Wednesday, February 29, 2012

NYC Empire State Blue and NYC weekend wrap-up

They say there's no place like home. In my case, there's no place like home to make you want to leave just as soon as you've returned!

I had another NOTD planned, but I wanted to mark my return with a New York Color polish and some snaps of what I picked up on my trip. First, the polish.




Three coats with SV.











Empire State Blue reminds me of the base color of all the Charla mermaid-type shades, only with golden shimmer instead of golden flecks. The gold and the turquoise/aqua blend to give this polish a green lit-from-within look. The formula of my bottle was a bit watery, and I needed three coats for opacity. I did see bald spots, so I think I could have gone with four, which sounds bad, but this is the kind of polish where four coats doesn't really seem like work, if that makes sense! Empire State Blue dried quickly with SV.

I'm not really sure about wear, but I've had it on for about a day now and it still looks great. For what I paid for it, that's awesome! I just feel like I have a ton of shades like this, so I'm not exactly committed to keeping it as of this moment.

EDIT: I got three great days of wear using Cult Nails Get It On under Gelous for the base. Mild tip wear and two tiny chips on the morning of Day Three, but I had subjected my hands to lots of water. Still -- not bad!

I bought my bottle at Kmart last year when I was looking for some Revlon Chanel dupe (Black with Envy? Carbonite?). I know you can find NYC at Target as well, and I think RiteAid might have them. I have one other from this brand, so they won't break the bank -- it's just that as this point as a collector, I need colors that really excite me!

And this color doesn't really feel "New York" to me ... what do you think?


Speaking of New York ...

I asked my parents if there was anything they'd like me to bring back, and my father just told me to take pictures with my new camera.

As you're about to see, that didn't happen. I did take my camera along, but I'm the kind of person who just wants to do things and taking pictures kind of hampers you if you're alone and trying to get somewhere or do something. All of these pics were shot from my beloved phone.

Thursday was all about getting myself situated, checked into my hostel and fed before the opera. The hostel wasn't too bad -- I had no problems and the service was fine. The location was in a weird area of Brooklyn, though ... it had that empty back-alley feel to it and if you are apprehensive about traveling alone at night, I wouldn't recommend it for that reason. Otherwise, the building is very well-designed and the hostel has great amenities and activities for its guests (free breakfast from 6-9 in the mornings, and bbq at 7 p.m. on MWF, I think).

I can't speak to the other rooms, but I got a private twin with a bathroom and it definitely had a dormy feel to it. The sheets were clean, the towels were horrible (as expected) and the floor looked like it could have done with another round from the vacuum. The room smelled like bleach (I think that's because I checked in right after it was cleaned), so I had to open a window for an hour or so while I got ready for the opera. With tax, I was charged around $83 for one night, which isn't too bad; the maximum number of consecutive nights you can stay at that particular place is 29. If you'd like the name of that hostel, I'd be happy to e-mail it to you!

The weekend my ex-roommate and I went to NYC for NY Comic Con '09, we started our trip with dinner at Sardi's before going to see the "Guys and Dolls" revival on opening night. My pre-opera dinner wasn't as classy as that one, but it was still awesome.




Thanks, Shake Shack!


I opted to explore before the opera (i.e., walk off the cholesterol) and ended up getting to the opera house maybe ten minutes late, so I had to stand up for the first act. I didn't care.

I am one of those people who frowns on those who take pictures at live opera performances, so instead we get a picture of my BAM program and ticket. If I had had more time, I'd have loved to check out more events there!





You know I love opera. I also love Rufus Wainwright and I've listened to as much of his work as I've been able to get a hold of (his Judy Garland tribute at Carnegie Hall has never left my car since I bought it). So I was thinking opera + Rufus would equal awesome, but actually I left the opera house feeling very, very confused (and a little excited ... I'm 90% sure I saw former "Project Runway" designer Austin Scarlett in the flesh. He is VERY tall. And his use of foundation is better than mine ever will be). If you're familiar with Opera 101 or Rufus' back catalog, it's easy to hear his musical influences. The singers were very good. It's just that the music itself wasn't memorable.

I could write a whole column about my frustration with "Prima Donna," but I'll just say that you can't expect perfection when you're writing your first opera "from scratch." This particular opera had been performed previously in Canada and the U.K., and I suppose some changes in staging and even the libretto might have taken place in between then and its American debut. While the themes of love, loss and failure stick with me, I got fairly frustrated in discovering that there was nothing under the iceberg, so to speak. I'm pretty good at reading in between the lines, but you've got to give me something to work with! If your opera is about a singer who hasn't sung in six years, you've got to tell me why and there's got to be a payoff. I don't want to read Wikipedia to fill in the blanks!!!

Ahem.

Friday morning, I left Brooklyn and saw the best hipster ever. It wasn't how she was dressed; rather, it was the fact that she was drinking water ... in a Smucker's jar ... ON THE SUBWAY. (Facepalm. My friend Steph says said hipster probably scored the jar in a swap meet. Also, I could never be a hipster. I like taking baths, eating red meat and liking things, damn it.)

I met up with my host and we walked, talked and beered before heading to Webster Hall for the sold-out Heartless Bastards show. Surprisingly, one of the openers, Hacienda, wasn't too bad, but if you'd seen how the band was dressed and bearded that night, you would've taken them for fans of bands like Rancid, probably.

My friend and I are mutual Heartless Bastards fans, so we had an awesome time! It was his fourth show, my second, and our second one together. I always get excited to see what Erika Wennerstrom is wearing -- I think she's been going through a little style evolution as the band's popularity has grown. I wouldn't go so far as to say she's up there with Cat Power just yet, but she's figuring it out. My only regret is that these pictures do not show you how awesome her shoes were on Friday night. I could never play a gig in those things.






To see the set list and to listen to some of the songs performed live at the show, go here. Bonus: it's free! "Sway" is an incredibly special song to me for reasons I cannot begin to articulate right now, but also because it was the song that featured the band's second appearance on "Friday Night Lights" (Season Four, I believe). And "Only For You" was featured in an episode from the last season of "Chuck." ;)

I gave this bottle of wine to my hosts as a thank-you gift and humorous throwback to old times in our former workplace.




A lazy Saturday morning was spent watching news (... as former news employees do), figuring out what to do until we met up with another friend, and not playing with the cat. This is her reproachful face.




We finally went out and met another friend from our former workplace (it was a mini-reunion) for mac and cheese at S'MAC. I went there three years ago in an extremely agitated condition, and the cheeseburger dish was so magical that I mellowed out long enough to eat it.

I ordered it again in the major munch size ... and yes, I ate the whole thing. IT IS AWESOME. (Bonus: S'MAC is very close to the Strand bookstore, so you can make an afternoon of it if you wish.)




We braved the wind and headed out to Forbidden Planet for some comics and nerdery. It. Was. Fantastic. I decided to go crazy and buy a couple of trades, the more notable of the two being this one:




I was listening to Aisha Tyler's "Girl on Guy" podcasts last year and as I'm always on the lookout for new titles to get into, I clicked on the show with Jonathan and Joshua Luna of Image Comics. Just like polishes, I need new titles like a bullet to the brain because I get so invested in them and I somehow end up not continuing with them. Anyway, I really enjoyed the podcast, and jumped at the chance to support fellow Virginians (contrary to the god-awful legislation you may have heard about, we're not all bad people!). I love stories about myths and I wasn't about to fork over $50 for the "Girls" deluxe hardcover, so "The Sword" won out. I read this volume in one sitting and I can't wait to pick up the other three! Story- and art-wise, I don't think "The Sword" would be wildly out of place as a Vertigo title.

/nerdery

Then we ended up at Bourbon Street for $5 hurricanes (HOLY SHIT, SO GOOOOOOD) and that was the rest of that night. I wish I'd been able to stay out later for a geeky burlesque show (not sure where that was), but that would've been harder to do between trains and my Amtrak departure time on Sunday morning.

Apart from seeing a Bill Murray-esque guy at the train station (same height, build, hair color, gait, pockmarks, style) and encountering some horrible manners from a group of southern ladies on the train, the ride back was uneventful. I have to say that one of the crew members who got on after the switch in either Maryland or D.C. was really wonderful -- if I had gotten his name, I would've called Amtrak to put in a word for him. He was so polite and helpful, I just wish I had a way of making sure he knew that!

My boyfriend picked me up, took me out for a beer and then home to watch "Free Enterprise," but not before giving me a super-late Valentine's gift.





Yeah, the way to my heart definitely involves Lindor truffles. (Puppies are a given.) But he spoiled the bejeezus out of me, and I have to admit I experienced strong feelings of not hating it. Maybe I should go away more often, yes?

I'm not sure why I just spent so long writing that much about four days! Say what you will about my blog, but don't say I don't provide you with reading material. ;) Hope you found this interesting enough to forgive me for not buying any polish while I was in NYC!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

New York via Chicago: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

As this post goes up, I'm on a train bound for NYC (business class, bien sûr), where I'll be enjoying the next few days. The last time I went to NYC in February, a former coworker asked me why on earth I would choose to vacation there at this time of year. My answer then, and now: because I can! And I might meet one of my future husbands. (I'm pretty sure Luke Russert is based in D.C., but now is not the time for our love.)

I'm lucky to be staying with a generous friend, and I've got a fair bit planned for the next few days. I am an obsessive planner in instances that involve less well-known territories and me being someone's guest; while I'm not sure how much polish hunting will be involved, there are two places I'd love to pop into if I have the time. I also may or may not believe that a pilgrimage to Tim Hortons is a slightly bigger priority.

Anyway, I needed a color that
  1. I wouldn't have to worry about,
  2. has proved to be extremely low-maintenance and no-fuss, and
  3. would be able to take me from an opera one night to a rock show the next and all over the city.

Enter Lincoln Park After Dark. This is one of my favorite polishes, and probably my first vampy.




Three coats with SV.

Sorry about the cuticles. It's a long story but I ended up with sheet marks, so I stopped in at a new nail place for a polish change. The nail tech was FAST and pretty thorough -- she did some clean-up with a brush and that made me very happy! She did paint right on my cuticles, but you can't have everything. Especially for the price ... $6.

And I'm sorry the pictures are so bad. I haven't done nail pics since last week and I'm feeling a bit out of practice. I'll probably reswatch this in a few months. Sigh.








Not much else of substance to say, except my nails look MUCH nicer IRL than they do in these pictures.

Also, vampies make me feel like this.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunshine Award

Things got pretty busy this past week, leaving me too tired to blog. The good news is that I'm STILL wearing Wet n Wild NERDS Need Love Too, with a minimal amount of tip wear and only one tiny chip that you'd never notice. As thrills come, I'm pretty pleased about this because this is the best wear I have ever gotten with a polish from the WnW Wild Shine line without any grossness! \o/ (Next I have to conquer the Sally Hansen XtremeWear line. Yaaaaay.)

But I thought now would be a good time to break out one of my tag/award posts. I don't really do tags, but I seem to have amassed some new followers lately -- hello! Thank you! (How did you find me???) -- and figured this would be a great way to bring everyone up to speed on some Non-Essential Rach.

I did mean to do this one when I got it, but that somehow fell by the wayside. And as per my blogging style, I tend to reveal little bits about myself anyway, so I tried really hard to think of things I haven't already mentioned or don't plan to mention.

First, the Sunshine Award, which was given to me in JULY from my pal Noelie! (JULY. Seriously.)





RULES:
  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Write a post about it
  • Answer the questions below
  • Pass it on to ten bloggers who you think really deserve it and send them a message to let them now

Questions

Favorite color: All of them? I know, that's a terrible answer.

Favorite animal: I want one. I haven't decided how I feel about docked tails, but all I know is that I'll be absolutely gutted if mine doesn't have stumpy little legs. MUST HAVE MAXIMUM DERP!

(Anna Lou of London necklace purchased last summer on ASOS)

Favorite number: I don't think I have one. I get a little obsessive about even numbers, though.

What perfume am I using right now? Nothing -- however, my breath smells like hot chocolate 'cause I just made some!

Something you always wear with you and identifies you: Glasses. (I'm a dork. Also, I kinda need them.)

What's your passion? I was going to say television, but television is a medium under the umbrella that is my love of good stories and storytelling.

Getting or giving presents? Usually, giving them. I try my hardest to make sure I give good gifts! Sometimes I'm late, but it's the thought that counts, right? But if it's a gift from my boyfriend ... GIMME. *grabby hands* He did SO GOOD this Christmas except for the office cold he gave me. Wasn't that nice of him.

What was the last eyeshadow you used? Uh. IDK. Something Tara put on me at work once. :)

Favorite day of the week: It used to be Friday because "Friday Night Lights" used to come on that day. Now it's whatever day I get to do anything awesome.

Are your nails painted right now? Taking Noelie's answer and saying of course! -- this is a polish blog!


I'm not tagging anyone as everyone seems to have received it already by this point, but if you want to answer any of these in the comments, please do -- I want to learn more about YOU!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wet n Wild Wild Shine NERDS Need Love Too

I've been waiting eagerly for this day to arrive because the new Heartless Bastards album, "Arrow," drops today! They're one of my favorite bands -- I got to see them live two years ago and I'm so excited to see them in a few days!

But first, my Valentimes/Galentine mani, because it's TRUE, DAMMIT. We do. In fact, I say we need it more!

(Also, if I can get through this day without yielding to the temptation to watch the heartwrenching, nerd-tastic "Chuck" series finale, I'll consider that a success.)




Four tedious coats with SV.














This polish was a royal PITA, but the name appeals to me on so many levels. Was it worth it in the end?

First of all, this has a subtle blue shimmer that looks more like a flash when you turn the bottle around in the light. As you can guess, it doesn't really translate out of the bottle. Ugh. I don't see the point in having the subtle shimmer at all if it doesn't appear on the nail.

Second, the formula was thin and streaky, which bothered me just as much as its strange smell. I'm even more horrible at describing scents than colors, but this was sort of sweet and cloying. It was a relief to cover it up with some oh-so-chemically-laden SV!

Since it was streaky, I needed four coats to get this opaque, but I still had bald spots. At that point, I did not want to do five, so I hoped SV would even it out a little. When I went to bed, my top coat had dried, and though my mani still looked a little lumpy, it was fine when I woke up, which made me pretty happy.

I generally don't get good wear time with the Wild Shine line, but I've changed up my base coat combo since the last time I donned one, and we'll see what happens.

NERDS Need Love Too was part of the limited edition Sweet Spot collection from late last spring/early summer. I like NERDS (the candy and the real thing). I like polish. I like cheap polish. But it seemed that everyone was finding these polishes at RiteAid, and I don't have one near me, so whenever I'd find a display this one was always gone. I wound up getting this on eBay.

Seriously, what a pain in the ass polish, right? Man, it's a good thing its name is so awesome! Here's the back label to prove it.




This is the first V-day I've spent without seeing BF for part of the day (the first one was a purely accidental alcoholic and TV-fueled encounter). We've been doing the long-distance thing for some time, so I'm used to it. I'm far less upset about not getting to see him than I am about the fact that his Valentine's stalker did NOT send him a dozen roses at work this year -- True story. Giving him shit about it is so much fun, LOL. (I know, I'm bad.)

For a number of reasons, I'm not a romantic sort of gal (I think BF is more of a romantic than I am), but I do like food! So I'm off to meet some family for dinner -- if I can't spend this day with my friends, significant other, or George Clooney, then at least I get to eat with people who HAVE to love me. Or something like that.

Hope you all enjoy whatever your evening holds, and this Heartless Bastards video, "Parted Ways," the first single off of "Arrow." I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THIS LIVE.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Funky Fingers Down to Earth, and some notes on "Götterdämmerung"

This polish seemed very appropriate for yesterday's six-hour live broadcast of The Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Götterdämmerung."

I'll get my nerd on after the polish, but this opera is the conclusion of composer Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, which is comprised of four operas about Norse gods, men and Ragnarok. "Götterdämmerung" means "the twilight of the gods" and Valhalla, the home of the gods, goes up in flames at the end from Siegfried's funeral pyre, all to the music of the famous Immolation Scene ... GREAT ODIN'S RAVEN, indeed! (Sorry. I had to.)

The whole thing started with "Das Rheingold," the magical ring forged from -- wait for it -- gold from the Rhine, that allows its wearer to rule the world if the wearer first renounces love. Oh, that's heavy.




Three coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast.












I'm not sure what makes this different from other gold foils, but it seems softer and more delicate. It's got a thinner formula (let me stress: thin, but NOT watery), and one thin coat actually makes a rather nice sparkly gold sheer:




Two coats get you bald spots if you're like me and hold your hand up to the light to check for them, so I used three for full opacity. As most foils do, it dried quickly.

I don't remember when I got this polish! It was either last year, or the year before that. In any case, Funky Fingers can be found at Five Below for $2 a piece, or three for $5. Sometimes the line has original colors, but most of the time, it's repackaged Color Clubs! I'm not as well-versed in Color Club's catalog as some of you are (especially my friend Madeline), so I can't tell you what the Color Club counterpart for Down to Earth would be.


You can stop reading now, because I'm gonna get my nerd on with a few things I wanted to comment on regarding yesterday's performance:
  • I'd read reviews about the anticlimactic destruction of Valhalla in this particular Lepage production. Several reviewers had written that this was depicted almost comically, with the heads and arms popping off statues that represented the gods. I was inclined to agree. I made sure to pay attention yesterday to see how I felt, and while it wasn't as laughable as I'd dreaded, it certainly did not match the strong, epic music. Come on. GODS AND HEROES BURN IN THE HALLS. I'm gonna need more than what I got.
  • The mechanical horse (Brunnhilde's steed, Grane) was not as awful or cheesy as I thought it might be. I guess that's why the end of Valhalla bothered me -- poor expectations had been dodged and I was hoping that would carry through to the end of the show! Admittedly the whole Siegfried-as-Gunther via Tarnhelm wasn't that great but I don't know how else that could have been staged.
  • I know nothing about conducting and orchestration, but I can tell you that Fabio Luisi is a conductor who let the leitmotifs really shine here. Even if I didn't listen to the interview with the maestro, I would be able to tell that he made a conscious effort to emphasize them.
  • I enjoyed Patricia Racette as a broadcast host. She seemed more "together" in the position, and had the kind of presence that such a person needs. I think she could use a little work in ending the interviews less abruptly, but if she keeps hosting, she'll get the hang of it. (I know when someone is being awkward turtle ... I did the same thing in college.)
  • Someone's cell phone rang near the beginning of the final act, but I'm not sure if that was a person in my venue, or someone watching from The Met. Cell phones, BOO.
Lastly, there's my latest spirit animal hero, Jay Hunter Morris.


(source: NY Post)

--If I were to have a celebrity dinner party, he is definitely on my list. Though he'd probably protest being referred to as a celebrity, I would love to pick this man's brain. (For now I'll have to settle for some of his blog entries.)
His Met debut as Siegfried last fall was a triumph, and he didn't disappoint in "Götterdämmerung." Last fall was the first time a global audience of this size had heard of the tenor from Paris, TX who stepped into the role after it was vacated by the previous cast member due to illness. Remarkable, yes, but what makes this even more so is that Morris took over Siegfried with a mere eight days to opening night. (What I didn't know was that he had played Siegfried previously in San Francisco, so he wasn't a complete unknown nor was he unfamiliar with the vocal demands of the role.)
I've heard some whispered criticisms and read some comments about his singing occasionally being pitchy, but I kindly would like to tell those people to sit down. Siegfried is considered to be the hardest role for a tenor to sing, and there are only a few men in the world who can do it. While they may not be 100% perfect, we should be glad that they try at all! I lack formal musical education and I still consider myself an operatic neophyte, but I know enough by now to tell when a performer is not only trying to do a good job, but also succeeds.
And I must give credit where credit is due. In addition to being able to sing the role, PERIOD, Morris' characterization of Siegfried is a departure from what I've known. Siegfried is not the most likeable character -- clearly he's set up as the hero, but that doesn't mean you're going to LIKE him. He's arrogant and typical teenager, and originally I wasn't excited to have to sit through that for five hours. But Morris' Siegfried changed my mind. To be sure, his Siegfried is arrogant and impetuous, but he also displays a sense of humor and warmth.
It seems Morris got his big break overnight, and I've read so many articles that begin by listing some of his previous jobs, where he sold rollerblades in Central Park and handed out gym towels. Certainly he had some less than glamorous jobs, however, he did not go from those to singing at The Met in a snap. He studied opera and worked for it for twenty-three years. This graf from a brief NY Times profile sums up part of what is so great about Morris and why his big break is so well-deserved:
"To be self-critical without being self-destructive may be the single most valuable trait of adult life. Mr. Morris says he does not have the tenor quality 'where I can just open up and be glorious,' but he cops to being persistent."
I'm one of those people who can't be self-critical without being self-destructive, which in a strange way is largely why I find Morris' journey so inspiring. When you've been trying to find a professional direction for as long as I've been, you get a lot of advice, and a lot of it is to stay positive and to be persistent. (I roll my eyes A LOT.) Also strangely, it's refreshing to see someone I don't know be so handsomely rewarded for these qualities; in a small way, it makes me want to try harder to find and develop my own meager talents. Thor's balls ... who knew that much self-discovery could come from listening to Wagner for a couple of afternoons?
If you just read through all of this, thank you! And please let me know what you think -- about the polish, about Wagner, about JMo, about job-hunting -- I'd love to hear it!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui

Two years ago, I had the full-sized version of this polish, wore it once, decided it wasn't for me, and swapped it away. A few months later, I bought the OPI Hong Kong Tiny Takeout minis on clearance, and this was part of the set. (I think I've mentioned before that I was really into the packaging.) I was disappointed with how much I didn't like it, considering how unique and awesome and blue it was when it first came out!

Well, I've tried it two more times with the mini in hopes that I would change my mind, and ... yeah. I can't.





Three coats with SV.













You've probably seen this one before. To me, Suzi Says Feng Shui is what happens when you mix cyan with teal and make that a little dusty.

This was perfect creamy goodness, no problems at all. I used three coats, partly because I'm a compulsive three-coater, and partly because I am not good at using mini brushes! If you had the regular full-sized bottle, I really think you could get away with two.

Suzi Says Feng Shui was part of the OPI Hong Kong Spring 2010 collection. You can find it in the core line at Ulta and many other OPI brick and mortar sellers, and it's also easy to track down online if you'd like to buy it there. I'm a pretty big fan of my picks from this collection (and this collection in general -- WAY better than OPI Texas), and I've got one more Hong Kong mini left, Dim Sum Plum.

Here's the funny thing: I'm not crazy about this color, yet I own and LOVE Zoya Breezi, which is considered to be a dupe to SSFS. I think it's because Breezi has a jelly-creme consistency, whereas SSFS is a true creme. As far as this particular color is concerned, I find the creme finish a bit "harsh" on my nails. I don't know how else to describe it.

Did you snatch up this polish when it came out, or do you think you might get it now? Or are you perhaps into feng shui? I don't have an anecdote or anything particularly witty to say about it at the moment, but when I get my own place again, I sure will be looking into it!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Orly Enchanted Forest

After taking off RBL Iconoclast, I was still in the mood for something very dark and just as untried. As you know, I am terrible at making decisions, and once again I tasked Anna with choosing between a deep green and a deep plum. (Thank you, bb!)

I've had this one sitting in my stash for the past couple of years -- back when everything I had fit into a train case -- and never used it for some reason. Now I'm kicking myself for thinking I should let this one go!




Three coats with Cult Nails Wicked Fast. (This top coat is becoming a favorite, can you tell? It dried true to its name and OH SO SHINY.)










This is a slightly dusty, deep blue-toned forest green that was so unlike any I'd seen at the time! Enchanted Forest never looks black, even in low lighting, and this is a great polish to have if you want a darker green creme without the many coats required by OPI Here Today ... Aragon Tomorrow (I seem to remember four for that one, but I may be wrong since it's been a while).

A lot of pictures I've seen of this one really showcase Enchanted Forest's blue tones. However, those only appeared to me in certain artificial lights, or with flash, so while those other pictures ARE accurate, they're only accurate given those lighting conditions. The following picture shows how it appears under those elements.




The formula on this one was WONDERFUL, just the right consistency for a creme. I cannot rave enough about Orly's brushes and their rubberized caps -- they make polishing ridiculously easy for me.

Enchanted Forest was from Orly's Fall '09 Once Upon a Time Collection. Sweet grilled cheesus, I remember reading the reviews for this on ALU and Scrangie before these had even come out (I think Scrangie's pics are better, but ALU got me more pumped for this collection)! I got my bottle on clearance at Ulta sometime in early 2010, I suspect; this is very easy to find online through swaps, blog sales and e-tailers if you want it, though. There are two other polishes I have from this collection, one of which I loved at the time and the other ... well, I haven't tried it yet, so you might see it soon!

What do you think of Enchanted Forest, or fairy tales -- any faves? I have no idea what mine are -- I enjoy fairy tales, but I LOVE their many permutations.

Take this, for instance:




I remember telling my parents I was done with my homework so I could watch this on TV when it originally aired, and I bought the DVDs a few years later. This miniseries is so, SO awesome. I think it's responsible for my whole "FAIRY TALE CHARACTERS MUST SPEAK IN BRITISH ACCENTS" problem (which is partly why ABC's "Once Upon a Time" does not work for me). And sure, the special effects are cheesy as fuck, but when you have trolls singing and dancing to "Stayin' Alive" and John Larroquette in a forest singing "Whiter Shade of Pale" with some mushrooms ... and the gloriousness that was Wolf ... *sigh*

Tara and I watched this together in December and we had a great time! Tell me, do you love this miniseries as much as I do?

This is my second favorite take on fairy tales -- I'll share my FAVORITE one in another post. :)