Instagram Sunday! #10

INSTAGRAM SUNDAY! Yes this is technically being posted on Monday, but shhh. This past week was… both busy and not busy at the same time. I felt like a lot happened but looking at my calendar there really wasn’t much going on. But here’s some highlights either way!

My brother’s girlfriend came over on Monday to brighten up my hair. SO THRILLED!

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On Wednesday I headed to Adore by Darling‘s studio for a boudoir session! Jen is a friend of mine and we’ve worked together before, so I was BEYOND excited to be photographed by her again. I stopped on my way to have my hair & makeup done by Jessica Candage and couldn’t resist snapping a selfie (or 10) in the car before I left…

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Jen takes an Instax photo of everyone who comes into her studio, so me and Cortney (she came along for moral support!) gladly obliged!

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I’ve taken LOTS of selfies lately because I adore my hair…

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On Saturday I made up a little Valentine’s surprise for Nate — I cut out 45 or so paper hearts and wrote reasons why I love him on them and taped them all over the house. I mean, I could have made up another zillion hearts but had to settle for just 45. 😉

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On Saturday night we hunkered down for the big weekend storm, Neptune…

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And, oh, right, nothing happened. Portland managed to be right in the break of the storm, apparently — places south of us (as close as Saco, which is only 15-20 minutes south, and down to Boston) and north of us managed to get 12-24 inches, while we got… 2. A dusting, really.

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Sunday was the anniversary of the Pale Blue Dot photograph, so I took an awkward photo of my Carl Sagan tattoo to celebrate! I got this tattoo back in 2010 and it’s awesome. People always read it and look confused but then I tell them it’s Carl Sagan and they’re reassured once again that I am a total nerd.

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Instagram Sunday! #9

I know, I know, nobody cares, it’s Superbowl Sunday, but… it’s also INSTAGRAM SUNDAY!!! Enjoy this last week of January through my cell phone’s lens…

We had some pretty killer skies on Monday…

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At least until Juno POUNDED THE EAST COAST. Okay, it wasn’t so bad. Not at all, really, at least for southern Maine. But it was sure fun to watch people freak out.

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It was okay though, I had gotten my new FNUG nail polish and did myself up with HOLOGRAPHIC NAILS!

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The view out of my bedroom window on Tuesday morning…

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The skies on Tuesday were awesome again. Ah, post-storm blue skies!

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Mukow being spoiled, per usual.

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I got some DELICIOUS goodies from Etsy seller ZumZumZ — blog post (and review) coming soon!

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My Instagram prints from Artifact Uprising also arrived… blog post & review coming soon!

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I headed to the salon yesterday. This is my before photo…

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During the coloring process…

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AFTER! I’M A MERMAID!

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Then I headed to Target hoping to buy a black coat but alas, apparently it’s cruise season. SIGH!

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And took another selfie this morning, duh. 🙂

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Instagram Sunday! #8

Oh hi INSTAGRAM SUNDAY! I somehow spaced out and completely forgot last week’s — OOPS — but not this time! It was a pretty busy and fun week — I went on lots of walks and explored quite a few new places!

Spent lots of time outside with Mukow…

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Did a photo shoot at my hair salon and spotted this lovely window at a nearby church…

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Saw this gorgeous sunset from my back door…

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My incredible new shirt from Cat Coven arrived in the mail!

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I attempted some water marbling on my nails. I got the thumb halfway decent but the rest failed, and I gave up after a few more attempts. Maybe next time!

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Went for a walk around Mackworth Island with Mukow and my Mom! It was COLD but so beautiful.

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No Instagram photo could do the view justice…

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Went exploring at some nearby cemeteries with my friend Devon!

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Took Mukow to the vet and while Nate finished up inside, I sat in the car with her. She saw some dogs get into a scuffle outside and she was on FULL ALERT, complete with growling.

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My amazing notebooks from ModCloth came in the mail!

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As well as my postcards from QuillandFox… so in love.

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Went exploring in the snow and had to snap a selfie…

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Portland looked so amazing!

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I found this delightful little scene, too!

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Stopped on my way home and couldn’t resist buying THESE — Cookie Chips! What!?!?

Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 6.20.31 PMTook Mukow for a walk in Baxter Woods and it was just as magical as I hoped it would be.

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Spent some time with Mukow outside today — I was too tired from working to play, but she got to frolic in the snow!

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Instagram Sunday! #7

Oh hey it’s INSTAGRAM SUNDAY! This was, in all honesty, a pretty boring week. Insanely boring, actually. Most of the time was spent inside (getting over some kind of cold/flu thing + temperatures barely getting out of the 20’s = me becoming a hermit), and… well, no, that’s pretty much it. We went out for dinner on Monday and I’ve been completely unproductive ever since. Well, okay, I’ve been productive on the computer — blogging, doing back-end work for my photography business, making sure I post lots of things to Tumblr, you know the drill. And Nate is always productive, damn him.

There was a totally epic sky on Monday. I stepped outside to take Mukow out back and snapped this shot before running inside to get my real camera. 😉

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I got my new, fancy push pins in the mail and was WAY TOO EXCITED. I am in the process of sprucing up my office and the little details really matter. Both sets of the glitter ones are from WhenItRainsShop and the ice cream cone ones are from funkychickendesign, both on Etsy.

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We went out to dinner at Bonobo (excellent wood fired pizza!) with my brother and his girlfriend. Bonobo does half-price drinks on Mondays so it’s an obvious choice.

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Mukow got this Boba Fett toy for Christmas and she LOVES IT. She always has it with her and often when we come home she’ll run to greet us at the door with it in her mouth. Such a cute, nerdy dog.

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I took a selfie because, duh.

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I tried out the Scotch tape method, thanks to Kaylah at The Dainty Squid. She always has the most amazing nails (colors, patterns, designs, she’s brilliant!) and this method sounded like something I could pull off. I had just gotten a new polish (Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Sparkling Water) and had a beautiful metallic gold (Sephora by OPI in Keep Me on My Mistletoes) and I went for it. Nate was in the midst of a James Bond spree so I settled onto the couch and went to work. It definitely takes a decent amount of time, effort, and concentration, but I think it was worth it. Next time I’ll be a little less random with the shapes! Also don’t mind my horrifying fingers — they get so irritated and dry this time of year.

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I have taken SO MANY BUBBLE BATHS since our new tub was installed. I am pretty much in the tub once a day during the winter — to warm up, relax, and read. Lately I’ve been into The Dead Roam the Earth by Alasdair Wickham, all about the paranormal (hauntings, possessions, demons, real-life ghost sightings, Mothmen… it’s awesome).

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I made us pizza the other night for dinner — Nate’s classic (pepperoni & mushroom) is on the left, and I got a little more creative with mine, opting for a homemade pesto base with red bell pepper and goat cheese. SO DELICIOUS.

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I finally put those fancy new push pins to use and it made an awesome, glittery mess.

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Proof of my work — the bulletin board is looking a bit more populated.

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I went grocery shopping and picked up a bottle of pink moscato — I’m alllll about the sweet, pink wines. It was cheap as hell ($6 for a bottle) and quite delicious.

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It also paired quite nicely with the homemade alfredo sauce I made for dinner, and we decided to slice up another red bell pepper to go in it since I… may have forgotten the broccoli on my quest for wine. Oops.

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Instagram Sunday! #6

WOO it’s Instagram Sunday! I don’t know how the weeks fly by so quickly… suddenly it’s 4 days into January and WHERE DID THE TIME GO?

Hi, I'm cute.
Hi, I’m cute.
Got these amazing paper airplane push pins for my office!
Got these amazing paper airplane push pins for my office!
Attempted some fancy New Year's Eve nails. Failed about 50%. And currently horrified at how dry and terrible my cuticles are.
Attempted some fancy New Year’s Eve nails. Failed about 50%. And currently horrified at how dry and terrible my cuticles are.
We had a quiet New Year's Eve and opened up the 2014 Memory Jar... :)
We had a quiet New Year’s Eve and opened up the 2014 Memory Jar… 🙂
The left pile are general memories, the right pile are Mukow-specific. ;)
The left pile are general memories, the right pile are Mukow-specific. 😉
Started a new calendar. Best feeling ever.
Started a new calendar. Best feeling ever.
Black & yellow.
Black & yellow.
Whipped out the gold snakeskin planner I've been waiting months to use!
Whipped out the gold snakeskin planner I’ve been waiting months to use!
Mukow was scared because the tub was filling up so she hid with her daddy.
Mukow was scared because the tub was filling up so she hid with her daddy.
Red lips by 8am -- bam!
Red lips by 8am — bam!
Just a bit of snow at Target.
Just a bit of snow at Target.
On repeat lately.
On repeat lately.
Adventured at Calvary Cemetery in the snow... photos coming soon!
Adventured at Calvary Cemetery in the snow… photos coming soon!

Instagram Sunday! #5

Yay it’s INSTAGRAM SUNDAY!! This week’s photos were pretty sparse thanks to the chaos of the holidays and the intense relaxation that happened for most of the week. I haven’t even driven my car in days which is pretty awesome considering how much driving I do for 90% of the year.

I was featured in a local wedding magazine, Real Maine Weddings -- woo!
I was featured in a local wedding magazine, Real Maine Weddings — woo!
My husband gave me another early Christmas present -- the skull planter from one of my Wishlist Wednesdays. <3
My husband gave me another early Christmas present — the skull planter from one of my Wishlist Wednesdays. ❤
We played a rousing Christmas Eve game of Cards Against Humanity with my Mom.
We played a rousing Christmas Eve game of Cards Against Humanity with my Mom.
Nate won several rounds with gems like this.
Nate won several rounds with gems like this.
I found an amazing natural lip color - yay for Milani!
I found an amazing natural lip color – yay for Milani!
We played outside with Mukow on one of several unseasonably warm, sunny days.
We played outside with Mukow on one of several unseasonably warm, sunny days.
I had fun with my bangs before a shower.
I had fun with my bangs before a shower.
I dolled myself up!
I dolled myself up!
BAM.
BAM.
And went for some black & white drama. :)
And went for some black & white drama. 🙂

Instagram Sunday! #4

Welcome to INSTAGRAM SUNDAY! This past week has mostly been filled with work — trying to tie up all of my loose ends by Christmas Eve so I can have a few proper days off — but some fun was had, too. 🙂

We went to my in-laws' house on Sunday and Mukow was our co-pilot!
We went to my in-laws’ house on Sunday and Mukow was our co-pilot!
OH HI!
OH HI!
I finally organized all of my knick knacks in my office!
I finally organized all of my knick knacks in my office!
Yes, those are dinosaurs stalking the Lego White House...
Yes, those are dinosaurs stalking the Lego White House…
We got our tree super late this year -- a little tabletop one!
We got our tree super late this year — a little tabletop one!
Nate gave me my Christmas present early. Awesome. <3
Nate gave me my Christmas present early. Awesome. ❤
I painted my nails and they eerily matched my favorite hoodie.
I painted my nails and they eerily matched my favorite hoodie.
My new mousepad came in the mail!
My new mousepad came in the mail!
I met a couple friends at Silly's and got my favorite -- Peace, Love, & Veggies (a tofu stir-fry bowl).
I met a couple friends at Silly’s and got my favorite — Peace, Love, & Veggies (a tofu stir-fry bowl).
FRIENDZ! Cortney & Andrew. :)
FRIENDZ! Cortney & Andrew. 🙂
We also went to Coffee By Design and they had this AMAZING animatronic dinosaur.
We also went to Coffee By Design and they had this AMAZING animatronic dinosaur.
Cortney and I browsed Goodwill and found this amazing gem.
Cortney and I browsed Goodwill and found this amazing gem.
I also brought home this Bart Simpson Chia Pet!
I also brought home this Bart Simpson Chia Pet!
I rocked some mustard yellow.
I rocked some mustard yellow.
I visited Nate at work and we got the best pizza ever -- chicken alfredo pizza from Amato's!
I visited Nate at work and we got the best pizza ever — chicken alfredo pizza from Amato’s!
I got this amazing Christmas card in the mail -- thanks, Lianna & Katy. :)
I got this amazing Christmas card in the mail — thanks, Lianna & Katy. 🙂

Instagram Sunday! #3

Welcome to INSTAGRAM SUNDAY! It was a fairly unproductive week but come on, it’s me — I’d still have at least one Instagram photo per day even if I was stuck in a bare room.

I'm going through a long office cleaning process and part of that is to go through and organize my knickknacks. I have lots of them!
I’m going through a long office cleaning process and part of that is to go through and organize my knickknacks. I have lots of them!
Getting my desk in order, slowly but surely.
Getting my desk in order, slowly but surely.
At least this part of the office is (mostly) done.
At least this part of the office is (mostly) done.
I discovered Make Up For Ever's Redefining Red -- an amazing lipstick with serious staying power (this was taken after wearing it for several hours AND eating lunch).
I discovered Make Up For Ever’s Redefining Red — an amazing lipstick with serious staying power (this was taken after wearing it for several hours AND eating lunch).
Mukow has a newfound love for the chair -- but only when her Daddy is already sitting in it.
Mukow has a newfound love for the chair — but only when her Daddy is already sitting in it.
I had a very poofy hair day.
I had a very poofy hair day.
Dug out one of my favorite dresses (apparent by the insane wrinkles).
Dug out one of my favorite dresses (apparent by the insane wrinkles).
We went to a pottery sale with my in-laws.
We went to a pottery sale with my in-laws.
Awesome tile mosaic outside of Portland Pottery.
Awesome tile mosaic outside of Portland Pottery.
After the sale we walked around and found these very classy deer in a vintage shop.
After the sale we walked around and found these very classy deer in a vintage shop.
Also this AMAZING CAT CUSHION.
Also this AMAZING CAT CUSHION.
We visited Circa Home & Vintage and I fell in love with this stove. SWOON.
We visited Circa Home & Vintage and I fell in love with this stove. SWOON.
Then we headed to Maine Craft Distilling where we sampled vodka, gin, whiskey, and blueberry moonshine.
Then we headed to Maine Craft Distilling where we sampled vodka, gin, whiskey, and blueberry moonshine.
I also had a gin & tonic with their amazing gin. SO GOOD.
I also had a gin & tonic with their amazing gin. SO GOOD.
And so cute!
And so cute!
Nate picked out this candle -- so delicious.
Nate picked out this candle — so delicious.

Instagram Sunday! #2

Yay it’s INSTAGRAM SUNDAY! This past week wasn’t super busy — welcome to winter! — but luckily my pets are always good subjects. 😉

Mukow usually beats me to bed. And sometimes she cleans my pillow for me. (There's been lots of pillow flipping and switching out lately.)
Mukow usually beats me to bed. And sometimes she cleans my pillow for me. (There’s been lots of pillow flipping and switching out lately.)
He also sat on the back of the couch and blocked the cool breeze from the windows for me. Thanks, dude.
He also sat on the back of the couch and blocked the cool breeze from the windows for me. Thanks, dude.
The Bengal hung out in this basket.
The Bengal hung out in this basket.
My car succumbed to a solid ice tomb.
My car succumbed to a solid ice tomb.
I thought it would be weird and funny to take a photo in the middle of my eyeliner applying process. It was definitely one of those things. (Hint: it was weird.)
I thought it would be weird and funny to take a photo in the middle of my eyeliner applying process. It was definitely one of those things. (Hint: it was weird.)
I was cute.
I was cute.
The Bengal enjoyed his favorite sleeping spot. (Luckily those are DIRTY clothes.)
The Bengal enjoyed his favorite sleeping spot. (Luckily those are DIRTY clothes.)
My husband loves me a lot and bought me a bunch of macaroni & cheese. :)
My husband loves me a lot and bought me a bunch of macaroni & cheese. 🙂
Went for an amazing 52-degree walk with the pup.
Went for an amazing 52-degree walk with the pup.
My awesome neighbor, Jack, brought me some pumpkin pie (with lots of whipped cream!).
My awesome neighbor, Jack, brought me some pumpkin pie (with lots of whipped cream!).
The Bengal stole Mukow's spot. So much sadness in this photo.
The Bengal stole Mukow’s spot. So much sadness in this photo.
Took my braids out and had some nice wave!
Took my braids out and had some nice wave!
I also scored this awesome beauty haul from the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall's Sephora.
I also scored this awesome beauty haul from the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall’s Sephora.
While there we dined at The Cheesecake Factory (we're very classy) and I indulged in this AMAZING pumpkin pecan cheesecake.
While there we dined at The Cheesecake Factory (we’re very classy) and I indulged in this AMAZING pumpkin pecan cheesecake.
My good friend Cortney and I went down to Boston. Yay for elevator selfies!
My good friend Cortney and I went down to Boston. Yay for elevator selfies!
I do love the sunsets during the winter. (But that's the only thing I love about it.)
I do love the sunsets during the winter. (But that’s the only thing I love about it.)
I tried out pigtails... and LOVED THEM.
I tried out pigtails… and LOVED THEM.