DIY: smooth lips

September 24, 2012 § 3 Comments

This is my favorite little trick and I thought I’d share it since I’ve been using this a lot lately: a homemade sugar scrub.

It’s truly the easiest thing.

There isn’t even a list of steps, all you have to do is mix honey and sugar, then rub it around on your face! (I used to use brown sugar, but we ran out so I’ve just been using plain old granulated sugar and I can’t tell a difference.)

It’s especially nice as a lip scrub and if you accidentally get a little in your mouth, it tastes yum. Lately my lips have been insanely dry to the point of peeling and this gets off all that dead, dry skin.

And in the winter, if your skin tends to get drier with the weather change, it’s amazing on your face a couple times a week.

Let me know if you try it!



the key

September 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

I’m going to Key West!

It was a last minute decision. I’ll be joining my family for my cousin’s wedding.

Of course I’m really looking forward to spending time with the fam and celebrating, but I am dreaming about all of the fun things I’ll get to do in Key West.

Unfortunately I’ll only be there for a few days, but that’s just enough time to see the beautiful beaches and snorkel. I want to swim around the island and see all of the little critters living in the coral reefs.

I’ve never been to Florida at all, so it will be a totally new experience. I’ve also been doing a little research on Key West in preparation.

Did you know it’s the southernmost city in America?

And I also read on Wikipedia that just off the island is Fort Jefferson where you can snorkel, but it also served as a prison after the Civil War and the doctor who set John Wilkes Booth’s leg was imprisoned there! A little further down the article, it also says Ernest Hemingway lived there in the showroom of a Ford dealership, where he supposedly wrote A Farewell to Arms – there’s a zillion cats that live there now.

Aah, it’s just a couple weeks away, but I can’t wait!

Have you been there? Any suggestions for activities?

(photos of Fort Jefferson and scuba person via the National Park Service)

weird beard

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

What is this?

I thought this was funny and insanely silly, but have no clue what it is.

Are “The Beards” a band?! I don’t know, but facial hair always amuses me, I hope this amuses you too!

(found via BuzzFeed)

in film

September 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here they are, my first photos with the new camera.

I have to say the first two rolls of film were mostly a wash. Nothing spectacular. Although, I was happy to see I didn’t have too many problems with light leaking.

These photos aren’t great, but the best of the bunch. They were taken around my neighborhood and in Pittsburgh’s South Side.

Finding a place to get film developed is not always easy these days, but we were able to get ours developed in an hour (ish) at Costco — and for only about $4 and some change each! Not too bad.

Hopefully now that I know what to expect, the next round will have some better results!

show me the light

September 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

For most who know me, it’s common knowledge that I’m obsessed with podcasts.

I listen to everything: WTF with Marc Maron, This American Life, RadioLab, Dinner Party Download, The Breaking Bad podcast (I listen after each episode) and one of my faves, Stuff You Should Know.

SYSK is great because it literally just explains stuff, sometimes awesome, sometimes mundane, but you always learn something new.

Recently they did an episode about lightning and I was super psyched. Ever since I moved to the East Coast, I’ve been completely fascinated by lightning. I feel like I have to explain it to my friends in California, because it basically doesn’t exist out there. Out here in Pennsylvania, it’s so intensely loud and scary and exciting. Many times I’ve been awoken out of a dead sleep from the intense light and boom.

Well, I found the podcast so interesting, I thought I would share some cool tidbits I learned:

  • Lightning is only about 1 inch thick
  • If you’re a dude reading this, I apologize, but you’re four times more likely to get hit by a lightning bolt
  • July is the most common month to get struck by lightning
  • Because light travels so much faster than sound, the number of seconds between the flash and the boom divided by five is the number of miles away it is
  • The heat generated from lightning is six times hotter than the sun (what?!)

(Cool rain photo via 20×200)

cheap thrill

September 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’m really excited about this recent find!

As I’ve mentioned, I’m a little less than rich, which has turned me into the world’s best bargain shopper and thrift store scout.

The thrift store by my house is ridiculous and I probably stop by about once a week to make sure I haven’t missed anything.

And apparently I’m not the only one. When I was there this weekend, I was chatting with one of the employees who told me a woman recently bought a pair of jeans found $50 in the pocket. Naturally, my next thought was: I’m going to shove my hand in all of the jeans’ pockets before I leave! But the gal at the store informed me that there’s already a local crazy woman who does that every week (blerg!).

So, my get-rich-quick-at-the-goodwill scheme is off the table, but I did find this fun camera.

It’s not any brand I’ve heard of, but after some quick googling, I’ve determined that it’s worthless and a cheap camera made in China.

However, that won’t curb my excitement. All I care about is that is only cost $6, came with a detachable flash and takes film pictures — in particular 35mm film, which is what I wanted since my Holga only takes medium format.

I’ve been snapping away and tomorrow my nephew and I have a photography date around the city (he got a sweet film SLR).

What do you think? Should we become Pittsburgh’s next (first?) street style photographers?

P.S. I found these photos on flikr that were apparently taken with this same camera.

i’m telling you, i’m telling you

September 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

Did you guys see this?

I’m obsessed with this song, so I don’t know how I missed the music video until now.

Doesn’t it make you want cable knit walls and friends dressed in furry costumes?

Her performance at the VMAs last night got a lot of good reviews from what I read. Unfortunately I forgot about the VMAs, but did watch T Swizzle’s performance here, which was so cute and entertaining.

Here comes my Taylor Swift obsession … she’s just so adorable and talented and I think she is such a good role model for girls, especially compared to other young, female celebs.

go blue!

September 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

I have been feeling blue lately.

I’m not usually drawn to blue clothing or accessories, but as usual, the world’s marketing has worn me down. If you have been alive for the past six months, you’ll know that blue has been all over the place and it’s not stopping or apologizing.

So, to feed the color blue’s marketing machine, here are some blue beauties I can’t stop lusting over, especially the bag, oh the bag!

(Technically the shoes are eggplant, but who cares?!)

(photos via 1. 2. 3. 4.)

shop shock

September 5, 2012 § 3 Comments

Over Labor Day weekend, we went to Columbus to celebrate my brother’s 40th birthday with a surprise party.

I had so much fun and, as usual, it was a weekend filled with my little nephews (I see the big ones all the time since they live about two miles from me), WWE and overindulgence! I even did the draft board for my bro and sis’ NFL fantasy league, I was shocked by how much fun I had!

At one point, my sister-in-law, who is a preschool teacher, asked if I wanted to participate in her school’s craft fair at the end of October. I’ve been thinking about it and I’m going to do it.

I already spend a lot of time making jewelry and crafts for fun (see picture above – that’s only a fraction of what I’ve made, these are just some of my faves), so why not make some dinero off of it?!

We’ll see, if it does well then maybe I’ll seriously consider opening that Etsy shop I’m always thinking about in the back of my mind.

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