31 July 2012

christmas in july

Sweater: H&M / Leggings: Windsor / Bag: UO / Boots: Steve Madden

This morning was overcast and a little on the cooler side, so I thought to myself, "Self, why don't you put on your Christmas sweater?"
So I did.

And then I gave myself a pat on the back, because let me tell you, this sweater is the epitome of comfort.  So cozy.  And sweaters like that should never be out of season.  Period.  The end.

I have since changed into shorts, as the sun decided to make an appearance after all.  But my Christmas sweater sits on my shelf, ready to hop back onto my upper body as soon as the temp takes a dip.

27 July 2012

it's in the bag

A little while ago, I did a post about what's in my closet.  Now, I've decided I might as well share the things I always have in my bag - my essentials to everyday nomadic living.  And I personally love to look at posts like this, so making it was quite fun!

{Not pictured, for obvious reasons, is my camera - a Nikon D5000}
  1. Prescription glasses {Stuff by Hilary Duff, from Walmart} and case.
  2. Prescription sunglasses {Ralph by Ralph Lauren} and case {not pictured}.
  3. Wallet, with ID, cards, cash, etc...
  4. iPhone 4S
  5. Trident White
  6. Zyrtec, for those pesky allergies.
  7. Lululemon gift card zippered pouch filled with hairbands and bobby pins. Let me tell you, this is the best idea I may have ever had.
  8. CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion in Very Black {from the drugstore}
  9. Clinique Undereye concealer in Fair
  10. L'Oreal Define-A-Line eyeliner in Brownish Black {drugstore}
  11. Cherry ChapStick - this is one of those things that must always be with me, no matter what.
  12. MAC Russian Red lipstick
  13. Maybelline lipstick #140 - Fuschia Fever
  14. NARS Heat Wave lipstick
  15. Keys for car and house.
Do you guys have posts like this?
If so, link 'em up so I can see!
Or leave a comment and tell me your necessities.  :)

25 July 2012

if you want to know me

While scrolling through my daily reads on Bloglovin', I saw a post from one of my favorite blogs, From Portland to Peonies, called "If you really knew me..." and it made me think of all those things that go around on Facebook and stuff where people answer the random questions about themselves.  Normally, I'm not a fan of those, not because they aren't interesting per se, but because I think that Facebook is kind of one of those places where it's mostly people you're already friends with who see it.  But in the case of a blog, I think that doing posts kind of like this is great, because the audience is mostly strangers who, for one reason or another, have taken an interest in you.  And for those who stick with you, and keep reading what you have to say, it's kind of a nice return to appeal to them in a way that's a little more human, if you know what I mean.  Show that you're a real person, not just a face and typed out words, but someone who, hopefully, your readers can relate to.

Sooooo, here I am doing one of these posts, except I've decided to go with "If you want to know me", because really, that's up to you, and I don't expect anyone except maybe my family and close friends to already know all this stuff.

If you want to know me...

...you should know that I have an addictive personality.  I was addicted to Coca-Cola as a kid, and have since replaced it with coffee.  It's one reason why I refuse to smoke, try any sort of drug, etc... besides the fact that they just don't interest me.
...you should know that I don't want children.  I've never really liked them all that much, and I'll be honest and say that I'm way too selfish to ever have a child of my own.  I want to accomplish so much career-wise, and I want to travel the world over, so I don't think a kid would fit into the life I want for myself.
...you should know I've only ever wanted to do something equestrian- or theatre-related.  My very first aspiration was to be a jockey for racehorses.  When I literally outgrew that option, I wanted to compete in 3-day eventing.  Then, I fell in love with acting and for the longest time aspired to be an actress, move to LA, and try my luck there.  It was only a couple years ago that I found stage management, and realized that not only was it a passion of mine, but that I excelled at it more than I had in any other career option I'd dreamed of.
...you should know I used to be overweight for a great amount of my childhood, and only really lost that weight in my senior year of high school, when I got truly and heavily involved in theatre.  I was too busy to overeat and be lazy.  To this day, staying busy is my greatest weapon in staying in shape and eating right.  On a related note...
...you should know that I'm happiest when I have a booked and busy schedule.  I would much rather have so many things on my plate that I can only just juggle it all, than copious amounts of free time.
...you should know my worst habits are products of boredom.
...you should know that I have very OCD-like tendencies, if not a mild-ish form of OCD itself.  For example, the volume number on my car radio or the TV has to be a multiple of five.  And if something can't be symmetrical, it has to at least feel balanced.  I once asked my sister to sit in a different chair in the living room because there was too much on the one side with her in the chair she was in, and when she refused because I was being "unreasonable", I had to get up and leave, because it bothered me so much.
...you should know that I greatly dislike feet.  Particularly bare feet.  I don't know why, but it grosses me out.
...you should know that I'm not a feminist, per se, but I don't like people assuming that I can't lift something or do whatever because I'm a girl.  I will go to certain lengths to prove I can do most things it is assumed a guy has to do.  For example, I can handle power tools, and in fact I really like power tools.   I'm also deceptively strong.  Sometimes it might seem annoying, the fact that I have to prove this, but I don't like people to assume I can't do something.
...you should know that I'm a romantic at heart.  I've been very independent, strong, and secure with myself all my life, and it's hard to let someone else take care of me because I'm so used to taking care of myself, and I don't want it to seem like I can't.  But no matter how hard it is to let go of this contradiction, I still want to be taken care of sometimes.
... you should know that when I was little, I would always ask for a sample of ice cream just for the sole purpose of getting the little sample spoon {because just asking for the little spoon was out of the question, obviously}, and eat my ice cream with it instead of the big spoon.  In fact, you should know that I still do this.  Because little spoons are the best spoons.  Don't ask me why you should know this - you just should.
Semi-deep stuff here, guys.
I feel like I've written a book.

What should I know about you?

24 July 2012

playing favorites

Cardigan: Nordstrom B.P. / Tank: J.Crew / Jeans: Delias / Flats: Nordstrom / Necklace: Etsy

I'm obsessed with this new necklace I got from Etsy.  I've literally been wearing it with everything.  All my other necklaces are crying in the corner because they feel so abandoned.  Or at least, I'm sure they would be if they could.

The same could be said for this tank that I got on sale for $5.  At J.Crew!  An additional thirty percent off the already marked down price plus my %15 student discount {did you know J.Crew does that??} is all I'm sayin'.

I'm horrible at rotating clothes and such.  When I get a new item, I wear it as much as is socially and hygienically acceptable {sometimes more...} with pretty much anything and everything I could pair it with.  This is especially true when things are uber-comfy, like this tank, and my Christmas sweater, which you will see a lot of this winter, I am sure.

22 July 2012

week in color

  1. Painted piano {source} - such a cool idea!
  2. Another painted piano {source}
  3. Neon antler elk head {source} that I wish I could afford!!
  4. DIY ombre ballet flats {source} - fun way to add some pizazz that I might just have to try out...
  5. Color buttoned armchair {source} - I'm liking this blue one, but there are tons of other cool colors, too!
  6. Temporary pink hair tint {source} - if I had blonde hair, I might try this.  Looks pretty cool and great for summer.
  7. Blue trees in downtown Seattle - who knew?

my sister is a rockstar

Yesterday morning my sister sang the National Anthem for the Annual Air Show at the airport in Friday Harbor - and rocked it!  She was told there would be anywhere from five hundred to two thousand people there, and still got up there to show her stuff.  Let me tell you, I can barely sing along to a song if there's anyone else in the car with me, so I am thoroughly impressed by her.  If I'm gonna be working as a stage manager on Broadway someday, I'm sure she'll be on one of those stages belting it out.
I snuck a video in, so everyone else can listen, too.

20 July 2012


We're going back up to the islands to see my sister sing the National Anthem at the annual air show in Friday Harbor - for several hundred people!  She's a fantastic singer and I'm so proud of her right now, I can't even tell you.  I fully intend to video it and if I get her okay, I'll be posting it here next week.

See ya'll Sunday.

15 July 2012

i'm going to

to job shadow the stage manager of Les Miserables at the

in August!!

I'll be driving down from Seattle with my sister, visiting and staying with my cousin and her husband outside of San Francisco, and going to the Orpheum downtown to ghost the stage manager for one of the Les Mis performances while they're in town!

I'm sooooo excited!!

14 July 2012

friday at the street fair

The West Seattle Street Fair is going on this weekend, where local artists and shop owners can come display and sell their works and products.  There's live music, food off the grill and from restaurants/bars lining the street, big blow up carnival bouncy things and slides for kids, face painting, spray on tattoos, etc...  Not to mention lots of really cool stuff you can buy {like that clock there - how awesome is that?!}.  I also am a huge fan of the jewelry.  So many beautiful handcrafted, one of a kind pieces for pretty decent prices.  It's like Etsy came to life in front of me!

Since I work most of the weekend, my friend and I went yesterday, wandering around, soaking up the sun, and getting ice cream {if you're in West Seattle, go to Husky Deli and get ice cream - they make it themselves every day and have more unique flavors than ice cream chains, and just as many/more options}.  I got the nutella ice cream, which is as bomb as it sounds, believe me.

13 July 2012

i'm curious...

How many people actually prefer Disqus to the Blogger commenting system?

Why? Or why not?

{I'm aware this is formatted like an essay question, which automatically turns me away from it, except I don't really know how else to word it, so....}

     I love the ability to have comment threads within the comments and easily reply to each individual comment, which is something I would try to do, except that the Blogger commenting tool doesn't allow threads.  And without the threads, I think replies are a) really hard to find, b) rarely even noticed, and c) ignored.  It becomes a mess of a conversation, if you could even call it that.
     The thing that keeps me from switching right over is that I know a lot of people don't necessarily like Disqus, from a commentator's side of things.  As the blog operator, it's great - I see that.  But as a commentator, I think it's hit or miss.  And the thing is, I really love comments.  They're the wet food to my kibbles, the peanut butter to my jelly, the green eggs to my ham... you get the picture.  A picture I now see is all about food, but I digress.
     I want your guys's opinions on this.  I don't want to take away from comments, but rather add to them and organize them so they're more personal.  Is Disqus the way to go?

And know that no matter what happens, I will never have that "prove you're not a robot" nonsense going on, because I hate it.

sunny with a side of crazy

So today my friend and I went shopping in downtown Seattle and to a happy hour at a dee-licious sushi place.  The sun was out, the temperature was high, and shopping was successful with some crazy mixed in for good measure.

We're in Nordstrom Rack, talking about something random like vitamins {super interesting right?} and this lady who's dressed like Michael Jackson without the glove in a white shirt, black suit jacket and pants, and black fedora comes up and just joins in like "yeah and they say that it's the verbal abuse that leads to physical abuse, and he told me I should just..." on and on about verbal abuse.  I tell you, I didn't even realize what she was talking about at first - I thought she was talking about vitamins like we were, and realized after a moment that she said verbal abuse.  It was madness.  Madness, I tell you.  And to top it off, after we were like oh yeah and wormed our way out of that situation, we looked at each other like "did that just happen?" and looked back and she was gone.  I kid you not, in the 10 seconds tops that it took us to exchange looks, she had disappeared.  Nowhere to be found.

We seriously thought we had both just shared the same delusion.
An apparition or something.

It was weird.

P.S.  How cool are these blue trees??  There's a whole bunch downtown at Westlake Plaza.
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