Archive | May, 2013

Bad Hair & Adult Friendships

17 May

Last week my gorgeous cousin, Caroline, graduated from the University of Georgia and her recent accomplishment got me thinking about my own post-college experiences.

I graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications and unlike my brilliant cousin Caroline – jobless. Finding a job had proved to be more difficult than I had hoped  (as I am sure most people who graduated in 2008 would agree)  because that is when the economy tanked. So I did what many 08′ grads did and moved back in with the parents. 

Finding a job was hard but finding friends as an adult was a different animal all together. Making new friends as an adult is hard work.

In college you make new friends everyday. You meet them in your classes, dorm, or extra curricular activities.. you are always experiencing new things so you are always meeting new people. After college you settle down in a sense. Get a job, go to the same places, get stuck in a routine, and you really have to make an effort to meet people.

My first “adult” friend was Natalie. She was also my first “boss” after college. We had a short run together (career wise) but I am certain we will always be friends. I still remember the day we solidified our friendship like it was yesterday…

I think what sealed the deal was when I showed her my driver’s license. My driver’s license in college had an unfortunate picture mostly because I had an unfortunate haircut. She laughed so hard she almost peed herself.

Unfortunately for you I am not in possession of this license because when I became a Georgia resident they took it away from me. However I do have some similar photos.

Exhibit A. -What I looked like when Natalie met me.. looking normal… Cute…and very professional at the Carolina Cup. 

Normal Me, Senior Year

Exhibit B- College Picture. Looking rough…Unsexy… And quite hilarious. Sidenote: I did this to myself so do not pity me. All I can say is people do crazy things when they get broken up with.  Also note the camo, if I  was capable of feeling shame, I would feel it now. 

bad haircut

In July, I will be packing my bags to join my hubby in Greensboro, NC and I will again be looking for adult friends. Unfortunately for me I don’t have a stunning driver’s license picture to do all the work for me… but I think I can handle the challenge.

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Beauty Diaries

16 May

When I opened my mailbox the other day I got my favorite surprise… my Birchbox! I was pretty happy with this month’s selection… here is what I got:

1. Cargo Lip Gloss in Sunset Blvd.
I am always thrilled when I get makeup in my Birchbox especially when they send me a full size product. Cargo is a brand I am vaguely familiar with. Sunset Blvd is a pretty light peachy shade which compliments my fair skin. The lip gloss has a great texture and pleasant smell. The product is $14 in the Birchbox store which means that I got my money’s worth out of this box (Each box is $10)

Cargo Lip Gloss Sunset Blvd from my May 2013 Birchbox

2. Pilot Corporation of America Acroball Purewhite
I was a little confused and kind of annoyed to receive this in my Birchbox. It is a standard pen but with pink ink. Next time send me makeup. The pen sells in the Birchbox store for $6.24 (4-pack). I wrote on the card stock it came with and obviously it doesn’t write well on card stock!

2. Pilot Corporation of America Acroball Purewhite

3. Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment
I have been eyeing this sample for quite a while and I was thrilled to see it had finally made its way into my box. I have been looking for a product that could protect my hair while taming frizz and creating a sleek look, especially after straightening and Amika’s hair treatment is perfect! I have very oily hair and the serum didn’t make my hair look greasy or messy, instead it tamed my fly-aways and left a great scent behind. This is definitely on my must purchase list. The full size costs $34.00 and is 3.38 fl oz. They gave me a rather large sample (although not full size) that should last me a couple of weeks. Yay!

 

Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment Hair after using  Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment  in May 2013 Birchbox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Coola Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
At first I was kind of annoyed that I had received sunscreen in my Birchbox.. but once I realized it was a moisturizer I was a lot more excited to try this sample. I like that it has a higher SPF than my foundation because I have fair skin and need a lot of protection from the sun. I was also very happy with the smell and the fact that it absorbed completely into my skin without any residue or excessive rubbing needed. The full size 1.7 fl oz bottle is $32 and they gave me a sample that should last me about a week or two.

Coola Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face May 2013 Birchbox

5. Isaac Mizrahi FABULOUS Eau de Parfum
This smells delicious & very citrusy, which I like. I have been getting a lot of perfume samples lately and I would much prefer makeup samples, so I updated my Birchbox preferences in hopes I will get more makeup next time.They gave me a standard perfume sample size and in the store they sell the .34 fl oz rollerball & 1.7fl oz perfume for $69.

Isaac Mizrahi FABULOUS Eau de Parfum May 2013 Birchbox

Overall I was very happy with my Birchbox this month. If you are interested in purchasing a monthly Birchbox for $10 a month click here: https://www.birchbox.com?raf=fc3p4

What did you receive in your Birchbox this month?

Confessions of a Gemini

Hypochondria & That Time I Thought I had Rabies

8 May

One thing you need to know about me is that I am a huge hypochondriac. I am not exaggerating here. If I have any ailment I jump to the worst possible scenario.

Headache… Brain Aneurism

Weird Freckle … Skin Cancer

Stomachache… Septic Shock Syndrome

Cat Scratch… Rabies

Yes rabies, one time I thought I had contracted rabies. It sounds ridiculous now, but at the time I was full fledged panicking that I had missed my 24 hour window to be treated and was going to die.

You see my college roommate went out of town and left me in charge of her cat, Piper, who she loved dearly as every pet parent should.  Piper was very sweet and had never acted aggressive towards me. We lived in a house with very large crawl space, and occasionally we would hear animals under there. I had convinced myself that there was a raccoon living under our house.

That weekend my boyfriend called me and told me that he had accidentally let the cat out of the house (Piper was definitely an indoor cat) and of course I freaked out. I thought that he had lost my roommates precious pet. We looked everywhere for this cat. I walked the neighborhood calling for her for hours… like a cat would actually come when being called… ha.

I had exhausted all hope and was in tears thinking of how I could tell my roommate I failed her and lost her cat, when I heard a little mew under the porch. I peaked my head in the crawl space and saw Piper’s eyes shining back at me. I was so happy. I tried to grab her and she ran further underneath the house.

I was certainly not crawling underneath the house, which was most definitely filled with spiders and possibly a rabid raccoon… so I placed a food bowl beside the crawl hole in hopes of luring her out with a meal.

When Piper came out to eat I snatched her up. She was obviously mad/scared, because she scratched the ever-living shit out of me.  I put her in the house and washed my cut.

Crisis averted… or so I thought.

I am horrible at lying to people so of course when I talked to my roommate on the phone that day I told her of the entire escapade… and she casually mentioned that Piper was late on her shots.  At first this didn’t faze me but after thinking about it for a few hours I wondered if Piper had encountered any wild animals in the 24 hours that she was missing.

The first thing I did which is quite possibly THE WORST thing any hypochondriac could do was go searching on the Internet for answers. I thought maybe you could only contract rabies through a bite. WRONG. After a few hours I felt like I was manifesting all the symptoms of rabies. Did I have a fever? I felt achy all over. I started to get a headache… and it had been 12 hours since my encounter with Piper.

The next day after getting no sleep because I had now fully convinced myself I had rabies I called my mom. I told her of my encounter and I asked her if she thought it was possible that I had contracted rabies… and she said, “I don’t know, maybe?” Of course this sent me into crazy mode.

My mom was a nurse before she had me, so obviously she is a medical genius. If she thought I had rabies surely I had rabies. AND it had been over 24 hours and so I had missed my opportunity for treatment.

Why go through with the excruciating pain of needles being shoved in my stomach if I was going to die anyways. So I did what any person who was on her deathbed would do…I laid on the couch and watched reality T.V. while simultaneously chatting with people on AIM. I am pretty sure I told a few people I thought I was going to die and that I loved them dearly.

The next morning I woke up (and was obviously) still alive. PRAISE THE LORD. I didn’t contract rabies. I wasn’t going to die!

I learned several things from this experience, which I still carry with me to this day.

  1. Don’t Google symptoms on WEB M.D. they will only make you feel like you are going to die.
  2. Don’t read magazines with articles on crazy rare diseases that you might contract. (Note: I later added to this do not watch television shows like House that will certainly make you feel like you have every rare disease in the book)
  3. Go to the doctor if you feel sick.
  4. Sometimes if you ask your mom a crazy ridiculous question she will give you a not so serious crazy ridiculous answer.

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Tattoos, Piercings, & Hello Kitty

3 May Confessions of a Gemini

WARNING: MOM THIS MIGHT EMBARRASS YOU.

Recently my BFF, Leigh, reminded me of a little memory that is somewhat hysterical and also prompted this blog post.

In college, I BRIEFLY, and I mean briefly thought about getting a tattoo of Hello Kitty on the top of my boob (my left one because that is the good one) so when I wear low cut shirts (which is basically everyday of my life) I could joke and say “Hello Titty” – now OBVIOUSLY I didn’t do this. That is ridiculous. I mean I couldn’t really skip through life with a tattoo of a fictional cat on my breast. I am SO glad I didn’t go through with it.

And sometimes I say things or say that I am going to do things just because it is funny or I am being overly dramatic (Gemini trait). This was probably one of those times, because I don’t have any tattoos inappropriate or otherwise.

But after laughing my ass off about this little memory with my bestie, I got to thinking about how many things I thought I wanted to do in my youth that I am so glad I didn’t go through with. There are tons of them. Some of them are more embarrassing and inappropriate than the hello titty tattoo so we won’t even go there.

But basically I am really glad I had sort of strict parents who put the fear of God in me, or else who knows where I would have ended up.

Girls

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