Quick Knit/Crochet Project | Koozies!

Koozies have been my go-to quick crochet project for host/ hostess gifts, present toppers, etc. They only take 30 min-2 hours depending if I knit or crochet, the yarn, hook size, etc. Every single one I have eye-balled the size and wrapped it around beer cans or bottles to get the exact chain numbers. If it’s too small, it stretches. If it’s too big, it can be loose or go around cups, whatever. It’s something that shows thought, yet you don’t have to spend money (if you have extra yarn laying around like me).

#bleedblue yo

#bleedblue yo

Here is one that I made for a friend of Nate and mine that is moving from LA to Montana. Attending Dodger games and discussions about the team over beers have been a big part of our friendship. I decided to make it the home uniform colors of blue on white to remind him that LA is always his home! I don’t usually embroider my koozies, but the LA symbol didn’t look hard. FYI if you are a perfectionist about details like me, it takes about 2 hours all together, and it was pretty hard to double up over the symbol and avoid white yarn stripes through the symbol.¬† It turned out pretty good though!

4th of July Weekend | Adventure to NY & CT

Hello Everyone!

Guess what?! Summer school is OVER!!!! I’m free! and most importantly- I PASSED! Watch out grad school I’m coming for ya! I’m writing this blog in my apartment around noon on a Friday. Who would’ve thought I would be here a year ago?!

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This past 4th of July weekend, Nate and I took a trip to the east coast to attend our friends, Jamie and Juan’s wedding nuptials. We have known them a few years now, originally through Nate’s work networking with music.

The first stop was NYC because, come on, if you’re going to the east coast you need to go there at least for a little bit. Don’t get me started on the flight there. It was the week before finals and I had to do online stats homework and a quiz. The person in front of me decided to put her seat back- thus squishing my computer closer to me and partially closed. She then continued to reach back and close my window, making it dark. After her nap, she decided to stretch her arms back, causing her fingers to dangle in my face while I was trying to focus on my laptop screen. So rude! Anyways, I managed to get my work done in 4 hours and I ended up passing the class, so it was work the $40 for internet and torturous plane ride.

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Our friend, Tanya was nice enough to let us stay in her apartment while she was out of town. The view of the city from her shower window was AMAZING. I think I saw the Empire State Building- or else it was the other one that looked similar to it. We flew in on the night of the 3rd, so after eating at a BBQ place down the street (leave it to us to want Western food after coming from the west coast), we pretty much just strolled around the city and went straight to bed.

The next morning, I was up around 7:30 a.m. EST, which makes no sense since I was coming from PST. But nonetheless I was up and ready to explore! We managed to have breakfast and walk all the way from Gramercy to Central Park.

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Central Park!

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Loved the detail on this building

Let’s not talk about the humidity’s relationship with my hair.

After a walk around, it started to rain. Nate was able to navigate us to a train to take us back downtown. Here’s us in the metro almost lost.. almost.

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We ducked into a bar for lunch and beer (and more beer) while we waited for it to calm down. A World Cup game was on and it was fun being around people in the bar who were so stoked about it. We had to head back to Tanya’s for our luggage that evening for an 8pm train ride to Hartford, Connecticut. It was 20 hours in NYC, but it was worth it! Since it was the 4th of July, the city was so peaceful! Here is a pic of our view leaving the city. It was kind of romantic being in an empty train on 4th of July night seeing all the firework shows between the cities.

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My first impression of Connecticut…NO UBERS! What?! And the taxi’s didn’t take cards- the only form of money we had by that time. We ended up waiting “12 minutes” for the closest Uber. Which ended up being closer to an hour. The Uber driver ended up trying to scam us. If he wasn’t scamming us, it sure seemed like it. Our destination was only a mile away and he passed it by 3 miles, talking¬† to us like we were really enjoying hearing about how we need to visit Morocco. Not cool, man. After Nate’s review, Uber contacted us by morning with our extra fare reimbursed with another $5 credit. You go, Uber! Great company.

The next day was wedding day! Nate and I slept in, had breakfast in the hotel, and started getting ready! OR rather I got ready while he threw on his clothes and watched Hitch in bed. Why do men have it so much easier?

The ceremony was in the first ever rose garden only feet away from Jamie and Juan’s first date. Aw! It was so sweet too, but I won’t embarrass them on here :) Here’s a shot I snuck in of the ceremony. So pretty and no need to decorate! Flower gardens are genius.

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I can’t begin to describe how cool the reception was! The time and thought it took to put it all together clearly showed and it was such a great experience for everyone! It was in Juan’s family’s backyard in a beautiful neighborhood.

I love that they used black candles with bright flowers. It's unique and very much like them!

I love that they used black candles with bright flowers. It’s unique and very much like them!

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They had a FERRIS WHEEL.

Artsy view of the ferris wheel from the bar that I snagged from instagram :)

Artsy view of the ferris wheel from the bar that I snagged from instagram :)

Us on top!

Us on top!

And a PHOTO BOOTH.

After our first drink

After our first drink

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After a few dranks

And JUMBO JANGA. And CORN HOLE. And HORSE SHOE TOSS. And FIREWORKS. (not just their own personal show, but all the neighbors were shooting off their leftovers from the 4th of July. Apparently their firework laws are a lot laid back in CT. Such a cool experience)

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Truly a fairytale wedding! (another pic snagged from a more artsy attendee on instagram)

Jamie and Juan’s first dance was so cute! I love watching the first dance. The way the couple interacts during it says a lot about the couple to me. (Of course being a psy major I tend to over analyze everything.)

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HOW CUTE ARE THESE CAKE TOPPERS!! It looks just like them and their poodle baby, Maggie. I don’t know how I didn’t end up with pics of Maggie. She was the ring bearer!

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Unlike the other weddings we’ve attended, these people know how to party! It was still bumping around 10:30 p.m. when our shuttle took us back to the hotel. We had to get to the airport at 7am :( Needless to say we needed the D before we headed back to LA.

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It was a very quick, eventful weekend, and I’m so glad I went! Good thing I didn’t have work the rest of the week. After finals on Tuesday, I got to shamelessly sleep. That’s why it’s taken me a while to post this!

Xoxo

Em

 

Bare Minerals bareSkin Liquid Foundation Review

Bare Minerals graced the IPSY event with their bareSkin liquid foundation. They gave complimentary skin color matching, and once you do a few social media tasks you got a free full-sized bottle along with the special brush that goes with it.

Side Note: I was completely surprised when my color shade was “Bare Ivory.” Hellooo I’ve been in the mediums my whole life! Am I the only one that gets borderline insulted when getting a lighter result in a makeup consultation?!

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I’ve been using Bare Minerals’ powder since I started wearing makeup, so needless to say I was ecstatic. You’re supposed to shake the bottle and then drop some of the foundation in the middle of the brush and buff around. The brush worked really well, but there’s something about my fingers that work a lot more efficiently with less product. Plus they require less cleaning maintenance!

Here’s the bottom line: great, light coverage. It works perfectly under the foundation powder, concealer, and blush to create an air-brushed look. Here’s my schtick: It smells mildewy! I don’t know what it is! I’ve used the brush as an excuse, but here I am giving it another try without the brush, and I still smell it! Maybe they gave out old product at the convention and that’s why it smells, but beware. I’m so bummed about it. It smelled fine this morning when I put it on with my fingers, but now it is 4:00 p.m. and I smell mildew. :(

I decided that since the product is so natural and I don’t want to waste it, that I will wear it when I go to night class. I have a routine of showering before school, and I hate putting on a full face of makeup for only a few hours of class, so this will be my compromise.

Anyone else have a difference experience? Let me know!

Emma

Warped Tour 2014 | Ventura Fair Grounds

I only found out a few days prior that I got in to Warped Tour fo free! Oh the perks of having a boyfriend in the biz. This was our first Warped Tour together! Also my first time being legally allowed in the beer garden. Celebratory pic below. =^.^=

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We went with his coworker, Rob. Traffic was ridic. But apparently we got there right before it got nasty bad. Apparently their coworker, Rachel (who took the pic below!) had to park super far away and taxi over to the venue.

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It was fun going back and forth from the beach to the festivities. We needed quiet breaks in between seeing the bands we wanted to.

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That lot is where the tour buses are. Literally feet from the sand!

The first band we saw (that we wanted to see) was Saves The Day. They/he is so good!

My creepy angle through the equipment

My creepy angle through the equipment

There were a lot of surprise bands performing. Mostly surprise for me because I didn’t look up who was playing prior to the day of. Linkin Park and Anberlin played at the SAME TIME. The people were pissed. I got to see a little bit of Linkin Park when I was waiting for the bathroom. We decided to watch Anberlin because their time as a band is limited. They did not disappoint. I wasn’t really a fan before, but I think I am now, which sucks now that they are planning on splitting up.

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Here is a pic of Nate and I with the singer of Bad Rabbits. If you haven’t heard of this band, you should really check them out! Super sexy jams.

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Ignore my mid-blink

We were able to get onstage and watch them perform. They do not disappoint live! They have coordinated dance moves and all. super fun.

I could've ran up and danced with them. I seriously thought about it.

I could’ve ran up and danced with them. I seriously thought about it.

We were able to get on stage for Less Than Jake as well, but it was super crowded. The crowd was even more insane. I did not want to be down among the moshing!

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It was a blast but we were sooo exhausted afterwards. After a few mins at In-N-Out and a mandatory cat-sitting stop, we could not get to bed faster! Of course this guy was happy to see me!

Zoolander Mugatu hair

Zoolander Mugatu hair

 

Good News

Hey Everyone,

Guess what? I’m alive! This month I’ve sucked at blogging, but don’t worry- summer school is over in 13 days!! I’ve got a whole list of stuff I want to review and write about. I just need the time! If it’s any consolation, my social life has been lacking as well. I can’t wait when these classes will be off of my plate! Statistics needs to not exist. That is all.

Xo,

Emma

BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Gloss Review

I know, I know- I suck at blogging regularly! Things have been super crazy with summer school and my new job. I’m hoping that after this month, I will be free to blog and work more- yes, I haven’t even had much time to work, yikes!

Anyways, I was fortunate enough to acquire a full-size tube of BareMineral’s Moxie gloss at the IPSY event the other week. I got the color “Rule Breaker,” which is a gold shimmery nude. (The picture below makes it look a little more brown than in real life)

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It goes on the perfect amount of opaqueness where you don’t look like you have caked on makeup or dead lips- it’s a good tinted sheen. I love the formula! It’s not sticky, feels lights, and it has a little tingle to it that is supposed to plump your lips. The bad news is that my lips did not plump, but it’s not what I was really looking for when trying the gloss. Overall, I really recommend this as a natural, every day look, or a nude lip to match a smokey eye. I wore it for my best friend’s wedding last weekend and I only had to apply it twice from 4pm- 11pm! Another plus is that it’s all natural minerals!

Generation Beauty 2014!

I’ve been an IPSY subscriber for a few years now, and I finally caved and went to Generation Beauty this past weekend. I’ve gotta say, it was a good decision! I went with my BFF, Megan.

Megan was lucky enough to sprain her ankle the day before. This let her be able to go to the front of all the lines in her wheelchair, while the vendors begrudgingly allowed me to partake in the commotion as “the wheelchair pusher who did not have to wait in line.” Can I just point out how sore my back is now?! Mad props to people who have to deal with wheelchairs every day. The stigma and little situations that come with it- whether you are in the wheelchair or just pushing- is terrible. This is us on the pink carpet outside of the event :)

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As an IPSY subscriber, I got a discount on my ticket which is why I decided to attend the event. I’m on a budget these days. Now that it’s all over, I will safely say that I’d even pay full price to go. The amount of products that you leave that place with is ridiculously clutch. It all probably costs triple of what your ticket did.

I feel like this event is a win-win for everyone. All the vendors get these eager beauty fans/bloggers that would love to try samples and blog/post anything to social media in return for free product. All the beauty lovers/bloggers get the free product! This is going to save me a lot of money on new product reviews for the foreseeable future.

Here is one of the tons of selfies that I had to instagram to qualify for free product or contests. I’m not a selfie person at all, but for a FULL SIZE BareMinerals foundation and brush, who could resist?! I even won a contest for City Color’s contouring palette. I’m so excited to try it out!

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All in all it was a fabulous time! I even got to see my favorite YouTubers :) I spoke with a few people who said that last year’s was better, but I was still totally satisfied this year. Maybe next year will be even better! Product reviews soon <3

xoxo,

Emma