Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Happy Friday everyone!

Spoiler Alert: I will be sharing some of my Hunger Games thoughts at the bottom of the post so feel free to read on until then, but stop at the Hunger Games picture if you don't want any spoilers!!

I am absolutely addicted to OPI nail polish. I picked up my newest love last week and it's become one of my new favorite colors! Its OPI's Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection. Random fact about me #2: Teal is my ABSOLUTE favorite color!

I've also been a fan of the nude nail polish look and Samoan Sand is the perfect tan. It takes a few coats to get it to past being opaque but it's worth it!

You know I love that cheetah print.

Some DIY Inspiration for the weekend

Amazing DIY for tassel earrings! (Kat has even checked out this blog a few times! :) )

This is such a cute hair piece!

Dip dye shirt? Yes please!

This is sheer BRILLIANCE. Cookie cutter = Cuff?

Hunger Games SPOILER ALERT

** If you don't want to know ANYTHING about the movie, I suggest you stop reading now!

So I went to the midnight showing of the Hunger Games yesterday and here are my thoughts:

Pros:
- The casting was spot on. Unlike Twilight (Kristin Stewart, BARF) Jennifer Lawrence played a dead on Katniss. I was apprehensive about who they chose for Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) but he ended up being perfect. And c'mon, when is Liam Hemsworth ever a mistake? Stanley Tucci also rocked it. Oh and Lenny Kravitz, dead on Cinna.
-  The action scenes in the arena and the political story lines were well represented. Very accurate to the book.
-  Rue's funeral scene was everything and more.
-  Everything in the arena was fairly accurate to the book, I especially loved the way they projected the images into the sky when tributes died.
- They cut to a visual of Gale at the perfect moments (i.e. when Katniss and Peeta first kiss)

Cons:
- By far, my biggest bone to pick with the movie is that the entire strategy between Haymitch and Katniss in the arena is GONE. In the movie, all the gifts from the sponsors have little notes attached to them instead of Katniss "interpreting" the Haymitch's intentions behind the gifts. Hence, at the end there's no blowout on the train with Peeta realizing that the romance was part of an unspoken strategy between Haymitch and Katniss.
- I found that Katniss' time in the arena was downplayed by that fact that we couldn't hear any of her inner thoughts (which i know would have been near impossible to do). Unless she was interacting with a tribute, the audience didn't get any of what Katniss was thinking in the arena.
- Not enough romance!! I mean my favorite line from the Hunger Games is when Peeta says "She has no idea, the effect she can have" and it wasn't in there at all. Granted there's one scene in the cave that was so lovely but other than that, I feel like they really downplayed the romance aspect. I mean I didn't see enough of the struggle Katniss had in loving Peeta.

Overall, novel readers MAY be a little disappointed but overall a good adaptation of the overall story. In terms of a movie, I'd give it an 9/10. Based on its closeness to the book, I'd give it a 7/10.

What did you think? I'm dyyyyying to talk Hunger Games with fellow fans!

Love,
Evani

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So lesson #1 about me: I have an obsessive personality. When I love something, I LOVE it. When it comes to items I love, I want to own 5 of them.  True life examples:

- I "accidentally" go to Disneyland 3-4 times a year. It's almost like an itch I can't scratch, I love it there! We're finally considering a season pass...
- I buy nearly all pairs of shoes in pairs. Not just a pair of shoes, I mean I buy 2 pairs of shoes at a time (sometimes the same pair in different colors).
- Every Harry Potter novel release required that I lock myself in my room with only water and refuse to leave until the novel was finished (bathroom breaks were allowed, food was not).

Speaking of Harry Potter, the ending of the series was hard on me. Wearing those 3D Harry Potter glasses for the final movie was among my highlights of 2011 (Sad? Maybe. Haha)  Stumbling upon the Hunger Games was the perfect way to rebound from that relationship. Fast forward to today and my sweet boyfriend used our Christmas movie vouchers to pre-order our Hunger Games midnight tickets. Sure, I have work in the morning but I can sleep when I'm dead. I can't wait!

Below is the outfit I imagine Katniss wore into the arena (I threw in some amazing Alexander Wang sunglasses, they clearly left out of the novel) and approved Hunger Games memorabilia.

 1. American Apparel/ 2. CafePress/ 3. Etsy/4. Asos/ 5. Zappos/ 6. Asos

And for even more overzealous fans, here's a great link to a blog that teaches us how to do the Katniss braid.

If you haven't read the Hunger Games, I recommend that you do! It's got enough action for the men but enough romance for the women. :)

I'm so excited! Leave me a comment just for fun!

Love,
Evani

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Animal Print Jewelry Board

Weeks ago, I settled on the fact my room needed to be redecorated. The perfect place to start was my small jewelry corner because I've been acquiring accessories at an alarming rate since I discovered Denios', a local flea market (more on that in the coming weeks!). Anyways, I picked up a lovely sized cork board for $3 at Denios two weekends ago and decided it was time to get down to business.

I've long been doing cheetah print on my nails when I realized that it would be a great print to put on a jewelry board. I bought a few supplies at Jo-Anns crafts, including a white, black, mint green and Tiffany blue colored acrylic paints. I started off by painting the frame completely white, which was the easy part. I touched the cork with my white paint brush more often than I can count so I ended up painting the entire cork a rich brown color (similar to the color of cork naturally, just a smidge darker) which added another hour to the drying time. Then I started in on the frame with making random circular splotches with the mint green color, sporadically spread throughout the frame. Then simply draw messy parentheses around all the colored splotches and spread out a few random black dots to add more dimension.

Lastly, just for fun, I painted multicolored push-pins with the Tiffany Blue color. Ta-da!

 

The Finished Product (Cord board $3 from flea market,Paints $4, Ribbon $3)

At Jo-Anns I also bought thick opaque teal-colored ribbon to hang my earrings on. My roommate in college, Katie showed me this trick for earring organization and I've been doing it ever since!!

For my next animal print project, I'll make sure to take some process pictures to show you in more detail how it's done.

Also I've joined Bloglovin, which is an amazing website that acts as a one stop shop to read all your favorite blogs in one place. I love having followers on WordPress but if you have a Bloglovin, find me by searching Simply Evani!

Love,
Evani

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Cookies on Parade

This entry is for the cookie lovers out there! One of my favorite cookies has to be Mother's Cookies Circus Animals. For those of you who didn't notice a shortage, Mother's Cookies almost went out of business in 2008 but Kellogs (bless their soul) acquired the company and brought them back. So just in case they disappear forever, I figured I'd try my hand at doing a home made batch.

The finished product :)

* Derived from a recipe at Culinary Concoctions 

Materials:

Sugar Cookies
7.5 cups of flour
4.5 cups powdered sugar
4 sticks of unsalted butter softened (8 oz)
3 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp cream of tartar

1. Beat the powdered sugar and butter for 3-5 minutes until smooth at medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time and scrape the bowl after each egg. Add vanilla and mix for 2 more minutes.
2. Mix in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar while mixer is on slow speed. Mix til you have a smooth dough. At one point, my tiny mixer couldn't take it anymore so when the dough felt solid, I pulled it out and hand kneaded it myself for additional mixing. The ball of dough was HUGE! I mean the size of a dodegeball.
3. Chill in the fridge for 4 hours.
4. When ready, roll out dough and cut using cookie cutters. I found a Noah's Ark animal cookie pack at Jo-Anns and they were the perfect size and shape! For a normal oven, you would preheat to 375. I wanted to try baking only a few cookies at a time so I stuck them in our toaster oven at 375 for a few minutes (less clean up!)

Tidbits:The cookies are UNBELIEVABLY good but just like circus animals, they harden fast (don't expect soft and doughy). I didn't want 180 circus cookies to go hard so I just portioned out dough, rolled, cut and cooked small batches nightly for dessert.

Icing
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp vanilla (Maybe less, look below)
Red food coloring
Rainbow sprinkes

1. Whisk the sugar, milk and vanilla together until smooth. Set half of the icing aside to be white, and place 1 drop of red food coloring to make the pink icing. Dip the cookies and throw some rainbow sprinkles on top!

Tidbit: I would recommend LESS vanilla. My icing ended up a little to sweet for my liking so for additional cookies, I took pre-bought Strawberry icing and used that instead. I got better feedback from Strawberry icing.

I'm so happy with how they turned out! After 3 nights of circus animals desserts, we still have a sizable ball of sugar cookie dough in the fridge. I'd call this mission a success.

“Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.” - Drake

I was fortunate enough to see Drake in concert when he performed at UC Davis last Wednesday and I gotta tell ya, it was one of the best concerts of my life. You know those people who perform live that sound completely different than on the CD (I'm sorry Katy Perry, I love you but it's true...)? Drake sounded like a BETTER version of his CD. He even went acoustic and romantic with the crowd doing personal shout outs. Who would've thought Jimmy from Degrassi had it in him? Definitely the best money we've spent this year. If you can't stand his songs on the radio, listen to this song:

I took this at the concert!
Love,
Evani