Month: April 2014

Get Ready for Monday Memoirs!

Hey guys, I am excited to start a new series that will hopefully help us get to know one another a little better! I was inspired by my sister and her series on Two Happy Lambs called Mama Letters– she gives moms a prompt to write to their children about all sorts of things. How they decided on their name, life experiences they have had and they want to pass on, and more to come. I’m not gonna lie – it was the only time I wish I had a kid, because I wanted to play so badly! The thing is, she’ll give you a prompt to write and keep for yourself, and if you have a blog you can post your responses and include a link in the comments. Then she posts her answers as well.

So if you have kids, definitely visit my sis over there and write with her so you can have amazing memories for you and your kids written down to pass on forever. And all you childless peeps of mine, you can play with me!

As some of you may know, I have been keeping journals since I was 12. I buy a big canvas sketchbook from Barnes and Noble (or when I was living at home, Bookshop Santa Cruz!) with blank pages and just fill that thing up with drawings, taped-in pictures and tickets, and of course, written angst. When I fill it up I buy a new one and start over, labeling them with dates and collecting a big pile of these things. My angst level has gone down as I’ve gotten older so I don’t have to buy one every year like I used to, but I still love having tons of stories of my life in my words. I can’t tell you how valuable it has been for me to be able to go back and read my thoughts at certain times in my life and realize that I remembered things wrong, or confirm a date when something important happened, or just hear my own voice in my scrawling pen across the page.

So if you have ever wanted to have some memories written down about your life, I was hoping to help you get started, or just get inspired. Plus, it’s fun to write if you don’t have an excuse to anymore, now that a lot of us are done with school. And no one else has to ever read it!

On Monday I will post the first prompt, with my response included. You can write as little or as much as you want – it’s all up to you. If you have a blog, please post your response too, with a link in the comments! I would love to read them and get to know everyone a little better!

So grab a piece of paper, your phone, or a pretty journal from Barnes and Noble and get ready to reflect! :)


P.S. Speaking of journals, check out the amazing hand made journal my roommate and friend D brought back for me from Nepal!

photo 2 photo 1 In case you are interested, like I was, here is a note that came with it:

This product is made from the bark of Daphne Cannabina or Papyracea, locally known as ‘Lokta’ which is found at an altitude of 2000 to 3500 meters in the mountain area. The ‘Lotka’  has characteristics of regenerating again after 6 to 8 years of cutting. Bark is collected with environmental awareness – thus it preserves the fragile forest ecology of Nepal.

The indigenous Nepalese paper is renowned for its exceptional durability and special texture. The oldest available manuscripts of Hindu and Buddhist texts, royal edicts and legal documents are centuries old and have always been recorded on this paper.

This paper-making process involves cooking the bark twice, consecutive washing, chopping, and beating with a wooden hammer. The soft pulp is poured over a wooden frame and spread evenly by gently shaking the floating frame in water and then sun dried.

Buying this product will support and improve the socioeconomic conditions of the lower strata of society in both rural and urban areas of Nepal.

Freakin cool.


Earth Day in Santa Barbara

On Saturday my friends and I went to the annual Earth Day Festival in downtown Santa Barbara. I went last year with Anthony and I can’t believe a year went by so fast!


This year Anthony had a show to rehearse for, so I went with our friends Ben and Amanda. Yay for day drinking partners!

IMG_3258 IMG_3237 IMG_3257 It was SUCH a gorgeous day. Warm in the sun, perfectly cool and breezy in the shade. While I was waiting for Amanda and Ben, I bought a top from the Crossroads booth there – my favorite second-hand store downtown. I even won a free necklace! I love events like this. I’ll make sure to show you what I got when I wear it (probably the first chance I get next week).

IMG_3244 IMG_3259 I also love that Firestone beer is always within arms reach in Santa Barbara. Ice cold DBA on draft made this day even more perfect.

IMG_3250 IMG_3260 I was pretty excited about my hairdo, I’m not gonna lie. I was inspired by a girl at work who had some low pinned braids the other day. I loved how it kept my hair out of my face all day, but I still felt kind of dolled up.

IMG_3251 IMG_3238 While we were sitting on the grass drinking beer, this little guy crawled onto my lap and started cuddling with me. Swoon.  IMG_3263 There were so many cute dogs EVERYWHERE. It was driving me crazy. I want one so bad so that next year we can take our own little pup. Santa Barbara is such a dog-friendly town and I’m dying to take advantage of it. IMG_3265 IMG_3243 Earth Day kicks off a string of festivals in Santa Barbara over the summer – there is so much I’m looking forward to. Solstice, Fiesta, and Anthony’s birthday are all coming up and I’m so excited! I won’t forget to share the festivities with you guys, and definitely consider visiting because it’s the best time of year in SB!


The Easiest Bun: 3 Ways

Hello all of you lovely people. I hope you are having an awesome week so far and still have Easter candy to munch on.

I have been super lazy after starting to work full time again, so I’ve been mastering the dirty hair ‘dos lately. Buns are thankfully in style, and are so easy – now that I’ve discovered and mastered a few tricks.

titlepic I wanted to share the love and tell you about my 3 favorite ways to do a bun. Perfect for work, play, or a night out.

The Pinned Messy Bun

This is a variation of a style my sister showed me years ago. Her go-to hairstyle was putting it in a messy bun, still wet, and pinning everything down so it looked more like a fancy up-do. These days I try and make it look more like a round, typical bun – and it works much better dry for me. Here’s how I do it:


I start with the messy bun I’ve been doing since junior high. You know how you can’t really teach anyone that? Anyway, try it with your personal messy bun technique and see if it works for you. If not, you can start with a pony tail that’s not all the way pulled through:


Next, pinch the front pieces together.


This will make the bun circular. When it looks cute, pin that shit. Then pin any other pieces around it to make it look like a round updo on the top of your head. I like to pull at it after I’ve pinned a few to make sure it’s still looking full. You won’t need many pins for the back- I usually only use about four bobby pins total. I always like to bring a few extra with me, though, since some pieces can fall in the back over the course of the day.

Here’s what it looks like finished:


I’ve done this with a headband and a looser front, with a flower, or hair sprayed for a more slicked back look. So many options. Make it your own!

The Sock Bun

Okay, I’m assuming you know this one. But I am so in love with it that I want to show you how it looks, in case you are one of the few people who haven’t seen it on Pinterest. Here’s a quick run down of how it works:


Obviously the most mysterious part of this whole thing isn’t pictured. How the hell do you roll it in your hair? If you haven’t battled the sock before, trust me. It is not a science. It looks like a train wreck until magically I stuff it all in there and it looks good. It’s really hard to mess up, trust me – if I can do it at 6am with dirty hair, you can do it. It’s also good for wet hair when you don’t feel like dealing with the blow drier (which is me every day).


The Twirl Pin Bun

Okay, so it’s not called the twirl pin. I guess they’re technically called “Spin Pins”. Meh. Anyway, funny story – I bought this thing forever ago and then lost it for, seriously, years. Then I just found it when I was moving and thought, this thing definitely doesn’t work. My hair has always been slippery so I was so surprised when it stayed in place while I packed up the rest of my apartment. Then when I took my hair out, it gave me these awesome waves! I highly recommend it. Of course I called Em and she’s like, “Oh, duh, I’ve been using that for forever.” Umm, why did I waste time without this in my life?


If you get one (you can buy it online or at a CVS), I have some tips for how to make it work best. I like to do a kind of french twist updo with it, but that doesn’t stay in place as well. A normal bun works the best and looks really cute.

It seems weird to just start with all of your hair down and expect this little thing to hold it all up. But I swear it works! Even with my long heavy hair.


Twirl your hair into a bun at the top of your head and hold it in place.


Then twirl the pin straight across your bun, making sure to grab hair from underneath it. Try and get it as close to your head as possible, and it should feel tight.


I love this style because it’s so easy to do on the go and still feel like you’ve done something cute but casual with your hair. You can throw it in your purse and take it out and redo it throughout the day super easily.

What is your favorite? What’s your go-to hair do when you are lazy?


A Week in the Life

Hope you guys had a great Easter weekend! Here are some of the recent happenings in the life of Stephanie… IMG_3209 Last week was my first week of work, and I have been trying to get my work wardrobe down… 2014-04-20_0004 I commute to work by riding Anthony’s bike to the bus stop, taking the bus, then riding the bike the rest of the way. This involves costume changes and sweating every day. But I do like being outdoors and forcing myself to exercise. Here was the view as I waited at the bus stop on the way home the other day:

IMG_3152 Can’t complain.

Anthony and I have felt so busy the last week or so, with both of us working full time. For a few months we both were at home most of the day- him working from home and me looking for jobs. Now he teaches at two middle schools and I am working at my temp job full time. At least we can come home to each other and have a beer to unwind when we feel exhausted. IMG_3051 Anthony’s parents came to visit this weekend and we had so much fun. I absolutely adore them!

Anthony’s dad had the awesome idea to rent one of these four-person bikes. We had so much fun riding along the water and almost crashing into people. IMG_3224 Anthony’s phone was set to make that photo super saturated…I kind of like it though… The day was seriously that beautiful.  IMG_3181 IMG_3217 IMG_3185


I was excited to wear a new top I got from the thrift store, along with the comb Katherine made me for Em’s wedding: 2014-04-20_0001 We also walked along the wharf and got ice cream. The weather was absolutely amazing. IMG_3194

IMG_3225 IMG_3220 IMG_3203 IMG_3197 We also walked downtown and went to this awesome antique store. Anthony got this amazing poster that we put up in a random spot in the house:

IMG_3222 I also saw these little mugs that I really liked for some reason… Am I crazy? IMG_3172 I could picture these on Emily’s bar (which is gold-themed, like the rest of her life): IMG_3213 I love the little carrying case.

And then it was love at first sight. THIS, you guys: 2014-04-20_0003 So epic!!! I want it over my dining room table. I can only imagine what it looks like with the light on. I need bling in my life, guys.

I also got a vintage tray, inspired by Ramshackle Glam’s recent post, for seven bucks. I’ll show you guys when it has a home. :)

We had an awesome Easter breakfast with them and our roommate Franco at one of my favorite places- Tupelo Junction. They are right downtown and have the best homemade biscuits and jam! IMG_3227 We ended the weekend by getting a new keg for the kegerator. We did some math and realized that each of the five roommates only spend a dollar a day on beer since we all split the price of a keg. So much better than going to the store all the time, plus we found this tap handle for eighteen bucks at the antique store! It’s one of our house favorites, so we knew we had to have it. IMG_3221


What did you do over Easter weekend? Anyone else in love with kegerators?


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