Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve and a Selfie Stick!

It's Christmas Eve, and I have the day off! Actually, I am in the middle of a Christmas miracle because somehow, I wound up with a four-day weekend. I will gladly take this gift of leisure time and use it in the best way possible: lounging around in a bar!

My boyfriend wasn't so lucky today, and had to work a half day. He happens to work in the bar of the restaurant where I used to work, which is pretty freaking fancy. I decided that his 6-year-old twin daughters and I needed to come invade his space for a moment to have Italian sodas, a nice lunch, and some fun with a selfie stick.

Clover, as captured by Piper.

Piper, as captured by Clover.
I had the phone set to selfie mode, but Clover and Piper preferred to have the camera facing out, so they could take pictures of the people around them instead of themselves. This thing is amazing; I can share my camera phone with small children without worrying about them dropping it or accidentally erasing all my contacts! It kept them happily occupied for a long time, which is a big deal when dealing with six-year-olds. I never thought I'd say this, but I love the selfie stick, and I'm so glad Joe bought one for me. That man knows gifts!

As for the rest of this non-holiday holiday, I plan to do some more lounging, this time in front of some classic Christmas movies with some Christmas cookies and some totally secular hot chocolate. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, whether you celebrate this one or not. I hope all of you with kids don't get woken up at 5am, and that your holiday dinner discussions don't get too controversial. And most of all, I hope that if you have one of those Elves, that you pack it away with as much joy as I do. :)

For the curious: My massive, soft, cashmere cardigan is Michael Kors, bought for a song from my favorite Instagram shop, @senias_shop. I will be wearing it a lot because it's like a robe you can wear as clothes! So, so comfy. My boots are Dirty Laundry from Mod Cloth, and I'm not sure how I've made it this long without a pair of casual boots. I usually wear my sneakers in the snow, which isn't a great idea, but more feasible to me than wearing my practical but ugly snow boots. These are perfect, as they handle the snow and ice beautifully, and the faux fur lining makes them extra soft and warm. I also love that I can fold them down, or wear them taller as needed. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Bunny Tights!

I love dresses and skirts, and though I do wear them plenty during the warmer months, I find that I gravitate toward them more often when it's freaking freezing out. Who knows why I do this? Maybe it's my own version of being perpetually late to the party. Maybe I'm a badass rebel. Maybe I'm just not very practical. Whatever the reason, it doesn't matter because I know how to do it right: with tights and layers!

I don't know what I wore before I bought this dress, but it was probably lame, whatever it was. I've been trying different ways of making this dress seem more fresh. This time, I went with the long sleeve tee layered underneath, and the most adorable tights in the whole entire world. Do you see that? Business in the front, bunnies in the back! I almost died when I found these tights, and I might still go back and buy myself a few extra pairs just to have when I inevitably wear these to pieces. Because believe me, I will wear these to shreds. Check out the details:


Another reason I wear dresses during winter: I don't spent much time outside, anyway. I lasted for about a minute in the icy wind before packing up my camera and running back inside. I know the lighting is better outside, but I often ask myself, is it really worth it? 

In other news, I still adore my vintage gold belt and will never, ever stop wearing it with this dress. I feel like they were made to be together! As for shoes, I usually wear a ballet flat with pretty much everything, but I've been wanting something more like an oxford, and decided to start simple with some slip-ons with a moderate heel and dangerously slippery soles. It's okay if a shoe is dangerous as long as it's cute, right?

But seriously, you guys. These tights. For real.

For the curious: My old faithful black fit and flare dress is and always will be Jennifer Lopez for Kohls. I got my floral sleeved top from Blooming Lily Boutique, and the bodice is striped like the cuffs on the sleeve. My amazing tights are from Tabbisocks, who will definitely be getting more of my money in the very near future. My shoes are second hand, bought from an Instagram shop many moons ago. I can't remember which shop for the life of me, but I can tell you they are from Easy Spirit, and they are incredibly comfortable. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Changes and Stuff!

Where am I? What year is it? What is this keyboard-y, screen-y thingy? Whoa. I feel like I’ve been in a time warp. I was just living my life, minding my own business, then suddenly, it was months later and I was still just living my life, minding my own business. Some things have changed, though. In the many months since my last blog post, I have had some major moments, and some not as exciting, but still awesome moments. For one, my hair has finally gotten past the awkward stages of growing out a pixie! I know this might seem like a stupid thing to even bring up, but if you’ve ever grown out a pixie, you know what hell I’ve been through the last ten months. To finally have a short bob is no small thing, I assure you.

Day one of the great grow-out.
Ten months later, an official bob!

As for the bigger things, in September I joined the cast of a local production of the musical Into the Woods as the triple role of Cinderella’s Mother, Little Red’s Granny, and the Giant. The show ran for the two weekends before Thanksgiving, and though it stole every solitary free minute I had for three months, it was such a great experience!  The show was incredible and time-consuming and difficult and lovely and one of the best things I have ever done. I almost cried on the last day, and I still miss the cast and crew like crazy. The best part about this show was my costume: though I played three parts, the only time I was on stage was as Granny, so I got to wear pajamas and bunny slippers and old age makeup. Another big bonus: My mom just happened to be in town during the show, so she got to see me perform, and I got to see her for the first time in over seven years!

I have always loved makeup, but this old age look forced me into completely new territory, which was a welcome challenge. Do you know how much time it takes to look four decades older? A lot! It also takes a lot of makeup: I hit pan in my Kat Von D Shade and Light palette after eight performances. I am now an expert at making myself look like a granny, and I’m ready to delve into other kinds of stage makeup, so don’t be surprised if you see some real weird looks on the blog in the near future.

While I was in the middle of rehearsals for Into the Woods, I had another unexpected change. I got a new job! In October, I accepted a position as an optician at a local optometrist's office, and I have been loving it! For a long time, I couldn’t imagine doing anything but waitressing; it was just so good. The schedule was awesome, the pay was okay, the people were fantastic, and I just didn't believe I'd ever come across anything better. This job sort of fell in my lap in a way, and it was such a great opportunity that I couldn't pass it up. I've been shocked by my ability to seamlessly transition into a full-time schedule; I thought that would be impossible after a year and three months of being spoiled by three hour shifts. This job is completely different from anything else I've ever done, and the learning curve is steep, but I have been enjoying the challenge. Who knew full-time work could be so rewarding?

Another weird thing about working full-time is the fact that it enables me to get more done, despite losing so much free time. I have always worked this way for some reason. If I have an entire day to myself, I will waste it on Facebook and Netflix. If I only get a few hours, I will write a novel, clean my house, meditate, grocery shop, and bake, all before my deadline. This means I will be taking photos and writing stuff and posting it where everyone can see it. I don't have time for any of this, which means, somehow, it will get done. Don't question my illogical ways, just go with it. :)

For the curious: I didn't get to keep my Granny costume from the show, but I did buy the bunny slippers myself so I could bring them home. The bunnies hated them at first, but now they have accepted them into the herd. It's pretty cute.