Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lady Mixalot–Drama Queen


Another name could be…Songs to pretend you’re Marilyn Monroe in a bathtub. So, if you’re feeling particularly dramatic, romantic, or want something mellow, here are some tunes for you and your bubbles. This mix is one for those in love, experiencing heartache or daydreaming of the one. It’s ok to cry or smile or laugh like a loonie. Listen here.

Let it out, ladies.

Track list:
1. Our Love Is Easy – Melody Gardot
2. Trash – Lana Del Rey
3. Misty – Ella Fitzgerald
4. So Sorry – Feist
5. A Cup Of Coffee – Garbage
6. All Is Full Of Love – Bjork
7. Baby – Warpaint
8. Something to Live For – Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright
9. Ne Me Quitte Pas – Nina Simone
10. Miss Me – Eleni Mandell
11. So This Is Goodbye – Stina Nordenstam

Drama Queen from ballerinafingers on 8tracks.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Health Kick–Strawberries

I went strawberry picking again this weekend to stock up on one of my favorite fruits in the sunshine. It’s so nice to see where they are grown and actually choose each strawberry myself. They smelled so beautiful, I could lay in those fields for hours.

I encourage you to look for your local pick-your-own farm, grab a basket and start picking!

Strawberries can help prevent cataracts, some types of cancer, wrinkles, lower cholesterol, boost antioxidants and taste delicious.

x Strawberry fruit leather. I’ve also tried! So good but took so long.

x Make your own strawberry masks. I’m a maskaholic as you might already know.

x Bake up some classic strawberry shortcakes.

x Strawberry Vanilla and Strawberry Balsamic Jam.

x Video tutorial on dying clothes with strawberries. I’ve tried it. So pretty.

x An interesting recipe for Grilled Salmon with Strawberries. What?! Sounds strange but delicious.

x Strawberry Margarita’s in a jar. Yes.


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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thoughts During Yoga: Is my mascara running?

Let's be real here - if shavasana is the first time during yoga that you need to tell yourself not to fart, you've had a pretty good class. Then again, you might shavasana at the beginning of class.

I always wear makeup when I go to a Yoga class. I was thinking about this earlier while I was on the mat in my living room. I wonder if I’m the only girl in class that does this? I'm pretty new to this class so I haven’t had the chance to look around. The class has been packed full of people so I stay in my spot, keep to myself am more focused on listening and breathing.

When I took adult ballet classes I was all made-up as well. Same goes for visiting the in-laws, grocery store…basically the only time my face is naked is at home with my Husband. That’s pretty common, right?

Every now and then I’ll go places with a bare face but hearing “Are you tired? You look tired.” every time put me off pretty quickly. I am very comfortable being bare faced around Ryan and he has never made any comments. He hasn’t even looked at me differently when I don’t have makeup on. I am lucky or he clearly needs glasses.

While I was on the mat, practicing my sweet moves, I was full of these thoughts and tried to convince myself that it’s because makeup is FUN and Yoga is fun and fun fun fun, duh! But realistically I think it’s because my Mom (and other mother figures) have never left the house without putting their face on. Also, my Dad likes his ladies to be pretty and I grew up thinking that makeup is instant pretty. Sigh

So this the beauty of practicing Yoga! I start to ask myself more questions:

- Why do I feel like I need to get dolled up to sweat it out?
- Is my Yoga instructor totally talking about me when she talks about not having to be perfect all the time (I don’t think I am but the makeup might speak otherwise)?
- Why am I so concerned about this anyway?
- Vain much?

“When your evaluation of self changes, when you feel differently about yourself, everything about you changes: your thoughts, feelings, emotions - every aspect of your behavior. The way you interpret and respond to the events in your life will also change. You will perceive the specific circumstances of your daily life differently because you'll have a new awareness and vantage point. You'll have less fear, fewer worries, more enthusiasm for life, and you will spontaneously become more effective in all you choose to do.”  - Moving Into Stillness by E. Shiffmann

I may never say good bye to makeup forever (ha) because it IS fun and I love buying it, applying it and wearing it. However, I do hope that the more I practice the less I’ll feel the need to wear some of it and the less offended I’ll be if someone says something not so nice to hear.

(queue Natalie Wood singing “I feel pretty!”)

Do you wear makeup while you work out? I know it’s probably so bad for my face as my pores open up and all that but I’m curious! Plus I need some sweat proof makeup tips. ;)


Illustration by Gemma Correll of course!

Monday, June 11, 2012

We’re 2!

Picture 415Picture 051021Picture 091R&Kwedding 053Today we’re celebrating our two year anniversary! These are just some favorite photos from one of the happiest moments of my life.

I love you, Ryan.xxxx

Sunday, June 10, 2012


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We had a little bit of sunshine yesterday but totally took advantage of it. Ryan and I went to visit our good friends in Hartley yesterday and we all wandered down to the fair. We saw the RSPCA dog show and I think my favorite competition was “Wiggliest Tail”… it was like cute dog overload.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!xx

((Please visit the RSPCA site for more information))

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

At the fair

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Off to watch more of the Queen’s festivities!

Hope everyone’s having a nice long Diamond Jubilee weekend and a good week everywhere else.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Other people’s dogs


Justin. This is too much

Baby Matzah.

Baby Matzah is ridiculously cute.


via whiskey soaked cherries via justin chung