Sugar-Spun Spider Webs | Nails & Video


, ,

I have severe arachnophobia that manifested later in life. When I was young I let tarantulas crawl up my arms and shoulders. I touched the spiders who set up shop in the corners of my house. Then, at the age of twelve, I watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I had my worst fear realized. The Forbidden Forest scene changed my life and since then spiders send shivers down my spine and shakes through my soul.


Think I’m exaggerating? One day, during college, I found a spider in the corner of my room. I couldn’t move off my bed or take my eyes off that corner until my best friend and roommate came home and took care of it.

All this being said, spiders are fascinating creatures. They are small but they create the strongest structures in the natural world. In the inorganic world, engineers and scientists alike try to copy the strength and lightness of a spider’s silk and still have not succeeded.


thtx1rzI avoid spider webs like the plague because if there is a web, a spider is not far off. But, I just can’t help staring at the silky threads. They are beautiful. They are unique. The are strong yet thin and nearly invisible. They are made in such a way that it traps even the smallest insects. It legitimately blows my mind.


spider_web_necklace_with_pearls_of_dew-1Claire over at IG@clairestelle8 hosts a monthly nail art challenge and October marks everything Halloween.

I most certainly am not going to put spiders on my nails but sugar-spun webs are the perfect alternative.

I hope you like the look I came up with! And, if you’re interested check out my talk-through tutorial (here).


spiderwebsBaseSinfulColors Secret Admirer

Sugar-SpinPipe Dream Polish Sonic Transducer (holo), Barry M Cosmetics Chai (grey)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

What Happens When All That’s Left is Pain? | Rheumatoid Arthritis


, ,

It is almost 3 am and I am wide awake. A constant symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis is pain. Sometimes, the pain is bad but I take medications to  restrict it. I hurt every second of every day but I suffer from a dull ache and not a sharp stab.

I am used to chronic pain and since I am, shouldn’t I be used to any type of it? No, it’s the complete opposite! I am not used to punctuated burst of pains. I feel agony when my tooth/jaw hurts and as a result, I turn grumpy, depressed and restless (hello insomnia!).


I am in a really foul mood. The weather is cloudy and rainy (but warm! — my favorite) so I am decorating for Fall. I love this time of year but I can’t enjoy it! Cue an even worse mood. A simple conversation or thought triggers my depression but this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day is not brought on by any of the usual culprits. It’s the severe irritation in my gums.


It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it? My tooth aches, so I can’t sleep since the pressure from my pillow creates an intense surge of discomfort. I don’t rest so I flare up which adds a separate sort of pain into the mix. Pain makes me feel sad and isolated. Sleep deprivation makes me fatigued and stressed so I clench my jaw making that pain worse.


RA is so…strange. And, not for the reasons above. I say ‘strange’ because of all the extra things, the extra occurrences I never considered or prepared for! But how can I prepare for a toothache? If I didn’t have an autoimmune, would it feel more or less painful? Would it matter?

Yes, which came first? The chicken or the egg?


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31DC2016 – Coloring Flowers | Nails


, ,

A little while ago, I tried my hand at coloring water decals (check it out here). It was so much fun I tried it again for the 31-Day Challenge flower prompt. I blended and mixed acrylic paints and love the final result.

I hope you do too!


flowers2flowersBaseColor Club On the Rocks

Water DecalsBorn Pretty Store


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

Get Ready for Fall – Home Decor from Target


, , , ,

Not sponsored or affiliated.

It’s fall and I’m welcoming it with open arms and wallets. The leaves change colors and the temperatures cool which means one thing: my arthritis flares up. I am going to spend a whole lot of time in the house staring at my home decoration. It better reflect the beautiful weather outside!

I already placed a huge order from Pier 1 Imports which, if you are not familiar, has some cute but pricey seasonal items. But, it’s not enough. I want to decorate the entire house because I won’t be spending it all in bed, in my room (that’s what winter is for, right??).

If I want to go overboard and adorn mi casa I have to do so without breaking the bank. Cue Target. I never give Target the fair chance I should because there is no convenient physical store near me and I love shopping in store for seasonal decoration (it puts me even more in the mood). Yesterday, I perused the website and I actually came across a few items I loved. Do these items speak to you too? Good, because they’re not that expensive and are quick simple ways to update your home.

Placing an online order? Use code FALLHOME for an extra 10% off sale items.

Save even more money! Sign up here with Ebates and get cash back! 


throws Blankets, throws, table runners and linens are the quickest and easiest way to inject fall palettes into your home! My personal favorites: plaid everything, the sequined leaf runner and matching napkins!

1. Threshold™ Oversize Plaid Throw – Grey

2. Plaid Design Throw

3. Metallic Table Runner

4. Striped Table Runner

5. Leaf RunnerNapkins

6. Colorblock Pillow‘Gather’ Pillow


accentsAccent pieces are also a great way to get into the autumnal spirit. They’re simple, small and noncommittal. And, best of all, they’re easy to move around depending on my mood! My personal favorites: fall just isn’t fall without tiny pumpkins!

7. Patterned Pumpkins

8. Linen Pumpkins

9. White Berry Hurricane

10. Felt Harvest Wreath


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31DC2016 – Delicate Print | Nails


, ,


I started these nails but as I finished them I realized I strongly disliked them. The green barely showed up and the blues didn’t match. It just didn’t look like the product I pictured in my head. I strongly considered scratching the whole project and not posting them to Instagram.

Of course, in the spirit of the 31-Day Challenge, there is no time to re-do looks and I kind of had to deal, so sorry, Instagram…you’re gonna have to deal too.


Fast forward to now.

This is my 3rd most liked look EVER on my IG! It accumulated over 100 likes! What…just what?! I mean, I am thrilled but I cannot believe that a look I disliked so much got so much love!!

I am honored and humbled that so many people liked this look. I hope you do too!


delicateprint_edited-1BaseSerum No. 5 Sleepy Holo

StampingBundle Monster plate BM316, Mundo de Uñas stamping polishes (neon green, neon blue)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31DC2016 – Waterfall Stripes | Nails





stripes1BasePahlish Sunless Sea

WaterfallDeborah LippmanMermaid’s Dream (teal glitter), Zoya Suvi (dark green), SinfulColors Hazed (purple), Rise & Shine (teal)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31DC2016 – Polka Dots | Nails



Asymmetrical dotticures are one of my all time favorite techniques and make an appearance on the blog and Instagram weekly. However, I always lean towards the same color combinations (namely purples and greens). For today’s polka dot prompt I pushed myself to try something new and guess, what?…I love it!


polkadotsBaseBarry M Chai

DotsZoya Louise (brown), Pippa (yellow), Barry M Grapefruit (pink), OPI Pros & Bronze (glitter)


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.