Sunday, April 29, 2012

Shakespearian Insults

Found this on Pinterest.  I have no idea where it originated or to whom to give credit.  However, it is pretty awesome!
Next time you're mad at someone...

(There are a few people to whom I'd like to say, "Shut up, thou goatish, clay-brained strumpet!!!")

Old-School Piano

Photo taken at the First Presbyterian Church in Brawley.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Romantic hair idea - tutorial

Taking a break from posting pictures of Brazil!  

 I'm all about QUICK and SIMPLE hair.  I don't like to spend a lot of time "getting ready" in the morning.  I'd rather sleep in.  I decided I need to get out of my rut and attempt some cute hair styles!  This one is SO easy.  From start to finish it took me about... 3 minutes.

 I recently started watching the BBC's Robin Hood series and I saw a hairstyle on Marian that I wanted to copy.  It was super easy!  This is a great style for girls with curly or straight hair! 

"Romantic Medieval Hair"

1. It helps if you already have curly hair.  Otherwise you need to curl your hair.  Tighter curls would work better, I think.  You can always loosen them later.

2. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the back of your head. (Optional: Tease the hair at the crown for more volume.) 

3. Grab pieces of the ponytail and tuck them into the elastic so that none of the elastic is showing.  You can use bobby pins to keep them in place if you need to.  It should look a little messy.  If you have slippery hair, spray it with hair spray. 

4. Put on a double head band.  You can make your own by following this tutorial on A Beautiful Mess.

5. Tighten the ponytail by grabbing it on two sides and pulling.  This creates somewhat of a "pouf."  Pull on pieces of hair in between the headband to give a fuller appearance (if you didn't tease it to begin with).

6. Optional: Fluff or tease the curls for a more voluminous look.  (I did not do that because I have a lot of hair to begin with.)  You can also go back in with your curling iron and re-curl pieces that need it.  Spray with hairspray if needed.

Next time, I will make the ponytail higher and pin more pieces around and above the ponytail holder to give it a thicker look.  You can embellish with flowers, jeweled pins, or more ribbon.  I believe it looks best a little messy.  

P.S. I like this style because you can use hair that doesn't look so great to start out with.  I was working with three-day-old hair in this case.

Sorry for the blur!

Back view

Other side view

Semi-front view
P.P.S.  I got the dress for $5 at Walmart.  :)

View from the top

Panoramic views of Sao Paulo from the top of the Banespa building.  (Very similar to NY's Empire State Building)  Some pictures may appear to be duplicates, but they are not.  Sao Paulo is a HUGE city!  

Click on a photo to view it larger.

That, right there, is where we stood to see the city. 

All photos taken by me.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The joys of google+

This is why you should join and USE google+!!!  There are so many fun things to do in the hangouts!

p.s. I love Rebecca!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Just a suggestion or two

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Today I am having Trader Joe's Decaffeinated Irish Breakfast.  (I often prefer Decaf because caffeine gives me a stomach ache.)

This particular brand comes in individual packets.  The directions on the box say to dunk the bag in and out of the water, but I don't see how that is possible since there is no string or tag!  I just put it in the tea pot and let it sit for a few minutes and then use a spoon to scoop it out.  

My recommendations for consumption:
Irish Breakfast tastes lovely with a little sugar and a splash of milk.  Enjoy at breakfast or anytime all day!  Irish Breakfast is a lot stronger and darker than a lot of teas, which is why I might use a little bit more sugar than I should!  :)  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Revisiting the rock store

To give you a better idea of Legep, the rock store...

completely candid

i like clocks

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Brazilian BBQ Restaurant



                                                                                 Pronounced "boo-fuh-loo"

Caught my eye

Around Embu des Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Photos taken by me.