I've already talked about how much I love Contrary Polish, but seriously, I am in love with all the colors! I especially like how many of the polishes are work appropriate but have a slight fun edge to them. Here is Purple Smoke, a blue/purple/grey with purple shimmer. This is two coats with base and top coats. I got lots of compliments on this one! It's a beautiful polish that I can see myself returning to over and over again.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I love every single one of Contrary Polish's spring 2013 line. Here is Better Together, a dark blue/grey with turquoise shimmer. This is two coats, with base and top coats. And Rosy's helping me to model the polish.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
When I first started running I signed up for three half marathon's in a giddy rush as a result of my sister's encouragement and hype. I ran Baltimore and Philly in fall 2012 and all I had left was the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon in March 2013. By the time I ran Philly I was ready for a break from races and training. I fully enjoyed the holidays, sat around on my butt too much, and gorged on yummy food. As January rolled around I started to regret signing up for the Shamrock race. Training during the winter months is hard! But if I hadn't signed up for this race, I probably would have spent the rest of the winter hibernating. And any race that rewards winners at the end with beer (and especially Yuengling - my college beer) is a good race!
First thing I had to do was drop off Sunny and Rosy at my parents. They were terribly sad to see me go, but don't worry they were pampered very well at the grandparents (my mom even hand feeds Sunny when she's acting mopey). But seeing their sad faces as I drove away broke my heart!
I was originally going to do this race with a friend but due to personal circumstances she ended up having to defer. My sister was still going to run the full marathon but I ended up driving separately because they left a day earlier than me. I actually really enjoyed the drive down (I love driving fast on highways!) and finished The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on the drive to and from and enjoyed the food/pee stops (McDonald's is totally appropriate pre and post race food!).
It was super cold that weekend so not exactly beach weather. But I love being near the beach.
The half started kinda late, about 15 minutes, and then we were off! This course is super easy and flat but also very boring! The only fun part is at the very end when you run along the beach. If this race wasn't so easy/flat and didn't have such awesome gear and post-race stuff, I wouldn't love it as much as I did.
There were some pretty spots but they were rare.
This year the tent was packed because it was so cold and windy outside, everyone was huddled inside the heated tent. My sister said that in past years when she's run this and it's been warmer, a lot of runners just lay on the sand as they drink their beer and relax.
The full marathon is sponsored by Yuengling and so the finisher's tent was filled with kegs of Yuengling and a surprisingly delicious Irish stew station. Nothing tastes as good after finishing a cold race as a hot and salty brothy soup. I got my broth and then I immediately went to the beer stations. All finishers get four free beers. I am proud to say that I got all four! Ok I only got two when I finished but then I went back when my sister finished the marathon and got two more. Apparently they go through 200-300 kegs each year. They also have the keg lines go through coolers packed with ice so you get a wonderfully icy cold beer.
Having gone to college in Philadelphia, I was basically raised on Yuengling. So even though I was tired, cold, and by myself, I had a blast sipping away at my soup and drinking my Yuengling! I also went outside wrapped in my finisher's fleece blanket, enjoying the cold beach.
Despite the boring course, I think this was my favorite race. Everything about it was just so much fun! The race itself with so many participants dressed in green and/or crazy outfits, the awesome free finisher's stuff (t-shirt and fleece blanket!), the unique medal which also is a bottle opener, the finisher's tent with music, beer, and food, and the beach.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Shhhh! Don't speak! Just enjoy the polish.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Luckily while I take this break from polish I have some old photos of polishes I meant to post and then completely forgot about. Here is Contrary Polish's Bonfire with a layering of piCture pOlish's Festival on top. Bonfire is a deep red with a slight orange tone to it and gold and red microshimmer. Beautiful polish and applies evenly. This is two coats with one coat of piCture pOlish's Festival which I was obsessed with at one point.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
- Lollycadoodle wool mouse - 100% wool and made in Nepal. It's supposed to be resilient but the wool has already started to pull off. Rosy especially loves the ears.
- Harry Barker hemp bone in light blue - This is supposed to be eco-friendly and is made of hemp and cotton. There's no squeaker inside. It's cute but neither Sunny nor Rosy seemed that intrigued by it.
- Little Eatz peanut butter treats - These are cute and can be eaten by both dogs and humans! Unfortunately since there's sugar in them I didn't give any to the girls.
- Feelgood's Teeny Treats, Liver Lover's Gourmet Mix - I get the small box so I got a different treat from the medium boxers I saw on the internets. The packaging on this is super cute (I'm a sucker for nice packaging; the pugs don't care so much though). I like how these treats are so tiny! They'd make great training treats. They're wheat and corn free but they're not grain free. The girls loooove these treats!
- Angie's List poop bag holder - Great and convenient. I already have similar bag holders that don't have Angie's List printed on them so I generally use those. But it's always good to have a spare.
So now here comes the millions of photos! The girls' favorite part of the BarkBox were the teeny treats. Look at how happy Rosy looks!
The next favorite item was the wool mouse.
Sunny doesn't care much for most toys (she's dedicated to her berber baby stuffies). At first she thought the mouse was food but then quickly backed away once she realized it was just a toy.