Happy Halloween

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I spent all of yesterday staring at the computer, so I'm taking a short break today, and I'm going to try to get my kitties dressed up for Halloween. I bought this tiger pet costume a week ago, and tried to suit up each of my 3 cats, but only Choco (short for Chococat), my beautiful, lucky black cat, kept it on for more than 5 minutes. She's my "catsplaying" cat. 

Do check out the new blog layouts I've been busy making:

And I hope you have a happy, candy-filled holiday!

it's beginning to look a lot like halloween

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I needed a quick costume for a party I went to last Saturday, so I decided to take advantage of my green hair and dress up as the Joker. More Cesar Romero or Jack Nicholson-Joker than Heath Ledger- Joker, but Joker nonetheless. I didn't want to spend a lot of time or money on the costume, so I budgeted $10 for the whole look.

I lucked out and found a purple knit dress, a green tee, and an orange turtleneck at my local Goodwill hours before the party. I cut the dress into a jacket and a skirt and tightened the skirt to a pencil fit. For the "undershirt," I cut a vest shape from the green tee and glued it onto the orange turtleneck, and embellished the front with some extra gold metal chain I had lying around. The flower was a quick glue job as well made with extra yellow and orange felt.

For the makeup, I used some BB cream I had that has a really high SPF. I layered it on 3-4 times before setting it with some white eyeshadow that I never use. I used green eyeshadow for my eyebrows, greys/black smokey eyes, and extended a my lips a bit to exaggerate the smile.

Easy peasy, no? Are you dressing up for Halloween? 

love, your friendly neighborhood greenhead

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dress: Target// polka dot jumper: Old Navy// socks:HUE// maryjanes: ASOS//
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Le green hair is back, my friends! And I couldn't be more thrilled.

So glad to hear that so many of you are letter-writers! If you're interested in meeting new people through letters, check out Nnenna's Correspondence Club. And if you wanna exchange written treats with moi, email me so we could exchange addies!

Short post, yallz. I have to go and hobble up a last-minute Halloween costume for tonight, and I'm still at square one. Hope you have an awesome weekend planned! 

on the importance of letter writing

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I got a postcard in the mail, and it made me beam. The sender really knows my style, it seems!
Throughout the years, I've made tons of friends who, when it was time for us to go our separate ways, vowed to keep in touch through the many avenues of the big, wide, interwebs. We're always connected, anyway, so, how hard could it be?

Very hard, it seems.

I've witnessed strong friendships reduced to yearly "happy birthday" wall posts on Facebook or to the mass email  that announces a birth or loss. And I'm no different. I am rubbish when it comes to email or responding to anything online even though I am pretty much on my laptop 8 hours or more each day. Somehow, the "reply" button seems miles away. Most of the time, I think that I can't be bothered with writing up a response.

Why don't I attach more value to composing even just a short reply? I'd like to think that it's because I see emails and the like as rigid and impersonal-- something that takes a minute to think up, a minute to consume, and a minute to forget. Which is why, even now, I insist on writing letters to people.

They make take longer to receive, but apart from the scribbled note, there is so much to read: the choice of paper, the color of the ink pen, the slant of the hand. It's like I'm getting a little bit of the person in that missive written just for me.

Do you write letters? 

adult enough for anything but dedication

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blue velvet blazer, black lace top: thrifted:: purse: Harajuku Lovers::
necklace: Forever 21:: colorblock heels: Jellypop via TJ Maxx::
tights: HUE:: glitter shirt: Christopher and Banks
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If you're wondering why my hair is back to being darker, it's because I got impulsive and decided to dye my whole head purple ala Katy Perry. Obv, it didn't come out. So I settled for a purple ensemble instead, largely based on the color scheming of my oh-so-comfy Jellypop shoes. Don't worry, I'm still a green head, I just took a temporary plunge into purple and will never go there again... At least for the moment.

Now that I work from home, I spend a lot more time preoccupying myself with ridiculous tasks like coloring my hair. I also am having the hardest time wearing my glasses. Being nearsighted, I only need my specs when I'm driving or watching TV. When I'm sewing or online, I don't need them at all, so my glasses end up in their cases until I need them.

That's caused me some unbelievably painful headaches recently, because my eyes apparently need to calibrate themselves every single time I put my specs on. So, I'm totally forcing myself to wear these things from the moment I step out of bed until I turn in for the night. That, my friends, takes dedication, and I'm not sure I'm adult enough for that.

rage against precipitation

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jacket, Charlotte Russe dress, Munro boots, purse, belt: thrifted:: scarf: eBay:: tights: Target 
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Today, it rained. And so I stayed indoors and wished it was still the weekend because I had a blast of a time playing boardgames with my former grad school buddies until 3am last Friday. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have already seen the games we played: Sword and Skull, Pandemic, Samurai, and Dune. I was particularly fond of Pandemic since I love cooperative games (where all the players play against the game) that require competent and strategical players.

But back to the rain. My husband and I recently had a conversation about it, and he confessed that he is sort of enamored by the rain. It soothes him. It makes things quiet and pretty. He wouldn't mind moving to a place where it constantly rains. I, however, rage against precipitation. I grew up in the Land of Typhoons, where rain was an (almost) everyday occurrence between June and March. Seriously.

I will say, though, that naps are much better when it's raining. As is soup.

I am that kind of girl

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Whoa! Five posts in Five days? What? Is this what consistency is? I know it's been a while since I've cranked out daily posts, but I have been feeling much more inspired and a lot happier since I quit my job.

That said, there's been a lot of changes that've started since then, and I am slowly learning to accept this new lifestyle I seem to be making for myself. And...with life changes come blog changes. I think it's a natural progression that bloggers take-- at least from what I've observed. Don't worry, you'll mostly still be seeing my mugshots, but there'll be other goodies! and more of them!

Now that we're on the topic of goodies, revel in the shameless feasting my husband and I engage in during our impromptu lunch dates. My husband is always so blah with his love for sandwiches. I'm Asian, so bread is not my rice. I tried to be healthy and got a salad with garlic-ed mushrooms, lots of greens, tomatoes and avocado. Oh did I mention that it was chock full of fried chicken bits and bacon? Yum.

I hope you all have a great weekend planned ahead. I am joining some former colleagues of mine from grad school for an epic game night, takeout, and lots of smack talk and gossip. Yes. I am that kind of girl.

short post from a short gal

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Thank you for all your beautiful comments about yesterday's post. I'm so glad to hear from such amazing, open-minded women. It's back to more lighthearted material today, namely this dastardly cold that's been plaguing me for the past few days. I love cold weather, but it seems that no matter how much I layer up or how high I turn up the heat, I always get an awful runny nose. Now you know why I look stuffy. At least I'm still attempting to dress up  put on non-jammies despite my blah state.

Things:
1. I'm swamped with stuff to do.
2. I apparently cannot digest Swiss Miss hot chocolate products anymore
3. I haven't gone shopping in months. Someone please come vintage and thrift shopping with me.
4. I'm still loving my green hair.
5. I just finished designing Emily from Tinfoil Tiaras' blog! Check it.
6. Want to win a $100 giftcard to Etsy?  Of course, you do.

Short post from a short gal. Must dash. 

On being a woman


Not so chipper stuff ahead: check out this post about my workplace if you'd like yummy instead.

Over the weekend, I was watching a movie entitled "Hanging Up," starring Meg Ryan, Diane Keaton, and Lisa Kudrow. I don't usually pick up this kind of movie. But my husband and I are trying to watch every single Meg Ryan movie out there so we can proudly say we've completed the MEGathon. Anyway, the three women play sisters who are each coping (in their own way) with their father's deteriorating condition. We learn that the father has never quite gotten over being left by his wife, which happened years and years ago. Over the years, he becomes belligerent, rude, and just downright nasty especially when he's drunk.

At one point, Meg Ryan decided to visit her mother to beg her to return home and make their family whole again. The mother's response was something to the tune of: "Everyone was having babies back then. I thought I would by happy too if I had a baby. If I got into motherhood. It turns out, I'm not that kind of person." And that struck me.

Rarely do we see movies that portray that kind of reality. Probably because it's painful. And most likely because it's true. I've met many women who have told me that motherhood isn't as amazing as society seems to portray it. There's the everyday mundaneness and repetitiveness of training a child. There's a lot of sacrifice.  There's a lot of noise, mess, and a lot of sleepless nights. I've met women who wished they waited until they had thought more about having children. I've met women who wished they could have had abortion as a legal option. I've met women who wished they had a choice.

I dread using the word "feminist" because it brings up a lot of awful connotations. I am a woman. Plain and simple.To be a woman means I do have choices. To be a woman means that I can pursue whatever dreams I have. I can go to university. I can open up a shop. I can read and watch whatever my heart desires. I can choose whom I marry (if I am so inclined to do so), and I can choose whether or not I want to be a mother. To be a woman means I am allowed to speak my thoughts. To be a woman means I can think for myself.

I am a woman. And I have a duty to afford those choices to every single woman now and in the future. 

Jellypop Jovan Platforms

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Because so many of you insisted that I post detail photos of these shoezies, I present to you these awesome colorblocked Jellypop Jovan Platform heels. I tried looking for places that sell them online, but I haven't had luck. I purchased mine at my local TJ Maxx, and nabbed them as soon as I saw them. I did have some qualms about whether or not I needed another pair of shoes, but as soon as I put these babies on,  there was no question. They are the comfiest platform heels I have ever tried on. If all their shoes are this comfortable, then these aren't going to be my last pair of Jellypop shoes

who's that girl?

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Like Angela Chase, I felt like my hair was holding me back. I'm kidding. Don't expect me to be blogging about late night raves in a skating rink or any kind of angst that I may be bottling up. I'm still the same Laura who likes to read comic, dork out in front of the TV, and craft up a storm.

In truth, I've been wanting to dye my hair for a very long time now, but having a job where I have to look "normal" hindered that dream. And colored hair requires a lot of maintenance, even more maintenance if it's an unnatural color.

I chose this teal-ish blue green for the simple reason that I've never had teal-ish blue green hair before. Pink will always be my first choice, but for now, I am really quite digging this cool hue. Speaking of cool hues, like my new Jellypop Jovan heels? These are my firstest Jellypop shoes ever, and I am impressed at how comfortable they are! Seriously, I walked all day in these pups, and it was like walking on marshmallows.

*One more day before my giveaway for $20 to Blue Bird Bride ends! Enter now!

Sniffles

I'm afraid the Sniffles have rendered me interweb-inactive this past week. And it looks like they'll be keeping me company during the coming weekend. No matter. I've got oodles of movies and warm beverages to consume. Plus, the constant blast of sunshine and my new green-ish hair (more about that when I'm feeling a little better) seem to banish whatever gloom and doom the Sniffles typically bring. Here's what I've been up to:

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Don't forget to enter my giveaway! And have a lovely weekend! 

Bow Oh Bow

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It's getting positively chilly here in Illinois, and I cannot be more glad. Though I wish the sun would take its time westering (so I can procrastinate taking outfit photos), I'm celebrating being able to wear thicker fabrics. Luckily, all my winter clothing stored in the basement was spared during the flood, and I don't have to scramble to assemble scarves to wear for the colder months!

I'm pleased to add this new leopard bow scarf to my handmade creations. You already know that I make circle scarves and animal scarves that I sell in my Etsy store, but I've been wanting to make something that was cute and effortless and much more of a statement piece. This is my prototype for a new item that I plan to start selling later this month. I have a few other patterns and colors in the works, but there just never seems to be enough time to make them all. Bow oh bow, what I'd give for just a couple more extra hours in a day!

Jewelry Giftcard Giveaway to Blue Bird Bride on Etsy



Who doesn't love fun and affordable accessories? Blue Bird Bride offers beautiful pieces in varying colors and styles and they won't break the bank! I am so thrilled to be working with a fellow Etsy seller for this amazing giveaway for a a $20 giftcard to Blue Bird Bride-- that's enough to buy yourself a couple pairs of earrings or a super cute bubble necklace!


Entering is soooo easy. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. And if you can't wait until then, Diane has graciously offered all my readers 15% off everything in her store using the code FALL2012. Good luck!

*This giveaway is open to all readers, US or international!
*Must be at least 18 to enter

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I'm always late anyway

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Thank you so much, everyone, for all the encouraging comments from last post! I will admit that right now I am totally uncertain and a little scared about what's going to happen next, but I'm also really excited about many possibilities. Onward to another adventure, I say!

But on to more profound topics. I know that red denim is sooooo 2011, but did you really expect me to be on top of that? Yes, I'm one of those people. The ones who know and watch the trends come and go and then months and years later, when everyone is wearing turquoise skinnies and peep-toe booties, finally decides that the red skinnies party needs more people in its camp.

So there. I finally got a pair.


i'm the happiest

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Last week, I hinted at something that made me feel blissful and relaxed. I'm not quite sure why I didn't just go ahead and tell you what it was (probably because I was feeling like I would jinx my happiness) but here is it: I quit my job.

If you follow me on twitter or facebook, you'll have already known that I was stuck in a thankless job for a few months. Teaching jobs are hard to score here where I live, plus I don't quite know how long I'll be able to commit to a position because my husband is planning on graduating soon. How soon? We have no clue. See my dilemma here?

I worked a retail management position which just got worse as the months went by. My husband, ever the sweet supporter, told me many many times to just up and quit because he knew I was bottling up all my frustrations, but without a job lined up I really didn't feel like I should.

But life is short. And I want to be the kind of person who does what she wants to do. So, even though I had no other job waiting, I quit. And I am happy that I quit. Actually, I'm just happy. Period.

What am I doing now, you ask? Well, I've taken to doing all the housework (which I still detest, except for cooking) and I'm creating lots of cute stuff for my shop. I'm hoping that with me being able to have more time making things, my shop will grow, grow, grow. It's quite a dream, but I am committed and happiest when I'm left to my needles, cloth, threads, and camera. You may think me naive when I say so, but we all deserve as much happiness as we can get.

*If you haven't yet, take a gander at the shop of worldly delights, and tell all your cute-loving friends about it too! :)

I'm afraid of stupid things

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Again with this skirt, I know. But it's so easy to throw on, and sometimes I need one of those uncomplicated outfits that I can dress up with a bit of glitz and sparkle. It's a shame that you can't really see the minute silver studs that dot this super comfy tee since they really add a lot of texture to the look.

If you've read my blog long enough, you'll notice that I'm not much of an accessory-wearer. I have this inexplicable fear of them, and whenever I venture out to shop, I get kind've overwhelmed. Crazy isn't it? I tried to buy a ton of jewelry off of ebay a few months ago, but I was so disappointed at their quality and the awful metallic smell, that I chucked most of them away and now only save really good pieces. I'm trying to remedy this irrational fear by just getting used to wearing and mixing the stuff I already have. Small steps.