Look: In the end only kindness matters

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This week has been a sad one. My grandmother passed away Sunday morning. I’m still in shock. She had heart surgery in June and seemed to be doing better. Her heart was very weak, but she wasn’t letting that slow her down (even when she probably should’ve). We got the news Sunday when we were getting ready to go to breakfast before heading to Bark in the Park. I immediately started sobbing and I was fortunate enough to have my boyfriend there. He just held me and comforted me. We’ve been getting everything ready for the services all week. I still don’t think it’s fully hit me yet.
This is what I wore yesterday to the visitation. She loved when I wore dresses. Grandma, I’m going to miss you more than I can express in words…

Music Monday : Closure In Moscow – Neoprene Byzantine

My boyfriend introduced me to Closure in Moscow a very long time ago and reintroduced me to their newest material a few months ago! It is quite the jump from their older stuff, but it’s great. My boyfriend so perfectly put it that it sounds like they skipped an album to get to this new sound. Take a listen below! It’s different, but in the best way.

Look : I think we were made too pretty

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Decided to go get sushi with the boyfriend last night and stop by the mall. It was actually super nice outside, so I went with a fall look that I can’t normally wear in the fall since I’m cold all the time. The top is from Banana republic and the skirt is Forever 21. I believe the shoes are from Pacsun, but I’ve had them so long that I can’t really remember. It’s a huge plus, too, how comfortable this look was.

National Walk n Roll Dog Day

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Today is National Walk n Roll Dog Day‬! Lola and I are celebrating with cuddles and an extra treat! Find out more about the holiday here!

Some of you may not know this, but on July 20, 2013 my dachshund Lola went “down.” This is the term used frequently when a dog ruptures a disc in their spine. She couldn’t move and was in so much pain. It was a Saturday night, so we had to wait until Monday to go to our regular vet, because the emergency vet couldn’t do anything. Well, what they should’ve done is sent us to UofI to get looked at right away. Time is so important with a spinal cord injury.

When we got to UofI, they examined her and let us know we had two options: 1) surgery or 2) pain meds and rest. Lola’s spine was so squished by the vertebrae cushion that had hardened that she no longer had deep pain sensation in her lower half. In other words, she was completely paralyzed. We decided to do the surgery anyways to relieve pain immediately and just get rid of the disc so it couldn’t do more damage. I am so thankful for our decision. That day is still one of the hardest days of my life. I remember talking to my dad, wondering what to do and he told me to do whatever I thought was best for Lola.

When she got out of surgery, the vet told us her spinal cord was very pinched and that she had a 10% chance of walking ever again. They said to expect to do her pottying for her, because she wouldn’t have control of herself. It was hard to hear, but I’d do anything for my beloved pup. We did 6 weeks of crate rest and acupuncture (at Bortell’s in Bloomington – HIGHLY recommend them!) to try and get her to do her best. She went down to UofI about once a month for a couple months for progress. Slowly her deep pain sensation returned, which was a miracle! This was in September, so about 2 months after her surgery.

We continued with acupuncture and physical therapy and slowly but surely, Lola improved. Today she walks. Yes, you read that right – she can walk! It’s not pretty and we often call it her “drunken walk,” but it counts! She is truly a miracle dog! She’s surpassed everybody’s expectations and is still her lively self! She does use a wheelchair because she can scoot much faster than walk and will scrape herself if she’s at the dog park or excited. I love this dog more than I can express in words and I must say that going down is not a death sentence! Dogs can have happy lives even with only two legs.

If you’d like to see more photos and videos of Lola, check out her instagram: lola_n_friends!

If you think your dog is having back issues, please check out Dodgers List, they are amazing and helped me SO MUCH during the first few months!

Too Faced Rock N Roll Rock Candy Eye Shadow Collection Review

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I stumbled across this palette on a recent trip to Ulta and I had to get it. Not only because it’s perfectly named for me, but the colors, too! I’ve had it a little over a week now and have used it just about everyday. I can do pretty day looks and fierce going out looks with ease. I can layer them to build more dramatic looks very easily. My favorite colors so far are ‘New Wave’ and ‘Heavy Metal.’ The palette is $36 and an Ulta exclusive. I give it a 9/10.

And there is a Country Nashville Nudes palette, too. It’s got softer shades and I’d like to get that one, as well. Yes, even though I’m the farthest thing from a country fan.

Music Monday : Starset – Halo

I first heard Starset‘s first single “My Demons” back in November of last year. I loved it immediately and said that it was going to be a hit. Then, I got to see them play (and photograph them!!) at the Tornado Fundraiser the radio stations did for Central Illinois in December. They were so good! I love the costumes and theatrics that go along with their performance. I got a chance to hang out with the guys after the show and they were really cool. They were impressed that I was singing along to their songs. They said the album should be out in the summer and I eagerly waited. It did not disappoint! I love this album. My favorite song, which is so hard to choose, is probably the one below – Halo. Let me know what you think!

Cherry Coke Jello Shots

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I love jello shots and I love experimenting with flavors to come up with new things! When I saw the Three Olives’ Super Cola, I knew I had to give it a try! As I hoped, it’s delicious! I decided to make a cherry coke jello shot and they turned out AMAZING! I kind of wing it when I make these, so I’ll do my best to explain. I got about 50 jello shots with using the ingredients above.

NEEDED:

Three Olives Super Cola Vodka
Cherry Jello
Coka-Cola

As with all jello shots, start off with the jello by just following directions on the packet. Next, add in your alcohol. Finally, finish it with the Coke. You want the mixture to be pretty thick and syrup-y. If there’s not enough coke, the jello won’t settle. Usually you want at least twice as much mixer as alcohol. Don’t worry if you don’t get enough in there the first time, it’s super easy to go back and add more coke if need be. Just mix your concoction together for a few minutes and pour into individual cups and let cool over night.

WARNING: these don’t taste alcoholic, so while delicious, they’re a bit dangerous!