Fatshion Friday: Gearing Up For My Birthday!

If you’re following me on Instagram, then you saw me post this picture of my crafting space last night:

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My crafting space being an extra chair I place in front of the TV. :) Glass of wine optional.

So, this jumble of things I had spread about is a part of my latest Darby Smart purchase. I am slowly building the outfit for my birthday dinner (dress coming soon!), and I wanted to make the accessories myself.

You’ve already seen the bag I’ll be carrying that night.

So, what was that jumble of stuff I posted?

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I made a cuff!

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Here’s a couple of super huge pics to show the detail. There are a couple of spikes on it!

The cuff is a mix of blue, purple, green, and pink rhinestones to go with the colors in my dress.

Yes, I do love rainbow things. It’s an offshoot of having to wear black to work every day–I want to wear all of the sparkly, obnoxiously colorful things on days I have off just to remember it exists. I tend to go over the top on off days, unless it happens to be cleaning day. Then I’m in colorful sweats instead.

Anyway.

The kit comes with two cuffs from Jewelmint (they have some really pretty baubles!), a bag of rhinestones in all of the colors you can think of, a small bag of spikes, adhesive, and a sponge brush to apply the adhesive with. So much fun! The cuff can be a bit small on a larger wrist (it just fits me perfectly, for example, and I have large arms) so this may not fit larger arms. I do hope they’ll consider making larger cuffs so that crafters of all sizes can get in on the fun (and I left them a message on the product page saying so!)

The final personal touch to my birthday outfit? I need something for my hair. That’s coming next Friday! :)

Quick Hit: Spring Sparkle Manicure

Hi Folks!

I have some stuff I’m working on for y’all for Friday, so I just wanted to pop in and show you that I can do…normal (?) nails!

So, last weekend I volunteered at a health fair. I was there to do makeup, so I toned my nails down for the event.

I didn’t want to poke anybody with a giant charm or anything. :)

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The fuchsia is called Hawaiian Punch by Orly, and the glitter is In True Stefani Fashion by OPI. If you’re in the Northeast, I’m sure you feel some kind of way about the random snow, ice, and frigid temperatures that came Wednesday. This is my way of trying to appease the Weather Gods into giving us back the warm weather!

See you tomorrow for Fatshion Friday!

Nails of Literature: Goldfinger

Nope, your eyes are not deceiving you.

Yes, I know Goldfinger is a movie. It’s my favorite James Bond film and the first I ever saw.

But James Bond was a literary character before he became the super spy we know on film. And I finally had the opportunity to read the novel.

I love it as much as I do the film, and this rarely ever happens.

The first time I encountered Goldfinger, I was but a peanut. My mom and grandma were watching a movie, and I wandered into the room. Of course, things exploding attracted me to the tv.

“What are you watching?”

“Bond, James Bond,” my mother replied.

Confused by that introduction, I sat down to watch. Mesmerized, I fell in love with that suave character.

As I got older, I watched almost all of the Bond films, and of course debate with people about who is the best actor. Hands down, it’s Sean Connery (Daniel Craig second, Pierce Brosnan third.) But it could be because he was the first Bond I knew.

One day I happened to actually be paying attention to the credits and noticed in the small print: “based on characters by Ian Fleming.”

Does what now? It’s a BOOK?

I kept telling myself that I would take the time to find the novels and read them, and it was something I kept putting on the backburner. And then I saw this miniseries on BBC America.

Ok. That does it. I will read these novels!

And naturally, I didn’t get around to it until a couple of days ago. But I am so glad I did.

It’s as well paced as the movie, and just as interesting. Bond is a bit more introspective in the novel than he is in the movie, but that is to be expected. I am looking forward to having a Bond marathon this weekend, starting with Goldfinger, and anticipating seeing the movie through new eyes.

With this in mind, I present to you She Loves Only Gold:

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I have no shame in admitting I took the name from the title song of the movie. :)

The gold base is a combination of two colors: OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie (pictured) layered over Julep’s Kennedy. I did some golden rhinestones at the base of my nails, and tuxedoed the ring fingers on each hand with Essie’s Licorice. Right hand has no bowtie, as I would end up knocking it off doing orders at work.

Now, I’m off to have martini (shaken, not stirred), and listen to this amazing movie opening.

Have a novel you’d love to see in manicure form? Email me!

What Have You Done For You Lately?

Yesterday, I posted this as my status on Facebook:

I slept in this morning. Best sleep ever.
Instead of rolling over and doing obligatory stuff, I took some time to catch up on blogs and do some pre-birthday shopping, talk to friends.
Had a great breakfast and enjoyed more than one cup of coffee. 

Now I can do the obligatory stuff and be productive.

Sometimes the best things to do for yourself are the simple ones: enjoying life with no time limit.

It amazes me how much we do as humans: get up, work, cook, clean, look after loved ones, etc, etc. But what have we done to make ourselves happy? Something as simple as getting some extra sleep (or in my case, getting sleep period) is an exercise in self care.

We don’t focus on that often, enough, I think.

We don’t like to say no, or to postpone an obligation.

We don’t like to do for ourselves, in lieu of doing for others.

We put off a small thing that makes us happy (for me, an extra cup of coffee) for completing a task (finishing a schedule.)

And it’s to our detriment.

Typically before I start a new work week, I like to take some time just for me. Sometimes it’s doing my hair; giving myself a good scrub and a deep conditioning. Sometimes it’s a pedicure. Sometimes its taking the time to make my favorite dish, one I don’t do often because its so time consuming (chicken and dumplings.)

And when I do that thing? It instantly brightens my mood.

I took an entire morning to myself, and I felt productive for the rest of my day. I got my housework done, some research finished, dinner AND lunch for the week done. I feel like I can start my workweek having made myself happy, and now I can go forth and share that with the world.

It’s Monday. Most folks hate Mondays because it’s the start of the week; a return to the mundane work life or stress left behind from Friday.

So take some time today to do what makes you happy–even if it’s just a walk around the block at lunch or a milkshake from your favorite restaurant.

Oh, and rock out to this, because it’s what I was listening to when I came up with the title to this post:

Fatshion Friday: NYCC Cosplay Prep

So I mentioned yesterday that I realized that I haven’t begun to plan my costumes for New York Comic Con. I know there are folks reading this like…it doesn’t happen until October. There’s plenty of time!

Um, no. Not if I am making these pieces from scratch. And I am dressing for all four days, so I need to get to work planning and sourcing the materials.

We won’t talk about how I have very little experience sewing. I’m getting myself a sewing machine for my birthday this year, so I at least want to have a concept to work from. And my first pieces won’t be my NYCC ones, but I hope it comes out well.

Anyway.

I plan on doing three heroines and one villainess. I won’t share them all at once though (’cause how much fun would that be?) First one I’m sharing is this amazing character here:

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This is Monica Rambeau, and she’s known by many names: Captain Marvel, Spectrum, and Photon (that’s the pic above) to name a few. I started my sketch with this pic in mind:

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But then I kept scrolling through pics of her and found this one (she’s Spectrum here, in the Mighty Avengers):

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Oh, my. So I modified my sketch a bit. I am keeping the cape, but I love the duo chromatic color scheme:

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Only half is colored because I’m trying to decide if I want to switch it up. Still working on if I want to do leggings or hot pants for extra coverage, or if I want a bodysuit (bathroom logistics!) But I love what I have so far.

Designing is fun. Can’t wait to get my sewing machine and really start practicing!

Fatshion Friday Teaser: Comic Con Prep

Hey folks! So, I am still exhausted from work and slight sick (pollen, why do you hate me?), so as I recuperate in bed I am looking up some things. I came to a realization.

New York Comic Con is in October and I haven’t started my costumes yet!

Yeah. I am so very behind.

Since today is only going to be a little productive, I started working on my costumes.

Here’s one of the characters I will be cosplaying:

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Info and costume sketches coming tomorrow. :)

Wednesday Tunes

Hey folks!

I’m interrupting you’re regularly scheduled blog post for a Beatles music moment:

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Yep. I had to do a turnaround shift. For the uninitiated, that’s when you close the night before and open the next morning. I’m exhausted, and this song perfectly encompasses what I have going on in my life. Enjoy the dance break, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a post of substance! :)