Saturday, July 14, 2012

The 4th

This post is a bit late, but oh well. Happy Very Belated Fourth of July! I had a little bit of fun messing with a red lip. It's a little tricky without liner, and it would only stay put long enough for a couple pictures so I wiped it off for the festivities, haha. I need to find a good lip liner though, so I can sport this properly in the future. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bun

This is a twist on the normal bun my hair is thrown up into. I've been trying to wash my hair less lately, to allow some of the natural oils to come back so I've been needing to improvise on how to style it. I'm also messing around with shampoos and such, got rid of all my sulfate ridden ones, (more on that later) but that's another post. For now, a bun!

First I put a little dry shampoo around my hairline, just to get rid of any excess oil. I brush it through and put a little spray into it, not much. Now, my hair turns into a total fro when I brush it out, so I'll spare you that picture, and skip straight to the point.

Once I've brushed it out, I flip my head, and do a french braid on the backside of my head. This just adds a little something to the bun that's cool to see from the back. Then I gather it all up on top of my head and put it into a messy bun. Everyone has their own way of doing this, so mess around with the bun till you like it.

I like to finish with a scarf sometimes. It adds a little something and it also covers a multitude of frizzy sins :P

This is it from the back, you can see the braid!

Then from the front.

Colored Jeggings

Alright, so shoot me, but I've decided I love colored jeggings. It makes sense, I love pops of bright color, and I adore jeggings. So why not?

I just bought these from American Eagle, and as soon as I can afford it, I want more of them in different colors. Can you say LOVE?

OOH and by the way, these pictures, and most of the ones of me on my blog, are being taken by my lovely sister. She has her own photography business, so please do check out her stuff and like her on Facebook! :)

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cookies!

I gave this recipe (http://www.howdoesshe.com/perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies) a try, and the results were pretty good!

I didn't like them as much as my own recipe, but I liked some of the tips they had for making the cookies look better. I'll make some of my own and post the recipe here sometime soon, but for now, here's this one! They're delicious as well! :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Enchanted

This is one of my favorite movies ever. I'm watching it right now.

1) First of all, it's narrated by Julie Andrews. Five million points awarded.

2) “I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss...” Me too Giselle. Preach sister. This song is super cute and beautifully reminicient of early Disney. James Marseden. Good. Grief. I know he's supposed to kind of be a dope in this movie, but I think he's precious. And that voice! A dope he may be, but a dope with a most glorious voice. Even when he talks its musical. “AHHH GISELLE!!! WE SHALL BE MARRIED IN THE MORNING!!” Whoa there Edward...maybe buy me dinner first?

3) Queen Narissa. Girl. Chill the heck out. “So this is the little forest rat that wants to steal my crown!?!” Seriously. It's a little much. You're still fairly young, you have many years to reign yet. They're just getting married, and let's be serious, at this point, neither one of them are the brightest crayon in the box. No one was planning on stealing anything. But I love Susan Sarandon's voice for her character.

4) Aww now she's in New York getting nearly run over by cars and yelled at. Poor thing. Everyone LAY off poor Giselle. She was about to get MARRIED and now she's in hell. Quit yelling at her!!

5) And now, whoa. Shut up everyone, Patrick Dempsey is in the building. Even with these people screaming over their sorry little baseball card problems, he is just dreamy. And “he's wearing a SUIT”! (Read in the voice of Barney Stinson) However, he does lose some points for that lousy gift. Really Patrick? You're dumping news of this magnitude on this precious child, and she gets a book that's way too old for her, INSTEAD of the awesome book she wanted? Come on. The receptionist was right, a Shetland pony was in order.

6) OK now seriously how is Giselle's dress staying this clean? I know it's a movie but...really.

7) CATCH HER PATRICK, CATCH HER. Oh thank God. I'd climb a much higher billboard and jump off it to fall into his arms, just by the way. And don't kid yourself, he wanted her to stay in the first place. He wouldn't have let her come back to the apartment and let the kid get more attached to her if he didn't. He had a cell phone, she could have used it from the cab if that was really all he intended to do. It's a very sweet touch though, in my opinion, that he has Morgan come sleep in his room, just in case, she did wind up being a psycho.

8) And here comes Edward and Pip. Hahahaha Edward in New York is freaking hilarious. “The steel beast is dead peasants, I have set you all free!”

9) Giselle is awake and ready to clean. And...the dress is still perfect. I swear, as much as I love her, we could never be friends. Her constant perfection would drive me batty. Who looks that lovely and fresh in the morning, after the night she had?? Eww cockroaches. Sing Giselle, sing, make it all better! Wait, why does she know the word “crud”? First time a Disney princess has ever used that word, I'd bet money. Or toilet. WHY IS SHE SO GORGEOUS AND CUTE? Hahaha one of the rats is drying a cup with his butt. It still makes me mad the that stupid pigeon eats that cockroach. I hate roaches, but he helped clean ya'll, and what does he get for his trouble? Eaten. So unfair. Now Patrick is stammering and awkward cause she's in his shower. This is also cute.

10) Enter Indina Menzel. I know we're not supposed to like her much, but it's Indina Menzel. And she has a total right to be confused and angry upon finding this perky, perfect girl in her boyfriend's bathroom.

11) Geez Narissa is just awful. With nearly every line she takes away another chunk of Nathaniel's manhood, or lies to him in the most obvious way possible. Come on man. I know love is blind but this is ridiculous.

12) Pip in this world is absolutely hilarious. (And I'm not gonna lie, I can totally do his squeaky voice pretty well.) “Wanna apple? Oh no thank you. It's gooooood!” Come ON Edward. I love ya, you dope, but could you take a break from being a dope for two seconds and help Pip out here?

13) If we girls started treating each other the way Giselle treats total strangers, we could all get along. She just compliments this woman so genuinely and truthfully. It's really sweet. And her reaction to the couple's divorce is really touching, I feel like. It really breaks her heart to think of them seperating, because she understands better than most, how important love is. She knows how important it is to fight for it, and how sad if the battle is lost.

14) I like how they both have something to learn from each other. He needs to loosen up and love on his woman some more, and she needs to slow down just a tad and maybe see a movie with her fiance, before tying the knot. “Five years and you haven't proposed? Well no wonder she's angry...” Hahahaha but seriously.

15) Ya'll. This song. This scene is one of my favorites in any movie, ever. And the lyrics are so great and very truthful! “You've got to show her you need her. Don't treat her like a mind reader. Each day do something to lead her to believe you love her.” PREACH lovely Jamaican man, PREACH. And Patrick, quit being coy. You know you love this. Show us those happy-in-the-air-hands. And Edward, you're too much. “GISELLE!!!!” -stuffs fist in mouth-

16) Of course Nancy loved the flowers you moron. Girls love flowers. Real ones. Not ones sent over the INTERNET. I can't believe that even needs to be said. Come on Patrick.

17) This looks like a lovely non-date. Pizza, Patrick and magic tricks. Sign me up. Aww man, he just looks so sad here. :( Now we understand better why he can be such a buzzkill. Alright, we'll cut you some slack. What heartless, crazy women walks out on Patrick Dempsey and a one year old child???

18) Giselle is now ANGRY. And surprise, surprise, she's still cute. And she's touching Patrick Dempsey's chest hair. Alright then.

19) Now Edward shows up in all his dopey glory. GO AWAY EDWARD can't you see they're having breakfast??? Although, still, that angelic VOICE. There ya go Giselle, make him take you on a real date. Good girl. (I could seriously cry when she walks off with him and leaves Patrick and Morgan standing there, looking all motherless and sad and pathetic-like.)

20) I'm really happy the couple from Patrick's office got back together. Like, really.

21) Well this is an awkward date. They have nothing to say to each other. They're so not on the same page. Hmm. I'm wishing for that non-date back.

22) SHE'S BACK!! It's like when Maria comes back to Von Trap children. And they're going shopping!! This is awesome!! “Is this what it's like? Going shopping with your mother?” AHH. Break my heart why dontcha Morgan?

23) Narissa is here in all her evil, overreacting-to-everything glory. (Where is Nathaniel getting all these clothes and disguises? Seriously.) “Hello worthless.” GOSH she's nasty.

24) And now the ball. OK some of these dance moves are a little stupid, unless of course, the camera is on Patrick. In which case, its debonair and fantastic. He can dance. He dances beautifully. This is such a heartbreakingly lovely scene. I love this song. (Although its an odd choice for a “dance with someone you didn't come with” dance. Just sayin'...) They both look so scared. It reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. AND OHGAWD NOW HE'S SINGING IN HER EAR and the music is swelling and there's confetti and everywhere puppies are being born and, oh there's Nancy. Grrrr.....

25) Gross, Narissa is really disgusting in real life. Don't eat the apple Giselle!! Fail on the true love's kiss there Edward. But never fear, Patrick is here. “I knew it was you.” Awww man.

26) And now Narissa's freaking out again. Good Lord, it doesn't always have to be about you! Put Patrick down!! Stop ruining the ball! Get it Giselle, climbing the tower and taking on the dragon. (Side note, the score for this movie is fantastic.)

27) “Is this a habit of yours? Falling off stuff?” “Only when you're around to catch me.” Excuse me while I die of cute.

28) Aww poor Nancy. Here, have James Marsden. I'd ship that.

29) I LOVE THIS SONG. Carrie Underwood is my hero.

30) And they made a beautiful dress shop, Nathaniel took back his man card, Pip became a celebrity, and they all cavorted around, dancing and generally making merry forever and ever, amen. “I've BEEN DREAMING OF A TRUE LOVE'S KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS” Goodbye Julie Andrews!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Chicken and Dumplings

OK so I've been working on perfecting my chicken and dumpling recipe for a long time. And I think this semester I struck gold. So here it is, enjoy!

-4 ribs of celery (rough chopped) -6 carrots (oblique cut) -1/2 an onion (small diced) -3 TB of butter

Saute all of the above. I like to have the heat down really low, and just let them cook and get good and delicious for a while. Maybe 10-15 minutes. Then, fill up the pot 3/4 of the way with water. Allow it to get hot again and come to a simmer.

-6-8 chicken breasts (rough chopped) -Oregano (to taste) -Rosemary (to taste) -Salt (to taste) -Pepper (to taste)

Add the chicken and seasonings, and let it cook for about 15 minutes. Basically with the seasonings, you should add a small amount of each thing, wait for the chicken to be cooked, then taste it. If it needs more salt or whatever else, add it! But always better to add too little and add more later than to put too much in. While the chicken is cooking, separately mix together your dumplings.

-2 cups of all purpose flour -1 TB baking powder -3/4 tsp salt

Whisk those things together. In a small saucepan, bring

-1 cup of milk -3 TB butter

to a simmer. Stir it constantly!! As soon as it has started to simmer, add immediately into flour mixture. Mix with a spatula till its cooled some, then use your hands to mix well. Once the chicken has cooked, pinch off pieces of the dough and add them into the pot. You can shape them however you want and make them as big or small as you like. Cover again, and cook for another 10 minutes. Then you want to make a roux to give the soup more of a thickness. Here's how you do it. Put

-4 TB butter

in a saucepan and let it melt and get hot. Take it off the heat, and slowly stir in 3/4- 1 cup of flour. Slowly add it into the big pot and make sure it all dissolves and gets cooked in there. This will thicken the soup. Cook for another 10-15 minutes on low heat to make sure the soup doesn't taste like flour. If it does, it needs to cook longer. And I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished product. Yeah, its that good ;) Enjoy!! :)