Thursday, July 23, 2015

Whatever This Is

Not sure what possessed me to do this, but.  Well.  This: 

Yep, that's Friday Night Lights in the background.  Finally watching it.

Basically this is what happens when there are a bunch of nail polishes sitting on the coffee table and I'm like, eh.  Better just use all of them I guess.  Essie Chillato is on my thumb and ring finger.  Out of all of these polishes, this was the only one I hadn't used before.  Formula was...difficult.  But it's a pastel, so I don't expect much from it.  I used three coats.  Sally Hansen Bridal Bling is on my index finger; that one is good in two coats and really is extra beautiful.  It could make a nice layering polish, too.  Essie Blossom Dandy is on my middle finger.  I wore that one as a full manicure here.  Lastly, OPI Let Them Eat Rice Cake is on my pinky.  That one is a pretty old polish.  Even though it has all the good old chemicals in it, the formula is still kind of crappy.  It needs at least three coats and takes forever to dry.  Although all of these colors look a little bonkers together, I can't deny that I'm sort of into it.  It does look a little Easter-y, though.  I can overlook that.

This has been sort of a weird week.  I worked last Saturday and last Sunday, so I didn't go into work on Monday or Tuesday.  And now it's already Thursday.  I spent my two days off doing this:

per usual; #dockselfie

And also encouraging Remy to walk a little bit with his ridiculous harness and leash.  He's not super into it, but he did a little bit of exploring while I sat near him.  I think it's a good sign that if something scares him he runs to me and sits in my lap instead of running away from me and hiding in a bush or something.  But I guess that's what the leash is for.

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Anyway, that's basically all.  I kind of can't believe that July is winding down already.  I feel like yesterday was the Fourth.  The shitty, rainy summer we've been having is supposed to let up for most of this week, so I'm glad about that.  And last weekend it was 90 and sunny where I was (which resulted in gnarly sunburn but also kind of made me happy).  I cannot cope with another Cleveland winter without the benefit of a Cleveland summer.  I hope all of you are having nice weather wherever you are.  Don't forget to walk your cat.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Cuteapillar

Yeahhhhh, not gonna lie, I bought "Cuteapillar" solely because of the name.  The color of this polish is fine, don't get me wrong.  But I mean, Cuteapillar??  Just take my money, Walgreens.

both of the above pictures make the color look waaaaaaay too bright; the ones below are more color accurate, FYI

diggin' the color next to these earrings, which I love

As soon as I put Cuteapillar on I had a weird sense of deja vu.  I realized that it really reminds me of OPI Thanks A Windmillion, which I could have sworn I wore yesterday.  Turns out it was in January (wut).  I compared the bottles, and they do look really, really similar.  Both are sort of blue-ish sage colors.  I think the OPI is just a tad bit dustier-looking.  The formula on Cuteapillar was a bit watery and thin, but I felt like it was okay at two coats so I did that and left it.  I honestly have no idea if you can still find this polish.  I think it was part of the 2015 spring collection that was butterfly-themed.  I got this on clearance ages ago now, so unless you find it there too I think you may be out of luck.  Sorry my blogging is not more timely.  Buuuuut if you decide you really need a color like this, I'm pretty sure you can still find the OPI at Ulta.  Quite a price difference, not gonna lie.  The color is really good though. 

Two posts in one week, y'all.  I know.  Crazy.  But I didn't immediately put black back on, so I figured I would take pictures and such.  Maybe I'm exiting my black mood; who knows.  Anyway, I hope you all have had lovely weeks and that your weekend is full of sunshine.  I'm reasonably sure mine won't be because we live in a monsoon now.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today and the #dockselfie

As I was signing into the ol' blog here I caught myself thinking, wait a minute...have I not blogged since before the Fourth of July?!?  And no.  No, I have not.  Time totally gets away from me.  Also, my nails have been super boring.  I've been wearing Funky Fingers Dark Knight (which is a straight-up black creme) a lot, and that's not really worth showing you.  In this post I'm wearing a polish I had never worn by itself; last July I did some crappy nail art with it, which you can see here.  But after all the black I've been wearing I wanted something a little brighter.

Lipstick here is Milani Matte Beauty, which is one of the newer mattes released recently.  I highly recommend it if you're into the brownish sort of Cindy Crawford lip, which I still am.  I'm eagerly anticipating when I can drop a stupid amount of money on Urban Decay 1993.

Hello, bug eyes!  I bet you were all wondering, is Stephanie not into coral anymore?  I am.  I have what is basically a head-to-toe coral running outfit, which happened to match this polish.


This is OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy today, which is a very pink-leaning coral.  Honestly, it's nothing special.  And also, I thought I remembered the formula being a poop from the first time I wore it.  Then I started polishing with it this time and was like GOD I HAVE THE BEST MEMORY FOR THE STUPIDEST THINGS because yes, it's a poop.  It's not terrible, but it's streaky as EFF for an OPI creme polish that really should be opaque in two coats.  I needed three here.  I topped it with NYC Grand Central Station and I was good to match it to my workout clothes like an idiot and head off into the sunset.

Other than that, I've just been working.  July is a pretty big month for programming at work, so cue my being there every weekend doing something-or-other.  But I've really, really, REALLY been trying to get to the lake so I can lie on the dock and obviously take a series of #dockselfies.  Because I can and because it's ostensibly summer even though it's been raining constantly.  Like seriously, our ceiling is leaking in the living room because it's been raining so much.  But anyway.

#dockselfie under the influence of Bloody Marys.  I was basically sleeping at this point.

#dockselfie wearing an amazing Target Xhilaration coverup thing that I got for like $10.  It looks fabulous on and I recommend you grab one if you're in the market for something that'll make you look less naked than a two-piece does when you're outside in a bathing suit and your neighbor's children are also playing outside.

I told Ben to take a picture of my aunt and me while we were lounging, but I stipulated that he not get my armpits in the picture because I didn't think I had shaved them recently (I hadn't).  So he took this picture of only my armpit that made us lol for about five minutes.

#dockselfie from last weekend when it was just me at the lake and the sun was difficult to come by.  But, I had a bathing suit, a Harry Potter book, and of course a Bloody Mary.  So I can't really complain.

Also, you may have seen this on my instagram (RemyRagdoll), but Ben got me this shirt that has Pusheen eating Ramen on it.  So.  I'm an adult.

That's about all for me for now.  I haven't checked the weather for the upcoming weekend yet, but if there is even A LITTLE SUN you can bet that I will drive my ass down to that lake and lie on that dock (even though I won't be able to make it down there until Sunday night because I have to work all weekend).  Oh wait just checked the weather and it's raining forever.  Okay seriously, I honestly don't usually get depressed by the weather...but this rain is getting ridiculous.  I don't understand it.  The summer is going so fast and there has been basically NO SUN.  I'm about to move to wherever it doesn't do this.

Here's hoping there's less water falling from the sky wherever you are.  Steffie out.  

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Fourth and Such

Quick post!  If you've been reading my blog for a while you know that the Fourth of July is kind of a big deal to my family; we're still trying to make it a big deal this year, but it's going to be A CONSIDERABLY SMALLER AFFAIR for REASONS.  But Ben and I have decided that that's no reason not to celebrate, so we're almost out the door for the lake as I write this.  BUT FIRST:

Two coats nails inc Baker Street topped with one coat of China Glaze Pure Joy.  And if you know your polish, you know that Pure Joy is in fact a Christmas polish.  To that I say, whatever.  It works just as well for this purpose.  I actually really like how this combination looks.  At first I thought it might be kind of jarring, because Baker Street itself is kind of jarring; but it works.  Reminds me of fireworks.  Like.

Other news includes that I cut off a ton of my hair:

Prior to this it was pretty much elbow-length, so it's a pretty big change.  But, feels good.  Sort of liberating without being too short, because I kind of prefer my hair long.  But let's be real, long hair can be super annoying.  And also that lipstick is NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen.  That, along with NARS Charlotte, have been my staples for the past month or so.  Who says you can't rock a vampy lip in summer?  

Alright, we have to get gone now.  To all my American pals, happy Fourth!  Eat a hot dog, roast a marshmallow, watch a firework.  To everyone else, happy weekend!  Drink wine.

Until next week!

Friday, June 26, 2015

OPI Chiffon My Mind

WHEN WILL I LEARN that I like opaque whites and not sheer ones?? When?!  The answer is never, because even though I really didn't like the last sheer white I wore, I went ahead and hunted down OPI Chiffon My Mind anyway.  And, eh.  

This polish has pretty, pretty the bottle.  I've seen some on-nail swatches of it where the shimmer shows up, but I couldn't get it to show up in my pictures.  Other than the shimmer, there's not anything special about this one.  It's a sheer white.  The formula is actually okay for a polish like this.  I used three coats and had some patches, but I think it looks pretty decent anyway.  Buuuuuuut I would skip this one if you're still thinking about it.  It's just okay.

Weirdly I found it in this random cosmetics section of the hospital gift shop when my dad was still hanging out there.

Other news, other news...I'm sure there's something...oh right.  The Cavs lost.  Which, sad.  But all that means is that there's-always-next-year and also, it's Tribe time now.  Ah, the life of a Cleveland sports fan:

Other than that, just living.  Working.  Doing my nails sometimes.  Attempting to spend time in the sun, but it's been RIDICULOUSLY RAINY for the past, like, two weeks?  And this weekend doesn't look any better.  Sad.  Need summer.

But, hope all is well with you guys, and I will talk to you next week!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

American Apparel Coney Island

Close your eyes and cast your mind back.  It's 2010 and American Apparel starts releasing nail polish; we all go apeshit.  Or maybe it was just me.  I ended up buying a lot of the shades and, as often happens for me, forgot about most of them.  All of sudden over the weekend I was really feeling a mod light pink so I started digging around for Essie Fiji, but I couldn't find it (I really need to organize).  I did find AA Coney Island, which I had never used.  So, is it love?  (Disclaimer:  super dry cuticles and don't know why because it's humid out and I'm oiling my cuticles all the time; also, tiny black specks on my middle idea what happened)

Ummm yeah, this shirt is everything.  I really want to link you to it because I feel like I'm going to get questions about it, but it's apparently so new that it's not on the Anthropologie website yet--at least not as I write this.  I picked it up on Sunday and the SA at my Anthro told me it just came in.  It's Maeve, which has recently become my favorite brand at that store.

You guuuuuuuuuys, ohmygod this is such a good polish!  First of all, I haven't used an American Apparel in like...I don't know...several years?  Actually, the last one I used was Trenchcoat, and that was in 2011.  Okay, anyway, Coney Island.  It's pink.  Almost pastel/baby, but not quite.  But god damn if I don't love it.  It's white-based, but darker than Essie Fiji.  I remember that AA cremes have amazing formulas, and this one was pretty good, but not phenomenal.  I would attribute that to the pastel-ness.  I did three coats here, and although the polish was a little patchy going on, it was still really easy to control.  Seriously, I don't know what's gotten into me, but I feel like this is going to be my color this summer.  I don't usually feel this way about pink.  I think it would make a great pedicure color (on me, anyway), and I cannot stop swooning over it on my fingers.  

And that's all.  This is a busy week for me, so I don't know if I'll be able to throw up another post, but we'll see.  Until then, what's your favorite summer polish color?  I'm also digging minty greens right now.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

CLE!!!! or: All In Nails

Hey, all.  Sorry for my absence.  It's been a little nuts lately around here, but things are going well now.  My dad had some surgery, hung out in the hospital a while longer, and is now getting better in the comfort of his family room.  Hopefully he will heal quickly and be dancing a jig in no time (I'm not sure how likely this is but I like to think that that's what'll happen).  But until then...NBA Finals, y'all.  We're #allin here in CLE, and the prospect of a championship is so tantalizing.  It's great for us to have something positive to rally around, and I'm all about this city doing well.  So, obviously....poorly done Cavs nails were going to happen. 

oh heeeeeeeeeyyyy

Little did I know that RBL Footpath (last seen here) would be the best gold for Cavs wine and gold.  Thanks Rach!  The wine color is old as hell.  It's one of those Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polishes that has the little rhinestone embedded in the bottle.  Do they still sell those?  I have no idea anymore.  But anyway, the color is Always Ascher.  The formula on both of these polishes is fantastic and the dry times are good even without topcoat.  Two coats for each.  I can't say this is my favorite color combination of all time, but it's certainly lifting my little sports spirits.  

At an event at work last week we asked people to write six words about living in Cleveland.  I loved "just tell yourself Cavs in six."

Remy throwing shade because we were paying attention to game 2 and not him, but I like to think he was throwing shade at Golden State.  Want to see more Remy shade?  Follow us on Insta (@RemyRagdoll)

So anyway, win or lose this is a good thing for our city.  Of course I would vastly prefer the former outcome, but even now the atmosphere all over Cleveland is electric.  I've always been a proud Clevelander, but my heart is so happy right now.  I hope that all is well for all of you, and I'll be back next week (probably?).  Bye!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend: Motorcycles, Marriage, Mercury

Oh, guys.  So, I hear that Mercury is in retrograde and that it tends to screw things up.  I don't know if I believe in that stuff, but if it's true...then this past weekend makes a lot more sense.  Some good things happened, for sure.  But also, some bad things happened.  

The first good thing that happened was that Rach and B got to Cleveland on Thursday night; I was super excited to see them.  But then the worst thing happened:  immediately upon their arrival I got a phone call from the police that my dad had gotten in a motorcycle accident.  I had to leave R and B with Ben and go to the hospital where he had been life flighted.  The cop who talked to me [probably unintentionally] made his injuries sound life threatening, so I was freaking the hell out on my drive to the hospital.  My mom was out of town but she got there eventually.  Basically...we still don't quite know what happened.  He lost control of the bike somehow and went down.  He was wearing a helmet, so he has no injuries to his head, thankfully no injuries to his neck, and his internal bits are okay.  However, he broke both of his ankles (one pretty badly), and they both require surgery.  He also has road rash (which is apparently super painful) and a pretty nasty gash on his arm.  It's going to be a long recovery...and he doesn't go into surgery until June 1.  He'll be in the hospital until then.

Once Ben and I knew that my dad didn't have any life threatening injuries we packed our stuff and headed to Michigan to see Anna and Bryant get married.  We made Rach and B watch the Cavs game with us at a weirdly deserted wine bar in Muskegon on Friday night and had some pretty tasty dinner.  Saturday we...experienced Muskegon?...and had some seriously amazing lunch involving much bacon.  The wedding ceremony was super cute and Anna looked freaking gorgeous.  I loved her dress!

The reception was also very fun, and again I say:  Anna looked amazing.  She and Bryant are so stinking cute that I can't even.  Their first dance was sweet and they looked so happy.

I didn't take very many pictures but I love this one.

Also they had DONUTS instead of cake.  Uh YAAAAAAASSS to this, so amazing.

Here's us being happy.

And here are my terrible-looking nails.  I didn't have time to think about polish with everything that had happened, so this is one coat of Revlon Queen of Hearts.  It is what it is.

Seriously, it was so good to see Anna, especially looking so happy.  Ben and I had to head back to CLE really early on Sunday so that I could make it back in time to host my best friend's bridal shower  (I know; last weekend was just crazy busy).  Rachel and B followed us a couple hours later, and while I was at the shower...and then the hospital to see my dad...they went to see Mad Max with Ben and his other friend.  Then we made them watch another Cavs game, haha (but this game was REALLY GOOD oh my god you guys).  

It was so good to see Rach!  I'm glad they could stay with us a couple of nights--although I kept apologizing for not being able to be there the first night because I was at the emergency room.  I felt bad having guests and leaving them with just Ben.  Although they actually know Ben better [in person] than they know me, because they've gotten together a few times when he's in VA for work.  They had a little fiasco with their rental car on Monday--nail in the tire!  We were afraid they wouldn't be able to get a new car because of the holiday but they were and they got home safely that night.  ANYWAY.  I'm thankful for all of these friends that I've made through this nice little community.  And that alone makes the blog worth it.  

I took off the hastily applied Revlon Queen of Hearts on Monday night and replaced it with Lippmann I Know What Boys Like.  Y'ALL.  I remember wanting this color when it was released in like...2011...? and then I got it on clearance at Ulta sometime in the past few months.  Uh it's really good.  

Not quite sure how to describe the color.  Maybe a dark periwinkle?  It is so stinking beautiful.  Seriously, I put it on and wondered why it had taken me so long to try it.  I have always heard that Lippmann cremes have great formulas, but I felt that this one left something to be desired.  I needed three coats, and even after that I had a couple noticeable (to me) bald patches.  But still.  I am in love with this color.

It's so good!

The one good thing about the hospital where my dad is?  They serve Caribou.  Takes me back, guys!  All the Caribous in Ohio closed semi-recently, and I haven't had it since I was out in Colorado last May.  Reminds me fondly of when I worked at Bou. 

Miss youuuuuu.

Oh, I forgot to mention that on Saturday while we were in MI our apartment complex caught on fire.  Not our actual apartment building, but the buildings across the street.  My friend who was watching Remy texted me about it and I was just like WTF IS REMY OKAY.  That was a terrifying text to get while we were out of town/ever.  Luckily things were fine when we got back.

I spent pretty much all day yesterday with my dad at the hospital.  I brought my work laptop so I could get some things done, but generally we just chatted and...watched this building get demolished out the window.  Which actually seemed to cheer him considerably.  I can't imagine how shitty it is to be holed up in a hospital alone with two broken legs.  My mom and I are both trying to be there whenever we can because dude.  This is rough.  Seeing him like this makes my heart hurt; that's the only way I can describe it.  We're all just thankful that this happened close to home and not on the country roads he likes to ride on.  After surgery there will be recovery and rehab and all that other stuff, but he'll be okay.  Which is good, because I love him a lot.

Whenever my parents' cats, Alley and Raven, stare out the window, my parents always call it watching cat tv.  So here's my dad and me watching cat tv.

And to end, not that this is the worst thing that's ever happened, but our cable went out during the Cavs game last night.  Rach tells me to blame Mercury, and at this point I think she might be right.  We had to hoof it to a bar to see the second half, but they trounced the Hawks so badly it almost didn't matter.  Stupid Mercury, though.

Alright, so...thanks for reading all that if you did?  I know it's probably scattered and weird, but I felt like I had to get some of this out.  So why not blog, y'know?  I hope everyone else had nice non-Mercury-probs weekends, and I will hopefully talk to you soon.