Wreck This Tuesdays: 1

Happy Tax Day, guys!

The first installment of Wreck This Tuesdays is finally here. If you’re considering getting a Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith with some of your tax return money, here’s a little preview, I guess.

I would have started this two weeks ago, but I kept forgetting to have some pages done by the time Tuesday came around. Twice. -_-

Anyway, here are the first three pages I’ve done from the color edition of Wreck This Journal (I will be completing pages in any order I so choose):

Holes

So I’m almost 90% sure that the pre-determined hole markings on the page aren’t binding, but the small neat freak inside of me says they are. I think the hardest thing about this activity book is going to be convincing myself that there are no rules.
Lines
I never make lines this straight on a normal day, but they managed to look decent here. I didn’t even use a ruler. What even! I liked making the fat lines by pressing hard because I was able to see just how dark the pencil mark will appear with varying pressures. Also, peep the previous page’s holes lol.
Scribbles
More like squiggles? Are these considered scribbles? Does it matter? This page was the most fun for me so far. I did this scribble/squiggle without taking the pencil off the paper, which I’m not even sure was on purpose. I really like the way it came out, and it was quite therapeutic to let my hand do whatever it wanted!
These three pages seemed less wreckless than most of the others I’ve glimpsed at in this journal. Honestly, used to draw lines and scribble (or squiggle) all over my notes in class as a kid and undergrad student, so that didn’t make me feel like I was destroying anything. The page with the holes made me cringe, though.

Here’s to weekly cringes every Tuesday, then!

So, an important question for those of you seasoned wreckers:
Am I supposed to wreck both sides of the page?

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Wardrobe Wednesdays: Jenna Dewan in Los Angeles

Jenna Dewan demin dress in LA

I’m going to try really hard to not think about the fact that Jenna Dewan isn’t wearing her ring anymore, in lieu of her and Channing Tatum’s heartbreaking separation ūüė•

The actress was spotted this week in Los Angeles wearing a simple denim midi dress paired with strappy black heels. The sleeveless dress would have looked super casual had it not been combined with those cute heels, in my opinion.

It’s been so long since I’ve owned a denim dress, and now I want one. If the weather in NYC would just hurry up and actually turn more spring-like, maybe I’ll get myself a denim dress to wear this season.

See below for the original dress (marked with *) and some other items inspired by Jenna’s look.

Dress:

1. Stories, $115.00 *

2. Dillard’s, $79.00

Shoes:

3. DSW, $59.99

4. Charlotte Russe, $25.00

March Favorites: Bachelor Arie Banned & #MarchforOurLives

Okay, so I know I always joke about the saying that goes “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb,” but this year it legitimately did.

The beginning of the month was so rough, especially with all the non-stop snow storms. I could not deal. I don’t think I’ve ever been more annoyed with my life than I was at the start of March. Things mellowed out around March 20th or so, which was nice.

March brought some harsh realities to light in the pop culture and entertainment world, and rightfully so. Let’s take a look my faves for March 2018:

Favorite News Articles

1. The Bachelor‘s Arie gets banned from Minnesota. Damn straight. He deserves it after what he did to Becca.

2. #MarchforOurLives. Thank you, Pope Francis, for encouraging the youth to continue fighting to end gun violence.

3. “Shero” Barbies! I want one of each, please!

4. Chrissy Teigen brings an emotional support casserole on a plane. Brb, bookmarking this recipe for later.

Favorite Music

1. “Rotation” by Fickle Friends. Now THIS is what I call feel-good music! This band sounds like Great Goof Fine OK and Haim had a baby. OMJ. I so want to see these guys in concert!

2. “Figure A” by Tim Atlas. So old school funk I can’t handle it. Ah. Maze. Balls.

3. “Something” by Henry Green. I’ll definitely succumb.

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Influenster Dazzle Voxbox Review

*SPONSORED

dazzle voxbox influenster

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. 

I got this Dazzle Voxbox over a month ago, but I’ve been so busy I’m just getting around to writing a review for it.

Upon receiving this box, I noticed it was quite tiny, which usually would mean that it’s one brand sending a couple of their products. However, it turns out the box is a mini version of the assorted product Voxboxes I’m used to.

Let’s get reviewin’!

Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal: This item was in the Tinsel Voxbox I got a few months ago, and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I take it with me on short business trips and getaways. It smells so good, and it’s great for my dry hands that are seriously wishing winter would end already.

Clairol Professional Jazzing Semi-Permanent & Temporary Hair Color: I received this in the shade Cherry Cola #56, which is the color my grandma used to dye her hair! I have never dyed my hair and don’t intend to in the near future so I’ll be giving this away to someone.

iThrive Keratin Rescue Split End Repair: In March 2018, I took a vow to be nicer to my hair, so I am no longer using any sulfate or alcohol based hair products. This will also be given away. Smells great though.

Overall, I’m so glad I got another Gold Bond Ultimate Radiance Renewal! It was a fave of mine from the last Voxbox, and I’d honestly buy it when it finishes.

Fan Art Fridays: Ike Barinholtz

ike barinholtz fan art

The film¬†Blockers is out in theaters this weekend, and I’m seriously considering going to see it in theaters because I’m not sure I can wait until this hilariousness is available on DVD!

I saw the trailer for the film when I went to watch¬†Pitch Perfect 3 in¬†theaters in December 2017. I laughed so hard at Ike Barinholtz (who plays Hunter in the film) because, well, he’s Ike Barinholtz.

Ever since knowing Ike Barinholtz as Morgan Tookers on¬†The Mindy Project, I’ve realized this guy is a total and complete goofball. He’s so ridiculous it’s insane.

In honor of the crazy man that is Ike Barinholtz, I’ve decided to feature this sketch of the actor/comedian I found on Deviant Art by Peter Ono (Uptighturbanite). It features him as Nurse Morgan Tookers making a face that basically sums up his insanity.

View the original fan art on Deviant Art and watch the trailer for Blockers below!

Gallery Mondays: Macy’s Flower Show 2018 NYC

macy's flower show 2018 once upon a springtime

I probably would have completely forgotten about the Macy’s Flower Show this year had I not walked toward the lower 30s on Broadway to go shopping last week. I’m glad I did, because the displays are phenomenal this year!

With its “Once Upon a Springtime” theme, the show manages to incorporate fantasy, medieval culture, and fairy tales into its enchanting floral arrangements. I was awestruck when I saw all the magic displayed before my eyes.

macy's flower show godmothers cottage

 

There were so many people walking in and out of the cottage and castle displays that I couldn’t stick around long enough to take proper photos. I ended up making a u-turn on the way out to make sure I got enough shots of the displays I liked from different angles. Here are some of my favorites:

The Spring’s Castle Garden had ginormous purple mushrooms! I never get excited about mushrooms, but these were so gorgeous and almost alien-looking among the flowers that they caught my eye.

 

There were even some macabre elements featuring skulls as hanging flower pots.

Even a few costumed interpreters were dispersed across the ground floor to take photos with visitors. I’m sure they get quite the work out over the two weeks of this show while posing with tourists.

My two favorites are the hanging fairy tale book with pages floating above the escalators and the knight in the window display outside.

Nothing better than a good book and a strong knight to start out the spring season!

Be sure to check out the Macy’s Flower Show in Herald Square, NYC or over in Chicago or San Francisco before it closes on April 8th, 2018!

Fan Art Fridays: Chloe x Halle

chloe  x halle bailey fan art

Okay, I know I’m a little late with this, but my ears just got around to finishing Chloe x Halle’s new album, which was very well orchestrated, IMO.

Titled The Kids Are Alright, the album features a great mix of R&B, pop, and trap. It’s been a while since I’ve thoroughly enjoyed an entire album that’s rooted heavily in R&B, so I give these sisters kudos.

I’m not even going to lie, there were times I zoned out at work while listening to some of these tracks and thought I was listening to Beyonc√©. It makes sense, as¬†Beyonc√© was an influence for the album and the girls are signed to her label¬†Parkwood Entertainment.

Here are my fave tracks from The Kids Are Alright:

“Down” – I swear this was in an episode of¬†grown-ish¬†(which both Chloe x Halle star in and are amazing on, btw) and I went nuts trying to find this song online but couldn’t because it wasn’t officially released yet. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THAT THIS IS THE SONG. I may never know.

¬†“Happy Without Me” – I love the way the girls voices sound so comforting and sisterly together as they sing the word “me.” I think it really ties up the sad nature of the situation described in the song and makes the ending seem optimistic, as it should.

“Galaxy” – I almost feel kind of bad for this guy they’re sending into the galaxy because of the jungle beat. Like, is this some sort of Jurassic Park galaxy? Will he survive? Do we want him to?

Enjoy this fun fan art I found on Instagram of Chloe x Halle by ghostnovas, inspired by an image of the sisters with their hair tied together. The sisters posted it on their Instagram account in 2016. The cartoon version of Halle Bailey looks super realistic!

Listen to The Kids Are Alright on Spotify.