Kathy - thank you! So what polish did you order????? (You should know by now that you can't just tell me I ordered some polish - I need more details!) I did get my Chinchilly at Trade Secret, so maybe your will have it sooner or later. but TS is so weird sometimes about what they have and when they have it. I just want a bottle pic that I can Polyvore. So glad Seashell is back blogging with you - you two are such fun!!

Patina - let's call it bittersweet - summer is ending but fall clothes - yay!!! It's funny, I was looking at my # posts by month on the sidebar and realizing how much it has dropped this summer!

MCC - thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoy reading. Welcome!

Summerilla - I am appalled. Truly appalled. I will start stalking your blog and leaving you comments each day you don't wear it like "Summerilla, how come you haven't worn that fantastic dressy jersey strapless dress yet? Huh? Huh? Huh??"

Summerilla & Lady Buttons - I pay and extra $14.50/month for "Broadband Access" which allows me to hook my BlackBerry up to my laptop to get online. Not the quickest connection in the world, but I go several places without WiFi (most notably the river and the lake).

Lady Buttons & KDot - the gray polish would be fab on you all, too! Go grab a bottle!

A Bigger Closet - thank you! I still love this dress as much as the day I bought it, so I guess that's the sign of a good purchase, huh?

Zoë Moët said...

I actually think that wearing a few different shades of the same color can be the opposite of matchy-matchy, as in super cool and fashion forward! And, since you've got the charcoal dress, the chinchilly polish, and the gray bracelet, I say you're good to go!

post-fab princess said...

HA, as if we'd dump YOU! You're a ray of sunshine in my windowless office. (:

Love the grey polish!!! It's so cute on you. As long as it was bluey toned I think I could wear it without the risking the zombie factor.

Law and Fashion said...

I LOVE the gray nails! I am totally going to use gray nail polish on my fingernails this fall :)

gigiofca said...

I'm with Summerilla. Haven't worn mine either. I almost wore it to a function on Sat and changed my mind. I think I'm just going to wear it to the store later this week w/a cardi like you styled it.

HeidiG said...

Zoe Moet - thank you!

post-fab princess - You totally have the attitude to rock the gray polish, too.

Law and Fashion - thank you! Hope you love it, too!

gigiofca - if you are around a lot of A/C, I think the cardi is the way to go. I wear a cardi at least half the time when I'm wearing one of the dresses.

HeidiG said...

Update on Essie - as of this morning, the fall collection is (finally) on their website. Yay, just clipped to PV.

Cari (Is Not Fashion) said...

ahh thanks for showing what that essie shade looks like irl! I was so curious!

HeidiG said...

Cari- you are welcome - thanks for visiting!