Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wreck This Journal - a review by Emily of Chick Chat!

Hey y'all! Today I have my lovely friend Emily guest posting about her Wreck This Journal! If you're anything like me, taking a peek at other people's art is really exciting, and Em's journal is really cool! Hope you enjoy!
This summer I have spent a lot of time by myself and to stay occupied I have tried to devote some time to crafting. Making things has always been a way to cheer me up and also keep me inspired through downfalls.

A few years ago I got Jess a "Wreck This Journal" by Keri Smith and I had forgotten about it. Jess' constant creativity inspired me to pick one up while I was at school. I picked up my copy for $12 at Target. It's a wonderful book, and the tagline is "To create is to Destroy" which I completely agree with. There is nothing like taking something so new and pristine and creating works of art from it. 

Each page is dedicated to a method of destruction from pretending you are on the phone while doodling on an envelope to writing or drawing with your left hand to defacing ugly photos to collecting random things. 

I've filled in a bunch of pages this summer and I would like to share with some of them with you!

Above is the cover I did recently, and it turned out just how I imagined it would when I found the bag full of gems in my art closet. I wanted it to represent my multi-faceted and colorful personality.


I adore zebra patterns and I have been into my water color set lately so I decided to combine the two to create this on the title page. While I'm not close to finishing the book these are my favorite pages so far: 


This was one of the first pages I did, and I love rainbows. (if you couldn't tell)


This page I finished just last night and took about 4 episodes of Supernatural to complete. its almost a miniature copy of the quilt I am currently working on so I wanted to include that in my journal.


The instructions said to drip something here and close the book to make a print. It totally reminds me of those ink blot tests.


And this last page is probably one of my favorite pages in the entire book. Space has always intrigued me and I just found it fitting since Outer Space has always been the space outside the lines. I have so many ideas for the rest of the pages and can't wait to finish the rest of the book!


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About the Author:


Emily is studying Chemistry and Criminal Justice at James Madison University, and hopes to one day work in a forensics lab. She could totally be the next Abby from NCIS. She loves sci-fi TV shows; like Supernatural and Doctor Who, hanging out with her friends, and listening to music. She also participates on this blog as a contributor to Chick Chat! Follow Emily on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram!





Have you done any art projects recently?
What do you think of Wreck this Journal?

Monday, August 18, 2014

wanderlusting

 
  

 
Ever get the feeling where you want to disappear on a week-long camping trip, and hike and swim and kayak all over the place? That feeling has been so strong with me this summer. I've got a crazy amount of wanderlust that even two 300 mile roadtrips haven't been able to soothe. 

What is it about summer ending that makes us want to soak up every last second of sunlight? I've even been looking on craigslist for used canoes and kayaks to try and snag a deal! The thing is, I have no place to put it, and the closest river is at least 15 minutes away! What am I going to do with a boat in my suburban neighborhood?

Maybe someday I'll live in a log cabin on a waterfront and be able to go exploring at the drop of a hat. We'll see. For now, I'm wanderlusting.

What have you been itching to do lately?
Have you ever been kayaking?
What is your favorite hike?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Do Our Favorite Songs Define Us? A Guest Post by Carly of Chick Chat!

Hey everyone! I'm out of town for the week, so I asked a few friends to take over for me! Today I have my lovely friend Carly, who wrote a charming little piece about her favorite music! Enjoy!

The other day my mom and I were cleaning up the kitchen after fixing a meal for ourselves and my little brother. As we were washing dishes and clearing the table, we started something that's an everyday occurrence in our house: singing some classic Disney songs. I think it’s important to note here that my little brother has autism, and our songs help him move from one activity to another, so my family has gotten into the habit of busting out his favorite songs at a moment’s notice to keep things going. Now this particular instance, my mom and I were singing songs from The Jungle Book. I commented that this was never really one of my favorites growing up; I much preferred the tales of a royal lion and painting with the colors of the wind. However, being that it is a classic, I did know some of the songs from the movie and we sang a few. Then, my mom stated that the “song with Mowgli and the bear, about the simple things,” i.e. The Bear Necessities, was always one of her favorites.

 As soon as she mentioned that, I realized how fitting that seemed. My mom has always been the type of person who loved the simple things in life; give her a good meal, with people she loves and she’s pretty much the happiest person on the face of the earth. That got me thinking about my favorite songs, and if they fit my personality? Could my logic that a person’s favorite song says a lot about them apply to everyone? Maybe. But for me, definitely.

This is me by the way:
Let It Go by Demi Lovato on Grooveshark *totally not me, but she’s badass and sassy, plus who doesn’t want awesome ice powers am I right?*

Where were we? Oh yeah, I absolutely love music, I always have. My go-to genre is top forty, and it seems like I enjoy just about anything I hear on the radio (yes, even Nickelback and Miley, don’t judge). While I have noticed that my taste in music has varied somewhat throughout the years, I have found that there are a few songs that have stood the test of time and retained special places in my heart. As I got writing this post I realized just how long it would be if I talked in-depth about all of them, so I will limit it to two:

Up! - Shania Twain 

 Do any of you remember the days when good ole Shania was a reigning queen of music and made you fall in love with Canada? Anyone? Maybe it’s just me. I grew up with her music and this is probably my absolute favorite song of hers. I feel like it fits my personality in a couple of different ways.

It’s bubbly, upbeat and tons of fun to listen and dance to. The moral is that bad times will come around and are a part of life, but the good thing is that when they do, the only place we can go from there is up. Anyone who meets me tells me that I am so goofy, but they love me for it. (At least, I like to think they love that about me, haha) I love to dance and just have fun whenever I can, and I feel like blasting a song you love and having a spontaneous dance party for one is kinda the most fun thing ever.

I’ll admit I’ve had my fair share of tough times in my life, more than I want to get into on this post, but through it all I try to think to myself that it can and will get better from here. Then, I turn on a song and dance my little heart out. Honestly, I bet I’ve annoyed my family and roommates a few times by doing just that. But what’s wrong with just letting loose? I think people need to do that more often!

That's why I challenge all of you, to once a day, put on one song, crank up the volume, and just let it all out. Trust me; it’ll make getting through the day that much easier!

She Will be Loved - Maroon 5
*okay, I know this isn't a picture of the band, but how can you resist posting a shirtless Adam Levine?*
Ahh, Maroon Five! Probably my all-time favorite band. This song has always been one of my go-to’s ever since it came out way back when. I don’t know what it is really, I just love it. There’s something about the soothing melody and flowing lyrics that just speak to me. I think I also identify with the girl this song is about. In the first few lines she is described as a “beauty queen” but “has some troubles with herself.”

Like many, I find it hard to be confident with myself all the time, and the fact that the incredibly handsome Adam Levine is telling this girl she's beautiful and saying that "she will be loved" is reassuring and gives me hope. This is also one of those songs I feel like I can sing relatively well, so that may contribute to my liking it. Well, at least my shower head has never been like “hey girl, cool it with the soulful crooning, why don’t ya?”

I also love: 
“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes you Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
“Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood
and “Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato

I came across a quote a while ago that read “a girl’s favorite song will tell you more about her than words ever could.” Sadly, I don’t remember who it was attributed to or even where I saw it. But I’d like to think that it holds some truth, not just for girls but for anyone out there.

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About the Author:


Carly is a college student working on a degree in Psychology. She loves TV and movies, down time with her friends (margarita night anyone?), and baking lemon bars. Sassy and quirky to a fault, she loves life and finds joy in the little things. She also participates on this blog as a contributor to Chick Chat! Follow Carly on Pinterest and Twitter!






Do you agree with Carly? 
If so, what do you think your favorite song says about you?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Last night, Sabrina and I made these yummy double chocolate banana muffins. They were quick, easy, and great with a glass of milk and a romantic comedy. This recipe was adapted from Inside BruCrew Life's version.

To make these muffins, you will need:

2 medium bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup greek yogurt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1/3 tbsp cocoa powder 
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or dark)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then slowly add the wet and stir with by hand or with a mixer. Once mixed together, scoop into muffin tin with 1/4 cup scoops. Pop into the oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Once cooled, serve and enjoy!

What is your favorite chocolate treat?
If you make these muffins, let me know how you like them!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

If My Blog Were A House - Tag

 
  
The object of this tag is to design a house based on your blog, kind of like a lookbook or mood board. This is not necessarily your personal dream house (even though I feel living in "this house" would be totally killer!), but a house that would keep up with the style of your blog. I stayed with the black, white, gray, pink, and red that are common in my blog design. With the details, I made sure I had lots of flowers and graphic prints, and a simplistic charm about it. 

I tag everyone!

What would your blog's house look like?
If you do this tag, be sure to link me to it!
I'd love to look at "your house!"

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Too Cool For School - A Simple Outfit Post

Hey y'all, it's that time of year again! Back to school! I've been spending the past few days getting my school supplies together, finding my textbooks online, and getting classes all registered. Soon it will be fall! How crazy is that? I feel like it should still be May!

I've been watching a lot of "Freaks and Geeks" lately, and I think it inspired this outfit. It's got kind of a "hanging out with the bad kids" punky kind of vibe, complete with a vintage tee and torn denim vest.

Another special part of this outfit are the lovely sunglasses provided to me by Kameleonz! I've been wearing them almost every day! Kameleonz are a design-your-own sunglass brand with tons of interchangeable arms and colors to pick from! I picked the frames in Bali, and been loving the blues, greens, and purples that the lenses give off. For a special treat, you can use coupon code SUMMER to get 20% off of your order from Kameleonz!

Top - Thrifted // Vest - Thrifted // Skirt - Old Navy // Pearls - a gift // Shakespeare pin - a gift // Yellow Bow Button - Modern Girl Blitz // Shoes - Forever21 // Sunglasses - c/o Kameleonz

What are you looking forward to this fall?
What Kameleonz shades would you pick?

Friday, August 8, 2014

How to Break Up with Your Makeup

I'm a little bit of a hoarder. What Jenna Marbles calls a "goo hoarder." I've got tons of beauty products. Beauty products I use, beauty products I don't use, beauty products I've used once, beauty products I'll never use again. All of these products, and I have no idea how I've accumulated so many of them.

Okay, you've got the essentials, the gifts that you've received, the subscription box products, the department store samples, the PR samples, the products you thought would change your life but didn't, and so many more. If you're like me, it's about time to break up with your makeup.

Breaking up with your makeup is relatively easy. First, dump all of your makeup, ALL of it, in the middle of a table, floor, storage bin, etc. Seriously, make sure you have all of it. Empty it from your purse, your car, your bathroom, your desk, any place that you could've possibly been storing your beauty products. Once that's done, you want to sort it into 4 piles.

Definitely Need to Keep - Those products you love and use often.Your holy grail or high end products that you keep coming back to time after time.

Never Used / On The Fence - where you put those products that you aren't sure about, are brand new or very gently used (like swatched.) These are usually higher end products you could potentially sell on eBay, swap on a swapping site, or even give as part of a gift to someone else. Items you could get money for. Other items that aren't quite as valuable go in the next category.

Donate / Give Away - Your used or unsellable products like samples that your friends might like to pick through. I have an entire bin that I let my friends pick through whenever they come over. It's usually filled with items from ipsy or birchbox that I never used, nail polish I got tired of, etc. 

Trash / Repurchase - put the products that have dried out, you've damaged, used up, need to repurchase, or just plain hated in this pile. Make a note to repurchase or to never purchase ever again.

I cleaned out over half of my makeup with this method, and if you're feeling a little cluttered in the beauty department, I suggest you do so too! It's easy and actually pretty fun. I rediscovered a few gems that were buried in the bottom of my makeup basket, and my friends were stoked to find out that I added "new" stuff to the junk bin!

Have you ever drastically cleaned your makeup supply?
What are your product addictions? 
I'm stuck on lipstick and nailpolish!