July 3, 2017

List: What Is Mandy Up To? (July 2017)

List: What Is Mandy Up To? (July 2017) via www.whatmandyloves.com
I know it's only been six or so months since my last Up To, but a lot has changed / happened so LET'S GET INTO IT, MY LOVES.

  • Obsession: Watching sewing and fashion videos on YouTube.  I've been wanting to learn to sew and *attempt* to alter my own clothes from thrifted items, but all I can muster in the motivation department is learning by viewing.  I'm currently binge watching through a bunch of sewing DIYs and thrifted items transformed or altered to something custom and/or silly.  My dad makes costumes as part of his living as an artist and my grandmother has always been crafty, so WHY have I not learned the basics at least in sewing by now - at twenty-seven years of age?!  Looking into a sewing class as a girl's day event ASAP.

May 1, 2017

List: 5 Things I Do Every Day

List: 5 Things I Do Every Day via www.whatmandyloves.com
My day to day activities are not extravagant or at all blog-worthy, but the ones I like to keep up with every day keep me moving forward towards the positive.  If I do these productive, routine things on a regular basis, I feel less like a lazy, garbage person and somewhat closer to the concept of an "adult."  Here are five things I tend to do (mostly) every day (on an average day), excluding the usual eat, sleep, work, etc boring stuff:

Bullet journal.  Logging my life through journaling and other methods used to feel like a chore and unnecessary burden, until I color code my days/weeks/months and any little detail I want to display using the bullet journal method.  (I post more about it on my Thinks blog, so if you want to read me rambling on at how fun and amazing bullet journaling is, go there.)

April 3, 2017

List: What Mandy Loves About Sleep

List: What Mandy Loves About Sleep via www.whatmandyloves.com
I only subscribe to two "addictions" in life: sugar and sleep.  I'll drink iced tea all day every day or migraines come as punishment for thinning my body's sugar resource.  Sleep is my escape that takes me away from the world and recharges my body and mind.  There's nothing like getting cozy under sheets and blankets with your memory foam pillow and just turning yourself off from life.  Here's what I love about sleep:

  • I get to do it every damn day.  It may seem forced to do so because it's what my body needs to pff, "sustain life" and all, but it will never stop feeling like a privilege to me.

March 6, 2017

List: Mandy's Favorite Makeup Look

List: Mandy's Favorite Makeup Look via www.whatmandyloves.com
I'm not an authority on makeup whatsoever.  My mom has always rarely wore makeup, so my growing self would pick and choose what I thought I'd like from friends or the dreaded media, and it's caught up with me now.

It's either getting older and not caring anymore or being accustomed to my broke self, but I don't do much with the stuff anymore.  I'm beautiful as I am, but I can flaunt a few of my natural features when I wanna.  I know what works for me in my laziness and basic portrayal of my "best face."

Excluding naming each product I use, here's a list of my favorite makeup items for an everyday look:

March 1, 2017

Finds & Treasures: Bulbasaur Figurines

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Thanks to the smash nerd takeover of last summer's Pokémon Go app, I have fully embraced my love for Bulbasaur as the best Pokémon there is and ever was.  I'm only a bandwangoner of the Poké-verse with my superficial bias towards cuteness over anything else, so go ahead and judge.  I'll be over here with my Bulba's having a grand ol' time catching as many pocket monsters as I can.

The boyfriend, who is a huge Pikachu fan boy from the start of Pokémon in the ninties, has noticed my newest obsession and has found two cute little figurines for me so far while finding little Pikachu's for himself.  The tiny vinyl one rests on my desk (as shown in my Totoro post in the background) but has a vacation home in my purse to occasionally be everywhere with me.  Boyfriend's latest purchase who has taken residency on a stack of books is the 3D printed one!  How rad, right?

February 15, 2017

DIY "Pixel Pansy" Granny Square Blanket (plus free pattern!)

DIY Granny Square Blanket via www.whatmandyloves.com
One thing I can never have is too many blankets.  I'm always cold and swap out my style so much that I like having so many options available to me to be cozy and colorful in my home.  Since I started learning crochet, there has been one project I've wanted to start and that's a simple blanket I can customize.

One Pinterst browsing session a few years ago sparked my interest in a possible blanket idea.  I set up my own pattern spreadsheet and used a few techniques along the way that turned this idea into a two year blanket project I recently finished.  The blanket itself cost more than I usually pay for a blanket because of all the yarn I had to get to finish it (underestimating is one of my unfortunate specialties), but it turned out looking SO GOOD and was so much fun to make that I consider the cost well worth it.  Each granny square based on my pattern took about 20 minutes to make, and each completed row took at least an hour to join, so that's why it took me two years on and off to finish this bad boy.

If you're up for a blanket project that's custom to your style and skill level, I hope this DIY is inspirational to you.  Here's how I made this pixel pansy flower granny square blanket:

January 18, 2017

Finds & Treasures: Totoro Music Box

Finds & Treasures: Totoro Music Box via www.whatmandyloves.com
Anime is not usually my thing, but My Neighbor Totoro is one of my favorite animated movies.  The loveable, fuzzy creatures and plot all about family love stuck with me all these years.  I hadn't watched it since I was a kid and kept meaning to revisit it until last month.  Some sad news in my life gave my boyfriend an idea to watch it.  It made me feel loads better and he got to see it for the first time.

Fast forward to Christmas and what did he get me?  A moving music box thing of Totoro!  Wind it up for the theme song while the pulley mechanism moves Totoro's umbrella and some characters around in the clear cylinder.  I guess you could call it a music box, but it doesn't hold anything.  (There are other versions of it in other Studio Ghibli projects, too if you search Amazon or eBay.)

January 2, 2017

List: What Is Mandy Up To? (January 2017)

List: What Is Mandy Up To? (January 2017) via www.whatmandyloves.com
I'm starting a new year off with an Up To.

  • Obsession: Back to Pokemon Go, I have no shame.  Most of my birthday, the boyfriend and I walked around a park near his house just to catch as many Squirtles as we could.  I may explore my neighborhood again for more of these little pocket monsters (especially since Bulbasaurs, my favorite, are popping up everywhere!)

  • Joy: Setting up a new bullet journal!  My 2016 one was a good stab at the system for my noob status, but this year I'm going the *full custom route* in a blank notebook instead of a store-bought planner setup.  I've found a layout that I think will work great, the color system is better, and I'm tracking more of what I am willing to track instead of forgetting / overwhelming myself with last year's attempts.

June 6, 2016

List: What Mandy Loves About Bullet Journaling

List: What Mandy Loves About Bullet Journaling via www.whatmandyloves.com
Bullet Journaling has taken over the Internet for those who love logging their life in cutesy ways using old-school pen and paper.  I'm one of those suckers who jumped right in and NOW I'M OBSESSED.  I use the techniques in a personal planner with colored-coded awesomeness, and use it with work for logging to-dos and meeting notes.  I'm even getting inspired to journal more (even if it's not happening technically yet, sure - the inspiration is there).

Since I can't stop / won't stop making my pseudo bullet journal the best it can be and soaking in all the tips all over the Pinterests and blogs and Googles, I must chime in with a list of what I love about it for the record:

May 2, 2016

List: What Is Mandy Up To (May 2016)

What Mandy Loves List: What Is Mandy Up To? (May 2016)
The past few months have had a few big changes, so might as well get 'em out in an Up To:

  • Obsession: Puzzles!  Kid Mandy was obsessed with em, the more complex the better.  Scott (the boyfriend - see the Hope bullet) mentioned there was a puzzle in his office break room that reminded him how fun puzzles are, and I gasp "I have ONE puzzle!  LET'S DO THIS."  Several puzzles and multiple shopping trips later, our obsession can't stop, won't stop.

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