I am suuuuuper impressed with the wear on Maybelline Poolside, which I'll be showing you below. I put it on on a Saturday evening, and it survived packing boxes, cleaning, several showers, and general stress. It lasted on me for six full days without chipping. Wuuuuuuut. Color me shocked. And here it is:
Poolside is from the limited edition Maybelline Color Show summer collection. I got it at Rite-Aid on clearance for $1.99. I wasn't sure how the formula would be, because I haven't really had the best of luck with Maybelline pastels in the past. My biggest problem with Poolside is that it didn't really self-level when I put it on, which you can probably see in the pictures. But it still looked great and I loved the color. I used three coats. The secret to this one was to wait a good five minutes between the second and third coats to avoid any patchiness. I topped it off with some NYC GCS and it lasted forever and looked adorable the entire time. If you can still find this one at the drug store I suggest picking it up. It's a really pretty color for the summertime.
Okay, and the surprise. So, when I was in college I got a kitten, Raven.
here he is reclining with Borghese Almondine (the last Borghese polish I could get excited about, by the way)
That kitten used to be on my blog a lot, but then he went to live with my parents when I graduated in 2009 and couldn't find a job. For the first year or so that Raven lived with my parents he hid either under my bed or in the basement. Finally, little by little, he started to come out and be social. And then it happened: my dad seduced him. I don't know how it happened and I can't claim to understand their love, but it is readily apparent. They talk to each other and cuddle together on the floor. It's pretty cute. Raven also has problems traveling and adjusting to new places. For a while Ben and I were considering taking him with us when we moved into our place. I asked my mom a few times, "Should we take Raven?" Each time she said, "We're not ready to make that decision." You'd have to know this cat to understand how he snuggles his way into your heart. After thinking about it for a while, we decided that it would be best to leave Raven with his manfriend (my dad) in the house where he has been king of the castle for the past four years. Not to mention he's pretty much in love with Alley, our other cat. Don't get me wrong; we would have been glad to take him. He's the best cat in the world. Very kind, very cuddly, never bites, never has a harsh meow for anyone. But this is his home now.
That long preamble was all for this: Ben and I picked out a kitten. Or I guess I did. Ben was pretty vocal about wanting me to choose one. He'll be traveling for work about two weeks out of every month, so he wanted to make sure I'd have a friend to hang out with while I'm home alone at night and stuff. Once we agreed to get a cat I did a lot of research. By that I mean I Googled "friendliest cat breeds" and did my reading. I wanted a companion. The type of cat that would want to be around us all the time and be friendly to visitors and generally just be awesome. After I found a list of friendly breeds I ended up falling in love with the idea of a Ragdoll.** I found a breeder in Ohio at the beginning of July, and it turned out that a litter of kittens had just been born at the end of June. She encouraged me to pick out a kitten right away, but I exercised what I consider to be INCREDIBLE RESTRAINT and I said to Ben, "If these kittens are still around at the end of July we'll get one." Out of anywhere in the state of Ohio that this breeder could have been based, she was literally ten minutes from my parents' house. It seemed like kismet. So we went to visit the babies.
The eight Ragdoll kittens were presented to us, not even kidding, in a wicker basket. I had no idea how to choose one and Ben wasn't really helping. But the woman was incredibly nice and patient and let us stay there with them for about an hour. One of them sort of stood out to me right away because of his lighter coloring. He was also the first one to approach me. He wasn't shy at all. He played with Ben, climbed on my shoulder, licked my fingers, fell asleep on my lap, and was the only one that purred. He's on my lap in that above picture, flirting with me. So finally I made an executive decision:
(uuuhhh so Poolside looks great, doesn't it??)
This is Remy. He's about five weeks old right now. Much too little to come home, but he's our boy. He'll probably come home at the very end of August or beginning of September, when he's ready to leave his mom. I went through a few names while we were thinking of getting a cat, but when I thought about "Remy" I knew it was right. I wasn't really thinking of any reference in particular. Not Ratatouille or the cognac. Actually I watched House of Cards (which I can't recommend enough) about a month ago and there's a secondary character named Remy. I didn't love the character or anything like that; I just think the name was in my head.
So that's our news! We'll have been in our apartment for about three weeks by the time I go pick up little Remy, so we'll be all settled. We're really excited! Anyway, hope all you guys are well and I'm sorry I disappeared for a little while--lots going on. Oh, and I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments on my Essie Using My Maiden Name post. There's a lot of food for thought there, for sure.
**Just a quick note on our decision to go to a breeder. My parents and I rescued both cats that they still have now. I'm an advocate of shelters and the APL, etc. But with my concerns about having a companion cat, I didn't want to leave demeanor up to chance. I know some cats that come from shelters are perfectly lovely and social, but a lot (like our little tabby, Alley, and to some extent also Raven) have behavioral issues. We're hoping that choosing a Ragdoll will be a good decision for a lot of reasons. I also know that a purebred cat can have behavioral issues too (I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the environment in which the cat is raised), but we decided that we really want to try out this breed. And by "try out" I mean "live with and love this cat for a decade or longer."