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The Pink Samurai: August 2011

The Pink Samurai

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Turks Outtakes

Here are some outtakes of my mini shoot with Turks the other day. This was for the "something fun" post in the 30 Day Photo Challenge. He just loves that feather toy. In the morning, he'll walk through the hallway and just look back and mao (not meow, but mao), just waiting for me to follow and play. So cute!


I'll be catching up on the Photo Challenge later this week. I've just finished our invites, save addressing, which we'll do as soon as possible. Next on the list is fooooood!



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Game Night

We love board games. Scrabble, Life, Cranium, and especially Trivial Pursuit. We have so much random knowledge floating around in our heads haha. We found this new version of Trivial Pursuit on our last outing to Toy R Us and decided to pick it up. It has the interesting new way of categorizing questions and a betting mechanism where you can bet whether or not your opponent knows the answer >:D Here's some pics from our first game.

The new board. Any space gives you the opportunity to get a wedgie (that's what we called them in my home growing up lol).

Each card has themed questions...even though the questions are still pretty varied.

You start out with some chips and gain/loose them while betting on your opponent. If you have enough, then you can buy a wedgie. You can also buy the ability to choose the card and type of question you're asked for your final question.

I didn't do too hot in the beginning...

Oooh! Don't call it a comeback!

Winner winner chicken dinner!

It was a really fun game and Andy definitely won the next round. I was skeptical with this new format, and I'll always love the original, but this version was pretty fun! Definitely great for a party or weekly game night with your friends.



Nail Polish: Color!

So I love nail polish and I've really been into playing with different color palettes lately. This is one I did a few weeks ago and forgot to snap a pic before they started to chip a little. The colors were so fun together, though! They are all Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Model Behavior, Barracuda, and 3 in Coral Fever.

This week I'm playing with a matte top coat by Essie and another palette of 3. I should really do a whole post on color theory as shown with nail polish haha! So here I've got another Sally Hansen color in Yellow Kitty (how could I not get that?) and Essie colors Turquoise & Caicos (one of my all time favorites) and Rose Bowl with a top coat of Matte About You.
I hope you like them! I just love playing with bright colors!



Sunday, August 21, 2011

SuperCute Sunday #5


This addition is all about Photography. I've found some really cute cameras and fun tutorials on how to give your own photos that cute vintage feel!

• This Crochet Polaroid is so super cute! Not technically a camera...but it was too cute to leave out.
• Elsie from Red Velvet / A Beautiful Mess has this super cute Hand-Painted Holga in a chevron pattern that I just love. I read her blog every day, btw.
• The Pink Polaroid was from a wedding shoot and I had to include it because it's pink. And I want it.
• Urban Outfitters has bunches of fun cameras, but this Blue Cloud Diana is the cutest imo.
• UO can over charge a bit tho, so check out Amazon. I found this Instax for almost half of what UO was charging. I don't have one of these yet, I prefer Polaroid's square format, but I think it would be really fun to play around with.

And here are some great Photoshop tricks to give your digital photos that vintage feel.
• I love instagram (my username is beckypool). These Instagram Photoshop Actions are so awesome and there's so many! I want to play with all my photos.
Photo Editing with Curves and Selective Color is a trick I use with all the photos on my blog. It helps to keep everything consistant and give a nice airy, but colorful feel.
• Here's one more Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 17


There's more to my desk than this, but it's the corner that's in my direct line of sight and I love the things that I put there.

1) Star Wars 4,5 & 6. I only watch the special edition discs with the original cuts.
2) Moleskines that I use to jot down ideas throughout the day. The sticker came from an exchange student from Japan. She stayed with my sister for 2 weeks and brought the most gorgeous gifts!
3) Bunneary. A Pokemon from my sister.
4) My little Manske Roll. A sweet zipper pull from Kidrobot
5) Boba Fett
6) This picture hung on the wall of my grandparents loft/sewing space/guest room for as long as I can remember. My Grandmom used to teach cookie lessons to internationals from her church and one of them gave this to her as a thank you. It reminds me of her every day.
7) A calligraphy pen! I'm pretty terrible at calligraphy, but I'd love to learn. Maybe some day I'll be as cool as Lila ^_^
8) A paper fan from an arcade in Ocean City.
9) A great vintage glass vase that I stuff all my pens and pencils into.
10) A mess of usb cords for various cameras lol



Nail Polish: Polka dot Nude

Nude and Polka dots

I got a couple of nude colors the other day, which is a departure from my normal bright nails. I just felt like experimenting after seeing some really cute stuff on pinterest. Pictured is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Without a Stitch and Essie in Oui Madam. I actually used the Sally Hansen color Malt all over (totally photographed the wrong bottle...doh! It's just one shade darker than Without a Stitch) and then took a small sculpting tool (you can use a toothpick) and dipped it in a little puddle of the Oui Madam for the dots. The dot color is a silver white and is very reflective so it gives an interesting effect against the matte.



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 16


You guys, I love Spicy Nacho Doritos. I call them "sass chips" because their flavor is so sassy. Eat them with peanut butter sandwiches and you'll be a better person for it.


Monday, August 15, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 15


I love sparkly things...especially shoes. I wear the Steve Madden ones in the middle all the time. The bow's I'm planning on wearing to my wedding rehearsal and dinner ^_^ And the flip flops were cheap and from Old Navy. I couldn't resist.


To-Do List » 8/14-20/2011

my to-do list this week.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

SuperCute Sunday #4


Today is all about ice cream! Because I love eating it. And because there are so many ways to make it super cute.




30 Day Photo Challenge: Days 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14

Massive catch up for Photo Challenge, GO!

A Japanese stab bound book I made years ago using the hemp leaf pattern.

Feather toys are always fun ^_^

Turks asleep on my lap.

The view from my balcony.

Some flowers out by the pool.



Wednesday, August 10, 2011

New Markers


I worked from home half the day yesterday because I wasn't feeling well. Just curled up in bed with my laptop and the kittens and did my work from there. I could totally get used to that, btw. When Andy got home came baring gifts! We've been really into our greyscale Copic's and he brought me some pinks! I love love love Copic's and I colored my most recent girl tonight. Nothing fancy, I'm still practicing with these markers, but it's pink ^_^


My scanner decided crop it for me :/ Oh well! I still really like it.
So the moral of the story is to play with pink copic markers cuz they are awesome.


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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 9


Today I had to take a self portrait, minus my faaaaace. There's a bit of chin, but whatevs. This is my favorite necklace. My Grandmother gave me this charm over 10 years ago for my James Avery charm bracelet (a staple for any girl raised in The Lone Star State). I never had it put on the bracelet because I loved it so much as a necklace. It's a great conversation piece. And I'll take any excuse to talk about Texas ^_^

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Monday, August 08, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge: Day 8


This is my FriendsWithYou mimobot collection. To be fair it's me and Andy's since he bought them all for us...but they sit on my desk ^_^ There's another at work, and a Hello Kitty one in my purse right now. You know, in case I need some data storage really quick. You never know. Also the Hello Kitty blind boxes are calling my name...


Star Trek Inspiration: Uhura Nails

Here's how my Star Trek nails came out! This color is so great. Three coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in 13 - Celeb City. I'm pretty sure it was just $2.99 at Rite Aid. I usually do my nails every Sunday. It's just fun little "me" thing that I make time for on the weekend. These turned out really great imo, so I might start posting my nails more regularly.

Star Trek Nails

Star Trek Nails

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge

I'm a little late to the game for the 30 Day Photo Challenge hosted by Oh So Lovely, but it's such a fun idea I'm going to make up for lost time! You can read more about the challenge here. All you really need to know is that they came up with a really cute list of things to take photos of and post on your blog. So since I'm 7 days behind, I'm going to catch up in this post!

Here's the official list:

And here we go!
I found out about the challenge from Amy Tangerine, who's blog I've been following for a long time. In the same post, she shared about a new photo app called Pocketbooth that turns your phone into a mobile photobooth. Super cute and I had to get it. Also it was raining really hard this afternoon.

The clouds outside my apartment were hard to see because of that whole torrential down pour thing. I do love when it's light outside and pouring rain.


My fiance! The amazing and talented Andy Helms ^_^ He's so great I can't barely believe he's real sometimes.

I've been drawing a lot more lately, and my newest is this girl.

Hooray! All caught up! Tomorrow is "technology" and I know exactly what I'm going to do ^_^ Also, nail pics are coming tomorrow, too.



SuperCute Sunday #3

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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Star Trek Inspiration

Andy and I have challenged each other to watch every Star Trek episode ever. We both grew up watching (TNG is my favorite!) and we're making our way through the second season of the original series. I love the 60's in general and especially their vision of the future. Uhura is one of my favorites...I love how classy and beautiful she is on duty! I've been wanting to paint my nails like hers for a while, and I'm totally doing it today. Look how great!

photo: blingcheese.com

So I'm armed with some Sally Hansen's Clearly Quick and Celeb City and the Ikea catalog that just arrived! I'm silly excited for this. It's the little things ^_^


I'll totally post the results later!


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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Otakon Sketches

otakon sketches

We had some down time at Otakon and I this one piece of paper infront of the the whole time. Like any creative person, I doodle like a maniac, and this is what happened ^_^

There's a few things in here I'm going to develop and a few that just make me giggle. If you couldn't tell, all I really wanted to do the whole time was draw tubcats and Adventure Time fan art. Marceline's hair is so fun to draw!


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Monday, August 01, 2011

Otakon 2012

Last weekend was Otakon! We were preparing for this for a long time and while I didn't have enough to get some more things made (bags, shirts, etc) we had buttons, prints, jewelry and charms for sale! It was crowded and fun and like any good Anime convention, it was full of cosplayers! I took a few pics of my favorites. I hope you like them!

Arriving in Baltimore!

Andy had his stuff on the other side of the table, but mine half was way cuter :P

Oh man, check out all those buttons.

And charms! Tubcat definitely stole the show.

The Old Spice Guy was one of the first attendees we saw.

This guy put his buttons on his bag right quick!

Team Rocket! You might not know that I love a Pokemans.

Some people had props that were out of control. Also a staple of anime conventions...giant duct tape swords.

This guy was so cool! He had two full sleeves of breakfast cereal. One was just for Fruity Pebbles! But Lucky Charms is his favorite. He also had the Quaker Oats guy on his leg.

Super Mario Bros. 2 Peach!

Luigi and Daisy

Very specific Ariel costume. Not gonna lie, I wanted this dress so bad when I was little.

The coolest Portal gun of the whole show. (There were lots.)

More Portal fun!

I found Waldo. Womp womp.

Coolest mom there.

Dr. Horrible was so nice.

I told Capt. Hammer that I'd seen a Dr. Horrible too and he told me not to worry. He'd already taken care of him for me. haha

Skinny Poliwhirl!

Marceline and Princess Bubblegum! These girls were so great. Marceline was so pro.

BMO! She was running around all excited...perfect BMO.

I don't know who he is...but he's awesome.

Professor Chaos! Oh Butters.

And Chris Redfield from Resident Evil 5. We've been playing the crap out of that game, so I was excited to see him haha

We had such a great time and I'm really excited to see where my shop goes from here. This was my first venture out with Pnut and Tubcat and they were the biggest hits! Which is cool cuz all I want to do is draw tubby kittens all day.