Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I got new hair.... literally. I got extensions & bangs!!! Its totally different and I have a love hate relationship with them. I miss my short cute retro curly hair but I sort of love having as much hair as a horse. It's something different and hey I am a hair dresser! Time to change it up.
I did finally figure out how to do my signature "roll" with my new extensions... thank goodness... I was having retro withdrawl...
Other then that... I have been OBSESSED with everything Adele. I love her look. Her clothes, hair and ESPECIALLY her make up!!! Not to mention her insane voice!
Not only does she have great style an amazing voice and an English accent. She also is funny as hell! When I hear her in interviews I feel like she is my best friend hahaha or at least should be!
My favorite song she sings is " One and only" its SSOOO GOOD!
Posted by Brook at 11:53 PM
Thursday, March 10, 2011
I have my Johnny Cash uniform on:
Poncho- TJ MAXX
shirt- old navy
skinny jeans- Old navy
earrings- made by me
Okay so I know I sort of turned a new leaf buying different clothes but I must admit I am a sucker for an all black outfit. I love it. I feel its really classic. My family had to go to the lawyers and we all cracked up when we got out of the car and we were all wearing black. We looked like we were going to a funeral. After we got back I made my mom take pictures of me in her backyard with my hipstamatic....
She couldn't figure out how to get my feet in the picture so there was plenty of pics because my mother is technically challenged. The viewfinder on the hipstamatic is pretty annoying.
Me showing my mother how easy is it to get HER feet in the picture. (her in all black too... shocking)
Then my mom tried to get me to do " model" poses so of course I did the complete opposite
I pretended I was Elle Wood from Toddlers and Tiaras. I was busting out all my moves
the invisible wall rest
kiss the boo boo's
ouchie boo boo!
If you've ever seen that show you know what I'm talking about. The funny part is Elle Wood looks like I did as a kid. Except my mother wasn't a freak and dressed me up like a child hooker.
but she did make me put on this GOD awful scarf that one of her bible study ladies gave her. I said " OH LAWD this looks like Pinata puke! This fun fetti scarf is a SIN!" but I gave in a took a picture for her
Have you seen Toddlers and Tiaras??? It make me realize how good I had it as a kid.
Monday, March 07, 2011
My outfit was pretty boring today. Just like my day at work. Black cartigan & jeans bleh! Good news is last week I made the most money I have since I've been working at the salon. GO ME!!! So this week most likely will be on the slower side.
I was thinking of posting some pictures of my work I do in the salon. You would think I would remember to take before and after pictures but of course I always forget the befores and so people can't see how fucked up their hair was before and how fabulous I just made them...
On another note I would like to talk about Shellac Its an AMAZING product!!! My nails have never felt stronger and stayed longer then with Shellac. Its pretty much like nail polish but doesn't ever chip. You need a UV lamp to cure it and as of now can only get it done professionally. The manicurist at my salon does my nails. I am HOOKED! I used to wear it with a half moon manicure but this week I just did regular. It last for 2 weeks!!! I am constantly in water and using my hands all day long. OPI also makes one called Axxium that I've also used. It takes a bit longer then Shellac but has a far larger assortment of colors. Personally I only wear classic reds. (big fat surprise!) so thats why I have been using Shellac. I did see that OPI has a gold in the axxium so I might have to try it! Have you ever heard of shellac ? Have you tried it?? What did you think?
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Blouse- Forever 21+
Shoes- Miz Mooz
Okay so apparently I've been missing out on this whole " Fatshionista" concept. Where "plus size" women take on the world and express themselves through fashion and being happy to be themselves no matter what size. Seriously am I the worst fat girl on earth? Never knew Forever 21 had a plus size section? Been into torrid 2 times my whole life. Didn't know ASOS even existed!!! (if you haven't been to the site check it out. They have some fabulous items for most sizes)
I guess its because I can still shop at a majority of the mainstream stores. Plus I was obsessed with having a retro flare on everything so I was SO PICKY about what I wore and pretty much was a combination of pencil skirts, jeans, cardigans, sheath dresses, black, black and BLACK!
Then I became obsessed with this idea that I was only going to make clothing from vintage patterns and or wear vintage clothes. That sort of is on the back burner for many reasons. The main one being I do hair. I use bleach & color everyday so the idea of ruining something that was expensive & has lasted 50 years with someone else only to be splattered with bleach by day 1 with me is depressing. That and I've been working like crazy so my sewing has taken the back burner, as well as cleaning, doing laundry, making crafts, sleeping, paying attention to my loving boyfriend, roller derby... you get it! BITCH is fucking BUSY!
Which has led me to my quarter life crisis. I turned 25. I feel like I've had the same " look" for years now. I wear red lipstick every day. I needed a change. I went one whole week without wearing it.(anyone who wears red lipstick knows my pain... its my security blanket) I was over my obsession with having this retro look on a day to day basis. Vintage will always be part of my life. I love it. Even when I don't try people still identify me with someone from 50 years ago.
my quarter life crisis is not about my appearance. Mostly about things happening in my life. I'm officially ready to get married. I am not freaked out about the idea. I no longer have this mentality that I am a child trying to be a grown up. I have a budding career and talk of buying a house has been in the air. Its a lot to take in. Now I just need my boyfriend to ask me to marry him! HAHAHAHAHA!
I guess everything is just coming together. I stumbled upon a "fatshion" blog just as I was looking for something a little different. I found out that online shopping is fun and ended up spending $800 in a week on some clothes from forever 21, ASOS, & torrid. I love all my clothes!!! WOO WOO WOO! I'll probably be posting more OOTD's and rambling about being plus size and being totally confident in myself. Little did I know its actually called something!!! Seriously I just crawled from under a rock....
Posted by Brook at 8:02 PM
Saturday, March 05, 2011
So what do you buy a man who buys himself EVERYTHING he wants? Only leaving you scrambling 3 days before his birthday? Something you want, DUH!
My parents bought the house my grandpa built when my dad was a teenager. So pretty much they will probably die there. So whats better then buying them Avocado trees! My dad has a fond memory of a giant avocado tree in his backyard when he was a kid. He still talks about it like its the fucking tree of life. I don't know why he hasn't planted one in his backyard he has now. Especially since we all love avocados. So I figured buying two would be beneficial to ME in a few years when it start to produce delicious buttery hass avocados!
It was actually FUN! Granted the b/f was doing most of the digging and I was doing the directing (big surprise).
I did have to do the dirty work though and mix the soil and get my hands dirty! My mom came out and stole my thunder by trying to boss the b/f around and ended up making him practically trim a whole tree down. It was fun to watch. I like a man who can work outside! mmmm mmmm! Plus we were slipping down the hill because it was muddy! Not to mention he was cutting tree branches that were huge so he was DRIPPING sweat using all his testosterone and muscle (bah hahahaha) doing manual labor. While my mom and my job was to throw the trees over the fence and direct him to the next branch.
While we were driving home I was talking to the b/f and was like " That was so much fun!!!! Don't you think???" He looked at me and his eyes said it all!! HAHAHAHAHA That's why I love him! My ideas become reality with him as my muscle!
Happy 50th Dad!
Posted by Brook at 9:41 PM
Friday, March 04, 2011
SO this post may be painful to everyone who lives where its cold OR has buckets of snow at the moment. But let me bask in its glory and recap my valentines day. This beach is about 2 minutes from my house.
We went there after I got off work from the salon. We had already planned to have Valentines dinner on another day since the thought of going out that night gave me anxiety!
Baby Gus loves the beach!!! Its really funny to see him pull my boyfriend on the skateboard too! hahaha!
I realized that day how much I hate snow! HAHAHAHA! I love looking at every ones pictures and watching snow fall but I am really not very happy when I am cold. I realized that I was just where I wanted to be on Feb 14th with my two loves!
While I was working my Dad brought these in for me
They are HUGE!! It was so funny! Hes the best!!!
Then Juan brought these in for me.... AWWWW!
Posted by Brook at 8:12 PM
Sunday, February 27, 2011
My local grocery store had a 10 for $10 on blueberries and I couldn't pass up the deal. I've been wanting to make blueberry jam for some time. It's the one fruit I haven't really experimented with. I am so glad I did!
I actually made it with a friend who had been wanting to learn " the art of preserving". I am always excited when people take interest in canning. It seems like a lost art here where I live.
After making the jam I thought it would be a perfect filling for my new William Sanoma pocket pie mold. I love it so much! Its makes the cutest little pies ever! Besides my boyfriend thinks they are amazing. He calls them homemade " uncrustables". They are so easy too! YUMMY!
My mans heart is definitely through his stomach. (no pun intended)
Posted by Brook at 10:03 PM
Monday, February 21, 2011
So if DC wasn't horribly and horrifically humid & hot in the summer I think I might live there. But swamp ass always wins and I am brought back to the reality that I'll probably never move from CA if I can help it. Nonetheless rich history always has me coming back for more (preferably in winter/fall). This trip we used to metro A LOT. Every time I was slowly making it down the steep escalator I was amazed by the wonderful architecture. The massive amounts of stone, cement, arches, granite. EVERYWHERE! You would think the metro would be simple, dull, more " to the lowest bidder" of standards but its beautiful. breathtaking. and to my delight with the lack of urine stench....
The lighting reflects off the ceiling in a way that makes the whole place have a feeling of calm.
Granted this was taken later at night around 10pm so rush hour didn't disturb me as I gawked at the wonderful sights. I knew I would regret not taking these pictures. I'm so glad I did. What other places do you go to that have surprisingly wonderful architecture ?
Here is a picture of me riding the metro. I was feeling the 60's that day mostly due to rain and semi-dirty hair... I think I sort of like it!
Posted by Brook at 9:31 PM
Friday, February 11, 2011
I love to upload photos only to find that they turned out exceptionally well. This was a picture I took of the back of a historically building. Something about the barrels and cobblestone wall. I don't know too much about photography. Actually none at all. I have a big ol 8MM camera and have no clue how to use it.
I wonder where I can figure out how to use it. Anyone have any advice? I have a Canon rebel Ti.
I thought I would use it a lot more then I do. Its sort of BIG to carry around. I guess I just have to get used to it.
eehhhh! Anyways. This is sort of a random post. I am trying to find the will to sew. I have been in a weird funk lately. Work has been super busy.... WAH!
Posted by Brook at 10:08 PM
Friday, January 21, 2011
I've needed glasses since I was in 9th grade. I've worn an assortment of different styles, all quite statement pieces. I have to say though these are the boldest of them all. I love them. L-O-V-E ! I got them at The Rosebowl flea market in Pasadena by an amazing vendor Allyn Scura.
He has a huge inventory of dead stock vintage glasses as well as his own line. I bought two pairs and he worked me a good deal. I can't wait to get the other pair filled with my prescription!! They are gold and FANCY!
The first time I wore them was on our trip to Washington DC. I got quite a few stares. Anyone that has been to the DC area knows what I mean. Everyone sort of looks and dresses the same. Platinum hair and red lipstick are few and FAR between! So what do you guys think of the new spects?
Posted by Brook at 10:04 PM
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I have to say that 2010 was full of F-U-N !!!! I didn't have any crazy new years resolutions but one of them for 2010 was make more friends. Not that I need to have 500 friends to feel good about myself... because lets be honest. If it wasn't for my boyfriend and my dog I would probably lock myself in my house all day making crafts and watching Netflix. hahhaha not entirely true... but pretty close.
I had a party at my house and I invited my old friend from high school,
my craft friends,
my work friends,
& my roller derby friends.
To be honest I was a little concerned... These are all things I like to do but wasn't quite sure they would all mesh well together.... Oh the power of A LOT of alcohol and good food go along way! I love grown up parties!!
How can I forget! MUSIC!!! I love to dance. Especially When highly intoxicated. I have been known to do " high kicks" which I was unaware of while sober until I saw some of my pictures. Shoot me now! My brother came and the next day my mother called saying " Your brother said you embarrassed him with your dancing. I thought you were a good dancer." Oh well! I had a great time and everyone else did to! I sure know how to throw a party!
Lets hope 2011 brings many more!!!
I will end this post with this picture.... This is why the camera should be put away after 11pm. Apparently I have no shame.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Posted by Brook at 11:35 PM