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I heart Amy Tangerine

So I just have to say that I have the biggest girl crush on Amy Tangerine!   She is incredibly talented, love her style and she is a down to earth scrappy chic, gotta love that!  I tagged her in an instagram photo just the other day because I was excited and also surprised that I found some of her adorable stickers on clearance and….  she commented on MY photo!

"Fun Indeed"

“Fun Indeed”

I have to admit that I was totally giddy about it 🙂  That is one of the awesome things about instagram and the crafting community, there is opportunity to share and collaborate with people you may never have encountered otherwise.

While we are chatting about Amy Tangerine, her blog post the other day, “Project Life with Two Peas” was really great so I wanted to share it here for those of you that might be interested, she gives some hints and a couple of tricks for how she works on layouts and also talks about Persnickety Prints and of course, Two Peas in a Bucket.

 

And just a little more on Persnickety Prints (LOVE that name btw!), I have not ordered any prints from them just yet, but after visiting their site this morning I don’t see how I could pass it up as they are having a give a way of 12 adorable Project Life cards with a $30 order.

Persnickety Prints Project Life Giveaway!

Super cute right?  Well there are SO many more exciting things going on in the craft community, I will blog about some more later on today or this week and I shall be sure to show off my Persnickety Prints once I receive them 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boho Sheek Bun Mystery Solved!

Today is an, “I’m already late for work, my hair is dirty and there is no hope of it becoming clean before much later this evening typ of day”.  So, I started my morning off applying my makeup at my desk whilst looking up youtube videos on how to hide greasy hair.  I am not one of those blessed people that can skip days and really get away with it, although that in no way means that I don’t skip days, I just usually try and make the “skipped days” days that I don’t have to be at work!  And since I work with my mom, there is not a chance that “no one at the office will notice”, I am currently “hiding out” trying to avoid the inevitable “Oh. Jennifer…. Your hair is DIRTY!”, but, trust me, it is most definitely coming.

To be fair, and so you know that I am not exaggerating about the grease trap that is my noggin this morning, here you go:

Front

I have pretty much mastered the “twist and tuck” in the front, which does a pretty good job helping the hair to appear to be completely matted in the front… BUT, This is what I have goin’ on on the rest of my head:

dry ends...

The forever dry ends and matted greasy top o’ the head:

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photo 1 (2)

Ok, super embarrassing, but, there you go, gross and greasy, no exaggeration going on here!

Side note:  It is actually quite difficult to photograph one’s own top of the head, I think I took like 6 shots before settling on these two and that was using flip view on the phone and a mirror.

During my research (and by “research” I mean googling/youtubing, which are TOTALLY words btw and not only words but synonyms to the word “research” I’m pretty sure) But, I digress… during my “research” to some how find a way to miraculously solve my hair dilemma without doing tho obvious, get out of bed in a timely fashion in order to wash it, I stumbled upon the solution to something that has always been baffling to me,  “The Boho Bun”,

Boho Bun

or the “I’m So Classy and Awesome That I Don’t Even Care That There are Flaws in My Bun” BUN.

The I’m so classy and awesome that I don’t even care that my bun has flaws Bun

You know that bun I’m talking about, the one that looks so effortless and wonderful and yet makes you feel completely insecure and inadequate both in your own bun making skills but also in the amount of hair you have on your own head in order to put into said sub par bun.  I have a number of BEAUTIFUL and whimsy friends that have mastered this, but did I ever ask them?  No.

effortless.

I’m not sure if it was shame or embarrassment that I had somehow missed out on the “How to Make a Whimsical Bun Bit” in highschool or what, but, I just kept it to myself, silently wishing that I too could one day have a bun like theirs.  I do know that growing up a soccer girl for the majority of my young life “rainbows” were highly frowned upon.  We would all strive to have “perfect ponytails”, slicked back and rainbow free, but in the age of the double rainbow, I think it’s time to let the rainbows flow and let my hair be swept up into one of these beautiful creations and this video is what gave me the inspiration.

I would like to point out that she is referencing “2nd Day Hair” in this video, which is what my hair status technically is, but, given my incredibly un fortunate genetic makeup, my scalp produces the amount of oil a normal human head produces in a week by the “2nd Day”, so, my miracle bun may not actually be possible on this particular day but I feel a sense of peace knowing that I now know how to make it exist on some day in the future!

More awesome information stemming from this topic/video:

Baby powder and Dry Shampoo are both very good at helping (in no way solving) greasy hair problems, as well as cornstarch, cocoa and one I had never heard before, cornmeal.  I thought cocoa was a clever solution though as it would resolve the graying problem that can sometimes accompany baby powder and cornstarch solutions.

I also stumbled upon a number of videos encouraging multiple braiding methods which is also a very good solution to covering/mask greasy roots.

Birch Boxes are awesome, even if you aren’t super into fashion/beauty products, for $10 a month you get a piece of happy mail that includes samplings of new as well as tried and true beauty products to try and decide if you like, with each box you start to accumulate points that can be use towards a purchase on the site if or when you decide that you would like to buy a full size product.  Who doesn’t love happy mail full of surprises?  I know this girl does!

http://www.birchbox.com/

Birch Box

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GREY’S ANATOMY… “Going, Going, Gone” ?

Grey’s Anatomy premiered last night as most everyone is aware…

“No one apparently…”

In years past, the season premiere of this particular show would have incited intense excitement and anticipation for me, I would have been curled up on the couch ready and waiting to see what my “friends” have been up to.  Me, Meredith, Derek, Christina, Alex, Izzy, George, Richard, Dr. Burke and Addison… we go WAY back, we’ve been hanging out since 2006 (yes, I was late, I had no idea what Grey’s was and NO IDEA why everyone kept calling my favorite song on the radio “The Grey’s Anatomy Song”, but when I found out, I was HOOKED!)  I am a “repeater” and The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” only got more play time once I associated it with Grey’s!

There are NO WORDS for the ridiculousness that is the image you see for this youtube video lol, but, it’s a great video once you skip the the two minute ad at the beginning and close out the yellow “click for a funny video box”!

This year it was different, I found myself almost dreading the series premiere instead of looking forward to it. I really couldn’t wrap my head around last years season finale.  I was honestly just kinda over it after the whole plane crash shenanigan, I mean, seriously?  Totally unnecessary! I felt like it was a personal attack on me, I mean here I am growing more and more attached to my “friends” and Shonda just keeps killing them off.  I mean I have dealt with the following:

  • I accepted that Izzy wanted to be a movie star so she had to get cancer and be shitty to Alex.
  • I accepted that Addison needed to do a spin off show and that even though I had grown quite fond of her, even though I was always on “Team Meredith” of course, when Taye Diggs calls, you answer. (We all saw “How Stella Got Her Groove Back“!!!)
  • I accepted that even though Dr. Burke said he was sorry and did what he was suppose to do to make things as right as he could that PR just wasn’t going to allow it even though George was scheduled to be killed by a bus very shortly after Burke’s untimely departure, so he had to go.
  • I even kept it in stride when she killed Meredith and Derek’s unborn baby along with almost all of the other “new people” that she had tried to make me be friends with…

and much much more.

But, the core is thinning out and I just don’t know that I am looking for “new friends”, not at Seattle Grace anyway.  Shonda introduces me to “new friends” quite regularly, she has proven to be quite the matchmaker for me in many different locations but I think she and I may have to focus our energies on nurturing other friend groups because this one is quite literally DEAD.

It should be said that I am watching the show as I am writing this, watching a bit, pausing, writing and repeat.  The fact that I am even able to pause and wait and do anything whilst watching speaks volumes about the shows fading ability to make me hold my breath.  This season’s promo photo is weird, it feels extremely awkward and forced and oh by the way, WHY DON’T THEY LOOK LIKE DOCTORS???

Every other season they have been suited up in MD gear, scrubs, white coats etc… and this season they’re doing a photo shoot?  Huh?  It just looks REALLY stupid to me, it makes me feel bad for my “friends”, seeing them look so incredibly awkward….

Last seasons’ was sharp and classy and well… you know… “DOCTOR-like”… no more of that apparently.

The umbrella picture below if the Season 6 poster which promised to be”the season that changes everything”. Seems like EVERY season is “the season that changes everything”…  It kinda feels like “change” is becoming synonymous with”death” and granted death most definitely fits the definition of change, it would be awesome if some other kind of “change” could come to be expected for my “friends”.

As I am watching this episode, I am waiting… waiting for someone to wake up from a bad dream so that this terrible scenario is not reality, to explain what the hell has happened to Seattle Grace, to explain to me who all of these people I am watching are and what they have done with my “friends”, for someone to ‘fix” what has been done…. still waiting, 25 minutes in….

So… “The Twisted Sisters” just needed to endure a plane crash to magically unravel themselves and now they can just get by via Facetime via the ever so subtly placed “non-ipad ipad”?  Brilliant!  And now in a clever “twist” Meredith’s new nickname is “Medusa”, which makes perfect sense since now her snake dreads have no sister to twist around, magic in metaphors!

OMG 34 minutes in and DR. BAILY is no longer “The Nazi” she is “BCB”… “Booty Call Baily”?  WHAT. IS. THIS. PLACE?  McSteamy is dead and I am SO PISSED that I can’t even be sad.  These are my friends, I would normally be hysterical right now and… I’ve got a little knot in my throat but… this would be full on waterworks show…  This is NOT OK.  Not only is she killing my friends off, but now she is taking away my ability to react and mourn appropriately.  She’s totally messing with my psyche.

Arizona lived but lost a leg…That sucks.

But… for me, when you kill everyone else, it’s hard to really get drawn into a woe is me I had my leg amputated story line, but, we’ll see what they do with it…

I suppose I am going to entertain the show since I have been so committed for so long now, but… I am extremely wary of the direction it is headed.  It made me nostalgic for the place I was in in my own life and also for the place where Meredith started out when they played “Portions for Foxes” by Rilo Kiley in this episode.  It almost adds insult to injury to try and inspire any sort of memory to that space and time when nothing is reminiscent now.  Back when feelings and emotions and doctor drama were pivotal to the story line… Those were the days. Sigh.

Writing this post has made me realize that I have obviously been carrying around some heavy baggage filled with disdain for the loss of all my “friends”, so whether this gets read by anyone or not, I can honestly say that I feel a lot better now that I got all of that out! Obviously, I’m not the only one feeling sad, confused and just plain tired… I just wish Shonda would chill a little. You know?

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Take Me With You… Secondhand Serenade

This will be Don and I’s first dance song.

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