The last month: Birthdays, dancing, kitty trees…

Yeah, I can’t do these posts lol I just have a hard time keeping up! I think I subconsciously wait at least a couple weeks to do this so I’ll have something to say seeing as I hardly go anywhere. But this time I have something to say about each of these pictures.

End of July and beginning of August

[1] I celebrated my 25th birthday at the end of last month (Woohoo! *old*). My sisters from the church were there to celebrate with me and bake me this cake (it’s chocolate, a favorite of mine).

[2] My husband’s birthday is six days after mine, so when our birthdays come around every year we tend to mash them together as far as cake and presents and all that stuff. This year presents were had by both of us and the cats, who love their new kitty tree; they’ve been missing one ever sine the move so we thought it was time to replace it (finally). We each got a couple things for ourselves for our birthdays. I usually only get a couple things I’ve been eyeing or wanting for sometime before that, nothing crazy but I will share them at the end of this post.

[3] I’ve been messing around in Photoshop again. I’ve done two of these kind of pieces; they are characterized my a somber, morbid kid of mood and are very minimal otherwise; I’ve decided to put them into a series. I’m actually working on another.

I’m thinking now that I’m going to put all of my old stuff into series as well, and while I’m at it, I’ll be combining my sites – they’re just useless on their own :(

[4] The hubby and I did some serious cleaning and sorting (again) last month and rediscovered our love for Dance Dance Revolution. When we first got married we were so enamored with playing DDR that we bought arcade-style metal pads to dance on. It’s still fun :)

[5] I included a picture of my baby boy, Max because I can’t wait to see my other kitties! I’ll be going down to SC at the end of the month to visit my parents, friends and of course, my kittens!

[6] Eariler this week I went down to center city and discovered this lovely place. John F. Collins Park is a tiny, zen-like oasis in the middle of the tall buildings and bustle of the city; I sat there for a while and I imaged that the space must be invaluable to some of the people that work downtown in the busyness and noise. Best part is that there’s a sushi bar on the same block (sushi’s my favorite food ever). I think I may have found another spot in the city that I like to be in.

Birthday haul time! Actually, I only gifted myself two things so I don’t know if this qualifies as a haul but…

Per my Instagram, I went to Target a few weeks ago and found this little beauty of a dress…and I do mean little, the XS was a perfect fit! I knew that I wanted to go back that grab it as my birthday present to me ;D Now to wear it before the summer’s gone!

Perfect summer dress.

I’m actually considering altering it a little so the straps are not criss-crossed in the back. What do you think?

Next, probably the sexiest keyboard EVER. I saw it on Sneakpeeq and had to have it.

*drool*

It hasn’t arrived yet but I can’t wait. I’ve been in the market for a new keyboard for a while now and when I saw this one I knew I wanted it and not just because I fell in love with the design -it’s so 80slicious, yes? I also like it because of the space between the keys – good for coding purposes :D

That’s what I call a “haul” lol Not very exciting.

Shopping in SC (Haul)

As I mentioned in this post; when I was in SC last week I basically got spoiled. But before my routine resumes and the only shopping I ever do becomes grocery store shopping again; the girly girl in me couldn’t resist sharing my haul with you =)

First, my mom took me to out to the Hilton Head Island Tanger Outlets – the only two big outlets in the area (which are small compared to the stuff I’ve got up here). The outlets are split into two parts with each being a collection of different shops and restaurants; of course we hit both of them.

When we set out I was actually looking for a simple black blazer; one of the staples in my wardrobe that I really miss having. Alas, I didn’t find the one and so didn’t end up getting a black blazer this time =/ In fact, I tried on a lot of things but being practical and keeping a list of what I already have so that I don’t buy the same thing twice, I ended up getting something new from BCBGMAXAZRIA:

bcbg =)

BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress (I forget what it’s called) and “Montana” Skirt in Deep Violet.

I took this pic with my phone so it’s not the best quality but all you really need to know is both fit perfectly (00 and XS, of course). Yay! Being as petite as I am, finding things that fit off the rack is extremely rare so I grabbed them. Also, these were a steal if you consider the retail prices of designer clothes – Success x2!

That day, I also stopped in the local Target and picked up some makeup products I hadn’t tried:
makeup and stuff

Almay Intense i-Color Combo with Intense i-Color Mascara for Brown Eyes

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Fierce & Tangy

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in 330 Grey Area

I like all of these…I LOVE the Color Tattoo eyeshadow. I have reviews on Beautylish if you’re interested. Buying makeup makes me happy because you don’t have to try it on.

I also brought these two things home with me from Banana Republic:
BR haul

Both are also perfect =D

I wanted to review these two on Fit Review but I have no idea what either of these are called; I found them on the clearance rack so I don’t even know if they’re discontinued or not. BR’s sizing has been hit and miss for me so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that they were a perfect fit.

As you can see, my hauls are not super extensive. I would say that I’m a practical woman – I love clothes but I hate clutter, duplicates, and buying things in a style that I’m hard ever going to wear. I also have a rule for shopping since when I was younger I thought I had too much stuff: When something new comes home, something old leaves. So when I brought in four new pieces, four that I don’t really wear anymore got donated.