Sweet Peek of the Week :: Adam Rabbit Interview & Giveaway

This week we are getting to know a new shop on the block.  Adam Rabbit.  Adam Rabbit is home to it's creator Ashley and full of the most darling of trinkets from vintage threads to current accessory trends.  Let's get to know Ashley and learn a little more about her shop Adam Rabbit.


Can you tell us a little more about yourself and your shop Adam Rabbit?


"My name is Ashley and I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I teach 6th grade special education and am currently pursuing my Master's. Although this takes up the majority of my day, I always find time to be creative. My hobbies and interests continue to evolve, but I have always enjoyed making things. 

Adam Rabbit is a brand new Etsy shop. It features handmade and refashioned vintage items. I am excited to see my shop take grow and take shape."

Creativity is a must!  What inspires you to create the items found at Adam Rabbit?

"I make what inspires me. Sometimes it is dresses, other times bow ties. I love nostalgia and feeling apart of a different era. Sometimes I will see a color combination and make a mental note of it. This can come from a flower, painting, or label on a product. The continued support from my friends and family also inspires me to take risks and create new items."

Sometimes the most important inspiration in growing a business is to take risk.  Have you been faced with obstacles in the creation of Adam Rabbit?

"The biggest obstacle has been creating items that are cohesive. I also struggle with finding enough time in the day to complete everything I would like to."

Time seems to be a struggle we can all relate to.  How are you dealing with this common issue?

"Relax. It is ok to let some ideas go, it doesn't mean I failed. I also schedule time to have be creative. As non-creative as that sounds, if I don't schedule it, it will be replaced with another task."

That is great advice!  Speaking of advice... any words of wisdom you would like to offer to those attempting to start their own business?

"Go for it! Find what and when you are most inspired and run with it! Some people may tell you, your idea isn't feasible, but what is really important is that you are doing something you love and that makes you happy."

In the end that is truly all that matters!  Thank you so much Ashley for taking the time to spread a little inspiration.

Ashley was sweet enough to leave us with a giveaway gift!  One lucky winner will win, not only a Adam Rabbit Headband, but also one of her darling little rings pictured below!



Giveaway is open to US residents only and closes 10/10.  Good luck!

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Photography Confessions :: Allie & Emily

Lately I have been trying to promote my photography a little more.  Not too much, as I feel I am still such a beginner in so many ways, but enough to where I can start building a portfolio that consists of subjects other than myself.  I have been booking a few shoots with just this goal in mind.  I've worked with couples, individuals, and now two of the most lovely little girls and their wonderful Nanny.  Here are a few of the images I captured a couple of nights ago.



Out of respect for the family's privacy I will not be sharing any of the portrait style photos from the evening.  Trust me when I say they are two of the most adorable little girls I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, with a family just as delightful.




I've always loved the opportunities I've had to work with children.  Maybe it's the bright clothes or maybe it's the purple hair, but whatever the case, they are always so eager to be my mini models.  They even found little pieces of nature that they wanted to ensure were captured in time by my camera lens.  Little ladies after my own heart!




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Beyond the Zone :: Purple Passion Recap Review

As I prepare to change up my locks, yet again, I thought I would take a moment to reflect back on my time with Beyond the Zone's Purple Passion Color Jamz.  I have had this color for about two months and have dyed my hair twice.  Here is the break down, week by week, of the second application.

Beyond the Zone Purple Passion Color Jamz Review
Week 1

Since my hair had already been bleached, to an almost white hue, and dyed purple --prior to using the Purple Passion-- I was only required to touch up the roots with bleach.  After shampooing the bleach out of my hair I waited for hair to dry before applying the color.  I applied the dye so that hair was saturated and then left on over night.  Yes, not 10-20 minutes as suggested, but over night.  Like I said this was my second time dying so I had worked out any kinks by the second round.  Luckily, this product smells amazing so you won't suffer through the night.  The end color is really deep and rich.  In the shade or darker lighting it is hardly noticeable that the hair is not natural.  In the sun the color is very vivid and very obviously purple.  Great for those wanting "fantasy hair" without being overly shocking.

Beyond the Zone Purple Passion Color Jamz Review
Week 2

To help extend the longevity of my hair color I only wash my hair 1-2 times a week.  Dry shampoo is your friend!  haha  After a couple washes the color is still vibrant and lovely.  Although hair is in a better state, with hair color in place, I still use Redken Anti Snap to prevent breakage and John Frieda Glossing Mist to add shine.

Beyond the Zone Purple Passion Color Jamz Review
Week 3

By week three and a few washes later the color is beginning to fade and is taking on more of a grape like hue.   Thus far I am loving the way this color is fading, as not all dyes are so kind.  As the dye washes further out I am avoiding the use of too much heat on the hair.  This way the hair is in good condition should I decide to change colors.

Beyond the Zone Purple Passion Color Jamz Review
Week 4

Still color there, more of a deep lavender, but still there.  This is where I noticed something very interesting though.  When I bleached my roots prior to application they were not as white as my original full application.  What I found is that the areas where the dye was applied (to strands with a yellow tint) took on a more burgundy coloration that became much more apparent as the color faded.  Not the dyes fault, but notable non the less.  If you wish to achieve a true purple hue I recommend trying your hardest to reach a white blonde prior to applying this dye.  If you like a purple with more of a red undertone do not worry so much of bleaching the hair so pale.  It will combine with the yellow hues to create a lovely burgundy shade.

Closing Notes

This color is beautiful but needs to be left on over night.  Be sure to have all hair evenly bleached to avoid discoloration in areas where hair was not lifted enough or even lifted too much.  Great for those wanting to ease into full fantasy hair but afraid of the shock value that comes with it.  Smells great and affordable!

Tips

  • Do not condition hair prior to applying dye.  It will prevent the hair from truly absorbing the color.  If your hair feels like it need the moisture after the bleaching process deep condition, wait a few days, wash with only shampoo, dry, then apply the dye.
  • Apply Vaseline, A&D ointment (I have this for my tattoos), or a thick body butter on skin around hair lines to avoid staining.  Try not to get onto the actual hair though.
  • If staining skin does occur it can be easily removed using nail polish remover.
  • Apply original application a couple hours before going to bed leaving some dye in the bottle.  Right before going to bed remove your shower cap, take some more dye from the bottle and apply through ends of hair with hands.  Tips of hair can be the most stubborn.  Reapply shower cap and go to sleep.  Note:  To ensure shower cap does not move in the night you can pull it tight to the back of your neck and rubber band.
  • Cover your pillow with old case or unwanted towel in case cap does move.
  • Do not apply heat to hair while dye is in.  This is a misconception.  Yes, it will momentarily process faster but the problem is that once the dye has dried processing seizes.  It's best to just allow the natural heat from you scalp do the work for you.  
  • Rinse dye out using the coldest water you can withstand.  Avoid warm or hot water.
  • Do not rinse until water runs clear.  You WILL rinse the majority of the color out this way.  Rinse until the your hair does not feel stiff with product then towel dry with either an unwanted towel or blot with paper towels.
  • Wear gloves even when rinsing dye out.  It will dye your nails.
  • Continue to sleep with unwanted towel or pillow case after hair has been freshly dyed.  Typically I have no problems with bleeding but better safe then sorry.

So there you have it... my romance recap with Beyond the Zone in Purple Passion.  Hope it helps!

Love & Lollies...


**Update**
Video Review


PS If I forgot to mention something or you have a question don't be shy... I always reply!  xo


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Fall Favorites :: Wild Blackberry Pie Pops


Whenever we happen to stumble across wild blackberries we cannot help but gorge ourselves while packing out as much as we can haul to stock our fridge.  There is something about the wild berries of our area that just cannot be found in the produce section of the local stores.  They're just a tad bit sweeter with just a hint more bite.  They are such a treat and I enjoy nothing more than creating an array of treats using them as a main ingredient.  One of my fall favorites has to be using our organically cultivated morsels to create some of the most darling of treats.


Ingredients
Pie Crust
Blackberries
and/or Blackberry Jam
1 Egg
Lollipop Sticks
Cookie Cutter
Directions
1.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2.  Spray a baking tray with a non stick cooking spray to allow easy removal
3.  Roll out your pie crust and cut out as many pieces as allotted by the size of your cookie cutter
4.  Place down your cut pie pieces alternating between sides of your tray to allow optimal space
5.  Take your jam mixture (I smash berries into a spoonful of jam for better consistency) and place a small spoonful into center of each pie crust piece
6.  Place a lollipop stick then another pie crust piece on top
7.  Using another lollipop stick press all edges together so pie pop is closed around jam
8.  Take your egg and blend it well.  Brush a light coat of egg mixture onto your pie pops
9.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top crust is golden brown
10.  Allow to rest a few minutes then sprinkle with powered sugar


Enjoy!

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Manic Monday #44




Love the look of this melted crayon painting!
(via: ekeith03)



Pretty slicker lovely raincoat...
(via: ModCloth)



Sing in the rain!
(via: CryBabyCase)



Sweet little earrings...
(via: SecretFind)



Big rain cloud mobile...



I just love practically any words spoken by Bob Marley!



Cloudy hearts necklace...
(via: KatrinSArt



Showers and smiles rain boots...
(via: ModCloth)


I cannot believe it has been almost a month since I was here calling for rain.  I am sad to say we still have not received even a drop of water since that day and the land is only becoming drier and more barren.  I cannot help but feel a pang of jealousy towards those complaining of the unwelcome moisture and sorry for those who have received too much.  Where is the balance anymore?  So if you are getting too much water or unwanted rain send it this way... c/o The Thousand Acre Woods... haha

What has got you Manic this Monday?  


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Beauty Confessions :: I Love S'Mores Nails

This week's weekly nail is not here but instead located on the blog of the creator behind the inspiration of this design.


If you were wanting to try your hand at this week's design by sure to stop by Tookies to see how.  Happy Sunday Lovelies!

xo


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Fall Favorites :: Chili & Cornbread Pot Pies (Vegetarian Option)


One of my favorite fall dishes has to be Chili & Cornbread Pot Pies.  I am a sucker for any dish that is served up in it's own individual serving dish.  I am not sure why this is but I just find it such a delightful part of the presentation.  Not only is this a dish that warms you up but always leads to lots of smiles whenever I serve it.

Note:  I am not the most inventive in the kitchen (more creative combos) so I will share some of my best recipe discoveries for chili and cornbread below.

Vegetarian Option:

Start by preparing your chili.  This is a wonderful recipe provided by Chili Recipes.

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed, drained
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed, drained
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup vegetable broth
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions 
1. In a stockpot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute onions until soft, about 5 minutes.
2. Stir in black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, vegetable broth, green bell pepper, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder; mix well and reduce heat.
3. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
Next prepare your cornbread.  The recipe below is a vegan option courtesy of Food.com by Vino Girl.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
6 tablespoons water
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1 cup soymilk
1/4 cup canola oil

Directions
1.  Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.
2.  Add the ground flax seed, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer the ground flax seed in the water for 3 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
3.  Set aside.
4.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt until well-combined.
5.  Add the ground flax seed mixture, soy milk, and canola oil to the flour mixture.
6.  Beat just until smooth (do not overbeat.)

Fill your serving bowls half way with chili topping with your cornbread mixture.  Cornbread should fill half of the remaining space in your dish (1/4 of the dish).  Bake your dishes 15-20 minutes at 425 degrees in the oven.  Be sure to check on your pies every now and again by inserting a toothpick to ensure the cornbread is thoroughly cooked.  Once the toothpick comes out dry remove your pies and allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes.

For a non vegetarian option just add meat and/or cheese on top.  For a super quick and easy option just use your favorite chili and Jiffy Cornbread!  So many options for this wonderful meal not matter what your dietary needs or schedule allow!


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Style Confessions :: Grey & Yellow






♥ It's All in the Details ♥
Dress - ModCloth
Cardigan - Thrifted
Shoes - B.A.I.T Footwear
Purse - ModCloth
Socks - Dollar Store Score!
Belt - Thrifted Vintage
Bow - Gifted




Sorry I am not feeling all that talkative today.  A little overwhelmed with my own thoughts and nothing seems coherent.  Don't you hate that feeling?

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Style Confessions :: Skinny Jeans & Pretty Things ®



♥ This post features my Read to Me feature. Look for the ® by post titles where this feature is present. Press play & enjoy! ♥



At the beginning of 2012 I vowed to relinquish one of my fears.  All my life I was teased for the paleness of my skin.  I've heard it all; "Are you albino?"  "Ever heard of sunlight?"  "It's called a tan... get one!" just to name a few.  All of these opinions given about the pigment (or lack there of) of my skin left me insecure, to say the least.  I found I would shield my skin more from the on slaughter of taunting than the sun itself.  My biggest fear was that people would see my legs and the Casper jokes would ensue.  May I also note that these jokes were lame as Casper doesn't have legs!!  If you are going to tease me at least have the facts straight, geez.  Sorry, onward with my point.  Most of us, no matter how dark or how fair, always tend to be a few shades fairer from ankle to hip.  I am no different and due to years of wearing jeans, constantly, I do not even have my splash of freckles to camouflage the fairness of my legs.

So I made a vow.  I would stop hiding behind jeans and tights and embrace my skin.  The first few months were a bit awkward and consisted of many outfits using nylons as an accessory.  Once summer hit it started becoming uncomfortable and I realized it was time to let go completely.  I put away my nylons and started taking style posts without them.  I have to say I was quite surprised by the amount of positive reinforcement I received here!   Just another reason why I love you all so much!

I am happy to say my fears are relatively non existent at this point.   Thank you, as this is in great part due to all your wonderful support!  The only problem?  Now I hate jeans!  Who hates jeans?  I do I guess!  I just feel so constrained in them.  Not to mention I have extremely short legs and a very long torso which makes finding "the right pair" of jeans a pretty miserable experience.  So here I am, now trying to get comfortable, not in my own skin, but my old skinnies instead.  Otherwise this is going to be a very cold winter indeed!





♥ It's All in the Details ♥
Shirt - Wrangler (from my Momma of course!)
Jeans - Forever 21
Boots - Steve Madden
Purse - ModCloth
Hat - Thrifted Vintage
Necklace - c/o Amourx Handmade
Sunnies - Thrifted



Did you overcome any insecurities in 2012?  Can you believe there is only a few months of it left?!?

Love & Lollies...


♥ Outtakes ♥ 


Lecturing little Armani about the dangers of wondering away while Momma takes photos!  haha 
Priceless!
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