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Monday, January 12

Happy New Year: What I Would Have Worn + Discount Code!

I hope everyone's had a very happy new year and that you've still kept your new resolutions if you made any.

As for me, I had a lovely little holiday season and got sick towards the end. I was sick at the same time last year, so it wasn't terribly unexpected. Now I'm heading into a fairly busy time at work... don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a few months! 

Since I was sick during New Year's Eve, though, I couldn't wear out my lovely dress! 

Tights: Forever 21 (Old)
Boots: Ross ($21.56)

Now please indulge me as I share a little about the dress. It retails for almost $150, which is NO small sum to pay for a casual party dress. On top of it, I wasn't really sure what to expect. Not everyone looks good in bandage dresses! As you may have possibly guessed though, the reason I'm writing this post is that I was pleasantly surprised. 

The dress certainly has quality--it's very heavy and will NOT fall apart on you. Secondly, ... well, look at me! Trust me when I say that the dress really sucks me in, especially in the tummy area which I always struggle with when wearing form fitting clothing. The feel of the dress reminds me a lot of shapewear, but still breathable and comfortable. Overall, I'd absolutely order from them again, especially if I'm doing something like a Vegas trip. They also have some pretty cool looking leggings and swimwear

Finally, you can use the code SEVEN15 to get 15% off at the Kewl Shop

Monday, December 15

Maybelline Stormy Sahara Lipstick Review

Let me be the first to say that lipsticks are dangerous. I was never into lipsticks because most of them would eventually wear off, but now that I've found about about stains and long lasting lip products, I'm obsessed. My collection expanded from the one that I've had for many years to 5. I know that's just a haul's worth to a lot of you girls, but for someone who keeps a modest makeup collection, it's a lot. 

Most of the colors I have are pretty vibrant--bold reds, bright pinks and corals, dark berries. However, when I saw a ton of reviews go up for the Maybelline Buff's Collection, I grew intrigued. I still didn't have a "My Lips But Better" shade. 

Enter Stormy Sahara. This shade is quite nude against my lips. I don't have to think about what colors I'm wearing or apply it carefully in a mirror. However, I don't think this is the right nude for me or the particular pigment of my lips. I might venture out to try something else in the line! I most use it now to "nude out" some of my other lipsticks since it's so moisturizing. 

Do you have a "my lips but better" shade to recommend?

Monday, December 8

Breakfast at Maya's Farms

With the organic craze sweeping the country, I'm sure that you've heard of, if not attended, a few farmer's markets. These farmer's markets sell food grown from local farms, but haven't you ever wondered where these so called "local" farms are located? Driving around my city, I've certainly not seen much farming that isn't citrus or cotton! However, after being told about Breakfast at Maya's Farms, I instantly recognized the name as a frequent Farmer's Market Vendor. Following the directions, I found that this beautiful farm was only 15 minutes away from my house. I've always been a city girl, but being on this farm made me wish (just for a few minutes before the allergies started) that I was a farm girl. 

Beyond these photos, I didn't really visit the farm, so let me dive into the food! I got a chicken salad sandwich (my new favorite sandwich) and it was amazing. They even presented it in a lovely picnic basket. 

I absolutely love this atmosphere for breakfast or lunch. It's relaxing and quiet... makes me feel like I've slipped away on a vacation somewhere!

Are you more comfortable in the city or in the country? 

Monday, December 1

Obsessed with Nordstrom's Halogen!

I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving! Did anyone go shopping over weekend? 

I didn't, but only because I'm pretty scared of being trampled. Today, I wanted to share a clothing line that I'm pretty in love with--Halogen. I'm not sure why, but I'm ALL over their business clothes. I've heard about how comfortable their pencil skirts are for a long time, but as it appears, the rest of the line is great as well. In fact, I constantly go online just to see if anything else/new is on sale. 

The cardigan pictured below is from that line, it's very soft and lovely! 

Dress: Banana Republic (Old) 
Cardigan: Halogen ($30.82)

Where else do you guys get work clothes? 
Other than the Banana Republic/Loft/JCrew?

Monday, November 24

Noteworthy Pictures 3

Every once in a while, I like to look though my twitter picture feed to find little moments here and there I didn't post on the blog. Sometimes, it's not worthy of an entire post to itself; other times, it's just a bit too miscellaneous. This collection basically goes through from April to November of 2014.  Follow me on twitter at @seven_percent.

First up, I went to this event in April called Feast on the Street. Essentially, it was a food truck festival. One of the notable features of this event is the tables set down in the middle of the street. It was several blocks long! 

While there, I got to try out a dish from the famed food truck, Maine Lobster Lady. 

I also had the opportunity to try this random Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich at TGI Fridays... take a look at how big the strawberry is for size comparison. 

I love food... but I especially love food that looks pretty. Like this doughnut hole I paired with a doughnut. 

I went to a few places in the second part of this year. Lake Tahoe (seen below) and Chicago (post to come!)

Monday, November 3

OVERHYPED?! - John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum Review

I buy most of my products based on reviews given by other bloggers. You know those items that everyone seems to love? That's what I go for. Now, skin types, hair types and personal needs are different between everyone, so some things that are highly rated may seem overrated to you if it doesn't work as well. For these types of items, I'll label them "OVERHYPED?!". I'll try out those things that you've heard of a million times and tell you if it did, or did not work for me. Hopefully it'll spur some discussion!

Let's start with the John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum! I wanted this to tame and protect my hair when curling. 

The smell is amazing. I think it does protect my hair without making it greasy but I wouldn't say it's a miracle product. I like using this before I curl or straighten my hair. It definitely prevents from the dryness that I experience if I did not use this. 

What will you use to condition your hair in the cold winter months to come? 

Thursday, October 23

2013 Movie Reviews Pt 2

Every few months, I like to bring you a review of all the movies I watch... and I watch a lot of movies. Also see my 2013 Part 1 Reviews and all the movies I was looking forward to watching in 2013. All of these should be out on DVD now since this post is so overdue... so go Redbox 'em!

Beautiful Creatures - That stereotypical movie is about a witch who moves into a religious town... a tale of destiny, love and finding oneself. I didn't mean to watch this movie, but it really turned out better than I expected. It's based off a YA book, I believe, and an overall enjoyable movie if you generally like YA books. Otherwise I wouldn't seek it out. Pretty people and effects. 

World War Z - Zombies everywhere! Wasn't initially going to watch this film either but it wasn't too bad. I like the big "twist" in the film. The effects were pretty awesome to watch as well (if you watch the trailer, you get the zombie swarming picture). I think it has pretty solid acting on all parts too. While I wouldn't recommend this if you don't generally like horror movies, it's more of an action adventure than straight horror. 

Kick-Ass 2 - Sequel to Kick-Ass, about a kid who decides to become a superhero, but with very real consequences. This was great. If you liked the first one, you're sure to like this one too. It follows a very similar arch but with the same gruesome deaths, awesome action scenes and moments that make you tear up. 

Thor: The Dark World - Sequel to Thor. As the royal family deals with the aftermath of Loki's actions in Avengers, Thor needs to defeat a new evil and save his lady. Love this movie! It had all the great Loki moments and banter I was looking for between Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Supporting characters were awesome and hilarious. You will have to suspend your disbelief a bit for this film, but it's definitely for you if you like the costumed action hero trope. 

This is the End - This stoner comedy starred James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogan as well as a bunch of cameos. The stars play themselves in the post apocaltypic Los Angles. I loved the first third and the last third of this movie, but I got a little lost in the middle where it was more scary than funny. However, this is a heartwarming (if you're a bit twisted) film about friendship. 

Hansel & Gretel - A steampunk retelling of Hansel and Gretel. You're not going to be impressed by this movie as the plot, effects and dialogue was all a bit lacking, but if you take a child to see it, I think they would like it! 

Jack the Giant Slayer - This film didn't stray too too much from the original story other than the addition of a princess. It's definitely a tale geared for children, but an enjoyable watch for adults. 

Upside Down - A science fiction love story about twin worlds with opposite gravities... that I didn't finish. To be honest, I really enjoyed this movie, but apparently it was so hokey to my boyfriend that he couldn't finish watching it. The science portion of the science fiction was flawed, I admit, but it has gorgeous visuals and an adorable love story. If you love a good love story, I'd really recommend this! 

GI Joe Retaliation - There's a new cast of characters in this film featuring an elite military group called "The Joes" but the same ridiculous type of storyline. That means, of course, that I absolutely loved the action. I think the worse the story is, the more I like it. 

The Heat - This action buddy cop comedy between Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy had me expecting great things, but still fell a little short. That's not to say that I didn't like the film or that it didn't make me laugh out loud, but it's not one of those classic comedies that makes you want to rewatch it, laughing all the time. 

RIPD - RIPD stands for Rest in Peace Department, a police department located in the afterlife. I usually really like gimmicks like this but the CGI was terrible and Jeff Bridges was completely unintelligible and not at all funny. This could have been a really cool movie if 1. They had more believable CGI and 2. Someone told Jeff Bridges that no one understood him. 

The GrandMaster - This film told the story of the Grandmaster, most famous for being Bruce Lee's teacher. This film was artistic, not what I normally watch and not what I expected either. I thought some parts were great, but other parts really dragged on. If you're interested in the subject matter though, I would recommend this film for you. 

The Wolverine - This movie was very strange. Despite it being a very American movie, almost all of it was set in Japan. That's fine and all... but large chunks of the movie was also in Japanese with no subtitles. At times, I felt like I was watching a foreign film. The action was alright, the villan was awesome, but the movie felt very strange. A combination of the language, the off kilter romance, and the conflict distracted me from what might have been a solid action flick. 

White House Down - My boyfriend says I have an obsession with Channing Tatum. I don't think I do. But looking back on all the movies of his that I've watched, I can definitely see how he thinks that. Channing Tatum stars in this film about terrorists taking over the White House. He's in a lot of comedy, which I like. He's also in a lot of action flicks, which I love. In this movie, he mixes the action with the comedy. I found the film to be highly enjoyable because it doesn't take itself too seriously. 

The Bling Ring - I really watched this movie on a whim, not really understanding anything about the "stealing from celebrities" scandal. I thought it was an interesting movie and I appreciated this particular view of Hollywood. It's from a kid's perspective and makes the lifestyle seem at once, very real and very so far removed from society. No wonder child celebrities are often times weird and have trouble adjusting. 

Pacific Rim - If you saw the trailer with giant monsters and robots, you've seen the trailer for this film. I knew this was a huge summer hit, but I hated this movie. The plot (we need giant robots to punch giant monsters to save the world) was so incredibly unrealistic... and I'm clearly not even someone who watches a lot of realistic movies! The effects of this movie were nice, but it didn't make up for how nonsensical the premise was. 

Red & Red 2 - I'm a fan of throwback movies and senseless action movies. This was both. Former assassins have to get together again to complete a mission with a civillain female love interest. The film wasn't great, but it was a fun few hours. 

We're the Millers - When watching the trailer, I didn't feel like this was going to be my sense of humor. It seemed a bit vulgar and filled with drug related humor, which I generally don't like. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The movie seemed to have quite a bit of heart and even made me tear up. 

Machete Kills - I know I'm sounding like a bit of a broken record here. I like it when a movie doesn't take itself too seriously. Pacific Rim took itself too seriously and it was disappointing. Machete Kills knew it was ridiculous and that made it an awesome movie.Of course, if you're not into sexy women and gratuitous violence, you probably won't like this film. 

Last Vegas - This film starts Morgan Freeman, Michael Sheen, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline as four old friends. One of the friends get married and they head off to Vegas to celebrate the Bachelor Party. Hangover: Senior Citizen style. I didn't expect anything from this movie but found myself really enjoying it. Everyone in the film had different issues and it dealt with the frailty of life and love in a sincere settling. 

AnchorMan 2 - This film, sequel to Anchorman, follows Ron Burgundy with his wife in New York. I can't decide if I like this movie. I love to quote it. I know that. I absolutely adore certain moments in it. As a whole, it's just so dumb. Ron Burgundy, as a character, is so incredibly irritating that he makes me dislike the film. If you generally dislike Will Ferrell, I'd say skip this film. The Hobbit: 

The Desolation of Smaug - Wow. I love the nonstop action here. This film, like other LOTR films is both beautiful, smart and action packed. Though it deviates greatly from the original Hobbit, I found all the additions to be to my liking. Sure, it adds a romance and some cinema drama, but it doesn't cut away from the core. I think my top films for the second half of 2013 are Thor and the Hobbit!