Friday, October 29, 2010

e.l.f. again!

E.l.f. has a sale going on for 50% off eye products, so I couldn't resist! Expect another huge haul/review coming up soon! Here's some of what I ordered:


Yep, ALL of these eye colors!! I'm missing one here, actually... I know I ordered 14! Oh well, too lazy to go back and remake the images! ;) These are usually $1, so I got them for 50 cents each! 14 quads = 56 different colors for $7! EPIC WIN! I already had one of these in Pretty in Pink, so after this order there will only be Brownstone, Blue Moon, Hazy Hazel and Day 2 Night left for me to try! (Unless they come out with more!)

I also ordered some of the new sparkly eyeliners and the new creme eyeliners, as well as a few misc goodies. Can't wait to receive everything!

Something interesting, though! I think they may have NOT charged me for shipping! This is what my total looked like on the checkout page:



But after I checked out and got my confirmation, it looked like this:


If I end up getting 36 things for $24, I am going to do the biggest happy dance EVER! (I ordered 34 things, but they always throw in a free gift and another free gift if you submit friends' emails!) I guess there's the possibility that they won't charge me for shipping till it ships? But I'm hoping not! Years of free SuperSaver Shipping from Amazon have spoiled me into finding paying for shipping totally evil!

Hurry up and ship, pleeeeeeeeeeeease!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

HP!

First, I have to tell you guys that I'm totally delighted that my giveaway already has over 20 entries, especially since I think my last one had... oh, let me count.. ONE. I know that there are bloggers who get zillions and kajillions of entries when they do a contest, but 23 is awesome to me. At this rate, I may actually break 20 followers someday.

I haven't been online much this week (um, relatively speaking. ) because I've been rereading the Harry Potter series in anticipation of the 7th movie coming out next month. I've discovered that if I reread the book RIGHT before it comes out, the movie is totally ruined for me as I pick apart little details that are changed or omitted. (But O HAI, Prisoner of Azkaban movie! Forgetting to ever mention WHO the Mauraders ACTUALLY ARE is kind of a HUGE EPIC FAIL.)

I only own the first 3 movies, but I'll probably try to rewatch them all, too. They're just, for the most part, so disappointing compared to the books! I watched the first one two nights ago and almost fell asleep. I feel so bad for the people who have only ever seen the movies and think they know the story.

In my Potter state of mind, I've been poking around on Etsy, and now I want about a million things! Here are some of the HP-related things I've fallen in love with: (My birthday is in December, feel free to hook me up!)




OWL POST - Harry Potter Inspired Vintage Locket Necklace

I like items that aren't blatant "ZOMG I AM A HP NERD!" advertisements, but subtle nods. I love this owl!


Plaid School Girl Mini Skirt

Ok, this isn't TECHNICALLY HP related, but it would make a great Ravenclaw skirt. Yeah, it has green in it, but I like it!


Golden Snitch Necklace


Flying Key Necklace

Love this, too!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Why did the chicken cross the road? So I could give you free stuff!

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED!

We interrupt your usual blog programming for a post that has nothing to do with Fashion Week *OR* U2. I KNOW, right? But it is once again time for me to give away free stuff! Woo-hoo!

Today's lovely giveaway is courtesy of Macaroni Grill and Wanchai Ferry. (I keep having to double check how to spell that, because in my mind it is Wanchai Fairy, a tiny magical Chinese food sprite.)

So, two things you should know before we begin. I really wish it were 3, because I could insert a clip of "Breathe" where Bono sings "Three things I need you to know... THREE!" But it's not. Just two.

1) I never cook. I CAN cook. I'm actually, very secretly, a kind of awesome cook. But I lived alone for a very long time if you don't count cats, and I'm much too lazy in general to put half an hour's worth of work into a meal that it will take me ten minutes to eat. Plus, if everyone believes that you can't cook, they cook FOR you. It's a good system. However, in the name of science and my love for you, dear blog readers, I have COOKED. Don't say I never did anything for you.

2) The lovely things you're about to read about were given to me by Wanchai Ferry (fairy!) and Macaroni Grill, via MyBlogSpark. They also donated the prize that you can win. Ooooh, ahh! I have freedom to say whatever I want about it, though. We could spend this blog talking about the World Cup predicting octopus that died and how sad that is, but instead I think I'll actually tell you about the food, because I kind of had fun making it.

Ok, on with the show!

The only thing I know about Macaroni Grill is that I've been there on a couple of dates and they let you draw on the table cloths, which is awesome. I had never heard of Wanchai Ferry, which isn't surprising since I am not a fan of Chinese food, but since I received this stuff, I've noticed a couple of commercials involving a panda bear on TV, so maybe you are more familiar with it than me?

Anyway, about a week ago these showed up in my mail:



They're non-refrigerated meal-in-a-box type kits, but you do have to buy your own chicken.

Confession: I cheated. I bought pre-cooked chicken. I figured that at least some of my readers have to be as lazy as I am when it comes to cooking, so I might as well experiment and see if I could still make it work the lazy way. (Verdict- yes, it works! Lazy FTW!!)

I made the Macaroni Grill one first, because hello, pasta! Nom! You basically cook up some pasta while simultaneously cooking the chicken with seasoning, and then you add the included sauce. One very important note- We all like to smell the stuff we're cooking, but I DO NOT SUGGEST sniffing the seasoning packet when you open it. I accidentally snorted some, and it was unbelievably unpleasant. Learn from my mistakes!!

The recipe calls for a pound of chicken, but dude, have you seen the way I eat? So I used three ounces instead. Was plenty! The final product turned out pretty okay, but there was not enough sauce-to-pasta ratio for me, so I grabbed some butter and cheese and leftover seasoning (didn't use it all since I only used a fraction of the chicken) and whipped up my own sauce, which I thought was much better.

Tonight I made the Orange Chicken. My mom spent all day at the doctor, and unlike me actually likes Chinese food, so I mostly made it for her. This one was super easy- cook rice in one pot, stir up some chicken and sauce in another- I think it took less than 20 minutes. Despite my dislike of Chinese food, I tried a bite and consider it edible, but my mom said it was pretty good.

I took photos to document the cooking, but my camera seems to have had a seizure, because they are nowhere to be found on my memory card. I can't believe that I actually cooked for once and there is no photographic proof! Sadness!

The package with my meal kits came with a "Visa gift card that you can use to create a magical date night at home." Thanks for assuming I have a significant other to have a date night with! Instead, I used part of it to buy a special treat for my one true love:



Anyway, the reason you're here, it's GIVEAWAY TIME!!

The winner will receive one meal kit from each of the companies above- I can't guarantee you will get the same varieties I did, but my guess is that you probably will. You will also get a $25 Visa gift card to spend however you please! (Hint: buy me stuff!)

They suggested I ask you to leave comments about date nights, but we're doing something different! To enter, leave a comment telling me either a) Why cats are way better than significant others, or b) a dish that you are seriously awesome at cooking. (I make a meeean grilled cheese, myself.)

You do NOT have to be a follower of the blog to enter, but it would delight me if you were.

All entries need to be received by 11:59pm Central time on October 31st! The winner will either be selected by a random number generator or my cat, depending up on my mood that day. This is open to international entries, so enter away, Canadians! I will post the winner on the blog and on FB & Twitter on Nov 1st! They have 48 hours to claim their prize, or I will redraw.

If you don't win, you can still pick up a coupon for $1.50 off two boxes, so you can cook them up, hang out with your cat and pretend you are me. Yeah, don't think I don't know what your Halloween plans are!

Good luck!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The most boo-tiful time of year!

Halloween is coming up in what, like 10 days? And for the first time in ages, I have NO PLANS. Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays, I have to do SOMETHING! I wish I was in Orlando where one of my favorite local bands is playing on the 30th, and you're encouraged to come in costume. Rock + Costumes = WIN! Did I ever post pictures from the show two Halloweens ago? Probably not? I will now!

Black Ship Sky played at Rusty O'Reilly's, and it was awesome.




Lacking actual costume ideas, Katie and I decided to be Hogwarts students. We got cheap white shirts at Old Navy and black schoolgirl-type skirts at some other store in the mall, and we were pretty much set. I felt odd wearing a skirt THAT short, so I added fishnets and declared myself Ginny Weasley in her slutty phase. Most of the band also dressed up, as you can see here.


Julie had THE COOLEST costume inspired by The Raven, with parts of the text written on her shoulders. COSTUME WIN!




Dave was the king of... rock? Sure, let's go with that!



This pic is from the beginning of the night, before I looked drunk. I eventually poked holes in my fishnets so I could switch from high heels to flip-flops. Classy all the way!



See? Flip flops! Andre was our fellow Hogwarts kid!




I don't remember what Ash was called, but it was something involving a lot of spiderwebs!



Oh, and Josh was a horse.


Girls + booze = this. Rachel was Jessica Rabbit.


Eventually everyone started stealing Josh's horse head. It went especially well with Thuan's suit!



And then there was rock.

How are you spending your Halloween this year?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Abbey Lee Kershaw

Abbey is one of my favorite current models, almost up there with Lara Stone.





Fendi


Chanel


Chanel again


Ralph Lauren




Chanel



Stella McCartney- I love that she can pull off an almost bare face.



Alexander McQueen

More Spring 2011 Runway

More Spring 2011 RTW loves! I can't believe I still haven't looked through all the shows!



Super-cute look from Thakoon





Wunderkind- Cute, but the collection as a whole is pretty one-note.



Love this YSL dress.



LOVE the idea of this pocket, HATE the placement- it looks like she's reaching for her crotch. (Also YSL)


I was totally into the Louis Vuitton collection!








Thank you for being NOT BORING, LV! You were a breath of fresh air in a sea of camel and white!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kinda McQueeny

So, there is a new Alexander McQueen collection... the designs are now in the hands of Sarah Burton since McQueen is no longer with us, and I was interested to see what came out. Some of it was kind of meh, but there were a few really McQueen-ish pieces in there:








Some pieces were obviously inspired by the last collection, some felt like Spring 2010, some reminded me of the collection with the butterflies that I don't remember the year of. So my only real complaint was that it was not a cohesive collection that told a story, more like 3 or 4 different collections.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Alice Gibb

Alice Gibb is one of my favorite models- I love her ability to transform. And sometimes she reminds me a bit of Shirley Manson from Garbage.



















(All images from style.com)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

30 Days of U2

You've probably seen that "30 days of Truth" meme that everyone is doing. I thought about doing it, but most of the days were kind of "meh". However, I then found "30 days of U2" which is WAY more my style. I'll save those of you who could care less from about 27 days of it by just doing 3 posts, 10 days worth per post! And I will have entirely too much fun doing so.

Most of it has to do with favorite pictures (especially the first half), so I had to organize my U2 picture folder before I could even start, because it was getting crazy in there. The folder is actually titled Edge, but has subfolders for Bono & Ali, Band, BEdge (Bono & Edge) and wallpapers. I probably need to start a subfolder for The Claw, because I've got a lot of those pics now.

Shut up, I do not have issues.

Anyway.

1. A favorite band picture

Awesomely, this is the first one that came to mind:




2. A favorite Bono picture

I almost went with this:




But really, Bono is never better than when he's with Ali:





3. A favorite Edge picture

Holy cow, you expect me to choose ONE??

I'll go with this:



Because it inspired someone to paint this, which I love:



Bonus pic:



HappyEdge is happy.


4. A favorite Larry picture

I have a grand total of 3 Larry pics. So instead, I am posting this, because it makes me laugh every. single. time.




5. A favorite Adam picture

I probably have fewer Adam pics than Larry pics, but I do have this:



He made some of the ladies very happy when he came back out for the encore shirtless after a super-rainy show!


6. A favorite Baby U2 picture



No comments necessary, really. You work that pose, baby Bono!


7. A favorite Joshua Tree era picture



I think this is slightly post-JT, but oh well, it is adorable.

8. A favorite ZooTV era picture

Mmmm, Zoo TV!!! One of my favorite eras. I was trying to pick between posting a pic of supercute Zoo Edge and paying tribute to my MacPhisto crush, but then I found this, which covers both:




9. A favorite PopMart era picture

I have two:




The first one because HELLO, HOT, and the 2nd because it's such a great representation of what PopMart was all about.


10. A favorite Elevation era picture

I have so many Elevation pics it is impossible to choose, so I pick this: