Wednesday, December 29, 2010

a note on what i wore posts..

woke up this morning with a headache like a mac truck hit my brainage

my lungs killed and my throat was swollen
i hate hate hate being sick
i feel awful because it is my son's school vacation and we had to be couped up in the house all day
we played trouble a few times, couponk, and made hot cocoa
and i think he loved it
now he's sledding outside with my husband
so i think this sick day went okiee

image: google images
so i have been noticing in blog communities an abundance of what i wore posts
i really love seeing a few vintage ditties and fashion every so often in a post of what i wore
but every thanks!
i mean how many times can one pose for the camera daily?
i find it a bit egotistical
correct me if im wrong
i simply don't get posts every day of yourself and what you wore
and getting your kids and family involved?
i mean my son hates getting his picture taken
but maybe they do?
im sure he would hate me dressing him and taking multiple photos of what i choose to dress him in
i mean they are a cute idea
but im trying to think of the underbelly of this idea
like i stated before i like these what i wore posts every now and again but daily it def irks me!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

christmas and stuff

oh my goodness did we have a fabulous christmas or what
love the holidays
chris, tom , and i always have so so much fun
the day before christmas eve chris and i made homemade caramels 
they are called: fleur de sel caramels recipe by: barefoot contessa (ina garten)
much to my surprise they came out amazingly delicious!
we wrapped them in parchment paper and sprinkled with fleur de sel and they were tres bien yummy!

image: food network. com

recipe for caramels
christmas eve was really nice my mom came down from new hampshire
she stayed over to be here for christmas morning with my son
chris really made out awesome
lots of nice things from santa and us
i got him a drawing book with the famous hokusai wave print
he loves the wave maybe because it's tattooed on my arm
he's always made up stories about it since he was a wee one
he's a creative one!
i love to get him lots of books so i got him the wimpy kid series
a lot of art stuff
some wii games
these awesome mexican wrestlers
and an ATT walker from star wars 
there is more but it escapes me now..

tom got me some very nice gifts
a lumberjack flannel that has fleece lining from ll bean
(i swear i wanna live off the grid in a cabin in NH)
givenchy perfume angle ou demon, some korres products 
nars blush in orgasm!
a food processor 
and a KINDLE whoo hoo books on a kindle so siked!

our tree
chris and i got tom 
a red sox sweatshirt from chris
sur la table gift card
a wooden kitchen island 
cooking classes at cambridge culinary school!

c rocking out with his paper jams guitar
though presents are nice family is most important
i was blessed to spend the holidays with my 2 loves
cc raps (chris) and tommy 
and the pugs!
chris dresses up our pugs regularly and this is dexter on christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

is it easy

never thought it could happen to me - my email got hacked gross
and sent out a bunch of nasty emails 
just when i was watching vice on mtv about the hackers in africa who get all their information
from donated computers and they break open the computers for the hard drive
and try to get all yr info and other peoples = no good.

im very much excited because i found out one of my early christmas presents 
is a sirius radio
i really wanted one so badly so i could listen to bbc radio 1
it's my favorite radio station and reminds me of my time in england
it just needs to be installed in the mini and away we go.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

belle & sebastian

one of my favorite tunes...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

makeup and skin sundays!

here are a few of my favorite products this week!

korres: lip butter pomegranate

smells yummy tastes yummy and makes your lips flawless!


perfume: givenchy ange ou demon le secret

this is my new favorite perfume it is so beautiful and edgy! it's definitely worth a whiff when in a sephora or your local department store you won't be sad you smelled it.

philosophy: microdelivery peel mini pads

these are great and easy to use considering they are in a pad form. just wipe leave on for a few minutes and let dry no cleansing necessary!

Friday, December 17, 2010

sabrina ward harrison

a journal girl or i should i say woman who inspires me is
sabrina ward harrison
i got her journal/art book years ago shortly after my son was born
it really is an amazing piece of mixed media in a journal bound book
her thoughts and ideas are so creative and she portrays that being sad is normal
take the bad and sad and make something out of it grow with it
things in life take weird twists and turns and sometimes are overwhelming
but we are strong
in a difficult time in my life i looked @ her book daily
and it helped me so much beyond words
i really like to give her book as a gift to friends because it is a celebration of life
the book that i usually buy is spilling open: the art of becoming yourself

"I am afraid to show you who I really am, because if I show you who I really am, you might not like it--and that's all I got."
— Sabrina Ward Harrison (Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself)

sabrina ward harrison image: 

not only is this book word genius but visually stunning.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

geddy lee

did you ever hear the voice of geddy lee, how did it get so high?
just dyed my hair back to black and grrr could i just kick myself cause now i miss my red!
ack but i think it would damage my hair to go back to red after dying it black again.

welp my classes ended last night and we topped it off with a potluck dinner.
i was so happy to drive home last night from school knowing i won't be driving there again for a month
thank the goodness for school breaks.
i've been a bit of an insomniac lately i can't get to bed until 2 or 3 in the morning
it stinks..i pray to get back on a regular sleeping schedule soon cuz insomnia stinks!

was just watching the nicki minaj hour block on fuse tv and she is super rad
i ♥ her
i swear she re-invents her look every day it's amazing
style icon!


i really want to have my son start a musical instrument, he has such musical instinct
and the voice of an angel
the problem is he needs to pick an instrument
it's been a toss up between the drums, guitar, saxophone, and trumpet
how does one choose from those?
decisions, decisons

Monday, December 13, 2010

the stick

so kids i'm back after the surgery and feeling better
i had surgery this past friday morning at around 7:40 am 
the hospital i went to was newton-wellesley and their surgical unit was incredible
i was very scared and not looking forward to it at all but the whole staff was supportive and caring through the whole procedure
my total surgery time was about 1 hour and a half
and after i spent a few hours in recovery 
again the care was incredible as i was deathly afraid of the anesthesia 
when i got into the operating room i felt like a kid on christmas morning 
mind you i had what the nurse said was an iv "cosmo"
before transfer (i guess they give this to all patients before entering the OR)
but damn
that OR was a dream, big bright lights, loads of machines a true medical dream!

my friends lomo camera!

i spent the last few days recovering and feel better today, it took a little while.
the past few days i've been trying to think up christmas gifts that i have yet to get
my husband hardest to shop for!
so far i got him a spanish cooking class @ cambridge culinary school
a few fleece pants and i don't know what else...(ideas)?
my son i've pretty much covered, i LOVE to shop for him
speaking of my lil man weezer is playing in boston tmrw night and wed and i would love to take him
but my bank acct is low, if i knew he would truly LOVE it i would def purchase
but 8 going on 9 yrs old you can never be sure if his attention span will last for how much these bad boy tickets are going for!

so in a post previous to this i posted about the neely's cookbook 
they are on the food network and my husband is pretty much obsessed with
he's practically cooked everything in their cookbook
but tonight he made fried chicken!
it was so so yummy!

tom cooking fried chicken

i don't go to too many shows like i used to but one i do want to see
is the pogues
they are coming in march in boston 
and i would definitely not want to miss him
even though he is very inebriated half the time they play
i do love the pogues!
and shane mcgowen's teeth


Thursday, December 9, 2010

i love getting packages

love when i open the door and voila there is a package of goodies on the porch
i ordered my friends gifts a few weeks ago and they came in today
part of their gift was an eyeshadow palette from stila
i ♥ stila
not only because i do freelance makeup for them but that their product rocks
i was a stila girl since high school and in college thats all i bought for makeup
my favorite perfume i wore all the time was stila creme bouquet
it was gone for years but they just released it again (phew)
and it came in the package with the girls eye palettes
when i opened the box i rolled the scent all over me (since it only comes in a rollerball)

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these are the palettes i got for my friends 
they are adorable and the pigment color is intense and awesome

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also i'm gonna make mix cd's and throw in some lush soap!

saw a boy with clark wallabees on today and it made me miss mine
since i rocked them for 2 years and they were fall apart stinky
maybe time for a new investment!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

elsie's e-course

i'm very excited to be starting a blog e course by
she created an e course for bloggers and it has some great info
if you are a first time blogger or have been for awhile!
these last few months have been amazing meeting new people on here
this course so far is pretty incredible and i have learned a lot!
i used to use livejournal and deleted it years ago
i miss the bonding, new ideas, creativity, friends
so i am happy to be back writing, learning, and creating again.

i bought scrod today at the market today it was pretty cheap for a decent size
i am going to bake it in tin foil with scallions, onions, salt rub, and seasoning.
on the side will be cous cous (parmesan) and summer squash and zucchini grilled.
just love to cook

i'm watching celebrity rehab with dr.drew it is amazing what he does for his patients
i do believe even though it is a reality show
that he seems like a great doctor/person/human
i really like the "nurse" or his assistant who has the tattoos
she seems a lil bit older and her style and mannerisms are so rad and endearing
i love that he accepts her tattoos in the workplace
maybe it's just california and that more people have lots of tattoos there
but i know boston is so strict with tattoos in the workplace
i wonder what it would be like in california, la?
i'm often curious about the other side of america
i've heard many pro's and con's about la
but i do believe it is each individuals experience that makes it

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

you know me like no other

and for that i am grateful.

Monday, December 6, 2010

she knows

it's interesting how our bodies are our epicenter of emotion when upset, mad, or sad our body reacts to that emotion by output.

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - Regarding Ascending the Stairs (Sleepover Show...

Sunday, December 5, 2010

decorating our tree in p.j.'s all day tra la la

so we have been real lazy today 
i made pancakes this morning with bittersweet chocolate from trader joes 
so the pancakes had super yummy bittersweet chunks of chocolate heaven!
our tree is not done because we are waiting for tom to get home from band practice but here is what we have done so far

then we made some yummy hot cocoa w/ mini marshmallows
and i took a photo of c 
hence he did not want his photo taken

i got great news today that i got an a on my a&p lab class
i was really nervous of my final last week but i guess i got a 93?
classes are winding down one by one a week
my last class is next week thank goodness!

last night we had a great time @ kings
a awesome bowling alley with a funky retro style
my friend tara brought her son and husband and chris, tom and i went
we bowled had appetizers and it was an amazing time
it was pretty pricey 99$ for all of us but it was 6 with rentals for shoes!

this friday is my surgery and i'm pretty nervous about it!
trying not to over think it but my mind races a mile a minute sometimes
i just really don't care for anesthesia
i think im gonna try to do acupuncture on thursday before my surgery friday morning
they said it should take an hour and a half
oh well i just need to know this is for the best and breathe...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

tis the season

so since it's the season of giving i'm sorta broke
but i have been doing a lot of window shopping and buying for others and found some
real cute things!

 love these: they are a different style of "door knockers"

doc martens: oxblood boots so cute with leggings and skirts!  i used to have a pair in middle school and high school but my mom dumped them when i went off to college.

i'm obsessed with down home with the neely's on the food network on weekend mornings!  these two have such chemistry it's great and make super yummy dishes!  my husband got this cookbook of amazon for an early xmas present for us!!!

lush: karma kream 
smells so so amazing i love it like orangey pathchoui..some people either love or hate patchouli it seems but i love it.  my husband doesnt like it but i do, so i guess he has to suffer..

kitchen aid mixer!

i love this green and since our family is doing so much more cooking it's a basic nessesity in the kitchen! where to put it is hard because in our apartment we don't have that much room.
but we are thinking of buying an island at ikea.

this cute blythe doll!

they have a lot of cute blythe dolls w different hair outfits etc.  i have one room with religious art, candles, art,  and collectibles this would look great in.

recently one of my friends was talking about taking a knitting class and all of us going and doing a knitting circle type thing.  a woman at my old work taught me how to knit a scarf and i got the hang of it..and it was a instant stress realeaser.  the thing is i was 75% done with it and missed a stich and it unraveled the whole thing.  i was so upset that i threw the needles at the wall and gave in and didn't try again which was dumb.  i think this would be a perfect time to re-start and try it especially these winter month in boston!  who knows maybe i could actually knit a hat or more.  there is this place in dorchester (where i live in boston) called this stitch house it looks ultra cute and has classes and circles!  i think im gonna check it out this week!

whenever i'm at cvs or the grocery store and the clerk asks for a dollar donation for kids with cancer or toys for tots i always give a dollar to my son and have him sign the paper with his name that will go on the wall of donations.  even though we don't have much money i think it is important to instill these values in our children and other kids.  i'm proud of my son because the last few years when the salvation army has been ringing the christmas bell for change without me saying anything he takes his money from his pocket and puts it in the bucket. i am so proud of him and i hope he teaches his kids this valuble lesson.

lily love

i adore lily.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

short but sweet

is it weird 
that i've never had a macaroon
i want to get my teeth into one soon 

tell me what they are like...

Monday, November 29, 2010

makeup and skin sundays!

these are a few of my favorite products this week!

ta da!

buxom mini eyeliners (holiday only)

get them while they are in stores because they are only here for holiday
these 6 mini eyeliners have amazing pigment and last and are real unique colors
they are 15$ or 20$ i forget but such a great deal
buxom is a line by bare essentials and it is all natural
i like that bare minerals is branching out with buxom creating some great fun unique makeup!

nars blush : orgasm

oh my gosh latest beauty addiction nars! i would like one of everything nars please
nars is a great product and works 
there colors are amazing and rich and their ingredients last and are top of the line
try this blush on for a glow
wink wink!

clean: provence perfume

this takes me back to france
this has to be my most desired sought after fragrance right now
i haven't gotten my hands on it because it is 69$
but it is so worth it...
this is the season for giving so i will with hold on myself
but i had to let you know it is incredible!

lip fusion XL (treatment)

this is a treatment
you put it on lips @ bedtime and it will enhance yr pout!
seriously for real i know plenty of people who are addicts and this stuff works!
kim kardashian is their biggest fan and worships this.
i got this free when i saved enough points at sephora and im siked
my lips stink i never liked them
i will let you know if suddenly i wake up like miss julia roberts!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

the empire!

i'm very excited to have my classes dwindling down in the next few weeks.
it seriously is too much to have night classes mon. tues. and wed. too much.
i hate leaving chris, i know he understands but i can't do it next semester
so im opting to do classes mon and wed nights and sat mornings..

i need this to be over all these pre-req's for nursing school and then for the real deal of actually applying to nursing school!

this weekend i was such a homebody! it was awesome, i basically wore sweats, ate and watched
the boardwalk empire marathon season on demand up until the present episode on HBO!
gosh that show is amazing!
i love the 20's! the fashion, personality, and flare!
the underbelly of prohibition! so mysterious...
i often wonder what it would be like if i was alive then?
what would my persona be like..i guess i see myself a lot in jimmy's girl in the show the oil painter.

such an amazing show!

Boardwalk Empire female cast photographed by Ellen von Unwerth for Vanity Fair, Sept 2010
Paz de la Huerta (Steve Buscemi’s character Nucky’s sometime girlfriend), Gretchen Mol (not in the pilot, but has a history with Nucky) Aleksa Palladino (Michael Pitt’s character Jimmy’s girlfriend) and Kelly Macdonald (the woman who Nucky helps with her abusive marriage)

this week needs to fly by im not looking forward to classes this whole week and exams...
but this is my last full week i just have to keep telling myself it will be over soon!

there are these wicked cute shoes i desire that remind me of the 20's ADORABLE!
i just don't think i could walk in them...

so cute!

as im watching dirty jobs 
they are discussing how pigs are very much identical to human bodies in identifying
homicides etc..
this makes me feel better why we were dissecting fetal pigs in a&p 
i want to work on the forensic team on the police force when i get out of school
we shall see
i think i find odd stuff interesting but where is the fun in "boring"?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

jealous baby syndrome and upcoming surgery

i think i definitely have JBS (jealous baby syndrome)!
every time i see a pregnant lady and or mama with a newborn im so jealous yet so happy for them
i smile at them and the baby whether in their tummy or stroller
they bring such joy to the world!

so this morning i had my ultrasound @ my OB/GYN 
last week they did blood work to see why i was having difficulty with pregnancy and my period being every 45 days or so..
my blood work came back "normal" 
so today was my ultrasound..the ultrasound lady was not friendly @ all which was a bit uncomfortable especially since she has to go internally and up close and personal it was awkward. finally it was over and i was checking out when my doctor said, "cristin, can we chat for a sec" all i could think was uh oh.
then she said, "well we know why you aren't getting pregnant", i was fearful with what was next.
she told me i had a polyp on my uterus which is pretty big and that i would need surgery.
i needed to sit with it for a sec and think ok surgery
oh no this is all new and i hate being put under and then she said i would need to be in the hospital for 3 days. ack.

i will do what i need to do to be healthy and try and have a baby.
also i'm grateful that it was not worse because it could have been worse...
so after that shocking news i had to drive an hour to my acupuncture appt and relax which was good.
i also got my herbs which taste like crap! ICK!

she did some acupuncture in my fingers and both sides of my nose, legs, and wrists.

after the acupuncture i rushed to my human growth and development class from 5:30-10:00p (long night). i cried to my professor about the surgery, i think i needed to vent to someone and he's an older man who is so caring and a little like santa claus so i let it all out to him (poor guy).

now im home and reading and some blogs and just breathing!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

vicious cycle of sick and some accupuncture

so i thought i was in the clearing of this throat sick thing but wake up today with a sore throat from hell
oh gosh, then go to work @ sephora where i do freelance makeup for stila i feel like it's always when i have too much on my plate when i get run-down and sick! ack.

so ive been trying to transition into a much healthier lifestyle by eating organic foods and cutting certain meats out of my stress level has been higher lately and i heard stress makes it harder to get pregnant.

i did some research and decided to try and do acupuncture. i really didnt and dont know much about acupuncture but my experience going this past friday was amazingly incredible.  it was sort of out of body-ish.

i definitely am skeptical of that stuff too. the acupuncturist is really educated and brilliant and also does chinese herbology im having her make me herbs for my visit this tuesday.  the acupuncture session was 2 and a half hours a majority was intake and a half hour was the acupuncture.  she placed needles in my legs, feet, hands, and ears.  she placed a needle on both hands in between my index finger and thumb and both had crazy reactions one needle vibrated even though my hand was still and the other sent a HUGE wave of motion that made the table move from my shoulders to my feet..i was like oh my god did you see that!!! she told me it was the negative energy "chi" going through and leaving my body. i felt crazy my body felt the energy enough to make my body wave which it naturally does not do.  i was  relaxed and laid there for the rest of the session, but left feeling that something incredible and out of this world happened.  i felt like my body was a shell and i was at peace i mean really at peace and took in every detail of the environment, it felt great!  i definitely recommend it to anyone it has so many healing properties for back pain, morning sickness, and so many others.  i go back this tuesday and will write a follow up!

hopefully this sick thing will leave this house soon it's getting boring!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

sick la familia!

so my family has been sick for the past week and a half..
it seems like this cold/flu/headache/tummy bug has been goin around
my remedy sleep, blankets, warm baths, comfort food, and tea - hot chocolate w mini marshmallows
the tea that i have been drinking a lot lately is from teavana its pear luna its a white tea and pretty light

my son has been home from school and he has a pretty active and wild imagination so i borrowed the adventures of harris burdick from the library.  this book is amazing it has maybe 2 sentences to preface an incredibly detailed pictures that get readers to ask questions and use their imaginations onto what would happen next or what is happening in the drawing.

although everyone has been sick including myself i had school m,tues,wed this week but it is pretty much my last week of school before finals so i really couldnt miss it...last night we finished dissecting the fetal pig (not my favorite) and i was thankful it would be the last night of me smelling of formaldehyde.  even though this is gross we have to do it to pass nursing. 

tonight i made eggplant parmesan a recipe by mark bittman.  i love the mark bittman cookbook it has everything in it seriously my go to cookbook for anything and everything! it would be a great gift for anyone bc the holidays are coming up and whats better than food?

so back to drawing, snuggling, and drinking tea!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


i can't sleep @ night
i eat too late @ night because school runs so late
my body is out of whack i need more fiber
my eyes need to get checked
i have a strong urge to delete my facebook account
my mother doesn't understand me or my reasoning for doing nursing school
i'm trying to have $ for christmas presents
working part time stinks but it's all i can do in my balance of school and being a mom
people sometimes expect me to be superwoman
i give 199% and rarely get 40%
would like to see a positive pregnancy test
need to lose 15 pounds
do not want to dissect the fetal pig tmrw night

Monday, November 15, 2010

makeup and skin sundays!

so we are a little past sunday night east coast time but in pacific time we are still in sunday

so im gonna post some of my latest makeup favorites and discoveries: 


my current obsession stila blackberry lip glaze
the color is gorgeous and glazey: its a happy medium for color n gloss
the twist n crank at the bottom to make the gloss come out is addictive

kat von d for sephora

this is a kat von d's palette of eyeshadows this is the specific one i have but im not sure sephora still carries it..let me tell you it is genius! i was way skeptical of this line when it first came out but it seriously is the best eyeshadow ever.  there are other palette collections and i want them all..the pigment is true to the color and you dont have to layer and layer to get great color!!! you will not regret buying these palettes!!

benefit eye bright

awake look and instant face life with this godsend! apply under the brows, in the corners of your eyes and a line down the bridge of yr nose...notice the difference.  

stila! long wear liquid lip color

stay all day lip color and trust me it STAYS all day! love it! i never found any product that wld actually stay and this one have to use remover or soap and water to remove.  when you eat and drink it doesnt move anywhere and the color never fades in any part of the lips my fav colors i own are patina and muse!

bathina by benefit

this is not makeup but it sure is close! i always smell this so many times in the store and i am obsessed with the smell and the way it looks on skin, it's heaven!  the smell is probably one of the best smells ever and the way it makes your skin glow and look is amazing...i need to buy this maybe sometime this week..until then i will be happy obsessing about it...

Sunday, November 14, 2010


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