I used two coats of Carol over $OPI Chamomile-ion to One (which I really don't like, by the way, so I was glad to cover it up with something pretty). The glitter in Carol is copper, gold, blue, and silver holographic. I like the differing sizes of glitter, and this seems to be a trope that runs throughout every Shimmer polish I received. I'm excited to keep trying them. The formula was nice, and one coat would have been fine for a pretty dense covering, but I wanted to see what it would look like with two. Verdict: awesome. I've actually gotten more into glitter lately because I like sponging gradients, so I'm happy to have all of these new polishes to experiment with.
If you want to check out Carol for yourself, visit the Shimmer Polish Etsy store, check out the Facebook page, or have a look at the blog. They run at $12/bottle, but for $15 you can get a custom glitter. Which is a neat concept. Cindy is on vacation right now (jealous), which gives you some time to look at her blog for some swatches and to figure out what's on your wishlist. And stay tuned to my blog, because I'll be putting more up.
So. On Wednesday morning, after a frenzied night watching the NPR ticker on my computer and waiting for election results to come in (hint: I slept soundly), I got up and dragged my butt to J.Crew on 5th Avenue. I had an appointment with Patrick (and I cannot recommend him enough, so if you're in the market and the NYC area, book him; for real). It was my first time trying on wedding dresses, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Would my butt fit into the samples? (yes) Would there be annoying other brides there? (yes) Would a nor'easter blow in as I was walking to the store, causing me to step in a million puddles in three-inch wedges and have wet hair? (yes; seriously, New York cannot catch a break, weather-wise) Anyway, I found one dress I love--L-O-V-E--and one dress I really like. I won't post the full-length photos because I don't want to let any felines out of any sacks. But here are a couple pictures.
I don't know why I don't want to post full-length photos. I already sent all of them to Ben, and he's the one who isn't supposed to see any of the dresses. But, I've only tried on like six dresses at one store, and one of them is already the one to beat. I was sort of worried that the appointment would end up being stressful, but Patrick put me at ease in a lot of different ways. When I told him about some of the family issues that have been coming up during the course of planning he made me feel better. And he kept telling me my butt didn't look big. So, I'd say the entire venture was a successful one. I'll have to go back with my mom before I decide on which dress, and that will probably happen in January or February. But, I'm excited. I love frilly dresses. There is also an Anthropologie next to this particular J.Crew. It is a win on so many levels.
Okay, that's all. Keep warm, New Yorkers. This weather sucks.
Disclosure: the polish in this post was provided to me for review. The opinions expressed are my own.