Sunday, July 30, 2017
The Indie Shop Polish Convention & Fun In San Francisco
My most anticipated event of the summer finally arrived!
First up, my mani! The event was mermaid themed so I really played it up and pulled out all my favorite mermaid and ocean related polishes. Colors used were: ChG Pearl Jammin', Pretty Beautiful Unlimited Mermaid Tears, Cupcake Water You Doing? over SC Koko-nuts, Julie G Mermaid Tale, Cuicco Iluminaton, OPI Sailing & Nailing It w/accent of Sassy Pants Polish Temptation, Tonic Rainbowfish, OPI This Color's Making Waves, Color Club Riviera, and Pinwheel Polish Sea Glass & Surf.
Also a huge rave for Seche Vive top coat. I applied it super thick to hold the nail jewels on and protect the art, and not only did it not shrink and dried really quickly, but it kept my mani perfect the whole day! I was really hard on my hands and these pics were taken today AFTER the event; can you believe it? No chips or missing jewels at all.
Anyway, I had a ball yesterday; other than my wedding day it might have been my most favorite day ever, haha!
I tried to get pics of all the vendor tables but may have missed a couple.
Everyone was super nice and it was fun to meet the vendors. The table decor was really cute too.
Colors By Lalarowe
Everything was very well organized; we got there right on time for general admission at 11 and there was no line at the door. Got our adorable free totes and went right in. There were probably a hundred or so shoppers already there but it was clearly a smaller event than LA or others. I hope it grows in popularity and adds more vendors because I'd love to go again next year! There were no lines or a short wait at most tables. CBL had a line but they were very efficient and I only waited about 10 minutes. The only part I didn't care for was NvrEnuff was not as efficient and I waited in their line an hour! They had 3 helpers but only helped 1 customer at a time and spent a lot of time chatting with each person. They were very friendly but I think it would have gone much faster if they each helped customers.
Anyway, afterwards we went to lunch at food truck row in Downtown SF. We chose Gyros and they were amazing!
Continuing the day's mermaid & polish theme; I got a new work of art! The shop was called Mermaid Tattoos and the artist was wonderfully talented and so fun to talk with. It was an amazing experience!
We then walked down the block to a Salvation Army thrift store and found some treasures! I got a flamingo print Merona blouse, floral DKNY skirt, polka dot Gap tee and 3 scarves for $21! The store was huge and we didn't have time to look at all of it or we probably would have found even more.
Then we fueled up with Starbucks and enjoyed the touristy sights along Fisherman's Wharf before we headed home. I finally crawled in bed at 1AM. I'm sooo exhausted today but it was the best trip!
Finally what you've all been waiting for: the polish haul. I got a dozen for myself and muled 7 others (not pictured.) Fortunately I was able to stick to my list and budget; yay!
Painted Polish Gray Goddess $12, Charmed at the Chateaû $5, Jewel Tones & Tweed $5
Polished For Days Serendipity, Aurora and Ineffable $10-$11 each.
Envy Beyond The Reef (exclusive duo $10 and Very Important Mermaid ($12 I think)
NvrEnuff mystery prototype (won a freebie; regularly $5) and The Song of the Sea (duo $10)
CBL Dream Big $11 and Poetry Cowgirl Under The Sea $10.
Several cool freebies too: free tote, scratchers with discount code and prizes, NvrEnuff had a prize wheel where I won a free polish. Polished For Days gave out a free sheet of mermaid stencil vinyls with purchase!
I hope you all enjoyed the pics; thanks for looking!