Weeks in Recap 8.30.13

How did it get to be September (almost)??

It’s been forever and a day since I’ve properly updated here. Miss Coco is napping right now and it’s almost unbearably hot, even with the air and fans on!


Major news: next Thursday I start my new job at the Drybar. It’s going to be an interesting change of pace from the blue collar-ness of Cycle Gear. Understatement of the year, perhaps?

Light fixture made of hairdryers

Light fixture made of hairdryers

It’s been so long since I’ve worked in the beauty industry that I know I’ll need to step up my game. My original plan was to finish software testing school and then quit working at Cycle Gear, but plans have changed slightly. I need more time to work on my automation testing with Selenium, Java and more. It’s intimidating as well!

A great resource that I’ve been using for Java is this one: LINK REMOVED BY REQUEST on November 26, 2013 at 6:03pm.

Something that I think of often is that I wish that I’d paid more attention to programming in the past. Why did I wait so long to immerse myself in the tech field? Better late than never, as the saying goes.


Cycle Gear was a great experience overall, but I needed a better work-life balance and room for advancement. It’s a great “foot in the door” in the motorcycle industry though and I would do it all over again.


Katydid

Katydid

These are some pics that I took of a katydid. It’s part of the species tettigoniidae and is also known as a bush-cricket! I’d never seen one before and to me, it just looked like a leaf with legs! Go figure.


Sliding around with Coco!

Sliding around with Coco!

It’s constantly laughs with this one! This is us pretending to go down the slide while we were actually lying down, with Coco wiggling on me. I love being a mom and she’s a great kid.

How do you spell "googly" eyes?

How do you spell “googly” eyes?


Today is the birthday of someone great, one of my longest friendships, a friend that I made when I was a tween! I think of her often even though we’re miles away. We have the kind of relationship where we don’t have to talk but once or twice a year and then we pick up where we left off. It’s understood, you know?


Speaking of 1988, here’s a before and after of sorts. The pic on the left is from a quarter century ago (damn, I’m old?) and the right is a recent pic that I’ve been using for profile pics.

1988 vs. 2013, a quarter of a century later.

1988 vs. 2013, a quarter of a century later.

Although the truth of the matter is that most days I look like a cross between these two pictures.

First pic was taken at the optometrist’s yesterday. One of my eyes is better and one of them is worse, but either way I WAS CORRECT in that my current prescription was WRONG. I kept getting headaches every so often because I thought my glasses were too strong.

Prada at the Optometrist's

Prada at the Optometrist’s

Why do I always like the most expensive eyeglasses? Seems to be a curse.

Second pic was taken right now with Photo Booth and I’ve got a dewy complexion courtesy of the heat and a wonderful product by Tarte, their Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen. The coverage is terrific, evens you out without sitting on top of the skin or streaking. No irritation or breakouts so far, either. Hooray! Perhaps I’ll post a review over at Put on a Little Makeup. (I feel sad that I haven’t updated that site in over a year.)

Photo on 2013-08-30 at 16.31 #4

Photo on 2013-08-30 at 16.31

I did the Pantone Foundation Finder thing and came up as a 3Y07. I’m not exactly light but I’ve never been exactly medium either and my oily/combo skin loves to oxidize most face makeup that I apply. This product is the best tinted moisturizer that I’ve found, hands down and I’ll have to buy some once my sample runs out!


So my new work has a dress code but the deal is that you can only wear the following colors: black, gray, white, denim, and/or yellow. I love yellow but don’t have really any of it in my wardrobe. I’ve been doing the Pinterest thing and have been perusing the site for ideas. These are two promising pictures that I found.

Dress Code #1

Dress Code #1

Dress Code #2

Dress Code #2

My major hurdle is in finding STYLISH shoes that I can work in comfortably. My feet are destroyed and there’s no sexy time heels for me on a regular basis. It’s out of the question. Please don’t suggest Danskos. I’ve never found them to be comfortable, ever.

What’s a girl to do!? Happy Labor Day weekend, by the way. I’ll be laboring it up at Cycle Gear on the actual holiday, which means time a half. Cool.

See you on the flipside,
Lisa

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2013

I’m glad that 2012 is getting further away. So it’s January 14th and I’ve been very busy and this site has a new look that I’m thrilled to share with you!

Major news is that I’ve been at Cycle Gear for a little over two months. It’s going very well and I know that I enjoy it a lot.

The clock is ticking as I am registered to take my Motorcycle Safety Foundation course at an unnamed date in the future! Here’s a video from their YouTube channel.

I went to Los Angeles with Colette for a few days and we returned last last Sunday. I really missed the old hometown and it was so great to catch up with some old friends. Even though I didn’t get to see everyone that I would have liked to. No Kubrick exhibit at the LACMA for me, but oh well. The exhibit goes until June 30th so maybe that could be a birthday present for me?

I tried to document my outfits during this vacation and the following pics go in order from each day.

Day one found me feeling chilly in Forever 21 skinny jeans, plain black tank top with a lace bow, Merona black cardigan over that with Skaist Taylor (Target x Neiman Marcus collection) faux fur vest over the cardigan. I initially perused that Target collab thinking that most of it was kind of tacky but I changed my mind when I put on the vest and saw the versatility of the faux fur.

Here are some pictures:

Day 1 outfit

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What can I say? These are just a small excerpt from the trip but those of you that follow me on Instagram and elsewhere will probably have already seen these and more.

2013 is full of surprises and I look forward to them. I won’t be as much of a stranger around here and will make time between school and the rest. Writing is something that I’ll be focusing on more. Now that things look better around here, it will be easier to check in more.

Love,
Lisa

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Week in Recap 10.26.12

It’s time for a recap. Where do I start?

It’s that time, my favorite time of the year because it’s my favorite holiday. HALLOWEEEN! It’s even more fun because Coco is now 17 months old and not only is she talking more, but she can also whisper now. So there’s no excuse to not use her inside voice, haha.

All signs point to yes that she’s inherited my flair for costume and adornment. This year, she actually has two costumes, a bee and a lemur. My friend Zoe joked that she could be a BEE-MUR. I love it. Yesterday we dressed up and went to GoogleWeen ’12 at her dad’s work. I’ve been told many times that I’m a comic book character and I went with that vision for this year.

Here are a couple of pics:


I still love to play with makeup and took a lot of inspiration from some images that I found on Pinterest and actually made an idea come to fruition. I smell a tutorial in the future with this one. I did my best impression of a Roy Lichtenstein pop art piece and tried to get my expression just right.

I already had most of the makeup that I used to achieve this look. One thing that I didn’t do is create a white Kabuki type of base because I wasn’t quite sure how I would do the dots. Jonas graciously made a pattern for me just, but the grease makeup that I had wouldn’t slip easily into the holes of the pattern.

To refresh my memory with what I used for the makeup: L’oreal Magic Lumi primer, Makeup Forever HD foundation, MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, POP Beauty’s Pop Neon palette, Sugarpill’s Love + eyeshadow, ELF waterproof liquid liner, Ardell Demi Wispies eyelashes, Kate Moss for Rimmel’s red #1 (which I almost love more than MAC’s Russian Red, sorry MAC!). Let’s see, what else? Oh, some cheesy red grease crayon that I went over again with the Sugarpill Love + shadow (one of my all-time favorites).

Makeup should be fun and whimsical and yesterday really was a blast. I’m thrilled with how it turned out for my first time trying this look and I think that I’ll need a couple of different brushes to supplement my existing arsenal. It’s always a challenge to layer the makeup seamlessly. Heat could also be an issue as well as any mineral oil in the products (which is notoriously comedogenic, gross!)


So I got a job! You’re looking at a new sales associate for Cycle Gear. This is the first job that I’ve ever had that required a HAIR drug test. They took a decent amount of hair but I really do have enough hair for 3 people, so there. I haven’t been scheduled yet, but it will hopefully be soon and I’m trying to get major stuff done with school before my schedule changes.


Next semester I’ll hopefully be going to in person classes at my local community college here in Redwood City. While online classes have been great, it’ll be a nice change to attend class.

Wish me luck that I can actually get the classes that I need. As of now, I’m still pursuing my Psychology degree.

Hello, math, we might meet again. I also need a language requirement. I used to speak Spanish until I was 5, but the prospect of math is actually scarier than any horror story, in my opinion.


If you’re on Facebook, this article is a MUST READ for all of the crap that’s going on with promoted posts and how you can’t see anything anymore.

It’s no conspiracy. Facebook acknowledged it as recently as last week: messages now reach, on average, just 15 percent of an account’s fans. In a wonderful coincidence, Facebook has rolled out a solution for this problem: Pay them for better access.

SINKING SHIP!


Thanks, Nicole, for sharing this article: You’re Being a Dick on Instagram.

Now, we’re doing it with images. They’re Instaboasts. Look how pretty, look how clean, look how nice, look how fun. You want your friends to envy every little thing like it’s a cocaine piñata at the Trump Tower.


Here’s an important read from my friend in Seattle, the ever so glamourous Sydni Deveraux. You must read Bullies in Burlesque.

This article really hits home for me in many ways. It also makes me think of doing burlesque again.

While we are talking burlesque, Into the Gloss did an interview with Dita Von Teese and I love it! She’s so funny.

Burlesque should always be on your terms and that’s why I was attracted to it. It can be fun and a good way to go with self-acceptance, body, mind and soul.


I’ve been taking Pilates and Spin classes at Crunch and have also been cutting back on my consumption of animal products. This time I’m doing it not because of weight concerns, but because I want to feel better. I also have a conscience. The readings in my Personal Health class have also impacted me greatly.


Have a wonderful and amazing weekend!

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The Past and The Future

So I am looking for work once again. Preferably a part or full-time, well paying job in Silicon Valley. Yeah.

Source: quotediary.me via Lisa on Pinterest

This week has been filled with the past for me.

My dad sent me two giant boxes that I’ve been going through, albeit very gingerly. There are so many pictures of the family that I remember and SO MANY that I haven’t ever seen before.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

I’ve got to get a good scanner because there are hundreds of these gems. Plus, I’ve been reconnecting with old friends in some of the pictures (on Facebook).


Snippets from here and there:

RIP Sahara Davenport of RuPaul’s Drag Race. (People)

Hello, stranger on the street. (McSweeney’s)


Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year.

School is very challenging this semester, especially my Music class. Fun, but tough stuff. I’m taking Personal Health, Music, Sociology, and Women in Art. I’m running out of classes to take online and am still waiting to regain my California residency.

Went to the Cindy Sherman exhibit at SF Moma over the weekend. Great stuff.


I’ve decided to really make this site about what I want to share with my daughter. Memories are a tricky thing, but if things are documented like on her website, I think it’s somehow easier.


Today I’m going to the Face and Body Northern California convention. It’s been awhile since I’ve schmoozed and besides, I want to make some more connections and also learn about new technology. If I can get some good discounts while I’m there, more power to me as well.

Anthropologie, Cycle Gear, and now Target have thrown their hats into the ring as far as jobs go and I’m proceeding accordingly. I honestly think that the job at Cycle Gear is the best fit. I’ll have more thoughts on the whole job process very soon.


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