Friday, May 31, 2013

Feeling Retro

So these colors are feeling very retro to me, like very 60's fashion.  What do you think? Am I totally off?  These three shades were from the Sinful Colors Sail La Vie collection that came out recently and I've been playing with them a lot.  Totally gorgeous shades, lots of blues but a few brights too.  This is just a twist on the french tip and a very fun look.

The names of these polishes are Sinful Colors Anchors Away, New Wave, and Cross My Heart.

Hope you enjoyed and that you're having a fabulous day!

Song of the Day:

Over and out.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Movie and a Mani: The Fast and the Furious

So, Fast & Furious 6 is in theaters now, and my bestie gives it great reviews.  Seeing that the 6th film from the franchise is out and I've never even seen one of them, I thought it was about time.  The film I'm reviewing for you today is The Fast and the Furious- the original film.  I've never really been crazy for cars, take em or leave em, you know? But I pretty much keep an open mind in general, so I was willing to give it a try.

Heading up the pack of actors in this film are Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.  They're joined by Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Chad Lindberg, and Matt Schulze.  It's your typical group of hot shots(cutie faces, big muscles, you know the drill).  Mmm mmm mmm ;)

So this film starts out by introducing a couple of things- a pack of thieves, hijacking semi trucks while on the move in their cars- next the audience is introduced to the street car racing scene which involves fast cars, crazy expensive equipment to trick the cars out, money placed by those betting on the races, and many different gangs or teams of racers.  The main character is introduced in Paul Walker's character as a young man trying to get into the street racing scene and to do that he has to get in with Vin Diesel's character.  What ensues is how he gets familiar with Vin Diesel's team through fast driving and fast talking.  But what really is Brian's (Paul Walker) agenda?? No spoilers here :)

This look was inspired by the bright paint jobs on these fast and furious machines.  You know, nail polish isn't all that different than the paint used to laquer these cars, and I knew I could find some great hot shades to match those that the cars (that are almost always going by in a blur) are painted in.  Here's what I quickly knew I had to create, racing stripes and all.

The colors used here are China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard on my thumb, and then from left to right in the picture above we have Essie Butler Please, Sation Abbracadazzle, Julep Natasha, and China Glaze White on White.  The black is as ever, Black Swift from Milani.  

Additional Review
"The Fast and the Furious was an upbeat, fast-action film.  There was plenty of action, fast cars, and some really epic chase scenes.  This movie reminds me quite a bit of Point Break, as the plot is almost the same except involving cars instead of surfing.  It's a decent flick, not the best movie I've ever seen, but worth viewing.  I give this film 3 out of 5 stars."  The Tdawg

So I'm happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed this film.  I mean, it wasn't like I couldn't tear my eyes from the screen- I was happy to have a workout to do and then afterward nail art while viewing the film at the same time- but all the same, I enjoyed it.  I would recommend this film for a date night if you and your boo haven't seen it.  There's cute boys for the ladies and sexy cars for the dudes.  If you check it out, let me know what you think :)  Hope you enjoy the rest of your week, and catch a flick.

Song of the Day

Over and out.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday Wrap-Up: 5/29/2013

Welcome to Wednesday Wrap-Up.  Our week went a little something like this:

Of course we had to bbq again!  This time dad enlisted a few helpers.  For the recipe you will find below, the pork does need pounding and it's easier to accomplish this and still stay sanitary by placing the meat to be pounded in a ziplock bag.

Here's a little recipe from our great feast this weekend: BBQ Pork and Chicken Wraps

Ingredients needed are:
2 lbs boneless pork steaks or chicken breasts depending on which meat you want to serve
1 bunch of scallions
1/2 lb shredded pepperjack cheese
1/2 lb shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb bacon
1 jar favorite bbq sauce
optional 1 pkt ranch dressing seasoning packet for the chicken

Initial prep:
If using chicken, use only boneless chicken breast.  Butterfly the chicken breast by slicing it horizontally.

and opening the chicken, cutting it in half.

For the chicken option, sprinkle the ranch seasoning lightly over the chicken.  Add scallions, and top with cheese.  You can use both kinds of cheese, or keep the flavors separate; it's up to you.

Next, roll the chicken lengthwise and with one strip of bacon for each piece of chicken, wrap the meat.  No need for toothpicks or any fastening as the bacon will adhere and hold it together.

Here's how the pork looks- it's been pounded out with a meat tenderizer to approximately 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick as our earlier pictures depicted.  Follow the same instructions as the chicken, optionally leaving out the ranch seasoning.


(sprinkle with more ranch seasoning after wrapping)

Quick rundown on bbq process:
Place foil down on one half of grill. (this will allow you to use indirect heat and not burn the bacon in the process).
Heat grill to approx. 500 degrees F.
Place your meat wraps on the foil.
Let the meat cook for approx. 20-25 min. and turn meat over, continuing for approx 20 more min.
At this point the bacon is cooked but not crisp.  If you want crispier bacon move the wraps to the direct heat (not covered in foil).  Note: bacon will have a tendency to catch fire so monitor carefully and let bacon cook to desired crunchiness- then place back on indirect heat.
Next, using your favorite bbq sauce (we used KC Masterpiece) spread onto the meat.
Close the grill lid and cook for approx. 5 min.
Flip the meat and repeat from the when you applied sauce.
You're done!

After bbqing

This was soooo sooo good!  Thanks for makin it and for the recipe dad!

On to the crazy kids!

Missy Bee's first time on a sit-n-spin.

Our cutie guests for the fancy pants luncheon.

Oh ya, this guy came too.

So fancy pants.

Flying lessons

Driving lessons

Riding lessons

At the Home De Pot

Yay we love the carts here!  Such a good time.

Hmm, Mr. Bug thinks the little lady on his right is actin' shady lookin' over his shoulder...

Yes!  She's gettin' tired- gonna lap her right quick now.

Gettin' her game face on...grrrrrrr

Wheee I won!

What a fun week we had, and a super great, long weekend together with family which is the greatest blessing of our lives :)  Hope you all had great memories as well.

Song of the Day:

Over and out.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Tutorial: Water Marble

So, I've been putting off doing a watermarble tutorial for you because you have to do everything so quickly that it's hard to stop and photograph it during the process.  However, today I have it for you because I had a little helper- Mr. Bear was helping me and took all my photos today- yay!
Here's the finished look:

As you can see- we have a holiday-themed water marble today, and that's the first thing you want to do is pick your colors.  You never really know if a polish is going to be good for water marble until you try it.  Pictured here are two creams and a jelly(red) which all worked kinda ok I guess compared to other times I've tried this technique.  The colors here are Sinful Colors Cross My Heart, China Glaze White on White, and Sinful Colors My Bouyfriend.

1)After you pick your colors for your water marble, you need to have a cup with some room temperature water.  Other materials needed are a toothpick or your dotting tool, scotch tape, and acetone and brush for clean-up.  

2) Paint your nail(s) your base color.  I chose to do just one nail for this look today, but you can do all if you want.  I used white as my base color; you don't have to, but I've found it works well as a base.

3) Next tape off your finger, all around your nail making sure to not cover any of the nail with the tape.

4)Get your polishes ready, with the caps off and ready to pick up and drip quickly into the cup.

5)Pick the order that you're going to drip into the cup and start one-by-one placing drops of color right in the middle of the cup, over and over in the middle of all the action.

6) Here's how it looks after a number of drips...quite a number.  Keep goin', keep goin'.

7) Then take your tool(toothpick, or other stick-shaped item) and pull the paint from the middle of your drips outward.  I went with a spiderweb lookin' design, but you can really experiment with interesting choices here.

8) The picture is hard to interpret, but what you're looking my finger wrapped in tape, placed down into the design.  Basically you want to find the part of your design you want on the nail and place your nail right onto it.

9) This crazy picture depicts the next step which is taking the same tool that you used to drag the design, and pulling the paint into one clump so that it doesn't attach to your finger when you lift it out of the water.

10) Here's what your finger looks like when you pull it out of the water.

11) Next remove the tape carefully.

 12) Here's what it looks like with the tape off, and the last thing you need to do is clean up around your cuticle and add a top coat.

 So in the end, I used each of the patriotic colors on each nail, with blue repeated on the thumb.

I hope you enjoyed this look!  Leave me a comment and let me know what you'd like to see on Tutorial Tuesday :)

Song of the Day:
Listen through to at least 00:53 :)

Over and out.