Monday, June 16, 2014

OOTD: Birthday

Kimonos- my favourite article of clothing at the moment. They're so beautiful and most have such detailed designs. Plus, some even have fringe! Not only are they ascetically appealing, but they are practical. They are made of lightweight material making them perfect for the summer months.Who wouldn't want one... or five? (oops) It's no surprise I'd want to include one in my birthday outfit. Birthdays are days to dress how you want in order to feel your best and show the world how fabulous you are. You are the center of attention of the people you care about, so why not try to make the rest of the world notice, too? As conceited as it may sound, a birthday is the day for celebrating your existence! Wear what you want and rock it!! Feel your best and feel absolutely fabulous!! :)

Putting together a particularly nice outfit for my birthday is somewhat of a tradition for me. I've been doing this ever since I could remember, so as expected, I planned a special birthday outfit for myself once again! This outfit did give me that boost in confidence for the day and in all honesty, I did feel fabulous. I love wearing outfits that do that!

Kimono- T.J. Maxx ($19.99)
Dress- Delia's (No longer available- $15.00)
Necklace- Target 
(linked is a similar necklace)
Bracelets- From a friend and the
bottomless pit that is my drawer
Watch- Target
Rings- PacSun
Nail Polish- Essie
Since the kimono is so colourful, I went with a simple black skater dress and my favourite black cut out boots. By wearing one other colour, that is considered neutral, would ensure that the pieces wouldn't compete with one and other, but rather compliment. The black and gold necklace and gold based bracelets add a tasteful bit of bling to the ensemble, as well. 

If anyone is curious, here are several of the goodies I received for my birthday. Good news- there shall be plenty of reviews and OOTDs to come! My last post features my favourite birthday gift. Check it out!!
Fun Fact- I'm a fan of Doctor Who. :P
Do any of you purposely put together a special outfit for your birthday?


Friday, June 13, 2014

My Favourite Birthday Gift

**This image is not my own; just merely an edit.

The other day, I wrote up a very brief post and published it. It was a quick thing because I didn't feel like words could truly express the importance of the texting and driving matter as well as the video had, and I also didn't have much time (I feel lame saying that because this issue is major and so prevalent in today's society. The time thing just feels like an excuse. In all honesty, I would have liked to have written more about the subject matter, but c'est la vie. There will be other opportunities to).

Seeing as that login was quick, I didn't check my reading list, statistics, or anything I normally would have. I simply clicked on the post icon, created the Watch and Share post, and then logged out; not even giving a second glance to anything else.

A few days have passed since that post. I've obviously logged back on for a proper blogger sit down. With that, I have relieved myself of the naivety of what is happening with everyone. Once having checked what's new, I noticed my follower count. Oh my goodness, guys!!! 107?!!! That's incredible!!! My mind is boggled by the fact that the number of followers I have is in the triple digits. Like whoa. I appreciate everyone single one of you, even if you followed just for a follow back (though I hope the content is genuinely interesting enough for all and that's primarily why you followed. If not, tell me what you'd like to see written up!) All of you still took the time to add my URL to your reading list, and for that, I thank you. Also, I noticed this change in numbers a few days after my birthday. Though it was after the fact, it has proved to be the most meaningful birthday gift I received. Bottom line, this information made my day. Thanks for the late birthday gift!!!!!!

Like most people who gain followers, it's an unbelievable feeling. I never expected as many as 7 people to read my blog, let alone 107!! It's an amazing and surreal feeling. For those who have read my About Me page, one can conclude that I'm shy and private in most aspects of life, including with my written work and really anything I'm passionate about, so to have such a positive response from people in the blogging community really has helped me feel more comfortable sharing the things I love with the world and letting my little mousy voice be heard for once. This has really been a very cool experience so far. I cannot wait to see what the future holds and I hope to share it with each and every one of you. Much love, beautiful people!

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

OOTD: Overalls & a General Update

I feel like I’m on a blogging high. It feels so great to be back posting and interacting with everyone.  It pleases me that I’m logged on quite a bit, like how I was when I first started this site. Like I mentioned three posts ago, a lot has been happening in my life recently. I won’t get into all of the details now, especially not the more upsetting ones, but soon! For now, I want a nice upbeat post, so I figured why not a summery OOTD and a peek into the pleasant activities that I've been doing? 

Below is an outfit that I love and have worn a few times doing whatever it is that I've been doing (continue reading to find out what that is!). The fact that overalls are coming back into style pleases me very much.  This is definitely something I’ll be wearing a fair amount in the summer. Perhaps it will even make an appearance in a potential Summer Lookbook. ;) (I’m not posting the spring one at this point; though I said I would be. Sorry. -_-)

Overalls- Walmart
Top- Delia's
Watch- Target
Rings- PacSun
Nail Polish- Essie

So what have I been up to? Sunday drives. I've been taking quite a lot of these lately.  They’re so peaceful. My goal has been to get lost driving and thus explore new places, stop at the side of a road and meander onto random trails with a friend, and really just take in the world around me. Simply stopping and breathing. Actually being in the moment and not being so go-go-go.  BEING HAPPY. 

With this new found wanderlust, I have discovered many unique and truly beautiful places.  It’s moments like these that we can reflect on and find happiness. It’s an effortless thing that we can all do every now and again, and so much enjoyment can be taken from these types of moments. Experiences like these refresh us.  This time really has re-energized me and my creative juices are flowing better than ever!

With this surge of creativity, I have more or less been doing DIYs, painting, writing, and drawing nonstop. Here are four of the bazillion pieces I've done. 
Now everyone-stop and breathe!!! And enjoy a happy tune!!

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tag Tuesday: The Beauty Blogger Tag

As far as I know, "Tag Tuesday" isn't actually a thing. Maybe it should be, though! It wouldn't have to be something done every week, but rather a designated day... 

Never mind that tangent. We're all probably better off doing them whenever. I was just trying to think of a creative title that flows off the tongue, and there ya go. I'm a strong supporter of alliterations!

I've seen this tag circulating around the blogosphere on several occasions and figured why not complete it myself. I wouldn't consider myself strictly a beauty blogger, as it's just one subject I'm interesting in, but I thought it'd be nice to give more insight into that side of me. Really this is an opportunity for y'all to get to know me better!

1. Is your hair naturally curly or straight?
My hair is in between- it’s wavy. It is gradually getting straighter and straighter, though.

2. What is your natural hair colour?
Medium Ash Brown.  It looks lighter or darker in various lighting. Occasionally I have a ging ting, too. Just call me the chameleon.

3. Do you dye it yourself or go to a salon?
I do not currently dye my hair; though I've been considering getting it two shades darker next time I visit the salon. Either that or ombre, but I’m still waiting for my hair to grow out longer.

4. How often do you wash your hair?
Every morning. I know you’re not supposed to, but if I don’t then my hair gets oily. Yes, that quickly even.

5. Do you wear the same style every day or change it?
I’m assuming this question is still regarding hair. That would be a no. I have a few key styles that I tend to sport, but usually I try to mix it up each day.  Though I must admit I have that stretch of days where I do whatever is easiest and say, “Good enough.” Every now and again I try to branch away from my main ‘dos to jazz it up a bit, too.

6. Do you do your own mani/pedi or go to a salon?
I do my own. Always have. Probably always will. I find it relaxing and therapeutic just focusing at this one task at hand and not worrying about anything else. It’s a way to keep my mind preoccupied. Plus, I like to experiment and practice, so I can become a better nail artist.

7. How often to you change your nail polish?
About every 2-3 weeks. This all depends on chipping. Usually I try to do touch-ups and salvage the polish as best as I can. This is especially the case when I don’t have much time for said primping.

8. Do you polish your toes in the winter, too or just in the summer?
Only during the spring and summer. It then tends to last through part of fall.  If my toenails look wretched during the winter (from skiing and dance), then I will slap on a bit of polish. I tend to walk around my house barefoot even during the chilly winter, and I wouldn't want the people dallying around to be appalled by my feet.

9. How long does it take to put on your makeup?
45 minutes to an hour because I’m lazy, become bored, or get frustrated and walk away. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, chiefly in regards to my brows and lashes. (I hope I’m not the only one like this!)

10. What do you do first? Face or eyes?
Face- I get the less stressful and tedious part out of the way immediately.

11. Do you "collect" makeup or just buy what you need when you need it?
Most times I buy what I need. Sometimes I splurge and purchase products that aren't a necessity, but want to try.  From this habit I have a petite collection that is surely growing.

12. How often do you wear false eyelashes?
Almost never. I believe I've only worn them twice.

13. Do you do a full face of makeup every day?
Yes, because without it I don’t feel comfortable or complete. Though each region of my face has makeup on it for every day, it is usually light. Just enough to cover up blemishes and slightly enhance features.

14. Do you wear makeup when you are home alone (or with family)?
When I’m home alone, more often than not, I chose the naked face route.  I do this even around my immediate family.  This is only the case when I know I’m going to be a hermit and stay in all day and I know I won’t have any visitors, though.

15. Will you leave the house without makeup?
If I go out for a run, then yes. Generally I try to have a bit of foundation and mascara on when I go out to run errands.

16. How many high end products do you have?
3 (possibly more??)

17. How often do you wash your makeup brushes?
I don’t have a set pattern. I’m more of the person that says, “Hey, that brush is getting cakey! I ought to clean it.”

18. Do you plan your OOTD every night or decide when you are getting dressed?
A little of both. This depends on many factors- tiredness, motivation, what is this OOTD for, etc.

19. How often do you change your handbag?
For every season, at least. Every now and again, mid-season, I’ll swap bags.

20. What time do you get up & go to sleep?
Getting up:
Weekdays: 4:00 am     Weekends: 9:30 am
Going to sleep:
Weekdays: 11:00 pm  Weekends: Whenever I feel like it!

21. How often & when do you work out?
Lately, I haven’t been working out as much as I used to. I used to go to the gym 3-5 times a week. I took dance classes, too. I’d also have a show that’d I be in, which would require me to be fit. But I’m not in a show at the moment, I am not enrolled in a dance class now, and I don’t feel like driving 40 minutes to get to the gym. Due to these factors, my physical activity has decreased greatly. At least once a week, I’ll either bike around my town for 14 miles or take a hike for 6+ miles, though.

22. Left-handed or Right-handed?

23. How tall are you?

24. Do you speak a foreign language?
I’d like to say yes because I took 3 years of Spanish in school; however I've forgotten the majority of it and to begin with, I didn't understand most of it. I am learning German and ASL (American Sign Language), though!

25. How many pets do you have?
2! A chocolate lab and a beta fish.

26. How often are you on Blogger?
Lately, every day; however we all know that was not the case for the past few months. I was very sporadic with my “logins,” but now I’ll hop on just to check out other blogs if nothing else.

27. Do you read the comments posted on your blog?
Of course! The least I can do is take a bit of time out of my day to read and reply back; after all, you took time out to comment! Plus, reading everyone’s comments makes me smile. :)

28. Do you keep a list of products to try as you see other posts?
I do!

29. How did you come up with your blog name?
My name is Molly (shocker). My last name starts with a “M,” (Miss) Molly Mac is my nickname, and I like MAC products, hence the Mac!

30. What kind of camera do you use for photographs?
Olympus XZ-10 iHS

I’m hoping to purchase a Canon EOS of some kind, soon. If you have any camera recommendations, do let me know in the comments!!

31. How often do you clean your house? (Daily, weekly, other)
Depends on the work. Dishes, general tidying, laundry, and smaller tasks like those are daily. Vacuuming is done every couple of days to keep the dust and allergens away (fun fact: I have a super annoying dust mite allergy).

32. What is your favourite colour?
Hmmm, this depends on the season. Burgundy, sea foam green, mint, and coral are my favourites.

33. What is your favorite beauty/fashion magazine?
Vogue and Allure

34. Do you swear?
You bet your f***ing a** I do. (teehee) I’m not that bad. On occasion I will. When I’m passionate (/arguing) about what I’m talking about, or talking to someone I feel comfortable with, then they tend to slip out. I’m of Irish descent. What can I say?

35. What are you doing with the rest of your day?
I’ll probably go read other blogs, a book, and maybe clean/rearrange my bedroom.

I tag whoever wants to complete this! I don't want to call anyone out specifically, so they don't feel this sudden obligation and pressure, hence why I'm calling out anyone willing to partake in this little questionnaire. If you do, please let me know! I'd love to read them!

Also, if you'd like to know more about me, check out my FAQ page!! I've updated it and it now has a few questions and answers!

Have a lovely day and stay fabulous!!