Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Voldemort Can't Stop The Rock

Black skinny jeans from Target
Black leather boots thrifted from OOTC
Shirt from Harry and the Potters
Flower barrette made by me

Look at all the lovely pepper plants we're growing at my Dad's!
Most of them are variations of Ghost Peppers, plus a few Native Ghosts. 
We also have a bunch of Habaneros and a bunch of Marbles.

I let the boyfriend attack my hair with Pink Manic Panic. I'm liking the way the pink and former green are playing together, so I'm probably going to lighten my roots, dye them turquoise, and add some hot pink and lime green down below. The orange has come as a side effect of the pink and green being there and I LOVE the resulting gradient.

For some reason I got a lot of comments about the two different eyebrow colors. It's just eyeshadow.

So in love with my new shirt. I got this one and a Potter Puppet Pals "Bother Bother Bother" tee at the Troubadour last Monday the 23rd, when Harry and the Potters and Potter Puppet Pals were both playing. I swear I have never rocked so hard in my life, even including that time at Lady Gaga's Monster Ball at Nokia Live, and I rocked pretty hard then. I didn't take any pictures, but I think my two friends that came with me did, so if I get any I'll post them. 
In addition to being awesome as all get-out, this shirt is one of the softest things in existence. It's not quite up there with ultrasuede, but it's close.

Usually foils don't last very long at all under a regular topcoat, so I've been starstruck at how long these nails have lasted. I painted these probably two weeks ago (honestly don't remember), these pictures were taken last Wednesday night, and I'm still wearing the design right now. They've started growing out, but not chipping or flaking. WOW.

I painted on a neon goldenrod yellow polish first, and then covered it with's Rainbow Tie Dye nail art foil and topcoated. Then I added some green multi-sized glitter on the tips, topcoated, added some magenta hex glitter polish all over, and topcoated again. 
To be fair, the crazy number of layers of glitter polish and topcoat (I topcoated double sometimes, and added topcoat on days when it started to look a little dull) might be a serious factor in why this has lasted so long.

I'm loving the nails WITH the hair. SO MUCH.
The End.


Monday, July 30, 2012


Bangles from H&M (Netherlands).

If you're wondering why these pictures look suspiciously as if they were taken in a hotel room, it's because I needed a place to dispose of the body, and California just wouldn't do.

Just kidding. Maybe.

My sister (actually not quite my stepsister, but whatever) recently graduated from boarding school in Arizona, so me and my dad and my stepmom drove out to be at her ceremonies this past Thursday and Friday. Arizona is deathly hot, and I swear that's all I remember, just about.

  • Lipstick is "Vivid Berry" by Clinique
  • Lime Crime Candy Eyeshadow Helper
  • Barry M. Dazzle Dust (loose eyeshadow) in "Pinky Gold" (lid), "Cherry Red" (crease and eyebrow), "Silver Iridescent" (browbone), and "Yellow" (inner corner)
  • Some sort of mascara
  • My favorite glitter ever that I have no clue where it came from and I will probably die when I run out of it

I love fishtail braids, ESPECIALLY with multicolored hair.
I used to love doing them in my natural hair with a rainbow extension (see I Am The Wind).

  • Earring from Primark
  • Necklace from Target
  • Thrifted boots, OOTC
  • Black skinny jeans from Target
  • Gifted blouse, label says "Apostrophe Stretch"
  • Thrifted jacket, OOTC

This jacket is one of my favorite things ever. Black with white embroidery, the embroidery is just a bunch of words listing things that are black and white: newspaper, Pierrot, marble, ink and paper, penguins, salt and pepper, bride and groom, et cetera.

And yes, as you can see in the above photo, I do have a Bette Midler face drawn on my hand. What can I say? They played "The Rose" at my sister's graduation ceremony, and my hand couldn't help but sing along.
I'm such a well-behaved responsible adult, *cough*.

Love ya!
<3 Lovely Wednesday


"To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." ~Thomas Campbell

"He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, 
more potent, nay, more present than the living man." ~Antoine de Sainte-Exupery

I love how green my hair and eyes look in this one. I brightened it in Windows Live Photo Gallery (it's the only program I use for my pictures--unless there's serious editing, like changing the background or something), but didn't alter the color.

"For death is no more but a turning of us over from time to eternity." ~William Penn

"The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity." ~Seneca

"From my rotting body, flowers shall grow 
and I am in them, and that is eternity." ~Edvard Munch

"The rain makes such a lovely sound
to those who're six feet underground."
~Tom Waits

"After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure."
~Albus Dumbledore, J.K. Rowling

I bought these two paintings (and one other, not shown) from a friend's roommate's girlfriend, Veronika. I walked into the friend's house for the first time a few weeks ago and the walls were COVERED in paintings. "Who does all these?" I asked. I was fortunate enough to meet her the next time I was there, and she was willing to sell me a few of her paintings. There are a few more of hers I'd like to purchase, but we'll see what the future holds. :)

Boyfriend (and photographer of the set above) wearing his default expression.

Boyfriend wearing his creeper expression. Also, default.

Boyfriend wearing the douchebaggiest expression known to mankind--the REAL default.

Boyfriend continuing to make faces at the camera all myspace-photo-style 
while I rest my head, genuinely happy, on his shoulder.

Lovely Wednesday

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kansas City

I got to Kansas City on a Frid'y
By Sattidy I larned a thing or two
'Coz up to then I didn't have an idy
Of whut the modren world was comin' to!

I counted twenty gas buggies goin' by theirsel's
Almost ev'ry time I tuk a walk.
'Nen I put my ear to a Bell Telephone 
And a strange womern started in to talk!

Ev'rythin's up to date in Kansas City
They've gone about as fur as they c'n go!
They went and built a skyscraper seven stories high,
About as high as a buildin' orta grow.
Ev'rythin's like a dream in Kansas City,
It's better than a magic lantern show!
Y' c'n turn the radiator on 
Whenever you want some heat.
With ev'ry kind o' comfort 
Ev'ry house is all complete.
You c'n walk to privies in the rain 
And never wet your feet!
They've gone about as fur as they c'n go!

Yes sir!
They've gone about as fur as they c'n go!

Ev'rythin's up to date in Kansas City
They've gone about as fur as they c'n go! 
They got a big theayter they call a burleeque.
Fer fifty cents you c'n see a dandy show.


One of the gals was fat and pink and pretty,
As round above as she was round below.

I could swear that she was padded 
From her shoulder to her heel,

But later in the second act 
When she began to peel
She proved that ev'rythin' she had was absolutely real!
She went about as fur as she could go. 

Yes sir!
She went about as fur as she could go!

  • Vintage hat, skirt, and vest
  • Thrifted one-shoulder tank top shirt
  • Gold-tone bangles, gold-tone rings, and bronze-tone rings (in other words, all the jewelry on my hands) from H&M (Netherlands)
  • I can't tell if I'm wearing earrings, and these pictures were taken a while ago. If I am, they're bronze-tone hoops and I bought them at the Baylor Bookstore
  • The necklace was a gift from my ex-boyfriend*
  • Lipstick "A Different Grape" by Clinique
  • Shoes... from Target?

Gosh, I used to always know where all my clothes came from. I have no idea where these shoes came from.

*I have talked to my ex-boyfriend (if you look through previous posts, he's featured in IBCing You and one about Catalina, and maybe some others, just so you know) about this necklace. There's a very sweet story behind how it came into his possession and why he gave it to me, and I still consider the story and the memory relevant. I offered to return it to him, but he has said that he would rather I keep it and that he gave it to me to wear. These pictures were taken a while ago and I haven't worn it in a few weeks, but there are still days when I feel naked without it. We'll see where this goes. I really don't know.

It's a bit of a long story and frankly probably no one cares what went down between the two of us, but because I'd rather be open and honest rather than look like I'm trying to hide something, and because I'd like to credit the photographer of the pictures above, I'll tell you all just a little bit. Essentially, ex-boyfriend and I were in an open relationship, I fell in love with someone else, and that wasn't okay with ex-boyfriend. We'd agreed upon a physically open relationship, but not polyamory. Over our breakup and my relationship thus far with my current boyfriend (the photographer for today's post), I learned a lot about myself. Here's a short bullet list:

  • I am pansexual. I identified as straight but slightly confused for a long time, and I do have a historical preference for men, but I've found that I am absolutely capable of love in that way for people of all sexual identities. 
  • I am polyamorous. It is part of me, and part of why ex-boyfriend and I had trouble understanding each other's expressions of love--we have different definitions of love. He doesn't believe it's possible for one person to be in love with more than one person at the same time; I know it's possible because I've done it and I'm doing it.
  • I need to be careful not to turn off emotionally to the people who actually care and want to know about my life. Turning off is a good thing to be able to do so that I can concentrate on work and everyday life, but I need to be aware of when I do it around close friends--it's not always a good thing and has almost lost me a very close friend on two occasions.
  • Love is blind--or blinding. I am pretty easily guilt-tripped, and I need to be aware of that.

I'm going to go, not least because I've had Oklahoma's "Kansas City" playing on my Spotify for the last however-many minutes... literally over half-an-hour according to Spotify, and I'm tired of it. For some reason I felt like I needed to play it while I wrote this, so I need to finish this before I turn it off. Anyhow.

Thanks for reading, guys, or for looking at the pictures, or for whatever it is you guys do here. <3 Y'all are great.

<3 Lovely Wednesday

Thursday, July 5, 2012

'40s Pinup for the Fourth

This is something like my fourth attempt at this hairstyle. They've gotten steadily worse, but I have hope. To be fair, these pictures were taken at the end of the evening and it had had plenty of time to disintegrate into less than a perfect roll. 
I love my vintage pocket mirror in the above picture. I'm pretty sure it's sterling, and it's SO convenient. I found it in my mom's things years ago and she had neither an idea where it came from nor a desire to keep it, so... voila!

This is my first attempt at doing even pin-up-ESQUE pictures. I've always wanted to get into pin-up, and the Fourth of July seemed like a good excuse. Which reminds me,
Happy Fourth of July!

As much as I love what America was meant to be, though, I find it hard to enjoy the fact that I am not an English citizen. But, you know, whatever. I can get over it.

Dress bought from the Vintage-mobile on one of its visits to Waco, TX (It actually came to Baylor and parked at Common Grounds, the greatest Coffee-house ever!).
The tights are silk vintage repros worn with a DKNY garter belt.
The shoes are Aris Allen.
I made the silly hairbow.
Lipstick is NYC, I think. No clue what the color is called, but it cost me $0.93 at WalMart, so it's my go-to red right now. Ideally at some point I'll be able to afford another tube of Besame Red, but ninety-three cents is a little more my jam right now.

All the best to you!