#AtoZChallenge – U is for Ugly-Pretty Shade


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I previously stated I have a soft spot for limited edition Chanel nail polishes so Peridot, from the Fall 2011 collection, is no exception. Yet, I rarely wear it. The duochrome is kind of weird and sits funny against my skin. It is one hell of a color though. It shifts from a burnished gold to a dirty khaki with loads of shimmer thrown in for good measure. It is such an interesting shade but definitely an ugly-pretty one too!

What do you think of it? (I will update the pictures when I get some sun!)




Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

T is for Tribute (RIP Saachi)


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Just over a year ago Saachi passed away of hemangiosarcoma (blood cancer in dogs). It happened so quickly. I woke up one morning and Saachi was hyper ventilating. A 14 centimeter splenic tumor was pushing up against her lungs. She stayed in emergency until the splenectomy at which point (three full days later) the tumor grew to 20 centimeters.

We found out a week later the tumor was malignant. There were various options for treatment but it was more to make her last few months (read: weeks) as comfortable as possible…


DSCF2013.JPGSaachi was an interesting dog. Well first, I should mention she was a giant. She was a Bullmastiff but one of the most beautiful mastiffs I ever saw. Her muzzle was not squat like most of her breed. It was long and well proportioned to the rest of her face.


She was highly aggressive. In her early years she was both dog and human aggressive but as she got older she mellowed out. She was very much my father’s dog. In comparison to how much she loved my dad she disliked me because I was the disciplinarian and in her eyes I did not spoil her the way my dad did.


20150131_162429-1-1I used to climb over the stair railing because she’d sit on the corner stair and nip at my ankles any time I went up or down.


Asleep on Stairs.JPGRegardless, she was highly protective of me. Dad traveled a lot for work so Saachi thought she needed to shelter me from the big bad world.


When I went away to college I joked to my dad “wouldn’t it be funny if the saying ‘distance makes the heart grow fonder’ is actually true and when I come home for break Saachi will be my best friend?” He just replied,  ‘I wouldn’t count on it, she really doesn’t like you!’.

20150306_191042Well, guess what? I came home and she was my best friend! Since my first visit home she realized she actually loved me.

And, as the years by, we became even closer. When she was ill or scared she’d come to me and she knew I was the one with the food. She was always my father’s dog but he traveled a lot for work so I was the pack leader, the one who provided and cared for her.


IMG_20150327_212612She stayed with me when I was flared up or ill. She needed less attention when I couldn’t give it. She was understanding and caring.

When she became ill something shifted. Saachi was a sexist dog. Dad was her favorite so she always preferred men over women. But, when she got sick and saw me more as her master she started snarling and barking at men! She never used to do this and I thought it was hilarious. She was always protective of me but not at random people on the street.


20150218_185105-1Saachi was an extraordinarily loving dog. She may have been a little crazy, unsocial and aggressive but she knew who her pack was (Dad, me, Marmalade, Sunsilk and Affie) and never wavered from that. Poor thing, though, she really loved the cats but they bullied her because she was the baby of the family. Of course, she’d get back at them by cornering them or sticking her big fat face in theirs.

I never realized how lively the house was while she was alive. She was the vivacious one. Now, on multiple occasions, I exclaim at how “boring” Affie, Marmalade and Sunsilk are. All they do is sleep. They don’t like playing with me and really just do what they want to do. They could have 8 hour a day jobs and I would never know.

Saachi was the polar opposite. She loved to play and she lived to be around people. She was spoiled and loved and always got new toys and sweaters and beds and blankets.




True story: Dad bought her Indian necklaces to wear, got ready to fly home when he realized there were three other pets in the house and quickly found jewelry for them too.


It has been over a year since Saachi passed away but we are no nearer to getting a new dog. We just don’t want another one. Saachi (all of them in fact) is so precious to us. We know we’ll never have pets like them again and while we would never want to replace them we also know others would not hold a torch to them.




Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

S is for Sunsilk, the Senseless Cat


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I usually call Sunsilk stupid because she’s not all that smart. But, honestly, she is not stupid; she is very very intelligent. She is better trained than all the other pets put together.


Photo 15Unfortunately for her, she is devoid of common sense. For example, she eats anything she can get her little paws on. I raised my trashcans because she loved going through it at night and bringing me presents. She even eats Affie’s fur after I shave her!


IMG_0272Oh, you may say, “that is not common sense, Monica! That is just a cat being a cat!” Wait…there’s more. Sunsilk also sticks her whiskers in electrical outlets. I am not sure she does this on purpose but whenever she’s near a wall her whiskers make their way into an socket.


But, here’s the real story.

A few years ago, I got home and I called her. She was on the upper level nosing around when she heard me. The upper floor has a balcony that looks over the living area on the main one.


IMG-20120717-00038She excitedly looked through the bars and tried to jump off the balcony to get to me! The stairs were right next to her but no, it made more sense to jump 20 feet!

Thankfully, I managed to distract her while simultaneously running upstairs to grab her so she didn’t fall to her death. And, yes, she would have fallen to her death. Sunsilk is half Abyssinian and was cursed with the too tall back legs which make her rather unbalanced. She knocks over lamps and Christmas trees and sometimes just trips over her own four feet.


IMG_0274But, I guess, I still love her.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

#AtoZChallenge – P is for Pros and Bronze


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This particular shade ended up in the back of my gold polish shelf because I rarely use it. I don’t know why though because it is a seriously gorgeous color!

Pros & Bronze is a gold, copper, bronze shade with some specs of green mixed in for good measure. In any given lighting the colors give it a speckled look. It was introduced to the OPI line back in 2011 as part of the Serena Williams “Grand Slam” collection. I found this particular bottle sitting in the sad little OPI shelf at CVS!

I like this shade better than pure gold just because it has so much more dimension!

What do you think of it?




Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

R is for Rest and Relaxation


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Ah, the life of luxury.  It must be nice to be a pet.


DSCF2600All they do is sleep….


IMG-20130207-00162And sleep….


20150302_010401-1And, you guessed it…SLEEP!

But, every so often, I try to take back my bed…


DSCF2604And fail miserably.


Does this look familiar? Let me know in the comments!


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

#AtoZChallenge – Q is for Quality over Quanity Better?


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Today’s post is not really a blog post but a musing.

Everyone always says quality is better than quanity. Take my time, produce my best work and people will respond to that.

But is that true?


Whenever I post nail art every day or every two days my Instagram following increases and views on my blog also sky rocket. When I post daily I definitely do not put the same amount of energy into my photos or posts as I usually do because, I’m going to be honest, I just don’t have the time.

But! When I post sporadically and meticulously work on all parts of my post, I find that my social media presence remains stagnant or decreases.

What do you think of this phenomenon? Do people really only care if I post a lot??

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

#AtoZChallenge – O is for OPI!


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OPI’s polishes are sometimes a hit or miss for me. Some of the formulas and colors are fantastic, while others are just “meh”.

However, Guys & Galaxies, from their recent Starlight Collection, is one of my favorites. The formula is sheer and the color is similar if not a complete dupe for Sephora by OPI’s (SOPI) Mr. Right Now. This would not be a shock as both brands are OPI but it is nice to know there is another option since Sephora dropped OPI in favor of Formula X Nails.

opibottleFor today’s O post, I did a quick and simple stamping look!

I hope you like it!



opiwobottleBase: OPI Guys & Galaxies

Stamping: Mundo de Unas Stamping Polish Copper, Pueen Cosmetics stamping plate PUEEN44, clear jelly stamper from Born Pretty Store


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.


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