Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wreck This Wednesday

Recently I came across a book called "Wreck This Journal".  It's not actually a book but, rather, as the name suggests it's a journal which instructs you in various ways how to wreck it.  I HATE destroying books.  Hate it.  I can't take dog eared pages or cracked spines or stains.  It bothers me just the thought of purposely destroying a wonderful book.  I love reading. And before you ask, no, I do not love e-Readers.  In fact I think they undermine the very glory that is reading and enjoying books.  Call me old fashioned. But I do love books.  Everything about them.  The smell. The feel. The sound of the pages as you turn them.  I have SO many books I couldn't begin to count them.  All in pristine condition (or close as since many were bought used).    Either way I thought it might be fun to accept the challenge of wrecking the journal.  So I ordered one and it came in the mail today.  This is what it looks like:



So every Wednesday I'm going to be doing one page from my journal until it is officially "wrecked".  I haven't decided yet if I'll do the pages in order or just randomly choose one each day.  But time will tell!! Today's page looks like this:



Since it's just the introduction page and not an actual page of the notebook I filled it out but no pics of the completed page. :P  You'll have to wait until next week to see what else is inside! 

As a side note: just after I took the pictures of my journal for this blog I returned to the place where I was taking pictures to find this:


I tried to move her from the spot and she responded with this look which is clearly saying "Don't even think about it."  *Sigh* silly Aoife always gets her way. :P

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Hello? Is it tea you're looking for?

So a few weeks back I was gifted some tea in a swap with a lovely fellow blogger, Debbie. For a short time thereafter I found a few black hills of something on my floor.  I suspected, but I couldn't really PROVE that my kitties were stealing said tea and ripping open the bags all over the floor.  For what reason you ask? Well, because they're cats and they can. That's why.  So today I set up a trap for them.  I set an open box of tea filled with GLORIOUS tea bags on the table and then I left the room for awhile.  I came back to find this:


Yes. The mysterious black piles were back.  And yet...no tea bag and no kitties to be found.  There was small trail of leaves leading down the hallway so I followed it.  And at the end of it I found this:


Notice the nonchalant look on her face and the tea tag sticking out from under her fat?  Yeah.  She totally took my tea and destroyed it.  Was I surprised? Well, no not really.  Aoife is forever stealing things and stashing them in her little piles all over the house.  I've lost numerous lip glosses, chap sticks, rings, bracelets, plus paper, bubble wrap and anything else she can shove into her fat little mouth.  What did surprise me was what I found while I was cleaning up the tea trail....



She had an accomplice!! Eoghan, who usually stays OUT of my things had snagged ANOTHER bag while I was cleaning up the mess from the first one which Aoife stole.  I watched him deftly remove the packaging and then proceed to gnaw on the tea until I took it out of his mouth.  He certainly was more brazen about it than Aoife who tries to hide evidence by laying on it almost every time she's caught with something she isn't  meant to have.  I guess from now on I'll have to keep my eye on these two! And keep my tea up high!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Five: Vacation!!

This week's Friday Five is vacation pics!  Since we all know what my favorite part of vacation is...well, you should all know what kind of pictures are coming!   I took a mini vacation up to Holland, Saugutuck, Grand Rapids, and Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The weather was AWFUL.  It was raining the entire time I was there and it.was.cold.  I am an east coast girl, I have weathered winters in New York and Pennsylvania and I'm no wimp when it comes to the cold but it was seriously freezing the whole time we were gone.  It didn't help that we stayed right on the lake. Anyway we had fun perusing shops and looking at the scenery.  And we DID see one lighthouse.  Because it's mandatory that you do anytime you are near a body of water!  But here's what we did most:



First night there we ate at the 8th Street Grille (on 8th Street, duh) in Holland.  If you go there--and if you're in Holland you SHOULD go there-- get the Apple Bread Pudding.  I do not like cooked apples.  I do not like ice cream.  I do not like caramel.  This has all three.  It's to die for and this massive plate of it only costs $3.  Yum :)



Morning two: Alpen Rose for  breakfast.  I got this cappuccino which was delicious AND pretty. :)


Also got this avocado and monterey jack frittatta.  The best thing about this breakfast?  The potatoes.  They make their 'home fries' out of actual ROUNDS of potatoes and they're cooked with onions.  Delicious.  We also got homemade strawberry jam and strawberry's :)  Fancy.  Their choices vary by season so there's no telling what you'll get when you go but one thing I can say for them is their customer service is unrivaled.  I don't think I've ever felt more welcome or well taken care of at a restaurant.  And I eat out A LOT so that's saying something.



Dinner night two: 8th Street Grille again.  The plan was to eat at the Good Earth Cafe.  For some reason it was closed.  On night one we discovered AFTER we had ordered that there was a seasonal menu so we decided to go back and take advantage of it.  This is ricotta and asparagus ravioli's with pine nuts.  Delicious? Yes.  Also VERY greasy which sucked.  While the 8th Street Grille has great food, this is the third time I've been there and had less than stellar service.  I think if you go there frequently and get to know the staff, you'll be treated better but for a place which is situated in the middle of tourist town...they should be more open and friendly.  Drinks were left empty on the table more than once, we had to wait enormous amounts of time to place an order and both waiters seemed disappointed we didn't order drinks.  Still...food is yummy.  This is also the very first time their famous soup bar was actually open.  All the soups contained meat so I skipped them. But I'm told the chicken corn chowder is delicious.


Home sweet home.  My coffee this morning in my favorite Dharma mug. :) Vacation was fun and I can't wait to go again (we all know how I hate being home) but now I'm feeling sickly and tired.  Vacation hangover is no fun. :P  Happy to be relaxing with my lovely husband though. :)  

Last time I was in Holland my friend Aubrey and I ate at the Wooden Shoe restaurant.  It's not great.  Sort of like a Bob Evans but with smaller portions and cheaper food.  I'm not sure what's Dutch about it other than the name because nothing on the menu is Dutch.  It's a big tourist attraction but honestly, I'd skip it if I were you.  Unless you like clogging!

Side note: I've been informed by my husband that we only eat at "trendy" places.  Which may be true considering the reviews/descriptions of the places we ate!  (At home we always eat at the newest places too.  And then we move on to the next, what can I say, we're food snobs!)  So there are plenty of 'non' trendy places to eat in Holland as well.  If anyone has been to either of these places (or some others!) I'd love to hear about it! 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The joys of cleaning...

Yeah. I like polish. What?


Today is the first official day of my vacation.  And yet, I'm still at home. :(  But that will all be changing soon enough...in the meantime, I decided to spend my free day organizing my make-up and beauty supplies.  Something that's LONG overdue.  I think I went about it all the wrong way.  Instead of going through one drawer at a time, I hauled everything into the living room, turned on my favorite show (LOST) and pulled everything into a pile in the floor.  Now I'm completely overwhelmed at it all and wondering how I'm ever going to get it back in order. :/  I know, I have real problems don't I? :P  Aoife decided to come a long and help me out.  She climbed into my now empty helmer, layed down, and occasionally reaches a fat paw out to knock over a polish or two.  This is the look I got when I attempted to snag a few from the pile in front of her.  Not so nice. I'm still sorting through tons of polishes, lip glosses, eye shadows and various other beauty supplies.  But at least I know in a few days I'll be on glorious vacation somewhere nice. :) 


Yep. Cleaning up sure is a tiring job.

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bliss Steep Mask

 Bliss Steep Clean® Mask is a pore-plunging, clog-clearing, professional-strength facial mask that transforms skin into a scene of extreme purity in just 15 minutes. This skincare essential exfoliates dead skin cells for a smoother complexion, prevents clogged pores to minimize breakouts, minimizes large pores, and brightens skin. It is a must-have for all (but especially congested) skin types.

Or at least, that's what Bliss has to say about this mask.  What do I think?  Well, it's a well known fact that I LOVE masks.  There are a few reasons for this but mostly I'm just really lazy with my skin care routine and I like quick fixes.  I also like to be able to relax and feel pampered without leaving my house.  Having other people's hands all over me (especially on my face! Ick!)  is a recurring nightmare of mine.  The idea of walking into a spa for a day stresses me out more than anything they do there would ever calm me down.  

This particular mask was sent to me as a sample and I couldn't wait to try it.  It says it will do so many great things for my skin.  It also comes in two packages which you get to mix together to form the mask!  It's fun AND useful.  So I got out the packets and did as they say. Mix the blue and the yellow together until it turns green.  I wouldn't say it really turns green.  It makes a foamy, creamy, greenish mixture that you then massage onto your skin.  As you massage it seems to get warm (though this could be from the motion of your hands) and it gets even creamier.  Then you leave it for 15 minutes.  Easy enough.  It smells great.  Fresh, soothing, and clean.  And it doesn't get hard on my skin which is something that makes me crazy with masks. I just can't stand the way it feels on my skin. >_<
Plus it has a nice, subtle tingling effect which makes you feel like it's working.  


One thing I noticed when I went to wipe it off is that it turns kind of clear as it sits on your face.  I don't know if it's because it soaks into your skin or what but it's almost creepy...so how did it work?

Pretty well actually.  My skin felt softer, smoother, cleaner.  It looked better too.  My pores were less noticeable, blackheads were gone, and my whole face looked glowy.  The smell lingers too which is kind of nice.  This mask retails for $54 for 3.4oz.  Would I pay that price for it? No.  Because while it smells nice, is easy to apply, and makes my skin feel awesome, it's still not as great as what I'm using now. And my current go-to mask doesn't require me to do chemistry to use it. :P  Here's an insider tip though. If you try this mask and love it (and you will) you can pick up a smaller version (which is pre-mixed) on Amazon for 29.99.  And that's a price I'd totally pay. 

 

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nail Mail Fail :(



I recently placed my very first order with a beauty website called AveYou.com.  I don't generally purchase newer polishes online because I'd rather get them in the store.  But as The OPI Muppets Collection has yet to hit stores and I had some coupon codes from some lovely polish pals, I thought why not.  I ended up getting three of these for about $5 LESS than I would have paid in store.  And as a bonus I didn't have to drive anywhere!  Monday I was SO hopeful they'd come in the mail, but alas, it was Columbus Day.  No mail on Columbus Day.  So after an excruciatingly long wait today they finally arrived around 4:30PM.  I know...crazy right?  I got my package, opened it up and....super sads.  The Rainbow Connection bottle was nicely bubble wrapped but oddly, had polish around the outer bottom rim of the cap.  It gets worse.  I twisted the cap EVER so slightly AND....MAJOR POLISH SPILLAGE.  Glitter went everywhere.  The top of the bottle, as you can see, is cracked in half.  There is glitter on my hands.  There is glitter on my Helmer (which incidentally is full as of today :/ And I still have polish on the way. Yikes.).  There is glitter on my carpet.  There is even glitter on my poor kitty.  (I think it suits her :P)  I freaked.  Understandably.  And panicked.  And then cried.  Yes. Actual tears.  It's been a rough few days.  But then my husband, ever the calm one,  found me an empty bottle of Seche Vite (after suggesting I pour out one of my "cheap" polishes! Hello!? That's like killing your smallest child!) and I poured what was saveable into it.  And yet...

 
 
It looks so sad and not rainbowy in the Seche bottle.  And it doesn't have the nice wide brush that OPI's have.  I didn't even get to paint ONE stinkin nail with it before this.  So seriously lame.  Although most of the polish was saveable, this still gives me a wicked case of the sads.  I'm one of those people who still has the original boxes for EVERYTHING.  Having an OPI in a Seche Vite bottle is KILLING me right now.  KILLING.  And I can't even  put it next to my other OPI's because the shape makes it too bulky.  The shame.  But there is a bright side to all this!!  And that's the customer service at AveYou.com.  This is the first time I've ever ordered or received a damaged polish and let me tell you, I receive TONS of polish mail both from companies and from people.  I was a little worried about what the response would be when I wrote them about it and I took A TON of pictures just in case they asked. Pictures of the polish. Pictures of the mess. Pictures of the bubble wrap with glitter flecked all inside of it.  I wrote them and explained that it had cracked open when I touched it.  I told them my other two were fine.  I told them that most of the bottle was saveable.  And I told them I had pictures if they needed them.  (I've heard a lot of companies ask. Understandably.)  I kid you not.  FIVE minutes after I sent the email I had a response. And not one of those, We-got-your-email-you're-very-important-we'll-get-back-to-you-later auto-responses.  Nope.  A real email.  Which said they were terribly sorry, will resend the polish immediately and will look into what might have happened to my glorious Rainbow Connection after the evil postmen got their hands on it.  (Ok I might have embellished a little bit on that last part :P) So the moral of the story is: AveYou.com ROCKS. Tons. And I'll definitely order from them again (at some point!).  And you should too if you want great customer service. :)  Oh and as a total side note:  Warm and Fozzie is my new OPI love. I would marry it.  Gone Gonzo...not so much.  :P

Thanks for following! Do you have any polish mail horror stories?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Kitty Love

So it's no secret that I have two kitties who I love more than anything.  They're super sweet (at least to me :P) and they're always very cuddly.  In fact there's only one problem with them...they're VERY attention hungry.  Aoife, my himalayan LOVES to follow me around and lay all over me and she purrs more than any cat I've ever had.  Eoghan on the other hand prefers to pretend that he doesn't need me until it's time to eat or at all odd hours of the early morning when no one can see that he's begging me for attention. Last night he woke me at 2AM so that he could get some love. Silly kitties.  Even though Eoghan was here first, Aoife is none too happy to share my time.  Today as I was getting ready to upload a blog on here, this happened:




 I don't know if he's cold, or he's sick, or he just finally decided that he wanted some attention from mama but that's Eoghan sleeping on my desk and totally blocking my screen.  You can't hear it but he's currently snoring like a freight train.  This is normally Aoife's spot when I'm typing although she's much better at flattening her fatness out so that I can still view the screen normally.  And she was not thrilled to have her spot stolen.  About ten minutes after this happened, I felt a tug on my leg.  I looked down and was greeted with this:




You can practically feel the detest.  She spent the past half hour moving from one side of my chair to the other, tapping on my legs and keyboard with her fat paws and crying as if to say "That's my spot!"  But Eoghan remains.  Now she's sulking in my vintage suitcase in the corner.  Poor, poor Aoife.  So no beauty blog for today on account of fat, jealous kitties.  But tomorrow perhaps something will turn up!  

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and as a side note, Happy Birthday to the innovative and imaginative John Lennon who died long before his time.  The Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland will be lit tonight at 4PM EST so catch it online if you have the chance. (and I guess this means Yoko Ono wasn't on the invite list to Paul McCartney's wedding today!! :P Couldnt' resist...and congrats to Paul!)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Five: Beauty Edition



This week's Friday Five is my five go to beauty products.  I'm a total beauty junkie and I've literally tried thousands and thousands of cosmetics and beauty products.  Sometimes they work out, and other times they're a complete disaster.  These five rank among my top beauty products of all time and they're the only ones that I keep going back for time after time!  I wish I was doing Saturday Six this week because one of my most favorite beauty products had to be left off this list. :( But at some point in the future I'll do a top five make-up and it will be in there for sure!!  On to the products!!


This mask is the greatest mask I've ever used. Normally I hate masks and I often break out after using them.  They leave my face too oily or too dry.  They smell awful. Or worse they FEEL awful.  This mask does none of the above.  I got it orginally as a sample with a Sephora order and I was so hooked after using it once that I bought a bottle immediately after.  Besides being 100% natural and organic this mask smells great, feels great, takes only 15 mintues, AND leaves your skin moisturized, soft, and oil free.  It literally perfects your skin in 15 minutes.  It didn't overdry the oily parts of my face or grease up the dry parts.  It balanced my skin and left it looking and feeling radiant.  I use it about once a week or when my skin is feeling particularly annoying.  It retails for $40 which is a bit pricey. But it's totally worth the price tag.



Another Pangea product, another win!!  What I love most about this toner is that it sprays onto your skin rather than having to be applied with a cotton ball or pad.  It's refreshing, stimulating and it smells great.  No stinging, no irritation and it still does the trick!  This little bottle is $12 but it lasts me about a month.  Previously I'd been using Clinique toner so the cost to me is roughly the same.  But again, totally organic and natural and works so much better than the Clinique.



As much as I love makeup, I might love perfume even more.  I love to experiment with perfume (I have TONS!) but I also like to have a signiture scent.  It's really difficult to find that one scent that's not too sweet or too musky.  Not too old or too young.  I LOVE the smell of roses but I find that most rose based perfume smells like old ladies or funeral homes.  Not this one.  It's subtle and sexy but also delicate and sophisticated.  It's the only scent I've ever bought more than once in my life.  I like the rollerballs since they're easy to take with you.  A four pack is about $42 at Sephora.


This stuff is the bomb.  Every single other moisturizer I've ever used has left my face too dry or WAY over greased.  This oil can be purchased as a spray which allows you to just lightly spritz your face for the perfect amount of moisture.  It's not heavy and its not at all greasy.  Plus it smells great and can be used on your body or hair for quick fixes!!  A 100mL bottle costs about $44  but it lasts ages!! I keep this little bottle in my purse for emergencies!


I have tried so many primers.  And I've had no luck with any of them.  Even the raved about Smashbox Photo Finish did NOTHING to help my skin.  This one is different.  It's a balm not a cream or gel so you can control how much or how little goes on.  Plus it has vitamin C which makes your skin feel smooth and velvety and keeps it healthy looking all day.  It's great for traveling (especially via plane since it's not a liquid!!)  and it smells amazing!  Plus the cute little tin can be reused over and over again! You can pick it up at Macy's or Sephora for $29. 


So there you have it. My five must have beauty products.  What are some of yours? 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My love affair with Butter London...


L to R: Cheeky Chops, Teddy Girl, Toff, Queen Vic


There are few products that I love so much I feel like everyone should own them. It's rather difficult to impress me because I know what I like and most of the time, products just don't deliver. Butter London is one of those products.

Fairly recently I've gotten very into nail polish again.
I used to be crazy into painting my nails (back when I was 13 or 14 or so) so much so that my parents bought me a nail stamping machine for Christmas one year. I LOVED that stamping machine. In a time when nail art wasn't mainstream, it gave me an edge that most people didn't have. Then came the Cover Girl crackle polishes which I of course, HAD to have. And then one day, just like that, I sort of grew out of it. It was by happenstance that I stumbled upon a blog about a year ago, called The Daily Nail. The premise of the blog was simple: 365 days of nail art. No repeats. Of course by the time I came across the blog it was more than a year old. But still, the nail art continued. And as I perused the blogs past articles filled with shiny flashy nails and bright colors, I found something else. Stamping was in. In a HUGE way. In fact there are now many companies selling these stamp kits. Nostalgia kicked in and I realized that something I had once been so into, was suddenly cool. Score. I started pumping up my polish collection fairly quickly, and of course, I ordered some stamps!! I learned all kinds of new terms: matte, satin, suede, flakies, glitter, jellies...the world of nail polish had changed dramatically from the simple creme or glitter days of my youth. And I started experimenting with different brands as well. And by chance, I found a brand that I'd been craving for months at my local Ulta one day. The brand? Butter London. A now Seattle based polish company which, as luck would have it, was 3Free, vegan, AND came in amazing colors with fun names like Snog and Teddy Girl. So I picked up a few. And just like that...I fell in love. 
Today was buy one get one free day on Butter London's at my Ulta. Although someone might have told the salesgirl that because when I asked to be double sure (I had misplaced my flier) she told me she thought it was buy two get one free. Oh well...free is free. I intended to pick up Toff (part of the new fall collection) and Artful Dodger (part of the Spring collection) but found out quite quickly that Artful Dodger is no longer carried at Ulta's (I see a trip to Nordstrom in my future!). So I had to reassess. I had Toff and Queen Vic in my hand and was pondering Cheeky Chops when another salesgirl offered me a very helpful piece of advice. There is a limit of four polishes. Score. All I had to do was find ONE more color and I'd just get four for the price of two. So I picked up Teddy Girl (I need some new pinks for Wednesdays!) and headed for the check lanes.

Now, there are many reasons I love butter London. Some are silly (it has London in the title, comes in a square bottle, and has super cute names) and some are legitimate (it goes on smooth as butter, dries to an impossibly shiny finish, gets on with my Seche Vite, and lasts for AGES) but there's one reason I love it that I'd forgotten about until I began checking out today. What's that?

As I'm talking to the cashier she tells me how she's trying to decide which butter London colors to grab before she leaves for the day and she flashes me two polished fingers. POLISHED with Butter London polish FROM THE SHELF. Ew. I'm quite aware that buying used nail polish is unlike buying other used things (lipstick, eyeliner, underwear >_<) but still it skeeves me out. I almost always reach for polishes at the back of the counters when I shop. I don't want to polish my nails with something which: A) has been on your who-knows-where-they've-been fingers. And B) has polish missing from it. Albeit a negligible amount in most cases. And that's the thing I love most about my butter London polishes. The little seal on the side that tells me that no one's grimy fingers have been in my polish before me!! :)

Bee x


(Side note: sale is on til the end of the day 9/20 so head to your nearest Ulta and pick up a few of these! I swear they're worth it!)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Things I'm obsessed with this week...

This week has been epically long. And for some reason, SUPER busy.  I have had NO time to get much of anything done and I've been ridiculously tired.  Still, I managed to squeeze in some time for the things that I'm loving most this week. I intended for this to be a Friday Five blog...but it's coming on a Saturday. And since I'm too lazy to do a Saturday Six...lol...you're getting a Friday Five a little late (hey, we all know how I like to procrastinate!).  Here goes...


Eliza Doolittle is a British singer/songwriter from London.  I stumbled across her single, Rollerblades, awhile back on iTunes and I finally decided to buy her album this week.  I seriously can't stop listening to it.  It's one part quirky pop and one part British soul.  Think Lily Allen with a twist.  :)  You can check her out by clicking here (or hitting me up for some sample tracks!!)  Best tunes on the album? Skinny Genes, Go Home, and Moneybox.





Umeboshi.  I'm back on the bento train in a HUGE way and since I discovered umeboshi a few weeks back I'm LOVING it.  Plus there's nothing more satisfying than a fat, sweet onigiri with a salty umeboshi in the center. :)






Barry M nail varnish. I got my very first Barry M's from a wonderful friend in London through the post months ago.  And now I'm completely hooked.  Not only are they pretty cheap (most are only £2.99) but the coverage is great and they last forever on my nails.  A feat for someone like me who is always doing something with their hands!






Toothy tabs from LUSH.  Not only are these good for the environment (and your mouth!), vegan, and fairtrade but they also make my mouth feel cleaner than any toothpaste EVER has.  And that's saying something!




And finally...





Coffee!! Let's face it it's no secret that I LOVE coffee.  But this week it's been fairly cold outside and that coupled with lack of sleep has made coffee my new best friend.  I think I've finally talked the husband into buying a fancy new Keurig coffee machine so when that comes, my coffee habit is sure to increase dramatically! :)



Hope everyone is having a good week. What kinds of things are YOU obessed with right now?

Bee x

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Last Friday Night



If life were like a movie, than my Friday night would have been narrated as so:


"Bee had recently aqquired some bath bombs from LUSH. Not feeling well, she decided to take a bath and have a cup of tea. This is the story of that night..."









At first it doesn't sound very exciting (it wasn't) but then that creepy announcers voice starts to get under your skin. And the way he says that, so serious, "This is the story of that night." Now you start to think, well maybe things didn't go according to plan (they never do). And then your mind starts to race thinking, what DID happen. Maybe the bath bomb made the tub slick and she slid, spilled the tea thus burning herself, hit her head and drowned (unlikely as I'm writing this). Or maybe the bath was so relaxing she forgot about the tea and the whole house burned down (more likely but still, no). OR still yet, maybe the tea cup had a small crack in it which caused it to expolde, thus burning her, and then sparking a loose cord on the floor starting a fire for which she attempted to call the fire department but ends up falling INTO the tub WITH the phone which sparks an electric shock and she dies. (very Final Destination of you but still no. Side note: DId those movies creep anyone else out? I mean, I can't walk through my house now without seeing at least a hundred things that could possibly kill me in various stages of horrible circumstance.) No actually, my night went pretty much as planned. I had my tea, Earl Grey with lemon -- BEST kind to have, took my bath, and went to bed. Yeah my Friday nights aren't the most exciting, but let's face it; I'm married and I've been sick. I have excuses (lots of them). In fact, the creepiest thing to happen to me all night was this picture I took of my bath. I think I need to call up the GhostHunters (or use less photoshop) it certainly didn't look like that in person...
Bee x



Friday, August 26, 2011

Eagles don't flock. You have to find them one at a time.

Martha Stewart Flocking Powder


There are two stores you should never ever take me into if: A)you want to get out of the store before closing time, and B) you don't want me to spend every penny I have. These are: office supply stores and craft stores. No one gave my husband this memo because yesterday, he took me to the craft store. His intention was to get a signed poster custom framed. My intention? Hello?! Crafts. 

The problem with myself and crafts is that I have absolutely no filter. There is no craft too easy, difficult, or expensive for me. And if it's on sale...I'll do it. I don't care what it is, what it does, or if it even creates a useful product. Just this year alone I've started knitting and felting, as well as making plushies (which my cats LOVE), paper, bath bombs, laundry detergent (maybe not so much a craft)...the list goes on.

My husbands first mistake (other than taking me to a craft store in the first place) was taking me to Michael's. Why you ask? Because Michael's sells an exclusive line of crafty things by my most favorite crafty person; Martha Stewart (It's OK, you can totally judge me for it. I love her anyway). His second mistake came when I said "I'm just going to look around while you get an estimate." His response, "OK." I doubt he'll make that mistake twice. I started out looking for things I could use for my nail art venture (which you can view at your leisure here at: BeePolished. Shameless marketing I know.) I did manage to find some tiny glass beads but they were a little more expensive than I felt was worth it so I skipped them. Then I got caught up in the paper aisle for awhile because it was all 40% off. And there is nothing (non-living) in this world that I love more than paper. Nothing. (OK, SOME things). But miraculously I managed to escape the FOUR aisles of paper with nothing to purchase (I should seriously get a medal for that) And then...I spotted it. The Martha Stewart craft aisle. 

The Martha aisle is at the VERY front of the store and the framing department is at the VERY back of the store. So you'd think I'd have just RUN up to the front to see what she had, but this is not how the Martha aisle operates. It has to be savoured. It's the treat in the cereal box (Do they even do that anymore?) that you have to wait until JUST the right bowl of cereal to find (Who am I kidding? Are we the only ones who dumped the whole bag into a giant bowl to get the toy?). The dessert at the end of a meal (Right, like you wait? You're an adult, remember? Dessert sometimes IS dinner.) Even better than finding the aisle after perusing the whole store is finding the aisle has turned yellow. Yes...yellow. You know what that means: clearance labels! Granted, most of the clearance items were gone. But as fate would have it there were TWO large (and ridiculously cute) jars of glass micro beads. Perfect for my nail art AND within a more than reasonable price point. Better still...the row above the completely wiped out glass beads was filled with: wait for it...wait for it...


FLOCKING POWDER. 


Flocking powder. Doesn't it look SO soft?

What IS flocking powder? Well...I have no idea. But it came in fun jars and colors, looked exceptionally fluffy and soft AND it was on clearance. So I bought one of every color (except dark pink. You have to have SOME standards). Of course my husband questioned my flocking powder purchase to which I responded (quite rationally), 

"But it's Martha Stewart!" 

And the best thing about buying Martha crafts? You know that somewhere on her website, she has some kind of craft requiring said item (and usually quite a few other things that you'll NEED to return to the craft store to purchase!)...and so without further adieu...I present to you: FLOCKING!! (which is actually SUPER fun, SUPER easy and SOOOO soft.)

Feel free to click on the picture to blow it up and see the EPIC softness of the flocking. It's OK...you can feel the screen too...I won't judge you (maybe a little) :)

Guess who's getting flocked EVERYTHING this year? That's right: everyone. :P

Side note: It costs no less than $260 to have a 13x8 inch poster custom framed. You might think I'm kidding or exaggerating but I promise I'm not. That's highway robbery. End rant.

Bee x

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Yes Charlie, if only we were all wearing license plates...


Annoying thing number one about having bangs: You have to wash them daily.  And even if you wash them, dry them, and gently caress them with a round brush, there's only about a 15% chance they'll do what you want.

I've had bangs for most of my life.  In fact, every single time I attempt to grow them out...and nearly succeed...I see someone with the most amazing bangs and then I cut them again.  And then I remember that there are about 1001 completely annoying things about having bangs.  Like that obnoxious way they stick up like crazy in the morning no matter how perfect they were when you went to bed (or how many ways you try to pin them down.)  Or the way that they always seem to part but never in the same place.  Then there's the way that no matter how many 'expert tricks' you try in the summertime they're always perpetually stuck to the front of your face.  

(There's a good chance at this point that you're asking yourself, is she seriously blogging about bangs? The answer is yes. There's no exciting subject change coming.  So if you're not a fan of bangs...maybe skip this one. The title DOES say random. What's more random than bangs? Speaking of...)

All I ever really wanted was for my bangs to do that perfect swingy, feathery thing that they always seem to do on those models in the 60's. Or Zooey Deschanel.  I would literally KILL for her bangs. (OK so not literally.) Yes, I have bang envy, don't judge.  Inevitably as soon as I get them looking perfect (which happens about 5 times in a given year) something hideous happens. It rains.  There's a sudden heat/wind storm.  Or this happens:   
               



Yes, that's my hair dryer.  I dropped it on the floor this morning.  Don't worry. It lived. Sort of.  The fact that the back half of it has been missing forever or that the front piece often randomly slides off mid-drying session had nothing to do with this particular fall.  They're battle scars of past dropping incidents.  At first, I thought my dryer was a goner...but then, as you would do with a junker car, I just popped the pieces back on, pressed the 'go' button and voila! Good as new. Right? For those of you asking yourselves, is it safe to use that? (Probably not.) Ask yourselves this question instead: Have I purchased a new hair dryer since 1996? If you answered yes, then you clearly don't understand my affinity for this particular hairdryer. (Or how cheap I am.)  It was a Christmas present from my dad.  Like thirteen Christmases ago.  And it DOES still work.  Quite nicely actually.  It might not be tourmaline or have the word "infinity" on it.  But this thing has got some serious mileage on it and it's still going strong.  It's practically vintage.  Which is likely the cause of my bang problems in the first place.  But hey...you win some. You lose some. :P

Bee x

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day Thirty-One: A profile photo of you



In case you hadn't noticed. This about sums up my thirty day challenge. As many of the newer ones I'm seeing don't have any different (or exciting) challenges, I'm taking this blog in a new direction. What direction you may ask...well...you'll just have to wait and see!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Day Thirty: A picture of someone you miss


This is a two-fer because I miss both of the people in this picture! Aubrey, because I haven't seen her in like three weeks (so lame :() and Jessica because I haven't seen her in over a year...even lamer.  Hopefully that will be changing VERY soon! (On both counts 'cause I could use a trip to New Hampshire!)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day Twenty-Nine: A picture that makes you smile


Obviously this picture is a bit silly, but that's not why it makes me smile.  It makes me smile becuase I remember how much fun Aubrey and I had on that trip and all the awesome things we did.  We flew 1000 miles to get there and drove over 2100 miles after that. All in about 4 days.  It was totally worth it and even though we got lost a few times (and almost ended up in Canada! Oops!) and things didn't work out at all the way we planned them, there's no one I'd rather have been there with! :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day Twenty-Eight: A picture of something you're afraid of


It was difficult to find a good picture to represent my point here but the thing I'm afraid of is what will happen to the world if we keep treating it the way we are.  Already you can feel and see the effects of global warming and if we continue the way we are it will only get worse.  It's a scary thing to think about.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Day Twenty-Seven:A picture of yourself and a family member



I'm recently moved all the photos from my computer onto discs in order to make more space on it so that's making it kind of difficult to meet these challenges!  After flipping through like seven discs I settled on this not-too-hateful picture of me and my sister, Laura. I think it's about three years old (she doesn't even live in this apartment anymore!) but the challege didn't specify when and, let's face it, we both look pretty much the same! :P

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day Twenty-Six: A picture of something that means a lot to you


Easy. My kitties, Aoife and Eoghan. They're my babies and they're completely spoiled. lol...but they're also very loved and happy. :) And that's what counts!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Day Twenty-Five: A picture of your day


My day today was fairly awful. I worked all day and it rained all day.  My camera has died and my phone hates me and won't send any pictures today.  I also managed to lose one of my earrings which is totally lame since I can't replace it :(  So I'm putting up a picture of somewhere I'd like to have spent my day instead.  This is Whale Beach in Sydney, Australia.  If I ever get to actually spend a day here, you can all forget my number because there's no way on earth I'm coming back!  :P

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day Twenty Four: A picture of something you wish you could change


Obviously, like most people, when asked what the thing I would most like to change is, world peace is the first thing that comes to mind. The thing about world peace is, it doesn't change a lot of the other things that are wrong with the world and the people in it.  World peace doesn't cure hunger or end disease or lower gas prices!  So I'm choosing this picture instead.  Envrionmental conservation is something that I'm very passionate about.  I recycle, I don't consume meat, I make my own laundry soap, I buy free trade products...I'm even switching over to bars of shampoo to conserve water and energy (and everyone knows how much I love beauty products!).  Whenever possible I try to buy vegan, organic, and local items.  People don't realize how the little things like turning off the water while you brush your teeth, or buying bar soap instead of body wash could really make a big impact on the world.  We could really change the future of this planet if we'd all just chip in a little bit. :)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day Twenty Three: A picture of your favorite book


I read this book when I was about 10 years old and I've loved it ever since.  I don't know that it's really my FAVORITE book because I LOVE reading and there are so many books that I've read over and over.  It is most certainly one of my most loved books though and it's one that I think everyone should read at some point in their lives. It really changes the way you look at the world!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Day Twenty-Two: A picture of something you wish you were better at


I'm learning (slowly) to play the guitar.  Mostly for the purpose of being able to play "Yesterday".  But also because I enjoy learning new things and I've always wanted to know how to play.  So today I'm posting this picture of someone who obviously trumps me in the guitar skill department! :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day Twenty-One: A picture of something you wish you could forget


This should need no explanation from me for people who know me well!  These apartments were the bane of my existance.  I only lived there for a year and a half but it's the only place I can honestly say I ever actually hated living (and I've lived in A LOT of places!).  Not only are they dark and small and cold but my neighbors weren't exactly the kind of people you want to run into in a hallway after dark!  I'm so glad that I don't have to live there anymore, and I never will again!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day Twenty: A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel


There are so many places I'd love to travel to.  Australia, England, Italy, Greece...I could go on.  Today I'm posting this picture of Paris, France.  I've been brushing up on my French lately and it's making me really want to see France.  Plus I'd love to see Versaille, The Lourve, and eat some Lauderee maccaroons! You know with me it's always about the food!! :P

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day Nineteen: A picture of you when you were little

This is the easiest post I've done so far!! Here is a picture of me at three days old :) It's my favorite picture of me as a baby.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Day Eighteen: A picture of your biggest insecurity




This is one I had to really think about.  I don't really have a lot of insecurities, and I never have. I'm sure that makes me seem really egotistical but it's not about having an ego I just simply don't look at myself in an objective way usually.  I'm quite happy with who I am and with where I'm going in life.  There are things I'd like to change about myself certainly but I also recognize that I'm making changes where I can and that some things are just meant to be what they are and I have to accept that.  I'm putting up a picture of this ladder because the only thing I really feel insecure about is succeeding. There are a lot of things I'd like to accomplish and even though I'm moving towards my goals, there is always a fear that I maybe I won't get where I want to go.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Day Seventeen: A picture of something that has had a huge impact on your life recently


This actually goes hand in hand with my last post.  Sir Paul McCartney.  I learned about a year ago about his campaign for Meatless Monday.  The plan is simple: one day a week don't eat meat.  Easy, right?  Well it turned out to be way easier than that for me and I went vegetarian in May of last year.  Being a vegetarian has had a huge impact on my life because I'm a great lover of food and I was very concerned about being restricted.  But instead it's opened up whole new food worlds to me.  Who knew I liked leeks?  I sure didn't.  Besides that it's made me feel healthier, less tired, and have less headaches.  It might not be for everyone, but I'm loving it and I'm glad that Meatless Monday (and Sir Paul) came along! :)

Day Sixteen: A picture of a person who inspires you



I say this everyday, and it's true again today.  There are so many people I could put up here.  But I'm using Sir Paul McCartney because he's inspired me the most as of late.  Paul grew up rather poor and without a whole lot of support behind him. He lost his mother at a young age and taught himself to play the bass.  And from that he became the number one selling artist of all time.  He's also a vegetarian, a humanitarian, and an all around great guy.  True, he had some less than stellar days in his youth but he's learned from all his mistakes and he just gets better with time!! :)  What better to aspire to?

Day Fifteen: A picture of something you want to do before you die.


There are so many things I want to get the chance to do before I leave this Earth.  Write a novel, visit all 50 states (23 so far and counting!), and learn to play "Yesterday" on the guitar are just a few.  But today I'm putting up one of my travel goals.  Something I've always wanted to do is spend a year living in a foriegn country.  I think it would be so great to soak up the culture and language and foods of somewhere else.  And it might make me appriciate America a little more (or not, but either way change is good!).  So here is a picture of London.  I NEED to see London before I die.  And if I could live there for a year too, well, I certainly wouldn't complain! :)