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.