Guacamonut!

Guacamonut Hand

Mmm, avocado and donuts – together at last!

About five years ago I loved a short-lived television show by the name of The Good Guys. Starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks, it was an hour-long buddy cop comedy about two totally mismatched detectives, Hanks’ Jack Bailey, a young, eager, idealistic go-getter, and Whitford’s Dan Stark, an elaborately mustachioed 1980s throwback still riding high on the glory (and job security) of having once foiled a plot to kidnap the governor’s son. Dan’s so retro, he has virtually no regard for modern day annoyances such as paperwork, “smarty phones” or proper police procedure, and so despite actually being a great detective, he’s relegated to the minor cases (stolen humidifiers, dine-n-dashes) where he can’t screw things up too badly. Except he always does, and somehow, his simple little cases always devolve into major incidents, incidents that require the intervention of his more level-headed partner, his partner who in turn gets sucked into Dan’s craziness and wanton disregard for the very laws he’s sworn to uphold (in keeping with the retro vibe of the show, reckless, destructive car chases feature prominently.)

Dan’s also the kind of guy who swears by old school, in-the-car cop chow – the messier and more grease-soaked, the better. The man’s clearly got an odd relationship to food (when he’s sick, he eats nothing but Cool Ranch Doritos, because the “dust” cleans out his blocked nasal passages, and he was once suspended after opening a mayonnaise jar with his service revolver), although I think my favourite foodie invention of his has to be the guacamonut, which is exactly what you think it is – a cinnamon-dusted donut dunked in spicy guacamole. And while I can’t speak to how a guacamonut might actually taste (horrible, I’m assuming – not everything should be spread on a donut), I can definitely comment on how cute these guacamonut-inspired nails are! Although it’s taking every ounce of my willpower not to slap some sweet, sweet ‘stashes on those little avocados. Dan would so approve.

Sadly, The Good Guys has never been made available for (legal) download or purchase, which is a shame. It’s cute and clever, and Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford have phenomenal buddy cop chemistry. I was disappointed when it was cancelled after just one incomplete season, but obviously its inspiration lives on.

Guacamonut Fingers

Eau de Donut? (OMD3)

Donut Shop Collage

I’m not much of a perfume wearer (I should clarify that to add “at the moment”; I have in the past and I will again most likely in the future) and so when the final day’s theme in the Oh Mon Dieu Nail Art Challenge called for a mani inspired by the hashtag #mynailsandmyperfume, I was sort of befuddled. Then I remembered that though I may not spritz on a cologne every day, I *do* wear scents in other ways, like my never-far-from-reach scented cuticle oil from Sunny’s Body Products. Sunny’s roll-on cuticle oils are the only hand care products I use, primarily because their blend of good-for-your-skin oils has completely turned around my hand care routine (as in I had none before, and boy, did it show!) but also because she offers her oils – just about all her products, actually – in any one of over 500 different scents. Sunny’s also offers a number of generously sized sampler packs, so you can really go wild and choose a smaller quantity of many different scents.

That’s how I came to discover Donut Shop, a scent I’ve been meaning to try for ages now, but for the fact that I’m quite pestily uptight about making sure I’ve completely run out of a product before moving on to its replacement. It also seemed like a good fit for its two sampler mates, Blueberry Cheesecake and Blackberry Scone.

And while I can’t say that it smells like any donut shop I’ve ever frequented (which always smell like yeast, frosting and coffee) I do think it smells DELICIOUS, like a perfume my best friend wore in high school called Parfum d’Été by Kenzo. There is the very barest hint of bakery in Donut Shop right when you roll it onto your nails, but then it dries down into a lovely, light version of my friend’s perfume that I loved on her so very much (I loved borrowing her clothes, too, because they always smelled fantastic, and so very different from my all-vanilla – sometimes actual vanilla – approach to fragrance.) On its own, though, Donut Shop is a really lovely scent – sweet without being cloying, a touch floral without being musty, fresh without smelling like the chemical version of a mountain breeze. So nice.

The little donut charm I used here is from Daily Charme, and it wore very nicely. And as always, I highly recommend Sunny’s Body Products. I’ve placed maybe four or five orders with her now, and I’ve never had anything but great, super efficient customer service, speedy shipping and really well-made nail and skincare goodies. You can find Sunny’s cuticle oils (and body washes, and hand lotions, and sugar scrubs, and…) on her website here.

Donut Shop Hand

Pick Your Pastel Poison

Pastel PoisonI was feeling a whole lot undecided today when it came time to choose a theme for this manicure. Fruit? Pastries? Random sprinkles and dots? So in lieu of actually have to make a decision, I instead decided to employ the old every-finger-for-itself approach, combining all of my ideas into one super cute, perfectly pastel mani befitting the gorgeous “Has it really stopped snowing?” afternoon we’re all enjoying this fine Spring day. 🙂

Soul Donut

Soul Donut

For people of my generation (old, like the dinosaurs, only with better taste in music and indoor heating) there is no greater cultural touchstone than The Simpsons. Many of my friends adopt Simpsonese as a sort of short-hand to express everyday sentiments (when something strikes me as an incongruous mess, I’ll yelp, “Nuts and gum, together at last!” and my husband is fond of quoting Gordie, the 10-year-old in kindergarden who explains to Bart, “They think I’m slow ’cause I’m from Canada, eh?”) In many ways, even at their most absurd, the Simpsons seem more real than actual real people, and while I can’t say I’ve followed the show all that closely over the past decade, that yellow-skinned bunch of 2D freaks will always hold a special place in my heart.

These nails draw inspiration from “The Devil and Homer Simpson,” a short from the Treehouse of Horror IV episode in which Homer, feeling bereft of donut, announces that he’d sell his very soul for one of the sweet, round pastries, which the Devil Flanders, who shows up amidst much fire and brimstone, is more than willing to accommodate. But the Devil Flanders, much like regular, annoying Flanders, is a Chatty Cathy, and lets slip that should Homer not finish the donut, he can’t claim his soul. So Homer, being the jerk he so often is, taunts the devil for a bit and then takes the single remaining donut bite home, where he carefully puts it on a plate in the fridge surrounded by such helpful Post-Its as “Daddy’s soul donut; don’t touch!” But OF COURSE he touches, and yadda yadda yadda, his soul belongs to Marge. AS IT SHOULD, because that woman is a saint.

Here I tried to capture the dichotomy between the light and dark nature of the donut as a comment on the circularity of our lives. Or maybe I just wanted an excuse to paint horns and a halo on a pair of donuts? Who knows. And even though he’s a tad blurry, I’m super proud of my Devil Flanders. Painting branded characters and actually having them turn out looking like those characters is not something I’m particularly good at, so the fact that he looks a bit like Flanders (albeit with pointed horns) is highly encouraging.The Devil Flanders