Wednesday, May 30, 2012

And I'm off! From LAX, it's a twelve hour flight to Japan and then another five hours from Japan to Manila.  I get a little nervous on flights but I have my Xanax and the last two Hunger Games on audio books so I think i'll be okay. Also, my friend Yumi just informed me that the booze might be free on All Nippon Airways so that's a plus.  Winkeland will be going on a two week hiatus but I will be instagraming the heck out out of my adventures here! Tootles!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Other Half

Have any of you ever traveled without your significant other? I'll be gone for two weeks and I'm kind of scared to leave Morgan here alone.  The last time he was left to his own devices, he ended up having video game marathons where shaving, showering and eating healthy literally became nonexistent.  Before my flight tomorrow, I'm trying to make sure the house is clean and the fridge is stocked with easy microwavable foods and snacks.  That way, he'll be all set in my absence!

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Mini Army

You're pretty much looking at my arsenal of cameras for the Philippines. Actually, for the past couple of weeks,  deciding on which cameras to pack and which to leave behind has become the million dollar question here at the Finley apartment.  Should I bring my Canon SLR? Should I not? Also, the only lens we have right now for the Canon is a 50mm which is great for shooting portraits but not so great for shooting landscapes. When I started thinking about possibly borrowing/renting lenses,  it turned into this BIG thing!  Then I started thinking about getting one of those Nikon point and shoot cameras with the interchangeable lenses (regrettably the one that Ashton Kutcher endorses)  but that would have run around $1,000 so that was a no-brainer.  It also came down to whether or not I wanted a hassle-free trip. With these little guys, I won't have to deal with the size of an SLR and it's heightened security precautions and I would have the freedom to travel more light and efficient.  Heck, I can even take 8mm video with my iPhone thanks to this little app!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wreather Madness

 I'm still not sure how, amidst everything that has been going on this month, I was able to throw in some sweet craft time. Between, FIDM, Musicians Institute, and working weekends with Sweet Emilia Jane, you would think that all I would want to do on my downtime would be to sleep....Nope.  I'm proud to introduce a few more additions to my wreath line.  I'm also really excited because I think I may have found a booth buddy for this years Holiday Renegade Craft Fair!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Plane Essentials

My trip to the Philippines is less than a month away and I can't stop thinking about my long flight across the Pacific.  Between my layover in Japan and flight time, it'll take me almost a full day to reach Manila.   I'm already making lists of possible movies, games and books I can load onto my iPad to keep my travel anxiety at bay.  I also got to thinking about other possible items to pack on my carry on.  I'm not really high maintenance, but these items sure would help make my trip more delightful, that's for sure.

1.  TJ chocolate
2.  Plane Passport Wallet - Mochi Things $42
3.  Maddie Eva Sole Suede Brogues - Topshop $64
4.  Fleur Cherie Hand Cream - L'Occitane $12
5.  Lip Balm #1 - Kiehl's $7
6.  Enamel Pill Key chain - Jonathan Adler $22
7.  Too Cool for Skull Scarf - Modcloth $20
8.  Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist - Sephora $31
9   Sleepy Kitty Sleep Mask - Shanalogic $22
10.  Diane Von Furstenberg Embossed iPad Case - Nordstrom $275

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


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I've been a very bad blogger this week. In my defense, here's what's been going on. Last week, I started freelancing for FIDM's Publications Department.  It still feel strange saying that!  I essentially left my desk job for a position that requires me to be creative 24/7 which means I have been splitting my time between, FIDM and my old job.  I think I'm still trying to get use to my new schedule and this freelance business which is why I haven't blogged for awhile.  I know it's just going to get easier with time but I'm going to have to force myself to make time for certain things. I also have to remember to keep moving forward and onward.

Feelin' Lucky?

Yesterday was the last day to enter the "Pin It To Win It" contest put on by Kate Spade New York and Vespa USA.  To enter, all you had to do was create a pin board titled "Ride Colorfully" and pin 20 or more photos that best described where you would go on your new Vespa.  Here's a peak at what my board looked like. Crossing my fingers that one of these babies has my name on it!