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Thursday, March 12, 2015

My 2015 Scrapbook

Before this year, for some reason, I thought that scrapbooking was a little bit overkill. Walking down the aisles of a craft store and seeing hundreds of packets of paper, stickers, and colored tape was overwhelming. I am a "saver" by nature and I always have been, but for some reason there was a big difference between stacking years upon years of birthday cards, movie tickets, and letters in a box and cataloging it by gluing it to a page and searching for coordinating embellishments to surround it with. 2015 rolled around and I changed my tune. Scrapbooking has suddenly been turned on to a younger crowd and I have jumped straight onto that bandwagon.

I heard about Project Life sometime in December of last year and was intrigued by the simplicity of the whole system. Not in the mood to glue a bunch of photos to a scrapbook page? No need. The clear pages come with multiple slots in various sizes and shapes. At my laziest, all I need to do is make sure the photos I'm including are printed to size to fit into one of the slots on my page. I bought a large pack of Design A to start (4 6x4 slots, and 4 3x4 slots) and have been happy with the layout. Project Life also offers card kits, which are decorative pages designed to fit into your slots. I've found them handy for including anything hand written (I've been documenting which books I've read each month), and are also great for gluing or taping down smaller items like movie tickets.

 January 2015 page
February 2015  page

I bought my Project Life materials on Amazon, and my actual scrapbook at Target (the Project Life brand pages fit into most standard sized scrapbooks.)

Creating my pages has been a great reminder of small accomplishments and good memories and I'm excited to be able to look back at my completed scrapbook at the end of this year.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Currently - February 2015

Thinking about how things change and stay exactly the same all at once. I look at my surroundings and the things I want to work on within myself and it's both comforting and infuriating that not much has changed in the past year. 

I'm thinking about how much snow and freezing weather we've had this winter and how it hasn't really bothered me at all.

Wishing I were mentally strong enough to feel more okay most days. I'm working on not allowing negative thoughts take over, but there are still a lot of days that I'm too tired to fight them and I just let those terrible things drag me down.

Watching Friends. I'm still going strong with the Netflix marathon. 

Listening to Kane Holler. 

Loving positive people. People who practice unapologetic love and acceptance to those that surround them in their daily and even virtual lives. It lifts me up to see people being so open, honest, and good.

Looking forward to 2015. I want to plan some big trips and I know that having some travel dates to write on my calendar will really impact my morale. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

High Fashion Spotlight - Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

High Fashion Spotlight - Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

High Fashion Spotlight - Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 by bitty603 on Polyvore

Can we have a chat about this Fall collection? I saw the yellow dress posted on Pinterest shortly after it's debut on the runway and audibly gasped. It's completely gorgeous. (You can't tell from this photo but it's patterned with squirrels and owls. Perfect.) The collection is fairy tale inspired - easy seen in the furs, hoods, jewel tones, ornate gold embellishments, and woodland creatures. I approve. To see more photos, check out this post.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Comfort for the Blindsided

One of the biggest comforts for me during the last few months has been knowing that the crazy thoughts and emotions that I'm dealing with are not the first. Others have been through this and come out the other side in one piece. I'm learning to be kind to myself again and forgive myself for not being okay. I'm also constantly reminding myself to fake it until I make it. Here are a few of the words I read - multiple times a week (or day, depending on how things are going)!

These words are framed above my vanity.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Holy Grail! Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in color "Trooper". $18. Achieve eye perfection with this high-pigment, waterproof liner that stays put all day for a fade-, melt-, crack-, and run-resistant finish. The superfine and flexible brush tip glides across the lashline for incredibly fluid application, allowing you to create a variety of looks with ease. Unlike traditional felt tip liners, this brush tip will not fray. (Sephora Website)

Do you watch far too many Youtube tutorials on how to get a winged eye look? Yeah, that was me and I still failed miserably almost every time. I had come to the conclusion that liquid eye liners were the devil and the women (and men) who could create a clean line with them were sorcerers. I could never get the pen close enough to my lash line, the wing was always too thick, and the stupid thing smudged like heck by the middle of the day. Granted I do have oily skin and a bit of a shaky hand but still, that many practice tries should have given me at least a decent shot! I had all but given in to the fact that this was my cat eye destiny, until I gave this baby a shot. 

This eyeliner is gold. I can't explain how it solved all my problems but it did. I chalk it up to the brush tip itself. While most liquid eyeliner pens have a fine felt tip not unlike a Sharpie marker (which in theory sounds great. Who hasn't been tempted to Sharpie their eyes at one point or another?), the Tattoo liner has individual brush hairs so it functions like the smallest, most delicate paint brush at the art store. It's like calligraphy for your eyelids. For the first time in my makeup wearing life, I can use ONE eye lining product to get the job done and I can feel confident in the fact that I'll be able to create a wearable look in the 45 seconds I have to spare before I need to be out the door. It's one of those products that you just have to use and feel to understand. The smooth application of that "flick" at the end is just all too satisfying. 

Now, if only more colors would be released... I'm itching for a deep navy or burgundy shade. (Note - Kat Von D does offer other colors in her "Lightning" Liner line, but I've heard mixed reviews on that formula and have not tested them out yet.)

Disclaimer: Kat Von D Cosmetics is owned by the Sephora brand, which is not cruelty free. If you are an animal loving consumer who avoids companies who do not test on animals but are owned by a company who does, unfortunately Kat Von D does not fit in with your morals!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Etsy Reopening - Itsy Bitty Shop

In the past I've really enjoyed my Etsy shop. I got a little frustrated with the difficulty of packaging and safety mailing vintage breakables and eventually decided to take a break from listing. But, I'm back! I'm starting with clothing and accessories to ease my way back into it and am excited to start my little online shop up again.

Take a look? I've got a few things up now, but lots more will be added in the coming weeks.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Holy Grail! Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pressed Powder

"Primed & Poreless Powder turns any foundation into high definition makeup. Our high-resolution, reflective, powder technology transforms skin by visually minimizing pores, fine lines and imperfections for an airbrushed looking finish. Our weightless powder can be worn alone, or under and over foundation to prep skin, lockdown makeup and control shine for a complexion smoothing, flawless finish." (From the Too Faced website.)

I doubted it. So many products come with a too-good-to-be-true description and an army of beauty guru's praising them on social media and still don't deliver what they promise once I test them - after spending what I consider to be way too much money for a tiny amount of product. Compared to most women who would classify their skin as "oily", I would say mine is worse. At least this summer. Between the heat and some hormonal issues, my skin has gone into overdrive. I had been using setting sprays and powders in the mornings, going through multiple blotting sheets before late afternoon and returning home after work with my makeup literally sliding around under my finger tips. What could this product do that all the others couldn't?

Answer: everything. 

After seeing one of my favorite Youtube queen's (Claire Marshall - bow down!) rave about this product, I decided to give in and shell out of the $30.00 on Sephora.com. This product does what it says - plain and simple. I don't worry about making my foundation cover every little imperfection because I know that this will finish the job. My huge (and I do mean huge) pores look like a "normal" persons. Plus I'm blotting maybe once at lunch time. If I apply this again halfway through the day, my makeup is still holding strong when I get home at the end of the day. I blot (don't swipe!) this on and trust that it will do what it says. You could have had me sold with that alone, but Too Faced is also one of my current favorite cruelty free brands. Not many high end brands are certified and proudly mark their boxes with PETA's seal of approval. (And yes, I know that PETA is not the strictest with their certifications in the cruelty free world, but Too Faced does pass my personal moral requirements.) The e.l.f. HD Powder claims similar effects and I would just like to go on the record and say that while the e.l.f. powder is much less expensive, it does not even begin to compare. 

Buy it here and thank me later.