Monday, September 26, 2016

August 2016 Favorites -- Jewelry Home & More!

  1. H.P. Lovecraft - The Complete Fiction (Barnes & Noble Leather Bound):  I had been trying to collect some of the B&N Leather Bound books.  I hadn't really read H.P. Lovecraft and was intrigued. I am reading one of the stories for my Book Club: ADHD Style -- Intro.
  2. WheatStateVintage (Etsy) - Vintage 1950s Smith Corona Super Speed (typewriter):  This is part of my oddities collection that is going on my shelf.  I love it!!!  I don't think it's functional; but, I have no desire to use a manual typewriter. Having used typewriters and pain-in-the-butt word processors,  I have thanked my lucky stars, often, at the invention of MS Word.
  3. BBC - Ripper Street:  I love this show.  It takes place in Whitechapel during the dingy, grodie side of the Victorian Era.
  4. Sourpuss Clothing (Amazon) Anatomical Ribs Pillow: I saw this & #6 on Instagram's alternative.outfits.ideas (I think). I loved the way they looked and had to have them.  I was so glad when I found them on Amazon.
  5. Ransom Riggs - Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Boxed Set:  These covers had intrigued me since I first saw them in a bookstore a few years ago.  I forgot all about them; then, the book popped up in Amazon after I searched for some other books.  I was, again, intrigued, and clicked on the book to see reviews etc.  I then discovered they were making a movie about the books.  I figured, if I was going to get them, the time was now, before the book covers changed to match the movie.
  6. Inked Boutique (Amazon) Sourpuss Anatomical Heart Pillow:  (See #4.)
  7. E-CLING (Amazon) Scotch Magic Tape Dispenser (Black Kitty):  I couldn't resist getting this when I saw this on Amazon.  It reminded me so much of our kitten Luna!!!
  8. Modern Vase & Gift (Amazon)- CYS® Apothecary Jar, H-13" - Candy Buffet Jar:  I had been wanting some apothecary jars to decorate my office shelf with and I found this and the jar below.  I have not filled them yet; but, at least one of them should be filled in a week or two.
  9. Modern Vase & Gift (Amazon)- Apothecary Jar, H-14.75" - Candy Buffet Container: (See #8)
  10. BBC - Peaky Blinders:  I wanted to see this show ever since I heard about it on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  The problem was, I did not have Netflix and was not going to subscribe just to see one show.  I patiently waited for DVDs to be available in the United States.  One fortuitous evening, my hubby and I happened to be walking around in Target and I saw the first season of Peaky Blinders on their shelf for less than $10!!! As I suspected, I loved it & now also have the second season.
Ta Ta For Now!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Club: ADHD Style -- Intro

I have heaps of unread books on my shelf.  They've gone the wayside with the purchase of my Kindle.  Actually, they'd gone the wayside far before that.  I had a habit of collecting books.  There was a time when I treasured buying books more than I treasured buying makeup or jewelry.  I just loved buying them. The intention was always to read them; but, well...ADHD, distractions, busy lifestyle.  (Sigh!)

There was a time, when Coco and I lived in our little brownstone studio in Downtown Seattle, that I was on a quest to find books that Marilyn Monroe had read (per other books and websites).  There was also a time when I was on a quest to find every book mentioned in the Bombshell Library section of The Bombshell Manual of Style.   I may very well visit some of these, in the future.

The first books/stories I've chosen, however, are newer purchases. Nevertheless, I felt they were a good place to start.

I had never read anything of Lovecrafts before.  I decided to give it a try.  I first set about flipping through the pages, trying to see if there were any illustrations.  The child in me wanted to see some pictures!  LOL Alas, there were none.  

I just happened to leave the book open to Beyond The Wall of Sleep.  The very first sentence caught my attention with its poetic nature.  I plan to read this story as one of my first book club endeavors.

This is a must read for me.  As someone with ADHD and clinical depression, it is easy to let negative emotions get the best of me, or feel overwhelmed.  I have this both as a book on my Kindle as well as in Audio Book form.  This is my non-fiction choice.

Since I write poetry every now and then, I thought, it would probably be good to have a book of poetry as one of my first choices. In the past I was not inclined to buy poetry; but,  I read some of Blood Milk Jewelry's blogs and this book stood out to me.  I got this a few months ago, so this would be an excellent first choice for a poetry book.

Having a variety to read per "session" should help my ADHD brain when I feel inclined to "change subjects" on a whim.

I will provide an update next week as to my progress; and, what I think of what I'm reading.

Here we go!
Ta Ta For Now!

Friday, September 9, 2016

August 2016 Favorites -- Beauty & Bath

  1. Laura Geller Balance-N-Brighten Foundation: (Shopped my stash.)  I used this about a year ago.  I stopped using it because the shade I have -- Medium became way too dark for me.  This worked really well for me this summer.  If it got too dark, I mixed it with my It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination in Light.  I find that I like the finish of the Laura Geller foundation better than It Cosmetics.  The finish looks more natural.
  2. e.l.f. Sunkissed Glow Bronzer in Sunkissed:  I got this free, along with a few other items with one of my e.l.f. orders.  I was blown away by how much I liked this bronzer!  It looks natural, and is light enough for fairer skin.
  3. Hard Candy Baked "Bronzer" in Tiki: (Shopped my stash.) I've had this for about two years.  I started using it again.  It's finely milled, and great for those days when I want a highlighter that's not uber shimmery but I still want shimmer.
  4. Sedona Lace Wanderlust Brush Set: These look like Real Techniques' higher end brushes.  I don't own any so I cannot say whether they are exact dupes or not.  The handles are not metal.  I really like these brushes.  The large brush pats powder on fabulously.  The triangle brush blends concealer like a dream.  The smaller tapered brush is great for setting undereye concealer with powder.  The rectangular brush applies foundation well.  I've used the eye brushes interchangeably with my other eye brushes.
  5. TheBalm Meet Matt (e) Nude: (Shopped my stash.)  Who knew a nude palette could be so fun!  I started using this again when I couldn't find my Paula's Choice palette that I usually use with my Electric Palette.  The pans are big, the colors are nicely pigmented
  6. Zoya Amy + Butter London Saucy Jack + Revlon Parfumerie Autumn Spice = My own custom color that I like to call Sparkling Blood Orange.  (Shopped my stash.) I was looking for a rusty orangey red.  Then I realized I probably had enough polish that I didn't use to make the color that I wanted.  Yay!
  7. e.l.f. Selfie Ready Foundation Brush: (Shopped my stash.) I didn't quite love it for foundation; but, it really works well for concealer!
  8. e.l.f. Flawless Face Brush:  (Shopped my stash.) This is an excellent multi-tasting brush!  I've used this for contour, bronzing and patting powder on my face.
  9. Paula's Choice Resist BHA 9: (Shopped my stash!)  This is actually my third purchase of the BHA I stopped using this for a bit; and, took it up again when I started getting some hormonal acne.  Works really well for me!  I mix it with moisturizer.
  10. Paula's Choice Resist Vitamin C Spot Treatment: (Shopped my stash!)  I stopped using this in lieu of more liquidy Vit C serums.  I'm finding I really like adding this to the BHA 9 and moisturizer under makeup.
  11. PrettyLilMzGrace Eyeshadow Palette: (Shopped my stash.) I had this for a while before I used it.  It's really nicely pigmented.  I love that there are a few neutral colors to use with the brights!  The brush that comes with it is really nice quality as well!
9 our of 11 items were Shop My Stash items!!!  

Ta Ta For Now!

Monday, September 5, 2016

July 2016 -- Jewelry, Home & More

  1. Stone Temple Pilots: This has been more than just a July favorite.  It's actually been this whole year.  When Scott Weiland passed away on December 3,2015, I was really affected -- even though I didn't know his music very well (with the exception of a few songs).  I learned more about him and listened to more of his music; and, I've been hooked ever since.
  2. Hollywood Swank Upholstered Vanity and Mirror Crystal Croc:  This was my third wedding anniversary present from my hubby!!!  I had been admiring this for ages; and, have needed something with this much space for ages!!!  I will have to do a separate post about my vanity and its contents in the near future.
  3. The Antique Parlor (Etsy): Unusual Antique 1800's English Emerald SPRING GREEN Glass POISON Bottle & 1890's FERN GREEN Glass POISON Bottle:  I have a fascination with Victorian medicine and drugs.  I've wanted at least one Victorian poison bottle in my collection for a long time.  I just love them!!!  I
  4. Velvet Revolver:  (See #1)
  5. Big Bang Theory:  While my husband and I were in Maui, we brought along one or two of our Big Bang DVD seasons for when we were back in the hotel room.   hadn't watched them in eons and fell in love with them again.
  6. OPTP Slant:  Almost two and a half years ago, I fell in our back yard and somehow managed to sustain multiple fractures in my right ankle and a broken tibia.  I have no idea how something like that happens!!!  This piece of slanted foam helps me to increase the flexibility of my ankle and also helps to stretch the calf muscle and Achilles tendon.
  7. Ballet Beautiful/Ballet Body:  I started doing my ballet DVDs again -- I noticed that Mary Helen Bowers's cardio routines ,with their constant plies, really help my right ankle.  

Ta Ta For Now!

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