July Favorites!

See what I loved in July!

Hello and welcome back friends! I hope you all had a wonderful and happy weekend!

I am sitting here absolutely shook by the face that tomorrow is AUGUST! Seriously. Where has 2017 gone!? Please come back!

As you can see by the title, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite things of this month.

Misc.:

Sharpie Pens –  I have been only reaching for and using sharpie pens to use for all my non-day job related writing. They write well, look great, and feel amazing. I love a good pen. I think a good pen is hard to come by and the start of everything when it comes to writing. It just allows everything to keep flowing. When I’m in writing mode I don’t want to have to stop because of pen troubles. And I definitely don’t have to stop when using these pens. Moral of the story: I’m crazy and I love pens. 😀

Weather –  I don’t know where y’all live but here in Ohio the weather has been amazing. It’s been not too hot, just right and absolutely beautiful out. And that includes the rainy days we’ve had lately too 🙂 I love the rain. And when it’s been nice and sunny I have been enjoying being out and about too.

Drawing – I go through phases. Ebbs and flows. Drawing is something that I have had ZERO interest in for YEARS! I mean like a decade. For real. But now all I want to do is sit around and draw and strengthen my pretty terrible skills and style. 😛 It’s been my go to recently for my creative outlet. Hopefully I can make something come of it eventually.

Media:

Hanson – I honestly enjoy all genres of music and I go through periods where all I want to do is listen to a certain genre or artist. I have a bit of an obsessive personality. Poor Mathew, am I right?! Lately for me, I have been listening to Hanson. Like as much as I can. I have kept it from Mathew for the most part. So 2017 marks 25 years of Hanson being a band. I think the fact that they are releasing a greatest hits album this September has ignited the recent obsession. I’m honestly really excited for this to come out so I’m preparing by listening to Hanson as much as I can 🙂

Crafty Amino – I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled across this app, I think it was suggested in the app store or an ad or something. So this app is where crafty people can share their creations with a community of crafters. People are really nice and supportive of one another which is even better. I love posting my work to get a genuine reaction (based on likes) of how well something may do in my Etsy shop.

PostSecret.com I have always loved this site but recently have gotten back in the habit of visiting it every week. For those who do not know about PostSecret, it is a site of shared secrets that have been written and mailed anonymously to Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. Frank Warren then picks some to share on the site each week. I love this project because no matter what I’m going through it gives me hope and perspective. It also let’s me know how I’m not alone in what I’m feeling or going through. Personally the site has helped me a lot and continues to help me every time I visit.

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – For some reason I have been really in to horror-ish suspenseful fiction as of late. Which is weird because I am a big baby and get scared very easily. Just ask Mathew, he’ll tell you about the haunted walk we went on last October… Anyway, this book is about a girl named Cate who attends an exclusive Welsh boarding school. There is a secret society that brings on a select few new recruits every term to be a part of the Game. The Game is a secret assassin game called Killer. There is one killer who has to creatively “kill” other players while not revealing who he/she is. It’s all fun and games until someone starts attacking players for real. It becomes important to find out who is behind it and stop them because they attack and successfully kill Cate. This book kept me guessing the whole time. I thought that I had the real and fake killer pegged almost the entire time and wound up being shocked. I should have seen it coming though. This book was so good that it actually caused me many weird dreams until I finally sat down and read the rest of it. You know that it really must be a good book then!

Beauty:

City Color’s Bold Brow – I love my brow products. A lot. And I am constantly looking for new things I can use on them to make them look good. The bold brow helps fill in the bald spots that I have in my brows to make them look full while not giving the appearance that I have makeup in them. It makes my brows look very natural. You don’t have the look of mascara in your brows or that you forgot to wipe off the smudge you made from your eye shadow going awry. It’s a brow powder so a little bit goes a looooooong way as I have learned the hard way. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, Bold Brow is my go to for filling in my eyebrows!

Benefit’s High Brow – I told you that I love my brow products. 😉 So this is a matte pencil meant to highlight your high brow; the area right under your eye brow. I use it every day with every makeup look and I think it always looks great and pretty natural. Plus it helps bring the green out in my eyes. That’s always good.

Covergirl’s Kate Kate Eye mascara – This is the mascara that I always go to when doing my makeup. It lifts my long eyelashes so they stay out of my way. This mascara also doesn’t clump and gives great coverage. It does an amazing job at lengthening what I already have.

Well there you have it. The things I have been enjoying this month!

Until Wednesday, stay classy and sassy! ❤

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June Favorites

What I loved in June

Another month came to a close a little too quickly in my opinion. I can’t believe June is over and here we are, about to celebrate Independence Day! I hope you all had a wonderful June.

Media Favorites:

Discord – I personally am not a huge fan of Skype or any of the other providers but Discord is super helpful as my chat agent when playing games online with my friends and family. It gives you a lot of control over the settings which is nice. It also allows you to create groups and chats to always stay connected which is a big selling point for me. I know that other clients offer this but the biggest point is, all of my friends are choosing Discord, so it’s where the party is at, so to speak.

Sims 4 Parenthood – This addition to the game actually brought me back to playing /the Sims 4. I had pretty much abandoned the game because in my opinion, The Sims 3 was the superior entry of the series. Sims 4 had just left out took much until Parenthood hit. I think EA is doing a better job at giving fans what they should have had since the beginning. The fact that the game is getting more and more life-like and realistic is a big attraction to me. I typically like to focus on my families and growing the lineage so the introduction to the parenting skill was super cool. I’m really enjoying the new challenge posed by raising kids; the fact that parents have more of an influence on how their children turn out, that kids go through good and bad phases and can even throw tantrums draws me in more than ever before.

Beauty Favorites:

Bath and Body Works Country Apple Body Mist – I happened to stumble into a Bath and Body Works and came across this body mist and put it in my basket immediately. It smelled JUST like my childhood. I am so happy and beyond thrilled that they came back out with quite a few of the iconic 90’s scents. For a nostalgic 90’s kid, I will take every little thing I can get to relive those amazing moments of my life. Thanks Bath and Body Works for making it a reality. I had no idea how much I longed for and missed that smell until I got a whiff.

Kylie Lip Kits – I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks because they’re less mess and they DRY. Then I don’t have to worry about kissing Mathew and getting lipstick all over him or ruining my lipstick. The great thing about the Kylie lip kits are they’re EASY to apply. I have a difficult time always getting it to look good and get it on fully and correctly. IT’S HARD! I don’t know how people do it so perfectly all the time. I feel like I practice enough. But apparently not. The lip kits are also super pigmented and beautiful. And they don’t look the same on every skin tone. It’s like the color helps match your skin tone and compliments it nicely. I know people who have used Maliboo and it turns out completely different on them than it does me. Same with Posie K. I think they’re worth all the money and last all day without the need to reapply and that’s super important. Especially when shelling out $29 a kit.

Book Favorite:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page – So I was  a little weary of this book when I first started reading it because it took everything I thought I knew and loved about Dorothy and Oz and flipped and turned it all around. YES. I know this is fiction based on fiction but the thing about stories are, you have to buy into them to some degree. So calm down, don’t have a cow, it’s okay. I know. Anyway! You find out the Oz we left in the Wizard of Oz is not the same Oz. Everything is not happiness and sunshine. You find this all out through the way of Amy Gumm, a girl from Kansas like Dorothy who is swept up in a tornado and deposited in Oz just like Dorothy. But Oz does not look anything like it had been described in the books, no one is around, those she does find are not friendly at all and Dorothy is a not so nice princess who is ruining all of Oz. Amy is tasked with the mission of taking out Dorothy. Through her training and efforts she discovers she’s unable to trust anyone at all, even those she’s working for and with. Good is wicked and wicked is good. Everything is what it seems yet nothing that is seems. This is a great book and a great first book in the series. I flew through it and can’t wait to see what happens in the second book. If you’re looking for something of the fantasy genre, check it out.

Creative Writing!

Personal writing is here for your pleasure! 😛

Hello my lovely and wonderful friends both new and old! I hope you all had a great and amazing weekend. I personally had a decent one. Many ups and downs but decent and that’s the important part.

Today is going to be another creative writing post just like the title says 😉 I love sharing these with you guys and I know you guys enjoy these. Today is something that I wrote on the fly today which happens to be another poem. I sure do seem to be on the poetry roll:

Regret.

The strongest of emotions we feel.

“What didn’t I do more?”

“I should have known”

“What if I had done this differently?”

Nothing would have changed that outcome.

Beating ourselves up doesn’t help anything.

Yet we still do it.

 

What happens is unfortunate,

Devastating,

Unfair,

Wrong.

But

It shapes us.

 

It makes us

Stronger,

Warriors,

More resilient,

More empathetic.

Our souls shine brighter.

 

Without regret we wouldn’t be human.

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This most definitely is very much a work in progress but I feel like it has good bones and a good structure. The message is there but it needs some fine tuning to get it there. Let me know what you think!

Stay classy and sassy like always, friends ❤

Revisiting Anime & Manga!

What I have been watching and reading lately!

It has most definitely been awhile since I have last talked about anime. And today will be the first time I talk about manga!

So what have I been watching?

Case Closed: Still watching this cute gem. How can you not love this cute little boy? Yes, I know he’s not actually a little boy but he’s absolutely adorable! I really enjoy the mystery of what’s actually happened in the particular case of that particular episode and the looks on the adult’s faces when Conan figures it out and lays it out to them like it was stupid simple and right in front of them the entire time. The voice acting is quite good as well. It’s believable AND the Japanese voice actors don’t get annoying with their voices. Something I find personally to happen with at least one character!

Sonic X: This show is one of the reason why I got Hulu in the first place and I’m only now getting to it. And I’ve had Hulu for a couple of years now. I know, I’m bad. I remember as a kid purposely getting up early to watch it when it was on Saturday morning cartoons. I have always loved Sonic and found myself really enjoying the show. I still find the show to be enjoyable. But some of the characters are far more annoying to me now. Like Big the Cat. Though I do find him very endearing and lovable I still can’t stand him.

Now what have I been reading?

Sword Art Online: So the other night I stumbled upon the novels of Sword Art and was shocked. I had no idea these even existed so of course I picked up the first one. I’m only a little bit of the way in and I have to say, I really enjoy it. It’s different, of course, but still true to what I’ve watched in the anime which makes me very happy. I find that if things are too similar I find myself disappointed because I love the differences between book and screen. It keeps it fresh, gives different perspectives and gives it a more whole-istic (:P) view afterwards in my opinion. I will let you know more once I get further in!

Death Note:  I recently have been picking up the Death Note black editions because I’ve always wanted to own the manga and found these to be the best looking of them for my shelf. It’s all about aesthetics. At least that’s a big part for me. 😀 I have watched part of the anime; I never finished it because of reason, not good ones but reasons, and I really enjoyed the anime so it made me really want to read the manga. And own it, obviously. I don’t know what it is but I always enjoy the manga better than the anime. I don’t know if it’s because it has more free range or what but I do. And this is no exception. So much better.

What have you been reading and watching? What should I get into next? Let me know!

Stay classy and sassy, loves!

Comics With Collinswoah13

COMICS ARE LOVE!

Hello guys and welcome!

So today I thought I would talk a little bit about my newest (and definitely not needed) obsession. Comics.

I always stayed away from them for the most part because I knew it was going to be a slippery slope. And I did SO well until the Invader Zim comics came out.

Then I knew I was done for.

And then I discovered the Adventure Time comics.

And the Bob’s Burgers comics.

This is where I have stopped. For now. If you know me then you know that I will not stop for long and it is most definitely only a pause.

I am successfully staying away from the superhero comics just because of the fact that I know that if/when I get into them I will want all of them. From the beginning so I can full immerse myself in the world and know everything.  A little obsessive, I know BUT I am the kind of person that is all or nothing. Most of the time all.

But comics. Yes. I didn’t realize how inclusive and diverse the comic community is. There is pretty much a comic for everyone. And they’re not a huge investment money or time wise which makes me happy and my wallet happy too. I personally find the Bob’s Burgers one to be a great companion to the show. It’s more centered on the kids as they each get a “chapter” to tell a story that is so them. The Invader Zim comics are just amazing because it’s almost like the show is back! And I just absolutely love Adventure Time so I am always down for more Adventure Time in my life.

I highly recommend you guys check out some comics if you haven’t already and see what’s out there. Broaden your horizons. If you already are into comics TELL ME WHAT YOU READ!

Stay classy and sassy 😛

April Favorites!

What I loved in April!

Hello my lovely friends! I know I have been slacking with my monthly favorites but they are back!!

Nerd Favorites:

Game Pickup: Probably my Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that I just got today actually. I think that this is seriously my best pickup in awhile. And most exciting. I went to my local Target near my work this morning and stood in line waiting for it to open just to pick up the game. AND get the puzzle cube that came with it. That’s what I was really after honestly. And it did NOT disappoint. I got that puzzle cube and I love the puzzle cube. I really think it’s one of the best pre-order offered items that I have seen in awhile. Most of the time I don’t care and I definitely don’t like paying full price for a game buuuuuut once in awhile things are worth it and you just gotta bite the bullet. So I did just that.

Comics: So I just decided to go down the very slippery slope of comic books. And lord help us all. I specifically have gotten into Bob’s Burgers, Invader Zim and Adventure Time. And oh my goodness, they’re all super cute and so great to read! I highly recommend them. I do have to say that I’m very proud of myself for not decided to collect, buy and read a superhero comic. That would be so much more worse than what I am currently doing. 😛 But I have found this new found hobby and interest to be a lot of fun and really rewarding. And the reading isn’t half bad either 😉

Nerd Moment: C2E2 and meeting Evanna Lynch. I think that is in the top 10 of all my nerdy moments in my life so far. Meeting her, being able to take a picture with her and attending her panel meant so much to me. The Harry Potter fandom has always had a very very special place in my heart. It is honestly practically impossible for me to put in to words what all it means to me and why it is so important to me so I honestly am not going to even try. It was nice to know that so many of the things that I have struggled with and still struggle with, she has gone through and understands. I know it’s silly but it really resonated with me. It just helped confirm my love for the fandom even more.

Media Favorites:

Music: “Stay” by Zedd ft. Alessia Cara: I have been obsessed with this song. Just ask Mathew. He has had to suffer through this song so many times that I think he’s far beyond over it. But me? I can’t get enough. I love the music, her voice, the vocal arrangement, just everything. My only problem is it is so catchy that it gets stuck in my hear almost constantly. Which is why I listen to it so much. To try to get it out of my head.

TV: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: I honestly LOVE reality TV. Yes, I have SOME shame in it but not that much! I don’t get much time to watch TV as I prefer to because I would rather play video games and watch YouTube videos in my limited free time. But with everything going on in the last month or so I wanted an escape that didn’t require much brain power. Hence the reality TV. And the Housewives shows have always been a favorite go to for me. Especially Beverly Hills. Thank you Kyle Richards and Lisa Vanderpump. The drama makes me feel quite a lot better about my own life which was the goal. So win for me!

Book: This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp: I have always been drawn to books with darker premises and this is no exception. This book is very powerful as it takes place in the perspective of four different high school kids in the span of 55 minutes during a school shooting. Yeah. Its very intense and a very quick read but it is a fantastic one. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s very sad and scary but it really puts things into perspective. It makes you think about what really matters and how the stupid and trivial things that we worry about so much every single day just don’t even really matter in the grand scheme of things. The author did a very good job and wrote it beautifully. I think she captured the emotions perfectly and didn’t leave the reader disappointed with anything, but most definitely not the ending. This has quickly become one of my favorite reads and earned a spot on my bookshelf.

Makeup:

Katy Perry Katy Kat Mascara: OMG! This mascara is magic. Seriously. I fell in love with it. The wand is a little peculiar but it goes on so well and makes my eyelashes pop so so so much! It doesn’t clump and smooths out my eyelashes perfectly making it look like my own lashes au natural.

Brown eyeliner, specifically Colour Pop’s Mr. Bing crayon eyeliner: I have always been a black eyeliner girl. Exclusively black eyeliner. I never tried any other color because why? Black is classic. It’s classy. It works with everything. And then I got this beauty in my Ipsy glam bag. I decided to be more adventurous rather than complain and I am so glad that I did! The brown outlines my eyes really well and makes the green in my eyes pop. Which is always what I am striving for. Which now I am able to do that more!

Goddess Gold by INT Cosmetics eyeshadow: Another pleasant surprise from my Ipsy glam. It is very pigmented, very easy to apply, stays in place, and wears well. I use it as an all-over lid color and like I said it stays in place and lasts all day. Which is definitely something that I find is hard to achieve.

What are some of your favorite things from this past month? What are your thoughts on my favorites? Let me know!

Stay classy and sassy!

 

 

Creative Writing

Raw writing

Hello and welcome back.

I honestly didn’t know if I was going to post today because with everything going on lately I just wasn’t feeling it. I also had no idea what to post about because all the posts that I have slated just seemed not real enough right now. I knew that I couldn’t put my heart fully in them and that is not fair to you guys. So instead since I am hurting and rather emotional you guys get more random, on the spot writing. Enjoy this poem:

Let go.

Don’t let anything

or anyone

limit you.

Just do.

 

Make your own decisions.

Choose your own destiny.

It’s okay.

No one will blame you for what you do.

Or what you choose.

It’s all up to you.

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Just keep fighting the good fight guys. Live life. Actually live it. That is the important part I’m learning. Too often we live but don’t actually LIVE. We survive and do the minimum everyday. We don’t actually go out and do or see or experience. Do it. Try something new. Take more leaps.

Just always remember to stay classy and sassy ❤