Thursday, June 16, 2011

Hair Woes

I've been cursed with wavy/curly hair that people with straight hair say they'd like but noone with curly hair wants.  Ah, such is life.  In the summer the humidity really gets to it, especially with how much time I spend beachside.  After two weekends in a row of going out at the beach and staying outside most of that time to see a hair disaster by the end of the night I'm trying to plan for some damage control before heading to the beach this weekend to celebrate the homecoming of my bestie that's been in Spain foreverrr (more on that later).  I was looking at Lauren Conrad's blog and she's got a lot of cute, seemingly easy to do hair styles that could combat this humidity.  I'm no good with hair, but I think I will give this one a try this weekend:

1) Apply a light holding styling mousse all over from roots to ends for texture and seperation. Hair can be damp or dry. (If it’s dry, be sure it’s a light holding mousse or you could end up with a strong holding mess.)
2) Separate the hair over your shoulder into two pieces. The piece from the back should come forward and down (see photo).
3,4) Using your girl scout skills, tie hair into a simple knot.
5.) Secure the two ends together using a clear elastic. Once it’s in there, slide it up underneath the knot to conceal it.
6) I like to throw a bobby pin in there for extra security.
7) Back comb the ponytail a little for texture and then comb through it with your fingers to settle it.
Tip: Once the steps are complete, tug on it and mess it up a bit. This look is better when it’s a little disheveled!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It's Your Birfday!

This past weekend I headed to Wilmington to celebrate the birthday of a good school psyc friend...I'd send you here to check out her blog but she's yet to make a single post, ahem June...  We met at her dad's house before heading to Flaming Amy's for some awesome food complete with the best ice cream cake ever made...I'm hoping to get the baker to post the recipe on her blog so I can take a stab at it myself.  After this we danced the night away downtown and had an awesome time celebrating an awesome girl.  On the way I made a tourist of myself in front of the Karens Cafe/Clothes over Bros location....I've always loved One Tree Hill and still watch it and I don't care how lame it is thankyouverymuch.  Even after living in Wilmington I never did this so I fulfilled a dream haha

the baker!!
Birthday girl!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


My sister (from here on out to be referred to as Pippa) graduated from high school this past weekend in a smoking hot gym locale.

That's not our mom- it seems Pippa won herself the Mary Claire Satterly scholarship, and this is Mary Claire's mom aka our 6th grade English/Social Studies teacher.  Congrats Pippa!

Monday, June 6, 2011


I saw this over on another blog and for lack of much else to blog about thought I'd give it a go.  So, here you have it....

Move to the beach and have a wonderful family :-)

Bad Habit:
internet shopping... in my defense, only when I've got a lot of free time (which unfortunately is also when I don't have much money...)

Atlantic Beach, NC... always been my happy place...sitting on the deck here right now

a fountain Coke from McDonald's...nothing better  

BA in Psychology from NC State
working on MA/CAS in School Psychology

big shrimp fan...but maybe just because it's summer, ask me in the winter and it could be different

Guilty Pleasure:
ABC Family shows... my absolute favorite is Pretty Little Liars, also love Make it or Break It and Secret Life of the American Teenager...judge all you want, they make "serious" fun...and I don't like real dramas

Wilson, NC

Ice Cream:
does frozen yogurt count?  b/c I'm totally addicted and really loving Red Velvet Cake...Birthday Cake is pretty awesome too.  For ice cream I only eat chocolate.  I know, boring.  
Side note: when we were little my brother and I refused to eat Breyer's Vanilla b/c of the vanilla beans in it...we didn't want "pepper" in our ice cream...and I stand by that decision

Jonesing For:
dresses of all kinds...especially into Anthropologie right now

stress....I let it consume me to where it's super counterproductive 

Look Alike
My mom, my sister and I are very similar...except my sister has multicolor eyes

Wizard of Oz

my cousin also called me Tosh growing up...neither of us remember why

I'm super into my furbabies

I don't really wear perfume...Chanel No. 5 will always remind me of my mama though and Oscar de la Renta of my grandmother, so I guess they're sentimental scents

I can't be in the room when people eat cereal.  Just can't do it.

mmm right this minute?  I wish I hadn't eaten so much at El Zarape tonight, my tummy hurts...

grande nonfat white chocolate mocha....and a tiramisu cake pop

Thrift Find of the Year:
I recently got a $200 skirt from Anthro for $48
My aunt also scored me a table for $15 at Goodwill :-)

I went to NC State for undergrad and am at ECU for grad school...UNC fan through and through though-you can't beat that out of my family
I will always go for the ACC team though (Dook doesn't count)

Can Atlantic Beach count?  My family has had a place for 35 years and I've spent so much time there it's a second home...
I looooved San Fran though


marks the spot?  I don't get it...
I enjoyed the xylophone in choir when I was little... 


once again I'm going to go with Atlantic Beach...I mean seriously, who can leave this view?

Getting Crafty

Having some extra free time and needing to take breaks from surfing the internet working on my thesis I set to work on a simple craft.  While in San Francisco I saw this cool poster and when I got home googled it and found out it was used in Britain during the early days of WWII to boost morale in the event of wartime devastation.  Most of my projects are more to pass time and end up getting thrown away or never completed because they're so bad, but I'm pretty pleased with this one.

First I just painted a smallish canvas a light pink.
Then I painted a wooden crown I found at Michael's white.  This took a lot of coats to go over the black lines, it was really a keychain for kids to color with markers it came with, but I just snapped the keychain part off.
PS Don't you love the Krispy Kreme palette? 
Next I glued on these letters I also found at Michael's, careful to keep them  on a level line and with the same distance between them.  (take note of my to-do list and thesis notes thrown aside haha)
Finally, I added the crown, popped it in a frame and voila!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Name Game

In the next less than a year my name will be going through some changes...some of which haven't been fully decided yet.  I don't really want to go the traditional drop your middle name and make your maiden name your new middle name route because I like my middle name, and it's special.

When my mom was born my grandmother wanted to name her Christine, but she got talked out of it and named her Victoria Diane (called Viki, which absolutely nobody spells right).  Then my grandmother said one day when mama was little she was standing there and she just called her Chris.  She says she doesn't know why, she just looked like a Chris and so that became her nickname, nothing like her real name.  So, when I was born my parents decided to name me Anna Christian, the Christian part for grandmother.  After I was born my dad took me out to meet my grandparents and handed me to her and told her "Now you have a real Chris". Although most people call me by my first name all of my family calls me Chris.  You just can't drop a name like that.

So that leaves me with:
-the four name option Anna Chritian _____ _______ (not really wanting to put last names on the internet)
-the hyphen option
-not changing my name (I'm not doing this)

Dan I think kind of likes the four name option...I kind of like the hypen option but that does get a little wordy.  And what will the last names of our kids be?  Ah, decisions...

BUT as of receiving my Praxis scores last week one thing is a definite--less than a year from now I will be.......

 Mrs. Anna Christian (something or other), MA, CAS, NCSP!! 
wooohoooo for more letters :-)
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