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Queen for a Day

September 7, 2011

I’ve always felt that everyone deserves to be treated like royalty on their birthday no matter what their age.  This concept is thanks to my wonderful parents who always made sure that this was the case for mine and my sisters birthdays growing up.  My birthday is just around the corner, and I’ve decided that this year I’d like to sit my royal can on this throne.

It’s quite lovely, don’t you think?  In fact, it’s so lovely that I wouldn’t mind resting my wannabe royal can on it all year long.  It would make being queen of the country worth it.  Well, almost worth it.

[ photo – pintrest via flikr ]


happy place

September 4, 2011

I catch myself daydreaming about spontaneously running off for the weekend to some fantastic location (usually tropical) to clear my mind and relax.  I almost have myself convinced that I’m going to go through with it until I start thinking about things like how I’m going to fund this little adventure, how the things around the house are going to get done, and who’s going to take care of the dog.

When this happens I usually share a dream of a happy place with you so we can all pretend to get away, even if it’s just for a moment. These happy places are just photos and it’s up to us to imagine sound, smell, and textures.  Which was fine until now.  I’m so excited to tell you that I’ve found something better.  It’s called Do Nothing for Two Minutes.  So rub some Copertone under your nose, lay a towel on the floor, sit back, relax, and enjoy your vacation.  For at least 2 minutes anyways.


[ photo credit – Stephanie Weber ]

Queen of the Country

August 17, 2011

Remember a recent post I did on pros and cons of living out in farm country?  The list wasn’t very long, but I have been trying to find solutions to each of the cons I listed since I moved out here in order to better adapt.  Needless to say I’ve had no success.  Until today.  I was flipping through last month’s issue of InStyle magazine and found the perfect solution to one of the larger problems on my list – scaring away “rabid little critters” without using any sort of violence, and still managing to channel my inner fashionista / city slicker.  Ready for it?

Oh yes, those are lion feet in the form of a high heel.  Can you believe it?  I was ecstatic when I saw these, and am not quite sure how I missed them the first run through.  The fact that they’re Louboutin’s makes me a little weary about wearing them out into the wilderness.  Especially if Lucy (our dog) is with me because that means I’m guaranteed to fall flat on my can.

Some people (like my mother) might take one look at these and feel the need to inform me that they look like a Priscilla Presley version of my childhood slippers, but I beg to differ.  I mean, not only are they lion feet, but they’re sparkly too.  It really doesn’t get much better than that.  What do you think – is Minnesota ready for the Queen of the Country?

[ shoes – Christian Louboutin fall 2011 ]

[ shoe images found here ]

New Look !

August 16, 2011

This past weekend I took a huge step in beautifying myself.  Well, a huge step for me.  I had my hair professionally high lighted for the first time EVER!  While this may not seem like a big deal to most of you out there, it’s a ginormous deal for me.  Here’s why:

I was born with red hair, a unique-ish shade of red.  For as long as I can remember, people have been telling me things like, “never dye it until you have to, honey!” and “people pay so much money trying to get that color, but it just doesn’t come out of a bottle!”

( Yes, that’s a 2 year old version of me with my mom.  And yes, I am still nearly bald at the age of 2. )

Of course what people told me went in one year and out the other.  When I was 18 and going through my rebellious stage, I decided that I was sick of standing out and dyed my hair black.  Myself.  With store bought dye.  Big, huge, gigantic mistake.  Now I stood out more because I looked like I was wearing a bad wig, my roots looked like fire (and came in quick, let me tell you), and it was impossible to go back to my natural color without destroying my hair (you know where this is going).  So once I decided I was done with the bad wig, I had the color stripped twice, bleached, and chopped a good 8 inches off.  Needless to say, my hair was destroyed.

( Right before the bad wig. )

( The bad wig, and bad attitude I might add. )

( On the road to hair recovery.  The make up is a whole other issue, I know.)

(I would like to add that my hair became even shorter than the above picture, I was just too embarrassed to have any pictures of myself taken at the time.)  Fast forward 4 years, and my hair is long – ish, and back to it’s natural color again.  Thank God.  Then a co-worker, who also happens to do hair, tells me I should get highlights.  I pretty much ran screaming in the opposite direction for a good few months.   She finally convinced me though, and I have to say that I’m pleased with the results (which were very subtle per my request).  What do you think?

What’s the moral of the story, you ask?  Don’t dye your hair from a box.  And ease into the dying process, or you’ll end up with a bad wig like I did.

[ all photos – Kristen Paulson for A Kup of Sunshine ]

Farm Country

July 22, 2011

Pros and Cons of living in the country:

outdoor activities during all seasons // lack of shopping centers

beautiful sunsets // blinding darkness after those sunsets

peace and quiet // the screaming sound of silence (or crickets)

cute little critters // rabid little critters

original activities during extreme weather // loss of power due to that same extreme weather (true story)

I swear, Eva Gabor’s character, Lisa Douglass from Green Acreswas an exaggerated prediction of my life as a married Minnesotan woman.

” Darling I love you, but give me Park Avenue! “

Are those Stilts or Shoes?

July 6, 2011

I think we all remember the Spice Girls for their sky high shoes.  They were sort of an icon of the 1990’s – which is where I had always imagined (and hoped) they’d stay.  Lady Gaga resurfaced them, and brought them to a whole new level (pun intended) on her recent appearance on The View.  My mouth literally dropped open when I saw the size of those shoes.  Although I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised – she is a little eccentric, no?

I enjoy a great pair of platforms as much as the next short person, but where do we draw the line?  While the Spice Girls and Lady Gaga can somehow manage to pull off gigantic footwear, I’m not so sure us “normal” folk can.  What do you think?

[ 1st image – confessionsofaproductjunky ]

[ 2nd image – this blog ]

[ 3rd image – Chanok’s Lookbook page ]

MK & A to launch (another) new line

June 23, 2011

If you’re from my generation, you’ve grown up with the Olsen twins, most likely admiring them through each and every stage of their fame.  And if you’re like me, you admire (or maybe envy) them even a little bit more now for their unique, and always effortlessly perfect styles.  Mary Kate and Ashley launched The Row and Elizabeth and James a few years back – clothing lines that reflect the girls’ styles – of course, with much success.

Well folks, they’re about to do it again.  This summer the girls will launch Stylemint, a member – only shopping website.   Here’s how it works: you take a quiz, and based on the results you’ll receive styling tips, plus 4 different t-shirt designs a month that are available for you to purchase.  I’m curious to see how this turns out.  I know I want in, how about you?  To take a peak or sign up, click here.

[ photo & info: InStyle Magazine / July 2011 ]