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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: Food and Beverage

I'm excited to participate in G.I.Y's August theme, Food and Beverage.

I decided to share my favorite Tiki beverage, the 1944 Trader Vic's Mai Tai recipe. You can read what Beachbum Berry writes about the Mai Tai, quite an interesting read. We love crafting different cocktails and experimenting with different recipes, yet the Mai Tai will always be my favorite!

Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum
Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum
Orange Curacao
Orgeat (Almond syrup)
Sugar syrup (aka simple syrup)

Copied from the Beachbum Berry's website:

In your shaker pour 1 ounce each fresh lime juice, Rhum Clément VSOP Martinique rum, and Appleton Estate Extra dark Jamaican rum; 1/2 ounce orange Curacao; 1/2 ounce Latitude 29 Formula Orgeat (I just use Monin Almond Syrup or make our own); and 1/4 ounce sugar syrup. Add at least 2 cups of crushed ice, then shake well for around 10 seconds. Pour unstrained into a double old-fashioned glass. Sink your spent lime shell in the drink, and garnish with a mint sprig.

Derek approved!

Aloha and Mahalo to Bane from G.I.Y for inspiring this post!

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Frolicking in the Shire: Renn Faire 2017

Up and at em' early on a Saturday (8/5) morning to travel to the Sterling, NY Renaissance Festival!

This year, the weather was perfect and we decided to rent a cabin close by, so we didn't have to drive 2.5 hours home after being exhausted from a long day. (And the guys drinking all the mead, lol!)

I didn't take a lot of photos as I was too busy with; archery, throwing axes, playing other games and watching the shows. We also did a bit of shopping and Derek got a new belt and we visited our favorite vendor for some handmade soaps and essential oils. We're gonna stink so good! Hahahaa!

We had a great time this year and you can check out past years in which we enjoyed the faire: 2016 and 2015.

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Shapeless Black Things and a Bone Necklace

New to us couch was purchased from a thrift store last month 
side note: professional cleaning was more than the couch. Hahaha!

As Mutant Stomp Friends coined the fashion term 'shapeless black things', which is the perfect way to describe the dress I purchased from eBay. The brand is ZANZEA and it comes directly from China, something I was a little weary about when ordering in terms of sizing, quality, shipping, etc. I have been searching for flowy, oversized garments that were not made of purely stretch material and when I came across ZANZEA, I decided to take a chance.

I am very pleased with my purchase. I had searched in local boutiques as well as etsy and couldn't find what I was looking for, especially when material came into play. I don't know why flowy=stretch material, that I find unflattering in the Summer. I don't want my dress or tunic or top to cling to me when I'm hot or have to worry about my under garment lines showing, because of the clingy materials. Basically I want to be comfortable when complaining about the humidity. Hahaha!

Another eBay purchase was the Phosphorus Bone necklace by Restyle. This is my second Restyle item purchase and this time I am impressed and happy, as my first purchase was a dress that left me with terrible taste in my mouth (mentioned in this blog). The necklace is really nice, made of  pewter metal and the shape of the bones are well formed and securely put together. As a result of this purchase, I have my eye on a few other Restyle jewelry pieces .

Wearing; dress (ZANSEA, eBay), necklace (Restyle, eBay), bone hoops (Martha Rotten, etsy)

Have you made any recent purchases that have impressed you?

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Tryin' To Stay Cool

Hello friends! How are you doing? Me? Well, I'm warm.....to be exact, I'm sweaty. Oh so glamorous to admit, but it's the truth. The question is: why did I bother to put any makeup on?! Surprisingly my eyebrows haven't slide off my face. Hahahaha!

I've been wearing my hair up and off my face, as humid hot weather does not agree with big teased hair. (Boooo!) The hair got pulled up into a ponytail, misc. pieces are bobby pinned up and I tied a piece of tulle around my ponytail and made a bow, Voila!, new favorite hair accessory!

Wearing; dress (thrifted), lace up flats (eBay), earrings (thrifted), Unicursal Hexagram pendant (Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo, New Orleans), Trick or Treat Graveyard Purse (by Sweet Midnight via Cats Like Us), sunglasses (Cats Like Us)

Gosh, I really love this purse!!!

How do you try and stay cool when you are feeling hot and sweaty? *Asking this question while sipping a iced filled margarita* 

Thank you for reading, until next time!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ruched Dress and Confidence

Hello friends! This past Friday was our friend Bryan's dance night and that means it was time to get gussied up and stay out past our bedtimes. Good music, good friends and putting on our pointy dancing shoes is always worth it!

Don't understand what I was doing. Bat pose? Hahaha!

I don't wear a lot of fitted clothing or "bodycon" as a buzz word that the current fashion industry uses to describe clothing. I wanted to get over my current focus on the negative things I have been feeling and pull out something from the closet that has been ignored for quite a long time. After accessorizing the ruched style spaghetti strap dress with a little spider web shrug (it's from another dress), I quite enjoyed wearing this outfit!

Wearing; ruched dress (thrifted), spider web shrug (from a Lip Service dress, eBay), stockings (Lip Service, gifted), winklepickers (Demonia, eBay), collar (store in Toronto, ON), bat necklace (Alchemy Gothic), studded belt (thrifted), bat belt (eBay), spiked bracelet (eBay), bone cuff (Renn Faire, gift from Derek)

I'm not a makeup guru by any means, but I always searching for foundation that is a close match to my pale skin. I recently ordered a few things from ulta.com which included the Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX Cosmetics. This foundation comes in 24 shades and goes from extremely light to very deep, which I think is amazing! I ordered the shade Pale as I am usually the palest shade, but in this case I ordered the second palest shade. Oh my word, Pale is TOO pale for me! The foundation will now be club makeup as I prefer to look a little more "alive" in the daytime. Hahahaha! So, if you are extremely pale or want to pale out your skin, the Total Control Drop Foundation by NYX Cosmetics may be right for you. Notes: The foundation is a liquid foundation and can be a little messy, it took some finesse with the application.

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