Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015

Big things are going to be happening this coming year.  I have had a very stressful, yet insightful 2014, but I am so ready for a new beginning.  Here I have compiled a "to do" list for my New Year's resolution, which I will be damned if I don't stick to it.  

Make a website: I made this blog only a few months ago, and I am ready to get serious.  I had a blast modeling for Declared Clothing, which I hope to continue. I have had a few collaboration requests, but I think my own webpage would look much more professional than Blogger. 
Upload to YouTube: In the past I have made half-hearted comments about Vlogging.  I honestly have no clue how to edit a video. I know, shame on me.  I really do think YouTube is an important tool in the blogging community.  This is a bandwagon I have been dragging behind for too long.  in 2015 I promise to make all those videos you as readers did not receive in 2014. 
Moving the BF in:  I am so ready for my boyfriend, Marcus, to move into my home.  Call me sappy, but he is my main support and best friend.  He always encourages me to be the best I can be.
Redecorating the basement:  So far living with my cousin Jessica in our cute little house has been a blast.  The only thing not so cute is our basement.  Currently housing dog crates, washer and dryer, and boxes, I'm sure you can imagine how much use it gets.  With an extra person in the house we will need more room.  I am hoping to turn it into a tranquil studio for movies, cuddles, crafts, and memories. 
Read more books:  I have complied quite the list of books I must read, reread, and own.  I love reading but it seems I never make the time to.  No more excuses.  I must read more! One of my favorite books, Looking for Alaska is by and based on the life of John Green. With having so many friends overseas, it is hard not to love this book. 
Get Healthy(er): I have struggled with Crohn's Disease for almost eight years now, so trying to manage my health is nothing new.  I have grown so much as a person because of this that it is hard to be bitter about having a chronic disease. Although, there are things I could be doing to stay on the top of my game, like excising more frequently, and cutting out unhealthy foods, or foods that will make me sick.  This is a pretty common New Year's goal, but my personal goal is to reduce as much inflammation in my body as possible.  
Be outrageous: I love clothing, whether that makes me material or not. As an art minded person I find it fascinating to mix the most unconventional, unloved, and most of all, tacky clothing.  I have no problem with making a fool out of myself, so I plan to push my outfits a little further.  Brace yourself. 
Try new things:  I have travel fever.  In 2015 I hope to travel to Detroit, and LA with Marcus.  I want to have the most spontaneous time of my life.  I love to embrace myself in the culture of the community, and do as locals do.  I am all about new foods, and activities.  I am learning to keep an open mind now that I am an "adult." But, it is always important to stay true to yourself, even if you are still trying to figure out who that person is. 

This is what is ahead for me, what is ahead for you?  I would love to know.  This blog has been such a learning experience for me, as I hope it was for you.  Thank you for all of your support as readers. See you in 2015.
Xx,
Maddi





Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Quick Faux Bob


    Last week I bought a curling iron with a 1/2 inch barrel.  Basically, the smaller the barrel, the tighter the curls.   In order to make my hair as voluminous as possible I curled small strands, all individually.  After every lock was curled I brushed it out just enough to loosen the curls without making it frizzy, then back combed it to desired height.  I use hairspray generously, can you tell?  In these photos my hair is parted in the middle, but you can realistically part yours any direction when doing this up-do.   Finally, I  twisted and rolled up the right side of my hair starting from the end, how you would around a hair roller or curling iron.  Just above my ear I placed a hair pin to hold the roll of hair in place, then severally more pins to stabilize it up.  Repeat this with the left side.  If you have thicker hair do one or two more sections in the back.  I pinned my bangs up and back behind my ears as well, but this is not necessary. When you are finished, you can add some personal touches by rearranging curls, teasing, pushing the rolls up and down, and pulling tendrils out like I have done.  Don't forget to do a once over with hair spray.   This hair style is super fast and will stay up all night long if pinned correctly.   Have all the perks of short hair without cutting it.  You might even fool people.

I did,
Maddi


The Look
Revlon Perfect Heat 1/2 Inch Curling Iron
Mel B Dress - Drop Dead  
 Yellow Rain Coat - Columbia 
06 Forever Fuchsia Lip Stain - Sephora
  



THANKS FOR READING
XO

Thursday, November 27, 2014

RL Grime's Dancing Queen

      I went to the RL Grime show at the Bourbon last weekend.  Needless to say, I needed a girls night.  I had an unreal time dancing under the lights in a theater packed full of sweaty people.  My kind of people.  Although, I seriously underestimated the population of guys in Lincoln with ponytails.  Another thing, I wonder if any of the guys who talked to me knew that I couldn't hear a single thing they said over the music. Just smile and nod. 
    These pictures are more or less a 'get ready with me,' and this is the outfit that I wore to the show.  I think closet posts are really growing on me, I mean I look like I just jumped out of my closet ready to go. If only it were that easy.  On a totally different note, RL Grime was awesome, and I will take any excuse I can to shake my ass, even if it results in makeup smeared all over my face.  Which it was.  Today is my birthday along with Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for you and all of my readers; you are the only gift I need.  Lots of kisses from your favorite dancing queen.  
Xx, 
Maddi 

The Look
Headdress - Ebay 
Velvet Top - Forever 21 
Gold Skirt - Charlotte Russe
Leopard Shoes - Charlotte Russe 
Leather Belt - Vintage
Dark Berry Lip Stain - Sephora








Monday, November 17, 2014

Nothing comes between me and my UNIFs

    I decided to treat myself and buy the UNIF Badsport Briefs.  I figured, if I like the underwear I can proceed to buy the bra as well; like being the understatement of the year.  Forget pants, I have been wearing my UNIFs around the house by themselves.  Seriously makes me want to invest in some men's boxer briefs.  Too bad they aren't as cute, but I digress.  The Badsport Bra and Brief duo come in black and white, but they sell out so fast. I really wonder if they will eventually come out with more colors in the same style.  A girl can dream.  Naturally, UNIF hooked it up with a free Melt Tote. The colors honestly match my hair so well, I could cry.  Thanks UNIF, you never let me down.  Also, my boyfriend jeans are from Pimkie, which I bought in France. 
Thanks for reading, loves.
Maddi
 
 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

e.l.f. cosmetics


   I decided to try e.l.f. cosmetics for the first time, because of their super affordable prices.  Their product is a dream for any broke college kid, so I didn't have much to lose.  Overall I am very satisfied with e.l.f.  Read below for my personal review. Product is listed from the following below, left to right.  Hope you enjoy my review and thanks for reading!
Xx,
Maddi

Tone Correcting Concealer in Light Beige
   I chose this concealer with the intent to cover dark under eye circles. It works best on top of foundation. I have such fair skin, not to mention terrible sleeping habits.  My under eyes are just too dark to be covered by e.l.f.'s concealer.  The product was only $1. It has the most amazing candy scent.  Also, it works best when blotted on with a brush, instead of rubbed in. I didn't quite get the coverage I wanted, but it still helps a little.  
High Definition Powder
The High Definition Powder was the most expensive of four at $6.  It is worn on top of everyday makeup to help set it in.  It is light weight, but can be a bit messy when not contained properly.  I would recommend this powder for anyone with oily skin, because it neutralizes the shine.  I warn you, it must be used in moderation, or it will look caked on.  
Moisturizing Lipstick in Pink Minx
The lipstick is no lie. It really is moisturizing and very creamy.  I bought Pink Minx because it is a natural pink shade, one that I could wear any day.  And I would be wearing it everyday, but it seems my cousin loves it more. So four thumbs up from the both of us.  This lipstick was $3. 
Shimmering Facial Whip
I am obsessed.  I use the whip for highlighting under my eyes and straight down the bridge of my nose.  It helps catch the light and set contrast for contouring. The shine looks excellent in photos, but if it is over done you can look sweaty and oily.  Another great reason to buy this is that it is only $1. It must be rubbed in very well, so no streak show.  The best part is that the whip smells like smarties candy.   


Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014

    I hope everyone had a sick Halloween.  As for me, I spent the night curled up with a pumpkin latte, tis the season.  It was torture sitting at home alone on my favorite holiday, but I could never turn down an opportunity to dress up.  It was only appropriate to become the loneliest creature of them all, a werewolf.  Leave a comment below and tell me what your costume was. Xx

Thanks for reading!
 Maddi
The Look
Flannel Shirt - Columbia
Stray Jumper - UNIF
Wolf Hat - Elope
Boots - Hot Topic
Stiletto Lipstick - Lime Crime





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Forbidden Art

    Why does street art hold out attention so well?  It is temporary. No one is going to place it in a museum.  No one is going to touch it up in a hundred years.  No one is going to profit from it.  Graffiti demands to be admired because it has a short life span.  A true artist creates a visual from their soul, for themselves, not money, or recognition.  I am exhausted from seeing an abundance of heartless "masterpieces."  There is so much beauty in forbidden art, so much to lose, so much to say.

"  The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.  " Banksy

This was painted over a few days later.  
Xx, 
Maddi
The Look
Embroidered Kimono - Vintage
Neon Dress - Lip Service
Heart Purse - Betsey Johnson



Friday, October 17, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Declared Product Shoot

    I did a sample shoot with Declared Clothing this week.  It was loads of fun, but so much work.  I managed to get home at 1 a.m.  The fall collection is going to hit racks soon.  In the meantime, Declared is having there Dirt Cheap sale to make room for the new merchandise.  The girls (and Jake) rocked it out.  Looking forward to next season all ready.

Peace,
Maddi