Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy Pre-NYE!

I’m actually getting ready as I type this (talk about putting things off ’til the last possible minute)…

Lets get to it!

First of all I hope that everyone has an amazingly awesome new years eve, and 1st, since I’m probably going to be M.I.A. for a few days after this (going back to State and whatnot).

Dress: Milena Jodi Sequin Backless dress from Caruso Caruso in Birmingham,MI

Blazer: BCBG Maxazria Carmela Blazer

Shoes: Charles Jourdan Black Pumps

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Makeup: Nars Duo in Kalahari, Nars limited edition trio in Arabian Nights, and Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV

My foundation is Benefit cream foundation in Spin the Bottle…. I’m not wearing any base-type makeup yet in these pictures though, only my eyes are done, and even my eyes don’t have mascara yet (which by the way, I use Benefit Bad Girl Lash).

This is the final product: There’s something to be said for hearing someone else’s opinion sometimes, there really is: this jewelry combo is courtesy of my mom, who rummaged through my jewelry for a good 5 minutes before nodding complacently, and smiling. I love her with all my heart. Thank you mom. i also apologize for the weird quality and color cast of this picture… Thank Blackberry for that…

 

Hppy Pre-New Years!!!

xx

 

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[New Obession] Kate Lanphear’s Style

Kate Lanphear; the current Style Director of ELLE USA, though she used to work for Vogue Italia, and started her career (and life) in Australia. I can very much appreciate the bower she wields, but even more… I’m getting a slight arm party obsession from her. She has killer fashion too, but it’s the accessories she’s got that are driving me crazy! Just let me prove it:

[Milan – November 2011]

[Paris – November 2011]

This whole outfit (minus the shoes, sorry, just not my style), is amazing! The bracelets though *drools* are wonderful.

[First two images credit to JAK & JIL]

[Last image credit to FEAR LANPHEAR]

Let me share some possibly ideas if you’re as crazy over her jewelry as I am…

1. Anything nOir: this is the one I’m dying to get (next paycheck, woo!)

Thin Single in Rhodium – $70

2. Some heavier pieces from CCSkye:

Single Metal Screw Bracelet in Gold and Silver – $125

Mercy Spike Bracelet in Gold or Silver – $185

3. I wish I could be more helpful with this last one… These three are mine:

Gray Leather and Gold Cuff – $28 – from Rococo in The Complex in Birmingham, MI (no idea what brand it is, I’d like to know too)

The skull bracelets I made and plan to start selling on my etsy account shortly: let me know what you think!! I’d love feedback: the black stones are onyx, and the rainbow skulls are dyed howlite, a type of turquoise. I’ll probably sell them for $12-$15 each.

Depending on how much I get done today *crosses eyes* I may post my NYE outfit… If not I promise it’ll be up tomorrow! Hope your weather is better than ours here!

xx

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[Weekly Shades] It’s Almost Party Time!!

I honestly can’t believe it’s almost 2012. The apocalypse hasn’t happened yet (and hopefully won’t haha)! I’ve been lounging around my house for break, reading new books, playing with new makeup and shopping (more) for clothes. It’s high time I play with my new nail polishes. During the term I re-do my manicure about once a week so I thought, why not make it an addition to Tales From the 20-Somethings? I’m actually kind of excited for this, since I have a slight obsession with nail polish…

Anyhow! I want to be glittery for the new year! I’m going to be wearing a killer purple/magenta sequined dress that I’ll post pictures of probably tomorrow… I don’t want to overkill the glitter, but I figure for one night of the year it’s allowed, especially since I’ll just be wearing Charles Jourdan black pumps and just some arm candies, and no other jewelry with it.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Rainbow Connection

xx

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Dear Younger Self

I really want to share this letter I wrote to myself my senior year of high school (3 years ago), to my 13-year old self. If I can say anything about the letter it’s very clear I had a one track mind, that I Needed myself to know. For anyone wondering, this is an amazing way to let things go or make you see facets of yourself you didn’t before. Here it is:

Dear younger self,

            In middle school I know you were going through a rough time: your mind was surrounded by confusion with yourself, school, friends, trying to figure out what you stood for in life, and your beliefs. Frustration was a huge part of this awkward time, as well as anger at never being good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, etc. Fear at what was to come in high school was a huge component of this constant frustration, and we can’t forget the chronic anxiety. At. Everything. Small things that never should have mattered, especially to a middle- schooler, could make you break down and cry the moment you got home and safely into your room. Getting a “bad” grade (maybe a B on a test), or fear that your friends were gossiping about you when you got up from the lunch room table. In fact, anything that could possibly be said that was bad about you scared the hell out of you- even comments your teachers or parents said, not to mention what the “popular” people were possibly saying about you.

            All I have to say is DON’T WORRY. I know that when you read this, you won’t believe me, even though I’ve been through everything you’re experiencing right now, you just won’t. You will grow up, you will make it through middle school without having anything terrible happen to you (or said to you), and the fears and worries about growing up are completely irrational. You won’t disappoint your parents and they’ll be proud at everything you’re going to do in life. Now, the anxiety, that actually is a problem, but you get some medicine for it and things will no longer be as worrisome, especially what people could be thinking about you, because let’s face it, they can think what they want. Worrying doesn’t help you accomplish anything. Like I said, I know you’re still going to scrunch your forehead and frown when you read this, disbelieving what I’m telling you, but yes! It is true. I absolutely despise how much you worry, and for all the stress, tears, anger, frustration, and sadness it has caused you. I know you had anxiety about such irrational things partially because you didn’t know how else to react, or maybe you just didn’t understand yourself and where you were going in life yet. Even knowing that, I still despise that middle school became such a mess for us. But really – worrying so irrationally about things that are NOT going to affect your entire future, but instead fearing small, minor, miniscule things is just plain stupid!! Don’t be concerned that I’m mad at you though, I know you are.  I understand everything you went through, and yes it is hard, but you will get through it. You’ll discover soon enough the amazing strength you have, and people will recognize it in you too. I forgive you for anything I’ve ever held against you.

            I am so proud of you. One of the things that make me most proud of what you have done so far is your perseverance. It’s hard to be strong when you’re an only child and you have such anxiety at such a young age, and no one really understands you. People will grow to understand, as you will come to understand yourself. Your strength to continue fighting a battle that seems as if it could be lost as a moment’s notice is amazing, and people will notice that too. As your mother will say, you have “chutzpah,” and then she’ll break out in laughter about the Germans on her mother’s side of the family as you stand there confused. Without that strength, you would have given up, even in middle school when things seemed impassable.  Thank you.

            I’ve already given you the best advice I can: don’t worry, roll with the punches, let the cards fall as they may, que sera sera, take it one day at a time, and just take a deep breath…  You can do this, you will do this, just let things happen as they will, and relax. I can tell you if you listen to this at all you will learn how to relax. You won’t worry so much, you can do this, and you can be a vet. Just don’t worry so much. For now, take things at face value and don’t over analyze everything you’re told. You are truly beautiful, both inside and out, and you’ll learn to recognize it in yourself. You fall hard in love with a wonderful man who is still figuring out who he is in life and where he wants to go. You’ll be friends and lovers; at the least gain a best friend for life, and at the most, (possibly) something every girl dreams of too, I won’t give it away. Remember your mom and dad will always be there for you and support you. Yes, you will still be riding horses when you’re older, and you’ll love it just as much as you do now. The fear that I know is held in a tight little knot in your stomach will dissipate, and your anxiety will dull down. The greatest things in life (good or bad) are always unknown before they happen, so what’s the point in worrying about them?

Love & Happy Travels,

Lisa

xx

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Shades of Anything-But-Gray

Also known as “How College Girls Should Dress When Going Out in the Winter”Winter's Not Boring

I’m not a fan of winter for the weather but I am for most of its fashions (except having to cover every body part to the maximum so I don’t freeze on my way to class). Ever since I just my knee in gymnastics years ago skiing hurts, no matter what I do, and I’ve never learned how to snowboard so that’s out of the question. I don’t mind most winter fashions (though I’m sorry, I’ve just been over peacoats since they first showed up about 6 years ago), but it does get boring seeing girls only wearing dark mini dresses and shoes when they go out, almost always black, not to mention the omnipresent sweatpants and hoodies roaming around campus until the ice thaws. I tend to use neutrals as a base and then add fun colors to that, so pardon the gray blazer (I’ve been lusting after one for a while now).

1. Lara Bohinc Saturn Earrings in Platinum

2. Wildfox Couture Love Bones Beach Jumper

3. DKNY Quinn Ankle Strap Platform Pumps in Black-Gold

4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Small Colorblock Clutch

5. Miss Selfridge Skirt (not available, but this is a similar alternative!)

6. SHANKA Galaxy Resin Bangle

7. Zoya Nailpolish in Paz

8. Vero Moda Blazer (sadly, out of stock)

9. House of Harlow 1960 Chevron Ring in gold with crystals

10. REISS Rich Bodycon Dress in Blush

11. Proenza Schouler PS1 in green suede

12. McQ by Alexander McQueen Studded Court Shoes in Neon Pink

xx


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It’s the Holidays, So Stuff Yourself!!

Since finals have been over, I’ve been in this crazy cooking mood: I’ve tried all these recipes, so I’ll let you know how they turned out.

Garlic Dill Carrots: This one I just threw together one night when I wanted to eat some boring carrots I didn’t want to eat raw, but this is easily one of my new favorite recipes; a perfect go-to for any meat (seafood, chicken or beef).

Ingredients:

1 lb carrots (or if you’re me, whatever you have in the fridge)

2 cloves of garlic, crushed, chopped

about 2 Tablespoons olive oil

dash of salt and pepper

1/4 teaspoon thyme

Directions:

Just saute the carrots in the oil on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes (depending how you like your carrots to be done). Add the thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Turn down the heat and stir for 2 more minutes, and serve. 🙂

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Delicious Lemon Chicken: This one I can’t take credit for, but it’s awesome. Really quite easy (I expected it to be harder), and it goes well with salad or pasta or rice!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-with-lemon-sauce/detail.aspx

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Gruyere and Carmelized Onion Grilled Cheese: This is by FAR one of my favorite recipes ever. I think someone gave me the idea, but I honestly don’t remember who… Anyhow, it’s simple, the only issue is the onions take a while to carmelize but it’s worth it!

Ingredients:

1 block of Gruyere cheese, sliced thinly

1 medium onion

good bread for sandwiches

butter

a pinch of salt

3 Tablespoons oil (olive or vegetable oil, I prefer olive oil)

Directions:

Carmelizing the onion: Slice the top and bottom of the onion off, peel the outer layer, then cut the whole onion in half. Place it flat side down on a counter and slice into half rings (essentially through the onion). Thinner is better, since they cook faster and will fit more nicely into the sandwich. Now put the oil into a skillet, add the onion, and heat on medium heat, and stir so all the onions are coated evenly. Add a pinch of salt to draw out the moisture from the onions, you won’t be able to taste it when they’re all cooked. Continue cooking until they start to turn darker slowly and start to stick to the bottom of the pan – this is good, keep going. Eventually they’ll  all be like that. At this point add a bit of water to de-stick the onions from the bottom of the pan (the water will evaporate so no worries about that). Set aside pan of onions (away from heat!).

Sandwich time 🙂

This is the easy part – I do recommend a good bread with a nice thick crust and good flavor, but that’s all personal opinion too – butter your bread as normal for a grilled cheese, lay one slice in a hot pan, add some slices of Gruyere, then a layer of carmelized onions, one more layer of Gruyere, and a second buttered slice of bread. Now, make that grilled cheese (you better know how to make one -__-). My last piece of advice before I shut up is to keep your grilled cheese burner on medium to low; the sandwich is thicker and essentially all you need to do is melt the cheese layers and warm/brown your bread since the onions are already cooked.

It’s fabulous, and I do not use that word lightly! Happy holidays!

xx

(Yes, I am rebelling, I don’t need Christmas food, I need comfort food. I live in Michigan and our winter so far is like a British winter. It’s so gloomy.)

 

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Christmas Cookies and Broken Hearts

You know how everyone loves those Christmas sugar cookies? But after the holidays there’s always that one little broken cookie in the jar that’s all alone? I was definitely that cookie today.

Let me rewind a bit for this all to make sense. I’m a junior in college. My dad told my mom and I (I’m an only child), that he had been cheating on my mom for 4 years when I was a junior in high school. It was terrible. I literally can’t put into words the anger and fury I felt towards him for years. Our relationship improved a bit after the divorce was finalized my freshman year of college, and has proved since. I still feel setbacks though.

Today I went to his house and made Christmas cookies and chocolates with his girlfriend, her sisters, and a cousin, as well as a sister and the cousin’s daughters, plus grandma. I’d met almost everyone before but there was something about this time that I felt myself breaking inside.

I’m still exhausted from finals, and they all seemed so close. I was included but it’s still so numbing being on the outside looking in. I had fun, I really did, but now that I’m home I just want to cry. I feel so alone. My mom isn’t here and of course my roommates are home with their families.

For some reason the holidays bring out the sadness in me. I’ve only ever had one serious boyfriend, which wasn’t that serious, but these are the days I want to curl up in a guy’s bed with him. Not do anything unmentionable (of course I wouldn’t say no to that either), just have someone next to me that I know has only me in mind. For once.

I have a tattoo that says ‘Alis volat propriis’ which means ‘she flies with her own wings’ in Latin. It means I can take care of myself and I don’t really need anyone else, that I’m strong enough on my own. But these are the moments I wish I did need someone else.

I’ll just pick myself up, and dust myself off again, slip on my tallest heels and keep walking like I don’t even remember I fell. Just like I always do. And please, I don’t need any pity nor do I want it, I just wanted to say this all to get it out of my system.

And I think I’ll read a book and nap now.
xx

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Endings and Beginnings

This is sort of odd to me, to just start something *snap* out of the blue. I think I need to though. There are a few things I’m not very good at in life, like trusting people, letting go of worries, and (like the title says) endings. It’s not that there’s something ending at the moment except for the fall term of college just ended for me (go MSU!), it’s just the term ending got me thinking: People are ever-changing creatures; in our looks, manner, style, everything. Why is it that when something big (or not so big) can turn us on our heads temporarily?

It may be bad to say but I think we’ve become creatures of habit. Not that we can’t roll with the punches if something doesn’t go our way, but I think that uproarious moments in life have an unsoothing effect of loss of control. I can’t speak for anyone else but myself, but since I had this lovely revelation (thank you finals), I’m going to try to be more relaxed about changes. I’m sure I’ll still worry that something can go wrong or I’ll do badly on a final, but I’d like to handle it more gracefully, not venting to my friends about things as much.

I said it in my ‘about me’ section; life is in the memories of the journey, not the destination. I don’t want to look back on my life and wonder why all I did was worry all the time. Teenagers are melodramatic, I get that, I’m perfectly alright with being melodramatic, but I promise from now on things aren’t going to effect my internal Richter scale so much.

That said, no more 9.0 earthquakes, only 4.0’s (Get it? Finals joke… It was bad I know).

And beginnings? There’s always something new around the corner, whether you see it or sense it coming or you simply don’t, and it’s a surprise. Everything has a beginning and an end, but I think it’s worth it to be as excited for both parts since something could stem from the ending of another thing… They always say that when a door closes, a window opens (or something like that).

xx

PS. To make up for my bad joke, here is Lana Del Rey’s new music video/single “Born to Die,” off her debut album which I believe will be released in America on January 31st. Happy Listening!

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