October 27th, 2013opinion
As a college student, I find myself in constant need of stress-relief. Whether it be a weekend getaway to some other city, or a quick five minute break to play my ukulele, finding a way to de-stress, and re-group is of ultimate importance for mental health. Since midterms have been keeping me at home most weekends, I usually turn to quicker activities that help me remain calm and focused, and as a creative-type, I usually turn to art-based rituals like making or playing music, writing in my journal, or with some doodling. Actually, I’m an avid doodler–and adult finger painter, haha.
I usually doodle in pencil or with my go-to black pens, however, lately I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my sketches, so of course I turn to one of my favorite pen brands, BIC. Little did I know that BIC has an extensive collection of amazing markers! Lucky for me, I was able to receive some of the BIC Mark-It markers for free from Smiley360 in exchange for this honest review. I was so excited to open the package from Smiley360, which featured a HUGE collection of markers, glitter pens, ribbon, and mini wall canvases.Package from Smiley360.
So beautiful, right? Anyway, I took an immediate study break to color with the pens in my journal. The array of colors is vibrant and stunning, it’s endlessly fun to play around with different color combos–or all of them.SO MANY COLORS!
Of course, if you do use them on paper, expect them to bleed on to the next page, or your table, these are powerful and heavy inks, so make sure you plan accordingly and insert something beneath the page before you being your artwork! I forgot about this when I did my first project, but it’s okay since the bleed-through was equally pretty with all the colors.My first BIC Mark-It Doodle! Bleedthrough onto next pages.
I finally got to use the wall canvases, and made this self portrait and a complementary doodle of some cherry blossoms. Check em out below!These will be going up in my room soon.
I’d totally recommend these markers to anyone. My roommate is an RA so it’s super convenient to have some go-to art supplies around for poster-making, and school projects, etc. These markers are really great and versatile, I recommend checking out other uses besides mine at the BIC Mark-It Facebook and Pinterest pages. Happy coloring!
June 27th, 2013Vacation
Las Vegas is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States, and it’s not exactly a big secret why. In Vegas, people can embrace their “vices” and adult hobbies with no shame or hesitation – there’s enough gambling, adult clubs, drinking, and general partying to satisfy just about anyone. But what about those of us who want to visit “America’s Playground” but who are under 21 years of age?
As it turns out, there’s still a great deal to enjoy in Vegas for people who are under 21. We may not be able to gamble in the casinos or get into all of the popular clubs (or even all of the popular pools), but Vegas is full of attractions and events that cater to all ages. Here are a few suggestions of activities and attractions for people under 21 who just want to enjoy the city. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: entertainment, Las Vegas, shows
December 29th, 2011Uncategorized
Check this article from ology.com which lists their 10 Things That Rocked About Music In 2011. I’d agree with everything on the list–damn I love Spotify. And I checked out that Amanda Palmer song, she’s really annoying, but ukulele did become rather popular this year. I got one as last years Christmas present, and then all my friends started playing it. The whole world should really learn ukulele, it’s an amazing amazing amazing thing.
Anyhoo, click the linked image above and read the article! Such a good blog it is.
P.S. I’ve got another music related post coming up that I’ve been working on the past few days, bear with me.
June 19th, 2011personal
Man, oh, man. What’s up world? Happy Father’s day. I am exhausted, but since we celebrated dad’s day with an early breakfast I’m free for the rest of the day, therefore, here’s a nice little blog.
I have 12 days left before I fly out to California on my one way ticket. I thought I’d be jittery and excited, but instead I’m sort of depressed. This month has been amazing. And it’s only going to get better in these final days spent here in the south. This week I’m finishing up items on my Bull City Bucket List, and I’m heading to Myrtle Beach for the first time on Friday to spend the weekend partying it up on a resort with my four best friends. I wish my friends weren’t so fantastic, if I were just sitting around my house bored this month I’d have no problem leaving. But I’m finally realizing how much each and every one of my friends means to me, and that our time together is reaching an end, and that my childhood as I once knew it is also over. Not to mention, I finally appreciate Durham in all its small-town glory, and I’m headed towards big city hustle-and-bustle in LA.
Anyhoo, here’s this past week in photos/list mode.Tags: daily life, friends, random, rants, update
Hey guys! Finally done with high school, so hopefully I’ll have some more posts coming up.
Until then, I’ve posted my second review on Sunset in the Rearview, Lydia Simmons’ amazing music blog. Check it out!Tags: music, plugs, random, review, update
June 6th, 2011music
Me and the homies after Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
June 4th, 2011opinion
Check out my concert review/guest post on the amazing Sunset in the Rearview blog!Tags: plugs, review
June 4th, 2011personal
Hey guys, I felt like writing a quick post about my life as it stands today.
In short, life is amazing. Seriously though, I don’t get how lucky I am, I feel so spoiled right now. My aunt booked a sweet Hilton resort in Myrtle beach for my friends and I later this month, we’re going to spend 3 days hanging out and having fun on my last weekend in the south. My other aunt bought tickets for us to see Real Madrid play LA Galaxy in July with my cousin Val. And I just used a portion of the money I saved up this year from working at Parizade to put a down payment on my Coachella pass for next year. I am extremely extremely EXTREMELY excited for all this, it’s surreal.
Read the rest of this entry » Tags: daily life, photoblog, random, update
June 1st, 2011Uncategorized
I finally moved my old concert reviews from my high school’s blog to this site! Yay! Check them out, I back-dated them to the day of each actual show. I have two more that I still have to write (Mac Miller, Grace Potter), so look forward to those.
Okay, gonna go play some ukulele now!Tags: random, update
May 21st, 2011lights camera ambie
Hey guys, haven’t posted in a while, but since I literally have 5 days of high school left, and my posting on my high school blog is over, it’s time I started paying more attention to this here site.
I’ve got a ton of concert reviews I need to post here, and I have to start writing one for the kick ass Mac Miller show I attended last night.
See you all in a week or so!
Picture to tide you over:
Tags: photoblog, update