Tuesday, February 9, 2016

OPI Purple Palazzo Pants

Welcome to Part II of my 2016 Pastel Obsession! Maybe I'm willing spring into existence, I dunno. The week of Winter Storm Jonas, I removed Pahlish Short and Sweet, and texted Madeline with some options for my next manicure. I think she picked out this purple because she'd just ordered it in a major clearance haul from Sally's, so she might have been excited about it. I don't blame her. It's damn good. I hope it looks as good on her as it did on me, because it's a little tricky to wear. I'm just yellow enough to pull it off!

You've probably seen this polish a few thousand times since it came out last fall, but here it is on me, to the best of my ancient camera phone's ability.

Three coats with SV.

So, crazy story (not), I debated adding ChG White Cap for a day or two until I gave in to the power of Purple Palazzo Pants. I might do that the next time I put this on, but I'm glad I let this color shine on its own. I can see how people would look at it as pink, but it definitely reads like a weird cool lavender to me -- a duskier, cooler version of OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, shall we say. I skipped OPI LLL for zombie reasons, so I'm very happy to own a more wearable shade! (I think Nailtastic's photos of OPI PPP are my favorite, and the most accurate. Check 'em out here.)

PPP's formula was heavenly, and it really just applied itself, which was wonderfully unexpected for a pastel, IMO. It looks good and is mostly opaque at one coat, but it's best at two. So you can stop there. I should've, but photos are weird and I'm a habitual three-coater. I wore this for SIX DAYS, and it held up beautifully until I had to scrub some stubborn baked chili off the bottom of a pot (d'oh!), which is when huge chunks of it finally chipped off. Who knows how long I could have gone on wearing this? I enjoyed it. Highly recommend.

PPP was from last fall's OPI Venice collection and you should have no problems finding it online, at Ulta, etc.; I got this one back in August when I was visiting L.A. and Ashley and I did a little shoppin'. (Okay, I did significantly more shoppin'.) This might be an unpopular opinion, but ... I actually liked OPI Venice. A LOT. Was it a little weird for fall? Maybe, but I liked it infinitely more than OPI Nordic (Fall 2014) and even OPI Hawaii (Spring 2015). The overall color palette just speaks to me. I have three other Venice polishes, but I wouldn't mind having more. >___<

Also, I just wanted an excuse to post this.

"Last Crusade" was the first "Indiana Jones" movie I ever watched, funnily enough. It's also the only one of those movies that my parents owned on VHS, so it's the one I know the best. When I go to Venice someday, you better believe I'm using "Ah, Venice!" as my photo album title. Will I be rocking palazzo pants? Proooooobably not, but this polish, sure!

In conclusion: Absolutely get this polish if you like pastels, purples, Venice, or peak Harrison Ford. I'll be back this week with another pastel because I have a problem. Also, don't forget to get your good eats on because Mardi Gras, and all that. ;) Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pahlish Over the Sea duo (Nov. 2014)

I don't know how or why, but last month, I started jonesing for a pastel manicure. I settled on this Pahlish, mostly because it was sitting right on my headboard and I didn't have to go poking around for it.

A quick rant about Pahlish, which I hate that I have to do, BUT: the pigments in three of my bottles ended up fading and dulling. Those polishes were older versions of Pianos Filled with Flames and Little Caroline, and most recently, Black Lace Elderberry, which was one of my favorites. I literally emitted a Luke Skywalker-worthy "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO" when I pulled out my bottle last year, only to find that the purple base had become a watery, murky brown. :( I know Pianos and Little C were reformulated and re-released and I absolutely repurchased those colors last year, but I'm still bummed about BLE because I really did love it and I only got to wear it once. I hope Shannon redoes that one in the future! I've never had a bad experience with Pahlish customer service and I'm sure that if I *had* contacted them, I would have gotten a response, so this is 100% on me. But you know what I mean -- when you buy something like this, you don't anticipate having it go bad on you so soon (if ever).

Anyway, those spoiled polishes made me a bit anxious about the rest of my Pahlish collection, so I've resolved to wear as many as possible in case they end up fading, too. This LE November 2014 duo turned out to be a great place to start, although I only wore Soft and Sweet, the periwinkle speckled creme, as a full NOTD.

First up, here's three coats of Soft and Sweet, plus SV:

I think top coat made this a little more blue than it is alone on the nail, but that's OK. Soft and Sweet is the palest of pastel periwinkle cremes, with some tiny speckled glitters thrown in. I wasn't crazy about the speckled glitters at first because if you don't add the Lights in the Clouds, the glitter topper, it just looks like your polish bubbled. Not my favorite look. Also, this has more of a chalky look before you add top coat, which darkens the polish a bit. But the color was exactly what I was wanted -- delicate and pretty.

The formula wasn't bad, either. A little on the chalky side, but I've dealt with so much worse! I think I had this polish on for something like four days? Can't remember. Tip wear was decent. I had some chips on the third day, though, and lots of cracks around the sides of my nails on the second day, which tends to happen when I do pastels and SV at the same time. Meh to that.

Finally, here's Soft and Sweet + Lights in the Clouds together (with a coat of NYC GCS):

This topper, y'all. Blue (navy/cobalt) and copper? I AM THERE. The formula was so much better than I expected -- I thought I would have to dip 'n' dab, but I was happy to not have to do that. Awesome. Interestingly, this color combination reminds me of a similar layering experiment I blogged 2 years ago, so you can tell I'm a fan of how they look together. (Ashley, maybe the dark blue/copper combo is something you can post soon!)

Initially I thought I would purge this duo, but seeing how beautiful these polishes look together made me reconsider. Silly me. No double elimination for me this time, so Shantay, you may stay.

And so ends Part I of my 2016 Pastel Obsession. Do you guys have any favorites? Please leave some color or polish recs in the comments and I will go through my stash to pick more.

But I'd most like to hear from any of you who own a bunch of Pahlish polishes -- did you also have any issues with yours fading and dulling? I'm hoping I just got unlucky and ended up with bad batches. As much as I've come to love the brand, I can't justify buying more in the future if this sort of thing continues to be a problem (and I don't think I've bought any since the Pianos and Little C rereleases). I'll definitely shoot Shannon & Team Pahlish an email soon to give them a heads up about this. And really, I guess I'd just like to know if anybody else had the same problems I did.

Thanks so much for reading! Have a good weekend, and I'll be back next week with more pastels (yasssss!).

Monday, February 1, 2016

China Glaze Tip Your Hat + some 2015 faves

Rabbit, rabbit! Hello and happy February, friends. I hope your holidays were very merry indeed, and that you stayed safe and warm if you had to deal with Winter Storm Jonas. If you survived the latest Mercury retrograde intact, then hey! So did I. :)

I've dropped the ball on posting these last few weeks and I only did my nails twice last month, but in the middle of the blizzard, I thought I could try again and see how it feels. So today I'll share my annual red NYE mani and wrap up of some of my 2015 favorites -- beauty products, TV, movies, concerts, moments, whatever.

All right, then. Red NYE nails! I know I mentioned the China Glaze Twinkle collection in my last post, but what I haven't told you is that I wore three more Twinkle polishes in December, including this one.

... I mean, I get it. A red creme for the holidays -- that's not exactly groundbreaking shit. But Tip Your Hat certainly was worth a try with a B2G1 at Sally's? Ulta? somewhere. I bought it, and was reminded of it in December when I was working my way through some of my Twinkle picks. Then I thought it would make a nice change of pace from the red NYE nails I've done in the past. I've picked brighter reds, but it's been a hot minute since I wore something deeper that wasn't a jelly.

I'm not thrilled with these photos, only they're the best ones I've got! :/ Please bear with me.

Three coats with SV. Two are PLENTY.

Despite the unoriginality of Tip Your Hat, I remember a lot of people liking it. And so do I, for the most part. A nice, deep cherry? crimson? red creme never will go out of style. However, I've been going back and forth on this polish after I noticed a little bit of brown in it (I happened to be wearing my 'Bama sweater and noticed it Tip Your Hat was very tonally in sync with the crimson. #rolltide). You might recall that brown-tinged reds aren't really my favorites. I mean, I already have OPI Chick Flick Cherry and (2) when it comes to deep reds, I'm partial to blue-based ones. I think they just look better on me. Just my preference.

The formula was amazeballs. So good! It's completely opaque in two coats ... you can get it done with one if you're really careful, but one coat looked patchy to me. I just wanted to see if the color would get any deeper with a third (not really). As far as application goes, I will have to echo what others have said about using OCC lip tars: Use less than than you think you need because the tiniest drop goes a LONG way! I found that I got major cuticle flooding even when I loaded up my brush halfway. That's how fantastic the formula on this is. I want to say I had this one on for over a week -- I got super sick right after the new year, so I just kept it on until I felt OK enough to mess with my nails.

Oh my god, New Year. I'm less optimistic about 2016 than I was about 2015, and that's mostly because this year is the Dirty 30 and WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE? Last year had no business being as great as it was, but to quote "Happy Endings" (RIP), I went to a dark place -- "applying to grad school" dark! I've built up years and years of anxiety about going back to school, but the fact remains that I won't get anywhere without a master's or some kind of vocational degree/certification. Part of the reason I haven't been posting here is because I could not distract myself from the thought of changing paths (again!) and doing something new and scary. It is just as stupid as it sounds, believe me, but I couldn't get my head out of my ass for a while. If I couldn't before, this time I really I couldn't write anything of substance. A cover letter, a personal statement, a Christmas card, even a blog post. That sucked.

So now the plan is to apply to grad programs that'll start in the fall of 2017 (I already missed the 2016 deadlines) (yes, I wish I'd come to this realization sooner!). Mind you, this is a full 10 years after I graduated from college. I am SCARED. AS. FUCK. I don't remember how to write a paper. You want an obituary or a two-minute video package, you got it! A research paper? Not so much. But big changes also bring good things, so maybe this will help get things to truly turn around. [/emo whine]

Whatever 2016 holds, 2015 ended on a great note! NYE was a ridiculously social day for me. I was powering on one hour of sleep for some reason, but I was able to make it to a last-minute lunch date with one of my college roommates who was in town for a wedding, and we got to take a hilariously derpy selfie in front of our old apartment (it's on my Instagram).

Then I took myself on a little movie date. If I don't make it back to this theater before it shuts down for good, then I'm glad I had a good final visit. I'll miss that theater a lot. :(

So. Lovely. (the movie I mean, but so is Tip Your Hat)

After the movie, I made a couple more stops before hitting up a party that one of B's coworkers was throwing at her new place. It was mostly people from their-slash-my old workplace, a good deal of whom I hadn't met yet, but it was fun (I got introduced as SMA's mom, ha!). I got to catch up with some former coworkers, which was nice! I was flying solo since B had to work, so I was a little worried that my presence would look a bit awkward around people who've seen us as a couple; if it was awkward, no one said anything to me about it.

I made my last stop of the night? year? at my best friend's, where I walked in to everybody trying to drink bottles of liquor that covered maybe 1/4th of the dinner table, LMAO. I arrived just a few minutes before midnight, with just enough time to pass out gifts and open mine. (Hilariously enough, my best friend and I got each other the same gift: "Hannibal" Wendigo stag Funkos. We know what we like, hahaha.) Since I'm the only night owl amidst a houseful of early risers, I stayed up with some rum to text and read a little in the warm glow of the Christmas tree. Then the next day, we drove to Williamsburg to use our $14 Busch Gardens Christmas Town day passes. Apologies to my IG friends who are seeing these photos again ...

It was worth $14 to get out of town and do something different for New Year's Day with a great group of people, but I don't think I was banking on how cold it was! I'd wager that it was the double whammy of schlepping around Richmond on NYE and walking at Busch Gardens that did me in, because I started feeling a little funny the next day when I got to B's house. I don't even remember what he and I (and Mr. Archer) did after exchanging presents because I just remember feeling lifeless the way I do when I start to get sick ... well, we did watch all of "Master of None," and because B is the romantic sap in this outfit, his reactions to things were almost as entertaining as the show.

Let me share what the fine fellows at Chez SMA gave me for Christmas, because it's too much and maybe you will enjoy it, too:

They gave me this and "Agent Carter: Season One" on DVD. A very Marvel Christmas. :) HOW FREAKING CUTE are Scott and Anthony???? Ugh, my Funko obsession is getting dangerous. I have a wishlist of Funkos that's getting longer all the time ... and this is only the fourth one I have. *sweaty frowny face emoji*

Lastly, here is SMA being an adorably literal shadow cat in his treat cabinet. I love him so much.

I hope your New Year started out as great as mine did (and hopefully less disgustingly germy). I know it's been a long time since my last post, but don't worry, I'll be around in some capacity -- call it a resolution, if you will. I've missed blogging and I've missed hearing from those of you who've checked in here from time to time. You can always say hi here, via email, or on my Instagram (if you do follow me on IG and I'm not following you, leave me a comment there to that extent and I'll rectify it! Sometimes I don't recognize everyone's handles right away).

Things are gonna be a little crazy on my end this week, so unless I miraculously have time before Friday, I don't think I'll be able to post again until next week. Take care until then, and as always, thank you so much for reading this blog! I just can't quit you. ;)

NOTE: I'm posting my 2015 favorites lists/blocks of text under the cut, starting with general polish & beauty stuff so you can peace out now if you don't wanna hear about other things I liked last year. What were YOUR favorite things? Feel free to drop me a comment if we had anything in common, or if you loved something you think I also might enjoy.

Friday, December 11, 2015

China Glaze Out Like a Light

You wouldn't really know it because I haven't blogged much this year, but I've really been into dark grey polish. You know: Zoya Geneviev, OPI Dark Side of the Mood, and now this. I'm not sure what's going on since grey hasn't had this much of a moment since late 2010/early 2011! No hate, though, because China Glaze Out Like a Light is excellent and unlike the other two greys I just name-dropped, it's a true creme. I also should probably share that this is my current pedicure color; rarely do I decide to go full matchy-matchy, but I couldn't resist.

Two coats with SV.

For all 2 of you who are wondering if Out Like a Light looks black, now you can benefit from my weird observations. It does verge on vampy territory, for sure, and is one of those polishes that is darker on the nail than it is in the bottle (doubly so after top coat). In low lights, it'll look black until you compare it to something that actually is black. So if you have a friend or family member who's giving you shit about your nails looking goth or whatever (true story), you still can be like, "NAH" and go about your day. To my eye, it's more of a cool dark grey and I don't have pictures, but it was an exact match for a ~deep charcoal shirt I wear often during this time of year.

Normally I'm all about that three coat life, but Out Like a Light is opaque in one coat and completely patch-less at two. This leads me to believe that it would make a great polish for nail art and an excellent layering base (I was going to use Essie Jazzy Jubilant, but #toolazy. Soon!). I thought the formula was a pinch more watery than creamy, although I might be nitpicking at this point. Do not load up your brush because you will definitely get some cuticle flooding!! Other than that, it's smooth sailing with this one. Dry time was really great with SV; if you want to wear this for longer than two days, you might want to try another top coat that doesn't scuff quite so quickly ... alternately, you can add a glitter or layering polish on top. I only wore this for two days because I decided to chop my nails down a bit, but it didn't get any chips. It's been on my toes for the last two weeks -- still looking perfect -- and I expect it will stay on for another two weeks. It's so damn good.

Out Like a Light is from China Glaze's Twinkle collection for 2014 so it's a year old now, but if you love dark grey cremes, it's still a really good one. I passed on it when I was getting my Twinkle picks last December, but I kept seeing it in the clearance bin at Sally's and caved either right after New Year's or during a red tag sale in February. I don't remember now. I'm just happy to have it. Look for it online, and also try seeing if a dusty or beauty supply place has it. For some reason I keep seeing it at the Kroger near B's house and at the West End Bed, Bath & Beyond in Richmond, which is odd, but hey.

What do you guys think about Out Like a Light? Do you have a favorite dark grey creme or any layering suggestions for colors like this? (My life is so #whitecapallthethings and I know I mentioned Essie Jazzy Jubilant, but I also think China Glaze Travel in Color would be cute.) ALSO: I realize the Twinkle collection looks super boring next to this year's ChG holiday offering, Cheers!, but Twinkle's grown on me. Plus it's come to my attention that the polish called No Peeking was something of a sleeper hit, one year out. Any opinions on that one? I got it last Christmas in my massive nail polish ornament set from my best friend, so if anyone wants to see that before the month is up, I can try to post it.

Thanks for reading! Hope you guys have a good weekend. I missed Richmond's Krampusnacht last weekend, but I plan on visiting the botanical garden and making B drive all over town to look at tacky lights (tonight?). I think that's a tradition by now. I can't wait to catch up with one of my girlfriends from college, too! Good stuff all around.

Also, this has jack all to do with the holidays, but this "Brooklyn" movie, you guys. Have any of you seen it? I'm interested in seeing it because unlike "Creed," I do not have an emotional investment in that movie and I've heard wonderful things. I have borderline obsessive movie-viewing habits that include reading five million reviews, so the one-two punch of the unknown is very rare for me. I've never even read the original novel. Anyway, if you watched the movie, I'm curious to know if you liked it and if it's worthy of all the hype.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Essie Mind Your Mittens

Last week, Anna and I were reminiscing about old Essie winter collections, so I asked her for some suggestions and she came back at me with Mind Your Mittens or Parka Perfect. Then of course I went to Madeline for some input because you know how I do.

YOU GUUUUUUUYS. Why did no one tell me to wear this sooner?!?!? YOU ARE ALL FIRED.

... until the next time I need someone to pick my polish for me. ;)

Three coats with SV.

It wasn't love at first sight for Mind Your Mittens and me because this color is tricky, tricky, tricky. Tricky to capture, and tricky to describe (at least, for me). I wasn't able to coax out its blue or green tones in my photos, but it most definitely is a darkened blue teal -- so dark, I'd consider it a vampy in most lights. When you can get a really good, close look at Mind Your Mittens, you can see that it's the tiniest bit dusty? muted? smoked out?, which is a lovely twist on this blackened teal (very Zoya-esque IMO). I don't think I'm the only who would like this polish even more if it were just a tad lighter and didn't read so dark. MYM is one of those polishes that you'd have to put next to something black to see that it actually ISN'T black; while I enjoy colors like this as much as the next person, a little more color never hurt. Having said that, as great of a creme as this is, I think MYM would be a jaw-dropper if it had been a jelly. YEAH. Think about it for a second ...

Formula, application, and dry time were classic Essie creme, that is, perfect. Well, except for one thing, and that was the slight whiff of pigment that we all know from several blues and purples. It wasn't completely overpowering (I love you, SH XW Pacific Blue, but damn), but it was there. Other than that, though, it was all good. I wore it for three days and it still looked good, so I'm willing to bet it would have looked almost perfect if I'd used Essie Good to Go as a top coat instead of SV.

If you can believe it, Mind Your Mittens has been around for two years now! What the what. I feel like the Shearling Darling collection *just* came out. Anyway, I can't remember whether Mind Your Mittens is in the core Essie display, but it's not hard to find if you want it. I think I got my bottle at TJ Maxx or Marshalls maybe last year? Not sure. Just make sure you like really blackened cremes before you spring for this one! Now that I think about it, the Shearling Darling collection was a lot more cohesive and interesting than last year's Essie holiday collection and this year's ...  I loved Warm & Toasty Turtleneck, so now I need to wear Sable Collar and Parka Perfect for reals.

Any thoughts on Mind Your Mittens? Blackened cremes? Do you like this color as it is, or do you wish it had been juuuuuuust a smidge lighter? What were your favorite polishes or picks from Shearling Darling? Because I'm a little nosy, I'm interested to hear how you think this year's Essie winter collection stacks up against previous ones -- I don't own any of 2015 but based on what I've seen in stores, I think it's already an improvement after last year's. I picked up some of 2014 on clearance but as far as I'm concerned, Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low was the only thing that looked interesting and even that was dupey for China Glaze Gossip over Gimlets, so ... meh. ANYWAY, I'd love to get your $0.02 on this business.

Thanks for reading! I hope you like dark cremes, because I have one more coming up. However, I can't decide if I should I tart it up with a glitter topper -- a little wham! pow! never hurt anybody ... especially not during the holidays!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Zoya Peterhof Palace (a.k.a. Zoya Ziv) + Friendsgiving 2015

So it's December now. I don't know how I feel about that! But if this means it's time for me to whip out my Helmer drawer of holiday polishes (plus overflow), then it must be a little bit of a good thing, yes?

Speaking of good things ... this gold polish, y'all. It's so good that I wore it for TEN DAYS, from Friendsgiving until two days ago. Admittedly, it didn't look so hot after ten days (or even after five), but gold foils are just so brilliant and, well, forgiving! And you really can't beat their simplicity. I love this color so much.

Here's three coats of Zoya Ziv -- or "Peterhof Palace," as it was called in designer Zang Toi's limited edition February 2013 NYFW trio. I HAD to get the trio because hello, #jeweltonez4lyfe. (Zang Toi's inspiration was Imperial Russia, which, I know nobody watches "Anastasia" for historical accuracy but ohmygod I need to watch it RIGHT NOW.)

Sorry these photos are a bit of a mess as they're from different groups and oh man my hands are so cold and lobstery, wtf? I actually had to color correct a couple because my hands kept showing up too red. Sigh.

You can glimpse the miniscule flakes that make this gold foil so vibrant. As gold foils go, Ziv/Peterhof Palace leans a little warm, but not as warm as SH CSM Gilded Lily, OPI Goldeneye, or Orly Glitz & Glamour do. It IS warmer than OPI Glitzerland, Orly Luxe, and China Glaze Midnight Kiss. In terms of color, Ziv/PP is closer to OPI Dazzled by Gold/ChG Mingle with Kringle so if you have one of those you probably don't need the others. I love gold, though, so ... you know where I stand. ;)

The formula for Ziv/PP is pretty good! You can get full coverage and opacity in two coats, but I thought it was perfect at three. It dries pretty quickly in between coats as well, which is good if you're in a hurry. With my favorite Zoya-compatible top coat, the now-discontinued Cult Nails Wicked Fast, dry time was a breeze and I was able to go to sleep without sheet marks or dents after half an hour (no, I don't have a Candy Crush problem). My nails looked great the next morning and I didn't need any clean-up, but I could've done with those liquid tape things my nail art-loving friends use because holy crap, if you are not careful you will get foil particles everywhere. Anyway, it survived a day of heavy dishwashing without any chips or awful tip wear, and but it did not make it unscathed past Thanksgiving Eve (major tip wear from food prep), and especially not Thanksgiving morning (the sides were peeling and oh yeah, I might have accidentally sliced off a liiiiiiiittle bit of thumbnail while slicing potatoes). Part of the reason I like light shimmery foil polishes so much is because they're so forgiving in terms of tip wear -- you have to look really hard to see it, and the average person wouldn't notice how disgusting my nails actually were, if that makes sense. So major snaps to Ziv for helping a girl out! Removal was a pain, though, because tiny foil bits get EVERYWHERE and I had to wash my hands at least twice to scrub it all off.

Ziv was part of the Zoya Ornate collection from Winter 2012; at this point, it's safe to say that it's a Zoya fan favorite, so it's not hard to find. :) Heck, now that it's officially the holiday season, I'm sure Zoya will have a few sales & promos floating around if they don't already, so do with that information what you will. Ziv's good stuff. Highly recommend (obviously).

Okay, so the next few photos will be an Instagram rehash of our 3rd Annual Friendsgiving dinner at my best friend's house. I know I'm totally That Girl, but I consider Friendsgiving to be the official start of my holiday season because the logistics re: Thanksgiving Actual are so effed (and will continue to be for the rest of my lifetime, I think). This year, we had nine people including myself; we barely managed to cram ourselves around the dinner table. I love getting together with this group of friends and I know the day will come when we won't be able to, so I'm all about doing it up while we can!


Our theme was holiday pajama pants, but I couldn't resist adding these holiday socks from Target. They are the best $5 you will spend on holiday socks and I keep telling people that if I happened to receive another pair for Christmas, I wouldn't be mad. Charlie the pug also wore a Christmas sweater although I couldn't get a picture of him in it. Trust me, he was adorable.

So everything except the spicy Caribbean chicken wings and the amazing salad were made by my best friend and her mom. FROM SCRATCH. The garlic bread stuffing and carrot souffle were such hits last year that they returned this year! The only thing I really missed were mashed potatoes, but I cooked some for actual Thanksgiving and I think they might happen next Friendsgiving because they were GREAT.

Krysi got me to eat Brussels sprouts and I didn't hate them!

Daisy had #noshame in her quest for #icanhazturkey2015.

O hai, Ziv! This beer was my "contribution" to the feast. YOU GUYS. I'm not a beer snob and I don't even like root beer but I can put this stuff away so fast -- a good thing when you wanna get tipsy, which I've been doing a lot lately. 

Pumpkin pie (there were TWO), pumpkin rolls (only difference was the top one had pecans), and eclair cake. Our friend decided to try a little of each but I learned my lesson from last year and only had one slice of pumpkin roll. Attempting to finish dessert after all that food was straight-up gluttony. We were ugly laughing watching our friend try to clear his plate and I was telling B, "Tell your cat I love him" in between bites of pumpkin roll.

Um, yeahhhhhhhhh. Good thing some of us already had our pajama pants on, right? Only another friend's husband and B didn't get in on that. Haha. I was so stuffed that it was all I could do to stumble back into the guest room and pass out almost immediately after we'd cleared the table and piled dishes in the sink. The struggle was so real. But we enjoyed this so much, I'm hoping we can put together a smaller celebration for New Year's Eve! (I've already volunteered myself to make leche flan -- I got my mama's recipe on Thanksgiving and I plan on busting it out every chance I get.)

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this Friendsgiving post! If you got hungry reading it, so did I (damn it). But that was great and Ziv is great and I also hope your holidays are off to a decent start. If everything goes according to schedule, I'll be back with more holiday polishes next week. Yay!