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Friend Feature - Angel Nailed It

One of my goals with this blog is to also feature and interview friends that inspire me in hopes that they'll inspire you too. angelson

My first Friend Feature is Angel Nailed it. Angel and I met when we attended UC Irvine together and we actually were roommates for a little bit too. She's always been one of my Korean sistas and we had gotten closer while working together as UCI orientation staffers. A sweetheart, but also freakishly talented with nail art. This was a talent of hers that definitely bloomed after college. Many of us believe that if we don't know what we're supposed to be doing at this moment in time, that means we're lost and it's too late to try anything we might actually enjoy and love. Angel is someone who clearly lives out that skills can be found and nurtured whenever as long as it's honest and expressive through the heart.

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1) Who are you & where are you from?

Hello! I’m Angel from the beauuuutiful city of Angels hehe

2) What is your job & what is your occupation?

I’m in Production Planning at American Apparel

3) When did you start experimenting with nail art?

I started experimenting with nail art around 3 ½ years ago, when my friend showed me a picture of someone else’s nail art and told me that I could probably do a better job. I said to her, “Challenge – accepted!”

4) You're going on a deserted island. What are the three nail colors you must take?

Anything glittery! If I’m going to be stuck on an island, I may as well have something pretty and sparkly to look at hahah!

angel-marblenailart

5) What was your most difficult nail art?

I wouldn’t say anything has really been that difficult, but more like, time consuming and tested my patience. Any of my nail art with super detailed and specific images, like the Super Bowl or houndstooth patterns, have been a tiny bit challenging since they’re so recognizable. I’d say that the one that tested my patience the most was a stars and stripes manicure I did for the 4th of July in 2013, surprising, I know. Those stars……I almost gave up halfway through!

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6) How often do you change your nail art?

At least once a week. Once my nail polish starts chipping, which is after about 4-5 days, I start to pick off the rest (it’s so bad, I know). Either that, or I get bored/tired of my current mani or get excited about a new idea, so I change it up!

angel-flowernailart

7) Have you done nail art for other people?

Yep! Just a few times though, and never for money. I’ve painted nails for my mom, aunts, cousins, friends, and coworkers.

8) What are your goals with nail art?

Nail art has become the creative outlet I had desperately needed. So rather than having goals of fame and fortune, my goal is to continue to challenge myself to come up with more ideas, to become more creative, to learn more tricks and new methods, and just to grow. And if I can share my growth along the way and people enjoy it and are inspired by me, then that’s even better! I want to keep impressing myself with what I am capable of creating!

angel-coachellanailart

9) Any tips for people who may want to start doing nail art of their own?

Just do it! Start with simple things – you’ll learn that it’s a whole lot easier than you think!

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10) Must have items for nail art?

A small brush and scotch tape! And oooooodles of patience.

11) Which brushes do you recommend?

You can find tons of different nail art brushes on Amazon.com, like these:

http://www.amazon.com/Jovana-Brushes--Professional-Sable-Detailer/dp/B00IGZO4BW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401248098&sr=8-1&keywords=Nail+Art+Brushes-+Professional+Nail+Art+Brushes-+Sable+Nail+Art+Brush+Pen%2C+Detailer%2C+Liner+Set+of+3

12) What nail polish brand do you feel like is best to work with?

I really like using American Apparel nail polish. They're highly pigmented and easy to work with. I have over 40 different colors of just American Apparel nail polishes! 

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13) What inspires you?

I'm mostly inspired by other nail artists. I like to see what other people come up with, and play off of their ideas to create my own. I also always keep an eye out for interesting patterns and prints that could be possible nail art inspiration. 

14) Where can people find more of your work?

Mainly on Instagram! @angelnailedit is my Instagram dedicated to my nail art – I post the most things there. I also have a blog (angelnailedit.blogspot.com), but I’ve been horrible at updating it and it just…doesn’t look good at all hahah. So find me on Instagram!

I don't drink and that's okurrrrr.

"Do you drink?" Such an awkward question.

Kind of a trick question too these days. Does it mean we can't be friends if I respond incorrectly????

Now that I'm 24 I feel like I have to so yes otherwise people feel uncomfortable like I'll judge them for drinking or I'd be no fun to be around. I'll admit, I was one of those kids that NEVER wanted to drink. I seriously waited until I was 21 (20 if you count when I was in Europe but that was legal) No, it wasn't because of my love for Jesus (He also drank wine although He never abused it.) A long story for next time, but short version: I just grew up around people who abused alcohol and I saw the tom foolery they displayed and didn't want to be a part of that. I even cried when my closest friends drank because I worried for them - that's how traumatized I was.

Then I had a "rebellious" stage where I tried to get into the whole drinking partying scene but just couldn't get into it. Sure I was really good at downing some Patron before KTFO-ing but I was half committed - dreading the fact it was going down and hating myself afterwards. I just didn't like the taste, ended up forcing myself to throw it up because I hated having it in my system, and was sad about the waste of calories! Let's be real, I'd rather have some Milk Tea than Hennessy.

BUT I admire those who truly appreciate wine/beers & enjoy the taste and can differentiate them. Ale, Cider, Red, White, green? I don't know. But I recognize it as an art in itself. It's a talent!

Every now and then I have a drink with friends (Okay, rather a sip or two and my husband or friend finishes it) to embrace the moment of life & cheers. But I love my friends for not feeling weird about me not wanting to get krunk. I was that chick who would chill in her sweater, sweats, & Jordans at a Coffee shop while her friends went out for drinks and met with them afterwards at Karaoke to maybe sing a song or two completely sober. THIS IS MY LIFE and I love it.

As I get older I recognize the pressures if feeling like you aren't "cultured" if you can't tell the difference between tastes of wines/beers let alone coffees. I'm owning what I love and encouraging you to do the same.

I also decided I'd make a list of

9 reasons why  I'm great to have around at Par-Tays even though I don't drink the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol, baby!

Why 9? Why n...ot!

Dislcaimer: This list applies to my homies. I'm not someone who likes following around random drunkards.

 1) I am your forever reliable D.D.

Curse those who say they'll be the designated driver and can't even stand on their own two feet by the end of the night! Never a problem with me! But we'll most likely take your car if you have a tendency of puking.

2) I'll always get you water within 15 minutes of you needing it.

Jackie Kim will vouch for this. I am forever the water woman. Both men and women bartenders see the earnest yearning of water in my sober eyes & don't charge me for a bottle of agua.

3) If I decide to order a drink, that means you just got a free drink.

I'll pay for it, but won't finish it. It's all yours!

4) I'll have a play-by-play recollection of miscellaneous events that happened the night of.

This will be useful for blackmail, funny story sharing time, & police reports.

5) I don't need alcohol in my system to break it down on the dance floor.

I just need a good bass hitting tune playing or interpretive dance may ensue.

6) Non-blurry picture taker? That's me!

Don't you hate it when drunk people try to take a pictures for you at the club or bar? Also, I just got Lasik so double win for my visual clarity.

7) I will prevent Beer Goggle Vision & Hearing from ruining your night.

Yes, I believe drinking can also misconstrue your hearing when it comes to sweet talk. I will steer you aware from all creepers & weirdos. You can thank me later.

8) I clean up after your hot mess.

Mostly because I don't like being surrounded by dirty munchies dishes/cups & bottles but isn't it nice to wake up to a clean home when you feel like the world is spinning?

9) I'll drive you to Pho the next day.

That MSG will soak all that alcohol in your system up. Mm hmm. Nom nom.

Songfully yours,