Category Archives: Miscellaneous

MOVED MOVED MOVED!

So, guys, I’ve done it. I’ve moved to a full-fledged site with a blog built right in. Still moving all of this content over there, but yes, here are the new URLs!

For the site:

ILOVEYOUMUCH.COM (so, the same)

For the blog:

ILOVEYOUMUCH.COM/BLOG (integrated into the site, but just in case you want to jump straight there)

Also make sure to change your blog subscriptions in your readers, if you are so inclined!

 

SEE YOU THERE!

My newfound love for GPS

I get lost. A lot. My sense of direction is worse than, well, than a blind rat. (Let’s subtract their spatial memory, mkay?) I have lost faith in Google Maps after it led me to get LOST IN THE PROJECTS AT 1AM. There were people. Crowding the 4Runner. At stop lights. I was crying. After frantic calls to JP, he finally directed me out of there. I had somehow gotten twenty miles off course, in what seemed like about 2.2 seconds.

Enter a Christmas gift, and a virtual life-saver.

Garmin nüvi, product image from Amazon

Running at just over $100 on Amazon right now, it’s a great tool to have. GPS, traffic, bluetooth, no monthly fee shenanigans, and mounts to my window without any hassle or adhesives. There are a whole slew of options, price ranges, extra features (custom routes, etc.), on some of the upper models, but this does the trick. It has been incredibly accurate, and on several occasions we’ve ignored it’s traffic suggestions… only to get stuck in some horrid jams.

As a photographer and bidness lady, it’s important for me to not only get to locations, but also to be able to get home from locations, you know, without GETTING LOST IN THE PROJECTS. I hadn’t ever thought about branching out from my Google Maps printouts (that fail me at least 50% of the time), but I’m so glad that JP thought of this. Also, saves money on printer paper, ink, and less clutter in my car. Win-win. (I admit, I still do double-check everything on Google Maps, but just as a brief glance… just in case.)

If you are as bad at navigation as I am, get thee a GPS, and rejoice in how affordable they can be!

Pinterest and Blogging

Like many others, I love Pinterest. It’s a great way to organize beautiful things, and it’s so dang easy. It also is interesting for me to look at patterns in my taste and such. Pinterest has expanded my blog-exploring, and I enjoy being able to branch out.

But, there’s a but. In some ways, Pinterest has taken some of the “magic” out of a great number of blogs that I read. I know what posts are coming based on their weekly pins. Well, for me, it’s sort of like peeking at the corners of a Christmas package– you know what’s coming, and you wish you hadn’t seen it.

As a blogger, there are times when I used to, and still would love to, post collections of things I love, interesting things I’ve found, or styles I’m crushing on. Now I just feel like it would be a rehashing of my (and others’) Pinterest pins. Wedding gown favorites, fabulous alternative dresses, excellent shoes, beauty, and so forth. For instance, I have a newfound bug for wanting ombre hair color, and love love colored tips. But, I’ve already visibly pinned these things.

In short, blogging is about creating original content, which I love doing, but it’s also a lot about inspiration gathered from across the board. (I’m talking inspiration in the visual sense, not verbal. I’ve never been one to write many posts about feelings, deep thoughts, or the like. I appreciate bloggers who “go there,” I just don’t. I like reading their advice, lots.)

What are your thoughts on how Pinterest has affected/is affecting blogging, or if you’ve even noticed it. (Or even know what Pinterest is!) I might just be talking crazy.

Purse Voyeurism

1984 LV

Kristen tagged me in one of those “What’s in your purse?” dealies, and of course I’m happy to oblige. I am a purse person. I have three regulars in rotation, but my current one is the Louis pictured above. I have no idea what the bag is actually named because I don’t think it’s in production any longer. Why? Well, it’s from 1984. It was my diaper bag. Whiny (but awesome) person that my mother is did not want to carry an actual diaper bag when I was a baby, so she bought this. It was only in use for about a year, then went into her purse storage. Ten years ago, I was being nosy and found it. Mom never used it, so she just gave it to me. Score.

Since then, it’s posed as my book-bag, a makeshift camera bag, art bag, and giant catch-all. I love the size and the cross-body strap. It’s in fabulous condition and one of the many reasons I collect LV. Invest in excellent goods, and they’ll last you a lifetime. Anyway, we’re not going to go into my “BUY LV” spiel. Let’s look at what random stuff has collected in my purse.
contents of my bag

I’m lazy, so it’s not labeled, but I’ll try to list in some sort of orderly direction. How about clockwise from the wallet.

  1. Big LV Damier wallet. It’s way too full, and I rarely snap it closed anymore. Sometimes doubles as a random clutch.
  2. Chanel denim quilted eyeglasses case. Nothing in it because my glasses were on my face. Duh.
  3. SBB train ticket
  4. Luzern Theater Spielzeit. Heavy use of HFJ type inside. Big fan.
  5. Big squared MiquelRius notebook. Cheaper than a Moleskine and 300 pages. Sorry, Moleskine. I cheat on you sometimes.
  6. Holy Taco receipt. A few months old, so all of the ink is faded off.
  7. Small LV Damier Papillon pochette filled with grayscale Prismacolor markers
  8. Random Tombow brush pens, a GT Alumni pen, and a hot pink Sharpie floating around
  9. LV Monogram key fob with an excess of keys and mini grocery store cards
  10. Hair-ties
  11. MUFE concealer palette. Best ever.
  12. Business card case, currently empty because I’ve given them all out.
  13. Tampon
  14. Thermometer because I’m always sick.
  15. Smith’s Minted Rose lip balm. Favorite.
  16. Glide floss. I have a flossing addiction.
  17. Coal Powderliner, the best eyeliner ever
  18. Old-ish Chanel pressed powder compact. I use it mainly for the mirror.
  19. Nars Multiple in Orgasm
  20. MUFE Neon Orange lipstick
  21. Nars lipstick in Funny Face
  22. A 20 CHF bill and miscellaneous coins that fell out of the stuffed wallet
  23. Two fortunes that fell out of my wallet. I keep every fortune I ever get. It’s a bit strange.
  24. A zip-top bag with an emergency Xanax and Adderall. I frequently forget to bring my afternoon meds with me, so this is a backup.
  25. Last but not least, a 4 gig CF card

There you go, all of the stuff that’s in my purse. I’m proud that there isn’t a lot of trash in there, but I have a ton of receipts shoved in the wallet, so I guess that’s cheating. Oh well.

Now I suppose I should tag people. I choose Colleen, and, well, maybe everybody else too. GO. What’s in YOUR purse?