Future Videographer?

I took these videos on the property where I’m living. Beautiful, beautiful! I love photography–I don’t know why it’s taken me this long to discover the beauty in videos, too. I foresee myself having lots of fun with this. Happy Monday!

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Nature and Rainbow

Rain has been on my mind a lot lately. Mostly, I think, because of the fires that have been happening. I’ve noticed it to rain more than I’m used to in the Summer. I also know there are some pretty bad thunderstorms going on in the East. First of all, I miss thunder. I can probably count the number of times I’ve heard thunder since I left North Carolina on one hand.

On June 29th, the church I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, came out with a statement asking for prayers on behalf of those affected by the wildfires.

Think what you will, but every time I’ve seen it rain since, I am filled with gratitude at the beauty of the Earth and amazement at the mercies of our Lord.

Sorry to get all Churchy, but I really do love rain! Even if you’re not religious, you have probably felt something relaxing and cleansing about rain–which is really all I’m trying to convey.

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Another Ukulele Song

One of a few songs I’ve written on the Uke. I always perform better when no one’s watching. Or going to be watching, I guess. So ignore the wrong notes and voice crack.

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Red Shoes

Bought these shoes for my hip hop class so I can look more legitimate as I dance around awkwardly. I think they’re pretty sweet.

If you’ll notice, they fold down, and it’s plaid on the inside! I can’t wait to wear these with some sweet leggings in the fall! And an overlarge sweater? Um, yes please.

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Naturally Me – The Secrets

You’re beautiful, by the way. This is what I look like. The only “makeup” is a slightly tinted moisturizer and, of course, my eyelash extensions. I would like to mention that makeup can not create beauty. Girls that wear tons of make up all the time are trying to hide something on the inside, not the outside. I do not have perfect skin, hair or teeth, but I love that about myself.

I’ve come a long way to be able to be comfortable enough to post a photo like this on the Internet. Here’s what I do to try and have a natural beauty always:

  1. This might sound weird, but I don’t wash my face when I go to bed. I know everyone does, otherwise you sleep with makeup on, but usually–I feel like my makeup is all gone by the end of the day. I find when I do wash my face at night, it tends to break out more. Washing it once in the morning when I shower is enough.
  2. I take off my eye makeup before bed. ALWAYS!! It really helps to not look like a raccoon in the morning and after you shower. (p.s. with the eyelash extensions, I never wear mascara, and it is amazing how much different under your eyes looks in the morning when you don’t wear it for a while)
  3. I usually wear a face mask to bed. Yes, I look like a scary green monster. This is what I’m using currently. It is super refreshing.
  4. When I wake up, I wash my face (more like rinse, really) when I shower.
  5. MOISTURIZE! I think you should really lather your whole body in lotion after you shower, but especially your face. My favorite body lotion is this. For my face, I use some fancy dermatologist prescribed formula.
  6. Tweeze the eyebrows. Every single morning. It will dramatically help you look beautiful (because you ARE beautiful) with no makeup. Best tweezers I’ve ever owned, hands down.
  7. Smile! Seriously, smiling helps your appearance tremendously and makes you feel better too. Smile, smile, smile. Crest White Strips are the stuff of magic.

Notice how “get eyelash extensions” is not on that list. You are beautiful without them, even if you have the most blonde eyelashes anyone has ever seen.

In other news, I have officially decided on the major that will take me through the rest of my degree, and no more switching is allowed:

Political Science, emphasis in World Politics; minor in Gender Studies. Thank you, I have just added 2 more years to my schooling. But I’m okay with that, because it’s about time I chased my dreams.

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DANCE

This girl and I have been through tons together. TOO MUCH to ever go back on. I love her. She is BEAUTIFUL, do you hear me?! BEAUTIFUL! And nothing you ever do will be enough to deserve her wonderfulness.

Kate, if you’re reading this…let’s go dancing again soon. Love you.

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Black and White

Cropped. Filtered black & white, filtering the green instead of red! Makes the eyes look brighter, lips look darker. Increased highlights, removed stray hairs that went across my face, brightened eyes, darkened eye liner (to make it look smeary) & other minor spot corrections.

Pentax K-x. Taken on 2-sec timer with flash. Focal length 23.1mm. Exposure time 1/20. F-stop f/4. ISO 200.

If you own a digital SLR, you should know what all of that means. If you don’t, take a class like I did. If you don’t want to, maybe I’ll post a little beginner guide next week.

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When It Rains…

(the above photo is my absolute absolute absolute favorite)

When it rains in the summer, nothing makes me happier…but then the rain ends and you’re left with intense humidity. Not as fun. Leggings from Forever21, sweater from Old Navy, shoes from Forever Young Shoes.

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Jewelry

I’m not a huge jewelry person. I usually don’t wear it at all. When I was younger, I wore the biggest, most flashy jewelry I could find. I’m glad I’m over that. Above is a set I bought from Charlotte Russe. Usually, their jewelry seems cheap to me, but I actually liked these pieces.

I have a couple more bracelets that I love so much, I just may get back into the habit of wearing jewelry again.

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Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies

WARNING: THESE ARE THE BEST BAKED GOODS I’VE EVER MADE EVER EVER.

You guys. Something amazing happened. THESE COOKIES TURNED OUT AWESOME!

It’s all thanks to Pinterest, really. One of the most wonderful ladies I work with brought these cookies and they were amazing. Today, when I decided to make cookies, I knew this was the only recipe for me.

In case you haven’t been following my blog, I really really really really can’t bake or cook, but especially bake. Usually everything is dry and overdone, EVEN IF I only bake them for like half the time they list.

I don’t know what it is. But these cookies turned out PERFECTLY. You know a recipe has got to be magical if even I can make them taste good.

Here’s a link to the pin. Below is the recipe with my modifications, the original of which comes from here:

Ingredients:
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar (I used 2 parts Splenda, 1 part real sugar! You couldn’t even tell!)
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 c. butterscotch chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. She has a bunch of other directions listed on her website, but I didn’t pay attention to these while measuring out the ingredients, so I had everything all in one bowl before I realized I was apparently supposed to sort things and add them in at separate times. Haha, oops. BUT! They still turned out fabulous!! It’s like the recipe you can’t mess up!!

3. The cookies only apparently need 8-10 minutes! I put them in for 9 each and when I pulled them out, I was on the verge of tears because they looked completely under done. I trusted in the recipe though (she says absolutely no longer than 10 minutes) and after sitting for about 5 minutes once I took them out of the oven…they are PERFECT. I swear it. Can you tell I’m obsessed?

I wrapped up about six of them in a cup, then tied it off with a pink ribbon! The paper has a quote from John 13:35, and I blotted out the phone numbers. I love making cute crafts like these! I dropped them off at a house of a girl I go to church with and hopefully she (and you) loves this recipe as much as I do!

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Sorry on Post Slowness

Sorry I haven’t been posting very regularly this week. There’s just this thing called English Class, crammed into a Summer semester, and all I do is annotate articles on feminism and write outlines and papers.

Here are things that keep me sane:

I love side braids. Efficient. I don’t have to put almost any effort into my hair. Favorite polka dot shirt. Jean shorts. Mint pedicures with blue flowers. Gold sandals.

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Gel Nails (Shellac)

This is a lovely pink-red color I got done on Monday. It’s supposed to last about three weeks to a month. I really like the polish! It hasn’t chipped, it’s really shiny (as you can see). Usually that shine doesn’t last for very long after the top coat is applied, but it’s been two days and the nails look wet! It’s great.

I think it’s a great way to go get your nails done. I paid about $30. I will probably get them done again. The only thing is that it doesn’t give as much versatility with color. I tried to pick something I wouldn’t get tired of and that wouldn’t be too hard to match with.

Because I generally like my nail polish to match or at least go with my outfits.

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Eyelash Extensions

I got eyelash extensions on Saturday. I love them. They are very convenient, because I don’t have to wear mascara, which used to take up a majority of my makeup routine time. With that said, I’ve been having kind of an inner struggle about them. Lemme ‘splain:

The first real job I had, I worked with a girl who seemed to be really pretty, dark haired and well-dressed. I could tell all the boys looked at her and it made me jealous at first! My hair wasn’t as thick and luscious, no matter how much I tried, I could not get my makeup to look as dramatic as hers, I have no hope of ever being as tan. That stuff used to bug me, until she was moved to the desk next to mine and I got a closer look.

Luscious hair? Hair extensions, color from a bottle. Perfectly polished, long nails? Fake. Tan? Fake. Perfect skin? Caked with makeup to make it appear so. Long, dark lashes? Yes, lash extensions. Hollywood white teeth? Bleached.

From close up, she looked totally unreal! Her makeup looked cakey, that’s how much she used. She owned expensive clothes, but only a few apparently, since she wore the same thing almost every day.

All my jealousy for her beauty quickly disappeared! I realized I never wanted my beauty to be fake, or for people to think I am pretty, but then on closer look see that I’m just hiding behind a bunch of modifications.

I really debated for a while on whether or not I was going to get the eyelash extensions, because I knew I’d probably like them and get used to them, and forever and ever feel inadequate without them. I’m still not sure exactly why I did get them, but I’ve decided on a new criteria:

If what I’m doing is enhancing what I already have–and I could feel secure without it–I will do it if I want. If what I’m doing is changing my appearance instead, I won’t. I don’t want to turn myself into something different.

I am for enhancing the natural. Amen.

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Fireworks

A photography slideshow of my Firework pictures, set to music. WHAT’S BETTER? Because we haven’t had enough Independence Day yet. Or, so think my neighbors who let off Fireworks ALL NIGHT LONG.

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Happy Fourth of July

Happy 4th of July, Happy Independence Day, Happy Summer! Shirt is from Victoria’s Secret, bike belongs to my brother-in-law. Can’t wait to enjoy fireworks tonight, but responsibly, of course, since half of the state is on fire.

My heart goes out to all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom–and to all those who continue to put their lives on the line for our country!

In other news, I got a Ukulele for my birthday. I have written SO MANY NEW SONGS. I feel like Taylor Swift, writing about all my exes. Well, some I wrote while I was still with them. It’s actually really therapeutic!

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