A wacky turn of events involving spare party favors from the homecoming dance has led me into opening my own business! For the next few months, I'll be selling 007-inspired bracelets in the "shop" tab. My ability to complete your order will be "iffy" until the American Thanksgiving holiday. While I'd love to make bracelets all the time, unfortunately I have a tremendous amount of homework and my not be open for business every day.
Take a moment…to breathe.
The shock. The horror.
The events that transpired last night in Las Vegas shook the nation like an earthquake. Everything we know has tumbled down.
The last time I checked, there were 58 dead and hundreds wounded. May the souls of the dead eternally rest in the peace of Christ. Dear St. Joseph, foster-father of Christ and patron of a happy death, please smother them all with love. For the wounded, I pray that if God must take any more of them, that they die with St. Joseph at their side. They deserve to be happy. And for those who are destined to stay behind and tell their stories, may St. Raphael grant them a speedy recovery.
This is…devastating. I have no words.
It's about time I review this shade! But first, a question: When you think of James Bond, what color do you think of first? Most people I talk to say gold. It only makes sense, therefore, that OPI Bond…James Bond is a mostly gold hue. The polish is glitter; i.e., it is made up of individual particles of gold glitter and silver magnetic dust. The reason for this is that magnetic particles are far freer to move in a glitter solution than a creme solution; to create the desired magnetic design, the magnetic particles must push glitter particles and other magnetic particles around. As stated in the introduction, I did not use the magnetizer because I thought it would be far too difficult. However, I think I like the color better without the magnetizer. What do you think? Check it out:
My cousin saw this yacht in Nantucket two days ago! While it's certainly not owned by Danjaq or EON (note that the font is a little bit different for copyright reasons), I am nevertheless impressed and my geek nerves are firing. I've actually seen a number of yachts named after Bond films, including a Diamonds Are Forever in Nassau, Bahamas. But whoever owns THIS yacht…is…AWESOME. If you know them, PLEASE hook me up for a night of retro gaming at sea.
Many people who play The Sims create Sims and Sim Towns based on their favorite books, movies, and games. I created a Sim Town based on the 007 series. My first Sim was Monique Delacroix and my second was Andrew Bond. They married, and the first baby in my Sim Town was, of course, James Bond. So far, most of my Sims are characters from the Connery-Lazenby Era, but some of the older Moore villains have showed up, too.
This is absolutely great. I've managed to get all of the relationships in there, and I've done everything in my power to make the Sims and their houses look as much like they do in the books and movies as possible. Playing with house design is something I've always loved to do, but creating relationships is new for me. One of the first steps I took was to have Dr. No throw shade at Goldfinger any time the two saw each other. The result was that I unlocked the ability for the two to slap each other, and it was downright hilarious (in a very British way).
I've also selected appropriate professions and hobbies for each Sim; Hugo Drax is a highly-paid scientist, and Rosa Klebb is happiest at her piano (more of a reference to the actress Lotte Lenya than the actual Rosa Klebb character).
Here's some pictures:
Salvete, Bondians! Orbis Non Sufficit is going to look a little messy for the next couple of weeks while I add some new pages and features. Thank you for your patience!
Shoutout to my friend AkaKiiroMidoriAoi for making the Craig era irresistibly cute!!! I actually own the Vesper plush pictured…more on her soon!
This cardigan is one of the most perfect matches I've ever made to anything in a Bond film. In my opinion, it's almost identical. Button the cardigan all the way down and, as with any shirt-sweater combo, pull the collar leaf out.
The shirt Bond wears in this scene is sort of an ivory color and it has a very small check print. However, I swear by Lands' End, and they didn't have anything remotely similar, so I've listed a plain white blouse. Many women's blouses are left untucked, but this one is meant to be tucked in. Also, do not button the top button, but please do button the second one down.
The tweed pants obviously have a much larger pattern than Bond's, but I think it looks fun. Last time I checked, these were on sale, so they might not stick around too long. Wait a second…the white blouse that the model is wearing reminds me of…another scene from On Her Majesty's Secret Service…Don't worry, ladies, a kilt-inspired look is coming.
On a trip to London two years ago, I found the pictured necklace at the Westminster Abbey gift shop. The only reason why I bought it was because it reminded me of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Do not pull the necklace out over the collar leaf. It will hang down beautifully through the opening in the placket left by leaving the top button unbuttoned.
The watch, which is called "Swiss Around the Clock", is produced by Swatch. Swatch, which is headquartered in Switzerland, is the parent company of Omega.
I haven't really taken a look at shoes for this outfit, but I suggest brown flats or small brown pumps. Don't wear pumps that are too high; to channel Bond, never wear anything that's too extravagant. Be demure. Blend in, like a secret agent.
My Apple Watch Sport (first generation) looks like it's going the way of the dodo bird (read: death), so on the last day of school my M gave me a brand spankin' new Apple Watch Series 1.
For as long as I've worn an Apple Watch, my watch face has been the pause menu from the classic video game 007: GoldenEye for the N64. Almost everyone I meet tells me, "Dude, that's dope". While setting up my new Apple Watch today, I thought, "You know what? I should put this on my blog so that other people can have it!"
Bond girl Sévérine from Skyfall (2012) has nails that are just as alluring as she is. They are long and claw-like, which helps contribute to her serpentine air.
We've made it to the end! TWINE is the final color in the OPI Skyfall collection. It is a dark-colored glitter with hints of pink and green. It seems like it was inspired by one of Elektra King's dresses. It just so happened to be the one she wears in her photo from the Bond 50 Blu-Ray set, so you can see the similarity in the picture below.
Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life.
I heard the news about Sir Roger Moore through the CNN app on my phone while looking for updates on the tragic Manchester bombing.
My reaction to Moore's death is hard to describe. My world is covered in a veil of black. I cannot bring myself to think of anything else. I cried for about an hour yesterday. My heart continued to cry after my eyes stopped.
Roger Moore brought us seven official James Bond films, more than any other actor to date. His humorous and witty one-liners defined an era in our fandom. In addition, his work for UNICEF made him a shining example that all should follow.
"The Saint" truly was a saint.
Requiescat in pace.
Live and Let Die is one of my favorite 007 novels, and it just so happens that the corresponding nail polish is one of my favorite colors in the OPI Skyfall Collection as well. At first it looks black, but it looks more green under bright light. There is also gold glitter in it. Together, these colors remind me of the evil magic practiced by Mr. Big and his cronies in the 1973 film adaptation. The polish is very thick and sturdy, which is good for someone whose job might normally cause their nails to chip (I work with heavy machines in a prosthetics lab).
Happy Christmas mates! To get in the spirit, let's talk about what might just be my favorite OPI shade of all: On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It's a fine glitter powder that appears blue-grey at first glance, but a closer look reveals glints of red, green, and gold (Christmas colors). Like all glitter polishes, it requires a few coats for it to stand out and it's kind of hard to get off. However, it's worth it.
This is the worst day of my life. I was one of the few people who actually really loved James Bond: World of Espionage, the mobile game. The company has shut down the game, and I feel like I'm going to cry. I wish they would bring it back! It was my favorite iPhone game.
No. You can't. Don't even try.
The only nail polish in the OPI Skyfall Collection that I didn't like, The Living Daylights, was a pretty epic fail IMO. Don't get me wrong–the movie is awesome. The lacquer is a top coat filled with sparkles that you have to arrange very carefully if you want to get it right. Sure, it's beautiful, just like all the others–it looks like a little party on my nails! But you know what? Ain't nobody got time to sit there and obsessively arrange individual green, silver, and orange sparkles. There are more important things to do in life. I felt really bad for my manicurist.
Another problem I had with this is that the liquid base would clump up if you moved a few sparkles. This made my nails very uneven and inconvenient. Nice try OPI, but I can't wear The Living Daylights unless I have a lot of time. Which ain't nobody got.
EDIT: This nail polish was a hemorrhoid to get off. My manicurist had to pick each individual sparkle off. O.O
Tomorrow Never Dies has got to be one of my favorite nail polishes in the OPI Skyfall Collection. Not quite sure why it's purple, but for some reason it just feels right. Maybe it's because OPI said so, and I like OPI.
This is one of the few lacquers in the collection that I would call a shimmer polish, the others being Moonraker and perhaps Die Another Day. Like Die Another Day, TND is not a pure shimmer–unlike Moonraker, you can see specks of red, blue, and purple in the polish in very bright sunlight, but they're not as big as the ones in TSWLM and YOLT.
…aaaaaaand just when I posted this, I noticed I had forgotten to wear my claddagh in the photos. Sorry folks.
On to the Dangerous Shades! I wore OPI Moonraker (HL D13) to the theater when I saw Star Trek Beyond. This is the most beautiful blue-gray silver I've ever seen. My only issue is that this lacquer is extremely thin, but maybe I just got a bad bottle. I'm dead serious, it started chipping the morning after I got my mani! Luckily, I was able to fix it for the photo, but it was disastrous by the time I went to the movie. If the polish were thicker, it would definitely be a go-to shade!
WARNING: Gel manicures can cause skin cancer. I really regret even doing it once. Stay away from gel, ladies.
I got my first gel manicure with OPI Skyfall. Not only is this an amazing color, it's the exact one Sévérine wears in the film.
Undoubtedly the crown jewel of its collection, Skyfall is one of the most beautiful reds I've ever worn, and it shines brightest in gel. It looks most stunning in the fall and winter. It is one of only two pure cremes in the collection, the other one being Casino Royale. I received TONS of compliments on it. Although gel is beautiful and durable, taking it off ruined my nails. I had to let them heal for a few weeks.
"You Only Live Twice, or so it seems/One life for yourself and one for your dreams…"
OPI You Only Live Twice was my first 007-themed manicure. I'm generally not a big fan of pink, but I adore this color because it has a relaxing air of Japanese cherry trees and lava flows. This magenta is a creme-based glitter, very similar to The Spy Who Loved Me, just with different colors. Although it was released as a winter shade, You Only Live Twice is best for spring in my opinion.
Daniel Craig's 007 debut, Casino Royale, celebrates its tenth anniversary this October. OPI's interpretation of the novel that started it all and film that left a legacy could not be more spot on. For some reason, the word "royale" makes me think of purple. If I'm not alone, it makes sense that Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) wears purple. Her Liquid Sand from the Bond Girls Collection is also purple.
Actually, this is a pinkish purple. It's not fuchsia, but it's certainly lighter than the purples seen in Casino Royale. It actually looks almost brown in the dark. Whatever you call this color, I like it. It's rich and dark, just the way I like my nails. It is one of only two pure cremes in the entire OPI Bond Collection, including Skyfall, the Magnetic Laquers, and Bond Girls. The other one is Skyfall itself.
The name's Neligan, Anna Riccardi Neligan. I'm a budding scientist and historian who's obsessed with James Bond. In the gaming world, I'm known as Division_00.