Inktober 2017

Inktober is here! For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a month where artists across the globe challenge themselves in the art of using ink for there works. Anyone is able to participate in this challenge, be it if you’re a beginner or a pro, the most important thing is to just have fun and try to improve a type of skill.

Here are mine so far.

Journal: Shopping Haul

Hey y’all!

I went shopping this weekend with my mom and got some great items! Old Navy had 30% off a few things and I stopped by Nordstrom Rack for the jewelry. 😍 I’m in love with the ring 💍 I was able to find a few matching Nadri pieces to finally create a set. For her designs you really have to hunt them down  and look carefully in store if you want a set! 😉

Product Review: Halal Nail Polish by Orly

Hi loves~

Recently I got to try out Orly’s Breathable Treatment nail polish which is certified halal for Muslim women to wear. The Orly team worked with Muslim Girl, a Muslim centric journalism site, to create an entire line of nail polish just for the girls! The nail polish came in my monthly care package and the coral is bit more on the reddish side.

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color                   Such a pretty color!

Pro:  The color lasts a long time and stood up to a week. It also really is a good treatment! It made my nails super strong and healthy and that lasted about 3 weeks after removal of this nail polish.

Con: The color runs on just about anything you touch. I left coral marks on any paper I rubbed my nails on even by accident. However that may be because I did not use a topcoat, but the product said it wasn’t needed. Guess they were wrong on that one!

Score: 4.8 out of 5. It is a great product! It made my nails super healthy with a amazing color, but they need a topcoat sealer for the polish. The color scratched and left residue on paper, and desk surfaces… Although this happened, there were no chips or visible imperfections to my nails color itself. Just, everyone knew what you had your hands on when paperwork had red marks them. 😛

Kid Shows with Adult Concepts 

Hello everyone!

I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile but I just couldn’t get the words out. My mind went Bllaauuughhh whenever I thought of a sentence~~ 😛 Anyways, if you haven’t watched any cartoons recently then you might not know that the current cartoon culture is incorporating adult concepts for the viewing pleasure of children, and adults watching with their children, and this is possibly just a small portion of the audience. The biggest audience has to be from teens and young adults, like myself! 😀

I see you animation fans <3

Adventure Time:

If you haven’t seen Adventure Time you should. It is comical but with serious undertones that only adults watching will catch if they are paying attention. Themes and concepts that run through this show deals with a post apocalyptic land and it’s history, gender fluidity, Alzheimer’s, stocking and harassment, feminism, empathy, middle-aged adult issues, being orphaned and abandoned by a parent, dating and relationships, journey of self discovery, and much more.

Gravity falls:

This show is comical as it is serious. The main characters Mabel and Dipper enter the town of Gravity Falls for the summer and discover many mysteries of the town dealing with magic, science, myth, and lore. This show deals with core relationships of many types, from majority familial to romantic, and friendship, and how everything is built on trust and understanding when building such relationships! This theme makes up the core of the show in my opinion as Dipper and Mabel are fraternal twin siblings that have difficulty at times to get along with one another.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil:

I love this show! I blends the seriousness of some adult themes and concepts with the innocence of being a kids show. It also centers around relationships, but along with more serious themes like war, being able to see both sides as potential equals if they saw past the stereotypical prejudices between Monster and Mewnian(person from the world of Mewni).  This is also the first show that I’ve seen it physically and plainly mentioned someone was out right murdered! Not that the character “is no longer here,” or just plain phasing out any phrasing or mentioning of the words “killed, murdered, dead, passed away,” or any mentioning of actual death! This show mentioned it, this is huge for a children’s show, as the topic is sensitive and the wordage typically taboo.

Steven universe:

This show is also a favorite of mine. It is a very cute show and in the first season it stays pretty much on the light hearted side until its story development goes a bit hard core into some adult concepts. Like Star vs. The Forces of the Evil, this show has a played with the concept of death, but I don’t think they ever truly mentioned it out right until the most recent episode with Lars and Steven on Gemworld, even then I don’t think it was mentioned fully but the concept of passing and death was definitely shown! Since there is a theme of death, there is also a theme of rebirth. There is also a theme of grieving, how to handle loss and move on, or in some cases not move on. It also deals with themes of self love and compassion and how to deal with personal insecurities. There is also the concept of “fusion” where two different gems are not supposed to fuse together, ever. Only the same gem stone is allowed to fuse with its copy. It is a huge taboo to the Gem Homeworld to go against this rule. If you look at it from the perspective of an adult, and I do, it equates to interracial relationships. There is also a huge theme of war and rebellion to gain freedom from a dictarored empire. Oh did I forget to mention gender fluidity, and lesbian relationships? They have this too.

 

DISCLAIMER: This post is in no way meant to slam these shows. This post is just showing things I and many others have noticed about them. I suggest watching the show yourself before you potentially prevent anyone else from watching for the concepts explained up above. The authors are wonderful creators that did, and are doing, an amazing job with these shows to make them both engaging and relatable to the audience.

 

Journal: My Comic 

Hello everyone~

I mentioned awhile back that I put my comic story on hold while I am still doing a job search and potentially going back to school in the future.  😉 I’m thinking of going into nursing school, I just have to save up for it. If I never find the time to continue I would at least like to show off some snippets of what I had.

This collection is a jumble of concept art, actual cover art, and a rough of a comic page. I currently only have  maybe 13 individual pages done and have been going at a page a week. So far I’m behind 6 pages, that’s 6 weeks! I hope to continue soon but I’ve been super stressed from work… I’m too tired to think or draw and focus on my art when I get home or catch a break.

Fashion and Style: Outfit Planning

Hello everyone~

My boss is always mentioning that I should raid her closet and help her coordinate an outfit for work. With several years of fashion retail experience under my belt, I know my way around personal styling a tad. Although my coworker and I have our eyes gleaming at the thought of dressing up our boss together at her house, we know she is just kidding, although that won’t stop me from giving you these tips! 😀

Tip 1:

Always think about what accessories or individual pieces would go with what you already own in your closet. It will keep you mindful of what may or may not go together. For example, owning a skirt you may never wear as no tops you own look good, or go with it, that will lead to the skirt eventually being donated. Don’t waste your money and be mindful! Also, don’t waste money purchasing an entire outfit around 1 item, unless it already has some value to fit with the rest of your wardrobe.

Tip 2:

Run  you ides by a loved one! It’s always best to run anything you want to purchase with a second opinion. Hopefully someone close to you, as they will know your preferences, your style, and whether you already own something, just like the item you interested in, to prevent you from buying it, I’m looking at you sis!😈 You can also ask for stylistic help from the sales personnel,  I know from the company I worked at we had to keep up to date on trends and fashion styles to assist our clients. Depending on which company or brand you go to, the workers should be able to assist you stylistically. 😀

Tip 3:

Outfit planning is a technique I learned at work. What we did is create and coordinate outfits on our mannequins and displays on the sales floor and fitting rooms. It helped inspire customers to purchase items and coordinate similarly to the display or purchase the entire display off the mannequins. What I’m trying to say is, pre-plan your outfits. Try out you outfit idea on a hanger; top with a sweater together on a hanger, with a scarf wrapped around too, maybe hang a necklace above the top on the hanger. If you can see your outfit in front of you, you’ll be able to see what works together to coordinate or mix and match an outfit. I usually pre-plan outfits for an entire week after finishing the laundry. It helps since I’m usually short on time in the mornings before work. If all my outfits are ready, it gives me piece of mind as all i need to do next is make up and jewelry and I’m out the door like lightning.

Good luck and don’t forget to strike a magnificent pose and slay!😘

Shopping for Accessories 

He everyone~

At the job I work at, more than just talking about work, a lot of clients have asked me about my jewelry. If it’s real, it’s so sparkly, where do you shop, along with general compliments are all things I’ve been told and asked on. So I thought why not make a post on it?

Nadri


Her jewelry is absolutely gorgeous! They all look high quality and real even though the stones are cubic zirconia! I get majority of my compliments when I wear her pendant necklaces or rings. I was first introduced to her brand when I went to Nordstrom Rack and my sister and I found a bracelet of hers on clearance, which was great because I was shopping for things to wear at a Desi/Indian wedding. Since I’m petite my wrists are very small, and I found her bracelets to fit me perfectly. 😍 Dream come true!

Gorjana


Another great designer. I discovered this brand when I had my eyes glued to a bracelet at TJ Maxx in their display case. My mom was against it because it was a gold plate over brass but I am very self indulgent when it comes to jewelry so I purchased it. It has become my most favorite gold bangle. The brands other designs are great too.

Covet

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This is another brand I found at Nordstrom Rack. I actually happened to be looking for Nadri’s brand jewelry at the time and stumbled upon this brand while searching. Their rings that I picked out are really blingy and more on the cocktail ring side. Very pretty. 😁

Old Navy


This store has been very good to me when it comes to finding jewelry at a good value for how many sales the store has. They also sell their jewelry online but I highly recommend going to the store as there is always a bigger variety. Also be aware, from my experience the prices range from store to store! I once bought a ring full price only to find it the same day at another location where all those rings were marked clearance. 😢

Aliexpress


My mother is an Aliexpress shopping maverick. She always has shipments of quality looking jewelry coming in from there and boosts how she gets them for like $4! I honestly don’t know how she sifts through all of the sellers because I’ve had bad luck myself. My first ring I purchased gave me green marks, but my mom never has a single issue. She recommends looking at the sellers’ rating! 😉

Banana Republic Factory Outlet

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I love shopping at the outlet store here. Not only is their clothing classic and comfy, with great fit for my petite size, the jewelry is beautiful too.