miscellaneous randomness

1. i have never received valentine’s day flowers before, until this valentine’s day 2012. the funny thing is that on monday i kept telling my co worker’s, “i hope someone gets flowers tomorrow so i can take pictures of it and look at it!” and i was the only one that got flowers. *aaaaw!* and not only 1 dozen…but 2 dozen! i absolutely love flowers. they’re beautiful, looking at them makes me happy, they smell good…i grew up around flowers (plumerias and gardenias in particular) so i just love them.

 

2. i have been looking into finding a makeup brush set. during my online search for one, i decided to look up blogs about makeup brushes and stumbled upon a video clip from EnKore that compared makeup brushes to paint brushes! very neat and very interesting…i can’t seem to upload the video, so here is the link.

3. i made an impulse buy…i blame it on working with the personal assistant to the VP of our company. she used to work for sephora and has her “cosmetics certification” if i said that right. i spent a good few days talking to her about cosmetics and beauty products. i knew i was going to get into trouble discussing that with her, she is very knowledgeable. i also blame it on the particular item that i bought because it was a pretty popular valentine’s day gift to girls from their boyfriends and husbands. so…i bought the urban decay naked palette 2.

 

 

amazon is selling this palette for over $60. at sephora it is $50. i’m sure it’s going to be one of the best $50 i’ve spent. i’ve heard lots of amazing reviews on the naked 1 but i wanted the naked 2 first. eventually i will get the naked 1. =) i’ll put that on my wish list. i see a makeup and beauty products obsession coming on…as if i didn’t have it already.

4. rumor has it that the ipad3 is coming out soon, so i figure i’d wait until it does. for now, my apple gift cards must hang out in my bedroom. 

5. i have had a mac-n-cheese kick lately. sometimes i’ll make it for breakfast, too. i have no idea what’s up with that. and no, i am not pregnant. 

6. i had a gift wrap station in the hallway of northpark center from february 1 to valentine’s day. it was definitely one of the most fun experiences i have had at work. some of the popular items that i gift wrapped this holiday were christian louboutins, louis vuitton handbags, lululemon yoga gear, james avery jewelry, sperry shoes, michael kors handbags, perfumes, and those overpriced godiva chocolate covered strawberries. they better be wrapped, half a dozen costed $50. i was surprised that i did not wrap much from victoria’s secret. very surprised. 

7. my brother said i’d be a lot cooler if i knew how to make mocha cupcakes. thanks to my great friend, jessica, who gave me the big book of cupcakes by betty crocker, there is a mocha-caramel cappuccino cupcake recipe. all we gotta do is not put caramel and we’ve got a winner. i don’t hate caramel, my brother just doesn’t want it. i also looked at a recipe for oreo cupcakes. that sounds interesting. i’m definitely down for doing mocha cupcakes soon. i love coffee. 

8. i haven’t been liking my eyebrows lately. i think i need to get them shaped and trimmed. they’ve been just bugging me. that’s what happens when i get my dad’s eyebrows. but i love my dad, so i don’t mind TOO much. 

9. i have been doing terrible with my journal writing. shame on me…*sad face*

10. sometimes i refuse to log in to pinterest because i know it will suck me in for a handful of hours and i won’t care about anything else. and i thought facebook was bad!

that is all. 

xoxo

 

my birthday last month

pardon my absence, as i have been terribly busy the past month…with my birthday week and making cupcakes and valentine’s day at work. without further ado, let me post a few (or a ton) of pictures to recap my birthday last month…

on my actual birthday (january 26), i had the day off from work. my sunshine, mishi, wanted to take me out for a cupcake date, so my friend, tiffany, and i met up with her for some sugar queen cupcakes!!! thank you, mishi, you are just the most wonderful friend in the universe! and the cupcakes were amazing, the new flavor that i tried was the chocolate and salted caramel cupcake! it. was. so. good!!!!! in every bite i tasted the rich chocolate followed by a little salt rock. it was awesome!!! after our cupcake date, mishi went back to school (she drove all the way to dallas in between her classes just to have cupcakes with me-i felt incredibly special!) i ran errands with tiffany and then a few of us met up for a casual dinner. it was a fantastic day. =)

on january 27, i was going to have dinner with my friends alex and tiffany. i figured that since it was a birthday dinner, i’d buy a “30 dress.” yes, that’s my excuse for buying a new outfit. but hey, it works. anyways, i spent most of the day just lounging around and relaxing before i got ready for dinner. alex picked me up and brought me to dinner. when we walked in, i saw a LONG…long…long table full of familiar faces…and looked around…and saw my friends…and cried. my friend, tiffany, had planned a surprise dinner for me. both captains of my 2 monday night pool teams were there…my best friend was there…my siblings were there…my dear, dear friends were there…that dinner was so hard for me to sit down through because i kept getting up to chat with everyone and take pictures and socialize. one of the waiters kept telling me to sit down and eat my food. i wanted to just walk around the entire time and hang out! and i need to send the restaurant a thank you card. apparently they comped everything i had ordered. that was the sweetest thing, ever. after dinner, i went to regal beagle, which is where i always go on my friday nights. more friends met up with me there, so i was really excited! thank you, all, for coming to my dinner and to my “after party.” it was very, very special and i have never had so much fun on my birthday before. thank you, from the bottom of my heart. i was and still am overwhelmed. ❤ love love love!…and yes, i got drunk in the end.

thank you all for the wonderful birthday gifts!!!! i got a bunch of apple gift cards because i want an ipad2, but rumor has it that the ipad3 is coming out soon, so i should wait!!! =) i also got beautiful birthday cards, a new shaft for my pool cue from the guys i shoot pool with, the $300 swarovski crystal-encrusted bra and thong set from the victoria’s secret fashion show 2011 from alex and tiffany, and i got the amaaaaazing birthday card from NIQUEA.D papyrus that one of the captains of my pool team got me. thank you, penny! i absolutely love it and will be framing it!

thank you, everyone. i don’t feel a bit like 30, whatever it feels like. i feel great. and this year has just been amazing to me. i am going to be forever thankful for my friends and family for being such wonderful people in my life. i hope you are all having a blast this year, and i will be posting more pics soon! i did a ton of cupcakes lately and they have turned out pretty fun! that will be the next blog to post!…hopefully not weeks later, either!

xoxo

notes

-sunday inventory consisted of me sitting in one spot for an entire 7+ hours, eating cookies, drinking both red bull and my coffee monster drink, and listening to pandora. radio stations of choice: britney spears, the blow, adele, and ODB. i don’t think anyone appreciates ODB at my work like i do.

-monday started the spring session for my pool league. i am on 2 teams but only shot on one team. i lost.

-tuesday inventory was a highlight because i discovered chocolate peanut butter bugles. it’s a party in your mouth if you haven’t tried it. pandora radio station of choice: britney spears.  after inventory, i went to check on how my tuesday night pool team did for the evening. unfortunately, they lost.

-wednesday was when i took pictures of my nephew in a bare field. i loved it.

-thursday inventory made me sick because all i ate were peanut butter cookies and more chocolate peanut butter bugles. and all i drank were red bull and coffee. and then i ate 2 cupcakes. pandora radio stations of choice: britney spears (big surprise), third eye blind, adele, and nicki minaj.

-friday woke me up with massive back pain, so the first half of the day was rough, but then i shot pool at regal beagle with my awesome friends and saw R. =) he got to meet some of my friends, so that was cool. i had a bit to drink, so i spent the second half of my night making sure i didn’t fall on my heels….! apparently he didn’t notice how messy i felt because he kept telling me how great i looked. aw…! i got to meet one of his friends, who was a sweet guy. so it was a great night!

-saturday was great because i got back to my store and missed everyone. the entire staff was on board, the energy was great, everyone was feeling good, i loved it. i got to see the new NIQUEA.D jewelry that came in which is SUPER GORGEOUS, so i will be taking pictures as i get to try them on! yay!

*this is my birthday week. for some reason, i’m nervous. it is also my oldest brother’s birthday!

*newly added pandora station: the bird and the bee

*i am not keeping up with my daily journal. i need to get on that. i don’t want a repeat of 2010.

*i decided to take off the 2nd new year’s resolution: to meet one new person every week and take a picture of them. i met at least 5 new people last night but didn’t get to take pictures of them, and i’ve already failed this mission from the first week. the coolest person i have met this month is, hands down, the tattoo artist that gave my friend/co-worker her tattoo. i should put that in a blog on it’s own. he was that cool.

*this week, i need to pack and move. and i’m hoping i get it all done or i’m going to have to go through this torture next week. i hate moving.

*one of the highlights of my week was talking to my dear friend, mishi. i call her my sunshine. we talked one night for over 3 hours this week. i devoted a blog to her, friendship is one mind in two bodies, which is about the LAST conversation we had that was this long! she is such an amazing friend.

*my sister’s boyfriend made crab/broccoli salad. it’s one of my favorite things ever:

that is all for now.

xoxo

january 19, 2012

ugh!!!! i’ve been so busy lately!!!!

where do i start!?

love life: 

so after my first date on january 6, i went on a lunch date with R (because i couldn’t think of a nickname, i’m just using a letter for now…haha) that following monday. we had sushi buffet. =) i was happy. things have been going great since then. i’ve been terribly busy so that was the last time i saw R, but it’s okay. i use other ways to communicate with him-we talk on the phone, text, and i shoot him emails often to let him know how my day has been. he’s real sweet. i think this would be the time in which girls ask themselves, “hmm…what IS bad about him? is there something on the other side? there has to be something.” nah, i’m not gonna look or try and figure that out. i’m not out to look for the bad in people. i don’t have time for that, and my first few weeks of the year have been GREAT, so why ruin it? =) he’s REALLY, REALLY sweet…like, “no, sierra, you better not be playing taylor swift over and over again” sweet. okay, enough of this mush…but hopefully, i’ll get to see him tomorrow. =)

moving along….

work life: 

work has been great. this week was inventory week and it’s finally over. when i think of inventory week, i think of all of us getting together, which is very rare, so it was fun. here are some pictures of more gorgeous NIQUEA.D jewelry. the bracelets are new. swarovski crystals. UUUUUUUUGH, SOOOOOOO PRETTTTTTYYYYY!!!! i want THEM ALL!!! and the rings are amazing.

 

my life: 

there are 7 days left until i turn 30. where did my 20s go? to texas. this year marks my 10th year here in dallas, texas. i love it. i’ve definitely enjoyed my 20s. they were spent discovering texas, driving through cities, making new friends, going to new places, meeting and loving my nephew, going to school and working, finding hobbies and passions, reading good books, eating good food, tasting bad alcohol, and breaking hearts. i was half joking on the last one.

i’m very excited for what my 30s have in store for me! =)

my nephew did very well in kindergarten, so he did not fail to remind “aunty ra ra” to give him a prize:

 

on the way home from spending too much money on whatever those things are, i drove by a field that looked great for pictures. the grass was almost all dead, there were no leaves on the trees, the sky looked nice, and the weather was great. i thought, “man…punkin would be great to take pictures of in that field.” and so i did take some pictures….if you consider 92 pictures “some.”

this first picture was just a test shot and it turned out great:

 

out of the other 91, here were some of my favorites. i usually need help from someone to get my nephew to look off in the distance, so i used my sister for that. there were a lot of “look at mommy!” and “look at the cars!” so i could capture some good photos. none of these photos were edited. he just looks that awesome. haha.

 

it was a fun little photo session. =) i’m glad my nephew loves getting his pictures taken or i’d be in big trouble! he’s so much fun to photograph. ❤

 

this week, i made 4 dozen cupcakes. my friend (who is also on my pool/billiards team) asked me to make birthday cupcakes for her husband and have them north carolina tarheels themed. all i knew about north carolina was “baby blue and white.” because i was so busy, i never got a chance to practice my piping skills, but i think they turned out pretty good…my friend’s husband was super happy for them…and even more pleased that he got to take them home. usually, when i make cupcakes and bring them to my pool league, they vanish…so what i did was make 2 dozen for him and 2 dozen for the people at pool league.

 

 

i would much rather pipe icing from a ziplock bag than a tip. i don’t seem to have as much control on the icing when i use a tip and i’m piping tiny letters. i think my lettering is pretty alright. the other 2 dozen cupcakes were just strawberry with a banana cream pudding/cool whip topping.

 

the great thing about a pudding/cool whip topping is that there’s not much sugar and it’s lighter. i found the recipe somewhere on the internet and was obsessed…because i hate sugar icing!! i wanted to do a take on strawberry and bananas. everyone seemed to enjoy the cupcakes, they kinda just disappeared. the picture doesn’t look spectacular because i was running late for pool league and i just squeezed the topping on before heading out the door.

next week, i will be working on baby shower cupcakes. i took a picture of a photo i saw on google images from my phone, so it’s not all that clear, but this photo is going to be somewhat of my inspiration for the cupcakes:

the colors will be baby blue, light green, and yellow. i won’t be doing the little baby cupcake there, with the head. i just want the decorations cute and simple, and something that wouldn’t take an entire day to make. i didn’t want to spend my birthday weekend making cupcake decorations. we’ll see what i end up doing, i might change my mind if i see something better.

i must say, i’m really enjoying my first month of the year. i’ve been in such a good mood lately, there’s a high possibility that i could be annoying a lot of people because of it. haha. but i hope you are all having a great jump start to 2012 as well. =)

that is all for now.

xoxo

work bling.

i have been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days. for christmas, i got sick. boo! so here i am, at 1 a.m., sippin’ on some orange juice, listening to the tunes of feist on my itunes, suckin’ on a cough drop, blogging in bed…

i have been working at my company’s northpark location for over a month now. it’s been over a month of playing dress up and wearing the NIQUEA.D jewelry line that the store (the only store in the state of texas) showcases. i’ll admit that sometimes when i get ready to go to work, i base my outfit on what possible jewelry i will be wanting to wear. and i’ve been wearing a ton of dresses. it’s been fun. 

the otazu trunk show has been featured at the store for over a month now, and it has been my guilty pleasure. i love clear jewels (swarovski crystals), so you will see me wearing a lot of them. i should wear more colored pieces so i can show them off on the next blog. but for now, enjoy….

these first 4 are by (rodrigo) otazu. i love them all. i want them all. the second necklace was bought by a client that asked her husband if she could buy it before she made the purchase. she collects accessories. i was so sad that it left my store. i told her (linda is her name) to wear it the next time she came to visit. i loved that necklace…and how the crystals just dripped everywhere. ugh…so amazing, these necklaces…linda ended up buying the same bracelet that i had on at the time (that i own-pics further down) and a few other crystal bracelets that i need to take pictures of because i love them. we have the exact same taste. that makes me happy. 

these earrings are from our holiday collection. aren’t they AMAZING!?!? the shades of blue are just gorgeous! 

this bracelet and necklace is also from our holiday collection made by sorrelli. the bracelet makes me feel fierce with the gunmetal and crystals. i love how it looks like a blingy cuff. the necklace is from sorrelli’s french blush line and i obviously love it because i love pink and black! i want the entire french blush line. it’s super pretty! 

this next set of pictures is called our fashion glam collection. when i become a bazillionaire, i will shop otazu…but because i’m not, i shop fashion glam. =) one great thing about our NIQUEA.D line is that there is something for everyone. the first piece of NIQUEA.D that i bought was the pair of earrings in my previous blog, new ear bling. the second piece i bought was the wrap bracelet in the last 2 photos. i love chains and grommets and studs, so i fell in love with the bracelet when i first saw it. HAD. TO. HAVE. IT. i laid it out so you can see how long it is. i actually can wear it as a choker around my neck! i will do that one day-out of work. i don’t have a dress that it would look nice with as a choker. that is the bracelet that linda bought because she loved it on me. =)

these last 2 pictures are of me and my girls at work, wearing some serious NIQUEA.D bling. we love jewelry, and we know you do, too. =)

xoxo! 

paper dresses and inspirations

back in february, all 4 dallas stores had the opportunity to make wedding dresses out of wedding invitations. we were sent torsos and instructions on what dress to make, but each of us took our own routes. i made a strapless princess ball gown. 

 

a couple came in to the store one day and were in awe of my dress. jill and jay were their names. sweet couple. jill said she wanted to do something similar for the singles group at her church, so we exchanged business cards to keep in touch. unfortunately, i was so tied down with work for the next few months that i failed miserably to keep in touch, but she would pop in every once in a while to let me know that she still wanted to do a paper dress. my ball gown did not last throughout the summer because a kid fell on it and the waist dropped, so i had to make a more simple design. 

 

 

later on, in october, jill popped in again and had confirmed that they were going to do a paper dress for the singles group at their church. we chatted for a bit to throw out ideas and suggestions, as the singles group was going to have a dinner event in early november and they needed to get crackin’ on it. i felt terrible because i wasn’t able to offer much help after that day and the event came and passed by the time jill popped back into the store about a week or two later. BUT SHE TOOK PICTURES OF THEIR PAPER DRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and it’s gorgeous! the single ladies made faux wedding invitations and letters to their future husbands and pasted them onto a torso and everyone loved the idea and the dress turned out to be a big hit! i was thrilled. and i was ecstatic that jill sent me pictures!!!!!

the first picture is of the dress, which i thought looked AMAZING, the second picture was taken while the dinner event was going on, and the third picture is of the lovely couple that got inspired by my wedding dress back in february. 

thank you, jill, for sharing your pictures with me and for having fun making the beautiful dress with your ladies! 

 

 

 

“See what you inspired! Thank you so much, Sierra!” 

~Jill

MY PLEASURE! ❤

xoxo

november at a glance

november 2: we have fun at work. this here is samantha sporting one of our 2011 holiday ornaments…

NOVEMBER 8: these are the fashion glam earrings i want from NIQUEA.D PAPYRUS NORTHPARK.

NOVEMBER 9: this is what boys do in pool halls in between games. they arm wrestle to prove…um…who’s stronger?

NOVEMBER 12: i helped decorate and attended a quinceanera. 

NOVEMBER 16: i did a radio interview with 103.7 LITE FM for a segment called “READY, SET…CHRISTMAS!” which was released on november 27. it was a fun radio interview, but the funny thing is that the interview got released on paige’s “NOT SO PERFECT PARENT” website, and it was completely shortened and…..not really anything i had said. haha. but CLICK HERE to read the 8-10 minute interview that turned into a 1 question, 1 answer article.  here are some pictures from the interview. what happened was that i brought a wrapped display and one of the deejays was suppose to copy it as we were doing the interview. it was hilarious. the last picture is just of a display i did for our northpark location.

NOVEMBER 17: over 5 years later, i am still in love with my nephew. i came home one night to capture this. 

NOVEMBER 18: my buddy, tony, and i went to the JEAN PAUL GAULTIER exhibit at the dallas museum of art. of course, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the exhibit, as it was exclusive to dallas and there was security ALL OVER THE PLACE, but that’s what the entry way was for.

NOVEMBER 19: my lovely friend, mishi, invited me to a party and i got to dress up! this was such an amazing weekend!

NOVEMBER 20: chromeo was in town (*tear*) but after work, 2 of my girlfriends and i went to visit a friend of ours that got out of surgery the week before. his mom made lemon bars, pecan pie, and starbucks coffee for us……so yummy!!!!!! we all just lounged around the living room, watching tv, and gossiping. fun times!

NOVEMBER 24: thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year. we spent this holiday at my brother’s girlfriend’s house. my nephew was obsessed with the trampoline, so he was on it all day. we opted for lunch instead of dinner, so we got to take naps in the evening. the weather was nice. it was fun. =) 

NOVEMBER 27: select papyrus stores came out with a signature wrap for the holidays. the toppers were handmade by yours truly. i spent the next few days wrapping displays for our 4 dallas locations and training them on how to do each topper.  these are 4 of the 6 wrapped displays: 

NOVEMBER 30: some co workers and i got together for dinner at chuy’s in dallas to wind down from our hectic past few weeks. these are some of the amazing people that fulfill your custom printing/gift wrapping/jewelry/gifting needs in the dallas (northpark, dallas galleria, southlake, and the shops of willowbend) market: 

i apologize for not blogging lately in the past few weeks. as you can tell, the holiday season has kept me quite busy. i have been at our northpark location for the past 3 weeks, so it has been quite an adventure in that store. i still haven’t completed half of my christmas shopping, so i really need to get on that. other than that, i hope y’all had a wonderful thanksgiving and will have a fabulous christmas!

xoxo