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Last week, Pantone announced their Color Of The Year for 2014… “Radiant Orchid.” Ehhh? I’m not sold. The only thing I can think of is a frilly sateen bridesmaid dress, you know, with maybe one of those sash things that goes around the waist, and it makes a swishy sound when you walk? So basically, it’s the color of a nightmare (which you would think would be black or maybe indigo, but no. It’s Radiant Orchid.)
Am I wrong? Last year’s color was Emerald. Emmmmerald, dahling. Don’t you feel like a 1950′s hollywood star in a fur stole just saying it? Emerald conjures up words like elegant, opulent, luxurious, lavish, and just plain fancy. Radiant Orchid… the only words I can muster up are, well, not words. More like sound effects…ack! bleh! huh? or at best, mehhh.
Okay, okay, I know, it could work in a few instances, like maybe eyeshadow something. Tampon boxes? I don’t know. Overall, I feel like it’s a really hard color to relate to if you’re anywhere in the age range between puberty and menopause.
Well now that I’ve eviscerated it, tell me what you think of Pantone’s 2014 color of the year. Is there hope for Radiant Orchid or should we just strike it from our memories and privately reinstate Emerald for another year? Tell me your thoughts in the comments. (P.S. I actually do think it would make a really charming hair color.)
It’s been a little while since I posted a freebie for y’all! I was doodling some snowflakes the other day, and thought “these would make an adorable Photoshop brush set”. I think they turned out pretty cute, and I hope you guys will like them. These should work with most versions of Photoshop, and hopefully you already know how to load brushes, but if you have any troubles, let me know and I’ll see if I can help you.
I would love to see what you create with these! If you use them, please leave a comment letting me know how you used them, and a link to where I might be able to see them in action!
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As you may know, in September I drove from Oklahoma to Washington. It was a three-week long road trip, much of which I spent exploring places solo. One of the stops I made as I zig-zagged through California however, was to visit my friend Jessa who lives just outside of Yosemite. We had been internet and blogging pals for a while, but we had not yet met in real life. I stayed with Jessa and her husband for 2 days, and one of the days, we got to explore Yosemite National Park!
These photos may look a little unseasonal now, (I’m typing this with icy fingers, huddled in a blanket in front of a heater) but keep in mind this was the beginning of September and Northern California gets pretty dang hot. There was a big forest fire in another part of the park that had been going on for some time before I got there. You can barely see Half Dome in the above picture, obscured by smoke.
Having grown up in Northern California, the terrain was very familiar, but I’d only actually been to the park a couple of times when I was young and visiting my grandparents. So this was almost a whole new experience, and it was such a great one! Jessa and I hit it off right away. I had so much fun wandering around the park and getting lost that I was laughing so hard I was crying and my cheeks hurt by the end of the day.
Here I am looking very drab next to brightly-colored Jessica in her cute beetle print dress. Head over to her blog next where she talks about the visit and has some more photos, one of which she is levitating in!
Shop the post: My outfit details Shorts – suspender shorts – sold out. Another couple cute options here and here Tank top – “OK” Oklahoma seal tank top from Collected Thread – not available online, but check out her other great stuff! Shoes – Keds boat shoes
P.S. Here is a gratuitous picture of a mama and baby deer that we saw. Because, baby deer! To see more pictures from my road trip that I posted along the way, check out my Instagram and search the hashtag #okctosea
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The holiday gift-giving season is upon us! I’ve spent the day perusing some of my favorite sites for inexpensive gift ideas and stocking stuffers for stylish men and women. All of these gift ideas are under $25 so they’re suitable to give to a friend, family member, office-mate or other comrade. Or of course they can be part of a bigger gift for someone closer to that organ in your chest that pumps blood through your veins and arteries.
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Yeahhhhhhhh! It’s Thursdayyyyy! Are you excited?! Ok, well I tried. It’s been a while since I did a TILT post, so I thought, heck… why not? Here’s some crap I recently enjoyed and now you’re about to enjoy it too.
This Star Wars themed Meyers-Briggs personality type chart from Geek In Heels. I recently took two different Myers-Briggs sort of tests, and one said I was an INFP and the other said I am an INTJ. So I’m either Luke Skywalker or Palpatine… I’m going to blame that on being a Gemini, because I can sort of see both of those personality types in myself. In the past, I was always an INFP so the recent possibility of being INTJ is quite the development, but I surely have changed over the past few years.
This bug print dress from ModCloth is pretty freakin’ adorable. Beetledress, Beetledress, Beetledress! Huh. I was hoping that would make it appear in my closet, but nope.
This video about the Mantis Shrimp had me laughing for a good portion of the night. (Also check out this comic from The Oatmeal about Mantis Shrimp… they’re CRAZY!)
Morrissey sweaters from Viva Moz. I’m normally not a sweater-wearing person, but I need several of these… in case you were wondering what to get me for Xmas.
This site, what-would-i-say.com creates Facebook status updates for you by mashing up previous updates and comments with amusing (and sometimes eerily accurate) results. A few of my favorite funny ones were:
“That was the following Pilgrimage to Portlandia. Stay away from the 90s”
“err… emphatic suggestions… anyway”
“Alk3 put out”
“I don’t want to marry Zak Bagans‘ hair”
“Andru Bemis. Now, HE’S got an asshole.”
“I’m now being thrown in pachyderm prison, which I get”
“I have to use the unborn babies”
It’s definitely the most honest, accurate, relatable way of describing it I have ever read, and I think maybe the semi-humorous way it’s handled would make it more palatable to people who have never been depressed or don’t understand it. I’ve always felt like an idiot trying to explain what it feels like (or doesn’t feel like) and she does a great job. I especially liked the part where she talked about consciously trying to make the right facial expressions. And all the other parts. I think it’s a really important read for everyone.
And on a lighter note here’s a conversation that I had with a friend’s daughter the other day:
“How old are you?”
“I’m almost 6, how old are you?”
“How old do you think I am?”
“700 years old because you’re a vampire, because you look like a vampire.”
… I’ll take it as a compliment? I was trying not to bust up laughing because she seemed like she was being really serious.