Monday, January 30, 2012

Outfit: Cuddle weather

Hello there everyone! I hope January has been treating you well. I, personally, have watched myself grow as a person more rapidly and dramatically than ever in my life. The new years has brought on an influx of creativity, as well as a bought of enlightenment and self-discovery. I went out of 2011 in a spiraling depression and miraculously emerged into 2012 with passion and determination. One of the most important life lessons is to keep fighting for your dreams and your happiness against all odds, and I have finally found the courage to do so. :)

In other news, Friday was my lovie's birthday, and we spent yesterday together in informal celebration. We ended up bumping into our close friends Nicole and Bailey while meandering through Barnes & Nobles, which was a lovely surprise. Seeing as the restaurant we wanted to go to ended up being closed, we made ourselves some chicken and ice cream sundaes and did a lot of cuddling. It was a wonderful day, as days with Pete always are. 

My outfit choice for yesterday was a cozy, earth toned ensemble, featuring my brand new cardigan that I thrifted on Saturday!

The sleeves a bit overlong, which makes the cardigan ever cozier!



Cardigan: thrifted
Lace top: Macy's?
Jeans: PacSun 
Boots:  Macy's, potentially.
Earrings: gifted
Glasses: Michael Kohrs (prescription, I'm blind)

(All pictures taken by my darling Pete!)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thrifting!

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with my lovely friend Sam. We used the be very close, and we decided there was no better way to rekindle our friendship than to go out for coffee and thrifting! She is a truly beautiful, strong person and one of the main inspirations in my life. Go check out her fabulous blog!

It's always fun to meander around thrift stores and see what crazy, wonderful things you can find.
Check out this crazy cat jean-jacket!
If I didn't already have a zillion jewelry holders I probably would've picked up this gorgeous piece.

Blast from the past, anyone?

In the end, Sam got a few teacups and saucers to hold jewelry and the like. I picked up a big cozy cardigan (which you can see in my outfit post later today!), a vintage clock and two fabulous mugs (pictured below).



I hope you all are having as wonderful a weekend as I am! Cheers! x

Friday, January 27, 2012

Outfit: The girl who was on fire

This outfit doesn't have much connection the Hunger Games at all, but I titled the post as thus because that's how I've felt this past month. On the edge but blazing through life.



The colors got a bit washed out, but on the main part of my lid I have a bronze color with quite a bit of shimmer, blended into a shimmery lilac with white beneath my brow as a highlight. All of these shadows are from an unnamed Sephora palette, so I don't have any specific product numbers for them. 

And this is my cat, Willow! She hates me a little bit but that's okay.

I can't tell you how many compliments I got on this outfit today, especially my shoes and my spiked hair. It was also my lovely boyfriend's birthday today, and the last day of the semester, so overall today has been overwhelmingly awesome. I hope you're all having fabulous days as well!

Jacket: Abercrombie kids (I know, who would've guessed)
 Shirt: PacSun
Jeans: PacSun
Shoes: Forever 21
Earrings: H&M London

Thursday, January 26, 2012

DIY Glasses Case Jewelry Display

One thing you may not know about me is that I'm essentially blind. As such, I've got quite a collection of old glasses and cases from my childhood to present day. I figured I might as well make good use of them!

You will need: an empty glasses case, old glass-cleaning cloth (or other pretty fabric), cotton balls, and adhesive (I used glue dots).
1. To start, cut your cloth into a shape that fits the case. Make sure you leave room for the cotton-ball cushion. Use your adhesive to attach the cloth to the top edge of the case.

2. Slightly mutilate your cotton balls by stretching them and fill the indent of the case. You don't need to glue them down. 

3. Glue down the rest of the fabric, leaving one side open to stuff more cotton balls in for an extra-poofy cushion. When you're satisfied with the way the jewelry pillow looks, glue down the remaining side.
5. Flip the case over and glue the remaining cloth to the other side of the case. Decorate! I added a few inspiring fortunes from fortune cookies and stuck on a dime just to for a little something extra. Obviously, this is where you can delve into your imagination and decorate however you'd like!



6. Find a place for it in your home and enjoy! If your case is a little off-balance like mine was and has a tendency to fall backwards, lean it against something for support.

I personally think this project would go excellently on a nightstand. You could place jewelry (such as rings) that you wear daily on it before you go to sleep at night, and pick them right up in the morning!

Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

5 Ways To Sap Stress Out Of Your Life

Ello there! I'm introducing a new feature: 5 Ways. Every now and then I'll make a post similar to this, in which I discuss five different methods or techniques to do something. The topics could range anywhere from life advice, like this one, to recipe ideas involving a certain ingredient, to fashion designs and inspiration. Who knows what I'll think up? Anyway, enjoy the first 5 Ways!

5 Ways To Sap Stress

1. Unplug. We all fall captive of technology's clutches now and then. A two-minute excursion onto the internet to look up a definition can morph into and hour and a half of wasted time right under our noses. Often, the best thing to do when you need a stress detox or are falling into a creative rut is to power off those electronics! I know, I know, you've almost got a high score on Temple Run, and your BFF Jill just tweeted you something urgent, and omg, the new episode of Pretty Little Liars is totally on tonight, but trust me, it's really not that important. Let the texts and emails and  Facebook messages you're receiving go. Throw open a window, I don't care what the weather is like. Read a book. Catch up on chores. Take a bubble bath. Do something that doesn't require electricity. As much as modern technology benefits the world, we all tend to get lost in cyberspace and forget the things that are really important. So tell your friends you'll talk to them later, and take a few hours to unplug.

2. Start your day right. One fine day I stumbled upon this excellent list of morning activities that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the oncoming day. I suggest choosing a few you like and trying to do at least one every day! If, like me, you're not exactly a morning person, I find that setting your alarm about half an hour before you actually need to wake up helps to ease the usual rush. After snoozing a few times, pulling myself out of bed and stumbling my way through the routine, I feel a lot more capable by the time I'm out the door than on days where I'm unable to snooze at all.

3. Don't sweat the small stuff. We often mutate little issue into complete catastrophes in our minds purely because we think too much. The solutions to this problem is, well, don't think too much. Everything is a lot simpler than it seems. Stressing and complaining about an issue isn't going to solve it. My advice is to try to catch your anxieties before they develop into something more sinister. You're having company over and the house isn't clear? Don't panic. Stuff your clutter in that hall closet and wash those dirty dishes. Your guests probably don't care if how meticulously vacuumed your floor is, anyway. You're feeling bitter because your friend is mad at you? Incinerate that trash-talk before it escapes your lips. Revenge is not the answer. Talk it out. Attempt to see their point of view and try to spot any misunderstandings that may have incurred this argument. Before you get too upset about anything, remember that humans are flawed beings. No one is asking you to be perfect, so for the love of all things good in the world, never expect perfection from yourself. I personally think a person's "flaws" are their most enticing and defining character traits.
Life is crazy. Things will go wrong. But take a deep breath. Mess-ups only become mistakes if you let them. It's all in your head. Your past will only define you if you focus on it. Don't allow the bad things in life to consume you! There's so much more to be happy for.

4. Prioritize. Sit down with some paper and pen and decide what's important to you. What are your ideals? What are you dreams? Now, break these things down into small pieces, because the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and all the rest of those clich├ęs. The point is, setting small goals each month, week, and day will help you to work productively towards your dreams.
At the start of a new week, decide your agenda for the next seven days. Ask yourself what you need to do and what you want to have accomplished by this time next week. Been meaning to clean the bathroom? Write it down. Made dinner plans with a friend on Friday? Put it on paper. Promised your mother you'd call? Schedule it in. Hang this week's list somewhere that will be clearly visible when you  first wake up. Write this week's small goal on top. Each day, when you rouse from your slumber, decide what you can do today to achieve this week's goal. If you want to make a difference in someone's life, perhaps today is a great day to compliment everyone you meet. If your goal for this year is to lead a healthy life, then get up, get dressed, and take a brisk walk! Remember that nothing happens instantly. Life moves in baby steps, and the best day to start is today. Don't let yourself become discouraged. To remind myself of my own potential, I painted a quote on my wall that gives me the courage to pursue my passion and keep plodding on, no matter how tough it seems.
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

5. If all else fails, take a break. It's always a good time for a nap. Eat some chocolate. Count your blessings. Curl up with a good book, good music, or a good friend. Take a walk. Play a board game. Talk to an old friend. Treat yourself to some ice cream or decadent coffee -- you deserve it! Paint something, even if you're not an artist. In fact, finger paint something. Go on an adventure. Try something new. Life doesn't look so scary from the depths of a warm bath. Tomorrow doesn't seem so impossible when you let someone dry your tears. Often, we're so caught up in our sadness that we don't let ourselves have a happy moment when one passes by. I promise you, if you hold onto that silver lining, the clouds will melt away. Laugh. Laugh like you've never been hurt before. Life is hectic and wild, but it's undeniably beautiful. The road ahead may be seem like it's studded with mountains instead of pebbles, but take it from someone who's been suicidal and managed to pull through. Life isn't as hard as you think it is. Take a deep breath and let it all out. Relax. Isn't it so lovely just to be alive?

Stay happy, my friends.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Nutella Pudding!

I've had a bit of an odd craving for pudding lately. In a fit of creative daring today, I decided to attempt a Nutella pudding from scratch. As everyone knows, Nutella is the eighth wonder of the world, and it seems only fitting to combine it with all other concoctions of chocolatey goodness. (A Nutella hot chocolate recipe can be found here). So, here goes nothing!



Nutella Pudding

Ingredients:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups whole milk (if you don't have whole milk, add a bit of cream or half-and-half to your milk)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Nutella

1. In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the ingredients, adding the milk last. Make sure there are no clumps of dry ingredients or Nutella at the bottom of the bowl.
2. Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes on high. Take it out, stir it, and then continue cooking at 1-minute intervals, stirring in between. The pudding should be thick and shiny after about two or three minutes. 
3. Pour into small cups or bowls. Careful, it will be very hot! If you don't like a skin to form on your pudding, cover it with plastic wrap before refrigerating it. The skin is my personal favorite part of puddings, so I just stuck it in the fridge as it was.
4. Serve once cooled with homemade whipped cream and enjoy!