Moving Day

MovingDay Today is Moving Day for my blog. I moved from Live Journal to Blogger to Wordpress and I think my permanent home will be Squarespace. Wordpress has been a great learning tool, but I mostly learned I didn't like it :P

After much research, Squarespace is where I originally wanted to move but my little blog couldn't afford it. Thanks to you, dear readers, for clicking on my affiliate links, it's able to house my new home for my blog. I mean, it's not enough to quit my job, but just enough to pay for what I truly love to do, blog.

Thank you and here's to 2013.

Oh You Fancy Huh?

I'm a sucker for box subscriptions. I think it's normally a great deal of items you love grouoped together, delivered to your door. I signed up for The Fancy subscription and I was so happy with the first box. You have a choice of men's, women's, kids, pets, gadgets, home, sports and outdoors or workspace. You can change the category anytime, but you can't return the product. It's $30 for the box. I knew it was worth it when I opened the box and a Hello fleece sweater from Hello Merch was inside. For the sweater alone it's $35.

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I think it's a fun subscription and I'm introduced to new brands to support. You can sign up HERE!

Vivi Dot x Our City Lights x

Everytime I talk to Molly of Vivi Dot, I'm reminded she believed in me and was one of my biggest supporters. She runs a successful business and for my photos to be a part of her business was huge honor. We had a blast putting together the photos for the Polaroid necklaces and over those two years, her business has blown up. Not only does she now offer custom necklaces, but they are now being sold on Modcloth. I couldn't be more proud of Molly, even if our necklaces weren't included. Go, Molly!! Check out both necklaces here. I think they'd make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers :)

Greedy Wishlist 2012

Wishlists are fleeting for me, but these are the things I’ve had my eye on throughout the year. It sounds silly but wanting things makes me feel guilty. It doesn’t help that I have ridiculous taste. So let’s hope Santa can smooth out that detail by getting a thing or two on the list for me. From my 2010 and 2011 wish lists. Greedy Wishlist 2012

1. Dusen Dusen from Emerging Thoughts- This dress is not only made in the USA, but sold from NYC from one of my favorite shops, Emerging Thoughts. It's one of those dresses that goes with leggings, lounging, or you can dress up with colored tights.

2. Darling Magazine Issue 2- Darling Magazine is uplifting magazine for women with compelling articles and images- it's such a beautiful magazine to look at and have on your shelf.

3. Del Toro x The Man Repeller II Goofy Face Slippers- I have a thing for ugly flats. These are adorable in their own merit, but they're so ugly, too. If you're familiar with this blog, anything limited edition I automagically want.

4. Splendid LA Grapefruit Body Butter- I've had my eye on this all Summer, and with the cooler weather, this would be a treat to have after a warm shower. Plus the ingredients are safe for my sensitive skin, and the simple packaging wouldn't look so bad if I forgot to put it away.

5. Lisa Romero/Paperbullet Throw Pillow in Color- I've known artist Lisa Romero over the past couple years and I've seen her grow as an artist. I was lucky enough to get a couple prints she sent me but I think it's time to upgrade my art collection to pillow throws. This would be perfect for any room in the house.

6. Instagram Print by Everydayiscaturday- If you don't follow Shadia on Instagram, what a shame. Her photos literally make me happy. Like there is something in her Instagram photos that jolt my endorphins. I'm loving this print from her for my kitchen. I have the perfect spot where we make and enjoy coffee.

7. Karen Kimmel Studio Stocking in Silver- I've never had a beautiful stocking. I see them in magazines, on Pinterest, but I've yet to own one. This one would last for years. It's subtle enough to not take away the attention from my pink Christmas tree but will look great on the mantle.

For more wishlists, I shared my gadget wishlist for Gadchick here and participated in Bubby and Bean's Blogger Wishlist here.

Thanks for letting me share my Greedy Wishlist! I'd love to read yours if you link it below.

Upgrade

After years of fiddling with Adobe Elements 5, I finally upgraded to 11. I don't have any use for CS6, I'm by no means a designer, at all. I'll never claim to be but I do miss using Pugly Pixel's blog accessories. After upgrading to a different computer, v5 would slow down my computer and I felt limited to use it. I rarely spend money on software, but since it's something I've really missed doing, I think it's worth it. Plus I trust the blogging ladies who are endorsing Elements. adobe11

I feel like this is one of the things I really felt holding me back. Once you have the tools to blog, it really helps you create, even if it's glitter fonts (!!!)

You can get Elements 11 here.

Small Business Saturday: Emerging Thoughts

I have a Locals Only section, and as much as I love my community to support, there’s also online shops from friends and family. Lauren runs a clothing site, Emerging Thoughts. The past year I've researched on how to be a better consumer, and what companies to support. Emerging Thoughts is an American company carrying indie designers, mostly American-made and designed. Lauren is one of the easiest women to work with when it comes to business (and just easy to talk to all around). I was also featured on their blog on why small business at the end is really the biggest business you can support. My inner entomologist is loving their Bumblebee Hair pins.

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There's a giveaway of these Bumblebee Hair pins on Instagram. Be sure to follow Emerging Thoughts here.

Small Business Saturday: Danny Brito

I have a Locals Only section, and as much as I love my community to support, there’s also online shops from friends and family. Danny Brito has has been mentioned so many times on this blog, I'm surprised I didn't make an honorary category for him yet. I have a few prints from Danny Brito (along with his book) and after watching him grow as an artist and online friend over the past couple years (which is like a decade in internet speak), his business is one that will always have my support. I recently purchased a Margot Tenenbaum clutch and I love it. Not only does it have one of my favorite prints from Danny, but it's well made and organizes what I need.

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You can get your own Danny Brito piece here.

Since my phone case is equally cute, I should mention it's from Mandy Bryant.

Small Business Saturday: Tumbleweeds Hand Craft

I have a Locals Only section, and as much as I love my community to support, there's also online shops from friends and family. One of them is Tumbleweeds Hand Craft. I ordered a couple pair of glasses, and got a jar of lavender marshmallows from Beca. I've worked with her on Gadchick, she was a contributor for our photography issue, in case her name sounds familiar. The ones I liked best from her glasses were the round pair. glasses

don't be jealous of my mad photoshop skills B-)

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I don't think the marshmallows are sold yet, but you can keep up with news here.

Sweater Weather

Let’s get the Blogger FTC disclosure out of the way- this is a sponsored post from GigaSavvy and I was asked to review a coat of my choosing. I have a really hard time finding a coat. I don't like anything too trendy, but I also want something that fits and flatters my curves, any small amount of bulky fabric makes a big difference when I feel like I have enough "bulk". I found this Nine West Coat. It's warm enough to wear alone, but cool enough for a California winter. What I loved best about this coat were the details. It was pure wool, but the contrast stitching, the buttons, the strong collar, the rouched back, and of course, the color block (is this still a thing? I hope so because I don't want this trend to go). The two colors are completely neutral alone, but together, they make a perfect combo to go with anything.

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I wore this to the Hollywood Bowl and I got a few compliments. However, when I wore it out to run errands, I've never been approached by so many women, and yeah it was flattering but I'm really awkward and shy so. They were all surprised at the brand, and especially the price. It looks like a rich coat, and something I'll be wearing for many cozy cool days. Thank you, GigaSavvy!

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Disneyland Paris

I'm breaking up my trip to Paris in parts, and then realized Disneyland had enough photos to overwhelm anyone.   Some other photos of Disneyland Paris are here. I don't have Florida or any other Disneyland park to compare to, but Europeans really took the best of what made the park and left behind what didn't work. When you visit Disneyland Anaheim for the first time, it's magical (and crowded) but being a passholder for the past 15 years, I noticed the magic has been lost over the years. I thought it was because I grew up and knew what was behind that character in a suit, or behind the computer generated rides. Disneyland Paris really restored it.  They made you feel like you were really in a magical place. We went in March, where the park was just opening up from Winter. Some rides were closed due to construction and we missed the opening of them by a couple days! Darn it, we'll just have to come back!

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Firmoo Glasses

Let's get the Blogger FTC disclosure out of the way- this is a sponsored post and I was asked to review a pair of prescription glasses from Firmoo.com I normally get either black or clear frames, but this time, I wanted to try something classier and I tried out Firmoo's tortoise frame. They go with everything I wear. I was curious of the quality- the glasses were under $10 and I'm a big believer in the "you get what you pay for" saying. I was a little stumped when they arrived, I'm eating my words on this one. The quality is great, and I can't believe they were able to use my legally blind prescription. They have a huge selection of glasses to choose from, and if I want to add another pair to my collection, I'll know where to go. Thanks, Firmoo!

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Dirty Secrets

Sorry to disappoint but it's not anything sexual.  Nicole from Rose Runs Wild (and recently had a major blog facelift, you should check out if you'd like), but she compiled her favorite bloggers to dish their guilty pleasure music. Mine? Well before Last.fm used to accidentally scrobble it. And by accidentally, I mean I used to turn off scrobbling when my favorite music plays, I was embarrassed. Now I don't really mind it, but I do get teased often from friends. Want to know what it is? Read her post HERE! and don't judge me too much. Thanks for having me, Nicole!

(photo from Nicole with my alterations)

LUSH 2.0

My original LUSH loot favorites have changed over the past couple of years. I'm still loyal to the product line, but I've discovered my own cult favorites I can't live without (at least for the next couple of years!)  If you missed the makeup line review, catch up here. I've also shared some not-so favorites. LUSH

+I'm partial to Sex Bomb - Bath Bomb but I tried Twilight and I loved it. It's  not as overwhelming as Sex Bomb, and it still has oils in it to make skin soft.

+It's Raining Men has the best shower gel title ever, and yes, the song gets stuck in your head. It's genius marketing and what better song to wake up in the shower? It makes me laugh a little every time I hope in the shower. I like it because it's not too fruity, not too "in your face, now wake TFU" like eucalyptus. Plus when I get hugs at church on Sunday morning after using this, I've never had so many compliments on a shower gel like I ever have a perfume. BUY THIS!

+Curly Wurly Lush Shampoo is amazing. My hair is curly, frizzy, BIG, and I love using something to weigh it down. I love Cynthia Stout shampoo but I do not love the smell. Curly Wurly smells like a California beach or a coconut margarita. My hair isn't frizzy and the extra weight makes styling it easier. Control those curls!

+Fresh Farmacy Face Soap gets an A. I don't like the actual soap, I'm used to liquid to wash my face. I use Clarisonic Mia's face cleanser, and the soap doesn't get stuck in the bristles. The Mia is already great enough alone, but with the extra quick of LUSH soap, it's all glowy and ready for selfies in the bathroom mirror.

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+Ok, this conditioner Retread is the only thing I'll use on my hair now. If you have curly, frizzy, kinky hair, this is for you. If you don't, stay away or at lease use for a deep conditioner. It's heavy, creamy, thick, and makes my frizz stay away.

And now the bad, or at least the products that didn't make the list of favorites.

+Cynthia Stout. I was really torn on this shampoo. It works a miracle on my hair, but I had to stop using it when my husband would ask me if I showered, as I was getting out of the shower. It has a strong smell to it, and even if I love the scent of musk and beer, I can't handle it in my hair. It's given me my best hair days, shine like no flat iron can give me, a flip like no blow dry at a salon can, but for reals, it stinks and I can't handle it. Sorry, LUSH. This one I'll have to pass on. If Don Draper scent could be bottled, this is it.

+No Drought hair powder was given to me in samples weeks ago and I still haven't finished one pot. This stuff lasts forever. I love the texture of it, but I don't think it works in my hair. If I obviously don't have time to wash my hair, I don't have time to make sure all white dust isn't visible on my dark hair. And when I'm almost done, it looks gray and I'm too frustrated to work through my thick hairs. I know Vanessa loved it, but I think I'm going to pass on it. I do love using this dry shampoo. It's easy, great for traveling, and I didn't leave a mess "washing" my hair on my bathroom sink or clothes.

Let's Talk About You

After years on blogging about my life, my interests, myself, I want to learn who my readers are. Allie had a great questionnaire, and I want to get to know who YOU are. There are 5 questions listed below, copy and paste below in the comment section. Go into detail as much as you'd like to share.

1. Where do you live? Be as generic or specific as you want. 2. What do you do for a living? What are you doing when feel like you’re really living? 3. You have to move out of your house in 5 minutes. What items do you grab? 4. What’s one brand that has your loyalty? 5. Share a link to your blog!

Bravo for Gallery Girls?

This year was the year of reality TV for me. I snubbed my nose at it for years and refused to get off my high horse attitude about it. I’ll admit- things are looking much better off my soap box. Now I understand the obsession--I love the mundane things of life (like those A Picture an Hour memes going around? LOVE THOSE but it’s with more editing, makeup, and drama). I began watching bits of it on Bravo, and was very excited when they asked to check out Gallery Girls. The synopsis is a group of young women climbing their way to the art world, whether it’s curating, archiving, or even just managing a gallery.

It reminded me of Gossip Girl, with the NYC boroughs clash. I’m not a New Yorker but I always thought the Upper East Side vs Brooklyn was exaggerated on tele. On Gallery Girls, it really happens. There are a group of wealthier women from the Upper East Side who clash with the lifestyle, fashion, and even attitude of the “Brooklyn Girls”. From watching only the first episode, it’s one of the few reality shows I could actually relate to. Not only are the women younger than most reality TV stars, but Gallery Girls show the struggles of what most girls our age dream of--moving to NYC to become independent and begin their careers.

The only negative to this show was the brevity of the story development. I understand it takes a season for character development, but it didn’t really tell me why these girls wanted to be in the art industry. The gallery girls were passionate, smart, independent and everything I imagine in a New York woman, but that wasn’t enough for me to catch on. However, maybe this is Bravo’s spin on it--leaving a little mystery. Enough to intrigue you, annoy you a bit (I can’t imagine viewers loving every.single.girl on the show, but yay for differences, right?) and enough to most importantly, keep the viewer watching. Below is the preview and it airs Monday night on Bravo!

Ode à la ROSE Giveaway

When Ode à la Rose contacted me, I loved the idea of hosting a bouquet of roses for a giveaway to a reader. What intrigued me most was their story- two young French guys that began Ode à la Rose simply because they couldn't find a rose as beautiful as the ones found in Paris. They opened up shop online, and their small business is growing as fast as the decadent handpicked roses they carry.

It also has a beautifully designed recyclable box.

There is a romance involved when men handpick it themselves. I can't enter my own giveaway, right? :)

Readers have a chance to win one bouquet sent to someone you're thinking about. (I think I'll see some male readers coming out of the woodworks for this, too.) You can enter through Rafflecopter, and if you can't see the link in email subscription, enter here. a Rafflecopter giveaway

LUSH Emotional Brilliance Review

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I've been looking forward to LUSH's Emotional Brilliance, it's about time they released their own makeup line. After years of using their products, I have high expectation of their makeup line just like my favorite products- vegan, natural, organic ingredients, affordable and still have the highest quality I expect. Below is my review of the package and makeup so far. I tried to pick up one of each product they offered- for the cheeks, eyes, liner, lips and blush. All the packages are in glass bottles and all recyclable. Each size is less than 5 oz. That's tiny but from what I was told from a LUSH employee, they claim to last longer than a conventional size lipstick, mascara, blush, etc.

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They have a skin brightener, Feeling Younger. Now that's smart marketing. It's a highlighter, complexion enhancer, and when blended well acts as a primer to the LUSH eyeshadows.

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The lipsticks and eyeshadows are thick, but not clumpy. A little goes a long way, and it has a smooth texture and no need to keep self-blotting, I noticed it goes on slick but not shiny (I hope this descriptions make sense, I'm obviously not a make up person. Ashley is probably shaking her head, ha!)

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My absolute favorite was Ambition lipstick (which is also a blush!) It was bright but when I mixed it with Passion, it had a great color combo. That's another thing I really love about this line, it can be blended and mixed together, eyeshadows to blushes to lipsticks.

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I picked up three liners, a gold, purple, and black. It's been YEARS since I wore liquid liner, but I'm excited to try these. I miss NARS Schiap and Heat Wave, and the lipsticks are the closest I've found that are natural.

The prices range on average like any good makeup line ($20-$27) but the difference is this is all natural, with some organic ingredients, and it claims to last longer. I'm so excited for this line. Buy them here!

Update!

I loved everything so far. I didn't have to wait a full week to decide on the quality of the makeup- I'm wearing it one weekend during the warmest time in the Summer. If it can survive the heat, that makes me happy. The only thing that didn't last- the mascara but I'm not expecting a vegan mascara to last through this. If it did, I would honestly be a little weary of what preservatives were added to it. I recommend this line!

Tuesday Links!

I've had some links I've been wanting to share and some of us are need a break from work, cubicle life, or school. Enjoy! + Confused by which foods do what exactly for the benefit of health? Refinery 29 breaks down the super foods.

+ Joined Jux! (thanks, Dani!)

I'm adding exclusive photo albums to my Facebook page. Be sure to "like" if you'd...like! I visited Yogurtland's collaboration with Sanrio. I'm obsessed and I can't wait for the other characters.

+ I love skating, Chicago and my friend Lauren who is behind this documentary. I've "backed" them in Kickstarter, and I think you should, too.

+ When I first moved in to my house, one of the first things that came to mind was sharing with online friends. I'm always fascinated by decor and homes in Pinterest and their online presence. This is a great article on the fascination.

+ LUSH is coming out with their own makeup line. This is the part where I get really jealous- Pink Bow tested it before it came on the market.

+ I had a sweet reader email me asking to vote for a good cause. It literally takes two seconds, you don't have to sign up for anything. Ayesha quit her job, lives in an Airstream and travels the country to share her art with kids in need. Check it out here.

+ It's been so hot, there are parts of my face I didn't realize could sweat. So I drink some...steamy hot chocolate? Yep, there's scientific proof "cooling" down with a hot drink can make you cooler.

StickyGram plus a Discount!

Fab.com recently had a deal on StickyGram. It was a discount, with free shipping. With the discount and free shipping, my magnets were free! Just another reason Fab.com is...yeah, fab (sorry). I love the magnets, they are strong enough to hold small receipts, notes and papers, but I love having the photos on the magnets rather than the magnets holding the photos. Using Stickygram was fun choosing photos from my Instagram stream. I chose some from Disneyland, Paris, Disneyland Paris (ha), and some of my favorite and prettiest food pics since the magnets are going in my kitchen.

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There's a discount for $2 off your order, with code FRIEND2JAL on Stickygram. Discount Code for Sticky Gram