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Enamel lapel pins are so hot right now. Am I using that right? Do people actually say that? I’ve added some great pieces to my own mostly vintage pin collection (which I should definitely write an updated post about), but there are so many awesome pins available right now. Here are twenty of my personal favorites, with links. I’ve tried to limit pop culture (movie/tv/video game) derivative works, but there are some I couldn’t resist. #pingame

It’s a little Monday afternoon snow storm window shopping. Enjoy.

Lapel Pin Envy ::

  1. Urn from Inner Decay
  2. Decline & Fall from Inner Decay
  3. Slower Black Wheat from Explorer’s Press
  4. Poppy from Explorer’s Press
  5. Witch Hat from Sara Lyons
  6. Sad Ghost from Sara Lyons
  7. Hung to Dry from Rambling Hands
  8. Momento Mori set from Cat Coven
  9. I Believe from Last Craft
  10. All Hope is Not Lost from Frolik Studio
  11. Black Lodge Coop from Bunny Miele
  12. Coffin from Yesterdays
  13. Sailor Moon Crisis Heart from Creepy Gals
  14. Cry Baby from Penelope Gazin
  15. Dovahkiin from Jess Hrycyk
  16. Ugh from Night Cheese Lifestyle
  17. D20 from These are Things
  18. Trust No One from Cry Wolf
  19. Retro Record Player by Abby Galloway from Valley Cruise Press
  20. Ouija Board from Punky Pins
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It’s been quite a long time since I’ve written a nail polish post. This one is a little special, so keep reading.

I used to take dance classes when I was in elementary school. This was not the sort of competitive dance that I think a lot of people are familiar with. It was ballet, mixed with modern dance elements, taught by an aging-hippie. Her name was Linda. She let my mother pay her in sewing lessons when she found out we couldn’t really afford it. She put glitter gel on our faces before performances, calling it “faerie magic.” We warmed up to Two Princes by the Spin Doctors.

For my first Sugar Plum Fairy performance, I wore my mother’s blush and a frosted pink nail polish. I felt beautiful. I felt like a different person, or a braver, slightly pink-er version of myself. For that few minutes on stage, my insecurities and ongoing worries completely melted away. My closest friends in that group of girls carried burdens that I wouldn’t learn about until much later (burdens much to heavy for any child to bear), but I think and I hope, that those Saturdays helped them as they helped me. Linda was a faerie godmother.

Winter will always remind me of our abridged version of The Nutcracker, and that feeling of beauty, despite being so awkward and shy and unsure of the space my body took up. Whatever happened on stage for me  was magic. I never wanted to take off the glitter off my cheeks or the polish off my nails. I wear about as much pink now as I did then (which is… not much), and I still have a penchant for shimmer.

When December arrives, my polishes come out of their summer-induced hibernation. These are four of my favorite festive shades from my current collection.


from L to R: Zoya Seraphina, Julep Harlow, Julep Natalia, Julep Valerie

And these are on my wishlist.


from L to R: Julep Chatoya, Julep Sienna, Sparitual Home, Zoya Imogen

Now for  the fun part:

If you like glitter, some of these swatches may have you tempted to become a Julep Maven. The new Snow Day Welcome Box from Julep (a $58 value) is the perfect opportunity to join, and will get you in the holiday mood. It’s got a bit of shine, a bit of sparkle, and a top-rated beauty product as a bonus. As a Julep Maven subscriber, you get first access to trend setting colors and top-rated beauty products every month in addition to plenty more perks.

I love being a  Maven. Julep is the only customizable box of full-size, limited-run nail colors and new beauty products. That means no surprises, no duplicates, or any colors you don’t like. You see what’s in your box each month and have the option of swapping out colors and products you already have or don’t want. You also have the option of skipping out on a month, without losing your opportunity to participate the following month. This is one of my favorite things, especially when the colors aren’t up my alley (neons), or I just don’t have room for polish in my budget (holiday shopping).

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Spread a little faerie magic with some sparkle on your fingers!

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I’ve added  a few new pins to my collection in the last year.

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The wooden Twin Peaks pin was made by Kate Rowland. She has an etsy shop here with a great selection of pins and other wooden jewelry. The Twin Peaks stuff is my favorite!

The other two pins are vintage, purchased from my local Goodwill. The state of New Hampshire one is pretty special; The Old Man of the Mountain sadly collapsed in 2003. Likewise, I’m guessing the Winnipesaukee button is no longer available for purchase.

I’ve gotten fairly choosy about adding to this collection. The Twin Peaks brooch is actually the only new pin I have. As far as vintage goes, I’m sticking with tourist trinkets and state park paraphernalia.  I had originally set out to continue collecting vintage flower pins (I added one to the collection this year), but the demand is high, making prices skyrocket. It’s a little bit of a downer, but the one I still have of my mum’s is very special to me, with or without a garden of other daisies to accompany it.

I’m hoping to eventually come up with some kind of genius way to display these. If you have any suggestions, leave me a comment! How do you display your favorite collections?

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I had intended to scan my finished sketchbook pages, this evening, but I’m too busy dancing around in my room (to Playing for Change) and drinking vodka with lemon seltzer. It’s that sort of night.

I got these, today, found in a book I purchased about Tibetan-inspired interior design.

I guess my job can be pretty cool, sometimes.

Amazing, right?

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