Great White Snark: February 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

"For in dreams we enter a world that is entirely our own."




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My life has become utterly boring.

I'd like to blame this on a few things:
a) All of my friends are either busy leading real lives or they don't live near enough to me for us to engage in shenanigans
b) I only go to school 1 day a week and work minimal hours at the world's dullest job
c)...I'm sure I had a third reason, but it escapes me at the moment.

This new era in dullness has, unfortunately, seeped its way into my blog. This is why I could never be paid to write. Because one week I'm exploding with ideas and things to say, and the next, I enter into an inescapable dry spell which lasts, in this case, MONTHS.

I didn't even remember to properly celebrate my blog's bday this past January. How sad! I'll celebrate the 1.5 milestone in June, I suppose.

So, what have I been doing? Well, school, generally. Some kickboxing and zumba. Dreaming up ways I'd love to decorate an apartment WHEN I finally get one. Wishing to God I had a degree and could start trying to find a job and be a "real" person. Imagining lesson plans I'd like to teach future students one day far off in the future. Wishing I had an endless source of money and knowing I'd be no happier with it even I did. Wondering how girls like Kate Middleton manage to bag a prince and if there are steps one can take to accomplish the same. ;) Reading. I'm always reading. But at least this semester I'm reading loads of Jane Austen, which feels like pleasure but is actually work. So I'm quite alright with that.

My two favorites remain Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. For those of you who've read them, or who might read them, scratch the prince sentiment above: I want Colonel Brandon. :)))

My education courses are teaching me NOTHING (although I did get invited by one girl in my class to a "pleasure party," whereupon I found out that this is a kind of party in which a representative from an "adult emporium" comes to one's house, pedals their wares, and games are played with said wares. It concerns me that this girl will one day be teaching my kids and their friends...), but thankfully, there are plethora of books teaching one how to teach. I will read these later, when I'm finished being a lit major and having massive heaps of required reading.

Speaking of required reading, I think my eyes are going bad. I've had my glasses about four years and all of a sudden, they've stopped working. Which means I can read for about an hour before I get these lovely, skull-splitting headaches. I have an appointment this Thursday. Let's hope I'm not as blind as I sometimes feel.

Also, in one of my "side readings" (the things I read on the side), I read about an 18th century account of the condom. It was pretty hysterical, actually, until I realized that I was sitting in my house, alone, laughing so hard I was crying over pig intestine condoms tied up with pink satin ribbon (it's official. I'm a 12 year old boy when it comes to that stuff).

But seriously, there was a guy named DOCTOR CONDOM. I CAN'T be the only one who finds that amusing, right????


*sigh*
Anyway. This is a snapshot of my life at this moment. I apologize to my regular readers for the lack of quality material lately. Give me some time, ask me questions, give me some suggestions. Tell me I'm a berk for all I care. Just bear with me through "the dry spell." I've got a couple things in my snarky back pocket, just in case. ;)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

“Every man has the price, I will bribe left and right”



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Just really liked this Mercedes ad (it reminds me of me and BFF...guess who's who) and wanted to share. :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Final (fashion?) Frontier.





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Sooo as you can see, galaxy and celestial prints are making a big statement on the red carpet! Personally, even though like half of these have made the "worst dressed" lists, I am ENAMORED with this trend. I love the idea of WEARING OUTER SPACE. Who's the genius that came up with this??

Unfortunately, his name's Christopher Kane and his pieces run upwards of about $500, up to like $3000+. A little out of most of our budgets. But fear not, Space Explorers and Jedi! I've made an itty bitty Polyvore set featuring similar items for smaller costs (though still not ideal!):


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The best deal on there is the American Apparel t-shirt, which last I checked was on sale for $13. Here's hoping that big name cheap retailers will cotton on to the trend soon (looking at you, Target, H&M, and Forever 21!!)!

For more spacey products check out Etsy and Zazzle. I especially like these "spacewalker" shoes!



What do you think? Is this look a win or a fail?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Howl.


The song this time, not the abhorrent Alan Ginsberg trainwreck of the same name.

"A man who's pure of heart and says his prayers by night,
May still become a wolf when the autumn moon is bright."


I'm loving this song right now and just wanted to share. Because sharing is caring.
:)

Monday, February 14, 2011

"I love you.".... "I know."


My beautifully awesome dear friend and Glampirate
sent these my way and I couldn't help but share them with you. TOO FUNNY:




Click here for 4 more!

And once again, Happy Valentine's Day to all my beautiful readers. ♥

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Don't stop believing.



To those of you with someone about whom you feel like this:
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To those who haven't lowered your standards for the sake of arm candy, and have maintained all your quirky geekisms and all the wonderful things that make you YOU:


To the other halves who are out there somewhere:


And for the love stories that keep us believing:
http://tinypic.com/r/i6bmyp/7


{The Phantom and Christine—Phantom of the Opera; Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in EVERY MOVIE they were in together; Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy—Pride and Prejudice; Romeo and Juliet; Beauty and the Beast; Heathcliff and Catherine—Wuthering Heights; Christian and Satine—Moulin Rouge! ; Han Solo and Princess Leia—Star Wars; Wesley and Buttercup—The Princess Bride; Maid Marian and Robin Hood; John Bender and Claire Standish—The Breakfast Club (the original fist pump); “The Kiss—” Spiderman; Marianne Dashwood and Colonel Brandon—Sense and Sensibility; Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala—Star Wars; Flynn Rider and Rapunzel—Tangled; Alice Brandon and Jasper Whitlock— Twilight (because this is the REAL love story…screw you, Edward and Bella); Severus Snape and Lily Evans/Potter—Harry Potter (BECAUSE THIS SO SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED!); Beauty and the Beast once again.}


...I wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day. ♥

Saturday, February 12, 2011

"The ones we love never really leave us."




For years, I've been refusing to allow myself to re-read the Harry Potter series, simply because I know I'll sit and start reading them and all of my school reading will go out the window.

Well, recently I caved and have been getting them on audiobook from my library, on the stipulation that I'll only listen while I'm driving, so that way I can, y'know, FINISH my lit degree.

Confession: I'm now running everyone's errands, taking the long way home, and finding that sitting in my car with only the stereo running is a VERY effective/important use of my time.

*headdesk*

Friday, February 11, 2011

L0v3 4 g33ks.


Looking for a song for your nerd-love on Valentine's Day? Making a mix that only you and yours are geeky cool enough to get? Just want to listen to a couple of ridiculously campy/geeky/comical songs?

Luckily, I have a few of those:



"She's romantic, known to panic, with anxiety attacks.
Literary, it's so scary, reading Bront√ęs back to back.
She's playing Ragnarok on her mom's Magnavox.
She's underneath my skin like a million nanobots."




This song is just lulzy and full to brimming with terrible Star Trek puns.
(The sad thing about both these bands are they're "the cool guys" in Star Trek fandom...)

"Captain Kirk went to the planet,
There he fought the man-lizard,
He saved the ship, invented the gun powder
But that's not good enough for you is it? No!
You don't want a boyfriend, what you want is Mr. Spock..."



Ignore the "Megamind" video...it's a cute song about a comic book hero and his comic book girlfriend! AWW.

Enjoy, nerf-herders!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

That 70's Show.


So, I love it when vintage stuff becomes on-trend in fashion. And this Spring, one of the BIGGEST looks for S/S '11 is Seventies-Inspired fashion! :))

Time to hippie it up.

Emilio Pucci Spring 2011
(Photo Credit)

Derek Lam Spring 2011


Behnaz Sarafpour

Ralph Lauren Collection

Etro
(Above pics from Style.com)

As you can see, the Spring runways were overflowing with 70's-inspired looks: wide-leg jeans (skinny haters rejoice!), maxi skirts, floppy hats, bangly jewelry, etc.

Retail ad campaigns are also RIFE with hippie-esque fashion right now. LOVING IT.
Urban Outfitters

Free People



American Eagle



KEYS TO THIS LOOK:
-wide leg or flared jeans
-peasant blouses
-maxi skirts and dresses
-platforms, clogs, or flats with detailing like beads and fringe
-flowy fabrics
-COLOR
-floral prints
-round sunglasses
-floppy hats
-slouchy shoulder bags
-bangles, statement pendants, headbands


(Cher, still from Taxi Driver, Fleetwood Mac, Anita Pallenberg and Brian Jones, Patti Boyd and George Harrison, Farah Fawcett, 70's ad, pic courtesy of vintagefashionclub.com)

I don't know why, but we have a fascination with bohemian fashion. It keeps resurfacing every few years. Maybe it's the easygoing attitude of it; it's certainly not a hard look to emulate. Maybe we like the ideology behind the look: free-spiritedness, rule-breaking, free love, forging your own way regardless of convention...whatever the reasons, I personally love the bohemian-hippie look and am so glad it's back. Can't wait to embrace it this spring/summer. :)



For more tips:
♥ Tips for 70's hair and beauty from College Fashion

♥ Also from College Fashion, how to wear wide-leg pants.

♥ An overview of the 70's trend from the lovely Elizabeth at Diary of Style.

"Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony...


...which is why I shall end up an old maid."
-Elizabeth Bennet

Self-deprecation aside, I love this commercial:


:')
(Not sure about the site though...apparently it's scammy. STILL. CUTE COMMERCIAL IS CUTE.)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.


Just wanted to share these pics I found from an Armstrong Laminate Flooring ad. SO creative...they look just like the originals! I love the whole set.


Marlon Brando.


Lucille Ball.


Louis Armstrong. ;D


Janis Joplin.


Katharine Hepburn. <33


Judy Garland.


James Dean.


Gilda Radner.


Dean Martin.

Janis and James Dean lookalikes are kind of a dime a dozen, but don't all these people look JUST like them? Especially Judy Garland...I saw that one in a magazine and was like, "OMG HOW'D THEY DO THAT?!"

:)

Friday, February 4, 2011

"Item two: rosy cheeks." Obviously.



If it's good enough for Jane and Michael Banks to put on their "requirements for a Nanny" list, then CLEARLY it must be important.

I'd like to review a product I just recently tried. It's Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush, which I actually first read about on Nylon's blog.


So here's the deal: it supposedly has mood-boosting ingredients which, coupled with the cute color, makes you happy. Really? I mean, HAPPY MAKEUP?! I saw this and was like:

According to their site, it's made with plant extracts that supposedly mimic the effects of endorphins. Not sure I buy it. I mean, I've only worn it a couple of times, and I felt relatively cheery, but that could just be because I've been in a good mood lately.

Regardless of whether it makes me happy or not, I LOVE the packaging. It's super cute. The little heart designs in the actual blush are cute-- probably the thing that makes me happiest about it, haha! I got it as a V-Day gift to myself. PERFECT for Valentine's! The compact itself is red metallic, and underneath the blush is a "secret" compartment which holds the brush and a mirror. Really convenient.

It comes with your standard crappy little blush brush, but it's better quality than some. I still recommend getting a better blush brush for more even and accurate application (currently using one from Sonia Kashuk that I've had for ages...it's excellent!).

The one I got is the blush and the color is called "Rose." I was hesitant at first because it's a pretty bright, bordering on hot, pink. But I tried Tarina Tarantino's blush in Carved Rose, which is a pretty hot pink, and it was surprisingly flattering. Just not to my wallet. Anyway, the nice thing about this palette is that you get a wider range of shades, and they all blend very nicely on the skin into a soft, rosy pink. It's pretty.

They say it smells like violet. There's definitely a *hint* of scent, but I was super worried it would be overpowering. It's not. It's barely noticeable, which is perfect.

Overall, I REALLY like it. I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say it's universally flattering, but it works really well even with my super fair coloring. It's adorbs to look at, so if you're curious I would say give it a go. It runs for about $10, but I got mine with a $3 off coupon at CVS. Definitely worth it and would make a SUPER cute Valentine's Day gift for someone you know or YOURSELF!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

That's where my heart is turning ever.


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Recent satellite pic of the snowstorm over the US from space.
May I just take a moment to say how THANKFUL I am that I live in the Sunshine State??

That is all. As you were.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Speaking words of wisdom:




I promise I haven't forgotten my blog. Real life just sometimes gets busy. Who knew?
Really, this is the reason I don't have a Tumblr. Because I'd sit on there for DAYS at a time, reblogging pics of Star Wars, Sherlock Holmes, Mean Girls and Harry Potter, and NOTHING would get done in real life. Like, I'd never graduate. So anyway. I have some stuff up my sleeves, and I appreciate your continued readership, dears!