Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DIY: Burning Face Mask

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I have been doing pretty well with keeping up with my workouts lately, but was inspired by my friend Jen's post on having a little reward system by way of pampering. And by pampering, I mean heading to the kitchen to make stuff, because I have nothing.  I need to get a second job at Lush, four reels.  Anywho, I decided to do what everyone else does and browse Pinterest for DIY beauty ideas, and came across a lot of face masks, and tried out a bunch of them this week. Face masks, scrubs, and hair treatments. I have felt so girly this week, it has been awesome. 

Anyways, my favorite has been the "Burning Face Mask" (it came up a dozen times), because it is super easy, left my face feeling smooth, and it smells like Christmas, dammit. 

All you need is: 

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon cloves
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix it all up in a small bowl, then just rub all over your face, until it is evenly covered. It will feel tingly for about 4-5 min, hence the "burning" name, but then it is fine. It is SUPER sticky, so make sure that your hair is pinned back from your face. Let it sit on your face for 30 minutes, then wash off. 

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In the meantime, take a bunch of selfies with gunk all over your face, because whythefucknot. 

I washed the mask off with warm water and then patted my face dry with a towel, and viola! Clean, awesome-smelling, vibrant skin. Woot woot!

*PS- I use rollers now, rollers are cool. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Leslie & Jacob

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On October 31st, 2014, my lovely cousin and her fiance got married! They decided to keep things casual by going to the court house, but asked me to take some photos anyway. I am so glad that they asked me, because I jump at any opportunity to use my camera. Also, with outfits as cool as these? They MUST be documented! Helllooooo unicorn horn!

Unfortunately, it was drizzling all day. I was lucky enough to only work a half day on Halloween, and was able to meet them at the Detroit Institute of Arts (thanks to my brother in-law Chris for the suggestion!) to take some indoor shots. Because the DIA is an art museum, I was unable to use my flash (but using the flash is lame as pants anyway), so we had to take pics in the few bright areas available. Which also meant that Les & Jake had to hold super still during all of the shots. A lot of them came out blurry in the end, but, with the help of my amazing in-laws Michelle & Chris Gerard, they were able to edit them all nice for me. 

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Congrats to Leslie & Jacob, and again, many thanks to Michelle & Chris Photography for editing these for me. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Guest Post: Fisher Building Beer Garden


Hi everybody! This is Kyle (a.k.a. Sara’s frustratingly lazy husband), I am doing a little write up for the blog today on an event we went to back in December in the midst of the holiday season.

We were as we usually are, blissfully unaware of awesome local happenings while spending the afternoon casually celebrating the combinations of hops and barley,… so yes we were just sitting at the bar drinking beer with our good friend Dan! It was a Saturday and we love beer, don’t judge us.

While relaxing I happened to call my younger brother Chris Gerard who happens to constantly know about interesting things going on around town and he mentioned that Pure Detroit was doing a Holiday pop-up BierGarten in the lobby of the historic Fisher Building and invited us to tag along.

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The Fisher Building in itself is simply amazing and having an excuse to relax with a good local brew while soaking in the building was reason enough to go, it also happened to be an event benefiting  the Parade Company to restore classic Paper Mache parade heads from the 1930’s- 1960’s and they had many on display in the lobby.

Sara and I are giant dorks and usually can’t resist going down to see the Thanksgiving Day parade the Parade Company puts on, so seeing seldom out of storage parade heads was very exciting and we went along to check them out.

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The Pure Detroit tour included a trip up to the 19th floor of the building for some great views of the city, which despite a heavy haze/fog/sight blocking feature provided by the weather gods, it was still very cool to casually have a chance to look down from such a famous local landmark.

I admit that while we simply took my brother up on an invite for this event and otherwise had no intention of going to the Fisher building in the near future, just being inside of it made me want to check out a play there sometime soon and possibly spend some more time exploring the incredible building that both functions now with an increasing slew of local businesses but also arguably the best theater in the city aside from the often overshadowing Fox Theater further downtown.

I’ll have to remember to call family more often, because while drinking beer with good friends is always fun, doing so while supporting a great local organization is practically charitable,… or at least makes me feel better about enjoying my beer.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Smoochal Designs!

Hey Everyone! I have something really awesome to share with you guys today! I know that my blog does not get a huge amount of traffic by any means, however, I do get a lot of readers from Michigan. I have so many talented friends here who are struggling artists, musicians, and small business owners, and they could use any boost they can get. So, in the next few weeks (and hopefully beyond!) I am going to try to feature a local artist/musician/restaurant/etc and see if my little blog can help make a difference.

First up we have Smoochal Designs! I have asked shop owner Casey to write up a little blurb about her awesome digital artwork shop.

(How adorable is this little knight and dragon themed one!)


"Smoochal Designs is an Etsy shop that I originally started as a way to supplement income while I was still working on my degree.  It’s become so much more than that to me since I opened it just in May 2014. It’s become a passion to create new digital artwork that families can personalize or customize to suit their needs. I’m constantly getting inspiration for new ideas and I work hard to make sure I’m proud of every design I create. Smoochal Designs has just hit its first one hundred sales, so I feel like I’m on the right path and it can only get better from here."


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This is just a small sample of the items in her shop, there are loads of cool things to choose from! Not to mention, custom orders are always available. Also, please "Like" Smoochal Designs on Facebook to keep up with news on new items!

Thanks everyone, and happy Friday!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Teenage Dream

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On Saturday, Kyle and I had a teenage girl day. We drove around in my car listening to Taylor Swift, then went to Somerset Mall in Troy to buy things. I don't even remember the last time I was at the mall, let alone with Kyle, but it was hilarious. We kept picking up things going "Oh, I like this!" only to see the price tag and follow with "No I don't!" and put it back down. I did leave the mall with a bath bomb from Lush, I even fought a sea of teenage girls to get to them (aka, hovered awkwardly until they left).  We took these pictures in the back of the parking lot, shhh, don't tell anyone. 

We then went and picked up sushi in Clawson, and stopped to have a couple of pints at Black Lotus Brewery. We went there when they first opened, and I remember that I hated it. That was also probably 7 years ago or so, and therefore before I liked beer. Now, I pretty much like all beers aside from IPAs. We ended up taking a growler to go, and went home and binged on Supernatural. Honestly, those kinds of days are the absolute best! I love just bumming around with Kyle, or with friends, and quiet nights at home watching movies, or TV. My parents got us some really awesome movies for Christmas, one being Arsenic and Old Lace, and I can't wait to have a movie night. 

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There really isn't anything special to this outfit, other than some new-to-me items. The sweater, and the scarf are both recent thrifting finds. I think I am done buying winter clothes though, I want to save my money for summer clothes, and paying off bills (or whatever). I do have to buy more gloves though, I have lost at least three pairs since October. It is a serious problem. I even lost the pair that I borrowed from Kyle. Whoops. 

I feel like this post is super lame, but I don't have anything really interesting going on right now. It is all work, gym, house stuff, sleep, and trying to catch up with friends on the weekends (which has been rather awesome!).  I have some cool posts planned for this blog, and I really can't wait to get started on it. In the meantime, I will try to get around to styling up all of the winter clothes that I have been hoarding. 

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Necklace & Purse-Gift 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Lady Sara, House Gerard

Hey everyone! I am super excited for today's post, because there is just so much awesome to share! My friend Hassaun surprised me with this beautiful portrait of myself with all of my favorite fandoms this week! I seriously opened up my Facebook the other day, and lost my shit. I am already an over-emotional person, but seeing this made me uncontrollably giddy.  Gandalf's hat, a dragon egg from GOT, the sign of the Deathly Hallows, A TARDIS. a Loki owl, an Idris Elba owl, The Doctor (Peter Capaldi!), Weezer, and myself in all of my bowtie -wearing glory. I have never felt so dapper in all of my life, surrounded by so many wonderful things. I can die happy.


I have posted about Hassaun's artwork before, but there is always something new to share in the world of artists. For instance, a Tumblr blog  featuring his artwork! Also, Hassaun has his own web comic, Amara, that he has been writing since November, 2013. He does all of the writing, all of the artwork, and manages to update twice per week! If you are a fan of comics, I seriously encourage you to check it out! If you have been reading along, please vote for Amara on Top Web Comics (you can vote daily!). You can also follow along on Facebook, where he updates often. 

Hassaun also did this adorable cat-version of his wife (and my friend) Michelle, in a sleepy burrito! I think we have all been in this situation, especially come winter, eh? I am pretty sure that Hassaun is open for commission on custom artwork too, so please, visit his FB and drop him a line, supporting small business/local artists is fun :)


In the meantime, please feel free to check out the new links for Hassaun's art Tumblr, and his web comic on my sidebar (custom made by the artist himself!). Happy Friday!