After that, I pretty much begged BF to DVR "Bitchin' Kitchen" for
Some background on "Bitchin' Kitchen": It's a half-hour show that began as a web series before airing on Food Network Canada and now the Cooking Channel. Every episode features dishes (and sometimes cocktails) inspired by a theme. In addition to manning the kitchen in heels, a pristine manicure, wild accessories and her strange accent, Nadia is joined by her three "food correspondents": The Spice Agent (spices), Panos (meat & fish), and Hans (shirtless health buff). BK is part cooking show, part stand-up, and in my eyes, entirely awesome.
Here's a little sample of the show for you:
She's no Giada, that's for damn sure ... but that's totally OK with me!
NOW. I can see how this could grate on one's nerves, especially if one is a legit foodie and has a more refined, Frasier Crane palate and sense of humor than what's seen on the show. I am not a foodie in the least (though I'm very discerning about gas station gourmet and fresh fruit) and it doesn't take much to make me laugh. My first impression of BK was roughly "What is that accent!? It looks like Ed Hardy threw up on the kitchen! What is she wearing AND OH MY GOD IS THAT A BABY DOLL HEAD." The good news, should you decide to continue watching this show, is that you get used to it. (BTW, her accent? I'm pretty sure that's not real.)
I have yet to try out one of Nadia's recipes. HOWEVER, today I thought I would attempt an approximate recreation of the skittle manicure she wore during the "Depression Desserts" episode. The current season of the BK started a few weeks ago, but as I obviously dropped the ball re: Stuff, this unofficial TV week seemed like a good fit.
Note: While these are the colors Nadia used for her skittle manicure, they're definitely not the exact polishes. I also don't remember whether the middle and ring fingers are correct, but "Depression Desserts" reruns today, so perhaps someone can set me right before I go to BF's house and watch it this weekend. There is a "Rock This Look" section on the BK site, and the polishes are listed as American Apparels, but with my stash being in two cities, I used what I had on hand at my parents' house.
Here's your bitchin' bottle shot.
L-R, here are the polishes I used:
- MAC Obey Me
- Orly Beach Cruiser
- Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Cherry, Cherry, Bang, Bang!
- Zoya Malia
- China Glaze First Mate
This also got BF's seal of approval -- while completely unnecessary as a BF, it was completely necessary as another lover of "Bitchin' Kitchen." I actually love skittle manicures but I haven't felt like doing one in a long time, and I would wear this combination again!
I apologize if Orly Beach Cruiser is wildly misrepresented in these photos. It's everything I wanted Orly Va Va Voom to be, and right now it's my perfect pink neon. On the other hand, Zoya Malia looks perfect in my photos -- a rarity for any purple shade (confession: that's partially why I haven't shown much purple on Stuff lately). I'm not sure if the pink was a neon, and feel like RBL Chinoise would have been a better pick for red just as OPI Dating a Royal would have been a better blue, but I'm nitpicking at this point.
All of these polishes were really easy to use, and with the exception of Beach Cruiser, nicely opaque in two coats. I used SV on everything except Zoya Malia, and it held up pretty well for a day.
Did you find these skittles to be bitchin'? Would you start watching "Bitchin' Kitchen," or do you think it would be an affront to your eyes, ears and taste buds? I love the show, but again, it was kind of a slow burn for me. All its elements are so ridiculous and yet they work so well together ... just like this manicure. (P.S. I'll let you know when I try one of the show's recipes. I have my eye on the fettuccine with salsiccia and brisket sauce ...) Here in the U.S., "Bitchin' Kitchen" airs on the Cooking Channel on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.
Since I can't seem to promise anything exactly any more, I'll just say that I have another TV-coordinated post at some time tomorrrow. So I'll bid you goodbye as Nadia does at the end of each show and say alla prossima!