Never ending coats of paint

So truth time: last week didn’t end up being DIY week. Turns out, back in August I kinda forgot that September was trip month (in other words – I’m the worst) that, and my project still needs ONE more coat. This is about one thousand paint coats more than I had anticipated. Soon, it WILL look awesome (note to self: what everyone says about cheap paint needing billions of coats, is true, buy the good shiz.) But, it is happening, tomorrow, after today’s coat dries. Might be late. Might be early. This over-anticipated Pinterest challenge will have it’s day. Tomorrow. Luckily this blog is just for personal fun, otherwise I would really feel bad.

I might still feel a pretty bad.

Speaking of DIY’s – Almost Makes Perfect just posted a DIY I had been thinking of doing FOREVER, she just beat me to it =). Naturally I immediately went and bought some bottles after I read her post. And I am going to copy cat this so hard.

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Today I am listening to: Carried Away by Passion Pit

Am feeling inspired by: The beautiful, white apartment in Sweden where Design Love Fest is visiting (photo by sfgirlbybay)

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Want to be wearing: This cute and flowing jumpsuit worn by the perdy lady at The Tiny Closet

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Painting a New Way

I have painted quite a bit. Arguably, I do not do it enough these days, but in my last semester I had fun trying my hand at transferring some of those skills onto the computer. I am not much one for still life paintings, but it seemed like the logical (and assigned) place to start. So below is my apple, fully rendered in Adobe Illustrator – with a mouse not a Wacom. On that note, I should probably buy a Wacom Tablet.

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And to conclude today’s post, here are my links for the day:

Today’s tune – after watching all the “highlights” from the VMA’s, which I am just not even going to comment on, I ended up also watching Katy Perry’s Brooklyn Bridge performance and have literally developed this problem where I can’t stop listening and grooving to Roar. I’m pretty sure I could do Kenpo all day long if this was the one and only song on the soundtrack.

Inspiration – or death by cuteness, rather, over this Instagram. Now I also want a hedgehog.

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Clothes I want to wear – YUP. All of these, posted by Emmadime from current lookbook for Textile Elizabeth + James, designed by those boho chic Olsen peeps.

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OMG (cheap) SHOES

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Being a woman, I naturally have some body image insecurities (gasp!), but for the most part, I am comfortable in my own skin – although a bit awkward at times, I do try and embrace it. But, my calves, regardless of how much I work them out, they remain consistently shaped like those baby carrots I like to dip in my hummus. Still, it’s ok, it’s how I am made, but it does make buying shoes very difficult.

I am very skilled at finding thousands of shoes I love the style of online, but I can’t ever bring myself to purchase any because something that may look awesome off, may only accentuates the baby-carrot-ness of my lower legs. In particular, I have been looking for a pair of ankle boots (channeling my inner Cher Horowitz) for, like, ever.

I have probably tried on over 100 pairs in the last year. Really. Anywhere I went that had a contender, I would try them on. The other day, I went into Target and tried on 15 or so shoes, as per usual, and many of the ankle boot variety. Then, I saw them. And the angels sang – or maybe it was just a kid throwing a tantrum a few aisles over, but they worked. My legs are still baby-carrot-like, but the shoes don’t make that any more obvious then it is shoe-less. Oh boy, you guys, the best part: $35.

In the last few months I have donated a lot of clothing and really tried to make an effort to only purchase items that I love. Really define and stick to ‘my style.’ I understand that there may be times that this means spending a little more money for quality, staple pieces that I will want to keep and wear for a really long time. I also always think back to something that was pressed on me in my art classes – the most expensive paintbrush you will ever own is the $6 paintbrush you have to buy 100 times. But these shoes, they really seem to be good quality (I can actually, comfortably run in them, though I won’t be replacing my Nikes for legit jogs anytime soon) and are really solid, for $35, so I am just loving the money saved. The best of both worlds.

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You can buy them online or I have seen them in all the stores right now. Oh, and no Target sponsorship here, I just am really happy with these kicks.

Well, with that here is the tune I’m dancing in my blue black suede shoes to today – it’s an oldie but one of my favorite goodies from high school, Four Tet, As Serious As Your Life

And some serious inspiration coming from this – amazing portrait by Lou Ros, see his (breathtaking) online portfolio here

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Naturally, I need this outfit to go along with my new shoesies – via Lovely by Lucy

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Maybe this will hold me over for a little while, shoe-wise. Pshh, AS IF!

GIFTS + the 2013 OUTFIT

We just got back from a nice long weekend with my folks in WA, which we lovingly referred to as Christmasgiving or Thanksmas. I love being with my family, they are incredible, and now both Alex and I feel very fat and happy. Mostly fat.

As we didn’t spend thanksgiving with them and we will be spending the actual Christmas holiday with Alex’s family, we decided to combine a mock-thanksgiving, aka enormous amounts of eating, with some gift-giving. The food was delicious and my parents are epic heroes of Christmas – mostly my mom, she is seriously the holiday champion.

Here are a few of the amazing gifts I was given this year, in case anyone is still looking for some last minute gift ideas for their lovies:

  1. Steve Madden clutch. I wouldn’t normally consider myself a Steve Madden sort of lady, but look at this bag! I am in love. A little black, a little brownish pleather, a little gold. If a bag could define me or my style it might be this oneSteve Madden Clutch
  2. Makeup Brushes by Ecotools. So I really needed this (somehow a mother always knows) – I have a horrid habit of using my fingers as my only means of makeup application – it’s ok, I disgust myself too. It isn’t that I like to get foundation all over my hands and ultimately on everything I happen to touch, but more that I get annoyed with most brushes. Many don’t apply makeup like I want them to or will suck up half the product making things run out much faster, which = $$$. These though, are magical. 100 points for Mom! I feel like a little girl who finally shaved her legs for the first time without cutting herself. I am a grown up! A grown up with makeup brushes! Hooray!Ecotools Brushes
  3. Infinity Scarf from H&M. I know these are really “in” right now, but I am totally jumping on that bandwagon. I kinda hate all norm-y scarfs now. Honestly, it gets windy enough here that the ends were always flying around and driving me insane. This happens no more. And this infinity is a lovely, crocheted little ivory number. It’s like a snuggy for my neck!H&M Scarf
  4. Military Jacket from Nordstrom– this one is from my (RAD) sister. She works at Nordstrom, which I am now finding is SUPER amazing. I have been dreaming of the perfect military jacket for a while now, and finally it is mine. Alex has already made fun of me because I don’t think I have truly taken it off, except for shower-time, since I got it on Saturday. This will surely be a new staple in my attire.Nordstrom Jacket
  5. Urban Outfitters Soap Dispensers. I know, super exciting. But really, they are. They look like little modern white penguins. We got one for the kitchen and one for the bathroom. Maybe these little guys will help kick-start some brainstorming for the redo each of these spaces?UO Soap Dispensers
  6. H&M Gold Bangles. Simple but lovely, these little bangles will probably be on my arm daily – the only variation being whether 3, 9, or 20 are stacked.H&M Bangles
  7. Lip Balm by Maybelline. I have always used ChapStick but my devotion has really been out of laziness rather than true love (sorry ChapStick). It is quite often, unless I have a great recommendation on a product, I just go with the brand I know and don’t waste the energy or money finding the perfect one. And now with lip balm I don’t even have to, because the perfect one was gifted to me. This loud packaging holds some good stuff, and with SPF 20, it helps my lips stay soft while avoiding any burning/drying/cracking. The other great thing is that it doesn’t create any sort of film on your teeth. I don’t know what it was about ChapStick, it did the trick, but after a few minutes of talking/eating/breathing, I felt like I had a little waxy film on my front teeth. The ChapStick would sneak in there and have a slip and slide party on my pearly whites and I didn’t like it. I am pretty anti-ChapStick-teeth-slip-and-slide-parties.Maybelline Lip Balm

So, in summary, don’t be surprised if you see me wearing the outfit below, basically every day of 2013. Does anyone else ever wish they could be like Doug Funny and have a closet full of the same outfit or a uniform from time to time?Outfit 2013v2

Items not listed above:

1 – Weird hat I found at my parents house, they had two so I “borrowed” one, permanently. It doesn’t have a tag and I have no idea where it is from. Sorry, Charlie.

2. Black Tank Top from Old Navy. They only cost, at least they did when I was there and because of this they basically are my source for tanks.

3. Belt from Forever 21. It was only $3, FACT. I don’t even care if it breaks tomorrow… because it only cost $3.

4. Shoes from Bass. I don’t usually shop here, but I happened to be here with someone else buying a pair of shoes during a TWO-FOR-ONE sale. And they have quickly become my favorite shoes. They are really well-made and make me sound like a horsey when I am going down stairs.

5. Black Skinny Jeans from Forever 21. I think they cost $15 and are pretty amazing. I wear them way too much for being cheap pants. They will probably start to disintegrate soon but even after wearing them just one day, I think I got my moneys worth.

Please also note that I am atrocious at dressing myself. This is also why I want to wear the above outfit, daily – I may have found one outfit, finally that kinda, sorta actually works. Most of the time, I just feel like an awkward pre-teen who doesn’t know how to pick clothes for her changing body, except that I am 24 and should have this stuff figured out by now. If I had lots of money I would hire someone to do my shopping and styling for me, but until then, I will continue to be like a big question-mark walking down the street. Well, a big question-mark with one good outfit.

Thank you again Mom, Dad, and Sis! Love you to the sky and back, infinity and beyond.

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