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Currently…3 Podcasts You Should Listen To

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Last year I got into listening to podcasts.  Mainly, true crime podcasts.  However, recently I’ve started to discover fictional series podcast’s stories.  I’m a big SciFi nerd, so I’ll begin in that area.

The first podcast I recommend is one called “Ostium.” Ostium follows one man on his quest to find an empty town named Ostium that no one else knows about.  When he arrives, the town is of course empty and locked. He finally gets in and he begins to explore. He finds a special wooden map table and each door in the city leads to a new location and a new time.  What is this place? Why is he here? Who are the others that he keeps seeing?  Add some danger, a romance and some intrigue and voila! Interested?  Check out this podcast.

The second podcast I want to tell you about is “Today’s Teenager.”  A good podcast that discusses relevant topics related to teenagers.  The host explains a teenagers point of view and gives the reasons behind them. Examples are given in a way parents and other adults can understand.  Topics include Teens and video games, how to talk with your teens, teen apathy, emotions and more.  If you have a teen in your life this is definitely one you have to check out.

The third podcast I would have you listen to is “The Earth Collective.”  At first listening to this podcast goes a little slow.  You are trying to figure out what you are listening to and why.  Humans have gone to the stars.  They have conquered and settled on other planets.  On one of those planets humans did amazingly well.  Then something happened.  The Darkness.  The civilization and population begin to decline.  The darkness took them, it was to be feared, stay away from the darkness.  To save themselves, humanity develops a way to stay in the light.  Now, all that humanity cares about is surviving the darkness by staying ahead of it. Constantly moving.  On what are house caravans and any means of motorized movement. One member of the caravan decided to make a broadcast about the history he knows and what their life is like now.  He uploads his broadcasts to the last satellite in orbit so maybe someday someone will find it.  The historian is beginning to figure things out.  Others may be listening in.  What happens to humans who can’t keep up? Mysterious things start to happen.  Conspiracy? Aliens? Afterlife?  Listen to find out.

What do you think? Interested in trying any of these?  Let me know what you think.  Do you have any podcasts you think I should listen to?

 

 

 

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June Fashion Terms to Know

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It’s time for the monthly article I write on Fashion Terms.  Some of these terms as common place others are obscure.  I hope you enjoy a little jaunt into the world of clothing.  Here are ten terms to know this month.

  1. Baseball Cap:  A cap that has a dome shaped top.  It can be a solid color or multi colored dome.  It can also be made of different fabrics, but usually nylon.  Has an adjustable headband.
  2. Davy Crockett Cap:  A head covering made out of racoon fur with the tail of the racoon attached to the backside of the cap and laying down along the neck.  Worn in Colonial America and re-popularized in the 1950s and 1960s. Named for famous early American Davy Crockett who died at the Alamo.
  3. Chevron: A design which has two straight lines that meet to form an inverted V. These V shapes are worn on the sleeves of uniforms for the military, police and fire.
  4. Couture: Comes from the French and is used to describe a style of fashion which is the ultimate in fabric, construction, and design.  These clothes are shown twice a year and sold to a very limited audience due to extremely high cost.
  5. Androgynous: Someone or something possessing male and female characteristics.
  6. Mantilla: A shawl or veil worn by Spanish women made of lace and worn for special occasions.  Maybe worn over a high comb.
  7. Natural Fibers: Fibers that are from animals, plants or mineral origins.  Different from those that are made of chemicals (manmade).
  8. Organza:  A light fabric which is transparent and stiff. It is made of rayon or silk yarns. Can be crushed buy also it is easy to press into shape.  Often used for dresses, millinery, and trim.
  9. Parachute pants: A straight legged pant with a zipper from the hem up the leg to make it fit to the ankles securely. It has three zipped pockets on each leg and another at the waist.
  10. Signet Ring: A ring with a large stone or piece of glass cut into a pattern that represents a single person or family.  Used to make impression in wax seals.

Stop by next month for another installment.

 

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June Journaling Prompts

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Is it the sixth month of the year already?  Yes, time flies.  If you were to ask me it flies a little to quickly.  I had a goal of reading 12 books this year.  It’s June and I haven’t even finished one.  I was a girl who would read four books at once and finish two a week years ago.  While my reading habit has fallen by the wayside my journaling habit has not.  I spend almost everyday in my journal now.  I’m either drawing, writing, making a list, bujoing (Is that a word?), cutting and pasting and more.  I’m really going through journals like crazy.  So to help you with your journal keeping habit here are 10 journal prompts for the month of June.  Enjoy!

1. What do you want to do outside this summer?

2. Do you garden?  Why or why not?  Describe your garden.

3. What are your favorite summer foods?

4. Describe a dream picnic. What food? Where? What is the weather like?  Descriptions of everything!

5. What traits do you look for in a partner?

6. What is your favorite movie? Favorite movie trilogy?

7. Life check. Do you like where you are now? Explain.

8. What is the best compliment you ever received?

9. List 5 songs you are listening to right now.

10. Are you organized?  How are you organized?  Why are you not organized? Explain.

Happy Writing!

 

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What is a signature look?

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You read about it often in fashion magazines, you see it on television or in the newspaper, it’s everywhere.  It’s the “signature look.”  What is a signature look?  Why do you need one?  How do you get one?  What is it? Why do certain people have it while others do not?  What can is signature style do for you?

First, let’s figure out the definition of signature style.  After consulting several definitions of a “trademark look”, I would define it as characteristic clothing or a unique appearance making the wearer more easily recognized by others.  So it is something that is unique among the masses. When I use this definition stars such as Diane Keaton, Dita Von Teese and Madonna in her early years stand out.  If you saw an item of their clothing on a mannequin you would know to whom it belonged. They are closely identified with certain articles of clothing and how they are put together.

That “look” is so often associated with one person can also be non-clothing related.  Think of Brigitte Nielson and her icy blonde hair, Tammy Faye Baker and her six tons of mascara, or JLo and her posterior.  A look can be anything on the outside. However, for this article, we want to stick with clothing.

Men are a little bit more difficult to identify.  One man that springs to mind is Hugh Hefner.  Hefner’s trademark silk pajamas and smoking jacket are one of a kind.  Karl Lagerfeld is another man who has a unique style;  Sunglasses, suit, gloves and pony tail in all it’s glory.

In interviews, I’ve read about men who are known for a particular look, such as Steve Jobs and his turtlenecks.  say they chose their signature look or “uniform” for reasons other than aesthetics.  Reasons such as comfort and reduced decision making are often the most heard of.

Diane Keaton said her unique style is the result of “not wanting her body to be exposed.” Women often dress for many more reasons than that.  Some to create controversy, some to impress women, some to impress other men.  Clothes can convey everything from elegance to sexiness.  While women have a great variety of dress to choose from, they also have greater requirements from society in how they dress.

So how do you figure out what your signature style is?  First thing is to define what type of life do you lead? If you are a stay-at-home mom you need one type of basic wardrobe.  If you are an executive you need another. Know your life, know what you need.

The second thing is to identify what your style is.  Sometimes it’s easy.  You like a certain style or time period like Mods, Hippies, or Country.  Other times you admire a person like the previously mentioned Diane Keaton or the retro loving Dita Von Teese.  Study their individual looks.  Write down or create a mood board of their look’s individual pieces.

Compare those to your lifestyle requirements.  Does it fit?  If not, can you modify the style to suit your life?  Then leave out anything you don’t like and you have your basic wardrobe list.  Choose what colors you want to wear. Usually 2-4 colors are a good amount.  Remember to also take into consideration climate.  Your wardrobe will have different elements if you live in Montreal versus Rio de Janiero. Not a big need for snowsuits in Rio.

Further your look by adding accessories and shoes.  Finish the look with hair an make up.  Sounds easy right? A signature look takes a bit more time to refine.  This is just a great place to start.  Do you know someone with a signature look?  Who are your favorite fashion icons?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Lists To Put In Your New Bujo

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Who doesn’t love a bullet journal? I have may basic layout finally figured out.  I’m always looking for more ideas for lists.  I think lists sometimes clear your head or make you think about future plans.  I find that lists tell me what I’ve done and where is currently going on in a way that pictures and writing entries do not.

In my bullet journal some of my mainstay lists are remodeling to do, purchases to make (major ones), ideas for my future possible book that I might write, monthly blog articles that I need to write, places to visit in the state or city, future hobbies I may want to try, self care ideas, follower lists, birthdays, my son’s diagnosis, bucket list, podcast list, travel bucket list, addresses, clothing capsule wardrobe, to do list, contacts, medication lists, future blog article ideas, weight, You tube to watch, and websites I want to keep track of.

Want some ideas? Here are ten lists you can include in your bullet journal:

1. Reading list, books to read, books to buy.

2. Savings/spending tracker.

3. Work achievements for your annual review.

4. Meal planning.

5. Donations to charity.  It can be physical items donated to monetary.

6. Large outstanding debt payment plan.

7. Subscription Services.  A really great reminder for all those apps or studios you belong  to.

8. Restaurants to try (by location if possible).

9. Collectables to acquire.  Use this for what you or family collect.  Need one figurine to complete your ceramic mouse collection?  Need comic book #231?  This is a great place to keep reminders when you are out and about.

10. Food vs symptoms.  I have had several friends who have had to track food to see if it affected their health significantly.  Your bujo is great to see a correlation if you track it.

11. Okay, I said 10 lists.  Here is an eleventh one in case one of the ten isn’t to your liking.  Track your families after school and sports schedules.  If you can do a month at a glance that would be great.  You don’t want to schedule your volunteering at your daughters elementary school the day before you need 22 dozen cookies for you son’s football bake sale.

What lists do you keep?  I would love to hear from you.  Especially uncommon ones. Please comment below.

 

 

 

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5 Instagram’s to Follow Today

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Instagram is one of my favorite social medias.  I love to look at an image more than the written word.  Every so often, on my blog, I will post five Instagramers that I follow.  Check them out!  Then tell me one of your favorites below in the comments.

  1. @create.andlove, this account is run by Alexandra from Germany.  In her account she demonstrates all types of creative goodness in her Traveler’s Notebook.  Love to journal?  Get some great ideas at this site.
  2. @velvetmeadow, Velvet Meadow is an instagramer with a etsy shop.  She hails from Lithuania and does amazing embroidery.  Much of her embroidery is nature based.  I personally love her dandelion ones.  Check them out.  They are so beautiful.
  3. @Moira_fine_jewellery, Moira Fine Jewellery hails from the city of London.  They specialize in antique jewelry and custom work.  I love looking at all their jewels.  My personal favorite jewel piece is their target Art Deco rings.  Check out all their beautiful pieces!
  4. @paperprettyink, Confessions of a paper addict is an instagramer and etsy shop owner who specialty is the junk journal. Check out her amazingly stocked desk!  Using both vintage and modern paper to create an awesome journal. Her following is 55.2 followers.  Definitely one to check out.
  5. @vintage_egyptologist, the personal instagram of Dr. Colleen Darnell, who is an Egyptologist and vintage fashion lover. Her unique fashion is worth following alone, but add in her tutorials on Ancient Egypt and you’ve got a unique and fun account that has something for everyone.

Enjoy scrolling. Do you have any great Instagram accounts you follow?  Let me know in the comments below.

I  have another question.  Is it Instagramer or Instagrammer?  Do you know?  Let me know too!

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5 Things to Clean

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Every month I post a short list of five things to clean.  I’m not writing about washing your floor or making your bed.  I’m talking about those little things, that you almost never clean.  Things like your remote control, you phone and so on.  I hope my list will make you say “Oh, that’s gross.  I need to clean that!” Yeah, I know.  I’m the sole blogger on this planet that wants you to exclaim “gross” over a suggestion from them.  What can I say? I’m an odd duck.  So here it is, happy cleaning!

1. lamp shades and bases: Rarely cleaned, cobwebs and dust abound.  Give it a quick swish.  Depending on the material what you use can be different.  Choose the best cleaning option for you.

2. Windowsills:  All that goop from rain and winter snow has accumulated in the sash.  Clean it! I use bleach wipes.  Quick and easy!

3. Filters in your air purifier:  It’s allergy season.  Anyone else suffering?  I am.  I rely on several air purifiers. When was the last time you cleaned them.  Some can be simply wiped out, others need a new filter.  Do it now!  Give that machine a once over so it can work optimally.

4. Water Bottles:  We all have those reusable mugs and bottles. You can run some of them through the dishwasher.  You can also use an infant bottle brush to scrub the inside if you prefer to hand wash.

5. Banister and Slats:  Ever washed your banister and the slats? You will be surprised at the amount of dirt and grime that comes up.  If you have real wood don’t forget to treat it with special cleaning products.

How is this list?  Do you have something you would like me to include in the next month’s post? Let me know in the comments below.