Sunday, September 13, 2015

Dreadlock Q&A | Vegan Makeup Haul

Today I'm answering the long asked question. 
Why do I have dreads? 

  Thought now would be a good time to finally answer this question. Since my first year with dreads is coming up and folks just keep on asking me. Rather than answer everyone separately, I decided to write about it here. So I come from a long line of curly headed family members, and each one of us has gone through the maintenance struggle that comes with having a big head of hair. So really I was never into keeping my hair pretty and fixed, and would often times leave it alone thus creating large annoying tangles that kept having to be brushed out by my mom (poor mom). In 2012 I decided enough was enough! I went to a salon and got my head cut and shaved into a faux hawk. That went good for about a year until I realized that my new hair cut was even more time consuming with styling and cutting frequently every month. It was soon after that I watched a video on YouTube where the host had long dreadlocks cascading down their shoulders. Being a curious creature, I quickly started researching everything that I could about this care free way of styling hair. What grabbed me the most was that I hardly had to do anything to my hair in order for it to dread, and I repeatedly told myself that my hair was equally as messy without dreads, so I had nothing left to lose! 

      And Ta-Da! Here I am now almost a year later with a head full of dreads! And the reason: Because I am too lazy to care and maintain my curly hair.

    So not surprisingly I haven't gotten around to creating my own homemade makeup as I had said a few posts back. But I did go for the next best thing. 100%Vegan store bought makeup at a slight discount! 

   I threw out all my old un-vegan makeup and decided to start fresh with a 100%Vegan line of beauty products called "Pacifica". Like I said the reason I was able to purchase 3 item was because they came at a slight discount at my local Sprouts grocery store. Not that their super pricey or anything, but discounts are always a good idea. Above is a picture of my new "Mineral BB Cream", which is very lightweight and smells like flowers!  

And the back, because we vegans always like to read the ingredients. 

   Along with that I purchased a black mascara and pencil eyeliner. Which was a good thing because I was losing it without my mascaras and eyeliners! I have some kind of strange obsession with eyes, especially eyes with eyeliner. I need eyeliner or else I go crazy! 

Read the labels! Always a good idea! 


  I rather enjoyed my first dreadlock Q&A. If ever any of you have a deadlock or vegan question, feel free to always ask! I would be happy to answer your questions! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

11 Month Dreads | Animal Friend and Vegan Food

Ugh! I need a decent camera! 

(I just washed my dreads) 

   So now that my dreads have reached 11 months, I have began to notice how much they have changed and tangled themselves. With every wash that I give them, they form into a whole new shape . From lumps, loops, swirls, tangles and clumps you name it! It's pretty cool and somewhat worrying because most of my dread tips are turning especially lumpy, which means that I might not be able to fit dread beads on them. *sigh* Oh well. 

They always look a lot better when their washed. 

Try as I might, but I just wasn't able to get my camera to focus better for this side shot. 


  Cutie little puppy girl wasn't feeling well this past week, so my mom and I took her to see the vet, after finding out the night before that she had a large cyst on the side of her neck and a rash on her bottom. The vet was able to clean out the puss from her cyst and put antibiotics on her, along with prescribing her with pills. 
   The poor thing, her cuts and rash are healing up fine, but she hates having to wear a cone. The whole family has had to help out in making life easy for Ivy while she is healing. Such as: giving her water (when she has her cone), giving her pills, carry her up the stairs and making sure that the grass she sits on doesn't have any prickly things. 

Put aside the disturbing text in the previous topic, 
and let's talk strange meals! 

  Lately I have been craving a lot of rice (mainly brown), and including it in all my meals. From breakfast, lunch and dinner a pile of rice always sits underneath mixed veggies or fruit! Above you notice that my breakfast bowl has purple rice, and no I didn't buy it like that. The secret is adding frozen blueberries to a pot of steaming rice and letting it cook along with it. After that you can top it off with molasses, brown sugar, bananas and just about anything! 

  Right here we have something that is very unique! A bowl of brown rice being topped off with cocoa powder and brown sugar. I call it "Chocolate Rice". It tastes really good, and even better with sliced bananas on top. 

   So in case you guys ever get bored of traditional breakfast cereals. Just remember that rice is always there for ya! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

First Week of College | Got a Job

Wow, feels like forever since I've been here. 
And it has only been a week. 

   With the first week of college completed I think it's safe to say that I probably made more mistakes and said so many wrong things this week alone then ever in my entire life! (I'm probably exaggerating, but then again maybe not). Monday started off bad. First with me forgetting that I even had a class that morning. Which resulted in me jumping out of bed, getting dressed like a madman and then ending up in the wrong classroom (Yeah, I kinda sat through the whole thing too). Jumping to my Wednesday choir audition. I did ok during the singing portion of it, but when it came to the sight-reading singing that's were things went wrong. The choir results will be posted this Monday, but I have no hope in seeing my name on the list. Also I SWEAR I know how to sight read, I was just nervous and that sorta messed me up. Didn't make into my Voice 3 class, due to the professor saying that I wasn't ready to be there, which I kinda agree, but it is leaving me without a voice class to take. 
And now for the cherry on top to end all my unlucky situations this week. I forgot and couldn't be there for the applied music auditions. I was supposed to sing something, but none of the songs I had practiced during the summer qualified.  

So yep, that was it for my first week of college. Now that it's the weekend, I can spend it hiding my face under the covers. 

Oh well, ya know what makes up for a bad week? Inspiring school supplies!
That's why I have this notebook with one of J.R.R. Tolkien's quotes 

And who can go anywhere without Doctor Who himself encouraging you to study! 

  Ok I vented out about my frustrating week long enough! Now let's talk about the good things that happened.  Starting off with I found a twenty dollar bill on the floor! I might be taking private singing lessons with my voice teacher, and I got a one day job! 
  Can you believe it? I got a job! I will be working alongside my high school art teacher, helping out with her younger students, setting stuff up and clean up afterwards. Which will earn me a total of $30 every two weeks! So I guess no matter how ugly your week can get, there's always something to smile about no matter how big or small! 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Second Ear Piercing | Birthday Dreads

Ah yes! I had said to myself that I would get a second piercing. 
And I did! 

    Actually my ear piercing goal is ten earrings on each ear, but that will have to wait. Anyway yesterday I received my second upper lobe piercing at Claire's (I know many people don't like that place. But hey! They did a good job with my first piercing). 

    I swear I smiled the whole time it was being done, even when the needle went through my lobe. It was quick and almost painless, and honestly I rather enjoyed it. 

  I've said before that my ears are super sensitive to cheap metals, so nothing but the best many be placed in my ears. Which is why I'm forced to purchase the most expensive pair of earrings they carry in their shop. They are 14k white gold, something like that (I forgot the name). 

  After all that, it all comes down to enjoying a raw coconut water drink in the summer sun! 


   Like I said in my previous post. I recently became a Doctor Who fan this summer and have enjoyed every second of it with no regrets. It all started with me wanting to find out what the big deal was about the Who fandom and then ended with my sister and I catching episodes on Netflix. Which so far has proven to be very addictive. That being said I now feel willingly obligated to purchase some form of Who merchandise. And with the upcoming birthday of my dreads, I think it would be an awesome idea to order myself a Doctor Who themed dread bead. Leaning towards ordering the bead in the picture above, but then there are other kinds like with the Tardis that is equally cool. So it's going to be a tough decision. 

What do you guys think? Should I order it? :) 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Last Week of Summer | Summer past

And what a better day to write about this then on the first
hot day of the entire summer! 
(Have a close up of my face!) 

   With one last week of summer left before I start school again, I think it would be great if I listed the most fun things I've done throughout this season. Towards the end, I started to become sad that my summer didn't look half as exciting as the fun other people seemed to be having on Instagram and Facebook. Now it was either be depressed about having a slow summer or look on the bright side and realize all the fun I had. Which, when I began to count was quite a lot! 

(Haven't ridden one of these things in years!) 

This is from the second time I went to the fair, and the first ride I rode while at it. Because really,
who trusts fair rides anyway? 

Luckily I was able to dismount from this "horse" without getting stuck or falling off 
like I used too when I was a kid. 

The time my sisters and I decided to take a summer picture of us together. 
We really need to take more of these. 

(This was the first time in a LONG time that I had a burger, and it tasted really good!)

Yesterdays yummy vegan meal from Whole Foods.
Raw pink coconut water - Lentil burger with mustard. 

Well that's it for what I did this past week. Now lets look back and see what happened in these past summer months. 


Summer 2015 

-Entered a handmade doll at the fair. 

-Reopened my online shop.

-Sold at Junk-in-the-Trunk. 

-Celebrated my moms birthday. 

-Became a High Carb Vegan. 

-Opened a vegan blog.

-Became a Doctor Who fan. 

-Celebrated my brothers birthday. 

-Sold at the Summer Social.

-Had family over for a visit.

-Went to the beach. 

-When to the fair twice.

-Took walks with my siblings.

-Practiced my instruments.

-Had a Disney movie marathon with my sisters. 

-Helped out with VBS. 

-Celebrated my sisters birthday. 

-Met two new friends that aren't human. Uh their ravens. 

And that pretty much sums it up. If anything else happens in this last week I'll write about it. But most likely I'll be spending it getting ready for college. 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Art Ideas and Illustrations | Greener Makeup

Ah enjoying these last few days of summer by paintin' and drawin' stuff!

    So this past week I took it upon myself to sketch, ink, paint and color one of my most favorite characters from one of my favorite films. If you haven't seen Planes Fire and Rescue (and most people haven't), I highly recommend you do, it's really cute and exciting! 
   Anyway, I started out by using some reference photos and changing stuff around in the background in my mind before my mechanical pencil even touched the hot press paper. I fiddled around with lines and then took a 01 Micron black pen and went over all the pencil lines I had previously laid down. Next using a pan set of transparent watercolors, I did the whole background and added even more ink lines. Next it was a matter of deciding what to color in the car with. Knowing that I hadn't used my new Prismacolor set yet, I thought it would be a cool idea to use colored pencil instead of watercoloring it. So far the results are coming along great and I am excited to see how the picture will turn out in the end. 

  While we are on the topic of art, I wanted to share these interesting pieces from a recent Anthropologie trip (That's all pictures, couldn't afford anything). This appears to be a shadow box with many paper moths in flight, which are attached in the back by plastic rods. I thought it would be cool if I added something like that to one of my fairy mixed media canvases, maybe around the edges forming a frame, or some perched in the fairies hair. If you have any suggestions I would love it if you shared them! 

   Next was this cool bench/table thing with multiple figure sketches decoupaged on the top. I did something similar like this to my desk and nightstand, but most of the pictures were from the internet and not originally mine. Next time though, when I've sketched enough things I'll added them all to a piece of furniture. 

  So lately I have been thinking about what more I could do instead of just being a vegan? Rephrase, what more could I do to help animals and become an overall greener person? 

  Best place to start I thought is with my makeup. I already do some "green things" mostly related to the kitchen, but I think taking it to my skin cleansing products and daily essentials will be one step closer to a cruelty free lifestyle! 

(Not my photo. Source: Face Powder )

   Now I haven't started on any of these makeup recipes yet, but I plan too in the very near future after I have collected everything I need to get started. Thing is, I hardly wear any makeup and when I do it's light and natural, so if all this fails to mimic store-bought beauty products, I won't be disappointed at all. 

(Not my photo. Source: Natural Makeup