Hello, new and old friends alike, I’m super excited to be blogging to you from The Dressing Room here at House of A La Mode! When my dear far-away friend, Heather, approached me about becoming her glitz & glam guest-blogger, I was like, “uhh, duhhh!!!” …If you know me from my own blog, apriltwoeighty.com, you know that I dabble in all things décor, design, fashion, and craftiness. What you may not know, is just how much I dabble in these things. So, before I get to the good stuff, I want to let you know what I’m all about. Let’s get to know each other, shall we?
Who the heck are you? //
That’s a really great question that I am still figuring out the answer to (more on this later). But, bare bones info: I’m Brooke. I’m 32 ½ (although the half years seem to mean less and less as I get older), and recently single after a very long time. I live in Portland, Maine – which is not all lobsters, moose, and flannel shirts (although, I’ve got to be honest, I own some over sized flannel shirts and there is absolutely nothing more comfy!) – Portland is actually a very artsy, foodie and fun little coastal city. I live in a one room studio apartment (the size of most people’s living room) with two cats that ignore me a lot of the time, except between the hours of 1am-3am when I’m trying to sleep. On weekends I spend most of my time as a house/dog sitter. On weekdays, I help maintain 24 operating rooms at the largest Maine hospital as an anesthesia technician – which means I wear the least fashionable thing possible for 40 hours a week: turquoise hospital provided scrubs and a hair cap (and Crocs *shudder*; at least they’re pink). It’s what I do when I’m not at work which dramatically sets me apart from most (if not all) of my coworkers.
What kinds of things do you like? //
Get ready for this, the list is long... Things I like: quirky manicures, a good bargain, cardigans, handmade curtains, high heels that I rarely get a chance to actually wear, skull stickers on my sewing machine, organizing the you-know-what out of pretty much everything, my Canon Rebel T1i camera, anything with glitter on it, wigs & hair extensions & hair dye (so much more about this to come), Ikea!, Target!, tattoos, yummy scented hand lotions, yummy scented candles, Adam Levine, cheap beer, high fashion & decor magazines, antique shops, anything DIY, faux fur blankets, Instagram (friend me @apriltwoeighty), Pinterest, fabric & quilting (Tula Pink & Anna Maria Horner, I’m lookin’ at you ladies!), false eyelashes and all things makeup related, music (whatever it is, turn it up loud), TV (Fringe, True Blood, American Horror Story), blah blahh blahhhh – this list could go on for days. Hang out with me here on Sundays, and I’ll dive into it and then some. I’m excited to totally girl out with you.
Living in such a small space has drastically changed the way I'll be celebrating Christmas this year; I have picked up and put together only a few decorations, which will actually probably stay up year round. Nothing says "Brooke" like hot pink Christmas lights (and I'm not sure why I never had these to begin with!).
I realize they likely look like something out of a Katy Perry video from the sidewalk outside, but on the inside it’s a pure sassy, sexy, single-lady Christmas. With no room for a tree in here (even a table top!), I’m improvising. As much as I LOVE Christmas decorations (of which I have many stored in my parents’ basement for the time being), I am taking this year to reflect on the things that are more important to me during the holidays: family, friends, handmade gifts, a roof over my head, and small sparkle-y things. I'm having a very non-traditional, Rock'n'Roll Christmas around here!
I used this tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, Bleubird Vintage, to make this super adorable cross bunting/garland. I used black paper, but I think it would look great in any color for any season in any tiny corner of your home! It took me about an hour to make it start to finish and it quickly became one of my favorite little bits about my place. I hung it using some washi tape I picked up at Target.
I've also got some sparkle-y goodies kicking around on my shelves that I've collected for this season:
Are you getting a feel for what my tree would have looked like, if I had space for one? ;)
background leopard fabric is by Anna Maria Horner
skull ornament is from Target
glitter wired ribbon is from Walmart
glitter change purse is from Target
Lastly, the final thing I would like to share with you, is the self-done manicure I'm sporting this week. It was inspired by everything I've posted thus far - crosses & glitter!
from left to right:
Orly Powder Puff 40410
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Invisible 100
Nicole by Opi Rainbow in the S-Kylie (sparkles)
Sephora travel sized Black
Okay. I think thats more than enough for this first post! I can be long-winded, and have SOOOO much I can't wait to share. If you get a chance, let me know what your favorite quirky Christmas decoration is, or if you have anything that you keep up year round!
See you again next weekend?!