Thursday, August 15, 2013

SinfulShine Alfresco

Today is moving day.  At least mostly.  Some burly guys are coming to pick up all of my big furniture from my parents' house:  the couch stored in the basement from my Cleveland Heights apartment, my bedroom set, my Harlem apartment stuff.  There will still be some things to move after today, but I'm glad that the furniture will be taken care of.  I'm a little stressed out about this whole moving thing, so what better to take my mind off of it than a niiiiiiiice blog post?

My cuticles, you guys.  I can't even explain why they look so shitty.  But they do.  So, that.  These pictures were taken on a particularly sunny afternoon on my parents' dock.  I finally decided to try SinfulShine polishes, and my first pick was Alfresco.  I'm crazy about blues lately and I'm not sure why since I usually kind of hate them.  I really like this color.  It's sort of a cornflower blue with a slight periwinkle feel.  For some reason in these pictures the ridges in my nails are very visible and I'm not sure why that happened.  The formula was good; a little thick, but it covered nicely in two coats.  As promised by the name of the line, Alfresco dried to a very high shine.  It is lovely.  There's a price bump for the SinfulShine polishes.  Instead of the traditional $1.99 these are $2.99.  Still affordable and totally worth it, judging from the couple I've tried.

Remember when I said that it was a very sunny afternoon?  I was so delighted by the gorgeous day that I went kayaking, as planned:

I went on a long ride by myself and then floated around just enjoying the sun.  But was I satisfied?  No.  Because then I did this:

And there's Alfresco, chilling in the background.  Anyway, the sun felt so nice that I was lying out there for...well, I'm not sure how long.  Three podcasts worth of time.  Then suddenly I remembered, oh yeah.  Sunscreen.  I had been lying outside in the sun with my paper-white skin for A WHILE, you guys.  So I packed it in and hoped for the best.  Instead, this:

My left thigh and the left side of my stomach and chest got pretty much fried.  Guys, I never lie out in the sun.  And even if I'm stepping out into the sun for ten minutes or so, I always put on sunscreen.  This was a pretty bad brain fart.  I tried not to let this ruin the whole weekend, though.  As soon as I realized how bad it was actually going to be I went to town at got some of that aloe+lidocaine gel stuff and I was popping tylenol a couple times a day.   I still went on a few boat rides, sat in the sun with my mom, and went to the Dan Emmett Festival in town (we had kettle corn and fried pickles:  success).  Now this stupid sunburn is in the OH MY GOD THAT ITCHES stage, but it's getting better. 

I think I was so excited by the sun because this summer has really been full of rain.  In fact, one day it rained so hard while Ben was doing a show at Whole Foods that I got trapped in my car when I went to see him for lunch.  Thankfully I had a latte with me.

(that's Illamasqua Maneater on my lip-parts; favorite lipstick everrrrr)

You can't tell how hard it's raining, but it was pretty bad.  So bad that the nice Whole Foods employees were coming outside with golf umbrellas and escorting people into the store.  I opted to stay in the car with my latte until it let up.  That day I also picked up my veil, which was exciting.  It was the only piece of my wedding ensemble that I hadn't seen yet.  

The other nice thing about the weekend was that my parents and I did these wish lantern things.  They're large lanterns made from thin paper that you light from underneath and then they just float off like hot air balloons and incinerate themselves, taking care of any clean-up.  You're supposed to make a wish when you let one go.  We did two.

first attempt



I love this picture.  That's the water and the lights from the houses on the other side of the lake.  The big light is the moon, and the three little lights you can barely see are wish lanterns floating off over the lake.

So anyway, that was my weekend.  I see a lot of moving excitement and stress in my future, as well as trips to Target and Ikea for shelving and other things.  Ben decided that he would orchestrate all of the moving stuff so I wouldn't worry (a good attempt, but I'll always find something to worry about), so all I've really had to do is make sure stuff is all ready to go and open the door for the movers.  Oh yeah, and move back from Manhattan.  

Moving sucks.  I can't wait for it to be over so I can start to nest.  I've been avoiding doing that in every place I've lived in for years because everything always feels temporary to me.  Hopefully this move brings me some stability.

Hope you guys are doing well, and I'll talk to you next week!


  1. Moving is the worst. This is the first year I haven't moved in about five years, and it feels amazing! Good luck with everything (P.S. That Maneater pick is YOWZA!)!

    1. I really hope I don't have to move for a while. And Maneater is worth investing in if ya love red.

  2. I can't believe how many blues you've been wearing recently! So not sstef-like. I've been drawn to vampies the past few months, which is totally not me (and also blues, which I generally hate) so something weird is going on in the polish heavens I guess. Good Luck with the move.

    1. I know! I don't mean to. It's just happening!

  3. That lipstick is TO DIE FOR. I need it. I think I do. Good luck moving everything all in. I am about to move to a whole new state for the first time since 2004 away from my hometown sooo....nervous.

    1. Thanks! It was one of my biggest splurges in the past couple years. That stuff ain't cheap.

      A new state is scary, but you'll adjust. And if you don't...make a change ;)


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