I'm sure that by now you've all realised that leaving my nails in a normal condition is something I just can't manage. So yesterday after I posted the pictures of the blue I took it off so I could see what the red looked like.
So, I put the red on and it was lovely and my nails stayed like that for several hours with plans to take pictures for you today, but a few hours passed and I just couldn't let them be. I just had to play.
What you see here is me not being satisfied with normal. So I present to you my retro 2-tone nails. The red is another in the Barry M Retro collection and is a lovely true red with that slight metallic shine to it. Another classic Hot Rod colour come to life.
Base: Barry M (Retro collection) - Tainted Love Base: Barry M (Retro collection) - Lady in Red Top: Models Own Pro - Diamond Clear Top Coat
Today I tried something that I've been wanting to for some time. I don't think I've ever researched something as much as I have for this.
BBQ Pulled Pork
I had many options and many techniques to choose from. I chose the type of texture and flavour profile I wanted and settled on a plan.
Last night I I did a very basic dry rub. Sea Salt Smoked Hot Paprika Mexican Oregano Black Pepper Cumin Garlic Powder Chilli Powder Dried Chilli flakes
Today I popped it into the oven to cook. First at 200 C to brown it, then I covered it and turned it down to 125 C for about 5.5 hours. I kept checking it every hour or so to see how it was doing and check if it was going dry. It wasn't and I was very happy with the progress and result.
Afterwards I made a BBQ sauce using essentially the same spices as the rub with a couple of additions.
English Mustard Red Vinegar Cider Vinegar Dark Brown Sugar
So, shred, mix, eat. This was a roaring success. I'm glad I bought 2 pork shoulders now.
So this morning when I got up for work I checked the weather to see if it was again going to be warm, because you just never know in England. It was, so I thought "Right, first day of sandals at work." Then I realised that I hadn't painted my toes.
You've never seen someone paint their toes so fast. I grabbed the first bottle of dark fast drying polish I could lay my hands on; which happened to be the Rimmel purple I was wearing on my hands last week.
Thankfully the 60 sec dry time that Rimmel boasts is actually true and I wore my sandals to work today, thankfully.
This sparkles like mad. I've taken this shot in the sunlight, but it was overcast. So you can actually see the colours. The sparkle top coat is purple glitter with some blue glitter in there too. A friend sent it to me from the States.
Base : Gosh - Purple Heart Top : Sinful Colors - Frenzy
My new vacuum cleaner arrived today and it is awesome. Dysons may seem expensive, but they are more than worth every penny. I won't have to buy a new vacuum for at least anther 10 years, just like the last one.
It may seem domestic to the max to be excited about a vacuum, but for me this is innovative technology. New technology shouldn't just be about the computers I use.
As usual I'm a bit sparkly and again it was hard to take the shot. I know this is a little blurry, but the ring finger shows the second top coat best. The glitter coat is obvious, but the Nubar coat is subtle and you need a glare of shine to see it. It givess the while thing this metalic shine.
Base: Barry M - Cobalt Blue First Top Coat: Models Own - Ibiza Mix Second Top Coat : Nubar - 2010
#Nikola has taken to sucking on +James Desborough ear. This shot doesn't convey just how absolutely hilarious this is. There are sucking sounds too and if James tries to move his head away, Nik will just keep going for it. He is so funny. I knew he was doing this but this is the first time I've seen it. I was laughing so hard I was crying.
The village fete was today and every year they have a table selling used books. Every year I scour the table and the boxes below it for something wonderful; and I usually succeed. This year there was less success, but success nonetheless.
This is a 1977 printing of Through The Looking Glass. The cover is embossed with this metallic leaf. The inside cover is filled with Alice and the interior has B&W and lovely colour illustrations throughout. It's a nearly perfect condition and only cost me £1.
I bought more nail polish. I know, shocker. How could I resist Barry M's little retro collection though? Anyone looking for good shiny slightly metallic primary colours should grab these.
Base: Barry M (Retro collection) - Tainted Love Top: Models Own Pro - Diamond Clear Top Coat
The blue is very blue and slightly metallic. Like you'd see on the old Hot Rods. In some light it looks purple even though which is lovely.
The top coat is part of Models Own Pro line which is 3 Free. I mention my top coat specifically though for one reason; it smells. I know all polish smells, but this smells good. It took me a bit by surprise if I'm honest, but I like it.
I am a bookworm. To many this won't be a surprise. Following a conversation with +Ryan Northcott and +Christopher Helton I thought I'd share a list of the authors I've been reading recently. Books that I've devoured with gusto and think others really should be reading.
Currently reading Jasper Fforde - The Woman Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next series)
Ben Aaronovitch - Peter Grant Series Simon Morden - Samuil Petrovitch Series Jim Butcher - Codex Alera Series Walter John Williams - Dagmar Series Gavin Smith - Veteran Series
All of these authors and the listed series I've read in completion or the most recent of in the last month or so.
Bought 3 more nail polishes today. I was actually looking for some purple glitter polish, but ended of with 3 purple metallics instead.
Pinky: Posh - Purple Heart (it is purple, but it's hard to see here as there is a metallic silvery duotone) Ring: Miss Sportty - shade 450 (It's really very plum with a metallic sheen) Middle: Accessorize - Shade 38 (Rather sheer so is a good top coat) Index: Posh with the Accessorize over it.
It should be no surprise to anyone that I love books. I've been reading adult books since I was about 6 years old. My mom was (and is) an avid reader and so I grew up surrounded by and loving books by whole life. I've taken this into my adult life and I still read a lot.
Over the years I've read many good books by many good authors. I have several favourite authors that I keep returning to. Authors who's books I will re-read many times and who I get excited just thinking about a new book from them.
While I do have many favourites for many reasons, there is still one author who stands just that little bit taller. Robert Heinlein. I can't explain why and I even had a hard time reading Stranger in a Strange Land; which I did eventually manage to read. Still he's something of an amazing man with an amazing mind and ability to write.
Who is that one author that stands just a little taller than your other favourites for you? My husband says he doesn't have one, but I think everyone does. One or two authors that shine just a little bit brighter for you.
So you all know how much I love to cook and my general obsession with food. So time for a food circle so that when I make those posts like I made earlier about my gnocchi and I can let you know that I have been playing in the kitchen again.
There won't be tons of them, but there will be notifications. So who wants in?
Reshared text: The other Red Dog Designs polish post I got is up. I really cannot recommend these polishes enough. There are 2 more in the collection I didn't get but I'm sure they are jsut as awesome.
My obsession with Bowie know no bounds. No musician captures me in the way that Bowie does. Ziggy got me through my teen years. There isn't a time when I don't ant to listen to his music. Any mood can be combined with a Bowie album and nothig can't be solved by listening to him.
Base - Nubar: Dolcetto Top - Models Own : Ibiza Mix
This is one of the Nubar polishes I bought recently. I've worn it a couple times now. It's a very wine-y red/purple. Depending on the top coat it can look more red or purple, but this is pretty much straight up. Really happy with the colour.
I cleared up some of the book clutter from the bedroom. That stack of "Have Read" and "To Read" had merged and was beginning to get stacked a little high. This isn't all of it, just the ones stacked on my side of the bed. And yes, most of these are books I've read so far this year.
It's a little scary how fast we fill up bookshelves.
When I went out to the shop earlier, I noticed this glimpse of purple. When I came back I had a closer look and several little bunches of these flowers had popped up at the base of one of the holly trees.
We've had these in our backyard off and on for a while and I've no idea what they actually are.