Bang, Bang, Bang.

Two days in a row!? Yes ladies and gentlemen – I was feeling frisky today decided I must take pictures first and foremost of myself because I felt pretty smashing in my outfit, and some other stuff. My clothes fit looser because I’ve lost weight, and so I personally felt I was pretty bangin’ today and thought I’d tribute that in photos. I also wore the yellow birdies in my hair today, so I took a few pictures of them too.

Oh! And the bow ring seen below is the one I mentioned a few posts ago when I talked about my shopping adventure. I’m in love with it. It’s simple and a great small (but big) statement piece that goes with so many outfits. Love love love!

Also, the skirt I’m wearing is a knock-off I made of a Lane Bryant skirt I bought a few months ago. The other one is hot pink. I can’t decided which I like better, but this one is definitely eye-catching.

"Sing to me baby."

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Mermaids & Avocados

Just before St. Patrick’s Day, the lovely lady over at How About Orange posted a very easy and very delicious recipe for Avocado-Lemon Pie (which sounds weird, but trust me, it’s DIVINE) that I absolutely had to try. I made it on St. Patty’s and it turned out pretty damn good – except that I forgot to grab condensed milk. I substituted with dry milk mixed with water and sugar, so mine wouldn’t coagulate properly. This past weekend I discovered we had two avocados waiting to be used and went and picked up ingredients to make this pie again. I can happily say that remembering to buy condensed milk made it 100x more delicious and easier to handle. I managed to take a few pictures as the sun was setting earlier today and here are the results.

I also took a few pictures of my nails, because I painted them last night. I used Essie Shine of the Times topcoat straight on to my naked nails and sealed it with Essie No Chips Ahead. I really love Shine of the Times because it reminds me of fairytales and mermaids and makes me wish it was summer already so I could be swimming in my pool pretending to be a mermaid. It’s a multi-dimensional polish/topcoat, so it looks different at different angles. It’s kind of mesmerizing.

Lastly, I would like to mention that I am trying to sell my camera. If you’re interested, please by no means don’t hesitate to contact me. It’s a used in excellent condition Nikon d3000 kit (comes with 18-55 mm lens and carrying accessories) and I am throwing in an 8 GB SD card with it too. If you’re in the market for a beginner’s DSLR, this is a great choice!

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Spring Awakening

We here in Michigan have been very fortunate this year to not only have the mildest winter in my personal living memory, but also a very early Spring. Today it reached a high of about 82 degrees in the Metro Detroit Area and it was absolutely gorgeous outside. I even had the opportunity to eat lunch outside, no coat, in March! I got attacked by spiders, but that’s beside the point. When I came home, I knew I had to take a stroll around my house and see what’s new in nature. Since I last updated Vivography, my neighbor’s tree has blossomed 75% more and is now full of flowers, so I snapped a few pictures of that. I also found that we have more hyacinths in the garden, so I sprayed them with a spray bottle for prettier pictures. And while I was kneeling out there, I noticed we have some cute patches of moss by the garden, so I took some macro shots of that. Here’s today’s floral adventure in photos:

Neighbor's tree blossoms.

Extreme close-up of a water droplet on the above hyacinth flower.

Moss patch!

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Saturday Shopping Extravaganza

Have I mentioned the absolutely gorgeous weather we’re having here in Michigan? It’s the middle of March and it has been in the mid 60s to 70s for the past week. It’s pleasant enough to walk around without a jacket. And that is exactly what I did today. I spent the first 4 hours after I woke up shopping and got some great stuff for even greater prices, including some really cute accessories from Forever 21. Among them were some very pretty and simple flower clips that look better on my Jessica Simpson pumps than anywhere else, and a twine and roses headband that was hard to photograph by myself but I managed to get some interesting shots.

If I ever get married, I'm tempted to wear these shoes like this.

It's hard to know where the focus will go when you can't see what you're doing.

While I was outside, I also took a little walk around my house and discovered we have one bloom of hyacinths. Although I took pictures of them, I don’t like they way they turned out. However, I also took pictures of my neighbor’s tree that blossoms every spring.

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I Got Love In My Tummy!

I started the Weight Watchers program about 3 weeks ago because I figure that if I have to pay for it, I will stick with it. So far, so good. Today I got a little Spring-happy as we’re having gorgeous weather this week (last night it rained really hard and it was so wonderful to fall asleep to) and decided to make a strawberry banana smoothie. Delicious and nutritious! Here’s my recipe and, of course, pictures.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Weight Watchers Points: 6
*You will need a Magic Bullet or blender
INGREDIENTS:
1 Banana, chopped
5-7 Strawberries, tops cut off and washed
3 tablespoons Chobani plain yogurt (or whatever yogurt you like)
1/2 cup soymilk
1-2 tablespoons honey

DIRECTIONS:
1. Pop ingredients in blending container.
2. Blend.
3. Enjoy.

*This is a really basic recipe and you can switch out the fruits for others according to taste. Stay away from apples and the citrus family.  Berries and tropicals (pineapple, mangos, etc) work best.

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Fruits & Gourds

I consider myself to be a very privileged college student for many reasons. One of them is that I live at home and because of that, I get to enjoy homemade food that I don’t personally make, every day. My mom is a phenomenal lady, but her cooking ability and talent is one of the best things about her. Yesterday she slaved over a Romanian recipe for pumpkin pastry. She worked on that thing for about 5 hours until it was finally done and out of the oven. It turned out really good and according to Weight Watchers, one serving is just 5 points which I was quite happy about. Anyway, I was even more happy to find there was still some left this morning, so I snapped a few pictures. Here’s two:

Normally, I would accompany foodography pictures with the recipe, but this one was in Romanian, and I am far too lazy to translate it. So just sit there and salivate a little.

And for tonight, I’ll also include some fruit pictures from the same album, but from a few weeks ago. A ruby red grapefruit that looks more like an orange, and some pineapple.

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Pomp and Circumstance

Last Friday, part of our assignment in class was to go out shopping (not necessarily to buy things) in order to do market research. So my friend Alyza and I booked it over to Target and JC Penney for our research. We bought ridiculously large hats at both places, and while I was at JC Penney, I also picked up the most awesome headband. There’s no need to talk about what it looks like when I can show you!

This is my tough muscles face. Please, enjoy it as much as I do.

Now that we’ve got that covered, today after work I dropped by Joann’s because they’re currently having Coupon Commotion and that’s pretty much the best time of year. I’ve still got at least 5 or 6 coupons left! Anyway, while I was there, I noticed they had a little section at the front in the home decor with various clip-on birdies and bees and butterflies and things. So of course I had to buy a set of birdies that I fully intend to wear in my hair as soon as possible. They’re absolutely adorable and I think everyone should own a pair.

"What's up?" "Nothin', you?" "Same, bro."

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