43 days. That’s how long it’s been since I last blogged and while it doesn’t really feel like it because that month and a half flew by so quickly, I’ve missed blogging so much. This has been a busier summer than normal and I can’t believe it’s coming to an end but on the one hand I’m glad things are slowing down! Work has consumed my life and if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that working out and wedding planning have been taking up what spare time I have when I’m not at work. I’m not exactly “sweating for the wedding”, I just find that working out a lot helps alleviate some of the unanticipated stress I’ve been experiencing when it comes to wedding planning. At a picnic this past weekend, my aunt, albeit jokingly and lovingly, asked me if I was pregnant because I look “happy and fat in love” so even though I’m not getting married until next September, I guess maybe I should start sweating for the wedding.
I thought being engaged would be one of the happiest times of my life and while there have been a lot of happy moments, it has also been really stressful. Between coming up with a reasonable budget, trying to find a balance between my fiance’s vision and my own, near weekly arguments with my mother, feeling like my decisions and wants aren’t being respected, and trying to find a venue that won’t leave me bankrupt, it’s been tough. Painting my nails has always been a great stress reliever for me but it wasn’t quite filling that void so while I’ve really thrown myself into working out but I miss my nails, blogging, and chatting with you guys. Even if it’s once a week, I promise to never check out like I did again. Now let’s get to some nail polish!
butter LONDON Keen is a peach creme that isn’t exactly a summer bright but a neutral that can be worn year round. And y’all know I love my neutrals! Keen was fairly difficult to work with. The formula was thick and goopy despite me putting it in the fridge for about 15 minutes before I applied the polish. The color payout however made working with the formula worth it. Keen was fairly opaque within two coats and I was able to get to bottle color with two coats however I experienced a bit of streakiness so I used three coats just for good measure. The finish with a top coat was nice and shiny however because of the thickness of the polish, it took a bit longer to dry. Overall I’m pretty satisfied with Keen but I could do without how much of a pain it was to apply and dry.
What have y’all been doing with the summer? The most exciting this I’ve done so far is head to NYC for a spur of the moment 3 day weekend getaway and it was way better than New Years! Later this summer I’ll be in New Orleans so if any of y’all have suggestions for places I must see while there, I’m down for some recommendations!