Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rainbow Skittle and Memories

 I've been depressed for a week or so...my best friend's death (over a year ago), my Nanna's death (3 years ago), and I've been wearing the necklace my Aunt gave to me for my wedding that belonged to my Nanna. I actually made a proper English meal (bangers the way she always used to make them, oven chips, and baked beans) for tonight. All the while I had no idea that today was actually the anniversary of her death until my mother reminded me. Just wow. 

So something we always used to do together is paint our nails/toes in pretty much every color. I remember as a tiny child we'd paint our toes together. I could never decide on a color, so she said just use whatever you want. We would be so random and they'd all end up completely different colors. My personality really makes sense now lol. So in honor of her today, I did a rainbow manicure and topped it with China Glaze Snow Globe. I swear we started this trend :P.
 I love you Nanna. 

 This is the picture I had at my wedding (6-23-2012) memorial for her, and now I keep it and the others (my best friend and my husband's grandmother) on display in my house.
 
 Here is a picture of me, my mum, and my Nanna back in the day :). I must have been 12? We all look so happy! 

This is my all time favorite picture of us, sharing a Tango at our favorite local pub down at the beach. Timeless. I love her permed overly red hair lol. She even wore short jean shorts at that age. She was sassy ;). You can even see a little bit of her "S" necklace in this picture, which I just now noticed.

 My rainbow nails with her "S" necklace. Her name was Sylvia...what a beautiful name. My granddad gave that to her around the time I was born and she wore it every moment of her life.
 
 I had it pinned to my bouquet on my wedding bouquet. I had expected just to borrow it from my Aunt, but was overwhelmed with love when she gave it to me. I wear it often now, and of course today. It feels so good to have something that is such a token of her.

I used China Glaze Hey Sailor, Orly Orange Punch, Hey Sailor and China Glaze Sunshine Pop mixed for the yellow orange, China Glaze Sunshine Pop, and Sunshine Pop and China Glaze Gaga for Green mixed to make the yellow green.

This is China Glaze Gaga for Green, the blue green is Gaga mixed with Breezi, Zoya Breezi, the indigo is Breezi mixed with Gothic Lolita, and China Glaze Gothic Lolita.

 I had my picture of Nanna with me as I painted and mixed :).

 I asked some friends if they wanted to do a rainbow mani/pedi in honor of my Nanna.
 My lovely friend Jenny submitted this picture for us :). She used Zoya Sooki, Zoya Robin, Ulta Sun of a Gun, Zoya Mira, Zoya Charisma. Thank you SO much Jenny. This means a lot. 

Nicole from Young Wild and Polished submitted a mani for my Nanna and me too :). 
 Thank you so much Nicole!!!

Made By Me also made a dedicated post for my Nanna and all the Nannas out there :). 
 I'm so flattered she liked my design too :).

If anyone else would like to do a rainbow skittle mani/pedi (it doesn't even have to be rainbow, just lots of different colors), I'd love to add it to this post at any time :). Thank you!

19 comments:

  1. That was such a sweet, cute, funny perfect post and mani. Your grandma sounds like an awesome lady and I love your nail tribute to her. :) Great job and I hope all these happy memories cheer you up some. :)

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    1. I'm trying to think of the happy ones. I do love those old pictures of us.

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  2. This post made me cry...for ur nanna and my grandma who I miss so much every day. I'm working on my skittle now! Good job Megs!!

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    1. Thank you SO much. And my family always calls me Megs and are the only people who ever have, how cute. My Nanna called me Meggie :P.

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  3. This is such a cute post, my eyes have glazed over a bit. I love how little bits of your blogging life remind you of how wonderful I guess she was, like your blog name!!!

    I hope you're ok, keep smiling

    Sara

    http://pretty-in-pink-blog.com

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    1. That's such a good point. She really helped shape me into the woman I am today. She always treated me like I was so much younger, like she didn't want to let go of my youth. I so wish she could see me now, all grown up...married...a real woman. This just made me bawl!

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  4. This post made me want to call my mum and grandma - a little later as we have an 8 hour time difference ))

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    1. That is something I learned from my best friend who died at 21. You never know. Nothing is worth it.
      "Never take your freedoms for granted and every chance you get let the ones you love know that they are indeed loved." ~ Marian Curtner
      http://paintingrainbowsblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/to-marian.html
      Her quote...literally carved on her gravestone and everything. There are so many regrets I have of not telling people things and then it was too late.

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  5. Ahhh, so pretty. And I called my grandma Nannie and miss her tons:(

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    1. Thank you hunny. She always preferred that. She thought "granny" made her sound old lol.

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  6. Great skittle and great dedication :)

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  7. This is such a bittersweet post. Makes me reflect on the losses in my life and how precious time is. And it's perfect that this ties in with your blog name. To top it off, a wonderful rainbow skittle with all its shades.

    Love all around,
    A Lacquered Affair

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    1. It is...bittersweet definitely. It feels good to talk about her but it also makes me so sad. Time really is so precious. You never know what tomorrow brings.

      My husband's grandmother was on her death bed when we were engaged, and we were able to drive 600 miles to go and see her. She was on a ventilator but actually quite lucid. I know she couldn't talk, but I'm very intuitive and I swear we had a conversation. I am SO thankful that we were able to announce our engagement to her. She said she was so happy for us and proud of us. She squeezed my hand so hard. She gave him this dirty look like "you better be good to her!" Those moments are so precious, and we don't always get them.

      And thank you for the mani compliment!

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  8. I love skittles manicures and I love rainbows. The name of your blog makes it an insta-follow! Most of my manicures are skittles if only because I have some sheers and topcoats that I like to experiment with over different bases. Very rarely do I paint all of my nails one color.

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    1. Sometimes mine end up skittle because I can't decide which color to use!! So I use more than one lol.

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  9. This post is not long at all!! Beautiful post, amazing tribute, and beyond sweet. Thank you for sharing!

    and can I say what an amazingly beautiful skittle manicure that is?! It's so gorgeous!!!

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    1. It's chipping and I'm so sad! I have already touched it up a couple times.

      You have so many skittles posted on your blog recently it just went straight to my heart.

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    2. I would be touching it up also. I wish polish never chipped =/

      I have been doing them more recently. It was out of no where that I decided to start doing them.

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