Monday, September 30, 2013

The Long Haul: September 2013

So, uh. I tried to be good. And then this thing called birthday cashish started burning a hole in my proverbial pocket. Oops?

The rules: If I bought other items at one store along with polish, I won't include the tax, just the total amount I spent on polish. Additionally, swaps or anything I bought as a gift for someone else won't figure into this and won't count. I also will edit this blog entry to reflect the true numbers in case I buy something that wasn't recorded at the time of the original posting.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Happy "Hannibal" DVD release day!

Hello, fall! The nights are starting to get chilly here in Virginia, and last weekend I actually had to turn the heat on in my car for the first time this season. You guys. You know I'm not a big fan of summer, but this year, I'm not ready to give up my sundresses or brights. I don't know why. It just feels wrong to me. But maybe this post will be a good segue to my favorite season.

It also serves as a quick reminder that the first season of NBC's "Hannibal" is out on DVD today. :'D I. LOVE. THAT. SHOW. Ugh, I can't wait to hit up Target this afternoon. (I'm so ready for this marathon rewatch, that last weekend I watched "A Royal Affair" to remind myself that Mads Mikkelsen is in fact good at being more than creepypasta, although he's pretty flawless at creepypasta.) Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of myself wearing a flower crown. I've never even worn a flower crown. Will swatches of China Glaze Foie Gras do?

Three coats with SV.

This last picture was taken on Day 2 of 2, if that explains why it looks so banged up here.

I'm a picky eater, so I think this is as close to foie gras as I'm going to get -- the regular version, or, y'know, the people version. (Again I say: THE BEER IS PEOPLE!) Did you know foie gras is illegal in California? Because it is.

I'm a hoor for taupes (unless they don't work with my skin tone), so it's not a surprise that I am in love with this polish. It's unique for a taupe due to its faint purple tones, and I've seen it described as mauve, but it's more taupe on me. This is the sort of thing I would have been all over when I began collecting: a great color with a perfect creme formula, easy to apply and perfectly opaque in two coats. Dry time was fast with this one.

Foie Gras was from last year's China Glaze tie-in collection with "The Hunger Games," but you still should be able to find this online. It's supposed to represent District ... shit, I don't even care, because I didn't like the series, but I freely admit I did find the collection's overall color palette a strange one for a spring release, and an immensely more interesting one than the ElectroPop collection (of which I own six polishes, eek). My bottle of Foie Gras was a gift from my friend Chelsea over at Nailed, and I'm thrilled to have it. For some reason, when I was scouting the Colours from the Capitol collection early last spring, the slot for Foie Gras was empty EVERYWHERE. I remember thinking, "What?! Who else besides me is THAT into taupe?" and after expressing my frustration with not being able to find it, Chelsea surprised me and sent me one. So thank you, Chelsea! :)

In summation: This polish is rad, and "Hannibal" Season One is out on DVD today!

Here are a couple of fun links:
  • The show's official Tumblr
  • Buzzfeed's "The Food Secrets of NBC's 'Hannibal'" 
  • Feeding Hannibal, the official blog of "Hannibal" food stylist Janice Poon. Here's the post with the foie gras ~secrets, from Episode 4-slash-5 (the fourth episode was unaired in the U.S., so what technically is the fifth episode became the fourth aired episode here).

Unless some miracle occurs, I think this will be my last post for a week or so because Krysi's wedding day is almost here! I'm heading to her house on Thursday so we can prep for rehearsal dinner on Friday. Then on Saturday, I'll be trying not to fall out of a horse-drawn carriage or get sloppy before I give my toast. Please wish us all luck, especially the bride and groom!

My aunt is also having surgery on Thursday, so please keep her in your thoughts, if you can. It would mean a lot to me! It's not an emergency procedure, but I'd like for it to be a successful one, all the same.

Thanks for reading! You totally earned this:

FLAWLESS, PERFECT, etc. <3 Go buy the first season. You can thank me later.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Mayer Hawthorne nails = DOUBLE YACHT PUNS.

WARNING: Dorky chair dancing may occur as a result of reading this post.

I get excited about all the concerts I attend, but I was SUPER stoked for the Mayer Hawthorne show in Charlottesville on Wednesday night. He has the distinction of being the only relatively new-to-me artist I've been dying to catch on tour -- all the other performers I've seen live in the past few years are musicians/groups I've known about and have been following for forever -- so it was kind of serendipitous when I found out he was going to be playing in Charlottesville a week after my birthday. I'd missed him on a couple of stops last year as well as this one, but no more! This show was going to be my real birthday present to myself.

You're probably all, "Rachel. Who the hell is this Mayer Hawthorne cat and why have I never heard of him?" 

If you've seen this commercial or this commercial, then you've heard of him. But if you haven't:

  1. He is this Jewish guy who grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and who went on to become a hip-hop DJ in L.A. It was during this time that he decided to start writing vintage, Motown-era songs, so he wouldn't have to pay the royalty fees to sample tracks. --I feel like every freakin' interview starts out with this bit, so while I'm kinda over it, OTOH, I still really love that.
  2. The songs that he wrote were actually really good. His first studio album, "A Strange Arrangement," was released in September 2009 (thank you, Wikipedia! -- and also, I am here for anything that's close to my birthday). Two summers ago, a few months before his second album dropped ("How Do You Do"), he and Booker T. Jones appeared on an episode of "Live From Daryl's House," Daryl Hall's web show. (I don't know why the episode doesn't appear on the LFDH site any more, but hang on ...)
  3. That episode is how I discovered Mayer Hawthorne. I was falling asleep at work, and decided covers of Hall & Oates songs were exactly what I needed to wake me up. (Guys, I LOVE Hall & Oates. We can fight about it later.) A quick search on YouTube pulled up his LFDH episode, and as soon as I heard this, I was IN.

    He also did "You Make My Dreams" ... which is only my favorite Hall & Oates song ... and everyone KILLED IT.

  4. I was like, "DAAAAAYUM. Get it, white boy!" I listened to his own songs also featured in that episode, and for something that started out as a side project by a guy with no formal vocal training ... they were not bad. I really like that you can hear his influences -- all of them -- in his music. The next weekend, I ordered a copy of "A Strange Arrangement." The rest, as they say, is history.

Pretty cool, huh? Only now, you're probably wondering what this has to do with my nails.

Hawthorne released his third album, "Where Does This Door Go," a couple of months ago (in July). It had a few different producers (among them, Pharrell Williams), and he changed his sound up a LOT in that album -- it's a little more soul, hip-hop, funk, reggae, the "sexy" take on Steely Dan (my personal favorite description, because WHAT EVEN). I wouldn't say his songs are lyrically deep, especially since the new album is kind of clubby, but the beats are DOPE.

It never fails, Henny and gingerale.

In a interview, Hawthorne acknowledged that fans may not like his new sound. He notably also described his music as "yacht club music": In social media posts associated with the WDTDG, you have hashtagged certain pictures and videos with #YachtClubMusic.  You even had some custom Nikes with “Yacht Club” stitched on the back. Please provide the people with your definition of “Yacht Club Music.”
Mayer Hawthorne: Music that you would want to listen to on a yacht.  It’s as simple as that.  I grew up in Michigan and we spent a lot of time on my dad’s boat.  This is the type of music we like to listen to on the boat but it’s updated for 2013.  I thought about that a lot when making this album.

So there's that. Since I'm nail art impaired, trying to replicate his MH heart logo on my nails was completely out of the question.

The next best thing? YACHT PUNS. I grabbed my brand new bottles of China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle and FingerPaints You Yacht to Know Better and couldn't decide between the two. So I wore them both.

I used three coats of each polish and topped them with a coat of Gelous. Over the ChG I added a coat of SV, and over the FP I added a coat of NYC Grand Central Station.

Left hand:

Right hand:

Those polishes actually look pretty good together, yeah? They're wearing almost as nicely -- or at least, they would if I hadn't been peeling and coring apples last night. The tip wear looks so, so bad on my right hand (my dominant hand). I also have tiny chips on both my middle fingers for some reason, but whatever. I've had this on since Tuesday night, and I'm pretty impressed because FingerPaints is not a brand that wears well on me. Good job, Gelous + NYC GCS. I was shocked at how accurately the China Glaze came out in photos. The FP's sparkle is really fine, but you know it's there, and I liked that.

ChG Too Yacht to Handle is from the creme set of the summer Sunsational collection, which I've seen at Ulta lately (Sally's didn't get this neon collection this year, weird). I went ahead and ordered the entire creme set, and I can't wait to break them in! They all look like they'll be great colors on me. As for FP You Yacht to Know Better, it's from the A Pair Affair collaboration with ALU blogger Michelle Mismas. That collection is a limited edition one at Sally's, so grab it while you can!

Now you've made it to the part where I talk about the show. I'm not going to even try to articulate myself, but I'll say this: If you get a chance to see this guy and his band, GO. Even if you're like me and you don't dance, EVER, I promise it's still a really great time! There were lots of older folks there who were dancing like embarrassing parents and relatives at a wedding reception. That's how fun it was.

Since MH just released a new album, a lot of the set list came right off of that. But it was a pretty seamless mix of the new stuff, the old stuff and two brief covers that alone were worth my 1.5 hour drive, Bell Biv Devoe's "Poison" (during "Designer Drug") and Hall & Oates's "I Can't Go For That." Seriously. I ask you, where the hell else are you going to hear someone try that?

Slow jams (Sinatra's "I've Got a Crush On You") before turning the cameras on for the "Reach Out Richard" video

I was really pleased with the show and would have been content to leave after buying a t-shirt and the deluxe CD version of "Where Does This Door Go," but then he came out a little later to sign things and take photos. The line wasn't too long, and the parking deck was still open, so I went for it.

I think we shook hands?, but I KNOW the first thing he did was look at my necklace and ask me, "Is that a corgi? Is that from COWBOY BEBOP?"

See? Everybody loves the corgi necklace! Anyway, I was thinking he would be a dbag, but he actually was really nice. And taller than I thought he would be. Huh. Anyway, he signed my ticket and the insert for "How Do You Do." Between the "Cowboy Bebop" drop and the correct spelling of my name (without me telling him), I was like, WHO IS THIS GUY???

And then I remembered "Rachel" is a mega Jewish name, so he probably had a pretty good idea of how to spell that. People misspell my name on the regular for some reason. IDGI. It's not that hard.

We also took a photo together, but I look fucking hideous in it, so let's just say I will (a) not be so hideous next time, during which point (b) I will rock the MH heart logo on my nails and it's gonna be great because we're basically bros now. Or not. But I'm really glad I went -- the new stuff is growing on me, and I'm really excited for this guy to blow up. I can't wait to see what he'll do next.

I know what I'm about to say is going to be really ridiculous, but it might help you if you're trying to figure out which album you'd like to listen to first.
  • "A Strange Arrangement" - you'd hear some of these songs if you were out on a date ... or between dates
  • "How Do You Do" - a lot of it is fairly wedding reception-friendly; there's a duet with Snoop and also some babymaking jams
  • "Where Does This Door Go" - yacht club dance party, emphasis on the club
  • The "Impressions" LP - baller covers, free and downloadable [HERE]!

If you're looking to check out his other tunes, here are a few other faves of mine, in alphabetical order:

"Christmas Time Is Here" | "I Need You" (Otis Leavill cover)|  "Private Eyes" (from his LFDH episode) | "Sound the Alarm" (a Booker T. track) | "When I Said Goodbye" | "You've Got the Makings of a Lover" 

Reading over this post, I think I'm a damn good fan to have. Just sayin'.

So, were my yacht pun polishes good together, or what? Who was your latest musical discovery? Do you have a piece of jewelry that everyone loves? Oh, and if you decide to start listening to this guy, definitely let me know what you think! (Jewish boys, man. I love them.)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Super late Skinny Dipping (With Friends): OPI Don't Touch My Tutu!

Hello, friends! I'm super behind on blog things (comments on this blog, comments on other blogs, emails, etc.) because my internet was down this weekend, and by the time it was back up, my GAF just kind of ... disappeared. There's a lot going on -- mostly very fun things -- but life is completely messing with the ol' attention span, especially since one of my best friends ties the knot in TEN days. I'm still deciding on a bridesmaid mani, and finally ordered OPI Don't Touch My Tutu! in a birthday haul, so let's see if it's a good candidate.

Also, I'm not sure how I managed to go all summer without a white manicure, so does this count? Sorry if mine are not the greatest photos! This polish was harder to capture than I thought it would be (at least, it was, with the time I had).

Four coats with SV.

SO BEAUTIFUL. I'm not sure why I did four coats of this polish because it's opaque at three ... I completely zoned out while doing this swatch. On the bright side, the dry time was super fast and the formula was really amazing for a sheer, and, as Naz said, it will make your nails look SO good even if you have "this ~gorgeous~ yellow gradient thing goin' on." Basically, what I'm saying is that you have NO EXCUSE not to get this polish. I don't know why it took me so long! If you are looking for an amazing white sheer, this probably is the easiest one to get.

I'm sure you know that Don't Touch My Tutu! is from last spring's amazeballs OPI NYC Ballet collection. Utterly. Amazeballs. (Check out Care to Danse? from last month's Skinny Dipping post!) I picked up You Callin' Me A Lyre? in this particular haul, too, so now my OPI NYC Ballet collection is complete! \o/ However, I think I'll take a break from blogging them in my Skinny Dipping posts because I like a little variety, so you probably won't see them here for a while.

Whatcha think? Is this an appropriate end-of-summer white, or an even better bridesmaid mani option? Part of me is entertaining the idea of wearing Barre My Soul or even Steady As She Rose because, eh, why not.

Before I sign off, here's a little insight as to why things are going to be crazy bananas in the next few weeks:
  • Mayer Hawthorne: tonight!
  • "Hannibal" DVD release + "S.H.I.E.L.D." premiere: 6 days (this is kind of a big deal for me, okay)
  • Best friend wedding extravaganza eleganza: 10 days
  • "Breaking Bad" series finale: 11 days ;_____;
  • Julieta Venegas in NEW YORK CITY: 18 days
  • Neutral Milk Hotel: 23 days

Oh, and work is still insane. But I'll totally be blogging about the fun stuff, so get ready for that. Get. Ready.

Uh, so juuuuuuuuuuust in case you didn't know how excited I am for tonight's concert ... yeah. (If you happen to go to this show and you see a chubby, short Asian girl chair dancing upstairs, sorry.) 2013 has been SUCH a baller year for shows!

With any luck, it won't take me quite so long to respond to comments in the future! Ugh, I feel like it's disrespectful of me to take more than a couple of days to get back to you, so thank you for bearing with me. Y'all take care, and I'll try to pull it together so I can sound somewhat coherent on Friday.

P.S. Check out Anna's pick! Hint: It was my first Skinny Dipping polish. ;)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Shopping My Stash: A new series with Short 'n Chic!

There's a really good chance that if you read Stuff, you found it via Short 'n Chic, my friend Stephanie's blog. Short 'n Chic was one of the first nail blogs I read regularly back in the day. I love Steff's taste in polish and the way she writes about her life and whatever she's obsessing over. If you had told me that her blog would be my blog's most popular traffic source, that she and I would become pals and that we would start a joint series together, I would have told you to, uh, shut the front door.

Steff originally brought up the idea of a Shopping My Stash series on her blog back in July, saying that it would be something she would like to do once she was back home in Ohio and could get all her polishes in one place. I half-jokingly offered to join her, and here we are.

Now, what do you get out of this? Well, she and I will be digging through our Helmers (we each have two) once a month for something untried and/or unblogged. Since I'm a glutton for punishment, I'm aiming to blog polishes that are at least two years old. Oh, and we're going to throw in a monthly theme every now and then.

Our theme this month is a "lucky" polish. Here's Orly Lucky Duck from the Birds of a Feather collection from Fall 2011, because I am nothing if not literal. --I mean, I did promise to blog a lucky polish on a Friday the 13th, didn't I? ;)

Three coats with SV.

Also, OMG, I bought this polish a LONG time ago.

Orly makes two of my favorite green cremes, Wandering Vine and Enchanted Forest, so I was hoping I'd love Lucky Duck as much as I love those two. Lucky Duck is GORGEOUS. Are you seeing this?! Ugh. It really bummed me out when I realized, after two days of wearing this polish, that it leaned a tad bit too blue on me for my liking. I'm talking LOBSTAH HANDS, which this last picture sorta hinted at. (Note: If you're in the continental U.S. and want to swap for this, my wishlist and contact info at the top of this blog.)

Formula-wise, this one was on the thin side, but really easy to work with. I'd say it almost reminded me of Essie Going Incognito in that it sorta had this watery quality to it, but it built up nicely to opacity in two coats. I used three because I'm special like that. Dry time was fast and the wear was great with SV for the two days I had this on.

Lucky Duck is still pretty easy to find online, and if you're REALLY lucky, it'll turn up at the odd TJ Maxx. (It's happened in the past ... don't rule it out.) Part of the reason I loved Orly's Birds of a Feather collection as a whole was because you could see their inspirations right away. I totally see the vivid green necks and feathers of mallard ducks in this polish, so well-done, Orly. I have one last polish to try from this collection. Will it make an appearance in a future Shopping My Stash post? Whoooo knows. ;)

Lucky Duck = the same polish from this picture last week

Speaking of Shopping My Stash, I'd love to get some input from you guys about Steff's and my new joint venture. Do you have any suggestions for future themes? Is Lucky Duck lucky enough for ya? Thanks for joining us, and don't forget to check out Steff's post on Short 'n Chic! She's got a real oldie up today, something I've never seen before, and I can't wait to get a good look at it.

Have a good weekend, and I'll see y'all next week!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

One last mojito! OPI Fiercely Fiona

If you got the title of this post, then ... a mojito for you.

If you don't, then here's what's up: The second half of the "Burn Notice" two-part series finale airs tonight on USA. ;___; I got into the show during its first season, because I am all about anything that gives me Bruce Campbell on TV, you know? Looooove him. And then it turned into, "Oh my God, that's the brother from 'The Pretender' ... and Gabrielle Anwar ... and Debbie Novotny, and OH MY GOD, ROBBIE HANSEN, IS THAT YOU?!?!?"

Then I fell behind because it was my last semester of college and I didn't have a DVR, and USA doesn't keep full episodes of their shows online for too long. After graduation, I marathoned "The Sopranos" like it was my job, and didn't come back to "Burn Notice" regularly, just catching what I could on OnDemand and eventually at B's house, because he loves it, too. Still, I was insanely behind. A few Black Fridays ago, I bought the first two seasons on DVD for the cheaps, and restarted the series.

And then my dad walked by. Drawn in by his lifelong love of spy shows and ass-kicking, gun-toting females, he gave up his pretenses of doing any work and sat down on the couch with me. The next thing I knew, he'd gotten my mom to start watching with him, and they blew through my DVDs before I did. I'm still behind! He even ordered the third season from Best Buy, which hasn't happened since his discovery of "Alias" back in 2004. HILARIOUS. It's so funny to me how my parents actually go through "Burn Notice" withdrawal between DVD releases (they don't have cable) -- but at least they'll be able to prolong the series's end this way.

In case you're still wondering who my parents's favorite "Burn Notice" character is ... it's the little lady on the left.


Oh, is Sam Axe in that picture? True story ... B and I were thinking about naming Sterling Meowmeow after Bruce Campbell characters

So yeah, not the Fiona this particular polish was named after, and also not something I think this Fiona would wear (although she did love doing her at-home pedis at Michael's loft). But LBR -- the moniker "Fiercely Fiona" doesn't make this polish any less appropriate for today's post because she definitely put the "Fi" in "fierce."

Four coats with SV.

I dinged the nail on my pointer finger in the last three pictures. :/

This color was not the favorite for a lot of people. I *loved* it, though. --Still do!, mostly because it's more flattering than people gave it credit for. There's no reason it should be, since it's yellow with a murky pinch of green; it is, however, more of a true yellow than China Glaze Electric Pineapple (blogged [HERE]).

For a polish I haven't really used in three years, it was easier to work with than I was expecting it to be. The polish had separated a little bit, although it was nothing rolling the bottle around wouldn't fix, nor was it as bad as, say, American Apparel or FingerPaints polishes! The formula wasn't the best (which, IIRC, was par for the course for this collection), thin and not exactly self-leveling, but let me say it was pretty good for a yellow, and MUCH better than OPI Banana Bandanna. I only used four coats because I didn't wait as long in between coats as I usually do -- I used thin ones, btw -- and the polish had streaked a little bit in my rush. SV leveled it out, though. Dry time was on the slow side but if you don't use fast-dry top coats, it'd probably be average. I wore this for a day with a tiiiiiiny bit of shrinkage, and I wish I hadn't had to take it off because I really love the color (have I mentioned that?).

Fiercely Fiona was part of the 2010 OPI Summer Brights tie-in with "Shrek Forever After." I'm quite  certain I got my bottle from TransDesign that summer, but it's not impossible to find online if you want it now! I gotta say, though, I do find it hilarious that there are polishes from this collection that are highly sought after now (e.g., What's With the Cattitude? and Rumple's Wiggin') when I swear to you, I saw OPI Shrek displays in Ulta for several months back in 2010 and parts of 2011. Anyway, if you want to see any of them on me, let me know. There are a few I still haven't worn, and I'd be happy to bring out the ones I have again. Seriously. Holler at your girl.

Aaaaaaaaaaaall right. What do you guys think of Fiercely Fiona? Do you have this one, or any other OPI Shreks? What are your favorite yellow polishes? I feel like I'm constantly saying, "Oh, that wasn't bad ... FOR A YELLOW" but that's the thing about yellows -- they're such Ps in the A. Always.

And who else is a "Burn Notice" fan?? You know, besides my boyfriend ... and my parents ... and Anna ... and Aziz Ansari's cousin, Harris?


Like I said, I'm way behind and haven't caught up to the final season, but I haven't heard the greatest things about it. (Stupid Miami.) And I know the voice overs are an acquired taste, but I'll miss the show terribly, anyway. Especially Chuck Finley. ;) Oh, and Jesse! You guys, I've had such a lady boner for Coby Bell ever since he was on "Third Watch" back in the day ... God, I was such a weird thirteen-year-old. But I digress. Who's your favorite character, baddie, or guest actor? I'd love to know!

Last but certainly not least, thank you for keeping my aunt in your thoughts last week! She got her test results back, and I'll be honest, I don't completely understand what's going on -- only that things aren't as serious as my mom was afraid they would be. There'll be more tests tomorrow, but she's doing fine. We had an awesome day together yesterday doing birthday stuff (apparently it's been my birthday since the 7th?), but it was nice to spend some time together.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the finale if you get to see it! If I can get my act together today, you should come back tomorrow for a little sumpin' sumpin' I'm super excited about. :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Birthday blue! Contrary Polish Santorini

Posting later than the usual because I have a cold and was out late last night. (Shout out to my favorite bartender, Jo Anne!) A winning combination, but ... birthday, so whatevs.

I've sported blue nails every year on my birthday since I got into polish. (My birthstone is the sapphire, blah blah blah.) I've been in a creme mood lately, and China Glaze Man Hunt seemed like the top contender until I remembered I owned this beauty.

Three coats with one coat of Gelous + one coat of NYC Grand Central Station.

I remember putting on my last coat of Grand Central Station and saying, "UGH DAMN IT" because this is my first Contrary Polish and now I want MOAR. (Goddammit.) Santorini is lovely cobalt jelly goodness with just the right sprinkling of tiny blue glass fleck/flakie particles. I looooove that you can see the particles even in low light, and although this polish isn't loud, it's shimmery enough to be different.

The formula on this one was amazing. Oh my God. The consistency was perfect, and since this is a jelly base, you'll want at least three coats for opacity. It doesn't dry completely matte, but I did need top coat to make it shine. With one coat of Gelous under one coat of Grand Central Station, it dried quickly and I'm still wearing it after applying this on Friday night. I've had great wear -- no chips, and barely visible tip wear, so I am EXTREMELY pleased.

I'm just as scared for my wallet -- I'm eyeing so many other Contrarys already! Santorini was released last fall as part of The Islands trio, along with Aruba and Anna Maria (which I currently am dying over). I bought this bottle at Llarowe over the summer, where you still can snag it for $11. Be sure to check Llarowe and the Contrary Polish blog for restock updates and information on new collections.

A pretty good birthday blue, yes? I'm all kinds of congested right now, so unfortunately I'll have to keep the celebrating to a dull roar this year. Good thing I didn't end up going to that Blondie show last night in D.C.! But that's okay, because ...

My friends threw me a small birthday party/wedding crafting night on Saturday

B and I went to Ikea, where he bought me Helmer No. 2 (OH GOOD LORD) and snacked on Swedish meatballs

We saw "The World's End" (not my favorite among the Cornetto trilogy, as "Hot Fuzz" is everything to me) and I later took this selfie with Sterling

I also bought two polishes (which I hope to blog in the next few weeks), and am hoping to snag a couple more. I treated myself to a Madeleine Peyroux ticket and will get my Mayer Hawthorne ticket this week. Also, I was in Target on Friday picking up a present for my dad when I saw this on sale, and couldn't resist:

I know birthdays aren't supposed to be about material things, but I do like my material things. However, this doesn't mean I haven't been touched by the birthday greetings I woke up to this morning! And get this ... several of those greetings were from wonderful ladies who also happen to be nail blogger friends. So thanks again, ladies! And thanks, you guys, for reading and reaching out in the past year! I mean, my nails and my life can be pretty boring, but I love sharing them with you, especially on days like today. :)

So, happy birthday to me (and Colin Firth).