25 August 2011

Not Safe for Work (but I don't care because it's my birthday)

Hello there! It's Nicole again, how have you been since I last posted for you? Do you know what today is? If you're really perceptive you'll know from the title of this post that it is my birthday! Yay! As of today I am 22 years old, which I think probably means that I'm officially an adult. I don't know how I feel about that.

Anyway, in the time since I last wrote to you I managed to land myself a job at Crabtree & Evelyn, which I have to say I'm really enjoying. I get to spend all day smelling wonderful and using lots and lots of excellent hand cream. The downside to working for C&E is the dress code that I have to stick to. Within about 20 minutes of getting the phone call to say I was hired, the district manager emailed me a copy of the dress code document. The actual clothing part of it isn't a big deal, but it's the section on nail polish that nearly killed me. Just one little sentence. "Nail art is not permitted and nail polish must be conservative in colour." NOOOOOOOOOOO.

So that's what the title of today's post is in reference to. There's no nudity, (probably) no swearing, no drug references. It's just not appropriate for work.


Apologies for the weird pink smudge on my ring finger. I don't even know what that is.

Normally on my work days I wear something neutral like Rimmel Steel Grey or OPI You Don't Know Jacques, but because it's my birthday I'm just going to buck the rules and wear what I want.

I was originally just going to use enough coats of Color Club Alter Ego to achieve opacity, but the day I did this manicure my bestest friend came back from Vietnam and brought me a sack of deliciously chemically Asian nail polish (and a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in Vietnamese) so I decided to use one of them as a base.


The polish that I used as a base is from a brand named Alibe. I don't know how it's actually pronounced, but I like to pronounce it the way a person with a bad head cold would say "alive". None of the Vietnam polishes have names, and this one is a blue-toned purple creme -way less blue than it is in the picture- that covers beautifully in two coats and dries to the same sort of satin finish that a neon polish would (interestingly, the neon pink polish she brought me dries shiny).

On top of the Alibe purple I added a coat of Alter Ego, which is a dusty purple base absolutely packed with gold and silver glass fleck shimmer. I just love how the glass flecks don't show up until the light really hits them, and then BAM! Blinded by sparkle.

Finally, because nail art is something that I have sorely missed since I started working, I stamped the zebra print from BM-223 with Sally Hansen White On and sealed the whole thing in with Seche Vite.

What do you think? If you were an employer would you let your employees bend the dress code rules a little bit for their birthday?

Thank you so much for reading, I'll be sure to talk to you again soon!

25 comments:

  1. Very fun manicure, and happy birthday to you!

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  2. Happy Birthday!! I don't think I could work somewhere that was sooooo strict with the dress code so props to you girl lol. Enjoy your awesome mani! if I was your boss I'd totally let you rock them!

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  3. Happy Birthday! I love this manicure-zebra is my favorite. To answer your question, I would give you a pass. I bet every person who you sees your nails will say how much they love them.

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  4. Happy Birthday!! I hope you enjoy it =]

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  5. Happy Birthday <3

    and hopefully your manager doesn't notice or doesn't care, cause this manicure is awesome!

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  6. Happy birthday!!!
    great mani!
    and too bad for your nails )= )=

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  7. love it! :) happy birthday! ***

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  8. OMG! Where do you work that doesnt let you have awesome nails??

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  9. Fab nails! Happy Birthday also! :-)

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  10. We are birthday twins! Happy Birthday to you!

    Your mani looks awesome!

    Have a fabulous day!

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  11. Happy Birthday!

    I think you have a perfect birthday mani... and if your work tells you other wise they are just grumpy!

    =]

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  12. Happy b'day! And well...having been 'the boss' a # of times in that position to enforce the 'rules'...probably not, even on a b'day. I always found one exception lead to many. I had a way I found to be a hard ass but still really nice and folks liked me as the boss.

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  13. They should have told you what the dress code was before they offered you the job and allowed you to say yes - big mistake on their end. Some things are allowed in work place dress codes - but others - nope - does not go against any freedoms here in the US as now defined. You should have lived when it was no women in pants in the work place and nylons REQUIRED! Talk about dress codes - then it was no pants unless they were ...what did we call them???....oh pant suits - these horrible disgusting poly things in the 70's that women wore while men were sporting something called leisure suits! You are too young to even know anything about what it was like living as a women coming through civil rights and still as women we were so discriminated against and 'they' got away with it! Still there is a long way to go - but you have lived in a life I never would have dreamed would come for women...and I am a YOUNG late 50's. Glad you got the job and hope the smell in the shope never gives you a headache! I used to love C&E cubumber glycerine soap. It was the first lux line of personal products I ever was exposed to. In fact I do think it has that distinction that it is either the oldest or among the oldest brands in that category. Amazing they have managed to keep their stores through all the hard retail times....and so much competition

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  14. @beachgal Normally I wouldn't reply to a comment that wasn't on my post but I have to admit that I'm baffled by you. You leave these long comments and that wouldn't be a problem except that I can't quite figure out what you're trying to say. That one of the big achievements of feminism is that women can wear pants to work? That as young women we can't possibly be feminists or revolutionary because you've fought for the right for us to wear pants and what else could we possibly want? I confess myself to be truly puzzled by your intentions with these types of comments.

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  15. I don't mind nail art on your special day if I were your boss, but I'm not sadly. :( That dress code would kill me too. I love holos, glitters and neons. Enjoy your brithday girl!

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  16. I love it! And happy birthday! I would just die if I had to be conservative at work!

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  17. Happy Birthday. That is not fair on the dress code. C&E need to release polishes so that you HAVE to wear them, it's the only solution.

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  18. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! I can comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ahem.. sorry.. lol Happy Birthday Nicole! ;)

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  19. Happy Birthday and congratulations on the job!! I absolutely adore C & E, though the dress code's a little rough.

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  20. First I must say-I love Crabtree and Evelyn-I would spend so much money in that store! Second-congrats on your post on swatchaholic! Happy Bday! I'm not sure I could work someplace that banned nail art!! HAHAHA! I see nothing wrong with what you have on-it's not chipped and yucky like some people go to work with! I say go for it! Also, am a new follower!

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  21. happy birthday and i love that mani!

    shel xx

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  22. Sorry to be late, Wishing you a very happy birthday and best of luck in your coming year!

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  23. Happy Birthday!!! Congratulations!! And high FIVES!!!!!

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