Friday, April 11, 2014

Current Loves: Spring is Here! ♥

Avocado toast Playing pool for the first time Finishing all of MTV'S The Challenge seasons AND starting the new season: Free Agents! Finally receiving the photoalbum I made with pictures of the boyfriend and I and our wild adventures during the holidays Blue frootloops starting a new blogilates calendar Dove Purely Pampering Pistachio cream with Magnolia body wash Watching a new Shameless episode under a soft pink blanket + eating ice cream Yummy salad for lunch Painting and/or drawing something everyday Starting to use Instagram again Going for walks around the neighbourhood without having to wear a coat Frozen Yogurt at nomnom's! Cake batter with nuts + Reese's pieces morning cuddles hanging out with friends getting tickets for concerts and festivals!  the fact that it's Friday!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Art Post: Bioshock Tattoo

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm currently working on a Bioshock tattoo design. My boyfriend is a huge fan of the game and wants to get a full sleeve, so he challenged me to come up with a design! I have no idea if it's going to work out since I'm not very experienced when it comes to tattoo design, but it gives me a nice project to work on and also gives me a good reason to dive into this game and get to know its fascinating story, characters and artwork!

I don't know if anyone is interested, but I thought it would be nice to show you guys a bit of my process so far since it's been a while since I did art posts like this.
This is a statue from the Songbird. I helped my boyfriend get it as a graduation gift as he'd been obsessing over it for weeks. Especially after we randomly stumbled across TWO of them at a videogame store (they're pretty hard to get by at a reasonable price)! It's really cool and really well made. I hope we can start an awesome collection of figures like this!
I'm trying to read up on it as much as I can (since I'm not a gamer playing the game would take me forever), so I also started reading the book
Always with a nice cup of tea of course :)
The first stage is just a lot of research and sketching, getting familair with the characters and various objects from the game and getting to know their meaning. 
It's a lot of fun to me because everything is so creative and interesting and I keep finding out new things!
Listening to the soundtrack for more inspiration :) and cool artwork on the side of the statue's box.
This is a sketch of what I'd like the top half to look like, but I'm gonna need to do A LOT more test sketches to piece everything together nicely. I'm a little stuck right now to be honest, so I'm just working on other small projects and will get back to it again in a few days. It's going to take a lot more work, but I'm excited!
Is anyone familair with Bioshock? What are your favorite things about it?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Online Loves: weddings & skulls ♥

Just a few of my favorite things I stumbled across online the past few days...

This girlie grunge skull necklace by Betsey Johnson - *drool*
This wedding at Voodoo Doughnut - so cute and such lovely pictures!

This beautiful video by Honey Maid - I'll admit.. it made me tear up a little bit.

This gorgeous owl tattoo by Annie Frenzel - the glasses, the hearts, the pink! So unique.

This wedding cake by Black Cherry Cake Company - check out their awesome website!

This cover by Alkaline Trio of The Cure's Cut Here - Can't wait to see them again in June!!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Review: Joico Color Intensity PINK hairdye

Since the place where I usually buy my pink Stargazer hairdye isn't around the corner anymore, I thought this would be a nice opportunity to try some other brands! I got this dye at the so called 'The Beauty Supply Centre', a place where you can buy professional/salon hairproducts. They had this Joico Color Intensity PINK creme hairdye, which I had never seen or heard of before and looked pretty interesting. For around $14 CAD I got this 118 ml tube. Let's see how it works for me shall we...

What I always do is I dilute my pink dye with conditioner because:
     1. it'll last me longer (and since I touch up my hair once a week that saves me a lot of money) and
     2. because the color on itself is usually way too dark and
     3. because one tube/bottle of the hairdye itself usually isn't even enough to dye my whole head of hair
So I did the same thing as usual: I dumped a lot of cheap conditioner in a tub and added a small squeeze of dye. which is usually enough. With this dye I only got a really pale pink though, which is pretty but not the kind of pink I wanted to go for. So I added more... and more.. and more... until I used over half of the tube and decided to stop before I would use it all up in one go. (you always want the mixture to be a bit darker than the colour you're going for)

Then I applied to mixture all over my hair and covered it with a showercap and left it on for about one hour. What I did notice was that it didn't stain my skin as bad as my usual dye, but I actually don't consider that to be a good thing because to me it feels like then the color won't stick to my hair as well either.

Eventually I rinsed my hair with luke warm water, let it air dry and styled it as usual with some moroccan oil and a straightener + heat protecting spray. And this is the finished result! Left in natural light, right with the light from our regular lamps.

It basically gave me the same result as my usual Stargazer dye, I just needed a lot more pink dye to get the color I wanted. I simply don't feel like spending $14 every other week. I don't know what it will look like after one wash, but I feel it will fade just as much as the Stargazer dye (which means touching it up every week if you want to keep it vibrant). Maybe if you just want some strands of pink hair this product is great, but other than that I wouldn't recommend it.

For next time I'm actually planning on ordering Jerome Russel Punky Colour in Flamingo Pink, since I was very impressed with the turquoise I had a few years ago (and it's only $9.39 on Amazon!). I'll do a review on that as well when I do :)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

*Thursday Wisdom*

Just a little wisdom for this Thursday... I think it's such a beautiful quote. It might just be my all time favorite!
Hope you'll have a lovely day 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Spring To-Do List!

We've had two sunny, above zero degrees celcius days in a row! Hooray! It instantly put me in an even better mood and motivates me to do things. So I hereby present you...

My spring to-do-list:
Things I want to do: start doing yoga, eat lots of fruit, buy/grow spring flowers, find the perfect spring tea, go out for drinks and/or ice cream and hang out outside, swing on a swing, go for walks (preferably hand in hand :) ), start running again, practice pin-up style hair updo's for the opcoming hot weather, clean out my bookmarks/back-up computer/etc.
My wishlist: a cute off the shoulder dress, hair flowers, a (pink) camera, lipstick and a nice new perfume that's perfect for warmer weather (any recommendations?)
Spring Wishlist

Clothes/accessories I can't wait to dig out of my closet again: my light leopard print coat, high waisted jean shorts, magenta ballet flats, pink heart shaped sunnies, my hot pink Hello Kitty Loungefly purse, knee high socks (without tights underneath, finally!) 
Books I want to read: The Art of the Teese by Dita von Teese and anything else that is easy to read. Do you know any books I MUST read?
Some things I want to cook: lots of quinoa salad, homemade pizza with lots of fresh toppings (peppers, arugula, tomatoes nomnomnom), Orange Creamsicle French Toast 
On my to-bake list for this spring are: oatmeal lemon creme bars (probably will make these for easter! They're a big hit every time I make them), strawberry cheesecake, Coca-Cola Cupcakes with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting 
What I'll drink: lemon/mint/cucumber water, floral green tea, fresh mint tea, Blogilates Detox water for Craving Control and Beautiful Skin & iced green tea!
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Now pleasepleaseplease don't let there be any more snow...

Monday, March 24, 2014

♥ Current Loves: Super Kid and Pink Hotels ♥

I feel like every post of mine lately is about things I love/am excited for, but I don't care (I love it)! I like to document my life, and how I usually do that in my regular journal is by making lists like these and write about them a bit more in detail. Sometimes I can barely get three (my minimum) on that list, and sometimes I simply can't stop! I think it's good to write down things that make you happy, because you tend to forget about them so easily.For some reason the sometimes sucky times in life overshadow the nice things in no time (for me anyway). I think it's important to keep counting your blessings every day and find beauty in the little things. How about you write down the things that make you happy and/or you're thankful for right now?

Things that make me happy right now...

The fact that we just had the first day of spring! (let's just forget about the fact we got snow right after)
Finally I sat down and gave my blog a much needed make over! I needed something cleaner, simpler and lighter. Do you like? Because I do! The one thing I like about Spring is that you get to break out of that dark, stuffy hibernation mode and freshen everything up!
Finally getting to touch up my roots and have fresh, shiny pink hair again
Finding the most amazing ice cream at Laura Secord (Super Kid and Bubblegum Swirl, with actual bubblegum pieces)
the fact we still had another tub of said ice cream in the freezer the next day. Omnomnom
Preparing dinner together
Getting to contribute to my boyfriend's Bioshock Songbird statue that he's been wanting to get for ages
Cleaning and tidying up our living space
These tarot cards designed by Aya Takano
baby being born! And getting to hold such a cute little boy in your arms
♥ Drinking hot water with fresh lemon
Blogilates' best stretches for chilling out
The Grand Budapest Hotel! We went to see it last night and it was amazing. Beautiful sets, great actors (especially 'Voldemort' hehe) and lots of laughs. Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom) does it again!
Starting to work on my new project: a Bioshock tattoo sleeve 
Getting tickets for Amnesia Rock Fest and The Mad Caddies!
Planning cute little surprises
Drinking tea together on a Sunday morning
Sweet emails and conversations with my family back in the Netherlands
Playing around with the PhotoWonder app

Monday, March 17, 2014

My favorite things: MTV, grapefruits and candy.

Hello everyone! Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm not big on green and today is just a regular Monday so I don't think we'll be doing anything. I'm so excited about spring being so close. The other day we had a lovely warm spring day, only to be surprised by a massive snow storm the day after. Really now Canada?! It gives me hope though, those few above zero days when I can walk around the neighbourhood without a scarf or freezing toes :)

Up there are some things I'm really into right now/look forward to. First off: MTV's The Challenge. For those who don't know, it's a game show with people from The Real World shows. The boyfriend and I have been going through the seasons like crazy and right now we're at Battle of the Exes (and massively hoping that CT and Diem will get back together).

Yesterday we were running some errands and had to go to a mall that had a Target! Hooray! I picked up some beauty products and one of my favorites is my new St. Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter lotion. I'm crazy about both lotion and oatmeal so it's a match made in heaven for me. It smells delicious, is not sticky at all and makes my skin nice and soft. While waiting at the mall my boyfriend got me this pink Vitamin Water. I thought it looked so pretty and it just made me smile. It also tasted good, which is another plus. I'm also obsessed with grapefruits and Starbursts! Omnomnom red and pink ones.

And last but not least I'm super excited about Amnesia Rock Fest :D it has one of the greatest line-ups ever including Alkaline Trio!! I really hope we get to go there. No never mind, we MUST go there.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fortune Cookies Know it All.

I feel like slowly but surely I'm starting to get back into drawing mode. It feels like ages ago since I picked up a pencil and made an effort to draw something. Needless to say, I'm very rusty and it feels like I have to learn everything all over again. Maybe I'll start one of those drawing challenges soon... I really need to keep working on my skills! I'm doing pretty well with my goal to take pictures every day though ^^ Here are some shots from the last few days...

 I am prepared, mr fortune cookie!
 I will never stop drooling over my precious pink Alkaline Trio record
 Been cutting pictures from some old magazines (one of my all time favorite things to do!)
Morning pilates on my pretty new pink flowery mat!
More magazine clippings
Practise makes perfect. Hopefully.
We have our late night sugar cravings every once in a while... 

Hope everyone had a nice first week of March! Spring finally seems to be on its way to Canada (even though it's still FREEZING, at least the sun is shining and the snow is slowly melting) 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Baby, it's cold outside.

Just when I decided to get back into the habit of taking photo's on a daily basis, my camera decides to die on me. I've had it for 4 years now though so it's not much of a surprise.. it has survived many vacations and seen so many things. I've been lusting over the newer version in pink for a while now, so now that's another thing to add to my list of things to save up for :) luckily until then, I still have my phone to take pictures with!

This morning I woke up to find a box filled with these pretty donuts! Even though I don't necessarily enjoy eating donuts, just the look of them makes me happy! Especially ones with rainbow sprinkles n.n

A few days earlier I woke to find something else that made me smile! My dear friend Alexandra from Spain sent me this! My first fun mail in Canada!

Zhe boyfriend got me these pretty new earrings c: pink and sparkly.. what more could I ask for?

My new favorite place to get tea is this place called Teavana. We recently got an amazing one called Sakura Allure (even the name alone is amazing). It's flowery green tea and there are actual little flower buds in there. It's really sweet, almost candy like and smells amazing! The other one is plain loose green tea, which will always be my go to tea.

After 2+ weeks I figured it was about time to clean up my Valentine's Day bouquet. I never like getting rid of flowers because then it's so empty again :( still can't bring myself to throw away these pretty dried roses haha.

Other sweetness... this interview with Kate Gabrielle from scathingly brilliant Especially love her answer on 'What are your dreams?' Cherry Dollface's new house tour can my future home look like this plz? So cute! The Great Gatsby movie finally got to watch it and I absolutely loved the sets, outfits, music... it was pure eye candy to me. The Mad Caddies - drinking for 11 Pinning on my tea Pinterest board.. it makes me want to collect tea sets! 

Today I did some cleaning, pilates and tea drinking and in a bit we're probably going to browse the bookstore and get some food! Sounds like a good start of the week to me. Hope your week is starting off good as well!