Inspiration: Party girls at the banh mi shop in Little Saigon

Due to several exceedingly unhygienic faux pas witnessed while dining in, I will opt for takeaway next time as to avoid disagreeable and unappetizing spectacles.  Glad I stuck around for the parade of gritty humanity on this occasion, though:  a gaggle of high school couples in formal dance finery came in to hang out as a prelude to prom night.  The ladies were Forever 21 on steroids:  poorly cut and ill-fitting garments composed of tacky synthetic fabrics in off dye lots, too much makeup inexpertly applied, cheap uncomfortable-looking shoes.  But they burst in with youthful energy, fake-flower corsages on their wrists and bling-bling cell phones attached to their ears — I was inspired by the festivity and frivolity, and one gal’s dress in particular:


L to R: Essie Delicacy (fruit of my first-ever dusty hunt), Etude House Rococo Pink (from Etoinette Versailles Nails Set 02 Versailles Dress), Sinful Colors Bare, F21 Love & Beauty Peach, Rimmel Caramel Cupcake (yes, I bought it for the name).


L to R: OPI Pirouette My Whistle mini, NYC Shimmer Blast Sparkle Top Coat, Hard Candy Break Up, China Glaze Luxe & Lush, Etude House White Rose Dew (from Etoinette Versailles Nails Set 01 Versailles Rose)


Group photo — what to do with all of these demure and not-so-shy beauties?

The nude background and mirror-shard spangly shimmer of her skirt could be perfectly captured by Sinful Colors Bare with a top coat of China Glaze Luxe & Lush, but I couldn’t help myself and pulled out many more — actually edited the selection you see here; there were a few more flakies, glitters and nudes I had gathered that weren’t quite right.  Since many of these are new and untried, as well as spot-on in conjuring the image of the dress dancing in my head, I hope to devise a skittle combination where I can use all of the varnishes above in some fashion.  It’s my Sunday evening to-do:  will show results when the light returns tomorrow.

*vacuuming up the last boba from my jackfruit slush*
xo blueberry milk tea

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