Monday, July 12, 2010

Bad blogger!

I'm really sorry about the lack of updates!  Between it being so hot in my apartment that I avoid turning my computer on, and the fact that my USB drives in my computer are totally freaking shot, I haven't been able to post anything too exciting lately.  As soon as I solve the USB problem though and it isn't a nightmare to upload pictures on to my computer I'll be posting more.

Hope it's not so freaking hot whereever you are... and to think I just booked a vacation to Disney World for the first week of August!  To answer your question, yes I am TOTALLY BANANAS!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Forget Stereo Rose!

Ok so Temptalia did a post on MAC's Stereo Rose MSF, and in the post she swatched some other blushes that she thought might make good dupes for it... one of those swatch images was this picture:

...the second one in is Stereo Rose, but the one I couldn't stop looking at was the middle swatch which is Lancome's Mandarin Sky!  How gorgeous is that?  Needless to say I'll be heading to Nordstrom next week to pick one up.

What about you guys?  Not in to the Stereo Rose hype?  What's your favorite Stereo Rose "dupe"?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Awesome Urban Outfitters Deal!

OK so I was just browsing around on the UO website and I found this awesome deal, 2 pairs of sneakers for $30!

Here' are some of the pairs I'm lemming:

Unfortunately they only go up to size 10 and I need AT LEAST an 11, but maybe some of you find folks can enjoy the savings!

Too bad because those Aztec shoes would have been perfect for the painted desert inspired look I did last week!

Recipe of the Week: Sangria

Is it cheating if it's not a recipe of my own design?  Even if I link you to the original recipe?  Even if when I make it I usually have to multiply the measurements by 8?  And even if I've altered the recipe and directions slightly?

Well at any rate, here is a recipe for Sangria by the Food Network's natural foods loving chef Ellie Krieger.  During the summer, I'm constantly making this recipe for my troves of relatives to sip on the lakefront.  Also, her directions for making red sangria are the same as the directions for white sangria (though I like to do peaches in stead of apples in the white sangria): 



1 (750-ml) bottle red wine
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup triple sec
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup club soda
1 medium unpeeled orange, sliced
1 unpeeled lemon, sliced
2 unpeeled limes sliced
      2 hard apples sliced

In a pot ( I recommend a pot with a metal bottom rather than a bowl because it will help the sugar dissolve)  add the sugar.  Pour the brandy and triple sec over the sugar (sometimes this alone dissolves the sugar, but if it doesn't whisk the mixture until all of the sugar is dissolved.) Add the mixture in to a serving vessel like a pitcher or carafe and add the orange juice, wine, and fruit.  Personally, I just like to add a splash of club soda to individual glasses so that way the club soda doesn't go flat on you but you can also add in the club soda at this stage.  You can drink it without he club soda, but personally I think it's too thick that way, also, believe it or not, the club soda really changes the taste of the sangria to something that's a little fresher than it is without it.  And now kick back, relax, and enjoy!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

For all of my American readers out there Happy Independence Day weekend!  This is where I'll be spending my 4th of July weekend sipping cocktails and soaking up the sun!

Neither of those dogs are mine they belong to different relatives haha 
(By the way this ride ended disastrously, they both jumped out and started humping each other and nearly drowning, my cousin there was freaking out, it was pretty hilarious!  

Well I'm off to catch a bus upstate! I'll leave you with a picture of me and my best buddy and my "partner in crime", my Dad! (And a brother of an uncle... haha)  My dad's the one sans beard!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Awesome Giveaway at Uber Chic for Uber Cheap!

I'm really excited about this giveaway on Uber Chic for Uber Cheap.  It's features the happygirlgreetings shop on Etsy, she does, as she says in her shop description "the search for affordable customized paper goods is over. happygirl® is your source for calling cards & note cards, announcements & invitations."

The giveaway prize is 3 sets of calling cards from her shop!  If you, like me, are applying for jobs and internships, this may be an excellent resource!

Here's a link to all of her calling cards:
 I especially love these:

Even if I don't win I may still purchase some calling cards!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Inspired by Nature Series: Painted Desert

This outfit was inspired by a photograph taken by the photographer David Anthony Porter.  Here's his Flickr page (LINK) he is truly a fantastic talent.  I'm going to link you to the photograph instead of putting it in this post because the image is copyright protected and I couldn't find anyway for me to contact him and ask for permission to use the image.

The link to the inspiration photo for this look is THE PAINTED DESERT.

Gorgeous photograph right?  And it's not the ordinary color combination you think of when you think of the desert right?  Well at any rate that sky blue, red, and gray color story really inspired this outfit.

I threw in a bunch of different accessories because there are really so many ways you could go with it, and typical me, I just couldn't limit myself.  I also included a grayish-red pair of shorts as well as a plain red pair because I couldn't decide which I liked better.

So what do you think?  Is it a mess? haha

I liked the idea of the wolf accessories.. you know wolves, the desert, yadda yadda... but that was before I had added in the red shorts and I was like, well theres just not enough red!  So that's where those southwestern inspired earrings came from... you could probably still wear the wolf necklace with that but both of the pairs of earrings would be too much.  In case you hate the wolves I also threw in that lovely reddish-brown stone colored necklace.  And of course if you're going to be in the desert a hat is a must right!? (Sorry I didn't include shoes, I got frustrated! What would you recommend?)

So what do you think?  Garbage color story?  Or no?


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