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Baking Day: Bagels!

Let me start off by saying YAY SPRING! It’s finally break-up here in Alaska-everything is dripping, melting, melting, and it’s perfect. I missed you, summer. I missed you, sun!

Like every spring, I am experiencing a burst of energy and activity affectionally known as Spring Cleaning. I have cleaned every inch of my kitchen and have now moved on to baking to refill my freezer so I don’t have to bake during the summer, when our lack of A/C becomes a true sadness. Today’s experiment was BAGELS.

If you don’t have Peter Reinhart’s “Artisan Breads Every Day,” you really ought to pick it up! Most of these recipes rely on cold fermentation, which I think brings a particular extra something to the flavor of the goods they produce-my favorite pizza dough recipe relies on cold fermentation to make it exceptional. Additionally, Reinhart’s recipes are all listed in ounces and grams as well as by volume, which makes it easy to get everything exactly correct. (If you bake often and don’t have a kitchen scale, invest in a $20 model and see how much you end up using it!)

So here’s a crappy picture-I was trying to hold a Photojojo lens up to my Samsung phone, and while I like how you can see more of my kitchen in one shot, my finger at the bottom sort of kills it a little for me. Still, you can see unboiled bagels on the counter by the Keurig, and my kitchen window with its little plants and new ikebana vase in it. I emailed the Photojojo guys about replacement magnets so I can use these lenses more often and they were extremely kind and helpful-if you take a lot of phone pics, I suggest looking into their lenses. :)

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This is the boiling liquid-a mix of water, honey, baking soda, and salt that you boil the bagels in prior to baking.

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Here is a blurry-quick photo of them going in the oven!

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And here’s the finished product! I put sesame seeds on half per Vince’s request. :)

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I made strawberry cream cheese spread to go on the bagels since they’re plain! A cup of strawberries, two tbsp. powdered sugar, and one 8 oz. package of cream cheese. Blend and let sit overnight before use.

In case anyone was wondering (and because I want to show it off!), here’s my ikebana vase.

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It’s so springy!!!

 

Laters-

Allie.

Model City Polish Sunday Morning (NEW for Spring 2014!)

Happy Friday everybody! Today is the second of the two, BRAND-SPANKIN’-NEW Model City Polishes I have for you guys! It’ll be available TOMORROW at the restock, so get an eyeful today and make your shopping decisions!

Sunday Morning is a white crelly with pastel blue, pink, purple, and yellow satin glitters and sweet, grass-green satin glitters. They’re all a nice uniform size hexes. The overall effect is similar to what you’d get if you took an entire JC Penney’s stock of girls’ Easter dresses and put them all into one big pile with vestments from a Catholic Easter service and then stepped back to admire your handiwork: it is the ultimate Easter/spring colored polish!

Aside from all the springtime imagery, though, this polish reminded me very much of a pastel version of a jawbreaker or similarly colored candy, and I really kinda dug that.

I used three coats of Sunday Morning, one coat of Gelous, and one coat of Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That quick-dry topcoat for the following swatch photos, and should’ve been more careful to let it all dry between coats-there was some minor bubbling. (I probably could’ve gotten away with two coats of Sunday Morning if I’d applied it more carefully.)

Photos are taken in bright outdoor light, except for the first photo which is in bright indoor lighting.

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Look at all that gorgeous yummy color! Ha! Again, the bubbling was an issue because I was rushed, but when I did a swatch stick with this color I allowed more dry time and it was NOT a problem. User error, here. ;)

Sunday Morning and Fairy Godmother (and a whole host of other new spring colors, and a Resident Evil themed collection!) will be available for $8.50 each on Model City Polish’s bigcartel site here Saturday, March 22nd, at 12PM CST. Good luck picking just one (or two, or three) of the newest colors to purchase!

See you guys around-it’s spring cleaning time here this week!

Love,

Allie.

Model City Polish Fairy Godmother (New for spring 2014!)

Today I have a color that’s a little different from my usual repertoire. It’s perfect for this time of year, however, and was sent to me for review by the fabulouser than fabulous Nina Kasper, creator of Model City Polish! Fairy Godmother is its name, and it’s a pale, pale pink with a bright pink flash and a subtle smattering of holo. It’s very cherry blossom :) and with spring quickly approaching here above the 49th parallel (a big event for us!) I’m beyond ready for colors like this.

The formula on Fairy Godmother was a little bit on the sheer side, so I still have a tiny bit of VNL, but it went on smoothly and self-leveled very nicely, so I had no streaks. Shown in the photos is two coats of Fairy Godmother with one coat of Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That quick-dry topcoat.

Full sunlight:

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And bright indoor light:

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You can get your own bottle of Fairy Godmother here at the bigcartel launch on Saturday, March 22, at 12PM CST! It’s well worth the $8.50 for such a beautifully delicate spring pink.

Be back tomorrow with another MCP spring beauty! ;)

Love,

Allie

Model City Polish Geminids

Today on my blog we have an amazing blue jelly-the bluest of all blues, the jelliest of all jellies! It’s Model City Polish Geminids, which is described as a rich blue jelly with tiny blue and silver holographic glitter in tiny hexes and micro bars. I love the micro bars! In a jelly like this they’re really something special. 

(The Geminids meteor shower is every December and is spectacular, btw!)

 

This shows two coats of Geminids with a coat of Gelous and Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That.

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Deeeeeeelish! Seriously. I may need a backup bottle.

A little wintery, though, isn’t it? So maybe I should move on to a nice springtime polish. ;) I just so happen to have a few of those on hand…

Stay tuned for two new MCP spring colors next time!

Allie

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NOTD: Digital Nails Highlander and Takko Get Lucky

I thought gold (and lots of it!) would be appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day! So I slapped a quick coat of Takko Get Lucky on top of my DN Highlander mani from a few days ago. C’est magnifique! Serious sparkles.

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See y’all later! 

Allie.

Digital Nails Highlander

Today is the last of my new Digital Nails posts for a short while! Sad day, I know. But I have a few more for later on down the line. 

This is Digital Nails Highlander, inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. It’s a golden copper holographic jelly, created with a line from the books in mind: “looks like the light reflecting off of gold and copper coins.”  I can dig it! The formula was excellent, and I chose to use three coats and a coat of ANGTFT quick-dry topcoat.

On to the photos! These are all taken in bright indoor lighting.

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Lookit dat burnished gold!

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Lookit dat holographic effect!

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This polish is sheer, so even at three coats it’s got just a hint of VNL goin’ on, but honestly it isn’t so bad that it bothers me. This polish is extremely office-friendly, and I’ll be picking up a full size as soon as I have money for it. (Looks like that might be a while, though, sadly! Summer is coming, and I need a big, BIG tent!) 

You can buy Highlander at Digital Nails’ etsy store for $13 USD. If you’d like to keep up with their shop announcements and new polish colors, collections, etc., go look her up on Facebook-she has two new collections coming out soon! I’m especially excited about her spring one, which is a little different from the normal “all pastels” collections that tend to come out this time of year. :)

See you all next time!

Allie.

Digital Nails Double Rainicorn

Good evening/morning, dearest readers! Welcome to any new friends who may stumble upon my humble blog. And seriously, I mean humble. I’m not being overly modest.

This eve-mor-ning I have for you another Digital Nails polish (can you tell I’m on a spree?): Double Rainicorn! This was inspired by Lady Rainicorn of Adventure Time fame, who looks like this:

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and a Double Rainicorn looks like this:

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and apparently inspires reactions like this. Woah.

Anywho, Double Rainicorn was created with the intention to convey both Lady’s coloration-which is pretty spectacular in and of itself-but ALSO, her crazy magical ability to change things different colors! (This video is like something my brother would make. I swear.) (The first part is pertinent, anyway. The rest is silliness.) So there is an absolutely astonishing amount of different kinds of glitter in this polish. There are holographic bars and dots, there are little bitty holo specks, there are whites and yellow satin squares and blue and green metallic hexes. Those are the ones that really stick out to me!

So, bar glitter: love/hate relationship, she and I. I like how it looks sometimes and it’s a PITA to apply sometimes. We meet occasionally in the middle for a civil tea that afterwards is recalled as enjoyable. Unfortunately this bar glitter was a little longer than I like working with, and so I ended up trimming bits off the ends of my nails where they hung over. I liked them when I thought about Lady, though, and I sort of thought it looked like movement traces-those little lines that blur and show that a character is moving. But holographic. And therefore awesomer.

The rest of the glitters were too easy to get out of the bottle! Even the big dots, which she warns may be difficult, were easy enough after I turned the bottle upside down for a few minutes prior to use. I actually got a lot more glitter than I bargained for with each dip, and so my nails look like crazy. CRAZY!

These photos were taken in indoor lighting. I used two coats of Chaos & Crocodiles LH06 as a base color and then one dabbed/brushed coat of Double Rainicorn on top. Over that went a coat of Gelous and Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That topcoat.

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Finn approves!

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Double Rainicorn is available through Digital Nails’ etsy shop here for $10 USD and you can keep up-to-date with her shop goings-on at her Facebook page. I’ll have at least one more of her polishes up on the blog soon, and maybe more. ;)

Hope you all sleep tight, and have a great day tomorrow!

Allie.

Digital Nails Colovaria (my first thermal!)

Good evening everyone! This latest polish-a mini provided for my review by Raphaelle at Digital Nails-came at an excellent time for me! I am currently in the midst of a bout of Potteritis. The disease is incurable but easily treatable with marathon showings of all eight movies and shameful amounts of fanfiction. Why is this all so good, you may ask? Because Colovaria is the spell for changing an object’s color, and this thermal polish does just that! (Between two colors. On your fingertips. Nothing else.) 

Digital Nails Colovaria is a polish that, on me, shifts between pale, soft pink with iridiscent color-shifting green to blue shimmer when it’s warm to a dark, bold pink with the same shifting glimmer when it’s cool. 

Sad truth of the matter is though that apparently either my fingernails are too short still or my hands are exceptionally warm, because one way or another I spent all day with pale, sheer pink nails and not a thermal-French-tip mani in sight! This was easily cured anytime I went outside (where it was a BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS, BALMY 30 degrees Fahrenheit today!) or washed my hands in cold water or reached into the ice bin. 

I’m willing to bet I just don’t have enough nail past my fingertips, though, which is a sad thing-this polish was truly gorgeous with the dark pink at the tips! It reminded me of certain flowers that are tinged darker in the inside. The overall color scheme reminded me strongly of cherry blossoms…but then, I’m definitely being hit with a wicked case of spring fever!

I used two coats of Colovaria and one coat of Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That quick-dry topcoat, which has quickly become a favorite and of which I’ll need a backup bottle for JUST IN CASE. The first pictures are as my nails were all day-totally pale pink-and for later photos I stuck my hand in the freezer for 10-20 seconds. Formula was excellent, leaning slightly to the thicker side (as is my personal preference) and each coat dried quickly.

 

Look at these green shimmers!

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Colovaria is available from Digital Nails’ Etsy shop here for $12 and Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That quick-dry topcoat is available for $6. Her formulas are 3-Free and her shipping is ultra fast!

Next time I’ll have another Digital Nails beauty up on the blog-stay tuned! Sleep tight readers and readeresses-

Allie.

Digital Nails Keepin’ It Weird

Today on the blog we have NEW, NOT YET RELEASED polish from Digital Nails! It’s called Keepin’ It Weird, a slogan adopted by the Austin Independent Business Alliance (inspired by Red Wassenich’s words while making a pledge to an Austin radio station). Keepin’ It Weird (and Keep Austin Weird) have evolved to a sort of motto, sounds like-a pledge by those in Austin to keep Austin friendly for those in subcultures and subinterests, for small businesses with big ideas, and therefore “weird” to the rest of Texas (which is heavily conservative).

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What better cause for Digital Nails, a geeky lacquer company, to support? ;)
Keepin’ It Weird is a grape jelly purple jelly polishwith a mix of iridescent shapes and colors (I see hexes, squares, and teeny tiny shreds!) and itty bitty holographic glitters. The overall effect is beautiful translucent purple with sparkles in all colors of the rainbow! I love the effect the iridescent glitters give in a jelly polish.
The formula on this was a little thick-those iridescent tend to thicken up a polish, I’ve noticed-but not unmanageable. First coat went on a little patchy but that may be fixable with some thinner. Second coat evened it out, and I put on a third coat because I wanted it to look a little darker-like it does in the bottle. The photos don’t quite accurately capture the color of the polish-it is a little more red than shown, and a little brighter.
Photos shown are of three coats of Keepin’ It Weird with one coat of Gelous and one coat of Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That topcoat, which, by the way, is amazeballs.
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And in bright indoor light:
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Overall this polish is a definite keeper-it’s funky and just a little bit weird, in the best of ways! This is something I’ll put on when I feel like being an eccentric housewife. ;)
Keepin’ It Weird will be available for purchase “sometime in April” according to Raphaelle, so keep a weather eye out!
Disclaimer: This bottle was provided for my honest review. Honest, guys. For cereal.

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