Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dressies, Mugs, and One Finished Project

Good morning, loves~ Just wanted to send out a quick hello! Last night I started a very special, very secret fun PROJECT that I will be able to share with you in a few weeks. It's something I've never done before, and I'm very excited. I wish I could say more! Tonight I have dance until late late late, (it's RakStar's last practice before the weekend at the Renaissance Festival!), so here is a quick note before I can make a proper post for you.


A new dressie I got at Target a few weeks ago ♥ It's polka dot!

A new beer mug I found at Unique, a thrift store in Burnsville. It was only $2.49!

Before and after of a bottle cover I made on Monday night. I used sock weight yarn, but an H hook, so it didn't take too long! I made it for the Renaissance Festival; I'll be working, so I can't have modern things like strawberry-printed water bottles! Belly dancers didn't have those then .. Too bad!

Have a wonderful hump day! Toodles~
Monday, August 29, 2011

I Don't Care if Monday's Blue #2

Hello! I hope everyone had an exciting weekend! Mine was tiring; almost 24-straight hours in a hospital, while my friend was in labor, with only one hour of sleep, (in a car!) really wears you out. BUT, I also wasn't the one in labor for a whole day, either! It was an awesome weekend, but I could sleep for a day. In fact, I think I will share these sites with you and take a quick nap before supper, just like I used to in high school. I'll tell Mark to wake me up when the food is ready!

Me! MaDonna! in St. PaulBefore we went to the hospital, we wandered around St. Paul for a while and did some window shopping.

Hey Buuuuuuddy: A Pauly Shore Q&A. Quit harshing on my gig so hardcore, cruster. Awoooo~

Memories of the Original Game Boy. This is an older post, but it's still great. This blogger translated some comments from 2ch, (the less-incredibly-awful, Japanese precursor to 4chan), featuring memories of the first Game Boy. It's cool to see that the woes and thoughts on the handheld are the same in any country. "Borrowing batteries from the TV remote." Me, too!

Kelly-Anne's Meme Face. Cracking me up, right now.

Ron Swanson + Winston the cat in ONE VIDEO. Two of the best creatures living on earth. Ever.

Nintendo Legend. This guy is on a quest to review every North American Nintendo game. Wow!

Thunder Chunky. Awesome design and illustration blog; the colors are great, but the name is the best.

Shock Value by Jason Zinoman. A review of a book about some sweet horror movie directors, (George Romero secret heart), that really makes me wanna go to Barnes and spend some money. Has anyone read this?

But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a life time, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.

- Haruki Murakami
10 points to Kittendor!!

Star Trek Theme Park. In Jordan?! (Not Jordan, MN. Bum-mer..)

NEW PROFESSOR LAYTON! I just burst into song about this. My song also included the phrase "Eat some milk dudes!" but I think that has more to do with my need for sleep. I love Professor Layton and I've been SO excited for this one. Better yet - it comes out the day before my birthday! Thanks, Professor!




There ya have it! Now I'm off to sleep. See ya later, milk dudes!
Friday, August 26, 2011

You Were Bigger & Brighter & Whiter Than Snow

Fall
Don't click through and gasp at the prices on these items I picked! I chose for the prettiness of them and ignored the prices..

Fall is my favorite season, hands down. I love the cosy fashion, the smell of new notebooks (still!), spice scented candles and pumpkin flavored lattes. It's a perfect time to break out all the wonderfully sad and pretty playlists for your final walks before it's too cold, (my favorite, if you can't tell, is The Cure's "Disintegration.") I think one of the reasons I love this time of year is that it seems so fleeting, as dramatic as that sounds. Summer is so hot hot hot and when things finally settle down for some crisp weather, it starts to freeze overnight. You gotta take advantage of it while you can! (Also, to be fair, my birthday just so happens to be in fall. Hmm...) Anyway! To prepare, I've come up with a list of My Autumn Essentials.

STOCKINGS, SWEATERS, AND SCARVES
Just because the temperature drops doesn't mean you have to pack away your summer dresses. Cable-knit socks, ribbed fingerless gloves, bulky scarves - throw them over that sundress! Do you really want to wear jeans and only jeans straight through until May? No. My favorite: pairing up leggings with knee-high socks. Double warm, double cute! My biggest weaknesses are wearing layers and clashing patterns.

BOOTS
My three favorite pairs for the season? My all-over flower print Docs, my cherry decorated rain galoshes, and my sparkly purple, but sadly tattered, combat boots.

YUMMY SMELLS
As I type this, I'm burning my new TRI-SCENTED candle from target. That's right. Pumpkin spice, caramel pumpkin, and cinnamon sticks. I also keep a healthy supply of incense, too, for cosy movie nights or to relax and warm up when I get home from work.

Pumpkin Spice Candle

MUSIC
How romantic...
  • The Cure - "Plainsong"
  • Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Spellbound"
  • Sisters of Mercy - "Walk Away"
  • Mumford and Sons - "The Cave"
  • Against Me! - "Wagon Wheel (cover)"
  • VNV Nation - "Beloved"
  • AFI - "Synthethesia"
  • Regina Spektor - "Pound of Flesh"
  • The whole Lost in Translation soundtrack
  • Bloc Party - "This Modern Love"
  • The Smiths - "Ring Around the Fountain
  • Interpol - "Roland"
  • Jimmy Eat World - "Lucky Denver Mint"
  • Placebo - "Running Up That Hill (cover)"
  • Le Tigre - "Eau d'Bedroom Dancing"
  • Murder by Death - "Intergalactic Menopause"
  • Neko Case - "Deep Red Bells"
  • New Order - "Ceremony"
STOP ME!

TEA
Of course. I'm admittedly a coffee girl, but tea and the changing of the season really does it for me. "Hot Cinnamon Spice" from Caribou is wonderful, and so is Tazo's "Focus," which is a black tea with cocoa peel and orange essence. It's actually the yummiest ever. I just bought Vanilla Caramel Truffle, I think Archer Farms brand, and I'm still trying to figure out if I like it or if I'm bored by it. Has anyone else tried it?

CHEESY HALLOWEEN STUFF
I have gotten the sweetest stuff at Target's dollar section during October. Halloween is my second favorite holiday and I wish all year round could be silly skulls, dancing skeletons, pumpkin jewelry, and vampire bat home decor. Stock up now! So says the hot pink, glittery skull sitting on my desk at work. Also? HALLOWEEN SONGS. Best ever. Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party" - I mean, come on. Watch this space for some sweet Halloween playlists in a few months.

PRETTY AND WARM COLORS
For your clothes, jewelry, nail polish .. dark mustard yellows, rusty orange, deep amethyst, near-black ruby red. Are these even on the "warm" section of the color chart? I honestly don't think so, but I don't care, they make me feel warm. Hmmm, COBALT GREY. I love you, charcoal. Everything charcoal grey. Which I really know isn't technically a "warm" color. Whatever! Gun metal.

<3

WHAT ELSE?
Faun decor | Victoria's Secret hoodies | Halloween TV episodes | New down comforters | Matryoshka doll jewelry | Brown lip gloss | Hot Chai tea in the morning | Curled pigtails | Dark red dresses with bright white stockings | Checking out the back to school sales at office supply stores | Bags full of new yarn (wool and sock weight, please!) | Fireplaces | Hot apple cider! | Kitty cuddles in bed | Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts

And, lastly ...

CHRISTMAS LISTS
Duh! Better to get a head start on your dream list for the NEXT season. It's always fun to look ahead, right?

So, what are your favorite parts of fall? What do you absolutely NEED during the season or what are you totally looking forward to?
Thursday, August 25, 2011

Intermittent Kitten #3

Chester edition! What a fluffy, eye-boogery ragdoll! Living proof that cats can get away with anything as long as they are breathtakingly cute. Now, excuse me while I go scrub his puke out of my cream-colored carpet and pick his poop up off the bathroom floor.

Ragdoll Chester
Nini baby!

Chester KittyRegal Mr. Meow

♥ ♥ ♥

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

FINISHED PROJECT: Miss Game Boy

What's up, baby bottle pops? Check this out. Double-d dork, I know, but I like them. A little rough since they're my first pair, but I'm happy that I managed to create the pattern myself! What do you think?




I used Paton's Classic Wool in Natural Marl, Lion's Brand Jiffy in Citron, and Red Heart Super Saver in Black, Red, and Soft White. I made the first one up on Sunday night and then made the second one tonight between 8:30 and 11, perfect for some Teen Mom, Daily Show, and the Colbert Report. I need to get speedier!


Monday, August 22, 2011

I Don't Care if Monday's Blue

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all survived the weekend .. I barely did. (hee!) Here are some sites and blog posts that I've been enjoying for the past week!


Ophelia's Apothecary. Lovely Etsy shop of handmade candles, perfumes, and other bath goodies. I've created quite a wish list already! The tinted lip balms and whipped body butter! Yum!

Em&Sprout. Another Etsy. Look at those Mary Janes! This shop is so cute and really makes me wish I had the space to start felt-working, (I have so many ideas!). I love that deer headband...

CVS & Walgreens Drugstore Makeup Haul. I love buying makeup at a drugstore. I never feel the need to buy half the stuff that I end up getting until I'm standing in front of a display at Walgreens. Concealor? SURE. Crackle nail polish? Gotta have it! This blogger's haul has me drooling, bonus points that she got this all in Minneapolis.

Spelunky Mini Figures. Cute!! I loved playing Spelunky, even though it got too hard for me, and I love these little figures even more.

La Carmina's New Travel Show on Huffington Post! How exciting! She's super pretty and equally sweet and I can't wait to see what other places she visits. Watch the first episode here.

GameCenter CX on Kotaku. This has been one of Mark and my favorite shows for a long time, and now Kotaku is releasing subbed, partial episodes! I'm not too happy with some of it (They cut out a lot of content! And the narrator is nearly unbearable..), but its still more than what we had before of it. This show has dozens and dozens and dozens of episodes in Japan, I just wish they were all released here on DVD. Really, really funny.

Tweet Reach. For all of you who are curious about your tweets.

Gabe's True Blood Recaps on Videogum. I love True Blood as much as the next girl, but Gabe's recaps crack me up. Example: "Sookie has a sex dream about Eric. Oh wait, Bill is there too. GROSS. This is going to be VERY GROSS. They all start barfing and wiggling around in the barf and Sookie screams “barf on my face! barf on my face!” and they do."

Anika's Review of the Nike Training Club App. It's downloading right now. I can't believe it is free.

Le Gothique. Awesome blog I found at work; lots of makeup reviews and features like "What's in my bag," which I never get sick of.

Skulls and Bacon. Why not?

Gundam in Pieces Time Lapse. When I was in Odaiba, the only part of the Gundam up were his feet! Now he's torn down in pieces.

Statigram. Because of course I want to know how often I use certain filters .. in pie chart form!! NOW!!! (My most used one is Earlybird, by far!)

Last but not least, here is a video that got me through Monday! "You rock like a pansy, little slap ASS." ILU, Sifl & Olly.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Minneapolis Love

I recently took a day trip to Minneapolis and I was so happy to visit the Walker Art Museum! There was a John Water's exhibit and it was a beautiful day out. What else do you need? Here are some pictures from my day, including a sculpture you may or may not recognize.



On the way home, we drove by the dance studio that we go belly dance at sometimes!








The walls in the Walker's lobby.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

FINISHED PROJECT: Interim Mitts

Hello! Here I am with one of my finished projects! I haven't finished anything for real for real in a while, just little things. I made a pair of fingerless gloves from a pattern I found on Ravelry named Interim Mitts. I used Patons Kroy Socks yarn in "Cameo Jacquard" and an E-hook. The first mitt took forever because I didn't have the hook that the pattern and yarn called for, so I had to modify the pattern to fit my arm, but I made the whole second mitt today! It only took about five hours from chain-1 to the final woven end. I'm very happy with my finished product. I added a little lacy round on the end and didn't do the thumb. If I was a less lazy person, I would redo the first one again; the first chain round is very, very tight, BUT it fits regardless, just a lot of work to get on.

I hope you like them! I would make them again. The sock yarn is so pretty and I love this self striping pattern. It makes me excited for fall and hot cider and tea and brown leaves.

YarnThe yarn when I started! MMMMM.





My My Makeup

I love makeup, just like most girls (and some boys) I know. Admittedly, I'm not the best makeup artist, but I've found what I love, what I can do, and what products work the best for me! Here are some new products I've just found and some old standbys.


Alright, let's see what we have here. On the left are some of my gypsy oils from the Renaissance Festival in Sage, Satyr, Iona, Frankincense & Myrrh, and Untitled (it's a light smell, with white patchouli!). I'm so excited that I'll be back at the RenFest in a few weeks so I can get some more! To the right is a big, cheap face brush from Hot Topic, a brand new angled eyeliner brush from Target, NYC City Curls mascara (haven't used that yet!), and Cover Girl loose powder in Translucent Medium. I have recently started using powder, because I don't like how regular foundation covers my freckles! This is light enough that you can still see my skin, but it just evens it out a little.

To the right of all that are some more new items! Thanks to Irene's Instagram picture, I was adventurous and bought Sonia Kashuk gel eyeliner in ebony. I found it at Target! Next is some new blush from E.L.F. in Mellow Mauve. I'm so sad - my favorite blush, M.A.C. Plum Foolery, is all out and I'm not sure the next time I'll be by a M.A.C. store (or when I can spend that much on more blush), so hopefully this $3 substitute will do the trick until then. Above those are E.L.F. glitter liquid eyeliner in Stardust and the classic N.Y.C. black liquid eyeliner. Down to the right is a stick of M.A.C. white eyeliner (in Fascinating) and E.L.F. black eyeliner pen.

MakeupA good girl's makeup bag is 70% black tubes.


EyeshadowsUnderneath all of that is my favorite part - eyeshadow! I love powder shadow; they are so fun to blend, mix, and play with! I have a LOT of sample size eyeshadow powder pots from Pure Luxe Cosmetics - those size containers are only $1 and they last forever! There are tons that I buy that I don't like, also, so I don't feel bad if I only drop a buck to try them out. Some of my favorites on that site: Chocomint, Chocolate Grapes, Retro, Ballerina, Frou Frou, Tart, and Galaxy. Also shown, my truest love, Sugarpill's Goldilux and Manic Panic Nefertiti. Another item that I need to go buy more of is Urban Decay's Magic Potion foundation cream. Love that!

So what do you think? What do you use! My lovely friend Lara made a post for me on her (sadly, private) journal and thanks to her, I want to go out and buy some new lip glosses! I totally realized that I forgot to post lipstick! But, to be honest - I don't wear it that often. I have M.A.C. Viva Glam in Lady Gaga (bubblegum pink!), but I usually just stick with Burt's Bees and C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve.

I'd love to hear any suggestions or awesome products that you use!


Monday, August 15, 2011

18 Ways to Cure Summer Boredom

Summer Light
Summer Light by autumnsonata


Ah, summer. Most of us dream through the cold, winter months about sundresses, walking out the door without a coat, popsicles, late nights on patios, swimming pools, lightning bugs... Anything that sounds heavenly when the temperature reads below zero. Summer represents a time to be carefree; no school, no bedtime, no deadlines. However, nothing can stay perfect forever. July is over and we've had this freedom for more than two months now. That means that we're knee-deep in August, and ... boredom has set in.

Once the bulk of summer has passed, so can the novelty of the season. True, you can leave the house without a coat, but with a heat index of 115F, who wants to? You don't love summer any less - you just need to have some space. For those of you us who wouldn't mind hanging out inside (with the air conditioning) for a while, here are 18 fun ways to pass your time:


MAKE GUACAMOLE
The first thing I thought of when I decided to create this list was guacamole, which may be because I just love it. I typically think of this as a summertime food! Guac is simple to make and, best of all, requires no heat! Perfect for a hot day, then. Here's how I make it! Buy three avocados, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, red pepper flakes, red onion, and cilantro. (And sometimes I cheat and buy a packet of extra-spicy guacamole powdered mix.) I learned how to tell if an avocado is ripe from one of Alton Brown's TV shows on Food Network: squeeze the fruit and if it feels kind of like you are squeezing the palm of your hand (some give, but not so squishy!), then you are good! I've also heard that if you can pull the little stem nub off the top easily, its ripe or close to.
  • Cut the avocados in half, scoop out and throw away the pits, and spoon all the insides into a dish.
  • Pour in some olive oil (not a lot!) and a good amount of lemon juice, which will help keep the snack green, not brown.
  • Start mashing! I use a fork for sure, but sometimes a paring knife to help cut down the bigger chunks right away.
  • Chop up your red onion into little squares. It's up to you how much you want to put in - it depends on how chunky you want your guac. I usually use about half of a small onion for three avocados.
  • Toss in the salt and red pepper pepper flakes to taste! At this point, you can add more lemon juice if it's not tangy enough. Add more olive oil if you want it more creamy.
  • Last, finely chop up some cilantro and throw it in! And if you are like me, eat some cilantro all by itself, yum!
  • Eat with tortilla chips, baby carrots, pita chips or bread, or a SPOON. That's my favorite way.


POLYVORE
I have very vivid memories from my childhood of days when it was too hot to go outside. I remember sitting on the floor, using the coffee table as a desk, and playing paper dolls and coloring in My Little Pony color books with my mom. I thought it was so cool that my mom was doing what I liked to do! Now that I'm as old as my mom was then, I don't blame her! My equivalent as of late is Polyvore, of course! The digital paper doll. And think, it is never too late to start planning your autumn outfits. Here's one that I made, inspired by cotton candy and the My Little Pony I colored back in '89.
My Little Reebok Pony


WATCH MAKEUP TUTORIALS
This is something I have most recently fallen in love with! Tired of same-old, same-old cat eye? Do you wear the same champagne-colored eye shadow every day, without fail? Search YouTube for makeup tutorials and be amazed at the inspiration you find. These girls are good! One that I just saw on Sugarpill's Facebook page: steampunk-inspired eyes. Way cool. If you get really inspired, film your own tutorial!


START A BOOK CLUB
With all the Harry Potter craziness lately, I've been really itching to read the books again. I haven't read them since Deathly Hallows came out in 2007! Wow, that was a long time ago. My best friend mentioned that she finally started watching the movies and someone suggested that she read the books. That got me to thinking - how fun would it be to read along with someone? Obviously, with jobs and other responsibilities, it might be a little slow going, but I think worth the extra effort. For light, summer reading, maybe skip War and Peace and go a little more on the Sookie Stackhouse level.


FIND A NEW SHOW ON NETFLIX
The ultimate way to relax inside on hot, humid days: totally veg out with an entire season of a show you've always meant to watch. I'm a sucker for hours-long TV marathons. I've spent many a time zoning out to X-Files or Dexter, but my most recent obsession? Parks and Recreation! Why didn't I watch this sooner?! Unfortunately, I finished the newest season and have to wait until September like everyone else. I hate cliffhangers, so when I have the opportunity to "Watch Next Episode" IMMEDIATELY? I feel drunk with power.

Parks and RecreationThey must have just finished watching season four of Dexter.


ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET
Don't be ashamed - you are not the only one who wants to organize your closet by color, cut, style, etc. Or wait... am I the only one? No. Go through your dressers and garment racks and really organize what you have. This is also the perfect time to purge what you cannot believe what's hiding back there! I recently found quite a few dresses in two-sizes-too-small that I finally got rid of. My reasoning? If I ever fit into that size again, I can celebrate by buying myself some brand new dressies!


TASTE TESTING PARTY
I love eating, no matter what the season is, and a fun way to pass the time is set up a taste testing party! You choose what to judge. Bloody Mary mix? Hummus? Microwave popcorn or gourmet cheese? Microwave popcorn WITH gourmet cheese?! Come up with a rating system and have everyone fill out note cards with their scores. For example: taste, packaging, smell, texture, overall presentation. After you finish, add up the totals and declare a winner!


BUY MAGAZINES
It might be my print journalism degree talking, but I have the biggest soft spot for buying piles of magazines at once. I love to get home, put them in a pile next to my bed, and read through them. I go page-by-page, reading the articles and looking at the design layout. What a geek, right? Buy a Real Simple and pick out a yummy supper to make the next day. Pick up a Nylon and find a new makeup product to try out. Read through a Cosmo and, well... decide what you want to try from those pages.


TRY A NEW HOBBY
I love new hobbies! I especially love making it a point to learn something new. That's how I started crocheting! Here are some ideas: crochet, knitting, painting ceramics, drawing, building model airplanes, maintaining a window-sill herb garden, learning magic tricks, creating balloon animals, making music videos, photography, rock polishing, taking care of new fish, making your own podcast, starting a blog (hey!) .. The list goes on!

Friendship braceletsYou can learn how to make friendship bracelets!



HOLD A VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT
Call up some of your best friends and put together a sweet video game tournament. Might I suggest Bomberman on Saturn? Time trials of Mario Kart on SNES? Otherwise, Bubble Bobble or Puyo Puyo would probably be my choices. Draw up a tournament match poster and fight to the finish. Run over to the closet thrift shop beforehand and fork over 75 cents on a sweet trophy for the winner. No matter that the statue shows a guy dunking a basketball! You can earn that bitch by defeating Rainbow Road backwards, son!

Bubble BobbleMy favorite! This game would be good for doubles!


WINE BOTTLE CANDLE HOLDERS
This summer activity is a little more intense than, say, watching TV all afternoon, but I promise that it is awesome. DesignSponge.com has posted an awesome tutorial on how to do this! All you need is a glass cutter, candles, matches, ice cubes, sandpaper, and lots and lots of wine bottles. The pictures in this guide show how to use the top half of the bottle to hold pillar candles, but I've seen the opposite, too! Save the bottom half of the wine bottle and place a shorter, wider candle in it.


PLAN A TRIP
It may be an actual possibility or it might only be a fantasy, but either way, planning out the details of an awesome trip can be super fun. I have a weakness for buying travel guides from the bookstore, but they have come in handy when I actually do get to go on holiday. Use these guidebooks to map out an itinerary. First, plan what the intention of your vacation is: sightseeing, relaxation, educational, shopping, or party! Or .. all of the above! Choose your hotel, mode of transportation, places you for sure want to check out and restaurants you know that you can't miss. When the time comes for you to get the hell out of Dodge, you'll be prepared!


NOSTALGIA SHOP ON EBAY
The other day I got to thinking about makeup cases. I've been using a pouch that comes with Clinique's free gift with purchase for a while and it is just not cutting it. I want a big case that pulls out, has compartments, and can fit a lot. Then it struck me: Caboodles! I wanted a Caboodle! Where could I find one of these? Sure, there might be modern ones at a store, but I wanted the real deal. So I turned to eBay. While I was there, I also filled my wishlist with a Furby, a Tamagotchi, a sweet Care Bears bag, and a Rainbow Brite VHS tape.


LEARN TAROT
Learning about Tarot cards was my big summer project last year. I saw one of those little boxes on a gondola by the registers at Barnes and Noble and grabbed it on impulse. It came with a full deck, miniature sized!, and a tiny book explaining the very basics of the Major and Minor Arcana. Within a week, my bookshelf contained half a dozen new books about reading the cards. It is really fun to study all the different meanings. (And, you can be your own fun party trick!)


FIND NEW PODCASTS
A big part of summer is road trips. For those of you who want to take a break from the tunes for a while (don't worry, you're not an awful person!), try some podcasts. One of my favorite things to do is to search through iTunes to see who shares the same interests as me. Some that I've found: Pokemon Podcast, YarnCraft, Retronauts, Savage Love, and a really sweet Tarot one, that I don't think airs anymore. Besides that, it gives me time to catch up on all the NPR shows I don't hear during the week: Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!, This American Life, Fresh Air, Radio Lab and the Sunday Puzzler. What do you listen to?


Podcasts

DOWNLOAD INSTAGRAM
Yeah, yeah, it seems like everyone's done it. BUT, cave in and enjoy. What I love about this iOS app is the social aspect of it. Not only can you be vain and artsy at the same time, but you can search through tons of tags and location links to peek into different people's lives. I'm following about 20 people from Japan right now. (And one who is from Japan AND crochets!)

PLAY LEGOS
Here is another awesome time-passer to play with your friends, and it might be possible after you do some of that memory-lane shopping on eBay. The sets that come with instructions are great, but I've always been a fan of just creating what you want with no guide. You'll be amazed at how much it all comes flooding back -- building a tall as possible, searching the pile for the perfectly shaped piece, comparing castles and cars. Almost therapeutic, no?

DIY BEAUTY ROUTINES
Perfect summer memories of mine: lounging on a wicker chair on my parent's back porch, sipping some iced tea, and reading new issues of Seventeen and YM. I loved the homemade beauty products and tried them constantly. Need fresh, clean skin in the hot summer? Put a spray bottle of lemon water in the fridge! Cucumbers on eyes? I did it. Mud face masks? I did it. I had a tiny little notebook full of ideas that I read in these. Right now, the eggs in my fridge are thisclose to being my new hair conditioner. What homemade beauty treatments do you use? CollegeFashion.net has some really fun ideas at their site!


So, what do you do? Let me know in the comments the ways you battle cabin fever? I'm excited to hear!
Thursday, August 11, 2011

Instagram Roundup!

Here are some fun pictures that I've taken on my iPod in the last week. Enjoy!











Monday, August 8, 2011

Curry Curry Curry Crazy!

Japanese curry is my number one favorite food! I love it so much. Markie made it for me when we started dating and I've been obsessed ever since. We make it for each other all the time, using S&B brand curry from the asian section of the grocery store. When we went to Japan in 2010, we found a curry restaurant the very first night in Shinjuku just a few minutes away from our hotel - we ate there and were amazed that it tasted just like at home!

My desktop at work! Yum :9

Markie is making a batch right now, so here is some quickie food pictures I've been eying until our rice is ready.


GoGo (55) Curry@Shinjuku

Go Go Curry

Men-ya Coco-ichi Curry Ramen
MMMM, Curry Ramen Soup! (Those eggs look amazing.)


Mmmm.... curry
Perfect with a beer!


Oh, timer just went off! Supper time :9 This is my curry tonight! Thanks Markie! ♥

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Pink Again!

Pink Hair
I did it again! The last time I had dyed my hair was New Year's Eve and it has been blonde for months now. My best friend, Channa, was willing to dye it for me (two whole bottles! my hair is so long right now), so I took full advantage of that! We were on break at work when we did it, so I could just run down to my friend working at Mia & Maxx salon to rinse it out for me. I'm so happy with it. Also, appropriate - yesterday was Miss Twinkie Chan's birthday, so that makes so much sense.

I used RAW's Fushia Fatale! I'm wearing a Tripp dress, my favorite charm necklace (with a strawberry, pentacle, 5 yen piece and Ichigo-Rilakkuma), tons of bangles just handed down to me and pink sweetheart earrings from I'm Your Present. I wish I had a better camera, because my eye makeup was awesome last night! I used powder eyeshadow from Pure Luxe and Sugarpill.


Girls night = Frosting Flavored Vodka ♥

Channa and I had girl's night last night and it was so much fun, but I'm not feeling much fun today because of it. Markie is still out of town on his boy's weekend, so I'm home alone for a little while longer. I'm laying on the couch, eating some spaghetti, and watching a marathon of Toddlers and Tiaras. Sunday funday, for sure! Toodles ♥
 
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