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today is my main man’s first birthday, it’s also the day i realized i have a serious fear of blowing up balloons.
xo carly

today is my main man’s first birthday, it’s also the day i realized i have a serious fear of blowing up balloons.

xo carly

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Fall Fashion Wants

When the seasons change, the fashion follows right along. I was inspired by my girl Diana to share with you some of my favorite must haves for autumn. I’ve always been a sucker for all things black, lace and military inspired and by the looks of my picks, nothings changed for this coming season.

1) UNIF DUH HOCKEY TEE

2) EXPRESS WOOL FLOPPY HAT

3) ASOS DIESEL PARKA WITH BADGES

4) NASTY GAL CHERYSSE PANT

5) TOPSHOP AVATAR HARNESS BOOTS

6) NASTY GAL NIGHT JOURNEY BELT BAG


What do you think of my picks? What are you looking forward to, fashion wise, this season? Let me know via our contact page.

xo carly

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Friday Favorites

On Friday of every week I’ll be posting some of my current favorite things found around the web. Today’s Friday Favorites are brought to you by a successful Target trip and a napping baby. I hope you enjoy these things as much as I do. My favorite things this Friday are…

My amazing family. Our little crew has such a tight bond…oh, and we’re adorable.


The Howard Stern show on Sirius Radio. When most people hear the name Howard Stern they think of a raunchy, sex obsessed “shock-jock”. Sure, there are moments of sex, raunch and toilet humor on his shows, but for the most part it’s witty banter and amazing celebrity interviews. My dad and husband have both been superfans for many years and lately I’ve been listening religiously (I would now call myself a superfan). I listen to him when I’m out on my runs, he’s so engaging I get wrapped up and forget that I’m running (therefore I run a lot longer than I would if I wasn’t listening). If you have never done it, I suggest giving one of his interviews a listen (like this amazing interview with the ever so talented Sia). Trust me, you’ll love it.


This photo of Bruce MOTHERFUCKING Springsteen from a show at the Apollo Theater. There’s a reason they call him The Boss.


These ridiculously delicious (and healthy!) no-bake carrot cake granola bites. All the taste of carrot cake minus the calories, fat or sugar (plus they’re gluten free). Photo and recipe via Cookin’ Canuck.


Last, but absolutely not least, ROLLER DERBY! I’ve been in love with the sport for the past five years and the love seems to just keep on growing with time. It’s an unbelievable workout and also a great mental challenge (the best type of workout, body and mind). My team, The Lumber Jills, is my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. We have a home game tomorrow night and I couldn’t be more stoked to strap on my skates and get rolling.


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Our City Lights: Simpsons for MAC Giveaway

My pal and contributor for The Loveliest, Diana, is having an AMAZING giveaway over on her blog that I need to tell you all about. Earlier this month, MAC released their Simpsons for MAC collection in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary. Diana has a handful of products she wants to giveaway to a lucky reader! To enter, head over to her blog!

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Photo by Diana / via Our City Lights.

What she’s giving away:

- Marge Simpson’s Nail Cuticles nail decals

- That Trillion Dollar Look eyeshadow quad

- Marge’s Extra Ingredients eyeshadow quad

- Tinted Lipglass in Red Blazer

- Pink Sprinkles powder blush

- Lash 7 faux lashes

What are you waiting for? GO ENTER NOW!

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DIY Cinder Block Bench

By Toya and Adam


OH Buzzfeed, you get my every time.

I came across this post, 41 Cheap And Easy Backyard DIYs You Must Do This Summer, in the beginning of the summer. While I wanted to do pretty much every project, I knew the reality of it; I would never get to it all this summer, much less this life time. I emailed the list to Adam immediately and pointed out #6. I was excited! It was THE BENCH of my dreams! It looked easy, it looked comfortable and it was cheap to execute. Adam informed me that we would have to wait until we had our pool refinished because the mess from sandblasting would ruin our finished product. I begrudgingly agreed, but I hated that I would have to wait another month to get this shit done and in my life!

At last pool was refinished, and plans went into motion to get our backyard to where it needed to be. We had patio table and chairs but we felt that a bench against the house would add more seating for when we had guests over and would also add a pop of color. Side-note: Stella, our great Pyrenees basically ate our whole backyard in her earlier months and so we are unable to have plants or bushes or flowers. It sucks! Landscaping can definitely liven up a space and make a beautiful oasis. One day we’ll have that, one day…

Onto the home depot! During our HD trip, we bought 12 cinder blocks, concrete adhesive and 4 pieces of 4” x 4” x 8 ft. lumber. We also decided to get a few 2” x 4”s and cut them into 54 10 ½” pieces for life-size Jenga.

We get home and apply the adhesive to the cinder blocks. We had to make sure that we didn’t get any on our patio or that would have been bad. We let that dry and proceeded to paint the blocks in the coming days a beautiful turquoise and stain the lumber with a dark walnut stain and finished with a lacquer.

Once everything was dry, we assembled and thought about what kind of cushion we wanted. We ventured to Academy one night for sneakers and went to look at the patio cushions. I saw a cushion that would normal go on a chaise lounge and had an awesome design and knew immediately that it would fit perfectly. Adam had his reservations but I am pretty good at sizing things by eye, so I convinced him that it was perfect. Even if it was too long or too short, the flexibility of moving the cinder blocks inward or outward is awesome. We purchased, brought it home and it fit perfectly (duh)! The only thing we thought we should change was bringing the front piece of wood down to the bottom as a foot rest so that the seat was a little more comfortable and you had a place to put your feet.

Everything worked out and we couldn’t be happier with our little DIY project. Thanks buzzfeed!

 Here is the final result: collage style

Approximate cost of project: $30 cinder blocks & lumber and $30 for cushion.

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Ask A Smartass
Hi there,
I’m a 25 year old woman who’s engaged to be married to my long term boyfriend…except…I think I’m gay. I don’t know what to do. Our families are very close to us and they would be heartbroken if I call of the wedding. I love my boyfriend, but not in the way a wife loves a husband. Hope you can throw some advice my way.
Signed,
Conflicted

Hi Conflicted,
Well I hope this doesn’t come across bluntly but it seems blatantly obvious what you need to do. Tell him you think you might be gay. For some reason, people have developed a static view of sexuality rather than viewing it as a spectrum of sorts. I personally don’t identify as any kind of sexuality, whats the point of mentally limiting yourself to loving a person of only one gender? Obviously, what your sexually attracted to could easily be one or the other, and that’s great too. If you and him are open to the possibility of letting you sexually explore yourself, ask for a little free reign. It’s not going to make you any more or less of what you naturally are, and its not going to make your possible marriage any more or less true and lovely if you deny this part of you without exploring yourself. You owe it to you, and he owes it to you (and himself). First and foremost, dealing with this openly and honestly with someone who is surely your best friend is what determines how strong your connection is going forward and I wouldn’t explore this privately without telling him how you feel. If you do in fact feel no sexual chemistry with this person, do not marry them. If you love him enough to consider marriage, and love yourself enough to know you deserve happiness and fullness in life as opposed to just something comfortable, be honest. Be open. Find out who you are before you seal off possibilities with the legal confines of marriage. Don’t sentence yourself and him to a period of unhappiness because you were too scared to rock the boat. As a great man once said, “YOLO”. So don’t waste a fucking second of that keeping up appearances for the sake of doing so. Because YOLO.


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Ask A Blogger

How do I stop being such a jealous dick in my relationship? I’m not jealous all the time but sometimes I do get edgy about stuff and I HATE it.
Thanks,
Louise

Hi Louise,
Jealousy usually stems from lack of control and trust. What exactly are you afraid to lose control over? Take a deep breath and let things go. Your partner deserves to be trusted and in order for your relationship to thrive, jealousy can make it stagnant. Most of the things people worry about won’t happen anyways but allow the universe takes it’s course and you’ll be surprised how wonderful you can feel, by letting jealousy go.
-Diana


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Friday Favorites

On Friday of every week I’ll be posting some of my current favorite things found around the web. Today’s Friday Favorites are brought to you by a refreshing shower after a long run. I hope you enjoy these things as much as I do. My favorite things this Friday are…

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The art of Lora Zombie. Her grungy, yet colorful (SELF TAUGHT) style covers everything from pop culture icons to thought provoking social issues. See more of her work on her website. Also, bonus points to you if you know what this particular piece is inspired by.


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Engraved coins by Seth Basista. Check out the whole collection. So amazing.


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The (OFFICIAL) American Horror Story Rubber Man toy made by POP!. BDSM has never been so kawaii.


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This ridiculous overly trendy manicure by DISCO NAILS. I have a hard enough time painting the nails on my right hand on my own let alone creating a whole galaxy on one finger.


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Last but not least, Jeff MOTHER-LOVING Goldblum looking ridiculously amazing in GQ. I’m not usually a fan of GQ but I’m a fan of the ‘blum, so it evens out. humina humina.


Do you have something you think I’ll love? Do you want your art/recipe/product/video/anything featured on Friday Favorites? Shoot me an email and we’ll work out the details.

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Ask A Drag Queen

Hi Luna,

I would love some poor-20-something financial advice. Teach me how to be young and fun but also smart about saving for the future!

Signed, Young & Fun


Dear Young & Fun,

We all struggle with finances from time to time, you’re absolutely not alone. All it takes to save money is a plan you can stick with, something that works for you. Here’s what works for me, maybe you can gain some insight from it.

First and foremost, pick one day a week where spending any money is out of the question (my no-spend day is Tuesday). Take a look at the big picture, spending even just five dollars one day a week for a whole year equals two-hundred and sixty dollars, that’s a lot of dough. That money could be used for groceries, car payment, part of rent etc etc etc.

Every payday, I cash my entire paycheck. I’ve found using a debit card allows me to spend more freely and not actually see my money leaving my hands, which is quite dangerous. I total my bills for the month and allocate portions of my cashed paycheck to labeled envelopes for each bill I owe. Every pay period I add roughly 10% of my paycheck to a separate box I have for just savings that is taped closed with a slot in it (to save me from the temptation of seeing all the money I’ve saved). Once every couple months I deposit that money into my savings account and never look back.

Now for the fun! I always check out my local bar and restaurant deals. Happy hours and lunch/dinner specials should be your best friend. Planing social life around these will help you immensely. Remember also to drink that beer or cocktail slowly, smaller sips equals more social time with friends and you wont feel like the kid without a drink when your cash gets low. Plan group outings with friends to avoid the “going out” costs. I hit up my local beach, go hiking, picnics, potluck dinner parties, and renting movies.

I just said goodbye to my 20s this year and my savings plan has gotten me one step closer to financial freedom. It will always be difficult to save because, lets get real, we would all much rather spend than save. Knowing you have funds for emergencies and larger purchases down the road is one of the best feelings in the world. Have fun and enjoy your 20s…with a plan.

Love, Luna Vixxen


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