Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Little Wedding Preview

I know what you're thinking.  Oh, she's so fickle, saying she's going away until October and possibly forever but now here she is with wedding business.  But here's the truth:  the wedding went better than I possibly could have ever imagined (said the cynical pessimist), and that makes me excited to share the few pictures I have.  I didn't have possession of, well, any of my possessions during the day.  My bridesmaids had all of my stuff, and I only asked for my phone once for a limo selfie.  But photos have been trickling in from other people, and it makes me so freaking excited to see how our photographer's photos are going to turn out.  I also saw Anna and her B at the reception and got to chat a little, and hung out with Rach and her B at the reception and the following night for dinner, so that was great.  I think they might have a picture or two that they might put up, as well.  Anyway, first thing's first:

Here are a couple of crap pictures of my nails.  This is one coat Essie Hi Maintenance (ha), one coat Revlon Starry Pink, one coat Hi Maintenance.  It's very, very soft with just a hint of a little something extra.  I had no idea what I wanted to wear up until Thursday evening when I tore through my stash, decided on the Revlon for sure, but knew I had to tone it down.  I think it was really nice for something subdued.  And my toes were Maybelline Poolside, which were totally visible through my Steve Madden jelly shoes. 

None of these are super fantastic high quality pictures.  Ben took one, Sam took a few, and my friend Jenna took some...but I couldn't wait to share them with you guys. 

Here's a less than stellar and totally candid picture of me in my dress.  This was right after Ben and I did our "first look," which was the most nerve wracking part of the day for both of us.  The dress is by Maggie Sottero and it's called "Juliette."  I picked it out almost two years ago and I loved it as soon as I saw it.  It was definitely the star of the show.  Everyone was ooing and ahing over it all night.  And I really did feel beautiful.

My best friend (and maid of honor) Aimee and I in the limo.  My makeup that day was mostly my own, some applied by me and some by the hair and makeup people.  I had some Naked2 palette on my eyes, generous winged liner, and the lipstick is my perennial favorite, Illamasqua Maneater.

My dad walking me down the aisle.

Jenna took these and I love them!

When I finally got to take off the dress after wearing it for almost twelve hours.  My hips are bruised from the weight of it, but it was totally worth it.

Before we went to bed.  So much dancing and loud music equals a bit of a headache, but I was still totally content.

Seriously, if something went wrong at this wedding I didn't know about it.  Everything seemed to go super smoothly, and everything was how I wanted it to be.  The venue was amazing, the weather was more perfect than we could have hoped for (and even a touch too warm), my photographer was a goddess, the event coordinator at the venue was amazing, the food was good, the cake was wonderful, and we danced until they kicked us out.  I had danced the bustle right out of my dress by the end of the night.  My bridesmaids were great, Aimee made THE BEST SPEECH EVER, our flowers were absolutely stunning, and there were teacups.  I made a lot of things for the wedding myself, and it was nice to see the little personal touches set up once we got to the reception.  

Now that everything is over I feel very relieved.  I am not a super social person and crowds unnerve me, so I thought the wedding would be hard on me.  The hardest part was planning it.  Living it was pretty easy, surprisingly.  Like I said above, I had a lot of nerves right before I saw Ben, but once I did see him I felt a lot better.  I was a little nervous before I walked down the aisle because my dress was a touch too long and I had to handle some stairs, but in the end I just walked on my tiptoes, held onto my dad for dear life, and it was fine.  The reception was definitely a dance-like-no one's-watching situation for me because I didn't caaaaaaaare.  The whole day was a blast.  

And now...

We're off to Scotland this afternoon!  So I'll talk to you guys later, and hopefully have some non-smart phone photos to share in the future.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You

I am largely unaware of basically everything going on around me at the moment, so when I ran across the All Aboard collection from China Glaze at Sally's last week I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn't find most of the colors terribly unique, but when I saw Choo-Choo Choose you, I knew I had to pick it up.  Ben also tells me that it's a Simpsons reference, which I wouldn't have gotten on my own, but I did remember the episode once he told me.  ANYWAY.  This:


Please excuse the tipwear.  I had been wearing this for almost two days when I got around to taking photos.  I actually put this on for my friend Kayleigh's wedding last weekend--purple was one of her colors so I thought I would theme it up a little bit.  The base of this polish is like, a smoky purple, and then depending on the angle from which you're viewing it, it can either have sort of amber shimmer, or green.  It's pretty interesting...and I don't think I have anything else that looks like it.  The formula was a little runny, and I was initially disappointed at how sheer the first coat went on.  I ended up needing three coats to reach opacity, but I think the payoff of how beautiful the color is is worth it.  This is also wearing really, really well on me.  I put it on last Friday night, and now it's Thursday and I'm still wearing it with just a little tipwear and only one little chip.  I approve.

Okay, I'm out.  The next time I talk to you I'll be maaaaaarried.  And I still don't know what I'm going to wear on my nails for my wedding, because I am failing at details right now.  I am pretty overwhelmed, but hopefully all goes well.  Think of me on Saturday, and tell the rain clouds over Cleveland to eff off.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Shopping My Stash: Something Blue

This month Rach suggested that our theme for SMS be "something blue" in honor of my impending wedding (there's only a week left to go).  She and Anna are both coming to the wedding, so I'm excited to see them both and get my shimmy on with them--although my dress is enormous so I don't know how well the shimmying will go down.  But anyway, I found the blue theme difficult.  I don't buy a lot of blues, and if I do buy a blue it's usually because I really like it so I want to use it right away.  I only had one untried true blue that I could find, and it's not really that old.

This is OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! from last autumn's San Francisco collection.  That collection was okay.  The only polish I was super excited about from is was Alcatraz...Rocks!, which is beautiful (and after going back and reading my own post on it, I think I need to pull it out again).  I didn't deem WWW to be unique or exciting at all, but I think I was kind of wrong.  I'm not really sure what color blue this polish actually is.  In those pictures up there it looks like an electric cobalt, but in the shade and indoors it's more subdued.  The texture, though, the texture is where it's at.  It's not super obvious IRL, but instead of making the polish look bumpy or weird, it just makes it look totally sumptuous and luxe, like velvet.  It's a really cool effect.  I don't think I have any other dark-ish blue texture cremes, so I was unsure how I'd feel about it.  I've been wearing it for a couple days, though, and I've gotten a few compliments, and I don't feel any desire to take it off--except it's chipping a little now, so it'll have to go soon.  I also only had to use one coat.  One coat!  And another benefit of textures like this is that there is no topcoat involved, so things go a little faster.  This one is for sure a win in my book.  

And another Remy picture that I actually sent along to Rach the other night.  His little faaaaaaace has so much personality in that one.  He's like, lady.  what the hell are you doing.

Okay, I gotta get gone now.  I will hopefully have a post up for you next week, and then I will be gone for a while and you will just have to live without me for a couple weeks.  It'll be difficult, I know.  But not as difficult as it will be for Remy, I'm sure.  Until later!

Thursday, September 04, 2014

OPI How Great Is Your Dane?

I couldn't resist picking up a couple of the polishes from the OPI Nordic Collection when I saw them in Ulta not too long ago.  By and large, I feel like this particular collection is pretty much utterly dupable, but I'm just a sucker for fall-time polishes, and so I did some major grabby-hands-ing.  

there is the babiest bit of polish on my middle cuticle--I'M SORRY.  I can't handle clean-up.

shade; this is how the polish looks most of the time/indoors

Yeah, that's right; I bought another taupe-y brown.  Wanna fight about it?  How Great Is Your Dane? is described by OPI as a "cinnamon coffee" shade.  I mean...I guess?  That's some mighty sludgy coffee you're drinking, Suzi.  It's definitely a brown.  Sunlight warms up the shade some and brings out its brown tones.  But it's also a very grayed out brown, which you can see when it's in the shade.  I think overall it leans to the cool side.  It reminds me of those smooth pebbles you'd see in a fast-moving river.  I used two coats here, and as you can probably see in those sunlight pictures, I had some bald patches near my cuticles.  Maybe it's difficult to tell in the pictures, and it was nearly impossible to tell IRL.  I still could have benefited from a third coat.  The formula was pretty impeccable.  Smooth sailin'.  Even though I probably have some polishes that look like this, I still think it's a nice option for fall and [shudder] winter.  I see myself using it a couple times and not relegating it to the back of my stash.

Bonus Remy-cat pic:

Look at this smug bastard.  This was the other night when Ben and I were watching Naked and Afraid (which is our new favorite show, and we are not ashamed to share that information with anyone) and Remy came up on the couch to snuggle with me.  First he sat on my tummy and did that kneading/making biscuits thing that cats do because they're weird.  Then he plopped down next to me, purring, so I assumed he wanted me to pet him.  But he kept kicking me!  If I tried to pet him he kicked me, and even when I stopped he would randomly extend his back claws and casually kick me in the ribs.  Like, "I don't really want you to touch me, but I really want you to know that I'm here."  Whaaaaaaat a jerk.  And that picture above was the face he was making at me.  But he's kind of the fuzziest, most cuddly jerk, so I have to excuse his rude behavior.

Okay, that's all for me.  I kind of foresee myself only posting one more time before my wedding--maybe twice, but that's probably pushing it.  To be honest, I've really been considering ending my blog.  I let its five year anniversary slip by unnoticed, and I haven't been as passionate about keeping it up lately.  We'll see how I do after I get back from Scotland.  I will definitely share pictures of the wedding and honeymoon with you guys if you are interested.  But I think that I will have to really assess how I feel about Short n Chic come October.

On that emo note, peace out cub scouts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rah rah sis boom bah

You guys, it's been a tough two weeks.  I haven't felt great physically or emotionally, and Ben was out of town for thirteen days in a row.  Thankfully he got back last night, but I'm still totally overwhelmed with this wedding crap.  Somehow I still found the time to do a sort of back-to-school themed manicure.  I stopped at a Five Below after work one day on my way to my officiant's house to discuss our ceremony, and I found a super fun glitter polish called Pep Rally.

Man.  Funky Fingers bottles:  hard to hold, easy to love (I'm available for marketing purposes, FF)

Pep Rally is a bunch of bright, almost-neon, differently shaped glitter in a clear base.  The bottle is absolutely packed with glitter.  I was getting too much on the brush while I was polishing so some nails (mostly on my right hand) ended up looking like a hot mess.  But still, I like the look it gives.  I did what I guess we can call one coat, but really I was just dabbing glitter on and trying not to wipe it off with the brush when I was polishing.  You all know the deal with application of chunky glitter toppers. It's like a dab-then-smoosh kind of deal.  I put it over Funky Fingers Dark Knight, which is just a basic black creme.  It was good after two coats--and actually I really like its formula so I'm glad I picked it up.

This past weekend I had a joint bachelorette party with my friend, Kayleigh, whose wedding is September 13th (one week before mine).  She rented out a condo in Sandusky for the weekend, and we mostly spent time at the pool and lounged around--which was fine by me.  I think there were nine of us total, so it was pretty fun.  I didn't get a lot of pictures because we were around so much water and I was scared I'd drop my phone in, but I like this picture of us:

ring pop!

My best friend Aimee came in from the Chicagoland area to spend the week before the party in town.  We ended up going to my final wedding dress fitting together (it's finally done after being too something every time--too long, too big, too whatever.  Now it fits), finding her own wedding dress (she's getting married next August), and just generally spending time together.  Which is always nice.  On Sunday, after we had to check out of the condo and while most of the other girls went to the Lake Erie Islands, Aimee and I went to a safari park.  We had gotten way too sunburned to properly be outside anymore, so we needed another activity.  This was one of those places where you drive around and feed the animals from your car.  Aimee loves this stuff and I had never done anything like it, so we figured, why not?  It's called African Safari Wildlife Park and it's in Port Clinton, OH.

Aimee and a friendly elk--there was an unfriendly elk too, and that one was super freaking aggressive; this one was nice

me and some sort of deer (and Aimee's arm)

There were giraffes and zebras to feed too, so that was interesting.  We had a lot of fun and got to stay in the shade.  Aimee looked like a little lobster and my back didn't fare too well either, even with several applications of SPF 50.  Oh the trials and tribulations of the pale.

So yeah, that's what's been going on.  After many months of sort of trying to hold in how stressed out this wedding is making me, I finally succumbed to it last Tuesday night and ended up ugly-crying to my mom and saying, "I can't do this by myself anymore!"  It wasn't pretty.  But I guess this could be considered the home stretch.  Basically I'm counting down the days to when we get to leave for Scotland and when Ben and I can be like, yeah, we're married.  Sup.  And I still haven't figured out what's obviously the most important thing about my wedding day, which is which polish to wear.  Oh, the problems I have.

Okay, I hope everyone is doing alright, and hopefully I will talk to you all again soon.  And if you're starting school this week, good luck!  Rah rah!

Monday, August 18, 2014

L'Oreal Jeans & Tonic

Yep, still loving textures.

...even ones that give me a case of the lobstah hands...

Jean & Tonic is from the L'Oreal Miss Denim summer collection.  It's a turquoise texture.  Pretty straightforward, but daaaaaaaamn is it lovely.  The other night I was wanting a summery-looking turquoise or light green to put on my nails, but I was also feeling super lazy.  Then I remembered Jean & Tonic, which dries super freaking fast, doesn't need topcoat, and only needs ONE COAT.  Yeah, one coat.  I considered doing a second coat, but it looks fine at one.  And it's easy to apply, too.  I really like the L'Oreal brush.  It's flat and wide without being huge.

I have one other polish from this collection that I posted about at the end of June, Skinny Jeans.  I like Skinny Jeans better, but that's because I just love that color blue.  But anyway, I think this collection was really cool, and I kind of regret not picking up a couple more.  Live and learn.  AND BUY ALL THE TEXTURES.

Bonus Remy pic:


Friday, August 15, 2014

Shopping My Stash: Extra White Before Labor Day

Guys, it's been almost a solid year since Rachel and I started our Shopping My Stash series.  The first post was last September 13th, and I cannot freaking believe how quickly time has passed.  I absolutely love doing this series; it's so fun.  And I love collaborating with Rachel because she's seriously one of the coolest chicks I've ever known.  I'm pretty flattered and thankful that we're still at this!  For August, I suggested that we play off the "no white after Labor Day" cliche because Labor Day this year is September 1.  I for one have been enjoying wearing white polish since before Memorial Day, I've just not posted one.  So, without further ado, here is NOPI Yoga-Then-Yogurt.

First, I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've ever posted a NOPI.  I know, I know.  I just...hate the way the bottles look?  I've never been drawn to buying them because the bottles are so weird.  But anyway, I actually got this one because a.) like I said, I've been into white polish lately and b.) because of Rach's post on it a while back.  It's a white, but I think it has a drop of yellow in it, maybe?  Because it's not exactly the starkest of whites.  It's a tiny bit more subdued, but honestly not by much.  It's still pretty WHAT'S UP I'M WEARING WHITE POLISH.  But this is definitely a polish that I would recommend to someone who likes pastels or whites.  It's unique in my collection.  I think I've been spoiled by Formula X White Matter (definitely my favorite white) though, because for some reason I expected to only have to use two coats of Yoga-Then-Yogurt, but I definitely needed three.  And because this is my first experience with Nicole by OPI, I wasn't sure what to expect formula and brush-wise.  I found the brush stem to be shorter than I expected, but I thought everything was easy enough to control.  The brush is a nice size for my nail beds and I didn't really have any problems.  But I still think the bottle is ugly.  Funnily enough I have another NOPI waiting in the wings that I picked up last week when Sam was visiting.

Anyway, all in all, I don't think I'll avoid NOPI so much in the future.  Ugly bottle aside, Yoga-Then-Yogurt is a great polish and I'm glad to have it.  Also, can we talk about how I'm wearing a sweater in the above picture?  It has been total autumn weather in CLE for the past few days and I am way less than pleased about it.  I remember that last summer I was waiting to embrace fall until its very first day, and I was milking summer all I could.  The weather now is making it hard to do that.  On the first day of fall this year I'll be packing for SCOTLAND where I really will need a sweater.  And a jacket.  And some leggings.  That'll make the season easy to embrace.  But for now, Cleveland, pull your shit together.  It's the middle of August.

K, hope everyone's well.  Don't forget to pop on over to Rachel's and check out her post today!  Bye!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Some Purples and Stuff

I'm not sure why I felt like I had to do some sort of gradient/ombre deal with purple, but the other day I found myself tearing through my stash looking for five appropriate colors.  I did a decent job, I think.  Fair warning, though, my cuticles are super dry and just not pretty.  


I tried to pick purples--or periwinkles--that were on the cool side of the spectrum, and I think it mostly looks pretty good.  On my thumb is Essie St. Lucia Lilac, a polish I've never posted about before...but it was one of the very first Essies I owned (along with Fiji).  On my index finger is Sinful Colors Baby Blues, which I last wore here.  On my middle finger is China Glaze What A Pansy, which I last wore here (and I love it).  I have China Glaze Grape Pop on my ring finger, and I hadn't pulled that one out in yeeeeeaaaaars, but it's a really nice, pretty much true purple, polish.  I last wore it in 2010.  And on my pinky I have OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, which is an eggplant...but it does lean red.  So, whoops.  I last wore it here.  I like how this turned out, and I think it has a really nice effect from far away.

And now, here are some bonus pictures of Remy:

He basically just becomes a lump when we brush him.  We have to get his armpits really well because he gets little mats there if we don't.  He doesn't even care with you pick up his arm and start hacking away at him.

And then there's this.  He's a majestic beast.

Alright, that's all for today.  I'll be back with another post on Friday, so I'll talk to you all then!  I hope everyone had a good start to their weeks!