most of you have probably guessed (it was pretty obvious) my big news. it’s my new (bigger, better, more awesome) blog. i’ve got a pretty amazing giveaway going, so check it out! and while you’re at it, update your readers with the new address. xoxo.
Category Archives: art
in an ongoing effort to improve myself as a designer, i’ve made a pact to learn one new photoshop “trick” per week. up this week? tilt shifting. in layman’s terms, it’s the act of tweaking a photo to make it seem almost toy-like. some people hate it because you’re distorting reality. well, so it using too much contrast, but i’m not hating. it’s fun to do once in a while and it’s amazing what a few simple steps can do to really change the look of a photo.
*it looks better larger, so click the image.
i’m a bargain hunter/appreciator like a lot of people. i’m a reformed starbucks addict. most of my clothing basics come from target or old navy. i “shop my own closet” and use basic retail math. my every day (favorite) watch is a $40 timex. and one of my favorite things in life is finding something i’ve been lusting after for months, on sale. with that said, i do believe in buying for quality, not quantity. for example, i refuse to buy cheaper knockoffs of my beloved frye boots. the materials and workmanship can’t be beat and my 2 pairs are going on 3 years old and get more beautiful with each wear. side note: my cpw (cost per wear) of those babies has to be under a dollar. no joke.
i, like most people, have found places to cut back. one of those places had been with my makeup. not that i wear a lot, but as i’ve run out of my preferred items, i’ve replaced them with more cost-effective ones. prime example is my mascara. for the past 6 months (two tubes) i’ve been using my old standby from origins. it’s fine, but not great. for christmas, santa was nice enough to drop a sephora gift card into my stocking. i finally cashed it in recently and among my lute was my beloved, oh-so-amazing, diorshow mascara. kids, i forgot how little dior messes around when it comes to beauty products. my mom swears by their eye shadow (though i’ve never bitten that expensive bullet) and i’m telling you, there is not a better mascara on the market. i know $24 seems like a lot for mascara, but i’m telling you, it’s worth every penny. and if you just eliminate two starbucks visits or two movie rentals per month, it can be yours. to help illustrate this, i’ve broken down the cpw, or in this case, the cpu (cost per use).
dear baby violet,
you finally decided to show yesterday and i couldn’t be more thrilled for you. you get to go home with an awesome family who will love every inch of your baby yumminess. not only that, your mom is one of the coolest people i know and i am so thankful, every day, to have her as a friend. and your dad, well, seeing how much he loves your mom makes me all warm inside. i can’t imagine how thrilled he is to now share his love with THREE girls.
i can’t wait to meet you in a few weeks, but until then keep your head warm with these hats. i’m hoping they beat you home from the hospital. the violet one is for now and the bob marley hat is for a few months down the road. i think you’ll think they’re WICKED cool. your mom taught me that word, btw.
all my love,
p.s. it does not always snow this much in dc, don’t worry.