Thursday, December 13, 2012

What I Wore: Floral and Lace



Silk Scarf: Fuego . Bangle: DIY (here) . Hair Clip: Handmade (coming soon)

I went shopping not too long ago and had a pretty good time. I had been on the hunt for some cute brown boots but I really didn't want to pay more than $30-35 for 'em, especially since I knew if I shopped around I could find a really good deal during the holidays. And I sure did!

I did a little mall shopping, and I went into Vanity to find that they were doing 40% off of everything in store, along with special prices on many styles of boots. I tried on a couple pairs (and sizes) before completely deciding, but I'm happy with my choice.  The only problem I had was figuring out what size would actually fit me. I typically wear a size 8-8 1/2, but I believe I ended up purchasing a size 7. But the price and customer service was great! These boots were originally priced at $46.80, and I ended up taking them home for $11.99! 

Along with the boots, I also got these pair of turquoise pair of skinny jeans that were originally $39.80, and I got them for $9.99. So, needless to say I thought I got a pretty good deal that day and I really like how they look together.

I've worn these boots quite a few times now with different outfits, but I'm pretty bad about taking pictures of myself. Remembering... as well as taking them. It was really awkward trying to take these pictures and I swear I took like 50 before I was happy with about 2-3 of 'em. And I am not a pro at taking pictures inside; I really need to play with my camera more... lol
: : Celeste : :

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Easy Caramel Corn Recipe

Originally I made this recipe for a movie night, for all of my guests to munch on - and by the end of the night the plate was gone! So, needless to say I was pretty pleased with the outcome and the recipe is incredibly easy, and cheap.

I definitely will suggest making multiple batches. For this post post I'm doing 4 bags of popcorn.

Ingredients (For multiple batches, multiply by bags used*)
1 Bag Popped Popcorn
5 Large Marshmallows
2 tbs Butter or Margarine
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar



Steps
Start Popping Popcorn.
Turn your stove top on to a medium-low setting.
In a medium sauce pan combine butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows.
Take all the bags of popcorn you've popped and put it in a large bowl (or in my case a pot).
Bring mixture to just a boil on the stove top.
Slowly pour some of the mixture over the popcorn
Use spoon to mix as it will be very hot!!
Pour and stir as you go until you have completely mixed it as best you can.
Let cool for a few minutes.


At this point you can choose to just eat some, separate and put into a storage container, or roll them into balls (small or large). I decided to go with the ladder, and arrange them for easy grabbing!



Hope you enjoy! I sure did, I can't stop eating them. :3

: : Celeste : :

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Winter Soldier


As you might have guess... I been excited for the New Captain America movie for some time. Well, specifically since they revealed it's title: The Winter Soldier. Immediately I went went all nerdy; my mind was racing and I could hardly contain myself.

To share my excitement, and my love of comics, I've put together this outfit, featuring of course a Captain America T-shirt, with inspiration drawn from Winter Soldier himself. I really like the cardigan, I think it was exactly what I was looking for to bring it all together. Well, I can't lie - the scarf def was a good addition too, even if it wasn't planned.

As always, I always feature items that I personally would buy and wear - meaning no harm caused on the wallet and would be a fit in my closet. If I could make room of course.... lol

Fairly recently I joined on as a co-writer over at the The Martian Manhunter Blog, and have written a few posts now and have in works 1-2 more. The one specifically I wanted to mention is all about Who is the Winter Soldier? In case you were a fan of the first movie and want to get an insight of what the next one might be about. A gal can be hopeful right?

So, now have an outfit post, a comic book explanation, and a really excited gal over here. If only the movie came out sooner than 2014!

: : Celeste : :

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Stay Warm with Kohl's (Discount Code)


I really like shopping at Kohl's, I always find so many things I like at great prices. Last I walked in we saved more than what we spent. Anyhow, right now they have so many cute winter styles that'll definitely help you stay warm during these cold winter months. Right now, I'm definitely a fan of mustard yellow and grey paired together. So I went with that as one outfit and ended up going a little different avenue for the second. 

This weekend they're having their Veteran's Day Sale, so many of the items you see are currently on sale, or have already great regular prices. But, I'd like to add to that.... :)

A little while ago I did a post that included a piece of clothing from Kohl's and I was contacted by a sales representative and was given a lovely little gift that I'm pretty excited to share with you all! So, just in time for the holiday season I'd like to share with you all a discount code for Kohl's!  

This code is good for 10% off your entire purchase, and is stackable, meaning that it works with other discount codes that you might have obtained elsewhere. And don't forget, they also have their Veteran's Day Weekend Sale going on as well! So extra-extra savings!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, and happy shopping!

10% off code: TENBLOG (expires 12/29)
: : Celeste : :

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Guest Post - Beauty Tips: Kitchen Edition

Recently, I was contacted by a staff writer for NerdWallet with an offer to contribute an article to this blog. Over the course of a few days we discussed ideas for the post and they had it finished so quickly, I just couldn't believe. With that, I'm excited to share this post with you all as it has a lot of information, tips, and diy ideas for natural beauty, as well as being kindly to your wallet.

So, without further ado, here are some beauty tips and products you can create using things you can find in your own kitchen. Hope you all enjoy!



Anna (other works hereblogs for NerdWallet Shopping, writing about everything from the best Black Friday sales to stacking coupons. Her current interests include getting creative with her style and scrapbooking.

Beauty Tips: Kitchen Edition

Ever step into your kitchen and think, “What beauty product will I cook up today?” Wait, what? Yes, you read right. All-natural versions of most products you pay $20-$100 apiece for at retail stores can be stirred up in the comfort of your own kitchen for a fraction of the cost. Since, deep down, we know we can’t afford to spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars on nice-smelling lotions and makeup of every kind and color, this kitchen beauty tutorial page is worth a read. After reading these essentials, fight the brand name beauty obsession, and get glam by surfing the web for homemade substitutes for all of your favorite beauty products.

Makeup
It’s a wonder that small makeup tubes and compacts often cost a not-so-small fortune. Keep yourself from racking up loads of credit card debt by trying these equally effective, homemade alternatives. You’ll find dozens of makeup ‘recipes’ floating around the internet.

Believe it or not, brand name lip products can cost $10, $20, even $30. I, myself, am guilty of purchasing a $30 tube, only to lose it inexplicably after just a few uses. Those tiny tubes have a troublesome habit of falling out of our purses or getting stolen by our klepto kid sisters. Never lose your money to another case of vanishing lip gloss again by stirring up your own lovely lip coats, courtesy of The Herb Companion. All you have to do is mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with ½ of a teaspoon of coconut oil and 1/8 of a teaspoon of vitamin E oil (sold at natural foods markets, e.g. Whole Foods). For scent and color, add a drop or two of mint or rose oil, and melt down a sliver of a lipstick of your color choice.

Dig into your spice cabinet while preparing Thanksgiving dinner, and, while the turkey is roasting, you can blend your very own bronzing powder for a little extra holiday glow. Mix cocoa powder, nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder (lightest to darkest) to match your skin tone. Sift through evenly with your fingertips for a clump-free powder mixture. Transfer into a recycled compact case and use as a loose powder or, for a dewy texture, mix a few drops of an essential oil of your liking, e.g. rosemary or lavender oil. It’s just that easy.

Skin Care
What do most facial care products share in common apart from astronomical prices? Essential oils and other natural ingredients. Want to know a secret? These can be purchased by the bottle at your local natural foods market at more affordable prices. In fact, pure substances used at higher concentrations could prove more beneficial for your skin than costly in-store creams and lotions. It’s (cheap!) magic in a bottle.

All-natural facial masks and toners for cleaner, healthier skin can be made from a variety of foods, as well. Check out this list of 9 DIY facial masks and treat yourself to a well-deserved helping of skin food therapy, without setting foot outside your kitchen.

Hair Care
Beautiful hair is known to hold many secrets but an expensive price tag isn't one of them. Even for those who don’t splurge on expensive spritz and spray products, shampoo and conditioner, alone, can leave a noticeable dent your annual supermarket expenditure. Skip the chemical-laden hair treatments every now and then, and try all-natural upkeep. Not only is it better for your wallet; it’s better for your hair, too.

Organic Authority shares a simple how-to for homemade dry shampoo using cornstarch, baking soda and ground oats. Just rub a small amount into your roots and comb out the excess. A great on-the-go solution for cleaner hair, quick and easy. For natural conditioning, coat your locks with a handful of coconut oil, let sit and rinse out. Coconut oil is growing in popularity as a multi-purpose miracle worker. You can purchase a supply by the jar for $10 or less.

I just want to thank NerdWallet for their time and hard work to give to you readers! I've really only messed with stuff like lemon for naturally highlighting my blonde hair and little things of that nature, so I'm excited to try many of these tips myself!

Do you use any natural beauty DIY tricks in your daily routine? 

: : Celeste : :

Monday, October 29, 2012

Harley Quinn's Revenge

Shirt. Hot Topic. Jeans: KohlsShoes: Payless. Outerwear: Target. Accessories: Forever 21


I'm a huge comic book fan & quite the big nerd. Video games, completely included. So how can you take my love for comics and gaming and take it up a notch? You add Batman of course. And to cherry top it, I've put together an outfit  featuring this awesome T-shirt from Hot Topic. I've kind of had my eye on it.

So, as you might have gathered from the title, I've been playing the new DLC for Batman Arkham City, and so far I'm pretty impressed. I was excited to start off as Robin, and get a chance to see a transformation of an end game Easter Egg involving Miss Harley. Tempted you to play yet?

Anyhow, hope you enjoyed my little 'sort of' wish list and a little peak into my nerd life. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and kicked Monday's butt!

: : Celeste : :

Saturday, October 27, 2012

DIY: Spiderweb Gift Wrap

With Halloween upon us I knew I wanted to do at least a few posts dedicated to some spooky, pumpkin, scary goodness... So, I brain stormed a little and while playing around with wrapping a birthday present (present being a Spider-Man action figure), you might have guessed that I was inspired by Spider-Man. So here is for you all, a tutorial on how to create a spiderweb using party ribbon.

I chose party ribbon because of its bright colors and ripples which I think helps create a more webbing look than regular ribbon would have, plus its fun and party-like.

Materials: A wrapped gift + Party Ribbon + Tape + Spider (Optional)
With your gift all wrapped up, you'll want to start by taking a really long piece of party ribbon (size will depend on size of gift) and wrap around the gift to create an "X" and literally wrap to put another X on top to create a star-like shape. You'l want to make sure this start-shape is pretty tight, and to achieve this I ended up using a small piece of scotch tape on the corners.

In the center you'll want to tie a good knot. To start the web you'll want to take the ribbon from the center, and pull it up over a string in the corner, and under the next. Twist over the same ribbon, and go over and under on the next. You'll repeat this step until you get near the edge of the box or have made full enough of a web for your liking.

For the last step you'll want to loop over and under as you would have, put pull it slightly to the edge of the gift and tie a knot. Cut off any access string and you're done with your web. As a final touch, I decided to add a little spider that I made from scrap paper (rolled a ball, and attached folded paper for legs!).

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial, and if you have any questions or want to share anything feel free to comment or send me a message.

: : Celeste : :

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Makes enough for one 16 oz. glass. Double up to share!

I really enjoy a good fruit smoothie, especially one with bananas & some milk. One of my favorite smoothies to make at Starbucks is what I call a "Banana Chai Smoothie" which in essence is a "Chocolate Banana Smoothie" minus chocolate, plus chai. Its very tasty if you're a huge Chai Tea fan and need a little extra protein for the day!

Anyhow, between my love for this smoothie and reading various recipes for pumpkin smoothies on the "interwebs", I knew I wanted to make a Pumpkin Smoothie - with a slight twist of my own of course.

Ingredients: 1 Banana + 1/4 cup Oats + 6 oz. Vanilla Yogurt + 5 oz. Pumpkin Puree + 2 oz. Orange Juice + 1 tblspn Honey + 3 pinches Cinnamon Powder + 2 pinches Ginger + Optional: 2 oz. Milk


If you have a crappy blender, like I do, I def advise to blend the yogurt, oats, & banana together first - but otherwise feel free to blend all together... and enjoy!

For this recipe I did not use milk, as I was out.... Otherwise I would have, I really do enjoy a little milk in my smoothies. And after tasting it, both Anthony and I agreed that a little bit of milk would have been perfect.

Don't you just love the touch of Batman? I'm such a nerdy girl! :P

: : Celeste : :

Friday, October 12, 2012

Preview: Comic Chic 2.0


I have been on an extreme hiatus, and I really want it to end. So I say, "What better way to end something, than with beginning anew?"

I am very excited to announce that I have been working on a new layout for my blog, and it just so close to being complete. Within the next few days expect many changes from the look of the blog, the feel of it, as well as trial and error on my part until I am completely happy with the outcome.

There are many reasons for doing the change, but most of all I think that I need to be true to myself and how my life is. Its crazy, hectic sometimes; I read comics before bed, I'm a barista with a love for caffeine, I'm in love with a writer, I wear lace any chance I get, my desk is always a mess from projects, I love the color red, and I'm gonna be me - no matter if you like it or not. 10 views or 200000000 views a day, at the end of the day... I'm me.

Personal Blogging Goals:
  • Be myself
  • Get organized, some might say monetized
  • Take photos, lots of photos
  • Quality posts with quality photos
  • Nerd it out a lil, they can take it!
  • Show ya my style, how I see things

I have another announcement that I would like to make, but I want to save it for a rainy day - which in these neck of the woods is coming near. Plus, what better way to interest you in returning. ;)

: : Celeste : :

Saturday, August 11, 2012

History of the Trend: Cat Eyes


There's something about "cat eyes" that is sexy, dark, eye-catching & fun that we just can't help but be in love with. Its a sure fire way to have someone look your way, almost as a reminder of a time of glamour in an Old Hollywood sort of way. But where did this trend actually originate?

1950's

Most people associate the "cat eyes" look from the 1950's from eyeglasses in the shape made popular by names like Marilyn Monroe & Audrey Hepburn. This eyeglass shape has once again made a comeback in present day fashion, in both eye glasses and sunglasses.

Just as the eyeglass shape was popular, so was using dark eyeliner to create the dramatic style that is designed to corner the outer eyelids to look pointed like... Well, obviously a pair of cats' eyes.

It was a very common look during this era; it was classy & elegant
Ancient Egypt

Although the 50's are the big reason why we gravitate to this trend, it was because of the Egyptians that it became a trend then to begin with.

Both Egyptian males & females wore make-up, in more of a form of face paint using various ingredients from animal waste or animal fat, and like a lot of today's cosmetics, they also used natural oils or beeswax, and even crushing metal lead sulfide (galena), to create khol. Khol was used to darken the eyelids and eyelashes.

To achieve many shades and colors for painting, they took many gems, such as malachite, and finely ground them into a powder. After grounding everything into a fine powder, it was then mixed with oils and/or animal fat or waste. It was then applied to the face using wood, bones or ivory tools.

Present 

Many stars such as Adele, Katy Perry, and Angelina Jolie adorn the "cat eye" using liquid or pencil eyeliner. 
The "cat eye" is achieved by applying a thin line of eyeliner along the lash line, drawing outward to the corner of the eye. At the corner, you would twist upward with a flick. Once applied, you can add more eyeliner to get a bolder look

Line only the upper lid for a retro look, line the lower lid as well for a more modern look, or blend with the previously popular smokey eye. No matter how you do it, it'll  be an eye catcher.


I personally love this look because it shows that you don't need a lot of make up to catch someone's eye, or to look elegant and put together for any formal or normal day routine. It draws attention to the eyes, which is one of a humans' greatest assets. There's a reason people call them the window to a person's soul.

: : Celeste : :