Wreck This Tuesdays: 4

Okay, so I’m not proud of the fact that I haven’t done a Wreck This Journal post in over two weeks. Life got in the way.

Instead of three pages, here are four to make up for my slacking off on these (please disregard my chipped nail polish!):

Spilling Things

This ended up being kind of funny. I dripped some zinfandel and then some cranberry juice on the page, which was great. It left a nice pinkish color on it. But then I decided to be Dana and dump water on it, washing away the color once dried.

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Anyway, that was a fun little experiment.

Coloring

My favorite color is yellow and people say I look great in green, so I used those two colors in different shades for this page. I decided to color patches of each shade diagonally to make it a bit more interesting.

Newspaper

The prompt for this page was to stick a page from a newspaper on it and color the newspaper page in. I chose to color the page blue because I’m sad that I won’t be able to enjoy this summer music and movie series đŸ˜„

Tape

I had some old washi tape laying around, so when I saw this prompt to stick two pages together, I felt so glad I had something fun to do it with! The pattern on the tape is multicolored vertical lines, which give the white page some life.

And yes, I got hair stuck on the washi tape. Lol.

See you next week with three more wrecked pages!

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Fan Art Fridays: Ode to Prince Harry (& Meghan Markle)

prince harry meghan markle fan art

I’ve thought long and hard about making this a full on #TWBT post yesterday, but I decided to make this one short and sweet on this lovely Fan Art Fridays blog instead:

Prince Harry of Wales, take care of your Princess.

As a fellow multicultural woman, I’m very pleased with your pick, Meghan Markle. She’s educated, poised, and absolutely stunning. I, and I’m sure many others, were concerned you’d choose to marry the craziest British woman you could find across the pond, but boy am I happy you went for Meghan.

Although Meghan pretty much has to hide her outspoken qualities as the future Duchess (CANNOT WAIT TO WATCH THE WEDDING FROM NYC ON TV TOMORROW, BTW), I hope you always remember to ask for her opinion when you two are behind closed doors. Don’t let a brilliant female mind like Meghan’s go to waste. Let her have influence on your decisions.

And yeah, I know divorce isn’t a thing in the royal world, so please be a good husband. We don’t need a scandal, Harry. I’m serious. TREAT HER RIGHT.

And Meghan, I’ll be watching you strut your fancy self down the aisle in your wedding dress tomorrow morning, representing all the Americans that are obsessed with England and the royals in general.

P.S. Please consider buying property in California. Finish what Princess Diana was trying to start up in Malibu!

Best wishes to Harry and Meghan ❀

Enjoy this amazing fan art of the two by Amro Ashry (artistamroashry) on DeviantArt. I’m considering having it framed.

Also, I highly recommend watching the two documentaries The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan (E!) and Meghan Markle: An American Princess (FOX) and if you haven’t already. They’re both phenomenal.

Fave Royal Wedding Related Articles:

Meghan & Harry’s First Date

Meghan’s Engagement Ring Look-a-Like

Meghan Markle Passed All the Tests, So Hush

Prince Charles Will Give Meghan Markle Away at the Royal Wedding!

The Bridal Party

Celebs That Were Invited

Commoners Invited to Royal Wedding

Kate Middleton Will Be Chilling During the Wedding

Who’s Designing Meghan’s Dress?

What Kind of Music Did They Book for the Wedding?

Meghan & Prince Harry Have Left the Castle in Preparation for the Wedding!

Prince Harry Spent Some Time Mingling with Commoners

Here’s What Royals Usually Do on Their Wedding Night …

April Favorites: Melania Trump’s White Hat Memes & Yodeling Kid

Oh. Em. Gee. It’s. May. Like, two weeks into May already and I’m just getting a chance to sit down to write this April Favorites post.

I have been so busy and so exhausted. Every time I told myself I would get this post done I’d end up falling asleep.

Anyway, April had some interesting comedic value and great music (I only hold back on the music section this month because I’m hella busy)!

Here we go:

Favorite News Articles

1. Melania Trump’s white hat. Because we couldn’t resist making memes out of this ensemble. #MelaniasHatForPrez

2. Yodeling Kid. Mason Ramsey made it to Coachella, y’all. And he put out a single. WHAT?! Crank. Da. Club. Remixes.

3. Royal baby number three is finally here and has a name. Welcome, Louis Arthur Charles.

4. University of Utah’s cry closet. Where was this when I was at Bard slowly dying from finals week?

Favorite Music

1. “Limbo” by Robotaki feat. SHOR. That synth melody takes me to another universe. Love the vocals from SHOR combined with Robotaki’s synth genius!

2. “South” by Galimatias. I swear if this boy doesn’t bring his falsetto to NYC soon I might die.

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Spring 2018 Wonderland Playlist

spring 2018 wonderland playlist

Spring 2018 finally decided to make its way to New York. Yeah, I know, I know, it’s technically already mid-spring. Mother Nature is such a diva.

And then she had the nerve to make it so hot during the first week of May that I couldn’t even walk three minutes to the train station without sweating under my moto jacket. Ugh.

Anyway, spring is shaping up to be quite beautiful this year, so I’ve created a fantasy wonderland-esque playlist for this season. I’ve thrown in some pop, indie darlings, and a dash of light EDM. Enjoy it on a long walk or a smooth drive:

1. Aiir, Henry Green. Starting this out with a breath of freshness. “Let the crisp air fill [your] lungs.”

2. Breeze Off the Pond, Justin Timberlake. Take a note from this Man of the Woods. “Let it blow through you.”

3. I’m Like a Bird, Nelly Furtado. Don’t you just want to fly away with the birds and company?

4. Daylight, Maroon 5. Soak up every beautiful ray of daylight this spring.

5. Sky’s Still Blue, Andrew Belle. For when there isn’t a cloud in sight.

6. Sky Full of Song, Florence + the Machine. “You’ve been staying out so late” and “kissing strangers” this spring, Florence? What now?

7. Blossom Roses, Her. Do you “recall the perfume of roses”?

8. Tame Birds, Canon Blue. This number will add a little groove to your spring. Catch it before it goes “vanishing in the air.”

9. Second Nature, Stalking Gia. “Loving you is second nature to me now, I can’t stop.”

10. Roses, Angus and Julia Stone. Will she bring you roses, Angus? I sure hope so.

11. Only the Horses, Scissor Sisters. “Only the horses can bring us back home.”

12. Rainbow, Kesha. After all this rain we better be seeing rainbows 😉

13. Natural Light, Porter Robinson. An illuminating symphony.

14. Neverland (Chilled Version), Tyler Touche. Let’s slow this to a halt with a little romantic chill from Neverland before the summer heat.

Be gentle, Mother Nature.

spring 2018 wonderland playlist nature

#TWBT: Let’s Talk About Loneliness

The loneliness epidemic is a real thing.

I came across this article from The Cut today called “7 Therapists on What to Do When You Feel Lonely” by Cari Romm, and I immediately knew wanted to respond to it for a #TWBT post.

As the only child of my parents, I spent a lot of time feeling lonely in my 23.9 years. At age 3, I basically begged my mom to put me in a preschool program so I could be around other kids. I remember sitting at the dinner table by myself some days while my mom made dinner just staring into space. I look back on those moments now and realize how lucky I am to have had an imagination. I would have died of boredom.

But my imagination could only take me so far. I would sometimes get really antsy with boredom. My mom will tell you how annoyed she’d get when I uttered the words “I’m bored.” I also had a habit of sighing a lot because of said boredom, to which my mom would ask, “What’s wrong?” My response? You guessed it—“I’m bored.”

I read a lot as a kid. My library card was my best friend, because it gave me access to a world of story characters I could get to know on a personal level. Even though I made friends at school, I still had lonely weekends and summers, so I escaped into fiction most of the time to get out of my lonely funk.

As an adult, I have roommates, so I’m not lonely that often. The people I’ve lived with and currently live with have pets, which are always fun to have around if you’re prone to feeling lonely, as the article mentions.

One of the therapists in the article suggests making small talk with strangers during daily tasks like shopping at the grocery store and getting coffee. I’m not sure that’s really an option for socially awkward loners, though. As an ambivert, I can’t even make small talk on a good day sometimes, much less look the Starbucks barista in the eye when I spell out my name for them. It takes a lot of guts for some people to talk to strangers, so I’m not sure that suggestion would work well for everyone.

Another suggestion in the article is to get comfortable with your own company. I feel like this is super important. This is how I got through most of my periods of loneliness without going completely insane. I read books, took myself to a movie once since none of my friends were in town when I wanted to see it, danced around my room like a crazy lady (I still do this quite often), etc. You can have all the friends in the world and still feel lonely at times, so it is very important to get used to being your own company.

Forcing yourself into social situations also helps, as another therapist suggests. Joining a book club, community sports team, etc. can help you find people you’ll probably have a lot in common with. Since you’ll most likely be seeing people in said club or team multiple weeks in a row, you’ll have time to muster up the courage to talk to some of the members and perhaps make plans to meet with them outside of the club’s meeting times.

A suggestion that really stood out to me in the article is finding a personal interest to get involved in. I’m gonna be real here—I probably would still feel lonely a lot of the time if I didn’t have this blog. I start to relapse every now and then when I haven’t written a blog post for a while. Finding fulfilling hobbies is essential to learning how to be content with your own company. I used to overthink so many things when I felt lonely because my brain had nothing else to chew on. Keeping yourself busy with something fun really helps.

Be sure to check out the article on The Cut.

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Blake Lively @ CinemaCon 2018

Blake Lively style, fashion, CinemaCon 2018

Blake Lively is definitely on my list of celebrity style icons, and this outfit she wore to CinemaCon 2018 may have just boosted her to the top!

The actress wore a navy blue Sonia Rykiel blazer dress paired with graffiti Louboutin heels and a multicolored Brackish bow tie. The ensemble oozes preppy, which is a great look on her!

I think my favorite thing about the outfit is the bow tie. It ties the bold blue together with the busy graffiti on the heels.

Come to think of it, I haven’t worn a bow tie myself in quite some time. Now that the weather is warm, I think I’ll start wearing them again.

See below for the original heels (marked with *), plus a few other pieces inspired by Blake Lively’s preppy chic look!

Blazer Dress:

1. Missguided, $68.00

2. Tobi, $98.00

Heels:

3. Neiman Marcus, $775.00 *

4. Neiman Marcus, $895.00

Bow Tie:

5. Nordstrom, $195.00

6. Neiman Marcus, $195.00

Wreck This Tuesdays: 3

Last week, I promised you guys I would do some Wreck This Journal pages involving color-related wrecking. The below is the fulfillment of that promise, which I used both regular pencil and my colored pencils to complete.

Front & Back Jacket Flaps

So it seems we’re going backward here. I didn’t realize the back flap had a Wrecking This Journal Pledge on it. OOPS. Anyway, I filled that out for this week and also did the fun name exercises on the front flap. I might invest in a white gel pen or something to get the “Write your name in white” prompt to show more (it’s currently basically non-existent). I chose green for the “Write your name in a color you like” prompt even though my favorite color is yellow because I doubt the yellow would show properly. I do like green, though, just not as much as I like yellow. My favorite (and the most challenging) of these was writing my name backward. It took a lot of brain energy to get this done without messing up! Writing my name really tiny was also quite fun.

Coloring a Page Red


Fun fact: I like to shade things in lightly. I doubt shading lightly is a proper way to wreck (there goes my pledge), but I can’t bring myself to color this page any darker.

Scribbling on the Edges




This is my favorite prompt of all so far! I decided to write inspirational/uplifting words around the edges of my Wreck This Journal for my sake and the sake of anyone who sees it. I think it’s a nice little touch, especially on dreary days. The bottom says “Persevere,” the top says “Live & Love,” and the side says “Be Yourself & Be Confident.” I’ll admit, I smile a bit to myself every time I see my journal lying around.

See you next week with three more wrecked pages!

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