Monday, March 7, 2016

Photography Adventures: Makeup Loves!

So lately I've been playing around with my Nikon camera more. As I continue to learn the functions on my camera, it has inspired me to work on different blog layouts. Yesterday afternoon I transformed the dining room into my own little studio. (It also double as my sewing area when I have to cut out a large pattern. It has many uses.) 

Photography can get expensive. With all of the equipment from backgrounds to lighting and beyond, for someone like me, I need to figure out what I'm doing before I take it to that level.  So for this post I focused on photographing some of my makeup and a few earrings. I'm still learning how to navigate how to achieve the best picture I'm satisfied, but this picture was my favorite out of the bunch.

This is usually my go to for makeup. If I do wear makeup, (like if I'm in a hurry), I usually wear  eyeliner and mascara if nothing else. When I have time, then I'll add more color with either the nude palette or go bold with a brighter more noticeable color.

Makeup (From top to bottom):
||  Electric Palette: Urban Decay  ||  Manga & Manga Rock Mascara both in Blackest Black: L'Oreal  ||  Summer Cruise Blue Eyeliner: Sephora  ||  Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil: NARS  ||  Black Black Eyeliner: Wet n' Wild  ||   Great Lash in Blackest Black: Maybelline  ||  Wild Thing Lipstick: H&M  ||

Earrings (From top to bottom):
|| Spiked Ear Jackets: Forever 21  ||  Rhinestone Ear Jackets: Macy's  ||  Gold & Fabric Earrings: World Market  ||

Monday, February 15, 2016

Amazon Prime Now Review

Hi all! I know it's been a while, but here is a post on my most recent venture. Amazon has had a grocery system in place for a little while, but they have recently introduced Prime Now, which for Amazon Prime users can order certain items, (like food and such) and have them delivered that same day. If you choose a later time in the day, it's free, but one-hour delivery will cost you $7.99 and sometimes the one-hour delivery is not available. You order through the app, (they have it for both Apple and Droid), and you login to it as you would your Amazon account.

I decided to give a try. I'm usually running around on weekends grocery shopping so this helps quite a bit. Shockingly so, they even have better prices than some major retailers. The only thing is if you are not buying but a couple of items, you'd come out better simply by going to the store because they do ask you to tip your driver. So make sure you have a nice list when ordering. The downside for right now is that they are still limited on what they sell, but I know the more people use the service, they'll expand how much product they carry.

So depending on your order, you may also have to be home when they arrive. Since I had perishable foods they had to go straight into the refrigerator. 

So as you can see I chose to have my delivery for between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. What I really like is that when your driver leaves the fulfillment center, they sent you a text message and on a map you can track your driver to see exactly where they are. There was never a guessing game since I could follow his course. Now you are probably wondering what the box is at the bottom with the warning label. Well that was the only hiccup in my delivery. It was a box containing dry ice which the guy who brought my food was not supposed to leave it with me. When I called Amazon as instructed on the box, they were supposed to send someone to pick it up, It's now a week later and it's still sitting on my porch.

Part of the reason I decided to order through Prime Now was because they were running a special. First time users of Prime Now received $10 off their first purchase and with a separate code could get a free box of chocolate with purchase. So after was said and done, I purchased about $50 worth of food for about $20, including tip. Now that is not an all the time thing, but it was worth it to give it a try.

So here's what I got...

I know it doesn't seem like I bought a lot, but things add up. But I must admit I did grab a steal. The chocolate was free and the mascara was only $1.60 so I bought two! It usually retails for $6.99. Yeah there was no way I was passing that up! For the most part the prices were comparable, but like I said some prices beat even the retailers claiming to have the lowest prices. And for my non-dairy, Vegan and Vegetarian friends, they didn't leave us out at all. And since they are adding new items all the time, I've noticed that they have a growing selection of items that compete with the higher prices we have to pay in the stores.

There is nothing like free chocolate, especially dark chocolate! But, unfortunately, even the dark chocolate mix contained milk so the other people in the house enjoyed it on my behalf. But that's okay because I had a backup Haribo gummy bears!

And of course tonight I checked to see if they had more and they were gone! That made me very sad, but I know where to get more.

So all in all Amazon Prime Now is a great service so far. I'd definitely use it again, but they need to restock the Haribo gummy bears before I do!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Sew In Love: Fall Tapestry Takeover (Jacket)

So without further ado, here is the tapestry jacket I'd been working on. This particular project has been a year in the making. Sometimes I make patterns from scratch, but this time I decided to find a pattern close enough for me to manipulate to my liking. For me, I was specifically on the hunt for a pattern that complimented an over sized hood. It's not that I'm a lazy sewer, but practical. It's one thing to make a pattern from scratch, it's another to have to also create facings, linings, and a hood. I knew when I saw this pattern, I immediately saw this jacket.

So here's the pattern I used:

McCall's Pattern 6800 - Here I used style "C", but I went ahead and incorporated the detachable hood from style "D". 

I wasn't sure that I wanted to do one of the longer styles, but I didn't want it to be too long. This was the first time I'd ever worked with tapestry fabric, and it was a challenge to deal with such a heavyweight fabric. This fabric is normally used in home decor and furniture so it's very thick, although incredibly warm. I couldn't use the normal thread and ended up using an upholstery weight thread. Since the tapestry fabric is very busy, I split it up with some vegan pleather (faux leather). The lining is standard black lining, nothing special there. I wanted a fairly straight-cut pattern because I wanted to draw attention to the hood. And because of the fabric thickness, I ended up making a mock closure using buttons on the outside and large snaps to secure the front.

This was also the first time I had the opportunity to work with a friend, and fellow photographer, Dawn Ronco. All of these amazing pictures are her doing. Thank you Dawn, I look forward to more photo sessions with you!

(Photo by Dawn Ronco)

(I have to note that this is my favorite picture from the session!)

 (Photo by Dawn Ronco)

(Photo by Dawn Ronco)

(I also really love this one. Any excuse to climb up in a tree is good enough for me!)

(Photo by Dawn Ronco)

|| Jacket: Made by Me | Heavy Leggings: H&M | Boots: Breckelle's ||

How do you fall in love with fall?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Food Fun: Honeycrisp Apple Tarts

Wow two posts this week! I'm on a roll!

Recently I went to Fresh Market, (a grocery store). to do some grocery shopping and stumbled across this recipe for an apple tart. I am an apple girl all the way and every year around mid to end September the Honeycrisp apple is in season. If you have seen my Instagram, you've seen the softball size apple. I love them and if I'm not mistaken the normal size ones are used in making candy apples - that's what it tastes like anyway.

So they had this recipe that caught my eye because it was simple with maximum flavor. The end result turned out so delicious I had to share pictures. The only differences for my version were I accidentally cut the puff pastry into 9 pieces instead of 6 and I used a Sweet Tango apple along with the Honeycrisp. Instead of drizzling caramel sauce on it, I melted some of the Pillsbury Caramel Apple Frosting and drizzled it over the tarts - I was not up for making homemade caramel sauce.

This was my first time working with puff pastry. It wasn't so bad. I wouldn't mind cooking with it again. The flakiness is just right and apples cook enough to hold their shape, but melt in your mouth as you sink your teeth into them.

You can find the original recipe here.

What is your favorite fall dessert?