MOTD feat. Slave2Pink by ColourPop

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Hello loves!

Today’s look is one I wore a few weeks ago and really enjoyed. If you’re on Instagram you’ve probably seen every makeup addict talking about ColourPop. They’re a relatively new, relatively small makeup company that makes incredibly unique shadows and lipstick products. Their shadows come in little pots and have the wonderfully smooth and squishy texture. They’re solid but feel velvety and similar to some mousse products. Their colors are so beautiful and intensely pigmented! I can’t get over them and would love to get some more shadows and lip products in the future. Have you checked out any of their products?

For this look I used a ColourPop shadow in Slave2Pink on my lid and smoked it out with some dark blacks and browns. It’s a fabulous hot pink color with beautiful sparkles. Not for the faint of heart but I love love love it!

I finally found my camera cord so we’re back to higher quality photos!

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Facepainting fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello loves!

The last few months I’ve been playing around with facepaints and turning myself in to all manner of colorful aliens. I usually use some image online as the initial inspiration but end up going off in my own direction. All three looks below were done with makeup I already hat, mostly Sugarpill eyeshadows, Coastal Scnets eyeshadows, and variety of NYX and Urban Decay eyeliners.

I’ve now gotten some Mehron facepaints so I’ll have some more options for facepainting and I have a really exciting Halloween costume coming up. Have you ever played around with facepainting or turning yourself into another creature or alient?

 

 

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Makeup for Southern Decadence

Labor Day weekend in New Orleans is also Southern Decadence, often called the “gay mardi gras”. It’s a huge party and the French Quarter is always packed to the gills. It’s a lot of fun and this year I decided to do some more bright, flamboyant makeup for a day out and about with friends. I used shadows from a Coastal Scents palette for the pinks and added nail rhinestones under my eyes and eyebrows. The larger rhinestones I got at a craft store. I stuck all of them on with eyelash glue which held them pretty well for 6 or 7 hours. I ended up taking the larger rhinestones off before heading out but I really had fun with this look. The lipstick is the Pink Velvet liquid lipstick from LimeCrime. It lasts ALL day. It’s super comfy despite how matte it is. I’d recommend it for anyone who loves bright pink lips that don’t fade.

Once again, sorry about the bad quality of the photos. I misplaced my camera charger and so most of the pictures in my next few posts came from my phone. I’ve now found my charger so I’ll be posting some higher quality photos soon. In the meantime, the next few posts will all be phone pictures.

 

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Experimenting with makeup

Lately I’ve been having a lot of fun trying out new looks and adding some creative flares around my eyes. I’ve been really inspired by a few Instagram makeup artists (you can check out their work here: MakeupMouse, Dirty Melodies, lindsayeatsbrains, and hannahpurplepanda) and I’ve been trying new things when I do my makeup. Here’s a few of my recent looks (sorry about the potato quality – all of these were taken on my phone, I lost my camera charger for a while):

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Where I’ve been…

Hello loves!

It’s been a while…Sorry about disappearing for 4 months, I promise there’s a legitimate reason and I’m hopefully back and will be posting lots of makeup, DIY and house projects in the coming weeks.

If you’re wondering where I’ve been here’s the story: about 2 weeks after my last posting here I all of a sudden was having trouble walking. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia so I’m used to my body doing stupid things but this was totally different. It started out with me having difficulty keeping myself up while walking and then progressed into me relying on a cane then a wheelchair. I was mostly bed-bound for about two months, spending my days sleeping and halfheartedly watching Netflix. At first I thought I would get over it quickly and would be able to go back to work soon but after a few weeks it became clear that I wasn’t able to work. I was unable to sit up, walk around or really do much of anything. Over the last four months I’ve had 4 MRIs, countless blood tests, one spinal tap, multiple x-rays and a variety of other strange medical tests to try and figure out what was going on. Initially my symptoms were very similar to Multiple Sclerosis but my neurologist quickly ruled that out. I got tested for everything from Syphilis to an amebic infection. It was the scariest and most trying period in my life. We had no idea what was going on, how it would progress or if I would be able to walk or work again.

I’m now able to walk, do most things around the house and I’m back at work part-time (hopefully I’ll get back to working full time soon). Despite all this time and all the tests, we still have no idea what caused the weakness and pain and no idea why I suddenly got better. All my tests came up negative which is a good thing but it’s a little frustrating not knowing if this could happen again. I may write more on all of this in the future but for now, I’ve got the energy to do makeup, work on projects around the house and I’ve even started a small business! I’ve been posting pretty regularly on Instagram if you want to follow along there: electric_plumage

Hope you’ve all been well and keep an eye out for some fun looks and projects coming in the next few weeks!

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40 Things That Make Me Happy | Link Up

Two of my favorite bloggers, Sarah at Venus Trapped In Mars and Erin at Two Thirds Hazel started a fabulous linkup to celebrate on those things we love. I adore this idea and I think Friday morning is the perfect time to think about all the things that make us happy! So without further ado, here’s my list, in no particular order:

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1. Watching dogs dream (especially when they wage their tails & run sideways)

2. Seeing the first sprouts in your garden

3. Midsummer thunderstorms

4. Seeing geckos running around my house and garden

5. Clementines (anyone else eat about 10 of these in a sitting?)

6. Finding the perfect pen

7. Waking up next to my love

8. Falling asleep in the bathtub

9. The way your refrigerator looks right after you go grocery shopping (sometimes I just stare at it, imaging all the tasty things I could be eating)

10. Roasted garlic (by itself, on crusty bread, in mashed potatoes, with cheese, I could go on…)

11. Tillamook Cheese – get you some!

12. Crawfish – gotta suck the heads y’all

13. Free music concerts

14. Game days in New Orleans – EVERYONE is wearing black & gold

15. That little butt wiggle when I first get home and Peanut is really excited to see me and can’t hold still

16. Spray paint – it’s so convenient!

17. Dancing – anywhere, anytime

18. The look on a person’s face when they realize that they do have political power/the power to change their community

19. Spending hours wandering around the fabric store

20. Having piles of colorful paints and no specific plan for what to do with them

21. Potato latkes with sour cream & applesauce

22. The smell of tomato plants sitting in the sun

23. Elephants

24. Traveling to new places

25. Eating food from street carts (especially if it’s in another country and you have no idea what you’re eating)

26. That feeling when you eat something super super tasty for the first time:

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27. Silly animal gifs:

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28. Puffins

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29. Huge makeup bargains

30. Ordering something on Ebay, forgetting about it and being surprised when it shows up 3 months later

31. Quesadillas

32. Perfectly fried tofu

33. The smell of blackberries that have been sitting in the sun

34. Kayaking

35. Picnics in the park on a warm summer day

36. Getting tattooed

37. Stretchy, jersey knit pants and skirts – omg the comfort!

38. Finding shoes that fit me perfectly at Goodwill

39. Spending a whole Saturday or Sunday morning driving around looking at yard sales

40. Saying bubbles when you’re really angry

So what makes you really happy? Link up with us and share the happiness!

 

 

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Making sushi for the first time

There are a lot of perks to having your partner work at a large restaurant in a city like New Orleans. I’m sure the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people is discounts on meals – which he does get but I can’t really take advantage of because of my celiac disease – but I’ve been really surprised by the variety of things Max gets to occasionally bring home. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen the pictures of the pig skulls I’ve started painting that were a byproduct of the hog’s head cheese Max makes every few months. He gets to eat all kinds of crazy delicious local meats and products and every now and then one of the chefs will bring in something they caught themselves. We were lucky enough a few weeks ago to get a small bag of blackfin tuna that had been caught in the Gulf of Mexico less then 12 hours before by a co-worker. Although I was a vegetarian growing up and only started eating meat when I was 21, I have a serious love for raw fish, especially tuna. Sushi is one of the few things I can eat at a restaurant and there are few things I love quite as much as a good tuna & avocado roll. It may not have been the safest way to eat the tuna (I do not recommend eating raw tuna like this – there are some health hazards – but we decided the risk was worth it) but we couldn’t resist making sushi from the beautiful tuna Max brought home. This was our first try at sushi so it’s not the prettiest but boy was it tasty!

Recipe for sushi rice (from No Recipes – link here)

1.75-2 cups short grain rice

1 1/2 cups cold water

4 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

3 tbsp granulated sugar

1 tsp salt (I think it could have used a dash more salt)

1. Put your rice in sieve with small holes in a bowl and rinse the rice with cold water. Gently rub the rice between your hands to remove the extra starch.

2. Once the water starts to run clear, rinse your rice and put in to a small pot on the stove with the 1 1/2 cups cold water. Let it sit there for 30 minutes before turning the heat on.

3. Turn the heat to high. Once the water has boiled, turn it to low and cover. Let it cook on low for 15 minutes then turn the heat off and wait 10 minutes.

4. While the rice is cooling, combine the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small dish and stir until the solids are dissolved. I microwaved mine for a few seconds to dissolve all the sugar.

5. Put the rice in to a large bowl (the biggest you have) and pour the vinegar mixture over it. You may need a kitchen assistant for this next step (or a second pair of hands):  use a large, flat spoon to gently spread the rice back and forth along the sides of the bowl in a cutting motion while fanning it with a paper hand fan (or a fabric one, or a few sheets of paper or an electric fan).

6. You’ll know the rice is done when it’s no longer wet and slippery and each grain is very shiny. It’ll still be a bit warm but will no longer be hot. Spread the rice along the surface of the bowl and cover with a damp cloth until you’re ready to roll out your sushi.

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I used the tutorial here to help me roll

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I couldn’t resist putting the rolls on our big fish-shaped platter. We ended up filling the entire platter with rolls. And between Max and I, we ate all of them. I told you I have a tuna problem.

It was so much fun making our own sushi! The rice took a little while but once we had all the ingredients together, rolling it all out was pretty easy. We’ve actually made the rice a few more times to go with other dishes and it’s really tasty. I personally prefer a bit more vinegar then this recipe calls for so I add a touch more when I’m making it for other dishes. We also tried making it without soaking it first and the texture was totally different – more mushy (but still tasty!)

I’d love to try it again and make the rolls much tighter. Have you ever made sushi? I’d love to hear any pearls of wisdom y’all might have!

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It’s always a good time for a tea party

Hello loves!

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I’m back with two more Mardi Gras costumes. Yesterday’s post gave you a glimpse in to the size and magnitude of Mardi Gras parades and I shared my costume for Endymion. Today I’m sharing my costume for Bacchus and for Mardi Gras day.Sorry about the lack of quality in lots of the pictures – I’m a bad blogger and I don’t have a tripod to take non-cell phone pictures if I’m home alone!

For Bacchus I did another doll type costume and went a little brighter and crazier with my makeup. Here’s the first, blurry try at the makeup:

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I wasn’t too happy with how the blue around the eyes & cheeks turned out so I left most of those parts out in the actual costume.

Here’s what I ended up going with. As you can tell, the costume is similar to the one I wore for Endymion but with some small changes.

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The lipstick is one of my favorites – Limecrime’s Velvetine in Pink Velvet. Most of the blue is a mix of NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencils and the Milani jumbo eyeliner pencils. The blush is the ELF Studio HD Blush in Showstopper.

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This costume was so much fun! I had lots of little kids waving at me and asking if I was a real doll (hah!)

I started working on my Mardi Gras day costume right after new year’s but it really only came together in the last week. The last few years it was really sunny and nice on Mardi Gras which meant that I had to wear a big hat to prevent a flare up on my face so I decided to just incorporate the hat in to my costume rather then as a last minute addition. I decided to be a tea party and Max went as the Mad Hatter. We gave him some sort of creepy/Cheshire cat type makeup when we were practising but he worked all Mardi Gras day so there wasn’t time to do this on the day of.

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Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of his outfit but it was great – bright plaid pants, a green tailcoat, a big top hat and a watch and oversized pocketwatch!

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Here’s my hat before I added the dots and sealed it. The “saucer” is made from a foam cowboy hat from Goodwill, the “cup” is made from part of a lamp shade from a lamp I picked out of someone’s trash pile and the handle is a “C” from Michael’s. I covered all of it with a cream colored spray paint.

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I dotted gold acrylic paint all over the cup and although you can’t see them, stamped old fashioned style flowers around the saucer. I used some stretchy lace I had to tie the hat on my head – which was definitely necessary – it was really windy!

Jewelry:

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I wanted to go with whimsical, cute jewelry to round out my costume. The cupcake necklace is from a yard sale and the umbrella/cloud/lightning bolt necklace is from Ebay (it’s still available here)

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This multi-finger tea set ring is also from Ebay (still available here) but unfortunately in all the hussle and bussle of taking my gloves on and off (it was really cold on Mardi Gras day!) I lost this little guy 🙁 I might have to order this ring again, I really do love it.

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Sorry about the terrible lighting & quality of these pictures! As I mentioned above, it was cold and stormy on Mardi Gras day so I couldn’t find any good light until late in the day at a friend’s house. My little jacket, corset and red ruffled knickers are all from various thrift stores. The white skirt is from Amazon and the stockings used to be a pair of leggings from Charlotte Russe.

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Here’s a better view of the knickers and stockings (and the wool tights I wore under all of it to stay warm. Not pictured – my over the knee, lined, flat black boots). That adorable print on my back was made by JM Design Studio and downloaded from  Boone + Owl ! Unfortunately, because of the cold weather, my wool jacket was covering it for most of the day, but it was just too cute to leave off.

I was so happy with how my costume turned out and I’ll definitely be finding some other excuses to wear the tea cup hat.

I think the tea party costume was my favorite of the Mardi Gras season but what about you? Which of these was your favorite?

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So you want to know what Mardi Gras is REALLY like?

Hello sweet peaches!

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It’s been two and a half weeks since Mardi Gras day but I’m still recovering from it all. It’s one of my favorite times of year and I’m always a little sad once the parades and such have passed. In reality, this festival season lasts in New Orleans pretty much from New Year’s to May, so there’s tons going on in the next few months.

The three days right before Mardi Gras day are always crazy, with some of the biggest and most exciting parades. While many people think only of crazy drunken exploits on Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras is really a holiday season for the whole family. Most of these parades are full of people of all ages. However, for most people above the age of oh, say, 16, the three days before Mardi Gras day are filled with a LOT of day drinking. Since it’s legal to drink alcohol in public here, many people show up on the parade route 4 or 5 hours early with camping chairs and coolers full of booze and food. It’s an awesome way to spend the day with friends and then the huge parades in the evening are just the cherry on top of the sundae.  Saturday night (March 1st) was Endymion, the biggest parade of the Mardi Gras season. Many of the floats are huge, as you can see in this picture I took at Endymion in 2013.

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They’re two stories high with riders tossing throws (beads, toys, cups, etc.) from both levels. For the big parades like this all the riders wear the same thing and the floats are built by large companies in the New Orleans area. The one above is just one float (I think it was 3 cars connected, each the size of a city bus, if not larger!) and there’s usually between 20 and 30 floats per big parade! Here’s some more pictures from Endymion last year to give you a better idea of what these parades are like:

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There are tons of high school, middle school and college marching bands in each parade. They’re absolutely fantastic!

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I love how these reminiscent these headdresses/outfits are of Brazilian Carnival!

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Some of the costumes are super creepy. I don’t know about you but they kind of remind me of the Spanish Inquisition & KKK members…

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Lots of schools also have flag teams as well.

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These dance teams are fantastic. I’m so impressed at how all these young ladies can keep up their poise and flawless moves for all the miles of the parade routes.

In past years I didn’t really dress up but this year I was determined to go all out. For Endymion I did a sort of doll/clown costume. I had so much fun with that makeup, I wish I could wear it everyday!

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Coming up tomorrow: Mardi Gras 2014 Part 2, my costumes for Bacchus and Mardi Gras day!

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Do it yourself home decor

Good morning sweet peaches!

In a few hours I’ll be off to enjoy the lovely parades for St. Patrick’s day around New Orleans but before I head out, I wanted to share some DIY projects and tutorials that have been inspiring me lately. I’ve been keeping them open on my computer so I look at them everytime I open it up and I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate them in to our folie a deux.

Do you like DIY home decor projects or do you prefer to find the perfect pieces in a brick & morter store/online? If you have some favorite home projects, I’d love to see what you’ve done and what inspires you to create!

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I love this teacup clock! This page has a whole bunch of teacup projects for your home (in German but you can use Google Translate on the page)

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These wonderful wallpapered stairs by The Bold Abode

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What a cute idea to decorate a wall and add some soft light to a room. 

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Some cute ideas to update and decorate ceiling fans (we’ve got one in every room so I’m in desperate need of ideas)

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What a cute way to tie back curtains from Better Homes & Gardens

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Love these sunset colored bottles by La chica de la casa de Carmelo

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This tutorial for creating your own rug out of fabric by allParenting is sure going to come in handy!

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What a gorgeous idea from Somewhat Quirky Design for using those plates that are too pretty to eat off of. I’m so clumsy that I worry about breaking really pretty plates but that tutorial gives a great idea for what to do with them instead. 

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