Monday, 17 March 2014

Done is Better Than Perfect


They say that 'Done is Better Than Perfect' and it's a mantra that I've been trying to adopt recently. I'm a perfectionist to the core which can be a great thing but also means that I procrastinate whenever I doubt my ability to complete the task at hand to 'perfection'. I have so many ideas scribbled down for this blog but because of that mind block, I've been putting them off for too long.

This weekend, I told myself that enough is enough - my blog has become too formulaic, too predictable and it's no fun for anyone! I want to start mixing things up and I think the best way to do that is to proclaim my intention to you guys. If I say it, I have to do it right? And I figure that the best way to do it is to push forward with a new set of ideas. Even if it's not perfect, it's better than nothing!

I won't be doing anything too drastic. There will still be a lot of my 'regular' posts like this one with some nail art and a bit of chat but I want to splice in some other types of posts too, like little extra treats to fill things out at least once a week!


I used Kriston 05 as my base colour as it's a very light shade of mint.

Using the Saran Wrap technique, I created the mottled effect with the Kriston shade, NYC Water Street Blue, NYC Blue Sky and Rimmel Aqua Cool.

I added some of the Silver Triangle embellishments from She Sells Seashells. I gently curved them first using a pair of tweezers so they'd sit flush to my nail.

The stamped designs are from MoYou Plate Fairytale Collection 06 and I used BK Matte White.

It's all topped off with a Color Club Top Coat.



33 comments:

  1. Look forward to seeing some different posts from you over the coming weeks :))

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  2. Beautiful nail art! I look forward to these new posts you speak of. I can be a perfectionist, too, and always put things off if I don't think they'll be "good enough." Good to see that you are fighting that instinct as it can be so hindering. Good luck to you!

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  3. OH, oh! This looks so delicate, so beautiful! What a great job you did. ^^

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  4. I do the exact same thing and it's so hard to break! I love the silver accents with the blue.

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  5. Me encanta el efecto marmolado, queda precioso.

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  6. Definitely sounds like a good plan. I feel much happier about my blog since deciding to stop putting pressure on myself to achieve certain things and instead try to focus on things I want to do as opposed to the things I feel I should do. Hope it works for you! x

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  7. This is a great design! Did you ue stamps for the last two fingers?

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    x x

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  8. "I procrastinate whenever I doubt my ability to complete the task at hand to 'perfection'. " Wow, I can sooooo relate to that, and your new mantra in general! Just last night when I was doing my nails and trying stamping for the first time, I was kind of disappointed with the results... my husband had to remind me that it's all about progress... getting a little better every time!

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  9. Ooo, what are these treats you speak of? And what do you mean it's not fun for anyone? I look to you for inspiration all the time! Whatever your plans are to spice things up, I'm sure I will like!

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  10. This is amazing! I wish I was nearly as good as you when it came to nails.

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  11. I'm excited to see what you come up with!!

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  12. I know what you mean - I have a terrible habit of dwelling on things I didn't do so well rather than focusing on doing things differently. Love your nail designs so don't stray too much!

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  13. OMG - this is what I have been dealing with myself. Except unlike you in a desire to give my readers something I would sometimes post designs that I wasn't completely happy with and then obsess over tiny imperfections. Or I would go the other way and sit on ideas because I was afraid I would be unable to execute them the way I wanted to. Now I have a rule - if I can be 85-90% happy with the end result then it's good enough to post. And it's so funny because I am so hard on myself and then friends and coworkers will be blown away and don't even notice that 1 freehand line that isn't perfectly straight. So I too have adopted the mantra that Done is Better Than Perfect!

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  14. I love how simple and pretty this looks! It reminds me of water - very tranquil!

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  15. I need to get myself some of those triangles!
    It will be exciting to see what new ideas you come up with for the blog, but please know that we really do have fun reading your blog the way it is. This blog is the reason I ended up with my own fledgling nail blog and too many polishes and stamping plates!

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  16. love love love love love this!!!!!

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  17. I'm exactly like that with nail art too - I always want to get it perfect! i can't wait to see the new idea you have for your blog! This design is stunning! I love the simplicity and the colours work really well! The Triangle embellishments are so nice! :)

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  18. Oh Sammy, this looks more than perfect! It's fabulous! I often struggle with perfectionism, too. It's like my nail arts never turn out the way I want them to. But hey, we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves, I guess! ;) Love the combination of colours!

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  19. Gahh! I love this mani! Perfetion in itself! Those silver triangles really set it off. Love, love, love!

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  20. These look so good! I think my favourite is your pinky. & I can't wait to see what else you infuse into your blog. You're so talented - go with your gut!

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  21. The perfectionism complex is something I have to deal with on a daily basis, and I am also trying to work on it. So many pictures still locked up in a file because I think they're not good enough. I dore your work and I'm sure we'll welcome anything you throw our way with a big smile. Great work, as always!

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  22. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

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  23. *hugs* girl I don't think your blog is boring at all! I always think your pics and technique looks so perfect and lovely. That being said, I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with next! Remember these three things: 1) we're all our own worst critic, so even if you see something as not quite perfect, we your viewers will probably think it's great ; 2) even if everyone doesn't think it's great, you cannot and will never please everyone! Write the blog to make yourself happy and share your art, and many of us will be happily on board with your journey ; 3) and last, not being totally perfect all the time means that more people can relate to you, when they see that you sometimes struggle with things too! I'll bet it will inspire someone to give things a go, someone who may have been too intimidated before.

    <3 xoxo

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    1. OH AND ALSO
      those saran-wrap nails with those triangles = SO CUTE x

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  24. perfection is vastly over-rated. Enjoy!

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  25. I love the little triangles!!!

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  26. I'd appreciate if you could do a tutorial for the saran wrap technique cos yours looks so perfect

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