Friday, April 29, 2011

what will they come up with next?

So you may have heard of this new trend called feather hair extensions -- they are what they sound like, thin feathers in various colors (natural and crazy bright ones like blue and purple) that are blended in your hair and attached to it with a small bead. I think they're actually kind of cool and wouldn't mind wearing one for a few days or even to a fun event (like Jazzfest, for example... in the event that I were going. Anyone got free tickets you're looking to get rid of? No? Okay. It was a nice try.).

{Photo from Featherlocks website}

But this...this may be one of the more ridiculous things I've ever seen..
Yes, that's right, it's Puppylocks. What are they, you might ask? Well, hair (fur, I suppose) extensions for dogs. Made of feathers. Yes, this does exist. I did not create this website to get a laugh from all (five) of my readers. (Although I kind of wish I had because it would've been genius.)
Check out these glamor shots...


Work it puppy, work it!

Although I think the human version is kind of cool, I do not think there is any reason a person should pay to put a feather extension in their dog's fur.


Hippest. Puppy. Ever.

Purple REMIX Feather Extension
Feather Hair Extensions Kit
Natural Feather Hair Extension


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Sunday, April 24, 2011

hilary's kitchen adventures : red beans & rice wontons

A few weeks ago, we stopped by Avenue Pub for a drink and a snack after some other adventures. I chose an appetizer called red beans and rice wontons. It sounded just wild and crazy enough to be a really good idea. And it was. It was wild and crazy good. But at $6 for five tiny bites, this was not a snack I could frequently purchase.

And so.. a mission was born. A mission to recreate this delish late night munch.


First we made some red beans (and by that I mean.. poured them out of a can, added a few extra spices, and heated them up) and rice. We stirred it all up. We were tempted to stop then. 




Next we got out our little wonton wrappers. We spooned out a tiny bit of our beans and rice mixture into the center of the wrapper. Using our fingers, we spread a tiny bit of water around the outside perimeter of the wrapper to activate its.. er.. adhesive properties.

Rachel also attempted a more traditional wonton style... they looked like little mermaid purses! How cute.



These pictures are not quite as appetizing. BUT this is the frying process. A small amount of vegetable oil just hot enough to fry the little wontons! How long do we keep them in there? We don't know. Just 'til they're golden brown. The turnover style puffed up a crazy amount -- they really looked like they were going to explode, but it never happened. Phew!


Golden brown? Check! Shake off the excess oil and put them on a paper towel to dry. They were crispy and delicious. And we did it completely without directions! Hooray, kitchen adventures!



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Thursday, April 21, 2011

I might like bunnies.

It's hard to say. But I figure this is Cinnabun's birthday month, and Easter is coming up, so maybe we need a few more bunnies in our lives. Yes?


Here is an adorable little bunny ring which would look oh-so-cute on my finger. And maybe yours, too! If you like, you can buy a Heartsy voucher tomorrow for Proteale's shop -- pay $19, get $45 to spend at the shop. Good deal! Get your little bunny ring in honor of Cinnabun's birthday.

P.S. Oh, you haven't met Cinnabun?



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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

tips on saving money, post two

So I assume we all know about Groupon, LivingSocial, etc. (If you don't... a) Where have you been? and b) Sign up now! I love these things. I've gotten deals for Toni & GuyPiece a Work, and J'anitas at Rendon Inn! I love saving money, don't you?)

But did you know there's a Groupon-esque site for Etsy shops? Yes, it's true! Isn't this great news? Now you can get items from some really great artists and support local independent shops, all while saving a few bucks. Woohoo!

It's called Heartsy. Feel free to use my referral link when you sign up -- I'd really appreciate it!

P.S. I bought a Heartsy deal yesterday.. here's some things I'm thinking of buying from bomobob. Gorgeous, huh?




Missed the first tips on saving money post? Click here to read about my first tip, Ebates!



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Monday, April 11, 2011

the sun shines on..

Today I'd like to introduce you to a very talented artist I found on Etsy, Jolby. Her works are just too cool. Some of them are cute, some of them are serious, but all of them are fantastic.

Adorable woodland creatures.

Pretty textured landscape.

 This would be a welcome addition in my new place!
I always like to support independent artists, whether that means buying their art (unfortunately not able to do this part as often as I'd like!) or just giving them more exposure. So I hope you'll check out the art made by Jolby and maybe even snag a piece or two!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

trend alert - terrible trends

Disclaimer: If you are easily offended, please do not read this post (or do, just don't send me mean emails. Ha!). Please also keep in mind that these are my personal opinions. Obviously plenty of people love these styles -- if they didn't, they wouldn't be a trend, right? Just don't expect me to be wearing any of these any time soon. P.S. Yes, I did post links to these items in the case that you think this is actually a guide of awesome things to wear and want to pick them up.

Maxi Dresses
So maxi dresses.. why? Some people might say -- Oh, they're great in the summer. They're flowy and light weight. But then I would ask you, why not wear shorts? Why not wear a short dress? I just think they're SO unflattering. There is no shape whatsoever to these dresses!

The girl (Vanessa Hudgens) is literally DROWNING in this dress (from singer22.com)!

Well at least that top part looks okay? Sort of... Eh. (Thanks, Piperlime.)

I find maxi skirts almost equally offensive. Even on this clearly extremely tall girl, it looks frumpy, in my opinion.



"Hippie" Headbands
I don't get this one either. Headbands are called headbands for a reason -- they go on your head. They would be called foreheadbands if they were meant for your forehead. They are not serving any purpose being stretched across your forehead.

 That's Mary Kate and Nicole Richie sportin' the mushroom-head look (especially MK over there). It seems MK has taken it a step further and used her own hair, braided into a "headband." SOO BOHO. (By the way, this post is from 2006.. it seems these girls were really ahead of the times.)

Why yes, you DO look like you're dressed up as Cleopatra for Halloween! That's what you were going for, right? (And this one's only $145! What a steal.)


High Rise Shorts
The shorts remind me of the so-called "Mom Jeans." And this is why low-rise jeans were created, so we don't have to wear these! 
 This looks likes a wedgie waiting to happen.

And my very, very least favorite...

Rompers!
I cannot STAND rompers. I have plenty of friends who wear them, and I will accept that they like them. But I really think they might be the worst trend yet. Rompers were made for small children, and on small children they should remain (in fact, when Google shopping for rompers for this post, the last two rows on the first page are for toddlers). I don't buy that they're comfortable because I always see people pulling the shorts down, pulling the top up. I do not see their purpose.

This would be a great dress, no? Instead, the bottom is shorts. This looks LUMPY. And.. Peter Pan like? I don't even know.

My guess is that this model probably has a good body somewhere underneath this mass of strangely-bunched, elasticized fabric.

So there you go. Next time, perhaps I will find some trends I actually like to share with you! In the meantime, I suggest you avoid these fashion mistakes.