Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pin-Up Teaser

Jena (of McShane Photography) was kind enough to show us some of the Pin-Up pictures that she has started working on from my party with her. (I want to talk more about the party and working with Jena, once I have all of my pictures. So look forward to another Pin-Up themed post!)
I have to say that I am blown away by the teasers she posted on facebook. I knew they would be phenomenal (as I have seen a lot of Jena's work AND my friends are stunning ladies); but I was not anticipating just how phenomenal they would be! 
I have to say, not only are my friends intelligent, strong, and fun people, they are also pretty darn stunning:
McShane Pin-Up
McShane Pin-Up
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McShane Pin-Up
McShane Pin-Up
Maybe this is weird coming from me, but the same goes for my sisters:
McShane Pin-Up
McShane Pin-Up
Now, not to brag....but:
McShane Pin-Up
Plus, we are all pretty much the most fun people you know:
McShane Pin-Up
I am so beyond excited to see the rest of Jena's work. I can barely contain myself or wait! I secretly hope she works late into the night to get them all done by tomorrow. I am selfish like that. Plus I am very excited to share the AMAZING experience I had with everyone. This was definitely a memory I will cherish for a long time. 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Holy Hell 30 Already

Thirty…for women, that is a somewhat dirty word. A woman is told that they are no longer young once they are 30+. Which is not something women look forward to; as they are told their entire life that being young, thin, and beautiful means you have great value.
Maybe now I will feel less pressure to BE young, thin, and beautiful all the time. After all, now I am old! YAY!
But you know what? I feel exactly the same. I look exactly the same. I am exactly the same.
On a lighter note, I had a phenomenal 30th birthday. I spent the day *celebrating* with close friends, by getting dolled up for our Pin-Up Party (more on that when I get the photos back) and having a great time. The atmosphere was light, the food (OMG Cortney's cupcakes!!!) was delish, and my friends were AMAZING.
Pin-Up Party silliness
Then we headed out to a large dinner gathering at Claddaghs; where we continued *celebrating*. The food was great and I loved catching up with people I don’t get to see enough. Several people decided to come back to the house to continue catching up, *celebrating*, and partaking in Karaoke! Which is when I found the balloons my parents secretly left for me, knowing I would love them.
Birthday balloons
I have the most amazing family and friends.
I should have had someone take pictures of everything; but I was trying to be in the moment (as Mark is constantly reminding me to live in the moment, not outside it as the photographer). So I really don’t have many photos, which does bum me out a lot. As pictures, for whatever reason, mean a lot to me. I am very glad that I experienced the day; however, please send me the pictures you took!!

***UPDATE!!***

Here are some of my favorite pictures that were taken back at the house (thanks Mike & Rach!):
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Perm!

Leah and I got our hair permed this weekend. Now some may say, "Cristen, why would you perm your hair? It's already very curly". Well, my response would be, "My hair has been very dry from styling, diffusing, and swimming recently. It needs a break. A perm will allow my hair to still look curly when it just air dries (with some product in it). This will let my hair repair itself".
We got our hair permed at the East Lansing Douglas J Institute. I have been going here for all my hair needs since I arrived for school in 2002. I love that I meet someone new and interesting every time, get massages, and always have a good time.
The perming process took hours and hours. Between the curling rods, rinsing, chemicals, and general chit-chat, we were there from like noon to 5pm. Don't get me wrong, I had a blast. I just didn't anticipate it taking SO LONG.
Leah decided to go with a larger curl and a variety of smaller curls.
Leah Perming
I decided to go with curls that were as similar as possible to my natural look. I was surprised how long my hair has gotten. Always a shock, since I am used to it curled up.
Cristen Perming
In general, we were pretty pleased with the outcome. I of course, forgot to take a picture of that most important part. Sorry!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Youmacon

This year Mark and I went with Leah and Jake to Youmacon. It was a great experience! 
Leah and I spent weeks creating her costume from scratch and she got several compliments on it.
Steampunk Cosplay
Steampunk Cosplay
I wore the Star Trek TOS costume I made the year before and someone actually asked to take a picture with me!
Steampunk and Star Trek Cosplay
There was a ton of phenomenal cosplay and accessories (worn and for sale). Here are some pics I found of the cosplay being worn this year:
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I truly believe that Mark and I could make weapons, acessories, and cosplay outfits that were just as good as what we saw for sale there. Definitely something to think about.