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.



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,

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Wrong URL #1

Elephant dung heels

Elephant dung heels by Insa

How many times have you typed in the wrong URL when going somewhere on the net? How many times has that either landed you nowhere or somewhere icky? What if you found some cool stuff and wanted to share it?

This is a new category for this site. I find random things all the time when I’m searching for things on the internet for school, work, and this site.

A couple of weeks ago, I was trying to look at Instagram online and wasn’t paying attention when I typed in the normal URL. Somehow, I ended up on Insaland.com.

Insa sail

Insa sail

This isn’t the safest site to peruse at work, so you’ve been warned. From his site:

INSA’s world is one where art, product, graffiti, fetishism, and desire collide.

INSA is a fine artist and designer who has established himself from a graffiti background through extensive street level work and gallery shows around the world. Throughout his career, INSA has allowed himself to explore different approaches and outlets for his artistic agenda, including designing signature collections for brands such as Kangol, Kid Robot and Oki-Ni, as well as starting his own heel company ‘INSA HEELS’ (link to heels site).

He has undertaken many private commissions for clients such as Sony and Nike and was recently invited out to Sweden as one of only two British artists to help curate and sculpt the 2008/2009 ICE hotel.

I’m not sure what to tell you about my own artistic preferences because my tastes run the gamut from high brow to low brow. It’s all in good fun, though.

More information about the elephant dung heels:

Tate Britain asked INSA to produce some work in response to the artist Chris Ofili.
The first piece INSA produced were a pair of 10″ platform heels made from elephant sh*t!
Entitled “Anything comes when it comes to (s)hoes…” these shoes were displayed alongside Chris Ofilis 2010 retrospective at Tate Britain.

To produce the heels, INSA retraced the footsteps Chris Ofili made over 15 years ago and sourced dung from the same family of elephants that produced the dung used in Chris’s infamous paintings of the nineties. Using similar techniques and materials; beading, resin and painting, INSA pays homage to the style and significance of Ofili’s early work.

Talk about dedication, no??

The Tate Modern.


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