Boy am I behind on getting up these birthday polish posts since my birthday was back in September! haha! I loved all the polishes that I received and played with them immediately, but I wanted to do a proper manicure and post to really showcase all their beauty. Purple really is one of my favorite colors. I am sure that I have mentioned, more than once, that sometimes I end up looking like a deranged Barney when I am decked out in purple from head to toe, but do you think I care? Nope! Well, today I have a purple beauty to share with you: Illamasqua Prosperity. This lovely polish was sent to me by the even more lovely Tara from Polishy Of Truth. If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are really missing out. Seeing all her beautiful pictures really made me work on my photography skills which I hope keep improving. She also sent me a blinged out Essence polish that is screaming New Year’s mani at me so I’ll be sure to share that with you later.
Did you think I was joking when I said this polish was beautiful? Well, look t how gorgeous Illamasqua Prosperity is up close and personal. This polish came out with the Rubber Brights collection and obviously has a satiny/rubbery/matte finish. The first coat is a tiny bit patchy, but the second coat levels out the polish. Looking back, I think I have two polishes in my stash that are pretty similar to this: Color Club Disco Dress and Sation Miss Emo Shun All. Despite these three being similar, I think the Illamasqua formula is probably the best.
I was hesitant to apply a top coat on this lovely polish since the rubber finish is what this polish collection is all about, but look at how gorgeous it looks when it’s shiny and glossy!
Are you sick of my stamping yet? I just can’t get enough of stamping up my manicures so deal with it! I used a design from Bundle Monster plate BM 319 for this jigsaw puzzle design.
I’ve been completely emotional since last night because Alfie’s new family sent me some pictures, and he is sooooo big. Alfie was my wheaten terrier puppy that I gave up earlier in the year. This whole situation is still pretty devastating to me so any time I talk about him or get updates from his new family, I can’t help but feel sad. However, I know that I ultimately did the best thing for him because he has a new wonderful family and so many people who love him.
These are some pictures of my Alfie (short for J. Alfred Prufrock–yes, I am a lit nerd) when he was with me. He was my first pet ever, and I never knew how much you could love a pet until he came into my life. I never had a pet growing up because my mom was severely allergic to everything, but I always dreamed of having a dog. Since I have pretty bad allergies myself, I settled on a wheaten terrier because they don’t shed and are hypoallergenic.
These three pictures were taking shortly after Alfie was adopted into his new family. I loved seeing his new haircut and loved seeing him with his new best friend, Tommy. Aren’t they cute napping together?
And these are the pictures I got yesterday! Holy frijoles, look how big he is!! He is like double the size of Tommy!! I am told he is super energetic and loving and that him and Tommy are inseparable. I’m so happy to hear that he has a best friend to get into all sorts of trouble with.
Some of you who didn’t follow my blog when all of this went down might be wondering why I gave him up. Well, that is a long story, and I still haven’t gotten over it. When I was hospitalized for my depression, one of the things I got real joy out of was when we got visits from therapy dogs. It’s amazing how much a dog can feel your pain and how they can comfort you. Well, a few months after being released, I became obsessed with the idea of getting a dog of my own to help me get back on my feet. I had to jump through a million hoops because my landlord does not allow pets. I had to get documentation from my psychiatrist to show that he would be an emotional support pet in order for my landlord to allow me to have him. The day that I went to pick him up was probably one of the happiest days I had had in years. Unfortunately, I was still an emotional mess and was not prepared at all for the challenges of bringing a puppy home. One of my main issues–besides the depression–was anxiety. I had so much anxiety about my poor Alfie that I felt I was going to have another breakdown. If you have an anxiety disorder, you can understand what I’m talking about–everything related to him would set me off: Am I doing a good job? Am I walking him enough? What if he gets sick? OMG he has parvo! OMG he’s going to get distemper! What if the vaccines make him sick? Why isn’t he eating today? Why does he breathe so fast when he’s sleeping? What if he eats something that is lethal to dogs? I mean, I could go on forever… This probably sounds silly to you, but it was literally driving me crazy. That is when I realized that I had been incredibly selfish by getting a pet when I wasn’t ready. I was putting so many expectations on Alfie–as if he was supposed to be some sort of cure when all he wanted was to be loved. I made the decision to find a new family for him so I contacted The Wheaten Terrier Club of Southern California, and they put me in touch with a wonderful family who was looking to adopt a wheaten. They have always had wheatens so they knew the breed very well which was very important to me. They came to visit us and of course they instantly fell in love with Alfie. The day they took him was one of the saddest days ever, but I also knew that he was going to a wonderful home with wonderful people. They email me and update me on his progress and would welcome me to visit any time I want to–they truly are amazing people. Alfie will be 1 year old in January so I will hopefully get to see him then. I have been hesitant to go visit him because I felt it would be too emotionally devastating to have to leave him again, but I think I am now at the point where I know with 100% certainty that he is living a wonderful life and that I did what was best for the both of us. I wasn’t intending to write a whole novel here, but I’m glad I got it all out again–I feel better now. If you’re still reading–thanks for listening. I hope I wasn’t too much of a bummer!
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Thanks for visiting today and catching up with me.