Friday, March 22, 2013

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Organized Grime
Spelled correctly! 
Organized Grime bottle service
My sweet coworker trying to ask me a question while I was on the phone
I don't smoke but I keep a lighter on me just because. I also lose them at lightning speeds. Found this My Little Pony lighter in my front yard after 6 months, ha!
Before and after. Shirt Dress DIY. Full tutorial HERE
New shorts for summer!
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

[DIY] Shirt Dress

For someone who has been shopping at thrift stores since before I could drive, Macklemore's buy-used jam didn't do much for me besides make my local Salvation Army a more competitive environment than the Hunger Games arena. I love finding vintage pieces that are ready-to-wear, but sometimes you find a giant shirt and its a cool pattern and its 40% off of three dollars and really how could you go wrong? I turned this 2XL big lady butterfly shirt into a cute shirt dress, and I forgot to take pictures while I was sewing, but its super simple!
You will need: 
Giant Button-down Shirt (one that's long enough to be a dress)
Straight Pins
Matching Thread
Sewing Machine (you can also hand sew!)

First, try on your shirt. Using pins, mark your shirt right at the tops of your shoulders. Take the shirt off and cut the sleeves off, starting where you marked with your pins and ending at the armpit of your shirt, leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn your shirt inside out and try it on again, making sure all of the buttons are buttoned. 
 Holding the edges of the fabric so that they match up, pin the armpits of your shirt closer to where your actual body is. Take your shirt off again and pin from the armpits down to the hem. I pinned in a straight line, but if you want a skirt that is more flared, pin diagonally towards the edges of your shirt. Try on your shirt again to make sure you like the fit (Have you gotten a workout yet?) and make sure your hem matches up at the bottom. 
 Sew where you pinned, and then cut off the excess fabric, leaving 1/4in around your seam. Fold your armholes under 1/4 inch and fold under again. Pin and sew.
As the weather warms up this spring, it can't hurt to add another easy dress to the wardrobe arsenal. My dress ended up being quite short, so I will probably let the hem down and sew the button placket closed before I wear it again. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

[How To] Avoid a Hangover

I don't know about you, but like most 23 year olds, I will be spending St. Patrick's Day at the nearest bar crawl street, drinking green beer and making lots of noise and such. As this Blarney holiday falls on a Sunday this year, I thought I would keep your luck running through your Monday work-day morning. Here are a few of the less obvious tips for you 21+'ers to avoid that green feeling after the revelry is over:
1. Eat first. Eat an entire meal and drink a glass of milk. The milk will line your stomach and act as a purifier in your stomach. Snack while you drink. Order appetizers to munch

2. Stick with one type of alcohol. Darker liquors, wine or champagne, and sugary mixed drinks will give you the worst hangover, while light liquors like gin or vodka won't be so bad. Avoid mixing caffeine with your liquor.

3. Drink water. Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink and have another huge glass before you go to bed. Keep another glass of water by the bed for when you wake up. The nice thing about water? You can be at the bar with a drink in your hand for free! If you're worried about being judged, order a virgin drink or a soda with a garnish.
4. Move. Walk around, dance, stay standing, socialize. When you move, your metabolism starts working to break down all that booze and the more you're talking, the slower you're sipping.

5. Don't smoke. It constricts the air flow to your lungs and decreases the amount of oxygen able to get to your bloom stream.

Know your limits and don't push the boundaries. One rule of thumb is one drink per hour. The only way to definitely, 100%, for sure, absolutely avoid a hangover is not to drink. Volunteer to be the designated driver instead!
If you do end up with a morning hangover:

-Take Aspirin and an antacid (NOT Tylenol or Acetaminophen, as these will damage your liver when mixed with alcohol). Take Vitamin B. 
-Eat a healthy breakfast, even if you feel like you're going to puke. Fried foods and bread help your stomach feel better, but fatty foods can also overwork your system as it is already breaking down the alcohol.
-Keep drinking water, or gatorade, or coffee.

As always, keep a close eye on your drinks, don't go home with strangers, and NEVER drink and drive!

*I am not a professional and have only gathered things I have read or heard. Please use common sense and don't do anything that will harm yourself or others. Drink safely and responsibly!

Friday, March 1, 2013

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A show flyer folded into a heart on the bar at Organized Grime
Party Captain!
"You can't live a positive life with a negative mind."
Behind the bar at Maloney's in downtown San Diego.
A picture from our visit to Balboa Park on THIS day
A live band at The Field in downtown San Diego
Reflections at the Glider Port, from THIS day
New shoes from PLNDR
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