Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Fashion: I'm Covered in Bees!

I loved bees since way before I started Honeybee Alley.  That's why I chose the name.  Lately I've been especially drawn to clothing with bee designs on them.

I fell in love with this top at the University District Street Fair but I didn't have money for it then.  I bought it two months ago and I am so glad that I did!  I've been wearing it at least once a week since it arrived.  It's so soft and wonderful and from a fellow Etsy seller (and did I mention that it's super soft?!).  She makes all kinds of great clothing and pillows and bags.

Honey and Lace fluttery dolman shirt  S,M, & L insect bee top bohemian flowy jersey gypsy fashion
Here's a better photo of it, from the listing.
And then I just had to get these socks from Amazon, because I loved them and there were only four pairs left, and the bee's knees puns basically write themselves.  They're too warm to wear yet but I will be getting a lot of wear out of them in the fall, and winter, and spring.

Because I love bees so much I've been donating 10% of my Etsy profits to Save the Honeybee Foundation this year.  I've also been including a bee-shaped piece of seed paper in every order.

Do you want to know a secret?  I love honeybees so much but I just think bumblebees are way cuter.  They're all fuzzy and clumsy and adorable.  When I was growing up and playing outside I would name all of the bumblebees Mr. Bumbles and watch them bumbling around in the yard.  But don't tell the honeybees!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Burke Museum of Natural History

A couple of months ago my friend invited me to go to the Burke Museum of Natural History with her.  It's free on the first Thursday of each month and neither of us had ever gone so I said that of course I would.  Plus it's about two blocks from my house so I had to go at some point.

And it was amazing.  We were probably there for two hours looking at everything.  The upstairs is natural history and the downstairs is world history and Pacific Northwest history.  Of course I liked the upstairs best, because of crystals, skulls, and dinosaurs.  No contest.  I took about a bajillion pictures and here are my favorites.

This is apparently how my face looks when I'm just surrounded by amazing stuff.

Have you guys ever stood under a woolly mammoth?!  I never realized how huge they were before!  It's mind-boggling.
If you guys have a natural history museum near you, you should absolutely visit!  Really any museum is fascinating and amazing to me, but natural history museums have my heart.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rubber Band Manicure DIY

I got this idea from a Buzzfeed article about beauty hacks.  (I also learned how to do winged eyeliner from the same article!)  I received this nail polish free for review in a VoxBox from Influenster.  I usually buy this kind of nail polish anyway (because it's inexpensive but good) and I had seen he article and wanted to try it out, so I did.  Thankfully I tried it with a purple that was just a couple of shades darker so you couldn't tell how bad I messed it up unless you looked really closely, haha.

So the article says to use a rubber band to touch up a French manicure, but I've never had a French manicure so I used it to make one.  It probably works way better to touch one up but also I have a very low Nail Polish skill level and very little Patience.

Like I said, it doesn't look so bad from a distance.
So I just painted my nails purple and then used the lighter purple for the tips.  You're supposed to stretch the rubber band so it's tight against your nail and then paint above it.  It's pretty awkward to do (especially on your pinky nails!) and I would not attempt it again.  However the Sinful Colors nail polish is great.  It goes on smooth and dries pretty quick.  They have a ton of colors to choose from and I think it costs about $2 a bottle so you can go crazy and buy a bunch of colors without spending too much money.  I can't say anything about how durable it is because any nail polish I put on my fingernails chips once I make some jewelry.  But I would definitely recommend Sinful Colors nail polish.  I know they sell it at Walgreen's for sure because that's where I buy it.

Have you ever tried a rubber band manicure?  Did it work better than mine?  I would love to see pictures if you try it.