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My mom celebrated the Chinese New Year and after my first complete zodiac cycle she wrote me a card. I rarely keep cards but I couldn’t get rid of this one after her death. It has her handwriting on it and that makes me feel like she’s still around.


I thought I would do a simple, RA-friendly nail art for this Chinese New Year. I hope you like it!

Distressed Nail Art for Chinese New Year | The Rite of Aging



I used Wet n Wild I Red a Good Book as my base. As you know, I am not a fan of true reds. They just don’t look good on me. So, for the purpose of nail art I bought a cheap one. Unfortunately, unlike my favorite Black Creme this polish is pretty awful. The formula mimics a jelly, but it is not a jelly polish. The brush is strange and broad but uneven so there is no way to paint my nails properly. Yay for acetone and cleanup!

I distressed with Sephora by OPI Mr. Right Now, Zoya Goldie and Revlon Parfumerie Fresh Linen.


Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.