Nail Diaries: Cape Spear, Newfoundland

Yes b’y, it’s been two months since I moved to Newfoundland.  I fully admit, it has been quite an adjustment (“What do you mean there’s no T&T equivalent here?  Where am I supposed to buy FOOD?!”), this CFA (Come From Away) has been slowly exploring and getting to know Canada’s Easternmost province. I have to…

Nail Diaries: The Marble Experiment

Before marble was basic, it was classy, and before it was classy, it was classic.  I implore you to think past the laptop covers and smartphone cases.  Instead, picture lavish marble running across the floor, flowing over counters, adorning cabinets.  My parents’ floor tiling, for instance? Marble.  Their vanity counters? Marble.  Their mortar and pestle,…

Nail Diaries: Happy 150th, Canada!

“What are you?” A human being. “Canadian.” “But what are you really?” Here we go again… “Canadian…” “No, like where are your parents from?” Yep, saw that one coming. “China.” “Oh, so you’re Chinese!” “Sure, technically speaking, but I’m also Canadian.” I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to mentally eye-roll my way through that…

Nail Diaries: Mac Med Convocation

WARNING: This post contains sappy content.  Steel yourself, control your gag reflex, grab a paper bag, or feel free to stop reading and just skip ahead to the nail photos.  You have been warned. When I was four years old, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer…

Nail Diaries: Western University-Bound!

Five years ago, I was unintentionally doing my best to make the furrow between my brows a permanent fixture on my face.  Trying to decide between pursuing a bachelor’s degree in journalism or language arts, attending an out-of-province university or a local one, following my friends or setting out on my own—the stress and pressure…

Nail Diaries: A Social Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! This year, as an early Mother’s Day present, I took my mum to see The Social, live.  For those who aren’t familiar with the program, it focuses on pop-culture and lifestyle topics, and is co-hosted by four admirable ladies of varying expertise: Melissa Grelo, Lainey Lui, Cynthia Loyst, and Marci Ien. We had…

Nail Diaries: A S’well Birch Look

This was meant to go up for Earth Day, but alas, my typically dormant social life made a brief appearance in celebration of my finally finishing my degree last week (woohoo).  So let’s just say this was intended for Earth Month (as I type furiously in an attempt to publish this before April ends in…

Nail Diaries: Happy Easter!

It’s Easter weekend! If you’re part of the real working world, kick up your feet and enjoy the long weekend. If you’re in the process of delaying such adulthood (read: your past self decided to torture your present self by signing up for more school…genius), remember: this is not the time for relaxing. I’ll rephrase:…

Nail Diaires: Tale As Old As Time (Beauty & the Beast)

I was eight and Ry was ten when we were voluntold to perform “Tale As Old As Time” for our school’s talent show.  Okay, I’ll be honest; I can’t exactly remember how we got thrown into the lineup, but I certainly wasn’t the one to initiate the whole affair.  Long story short, I was shoved…

Nail Diaries: Moving to Newfoundland!

GUYS, I MATCHED!!! (Woo!  Okay, now that that’s off my chest, I’ll clarify for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about.) They don’t warn you, but as soon as you start your final year of medical school and the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) application opens on September 1st, it takes…

Nail Diaries: Irish Birthday Giraffe Print

I know, that title makes little sense.  But trust me, there’s a simple explanation.  You see, my birthday’s just around the corner, and I can’t help but feel a tad nostalgic over last year’s festivities in Ireland.  So I’m going to cheat a bit here, and throw in an excerpt from post I started to…

Nail Diaries: Island of Glass

Okay, okay, it’s been a while.  I know.  I owe Meg big time (as she keeps reminding me).  So here’s the first installment in the “Ry pays up and pulls her weight so Meg doesn’t disown her” series.  Here we go. After my whirlwind three-week, cross-Canada CaRMS interview tour, I was ready for a break….