It's a bit heavier than I want to carry around, but it's just so darn cute. I mean, look at the matching powder blue interior! POLKA DOTS, ya'llz, polka dots.
This morning was a bit slow, since I'm taking my time getting last minute stuff ready for my full day of traveling tomorrow. My husband, B, made me a scrumptious breaky, so I'm still energized for running a few errands before calling it a day.
I'm sure that in my boredom of waiting between flights, many a photo and mini-video will be taken, so if you wanna join in on my trip, follow me on facebook, twitter, instagram, and vine!
Motivation can be found in the most mundane of phrases. And the simpler they are, I think the more genuine they feel. Lately, I've been telling myself to "work hard & be nice." Simple? Yes. But these five words have an impelling power over me more than any quote that has come out of the mouth of any writer, painter, mogul, or celebrity ever. Work Hard & be nice.
Inspired by Sarah, I decided to list some goals that I've had brewing in my head for a while now, but never really wrote out. Hopefully, airing them out in public will be even more motivation to work hard at accomplishing these goals.
1. Manage my time more wisely// Working from home has its perks : I get to be in my jammies, I set my own hours, I do whatever I want to do. Working from home also has its downfalls, which are pretty much the same exact ones I've listed above. I need to set and follow a schedule that will keep me on track.
2. Do at least 2 craft shows before May// This is a complicated bugger. There are lots of sub-goals to this mega goal, most of which involve making more product. And that is tied to goal #1. I may be golden once I figure out how to add more hours to a day.
3. Vlogging// I am not ashamed to say that I have no idea how to edit videos. Or how to record them. I promise to at least learn how to get over my "valley girl voice" insecurity.
4. Be nicer// Probably the most difficult goal of all. If you don't really know me, I'm pretty sure you think I'm all "Hellfire and Satan, bitchiness to the nth degree." I snap a lot, yes, and I can be a bit curt. So I need to work on being more approachable. I also need to stop declaring how much I "hate" (even though I don't mean it) a lot of things even though the compunction to do so is pretty much innate.
5. Be Agressive// And stop doubting myself. Be murderous on purpose. Like Columbus. Just kidding.
Who's your fave mutant?
I think the best product in this bag is the Pixi Primer, which totally fills in my large pores and keeps my foundation from melting off my skin. I'm also really liking the Mica gel liner a whole lot. The consistency is super easy to work with, and I've been using it everyday since I got my bag. I thought the PopBeauty mascara was Ok, nothing really special about it. And I really was disappointed with the Coastal Scents sample. Over the years, I've heard tons of good things about them, but I thought the colors in the Glitz and Glamour palette weren't that great, the pigmentation was so-so, and there was just too much fall-out for me. I also wasn't too pleased with the Lash Cards. Perhaps I was using them incorrectly, (which I doubt, since I watched the videos before trying to do it twice) but I didn't see a difference in my lashes.
The always lovely Larie tagged me in one of her posts, so here are my answers! Play along and tell me an answer to one or more of the questions below!
1. Favorite lipstick of all time (Or just right now. I know we're fickle)
Currently, I've been wearing this NYX Matte Lipstick in Shocking Pink! I've always loved bright pinks, but the consistency of this lippie is out of this world!
2. What album/band/song have you been listening to lately?
I've been looping the I-Monster cover to "Daydream". So good.
3. If you found just $10 in your pocket right now, what would you spend it on?
Kale. I forgot to get some over our weekend grocery trip. And stamps. I need to squeeze in some letter-writing soon!
4. Last book you really enjoyed?
Nothlanders vol 7 by Brian Wood. Vikings in comics? Yes, please. Obviously, Wood takes a lot of liberties in his take on the Viking history, but I love it. Vikings make me happy.
5. Favorite healthy snack?
Carrots and hummus.
6. Favorite not healthy snack?
Those flavored pretzel nibblers. Good lord, the cheddar ones are fucking amazing.
7. Favorite body lotion?
Is it awful that I don't have one? I swear I use lotion, I just switch when I get bored of the scents (which is all the time)
8. Favorite children's novel?
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
9. Mac or PC?
I own a PC, but I would love to have a Mac.
10. Last item you returned?
Uhm. a library book? I haven't shopped in forever.
11. Favorite ice cream flavor?
TARO. I love Taro froyo (which is almost the same as ice cream, right?)
Last week, I hinted at a new adventure. Now, I'm not really the adventurous type of gal (except when it comes to noms, that is). I'm the kind of person who likes to overplan and make sure that everything is just right before trying something new. So this is a huge step for me, and I wanted to share it with all of you since you all have been a big part of my life. Let the cheese begin.
As many of you might already know, I started my shop, The Shop of Worldly Delights, as a hobby back in November 2011 because I was having the worst time coping with unrewarding jobs. I needed something to cheer me up and help me forget about the many mind-numbing tasks I was assigned. My shop was my solace, and I enjoyed sharing bits of my idea of cute to everyone around the world. Late last year, still stuck in a thankless job that drained every bit of my sanity and well-being, I finally decided that only I could prevent myself from hating that facet of my life, so I quit.
I didn't have a backup plan, and no one in my area was hiring an outspoken, Old English-loving gal who wanted to edit and translate for the rest of her life. (The outspoken part freaks people out a bit, I think ) So I immersed myself in my shop, tirelessly creating. I honestly thought that I would be able to find another job after a few weeks, but that didn't happen. For a long time, I worried about our finances. But my husband, being the extremely supportive person he is, goaded me to stop thinking about that and just do what I want to do. That worried me even more.
Since I was little, I always thought I would work in academia. I always loved teaching, and I expected that I would either teach Literature or Chemistry. I've had loads of teaching and tutoring experience, and I just thought things will fall into place after college. Lately, however, I've been enjoying designing and sewing so much more than I have grading papers or having conferences. And I had been entertaining the idea of doing more of that to support myself. But it's scary for me to go into something so completely foreign. It's even scarier having to do it by myself, without any kind of assurance that I'm doing the right thing. For a while I kept on asking myself, Wouldn't it be a waste of schooling to pursue something you didn't study? What if it doesn't work out?
Well, Laura, how will you know if you don't try? So I put my big girl pants on and decided to create the life I wanted to live.
I've decided to make my shop my full-time job. Which, for me, means selling in craft shows and fairs, wholesale orders and consignments. It may not sound like a big deal to many, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I only show and sell the best of what I make. This move means I'll be working more than 8 hours a day, not just producing but also doing the accounting, advertising, etc all by myself. I've already been reading up a bit on how to manage my shop, and I've been setting goals to make it more profitable for me.
Last week, I took my first HUGE step and brought some of my wares to Vintage Karma, a lovely shop in Tuscola, IL that houses loads of different pieces of locally crafted art for sale. This is the first shop I'm selling my stuff in, and I couldn't be happier working with two of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. (Laura, Ainslie, you both are awesome possum). If you live in the area, please check out their storefront! It's definitely one of the coolest shops I have ever set foot in.
Phew! So there's the big news, folks! I wish I could hug each and every one of you for being so supportive of my endeavors. You have no idea how happy it makes me whenever I read a sweet comment. It's like a virtual high five. Thanks for being such great readers! Hugs and hugs,
This look doesn't call for a lot of makeup, but it does involve a lot of time blending and contouring. I like to start with Glamazon all over my lids and then use Lost to give an impression of a crease in the middle of my lid. After blending, I line my eyes, staying as close to the lashline as possible. I draw a very thin line with an angled brush, extending the line a bit on the top. I line the bottoms of my eyes as well, but only half-way, and I connect that to the top line. To brighten up my eyes, I use lots of Zephyr, both near the tear ducts and inner eye and in the inner half of the bottoms of my eyes. I finish the look with lots of mascara (because I have wimpy lashes), then add just a bit of gloss to my lips for color and shine.
Perfect for looking polished everyday or a cute date look for Valentine's Day!
Give this super simple recipe a whirl. It's a great, simple Valentine's Day treat!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes (adapted from Annie's Eats) - makes 2 dozen
For the cake:
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. almond extract
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
For the peanut butter filling:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
4 Tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
For the chocolate frosting: (If you like a LOT of frosting on your cupcakes, double this recipe)
1 stick softened butter
1.5 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. almond extract
2 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line your cupcake pans with paper liners
2. For the filling: In a bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla. Beat it with an electric mixer until well combined. Roll into 1 inch balls. Set aside.
2. For the batter: In another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate container, stir together the sour cream, milk, and almond extract. In (yet) another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Alternately add in the dry ingredients and the sour cream mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Mix until incorporated.
3. Spoon a tablespoon of batter on the bottom of each cupcake. Add a ball of the peanut butter filling, and then top with more batter so all the cups are filled. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack before frosting.
4. For frosting: Cream the butter for a few minutes with an electric mixer. In another bowl, sift together the cocoa, salt, and confectioner's sugar. Add these to the creamed butter, mixing slowly until well combined. Turn up the speed and add in the almond extract and the cream/milk.