Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop, Claire’s Candy Shop = NOTD

I became aware obsessed with the Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop polish when I read about it on Nouveau Cheap’s website, where she showed how to make a dupe of the polish. To try to recreate this gem, I found a few glitters that I think would work, but I never really found a pink that I thought would do it justice. Then one day (a couple of weeks ago now) I saw on Nouveau Cheap’s website that there was a DUPE at Claire’s!

I did make it over to a Claire’s (without speeding or breaking any laws)- tossed the young kids aside that were in my way there (just kidding) and made my way to the bins of nail polishes. Holding my breath and crossing my fingers, I was hoping there would be a Candy Shop polish there. Hooray for good karma (and swimming lessons when I was young), there it was! (Cue the spotlight and the “ahhhh” soundtrack.)  Below you can see it on my nails (I think this was 3 thin coats)…it looks much better in person or at Glamonthecheap.

That was about a week ago. This week I have Sinful Colors – Forget Now on my nails.

Sinful Colors Forget Now

Looking back I wore quite a bit of pink in February…I wonder what color March will have in store!


Photo of the Week – Down

OK- I am cheating…just taking random photos…but I do have to say so far this challenge is:

1. getting me to take more photos

2. getting me to look at things with intent (which is what I think about when I see Georgia O’Keefe’s work- flowers so close up that you lose the “flower” and just see the color and/or the shape)

which is why I wanted to sign up for this challenge…let’s hope the inspiration continues!

Theme: Down (I like the pattern/details in this one)


Here is one of my cheat photos-


And here is a gratuitous picture of my pup. Awww- cutie!


(This pose reminds me of Hong Kong Phooey…now who remembers that cartoon?)

hong kong phooey

A few details…

I love looking at photos of details…mainly jewelry, shoes, accessories, what people are wearing on their wrists, clutches with the pop of nail polish color, things like that. Here is my attempt at shots like those…

green and leopard detail

L'Oreal club prive and MK purse

nails, ring, necklace

Nails – L’Oreal – club prive
Ring – Bill Bunnell (Retired jewelry artist- one of my favorites!)
Necklace- modified the original from Target – my imitation of Giada’s necklaces and the gorgeous Tiffany one (below).

Giada TiffanyDiamondsByTheYard

Slaw, salads, and carbs


Always on the quest for yummy food as well good-for-you food I found this site which has amazing photos and recipes.

I tried a simplified version of the Roasted Sesame Winter Slaw and it’s pretty good- and only 3 ingredients! I used red cabbage, carrots and a yummy tahini sauce from Trader Joe’s.


While I do enjoy healthy and good-for-you foods, I also love carbs and I soo want to try this Easy Buffalo Chicken Stromboli. Maybe I can try it and work to make this recipe a little healthier…

Pillsbury Easy Buffalo Chicken Stromboli

Answers to Monday’s questions…

1. Is Nigeria a third world country? (when I googled this I found conflicting information- so I will let you look through this and decide)
Definitions of First, Second, and Third World Countries.

2. Is pneumonia contagious?

3. Who was the youngest US president?
Theodore Roosevelt – 42 years 322 days old

(I usually credit him with starting the National Park Service– but after a brief search it looks like that was Woodrow Wilson (who is on the $100,000 bill– who knew??). Although Theodore Roosevelt is credited with creating five new national parks.)

100,000 bill

100,000 bill obverse

4. What year did slavery end?
Emancipation Proclamation – 1863
13th Amendment – 1865

Emancipation Proclamation

5. Who is the largest private employer?
Walmartemploying 2.1 million

Hope you learned something…I know I did!

The Help, NOTD, and Smarter than a Fifth Grader…

Ahh- another weekend come and gone. We were fortunate and had nice, almost balmy weather on Saturday and on Sunday it was cold, sleeting, and then it turned to snow! (and by Thursday of this week it is going to be 70 degrees!)

Movie: The Help

Over the weekend we rented the movie The Help. No, I have not read the book– which is a little unusual for me, but ever since the book club I was in stopped meeting (gulp, it has been a few years now), I have not read as much.  I had heard a lot of buzz about the book and the movie so we decided to rent it for $1.26 from Redbox. I do like Redbox and cannot understand why OnDemand does not charge less- especially for the older movies- I would pay $2 to see a movie from OnDemand and not have to leave the house. Yes, there are a handful of movies for $1.99 but it seems each time I check, there is nothing I want to see. I should check again- it has been a while since I have looked at the OnDemand listing.

The movie was good- entertaining and thought-provoking. I can’t imagine living through those times. Sadly, racism is still prevalent …how do you end it? This is interesting timing though since the  ESPN editor was fired for the racial slur used in one of their headlines about NY Knicks player Jeremy Lin. And Saturday Night Live (SNL), always on top of the current news, did their skit about this- Linsanity Cold Open. Am I promoting it by placing these items on my blog? I hope not…


This color is L’Oreal’s Club Prive (3 thin coats). For those of you with an observant eye for detail- yes, there is one coat of…Sinful Colors Mint Apple on my index finger. Yes, the colors are similar- yes, I can see a slight difference and I am sure many of you can too, and yes, I have a bit of a nail polish problem.


And- funny observation- I think this color was inspired by…no, not the beautiful waters off the coast of…no, not the beautiful color boxes that Tiffany jewels come in- no…I think it was inspired by Xerox….

Nail polish inspired by...copier

(I am  Not ) Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Here were the questions- (for answers to these questions check back later this week. Or, if you can’t stand it, you can always Google it.)

1. Is Nigeria a third world country?

2. Is pneumonia contagious?

3. Who was the youngest US president?

4. What year did slavery end?

5. Who is the largest private employer?

For more questions you can watch the TV Show or visit – Fun Education.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Regret


Interesting theme for a photo. I try not to live my life with any regrets, and as many of you have probably heard-usually you do not regret the things you have done, usually you regret the things you did not do. Ironically, I did not get to take a photo of what thinking of for regret- but I hope to get to that this weekend.

I took a couple of photos- but not anything REALLY regretful (fortunately). Though the photo of the eaten red velvet cupcake may look like I am posting it because I regret eating it, I do NOT! I regret that it was all gone!! 🙂 There is a lady here dubbed “The Cake Lady” who makes the most DELICIOUS cakes (and cupcakes). This was red velvet on Valentines Day and it was delicious.

I did sneak a peek at one other person’s “Regret” photo of the week and I really like what they wrote to accompany their photo.

“No photographs of the things I regret having done, or things I haven’t done that I wish I had….the regret of not sending the birthday card in time, not calling on the phone in time, not leaving early enough in the day to be there to say good bye. The disappointment and sorrow of the human kind not in the archives.  A true challenge to come up with a response to the challenge.”

Red Velvet Cupcake...all gone  coffee

Next week’s photo theme is Down – take the challenge- you won’t “Regret” it.

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! (NOTD)

Hope you are enjoying Valentine’s Day- either with a loved one- family, friend, furry, or hopefully all of the above!

I love going green as much as I can, so when I saw this- I thought these are some neat ideas!

Green Valentine’s Day ideas
More Green-ish ideas

And this was the cutest- a cat licking a chocolate lab– and it makes him smile! Yes, I am partial to this because I have a chocolate lab too. Found the video on Huffington, but I think it may have come from PetTube?

And I did change my nail color- though I did love my Emerald green. I really like this one too- Sinful Colors Daredevil. It gives off a certain wattage I am sure. Not as cute of a manicure as Polish and Pearls, but definitely in the spirit of Valentine’s Day!