Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Caracita and some of her favorite cats

I get a lot of emails asking me what or who Caracita is.
Caracita is the silly name I call my absolutely wonderful rescue dog, Cara, and Cara is my blog mascot! (Don't tell her - she might start demanding premium dog food in return!)

This is her favorite place to nap.  She likes to keep an eye on what's going on outside (and then growl at every chipmunk, dog, and tricycle-riding child that goes by.  Like me, she could benefit from a good pair of glasses).

When we visit my parents, her favorite resting spot is Paco the Chihuahua's bed.
Paco does not appreciate Cara's bed-stealing ways.

And just for fun, a few kitties.
This is my little Delilah making a weird face sitting in my work bag.  
Cats love all boxes and bags! (And heels too, apparently!  Did you see the picture I posted on Twitter of Heidi sitting in my shoes?)

My parent's cat, Halo, watching bugs and frogs in their pond.  Isn't he adorable?

Hope everyone had a great Wednesday!  It is starting to cool down around here and it was just beautiful outside today.  Tomorrow is my very last day of class - I am going to miss my students so much!!  I am looking forward to having lots of free time (which means more polishing - plus I just found my Konad stuff!), but I will really miss this great group of students.  I've enjoyed teaching this course so much.

Have a great Thursday (I have a fun patriotic manicure to show you all tomorrow)!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

China Glaze Vintage Vixen - Part 3 of 3

Today I have the last four of the gorgeous new colors in China Glaze's Vintage Vixen Collection.  I have been so pleased with this collection.  China Glaze really knows how to nail a great, glittery polish, and this collection clearly reflects that.  I've been wearing Swing Baby (which I posted swatches of yesterday) all day today and I have gotten so many compliments!

Today I have my absolute favorite in the collection, Midnight Mission, as well as three other gorgeous glitters: Emerald Fitzgerald, First Class Ticket, & Bogie.  Let me know what you think!!


Midnight Mission
I LOVE this dark, glittery blue!!  It is GORGEOUS.  Deep blue, loaded with glassy silver glitter and shimmer.  It is just amazing.  Covered well with two coats and dried quickly.


Emerald Fitzgerald
I kind of love this name :)  Emerald Fitzgerald is a deep, dark green with very fine silver shimmer.  When I first saw this, I wondered if it was a Watermelon Rind or an Emerald Sparkle dupe - but it isn't either.  Emerald Fitzgerald covered well with two coats and dried quickly.


First Class Ticket
First Class Ticket was really hard to photograph, but it is a really cool color.  I wore First Class Ticket this past weekend and couldn't get over how gorgeous it was in the sun.  First Class Ticket is a dark purple base full of fine red and blue glitter - very unique.  First Class Ticket covered well with two coats.


Bogie
Bogie is a really unique, unusual shade.  It is a dusty plum with loads of rainbow shimmer (you can see it better if you enlarge the pictures).  I was surprised how much I liked this one!  Again, it only took two coats for complete coverage.

I have really enjoyed China Glaze's Vintage Vixen Collection!!  I'd have to say my favorites are: Midnight Mission, Jitterbug, Swing Baby, Ingrid, Riveter Rouge, & Emerald Fitzgerald.  Ok, I didn't narrow it down much, but honestly, I like ALL 12 of the colors in this collection.  China Glaze did a nice job with this one.  
Pick up these polishes later this week - they come out in early July!

Check out the rest of the collection HERE and HERE :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

China Glaze Vintage Vixen - Part 2 of 3


I am falling more and more in love with China Glaze's new Vintage Vixen collection with every polish I try.  These next four are some of my favorites in the collection, which will be available early July 2010.  For pictures of Ingrid, Classic CamelRiveter Rouge, & Hey Doll, check out part 1 of the Vintage Vixen collection HERE.

Check out part 2 of the Vintage Vixen collection and let me know which ones you love!
And don't forget - all pictures expand if you click on them :)



Jitterbug
Jitterbug is a stunning, shimmery gunmetal silver/grey.  I really, really love this one and I don't have anything else like it.  I wore this two weeks ago and was so excited about it, but today I was able to wear it on a super-sunny day and I am blown away but how much it shines in the sun.  It is loaded with silver shimmer (very fine - no chunky glitters here).  Jitterbug covered well with two coats and dried very fast, like most China Glaze polishes. I plan on wearing this one a lot this summer - it is a great hot weather shade.  I need to find my Konad stamper and scraper because I really want to try Konading with this!  Jitterbug is an awesome shade and one of my favorites from the collection.  My first picture was taken in full sun, the second in the shade (both without flash).


Swing Baby
Swing Baby really surprised me.  It just looked like an average gold in the bottle, but in real life it is a shimmery platinum with gold undertones.  It is actually the exact same color as these adorable floral flats I picked up at Target over the weekend (even though my camera somehow distorted it to look darker).  I'm wearing Swing Baby tomorrow when I wear my new shoes!!  Swing Baby is slightly lighter and less gold than it appears in these pictures.  I took more than 25 pictures of this color and still couldn't get it to capture right.  It is a very beautiful polish and I really love it.  I wasn't expecting to be this excited about this one.  Swing Baby took three coats for full coverage, but it still dried quickly.  In my opinion, Swing Baby is another excellent summer color.


Goin' My Way?
Like Swing Baby and Jitterbug, I can see Goin' My Way as a summer color - but Goin' My Way will also be a really excellent shade come fall.  Goin' My Way is a rich coppery chocolate that looks totally duochromatic in the bottle.  Goin' My Way is loaded with shimmer and glitter and reflects really nicely in the sun.  It is slightly brushstroke-y, which is something I never mind in a polish.  This one, like Swing Baby, really surprised me.  I wasn't excited about this one in the bottle at all, but I really love it on my nails.  I can see this being a great going to the beach polish.  It covered pretty well with just one coat, surprisingly, but I used two for full coverage.


Foxy
Isn't Foxy a cute name?  I'm pretty positive I had a stuffed animal fox as a child named Foxy.  And being a darker, kinda vampy red, "Foxy" is a pretty accurate name for this shade.  Foxy is a slightly burnt orange/coppery red.  It has a lot of shimmer, like the others, and covered nicely with two coats.  Foxy isn't my kind of color, but there is no denying it is a beautiful shimmer - and it seems rather original, in my opinion.




This is the beautiful butterfly that kept me company during this photo session :)

Which China Glaze Vintage Vixen polishes are your favorites?  Have you had a chance to see any of these in person?  Thanks for checking out the new colors!

My weekend, in pictures

Horseback riding!  This is my wonderful pony, Breeze.
She is so cute :)

Sailing - it's the schooner from Wedding Crashers!

Being attacked by pirates.

We were no match to their water guns.

That was the abbreviated version.  Here's the longer recap:
Kelsey and I took Kelsey's boyfriend's youngest sister horseback riding on Friday.  She was great - and I even got Kelsey to ride Breeze (something she hasn't done for more than ten years).

On Saturday, J and I went to Annapolis with his family, my family, his sister's boyfriend, and my sister's boyfriend for a day of sailing.  Sailing was fun (although I got a little seasick near the end of the trip), dinner was great (we went to a place called Reynold's), and it was RIDICULOUSLY hot.  So, so hot.

On Sunday, I discovered black nail polish on my carpet.  Ugh.  Thank you ALL for the suggestions!  I'll let you know what works soon!  Sunday I also managed to destroy my hair. I attempted to dye it brown (which I've been doing just fine), but this time it turned BLACK.  Which is kind of awful.  I've been shampooing like crazy and Evil Angel lent me some suggestions, so I plan to continue Operation Remove Black From Hair this afternoon.

And today I am polishing away so I can show you guys some more of China Glaze's gorgeous Vintage Vixens collection - which I should be posting soon!  Have a great day!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nail Polish Emergency! Advice?

My cats knocked a box of nail polish off my desk and one broke - and of course it has to be black.  What can I do?  Has anyone dealt with this before?


Thanks for your advice!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, J!

Today is J's birthday, and I promised not to blog (or use the internet at all) as a gift to him.  So I wrote this Friday and have it automatically posting because I wanted to wish him a very happy birthday from me, Emily, & the Caracita!! :D

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!!

And a quick PS:
Do any of you watch Whale Wars?  J and I just started watching it last night.  It reminded me how much I watched to see the documentary, "The Cove."  Has anyone seen that?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Guess that Nail Polish - Round Six - Mix!

I hope you guys enjoyed our last Guess that Nail Polish!  I got a total of 37 entries for our last Guess that Nail Polish, and I will have the answers for you on Sunday (sorry, tomorrow is J's birthday and one of his birthday wishes was that I wouldn't blog for the day!).  But I'll have everything for you on Sunday :)

Tonight I decided to do a fun polish mix for you guys!!  There are seven polishes total: 3 China Glaze, 3 OPI, and 1 Lippmann!  You need to correctly guess 6 of the 7 for a bonus entry to the giveaway (and I'll be randomly selecting 5 people from all the correct guesses).  You are guaranteed a bonus entry if you correctly guess all 7!

So on to the polishes... and let the games begin!!


Guess that Nail Polish - Reveal

Tonight I have the answers for Guess that Nail Polish - OPI, and on Sunday I'll announce all the correct winners and then randomly select 5 (I'm thinking I'll just make a list with the correct answer-er's names and random.org 5 numbers). 

1. My Chihuahua Bites! (I got this one for my mom years ago because she has two Chihuahuas - but only one of them bites!)

2. Do You Lilac It? (A very, very favorite of mine)

3. My Private Jet (one of many versions!)

4. Fiercely Fiona (yellow in some lights, green in others)

5. Overexposed in South Beach (I won this from Laura's giveaway - it's gorgeous!)

6. Jade is the New Black (Can't wait to wear this one this fall)

7. Merry Midnight (so gorgeous!!)

Thanks everyone for playing!!  Enjoy the next round - which I'll be announcing in just a few minutes!

China Glaze Vintage Vixen - Part 1 of 3


China Glaze Vintage Vixen
Fall 2010 Collection
Part 1 of 3

China Glaze's new Vintage Vixen Collection is so completely and perfectly autumn.  Where is my sweater?  I'm ready for the leaves to start changing because I can't wait to wear these colors all through the fall!


Hey Doll
Hey Doll is a dark mauve-ish with lots of shimmer and a very slight frost.  This was the only one of the four that took three coats; the other three only needed two coats.



Riveter Rouge
I really, really love this name - and I really, really love this color.  Bright red with lots of silver shimmer and medium gold glitter (which collects in the bottle in a very cool-looking way).  This has some really great shimmer.  Covered great with just two coats and dried really fast.


Classic Camel
Another name I love!  This makes me want to get all warm and cozy.  I seriously used to have a sweater this exact color - one of those sleeveless sweaters that you never know what to do with (seriously, when are you supposed to wear a sleeveless sweater?).  But I loved that sweater and I was willing to freeze in the winter in it and roast in the spring.  This color is much more versatile than my silly sweater was; I can see this as a an awesome shade for the summer, plus a really nice color for fall.  I think it would look great on darker skin or someone with a tan.  It dried quickly and covered well with two coats.


Ingrid
LOVE LOVE LOVE this color.  Dark taupe with loads of amazing gold shimmer.  Pictures don't do this one justice!  So beautiful in the sunlight.  This is one of those neutrals everyone loves.  I can see this being a very, very popular color.  Covered with two coats and dried quickly.

So what do you think of China Glaze's new Vintage Vixen collection?

Product provided by PR for review purposes.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nail Wrecks (Why should cakes have all the fun?)

Happy Thursday to my wonderful readers and fabulous fellow bloggers!!

I hope you guys had a GREAT day and kept nice and cool.  It was insanely, crazy hot here in MD today.  And of course my air conditioning decided to take a break, so it was SUPER HOT last night and today (I hosed poor Cara down 4 times in the last 24 hours.  She has resorted to running from me whenever I get near).  But the AC is back up and running and slowly cooling things back down.  Whew!  So how has your day been?   

On a different note...

I was perusing Cake Wrecks this evening and came up with a fun idea for a blog post... Nail Wrecks!!

I know we've all had them.  That time we tried to create a cool design (and it turned out SO not cool), or our attempt to use Konad for the first time (which I, unfortunaly, photographed for you all here many months ago), or our sad attempt at a Franken (mine resembled partially dried mud). 
Show me your Nail Wrecks and I'll post them all here (just send them in an email to BlogBabblingBrooke@gmail.com).  To start you guys off, here is one of my wreckiest wrecks:

Yes, I intended for this to be cheesy, but I REALLY wasn't expecting it to get this awful!!  The glitter, the argyle, the gold, the bows, my poor polished cuticles, and the very, very bright red.  I think rhinestones are the only thing that could have made this worse!

I'll have a new Guess that Nail Polish tomorrow, as well as the answers (and winners!) to our Guess that Nail Polish - OPI from last week!!  Have a great evening, everyone!

Brooke (& her family) Cooks - Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

After Magic Maid and I had a mouthwatering discussion about how absolutely delectable  peanut butter and chocolate are, I couldn't wait to share the amazing Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream my family and I made for Father's Day.

The recipe was very easy and the ice cream was great!  It comes out like soft serve (like most homemade ice creams), but you can freeze it for a few hours to make it firmer.


In a mixer, beat 6 eggs with 1/2 cup white sugar.  Mix until thick (it took about five minutes in the KitchenAid stand mixer).

While the eggs and sugar are mixing, heat 2 cups 2% milk in a medium saucepan over low heat.  When milk is about to simmer, remove from heat.  Pour the hot milk VERY SLOWLY into the egg and sugar mixture.  I like to do this while the mixer is running.  Go slowly or the eggs will cook and form little scrambled egg bits in the ice cream (which can be beat out with the mixer).

Once combined, pour mixture back into saucepan and return to low heat.  Cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until the mixture coats the back of a metal spoon.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/4 cups peanut butter (natural peanut butter isn't ideal for this recipe).  You can return it to the mixer in order to thoroughly blend peanut butter.


Stir in 1 1/4 cup half-and-half, 1 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

Cover and place in freezer for thirty minutes.  Switch to fridge for an additional two hours (or until chilled).  Or, place in fridge for a few hours or overnight.

Chop 12-15 large Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, or chop 20-26 miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  Place in freezer.

Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and start mixing.  Our very vintage ice cream maker ran for about ninety minutes.  Newer ones, such as on the counter mixers, should only take about thirty minutes.


Once ice cream has thickened, add chopped large Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and continue mixing for about five minutes.

Serve immediately as soft serve, or freeze for a few hours to a more solid consistency.  Enjoy!!


Ingredient list:
6 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups 2% milk
1 1/4 cups peanut butter
1 1/4 cup half-and-half
1 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
12-15 large Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

 
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