Please enjoy this video format of my November Favorites this month. I’m sure you’ll get a kick out of it!
I’ve got a little bit of everything this month!
Just when I learn to be a good frugal adult because I have bills to pay…I fall into the depths that is consumerism. But if there is any light at the end of the tunnel, its second hand and not BRAND NEW or BRAND NAME. I love thrifting, so when I came across POSHMARK (as mentioned in my shoe haul video) I delved deep in that shit! I haven’t gotten too crazy but 4 shoes later and a favorites list the size of my house…you can say its not safe for me and there is no saving me. But like I said, if there is anything redeeming about it, its second hand! Save yourself!
I have been blessed mby this wonderful woman Nicky to have come into my life. Before Nicky, I put the life of my hair in the hands of inexperienced stylists, and all to save a buck. But it wasn’t until I decided to bit the bullet did I realize that it’s totally worth splurging on yourself if it means you get EXACTLY THE HAIRCUT YOU WANT! Nicky fixed up a botched bob, and then gave me a trim with bangs, and recently dyed my beautiful brunette hair black! And every time I leave her chair, I can’t stop looking at my new doo! She is so nice and funny and just know her stuff when it comes to short hair! I do plan on growing my locks out, so she will be my go-to gal for keeping the black looking it’s best. It also helps that I don’t wash my hair as much anymore, about 1-2 times a week!
Kesha Album Inspired
So when it comes to being a circus performer, creating a routine is only half the battle. Becoming a character is what I really love. And for my last performance, I needed to transform into a other-worldly Gin (genie) and I channeled an alien because why the hell not. However, most of my makeup is neutrals and dark colors. My alien on the other hand was bright with pink and purple skin…so I needed some help. I would love to splurge on a smashbox palette, but mama got bills to pay! So I opted for Nyx. Now I wouldn’t say it is the best formula, but it definitely got the job done for the price and what I needed. I’m sure if I had all the time in the world and only stuck color on my eye, it would have worked nicer. But like I said, if your short on cash but want some bright color, I’d say give it a try!
Let’s join the Circus!
Yes that’s my bendy back working on getting my contortion in. I absolutely love being a performer and Jypsy’s Performing Arts, have really helped me grow into not just an aerialist, but a performer. I love Nichoel and the way she teaches, but she only works out of The Circus Studio. At Jypsy’s, I have met some of my now closest friends and have been able to really express my creative freedom without worrying if its “family-friendly.” At Jypsy’s its really about empowerment and finding who you are as a woman (or man) and expressing it from deep within rather than just smile and posing for a routine. It’s a very intimate studio but it’s filled with great teachers and fellow circus people that will gladly take you under their tent!
Check out Jypsy’s Performing Arts Studio
And last but certainly not least… this fucking CAT CASE! this cheeky little fucker really stole my heart! I got this off amazon and was able to get it in 2 days (thanks amazon prime) but I do know it is a dupe for a skate brand (the name escapes me) but I don’t care! Look at it! I never thought I would be one of THOSE people that had an obnoxiously large rubber phone case, but with my new purchase of an iPhone 7 plus, I feel like that thing can slip out of my hand if I breathe. So I got this case both for how it looks but also its just obnoxious enough so I don’t drop it!
Yeah that’s some shit I like right now!
It’s one more month closer to HALLOWEEN! YAS! I am that excited!
So who else hates summer and hates thigh chafing and hates sweaty underboob and hates the cute little outfits that society has programmed us to think we are supposed to wear in the blistering triple digit heat. If you raised your hand then HI FIVE we’re best friends! I have come across a new found “trend” among the alternative world that is so simple that I can’t believe I haven’t freaking tried to combat the hot months… Oversized band tees. what the hell have I been doing living under a rock!? Simple summer hack, just wear oversize band/graphic tees with shorts and BAM you don’t have to worry about people seeing your boob sweat, your chafing thighs, and you don’t have to try and “suck it in” for those “bikini bod” tees. I promise you its like the best thing ever! And since it’s “in” to wear oversize EVERYTHING you’ll look hip while just trying to stay cool with your goth self. I have several bands that I love that I found their merch at thrift stores and depop. You don’t even need to wear band tees (if you don’t want to seem like a “poser”) You can get some cool “travel” shirts that you’d find at like a souvenir shop. I have a Jamaica one, Orlando, Zion Canyon, Maui… just check out the men’s section of your local thrift store, guaranteed baggy shirts for your summer attire! and you can always transfer them over into your winter looks. You can go for a more grungy layered look; just add some flannel, denim jacket, skinnies, boots, and beanie.
No Puns for Jackfruit
I can’t think of any! But beside that, I decided to buy this marinated jackfruit from my local “vegan friendly” grocery store and HOLY GUACAMOLE! The Tex-Mex jackfruit literally taste like carnitas! Like WTF! get out of here! I was a little confused because I’m like wait this is supposed to be a fruit…but you taste like meat, and you taste like GOOD meat… but you’re a FRUIT! *head explodes* If you’re looking to SPICE up your quick vegan meal options, definitely try this! I put this in a tortilla with some daiya and beans, or my go to lunch for the past 3 weeks: DIY Chipotle Salad Bowl! spinach, Tex-Mex jackfruit, black beans, corn, salsa, tomatoes, avocado, daiya cheese, and homemade vegan sour cream. PERFECTION!
Again, summer sucks. I can’t have anything nice. Can’t do a full face of glam makeup without it sliding off. My winter shades are all too light, even when I try to avoid the sun. SUCKS. But I will say that Loreal’s Lumi Foundation is a life saver. It is a cheap option for summertime makeup so I don’t have to use my expensive makeup and try to darken it. I like the Lumi because it gives a luminescent glow to your face, so you look like your not wearing makeup but you hella are. I use this very lightly and get a nice base so I look a little less unsightly. I do have combination skin so I try to avoid the oily areas or I’ll go ahead and powder areas that are prone to creasing and oiliness. But otherwise, if I have to look presentable in the sweltering heat, I usually reach from my lumi true match.
The thrift store that could have picked a better name
Soooo, 3 way thrift… could have picked a better name for a CHRISTIAN based thrift store… but I guess their minds are so pure they never thought it might get a few laughs. I mean I know why its called 3 way, they donate some profit back to 3 Christian based organizations in the community…but really they didn’t need to call themselves “3 way.” Well lets get our mind out of the gutter now and go on to why I like this thrift store. I have been to this cahin on trift store before but I went to one location and kind of got burnt out on it. Well I decided to take a field trip to their sister location and boy did I hit the jackpot! I don’t know if I have ever gotten so lucky with a thrift haul before! Let me just list everything I got the FIRST time I went:
5 oversized tees
1 sweat pants
2 head scarves
5 bundles of gift bags (like for the holidays for wrapping)
and 1 wonderful pair of “genie” shoes for my circus studio to use as dress up clothes
So yeah, I went a little ham that day… But I don’t regret a single thing! I have since gone back to that thrift store a second time and I found another good lot but nothing to the extent of my first trip (simply cuz I have a mortgage to pay!) So if you are ever in the Chino area, check out 3 way thrift (teehee)
I love cat eyes so much! I found these super cute, retro looking cat eye sunnies on amazon and I love them so much that I got 2, one in red and one in black. A good solid pair of sunnies that wont bend or you wont be sad if they get lost or broken is like a staple in my wardrobe. I think the only sunglasses even “remotely” expensive that I own are only $10. I mean I got my hands on a pair of wildfoxes for only $9 so you can say I own a pair of expensive sunnies but I didn’t pay the big price tag. I just really like cat eye shaped glasses, I think they suit my face the best and they can go pretty much with any outfit.
Penny n’ Sheldon
Aka scaredy-cat and moonpie! Our newest additions to our family! Penny and Sheldon is what my work likes to call “Foster Failures” Where you fail to JUST foster the animals and end up keeping them… Yeah we definitely failed this one. But these kitties are the sweetest little fur balls I’ve ever seen. I am definitely not a cat person (till now) and I always disliked that cats were so stand-offish and were known to not like cuddling and petting (like dogs) but when i took home a litter of 4 and got to see their personalities first hand, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Every single kitten is a sweetheart and wants nothing but cuddles and kisses! We decided to keep the biggest male and the smallest female, and it so happens they are the most “dog like” which is perfect for me.
I’ve come to suck your BLOOD!
The Vampire Diaries is basically everything Twilight couldn’t do. There is much more depth to the characters and the show as a whole. Not everyone is out to get the main character for no reason… there is some kind of reason but its not”just cuz” like Twilight. I’m still on season 1 and i have a ways to go with this show, but I am really enjoying it as well as Ryan (well he only says that because he has no choice but watch it when I am lol) But overall This show has pretty thought out characters. I really do enjoy it and the eye candy isn’t too bad either lol
Bikini Bod Ready
It’s that time again! That time where little goth moths scream in terror at the impending seasonal change. A goth moth like myself! I have realized, the older I get, the more I absolutely HATE summer! It’s all fine and dandy when you’re a kid but when your an adult…that shit lasts forever! And when you have shit to do, HAH! try getting errands done in a blistering +100°F day! Summer is when I feel the most sluggish and weak. I just want to sleep all day covered in ice. However since it’s basically unavoidable, it’s also that time to get a new bikini. Now I usually don’t get anything colorful because…black…its the best color ever. But Ryan picked out this cute little number and at first I was skeptical, but to my surprise he actually picked a winner! I came into the fitting room with 5 bikini’s and left it with Ryan’s pick. Point for Ryan! The colors are cute the cut is cute, I love it…for being colorful I guess. Maybe the only downside, it’s a halter top so my neck gets a little sore after a while. But otherwise it’s a WIN! Find it here: Target Bikini
Mad Max meets BMX
Turbo Kid has got to be a diamond in the rough hen it comes to hidden gems of Netflix! Ryan came across an article “Hidden gems of Netflix” and it lists some really good movies hidden in the cluster
fuck that is Netflix streaming. I really hate searching for the perfect movie, so when Ryan told me about a few movies he was interested in watching from that list, we gave it a shot. Turbo Kid was the first one and HOLY APE SHITTING ON A WHALE! This movie is by far the best horror/comedy I have seen since Carrie. (I know Carrie isn’t comedy but its freaking hysterical) The synopsis says its “Mad Max meets BMX” which I can kind of see, but its also futuristic, and fantasy, and gore-porn. It’s so outlandish with the gore it’s perfect! The practical effects are GREATLY appreciated! I hate CGI, and this super low budget makes it freaking work! Please watch this movie if you’re looking for a good laugh!
The Fitness Marshall
Caleb “The Fitness Marshall” is a blessing in camo! I stumbled across his YouTube channel one day and thank god I did! This kid is so amusing to watch and workout with! He makes cardio dance videos to some sassy as hell songs. Think of it as Hip-Hop abs and Just Dance but with Beyoncé back-up dancers. His workout videos are easy to follow and are super fun because who doesn’t like dancing in heels and whipping their hair back and forth?! Sometimes running just gets boring and you need a change in cardio. For the dancer in me, this was a no brainer! If you love dancing to top hits and finding a way to sneak some sweat in your day, The Fitness Marshall is your guy! Check out his YouTube channel here: The Fitness Marshall. Some of my favorite videos are Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You, Lady Gaga’s Telephone & Alejandro, and Meghan Trainor’s Me Too
All the Feels
Shatter me is a 3 book series (soon to be 6!) That literally gave me ALL THE EFFING FEELS! Shatter me is a dystopian romance…basically like your Hunger Games, except a little bit different. Its like Hunger Games, without the games only war and with X-men! I hope that didn’t give away too much. I finished this series in record time, partially because it is a fairly easy read. Well I wouldn’t be honest if I said I read the books. I actually listened to them all in 2 days. (Thank you library card!) I give props to the voice behind the audiobook because she did an amazing job sucking me into the story. I will say it was a bit jarring at first how high pitched her voice was, but thankfully its only the “main character” voice not EVERY SINGLE PERSON. Anyway, I am not a big fan of the dystopian genre, except Hunger Games, but this totally changed my mind. I think I just have a thing about romance during a war. There is a bit of a Twilight Triangle (as I like to call it) But I love how Tahereh Mafi really ties up loose ends and nips things in the bud when it comes to relationships and what it means to be in a healthy one. Overall, this is a great feels/ship book that I could not put down. And Tehereh just announced there will be 3 more books! 4th one to be release 2018…ugh the agony!
More Interior Design
Now with Ryan and I finally settling down in our new casa, I get to really stretch my wings with some interior designing. Now I thought Marshals was the
shit…but I was only scratching the surface of this iceberg. Little did I know what was in store for me! (teehee all the puns) I took a trip to Homegoods and I nearly shit my pants. I swear to god I could live there. Its like Costco but for designers! I spent nearly 3 hours in that store rummaging through all the isles of adorableness! I had to remind myself a few times that I have 30 years in this house and I can get things as I have the money… But oh how I wanted it all right now. I ended up getting decorative pillows, an ottoman tray, a geometrical glass plant house??, candles, a throw blanket, and some serving platters. I haven’t been back since…I don’t think my wallet can handle it! But trust me, if money wasn’t an option!!
You’re a Wizard
So have you heard that all the Harry Potter books are getting a makeover?? J.K. Rowling & Jim Kay are releasing illustrated versions of each Harry Potter book! Philosophers stone and Chamber of Secrets are only out now, with Prisoner of Azkaban on pre-order. And guess what? I have both that are out now! Yes I am that much of a nerd. I haven’t found anything Harry Potter that I have wanted more than these books! I can’t wait to have kids now so I can read them these books. The illustrations are beautiful and captivating. Ryan asked me if the characters are more like the book descriptions or the movie actors, and I will say they are a little of both (right now) but they stay more true to the books. (and that just means they did a fairly good job casting for the movies) I’m really excited to see scenes that were cut from the movies in these books with magical images that Jim Kay has created. I think I may just re-read the series just so I can enjoy the images alongside the story. These books aren’t that expensive either. If purchased through Barnes&Noble website, the price is only $25! That’s one hell of a price! If you ant it now i believe its upwards of $40. So you are free to choose your demon.
So I like to keep up with most bloggers and emulate their aesthetic because who doesn’t like a goof looking website? Canva was introduced to me through work and I absolutely love it! I have used it for many of my recent graphics! You can create clean and crisp graphics for pretty much anything! Social media, websites, blogs, print out flyers and cards, presentations…you name it! Canva comes with hundreds of thousands of graphics as well as numerous pre-made layouts for those of you (and me) who have a hard time imagining a cool design. It is a free site with small “premium” pictures and illustrations only costing $1 each. So if your using it for work, its practically free. If your using it for a personal page, its an investment! I’ve also used Canva to create my “new neighbor” cards to announce to my neighborhood. This websiye is defineitely worth a look for those of you who like paint (on windows computers) and wish to upgrade to the big leagues!
With the purchase and renovation of my new house, the prime spots for shopping have been Marshalls, Lowes, Costco, and The Home Depot.
Marshalls has been the best place for all my inner interior designer needs. I first started shopping here for my work clothes, without ever bothering to look at the home goods section. However when Ryan decided to venture into the home décor, there was no looking back. Most of our nick-nack kitchen gadgets have been from Marshalls. They have a great selection of wood décor like coasters (listen to me getting giddy of freaking coasters) salad bowls, salad tossers, cutting boards, and salt containers. We have yet to actually purchase dishware and cups, and since Costsco has done us wrong (WHYYYY COSTCO!) we are most likely going to be getting the rest of our dishware from Marshalls. But all in all, that place has some awesome house goodies, as well as misc house necessities. I bought this awesome yoga pad for your knees and I LOVE IT!
Do you know how grown-up Ryan and I felt when we strutted into our Costco demanding a membership!? Hella! That’s how much! Back in the day where you needed permission to get invited to join Pinterest, I thought that’s how owning a Costco memberships worked. All you really need to do is just go and pay for a membership and then unlock the world that is Costco! It’s basically like Target, you go in for one thing and then come out with a $200 bill, and nothing you intended to get. Well for most people. I like to go in with a plan, so I don’t see myself getting too carried away with Costco. Maybe the toilet paper…seriously one Costco size toilet paper will last Ryan and I 6 months! We found a lot of goodies here, our storage tubs, outdoor rugs, cleaning supplies, towels, outdoor lights, more kitchen gadgets, and our TV! I seriously suggest you invest in a Costco membership, even if its only for the bulk non-perishables. I plan to buy most of our detergents and soaps from Costco as well as bulk veggies. Because being a Veg-Head, I need all the plants
HOW MANY LOWES COULD ROB LOWE ROB IF ROB LOWE COULD ROB LOWES?
Best dad joke ever! And I love Rob Lowe so I had to. Lowe’s has been a sneaky miracle. Apparently all the display lights get taken down as new ones get put up and get heavily discounted. Up to 75% off! I needed to find a new chandelier and pendent lights for our house and was about to spend about $100 on just a chandelier alone! Well it turns out the display section had the perfect chandelier at only $30! Originally $140, what a steal! I bought new tulip glass to make it more modern and less only lady and BAM 60% discount! (I think that math is correct, don’t shoot me if it isn’t) We have also found a few other things here but nothing like that! And Ryan’s mom even got the same style chandelier only bigger for $50…originally $300! (it was missing a light but we gave her our old ones that were the same style) Lowe’s, you da best!
What a tool
Yes more puns. Can’t help it! I can honestly say, I never thought I would be excited to go to Home Depot, let alone any home improvement store. As a kid, that was like the last thing I never wanted to do. But as an adult who owns a house, OMG its like a candy store! I actually get excited to find door knobs, light fixtures even light switches (omg the dimmers! LOVE!) Very fortunately, there is a Home Depot not even a 1/4 mile from our house, so if we have any issue with anything, we can literally walk to Home Depot! Having it so close to our house is so convenient, I want to re-landscape our front flowerbed, and with Home Depot right next door, it’ll be an easy and fun weekend project!
So this month is a mix of my favorites and “what I got for my birthday” I got a lot of presents that I truly needed and wanted. I am all about presents that are functional and have a purpose.
So those of you may already know that I got my eyebrows tattooed the beginning of January. And so far I LOVE them! They have mostly healed from the initial peeling/scabbing phase. Usually there is fall out with the ink, which is totally normal. I have experienced a little fall out but from “virgin” eyebrows to what I have now, still MUCH fuller! I only lightly fill in the lighter tattooed areas….like SUPER LIGHTLY! Which only takes me quite literally 2 seconds to fill. My next appointment is in March and that’s when my artist will go back with a darker color to make sure I have semi-permanent fleeky brows! If you are near Los Angeles or NYC, definitely check Roxanne out! She is so nice and knowledgeable, getting something done from her will be like visiting a best friend. She’s a great human being!
Ryan, the love of my life, knows me so well! I have wanted an electric toothbrush for over 2 years! I know some may think “A toothbrush…uhm…ok?” Like I said, I love presents that I can actually use! “Filler” presents are such a waste of money. I’d rather get something less than fabulous that I will use everyday than something I will never use and might even re-gift (which I have no problem with, re-use reduce recycle am I right?!) An electric toothbrush is one of those “big girl” purchases that you make as an independent adult that has their shit together in life. And Ryan was awesome enough to find a 2-pack for the BOTH of us! Yay for good oral hygiene!
Here is another item that I really wanted. I am so committed to aerial, that it has gotten a little expensive for me to take so many classes. But I don’t want my strength and flexibility to suffer as I cut down on classes (as I am in the process of buying a house!) So this little guy will help me with my pull ups, strengthening and flexibility. This is one tension out of a set ranging from 2 pounds to 100+ pounds. I got the 25-80 pound tension to help me with my assisted pull-ups. I’m not strong enough yet to go full out on a pull-up bar, maybe 1-2 good ones then that’s it. The resistance band will help lighten up my body weight so my arms can go longer and really train! This is also a perfect tension for stretching and flexibility. I personally don’t like the super stretchy bands for stretching, I like more rigid bands so there is less stretch when I’m pulling on the band. And as far as strength training, this can easily be used for squats and tricep/bicep curls.
Apparently this was supposed to be a Christmas present but was switch at the last minute and then it was given to me about a month later, gotta love having a birthday so close to Christmas am I right?! Well I have used this baby almost every day since my birthday! I recently saw Passengers with Ryan and I was LIVING for Jennifer Lawrence’s hair! I love my straightener, which I bought myself about a year ago, but just before receiving this present I had just thought, “I think it may be time to get a curling iron, since my hair is getting longer and I am always using Ryan’s moms’ curling iron.” Then BAM, Ryan’s mom, dad, and sister surprised me with this beauty! Talk about Law of Attraction! The picture is not the exact one I got, mine is a limited edition color, gold barrel and a lavender handle. SO PRETTY! This makes curling hair so much faster, well in my opinion. I love that I don’t have to blow dry my hair perfectly to curl it like I usually do with my straightener ( so it’s smooth while going through it) I definitely got the J-Law hair down to a T now!
One for the new house! Well we haven’t gotten our house yet. But we have gotten preapproved so its hunting time! And even though finding a house is one of the most exciting adventures in one life, buying stuff FOR the new house is JUST AS FUN! My mom surprised me with this electric kettle! I know there a several methods to boiling water for tea or hand-drip coffee, but I like this method the best because nothing else goes in the kettle. Strictly water, and you don’t need to use a stove. It claims to heat up in 5 minutes, which is wonderful! I love having all things tea related and now I have my own tea kettle to put in my future house! I feel like such the adult! And after I make my cup of tea and Ryan’s coffee, I can use the boiling water to make our morning oatmeal! I hate microwaving my oatmeal and waiting for the water to boil, so this nifty gadget will work perfectly! Can’t wait to use it!
Another aerial/yoga related present! My grandma got me a yoga wheel for my birthday! I have wanted this for a few months now. I have a exceptionally bendy back, very flexible, but needs strengthening. This yoga wheel interested me for the back flexibility and core strengthening uses. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but I’m super excited. There is an exercise that I do in my aerial yoga class that stretches and strengthens my back but I can’t do it at home because I don’t have an aerial hammock (yet) so I wanted to invest in more yoga props that will aid in achieving contortion status like I was in high school! My grandma probably saw my amazon wishlist and was like…”What the heck is that thing?” I can’t wait to use it, I plan to watch a bunch of videos and ask my aerial teachers if they know any cool stretches/exercises that utilize a yoga wheel!