Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Ad Fashion

Just a collection of things I fleetingly saw and really liked in the Metro newspaper and the free little mag that comes with it sometimes, Stylist.

You know me. I like visual stimulants. :')
(Which really just involves me scrolling through pretty and colourful pictures. Such is the life of a lazy writer.)
 
The Grown Up Ponytail

This came from an article in Stylist called Revolutionise Your Blow-Dry. I didn't like any of the styles (plus, they wouldn't work as intended on my afro-hair) but there was one that I adored called the Grown-Up Ponytail.


  • This look works best the day after a blow-dry when the hair has settled down and is more malleable. To add some extra texture thoughout, spray the roots with a dry shampoo, £2.99, Batiste and brush through to the ends.
  • Using a flat brush – Oval Dressing Brush, £20, ghd, – smooth the hair back from the crown and keep it tight at the sides.
  • Leave a little height on top to soften the face and secure with a thin band at the back of the head in line with the top of the ears – this will ensure the ponytail retains more volume than it would at the nape of the neck.
  • Add a slick fashion edge to the ponytail by lightly misting the head with a shine spray such as Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray, £23, Serge Normant.
  • Finish by wrapping ribbon – head to VV Rouleaux for the best selection – around the base of the ponytail and fixing into a bow, for extra Sixties nonchalance.
J'adoooooooooree.....

H&M Knitted Dress


For reasons I can't explain, I absolutely love this picture. Its just so natural. I love how casual it is and I love the dresses, they're so cutee. Saw this in the newspaper before Christmas.


StooShe

Saw this is the Music section of a newspaper; London based girl group. Never heard of them before but I love their style! 

  
^ the jumpsuit =O

  
^ pink croptop and skirt omg <3

   
^those glasses are the business. (Love that girl's jumper too.)
 
^ I love this picture as a whole... they all compliment each other so nicely!!

^ again, I love this image as a whole...
I listened to their song 'Love M'e as well, it's really good. They all have confident, unique singing voices. J'aime.


Who remembers...?

... Lacoste,'Touch Of Pink'? I do, because I remember wanting the dress the girl in the advert, for ages and ages.

Despite my clear neglect of what was originally intended to be a 'writer's blog', I'm continuing with my business plan now. Wish me success!

Love, from aunty Star. heh =]
xx
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Saturday, 24 March 2012

I Mean BUSINESS.

These last few days, the weather had been so beautiful that for London, in March, its just unbelievable.

That's only one factor that's helped add to my positive mood. I feel a lot better physically now I'm not eating so much crap and doing my excerise daily again. I'm also taking this appetite supplement I found in As Nature Intended to help with it. On top of that, I'm continuing to write Battlegame Forfeit, even though The Hunger Games was released this week and the advertisement for it is bombarding me everywhere. Once I put my mind to it, turning that frustration of that into a motivation had really helped.

Oh - and did I mention? I'm starting my own business.

I have to give the credit to the books I read recently; Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, and Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. That sparked the epiphany. I want to control my income. I want to work to benefit myself and help my family, not just the guy who owns the company I work for who then pays me - and I eventually get what's left over after tax. I want to publish my own work, including my novels and so much more. I'm also considering an online business - eBay will be consuming much of my time today, because I reread The Internet Income Detective issues by Jon Street (who is amazing, by the way), and I feel so inspired that I am compelled to do something TODAY. Right now. So I am GOING to make it work, and I'm am GOING to make made a decent start by tomorrow. That's a promise. :)

I must always tell myself; I have a burning desire to be financially independent and I will NEVER STOP until I have realised my goal. I'm quite excited, actually. Being 19 years old, I feel like I've got time to make it work and (hopefully not, but I can't rule this out) make mistakes, so I can learn from them. Anyway, I'm just updating. I won't spend any more time writing this when I could be making a fortune =D Well, I'm off to start a business. Ciao!



Mz Dark Star

Entrepreneur
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Friday, 16 March 2012

Mountaintop Star

Purely contemplative, saying this with no negative feelings whatsoever...

God, I don't care what new movies are coming out.
I don't care who's secretly hooking up with who.
I don't care who has however many followers on Twitter, or the stupid sh** they're twittering about.
I don't care who flipped a finger at the BRITS.
I don't care who is smoking while pregnant - it's not my life they're f***ing up.
I don't care about boyband rivalries.
I don't care whose holding a street dance show.
I don't care that I don't care.
I don't care I don't care I don't care.

I want to live on the top of a mountain in complete purity, clarity an solitude, just like the yogis and monks of old did. I do not want to be bombarded with all this unbelievably trivial rubbish. Thus, I am about to listen to some incredibly calming music and draw something pretty in my trusty doodle book, Dragonera. Ciao. :)
 

Yours, Star.
xxx
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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Community (Best Questions Ever Asked Of Batman)

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The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword

Just finished the game. Almost cried; didn't want it to end! It is SO, SOOOO EPICCCCC

































Can't WAIT to play it again in Hero Mode.



Star xx
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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Risk



To laugh is to risk appearing the fool, to weep is to risk appearing sentimental., to reach for another is to risk involvement, to expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss, to love is to risk not being loved in return, to live is to risk dying, to believe is to risk despair. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by his certitudes, he is slave, he have forfeited their freedom. Only a person who risks is free. 
-- William Arthur Ward.
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Monday, 5 March 2012

Cat Quotes

My eldest sister's cats; the male tabby, Neeko (left) and the female torbie, Nyla (right).
During the clean up of my room, getting rid of clutter, rubbish and bad energy, I found this  Cat Lover's Calender 2009 by 'paper place' that my eldest sister (let's call her 'Azure') gave to me ages ago - in 2010, when she no longer needed it. There were so many hilarious quotes that I thought I'd just share my little bit of happiness for today, seeing as their never seems to be enough of it.

Love, Light
Star xx

 

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods.... cats have never forgotten this.

It would help so much when I yell at her, if she looked more like a brute.

If you yell at a cat, you'r the one who is making a fool of yourself.

Every life should have nine cats.

Every dog has had his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats.

Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God.

Cats whiskers are so sensitive, they can find their way through the narrowest crack in a broken heart :'(

Cats never strike a pose that isn't photogenic.

Cats have incredible vision, but they never see your flaws.

Cats don't have owners, they have caretakers!

Anything not nailed down is a cat toy.

A house is not a home without a cat.

A home is where the cat hair sticks to everything but the cat.

It has been the providence of Nature to give this creature [the cat] nine lives instead of one.

When it meows, one scarely hears it. It has not the need of words to speak the lengthiest phraseologies.

With a dog you give a command. With a cat you make a request.

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

To a dog you're family. To a cat you're staff.

God has created the cat to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger.

It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat.

What greater gift than the love of a cat?

The cat sees through shut eyes.

In a cat's eyes, all things belong to the cat, for observation or destruction.

You know you're a cat lover when your cat has smoked salmon for tea... and you have beans on toast.

Everything that moves, serves to interest and amuse a cat.

Just because you provide food, shelter and medicine for your cat, don't dare to expect any gratitude.

When you feel that all the world is against you, the affection of a little cat can mean so much.

So long as you accept that the curtains are climbing frames you can live in perfect harmony with a kitten.

Purring is unique to cats and cats have sixty vocal sounds compared to a dog's ten.

[a kitten] does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it.

If animals could speak... the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

Cats unable to hear the word 'off!' can miraculously hear a fridge door open from the bottom of the garden.

... a cat when it enters the room for the first time... trusts nothing until it has... made acquantance with everything.

A kitten is a rosebud in the garden of the animal kindgom.

Cats always seem to be finding new ways to do nothing.

There's nothing friendlier than a hungry cat, and nothing more indifferent than one who's just been fed.

A cat will sleep anywhere but in the designated 'cat bed'.

Buy a 'cat toy' and it'll be surveyed with completel indifference. However an expensive scarf... naturally, it's cat toy heaven!

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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Brian Tracy and The Miracle Of Self Discipline



My Progress

Its the first of March, and I feel as if I'm in a completely different place to where I was at the beginning of February, even though technically I'm in exactly the same place, I just left and came around full circle in the space of 29 days. (Leap year, yay!)

Using The Miracle Of Self Discipline, I've managed to implement certain structures into my life that not only order my mind and my time, but also make me always feel as if I'm doing something worthwhile every moment of the day. My day used to be a sluggish mesh of things, now I'm progressing forward and doing a lot of stuff I didn't get to do before.

The moment I wake up, it's either yoga or a power walk. This happens at around 6am every morning, (although only because I start work at 8.30, to be honest. If I started later, I'd probably wake a little later) and I'm doing my Daily Goal Setting diectly after that. Those are both on my Daily Time Management list - anything that not on the list won't be done. I'm always looking at that list throughout the day, and I never forget the stuff I need to do. I feel a lot better now I'm drinking so much more water and eating more fruit.

One of the disciplines was on learning - I'm going to read at least ONE spiritual book a week. That equates to fifty-two books a year, which is equal to a PhD in the field of spirituality. HECK YA. At the moment, I think I'm pushing about seven books a year, which IS good considering that the average adult reads ONE book a year, but I could be doing  lot better, especially as I love to read and did so a lot more when I was younger. So yeah, basically. I'm 'bout to smash my personal record. Bring on Diana Cooper.

The one thing I wasn't aware was going to change so drastically was my preference to things like music. As I've been practising sitting in solitude, I realised just how desperately I needed something as blissful and as simple as silence. When I was the most stressed, the only thing that could calm me and take my mind off my worries was listening to instrumental music that captured my imagination and inspired me (- at the moment, the soundtrack to the Jade Empire and The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword games are the only ones that do it). The good thing was that the lack of words gave only an atmosphere, not a theme. Now I've begun my self disciplines, I really don't like listening to any kind of music with words - because I suddenly feel like the stuff people sing about nowadays are stupid, pointless, egoistic, or plain ridiculous, and have no real emotion whatsoever. The genres I used to listen to, RnB, rock, alternative, indie, dubstep and dance-electronica - all the artists I used to listen to; Drake, Nicki Minaj, etc - kinda bore me now. Rock music, as much as I love it, is too dissonant for my soul right now. Any type of commercial music really irritates me.

I listen to spiritual music a lot more than before; Maya Fiennes, Kate McKenzie, etc. Plus I should really get those old CD's Mama had of the sounds of the sea or waterfalls on my iPod, because that's what's going to keep me calm and focussed. It's old that I feel this way (lol I'm ninteteen, not ninety-nine) but I know that's what I need for the moment. My feelings may change again soon. Who knows.

And GOD - I want to buy SO many crystals. I want to light up my room with them. Them and scratchcards. And plants, to fill it with life and healing energy. I'm going to try really hard to raise my frequency this year, especially with this year (2012) being such a pivotal year for spiritual change, either for better or worse. So, I'm saving up for loads of nice stuff that make me happy. WOOT!


Love and Light, always.
SK. xx
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