Damn Galadarling and her sneaky way of advertising… Now I’m wanting;

The Korres Color Discovery Kit is the perfect way to achieve a natural glow. This limited-edition six-piece set includes Provitamin B5 & Rice Bran Mascara in Black, Cherry Lip Gloss in Nude, Shimmering Eye Shadow in Sheer Gold, Soft Eyeliner Pencils in Black and Gold Shimmer, and a reusable makeup bag.
An $82 Value for $ 35.00

Grumble. I love trial sized sets. I’m weak. “It’s only $35….”

Things I like today;

Jane from SeaofShoes hair, it’s so beautiful. As well is her skin, clothes, body…pretty much everything about her is beautiful. I wonder if I could pull off that color hair. I’m thinking about e-mailing her asking what she does to make her hair have those soft loose curls, maybe she could do a hair post..?! (Probably not.)

This dress from Christopher Decarnin’s amazing SS09 collection. Power shoulders! And yes, that entire thing is studded. !!! This is the type of things I think about to inspire me when I’m doing 200 ball crunches.

The hilarious contrast between Rodney’s work day and mine. Also, Rodney found out he did very well on the Border Patrol test, which means (hopefully!!!) he’ll get a full time job. That will really, really make him happy, and in turn, me so happy for him.

Yoga tonight that will hopefully relieve some stress/make my back feel better. I wasn’t too impressed with the last two yoga classes at Shapes, but maybe they were having yogi off days.

Both! of my bosses are out of town today. So, I’m picking up a few more hours which is great because I won’t miss any hours on my paycheck when I go out of town next week (To see R!!), and well, no bosses here!

Things that I’m not liking today;

Crazy intense back pain. This has been going on for about two months. I think it’s time I see a doctor about this. Boss #2 said he’s going to call me tonight, his best friend is an ER doctor, and might be able to direct me what to do/who to talk to.

This could probably go into both categories, lately I’ve been re-evaluating friendships in my life, and distancing/cutting myself off from a lot of people. I think I’ve grown out of alot of my friendships. The seven year itch, of friendships..? I’ve noticed my moods have drastically increased in happiness. Life just seems easier when it’s simple. On the hard side, it’s not exactly easy to come with grips that some people just should not be in your life anymore.

Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes enlightenment, strength, elegance, the Universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself. As an “expression of the moment” it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.

In Zen Buddhist painting, ensō symbolizes a moment when the mind is free to simply let the body/spirit create. The brushed ink of the circle is usually done on silk or rice paper in one movement (but the great Bankei used two strokes sometimes) and there is no possibility of modification: it shows the expressive movement of the spirit at that time. Zen Buddhists “believe that the character of the artist is fully exposed in how she or he draws an ensō. Only a person who is mentally and spiritually complete can draw a true ensō. Some artists will practice drawing an ensō daily, as a kind of spiritual exercise.”

Some artists paint ensō with an opening in the circle, while others complete the circle. For the former, the opening may express various ideas, for example that the ensō is not separate, but is part of something greater, or that imperfection is an essential and inherent aspect of existence (see also the idea of broken symmetry). The principle of controlling the balance of composition through asymmetry and irregularity is an important aspect of the Japanese aesthetic: Fukinsei (不均斉), the denial of perfection.

The ensō is also a sacred symbol in the Zen school of Buddhism, and is often used by Zen masters as a form of signature in their religious artwork. For more on the philosophy behind this see Hitsuzendo, the Way of the Brush or Zen Calligraphy.

Closed v. Open toed

These say they are silver. They look more magical rainbow silver to me. I’m having a serious Christian Louboutin phase. What about these shoes in black?

Or sling back?

I think in my make believe world where I can afford shoes like this, I’ll also pick up these rainbow ones just for days where I feel “blah” and want to cheer myself up:

and days I want to pretend I’m Dorthy from Wizard of Oz:

Yes, in make believe land I play dress up. Till then, I’ll just looking at beautiful, glittery, red soled amazingness.

The Angel Oak is a Southern live oak tree located in Angel Oak Park, in Charleston, South Carolina, on Johns Island, one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands. It is estimated to be in excess of 1400 years old, stand 65 ft (20 m) tall, measure 9 ft (2.7 m) in diameter, and shade with its crown an area of 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2). Its longest limb is 89 feet (27 m) in length. The tree and surrounding park have been owned by the city of Charleston since 1991.

The Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living organisms east of the Mississippi River. Angel Oak stands on part of Abraham Waight’s 1717 land grant. The oak derives its name from the Angel estate, although local folklore told of stories of ghosts of former slaves would appear as angels around the tree.The tree has become a significant tourist attraction.

It has survived countless hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and human interference. Angel Oak was damaged severely during Hurricane Hugo in 1989 but has since recovered.

Acorns from the Angel Oak have grown to produce authentic direct-offspring trees. Live oaks generally remain short in proportion to their outward growth.

Rodney took me here on the way from New Jersey to Ft. Benning, Georgia. I had wanted to see the tree since I was a little girl. It was so tall, I can not even begin to explain how HUGE this tree way. I kid to Rodney that I’d like to one day get married under Angel Oak. It’s survived through everything, much like our love. It is also about halfway between NJ and FL, so a good place for both family/friends to join. Also, I love love love Charleston, it’s an amazingly beautiful city.

I swear I don’t daydream about weddings or anything… but this was too cute not to post. It would be perfecto for save the dates or thank you cards. Or invi’s!

I love Craft pudding she honestly starting my whole stamp carving obbession. :D