Month: August 2013

Random Thursday: I can’t wait to see this TV show…

I’m not usually one to get excited about a new season of TV, but when I saw this trailer I knew right away I’ll have to get this show on DVD when it comes out. After all, it’s from some of the same guys who did Fringe, and I was hopelessly hooked on that show.

What fall TV shows are you excited about? Anything I should look for?





Ten on Tuesday: too-skinny skinny jeans and stubborn curtains

1. I have just not had an appetite all week. Nothing tastes good, not even chocolate! You know there’s a problem when chocolate is unappealing.

2. Anyone know where to buy vegan candy corn (if there is such a thing)? The harvest candy displays at the grocery store are driving me nuts, because I know I’ll want some by the end of October. It’s kind of a traditional snack, you know?

3. At Scarlett‘s recommendation I’m going to be picking up Night Visions (from Imagine Dragons) this week. I’ve got it queued up on Spotify now and I love it.

4. I’ve realized that I’m more fluent in sarcasm than English. This may prove to be problematic.

5. Am I the only one who really struggles to find skinny jeans that fit in the calves? I’ve always had problems with jeans that don’t fit through the butt, hips or thighs, but this is just ridiculous. I went on a jean spree with a girlfriend last week and I could barely get these pants past my ankles. I wasn’t sure if I should take this as a compliment that I have nice curvy calves or just throw the jeans across the dressing room in a fit of pique.

6. This and every week, in a single image.

7. I was flipping through the back of the September issue of Lucky and they have a special discount code for 30% off all NCLA lacquers through shopncla.com, good all the way through October 7! You can use the code “luckybreaks1” at checkout to save on your entire order of vegan and five-free lacquers and nail wraps. I’ve never tried this brand but Tashina from Logical Harmony raves about them all the time on her blog.

8. So for everyone who watched the VMAs–did the NSYNC reunion live up to your expectations? I missed it, BTW, so I have no opinion to offer, but I’ve heard from a few people that Justin Destiny’s Child-ed his old bandmates. (Clunkiest phrase ever, that.)

9. Has anyone seen The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones yet? Yay or nay? Worth reading the book?

10. So I tried to hang up curtains this week, and apparently there’s a heavy-duty frame around the window that prevents me from drilling fully into the wall above the window. I can drill in about half an inch, but no more, which means I can’t put in the wall anchors and screws to hold the curtain rods in the middle of the window–and it’s too long to just stretch a single rod all the way across (seriously, about nine feet). Any ideas?? Right now I’m thinking I may have to suspend the curtains from the ceiling to get what I want!

Sunday Confessions: rolling my eyes

Once again it’s time to link up with Alyx for Sunday Confessions! This week I confess that my week has been one big series of eye rolls.

Someone at work (may or may not have been a boss) started talking to me about how hard they had been working all night, and I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes so hard they got stuck in the back of my skull.

I really roll my eyes at magazine companies and other businesses that urge me to switch to paperless billing to “go green!”, but send me junk mail at least once or twice a month, urging me to purchase new services or whatever.

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Oh, and then there are the people who come up to you and say things that are just so “Whaaaaaa…”-inducing that all you can do is sit there and look at them like:

I’m sorry. If you were going to make a mountain out of a molehill for the express purpose of throwing yourself a pity party, you should have sent out RSVPs so I could decline to attend. I really believe that if you walk around looking for things to offend you, you will find them, so have fun with that.

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And as much as I really, really love my friends, when one of them asks, “Can’t you just stop being vegan for a day?” they get a really big eye roll. That’s like telling someone to stop having allergies for a day and just eat the peanut butter.

 Okay, I know I’m not the only one who rolled my eyes at this: Ben Affleck as Batman.

Yeah, he wasn’t my first choice either. Zack Snyder, you are no longer on my Cool People list.

Let’s all have a collective eye roll for this:

And for this, which is from earlier in the month, but which (for some reason) I remembered this week and so rolled my eyes over it again just for the heck of it.

I give bonus points to the last comment. She made my day. (If you want to take the survey yourself, you can find it here.) Also, I am not sure what these answers say about me and my friends. Kanye, Taylor and JT? Halp.

If something made you roll your eyes this week, tell me about it!

Mediterranean food!

Happy Saturday everybody! Today I just have a short random post about the Mediterranean food we ate this week. It was too yummy to not take pictures and share!

The pitas are stuffed with falafel, cucumbers and red pepper hummus. We actually found vegan-friendly pitas and the hummus in the Walmart deli, of all places. The falafel and the couscous came from the natural/health section of the grocery store. And of course cucumbers, olives and dates are easy to find at almost any grocery store.

(I suppose you could also call this Middle Eastern food. But I promise it’s not all that spicy, unless you add lots of spices to it!)

Favorite posts this month!

Wow! I haven’t done one of these posts in a full month, so you know it’s going to be a big one! I have been a lazy blog reader this month but I did see lots of posts I liked, so I wanted to round them up and share them with you, in no particular order. I did try to break these down by category to contain the madness.

Beauty/fashion

You’ve still got a few days left to enter Brittany’s Secret‘s giveaway for an Urban Decay Naked palette!

The Polish Hideout featured swatches of the Zoya Fall PixieDust lacquers, in case you’ve somehow missed them (shame on you)–see Tomoko, Chita, Dhara, Arabella, Sunshine, and Carter! Beauty Redefined by Pang has more colorful swatches for you, of neutral cream shadow (here) and blue/teal eyeliners (here).

I really love this bold look from Fun Size Beauty, based on an Allure Russia cover. This ombre nail art color combo from Small Budget Beauty is so bright and happy! The Freckled Fox has been posting tons of awesome hair tutorials lately, but I think my two favorites are the rope braid and the braid-wrapped bun.

Glamorable has a look at the new Bondi box, which may very well just give Julep a run for their money. Land of Candy Canes has the vegan version of the Conscious Box and MakeUp Guinea Pig unwrapped the new Vegan Cuts beauty box, both of which look awesome. Christine also reviewed the NYX Eyebrow Shaper, which sounds like a miracle product if ever I’ve seen one (I have perpetually misbehaving brows).

I just love the colorful clutch in this outfit from Wendy’s Lookbook! Not that I would ever get a giant owl tattoo…but isn’t this one cool? (From Tattoologist)

Food

How about homemade pancakes from Sew Much To SayDancing Branflake has a killer sweet potato taco recipe here! Karla’s Closet has a granola recipe that could easily be veganized if you swapped agave nectar for the honey. Sugarpuffish has a recipe for a vegan cake in a mug that you can make in the microwave (say no more!).

Lifestyle/home/DIY

I love this Shakespeare quote, shared by Cocalores. I really had fun reading through this post from Sew Much to Say about all the things she’s learned from her list of things to do before her 20th birthday–I had never really thought about it this way before, but as she points out, you can learn just as much from the things you don’t check off as you learn from the things you do check off the list! Also: a cute picture of a chipmunk and her Liebster award. Because who doesn’t want to see a picture of a chipmunk?

I didn’t think it was possible to love Norman Reedus any more than I already did, but I was wrong. (Link from Land of Candy Canes.) Oh, and check out Katrin’s recommendations for good crime writers–I have some new books to add to my must-read shelf now. Is it just me, or do European writers turn out better crime novels than Americans? They don’t seem quite so obsessed with happy endings!

Here’s a great tutorial from Artangel on transferring print to a mixed-media art piece. This is definitely going on my list of things to try this fall. I also liked the tips from Rosalilium on food photography, since I’m starting to include more recipes on this blog and goodness knows I need all the tips I can get!

I laughed at this post from The Daybook about her son’s first haircut. “Mullet killer!”

Be Quoted had this great piece on dating advice for single ladies, which I think is a must-read whether you’re a single gal yourself or have single friends who might need some pointers. She’s also got this post about the perks of singledom and then just some all-around good advice for anyone approaching thirty.

Speaking of dating advice, Dancing Branflakes shells out a few tips for finding a good mate that she says she would give to her daughter, but I think they’re true for anyone.

I love this post from Real College Student of Atlanta about being in competition with yourself instead of others. Both personally and professionally, it really struck home for me! She also posts about a few things younger people don’t “get” when it comes to personal/professional success.

Beauty Product Mama talked about having “no excuses” when it comes to taking care of your health.  Another sorely-needed reminder, since I’m very good at making excuses to take a nap instead of fixing dinner or exercising!

Travel/nature/photography

Dancing Branflakes has multiple posts this month featuring some really lovely photography from her summer hikes and road trips–check out her hiking and waterfall photos here, lakeside photos here, wanderings through Virgina here, and a road trip in California here.

I love pretty much everything from Chestnut Mocha and these posts (here and here) about Glacier National Park are no exception.

The Rain Girl had so many awesome photos from New York City this month, but you can find some of my favorites here…and here…and here…and here…and here…and here…and here…okay, I’ll stop now. :) Also be sure to go check out her Society 6 shop, she has a lot of really interesting art prints up for sale there.

Whew, what a roundup! I need to make myself do these posts on a weekly basis just so they won’t be so darn long! What have you been reading lately? Anything you think I should go have a peek at?