Nail art continues to be a major trend, seen on celebrities and high schoolers, and everyone in-between! A product that has been popping up in stores a lot, along with nail art kits, is nail art stickers, or nail polish strips. These are packages of pre-printed strips that are sized to fit right on nails. They are self-adhesive, easy to use (once you get the hang of it), and virtually mess free. (I used nail art stickers to create the red and gold polka dot look seen in the photo at right.) These stickers/strips can be found at drugstores, big box stores, beauty supply stores, and even high-end mall stores. They're a fun way to try nail art without having to purchase any polishes or tools.
You might notice, in the photo, the little heart ring that I am wearing at the top of my ring finger. It's called a memory ring, midi ring, or first knuckle ring, another fun new trend. This is kind of like the jewelry equivalent of tying a string around your finger when you need to remember something.
The ring can be worn on a pinky finger and, when one wants a reminder of something (e.g., "remember to buy milk at the store" or "don't forget to pick up AJ from school"), the ring can be moved to the first knuckle of any of the other fingers. Of course, it can also just be worn for style! First knuckle rings are usually gold, silver, or rose gold. They can be plain bands, or they might have a design, like mine.
Taking care of your hands
The best way to show off nail art and first knuckle rings is on a backdrop of nice, smooth hands. All winter long, the skin on my hands has been getting dried out as I washed my hands many times a day here at the library to prevent the flu and exposed them to the cold air outside. Hand cream helps to soothe dry skin in the winter, but we don't really use it as much in the spring summer, do we? Well, that is about to change!
The new trend in hand cream is SPF! It really makes sense. I am very careful about protecting my skin from the sun in order to minimize aging caused by sun damage, as well as risk of skin cancer. I always put SPF 30 or higher on my face, sometimes layering multiple products that contain sun protection, such as moisturizer and foundation with SPF, along with sunblock for the rest of my body, a big straw hat in the summer and sunglasses (because our eyes can be harmed by the sun's UV rays too!).
However, even with all this protection, I almost never remember to reapply SPF after I wash my hands (which is many times a day). But neglecting your hands is a mistake because our hands are one of the first parts of our bodies that show signs of again and -- guess what -- it's because they're exposed to the sun almost all the time! Because I have very pale skin, I have to be careful of sunburn. But even darker skin needs protection from the sun because everyone can burn -- and most importantly, everyone is susceptible to skin cancer, no matter what skin tone we have.
Finally, I want to talk about polka dots! Stripes, polka dots, and other patterns are so hot in the fashion world right now! Mixing patterns has even become a trend.
I love polka dots because they are a low-key pattern that can be mixed with other patterns without creating an over-the top look. That's why polka dots are perfect for nails! Polka dot nails can be worn with a floral pattern dress, a plaid shirt, or a striped Breton tee (those French inspired sailor striped tees).
Because they are so stylish and in, Mia and I will do a polka dot nail art tutorial for teens on May 20 at 5 p.m.! Join us to learn, step-by-step, how to create your own DIY polka dot nail art look! Please make sure to come to the library with clean nails because we will not have nail polish remover available at the program. We will provide nail polish in a variety of bright colors and all the tools you need for your polka dot manicure. Be sure to get permission to paint your nails from your parent or guardian!
Juanita E. Thornton / Shepherd Park Library
Published on Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Whitney I Knew by BeBe Winans did a wonderful job in letting the public see the real Whitney Houston in truth, dignity, and love from her friends' perspective.
I'm a huge Whitney Houston fan and this book allowed me to enjoy her stories and memories from close friends and family. It was refreshing to read about stories of Whitney Houston in a positive light, and more important as a regular person.
Celebrating Children's Day, Book Day at the library. Diversity in Action!
Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin is an exciting ride through World War II as seen by some of the top physicists of their day. With the revelation that an atom could be split in two, creating fission, came an arms race towards the first atomic bomb. The U.S. knew that an atomic bomb in the hands of Hitler would have devastating effects and the best way to prevent that was to make a successful atomic bomb first.
World Book Night Givers
Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Shepherd Park Library would like to thank Safeway management for allowing us to give away 20 copies of Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley for World Book Night on Tuesday, April 23. It was a pleasure to get out in the community to share our love of books, to talk about the wonderful programs happening at our libraries and last but not least, to promote World Book Night and its effort to promote literacy, and a love of reading through giving.
Shepherd Park Library lends a hand
Published on Tuesday, April 23, 2013
What is World Book Night?
- An annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.
- It is a nonprofit organization.
- It is set for April 23 each year to honor William Shakespeare's birthday.
- It was successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, and World Book Night was first celebrated in the U.S. in 2012.
- Books are selected by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians.
Manuscript Found in Accra
Published on Monday, April 22, 2013
Paulo Coelho, the best-selling author of The Alchemist, proves once again why he is one of my favorite authors.
Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013
Learn how to manage your life and pain when dealing with a migraine. Learn what triggers the migraine and how to hopefully get through it.
Some migraines last as long as three days with light sensitivity and nausea. Learn how to reduce migraines by changing your diet and sleep habits.
The Migraine Solution: A Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pain Management can help you learn to treat migraines and gain control of your life.
Secrets are not always safe
Published on Sunday, April 7, 2013
Black Butterfly is an awkward balance between angsty crime thriller and after-school special, a bittersweet coming-of-age film for everyone to see.
The message and storyline is directed towards young and teen girls when dealing with the pressures of reaching your goals and the reality of being assaulted. Once the story of the character (Ariel) comes out, she struggles to keep her secret from spiraling out of control and threatening to destroy all that she and her family have struggled and sacrificed for.
New nonfiction at the Shepherd Park Library
Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013
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by Ben S. Bernanke
Be a Part of the Trend!
Published on Monday, March 25, 2013
The nail art trend is taking the fashion world by storm! Celebrities like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga are sporting some of the coolest nail art around, and fashion designers are hiring manicurists to create glamorous intricate looks for their runway shows, complete with jewels and embellishments.