Gluten-Free Graphic Design

nerdy things, gluten-free recommendations and my life as a graphic designer.

How to get good results from cheap glitter nail polish

I love glitter nail polish, but it’s a pain in the ass. I bought this Wet & Wild Fast Dry nail polish  for $2 at the grocery store and I was super excited to try it out.

I bought it expecting to get this result in 2 coats:

But, it’s actually more like this:

What a bitch. I figured out it’s easier to ignore everything your female instincts tell you about applying nail polish, and go hog wild. After that first coat above, I started blobbing it on instead of trying to keep neat, even, strokes. I removed most of the clear polish from the brush before blobbing the glitter on my nails. After about 2 blob coats it looked like this:

Good thing this nail polish is fast drying, because you have to lay it on thick to get enough glitter. Still, I took a break for a while and let these coats set. Another plus is you don’t have to care about keeping the coats smooth. Any indents or nicks won’t really show up.

Later, after about two more passes with the blobbing technique I got this final result:


For $2, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. But I think next time I will use a small, dense glitter nail polish as a base so the nails look more covered.



Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing up and acting silly with friends, carving pumpkins, and eating large amounts of pumpkin related baked goods. The last four years I also celebrated with Keene’s Pumpkin Fest, which I sadly missed last week. This year since I am living in New York City I don’t think I will be able to afford to dress up, and I only have Matt to celebrate with. I was somewhat bored after work and came up with a free way to be festive, by only using the nail polish I already owned, and a Sharpie.

I started with a base of two coats of a shimmery orange I have, “Hot Tamale” by Pure Ice. I painted stems on using “Wild Thing,” also by Pure Ice. I used an unfolded paper clip to carefully paint on “glowing” jack-o-lantern faces on my thumbs with “Mellow Yellow” by Sally Hansen. The other jack-o-lantern faces I drew on with a black Sharpie. Happy Halloween!


My latest indulgence has been these fantastic vanilla creme cookies from Glutino. They are simply delicious, and I can’t even tell they are gluten-free.  It’s taking all my will power to not eat the whole package in one sitting. The vanilla cookie reminds me of the E.L.Fudge cookie, which makes me wish Glutino made a vanilla cookie with chocolate filling. They do also make chocolate vanilla creme version which is a perfect substitute for Oreos as a snack, or in those thousands of recipes that call for Oreos. 

You can visit Glutino’s site here:



Sun in Bloom



Today Matt and I went to a gluten-free vegan restaurant in Prospect Park called Sun in Bloom. We have been meaning to trying this place because it has received some awesome reviews, but we hadn’t had time to make the trip up there until now. The atmosphere of the cozy restaurant was relaxing and the food was amazing. As you can tell from my photos we were pretty hungry and couldn’t wait to take a picture before having a bite. We started by splitting a plate of their apple pie pancakes. They were absolutely amazing and we devoured them within seconds. It’s hard for us to eat out because we both have specific diets, so it’s great when Matt and I can share something this delicious. I would eat these pancakes every day if I could! Next, I had the Western Burrito (zesty sunflower “meat” with fresh salsa, avocado slices, a mix of cabbage, zucchini & sprouts dressed in SIB’s famous live ranch dressing.) and Matt had a BLT wrap (tempeh bacon of course). Everything was delicious, and we will probably be eating there again soon.

Stir Fryday





Every Friday I go to Matt’s in Brooklyn. We’ve started a mini tradition to make gluten free vegan stir-fry on Friday’s, and jokingly call it Stir Fryday. In our stir-fry we like to use a mix of peppers, broccoli, snap peas, tempeh, and my favorite gluten free teriyaki by San-J. Last week we bought a wok for $5 at IKEA, which makes the whole process much easier. We always hate opening the tempeh because it is hermetically sealed within two layers of plastic. We usually stab it with a knife and tear it open. This week Matt noticed it says “Open easily with scissors.” Well doesn’t that apply to most packages?? Thanks tempeh.

The 99%

Dear 99%:

Why are you complaining? You live in AMERICA, the land of the free. There are so many people less fortunate than you. We have such a huge problem with illegal immigration because other people are willing to risk everything to come here. I was able to grow up comfortably because my parents worked hard to get where they are now. They grew up poor. My grandparents struggled to pay my mother’s medical bills that kept her alive. My father paid for all of his college education by working and going to school full-time. My parents could have paid for all of my college education, but instead they didn’t and taught me how to value money and to work hard. I worked summers to pay for a chunk of my tuition, my parents paid for part, and the rest I paid for with loans.

Life is not all rainbows and sunshine after college. I have over $30,000 in loans to payback, and I am currently working as a graphic design intern for $7.50 because that is the only job I could find right away. That’s less than I made before college. I could have easily stayed at home where rent is free, and bummed off them. But, I respect them too much to do that. I am really happy I moved to New York City because it has been a great experience so far, both good and bad. I am always working really hard to improve my skills and portfolio, and to grow in my career. I am currently living paycheck to paycheck and looking for a better paying job. I do have my complaints, but I keep them to myself and my family. This struggle will just make me appreciate what I earn and accomplish in the future.

All those Obama Zombies are upset that Obama didn’t hand them cash as soon as he was elected. Obama didn’t bring you the “change” you expected. Instead of whining, why don’t you be grateful that you live in the United States, where we have the basic rights and freedoms that we fought for.


A 100% American

I found this page today, I thought it was an interesting response to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Dogs 102!!!!!!!!

My boss Marlaina just told me that the dog LIVED!! I am SOO relieved!

Marlaina said that Natasha and her boyfriend assumed the dog died on impact (who wouldn’t, he fell 10 stories). So they didn’t try to find him right away because Natasha was freaking out. He landed on a roof so they would have had to find a way to get up there. When they went to find the dog, he was gone! Then they called the police.

It turns out someone saw the dog fall and thought he was thrown out a window. This person took him to the vet immediately. His lungs were collapsed and his pelvis broken, but thousands of dollars later he is still alive! Apparently he landed on a aluminum roof which broke his fall. Marlaina also said that he will fully recover and walk again. Dogs are amazing. A human would have definitely died instantly.

I am so happy.