#31DC2015 – Yellow Sugarspun Nails

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How could I go through this challenge without my favorite sugarspun technique?? I get the best results from basic cremes and right now I am obsessed with Zoya‘s Pippa. It has a pretty fantastic formula and is a great color.

I spiced the look up with a little glitter on top and I have to say, I love it! You can bet you’ll see the sugar-spin again!!


#31DC2015 - Yellow Sugar-Spun #NailArt | The Rite of AgingBaseZoya PippaLouise

GlitterSephora by OPI Come to Pappa-razzi!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


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Orencia | August 2015


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I sat down for my second dose of Orencia two Fridays ago. I had been off the medication for three months and it was completely out of my system so for the week prior to the infusion I felt pretty low.

I did not have any reactions to the infusion itself except for a little tenderness in the injection arm but that was relatively normal.

Unfortunately, the effects of the medication did not kick in until the end of the weekend. I was extremely lethargic and weak. I kept zoning out and I needed rest after only 20 or 30 minutes of activity. I dropped multiple items and was just “under the weather”. This was beyond annoying but still normal. I generally felt like this for a few months before I fully became used to the medication.

After the weekend I felt fantastic. I lowered the prednisone dose to 9mg (I had been on 10 for nearly a year sometimes increasing to 12mg)! I experience no swelling in my joints or excess pain, and I kept up with a full time summer schedule no problem. The prednisone was not the only medication I changed. I eliminated the extra Tylenol from my evening medications and only took the 300mg that was already part of the Ultracet tablet (37.5mg of Tramadol and 300mg of Acetominophen). I tried to stop the Tylenol in the morning but was not able to do so.


So far, I feel better than I have for almost eight or nine months! I exercise every day, my appetite has decreased (a welcome change because of the lower prednisone dose) I feel more alert and overall in better spirits. I am inclined to think this is due to the Prednisone changes than the Orencia because the prednisone really messes with my mood. Of course, if the Orencia was not working I would not be able to lower the Prednisone dose. I do not know how long the Orencia  will work because after a few months I always plateau but for now I will take advantage of feeling awesome!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

#31DC2015 – Black and Orange Gradient


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The weather has been so sunny recently (albeit a bit humid) so I switched my photos and opted for natural light. However, this means I have to finish my nail art by about 6pm and the time will slowly inch earlier and earlier as the month progresses. I may return to my indoor lighting or take photos the next morning before work. Unfortunately, I may have some wear and tear on the tips. Ah well, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there!

I cannot wait until I purchase my new camera! I have my eyes on the Canon Rebel t3i. I tried a friend’s and it was amazing. I instantly fell in love and crossed the Sony RX100 III off my list (okay, that’s a lie, it is still on my list as a basic not so basic point and shoot).


For today’s orange prompt I did a gradient. I love gradients but I especially love orange ones. Interestingly, as you may remember, I am not a fan of Halloween and never quite understood the orange and black color scheme. Regardless, I LOVE the combination on my nails..go figure!

I spiced things up with a little shimmer in between and I have to say I dig the final result. Do I seem more bubbly to you? I’m in a fantastic mood. I am back on the “good” meds. I exercise every day, nap less and am in better spirits. Also. I hate August. August is gone. YES.

And now I bring myself back from that tangent…


#31D2015 - Orange Gradient Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseWet n Wild Black CremeUrban Outfitters Westside

Gradient (from cuticles to tips): Wet n Wild Black CremeUrban Outfitters Banana HammockWestside

StudBorn Pretty Store


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


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31DC2015 – Red


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It is officially the start of the September 31-Day monthly challenge! I really hope I can keep up this year. I completed the challenge during my first year of blogging and during a time when my RA was at its worst…If I could get through the daily prompts then I can certainly manage them now…Right? Only time will tell!


For today’s prompt I decided to ease my way into the month with a simple glitter gradient. I spent the last few days re-arranging, de-cluttering and making sure my nail polish swatches were up to date. In the process I re-discovered a few old favorites! I blame it on the small bottles. When a company manufactures a travel/trial size of their bigger products I never hesitate purchasing the smaller version. It is especially difficult for me to get through polishes so the mini bottles are my best bet!

In actuality, this entire look features forgotten polishes: the glitter is from my favorite indie brand and the base is an old Milani…I’ve probably mentioned this multiple times  but I do not want to use any of my old Milani polishes! I am less than impressed with the new formulation and I never want to run out of the old ones I have left. Is that weird? Do you do that too? Let me know in the comments! 

I hope you like my simple nail art today. I have an entire month to build on my techniques and as it is, I probably will focus on RA-friendly looks anyways!


31dc15 - redBaseMilani Foxy Lady

GlitterSerum no.5 Fallen


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


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It’s that Time of Year Again – the Annual 31-Day Challenge!


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One of my favorite times of the nail blogging year is back! The 2015 31-Day Challenge hosted by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails will take place throughout September! This was the first full monthly challenge I completed after I began blogging in August 2013. I am so excited to take on this month again and hopefully I will make it through!

There are four different banners to choose from (found on Sarah’s information post here and the FAQ page here). My personal favorite and the one I will feature in the sidebar is the one below. The sidebar image will post to the FAQ site.

Since Sarah does not plan to post directly to her blog but share her creations on IG, Cathy from More Nail Polish graciously made the Inlinkz codes for the bloggers to use on their sites (linked here).

And, don’t forget to hashtag #31DC2015 on all social media platforms to connect with others doing the challenge!




Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Blue Green Gradient and Dotticure Nail Art


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This look actually took me a couple of days. It was not labor intensive or particularly difficult but I felt like if I attempted the full look I would mess it up. I decided to leave the gradient for the evening and finished the dots today.

I hope you like the final result! I am very pleased with this. The dots came out exactly how I envisioned because a little practice never hurts!


Blue-Green Gradient Dotticure Nail Art | The Rite of AgingBaseSinfulColors Whiteboard

GradientAmerican Apparel ParakeetChina Glaze UV Meant to Be

DotticureColor Club On the RocksZoya Giovanna


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

A Purple and Green RA-friendly Waterfall


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It has been one of those weeks. I was unmotivated, lethargic, but extremely restless. Half the time, I tried one of the many nail ideas flitting through my head but none of them looked right; the other half I just couldn’t bring myself to even try. Do you ever have those days? Weeks? Months, maybe? I wouldn’t call it depression, I thought it was more of a flare. My eyes were more dry than usual, the skin on my lips flaked off and I was uncharacteristically fatigued (even though my joint pain was minimal).

Regardless, I sat down and pushed through this strange phase and went with a quick, RA-friendly waterfall look. I had no particular feelings for this nail art (ah, motivation) but I did like how it came out. I hope you do too!


Purple & Green RA-friendly Waterfall #NailArt | The Rite of AgingBase: Formula X for Sephora Thrilling

Details: acrylic paints


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


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