This photo was featured in National Geographic’s 2010 photography contest. Such a beautiful picture, but it will become even more beautiful after this description provided by the photographer:
“This picture was taken in Tenganan Village, Bali (2010). Tenganan is the most famous Bali Aga (original Balinese) village and is located close to Candi Dasa in East Bali. A man was playing bamboo music to entertain a disabled child which is not his son, but he loves this child likes he loves his own son.”
Today’s swatch is a share by Sharla-Elyn Robinson (fb) and features Respect from the Shimmer Collection by Mentality Nail Polish. She says, “While working on a mani for a challenge group, I discovered that Respect is an exact match for one of my sleep shirts 🙂 IsaDora Persian Princess is on my ring finger and thumb.”
I thought it was fun that Sharla-Elyn showcased how pretty her polish is against her nightshirt. Another blogger recently asked, “What does your polish match?” Sometimes it seems I choose polish to match a favorite blouse. Sometimes it seems I choose a blouse to match my polish 🙂
I mentioned recently that Mentality Nail Polish is a family-owned business and that my daughter does the swatches for the store on Big Cartel. Well, my granddaughter wants very much to do what mommy is doing. So, featured in today’s swatch is Tough, from the Blue Matte Collection, modeled by my almost-three-year-old granddaughter. Yes, she painted her nails herself 🙂 Her mommy says, “today we are working on posing” 🙂
Mentality Nail Polish is a family-owned and operated indie store. My daughter is the hand model featured in the swatch. She is also the business and accounting manager, and procurement officer. Her husband is the cosmetic chemist. He manages production and inventory. His is the vision behind the colors and characteristics of the polishes – even the name of the store: Mentality – a state of mind. Each polish has been named in the spirit of describing a mood or attitude, except the pastel matte collection which was named after women in the family (including me, Laura).
They have diligently sought to keep Mentality as “green” as possible by such means as recycling cardboard into shipping cartons and reusing bubble wrap. They have even taken daily shipments to the post office by bicycle rather than by car. And now they have taken Reduce Recycle Reuse to a new definition (in my mind) by creating a polish they have named Not For Sale.
The swatch featured today is from Mentality Nail Polish (fb): “This polish is Not For Sale. It is a purplish grey-toned holographic nail polish with flecks, shimmers, matte glitter, and shiny glitter. It is not for sale. It is in fact the collection of all of our testers over the last year of production. We work hard to minimize waste and this is the result of our efforts.”
Not For Sale is indeed, not for sale. Mentality says, “It can only be given to you. If you spend more than $30 in either of our stores, we will happily gift you a bottle. No code is necessary. We’ll keep track of the process of gifting the bottles separately and include it in your order.”