Friday, November 23, 2012

Live To Pie Another Day

So.. Thanksgiving happened. And this year, the only thing I had to do was make the pies. 

And thus, the great Pinterest recipe search commenced.

I found nothing exciting. Really. Turns out, pie is pie. And there aren't that many ways you can make it more delicious. True, you can add your own touches, but pie is  a precious commodity that needs to be protected. Take that, Pinterest.  Stick that in your homemade rosemary lemonade juice box and suck it. Just kidding, Pinterest. I didn't mean it. You are lovely and wonderful. But you didn't really inspire me with the pies this time. 

So I was on my own. On a lonely road. I walked this empty street. And I walked alone. On my boulevard of broken pie dreams. Have I induced a face palm yet? Or at least an eye roll? Come on. That one was pretty bad.


Anyhoo, I decided on pear-cranberry and apple. And I also decided to go really crazy and not use a recipe. I know. I know. And... both turned out delicious! It may have been the craziest thing I've ever done. Ever.

Moral of the story....
Nobody can tell you what to do. Nobody can improve our own ingenuity. So go ahead. Make your own pie. Go without recipes Make mistakes. Dance in the moonlight. Go the other way on a two-way street. Find independence.

And if all else fails, you will have pie.

That sounds like a plan to me. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cutting A Long Story Short

My Rapunzel emancipation day was January 17, 2009. In other words, that was the day I cut my hair short. As of now, I'm growing out my hair for the sake of variety, but I thought I'd spend a little time blurbing about the benefits of not having a ton of hair. Short hairstyles are gorgeous. They really are. Even if you're not totally confident about your looks, short hair really showcases what you are. And if you're about to say it won't look good, shut up already. I mean that with all the kindness and love I possess. Really. There is something that will work. I had a bob and a pixie and now I have some mutant thing that's in between both. Yes. Growing hair out sucks. But I still get compliments on it! It's crazy. I don't understand it myself. But it happens. Anyways- pros of short hair:
  • Less time doing your hair!
    • This is really convenient. 
    • No, really it is.
    • More time for sleeping, and whatever else. 
  • Healthier-looking hair
    • The less hair you have, the easier it is to maintain. Because of this, your hair looks really nice
  • Earrings don't get lost in short hair
  • Hair doesn't get stuck in things
    • Like velcro
    • Or whiffleballs
    • Or cake batter
    • All of those things happened to me at some point
    • The cake batter was especially nasty
  • People will see you as bold and creative or fashionable or something good
All right. Now let's talk cons. Because there are some. Trust me.
  • No messy buns
    • If your hair is acting up, that's it. Sometimes it looks good anyways, but you've been warned. Headbands are your friend. 
  • Growing it out takes forever and is nasty
  • You have to it cut a lot
  • Sometimes it can get frustrating when you have limited styling options
However, all of these cons can be worked around. Long hair is gorgeous and, as of now, I am jealous of all of you because I haven't had long hair in three years and I'm ready for something new.

But I will most likely cut it once I get there.

I am terrible about sticking to decisions. 

Anyhoo, if you're thinking about making the cut, I have some tips!
  1. If you're going for a major change, don't tell a whole bunch of people. Some may get you to change your mind, and if it's a big decision for you, you want to be absolutely decisive. Only tell a few people if you really value their opinion.
  2. Know what you want. Experiment with your hair until you think you've found something you can love.
  3. Find a good stylist.I mean it. Because you have to deal with short hair for a while. And if the cut is terrible... gah. Blood will run in the streets. So only go to someone if someone you know has recommended them. And you like how their hair is done. 
  4. Trust the stylist you've chosen. Yes, it's your hair, and it's scary. But the stylist will help you find something that's awesome for your hair and face.
Have fun, and good luck! Comment on this post if you go through with it... I'd love to see results! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

13 Things I've Fallen In Love With

I'm so materialistic. 
I'm not even going to deny it. I am absolutely, unforgivably, materialistic. 
But that doesn't matter. All of these things are worth being a little bit superficial over. 

1. Smoking Flats
It all started with a pair of oxfords. As you all probably know by now, they are the perfect blend of sneakers and flats. Soon, I became obsessed with them and could not bring myself to ever wear sneakers again.


So I have oxfords. But now I need a cross between those and flats. The solution? Smoking flats. They're classy and adorable and they must be on my feet.

2.  Cardigans in exciting colors 
So cardigans are examples of some of those things that I always end up wearing even if I don't mean to. It's just like- oh. Hmm, you were going to wear a cute top with an open back? Nope. You are tossing a cardigan on because they're cozy and cute. That's why I have cardigans in fun colors. Because I can pretend to be fashionable with bold color combinations, but that's all just me being deceitful. I want to be comfy. And so I'm going to put on the cardigan. Logic.

3.  Unique Earrings
So... A little background information. I used to have long, thick, nasty hair. And one day I decided to cut it all off. The era of earrings was born. You could actually find my ears without all that hair, and now I find myself rocking earrings that make some people ask if I'm trying to give myself gauges solely by weighing my ears down. Yep. Obsessed. These are cute, and the orange is lovely!

4. Pandora Internet Radio
I am too lazy to go out and new discover music. I really am. This is why Pandora is so beautiful- you really can find the best artists, just by knowing the music you already love. And it somehow knows exactly what you need to listen to. I don't know how it does that. It's supposed to be random and all... but it's wonderful. Really and truly. My favorite stations are Vivaldi, The Avett Brothers,Spoon,Billie Holliday, and Florence + The Machine. My favorites always end up changing.But they are always, always jammable.

5. Lip Stain
I love lipstick and gloss and all of those things that end up getting all over white shirts and the like. Unfortunately, both my supply of blouses and patience to reapply lip stuff is limited. So... Lip stain. Pretty much the best way to go. As far as I'm concerned. But as far as I'm concerned, I'm only one person. So maybe you should take what I say with a grain of salt. Maybe. But this stuff is still infinitely more fun than a barrel full of cats.

And less rambunctious, too. 

I'd imagine.

Not that I've ever experienced a cat barrel.

Really. I haven't.

Wait. Wait a minute. I think I got a bit off topic. Lip stain. Yes. So so so very useful.

6. Ginger 
I don't even know why I got myself started on Ginger. Definitely not a wise decision on my part. I love ginger so much. SO MUCH.

   a)It smells delicious
   b)It tastes delicious

...and, unless I'm horribly mistaken, there are really no other reasons to confirm your love for something. I put ginger in all my baked goods, and I have ginger perfume, and sometimes I contemplate hiring a professional photographer to take some black and white photos of some ginger root so I can get some huge prints to put on my wall. 

I think that's beyond obsession. What do you call that? I don't even know. I don't even care. But ginger is marvelous.

7.Infinity Scarves
I wear so many scarves. They're pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. No, really they are. THey keep our neck warm whilst incorporating texture and interest into an outfit. That's not just wonderful. That is like 17 different kinds of wonderful. And I love the infinity scarf trend, because sometimes the fringy little ends can be awkward. And also, with infinity scarves you have a little less of the "Dear lord, there's like 46 ways to tie this thing, What have I gotten myself into?" mentality. I love this Steve Madden scarf because it doesn't just have great colors- it also has chevron. Which is my favorite pattern by a lot. 

8.Sweater Tights
I rarely wear skirts or dresses without tights. And I wear a lot of skirts and dresses. That's all fine and dandy, but there is winter. And winter is cold. And coldness has the potential to throw a curveball at my blissful sans-pants existence. Hah! Hah at you winter. I have the solution, They are sweater tights. And they are cozy and nice and so pretty in jewel tones. Or any color, really. They really just reflect my refusal to put on a decent pair of pants. And at this point, I'm not entirely sure I own those...

9. Bad 90's Movies
Does this seem a little bit masochistic? Yes, probably. But hear me out. Good movies are fun and all, if you prefer an experience that will change your life and give you psychological ammo. (In which case, I recommend Desert Flower. As far as good movies go, that is a fantastic movie.) But... I'm not always up for stunning cinematography and plot lines. And, while I love romantic comedies, they exist solely on the promise of predictability. Enter the 90's. And the precious commodity of low-budget films. They're hilarious even when they don't want to be! If you want a bonding experience with someone, try to live through a terrible movie with them. Preferably of the 90's variety. To be found at a thrift store near you. Bring your fanny pack. 

10. Cut Copy
It doesn't matter what the season is. It doesn't matter what the year is. It doesn't matter if my hair is sticking up in ways only the hair of middle school boys should. I will always love Cut Copy. It's the same thing with some other artists, but for you,  Cut Copy, my love is eternal.

11. Scones
Of all my baking adventures, scones seem to be the things that infiltrate my life the most. There have been so many nights that I've made some scones and just stayed up far too late talking and drinking tea with people that are the most important to me. Once I got up at 5, baked copious amounts of scones, and delivered them on my bike to people unexpectedly. I don't kno why I find them so lovable. Perhaps it is their ample affinity for butter and jam. They are absolutely simple. And perfect. Most things in life could take a cue from scones. 

Sexiest instrument alive. Not even kidding.If someone tells me they play a cello, I may  instantly become smitten with them. 

Pretty much my reason for existence. And my freakishly ripped legs. I love bikes. Mine is named Nigel. The best times I've ever had have been on my bike. Because there are so many benefits- not paying for gas, parking spots consisting of anything you can put a chain on, getting a good workout, and the only carbon emissions are from your own respiration. Wear a helmet. Mine is yellow. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It Was A Good Day

Hey all you beautiful people! Today is a good day. Do you know why? Chocolate and dresses. Hold up. Don't get too excited. Let's start with the chocolate. I was minding my own business, checking out a health food store as pretentious young adults do, and then it happened.
It had unassuming packaging. Eye-catching but humble, and I had to look a little closer to see what it had in store. Dark chocolate. With chiles. 

My world has been shifted to a realm of better chocolate. I will no longer be satisfied by the mediocre Hershey's kisses that I can sometimes find at the bottom of my bag (always in the midst of a most fascinating chemical transformation from solid to liquid). The bar has been set higher. Look. This is a picture of what will change your life.  Well, maybe you're not quite as dramatic as I am. But really. This chocolate is delicious. And doesn't dark chocolate have antioxidants and stuff? And doesn't spiciness clear your sinuses? Ditch the cough drops, people. Flu season can't compete with an endorphin rush like this. 

All right then. Chocolate gushing temporarily over. What's next? Oh yes. Dresses. About those. Well I'm the kind of person who has a clothing magnetism. As in clothes just accumulate. I swear I don't even know how it happens. I just realize that I keep losing my clothes in the vast amount of clothes I have. Is this when someone's supposed to chime in and say- "First world problems"? Anyways, whoever you are who thought that- stop that. I don't care if everyone was thinking that. You are rude. Never mind guys. I really don't care and it's totally a first world problem. Confused? Me too. On to the dresses. 

So today, of all glorious days, two gorgeous sweater dresses happened to be in my closet. Right in the middle of my mid-November clothing lamentations! I know! Can my day get better?

Why yes. Yes it can.

Because I just found the most jammable song again on my Ipod that I had forgotten for the last forever and I got a good 5-minute dance session.I'll give you a hint. It's catchy. Good job! You guessed it.  Last Nite by the Strokes.

Anyhoo. If your day hasn't been quite so fabulous, go get yourself some chocolate. Or shoes. Always works for me. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Chill Pill's time for another playlist! All right. Get yourself a cozy blanket, some tea (may I recommend Tazo Zen? Because ahhhhhh it's delicious. Actually all Tazo tea is delicious. Especially the Organic Chai with some soy milk and honey...If you have not discovered this tea, you're missing out.) Anyways, fall can be stressful with storms and darkness. Relax a little. Nobody will mind. Goodness gracious- it's fall! That's what fall is for. Look at  this playlist. It is so chill. And also pretty. And also I love all the music on here so give it a listen!
1. Change by Angus and Julia Stone
2. All Dressed Up by Citizen Cope
3. Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) by The Vitamin String Quartet (Tribute to The Beatles)
4. Intuition by Feist 
5. Under the Weather by KT Tunstall
6. Yellow Light by Of Monsters And Men
7. Plain Gold Ring (Live) by Kimbra
8. Shed Your Love by The Helio Sequence
9. Runaway by The National
10. Michicant by Bon Iver
11. Wasted Hours by Arcade Fire
12. Carrion by Fiona Apple
13. The Sequel by St. Vincent
14. Hope For The Hopeless by A Fine Frenzy
15. Bear by The Antlers 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Overachiever Snickerdoodle

Ok. So it's been a while. I apologize! Sometimes life happens. Anyhoo, here's my excitement of the week.... The overachiever snickerdoodle. I was just going to make the usual, delicious, comfort food staple. But then I thought- I can do better. I can put all my friends and family in a snickerdoodle-induced food coma. Does that sound the slightest bit malicious? Well, with me, cookies are an incredibly serious business. Like these cookies. The most intense snickerdoodles on the block. It beats up all the other cookies. And it's also that cookie that was the overachiever in high school- you know, gorgeous, charming, smart, and the cause of far too much envy. In other words, there are no words. There are no words for these cookies. Except for supercalifragelisticexpialidocious. And that's not even a word. So go back to what I said. There are no words. 

Creaming the butter and sugar- Isn't that pretty? I think it's pretty.
I know- I'm crazy. But isn't it pretty? Yes. Yes it is.
After all the other ingredients are added. That is some
luscious snickerdoodle dough. Right there. Hot damn.

Rolling the dough in this spiffed- up snickerdoodle spice mix.
Poor little cookie. Didn't know what hit it. But suddenly it's
so much more delicious.. And it doesn't know why.
Stamping the cookies down with a glass. This is also fun.
Is it childish that I think all of this is fun?

So I think a couple pictures in in this sequence were not taken
because of my multiple cookie-eating breaks. But these are the baked
cookies that are topped with toasted coconut and in the process of
being chocolatey messes of mass destruction.
The finished product. You go snickerdoodles. You are

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

...And I Thought I Would Die Right There

I don't pretend to be an obnoxious fashion girl. True, I like to look good, but I sometimes stuble out the door uninspired to change the fact that I'm wearing a fumpy sweater, jeans, and sneakers. But I like to think that even in my frumpy state, I'm still relatively well-dressed. All right. Sometimes when I think that I'm just lying to myself.  But when I take the time to put dress for the sole purpose of strutting like I know what I'm doing (Disclaimer: I never do. And sometimes I trip. That's embarrassing.), it's really painful to see someone wearing socks and sandals. Dear God. WHY? I found an entire web archive dedicated to these atrocities- take a look. It may destroy your faith in humanity, but it will make you feel marvelous about your sweater days. So this is bad enough. But can it get worse? Do you really want to know?
Picture this: Crocs. But wait. Crocs with socks. And basketball shorts. And an American flag hoodie. All crowned with glorious, long, greasy hair. Yum? I spent like 5 minutes gawking and then acted like my coffee was really hot and I was airing out my mouth so I didn't look crazy. Yeah. That worked. Anyways, all I'm trying to say is that it can always be worse.

And if you see someone who is either tripping or just looks insane in general on the street, that's probably me.