Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Shopping

Can you believe Christmas is less than two weeks away? If you're anything like me, you've just stated scrambling around to get you gift list finished. Right now I'm at 4 down and 3 to go. There are always those last few that are impossible to find something for. I thought I would share a few gift ideas that might help you complete your Christmas shopping.

1. Jewelry
Every girl likes to get jewelry as a gift. One of my favorite places to shop for jewelry is Stella and Dot. They have a great variety at great prices. Browse the catalog of Stella and Dot here.

2. Games
Everyone loves a great game! You can spice up any game night with Cards Against Humanity.
It's like an inappropriate version of Apples to Apples. Maybe not the best gift for your Grandma, but any friend with a sense of humor will love it. Get yours here.

3. Chocolate
Chocolates make a great gift for just about anyone. It especially makes a great hostess gift for a Christmas party. We've been hoarding boxes from Fannie May in my basement. Get yours before we buy them all here.

4. Books
No matter who you're shopping for, you can always find an appropriate book. Whether it's a best seller, a classic, funny, or a coffee table book, there is something for everyone. I really want Lauren Conrad's book Beauty. It's filled with great hair and makeup tutorials that I can't wait to try. You can find it at Urban Outfitters, or get your copy on Amazon here.

I hope you get your Christmas shopping done on time!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Grumpy Cat

I swear I'm not one of those people that spends all day watching videos of cats. Although, a couple nights ago I did spend two hours watching videos about whale attacks. This was really just a new method of procrastination for me. Really though, whales do scare me and I think we should all be on the lookout whenever in the ocean. Lucky for me this isn't often, because I live in Missouri and there aren't any whales here. I'm safe for now. Back to my original topic (sorry for the rant but beware of whales). Cats, I don't really like them. They aren't very friendly, they don't do tricks, and they are never excited to see you. I came to the conclusion that I will never be a cat person. I just did not like them, until I discovered the Grumpy Cat.
Grumpy Cat
For those of you who haven't heard about Grumpy Cat yet, she is the newest internet sensation and was even featured on the Today Show. Her name is Tardar Sauce and her face ALWAYS looks like that. As a cat hater I appreciate Tardar Sauce's no-nonsense attitude. Her face is just speaking the truth. Most cats try to fool you by looking all cute and nice and then bite you when you try to be friends with them. Not Tardar Sauce. She doesn't play around with silly emotions like happiness. She just tells you how she feels with her face, which is grumpy all the time.

Here are some great memes of Grumpy Cat I just can't help laughing at.

For more of Tardar Sauce The Grumpy Cat:
like her on facebook here
follow her on twitter here

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bad Christmas Music

The Christmas season is upon us! Of course, with the season comes 24 hour a day, 7 days a week Christmas music on the radio. Recently, while rocking out to some Jingle Bells in the car an unexpected discussion came about. The topic: most hated Christmas songs. It's holiday music, but lets be honest, not every song fills you with the joy of the season. Some songs just force you too immediately change the station before you end up wanting to rip your ears off.

My #1 hated Christmas song: The Christmas Shoes
If you haven't had the joy/misery of listening to The Christmas Shoes here you go: 

If that video isn't enough for you, there is a whole movie based on this song.
Spoiler Alert: The mom still dies and it's equally as depressing.

My reasons for hating The Christmas Shoes:

1. It's the most depressing song I've ever heard in my life.
I like Holiday music to put a little jingle in my step, not make me want to cry.

2. The countless things that don't make sense in this song.
Why is this boy shopping alone?
How did he get to the store?
Why didn't he ask his Dad for the money?
How does he get home?
Why isn't his mom in the hospital?
Why isn't he worried about stranger danger?

3. The kids singing.
Something about it creeps me out.

4. The mom dies.
Maybe it's just me, but death doesn't give me Christmas cheer.
Her "meeting Jesus tonight" doesn't make it any better.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winter is coming

I don't know if you've noticed, but...
I think winter technically started awhile ago, but this week was the official start for me.
 I broke out my entire winter wardrobe this week. It's all Uggs, mittens, and scarves till spring.
Make sure you bundle up too!

DIY Wire Bracelets

Over the holiday weekend I decided to make myself some bracelets. They might have been the easiest things I've ever made. All you need is a 16 gauge metal wire and long-nose pliers. The pliers even have a spot to cut the wire on them. The only thing to do is bend the wire into whatever shape you want, and then cut off the excess. My only second step is making more for all my friends who requested their own wire bracelets.

Monday, November 26, 2012

How I feel every Monday

Did you catch the premier of Liz and Dick on Lifetime with Lindsay Lohan last night?
I didn't really enjoy the movie, but I thought Lindsay Lohan did a pretty good job. It wasn't a great comeback or anything, but she definitely didn't crash and burn. My favorite part of the movie was the costumes and of course the jewelry! 

Check out Lindsay's performance on Lifetime and tell me what you think!

DIY Edible Glitter

A few weeks ago I was browsing the pages of Pinterest when I came
across a tutorial on how to make edible glitter. Of course I had to try it! 
Here is my step by step attempt at making edible glitter:

Step One:
Measure out 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of food coloring.

Step Two: Mix together sugar and food coloring in a bowl.

Tip: Watch out when you're mixing. If the coloring gets on your clothes it isn't coming out. My fingers were stained blue for an entire day.

Step Three: Lay out tin foil onto cooking sheet, then spread out the mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Step Four: After you take the mixture out of the oven, you need to grind it up, so it becomes fine. 

This project didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. My end result looked more like colored sugar than edible glitter, but maybe you will have better luck. Let me know if there is something I am missing!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turkey Day 2012

A Modern Family Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I'm ready for some turkey and family fun! I go to my Aunt Lois and Uncle Paul's house every year for the holiday. My favorite part of going there is visiting Lo Lo's, the bar in my Aunt and Uncle's basement that they like to think of as the neighborhood bar. They host some great BBQs and Happy Hours at Lo Lo's. The best part about it is, it stays open until you're ready to leave. Lo Lo's also serves a fantastic signature drink called, "Vacation" created by Aunt Lois and named by me. It actually tastes like vacation in a cup, and I instantly feel like going to the beach every time I have it. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, and if you don't, then come on over to Lo Lo's and have some laughs with us!

  Just make sure you don't drink too many or Thanksgiving may look like this: 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bar Etiquette

Doesn't everyone wish this was an appropriate response when offered a drink?
I guess only in a perfect world.
30 Rock

 Confession time:
This past summer a guy I met offered to buy me a drink, but it was really late and I didn't want one. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea to substitute the drink he offered with a hotdog from the street vendor. Although I didn't think it was weird at the time, and we both enjoyed some great hotdogs, looking back that probably isn't something I should request again.
Lesson learned.

You think they would have covered this topic in at least one of  
the two cotillion classes I attended as a child.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Make your own Canvas Prints

This is one of my favorite craft projects to do. I've made so many for myself I've lost count, and as an added plus they make great gifts for anyone, for any occasion. It looks complicated and takes awhile to get the hang of, but once you get a process down it's super quick and simple.

Here are the steps:

Step One:
Set up the image on your computer. I just use Microsoft Word. Make sure you set your image size to the size of your canvas, or a little bit bigger.

Step Two:
Tape a piece of tissue paper to completely cover a piece of 8.5' x 11' paper.

Step Three:
Print out your image onto the piece of tissue paper.

Step Four:
Cut out your image.

Step Five:
Cover your canvas with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Then line up your image with the canvas and carefully place your image onto the surface.

Step Six:
Lightly rub your fingers in an circular motion over the image to remove any air bubbles.

Step Seven:
Once the surface is dry, cover it with a layer of Mod Podge. It goes on white, but will dry clear.

When It's 100% Dry You're Done!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sunday Shows: Revenge

My television obsession continues with my favorite drama, ABC's Revenge. Revenge is currently in its second season. The first season introduced the main character Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) as she moved into The Hamptons. The last time Emily found herself living in The Hamptons it was as a child when she went by the name Amanda Clarke. Her father, David Clarke, was framed for a horrific crime of terrorism and subsequently sent to prison. While serving his time, the people who framed David had him murdered in prison to prevent the truth from coming out. Now, Emily is back in The Hamptons with a new identity and ready to take her revenge on the people that murdered her father and stole her childhood.
Revenge Cast
Central villains and conspirators are Emily's neighbors Victoria and Conrad Grayson. Conrad is David’s former employer, and his wife Victoria was David's former lover. It seems nothing will stop Emily’s pursuit of justice and no one is off limits as she plots to take revenge on the Grayson's. Season one is full of twists, surprises, and a killer season finale. I caught onto Revenge later into season one, and ended up watching 90% of the season in two days. It was so good I couldn't put it down.

In Season two, Emily is back for another summer in the Hamptons to continue her revenge in a whole different way. She found out her father was murdered, her mother is still alive, and the conspiracy doesn't end with the Graysons. I can't wait to find out what other secrets will be uncovered as Season two of Revenge continues.

Check out this preview for Season Two of Revenge:

Catch Revenge on ABC at 9/8central!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Suri's Burn Book

Suri's Burn Book is a blog and book written from the perspective of Suri Cruise, daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Suri posts photos of various celebrity children and shares her critiques. Frequent victims include Seraphina and Violet Afflect (daughters of Ben Afflect and Jennifer Garner), Matilda Ledger (daughter of Heath Ledger and Michelle Willams), the Jolie-Pit clan, and #1 nemesis Harper Beckham (daughter of David and Victoria Beckham). Suri is brutal in her critiques and never fails to give her honest opinion.

Suri's Burn Book Caption:
This cape is so flattering on Harper Beckham, and I don’t
say that lightly — many people have been felled by the
delusion that they can pull off a cape. Maybe it’s because it
covers Harper’s entire figure?

Another hot topic for Suri is the appearance of her mother, Katie Holmes, who she is never reluctant to scold for public embarrassment. I have to side with Suri on that one though. I can't name a girl who hasn't been embarrassed publicly by her mother at some point in life.

Suri’s Burn Book Caption:
Nothing makes me sadder than looking at Katie
wearing clothes that she thinks fit her.
Check out the rest of Suri's Burn Book here

Monday, November 12, 2012

My best friend

Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with my dog (I'm an only child so it's as close I can get to a sibling). I love good jewelry, but I love my dog more, so this is pretty perfect...

What's the most irritating thing my parents say to me?

This Daily Dose of Funny comes from one of my favorite shows, ABC's Modern Family.

Halloween 2012

So my favorite holiday has already came and gone this year. Unfortunately I had too much work to do to dress up this year. This was more upsetting to me then you will ever understand. I LOVE dressing up, so a holiday devoted to that exact thing is like gold to me. Halloween also presents a great opportunity for my dog to show off his stuff. He has had some pretty great costumes throughout the years. He's been Super-Man, a banana split, Santa Claus, and a clown so far. Well this year he felt so bad I was missing Halloween, he felt he had only one choice of costume. He had to dress up as me!

I know this sounds like dog abuse, but I swear he loves it.
Check out his awesome costume complete with outfit, accessories, and hair extensions...
Ollie Halloween 2012

Makeup: How to Contour & Highlight

You know when you take a photograph thinking it will turn out okay, but then you look at yourself and you instantly want to delete it. Your face looks shiny, uneven, or flat. Ever wonder why? You look perfectly fine when you look in the mirror. Well, the reason you show up different in photos is because the harsh light is making your face appear flat. The good news is, there is a solution.

By changing the way you apply your makeup you can add dimension to your face and keep from appearing flat and gross in photos. The method is called contouring and highlighting. It may take some extra time to get use to doing, but I promise once you get it down you can speed through the process in no time.

Birch Box provides a great explanation and how-to here, but I'm going to make it even easier.
So here it is! To keep with me follow the diagram below. I know it's scary looking, but I promise you will not end up looking like that.
Put on a light layer of foundation all over your entire face with a foundation brush.

Bronzer (dark lines on diagram)
Bronzer is typically a few shades darker than your natural skin tone, so it is ideal to use to contour your face.
  • Jaw Bone: Start next to your ear and lightly shade a line down to your chin. Make sure you follow your jaw bone, and don't go off making your own lines. 
  • Cheekbones: Pucker you your lips like a fish and make another like under your cheekbone. The line should start at you temple and end at the corner of your mouth, and should be parallel with your jaw bone.
  • Nose: Along the side of your nose make another line from the bridge straight down. 
 Blend Blend Blend!

Blush (pink lines on diagram)
This is the simplest step. The blush should go right above the bronzer line you just made for your cheekbones. Just stay parallel to that line.

Highlighter (white lines on diagram)
  • Top and bottom of Lips: Add just a dab of highlighter above and below the middle section of your lips.
  • Nose:  Apply highlighter to the center of your nose.
  • Brow: Add a little onto your brow bones. This should be right beneath your eyebrow. Just follow the bone to the end of your eyebrow.
  • Cheekbone: Apply a line of highlighter above your blush.
Blend Blend Blend!

And now you're photo ready.

Sunday shows: Once Upon A Time

I'm not going to pretend I spend all of my free time doing super productive work. Confession: I'm addicted to television. In my house there is at least one TV on about 80% of the time I'm there. The other 20% I'm either sleeping or the power has gone out. No lie, sometimes I even prop my ipad up so I can watch a show or part of the movie while I'm in the tub. I am aware that it has gotten a little out of hand. Needless to say I schedule my week around my shows (always recordable if something urgent comes up). My week of TV starts Sunday, with a list of 5 shows on that night alone. Show #1 of the night is Once Upon A Time!
The series takes place in the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, where the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales. They were transported to Storybrooke by a powerful curse cast by the Evil Queen. The town's only hope to return home is Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming. She is the only person who can break the curse and restore the characters' lost memories.

Now in Season 2 the curse is broken, and everyone has regained their memory. However, Emma and Snow where accidentally transported back to the magical storybook land, leaving behind Price Charming and Emma's son Henry. Now the new quest is to get back to their loved ones in Storybrooke, but they have to find a way first.

Check out the preview for Season 2:
Each episode focuses on a characters back story, so it's easy to jump into. This week was the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The show flip flops from past events in the characters lives to present day where to past information helps put together the puzzle that is this show. Basically this show is magical and I love it. Check it out Sundays at 8/7central on ABC!

Words to live by