looks pretty

Just because it looks pretty, doesn’t mean it acts pretty.


Truth. Now I know not to buy all those sparkly office supplies from Hobby Lobby.


spray tan fail/fix

It’s taken a long time for me to embrace my pale skin.   Growing up I was surrounded by friends and family who were always bronzed, while I had to be slathered in sunscreen head to toe for fear of burning.  I physically cannot tan, but I discovered self applied sunless tanning options when I was 16.   I won’t get into my many summers of looking like Anne Hathaway in Bridesmaids, I rocked the streaks with grace though.

I finally discovered mystic tanning (not nearly as messy as the self applied stuff but way more expensive) and eventually grew out of my need to always been tan.   I’m cool with being pale, but every now and again I like to pretend to be tan so I’ll get my mystic on.     I know how to prepare to make sure I have the best tan.   Exfoliate.   Apply the barrier cream (lotion you put on your hands and feet to keep them from being super dark.)    Keep my arms out while doing the nekkid tan dance

I knew I wanted to look tan for this weekend so I prepped as always and got my mystic on on Saturday.   I did everything I always do but when I got done tanning my hands felt sticky.   They never feel sticky after tanning.   Even after wiping the barrier cream off it was still bothering me so I decided to wash my hands super quick.   Big oops.   I probably should’ve waited 30 minutes or so because I basically washed the tan off my hands and arms, here’s what I woke up to yesterday:

That’s my really attractive splotchy arm.  This pic doesn’t even do it justice, it was such a blotchy contrast of tan and pale.   Thankfully because I’ve f*cked up many self applied tans before, I had a fix in mind.

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs.   This stuff will save you in a pinch if you have a spray tan disaster.   I went with the medium glow. It’s usually $12-$14 at your nearest drug store.  It’s easy to use, just spray, rub, dry, move on.

This pic was actually taken after working, sweating, showering and sleeping and it’s still covering up the f-up.   If I reapply today I’ll make sure to show how well it works.   Just a little tip to keep in mind if you ever screw up your spray tan like I did!

i’ve been distracted

So the lovely Krystal inspired me to update my little blog.  I love my corner of the web but I’ve just been distracted with work, family stuff, feeling chubby and scruffy.   So here’s what’s up.

I can explain the chubby part.  Snacks.  I really try hard to stay away from sweets but when I fail I fail hard.  I tried a bite of a Cadbury Cream Egg BAR that someone sent to the station.  Yes, a whole bar o’Cadbury Egg, that’s how they roll in the UK.   I’m pretty sure this bite sized piece had about 2,000 calories, and totally not vegan.   It was amazing.


When the circus came through we checked it out from the nosebleed section at the TU.  Seriously if you ever want the best seat in the house, go upper level, it was awesome.


I celebrated my birthday, so lucky!


I discovered a crazy, yet functional moss purse.   The ultimate spring accessory. 20120518-232803.jpg

Of course I sparkled more stuff. Here’s some color blocked frames


Made some delicious vegan meals.   Arugula, squash and mushrooms.   Awesome!


Made a quick trip to the city.   Managed to find the beauty in cabs.


Bought a rock bracelet, made me feel like Shera, Princess of Power.


Discovered a delicious vegan snack.  Housed this


Fit into an 8 year old t-shirt.  No really, that’s amazing that it still fits.  My metabolism was on warp speed 8 years ago.


Enjoyed Mother’s Day with the cutest cake ever (I only had a taste.)


Discovered some radio audio gems in my desk.  FLY92 from the early 90’s.  Listen here.


Discovered my new favorite beer (and I hate beer) Shipyard Applehead (apple beer!!!_


Frightened a Starbucks drive-thru peep with this crazy ass knot I got stuck in my hair while trying to rearrange my ponytail.   I know, I know, I shouldn’t be a lazy drive-thru user.


Fell more in love with my orange mani.   Tangerine Tango may be my favorite color of the year yet!!


Became more obsessed with this song.   Watch the video.  Love love love it.


Rocked my 7th grade basketball jersey during dropoff.   I’m too sexy for real grown up clothes before 9:30am.


Aand re-embarked on the summer spray tan.  The foot positions always remind me of a dance chart, now you’ll think of it to the next time you’re nekkid in a Mystic booth.


starbucks surcharge?

I had to work this morning so I decided to treat myself to a little Starbucks drink and bite.   I got my normal venti vanilla rooibos tea and in a moment of weakness ordered a very non-vegan and unhealthy pumpkin bread.   The cashier asked me if I was getting the items for here or to go, I told her to go and she told me the total was $5.08, then quickly changed the total to $4.90 because “I’m not eating there.”


There was a line of people behind me so I didn’t want to pester the cashier about the price differences but I was definitely curious.   I’m not a daily Starbucks customer but I usually wander in once or twice a month.  I’ve never had anyone mention the price difference for eating in vs. eating out.   I was genuinely curious so I called the Starbucks later and asked the manager about the price difference and he confirmed that, yes, if you order a food item and you eat in it needs to be taxed.   If you order an item to go it is not taxed (or maybe it’s taxed differently, it’s taxed like a grocery store would.)   Groundbreaking news?  No, but a new piece of info to keep in mind when ordering at Starbucks.