2.27.2013

Purple Smoky Eyes: A Tutorial



Today I'd love to share with you my purple smoky eye look.  I learned this several years ago at a makeup counter way back when I first started getting serious about makeup.  Keep in mind, I'm not a professional makeup artist - I just like having fun doing makeup.  This is my go-to look for nights out (like going to a concert, or a fancy wedding).



If you've been a reader for a little while, you know my love of makeup (ahem, post 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 of my collection...) and you know that the tools are really one of the most fun parts of makeup for me.  So I'm going to start with the basic tools you'll need:
  1. A concealer brush (Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush)
  2. A small-ish eyeshadow brush (this is a really old MAC one, I need to replace it soon! I think it's this one...)
  3. A small, flat, concealer/blending brush (I'm pretty sure mine is a Clinique Brush - Concealer)
  4. A tiny eyeliner brush (optional, depends on your eyeliner.  This one is Sonia Kashuk from Target; similar here or here)
  5. A slanted brush for eyebrows and/or eyeliner (again, depends on your choices of makeup - mine is from the Tokidoki set)
  6. (not pictured) An eyebrow brush.  If you don't have one, you can use an old toothbrush or a clean mascara wand.
I like to start by "priming" the eye to make my shadows last.  My all-time fave is Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray).  I put a little on the lids, and a little on the undereye area and blend until it's pretty much invisible.  I use concealer brush #1 for this.

The overall key to having a good shadow look is to BLEND.  Start with small amounts.  You can always add more, but it's really hard to subtract!



After I apply Stay, Don't Stray, I apply MAC paint in Graphito (no longer available; use MAC paint pot in Blackground as a substitute) to the entire lid area, up to the crease.  I blend the heck out of it, so it slowly gets lighter as it gets to the crease, but it still looks overall like a dark gray cream shadow on the lids.  This is a base coat over which your powder goes.  I apply my paint with concealer brush #3, but will often use #1 to help blend the crease area upward.

See my attempt at a Photoshop illustration below to give you kind of an idea where to apply the cream base layer:



Before applying shadow, I forgot a minor step, which is optional.  I usually take a black eyeliner pencil (I like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion) and line the bottom lid.  Then I smudge it out with a q-tip.  If you're feeling really brave, you can also line the inner rim (the waterline) of the eyelids above and below.  In the photos at the top of this post, I used pencil liner for the lower lids.

Okay, now you're ready for shadow.  My favorite three shadows for this look are all from MAC:
  1. Idol Eyes, a light gray-ish silver, for the highlight under the brows
  2. Beautiful Iris, a light purple, for most of the lids (I was running out, so I have a spare, see?)
  3. Black Tied, a dark sparkly black, for the outer corners, blended into the crease on the outside of the eyes


Again, I made a Photoshop illustration of the general placement of shadows.  My photoshop painting skills leave a little to be desired, so I'll try to explain the drawings here:
  1. First, I apply Idol Eyes just below the eyebrow, down to the crease.  I make sure that this shadow blends smoothly into the Graphito paint I applied in the last step.
  2. Then, I apply Beautiful Iris from the inner corner of the eyes across the entire lid, about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way across towards the outer corner.  This blends up into the crease of the eyelid.  The layering of the light purple shadow over the dark paint layer is what gives the purple smoky effect!
  3. Last, I apply a small amount of the Black Tied on the outer corner of the eye.  I blend it across the outer 1/3 of the lid (into the purple from step 2) and also up over the crease area slightly.



Now that your shadow has been applied and blended within an inch of its life, you get to apply liner.  I'm a fan of the cat eye effect.

There are a lot of great cat eye tutorials out on the interwebs, so feel free to use the one that works for you the best.  My method is most like this picture (original source unknown) that went viral on Tumblr:

If you know the original source, please let me know!

When it comes to eyeliner, you have some choices, depending on what you're most comfortable with.  I typically go with some kind of gel or liquid liner, so here are my three faves (pictured below):
  1. Maybelline New York Line Stiletto in Blackest Black
  2. Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, Black
  3. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
I first started out in makeup using MAC fluidline with a thin brush - I found that I had the most control with this method.  After becoming more comfortable with this liner, I moved to some more traditional liquids.  Although I like the Maybelline Master Precise liner for its matte black look, it's still a liner "marker," which I find dry out rather quickly.  So my personal fave is Maybelline Line Stiletto, although I've been having a hard time finding it in stores lately (I usually order it online a few at a time!)...



After you apply your liner, curl your lashes.  I don't apply my mascara until AFTER I apply my false lashes - it helps blend them in.  If you're skipping the falsies step, so ahead and apply now.  My fave is Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Mascara.



Tiny false eyelashes are the cherry on top!  You don't have to use fake lashes, but I personally LOVE them.  I wish I had the patience to apply and wear them everyday!  These are small "1/2" lash strips, which are applied to the outer corners of the eye.  I'm wearing them in photos at the top of this post.  I blend them in by gluing them right along the lash line on top of my black liner, and sometimes I'll add a little additional Black Tied shadow over the strip if I feel like I need them to blend in a little bit more.  But smoky eyes are easy for hiding fake lashes since it's so dark anyways!

I usually put some lash adhesive on the back of my hand, then "dip" the strips in the adhesive on my hand (keeps from putting too much on).  Then, I give the lashes a few waves in the air, to get the adhesive sticky, before applying to my lash line.  Be patient and let them dry completely before moving forward.

As stated above, I usually apply my mascara after my fake lashes are on and dried, as it helps to blend the fake lashes with my real ones...



To finish off your eyes, don't neglect your brows!  I use a little bit of brown shadow (this is from a Tarina Tarantino/Sephora pallette) and an angled brush to fill in any thin spots, then give my brows a swipe with my brow brush to neaten them up.

So, now you're on your way to an awesome purply version of the smoky eye for your next night out on the town!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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2.26.2013

Shop Update! New Items!



In the last week, I've put up a whole bunch of new items in the Hell Razor etsy shop!  In fact, I've sold several items before I was even able to get this post up!  Woo hoo!

Pictured above are two new recycled rosary necklaces.  The first (above, left) is a Black Bow Recycled Rosary necklace, and the second (above, right) is a Recycled LP Lightning Charm Rosary necklace.  I especially love these vinyl charms made from old records.  I hand cut and filed these charms using a jeweler's saw and file.  It kind of takes me a while, but I love the uniqueness of each pendant!



Don't you just love these earrings?  I made them from a couple of tiny novelty erasers!  I love finding unusual items and turning them into wearable pieces.  Handgun Eraser Earrings are available in the Hell Razor etsy shop right now!



Stephanie and I did a fun photoshoot a couple of weekends ago where we combined our stock to "style" some of her vintage clothing pieces alongside Hell Razor accessories.  You can find my Pink, Purple, and Blue Sugar Skull combination hair clip/pin modeled on a Calamity Layne Vintage Brown Cowgirl Day Dress.  My Sugar Skull Polkadot Bow is being featured on her Rockabilly Goth Red & Black Dress.

I love how we get to cross-reference our stores and also give the customers an idea how our pieces can be worn and styled!



If you're not a fan of the oversized/statement bow look, I've also made a few sets of smaller bows, like this set of Glittery Spiderweb Skull Bow barrettes.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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2.25.2013

My Favorite Stress Relief

I am filled with stress and anxiety.  It's something I am constantly working on, and trying to increase my awareness of, and attempting to conquer via various assorted coping skills and mechanisms.  I've also come to the conclusion that this MAKES ME TOTALLY NORMAL and very much like most other people.

I'd like to share one of my favorite stress-relieving activity to distract my brain: podcasts!  I know podcasts have been around for a while, but I never never ever listened to them because I always figured "I'll just watch tv!" instead.  But I have found that podcasts do not = tv without pictures.  

Podcasts are good for:
  • Driving in the car, especially if you have a long(er) or frustrating commute in traffic.  It keeps my brain from blowing up with road rage.
  • Spending 5 minutes in the car before going into work, or any situation where you show up early and don't want to walk in right away.
  • Eating lunch in your car and not feeling sad and lonely.  Podcasts distract me from all the drama and frustrations that happened that morning at work.
Now I will share with you my two favorite podcast recommendations:


1. The Nerdist Podcast.  This is an extremely popular and well-known podcast, so I'm guessing that most of you don't need me to provide a huge explanation... but it's hosted by Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira.  Sometimes they podcast with just the three of them, but usually they have a celebrity guest.  Yes, it's funny, but my favorite thing about this podcast is when serious conversations happen about human nature and the discovery of self - sometimes in relation to the comedy or entertainment business, but more often in terms that the everyday person can very much relate to.  I also enjoy the frank discussions relating to anxiety and stress and normal life and how we are bombarded with information in the modern age and how we as humans can (or can't) deal with it.

So maybe not what the average listener looks for in this podcast, but I love it!  Some of my very favorite guests include Dave Grohl, John Hodgman, Henry Rollins, and Tom Morello.  Check it out on iTunes here.


2. The Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin.  I first heard of this podcast via the Nerdist podcast when Paul Gilmartin was a guest on the show.  Paul talks to guests (some famous, some not) and has honest conversations about all different kinds of mental illness, from mild depression and negative thoughts to guests who have checked themselves into a hospital for long periods of time and tried to kill themselves.  I find it fascinating to discover trends and cause/effects in their different stories, and to hear about families and upbringing and find out that we all have some of these issues in common!  And it's inspirational to hear about the journeys and begin to see that we'll all be okay in the end, no matter how bad it can get sometimes.

Paul Gilmartin is not a licensed therapist, so he won't give out medical advice or things of that sort.  It's just nice to hear people talk about some mental issues that are kind of "taboo" in many of my real-life circles and have it addressed in a very honest and upfront kind of way.  Find The Mental Illness Happy Hour on iTunes here.

Do you have any favorite podcasts?  I'm always looking for something new, so please share!

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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2.22.2013

Coordinating Vintage Pieces into Outfits

Hi Friends!

So you have a few vintage pieces in your wardrobe, but how do you incorporate them into your every day look? Here are a few tips for adding that vintage touch to your outfits!

Don't be Afraid to Layer
You can layer modern and vintage pieces together to create a unique and interesting outfit! In my case,
I like to wear 50s dresses and 90s grandpa cardigans and some leggings in wt winter. For summer, I often sport a 60s shift dress with a modern cardigan and some flats.

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Color Coordinate Your Closet
If you're in a hurry and are having a hard time putting together an outfit with all of your thrift store finds, try color coordinating your closet! I have all of my dresses, cardigans, and skirts hung up according to color. It will help you to coordinate an outfit in a pinch!

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Vintage Accessories
If you are having a hard time finding many vintage pieces in your size, try accessorizing any outfit with a vintage scarf, necklace, or purse. You can satisfy your vintage craving with these little guys until you can find that perfect piece for your closet!

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Stay tuned for more tips on coordinating your vintage pieces!

Yours Truly,
Steph @ Calamity Layne

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2.20.2013

Black and Blue

cardigan - JCPenney / dress - Target / leggings - Torrid / boots - Torrid
Hey look I'm looking at the camera and smiling!  Is that a fluke?  I dunno.  I assure you there were enough other weirdo face-making and looking away shots in this session as well.  See below.


Today I'm wearing another black lace dress, but I assure you it's totally different from the one I wore before.  This one's from Target and it's short-sleeved (hence the cardigan).  I love this dress (I think it was only like $20) so when I saw another one that was white with a yellow-y lime green underlayer, I bought that one, too.  But I'll save that one for another day.

I think this blue cardigan is my favorite color out of all the cardigans I own.  I've worn it several times this week, even though this is only the second time you're seeing it.  And can we please discuss STRIPEY LEGGINGS?!  Thank you Torrid!  I only want to ask how long until the black and white version will be made?  And why aren't you carrying the leggings with skulls on them anymore?  I wanted a pair sooo bad and you ran out, only to not carry them anymore!  Sad!


Dress + leggings (or tights) + cardigan is kind of my "formula" for getting dressed... especially in the wintertime.  I love to pair it all with a great pair of boots.  I've been lamenting my lack of finding a perfect pair all season, and I'm still not there... however, I did find a decent pair recently (I wish they were taller - the height's a little weird...) at Torrid online.  I love the studs on the toes and heels.  They zip up the side, which is my favorite for getting on and off, but they tie, which is good for creating the perfect fit, aka having the calves wide enough.  I do wish that the ankles were slimmer though.  You can see I've tied that section as tight as possible, but it's still a little bit off.  Hence the search continues.


I like when my hair is curly, and I've tried so many different methods.  It holds for varying amounts of time, based on the time of year and what method I've used.  This hair is a leftover from a failed method.  Well, failed for day one, but day two (here) seemed to be ok.  I tried dampening my hair and twisting sections into pincurls, clipping them into place and sleeping on them.  The next day it was insanely big and frizzy and puffy, so I put my hair into looped pigtails (it looked like I had two puffballs of hair!).  The next day, after sleeping in the pigtails, I pulled it out (in anticipation of having to pull it up again), but it looked significantly better and I kind of liked the wave.  So yayy, but way too much trouble to use this method again.  Back to the curly hair drawing board!



Also, I'm not really sure why my hair looks so blue in this post.  I assure you it's purple.  Pravana VIvid Violet, to be exact.  Blame it on the poor lighting + point and shoot cam.  Just imagine it in the color corrected version, ok?

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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2.18.2013

It's kinda like Ms. Frizzle...

cardigan - Forever 21+ / dress - Forever 21+ / tights - We Love Colors / shoes - Sketchers

Dresses with all-over patterns.  I'm super drawn to them.  So when I saw this dress, with little lipsticks all over it, I knew I had to have it.  I mean, it helps that it was from Forever 21+ for only $20... so yeah.

This is also the outfit that I wore for Iggy's first birthday party.  And it reminds me of Ms. Frizzle.  You know, the Magic School Bus?  She always had outfits that had patterns all over them of whatever the class was studying.  If only I taught makeup!  That would be fun.



I didn't take a picture of the same old Sketchers shoes up close, since I've featured them a couple of times already.  Looking back on this outfit though, I do wish I'd picked out some earrings or a necklace to go with it.

I'm using a point-and-shoot to take these photos at work.  I should probably make an effort to bring my DSLR in order to get a little better quality in the future!  Did you also notice that although I'm looking away again, it's a little bit closer to the camera?  Baby steps.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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2.17.2013

TONIGHT!

Tonight Steph and I will be vending at the Aurora 88's derby bout!  Come and visit us!  Even if you're not in the market to buy stuff, it's still an awesome fun time watching the girls battle it out!



Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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2.16.2013

Old and New!



You might be thinking, "what the heck?!"  Right about now.  Yeah, it's the Hell Razor blog, re-named and revamped for our new joint blog venture between myself and Steph from Calamity Layne!  You may have noticed that she's been kind of a regular weekly poster here, so we're making our partnership OFFICIAL.

Steph will still be selling as/at Calamity Layne, and I'll still be selling as/at Hell Razor, but our blog/joint business venture will be under our NEW name: Betties N Brimstone!

You may need to re-direct your browser to www.bettiesnbrimstone.com, as the www.hellrazorart.com address will soon be re-directed straight to my etsy shop (so it's not going away 100%)... but if you wanna get super technical, it all just redirects to the blogger/blogspot address anyways, so you may not need to do a thing.  But FYI, just in case... you've been warned!

Also, for you design-types out there, I'll be tweaking some blog layout/design elements slowly but surely over the next few weeks, too.  In fact, this header is just a stand-in until our official header is finalized.  But I wanted to get the name out there.

There's already a link to us under our new name over at Domino Dollhouse, so that's awesome.

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

p.s. We're also still in the process of sorting through what to call our various social media sites, like Twitter and Tumblr and such.  So don't panic if you see a name switch up on there, too!  It's still me!

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2.15.2013

My Top 5 Favorite Vintage Shops

Hello there!

Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone! Did you guys get anything good? I got Dave a Foo Fighters t-shirt and Apple TV (we got rid of cable...it's crazy expensive!!!). Alright, if you are looking for some post Valentines Day shopping (and live in Chicago or Nashville) you should check out my top 5 favorite Vintage shops!

Very Best Vintage
1919 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
312-226-5530
Tues - Sat: 12pm - 7pm
Sun: 12pm - 6pm

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This place is tiny, but it packs a big punch! I found a SWEET sparkly pink 60s wiggle dress there for $20! Their prices aren't crazy and you can try stuff on (which some places won't let you do...). Parking is pretty easy around that area too!

Seek Vintage
1432 West Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 526-3164
Mon: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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I ran across Seek by accident (which I thought was kind of funny because it's called Seek)! They have GREAT stuff, both clothing and housewares, and everyone behind the counter is always super nice and helpful. Their prices are good too! Definitely worth a stop on your next vintage shopping trip!  

Vintage Underground
1834 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
773-252-4559
Tuesday - Thursday 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday and Saturday 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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The staff at Vintage Underground is just super helpful and really sweet. The prices are sometimes a little on the pricier side. It really depends on what you're going in there for, but the jewelry selection is fantastic! They also have some great clothing and furniture available as well.

Knee Deep
1425 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
312-850-2510
Mon - Thu: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Knee Deep is located in Pilsen and they have amazing deals all the time. Great selection and prices are pretty god too! Check em' out!

Moonshine Nettie
615 14th ave N. HISTORIC MARATHON VILLAGE
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
615-320-1995
Mon - Sat: 11:30 am - 5:30 pm

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I absolutely LOVE this store and these ladies! I met them in New Orleans at their store Ragin' Daisy and have followed them ever since! They're out of Nashville now (which is my second favorite city outside of NOLA) and they have some of the coolest stuff both vintage and new. Oh! They also make some of their stuff too AND have a pretty sweet makeup selection! Check them out and if you find yourself in Nashville stop, by and say howdy! ;)

Catch ya later!
Steph @ Calamity Layne
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2.13.2013

Peter Pan, Polka Dots, and Purple...

cardigan - Torrid / dress - ASOS curve / belt - Torrid / tights - We Love Colors / shoes - Sketchers /
glasses - Coastal.com

I've been doing really well on my attempts to take more outfit posts.  I've been doing not-so-well at not making weird faces at the camera.  Sigh.  It'll get better... I hope?



This is a dress that I ordered from ASOS curve at the same time I ordered my sweater dress.  The fit is a little weird (it's too long), so I hiked it up at the waist with some safety pins and covered it with my wide bow belt.  No one's the wiser!  Well, except all of you now because I told you.  I've wanted a peter pan collar dress for a while, so I was pretty excited when I found this one for sale on ASOS curve just after the new year.  And because I wear black a lot, I decided to throw some colorful pieces over it: my red tights and a purple cardigan.

I've worn these shoes before.  In fact, I've kinda been relying on them any time I wear tights lately simply for the comfort factor.  Hopefully soon I can venture out a little bit to some more fashionable options.



Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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2.11.2013

Iggy @ 1 Year!

To the disappointment of all the Pinterest ladies out there, I did not have a gigantic "themed" birthday party for Iggy's 1st birthday.  In fact, I kind of did the opposite.  On the night of his birthday, Todd and I gave him a mini cupcake to eat.



Then, two days later, we had a party at a restaurant, but I made it strictly "family-only" and it still ended up being 20+ people!  I had fun picking out a few fun decorations (it boiled down to Ugly Dolls vs Yo Gabba Gabba - I went with the Ugly Dolls theme since it was simple and cute) like party hats and napkins.  I also bought a few small balloon clusters for the tables, but that was it!



I have a student from the local high school that works with me in the art room for a couple of periods a day, and her mom is an awesome baker, so I ordered cupcakes for Iggy's birthday instead of a traditional cake.  Then I didn't have to worry about things like a "smash cake" or having the cake cut up for everyone.  Super easy.



The other thing to consider is that a big party means a LOT of gifts.  Unnecessary gifts.  Big toys and stuff.  We have a modest-sized house, and not a lot of room for toys.  We definitely don't have a play room - just our living room and a basement hangout, so Iggy has to share these spaces with the adults, and I'm really concerned about being overrun with kid stuff.  Not a fan.  I love my child, but my life is not my child's life.  I'm still an independent person with my own interests and hobbies, too!  So we all need our space!



Even with our "small" party, Iggy ended up with a lot of very generous gifts: toys, clothes, books, and money.  Some of the stuff I even put up in his closet for a later date/rainy day.  We had a great time, and it was nice to have so much family all together in the same room.



Oh, I didn't mention our restaurant!  We held the party at Wolf's Head Restaurant and Bar in Indian Head Park.  It's actually the same place where we had our rehearsal dinner before our wedding!  The food there is so good - I don't think I've ever had anything that I didn't like!  It's also our go-to place for special nights out, or anniversaries.  It's not super fancy or anything, it's just casual and comfortable and cozy.  Everyone that works there is super nice and friendly, and they give you bowls of popcorn at your table (you know, that kind of place!).

So, I'd also like to talk about Iggy in this post, and where he is now at 1 year old.  He STILL only has his two bottom teeth!  I've been so hopeful for what feels like months now, but no luck. (Edit - Iggy's two front teeth are just now starting to poke through!  Yayy!)



I like to read back and see where Iggy was the last time I posted... looks like he had just started to stand last time.  Well, now he's full-on walking.  He started to really take his first few steps at my grandmother's wake at the end of December.  But he's all over the place now!  He's also begun echoing the noises we make, which is pretty darn hilarious.  He even says "MAMAMAMAMA" sometimes and I'll answer, "Yes?" but I'm not so sure he realizes that he's calling me.



One of my favorite new Iggy moves is his "dancing," which is where he spins in a circle a few times to music.  The first time I saw it I was really freaked out, like "what the heck is the baby doing?!" but it was also really funny.  Iggy sleeps usually pretty well through the night, but he's been, um, testing us lately, trying to cry and scream to get us to come in and hold him, but then he screams when we put him back in the crib (even after he's fallen back asleep).  So, we've been letting him cry it out a little, and things have been improving.  Tonight he actually went down and didn't cry at all, so yayy!

Even though Iggy only has two teeth, I'm enjoying trying to give him new foods.  He really likes fake chicken nuggets (Morningstar Farms is our fave), and most anything you can puree in the baby bullet that's not green.  Well, except avocado.  I do a lot of avocado-banana purees, and he seems to love those.  His favorite food seems to be slices of American cheese, broken up into little bits.  Also, applesauce and yogurt.  And most of all, anything I am currently eating.  Geez.  Can a girl catch a break?

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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2.09.2013

My encounter with a total jerk.

I had a horrible morning, and I wanted to share the story just to get it off of my chest.
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I decided to run to Starbucks this morning to pick up coffee for myself and my husband.  We're normally Dunkin Donuts people, but I thought I'd do something special today.  So I drove to the store closest to me, found a parking spot, and began to walk across the parking lot to enter the building.

A man in an older white car flies around the corner and drives really fast towards me.  I kept walking, and said out loud "whoa there, wanna give me a sec?" and I didn't look to see if his window was open, I just kept walking.

Welllll... apparently it was, because he decided to yell "F--- YOU!" (only not censored) out the window at me.  I turned, shocked, and said "well, good morning to you, too!" in a surprised voice as I walked in.

Welllll... apparently this guy didn't think it was weird at all to park his car a few spaces down from mine and walk right into the Starbucks, where I was waiting in line.

Awkward, right?  That's what I would've thought.

My typical reaction would have been to put my head down, not make eye contact, and slink away, not wanting to be confrontational.  But I was thinking about this as he walked in, and I suddenly had this surge of "hey, I'm not about to let this macho jackass try to push me around and make me feel victimized here!"

So I stared at him, trying to make eye contact, and said to him, "was that really necessary?"

He looks at me and says (in the same angry/yelling bully voice as outside) "I have no idea what you're talking about!"

And I said, "When you decided to yell F- You at me out in the parking lot.  That was really mean."

And he starts to raise his voice even more, rambling, "You're just making stuff up, I don't know why you're being so rude... blah blah blah..."

So I end it there.  I mutter "well, I'm sorry then..." under my voice.  I place my order, pay for it, and walk over to the other side to pick up my drink.  I refuse to engage this man any more.

The barista looks at him and says "May I take your order?" and the man starts shouting, "Oh NOW is it OK to go?  It's OK if I place my order NOW?"  and rambles some more blah blah blah other junk that I tune out.

I quickly and quietly tell the other barista (a female, who's making my drink) what happened in the parking lot, and I ask her to please watch me to make sure I make it to my car safely and drive away with out incident.  I tell her that I'm seriously a little afraid of this guy. She says yes.

I get out safely and drive THE HELL AWAY FROM THERE.  I call my husband form the car and I burst into tears.  I hate when random strangers try to make me feel inferior.

He was clearly a rage-aholic who had a chip on his shoulder from the moment he drove around the corner, but probably way before that...  It wasn't my fault, and I didn't bring this on myself.  But it's moments like this that I wish I was a male bodybuilder who could totally pummel jerks like this and shut them up.

This man obviously thought he could insult, swear, and shout at me and then walk right into the same place and I wouldn't say a thing.  He picked the wrong girl today.

Have you ever had anything like this happen to you?  What did you do?  What would you have done in a situation like this?

Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor
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2.08.2013

Trip to Graceland!

Hi There!
Happy Friday, everyone!!!

In honor of Elvis's birthday (which was actually the 8th of January...not February, BUT who's counting!?) I wanted to share with you today our trip to Graceland! Ok, so for me...Graceland is the equivalent of Disney World. I've even decorated our house in a "Graceland inspired fashion"...Oh yeah...So check it out!

When you arrive for a tour of Graceland, you are given a headset and a Walkman looking thingy...This is your "tour guide"for the whole tour. they put you in a shuttle with a group of people and drive you across the street, through the sweet iron gates and up the driveway. This is me totally geeking out on the shuttle over...and Dave...looking like he's yelling at his Walkman...

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Located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland is one of the coolest homes in America. It's 13.8 acres and was sold to Elvis for...wait for it...$100,000 in 1957.

When you walk in the front door this is what you see on your right...Yes..I want all of it...They have obviously redone a lot of the decor. I believe this room used to be all red velvet when Elvis lived here, but the peacocks have always been there...Either way, I'll take it!

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You then get to walk through a formal dining room and the kitchen (which is hardcore 70s style...carpet and all) and you enter the infamous Jungle Room!

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Our whole basement will someday look similar to this room...It's gonna be sweet!

Obviously, there are many many other amazing rooms to check out. If you make it out to Memphis, you HAVE to go if not only for the cheese factor! They also take you through a few more buildings on the property with memorabilia and all that fun stuff, but at the end of the tour you are brought to the fountain where Elvis and other family members are buried. Oh yeah, buried in the back yard!

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..AND no Elvis blog post would be complete with out a velvet Elvis! Dave got me this for our first wedding anniversary and it now hangs in the entrance to our basement. Does he know me or WHAT!? ;)

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Catch ya Later!
Steph @ Calamity Layne
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