More manicure miracles

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

You may recall my discovery of Sephora’s nail films a few months ago. Well recently I’ve been eying a similar product from Sally Hansen. Here are the results, though on slightly stubby nails. (I’ve been working with my hands a lot recently which has caused some breakage.)

The color is called "Raise a Glass"

The packaging

There are a few differences between these and Sephora’s films.  These are essentially stretchy, tacky, oblong pieces of nearly dry nail polish, whereas the films were like mylar with an adhesive backing.  These even look and smell like polish and are removed with polish remover.  Therefore they are thinner and will not split into multiple layers that will peel apart in a couple days.  The package claims these will last up to 10 days.  I’ll get back to you on that.  At $9.95, they are a more economical option and I like that they come with a combination file and buffer as well as a cuticle stick.  More bang for your buck.  The strips also come in a wider range of colors and patterns than Sephora’s films.  The only area in which these are slightly inferior to Sephora’s product is in application.  It’s a little tricky to get them placed correctly.  And the first two that I applied ended up with a few air bubbles trapped under the strip.  But with a little practice, I’ll get it down.  The next color I want to try is a multi-colored glitter called “Frock Star.”

Good product, Sally.



April 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Earrings, earrings, what to wear?  I can’t remember the last time I bought earrings.  I’ve acquired quite a few ridiculous old-lady chic pieces over the last couple years (I’ve only worn one pair of them possibly twice).  But the last time I shelled out my own money for a pair?  I think it was in the Claire’s at Southwest Plaza before it moved upstairs and was renamed Icing.  So it’s been a while.

I refuse to wear any of the three pairs I’ve worn in rep over the last hrmlmum  years.  So here are a few options I spotted tonight on Piperlime.

Kate Spade

Kate Spade


Tinley Road

Tinley Road

Kate Spade

Betsey Johnson

Anybody want to submit a vote for their favorite pair?

The Bodega

April 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

Not your local corner store, and not the Boston sneaker shop.  I’m talking about The Bodega in Bushwick.

Cesar and I live up the block from the Bushwick wine bar.  Not as convenient as a garden level bar in your building, a la How I Met Your Mother, and yet so close to home that it is easy to overlook.  We’ve only been there a handful of times to celebrate a birthday or Halloween, or to sporadically attend local loft tenants’ meetings.  Every time we go, though, one of us inevitably asks, “Why don’t we come here more often?”  The answer until now has been that for the price of two of their delicious imported or micro-brew beers, we could buy a six pack of Lagunitas IPA.  (That’s not to say the bar is over priced at all, though, as most pints cost $6-$11, which is totally reasonable in New York, and they’re even cheaper when they run Happy Hour specials.)

That reasoning goes out the window with their brunch service, however.  This morning we ate the brunch of all brunches, complete with a Bloody Geisha that will put your favorite Bloody Mary to shame.  I ordered the Drunken French toast: two giant fluffy slices of french toast topped with sugary brandy butter, candied bacon, and a grilled banana, garnished with incredibly fresh strawberries.  Cesar ordered the Eggs Bodega: eggs benedict with gravlax instead of ham (whoa), poached eggs and a grilled tomato.  I think we were both close to tears after the first bite.  Our drinks, two giant meals, and a side of potatoes came to $26.00.  And frankly, it tasted like a $60.00 meal.

So we will definitely be returning and we implore everyone capable of commuting to The Bodega to try their brunch.  It’s been in a test phase for a few weeks now, and it would be a tragedy if they discontinue it due to low attendance.

Another Accessory

April 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

You know that game in nature and science magazines in which you must guess an object based on a close up picture of a minuscule detail?

Can you guess what arrived at my doorstep today?  I am so excited!

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