New Doll Available!

After a bit of a hiatus, I have started repainting dolls again for offer in my Etsy shop! This one has been done for a bit, but life is finally allowing me to post her. For some reason, I really love working on freckled dolls, and they also seem to be pretty quick sellers for me which tells me that others like them as well!

I have another work in progress (WIP) that Ishould be finishing up soon and hope to get her photo’d this weekend for posting.

Thanks and enjoy!

 

 

 

Cross-Posting from Professional Goth – New Vlog! Larger Gauge Jewelry

So over the weekend I had what could have been a potential set back with my helix piercing – it wasn’t responding well to the 20 gauge jewelry we used at all and was trying to heal by swelling around and over it. This is something that does occur regularly in some individuals, and given my metal sensitivities and the sheer fact that my physiology should probably be studied by science its not necessarily unexpected.

I went into my lovely and beautiful piercer, April, to have her assess and provide a plan of action. We decided to install a larger gauge labret bar with a flat back to allow room for swelling and assist my cartilage with draining properly. There was almost instantaneous relief and results and two days later I’m already seeing a significant decrease in swelling, redness, and an increase in drainage and a return to what my natural ear looks like.

Wanted to get some immediate thoughts about the process of putting in a larger gauge bar out there for others in case you’re in a similar situation!

New Vlog! Cross Posting – Piercing Update, Planners and Make Up

I posted a new vlog for your viewing pleasure!

Last night I discussed how my piercings are healing and what they are doing. So far so good, though they of course are throwing me for a loop here and there. I also touched on one of my newer obsessions, which is planner organization! I have ALWAYS had a think for stickers – for those of us that grew up in the 80’s collecting stickers was an actual thing and I have to say, I still love it. This just makes it adult acceptable on a whole new level and when you add it to the fact that I happen to be a sort of connoisseur of office supplies….well, even better!

I do NOT recommend purchasing printable planners sets though unless you have AMPLE amount of time and patience to cut the damn things out yourself. I spent a good near part of 2 hours cutting out the two sets I purchased. Wont be doing that again. Far more patient to wait for them to come to me pre-printed and cut in the mail I think.

But without further ado…

Reposting from my other blog – Professional Goth (for all things gothy, professional goth, and finding my way in a professional world!)

Did a quick little video last night that got finalized today for everyone to see! Got to review some products that I have wanted to try out (and still search for the ever elusive and highly recommended Tarte Shape Tape Concealer!) as well as some thoughts on things I’m trying to accomplish and get organized. So much going on in my head to get out. Thank you for following along and please remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get updates on new videos and view new content!

New Vlog Up! #2 – Criticism and Anxiety

I had an interesting experience yesterday at work, and I blogged about it on my sister site that I started this weekend (total coincedence!) but going to cross-post it here as well for anyone interested. Please make sure to subscribe and feel free to leave comments if the desire strikes.

To Vlog, Or Not To Vlog, That Is The Question…..

I have been watching a TON of makeup tutorials lately and it got me thinking – I have a lot to say. Usually thoughts will creep into my head and I’ll think to myself that it would be wonderful to put that into the world and share it, but I don’t always have the time, as I’d like, to sit down and write out a post about it . Worse, I’ll get the thought, and not be in a place where I can take advantage of stopping to write it down and post it. Enter the idea to start vlogging – or video logging – even here on my WordPress Blog. Would be easy enough to upload a vlog, and then come back here at the end of the day to share it as a post.

I’v considered SnapChat – and I do have a SnapChat account because though I’ve posted nothing, there are people I enjoy following for purely entertainment reasons and I’ve found some fun contests to be a part of. (I’m still waiting to win on said contests, but you get nothing if you don’t try!) The issue with SnapChat is you only get a few seconds, and there are topics that I certainly need more than a few minutes to converse about!

I would kinda like to try, as an ‘older’ woman, to recreate some of the make up tutorials I loved to watch. I’d also like to do some first impression vlogs about any number of products, and some social observation as well.

So I start to research, as I’m want to do, what I would need to use equipment wise for a good looking, solid blog. Holy OMG…$700 for a camera? Maybe eventually, but for now I think I’m going to see what I can finagle with my cell phone, a tripod, and some decent lighting. Maybe that can be part of the vlog too – how to build one.

If your interested, and would be curious what a 39 year old mother, full time office worker, recovering goth, nail obsessed, newly reinvigorated make up maven and general all around outspoken crafty sort of woman has to say, then let me know!

July Was A Whirlwind…

I realized this morning that I hadn’t blogged in a while and when I logged in to see where my last blog left me, I saw that it was 6/30/16! Bad blogger for not being more consistent. I really do need to work on that. Perhaps that’s a post in and of itself.

July was filled with quite a bit of insight, upheaval and dealing with travel (for my other half – not for me unfortunately) and in dealing with all of it life just sort of caught up to me. That being said, with kindergarten fast approaching for my littlest one, I suspect that August will be just as busy, albeit with more opportunity to take a few moments of my days and post something that will hopefully be worth while to read. I’m still figuring out this whole ‘blogging’ thing after all.

I need to get back to making my dolls and refreshing the stock in my etsy shop. I love to work on them, but they do consume quite a bit of time – particularly if I’ve opted to reroot their hair and I have a tendency to just sit down and work, work, work once an idea hits me. I’ve been seeing a LOT of Suicide Squad Harley Quinn’s of late and that makes me happy. Some great ones have been created and I have to say the attention to detail amazes me.

 

Then there is the bracelets, which I also have been loving to make because they are quick, easy and something I can work on while watching TV at night. Been bouncing around the idea of trying to create some matching earrings for them to – but need to source some solid and affordable posts as I am HORRIBLY sensitive to anything plated and wish not to sell something I can’t also wear. I find it important that even if no one inquires, I wear my own creations daily. If you won’t wear your own stuff, then why would you think someone else would want to as well?!

 

 

I’ve also been batting the idea around to add some vlogs to my posts. I’ve been hell bent on relearning how best to apply make up and I’ve yet to see one from someone my age – which though I don’t look nearly close to what people would think 39 looks like, there are some base differences to how I can apply make up to say a twenty-something with fresh skin. I’ve also been wanting to post opinions of products and what I find works for me – in an effort to help out those in the ‘older’ set. If there is an interest in that, please let me know in the comments!

Racing is something I need to get back into as well once the weather is more conducive to running outside. I find running on the treadmill to be difficult at best since I can’t train in intervals nearly as easily (why for has the health and fitness industry not created a treadmill in which you can program timed intervals?! Get on that engineering/programming types!) I’ve been doing well on Weight Watchers and have managed through their program and walking 10000 steps a day approximately to loose a total of 12 lbs in about as many weeks so it’s a good, solid and manageable progression. Only 27 more to go!

There really has been a lot going on, and a ton that I want to start discussing more openly regarding my point of view on things. I just need to organize and start working on them. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

MakeUp Is A Drug, I Tell Ya!

With the piqued interest I’ve had of late to up my game with the professional gothiness, I’ve rediscovered that make up is, indeed, a drug.

I go out to get a few thing to start freshening up my look and lo and behold I’m watching Jeffree Star tutorials (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and running to Ulta every weekend to try out new Nyx lippies and various other things that I feel I now need including Jeffree’s own Velour Liquid Lipstick and his newly released Beauty Killer palette.

I’m honestly trying to find time to work on new looks and perfect my technique. Particularly with my eyeliner.

I’m learning all about fall out. Learning all this stuff I thought I knew in high school and had no clue about.

I’m learning different brands, and who is best for what. I’m learning what things work best for me.

Yes, I’m going to be 40 soon, and I’m enjoying a second sort of teenagedom. 🙂

Weight Watchers

I’ve bitten the bullet and enrolled in Weight Watchers. Yes, I’m on a ‘diet’ as it were. Now, mind you, I don’t generally like to pay for such things. I totally understand the mentality that if you pay for something, you’re more apt with follow through because otherwise you’re wasting money. I felt the same way about gym memberships, yet here I am with one to the local Y and I’m finding that having an alternative on those muggy, disgusting and oppressively hot Florida days is a blessing.

But a diet plan? Eh. I have acquaintances that are selling Plexus now, or Shakeology and I get those too. I’m sure that they work for people and am glad that they have found success. But I also know what my weakness is, and that’s sugar. I love cake, cupcakes, candies and chocolates FAR too much to give them up and I have to learn how to control my cravings for them.

My mouth waters just looking at this….

Which is one of the things I LIKE about Weight Watchers. Yes, you can eat everything I just mentioned, but you also eat it KNOWING that you are using more of the points from your daily allowance and it truly does make me think twice, even just within a few days, of whether or not I want that package of Twinkies. (Today, I said yes and I’m NOT going to beat myself up over it!)

Not to mention, through a benefit with my insurance provider, I qualified for 6 months free with no obligation AND a reduced rate afterwards. I’ll take that. What I like as well is that I can eat as much fruit as I want and THAT will certainly help with the sweet cravings heading into summer here. There are advantages to living in Florida – lots of readily available fresh fruit.

This also goes back to the rambling post I made last night about my Reboot. I have to do something. Running is still causing me issues, though I am rediscovering my love of P90X and weight training while I work on cross-training which is also essential towards great running results.

Today happens to be a ‘cheat’ day as I’m am FAR too stressed out and starving. I’m still tracking what I eat as it will be a good benchmark and I’m just in my first week of using this program. What I am finding is that it’s MUCH harder to avoid snacking at work than it is at home so it’s the mid-day work lull I have to watch out for. I’m about a week in, technically I started last Friday. but we’ll see if there are any immediate results.

I may go over what the program entails and how I’m doing on it moving forward, but those are posts for a different time.

Between this, being a LOT more active and my new-found desire to play with make-up, I can only imagine what I will look like in a months time. Certainly something to look forward to!

Corporate Goth….

I’m almost 40. I still dont know how to dress ‘professionally’ and I’m thankful I have a professional job that is patient, mostly tolerant (I still have to cover the tattoos), and willing to teach me.

I realized today, I truly want to be a glam goth again. Ya know, the goth chicks that are elegant, always well put together and made up, but most definetively goth. I was always more of a punky goth in high school and my 20’s. I enjoyed the elegance but I honestly didnt have the funds. Now, better position in life, but a lot LESS time to put into making myself up every day.

I need to adjust my schedule, I think. Between running, family and what not I rarely have time for the hobbies I want to partake in, more or less spending 30+ minutes doing my ahir and make up every morning.

I’ve been getting better. I have at least been tackling eyeliner (I have an eye disorder so it make wearing certain types of makeup difficult.), mascara and primer with a tinted moistuerizer. I really think I want to go back to black hair as well.

Now…off to pinterest to get ideas. 😉