Sunday, February 19, 2012

Peasant Blouse Update

I got my new peasant blouse in the mail last night and it is simply gorgeous!!! The Ebay pictures really don't do it justice!!

I will try to take better pictures of it soon to show you guys. It really looks like it is vintage! I'm very excited about it and just wanted to let you all know. I really scored on this one!! :-)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

VLV Pre Shows

For everyone that is going to Viva Las Vegas this year I wanted to tell you about a really fabulous pre show. Its going to be on Wednesday April 4th at The Orleans and my mans band, Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio, will be playing along with Deke Dickerson and some other great bands and DJ's.

Here is the flier:

I'm really excited for this show because it will be the first year that the pre show will be at the Orleans. It is usually at a different location rather far from the hotel. You would have to take a cab to and from the venue and then pay $15-20 to get in and then money for the end of it all you managed to pay as much to go to the pre show as you did for your ticket to Viva!! Having the pre show at the Orleans is a no brainer IMO, and I'm really positive it will be a new addition to Viva for years to come.

For everyone who has never heard Roy Rapid and the Rhythm Rock Trio here is a great video that was put together for them:

There will still be the Wild pre show going on at the same time. This show will be at a bar on Fremont street, which is where it was held last year.

For obvious reasons I will be at the show at the Orleans. I am posting both fliers here for you all to decide which one you want to go to. I will not talk shit about these bands or Wild Records (like they are choosing to do) because I think that both shows will be good and will draw different crowds. I have nothing against Wild Records and I really like some of the bands on that lable (if you want to, look back at my Viva posts from previous years to see all the great things I have said about Wild bands). However I think talking smack about bands that aren't on Wild or are playing a competing show is in bad taste and it makes me not want to support Wild Records like I have for many years. However I will leave it all up to you guys to choose which show you want to go to. I know they both will be great!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

They're Real--A Review

When it comes to mascara I usually just stick with drugstore brands. I have tried a few from MAC and department stores but have never been so impressed with them that I would continually pay $20+ for them. Working at Macy's I now get a discount. I also get to try the mascaras on in the store before purchasing them (with a hygienic, disposable wand of course!). Which is how I tried Benefit's They're Real.

Benefit They're Real

I already own Bad Gal from Benefit and I think its ok. It doesn't go on very easily and can be a bit flaky. But I wanted to try They're Real because it is the number 1 selling mascara right now and every time I would apply it on someone I was impressed with how it looked. So I came in early one morning and tried it on myself, and I have since purchased it.

This is the wand. Its a thick brush with a 'ball' on the end.

What I noticed right away was how easy it is to apply. The ball on the end prevents clumping, which is a problem I have with That Gal. It also really gets in there and gets every single lash. I liked that I didn't have to mess with it too much. It applies very easily.

My lashes without mascara.

My lashes with They're Real.

The whole selling point to They're Real is that it will make you look like you are wearing false lashes. I would say that is pretty true. My lashes look really full and thick, but they also look longer. The ball helps get the corner lashes, which are the hardest ones to get.

The formula is water resistant, flake proof, and smudge proof. It literally lasts all day and it stays put!

One thing I notice is that it drys really hard. It definitely does not feel natural. This does not bother me but it might for some people. Also, it is kind of hard to remove. You will need an oil based eye makeup remover to get it off. Again, this is just fine for me.

I really love this mascara and will repurchase it without complaint. The ease of application is a really strong selling point for me, as I have a tendency to use multiple mascaras to achieve one look. With They're Real I don't have to do that. I love the look I get and the fact that it lasts all day. This is the first department store mascara that I am truly impressed with and believe is worth the money!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Peasant Blouses

Fernando and I went to the Rose Bowl flea market yesterday. I was hoping to walk out of there with some really great deals, but I didn't. There really wasn't a lot of actual vintage clothing and what there was, was overpriced or not really my style. I also felt like most of the vendors were rude and not willing to negotiate and I refuse to buy from people like that. So I didn't buy anything. Fernando got a  new foot pedal for his drums though and a great pair of blue flecked pants that I picked out for him, so the trip wasn't a complete waste.

Even though I didn't buy anything I was inspired by something. Or rather, I was re-inspired. I saw quite a few vintage peasant blouses there that caught my eye and reminded me that I wanted to get some. I have one but it isn't vintage:

Vintage ones tend to be a bit pricey, usually $100 to $150. I just do not have that kind of money right now so I have been looking for a nice non-vintage option. I found this :


Its a shorter length and is made of that nice gauzy material that I prefer. Plus its pink! I think it will be a nice addition to my closet. One day I will spring for a true vintage piece, but for now I will just have to fake it.

Here are some peasant blouse inspirations:

And here are some vintage ones on Etsy right now:

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