Monday, September 22, 2014

Transition to Fall

Happy Autumnal Equinox!!

Once again my favourite season is upon us. Booyahhh. Time to break out the sweaters and scarves! Well maybe not quite yet...

It is still September, which means the temperature has cooled down; however not enough to layer and wear full-on fall clothes, BUT I can certainly add the autumn colours back into my wardrobe! Bring on the burgundy, navy, army green, and mustard yellow. *becomes all giddy* I just love fall colours! They are deep rich tones that just so happen to go well with my oh so pale skin. There's also a sort of elegance and class to darker tones. I guess they seem more mature than vivid and intense colours (like neons) if that makes sense.

Earlier today was crummy and rainy. The sky was overcast and grey, which made for bright greenery in contrast, but everything else was soooo dull. Around the time the rain stopped it became pretty humid, but soon went back to a comfortable level. Now there's a consistent breeze, which is quite nice actually. The sun is high in the sky. It really feels like fall. In this aspect of today, it went from bleurgh to agreeable. Unfortunately I have a splitting headache that I shall blame on the weather, or more specifically the barometric pressure. Mother Nature, please don't go through every possible weather scenario in one day! Stick with one; preferably the sunshine and breeze combination! Thankfully that's how it is now, so maybe my headache will go away soon.

I received the nicest compliment this morning, though, so that made the gross part of my day so much better! This stranger walks up to me and says I'm "stunningly beautiful" and that she can see the happiness in my eyes. I tend to not be referred to as "stunningly beautiful," and to hear that is utterly flattering. What I appreciate most about this comment, though, is the part about happiness. I'd like to think I'm a generally happy person and to have someone recognize that is kind of cool! They say happiness and positivity are contagious, so hopefully others will have manifested those feelings based on my vibes! Spread the positivity!!

Another good part of today is of course my outfit. Today is the day I begin transitioning into my autumn clothes! Since it's a comfortable temperature for a tank top, I opted to wear one. To seem more fall-like, I chose a navy top. Conveniently that top matches my favourite navy wool hat. I'm also wearing my favourite boyfriend jeans and some strappy sandals! This outfit is perfect for this in-between weather and has allowed me to flaunt fall fashion!


Top- Chloe K
Bottoms- Express
Hat- Forever 21
Bag- Target
Sandals- Target
Necklace- Kohl's

For the helluvit, I decided to experiment with my makeup today. I created a smokey burgundy eye with a pale pink lip. My goal was to really make the eyes be the focus and seem entrancing. Ooo ahhh. Luckily, red hues pop against my blue eyes!


EYES
♥CoverGirl Professional All-in-One Mascara in very black
♥five colours from the e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette
♥L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in carbon black

BROWS
♥Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer
♥Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel

FACE
♥Almay Clear Complexion Foundation in ivory
♥CoverGirl Trublend Minerals Loose Powder in translucent fair

LIPS
♥Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in pink pearl

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!

~Moll
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DIY | Nose Ring


It's no surprise that nose rings were popular in the 90's. Adopted from the punk culture of the 80's, the 90's made it mainstream. Edgy was in. Luckily photos and films forever eternalize this trend making for handy references. In a popular film from the 90's, one of the supporting actresses herself sported a nose ring. Can you guess the movie? Or are you feeling a bit "clueless"...

The sassy and fierce Miss Dionne from "Clueless" did in fact have a nose piercing. I wouldn't be surprised if many young women drew inspiration from her to get one. Who wouldn't want to be like Dionne? She's hella rad.


No matter her hand with this statement, the fad faded once the second millennium hit. It wasn't until the past couple of years that the number of people to have nose piercings have increased.

For a few months, I pondered getting a nose ring. Back and forth I'd go saying, "I'll definitely get one!" to "well, I'm not so sure..." Well I've found a solution to this- make a fake one! If you're anything like me and you're hesitant to commit to something permanent because of constantly changing your mind, but have contemplated getting a nose piercing, then this DIY is perfect for you. By having a fake nose ring, you won't have to deal with possible infections or an allergic reaction to the metal (not fun) and the tiny hole in your nose that would be there forever (unless you let it close up soon enough). Plus, this option is pain and hassle free, as well. Right there you should be saying, "Sold!" This would also provide you with the opportunity to see what a nose ring would look like on before wasting money to then decide that you don't like it. You could also then play around with which side you'd like it on, if you're serious about getting a real one. Consider this option to be a trial run. 

This DIY is quick and super simple to do. Not much is required at all. So hop to it if you're interested!

Materials:
1 Head or Eye Pin (or thin metal wire)
Pencil
(optional but recommended) File


Steps:
1. Wrap the pin or wire around the pencil.

2. Cut the wire before it overlaps the other end with side cutters pliers.

3. With the round nose pliers, bend the wire back 1/4 of an inch in. This round section of the ring is what will be in your nose. It will prevent cuts on the interior of your nose.

4. (optional) File down the end of the wire that isn't bent. This will also prevent cutting, but to the exterior of your nose.

*Done!!*

Posing on stairs because I'm that cool. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Would you try this DIY? 

~Moll


Disclaimer: This DIY (from personal experience) may cause a superficial scrape on the outside of your nose. Clean the ring well and often. Avoid having it too tight on the nose, and know when to give you nose a break (supposing you encounter a similar scenario as myself). I am not a professional; simply a lover of DIYs and crafts. Complete at your own risk. I am not responsible for any harm or injuries that may occur. Be smart and safe!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

90's Music


For the helluvit, I've decided to do a quick little 90's themed series. This wasn't really sparked by anything besides my occasional urge to reminisce on the past. To kick this series off, I figured why not set the mood with some music. Here are 6 of my favourite bands and artists from the 90's (5 simply wasn't enough), as well as a preferred song by said artists.

"Raise your hand if you love music!"
*raises hand*

"Raise your hand if you like to listen to old tunes!"
*raises hand*

"Raise your hand if you were born or lived through the 90's!"
*raises hand* 

If you raised your hand at all, then this post is for you! Join me and enjoy this blast from the past!

Spice Girls- "Move Over"
 
 I.love.the.Spice.Girls. They are fierce.

Backstreet Boys- "The One"
 I was such a fangirl. ♥Nick Carter♥

Britney Spears- "Sometimes"

Aqua- "Barbie Girl"
Aqua isn't one of my favourite bands from the 90's;
however, I just had to share this.
Talk about an irritating song that you can't help but sing along to.

Destiny's Child- "Hey Ladies"

N'Sync- "Gone"

Who are your favourite artists from the 90's?
And did I get any of these songs stuck in your head? ;)

~Moll

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Rustic Princess

At the beginning of the summer, I had a discussion with a friend of mine over Starbucks regarding personal style. Her style is urban and indie; very much the "style" of tumblr. So basically the epitome of rad.

No matter how much I'd love to have this style, it just isn't me. I have a tendency to drift towards the vintage and classic style, so whenever I attempt to add this hipster vibe to my life, it feels forced. Despite my love for plants, like succulents, I much rather have a bouquet of carnations or peonies. Despite my love for alternative/indie music, my playlist always reverts back to soul and classical. Despite my desire to build a secluded cabin in the woods, I'd prefer to live in a historic British mansion with an expansive garden surrounded by forest. Despite my love for the city, I can envision myself living in the quaint countryside long-term.

I'm the girl who likes clean lines with delicate accents.
I'm the girl who'd love to sit in her garden in the morning enjoying a mocha frappuccino whilst being entranced in a book.
I'm the girl who wants everything to be bright "happy" colours, like yellows and pinks.
I'm the girl who wants everything to be adorned with lace.
I'm the girl who idolizes the poised and graceful Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Kate Middleton.
I'm the girl who prefers BBC period pieces and romance stories by Jane Austen over modern-day sitcoms.
I'm the girl who chooses to wear heels instead of sneakers.
I'm the girl who romanticizes everything, who writes down her thoughts in a journal, who swoons over dapper men, who invests in everything with all of her heart.
I am the girliest of girls, but I still manage to have the heart of a hippie.

That being said, we've concluded my personal style is a rustic princess look. Around the time of our conversation, I was getting quite tired of how my bedroom looked. It was very generic and not a place I wanted to been in by choice. My bedroom ended up becoming a project of mine this summer. I went through all of my possessions scattered about and got rid of anything that was irrelevant or that I had no use for. On top of that, I've slowly begun the process of filling my room with furniture and bits and bobs that I'd actually like to have in there. So here are a few additions!!

Flowers
 

Bamboo, Cactus, & Succulent
 

Vintage Alarm Clock

Vintage Magazine Covers 

Ring Plate
 

Mirror
I'm still not sure where I want this mirror, so for now it shall collect dust on the floor. Go me!

Necklace Holder
This necklace holder is a super simple DIY. I took a wooden rod and painted it white, put it through my shelf brackets, and hung the necklaces from it. I like the look of it and it's quite convenient, too!

Antique Dresser
(before)
(after)

Wish List

Vintage Vanity
(source)

Bed Frame
(source)

Duvet
(source)
How would you describe your personal style?

~Moll

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I'm getting a sleeve...

I have a confession: I've gone a bit crazy with henna lately. This interest was sparked by an upcoming event in a neighboring town. Each year they host a festival celebrating what once was and the present. Basically it's promoting the good ol' community mentality and values. This event includes rides, games, live music, improv shows, food that is so unbelievably mouthwatering, and a road lined with a variety of booths. All of the booths raise money for either a local business or charity. One of the booths will be raising money for veterans in the area. Their niche to get people to donate will be an opportunity to get a henna tattoo done, delicious baked goods, and competitively priced water bottles. 

Obviously they need people that are semi artistically inclined to tattoo people. The head of that group contacted me asking if I could be one of the tattoo artists. Of course I wanted to help them out, so I immediately responded that I would. I probably should've asked questions regarding types of tattoos that would be done, intricacy, and authenticity to Indian designs before giving my answer since I'm inexperienced with hennaing, but I didn't because when I become excited about something I lose all higher thought processes! Yayy haha But it's all right because I found out a couple days ago that the designs we'll be offering won't be anything too demanding. *sigh of relief*

Regardless, I felt the need to practice my henna skills before being posted up in the booth, so I stopped by an Indian store to pick up the paste. With that I've been designing away and have probably been a bit too eager with it all. Gosh, give it a few more days and I'll probably have a sleeve of henna tattoos!

Here are some of my designs!

The inspiration for this tiny bike was a 10 mile ride that I had taken over the weekend... I'm ridiculous >.<

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!! 

~Moll

Monday, September 1, 2014

Motivational Monday: Cliff Diving?!!

 "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear."
~Mark Twain

Yesterday, a few pals and I decided to hang out. Naturally we were all indecisive and had no idea what to do because frankly that's just a trait that young people seem to have. For a while, our conversation consisted of too many "I don't knows" until one of the guys chimed in that we should journey to a quarry in the neighboring town.

During this whole planning session via text, I was with my dad. He said I'd need to be extremely careful due to steep drop-offs, broken glass everywhere, potential protrusions from the water, and just be wary of the fact that quarries were not created with the intention of recreational swimming. He followed that up by saying to just be smart about whatever I decide to do and it'll all be ok. Thanks, daddio, for cultivating that fear in me with your cautionary tale; but beyond that sarcasm, I appreciate your wise words! Those thoughts did make me feel uneasy and got me thinking of a million "what ifs'."

Before yesterday, I knew the risks present at a quarry, but still wanted to at least see what one looked like in person. I had an idea in my head from seeing pictures and what not, but that's definitely not the same as actually experiencing something. I figured wherever the quarry was would be in a pretty open area and there would be a shallow part where you could get into the water. Boy was I wrong! 

We had to take so many back roads just to get to this frickin' dead-end dirt road route that was large enough for a small car, which ended in a dwarf-sized parking area. From there, we had to walk on a bunch of trails just to get to this sequestered spot. This quarry was tucked away by at least a mile of forest all around. It's safe to say that it wasn't in an open area. Thankfully the town that this particular quarry was in maintains the encroaching trees and shrubbery to keep the paths wide around the perimeter. Having scoped out the perimeter when I arrived completely crushed my optimism that there would be an area to enter into the water. The best spot I found was to scale down a few rocks until immersed in two feet of water where you could stand on the lip of a rock above a 20 foot drop-off. Honestly, I should have expected that. Why would the stonecutters have conveniently cut out stairs just to get into water that wasn't even there when it was a properly functioning quarry? Silly me. I guess I just have high hopes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   

I had four other options of getting into the water if that easiest (and safest) one didn't suit my fancy. There was a rope swing off of a 30 foot high cliff that I could have used; or I could have bound off of a 15, 25, or 50 foot high cliff. I love nature and exploring maybe more than your average person, but when it comes to being audacious in relating circumstances, I tend to opt out. A part of me always wants to be dauntless, but I end up holding back and being circumspective. That is because I get nervous and anxious easily. It's safe to say that jumping off of high points into the watery unknown isn't something I'm into. Plus, I hate heights and become a big scaredy-cat when confronted with them, so I had absolutely no intention of cliff diving. Whilst I chose to use my makeshift stair to ease myself into the water, the guys were eager to take the dramatic drop in. 

Of course all of the guys were gung-ho to jump in and rushed to the top of the medium sized cliff immediately when we arrived. Those testosterone beasts are just daredevils! They tried to get us girls to join them, but we refused. Once in the water, we all swam to the 15 foot high cliff. One of my girlfriends climbed to the top of it with the guys and was super excited to jump, but chickened out. Stupidly I joined her at the top for a bit of motivation and said "If a big baby like me can do it, so can you." When I was on the edge of the cliff I kept wondering why I had to suddenly feel so brave, and really just marveled at how alluring the view was. You could see the entire quarry and all of the multicolored rocks. The sun even decided to pop out from behind the clouds and glimmered against the water. The edge of the water became clear and easy to see through. There were trees that had fallen in, rocks that I'd need to avoid when jumping, and this slight turquoise ting to the water. A gentle wind rippled the glinting light on the surface of the water. As the same warm breeze flowed over the pool, it danced across my skin, leaving me with goose bumps. It was tranquil.


After a few minutes of taking it all in (/putting off the plunge), one of the guys shouted up to me from in the water that he'd count down until I needed to go. At "jump" I'd have to be on my way down.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 


JUMP!

At "jump," I surprisingly did just that. Suddenly I was falling through the air for a split second and then I was enveloped by bath-like water. No, it was not enough time to have this sudden realization that there's nothing to fear but fear itself (that was more of an afterthought haha), but I did feel this weightlessness and clear mindedness.  It brought on a sense of complete calmness and placidity... until I hit the water and got a ton up my nose. That just made me squirm because of how uncomfortable it was.


Pre-jump selfie I sent to friends on Snapchat.
Though I appear composed here, I was freaking out inside! >.< 

Cliff jumping ended up being a euphoric experience. I'm so pleased with myself that, despite all of my hesitant thoughts, I actually did it. I know that I need to push myself more and just say "yes," since I don't want to end up missing out on potentially fun times. Luckily little by little I'm getting better and less worried and anxious to try new things. If you're like me and struggle with this, try to push yourself. Don't let the fear of the unknown keep you from exploring it. Muster up the courage to come face to face with your fear, clear your head, and just jump.  

~Moll

NOTE: Most quarries are privately owned, thus illegal to swim in. Refrain from utilizing those swimming holes and find one open to the public. If you ever find yourself at a communal quarry, be exceedingly cautious!! Quarries can be a bit of wildcard and you never know what's in them or how deep they are. If you decide to jump off of a ledge, thoroughly examine the water below prior to that action. Always go with others. Stay safe and have fun!!