Tuesday, October 17, 2017

My Favorite Fall Beverage


This really isn't going to be a very long post, but I think it would be wrong not to talk about my favorite drink for the fall! I make it myself, although you can purchase it from most coffee shops - and that's Chai Tea with Vanilla syrup.

I prefer the Tazo classic chai tea bags, I think that they have the best flavor. I typically will mix in some milk as well, any milk will do, and then some of the Torani French Vanilla syrup.

To be completely honest, I normally put in probably way too much of the syrup because I prefer my teas to be sweet, but you could add however much you wanted because you really can't go wrong with the Torani syrups.

I've been making this in the mornings before starting my day, and it's been really lovely. To me it taste pretty pumpkiny even though it doesn't actually have pumpkin spice in it. This has been my go to fall beverage for the past few years! There's really nothing better on a cold morning than a nice mug of chai tea!

Have you tried this kind of tea before? Are there any kinds of teas that you think I should try in the future?

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Inverted Industrial Bar

The last time I posted about my piercings I was talking about my cartilage piercings that were my first ones since getting my original earlobe piercings where I was 8 years old. You can check out that post HERE if you're interested

After getting those last piercings, I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to get next or even if I wanted to get any others. My friend who had gone with me spent a lot of time talking to me about different types of piercings and the potential pain scale. After talking to her about it for a while, I decided on getting an industrial bar (I'll insert a picture here)

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/thoughts-before-during-after-getting-industrial-bar-piercing

Industrial Bars are a really unique looking piercing, and at least where I live there aren't a lot of people who have them. 

I waited a few weeks after I made the initial decision about what I wanted so that I could be sure that I would like the look of it (and have the funds to be able to get it).

I picked a date and actually went in alone to the parlor! I explained to the piercer, the same guy who had done my cartilage previously, what I wanted. He looked at my ear for like half a second and said that the industrial bar that I was planning on most likely wouldn't look right on my ear because of the shape. He then suggested that I get in Inverted Industrial Bar, he said that it would be a bent barbell that would go vertically through my ear rather than horizontally. 

At the time I felt ready for anything, so even though I wouldn't get a lot of time to think about it and what it would look like, I said I was down for whatever he thought would be unique and would look awesome! 

He drew the marks on my left ear, taking his time to make sure that they would line up correctly, and then he bent a barbell to fit my ear. He did let me check the marks to be sure it was what I wanted, but I didn't look at them too hard because I knew he put them in the best places for it to look really great.


I absolutely love it! It wasn't something that I had thought about getting, but I love how it turned out and how it looks. It's something I'd never seen before, so I'm really happy about the level of uniqueness because that's one of the main things that I was going for.

For the pain scale, the conch part of the piercing hurt by far the worst. The top portion hurt the same as the other cartilage piercings I got on my other ear.

It did bleed a lot the day that I got it done, but after that it didn't really bleed or hurt at all. It stayed really sensitive for a few weeks, so I couldn't let anything touch it or jostle it at all.

It really doesn't give me any problems now, and it doesn't hurt at all anymore. I'm really happy with it and how it looks! But I'm really not planning on getting any more any time soon. I do have ideas for which piercings I'd like to get in the future, but at this point I think I need to give my ears a bit of a break before I get any more.

Thanks for sticking around and reading! I'd love to know what you think about this inverted industrial bar!

I'll see you on Tuesday

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall Makeup Favorites

One of the things I love the most about Fall is all of the Fall Colors! Oranges, browns, reds, yellows... They're absolutely beautiful. I especially love adding those colors into my daily makeup looks. This fall, I've been loving some specific products and I wanted to share them with you!


My two favorite eyeshadows have been "Happy Hibiscus" from Seraphine Botanicals (which is actually meant to be a blush, but works great as an eyeshadow) and "Marrakesh - Spice Market" by Nomad.


They're both pretty similar mahogany red colors, however Spice Market is extremely metallic and Happy Hibiscus is much more matte. I've been using the colors alone and mixed together almost every day! Occasionally I'll mix one or both of them with some matte brown shades as well, but not as often as I wear them on their own.


My go to lipsticks have been some really dark/purple toned colors as well as a beautiful true red. As you know from my past post about my lipstick collection, I've always been a fan of these lipsticks, I've just been reaching for them more often now that it's the Fall. They really round out and add to a fall makeup look.


The colors I've been loving are from ColourPop. Wild Things, Viper, Tulle, and Creeper. Creeper is the one that I've been wearing the most. There's something about a true red lip that screams "Fall". 


To top off an awesome fall look, a beautiful fall nail color is always needed. I've been wearing "Left Marooned" from the Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel nail polish. It goes along with the mahogany red eyeshadows as well as the darker, more purple lipsticks. This particular polish lasts a really long time, and wear really well. 


Just to make me love all of these products more, they're all cruelty free! Most of them are also vegan as well! There's nothing better than not having a guilty conscience for using such wonderful products.

What are your favorite fall makeup products? Have you tried any of these before? I'd love to know what you think about these products, or if there are any new products that I should try.

I'll see you on Thursday!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

American Horror Story

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/top-10-american-horror-story-episodes

I know I'm pretty late to the game with this one, but I recently started watching American Horror Story on Netflix and let me tell you - I'm addicted.

This show is exactly what I want to watch this fall season! There's nothing that gets me into the Halloween spirit quite like curling up with a big blanket and some hot coco in the dark to watch something really scary and psychologically thrilling. I really recommend it if you're looking for something new that has major unforeseen twists. However, it's really not for the faint of heart.

Each season is a different story with different characters and a different level of horror. However, the cast of actors typically stays the same throughout each season, with only a few additions.

The first season, Murder House, was by far my favorite season. It was mostly psychological rather than being gory or  full of jump scares, which I really liked. It was a lot of ghosts and haunting and tricks of the mind so that you're not sure who's alive and who isn't, as well as being confused as to who is "good" and who is "bad".  If you're going to start watching AHS, then the first season is for sure where you want to start.

The other seasons have much more gore and blood, but they keep up with the psychological aspects (although not as much as the first season).

Although each season is a different story, they all slightly tie in together through some of the minor characters, like the realtor, or a nun, that leave them all a little bit interconnected despite being different in story line.

One of the things that I love the most about American Horror Story is that there's no way of knowing what's going to happen next, or what trick is up a certain character's sleeve. I'm glad there are so many seasons up on Netflix, because there's no way that I would be able to wait between episodes! I always need to know what's going to happen, because I can't guess for myself!

I'm not normally someone that goes for horror, but American Horror Story is a type of horror all its own, and for some reason I can't get enough of it!

Have you seen American Horror Story? What do you think about it? Let me know what you think about it, or if you think you'll start watching it!

I'll see you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September 2017 Overview


September was mostly a month of catch-up and midterms and getting ready for Fall to finally be here!

One of the major things that's happened in my life was signing up to help take care of some rabbits that a graduate student had for a research project about behavior. I go early in the mornings twice a week before my classes to take care of them, and I absolutely love it. It's also a great way for me to make some higher up connections to be able to get a foot in the door with some other animals.

When it comes to my life plan and my goals, I don't want to be limited in the types of animals that I can work with, so while I'm still in school I want to gain as much experience as I can working with as many different types of animals as I can.

For the most part, I had a lot of midterms, but there are still a few more to come in October. Exams aren't my strong suit, but I've been doing well at them so far, which is great! I enjoy almost all of my classes because a majority of them are belonging to my majors and what I actually want to do.

Along with September came football season, which is a big deal for the department I work for, and took up a majority of my weekends. It's actually really nice to be able to think about having weekends off after the season ends! I was basically living on energy drinks and leftovers in the work fridge, which isn't super surprising for a college student, but isn't really a great way to live life.

Fall is my favorite season of all time, so I'm beyond happy about the weather getting cooler, the leaves changing, and all of the awesome seasonal drinks and clothes! The leaves where I live haven't started changing yet, but as soon as they do I'm sure I'll get lots of great photos up of all of them!

One of the most exciting things that happened in September was that I got my guinea pigs approved by the school, so they're no longer smuggled in, they're actually allowed to be here. No more trying to sneak in guinea pig food or bedding or hay! Plus, now I can call maintenance to come fix the bathroom sink in my apartment without worrying about them seeing my guinea pigs and turning me in to housing. Which is great because now housing is aware that I have them, and I can having a non-leaky sink!

I ordered quite a few books in the month of September, which I'm really excited to read. I got out of the habit of reading, and I miss getting wrapped up in a good book. Now that I have some new books of my own to read, and the determination to actually sit down to read them, I'm really happy to be rekindling one of my favorite things to do. I may or may not write up some reviews of the books - let me know if that's something that you'd want!

All in all, I would say that September was my busiest month by far, but now that the weather is cooling off and my first round of exams are almost done things are really looking up! I'm hoping for a fun and kind of lazy October!

How was your September? Do you have any plans for the month of October? I'd love to know!

I'll see you on Thursday
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