Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter's a Good Time to Stay In and Cuddle

Funky Fingers is really tugging on my heart strings this holiday season.  When I was at Five Below looking for the Christmas Story glitters, I also ran into some Frozen glitters.  And three for $5?  I couldn't say no.  And as for the base color of this manicure, the power of polish-sitting-on-the-coffee-table is so strong, because I used White Cap again.  But this turned out completely amazing so I can't even apologize.

Took a run outside because it was 50 degrees and OH MY GOD it was awful.  It's been so long since I've run outside that I forgot I hate it.  Anyway, that's why there's neon clothing.

Two coats White Cap, and one coat Olaf.  Yes, Olaf.  It's a glitter topper with small and larger hex glitter, small holo glitter, and--surprise, surprise--white snowflake glitter.  I was pretty shocked when I saw that single snowflake on my ring finger nail.  I looked around the outside of the bottle searching for other snowflakes and found none.  That's not to say they're not in there somewhere, I just think they're pretty sparse.  But honestly, this manicure turned out stupid pretty.  I don't even care that you can see my nail line through White Cap.  The formula on Olaf is fine and typical of a glitter topper; the hex and holo glitter bits are easy to get on the nail, but like I said, the snowflakes are completely elusive.  I think it would look pretty over a lot of colors.  And for the price and the Frozen reference, you can't beat it.  

K, that's it.  Ben is out of town until Christmas Eve night, so I'm here by myself with the Christmas tree and Remy.  Don't worry, though, I decided to make popcorn strands so I'm super busy.  Christmas ahoy!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Shopping My Stash: Merry 'n Bright

Can you believe that this our last SMS post of 2014?  Where did the year even go??  For our very last joint-post of the year, Rach and I decided to White Christmas it up and go with a merry and bright theme.  So here is my merry and bright interpretation, combining an older polish and a newer polish.

Okay, so first thing's first.  The base of this is Zoya Seraphina.  It's from the 2013 holiday collection called Zenith, and I kind of feel like it was the only classic holiday color in that collection...but I'm not sure.  I don't really follow Zoya releases because the polishes don't agree with my body chemistry and chip almost immediately.  But.  In the bottle Seraphina just looked so pretty that I couldn't pass it up.  It's a pearly semi-silver/semi-white shimmer.  It's a little sheer.  Two coats was decent, but I added a third for extra dimension and a bit more coverage.  And THEN.  And then.  I added Funky Fingers Fra-gee-lay, which is everything.


I'm pretty big on A Christmas Story.  I always watched it with my parents growing up, and my dad would always tell me that it was filmed in Cleveland.  Although I've lived in CLE pretty much my whole life, I never went to the Christmas Story House until 2012.  And it's totally worth the visit.  I have a few pictures from when we went, but this one is probably my favorite:

Be sure...to drink...your Ovaltine.  Ovaltine?!  A CRUMMY COMMERCIAL?!  Son of a bitch!

Anyway, I don't know how many leg lamps you encounter where you live, but here in Cleveland we embrace that kitsch.  I know a few people who keep leg lamps in their windows for the holiday season.  So when Rach texted and told me that there are A Christmas Story polishes at Five Below, I was basically like, "hold on, I'm getting in my car right now even though I'm not wearing pants."  

Fra-gee-lay reminded me of China Glaze Party Hearty when I first saw it, but they are actually nothing alike (I most recently wore ChG PH in 2012 as a jelly sammy...and I loved it; you can check that out here.  That post also features a couple other Christmas Story House photos).  Whereas Party Hearty has red, green, and silver glitter in varying sizes (including microglitter), Fra-gee-lay has matte white, green, and red glitter.  No microglitter.  But they are both totally amazing in their own ways.  And yes, if you love Party Hearty, then you need to get in your car right now--pants or no pants--and track down this Funky Fingers polish.  I'm never sure how I feel about matte glitters, but I actually love the white in this one.  It really kicks the red and green up a notch and I'm obsessed with how this looks over Seraphina.  Merry and bright indeed.  

Okay, that's all for me today.  Getting this post up was a struggle, but I'm glad it's here!  And thank you for reading our SMS posts for 2014!  Rach and I have a blast choosing polishes to feature every month, and it's been fun to blog with a pal!  And just think...only two weeks to Christmas/24 hours of A Christmas Story!!  Rejoice!  

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

She Means Presents; You Shouldn't Have Brought Presents!

"If China Glaze White Cap is already on the coffee table, might as well use it!" has always been my motto.  Well, not always.  Just since 2011.  I was down for a vampy this past weekend, so I pulled out China Glaze Velvet Bow and topped it with White Cap.  The results were pretty stunning, but my camera did not want to focus on the sparkly goodness.  Hopefully you will get the idea anyway.

okay this one is really blurry, but look how sparkly and gold White Cap really is

Velvet Bow is a pretty standard burgundy-vamp shade.  I actually showed it semi-recently, this past July.  I found it at Marshall's during the summer and couldn't resist it, because sometimes you just need some deep wine-y sexiness on your nails, amirite?  So anyway, I decided to pull it out again this past weekend and give it The White Cap Treatment--which is a phrase I actually think I stole from Rach.  White Cap over a color like this flashes all kinds of different shades.  It's predominantly gold, but from time to time I would catch glimpses of light green and pinkish-red shimmer.  It's amazing.  I don't think I've put it over a dark red before, actually, so I'm glad I did this.  Oh, and this was two coats Velvet Bow, one coat White Cap.  

Last weekend Ben and I hosted a little shindig at our place that ended up turning into a big shindig.  I don't think we've ever had that many people in our [relatively small] apartment before.  We all watched Christmas Vacation and Home Alone and drank many, many Christmas Ales.  It was a good time.  And now Ben and I have like a million leftover beers.  Seriously, it is ridiculous.  Every man who showed up came with two packs of various Christmas beers.  We are going to be drinking Christmas beers at Easter.

And now, some Remy goodness:  

Learning about Ariana Grande together from InStyle.  Very interesting, yes, she has cat ears too.

"I am the only one around here with cat ears.  I will voice my displeasure by suffocating this magazine."

And, passed out.

I was actually really excited to have an InStyle and to settle in and read it on a day off.  I got like 15 pages in and then I had to be done until Remy decided to move FOUR HOURS LATER.  Because obviously I can't move him when he's asleep.  I mean, look at him.  He's cute.  More of his cuteness can be seen on Instagram:  RemyRagdoll.  Find him.

Okay, that's all for me today.  But the good news for you is that I'll be back on Friday for the last SMS of 2014!

Friday, December 05, 2014

In Winter It's a Marshmallow World and Some Wedding Pictures

Okay, quickie post with quickie pictures!  I wanted to wear a white this week, and I realized that I had yet to show my favorite white on the blog.  I wore Formula X White Matter for, honestly, most of May.  And I also used it as a base for a really cute Fourth of July manicure that I never photographed.  But anyway, here it is with The White Cap Treatment.

White Matter has a great formula for a white.  PRETTY MUCH LIKE A NORMAL COLOR THAT'S NOT WHITE.  Really.  It's good in two coats.  And at the risk of sounding redundant, it is white.  By that I mean, it is not like colors like NOPI Yoga-Then-Yogurt, which are slightly cream or off-white.  No, White Matter is just blindingly, pure white.  It's fabulous and I highly recommend you pick it up if you're looking for a good white polish.  And aren't we all?  I topped it with a generous coat of China Glaze White Cap, which made this manicure look like that fake snow that has iridescent pieces in it.  You know what I mean.  

In the spirit of Christmas, I got this little Santa guy from Home Goods the other day, and when I brought him home Remy sniffed him from every possible angle for like 20 minutes.  I think he eventually decided he approves because he hasn't tried to eat his beard yet.

Lastly, we got all of our wedding pictures back a couple weeks ago.  There are so many; I could never choose which ones to post--or even which ones to print, damn.  But my photographer, who is Cleveland-based and amazing, put our wedding on her blog along with some of her favorite photos from the day.  If you're interested in seeing those, you can find them right here.  I think she picked some really good ones; obviously she has a great eye.  And if anyone reading this lives in NE Ohio and is getting married/looking for a photographer for pretty much anything, I recommend Lindsey Beckwith.  I can't even describe how great our experience was with her.  Plus she's funny, which is important, obviously.

Alright, I hope everyone has a good Friday and a fantastic weekend, and I will talk to you next week!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Now the Jingle Hop Has Begun

It's December.  Can you even believe it?  Because I can't.  It was also 60 degrees yesterday which was awesome/sad because it smelled like spring and it reminded me that it won't be spring until April.  But, at least there is Christmas to distract me this month.  I wanted to wear a gold in honor of the holiday season ramping up, so I chose one that I got last year and promptly forgot I owned, OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

Ben got me pearls for my birthday!

Okay, so this polish isn't exactly gold.  It's a combination of champagne and gold, and, honestly, I'm not crazy about it on me.  I think it's the wrong tone for me or too light or something.  Oh, and I should mention that I used topcoat with this even though the bottle is clearly angry at me and telling me NO TOPCOAT in all caps.  Technically this one is a "satin" finish, but I didn't want to deal with it chipping, like, immediately after application, as mattes and satins tend to.  Also if you add topcoat it becomes super obvious in bright light that this polish has holographic shimmer.  Which I do like, thank you very much.  The formula was good--thick.  Probably a one-coater, but I did two.  I know I haven't given this one a ringing endorsement, but I do think it would be nice on someone with a less deathly pale thing happening.  It's still ETF on amazon, etc, and it would make a nice holiday polish.  

So how was everyone's [and by that I mean people in the US] Thanksgiving??  This was my first year playing straight-up sous chef to my mom.  Usually my Auntie  Michele does that heavy lifting, but she couldn't come this year :( :( :(  I think I did a decent job, and the dinner was good.  Somehow, though, we got seven inches of snow between when guests arrived and guests left.  I ended up spending the night at my parents' house while Ben drove home (we had come separately).  But my snow driving just isn't up to snuff YET this year.  Takes me a while to get into that sliding-anti-lock-brake groove, you know?

this is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving--my dad's bloody marys.  oh my goddddd the best.

and a pajama party with my mom since I was spending the night.  obviously.

Saturday Ben and I were invited to our first Friendsgiving, so that was super exciting.  I made some reeeeeeaaaally good cookies.

pumpkin chocolate chip and cherry dark chocolate cookie shopping list...mmm...

the spread.  so pretty!


It was a super fun time, and I was thankful for that gravy.  And friends and family and stuff like that.  But also pie.  Anyway, back to work today.  Hopefully I will be able to post another time this week, because last week was pretty sparse.  I wore OPI DBG and ChG Out Like a Light for a week straight, and it did pretty well...so I had nothing to show you guys!  But I will try to have something up by the end of the week.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

They Say It's My Birthday

I've been wearing the same polish on my birthday for the past four years.  Last year I decided to change it up and use OPI Dazzled By Gold as a topper instead of on its own, and I liked it so much that I did it again this year.  I decided to use a China Glaze holiday polish, Out Like a Light, as a base (it's dark, dark gray). Here's how it turned out.



wore the same cupcake sweater yesterday that I did last year on my birthday...sadly couldn't wear it today because not office appropriate

Something pretty interesting happens to Out Like a Light with Dazzled By Gold over it.  Namely, it looks kind of green.  I took a photo of it with my hand on my green coat, and it really enhanced the effect.  DBG is kind of sheer on its own; if I recall correctly it definitely needs three coats to be worn on its own.  I've never worn it over a dark color before, but I like how this looks.  Kind of a lot.  Also, the China Glaze has a really good formula--pretty much a one coater.  Yaaaaaay.

So I'm not quite sure what's on my birthday agenda today, but Ben and I definitely made a weekend out of my aging process.  On Saturday I had to work a little, but after that we went out for a fancy dinner and then we went to my favorite ice cream place, Jeni's.  Y'all, the buttercup pumpkin ice cream was bomb.

YEEEEES all the spoonfuls

On Sunday morning we got our butts out of bed [kind of late] and went to my favorite breakfast place of all time, The Inn on Coventry.  I used to go there all the time, like at least once a week, but now that we live further away we never go.  If you've never been there and you're in the Cleveland-ish area, I highly recommend a trip.

eggs benedict (literally my favorite meal because it's eggs topped with more eggs and butter) with avocado

Then we went to The Cleveland Flea (which we also did last year) and poked around.  Lots of good stuff this year, but lord was it packed and hot in there.  A lot of the vendors that we talked to said that Saturday was actually way, way more crowded, so it was a good thing we went Sunday.  Still seemed super packed to us, though.  I came away with two necklaces, some prints, and Ben got a Christmas gift for a friend.  A good haul.  Then last night we went and saw Mockingjay, and then had sushi.  So, it was a pretty great weekend.  I have to work today, for at least a little while, but later in the day I'm going to go see my parents and have dinner with them and such.  Plus cake!  Can't beat that.  

I feel like turning 28 is kind of weird for me.  Now that I'm married people invariably are like, SO WHEN ARE YOU HAVING BABIES.  I never know what to say because, frankly, I don't feel ready to care for another life and also kids just aren't my bag.  Cats, yes.  Kids, eh.  I know it's different when they're your own, etc etc.  But anyway, I'm reasonably sure my mom had me when she was 28.  I know that I shouldn't be pressured by what other people do or say, but still.  Turning 28 feels like I should be thinking about procreating and stuff even though most of the time I'm just like WHAT IS LIIIIIIIIFE.  

But I'm having good birthday times anyway.  Things are good and I'm going to eat cake and snuggle my fluffy cat.  So I hope you're all having good days too, and I will talk to you later.