Friday, February 28, 2014


Greetings all!

I was perusing many, many more new blogs two weeks ago while watching the Olympics, and I came across the idea of a "Note to Self" (from The Private Life of A Girl), where I talk about things I don't necessarily want to forget:  Things I want to buy, places I want to go, and things I want to do.  It'll be nice to have them all in one place!

Originally, I was going to do some makeup items that I was considering buying, but I realized that was kind of boring and not necessarily the direction I wanted my blog to be headed in.  So I decided to choose a place I want to go one day.

This is the definition of a note to self: Visit Bedrock City!

Bedrock City is a Flintstones theme park in Valle, Arizona; not to be confused for the much livelier and less dilapidated Bedrock City in South Dakota.  This (awesome) theme park sits in a tiny town that gets most of it's traffic from tourists on their way to the Grand Canyon.  According to wikipedia (I know), it seemed to have a growth plan that included selling plots of land on a grid during the 1960s, but now has hardly anyone living there.  Isn't that just the rub of 1960s America.

However, what it does have is the Planes of Fame Air Museum, and the now internet famous Flintstones Bedrock City.  I've seen these photos circle online quite a bit recently, but for my own purposes, I just had to do a quick blog post on it.  I couldn't somehow just forget this awesome place!

This is definitely on the list of things I want to do while on a road trip.  One day, maybe in a couple of years (before or after grad school), I have a slight desire to go on a road trip of some sort.  I feel like theres a lot out there, even in the US, that I haven't seen.  I want to see a lot in my life, and why not start with your own country!

The photos in this post are from this flickr.


Disclaimer // I do not own any of the photographs featured in this post.  If this is your work and you would like it removed, please contact me!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Image from Pinterest

Now let me explain, I don't need to stop buying clothing.  I haven't purchased an item of clothing since November, I believe!  However, I have an abundance of clothing I don't wear in my closet currently and I've been wanting to do a sort for so long.  However, I never had the drive to actually get rid of my clothing that I don't wear because I don't have the means to buy new clothes to replace the old ones.  But do I really need to replace?  Isn't that the whole point of minimizing your wardrobe?

Either way, I want to reduce the amount of clothes in my closet currently because I'm always stumped when I choose my outfit for the day, even though I end up with the same rotation of the same elements, with the exception of a few statement pieces.

So, what's the 5 Piece French Wardrobe you say?  I read about it on afterDRK, a pretty nifty fashion blog (here's the specific tag for the challenge).  It's the challenge to only buy five on-trend clothing items per season (every six months), so you spend less and enjoy the items you do buy that much more.  I don't have this problem, since I don't buy high fashion ever.  However, I realized that this challenge can apply to me in a different way.

First, I'll go through all my clothes and separate them in to basics and statement pieces.  Then, from those statement pieces, I'll choose the ones I actually wear regularly.  And then... I decide if I actually want to attempt to wear the other pieces more than I currently do, or do I want to get rid of them.  I obviously don't have a lot of time to do this currently (because of other, more pressing matters, such as thesis and job hunting), but I'll attempt to make some headway on this every once in a while, such as photo taking, sorting, and other things.

Second, I really want to apply the five item buying limit to makeup purchases.  This is the big limit.  There are so many makeup items I want, but I need to really stop buying one every time I go shopping.  Therefore, I hope to put a five item limit on myself every four months.  I'll document this journey as well, and keep you updated as well as myself.  Hopefully the judgement of people online will keep my purchases within my limit.

I know I've kept mentioning my spending ban over and over, but I realize it's not realistic, because I have no self control.  So hopefully this will help.

Third, I do want to update my wardrobe.  Whenever I go to dress, I remember that I have almost zero basic tops.  I've realized this for a while, actually.  Since I'll be entering the working world, I also need to think about what I can wear to a work environment.  That would be something that comes up more in the next couple of months, once I find a permanent job.  Only then will I know what clothing items I'll need to get.

Lastly, I still need to find a pair of shoes that aren't my boots or Toms.  At this point, I wear my lace up boots in the winter and Toms in the summer, with little to no variation.  I really want to get a pair of oxfords, or maybe some loafers if I find a comfortable, nice looking pair.

Phew, what a post!  Putting these goals to "paper," so to speak, hopefully will help me in sticking to them and completing them.  Have any of you ever attempted the Five Piece French Wardrobe challenge, or something of the sort?


Monday, February 24, 2014


Self-portrait, El Paso, Texas

I'm not going to lie; I didn't discover Rémi Noël's work by some stroke of artistic luck.  I first saw his photographs while browsing through tumblr and they didn't even have a caption or a link back!  However, as soon as I got past how cool these "traveling batman" photos were, I realized that the photos were sophisticated and compositionally beautiful.

While his Batman photos are the most interesting, in my opinion, his other photos are also gorgeous and contain lovely elements as well.  I've included my favorites below.

Photography is definitely not my favorite art form.  I'm constantly skeptical of the medium and what it has become.  Of course, take this with a grain of salt: I primarily draw.  Photography has never been my calling, since I can much more easily use another medium to get my ideas across.  Being so picky with my photography likes, though, makes my love of Rémi Noël's photographs much more important.  I love the contrast and the fact he uses natural light or found lighting paired with long exposure times to create atmosphere in his work.

What I find most interesting is that he is French, finding beauty in the sparse Western-American landscape.  Being from the United States myself, these sorts of landscapes seem to be just another part of the country.  Seeing these sights through the eyes of a foreigner is an eye-opening experience.  Self reflection is always important, whether it applies to your internal being, or the space you surround yourself with.

He says of the theme of traveling in his work,
"I need to go abroad. In France, the scenery looks all too familiar, it doesn't inspire me. I work almost exclusively in the United States because it's not that different from France: it's a modern, Western country – the ingredients are almost the same, but there's always an added hint of exoticism. I travel to the US once a year, on my own, stay ten days and take pictures. Apart from then, I don't walk around with a camera."
He claims on his website bio that he has difficulty speaking about his work, and has published an interview with a friend where he spoke about his process and work as a whole.  Read that here. 

Check out Rémi on his website or shop.


Sweet dreams, Hillsboro, Texas 
Marlboro Light, Galveston, Texas
Pickwick Arms Hotel, New York City, New York
Non-stop beautiful ladies, El Paso, Texas
Beyond the sea, Crete
Horizons, California
Miss you too, Galveston, Texas
Park, New York City, New York
Teddy Bears, Phoenix, Arizona
Poetry Wanted, Albuquerque, New Mexico
In the world of Hopper "Summertime", Albuquerque, New Mexico

Disclaimer // I do not own any of the art featured in this post.  If this is your work and you would like it removed, please contact me!

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Hey everyone!

As you may or may not know, I've been working my butt off on my senior thesis project!  Up until the opening of the gallery May 3rd, the only art I'll be creating (or have time to create) will be for my thesis. 

For my thesis, I'm making an illustrative narrative (which I'm sure I'll go in to more depth about soon enough) and what better than to do some comic research!  My works aren't going to be graphic novel style per-say, but it gives me a better idea of what is necessary to tell a story through imagery and symbolism.  

These are the five books I got out of the library so far (I didn't even look at that many shelves, there were so many!).  With the exception of Amy Tan, who I started reading over break but never finished, the other four are absolutely stunning graphic novels.

What I checked out //
Waltz With Bashir: A Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman and David Polonsky
Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey by GB Tran
Habibi by Craig Thompson
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Road to Perdition by Max Allan Collins, Illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner

These three are absolutely stunningly gorgeous graphic novels, two of which I've heard of before and had a desire to check out.  I've heard of Waltz With Bashir before and couldn't place it until I did a little google search: It's actually an animated film!  The comic is based on the style of the film.  Now I have yet another to add to my 'to watch' list.  It was a super quick read, and very emotional.  I definitely recommend it.

I've also heard of Habibi before and even was tempted to buy it a couple of years ago, just so I could.  It's a famous graphic novel and I can't wait to check it out!  The boyf is also excited about reading this one.

Vietnamerica is the one I'm currently reading, and it's really lovely.  It tells a story I would never have known, through gorgeous illustration and color.  The way that comics can tell stories in a quick and visceral way is their selling point.  The medium is completely different from any other type of storytelling.

These last two books I'm currently borrowing from the boyf and my professor.  These are more about the actual act of drawing the comics rather than studying the way others do it.  The Noir Comics book is the one I've glanced through at this point and it's really nice.  It talks a lot about composition, use of line, and lights and darks especially, in true noir style.  I've actually been debating buying that one myself since it's so interesting, and I've always been into noir style.

Understanding Comics is about every aspect of drawing and reading comics, from placement of panels, the script and type, composition, and on and on.  I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to look at that one, but I will soon enough.

I hope you enjoyed this little look in to what I've been reading recently!  I'm a big reader, but it's super hard while at school because of schoolwork, actual work, and the fact you just want to relax on your computer after a long day.  I need to start reading before bed!


Friday, February 21, 2014


Hey everyone!

I know this isn't something that people can do, or buy, or necessarily respond to, but I'm so utterly excited!  Next wednesday, I'm participating in Hallwalls Mid Winter's Drawing Rally!  I can't believe I was invited to join these amazing artists in drawing and then auctioning off our drawings to help fund the gallery.  I've participated in anything like this before, and I am so, so, so excited!

I don't really know what to expect, but I have a couple of friends participating as well, along with some acquaintances as well, so there will be some friendly faces.  Along with that, I'm sure many people I know will turn up to see the fun times.

I kind of need to come up with an idea of something to draw, though.  Do a couple of compositional sketches, decide what medium I'm going to use, etc.  I have no idea at this point, so I gotta work on that this weekend, gah!  I have so much to do!

I'm going to have Brian take photos of the even while I'm drawing, and I'll take my own photos during the first session so I'll have a super cool blog post for you next week!  I seriously can't wait.


Thursday, February 20, 2014


Photos by the lovely Erica.

Hey everyone!

It's finally getting a little warmer outside!  I think it's going to dip back down in to the twenties soon enough, so I'm taking full advantage of the forty degree weather to wear my new coat!

The boyf got this jacket for me for christmas and to my dismay I wasn't able to wear it until now since it was so cold out!  So yesterday was my first day wearing it and I absolutely love it, despite the fact that I know many wouldn't dream of wearing something like this.  I love it and I think it matches my style really well.

Bonus to all of you who know where this is from!  The coat is a replica of the one that Ryan Gosling wears in the movie Drive, which I totally recommend.  I love the movie to bits and pieces so having this coat is so awesome (it's just a bonus that it makes me look like i'm in a sick girl gang).

The film is utterly fantastic in terms of the cinematography, which is one of my favorite things about film (probably because I'm a visual artist).  I also love weighty silences in film, also seen in Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, to name one.  A lot of people said that Drive and Taxi Driver were almost the same film, or that Drive copied Taxi Driver, but I don't agree at all.  They may have the same main character who drives for a living, who does things to protect the woman he loves (platonically or romantically) but that is where the similarities end.

I really recommend this film.  I might actually rewatch and post a couple of screenshots, which is something that I've been wanting to do for a while to keep track of some of my favorite film cinematography.  Having a blog is good for that sort of thing.


What I'm Wearing //
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in Light
Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer & Highlighter in 125 Fair
Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara in 003 Extreme Black
Max Studio duo eyeshadow in brown, copper
Kate for Rimmel Matte lipstick in 111 Kiss of Life

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Since coming back to school, I've implemented that spending ban I've mentioned many times before.  I just can't be spending on makeup anymore at the moment, and I have all my essentials for now (meaning products I like in every category).  Therefore, I thought I would show you how I'm currently storing and organizing my collection.  You also get a little sneaky-peek in to my products as well, since many were bought before I started doing hauls!

I have all my makeup out on the top of my dresser, which I find perfect size for all of it.  I have various boxes, cups, and jars that I've found or appropriated for the use of placing my makeup inside of them.  I have even cooler containers and things at home, but since most of my collecting happened at school (or after I packed up said cool containers at home), I don't have the most ideal way of storing everything.  However, I do like how I've solved it all for now.

I keep all my brushes and tools in a chipped glass that was in the apartment before I moved in.  I have no idea where it came from, but it sat on the kitchen counter for a year holding garlic cloves before it cut someone and I took it before it was thrown away.  Since I'm not handling the glass, I figured it would be a good fit.  For a while it held all my currently used tall and skinnies like mascara, eyeshadow pencils, lip stains, etc.  Since I got so many brushes over break, however, I thought it's semi shallow nature would be best for tools.

In the striped red gradient mug I have all my eye products.  I have eye pencils, mascaras, eye primer, and shadow sticks.  Many of these products I haven't used in a long time so I need to test them and see if I should get rid of them.

Standing up in front of my tools jar I have all my liquid eyeliners, which are my holy grail for days I'm just too lazy to do any sort of eyeshadow fiasco on my eyes.  Some are almost out or I don't really like the consistency, so I'm trying to either use them up for find some sort of use for them (like my Revlon one; not pigmented at all!).  In front of those I have my one color tattoo gel eyeshadow and my Jordana single pot eyeshadow that I use for the base of all my eye looks.

I also have travel cases tucked behind it all, along with the mesh container which holds my comb and brushes.  I also have two (dried out) gel liners stacked in the corner.

My lipsticks don't really have a home other than just standing around.  I didn't feel like anything else would really work, and since I use lipstick almost every day, having them out makes the most sense.  My backup lip balms are in the back of the pile, and with the exceptions of my Rimmel and One Direction lipsticks I try to keep the colors visible for easy access.  My Urban Decay lip gloss also gets a place here since it can stand up on it's own.

My rings and broaches also have a place here where I can see them easily (so I actually wear them every once in a while).

In the green case I have all my pallet type items.  This green thing has had a home in my college rooms since freshman year but it never really had a use until now.  I'm glad I kept it and finally have something for it to do!

Starting close to the wall and moving out, I have my foundations, BB Cream, and concealer on one side.  The other side are my lip stains, lip liner, lip crayon and one gloss.  I was going to keep these in the jar that held all my eye products but I didn't want them to get mixed up and for me to forget about them.

Next are my powders, with my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder on top.  After that, my blushes and one highlighter.  The next row is bronzers and my one Physician's Formula blush.  Not visible are all my eyeshadows, most of which I got over Christmas break.  The ones I didn't get are either super old (and should probably be tossed) and my Rimmel eyeshadow.

To the right of my dresser are the more non-makeup-y items like body products and my scant amount of jewelry.

On top of my little box I have all my head scarves and wraps (which I don't use enough) topped off my my sunglasses case.  Inside the box I have my nail polish and the top of the box thats holding my broaches, which is now holding my bobby pins and hair clips.  Behind that is unused powder puffs.

To the right of that are my body lotions, hair sprays, and two scents.  I should really keep these in my bathroom but my side of the sinks in the bathroom is currently taken up by all  my facial cleansers and lotion that I use when I get right out of the shower.  Maybe I'll move these in there at some point, but I tend to just carry the items I need back and forth (like when I do my makeup, I pick out what I'm going to use that day and bring it in to the bathroom for the mirror).

The plastic case has all my earrings in it, since thats the one piece of jewelry I vary the most.  I have a charm necklace that I wear every day so I don't really mix up my necklaces since they always get tangled, and I don't wear bracelets because they get in my way of drawing/doing whatever art related thing I'm doing.  So earrings are my go to.  Rings are kind of okay, if I wear them on my left hand, which is why I'm slowly building a collection.

So I hoped you liked this peek in to my makeup collection/the top of my dresser!  I always enjoy seeing stuff like this from other bloggers/vloggers so I thought I'd give it a go.  If you ever want a sneaky peek of my bathroom counter/cabinet storage/what's in my shower I could also do that.

Any suggestions?  How do you store your makeup/beauty items?


Monday, February 17, 2014


Since music is such a big part of my every day life and art making, I thought I'd start a new "Music Monday" feature!  Every monday I'll tell you what I've been listening to and loving the past week.  Not super interesting in the scheme of things, but music is great!  Listening to music is the ultimate stress reliever and mood creator.

This week, a lot of my listening has been of the music I'm singing in Chorus and Choir.  I recommend listening to every single piece we're singing, as they are all so, absolutely beautiful.  I am so exited this semester because I'm finally in Choir.  Chorus is just the University Chorus, so many people take it for an art credit and can't actually sing or have no desire to sing.  Therefore, the Chorus is no where near the level of Choir.  To get in to Choir, you have to audition and also have some sort of sight reading ability.  I can't really sight read, but I can pick up notes easily after hearing them once and have the ability to guess what's coming next while looking at the music, which probably comes from years of singing and playing instruments.

Either way, it's been my dream to be in Choir for two years, so I'm so ecstatic I'm finally in it, even though it's my last semester.  Better late than never!


We're Performing //

Elijah by Mendelssohn

Elijah is absolutely amazing.  We're not singing the whole thing (it's about two hours or more, after all) but the parts we are singing are absolutely beautiful.  I can't wait until we sound much better, later in the semester.  I also can't wait to hear my friend who is an absolutely fantastic bass (opera level amazing) sing the solos.

Introduction //  As God the Lord of Israel liveth
1 Chorus //  Help, Lord!
2 Duet with Chorus // Lord, bow thine ear to our prayer!
3 Recitative // Ye people, rend your hearts
4 Aria // If with all your hearts
5 Chorus // Yet doth the lord see it not
11 Chorus // Baal, we cry to thee
12 Recitative // Call him louder!
     Chorus // Hear our cry, O Baal!
13 Recitative // Call him louder!
     Chorus //  Baal hear and answer
14 Aria // Lord God of Abraham
20 Chorus // Thanks be to God! 

Sfogava is absolutely beautiful.  The combination of the different voices gives me absolute shivers.  There's so much emotion in this work.  The translation my copy has is:

Raving aloud at heaven stood a lover distracted,
Under nocturnal skies his pain depicted
And he told the stars his passion.
"O, ye mirrors of beauty!  O ye mirrors of beauty!
The object of my worship, 'Tis you who let me view her,
Her loveliness illumin'd By your light rarely shining,
And those same beams do show her myself in torment pining.
O let your golden likenesses now move her; Show mercy,
O let your golden likenesses now move her; Show mercy,
Show mercy, yes, Show mercy, yes,
O let your golden likenesses now move her; Show mercy, yes,
as you have made me love her,
Show mercy, yes,
as you have made me love her.

This piece is less classically beautiful in the way I usually love, but it's still has that ethereal beauty that Vaughan Williams is best known for.  Along with that, it has about sixteen solos, so I'm going to audition for one.  I probably wont get one, because Choir is full of extremely strong singers, but I'm not going to let that stop me.  I've auditioned for solos twice while being in Chorus and this is my last chance.  might as well!  While listening, if you notice, the solos I'll be trying out for are the first and last soprano solos, the first and last solos in the entire piece.  I feel like my voice would best lend to them, since they're not super strong, and the strong ones will be given to the stronger singers in Choir.

Wade In The Water (Spiritual)

Wade In The Water is a really, really great sounding piece, and it makes me so sad that I can't find a copy that sounds the way we're singing it at the concert!

Yet another beautiful choral piece.  My professor (who is also a famous choral director) raves about how tortured and amazing Beethoven was every time we pull this piece out.

This piece is probably the most well known choral piece.  Have you ever heard the Hallelujah chorus?  It's from this piece!  This is the one piece we're singing in Chorus, and I hope that we can do it justice.  We're singing parts from the second section, since that's the Easter section and the concert is right around Easter.
22 Chorus // Behold the Lamb of God
24 Chorus // Surely he hath borne our griefs
33 Chorus // Lift up your heads, O ye gates
37 Chorus // The Lord gave the word
39 Chorus // Their sound is gone out
44 Chorus // Hallelujah 
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Friday, February 14, 2014


Happy Valentine's Day!  It's always nice to reflect on the good things in life, so here are fourteen things I love in honor of the non-holiday holiday in no particular order.
  1. a red lip
  2. finishing an art piece
  3. cheese
  4. my boyf
  5. crisp weather
  6. reading a good book
  7. a perfect cup of tea or coffee
  8. singing
  9. playing & finishing a fantastic video game
  10. a great movie
  11. down time spent with friends
  12. long phone conversations 
  13. listening to music during travel (long car rides, subway rides, etc)
  14. going on walks 
I'll be spending most of today doing non-romantic things, such as working at Jamba and learning how to punch people in my Self Defense for Women course (RAD training, if anyone was wondering).  That's okay though, because Valentine's Day is a consumer holiday.  Why do we need one day a year to show the people we love that we love them by buying them things?  I like to show the people in my life that I love them whenever I can, by doing whatever I can.
So because of work, no romantic dinner for me that evening.  I'll probably watch the olympics in the evening with the boy, so that'll be nice.  Maybe eat some chocolate.  I also think we're going to see Casablanca tomorrow evening at the local indie theatre, if there's nothing special on the olympics that night (I don't think there is).

I hope you have a lovely day with whoever you choose to spend it with, doing whatever you choose to do.  Have awesome plans?  Tell me!