Beauty Without Bunnies

So here’s an issue that I wanted to share with anyone who might not be aware. As most of you know, I’m a (somewhat passive but still passionate) advocate of animal rights. I love bunnies, chipmunks, cows, goats, whales, dolphins and even snakes with a fervor (who doesn’t like fluffy things…even WITH allergies?) and have watched a fair share of animal documentaries to keep myself educated about issues and current events. I became a vegetarian on December 31, 2011 after watching the eye-opening documentary Earthlings and have tried to be more consistent with my lifestyle and moral philosophies which is precisely why I’m so disappointed in myself for figuring this out so late.

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I’ve been a fan of M.A.C. and Estee Lauder cosmetics for MANY years now, since late high school. Before I even knew how to properly apply eyeliner (shudder). Until recently, I didn’t do any research regarding these companies and their roles in animal testing because…I just simply didn’t THINK about it. I was ignorant. Makeup is still tested on moving things – wha? Isn’t there like…alternative testing that scientists can do on artificial skin and stuff? (Answer: yes that’s the sad part) I was busy being a vegetarian and helping animals that way and I rather liked the way M.A.C.’s Studio Fix foundation felt like silk on my skin…how vibrant their eye shadows looked…how Estee Lauder’s midnight blue eye pencil made me feel like an Egyptian queen. Twas all PERFECT for Halloween! Ironic and sad because the whole time I was still contributing to a problem that I adamantly opposed in a form I just didn’t think about.

As most of you know, M.A.C. was bought out by Estee Lauder in 1998. A lot of people weren’t happy about that because E.L. has a reputation for openly testing on animals and M.A.C. (though they claimed to still be cruelty free) did not deny that they still tested on animals when required by law (according to Logical Harmony’s testament/blog post which recounts her email reply back from M.A.C.) That simply means that even though they claim to be cruelty-free (which any company can claim just like food companies with the word “organic”) they can still buy their ingredients from not-so-cruel-free sources or still sell to countries like China which do require testing. Of course there’s no absolute way to verify who here is providing 100% truth, but the fact that M.A.C. is even affiliated with E.L. leads me to believe that there is a chance that they test on animals. This I can not support. I’ve therefore ceased buying all M.A.C. and Estee Lauder products indefinitely. It’s time to find something else!

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I know not everyone shares my views and enthusiasm for animal rights which is okay. We all have different priorities, concerns and life passions. But I hope that as much as possible, the public becomes something that is comprised of educated, compassionate shoppers (since we are a country eager to consume) and we never hesitate to ask questions or be skeptical about issues, claims, etc. Know what you’re buying and what you may (even unknowingly) be supporting/contributing to. Spread the word about stuff. Don’t be afraid to talk about things (fear of discussion is the killer of progression!)

 

* No bunnies were harmed in the making of this blog post :)

Mood hair.

Sometimes you gotta go blonde (twice)…

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Before you can go blue.

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“Though I may be on to something with that blue hair. It look-u nice…look-u pretty nice…”

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Glazed.

There are a lot of great things in life that are glazed.

Donuts. UV business cards. My eyes when I see something as beautiful as Marina Marinski’s art. Marinski, a pottery and jewelry designer from Croatia, hand makes plates, pots, cups and other tableware goodies while using vibrant colors and motifs to revive them, bringing them to life. Her work (and reputation) is growing quickly and it’s no wonder. There’s something so inspiring and a tiny bit secretive about those faces on plates. Now when I see a plate without a face, it feels like there’s something missing.
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I also love her other (sans-face) pieces.

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Every piece is made to order, making each one truly unique.

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Smell the thunder.

Even after 9 months, my backyard continues to amaze me. It’s our first spring (we bought our house last June) and I had no idea this beautiful pink tree was ever even there.
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After doing a little research (aka Googling “Tree with pink flowers, WA”) I learned that it’s called the Thundercloud Plum and it not only produces fragrant springtime flowers, but it’s followed by a heavy crop of edible, one-inch-diameter purple fruits. Whaaa, did someone say FOOD?!
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Also good weather permitted Ben to mow the lawn (yay!) and our yard looks fabulous again. Curie and Voltaire are thoroughly enjoying it.
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Why is Voltaire the only one that poses for the camera?!
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Also I just couldn’t stop staring at the beautiful pink plume so I cut some (along with this other pretty red flower) and put them into a tea pot. Makes a sweet centerpiece!
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The end and the beginning.

Sooo….my last post was in October. It is now March. Four and a half months have passed without a word from your blogess and a LOT has happened. The XXII Winter Olympics has come and gone (Russia has managed to get less likes than before), the brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman died a pointless death, Archer Season 4 is out on Netflix and I finally went to the dentist after one and a half years of sans-visits.

Here’s a quick vertical slide show of my life between October 2013 and March 2014. As the joker once said…here…we…go.
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We bought a lot of pumpkins. Like this.


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Then I dressed up as Hit Girl AND Kermit the Frog from the song Rainbow Connection cause Halloween fell on a lame weekday which means double the costumes. Like this.


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Then we went to Disneyland and did this.

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Then we went to Legoland and did this.

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Then we went to Leavenworth and did this with our feet.

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Then we won the Superbowl. By “we” I mean the city I live in – mother effen SEAHAWKS + the 12th man, pkawwww!!!

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Then we were on a boat.

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A few days ago, I felt like coloring my hair purple. So I did that too.

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Aqua & Gold

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My sister-in-law fell in love and is getting married in November. It will be (a qua)int and golden occasion (aqua is her main color with accents of gold…can you tell how hard I tried with that pun?)

As a lady, this meant one very important thing…

 

Tiiiiime to shop for an outfit!

Finding an aqua dress proved to be the hardest part for some reason, but I bought one online and it just arrived today! Looks just like the photo and it fits great (I just have to remember not to overeat that day…tricky tricky). I’ll be adding a golden belt as a garnish along with the rest of these accessories.

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Retro Polka Dot Tights - Forever21 – $7.80

Vintage Inspired Lace Overlay Dress in Turquoise – Lily Boutique – $42.00

Lion Parade Bracelet – Forever21 – $6.80

Classic Chain-Link Bracelet - Forever 21 – $8.80

Classic Curb Chain Bracelet - Forever21 – $10.80

Glam Bejeweled Necklace – Forever21 – $12.80

Gold/Black Strappy Heels – Love Culture – $24.95

Chain & Elastic Belt (not shown) – Love Culture – $6.95

 

As you can see, I purchased most of these through Forever21. You can find spectacular jewelry there that give your outfit just enough pop for amazing prices. We’ll see how it all comes together next month!

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Here’s how it turned out! ‘Twas a beeaaauuuutiful November day, not a cloud or snowflake in sight (which is miraculous for Utah). We were surrounded by family and a bride & groom who couldn’t stop looking at each other :) It was perfect.

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Hats off to you.

Hats off to you.

Happy almost-Friday! While trying to design a birthday card for my co-worker, I came across these lovely cigarette cards. Tomorrow’s dress up theme is “Glamor” so these extraordinary hats were quite fitting.

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