Category Archives: Inspiration

Cupcake Love

I sketched this cupcake real fast this past Monday. I just did it on a legal pad with a fine-point Sharpie. Crappy, I know. But it was fun. I need to get the sketchbook I bought over winter break [but failed to bring back to school with me] and start drawing again. I really miss art, and I need a physical place to keep all of my random thoughts and ideas. I actually have some more ideas on that subject, but I’ll save that for another post.

But for now, enjoy a virtual cupcake! Hooray! 😎

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I Can Haz?

I decided to make a “wants” board of my own, just so I can remember all of the things that my broke self is currently coveting.

Listed below are the fashion-related things that I want, with the stores of which they are from.

One: Flats from Express. They come in several amazing colors. But I like the peachy-salmon color the best. Yay.

Two: Dress, also from Express. I just think it’s cute and simple. Plus it matches the flats. Heh.

Three: Earrings from American Eagle. Earrings are fun; particularly dangly ones!

Four: Essie nail polish. I love Essie. I adore turquoise. I am going to buy as much nail polish from them as I can get my grubby little hands on.

Five: Shirt from ModCloth. I happen to look great in that shade of yellow. In my younger years, I never was a huge fan of yellow. I think it’s starting to grow on me, though.

Six: Soda Fountain dress in Grape from Modcloth. Cute, cute, cute. I just love vintage-inspired pieces. I need more dresses in my life. MOAR, I tell you!

Seven: Strappy Suede heels from Forever 21. I’m not sure that I would even be capable of walking in these, but I do love me some wedges. My brother’s girlfriend can pull off the cutest high-heeled shoes. I usually just feel more tall and awkward than I already am once I’ve thrown on some heels. But perhaps I need to start embracing wedge heels more often.

Eight: Lemon square bag from ModCloth. Again with the yellow, and the vintage-inspired look. Love it, and I’m not even huge on purses [for a female].

What are you currently coveting? Of course, I want lots of other things too. But as my parents would say, “How’s it feel to want?” Guess I need to wait until I’m not in college anymore… ha.


PS: I’ll try to get a better-looking “board” later. Perhaps I need to do some more Polyvore-ing.

Mmm, Donuts.

Well now.
It’s been about a coon’s age since I last posted a blog entry.
Okay, maybe more like nineteen days.

I’ll work on that, promise. Sometimes I just don’t feel inspired to post anything.

Today I would like to present to you…

*drumroll*

… Donuts.

Donuts + Darcie 4Ever ❤

What’s not to love?

I took the above photo in downtown Seattle at a local donut shop this past fall.

I love this photo, and now I am craving donuts. Dangit.

Have a wonderful day, and eat a donut if you get the chance. It will bring joy to you; it is the small things in life, my friends. Small things.

In an Effort to be a Healthier College Kid…

…I’m becoming pseudo-vegetarian.

Is there even such a term? I guess semi-vegetarian, or perhaps pesectarian are appropriate terms?

I kind of like the sound of “pseudo-vegetarian,” because the geek in me is reminded of the word pseudocode, which is related to programming. {Essentially, it is where you plan out what the actual, logical code will look like in English (aka human terms), but it is not written in a particular programming language with proper syntax.} Now then. What this does mean, for me, is that I will ensure that my diet consists of more whole grains and “natural” fruits and vegetables. I will eat little to no meat, because this works for me. I’ll probably consume chicken and turkey the most on a given weekday, but for the most part, I’ll stick to veggies, fruits, and grains. I will still consume dairy products and natural sugars. I’m also going to do my best to consume locally grown products, which means I’ll be hitting up the food co-ops more often. {I’m kind of a sucker for those places. :S}

Regardless of the semantics, I’m not doing this as a silly New Years’ resolution. You should already know how I feel about such matters. I’m doing this because well, pseudo-vegetarianism is what works for me the best. Personally, I don’t believe in full-on vegetarianism, and quite honestly, I’d miss chicken and bacon far too much to ever commit to being a pure vegetarian. I also don’t believe in veganism, but I’m not criticizing anyone else for choosing either lifestyle – rather, I just don’t think they’re right for me.

I’m doing this for several reasons: a) I want a healthier lifestyle to keep my weight regulated, and to help with my depression; and b) it’s generally cheaper for a poor college kid.

Alright. Obligatory explanations/disclaimers/yadda yadda yadda out of the way, let’s do some meal planning, shall we? I know what you’re thinking: since when did a foodie such as yourself become boring? Well, I don’t think that being a pseudo-vegetarian has to be boring, now does it? Nope. Below I’ve included what I’ll typically eat for breakfasts, lunches, drinks, and snacks. I will still be eating dinner in the dining halls, because unfortunately, I have a meal plan at college, and I cannot allow my parents’ hard-earned money go to waste.

Breakfasts:

  • Crisped rice with chocolate soymilk
  • Various types of granola with whole milk
  • Various types of granola with Greek yogurt, sweetened with honey
  • Oatmeal with applesauce and cinnamon, possibly with cut up bits of fruit {I’m using the apple sauce in lieu of some of the water, because I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal, and I’m hoping this will spice things up a bit.}
  • Greek yogurt with raspberries, blueberries, and pomegranate seeds
  • Whole wheat bagel with cream cheese, honey, and fruit

Lunches:

  • Couscous with tomatoes, feta, and spices
  • Falafel burgers {Falafel is surprisingly delicious; I never knew how yummy it was until I went to St. Louis and had some!}
  • Turkey, spinach, and cheese wraps on whole wheat tortilla
  • Crockpot vegetarian chili {There are no rules that say I can’t have a crockpot in a dorm, so booyah!}
  • Whole wheat bagels with cream cheese, and some veggies on top
  • Whole wheat pita bread with hummus, black olives, and fresh sweet peppers
  • Frozen broccoli, cooked in the microwave
  • Updated: Spinach feta blood orange salad {YUM!!}
  • Updated: Chickpea, tomato, and feta salad {Also delicious, healthy, and easy.}

Snacks/Lunch Accouterments:

  • Apple with peanut butter, almond butter, or Nutella
  • Dried cranberries/cherries
  • Greek yogurt with fruit and possibly honey
  • Mixed nuts
  • Dark chocolate {Sometimes with caramel, sea salt, and espresso beans. Yummy!}
  • Applesauce with cinnamon
  • Cheese sticks
  • Green pepper sticks and carrots with hummus
  • Whole wheat bread {from local co-op} and real butter
  • Oranges {Specifically blood oranges if I can find them; they’re delicious!}
  • Popcorn

Drinks:

  • Water with a lemon or lime {Citrus fruits really do add a nice zest to water, trust me!}
  • Coffee with cream and sugar
  • Unsweetened teas

That wasn’t so bad, was it? There’s plenty of variety, which truly is the spice of life!

Got any ideas for me? Let me know.

*ALSO: Stay tuned! I’ll be including how my lunches will look cute and fun in my new containers, assuming that my silicone cups arrive before I go back go down to school. *crosses fingers*

2012: Seven Un-Goals

I am not good at coming up with witty titles.

Anti-resolutions? Un-goals? Un-resolutions? Who knows.

 

{via weheartit.com}

The point, as I’m sure you have guessed by now, is that I’m not a person who has ever been a fan of formal New Years’ Resolutions.

Why? I dunno, they always just seemed kinda dumb to me.

Maybe I am a New Years’ Grinch of sorts. Bah humbug!

Anyway. I did think of seven {because seven is my lucky number, yo} “resolutions” of sorts for this year. But I don’t think that they should just apply to 2012; I think that they should apply to the rest of my life on this earth. They’re simple, because I like simple. And they’re easy, and I think you should try them out too, because they are not too difficult to incorporate into everyone’s daily lives.

Seven Simple “Anti-Resolutions,” by Darcie

1.) Floss more often. Flossing takes me approximately two minutes, and the only reason that it takes me that long is because I have a bar behind my bottom teeth {from orthodontic work} which requires me to thread floss through it. It should take the average person even less time, and it’s an easy way to improve your oral health, which I think that many of us take for granted.

2.) Drink more water {preferably with lemon}. I love water, but even I do not drink enough of it. However, staying properly hydrated helps your skin and overall physical health. Lemons add a nice burst of flavor and helps to keep the constant water-drinking less monotonous and boring. Now I’d just like one of those cute, reusable glass bottles to tote my H2O around! {I’m going to purchase one from the co-op store in Urbana sometime soon. I’ll post photos when I finally get one!}

3.) Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. I’m not going to completely change my diet, and I’m certainly not a health nut. However, I’d like to incorporate more healthful foods into my diet. Specifically, I would like to eat more whole wheat products, including cous cous. I’d also like to snack on mixed nuts, fresh apples, and dried cranberries. Nothing drastic; just some simple, tasty adjustments.

4.) Read more books. They say that the well-read individuals are generally more intelligent. I decided to use http://www.goodreads.com to organize the books that I’m currently reading, books that I wish to read, and books that I have read in the past. I dunno if I’ll become more intelligent, but I have noticed that reading does help increase my vocabulary, and I do enjoy reading…  I just need to make time to actually do it more often!

5.) Decrease negative self-talk; increase self-confidence. I, like many individuals, have a hard time shutting off that negative self-talk. But I’m working with my counselor on increasing positive self-talk so that I can learn to better love myself. I think we can all use some more positive self-talk, so I’m gonna start by naming one positive thing that I love about myself {forewarning: some posts may be entirely dedicated to this, haha!}: I have awesome, beautiful red hair.

6.) Go for more walks. Going for walks is an easy way to de-stress, improve my mood, and get in a little exercise. In addition, it’s a great way to practice mindfulness; that is, to take in all that is around oneself and enjoy the moment.

7.) Give someone a genuine compliment at least once a month. For some odd reason, I’ve always felt like a creeper when I hand out compliments. I don’t know why. That seems stupid, now that I think about it. When people compliment me, it usually makes my day. I really think that other people could use compliments more often, so I’m going to attempt to tell people that they’re appreciated, that I love their cute outfit, or that they look absolutely glowing. It will do both myself and other people some good, so why not?

Happy New Years!

I look awesome, so I have to share this photo:

I love this fedora, and I love the dress I’m wearing. More pics to come soon, but for now I have to get going so that I can ring in the new year with two of my girl friends from high school. For more of my New Years’ babbling, go to my SIUC blog.

xoxo,

Darcie 🙂

Daily Inspiration: Ferris Wheel + Sky

I took this photo at the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

It’s this rickety old ferris wheel that’s on the top of the museum. When you’re riding it, it feels as if all of the screws and nuts and bolts in the seats could come undone at any moment, and you and all of the metal pieces would go flying. But I guess that’s what gives the ol’ ferris wheel its charm, right?

I did a fun “1960s” Picnik edit {obviously my favorite “hipster-esque” edit of all time, haha} on this one, and I really like how the sun shines through the clouds. This photo reminds me of how much fun I had that day, exploring the museum and riding that ferris wheel, despite the fact that being on said ferris wheel was slightly … well, unnerving.

And that, my friends, is why I love photography so much.

-xoxo-

Inspiration: Favorite Old Photos

This is one of my most favorite old photos of my mother and me.

{Is it just me, or is our hair awesome?}

How precious, right?

Yes, I did do a bit of “editing” on it – I used Picnik to do a “black and white” focal area – that is, I wanted the color of the photo of us to really shine through. And then, I added a cute little heart to express my love for my mommy. {Yes, I still call her mommy.}

I’m actually working on sorting through some of my favorite pictures throughout the years. Once I find my top five or ten favorites, I’m going to take some fun frames and make a little photo collage for the wall of my future apartment. And the above picture will definitely be one of the pictures in said collage!

What about you? Got any favorite pics from the “good ol’ days”? 🙂

PS: Mom, I wrote this post in part just for you. I miss you – hope you’re doing well, and I am proud of you for taking the plunge and going through a life-changing event. I can’t wait to see you in the end of January. “Lovah” you! 🙂