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February Faves: Lipstick, Youtube, and All Things Holographic

1. Lipstick

I randomly acquired six new tubes of lipstick this month. Here's the thing: I don't normally wear lipstick. Like, at all. So this is new territory for me. In order to learn a little bit more about lipstick in general, I decided to give this video from Safiya Nygaard a go....

Not only did I learn some fascinating new information to satisfy my inner historian, I may be on my way to becoming a lipstick fiend.

2. Middle Grade and Young Adult Science Fiction

If I can count on the Goodwill book section for anything, it is for a plethora of old science fiction titles, but I'm always ecstatic to come across those written for a Middle Grade or YA audience. These are the two I picked up recently, Crater of Mystery from Tom Swift and Bot Wars by J.V. Kade.

3.  Holographic Nail Polish

I have Cristine from Simply Nailogical to thank for this one, but I've been loving all things holographic lately, particularly nail polish. These are my two current faves:

4. Warriyo & V…

The Crème Shop - Chia Seed Product Review

Health and wellness bloggers love to talk about the health benefits of chia seeds. They were a staple in the Mayan and Aztec diets, are packed full of nutrition, and were recently named a "super food." Today they appear in everything from smoothie bowls to overnight oats.

But have you ever thought about putting them on your face?

Yeah, me neither.

That's why I was so surprised to come across this product line from The Crème Shop- one of my favorite Korean makeup and skin care brands - and naturally, I had to have it.

The Cleanser is your standard squeeze tube, white with a crisp green cap, but the Toner and Moisturizer come in clear plastic containers so you can easily see the consistency and color of the product. Both are kind of milky in hue, while the Cleanser is a white cream straight out of the tube.

I noticed right away that the Cleanser has a bit of medicinal scent to it - it's not strong but it's definitely there. Otherwise it lathered up nicely and felt…

One Item Three Ways: Leopard Trench Edition

Sometimes, I think Ellen and I might be cut from the same cloth - the same faux fur leopard cloth, that is! Sarcasm In Heels posted her favorite ways to wear a leopard coat a while back and since I also own one, I thought I'd do my take on three fun ways to wear this item: winter/spring edition!

1. With pastels or floral:

I've always been a sap for mixing prints and leopard is no exception. The bold feline print plays nicely with these pastel pink stripes. A neutral bag and black shoes keep the focus right where you want it.

2. With a work dress:

Who says leopard print can't go to work with you? As Ellen so nicely demonstrated with her turtleneck/pencil skirt combo, a printed trench also looks fabulous with a neutral work dress, like this navy blue one.

3. With a 'splash' of color:

A cream tank and khaki shorts keep the outfit otherwise neutral, but the pop of color with the jewelry, shoes and bag liven the whole thing up!


What do you think of these …

What to Wear to an Interview: Creative Edition

Let me preface: It's been a while since I've been to a job interview and the last time I interviewed it was for an Admin Assistant position. How you dress for a formal office role can easily differ from how you might dress for a more creative role - like digital marketing or social media management.

On Friday, I have an interview in downtown St Paul for an entry-level 'marketing communications' job and I'm . . . for lack of a better word - scrambling.

I don't own a pair of simple black trousers or a dress suit. My one black blazer (as you will see) is a little finicky and hard to coordinate. And I do not have a single pair of weather appropriate shoes that would not look horrendously out of place in a corporate environment.

(With regards to weather appropriateness - we just got another 8 inches of snow today. Ewww.)

So, I decided to scour my wardrobe to see what I could put together that would not only be interview appropriate but also fit the role of a creative…

Five Fun Science Fiction Novels to Read in 2019

What makes these five (well, six) reads so awesome? They're all self-published.Show these authors some love by checking out their work and leaving a review. :)
The Girl From Thandar (Synchronicity Book 1)
"When college co-ed, Scarlett, wakes up she knows something is off, but she has no idea just how off!Finding herself on a ship going god knows where Scarlett realizes she’s in trouble. Trouble turns out to be an intergalactic hell hole where slavery, prostitution and violence are not only accepted, but are the bread and butter of corrupt governments, criminals and raiders."

The Inter-Terrestrial: volume 1
"An alien scientist has a half-human "inter-terrestrial" son on the primitive planet of Earth. Aliens from neighboring planets (Mars and Venus) think they own the Earth and are adamant that it not be used by higher species without their consent. For twenty years, this alien father has been trying to figure out a way to get back to this forbidden planet to se…

Mental Illness and the Workplace

In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people from discrimination at work and in public places and programs. It was signed into law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush so it's quite a recent piece of legislature. It's benefit is that it's also the most comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation in that it prohibits discrimination and is supposed to guarantee that people with disabilities have the same opportunities in life.

Much like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA is the "equal opportunity" law for those of us with disabilities, physical or mental or otherwise.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission backs up this info.

So what does this all mean, actually?

Well, it means that your employer cannot harass or discriminate against you for having a mental health condition. They are not allowed to fire you, reject you for a job or promotion, or force you to take leave based on your mental health.

However, an empl…

Five More Unpopular Opinions

If you don't remember my last unpopular opinions post (read it here), I shared five of my opinions that are potentially unconventional or controversial and I'm back to do it again! So, here are five more:

1. Ariana Grande is overrated.

2. Valentine's Day is a cheap, consumerist excuse to pretend your relationship is more wonderful that it really is.

3. Pop Psychology isn't funny or cute, it pushes tired, old, and gendered stereotypes....

4. To - do lists are useless and pointless.

5. Millennial pink is a hideous shade. Rose gold is superior.

Agree? Disagree? Come fight me in the comments!