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25 May 20:47

WIWW: Super Flare

by Amy Bunch
Christal

some gems on her Insta. she's a bank teller!

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Happy Wednesday Everyone! I started working two days out of the week at 6am. Which it such is kicking my butt. That why I didn't have a new post go up yesterday but we all need a blogger break. Once in awhile. 

WIWW: Super Flare

This morning as I was trying to take these photos. Tony decide to sit down and join in the photo shoot. So therefor we let him. Tony is a very adventures guy. If you follow me on Instagram. Then you have seen some of the crazy thing he does. 

WIWW: Super Flare

For today work outfit. I'm wearing this new cardigan that I got over the summer. When I seen this zipper cardigan at Eddie Bauer. I just had to get it. Since it is very different from any thing else I own. 

WIWW: Super Flare

I pair this cardigan with a pink flower button up. That I haven't worn since October 2015. I have no clue why I didn't wear it at all last year. For my jeans. I went with a new pair I got from Zaful. Which let me tell you. These jeans are super comfortable. 

WIWW: Super Flare

What I love the most about them is the frayed detailing that they have on the bottom of the flare. Which is a huge trend right now. They best part is these jeans are under 20 dollars. So go get yourself a pair today. 

pleated poppy

Shopping My Closet

*Rediscover Item

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

25 May 05:31

The Bachelorette Season-Premiere Recap: This Feels Different

by Ali Barthwell
Christal

Good recap. I'm glad I'm not the only one salivating over Diggy. Also lol at "I imagine [Whaboom] and Corinne are going to get along just fine in Paradise."

Rachel Lindsay.

Have you ever dated a real piece of garbage? What am I saying? We’re all adults here, of course we have. Have you ever dated a real piece of garbage and just thought, “Well, this is all there is. The only thing that’s out there is other pieces of garbage. I am a barge floating through a sea of trash and the garbage sticks to me like the barnacles I deserve?” Who am I kidding? We’ve all used Tinder, we’ve all thought that. But then one special bright day, you meet someone who isn’t 100 percent pure trash. They might be 10 percent trash, or even 67 percent trash, or by God, they might be 85 percent trash, but it’s not 100 percent and it feels different. You’re reminded that it might not be all bad. It might just be one date with someone who isn’t a tire fire, but all it takes is that one moment, that one glance, one laugh that feels a little deeper to remind you that you are not a barge navigating an ocean of debris but a human person with feelings and thoughts. To remind you that it can be fun and good. THAT’S WHAT THIS EPISODE FELT LIKE TO ME.

The guys are legit cute and some of them are even accomplished. They are introspective and fun and charming. Rachel is an adult. She’s bright and bubbly. She got a fresh sew-in and she brought her dog with her. She’s ready. I’m living for her. If Carefree Black Girls were Pokémon, Rachel is what you get when you use a Sun Shard on Yara Shahidi. The shots of her dancing in the street and playing on the beach could be right out of the credits of a ’90s UPN sitcom. Queen Latifah would play her best friend and landlord and Brandy would be her lab partner. I’m going to travel back in time to write this show. Get ready for me to win some NAACP Image Awards in the past.

“I didn’t say I love you to Nick fast enough … [blah, blah, blah] … “I used to be a skeptic about love” Rachel brought her dog. HOW HAS NO ONE EVER THOUGHT OF THAT BEFORE? Rachel is really stepping this whole thing up.

It’s time to meet some of the guys! First, there’s Kenny King. I have several men in my life who really love professional wrestling but know absolutely nothing about The Bachelorette. All of these men texted me that there was going to be a wrestler on The Bachelorette. Not only does Kenny pin other men to the ring in suggestive poses (#redefiningwrestlingwiththefemalegaze), but he has a really cute daughter that makes him humble and sweet. Almost every guy in my fantasy draft picked Kenny.

Then there’s JACK STONE. He sounds like a detective in a novel that your dad would buy in a hotel gift shop and he looks like the stock imagery they would put on the cover. Alex says his mom thinks he has a 180 IQ.

Then there’s this Whaboom asshole. I have a very visceral reaction to everything he does, says, thinks, and believes. Stop trying to make fetch happen, Lucas. Blake E. says some nonsense about how many women have told him about the amazingness of his penis. Blake. No, they haven’t. They’re the rubber chicken of the human anatomy. They’re okay. Relax.

Anyone else nervous about how all the contesticles were answering lots of sexual questions in their profiles and now Blake’s nonsense? Does anyone else worry about a long history of portraying black women (and men) as hypersexual and how it might rear its ugly head on this the most problematic of reality shows?

… DIGGY IS PRETTY CUTE, RIGHT?

Can we talk about the positively heartbreaking story Josiah tells in his introduction? For vulnerability and honesty, he’s in the lead. I can’t remember any other background story this touching. I was disarmed. Hold up, I was emotionally moved by something happening on The Bachelorette. Is this what we could have had all along?

Rachel stops in with a bunch of women she beat to become the Bachelorette. It took me a good minute to recognize Kristina because she got highlights. I also didn’t recognize Whitney because WHO. IS. WHITNEY? They all tell her not to get in her head and give everyone a chance. They’re only giving this advice because they haven’t met Whaboom. I imagine he and Corinne are going to get along just fine in Paradise. It is actually touching to see how much everyone loves Rachel and wants the best for her. Then they cut to Raven staring into the middle distance, imagining what it would be like to be the Bachelorette and having multiple orgasms.

Enough of this! Let’s get to the mansion! Rachel is wearing a dress made of the shattered glass ceiling of this epic moment. I like to imagine somewhere Hillary is wearing the same gown, drinking an entire bottle of Champagne, watching The Bachelorette with Huma while Bill picks up Thai food.

First out of the limo is Peter in a cute lil’ checkered suit. I’m into the fashion risks the contesticles are taking this season. How long until someone goes full pink suit at the rose ceremony? More like ROSÉ CEREMONY, am I right? Next up is Josiah and he says, “See you later, litigator,” and that’s adorable. Next out of the limo is Bryan. He’s Colombian and he speaks Spanish to Rachel and tells her he’s going to be trouble. Bitch. Is. Into. It.

One of the main topics of conversation is how some of the men met Rachel at the “After the Final Rose” or on Ellen. Dean makes sure to ask her if she thought it was okay that he said, “I wanna go black and never go back.” That makes me think a producer told him to say it because, take it from me, if you’re the type of white guy who says that of your own free will, you don’t backpedal.

After DeMario enters, Host Chris asks Rachel how she feels about him because he might not be here for the right reasons. Oh? But we’re not gonna have a chat about Whaboom Whack-a-Mole?

It’s time for Fred to enter, and he went to elementary school with Rachel, and brought their yearbook, and she was his camp counselor. She does not think it’s really romantic to be shown a picture of her eighth-grade self. Milton won’t stop growling at her.

Up next is Adam who brings along … not exactly a puppet or a doll. It’s what Lil’ Poundcake looks like when her parents force her to dress as a boy. There is also a nameplate that says the doll is from Lyon, France. I’m with Kenny when he says he’s going to burn it. Jonathan tickles Rachel without her permission and he looks like Andrew Garfield if Andrew Garfield worked at Dunder Mifflin. Matt shows up dressed as a penguin … because Rachel likes penguins?

Can I just say there’s a new hilarious dynamic with the presence of multiple men of color and in particular black men in the house? There’s a culture of playful roasting and joking around when black men get together, even when they’re in competition. There’s also a matter-of-factness that exists. All that comes to a head when the guys are joking about someone being the crazy one and then Lucas enters, does his WonkyBoom, and DeMario goes, “That’s the crazy one. We were looking for this dude.” If you didn’t laugh out loud at that, you’re dead inside and you clap on the one and three.

They also make Rachel’s black ass sit down in front of that doll and I was offended. Somewhere, Maxine Waters and Shonda Rhimes felt chills down their spines. THE DOLL KEPT “SPEAKING” FRENCH.

Rachel has the most chemistry with Bryan and he pulls her aside to tell her he’s good with his hands and makes her speak Spanish. When she asks if he’s still gonna be trouble, I said out loud to my boyfriend, “SHE IS WET.” It’s disgusting but it’s true and we all know it. Bryan grabs her face and makes out with her hard. Bitch, I was wet. He gets the first-impression rose. (Also, if you didn’t laugh out loud when Mo shouted, “NO! BACK OFF!” when Rachel started making out with Bryan after giving him the first-impression rose, you’re dead inside and you order your chicken tikka masala mild.)

Rachel has an amazing fur stole that she wears over her dress and she’s perfect and I love her. Milton keeps growling at her. Mo gets too drunk. WonkyBoom keeps narrating the events at the cocktail party through a bullhorn. Blake E. and Lucas clash, thus setting up one of the rivalries. After a little speech from Rachel, it’s time for the rose ceremony. No theatrics, false modesty, or woe-is-me attitude. Just sending dudes home using flowers.

Peter, Will, JACK STONE, Jamey (who?), Iggy, Eric, DeMario, Gandrew Arfield, Bryce, Alex, Kenny, Dean, Matt, Anthony, Brady, Josiah, Lee, Diggy, Lil’ Baby Fred, Adam (and not that weird puppet), Blake E. and his penis, AND WACKYBLAM get a rose.

The sun is up as the failed contesticles are leaving the mansion and Milton cries about the outfits he didn’t get to wear. This feels different. This feels right.

16 Feb 18:11

E! to Take Up Sweet But Exhaustive Task of Adapting Teen Cult Classic Jawbreaker Into TV Series

by Karen Brill
Christal

WHAT

Those still licking their wounds over the empty promise of a Cruel Intentions TV series can find solace in the potential adaptation of a fellow 1999 teen movie, one with innocent intentions but some plenty cruel consequences: E! is working on bringing Jawbreaker to the small screen. Per Deadline, Darren Stein — who made Jawbreaker and is God — will oversee the adaptation, co-writing and executive-producing it with George Northy (G.B.F.). A potential basis for qualms? While the movie follows a high school clique as they accidentally kill one of their own, the TV series seems to be aging things up a bit, setting the death at a bachelorette party instead. Tsk, tsk, E!. Everybody knows that pulling focus from the bride is bad form.

19 Jan 22:44

The Sexy Yet Tasteful Yet Erotic Episode of “Barefoot Contessa”

by Maddie Hester
Christal

for your pleasure

The one where Ina and Jeffrey celebrate their sex-iversary.

That oh-so-familiar instrumental ditty. Quick montage of thee Ina Garten laughing with Husband Jeffrey/ cutting basil/walking alone on the beach contemplating her mistakes, which are few.

INT. GARTEN BEDROOM — AFTERNOON

St. Ina is wearing her signature oversized denim button-down with a popped collar. She fluffs one of eight large decorative pillows that cover her bed.

INA: Jeffrey and I routinely make love on Wednesday nights but tonight is extra special — it marks the 46th anniversary of the night he deflowered me. To celebrate, we’re going to rawdog like we are teenagers again. But first, I’m going to make him a beautiful dinner that will help us last through the night: champagne and oysters to start, then quail with garlic for stamina, and finally, nothing is better than chocolate Grand Marnier covered strawberries for dessert. I think he’s going to love it.

Music picks up again. Exterior of her house in East Hampton, which is beautiful.

Title Card: *bareback contessa

INT. GARTEN KITCHEN — AFTERNOON

My Goddess Ina, who I pray to every night for forgiveness and for strength, is in the kitchen taking ingredients out of the fridge.

INA: It’s important to keep the food light before any sort of romantic anniversary. (sarcastic tone that implies this has happened before) It’s no fun when someone falls asleep early because he had seconds on meatloaf. Oysters are the perfect aphrodisiac because they are easy and they also remind men of vaginas.

Close up of slicing lemons. Lemon juice squirts everywhere.

INA: Isn’t that smell just wonderful?

All Praise Ina doesn’t realize I can’t smell through the television except, wait,
can I?

Close up of her shucking oysters and explaining her first sexual experience with Jeffrey, which was gentle, sweet, and orgasmic. That was not what happened to me.

She plates the oysters on a silver platter they got as a wedding present from an actual Princess.

INA: How easy was that?

Exterior of beautiful East Hampton house I will never afford.

Commercial break where I remember I’m allergic to shellfish and can never shuck oysters for any man.

Has someone turned the theme music into a ringtone yet and how do I purchase?

INT. GARTEN KITCHEN — SAME

Goddess Ina is putting the final oyster on ice.

INA: Now, I can say our sex life is pretty healthy but not without a few tricks. I’ve sent Jeffrey to my favorite sex shop on the way home from work for an orange-flavored lube. It will compliment the strawberries and really bring out the orange in the Grand Marnier perfectly, don’t you think? Now let’s just hope he doesn’t forget…

EXT. HAMPTONS ROAD — AFTERNOON

Adorable Jeffrey drives in a convertible with the top down going a little too fast for my liking.

JEFFREY: Ina and I have been having sex for so long, I know every curve of her body blindfolded. Still, she always continues to surprise me. For our 20th, we traveled to Paris and we did it on the top of the Eiffel Tower. Honestly, I don’t know what was a better view — the lights of Paris, or my wife.

Sweet, Sweet Jeffrey pulls up to the quaintest artisanal sex shop. Along with handcrafted dildos, they also make their own soaps. The soaps are shaped like penises.

INT. SEX SHOP NAMED SOMETHING DELICATE LIKE “BLOSSOMS”

Confused but Ever-Earnest Jeffrey looks at a display case of lube, puzzled.

JEFFREY (to no one): I think this is where the edible lube is… (reading labels) chocolate, strawberry, raspberry… I know Ina and she won’t settle for raspberry. Hmm…

A sales associate takes Cute-as-a-button but Smart-as-a-Whip Jeffrey’s shoulders and turns him around. A-ha! A whole display of different organic, orange-flavored lubes.

Cut to the sales associate gift-wrapping the lube. He asks Husband-of-the-Year Jeffrey if he has any special plans tonight.

Jeffrey: Yes, I’m going to blow myself! (pause) I’m joking, just sweet lovemaking with my wonderful wife.

He winks to the sales associate and, more importantly, giggles to himself as he walks out.

INT. GARTEN KITCHEN — SAME

Back to the kitchen. My Precious Ina starts preparing the quail.

A pound of butter is dropped onto a skillet. Ina tells us how she and Jeffrey once used butter as a lubricant but it was too messy and I’m learning so much.

Lots of garlic and salt are also used. She puts the quail in the oven.

She prepares the Grand Marnier chocolate-covered strawberries.

Close up on chopping very expensive chocolate. My Wise Ina explains why she and Jeffrey decided not to have kids but I’m not listening because I know the reason is because they haven’t met me yet and when they do, they will adopt me. I’m in my twenties and it would be great to get on their insurance.

Close up on washing the most beautiful strawberries I’ve ever seen. She renders the chocolate in a pan. Close up of the bottle of Grand Marnier pouring into the chocolate. The alcohol pours for, no joke, an entire minute of silence.

INA (trancelike): I’m getting very horny.

Commercial break. What does it mean to kill your idols and whoever said that, is he in jail?

The instrumental returns and will be stuck inside my head for seven days.

INT. GARTEN BEDROOM — EVENING

Classic Ina has transformed into Sexy Ina. She seductively poses on the bed in an oversized denim button down with a lace-trimmed popped collar and there is an extra twinkle in her eye, the kind of twinkle that only shines when a woman knows she is about to get laid. Candles are lit, the champagne is poured and the oysters are displayed, license-free Spanish guitar plays in the background.

INA: And now for the final touch!

She pulls out a small blue pill and places it at the base of a champagne flute. We hear a door opening.

INA: Jeffrey’s home!

Giddy Jeffrey enters, smiling. They kiss.

JEFFREY: Oh Ina! This is wonderful!

INA: Happy Sexiversary!

She raises her flute of champagne. Non-threatening Jeffrey grabs for his, sees the pill, and pops in his Viagra. He pulls out the lube and she smiles. He raises his champagne and they cheers. A kiss turns French turns make-out. They stop and look directly at the camera.

JEFFREY: Some privacy?

EXT. GARTEN BEDROOM DOOR

We hear a few seconds of primal humping outside the bedroom door.

INT. GARTEN BEDROOM — LET’S SAY 20ish MINUTES LATER

My future mama and papa have just finished making love. They lie in bed, flushed-faced and sweaty. Empty oyster shells everywhere.

JEFFREY: Wow, that was amazing!

My Clever Ina leans over to the nightstand, which is also a warming oven. She pulls out two small roasted quails on a tray.

JEFFREY: What’s this?

INA: What goes better with missionary than garlic roasted quail?

They begin eating with their hands, juices everywhere. I reconsider everything about I know about myself as a lover, friend, and taxpayer.

JEFFREY: This reminds me of the quail we had in Paris!

INA: Everything reminds you of Paris!

Suddenly a primal Jeffrey looks at a primal Ina eating her quail right off the bone. Overcome with passion, he throws his quail over his shoulder and climbs on top of her.

JEFFREY: Camera people, get out!

EXT. GARTEN BEDROOM DOOR — AGAIN

More primal humping sounds. A Pinterest-esque sign that reads ‘You Will Forever Be My Always’ falls off the door.

INT. GARTEN BEDROOM — 2–6 HOURS LATER

These soulmates lie with each other in unity and know no greater joy than that. Me either.

JEFFREY: Wow, the last time we did that, Reagan was still in office!

INA: I have one last surprise…

She pulls out a pan of about 100 chocolate covered strawberries from under the bed.

INA: Open wide!

She feeds him and then herself. They Eskimo kiss and are the only couple south of the Yukon to do so.

INA: I love you.

JEFFREY: I love you too Ina. Always and forever.

They snuggle and begin to fall asleep.

INA: What do you want to dream about tonight?

JEFFREY: Let’s go back to Paris.

INA: Wonderful, see you there soon. Bonne nuit, mon amour.

The sweet lullaby of the theme song soothes us all to sleep.

Madeline Hester lives in Chicago now. She’s on Twitter, but mostly Instagram.


The Sexy Yet Tasteful Yet Erotic Episode of “Barefoot Contessa” was originally published in The Hairpin on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

06 Dec 19:16

Fiona Apple’s Donald Trump Christmas Song Is Good — You Can Trust Me

by Kelly Conaboy
Christal

cuuuuute

I know it sounds like it’s going to be bad and in some ways it is but I promise you that it is also good (if you like Fiona Apple; I’m not sure if you do).

Image: Michael Stillwell

Fiona Apple has a Christmas song already, remember? Oh. I’m just noticing this now: she has more than one. She has two! The one I was thinking of was this one, “Frosty the Snowman”:

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A Fiona Apple original, I believe.

She also does a live cover of “Please Come Home for Christmas.” Here’s a recording of that, at the beginning of which she says “Happy Hanukkah” because she “always feels so weird about just, like, Christmas.” Haha. I love her!

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Today, coming from Pitchfork, she released a new Christmas song. I’ll ask you not to judge it too harshly from the title. I admit that I clicked on the link to the Pitchfork post because I read the title and thought “I hate this” and I was curious to see how much I was going to hate it. I know you’re going to read the title and think “I hate this,” and that’s fine. We can’t help how we feel about anything, let alone song titles. It’s called “Trump’s Nuts Roasting on an Open Fire.” And it sounds beautiful!

You can listen to it at this Fiona Apple fan Tumblr for some reason.

And here are the lyrics:

Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire
as he keeps nipping at his foes.
You’ll cry creepy uncle
every time he arrives,
for he keeps clawing at your clothes.
Everybody knows some money and entitlement
can help to make the season white.
Mothers of color with their kids out of sight
will find it hard to sleep at night.
They know that Trump is on his way.
he’s got black boys in hoodies locked up on his sleigh.
And every working man is going to cry
when they learn that letch don’t care how you live or if you die.
So I’m offering this simple phrase
to kids from 1 to 92.
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you
Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas
Donald Trump, fuck you!

Haha. I know. But that voice!

I love it.


Fiona Apple’s Donald Trump Christmas Song Is Good — You Can Trust Me was originally published in The Hairpin on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

01 Oct 16:00

Pearls Oh My

by Amy Bunch
Christal

Amy has a pair of $23 pants that have been in her closet unworn for FOUR YEARS (and maybe moved them to a foreign country and back?) and she doesn't even have an ounce of shame about it. This is like, normal levels of hoarding for so many people. Boggles my mind.

Pearls Oh My

Remix Outfit

  • Beige Cardigan with Crochet Back From The PX~ .93 Cents
  • Maroon Tank Top Hand Me Down From H
  • White Lace Cami From Forever 21~3.59
  • Brown Dress Pants From Target~22.99
  • Brown Belt From Abercrombie Birthday Gift From Ant (2006)
  • Pearl Necklace From CR~4.79
  • Double Pearl Earrings From I Am~ 5.95 Euro(6.67 Dollars)
  • Pearl Bobbie Pins From Forever 21~2.80
  • Beige Loafer Wedding Anniversary Gift From Ant (2015)
Pearls Oh My

Happy Friday Everyone! The last couple of day here in Maryland. Have been super rainy. Which today is no different. So therefor I had to take my outfit photo's indoor today. Which I need to find a better spot in my house to take photos. Since I'm not a fan of these. 

Pearls Oh My

For today work outfits. I busted out these brown pants again. Which I have been loving. I can't believe I let them sit in the closet for 4 years. Before pulling them out again. Don't be surprised if you see them on the blog a lot this fall time. 

Pearls Oh My

To make this outfit not be all brown again. I added a maroon/purple tank top to it. To add a pop of color. To make this outfit more girly and dressy. I added my favorite pearls to it. 

Thursday Moda with Elegance and MommyhoodA Labour of Life The Closet by Christie

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY!

24 Aug 20:25

When I find out the cute guy I just met also has a decent job

11 Jun 01:22

Drinkspire: A New Product

by sarah miller
Christal

perfect

Check In Before You Check Out

Photo: Leo Hidalgo/Flickr.

Life is a battle. Democrat vs. Republican, believers in science vs. people who think chicken stock cures tooth decay, people who will yell at other people for eating almonds because of the drought vs. people who are like, “Yes, I know, I read it too, I’m eating them anyway, fuck off.” That’s why we created Drinkspire. You wear Drinkspire on your bra or waistband. It senses how you’re feeling, and helps you — the wretched, the wronged party, the merely mildly irritated or fatigued — make decisions about how badly you need a drink.

Drinkspire empowers you to get clear on the level of consciousness you can reasonably inhabit given the status of your relationships, finances, and general sense of well-being. Put simply, Drinkspire helps you feel your feelings and then figure out how and when to stop feeling them.

Drinkspire is easy to use. Our exclusive algorithm is backed by weeks of research and machine learning and also people learning. It involved asking hundreds of participants — we were going to ask thousands of people but then we were like, ‘no, we get it’ — honest questions about their lives. We got honest answers. About careers, about families, about relationships. We pored over the data to determine which occasions, emotional quandaries and stressors might lead people to want a drink. A number from 1–10 was assigned for each possible situation, one being “certain to never inspire a desire to have a drink” and 10 being “will definitely inspire a desire to have a drink.”

Drinkspire is smart. It measures your breathing and how many times you’ve Googled things like “how do I know if I have a hernia”, “what’s this thing on my bra” and “bar near me” to determine the correct number corresponding to your situation (No situation registers less than a seven). It automatically enters this number, then automatically calculates your heart rate and enters this as well. There’s an optional sensory pad for measuring saliva acidity. (Normal saliva acidity is generally between a pH 6.5 and 7.5 — also the range experts point to as the most optimal for having a drink.) Then you answer a few more questions about your immediate environment — Do you have children? Did you see them today? Do your neighbors live next door to you? Do you feel like an idiot sometimes? Do you feel like an idiot right now? — and then it gives you a simple yes or no answer as to whether right now is the right time for a drink.

People all over the word are using Drinkspire to feel happier, be more pleasant company, and increase their tolerance for disappointment. As of today over 50 million healing drinks have already been administered to Drinkspire users.

Drinkspire shows you that it is indeed possible to tell the difference between reasons to have a drink and things merely masquerading as reasons. It also learns with you, so that over time, you will develop unprecedented clarity about whether you even care to make these distinctions.

If you’re ready to take the guesswork out of one of life’s most common decisions, you’re ready for Drinkspire.

Drinkspire comes with exclusive meditations guided by Spuds Mackenzie and the Dos Equis meme guy.

Testimonials:

Lynn, 35
Having four kids had me automatically reaching for the Yellowtail Chardonnnay every single night. After a week of using Drinkspire I realized I needed to start drinking Bourbon. I now detach from reality right away, instead of sitting around waiting for fifteen minutes.

Bob, 65
At the end of the day, I used to be like, Do I really need a drink? Drinkspire is like duuuuuuuuhhhhhhh which is awesome.

Ash, 27
Not only have I learned a lot about whether I need a drink, I have learned a lot about my emotions and how quickly they respond to alcohol. I actually feel like Drinkspire is a friend.


Drinkspire: A New Product was originally published in The Hairpin on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

 

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10 Jun 14:35

Ariana Grande – Into You

by edwardo
Christal

THIS SONG IS THE BEST

Today’s artists all start with an “A.” But who among them will earn one?


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Josh Winters: And just like that, I’m gay again.
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Katherine St Asaph: Overproduction kills; the verse is continually interrupted by someone making lewd sounds with a Speak and Spell, and the chorus is crowded where it should be throbbing. But elsewhere, there’s atmosphere, and it’s deadly palpable.
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Alfred Soto: Many colleagues love Dangerous Woman, and after the title track and this single I’m still not hearing what they do. I suppose Grande’s decision to sing the verses in a worn soprano evokes the Mariah Carey of “Touch My Body,” adduced in a line also alluding to Elvis. The chorus is more urgent despite itself. This is a pro forma electropop, with none of Carly Rae Jepsen’s jangled nerves or Demi Lovato’s immersion in the physical.
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Lauren Gilbert: I love the breathy intro; it showcases Ariana’s vocal talents, and is the sexiest thing she’s ever released, the beat pulsing underneath like a heartbeat. The bass drops in with the chorus and that magic is lost; a lighter hand would have been better here. Even the music video matches, transitioning from purple-tinged desert scenes to Getting Down In Da Club. The “ooo-ooo-oooh” hook is perfect; not every song needs to be a club banger, and this one could be so much more.
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Taylor Alatorre: Yeah, we get it, Ariana is no way “dangerous” and likely never will be. Neither is Halloween, but that doesn’t stop thousands of grown-ass adults from dressing as Sexy Vampires and Slutty Cacodaemons every year. Maybe the costume metaphor is a bit too on-the-nose given the album cover, but still, you gotta know those ears are there for a reason. Point is, by now Ariana is well beyond the need to prove her maturity to anyone. She’s in better command of her voice than ever, and she’s carved out a stable niche for herself in the pop universe: the Aguilera-level talent who’s able to stay on top of emerging trends. On this song, she winds herself around a blocky synthwave pattern while prodding us with little subversions and ironies — solving a “Before and After” puzzle with Elvis and Mariah lyrics, and belting out her desire for secrecy in the most public manner possible. The Weeknd wishes he could still make pseudo-danger sound this fun.
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Ryo Miyauchi: Ariana hasn’t been great with confidentiality on record. Her vocal style has best suited all-out declarations, like her last straight-up synth-pop banger, the Zedd-produced “Break Free.” So it stumps me when she sells her want to “let’s keep it secret” on her synth-heavy follow-up “Into You” and somehow succeeds. And oh, she tries: she resorts to whispers and sighs while the beat pounds muted and muffled. But this is an Ariana song, where resistance is eventually proven futile in the shape of belted vocals and a sizzling drop. The difference here is that the tension of silence plays more important to deliver the thrilling confession — “I’m so into you” — than the big release. For perhaps the first time with Ariana, “Into You” is about keeping a secret as much as it is about revealing them.
[9]

Will Adams: In which Grande calls on the dark pulse of “Love Me Harder” while sharpening everything around it to lethal levels. The chorus synthbass churns up a tempest and is one of my favorite sounds in pop music this year, but Grande stands at the ready to hold attention in the quieter moments. When she sings how she’s “waiting for you to make a move… before I make a move,” it’s convincing, and for the first time in any of her singles, there are real stakes.
[8]

Patrick St. Michel: It always takes time for people the best way they should approach something new. Ariana Grande’s “Break Free” was the sound of EDM bandwagoning, a collab with Zedd that sounded like…well, Zedd, which isn’t bad on its own. But it totally erased anything interesting about Grande in favor of this is what young people are listening to now, we gotta do it! “Into You” improves immensely on the EDM formula, avoiding the painfully obvious — this is, the part where, the drop comes — in favor of actual tension, which makes the hook (and Grande’s skippy invocation of the title) all the more memorable.
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Edward Okulicz: Couldn’t believe at first listen that Grande hadn’t already released a song called “Into You.” Glad she hadn’t as this is nearly the ideal of the concepts (both of being into someone, and of being Ariana Grande). I love how the chorus’s lyrical hook is part Elvis, part Fall Out Boy, part Mariah. I love how the haze of the electropop sounds like it’s hiding something like the scandal the lyrics evoke. And most of all, it’s a delight how Grande’s been allowed to do it herself without some kind of gross cameo from someone else to underline the sexiness of it when she does it fine herself.
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Danilo Bortoli: In a year in which pop music seems to revolve around conceptualism (Beyoncé and Rihanna act as proof), Ariana Grande is one of the most reliable pop stars we have right now precisely because she is who pop music wants her to be. She has been the manic pixie dream girl and the heartbreaker (all at once) but, currently, she is Christina Aguilera in her Back to Basics era (minus the botched production). Yet, “Into You” makes all these comparisons seem utterly irrelevant. This is one of her simplest songs. The narrative? Infatuation, not love. The production? It is predictable, yet predictability is underrated when it comes to pop music. It’s also as urgent as flares are supposed to be. And, as one would expect, Max Martin is in here, yet “Into You” is by no means “perfect pop”. It is, in fact, more than that. “Into You” is supposed to depict that very specific scenario that comes with those early stages of infatuation: having no specific time, place or consequences to worry about. It’s deeply cliché of course. This can’t last: it is step to maturity after all. Someone will have to deal with what is to come — the night after, the consequences — later. For that, there is always replay.
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Cassy Gress: I’m still not sure that I buy Ariana Grande as a “dangerous woman,” and those “wooooooo”s right after “been waiting for you to make a move” sound less like her and more like her lover deciding to show off his falsetto for some reason, but “so into you, into you, into you” is exactly what falling into bed sounds like. And those spectacularly gritty synths sound like, well, like a sandblasted metal guardrail on the side of the road at night, which I am told is not actually a thing that exists but there you go.
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Brad Shoup: Grande’s cadence on the hook is, essentially, iconic. The verses are low-energy because, I guess, what wouldn’t be, but that vocalization on the two and four could’ve been boosted. But it’s one of those hits where the tide’s coming for the chorus. I guess that’s what usually makes something a hit.
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William John: Ariana Grande has always struck me as extremely self-aware, or, at the very least, as woke as the rest of us to the idiosyncrasies of pop and meme culture to which she herself belongs. In that context, I wonder whether the stress she places on the “t” of “on it” in the chorus is a folded-arms response to the reputation she has gathered these past few years as Her Majesty the Marble-Mouthed. The cleaner enunciation is not the only improvement here from her more recent output. Muscular synths are thrown around the place like a Berghain bodyguard wielding a sledgehammer, and just when you’re ready to catch your breath, a blindsiding middle eight of laser beams stops you in your tracks. The way the coquettish come-on “a little less conversation, a little more touch my body” is delivered has me ransacking my drawers for my own set of bunny ears.
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Peter Ryan: Maybe it makes sense that they waited until the weather’s moving from “pleasantly warm” to ugh just hot in many parts of the American market to give this the push it deserves. It’s blessedly a dry heat, toasted crisp but not brittle, skating along a razor’s edge with lava on either side, putting across “danger” and “focus” much more convincingly than, well, you know… I need more opportunities to embarrass myself in public to this so let’s get it on all the formats/algorithms/however songs end up piped into spaces yesterday thanks. Bonus: I can understand every single word.
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18 Mar 03:05

Happy St. Patrick Day

by Amy Bunch
Christal

"I used to be a person."

Happy St. Patrick Day

Happy St. Patrick Day Everyone. Here a few green outfits. That I have worn over the last couple of weeks. I used to be a person. Who didn't like wearing green. Now that i have gotten old. I find that I actually like wearing it. 

Happy St. Patrick Day

I don't have any St. Patrick day related plan for today.  Ant and me are going on a mini day trip. Which should be a lot of fun.  Also it will be nice to spend sometime with him. 

Happy St. Patrick Day

HAVE A GREAT THRUSDAY!

27 Nov 20:17

WIWW: GRYFFINDOR

by Amy Bunch
Christal

THE MAKEUP. THE PHOTOSHOP. THE BUN.

WIWW: GRYFFINDOR
  • Gryffindor Sweatshirt From The Making Of Harry Potter~ 47.95 Pounds (72.37 Dollars)
  • Maroon Hi-Rise Jegging From American Eagle~ 9.60 
  • Grey Ball Earring From HIT~ .50 Euro Cents (.57 US Cents)
  • Custom Grey Ugg From Burresi~ 219.00 Euro(296.91 Dollars)
WIWW: GRYFFINDOR

Happy Wednesday Everyone. For today work outfit. I decide to go with an easy and comfy outfit. I got this sweatshirt at the making of Harry Potter. Which it is super comfortable and warm.  Which is prefect for today. Since its a cold day out with snow on the ground. 

WIWW: GRYFFINDOR

As for my hair goes. I'm having a bad hair day. So I decide to try the mini bun. Which I'm kind of digging it. So don't be surprise if I wear my hair like this more.  

pleated poppy

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY!

06 Nov 16:57

alison moritsugu

by the jealous curator

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Woods on wood. Oh my… this is the gorgeous work of New York based Alison Moritsugu. Forgotten chunks of wood bound for the mulcher become the perfect canvas for these stunning, strangely traditional, landscapes {and bathing beauties!}. So smart. So beautiful. If you’re in New York this fall, her work will be showing at Littlejohn Contemporary from November 12 through December 12. I’m going to miss it by four days. Damn.

{via Colossal}

16 Sep 20:08

Review: Wolford Sheer Touch

by Amy Bunch
Christal

Woah Amy! So proud of her for in bracing her body type.

Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review: I was given the Sheer Touch Bra and Panty from Wolford. For review purpose's. All opinions are my own.

Review: Wolford Sheer Touch Review: Wolford Sheer Touch

Hello Everyone.  Today I'm stepping out of my comfort zone to being you this review. I'm no shape or form a model. I'm just an average women. Who in braces her body type.  Now that I got that out of the way. Lets get on to the review. 

Wolford was nice to send me a couple items from there Sheer Touch Line to try out.  They sent me over there sheer touch bandeau bra. In the color rosepowder. This light pink color is a great alternative to wearing a nude color bra.  Since the light pink is so light. You can wear the bra under a white shirt and have no problem with people seeing your bra. 

Which is one thing I hate. Also this Sheer Touch Bandeau Bra was prefect to wear under my pink lace sweater. Beside the color of this bra being prefect. I love the was it feel on. The materiel feel so nice against your skin. 

Also this bra doesn't have your normal bra straps to it. The bra strap on the  sheer touch bandeau bra sit on the side of the bra. Which also make the bra very comfortable to wear. I have worn this bra for more then 12 hours one day and was comfortable in it the whole day. Whats great about this bra is it feels like your not wearing one. 

The Sheer Touch Panty feel the same way as the bra. Which is pure amazing.  Both of these products run true to size.  On a scale from 1 to 10. I would give both of these items a 10. 

If you haven't try out any of Wolford product before. I highly recommend that you do. Not only is this bra and panty set amazing. They also carry many more product like legging. Which you can read my review on them HERE

Wondering where you can find Wolford product at. You can buy there product online or in on of there shops. Which they have shop in 16 country. 

I do deClaire

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!

20 Aug 01:35

Monthly Recipe: Hot Dog Mac N Cheese

by Amy Bunch
Christal

EVEN THE UNCOOKED MACARONI LOOKS GROSS SOMEHOW. and someone needs to teach Amy how a roux works.

Monthly Recipe: Hot Dog Mac N Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups milk 
  • 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese (any kind, mild, medium or sharp), divided
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Package of Hot Dog (I used the organic kind)
Monthly Recipe: Hot Dog Mac N Cheese

Directions

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees F (175 Degree C)
  • Cook Macaroni according to the package for al dente
  • In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat; stir in flour and salt until smooth
  • Gradually whisk in the milk, bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thicken
  • Reduce heat and stir in 3 cups of cheese and worcestershire until melted
  • Drain macaroni and add to cheese sauce
  • Transfer to a 9x9 pan and bake, uncover for 20 minutes, Top with rest of the cheese
  • Bake for 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Boil you hot dogs
  • After hot dogs and macaroni is cooked, Add them together. 

Hello Everyone. I'm back with another recipe of the month. This month I'm showing you all how to make mac n cheese with hot dogs. This is a dish my mother in law used to make all the time. When I was at her house. 

My husband want mac n cheese one night. So I plan on making that for him. I happen to notice that we had a couple of hot dog in the fridge. So I asked him if he would like hot dog mac n cheese. Which he said yes.  So there for I made Mac n Cheese with hot dogs.  This dish sure reminds me of home. Its not the healthiest but it sure is a comfort food for us. 

Garay Treasures

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY! 

11 Aug 16:22

“The X-Files” Conspiracy Theory That Will BLOW YOUR MIND

by Haley Mlotek
Christal

I love this so much


I really loved the Motherboard interview with the science advisor for the popular and entirely accurate documentary series, The X-Files.

Anne Simon is a virologist and professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and she wrote a book about her time as the science adviser for Chris Carter called The Real Science Behind the X-Files. It turns out lots of people thought the science was… not real enough?

I used to get some hate mail about how I was promoting pseudoscience and conspiracies and I just tried to ignore all that because it’s a science fiction show—it’s not supposed to be real—but what the scientists do on the show, that I wanted to make real. They’re trying to come up with explanations for some pretty strange things—that’s what we do as scientists. We see things and we try to come up with explanations for how they work—and that’s what Scully was trying to do.

Yeah, like, I know there’s no science behind a serial killer who remains immortal by crawling through your ducts and bursting in while you’re taking a shower and then kidnapping you and eating your liver but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to double check my ducts before I take a shower for the rest of my life!!

Actually, the only pseudoscientific conspiracy theory I’m interested in propagating is my longtime conviction that Mulder and Scully started fucking in the very first episode of The X-Files. I have fought about this with so many fellow nerds that I’ve basically adopted a “Don’t @ Me” policy in real life about it, like just accept and respect my beliefs, and I’ll do the same with yours. But. Ok. You know in the pilot episode when Scully thinks she’s been bitten by whatever thing they’re in the middle of nowhere investigating? I could look this up but I’m kind of enjoying doing this by memory. ANYWAY, she thinks she’s been bitten, and she knocks on Mulder’s door, and she’s wearing JUST A TRENCH COAT OVER HER BRA AND UNDERWEAR, and she SHOWS HIM JUST HER SHOULDER, and he TOUCHES THE BITE and SMILES and says “IT’S JUST A MOSQUITO BITE”? Like. I’m wet just remembering this. Are you telling me that they DIDN’T immediately have “wow I’m not going to die and I’m so relieved” sex right then and there? And that they weren’t kind of casually fucking every so often, which accounts for Scully’s gentle exasperation in the face of Mulder’s endearing but annoying paranoia? She just constantly has this expression of, like, “Ugh you’re annoying the shit out of me right now but that D was so good last night that I’m just going to shake my head and let it go.” Which is an expression I know well.

Don’t @ me.

20 Apr 19:49

Happy 420: HBO Picks Up High Maintenance for Six-Episode Season

by Andy Cush
Christal

YAAAASSSS I love high maintenance

HBO and the creators of High Maintenance picked a conspicuous date to announce that the fantastic weed-centric web series has been picked up for a six-episode season on the premium cable network. Happy 420! The best show on the internet is coming to your TV.

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06 Apr 14:13

Liebster award

by Amy Bunch
Christal

The mystery is solved! We finally know where "Amy Fashion Blog" comes from.

Liebster award

Hello Everyone. I was nominated for a Liebster award by Cocktails & Catwalk and Clutter Box.  The Liebster award is for bloggers who have under 200 followers. Since I restarted my blog over again. With my own domain. I had to start all over again with my followers. So there for I have less then 200 followers. 

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog, and what’s it about?

To tell you the truth I didn't put a lot of thought in to my blog name when I made it 4 years ago. I went with Amy in the title. Since that't my name. Since I was going to write about my clothes. I decided to call my blog Amy's Fashion Blog


2. Can you give 11 random facts about yourself?

  • I enjoy running
  • I have live in Germany for a totally of 2 years now but all in all 4 years.
  • I enjoy cooking and baking
  • In 4 month I will be turning 30
  • I broke my leg in the 1st grade
  • I hate being late to things
  • I have gone to Paris. More then one time
  • I a huge shoe collection
  • Summer is my favorite season
  • I love the color pink
  • I got married when I was 19. 

3. What is something you’ve been loving lately?

I have been loving a lot of things lately. Some thing are music, the weather and reading books. 
4. What is it you love most about blogging?

I love the blogging community. Plus meet new people. 


5. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

  • That there would be peace in the world
  • People won't be able to get sick
  • That we cloud be whatever size we want to be and not be judge

6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?

I get my blog inspiration from other blogger, people on the street and from my closet.


7. What is one country in the world you would like to visit? Why?

There a lot of country I want to see. So its hard to just pick one. 


8. If you have kids or pets? Tell me about your babies.

I have a dog name Priscilla. Who lives with my In-laws back in the states.


9. A long-lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it?

I would save it to help my family that in need of the money. 


10. What is something you do when you need to take time for yourself?

I will go on a walk or run. Plus paint my nails and take some me time. 


11. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

In five year I see myself back in the states and growing my family numbers bigger. 

 

nominated everyone who has under 200 follower for this award. 

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY!!

 

30 Jan 14:15

My Week Days

by Amy Fashion Blog
Christal

Kinda jealous of Amy's simple life


Picture for 2011

6 am~ Alarm clocks goes off.
6:30 am~ Roll out of bed and find my slippers.

7 am~ Start making breakfast, Lately it been eggs and toast for breakfast. Some day I will do a slim fast shake.
7:30 am~ After breakfast I get ready for the day. Then pack my husband a lunch

8:00 am~ Take blog photo's if it a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Otherwise I'm checking e-mail and things.


8:20 am~ Make the bed and open the blinds up.
8:30 am~ Out the door to take my husband to work.

9:00 am~ Grocery store to get items we need.  
9:30 am~ Home and putting the grocery away and clean the kitchen. 
10 am~ Write my blog post for the day and have it schedule to go up at 11 am
After 10 am. I will clean the house and run errand I need to run. Also read some blog post.

1 pm ~  Lunch time~ Normal I will eat a sandwich.
After Lunch I will read some blog if I don't have anything else plan in the after noon. Each day varies 
3:30 pm ~ check my po. box.
4 pm~ Pick my husband up from work and head to the gym.

5 to 6pm working out at the gym.
A little after 6 pm we head home and shower.
6:30 pm make dinner
7 pm eat dinner and then clean the kitchen up 
7:30 pm We watch some TV show. Lately we have been doing thing around the house.
9:30 pm~ Get ready for bed.
10 Pm~ In bed.
Hello Everyone. Today I thought I would share what I do on a daily base. Each day is different from the next.  Thing that stay the same on a daily base is blogging, taking blog photo's and working out. These last few weeks have been spent moving the house around. Which I love the outcome. Each room now has a purpose's again. 
I told you all yesterday that I brought a rug on Saturday. Well we went to lay it down last night. The rug is coming undone. So I will be returning it back to the store here soon. I'm hoping they have a the same one. Since we loved it and it would prefect with the new furniture. 

HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY. 
27 Jan 00:21

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

by Amy Fashion Blog
Christal

Blonde Amy is so inspiring.



Hello Everyone. On Wednesday January 21, 2015, Ananya Tale  nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger award.  If you haven't read her blog. You need to go check it out. Thanks again Ananya Tales for nominating me for this award. 
Rules:

1.Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
2.List the rules and display the award.
3.Share seven facts about yourself.
4.Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.


1. I love painting my finger nail and toenail. My toenail are only paint in the warmer months.

2. Chili is one of my favorite meal to make in the colder month's

3. I have been wear glasses since the 4th grade. I'm blind without them. Lucky I can wear contacts. I can't tell you how many walls and thing I have ran in to without my glasses or contacts in.

4. I love wearing vest. I own 10 vest. 

5. I used to be a blonde. All thru my teen year I used to dye my hair. Then one day I decide to go back to my natural hair color. Which is what my hair color is now.

6. Clothes and shoe are my weakness. I have a good amount of brand new shoe and clothes with tags on them. 


7. I have a pink computer tower.

I nominate for VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD1. Endless Bliss2.Weekend Style Book. 3. Beautify 4. Her Late Night Cravings 5. Sunny Days and Starry Nights6.  At the Pink of Perfection 7. Not Fancy, Just Life8. Elegance and Mommyhood9. A Labour of Life10. ElleSees11. Two Birds12.  I do deClaire13. The Rachael Way14.  Simply Sassy's Style15.  a southern style
HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY. 
15 Jan 22:14

Home with Heart: A Classical Modern Belgian Family Home

by decor8

Hey guys! It’s Holly Marder and I’m back again this month to take you through another inspiring interior for my Homes with Heart column. This month, I’m excited to introduce you to Dutch designer Christian Kocx, whose beautiful home in Belgium was the subject behind my lens in late October. Blending the home’s original, classical features with his minimalist sense of style, this home intrigued me from the moment I stepped inside. Let’s take a look around, shall we?

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Christian and his partner Isabel Dooms have called this 1925 historic Turnhout, Belgium, property home since they purchased it back in 2007, sharing it with their three children Mathias, Charlotte and Floris. “When we saw the house for the first time we fell in love with the façade, and when we entered the hallway we where blown away by all the details and the character of it all.” The property’s opulent Jugendstill details, are offset by contemporary elements which the couple brought in “to balance the palette”.

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“My style is a mix of classical and contemporary details,” explains Christian. “This creates an interesting dialogue in which both get to have an equal say. They strengthen each other and create a balance. Like ying and yang or black and white. By keeping the colour scheme simple, all the attention goes to the architectural details.” The home’s interior employs a minimal colour palette of black, white, grey and touches of brass throughout, with the entryway tiling and accessories in their contemporary loft living room the only hints of colour used. “I like to use colour to the accentuate the detail in my home, and it’s also the element that connects both of the styles,” Christian says. 

The house offered several attractive qualities already, which, though work needed to be done to the property, were a huge selling point. “Thankfully, all the original details were preserved,” Christian says. “We loved the history of it. We added our own contemporary touch with respect for the building.” 

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The couple had to replace the roof and at the same time, created a contemporary family loft filled with natural light. “It’s a nice contrast to the dark, historic part of the 1925 home.” In this large and light space featuring exposed wooden beams, a floor to ceiling bookcase fills one side of the room, concealing the television. Not to detract from the architectural details, a contemporary grey sofa and simplistic white sideboard are practical options for this family space. The brass side table by Rijuch and marble topped side table by Zuiver echo the opulence seen throughout the rest of the house. Cushions by Hay and Ferm Living add a dash of colour. The side chair is by Peli Design, with a home made cushion from Ikea fabric

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The entrance of the four-story house features original Jugendstill tiling in a muted colour palette, offering the only spattering of colour seen in the lower part of the house. The hallway is in fact one of the couple’s favourite parts of their home, alongside the lofty attic upstairs. They have offset the home’s classical features with a contemporary white console and a large antique chandelier which once belonged to Isabel’s parents. He rescued it from the attic and it now serves as an eye-catching object in their home’s entryway.

Furnishing their home has been an organic process that both Isabel and Christian have enjoyed. “By taking time to find just the right pieces of furniture and accessories, one item is added now and again creating a ‘new’ interior every time,” Christian says. “I can find so much joy in finding just that right piece to complete our interior. The most important is creating a home filled with objects the whole family can enjoy!” 

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For his period home, Christian has also created several items of furniture himself that form the basis of their contemporary classic aesthetic. The dining table was his own creation, a clean lined modern piece flanking a classical marble fireplace and antique writing desk. His highly modern table and chair set allows the centuries-old antiques to take centre stage, whilst offering the larger space striking contrast.

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Christian, a graduate from The Design Academy Eindhoven also designs a range of interior accessories with his label Mooi Goed. “I designed the Mooi Goed collection with the thought that I would like to have it in my own interior. The collection is, just like my interior, a mix of contemporary and classical details.” His minimalistic candle holders adorn the classical fireplace, amid ornate antique brass mirrors and marble, creating the contrast that Christian loves.

With a keen eye for design and a penchant for historical styles, a family friendly abode however is at the top of his agenda. “The most important is creating something the whole family loves living in. Practical and pretty. I can say that’s not always simple, but when I get it right I can enjoy it twice as much!”

I hope you guys enjoyed this peek inside this truly beautiful home. I wish you all a prosperous 2015! Looking forward to taking you through more lovely interiors this year here on decor8! – Holly

(Photography and Text by Holly Marder / Food styling: Ajda Mehmet)

10 Dec 23:02

When I get home and see my pets

Christal

literally me

05 Nov 03:39

http://handsomekenny.livejournal.com/124072.html

Christal

dudes, the old reader just gave me 17 "new" posts from nads' liveournal circa 2005. I don't understand it but god works in mysterious ways, "THESE ARE MY GIFTS", etc. ~*~**~

Someday Victoria Gotti, Lil Kim and I will all become best friends and we will go to plastic surgery parties and get nosejobs together.

Also, everything in the world smells like butter.
20 Oct 13:07

BBCA DAY 16: Review: Whirl A Style

by Amy Fashion Blog
Christal

GUYS SHE IS POORLY PHOTOSHOPPING HER PICTURES NOW ~*~*~**~ also I don't understand the ponytail extender

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purpose.  All opinions are my own.
REMIX OUTFITSupport the Cause T-Shirt From  CR~10.00(2009)Pink Tank Top From VS~16.50 or 2 for 24BCBG Black Cardigan From Bj's ~14.99 Normal 98.00 Wallflower Double Bling Belt Skinny Jean From The Px-29.00White Gem Earring From On Style 200 Czech Republic Koruny(9.78 Dollars)Small Hoop Earring From CR~4.00Impo thunder booties From DSW Christmas Gift From Hubby(2010)



Hello Everyone. Today I'm here to introduce you all to Whirl a-style. If you read my blog or even look at it. Then you know I love fun things to put in my hair. I find that a fun hair accessories can complete an outfit. So I was super happy even Whirl a-style contacted me to try out there fashion obsessed ponytail extender and 6" ponytail elastic. 
Whirl a-style was designed by Lois Sonstegard. She got the idea for this hair accessories when she  worked as a savvy entrepreneur with fabrics at her home furnishings company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One day she saw a whole bunch of leftover scraps of fabric scatted all over her office. One of her worker saw her struggling to carry the farbic around and gave her a rubber band. Then the idea for there hair accessories was born.
The  fashion obsessed ponytail extender come in all different colors and size's. The size you can get are 1 inch, 2 inch or 3 inch. I picked out the 3 inch one. Which with my hair length I wish I would have went with a size size down. Due to I think it would have looked a little better. Which I'm totally fine with the 3 inch one. Due to I'm growing my hair out. As for colors you can get Hot pink, Purple, Black , Cream and Copper. Which no surprise to anyone. I went with the pink one. 
The 6" ponytail elastic are so easy to use. You used them like any other ponytail holder. The neat thing with these ponytail elastic are you just undo them to get them out of your hair. So no more pulling a tugging on your hair to get the hair tie out. The fashion obsessed ponytail extender is fairly easy to use too. The only hard part I had was getting my hair thru the tiny hole in the front. The reason you pull some of your hair thru the hole is to make the extender stay up in your hair. Plus it won't fall out.
You can find Whirl a-style at these locating here. One Lucky winner can win there very own fashion obsessed ponytail extender and 6" ponytail elastic. *GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY*a Rafflecopter giveaway
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10 Oct 02:46

When I finally get home & someone asks me what I've been up to

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26 Sep 17:57

Yellow Leafs

by Amy Fashion Blog
Christal

I find yellow baby leafs. This whole post is an exercise in homophones.

REMIX/REDISCOVER OUTFITPeach Cardigan From Old Navy ~ 5.24Grey Shirt from VS-4.99 Calvin Klein Skirt Hand Me Down From a FriendPeach Silk Ribbon~ From my Peach Cardigan Pearl Earring From CR~2.40Pearl Necklace From CR-4.79White Knee High Sock From Target~2.00Cowgirl Boots From DSW-97.97
I find yellow baby leafs. 
Hello Everyone. I was planing on wearing my new skirt this week since it skirt week. I put it on this morning and couldn't figure out what to where with it. Special shoe. I'm thinking a pair of black flat with look good with the skirt but I don't own any right now. Due to I got rid of them because the were getting hole. I plan on getting a new pair here soon. Then I will be able to bust out my new skirts.
So with the new skirt out of the question. I decide to go with the midi skirt instead. Which this is the first time I have paired this cardigan with it. I have to tell you all. I love finding new ways to wear this skirt. Since the skirt and cardigan have a hint of grey in them. I paired a plain grey t-shirt under the cardigan. Which I haven't worn this grey t-shirt in almost two year. 
Not sure what our plans our for the weekend. Downtown Wiesbaden they are having a fall fest. So we might walk down there and check it out.
 I'm link up with Just Another Smith and This Ever Evolving Life for Skirt Week.
HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY. 
11 Aug 19:15

Inspiration Monday: Gwen Stefani

by Amy Fashion Blog
Christal

spot on as always, amy

 Gwen Stefani
J.Crew Red and White Stripe Shirt From The Recycling Center~FREE
Anchor Necklace From CR~4.99
Nine West Earrings From The Px
 Polaroid sunglasses won from ElleSees blog 11-20-12

Hello Everyone. Today I'm linking up with Two Birds for inspiration Monday. When I saw this picture last Monday. I knew it would be the prefect time to style this stripe shirt I find at the recycling center. I also got a nice suprise this morning. The jeans I have on fit me again. Which make me super happy. Since I haven't been able to wear them since March.  I have lost a total of 10 pounds and feeling amazing. Which I will be doing an update fitness post in a few weeks. 
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I hope you all have a great weekend. My was a good one. On Saturday we rearranged the living room in hope to get are computer desk in there. Which didn't work as plan. The desk won't fit. So now we are trying to sell are big black couch.  Then on Sunday we went downtown to watch two of are friends do the Wiesbaden Ironman. When we made it downtown. We find out one of are friends was sent to the hospital. Due to he got in a bicycle accident. Someone run in to his bike and he end up filling over his bike. As we were waiting on new on how he was doing. We watched are other friend do the half marathon part of the Ironman.  Half way thru the half marathon. We find out that our friend was okay. He got a good amount of road rash and also a bruised hip. After he left the hospital. He came and joined us to watch the rest of the race. After the race we had lunch. Then went and had a glasses of wine at the wine fest.

Also this week is going to be a little crazy for me. So going to apologize ahead of time if I don't make it over to your blogs this week. 


I do deClaire
*linking this post up to Confident two-day. at I do declaire. Since I felt amazing in it.*

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY.
04 Aug 21:08

The Sunflower Award

by Amy Fashion Blog
Christal

I enjoy hanging out with my family and family


Hello Everyone. A week ago I was nominated for the sunflower awards by Jackie form  Beautify. Thank you Jackie. Make sure you go check out her awesome blog. 

The rules are as follow:
Share 11 Fact about yourself
Answer the question set by the blogger that nominated you
Nominate bloggers
Set 7 questions for nominated bloggers

11 Facts About Me
1. I have curly hair but like to wear it straight
2. I can wear shoe from a size 7 to 8.
3.  I enjoy hanging out with my family and family
4.  I got married on Friday 13th
5.  I'm a caring person 
6. I get cranky when I'm  hungry or sleepy
7. I love Strawberries
8.  I have gone 6 month without buying clothes
9.  I enjoy making people happy
10. I have always wanted to get a tattoo but not brave enough
11. I enjoy running

1-What are your expectation for your blog?
My expectation for my blog is for people to be able to come to it and find inspiration. Also for it to put a smile on your face.  

2- What topics you prefer to read?
I prefer to read about fashion and makeup

3- If you were at the mall and have one choice,
 what would you buy clothes or makeup?
Clothes

4- Favorite Movie of 2014?
Don't have one. Since I haven't seen many movies this year. 
5- Which you prefer yogurt or ice cream?
Ice Cream

6- Your favorite hobbie?
Blogging

7- Do you get intimidated by others?
No

Here are my Nominees

1. What your favorite Color?
2. What's your dream vacation?
3. What's your favorite trend?
4. What are your blog expectation for your blog?
5. What is your dream job?
6. How will you describe your style? 
7. What's your favorite season?

HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY.
01 Aug 22:35

luis cornejo

by the jealous curator
Christal

Love these




The little girl in me that wanted to be Snow White and or Cinderella, is just as happy as the teenage me that spent countless hours reading fashion magazines… but you know what I love the most? That all of this is painted! At first pass, I thought these were fashion photographs that had been painted over with cartoonie bits, but nope, all of these images are oil and acrylic on linen. Yep, I absolutely love that El Salvador based artist Luis Cornejo basically defaced his own perfect paintings by adding Micky Mouse hands and Pokemon hats! So clever, and so well done.

07 Jul 20:44

Flying in from California to visit my friends on the east coast

Christal

#me. hope y'all are ready for my fabulousness next month ~*~*~*~

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12 Jun 19:44

Review: NAIL CONES

by Amy Fashion Blog
Christal

so disappointed that the video has no sound. but I love how unnecessary this is, she still got nail polish allll over her cuticles, and great writing as always.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
 Hello Everyone. If you read my blog on a regular base you know I love painting my nail. Today I'm here to introduce you all to a company called Nail Cones. The company was created by Cindy Christman.She got the idea to make this product after watching her daughter painting there nail and getting the polish on there finger. So she hit the internet and Google how to get salon nail. She got told to use a q-tip. After what Cindy read she decide to make a product to help people not get polish on there fingers.
So she came up with an idea to use a sticker and call them nail cone. When you order your nail cones. You will get 15 sticker in the pack. The pack cost 5.99 dollars. Nail Cone sticker come in 5 different size. 
 Which if you are like me you will use all five of the size's. Nail cones go on the side of your nails and under them. They are super easy to use. Also the best part is you can re-use them. I took my nail cone on and off a few time. Which they still sticked. Which is a plus in my book. 
Color used Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant  in 115
Once your nail dry just remove the sticker and you will have a nice manicure. I have made a small demo on how these work. I hope you all enjoy my first tutorial video. 



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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