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I’m a little grumpy today. In honor of my peevish mood, I’ve decided to vent to the world. Before I go further I should state that I am not that girl who snobbishly sneers at style offenders but I am the girl who wishes to save the world from further infractions (having committed enough of my own).

Prepare for a generally ranty post.

Summer Style tips

1. Less is More. Literally. You are going to roast if you try to cover up, so slap on that SPF and enjoy the weather before it’s hibernation season again.

2. There is such a thing as shorts that are too short.* Letting those twigs get some much-needed rays is a must. But if any, I MEAN ANY, butt cleavage is showing you have gone too far. Invest in similar style but inches longer.

3. Crop tops are in… but. Muffin tops are not. I’m sorry. I know it’s not fair. It’s how I felt when über lowrise jeans came in style… unfortunately some styles just don’t suit everyone.

4. Tank tops don’t have to be tight. Play with different fabrics, styles, and drapes. If your belly button is making some sort of timbit sized indentation on your silhouette, go up a size. Style isn’t about what size you wear, it’s about how you rock it.

5. Make-up. Wear less. You will be more comfortable and have less touch ups. A great day cream with SPF is a must and if you have problem skin try a BB cream in your shade (or cheat and mix some lightweight foundation in with your cream, that way you will get the perfect match). liquid blushes are also a great addition to summer makeup as the are lightweight and long-lasting in the heat.

* I should note that my editor, that is my BF, found issue with #2. As if there were some concern that this post could potentially hamper the occasional butt cheek sighting. So perhaps the dudes appreciate the look more than I do 🙂

End Rant.

K

I’ve just unlocked the Custom CCS upgrade on WordPress and am looking forward to making some changes to the look and feel of the blog. The content will be the same but the changes I have planned will make the site easier to navigate and add some personal touches to the design.

I’m excited but also not naive, I know that changing the look of the blog will be time-consuming and will involve a lot of work and learning. Thanks for your patience while I tinker away, I hope you enjoy the changes you’ll be seeing over the coming months.  🙂

I love people watching. I love people. We are such interesting characters in our own little worlds.

Two specific people watching moments I love:

1. Couples. (Especially ones holding hands). Happy people just make me happy. That joy is just infectious to me. Partners are so funny too aren’t they? I especially love when a couple looks so different. One partner in corporate business attire and the other with dreads and a hemp backpack. Visually different but gloriously similar to have found l.o.v.e.

2. People reading. Watching someone read is like watching a waking dream. People get so beautifully entranced by a story. I love trying to guess what someone is reading, and when I can’t take it anymore politely asking.

Here’s to summer patios and people watching.
K

I love oatmeal and I love apple pie.
But what I love even more, is a good desert without the guilt.

So I decided to make a healthy ode to both of my favorite’s.

Mini Oatmeal Apple Pies

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Crust Ingredients (wet):
1 snack size Mott Applesauce, unsweetened (111g)
2 tbsp Oil
2 eggs
4 tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla

Crust Ingredients (dry):
1 tbsp brown Sugar
5 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1tsp cloves
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cup oats

1. Mix wet ingredients together.
2. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients together.
3. Combine wet and dry ingredients into one bowl. Mix well.
3. Grease a muffin tin.
4. Fill each muffin cup with a rounded spoon of crust.
5. Use a spoon to mold the crust to the cup, creating a cup for your apple filling.

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Apple Filling:
2 apples chopped
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp Pinnacle Whipped Vodka (insert your choice liquor here)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
dash of nutmeg
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp flour

1. Mix all filling ingredients together.
2. Scoop a rounded spoon of apple filling into each oatmeal cup.

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Bake your Oatmeal Apple Pies in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 – 25 mins or until the sides look sufficiently browned. Serve with a mint leaf.

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Enjoy!
K.

Arghhh. I’m on the train. I tried to be productive during this 4 hour trip. I failed.

You would think that a beginner level boho style, 1970’s shawl pattern would be easy to find. I thought this and I was wrong, wrong, wrong. I checked ravelry and did random google searches. A failed 3 hours I spent sifting though pattern after pattern. I’m no further ahead than when I started. All I want is something simple and something easy, because I’m no pro at crochet.

And, why is it that every beginner level pattern directs you to instructions that sound like a foreign language? I think that beginner should imply that the intended audience does not yet speak crochet-ese…

The quest for my festival shawl continues.

If anyone has some helpful hints/ links, that would be amazing!

When I spied this tutorial over at Mr. Kate I had to give it a go. Here are the results of some friends and I playing with cheap phone cases, bathroom caulking and random bits & bobs.

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Mr. Kate goes over all the particulars, but here are a few more tips from my experience:

1. Try to pick a caulk that is low odor. Truthfully I don’t even know if one exists. But these pretties were smelly, even after putting a fan in the room. Afterwards we noted the warning to not inhale the curing fumes of the caulk … eeeppp I’m going to ask a pro at home depot before my nostrils are subjected to this craft again.

2. When pushing in one of your decorations, try to get the caulk to surround the outer edges (almost framing the item to keep it in place). I’ve already had one or two gemstones plop off because I only placed them on top of the caulk and it isn’t the best adhesive.

3. Try clear caulk with sparkles instead of putting the sparkles just on top the caulk (the inside of my purse is now a pink sparkle party. I’m definitely going to give this a go myself.

Other than the above this was a fun project to try with supplies easily purchased from your local dollar store. I’m happy with the result, my phone is now a confection the little mermaid might take to an underwater party? 🙂

K

I’ve been loving the wide eyed dolly, gyaru style makeup. The accessory of choice for this look, Circle Lenses.

I just bought my first pairs from www.pinkyparadise.com.

It was very important for me when looking for the lenses that I buy from a reputable source. I conducted a lot of research prior to selecting Pinky Paradise and the lens brands GEO and Vassan. I’m glad that I did, I stumbled upon two blogs I’ve already added to my google reader. Both blogs have great lens descriptions and reviews, combined with artful makeup application. I hope you like them!

http://fenuabeaute.blogspot.ca/

&

http://www.ekiblog.com/

I’m so excited to get the lenses I ordered. I bought a pair of princess mimi sesame grey lenses by GEO and a pair of rainbow eyes light greenish lenses by Vassan. The site has an amazing sale right now; if you buy two pairs you receive a free surprise pair. I can’t wait to see which surprise pair I get!

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I’ll be sure to provide a review of my own of Pinky Paradise and the lenses once I receive them.

Ta Ta for now
K

*Images from Pinky Paradise.