Sunday, February 18, 2018

Valentine's Day 2018 - Round Two

My husband and I don't typically make any special Valentine's Day plans because neither of us really thinks it's a holiday. We do celebrate the day a little but it's never been anything to stress over and we never go out to any restaurant. He always (for the last....8 years or so) surprises me with assorted Godiva truffles and I usually get him something small. Last year it was a Philips Hue light bulb to go with the our new lighting system, and this year it was a new Contigo auto-seal water bottle (I am obsessed with mine) and some almonds (his new fave). Over the past few years we have also flexed our culinary muscle and prepared a gourmet meal for the two of us to enjoy. What can I say, the way to our hearts is obviously through our stomachs. This year we made this:
For Christmas I had given Andrew a mini grill, with the promise to replace it with a full size grill when we buy our first house (if that ever happens--lol). So we made some steak, baked potato wedges, and roast asparagus with hollandaise sauce. And for dessert, the creme de la creme....creme brulee. Yummmm! Everything turned out delicious and the champagne at the end was the cherry on top! I will admit, he bruleeing of the creme brulee was terrifying. Of course I made Andrew do it because I'm a wuss.

And of course, a second round of Valentine's Day nails were in order for our special round two Valentine's dinner.
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Did anyone else have a post-Valentine's Day valentine's day celebration?

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day 2018

Have you ever noticed how Valentine's Day seems to make people fall into two camps:
(1) Those who celebrate with their significant others.
(2) Those who go on the offensive about how "stupid" Valentine's Day is (maybe or maybe not because they have no one "special" to celebrate with).
Well, you do you. Whether you're toasting Valentine's Day with your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, grandparent, parent, sibling, or friend; cooking a gourmet dinner for you and your pet; or just gorging yourself on chocolates while sitting on the couch binge watching Las Chicas de Cables (look it up on Netflix!), I say Happy Valentine's Day to you and hope you have a wonderful day. Just enjoy the day and treat yourself in any way you see fit! The hubs and I are doing our normal and cooking ourselves a fancy dinner at home. Then it's time for champagne and sweets!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Swatch: Zoya Ireland

A quick post for tonight because I have to get back to watching the opening ceremony for the Olympics. I have no idea when I bought this polish or why I haven't used it yet because seriously this a stunning pale green/sage color. I think this would look beautiful on all skin tones and in the dead of winter or the hottest days of summer. I'll have to come up with a design for this polish.
And it's a creme, so that makes this polish even better. You know who I love me a creme polish!
And how funny is this name? Ireland. I must have bought it around the same time that we decided to add Ireland as a stop for our honeymoon. I blogged about those days here, here, and here.
Ok, back to the Olympics!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Swatch: Sally Hansen Street Flair

One of my cases had a settlement conference this morning at 9 AM. However, due to freezing rain and/or rain and/or snow and/or some wintry nonsense that would wreak havoc on driving conditions, the courts are all opening on a two hour delay. That's all fine and dandy except for one thing: Does a two hour delay mean that the court will open at 11 AM but start with all the 9 AM appearances anyway? Or does a two hour delay mean that the court is opening at 11 AM and will begin with those 11 AM appearances (and everything before 11 AM will be adjourned and rescheduled to another time)? No clue. So while I pondered that very annoying quandary I decided to swatch a new polish color. Because hey, I was up at 6:30 AM for an appearance that will not happen as originally scheduled and my remote login to my firm is not working so I can't get work done. Such a shame! Now to the nails:
I swatched Sally Hansen Street Flair because I was in a purple mood and I liked that the name kind of sort of tied into the whole streets-covered-in-snow/ice/wintry mix. That qualifies as some street flair, right?
I have probably said this before but I am really digging the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel line. There's a certain je ne sais quoi about it that I really like.
Not the best photos but it's a really pretty dusty lavender color. I'm not sure I would say it goes perfectly with my skin tone but there's something I like about it.

Are you having snow today?? Perhaps a "snow day" even?

Friday, February 2, 2018

E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!

Despite what you may be led to believe by the name of this post, I am NOT a football fan. I don't watch Sunday football. I can't remember if Monday night football is the thing or if its Thursday night football now. However, with the super bowl quickly approaching and my law firm having a pre-super bowl fiesta today for lunch, I felt obligated to partake in some football festivus. So I pulled out my children's XL Westbrook jersey (note: he doesn't even play anymore) from the depths of my closet, dusted it off (the last time I wore it was in college), and made some Italian hoagie dip (delicious!) and headed to work. I totally looked like a football fan! I also couldn't forget my nails! I did a quick water marble in the Eagles green, black, and white.
The water marble clearly showed that I did these in a hurry. They were definitely not as tidy as I would have hoped but whatever, I knew I'd be changing them quickly anyway. So I let them stay.
On the plus side, they went with my jersey perfectly. And I still got a few compliments on them!
Are you cheering on one of the teams in the superbowl? I'll root for the birds only because I'm from the Philadelphia area and I feel like I have to. Now, if they were playing the Green Bay Packers I would have to change my vote. I'm a fan of Green Bay because their mascot is cheese. And any team incorporating food is a-okay with me! Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Swatch: Sally Hansen Fuchsia Power

I adore this polish. Like, really. ADORE IT. I love a good hot pink that is very pigmented, applies evenly, and dries quickly. And that is exactly what you get with Sally Hansen Fuchsia Power. Because of how pigmented it is this is one of my favorite go to stamping polishes because it shows up so well. And the color just makes me happy because it's so bright and vibrant. It's definitely not a "winter" shade but I'll wear it anytime I like, particularly in the dead of winter!


Monday, January 22, 2018

NOTD: Dots (from the Vault)

This blog began all those years ago with a post featuring polka dots. What can I say, it's easy and always looks good. Sometimes you just want a little more than plain polish but you don't have the time to sit down and do a full design. This design is perfect. Choose your three favorite polishes and then there you go.
polka dots; manicure with polka dots
I used Sally Hansen Fuchsia Power, OPI Snow White, and Orly Liquid Vinyl for the polka dots. Problem is I don't remember the base coat!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Swatch: OPI Relentless Ruby

Well I had a very productive week. Not only did I change my name at Social Security Administration but I also got my new driver's license, applied for a corrected passport, AND looked into how to update my global entry.  I also finally got my hair cut and donated 10 inches of hair in the process.  What prompted me to be so productive? It must have been the fiery red nail polish I was sporting, OPI Relentless Ruby.
Is it just me? Am I the only one that thinks the color of your nails really does impact how your day goes? It's the same idea as what you wear impacting your day.
Seriously, it seems like when I have a lot to do I always gravitate toward reds and vibrant powerful colors.
Do you have certain colors you wear at certain times?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Re-Swatch: OPI I Have a Herring Problem (after 5 years)

For today's post I have a re-swatch of OPI I Have a Herring Problem. I first swatched it in 2013 and clearly I was not impressed by the color but I saw it the other day and thought hmm, I like that color.So I decided to give another try. What was interesting about this polish was that the last I used it it was a different color...weird, right? I checked my original 2013 swatch and it's definitely more green now. So I googled it and the pashotos on Google look a lot more blue than my bottle of polish looks now. Weird, right? So I decided to re-swatch it. I know I'm not the only person with this bottle of polish. Did anyone else a color change?? Did I get a funky bottle? I won't lie though--I actually really like the green it became. It's much more complimentary on my skin tone!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Swatch: Essie Eclair My Love

Today's post are swatch posts from the Vault. This polish was gifted to me as part of my bridal shower present from one of my law school buddies. I would describe this as a bright berry pink/red that applies like a creme dream! This might just become one of my favorite polishes!
It's pigmented and applies evenly. I did use two coats for full coverage just to be safe but I think you could have gotten away with one.
 Oh I just love the way it looks!