Monthly Archives: December 2011

A New Year: New Goals

Resolutions? Not so much for me. I always felt that you can evoke change in yourself and in your life on any day of the year, not just the changing of the calendar.

Last year I managed to complete 2 of my goals, which in total isn’t too bad. I bought 3 plants, and managed to work away at my debt. I know, pretty lofty accomplishments. I did take steps towards crossing off the others, that counts for something.

My goals for 2012 include:

  • Create more traffic to my blog
  • Finalize my etsy shop
  • Purchase a new camera
  • Work on my savings
  • Travel more often
  • Create more DIY’s
  • Find an apartment with a bathtub
  • Volunteer/Get more involved with the local arts community
  • Find more part time work pet sitting
  • Create a piece of art every month
  • Read more often
  • Start taking more pilates/core fusion/yoga classes
  • Find a local tattoo artist
  • Take more time for myself
  • Enjoy the smaller moments
  • Laugh more

I think I have a lot to look forward to in 2012. So, for my last post of this year, Happy New Years! I expect great things.



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2011: My Year In Review

I find the best thing about the onset of a New Year is the time you spend reminiscing about the year that has passed, and the excitement of what’s to come.

2011 was a good year for me as a whole. The lows were mid-level at best, and the highs scaled mountaintops. I started a blog, I made baby steps towards going back to school, I got a new job and even a part time job on top of that. Kh and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary then Kh met my family (and I met Kh’s..). I turned 25 in New York City, and was spoiled rotten.

Friends came to visit, and others left my life for the better. It’s been a rather short year, and I’m surprised to see it go.

I hope you have as much fun looking through these photos as I had digging them out of the archives. Here’s my 2011 in photo form!




(view from our hotel room in NYC!)










May the highs of your 2011 be the lows of your 2012!


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A Confetti Filled Roundup

Every New Year’s I try to do my most prized activity.. relaxing. A good movie, an even better dinner and a bottle of wine makes for a great way to ring in the New Year in my eyes. My love of relaxing far surpasses the desire to stand in a crowded bar.

While I don’t want to stand in a crowded bar, I do love the idea of throwing confetti at complete strangers and celebrating the merriment that ringing in a New Year brings. Hooray, we surived 2011!

To celebrate my love of confetti, here’s a mini DIY roundup for those that share this love.

{Confetti Eggs}

{Countdown Matchbox Confetti}

I can’t pick a favorite between the two! I really like the idea of these plantable confetti, especially combined with one of the DIY’s above. How cute!

{Plantable Confetti}

If confetti isn’t your thing, here are a couple great New Years Eve printables. Such a good idea for those that are entertaining this NYE!

{NYE Party Printables}

{Party Hats Printable}

Whatever you end up doing this New Year’s eve, whether it be entertaining, being entertained, or going out, I hope it’s a safe and happy one!

Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

(Where did time go?)


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OOTD: A Very Chevron Wednesday

Top: Christmas gift from Kh (Old Navy)
Cardigan: Thrifted
Pants: Target
Shoes: Kmart

Scarf: Target
Hat: Handmade by me

Let me introduce you to my new favorite top. I can’t get enough of this chevron tank top Kh got me for Christmas. If only we weren’t on the cusp of winter, I’d wear this shirt every day!

Oh chevron, my weakness for you grows every day.


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Product Review: They’re Real! Beyond Mascara

I’m often a little hesitant to try brand new products, It’s hard to make a commitment and even harder to make a decision. Lucky for me I got this brand new They’re Real! Beyond Mascara in my stocking this Christmas.

You mean I get to try out new products, and have someone else make the decision for me? Perfect!

Product Description:

They’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

Now, who doesn’t love the sounds of that? I love my eyelashes to be long, and full of volume. I’m naturally a red head so without mascara on, my eyelashes are blond and very hard to see. I often like to joke and claim I like having spider legs for eyelashes.

How to Apply

Position wand horizontally & wiggle from side to side, base to tip, to achieve maximum volume, length & lift. Hold wand vertically & stroke upward to curl & separate. Layer generously as desired.

I found the mascara incredibly easy to apply, and even easier to wipe off my eyelids. I make an awful big mess when I put on mascara.

The percentages on the package read:

94% saw dramatic length & volume – I can attest to that! I love how much length it gave me and for every day wear it was the perfect amount of volume. I’m sure with a bit more precision you could really amp up the volume.

90% saw base-to-tip curl – My eyelashes don’t have much of a curl to them, but the mascara certainly threw a bit of a curl onto them.

94% saw visible lift – Lifted, seperated, the whole 9 yards!

100% saw long-wearing results – I’ve had the mascara on since this morning. My lashes are still full.

I think it’s safe to say, I’m in love with a $22 bottle of mascara.


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Where I Stood: Before Christmas

This week in foot gazing, I bring you lots of kitties, sheep socks (that I’m told should be owls, hrm?) and my new knee high wool socks.








Until next week!


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Quote Of The Day

Every Monday I put out a weekly newsletter for my associates. In the newsletter I always include a little inspirational quote. This week, I was particularily fond of the quote I used.


Happy Monday, start dancing!



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