Chicago Trip 2017

My family and I drove to Chicago early on the morning of Thursday, July 27. We finally made it to the city a bit before 2 pm Chicago time.fullsizeoutput_190img_2828

We got a bit lost on our way to see the bean and ended up in Maggie Daley Park at first.img_3179

We finally made our way to Cloud Gate and Crown Fountain.

I met a beautiful butterfly on our way out of the park and into the city.

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I wanted to go to the contemporary art museum, so we began the walk there, accidentally walking the Magnificent Mile on the way.

From the museum, we walked to Navy Pier.

At this point, we were all super tired, so we brought Giordano’s pizza back to our hotel room. We decided to ride the bus back to the parking garage.

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The next morning, we woke up and went to the Albanese Candy factory/store before heading to the dunes.

The two days went by super fast, but we got to see and do so much.

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August 2017 Wallpaper

Hello, friends!

Tomorrow is August 1st! To celebrate, I made some free wallpapers for your phone, computer, or tablet.

Phone/Tablet Wallpapers

 

Desktop Wallpapers

Feel free to request patterns/colors for next month!

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What’s in My Bag?

In a world where women’s pants pockets can’t carry even the tiniest of wallets, it’s essential to carry some sort of bag to hold all of your junk. I don’t know where I’d be without mine.

I currently carry a mini backpack that I got in Disney when I was probably 12 years old. The brand is Little Miss Matched, but I don’t think they sell this bag anymore (you could probably find it on eBay or something if you really wanted it).IMG_2805

I always like carrying bigger bags because I like to have my planner/journal on me, so backpacks are great because they’re hands-free. (I mentioned my planner/journal a bit in my last post, but I’m going to make a more in-depth post about it soon.)

I just changed my wallet into a larger one for my trip to Chicago, and I like this particular one because it has a lot of slots for cards. I can’t find a brand name on it, but it’s just a generic-looking pinky-purple leather wallet.

Less exciting things in my bag include blotting paper, tissues, gum, some pens, lotion, and hand sanitizer. Both the lotion and the hand sanitizer are from Bath and Body Works. I always have Chapstick on me, usually many tubes in various flavors, because I’m actually addicted. Post-it notes also often make an appearance, as well as an embarrassing amount of old receipts.

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Not pictured above but honorable mentions include my 3DS XL and my makeup bag (if you’d like to see a “What’s in my Makeup Bag,” let me know!).

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Summer Favorites 2017

Hello, friends!

I know it’s still technically summer for a little while, but I wanted to round up a few things I’ve been loving lately in a handy dandy little list.

  1. Neutrogena Hydroboost moisturizer. This is a gel-cream moisturizer for extra-dry skin, which I have really bad in certain patches of my face. My dermatologist recommended this to me and I’ve been using it twice a day ever since.2284292.jpeg
  2. Maybelline Pumped Up mascara. Especially for bottom lashes, because it doesn’t seem to transfer to my under eyes like a lot of mascaras do over the course of the day. My only complaint is that the wand is kind of huge, but I am a really big fan of the formula and the results.mascara-1.jpg
  3. My Planner/Journal. I got my faux leather outer cover from Michael’s, as well as the inserts. (Inserts 1 and 2. I couldn’t find the cover anywhere, unfortunately.) I also put in my new 2017-18 planner. I’ll probably have a whole post about my setup and the contents soon.
  4. My new laptop! I got this MacBook Pro not too long ago, and have finally been able to use my Wacom drawing tablet with it. I’ve had so much fun, messing around and drawing in Photoshop. This is the first MacBook I’ve ever had, and I’m really enjoying it so far. (I got this hard shell case and this sleeve for my new baby.)18070-16174-apple-macbook-12-space-gray-l
  5. The Sims 4: City Living. Finally. I’ve been wanting this expansion since it came out last November, and my new laptop can actually handle expansion packs and custom content, which I’m so excited about. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with the new world and everything else that came with the pack. (Maybe too much fun. It’s kind of taking over my real life.)maxresdefault.jpg

Summer’s still here for a little while longer, so be sure to enjoy it!

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8 Ways to Overcome Artist’s Block

Hello, friends!

I have had artist’s block since about December last year. I’ve made some art since then, but it’s been a struggle. I either never feel like making anything, or when I do, I don’t have time.

It’s something most of us have probably experienced at some point. Lack of time, energy, and inspiration are huge road blocks when making art. I’ve compiled a list of 8 ways I’m getting out of my artist’s block.

  1.  Find inspiration. Go on a walk or scroll through Pinterest. Find some references. Draw them.
  2. Start a journal. Write any and all ideas you might have. Write about your day. Write as many details as you can.

    Journal from Michael’s.
  3. Doodle. Draw or paint in your journal or planner. Sketch people you see in public. Doodle lines all over the page.

    Doodle I did in math class in April.
  4. Get some new supplies and try new mediums. For me, this was getting a drawing tablet for my computer, because I’m a traditional artist. If you’re a watercolor painter, you may want to try oil pastels, for example.

    The tablet I have.
  5. Go back into making things slowly. You don’t have to make an entire piece in one sitting. Take it one step at a time.
  6. Start a project or series and stick to it. Make a schedule and mini due dates if you think that would help you. I started making artist trading cards out of playing cards and doing some hidden rock paintings.

    Some rocks I painted.
  7. Share your art. Hang it on the refrigerator. Show your friends and family. It will encourage you to keep going!
  8. Just start drawing. It doesn’t matter where or what you draw. As long as you’re trying, you’ll get out of it. Fake it till you make it.

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All About The Migraine Piercing

Hello friends!

On June 10th, 2017, I got the “migraine piercing”. This is also known as the daith piercing, which is an inner cartilage ear piercing. I was pierced with a straight hollow needle and now wear a captive ball ring as jewelry (I’m not sure what gauge I was pierced at, but I would assume either 18 or 16 gauge), and I think it’s adorable.

Brief history: The piercing has been popularized in the past few years because it has been said that it helps relieve and prevent migraines. It has roots in acupuncture, but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when this piercing came to be. Not very many studies have been done on the correlation/causation of the piercing preventing migraines.

My experience (so far): I had been having a severe migraine since about May 25th, and had been given two different migraine cocktails at the hospital. Those seemed to help for a bit, but didn’t really get rid of it. Finally, my parents took me in to a tattoo shop and I got the piercing (I was a minor at the time).

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My daith piercing

The piercing, for me, was not painful at all. The migraine I was having was way worse, and the piercing actually felt like it relieved some pressure as it went through. Putting the jewelry in was uncomfortable, but that’s about it. I would rate it a 4/10 on a pain scale.

It’s been over a month and I have not had any migraines since (knock on wood). I have had some sinus/allergy related headaches, but no migraines.

Aftercare: I clean the piercing two or three times a day with NeilMed Wound Wash spray, which you can buy for about $7.

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This stuff!

I was able to lay on my side comfortably the first night I got the piercing. I wouldn’t recommend that for everyone, especially if you move a lot in your sleep, but I was just fine. I do find it really hard and uncomfortable to wear earbuds, however.

I’d recommend this piercing to others who suffer from migraines. I can’t say that it will cure your migraines, but I can say it’s worth a shot.

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The Painted Rock Project

Hello friends!

On Sunday, my mom, sister, and I joined a Facebook group centered around hidden rocks.

The concept is that you find painted rocks around the city, and you’re supposed to either re-hide the rock you found, or replace it with one you’ve painted and wait for others to find it. It’s kind of like geocaching, in a way.

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The rocks I painted!

 

Everything about the process is so fun; it’s the perfect summer activity. My favorite part was seeing who found my rocks and watching them travel.

Painting these rocks reinspired me. I have been going through a rut and haven’t really drawn or painted anything for fun in a long time, and now I’ve been painting tons of rocks and have started some other projects (with blog posts to come 😄).
I encourage everyone to find or create a hidden rock Facebook group local to you!

xoxo

H

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18 Things I’ve Learned in 18 Years

Hello friends!

Today, I turned 18 years old, which is so weird. I’m legally an adult human with an adult-ish human brain.

I’ve done a lot of things in 18 years and have learned some stuff along the way.

  1. It’s going to be okay. Looking back at my life up to this point, everything had been such a big deal. When one of my friends didn’t text me back, or when I tripped in gym class in 8th grade, I felt like the world was ending. Guess what, middle school Holly? It’s fine.
  2. You can fill in your eyebrows. Yes, you can, and you probably should. Lightly and carefully.

    8th grade dinner dance. Yikes.
  3. Don’t cut your own hair. It’s a bad idea. You’ll end up with something funky going on from age 12 to age 14 (see above photo). Don’t do it.
  4. People are going to judge you no matter what. It doesn’t matter what you look like, what you say, or who you’re with. People are going to either love or hate you and there’s nothing you can do about it. Do what you want as long as you’re happy with yourself.
  5. Random does not equal funny. Being 12 is embarrassing.

    YIKES.
  6. You can’t plan for everything. This is something I still struggle with, but I’m learning to accept it. I would love to write down a strict schedule for the day and follow it by the minute. But you can’t do that. Sometimes things come up and you just have to roll with it.
  7. You’re going to lose friends and that’s okay. You’re going to grow up and apart from friends. The friends you have when you’re 8 are probably not going to be the same friends you have when you turn 18. It’s okay. It’s normal. (But you will have a great group of friends.)
  8. Chill out with the eyeliner. Eyeliner is great, but stop putting it in your waterline. It makes you look creepy and your eyes look tiny.

    It was worse in person.
  9. Take care of your skin. You can’t help the genetic acne you got, but you can help prevent acne and other issues in the future by taking care of yourself. Drink water, moisturize and tone, and don’t wear makeup every day.
  10. Driving is not as scary and hard as you thought it would be. But you should still be careful.
  11. Laugh at yourself. You’re weird and not super graceful. It’s okay to laugh at how dumb you can be sometimes.
  12. Be kind, but don’t let people walk all over you. This one was hard for me. I’ve always been nice and in the past few years I’ve learned that I’ve been “too nice.” It’s okay to say no.
  13.  Change can be good. Everything happens for a reason, even if you can’t see the good in it now.

    A butterfly with her new haircut.
  14. Be nice to your hair. Use heat protectant. Condition it. Give it breaks between coloring. Get regular haircuts.
  15. Cats really aren’t that bad. I’ve always said I’m a dog person, and I think I always will be one at heart. But I do love my cat.

    Baby Zelda.
  16. Be patient. With everything. You have your entire life to do things, and time flies fast, so why rush?
  17. Seventeen really was your favorite age. When I was younger, I always said that 17 seemed like the perfect age. You were free, but not too free, and mature, but not too mature. See my last post for more on why 17 was my favorite (so far).

    It was a good time!
  18. You’re going to keep growing as a person. I am not the same person I was 3 years ago, and in 3 years, I’m not going to be the same person I was when I was 18. I’m going to keep having new experiences and learn new things about myself and about the world. And I’m so excited.

xoxo

H

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Half Year Review (Part One)

Hello friends! My name is Holly and I am currently 17 years old, turning 18 on July 14th.

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November 2016

 

I’m studying graphic design in the Greater Cincinnati area. I also love fashion, playing with makeup, journaling/planning, illustration and painting, video games, and animals (I have three dogs and am now a new cat mother).

This year has been pretty good to me so far. Let’s review!

January 2017

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My mom and I on New Year’s Eve

 

This was the month that I got my new job, which I like a whole bunch.

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

I took some advice from Flora and played with some glitter.

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Glittery gal

I went to my boyfriend’s senior dinner dance.

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Senior dinner dance

 

February 2017

February was kind of a “there” month. Not too much happened, which is sometimes a good thing.

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Noah and I, Valentine’s Day
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The face of a monster

 

March 2017

March really changed me.

At the beginning of March, I had my breast reduction surgery and I had never felt better. I could write forever about the experience.

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Franklin, my new friend

Noah and I worked together to teach groups of seventh graders Adobe Illustrator. Both of us are certified in the program and helped out at the local Makerspace. The kids amazed me with how quickly they picked things up and how awesome the end results could turn out.

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Teaching AI


April 2017

April was when I began to be more active since surgery.

In April, we took a trip to Tennessee for a cheer competition for my sister.

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Driving

 

We went to a go-kart/mini golf/arcade place.

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Glow in the dark mini golf

 

I was not the greatest. My sister destroyed me.

We went to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game.

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Reds

I went to my boyfriend’s prom…

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Prom!
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More prom!

 

May 2017

…and then we went to mine.

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Prom 2!
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More prom 2!

We brought home my baby, Zelda, on the 20th.

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On the way home!

She quickly claimed my bed.

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Like, really?

 

June 2017

And then I graduated high school.

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YES!
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She really did that!

 

That was pretty neat.

We had my grad party and Noah and I made graduation wishes.

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Making grad wishes

I got my daith pierced after a spell of bad migraines.

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Cute, huh?

I went to Noah’s grad party.

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I can’t believe 2017 is already half over. So much has happened and I can’t wait to see the last half of 2017.

xoxo

H

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