hair pins

posted by on 08.04.2012, under Random
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I get bored very often and usually end up taking it out on my hair. Whatever length or color, this is the look I’m typically drawn to.

It’s the “I-just-got-out-of-bed-looking-effortlessly-perfect” look. It’s kind of beachy, but not. Whatever it is, I don’t have it.  My hair is quite straight and boring on it’s own. I need some waves, some texture. Some pizazz.

Enter Davines.  They’ve created this No.14 Sea Salt Primer For Wizards and Texturizer Styling Spray and some days I think they made them just for me.  I spray a small amount of the Texturizer into my hair while it’s damp, twirling the hair around my fingers in small sections as I’m drying it. When it’s almost completely dry, I spray the Sea Salt on to my ends and play with the hair to give it a messy wave. This might sound like a lot of work, but it’s kind of fun. Feels like sculpting.

I’m really liking that first image of Daria Pleggenkuhle. It’s short though, like, REALLY short. Hrmmm.

Images via my pinterest boards.

Noelle

Avocado Anything

posted by on 04.03.2012, under Random, You're Welcome., Yum Yum
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I recently saw this post on The Kitchn called 10 ways to eat an avocado for breakfast.

Obviously, it got me thinking.

I made a variation of the Avocado Toast, doing my best to capture the yumminess of the moment with my iPhone.

Avocado Toast

1 – 2 slices of multi-grain bread (toasted or not)
1/4 avocado
1/2 cucumber cut into rounds (with or without skin)
handful cherry tomatoes cut into small rounds and sautéed in 1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp light cream cheese for toast (optional)
drizzle with olive oil
a pinch kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

I added scrambled eggs for some extra protein.

Scrambled Eggs

2 eggs scrambled
sprinkle with dill (optional)
a pinch kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

I topped it off with a coffee and a fancy champagne flute of orange juice.  It was a nice way to start the day.

Noelle

 

Sneaky + Cute Camera Bags

posted by on 10.11.2011, under Random
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Joy came to visit me this past week and all I have of our night out in Nashville are a couple of grainy iPhone pics.  Why?  Because I didn’t feel like lugging around my SLR and I blame my ugly Nikon camera bag.

It looks something like this:

It’s protective, functional, and fits all my camera toys … but it’s just not cute.  I like cute things.

My eye has wandered a bit and I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 3:

Epiphanie: The Lyric Bag

Size: 13 x 4 x 15 // Price: $154.99 // Material: Leather

These are stylish bags that are meant just for ladies, “liberating us from the man-bag.”

Kelly Moore : B-Hobo Bag

Size: 15 x 4 x 10.5 // Price: $169 // Material: Water Resistant Man Made Material.

This one is girlie but she also carries bags for the boys.

 

 

Ona Bags: The Brooklyn Satchel

Size: 13.5 x 4 x 10 // Price: $309 // Material: 100% Vegetable-Tanned-Leather.

Inspired by the 1940s classic schoolbag.  Yeaaaaaaah.

They all have adjustable, removable interior pads to fit lenses, phone, wallet and other accessories.

At one point, each of these designers had wrapped their expensive cameras in scarves and T-shirts, throwing them in purses or messenger bags so as not to look like a tourist.  I’ve done that!  These were all born out of the desire to carry around your precious equipment in something that doesn’t scream, “Hi I’m a camera bag!”

So yeah, they are all great.  Which one to choose?

I think #3 is the winner.

Noelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First rule of shake weight …

posted by on 05.15.2011, under Random
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… six inches from the face!

Hilarious live KTLA telecast.  Mark at KTLA has a small white one and would like to know if that makes a difference.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdM-ojJo8T4&feature=player_embedded

How about a quick work out?  Come on.

Noelle

Cassius – I Love U So

posted by on 02.23.2011, under Music, Music Videos, Random
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Thanks, Peter Ahern, for bringing this video to my attention.

It’s fun!  Videos that play with variety vs. constants get me every time, it JUST works. Also cool use of the iPhone in a music video. Reminds me of that band that plays with the iPhone on the subway, Atomic Tom.

I downloaded the free app for some giggles on this uneventful Wednesday afternoon. Maybe I’ll have to submit my own video to the daily motion now?

Noelle

JWOWW wrote a dating book!

posted by on 02.12.2011, under Random
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Okay, glad we got that out of the way.

Ladies, if you need help dating, here are 5 things you could read instead:

1.  The back of a cereal box

2.  Julie Kausner’s I don’t Care About Your Band: What I’ve Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux Sensitive Hipsters and Other Guys I’ve Dated

3.  The TV Guide

4.  Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands

5.  The dictionary

Noelle

A Kissing Checklist

posted by on 02.12.2011, under Holiday wishes, Love, Random
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Thank you, woolgathering and miscellany, for posting this Kissing Checklist.

Perhaps something to remember when you are fighting on Valentine’s Day because he never gets you flowers.  Or chocolate.  Or something.

From a series of three lovely prints from Rachel E Foster at Keep Calm Gallery.

Noelle

weekend

posted by on 02.12.2011, under Random
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after a stressful move from the UK back to the states, this uneventful weekend at home is where it’s fucking at.

{image via BRIGHT label Bohemia}

noelle

Google Wizards.

posted by on 02.08.2011, under Animation, Random
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20,000 leagues under the sea

I’m always amused by the clever doodles Google comes up with — changing their logo and brand to celebrate events, holidays and famous artists. But today’s doodle is extra magical. To celebrate what would be Jules Verne’s 183rd birthday, Google tries to capture the spark and sense of exploration found in his popular novel, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. The Google logo acts as the window of the submarine from the story. The user can interact by “pulling” the lever (or dragging their mouse overtop) to navigate the sub down to the bottom of the sea. In essence, there is a little underwater adventure on my computer!

There’s a decent amount of detail down there too, from the little divers, treasures and fishies to the creepy sea creatures lurking below. It’s quite fun to play around for a bit.

Happy birthday, Jules.

~Joy

Working From Home

posted by on 01.03.2011, under Random, Top 5
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It’s swell to work from home every day, but rough to live and work in the same place. True, I’d love to have the means to rent a studio space. Somewhere to set up shop that is nowhere near where I sleep.  But my commute is from my bed to my desk. Sometimes it make me feel like a hermit crab.  So here are some…

Top 5 strategies for survival:

1- Get dressed.

fotografia, ludzie,

{via PLFOTO}

Maybe don’t stay in your pjs all day.  It helps to make me feel like a part of society.  I wear comfy clothes at the very least, but occasionally get inappropriate and wear digs that I could never get away with wearing to the office. WHY? Because I have nothing better to do and no boss getting mad if my bra is showing.

2 – Decorate.

chalkboard paint

{via DESIGN*SPONGE}

I’m a weak little flower who needs sunlight to grow.  I just moved my desk by a window – done.  Otherwise if you’re facing a wall, paint it a less than boring color.  Caddy-corner your desk.  Decorating can be cheap.  I have the urge to draw big notes on my walls. In chalk!

3- Have a routine.

routine

{via HYPERBOLE AND A HALF}

Great advice! This strategy keeps me sane.  Go to the gym, grab a cup of coffee and get to your desk by 10am. Work for 8 hours and then you’re off the clock.  Well I rarely make it to the gym, I’m not super girl. Which brings me to #4…

4- Take breaks!

give me a break

{via ESB}

Exclamation point.  Under tight deadlines, I go 2-3 days without stepping foot out of my apt. SO sad.  At least take a walk around the block. Anything to get away from the desk.

And the top 5 ultimate strategy for surviving freelance is…

5- Be selfish  >:)

routine

{via FFFOUND}

Don’t confuse with 4.  4 is a given, you need a break every day, even twice a day.  But 5 is indulgence.  Noooo workaholics. Even watching an hour of tv or catching a yoga class can be good for the mind and the achey back.

Makes you want to quit your day job and join the freelance cult, yeah?

~Joy

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