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!


#ohjeebusdiabeetus


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!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Milani Fierce Foil Florence

Originally, this post was supposed to be a "Hannibal" series finale post at the end of August. Clearly, that didn't happen. I thought I'd keep this one in the reserves, just in case I didn't have anything lined up for a while. Friends, that time is now.

So here's a quick look at Florence, one of the LE Fierce Foil polishes Milani released earlier this past winter:




Three coats with SV.








I don't hate it, but I don't LOVE it. It does give good photo, though, doesn't it? I liked the warm apple green color, and I was so thrilled that for once, the gold specks were visible on the nail. *raised hands emoji*

Application- and appearance-wise, it went on more like a metallic shimmer than a foil -- IIRC, it's opaque in two coats (which also happens to be the consensus among us blogger folk). But you know I'm not happy until I slap on three; I don't think the third coat made the color look any more vibrant or rich in the end. I just never know how things are going to photograph, and I'd rather not have a surprise bald patch, y'know? Anyway, the formula on Florence was pretty good. Dry time also was good. All in all, I'm just a little bummed that I don't like it more.

Since Florence and the other Fierce Foil polishes were limited edition, you might have to check blog sales, swaps, or eBay -- but if you'd like to swap for this and Venice, you can e-mail me! :) I only have Milan left to try, but I have a feeling that one's going to be my winner, winner, chicken dinner because gooooooooooold.

If you're wondering why I used Florence for a "Hannibal" finale post, it's because Florence was the setting for the first half of the third season. It was a weird season in terms of structure and pacing, but I don't know what would have improved that. (Also, I cannot handle how handsome Richard Armitage is, ever, so I basically need Jesus at this point.) I'd missed the penultimate episode -- in fact, I still haven't seen it! -- and I was in L.A. for the weekend, but I couldn't not watch the finale!


A photo posted by Rach (@rachtotheizzo) on


Ugh, I don't know why Instagram embeds are so ginormous. But Team Sassy Science FTW! Wish there had been more of them in Season 3. :'( I suppose we'll always have Aaron Abrams' (Zeller) live tweets, though. #hannigetyourgun and #cannibelleoftheball will remain the perfect Season 3 hashtags.

Another observation: The characters' fashions and styling always were incredible, but this season, DAMN DAMN DAMN. I don't know if it was the extra attention I was trying to give this last season or the female characters' arcs this time around, but their wardrobes in particular blew me away. Gina Torres wore a certain dress that made her scenes even more devastatingly gorgeous. Gillian Anderson had some droolworthy Florence outfits (her gowns! That hat!). But I think my favorite was Caroline Dhavernas' cane/blazer/red lip game ... seriously, her red lip game only came in second to Hayley Atwell's on "Agent Carter" for me. LOVED IT.

And of course, at least we got some adorable Funko Pop figures out of this show. Last year, I preordered this one as soon as I knew it was going to be a thing. Madeline disagrees, but *I* think it's precious. I love him.


A photo posted by Rach (@rachtotheizzo) on


SHUT UP, HE'S ADORABLE.

Welp, that's all I have for this post. Thanks for reading! Did anyone else like the Milani Fierce Foil polishes? Did you have a favorite? (Don't forget to e-mail me if you want to swap for this & Venice!) Any other Fannibals gonna miss this beautiful, grotesque horrorshow as much as I will? I don't know that I'd want to see a movie/additional season/miniseries in the future, but I'm looking forward to whatever Bryan Fuller does next because he's a treasure. Apparently his next immediate project is an "American Gods" television show, which, okay, I definitely didn't love the book, but if anyone can make me come around, it's him. He DID get me to love a sharp-dressed cannibal gourmand psychiatrist, after all**. ;)



** And theremin & harpsichord player, calligrapher, sketch artist & painter, art historian, polyglot, accomplished murderer ... the list seriously goes on forever, DAMN IT, HANNIBAL

Monday, November 9, 2015

Solo Skinny Dipping: FingerPaints Sketch Me

Happy November! I swear it feels like summer just got here, but I'm not complaining (yet). November is actually my favorite month, so I'm veryyyyy excited.

Between all the saturated colors I haven't blogged and the old favorites I've been wearing, I figured I was due for something decidedly neutral. Anna's not totally up to blogging at the moment because #datgradschoollife and I'm sporadic enough as it is these days, but I really, really missed blogging nude/neutral polishes, so Solo Skinny Dipping it is! I noticed this FingerPaints polish hanging out near the top of a box where I keep some of my polishes, and I went, hmmmmmmmmmmm ...

... which is more or less how I felt about it until I realized I love everything about it EXCEPT how much it clashes with my complexion IRL. Sad panda. :(

Anyway, this is three coats of Sketch Me with SV.










Nice, right? Sure, if my skin color was a 100% match for these photos in this exact lighting condition. In some lights, I love it; in others, yuck. But it truly is a lovely little chameleon of a polish, and here is another set of photos that show off its warm tones:









Also, as I was working on this post, I saw that there weren't a lot of pictures of Sketch Me that popped up on Google Images. So I guess you're welcome, Internet. ;)

I can't put my finger on whether it's taupe or greige or what-have-you. All I know after wearing it for a weekend is that it has hints of mauve and I'm too olive/yellow for it, which is really too bad because it's a great edgy neutral. I can't describe the color accurately for the life of me, but I can say that it'd be a great work-approp polish, it's such a cozy color, and that I could easily imagine this shade bottled up in a brand like nails inc. or Essie or Color Club or NYC ... you know what I mean? It'd be good at practically any price point. I'm surprised Dior hasn't tried it, tbh. (I love Dior, but GDI, their colors have been so boring since they switched to their Gel Shine formula/rebranding.)

And the formula was SO damn good, too. I have to rave about that! It was creme perfection -- granted, my bottle's went on like a more "fluffy" type of creme, but it was so, so easy to work with. I found that I didn't have to load up my brush too much, since I was just pushing the same blob of polish around on my nail, if that makes sense. If you can manage a decent-sized blob of polish, you can get this opaque in one coat, but I thought it looked a little too patchy under the OttLite for my tastes. Two coats will do. Dry time was great and I wore this for a whole weekend without chips and barely visible tip wear.

With all those nice things to say about Sketch Me, can you see why I was so bummed that it didn't work for me? I think it's discontinued now -- also a bummer -- since I can't find it on the Sally Beauty site and IIRC, I got this in a red tag clearance sale right at the beginning of summer. Let me know if you want this and we can work out a swap or something!

So while it stinks that this color didn't quite work out for me, I'm on to the next neutral. I'm thinking something Orly, maybe -- any ideas? I would love to post more neutral/nude polishes here again, even without the regularity that I used to have. Blogging is so weirdly cyclical, but I'm OK with it if you're OK with it.

Thanks for reading! Fingers crossed, I should be able to post at least two more times this month. We'll see what's going on. I might be doing birthday stuff for B this weekend, Friendsgiving is coming up the weekend after that, and then of course, there's Thanksgiving proper ... I love love LOVE November, but wow, is it ever NOT ideal for this weekend swatcher. I don't know how I did it before! D:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

OPI Viking in a Vinter Vonderland

Yup, still loving vampies and fall colors over here. Anyone else?

Slowly but surely, I'm making my way through my OPI Nordic picks. I stand by my original assessment of "OPI wasn't even trying with this collection," so I don't own much. Don't get me wrong, the formulas for the three I've tried have been fine ... but the overall selection of colors and finishes was a let down. (Then again, I actually rather loved OPI San Francisco, so maybe don't listen to me.)

ANYWAY, I didn't want to do my nails last Saturday until I knew which dress to wear to my friend Kristin's wedding. After much deliberation, I polled Madeline and Anna, who both picked a blue dress, which meant purple nails. I had no particular reason for choosing this OPI except that it was on top of my headboard and I didn't have to dig through any boxes and Helmer drawers. I was running behind on time and with less than 20 minutes before B & I had to leave, I did the fastest, shittiest manicure possible -- not that my friends noticed, because this polish was great.

Also, how ridiculous is this name? Good lord, OPI.




Three coats with SV.








As almost-black purple cremes go, Viking in a Vinter Vonderland is slightly more purple than black. You won't be able to tell under the dimmest of lights, but otherwise, I swear this is purple. I tried holding my hands up next to my black and navy clothes to see if there was a discernible difference, and, well, seasoned lacquerheads certainly will see it. Nail polish noobs and colorblind boyfriends, probably not so much. Also, last year Michelle at ALU said this polish was the bluer counterpart to OPI Siberian Nights (another one of my all-time favorite fall vampies!), which is pretty legit; if you don't believe us, you can look at this Beautygeeks post.

The formula on this one surprisingly was a little on the thin side, completely throwing me for a loop because I assumed it would apply like a straight up creme. But it looked terrible at one coat, kind of like how vampy jellies look when you put on the first coat. The second coat was an improvement, but it still looked patchy, so I waited as long as I could stand to wait before adding a third. Strangely, that third coat irked me because I was not expecting to have to deal with something like that while also having a serious time constraint! #firstworldproblems #whatistimemanagement Dry time was fine, I guess; I definitely kept my hands stuck out of my open car window on the way to the wedding just to speed it along.

In the end, this polish is good for what it is, but honestly, if you're looking for a no-frills purple vampy creme, you can skip it. Now that I know what to expect, I won't be reaching for Viking in a Vinter Vonderland when I'm in a pinch! If you want it, though, I don't think Ulta sells it any more; you might be able to find it at a beauty supply with lots of OPI and definitely online. I'm 90% sure I got this last year when Ulta was having an OPI B2G1, which they seem to be having now -- so grab some LE OPI Starlight while that sale's on! (There are four? five? Starlight polishes I'm eyeing, but I'll wait until TJ Maxx has them.)

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've already seen a few pictures from wedding weekend. I'll share them again here, plus a few more. :)

The night before the wedding was the night of the long-awaited John Waters live performance of his one-man show, "This Filthy World." It was so cool to see that the event was sold out! The show was followed by a brief Q&A, a book/DVD/whatever signing, and a midnight screening of "Cry-Baby." It was really cold outside and the line was like two hours long, so I said, "Fuck it" and decided to stay inside to watch "Cry-Baby" instead. If the weather had been a little warmer, I think I would have stuck it out and gotten a signed copy of Carsick or "Cry-Baby." Oh well, John Waters is a national treasure and I'm just glad I got to go see him. :)


No photos were allowed at the show, but trust. If he comes to your city, you've got to go. Bring your mom.


The next day, I made the mistake of sleeping through my alarm, which is not at all ideal when you think you might need extra time to get somewhere you need to be. Oops.


SMA didn't want to help me pick a dress. Thank goodness for friends you can text to make your decisions for you!


But (for God's sake) B & I made it to the church on time. How much time, you ask? Let's just say he was able to put gas in his car while I slipped in to Sephora for an emergency mini-makeover (I always choose the winged eyeliner because I haven't been able to do it successfully on days when I actually need to be in public, what is with that???).


Awww

A really cute pic I got of the bride & groom during Mass


First dance, John Legend's "All of Me"
(I'm sorry but when I hear "All of Me," I just think of the Steve Martin/Lily Tomlin movie, which is THE BEST and I think I need to watch it soon)

WEDDING PIE! I think this was the chocolate chess. There were three other mini-pie flavors to choose from: pumpkin, apple, and pecan. I tried all but the apple, and they were so good! I joked with B that this is the one year he gets something other than cake at a wedding, because we had donuts at Anna's wedding in May.

Kristin's dance with her dad


This is probably one of my favorite things that happened that night. Our friend was pouting because he didn't have a date and therefore he had no one to dance to Sade with, so our best friend's husband volunteered. I don't have pictures of it, but the groom also danced with him, too. I'm dead. This is totally gonna be my #tbt next year.

Our best friend/matron of honor doing her toast


All in all, I'm happy to say that the last wedding of the year was a blast. The Mass was lovely (and oddly, not interminably long), Kristin's flowers were perfect, the pie was DELICIOUS, the bourbon was flowing, and the bride was so adorable and happy. The only problem (aside from the DJ denying my Hall & Oates request) was that I was still hungry after the reception, but that was an easy fix. We got Our Table at our favorite bar, and I pretty much murdered a burger and my shandy. We were all really fucking tired, though -- the wedding was at 2 o'clock that afternoon, the bridal party had been up since God knows when, and I'd been out the night before, so we *barely* made it to midnight. I'd gotten a hotel room in anticipation of what I thought would be a night of heavy drinking, but even though I didn't drink much, B & I hoofed it back to our room and passed out right away.

I didn't sleep well, though, because I think I'm getting sick. NOT COOL. When we checked out, I suddenly came down with ... an intense craving for breakfast food, which I *never* have during breakfast hours. I made B drive me to IHOP, where I devoured the pumpkin pancake combo and an entire pot of coffee.




That hit the spot so hard that we spent the rest of the day watching shows on the DVR and we didn't eat again until maybe 7? 8? when I decided I needed soup and a salad from Panera. Also weird, because I NEVER want Panera. I don't know. Maybe it's the end of days. Shit, next I'll probably want to get married. JUST KIDDING! But it was nice to hang out with B and Mr. Archer, because I haven't really hung out with them in a couple of months. Everything has been so touch and go because I've been traveling for bachelorettes and family weddings! There are, however, no weddings on my docket for 2016, so at least I'll have some time to get my liquid eyeliner game on fleek. ;) #priorities

So that was a lot of fun. I can't wait to see the newlyweds next month at Friendsgiving! Also, this post reminded me that I didn't post anything from the family wedding I went to last month. Eh, if I get to it, I'll get to it. You guys probably have seen Essie Color Binge a million times by now.

Before I go: Do any of you guys have this OPI? Since I had a bit of a learning curve with it, I'm especially curious to hear what you have to say. A year later, does anyone else think that OPI Nordic was a snooze? I only picked up 3 OPI Venice polishes, but I think eventually when funds allow, I wouldn't mind having more. Lastly, if you've had a wedding dessert other than cake, you should tell me what it was! My friend had cupcakes at his wedding three years ago (THREE?!?!), and now this year, I've had donuts AND pie, so I'm all about alternatives. Delicious, tasty alternatives ...

Thanks for reading! Hope you guys have a great weekend. I'm going with my best friend and her husband to see Brian Wilson tonight (OMG, WHAAAAAAAAAAAT) and as long as that happens without me getting sick before/during the show, I don't mind if I get sick tomorrow!


P.S. I saw "Crimson Peak" a week ago. I enjoyed Jessica Chastain it but I didn't love it, so I might have to watch it again later to decide how I feel.
P.P.S. I also watched "What We Do in the Shadows." LOVED IT, it was too hilarious. I'm gonna need that on DVD. #werewolvesnotswearwolves
P.P.P.S. I know we all saw that "The Force Awakens" trailer, so ... thoughts? I really want to not be disappointed, which I think sums up my feelings re: the current state of the "Star Wars" franchise. :/