June 30, 2015

june favorites

What I've been loving this month!

Mudd Cutout Knit Skater Dress in blue ditsy. This has been my go-to everyday summer dress

Pretty Little Liars. this season is so good so far! so excited for some answers!

Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch. this is a summer staple for me. it's the perfect pink tinted lip balm.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler. loved this book

The Bachelorette. a staple for my summer monday nights

The Weekend by Eden xo. the perfect song to blast on friday afternoons in the summer.

UnReal. i love this show because of its behind-the-scenes look of the manipulation of reality TV

Home renovation/design. i'm obsessed with this right now. i read all the blogs, watch all the TV shows, and scroll pinterest for hours

Special K Oats and Honey cereal. my current favorite cereal

Fixer Upper. last week i watched 7 episodes in a row. i'm obsessed with this couple and their home renovations!

Chef. after watching this movie i wanted to cook for days and days. it's on netflix, go watch it!

Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. i find this show so ridiculous and entertaining. i can't stop watching it

Smoothies. i've been on a serious smoothie kick lately and make one every morning.

Good For You by Selena Gomez. i was pretty excited for this new song to come out and i've had it on repeat ever since

The Flash. i'm not usually into the super hero / comic book turned TV show thing but this show got me. it's really good and i can't wait till next season!
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June 23, 2015

cake-off 2015


A group of our friends have an annual Cake-off every summer, and this year I knew exactly what I wanted to make (I had been planning this for a few years). I worked on this cake for about 24 hours (with breaks for a little sleep and other things). It was a very long task and drove me crazy at times. But after a very long night and making emergency runs to the grocery store, it was worth it.

The house was made of rice krispies for a sturdy base, white cake layered on top and rice krispies for the roof. I used color fondant for the house and black sugar paper for the roof, door, and windows. The porch railing was made of lollipop sticks. And as for the trickiest part of the cake (for structure and weight reasons), the balloons were made of gobstopper candies glued to a styrofoam egg. I used a wooden rod to attach the balloon structure to the house and secure in the rice krispies base. Black thread was glued to the styrofoam egg as balloon strings and tied to the wooden rod.

This was very tricky to transport! But it was worth it because people had very nice things to say about the "UP house" cake. And I won!


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June 9, 2015

girl tip: nail polish

Here's a tip I learned from the girls at my internship. It changed my life. (dramatization)

You know how you have to plan your whole day around painting your nails? I always have to make sure I went to the bathroom, ate some food, pulled my hair back, put my headphones in, etc before starting to paint my nails. Because my nails take hours and hours to completely dry, I have to plan on being handless for a considerable chunk of the day. And even when I've waited hours and hours, the polish is still soft and easily dented. I also have to paint them at least 10 hours before bed because any later than that would leave sheet marks on my nails the next morning. It's a struggle.

And then a friend told me she puts her nail polish in the fridge before using it. Mind blown. If you put nail polish in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before using it, the polish is cold and goes on thinner. And I don't mean streaky and sheer thinner, just a thinner texture. Nails dry completely in a fraction of the time. I'm talking like 15 minutes and you can move on with your day.

Now I put my nail polish in the fridge the night before I plan to paint my nails. I use two coats like usual and sometimes use a top coat if I have time. After about 15 minutes, my nails are dry and the polish is hard. I usually run cold water over my nails for a minute to lock in the polish. Give it a try!
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June 5, 2015

a concert addiction

Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend my 5th Taylor Swift concert. And just like always she put on a great show and we had so much fun dancing and singing along with her. Someday, I'll get to meet her. Maybe #6 will be lucky :)

Here's a little story.

In my ~10 years of being a concert-goer, I've spent a lot of time trying to win tickets in contests. And half of the time this was for a Taylor Swift concert. I would wait by the radio for the magic words and then call repeatedly in hopes of being a winner (and they did this like 5x a day). I got a lot of busy signals.

In November 2014, I woke up at 9 am to buy tickets for Taylor's 1989 World Tour with my pre-sale code. The radio was on in the kitchen and we heard they were giving away tickets every hour at 20 minutes after. Sure, why not? So me and my mom called in repeatedly with no luck. Pre-sale tickets went on-sale at 10am, and I had my usual panic attack in the process of buying tickets before they sold out. Success.

We still had the radio on and they were about to giveaway the next set of tickets. Sure, why not? So me and my mom called in repeatedly. I kept getting busy signals like usual and continued to browse the internet while calling in. And then some guy asked me my name. I was so confused as to what was happening. Who is this? Did I call the wrong number? He said I as a winner and asked me what I won. Wait, what? I was so confused and in shock that I answered in kind of a question because I needed him to confirm for me. He did and I FREAKED OUT. I had a physical reaction. I remember screaming and actually rolling around on the ground because my legs felt like jello. This was unreal. All those years of calling in for radio contests and I just won tickets to see my favorite. It was a dream come true.

He told me to wait on the line and they would get all of my info. So I waited and went over to the radio waiting for the song to end. I was about to be on the radio! The song ended and they played a recording of when I answered the call. Haha I thought I was going to be talking live after the song ended, but no it was the earlier conversation. I don't know anything about radio. Anyway, I waited on the phone for someone to take my information but after about 5 minutes I realized my phone dropped the call. PANIC. I called them back and told them I had just won and didn't give my info. They thanked me for calling back and took my information. RELIEF.

And every once in a while I listen to the radio clip and remember how crazy excited I was in that moment. Here's the audio clip!

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