Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Of Marshmallows and Madness

Lemon Tart with a Lemon Thyme Rice-Crispy Treat crust

For more info on this tasty treat, check out my post on Ricochet Biscuit, home of the incomparable Jessica Tupper!

In other news...

Today I woke up in an absolute funk. The kind where you just know you're going to feel off all day. That vague self-loathing that you can never really pin-point the source. Well... I suppose that's not entirely true. Today I actually knew the source. But it would involve me talking about a long dream heavily steeped in memories about my brother and you don't want to hear about that. And that's not what this post is supposed to be about anyway. This is about you.

Where was I? Oh yes.

Going out usually helps me when I feel like this. Obviously I had work so there was no way I was going to be stuck in the house anyway.... But I've also found that spending just a little extra time on myself in the morning also helps me feel human again.

Not to say I normally run out of the house half groomed (though there have been days), but I've found that if I take a little longer--spend five extra minutes picking out my clothing or do something a little different with my hair or make-up (or wearing make up at all for that matter as it's not an every day thing for me), I feel better about myself.

I'm not sure it has anything to do with the clothes or make up or anything--but just taking time to be a little more mindful of myself is oddly soothing. It calms frayed nerves. Now I'm not sure if this is something that would work for you--obviously if you're not into make-up or have no hair that's of no help to you at all.

But I think the principle can. We're in such a rush most mornings, we can sometimes toss ourselves off kilter. So maybe at least one morning this week you should try setting aside a little extra time to focus on you. Make yourself breakfast, spend a little more time in the shower to just enjoy the warm water, do something a little different. You'd be surprised what it can do for your mood for the rest of the day.

Today I cured this by making myself homemade vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg oatmeal and crafting a theme for today's look.

I have an amazing pair of Portal Earrings that I bought from Sanshee PAX 2011. This was my base.

From there it was pretty simple. Also pretty girly. You can stop reading if you don't care about clothing and/or makeup, I'll understand.

Chell is running around in a white tank top (which is kind of a fashion staple for ladies especially since our t-shirts are often made of too-thin material) and an orange jump suit. I have an orange hoodie. I also have an very lightweight orange scarf that I brought with me as it's been getting kinda toasty in the afternoon and a hoodie may prove to be too much fabric. Yes, I came that prepared.

Kept the eyes fairly simple with a black liner and did it up a black liner and touched that up with some Stila Liquid Glitter Liner (Bora Bora Blue). And for a little fun, I was able to break out my orange lipstick for once. Yes, that lipstick is orange. I love it. You can get it for yourself at Lime Crime, it's called My Beautiful Rocket.

Since it's too warm for boots (and I don't own white boots) and she was barefoot for a bit, I decided black flip-flops were fitting (they even continue the same blue theme with the trim).

All of this was topped off with Vanilla Cupcake perfume oil  from Little Batch Apothecary. Oddly, was not expecting to have a perfume that goes with the outfit but turns out my current signature scent was tailor made to complete this look.

I'm definitely no Console to Closet, but I confess, that was a ton of fun.

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