One of a Kind

This past weekend I went to the artfair in my hometown (Birmingham, MI). I’ve been trying to save money for New Zealand, but naturally, my mom has been wanting to buy me things left and right (only child, need I say more?). I balked until I came across this jeweler. I tried on a few rings, they were all too big, then I saw this magnificent beast a few feet back in the booth and I swear when I slipped that beauty, I felt like Harry Potter when he picked up his wand and Ollivander goes (in his British accent of course) “,curious, verry curious.” (I’d like to think Ollivander was calling that magical glowing light from the ceiling curious).

 

So. Without too much persuasion from my mom, I got money out of the ATM – she doesn’t believe in ATMs – and she wrote me a check…. Needless to say I promptly snapped a picture with my coffee cup.

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In case you’re wondering, yes, she did have more rings in the style of mine, but nowhere near as massively awesome. Nevertheless, she’s known for a different technique than my ring, so check her out. She’s very nice, and loves what she does. (She asked me when I bought my ring if I was ready to wear a sculpture on my hand).

Tana Acton

 

Have a good week! Hopefully I won’t be too busy and can do another post.

xx

[Quick Room Fixes/DIY] Jewelry Struggles Solved!

I have way too much jewelry of all of the various types (bracelet, rings, earrings, necklaces), I’ll be the first to admit, it’s disgusting in the most beautiful, sparkly way ever. My friend Maddie has a truly ungodly amount of rings. Or maybe she has so many it makes her omnipotent in the world of jewels? Anyhow, for years now I’ve been having this issue of keeping my jewelry presented nicely, keeping it untangled, and out of the way, without using those heinous clear lucite plastic trays or set of drawers. Does this problem sound familiar to anyone else?

I am beyond proud to say I have solved the problem! *cue lightbulb and that wonderful binging noise cartoon characters get above their heads* For my rings, bracelets and earrings, I got two shallow ceramic bowls with mosaic patterned glass in the bottoms, and for the necklaces I was given my grandpa’s old 8-point deer antler rack, which was mounted sans fur, freaky glass eyeballs, etc. It was so simple and it really gives a unique touch to my room. I know some of you may be uneasy about the whole idea but I promise, if you find the right set of antlers/ the right setting it’s mounted on, you’ll like it too – there are a dozen different styles to mount antlers, and I mean just antlers.

For the bowls, I went to La Bodega ( in Ann Arbor and East Lansing), but if you’re not from Michigan I’d reccomend looking online, at a local Pier 1 Imports, or even at a local art show at the ceramic bowls (some of those pieces people make are simply out of this world). No matter what you choose, I would recommend a shallow bowl, bigger if you have a choice so you can actually see your jewels.

[Red Black Mosaic Bowl, Etsy $30.00]

For the deer antlers I’d try eBay over anything else if you’re not from the country or know someone. I suppose another option would be to call a taxidermist (but that wouldn’t be my first choice, just saying). Faux antlers are definitely another option too!

[Faux Antlers, Etsy $119.99]

xx

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Continental Drift

Hey there.
So, needless to say, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted anything. To update in as few words as possible, I spent the summer between my Junior and Senior years of undergrad taking a biochemistry class and struggling finding a good guy. As per every good story’s start, I thought I found one, and then I had the rug ripped out from under me haha. No hard feelings whatsoever though, it took me maybe half a day to get over him and realize I liked him because I wanted to like someone. Shortly afterward I met a guy from Scotland, and we only knew each other for a few days, but he really opened my eyes to the fact that it’s almost innate when you like a person, and they like you back… He and I are still in almost constant contact, even being half a world away, and while I’m nearly positive nothing else will happen between us, he marked an important time in my life in terms of men. It’ll be right when it’s right, and I’ll just know, no questions, doubt in the equation at all.

Back in school for the fall now, and things are changing even more. As I have Fly by Ludovico Einaudi playing on my iTunes, I’m thinking through some things… I have this rare feeling that things are changing. Much like Continental Drift, I can’t see it happening but I know it’s there.

I feel like things are falling into their right places after all this time of being a frustrated teenager with slightly troubled past (parents, divorce, only child, the normal…) School is almost over and I’m feeling happy, despite the coming hardships with classes this term.

I was just accepted to go on a study abroad this winter from December 16th – January 9th to New Zealand! My grades always have made me worry, and this has seriously boosted my confidence not to mention made me the happiest girl in the world. I’m so grateful for everything.

 

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I really need to get some physics homework done, but I promise I’ll be back soon.

xx

How to Break Some Necks [Or My First Makeup Tutorial]

We just went out to an absolutely delicious dinner for Valentine’s day. The very few groups of single men (there were a few I promise), plus a very attractive man in the lobby wearing a full on suit managed to nearly break their necks as I walked by. More than pleased right now. Anyhow, I thought I’d give a makeup tutorial a whirl considering this look apparently worked so well, and didn’t take more than 15 minutes to do everything.

My roommate and I dressed (unintentionally) as polar opposites, though the whole effect was quite entertaining. She wore a tank and a loose knit beachy sweater, with some lighter wash soft jeans and her long brunette hair down, and no jewelry. I wore a red maxi skirt with black roses all over it (MINKPINK) and a black tank with a black dolman lace knit crop tee (Gypsy 05) with black heeled combat boots, a legitimate arm party going on (thank you ManRepeller), with this makeup… The tutorial after the jump.

Nothing too hard honestly…Let’s see how it turns out in writing though…

1. I used Urban Decay’s original Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and the applied a base of pale pink eyeshadow from Smashbox called Flirt over my whole eyelid. Next I used a smoky maroon/purple Diamond Eyeshadow (shade #311) from Make Up For Ever , and applied it only to my lashline and built it upwards into a sideways ‘v’ (similar to < or > depending on the eye… I hope that makes sense to everyone).

2. Using Nars’ Limited Edition Arabian Nights palette (the purple pink – black shadow on the far left) I blackened that same V in the step above, but only on the outermost part of the V and dabbed it lightly up into my crease. From there I used my blending brush to smooth out all the lines from mixing colors.

[NARS Arabian Nights Palette – $45]

3. Apply a thin line of eyeliner (mine is Smashbox’s Limitless Waterproof Liquid Liner Pen. It’s a mouthful, right?) from the inner edge of your iris out a bit past your eye, making a small cateye. Repeat on the bottom except start from the caeye’s tip dragging it inward to your bottom lash line, and following it until you reach the outermost edge of your iris. Let me know if something needs to be clarified, I know it’s grossly complicated unless you’re actually doing it.

[Smashbox Limitless Waterproof Liquid Liner Pen – $22]

4. Next I applied my foundation (which happens to be Benefit’s Play Sticks in ‘Spin the Bottle’. I love this thing), and added Shiseido’s Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow in Techno Gold (it’s a stunning liquid gold that feels just like it sounds) to the inner corners of my eyes, and dabbing it upwards on my eyelid, and then outwards to meet my eyeliner. If you’re not willing to drop so much money on Shiseido eyeshadow, Make Up For Ever has a pretty good cream eyeshadow that would work just as well and comes in many more colors than Shiseido.

[Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow in Techno Gold – $25]

5. I also added a little bit of Nars Orgasm Illuminator, and then Finally (that deserves to be capitalized) Make Up For Ever’s Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in shade #45 .(It’s definitely a true blue-red, and I love the color payoff as well as the moisturizing quality. For lips MUFE and MAC are a tie for me honestly. This red doesn’t bleed. It has a tendency to smudge if you’re not being careful and drinking a little too much alcohol in one night *cough wasn’t me cough*

[Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in shade #45 – $19]

[Nars Orgasm Illuminator – $30]

6. And then mascara. Never forget that! I use Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash. I know most mascaras are made of the same stuff (whatever that may be, I honestly don’t want to know), but I really like the brushand the mascara even gets to the tippy tip tips of my lashes, which I love.

[Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara – $19]

Ta-Da! You’re done. I’m sorry it’s not perfect (or doesn’t look like it from my perspective anyway), but I do enjoy trying new things, and this vanilla latte isn’t going to work itself off!

Again, Happy Valentine’s Day,

xx

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Cupid, Can You Hand me The Merlot? Or Leave. Either Way.

that day is around the corner. I’m less than pleased, every year it rolls around, I re-decide that I’m the grouchy singleton. I’d like to think this year will be different though. I’m really happy where I am in my life, and with my friends. This year we’re going to a nice restaurant in Lansing called Troppo. Their food is amazing and I’ve heard their wine is even better. If I don’t have a looming exam I’ve already decided I’m dragging my butt with whoever wants to come with me to see the new movie “This Means War” with Reese Witherspoon, Chelsea Handler, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy (If you don’t remember, he was in Inception).

Then, we shall come home and I’m going to take a relaxing bath with a bath bomb, from Level Naturals, my new favorite brand for bath bombs and soaps, I should point out. And read a book. Always with a book in hand.

Level Naturals “Forest” Bath Bomb 6-Pack – $15

 

If I could, I’d be shopping too. For these lovely items I’ve been crushing on (get it, V-day joke?)

Eagle Talon Necklace in White Bronze – $50 from mdr74 (Moon Raven Designs)

Three Tone Pleated Skirt – $30 from Mikkat Market

Midler Platform Pumps from Jeffery Campbell – $165 at ShopNastyGal

 

No matter what you do, I hope your V-day is great, whether it be bonding with friends and a good book, or your man.

xx

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Failed Spring Rolls and Shopping Lockdown Gone Awry

Dear Readers,

I think I’m slowly dying for inability to go shopping. Really, seriously, I think it’s happening. On a side note, I don’t think my attempt at making fried spring rolls the other night helped me. They looked good, and tasted like mush. I am forever buying my spring rolls from now on 😦

I know I’m on shopping lockdown until spring break (3 weeks, WOO), but I may or may not have cheated this weekend when I went to Target to buy Valentine’s Day cards for my mom, dad and hair stylist…. I saw a hat. The most magical hat in the world, and I don’t do hats. I just don’t. I think I do now… It was only $15? Does that make it any better?

I’m trying to be responsible I swear, but I think I’m losing my mind a little bit. Once again, I blame the sad, crunchy on the outside, and soggy on the inside spring rolls. Really, this weekend/week has been quite full of fails and good things. I got my hair cut on Friday, see Ms. Witherspoon below. And then went to Ann Arbor to see a friend (he had the chance to be more than a friend)…. It was not so good. Nice guy, but he wouldn’t know how to make a move if it hit him over the head. and he’s a model/actor!!! You’d think he had an ego of some size to work with. No. And I just wasn’t that interested, he seemed to be lacking something… Oh, yes, a personality.

 

Sadly, my hair isn’t as naturally wavy, and my face is rounder and I can’t help but worry it makes my face look fat. But my roommate said it’s “edgy” (which is not a word in her vocabulary. She’s quite the little prepster you see, so I take it as quite a compliment).

More to come soon, I promise 🙂

xx

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Proud to Be A Woman… Right?

So, I was just over at a friend’s place taking a study break. He’s really quite attractive, and I had this realization that, Yes, I am attracted to him (I already knew that though), but I also get the biggest kick out of even just knowing I can seduce a guy. Don’t even need to actually go through with anything, but the knowledge that I hold that power in my hands is enough to put a little extra swing in my step.

So my question to the interwebs is, obviously while we women like to have power in some form, why is it that holding that particular power is so appealing? Because we know it’s the threshold to getting what we want (potentially)? Or is it less then that, just a more primal need to control who you’re with and knowing you can get who you want?

This guy friend and I are weirdly close, we have this relationship that isn’t anything like one I’ve had with a guy before. We are just friends but we’ve got this really open dialogue and everything else in between. In a healthy way, not a dirty one – jeez people, minds out of the gutter. But we also both know we’d never date each other. And yet, know when I walk into a room he’s looking at me. Such a surge of power. *cue my egomaniacal laugh* I should explain that I have a bit of self-esteem issues, so is this my way of re-compensating what I feel like I’m lacking?

Well, either way. He’s attractive and confusing but he’s a good guy, so I’m proud to say he’s my friend, no matter how confusing things may get with us.

xx

 

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Oh the Best of News! [and Other Things]

My missing camera has been found! While driving to breakfast yesterday morning, my roommate found it in the backseat of my car under the driver’s seat. So instead of it being right under my nose, it was right under my butt… There’s some irony hiding in there somewhere I’m sure.

So, as soon as my physics homework and biology homework is done, I shall be back! With at least 2 posts today. Get excited. But since I’m here bothering you anyhow, I shall share things! I’ve had one of those weeks where I feel like I’m just not doing that well (the mono is gone by the way), and I’m kind of unwanted to be totally honest. I hate it. So, I’ve made a new playlist called “Yeah, I’m Hot as Fuck,” because sometime you just need that boost.

“Keep looking my way, my head is held high. You wanna bring me down? I dare you to try.”

xx

ps. this is the playlist, but it’s being quite rude… This is the best I could do, but the link works fine 🙂

http://www.hypster.com/flash/player.swf?id=3579963:4472074:1&autoplay=false

[DIY] Colorblock Pouch

For all your multitasking needs, I present you my most recent love in the DIY world, courtesy of the lovely Just B. As you must know, the Celine pouch was and still is a big effing deal. But let’s be honest, I don’t have the money to blow on it, especially considering I’m on my shopping hiatus (for the record I’m one day in and struggling). This image has been floating around the internet and apparently sparked her desire to make her own pouch.

 

These pictures are not of my actual pouch, which I’ll make with the American Apparel pouch in the color “tan” with a red stripe. I also want to make one in a lavender purple or maybe a pale pink and maybe do sort of tribal diagonal black stripes. I’m not sure yet, but the ideas keep pouring out of my brain!

1. Gather your life into a 3×3 foot area. You need an American Apparel Pouch, or something similar, white acrylic paint, and the acrylic paint of your choice, a paint brush, painter’s tape, acrylic coating spray, and a new playlist from 8tracks, and if you’ve never checked 8tracks out, you need to.

2. Tape off the area you want to be your bright color with the painter’s tape, either by measuring or eyeballing it.

3.  Mix a bit of water into your white paint, and brush downwards onto the leather. You need some water to help the paint adhere to the leather. (For the record, I did do some research, and acrylic paint is the proper paint to use on leather, so it shouldn’t flake or peel).

4. After the white almost fully dries, paint over the white with your bright color, with no water added to it. The white acts as a primer to your color, and depending on the color leather you use, you may still need to do more than 2 coats. Just B used a blow dryer to make the coats move along faster, and she also said it works great for getting the coats to dry evenly.

5. When you’re satisfied with the level of saturation of your bright color, cover the non-painted leather of your pouch with a magazine or newspaper, and follow the directions on your glossy clear acrylic spray to cover the rough feeling of the acrylic paint, and give it a smooth texture like the rest of the pouch! Let sit (untouched) for at least 2 hours, or whatever your acrylic spray says (listen to it! It knows the plan!). And enjoy!

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What Higher Education Does to Us:

This is by no means a post slamming college education, I’m in the middle of mine and A. loving it, and B. really quite excited to be here in general. But, there are some things I see people do, or hear stories of from my friends, that makes me want to stereotype them all. Not in a bad way, but in a funny way. Sorry, there’s no other way to put that.

1. The Professor with No Degree – This guy is honestly quite scary. Luckily, there’s only usually ever one of these guys in a lecture hall at a time, but that’s all the professor or the rest of us students can take. He sits up perfectly straight, answers every single question that the professor asks, even if it’s “Oh, where did I set my whiteboard marker?” If he doesn’t yell it out, it’s because he’s creepily whispering the answer under his breath. This particular character sounds like something from a bad 80’s high school movie, but I swear they’re out there. For example, freshman year, my friends had a kid in their chemistry class that would have arguments with the professor in class (and always be wrong). He also happened to be obsessed with the American TV show NCIS… So that was his new secret nickname. By the end of the year my friends were grumbling how “if NCIS says one more thing in class today, I WILL throw my calculator at his head!”)

2. The Jitterbug – This girl ends up getting glares from the whole class by then end of the lecture. She needs something else every single moment of class. First she comes in late, has to take out her papers, and pen and cell phone, and laptop. You think after a few minutes she’s done rustling. Nope. No such luck, now she needs gum, and has to rustle around for that for another three minutes, and in her frenzy to find gum she drops a very loud notebook off her desk. This girl is usually done removing and finding her life in her oversized tote bag about 5 minutes before class is over.

3. The Prom Queen – There’s generally not too much wrong with this girl, but none the less she disgusts me. On an average day, she flounces into class just on time in black leggings, Ugg boots, and a Northface jacket with some generic white v-neck tee shirt underneath carrying her sorority’s customized greek letter tote bag… wearing way too much makeup. Dark makeup, in the middle of the day. She then spends the whole class texting her ‘friends’ with wayyyyy tooo many vowellsss in herr wordss. In her defense, most of the time she’s really a nice person. I just need to get her to agree to let me give her a makeover, that’s all.

4. The Reader – This one I’ll never understand. I honestly saw her more in high school than now in college but, this girl comes to class and honestly looks like she’s ready to learn. She comes on time, sets out all her various materials and then…. cracks open a book? Not even a school book, a fun reading book that, in most cases, I’d like to get my paws on as well. But you’re in class! You cannot multitask that way my dear, I’m very sorry. In the case of college, why come to class when you’re going to read anyhow?! This girl only bothers me because I love to read, and on a given day if I had a choice that’s what I’d be doing. She makes me jealous and re-think my priorities basically haha.

5. The Sleeper – More often than not, an average guy that likes video games way too much. The new COD (Call of Duty) came out so how is he not supposed to play it? He can be seen slowly falling asleep throughout class, though occasionally waking up to glance around the room, as if afraid he teleported somehow in his sleep. I actually witnessed one of these guys today! He woke up just in time to answer the questions each student gets points for. In his defense, he was cute, I like video games (a lot), and he held open the door for me on the way in and the way out of the hall.

xx

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