Let the Vinyl Collection Begin

On one of our excursions to Champaigne, Tyler bought a Crosley record player on sale for $25 instead of $100. We figured, why not?! It’s sat at my house ever since and the other day I decided I wanted to utilize it. I hopped on Amazon to see if there were any used vinyls and just to see what all my options were. I decided to go with Michael Jackson’s Thriller as my first purchase. I found ADTR’s first two albums for only $12, so I threw them in my cart, too. Two days later (thanks Amazon Prime), I had my first vinyls!

Tyler brought over his collection last night, so we’ve got about 12 all together now. I made a wishlist on Amazon for ones that I’d like to get. I was drooling over Say Anything’s …Is A Real Boy, but it was going for $300! I complained to Tyler via text and he replied with “I have that one!” I was so excited! For how different our musical tastes can be sometimes, the core overlap is insane to me.

Anyways, I’m excited and am hoping I won’t spend too much money too quickly on records now. :P

I’d love if you left a comment with some of your favorite records!

Taking Back Sunday, letlive., + The Menzingers

This past Saturday, Limelight Eventplex of Peoria, Illinois had Taking Back Sunday, letlive., and The Menzingers grace its stage. What a great show! I was super excited to photograph this one. There was no photopit, which was a first for me at my venue with this size of a crowd. I made some friends with the people up front and they were awesome about letting me get in and get my shots. And I made sure they got their front row spots back when I left. I had a great time photographing the bands. I wasn’t familiar with letlive.’s stuff beforehand, but I’m a fan now! They stole the show for me. So much fun to watch and photograph, as well as a great sound. Taking Back Sunday was quite the blast from the past for me. It was fun to hear some songs that I literally hadn’t listened to in years. I think the best part for me was how much fun my boyfriend had. He was singing the whole set with his arm around my waist. I’m a happy gal.

Here’s some of my favorite shots from Saturday! See more on my website or Facebook.

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Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Palette Review

I decided to treat myself for my birthday with Urban Decay’s Naked 2 eye shadow palette. It was a hard choice deciding which palette to go with! I ruled out 3 since it was mostly rose-colored hues. My skin has yellow undertones and I thought that’d be the least flattering and versatile for me. After looking at the palettes in person and reading some reviews online, I went with the Naked 2!

I’m super pleased with my purchase. It’s been very versatile in creating lots of different looks. The case is metal and it comes with a two ended brush. There are 12 beautiful shades to fit any look you’re wanting for the day or evening.

My favorite daytime shades are: Bootycall, Suspect, Tease, and Pistol are all fantastic “no makeup” looks.

My favorite night time shades are: Snakebite, Busted, and Blackout. I usually add those colors to my crease to really amp up my look for the night. You can really use any color on your lid, depending on your mood.

Great highlighter shades: Foxy and Bootycall are fantastic under your eyebrow or in the inner corner of your eye.

These shades are all very wearable, mostly shimmery and overall flattering. I think these could work on many, many different skin tones. I’m super happy and give it a 10/10 and cannot wait to get my hands on the original Naked palette in the future.

My Tattoos

I love tattoos and cannot wait to get more, but in the meantime I thought I’d post about my current five. All of my tattoos were done at Freedom Ink in Peoria, Illinois. In order in which they were received:

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1. Fleur De Lis Tattoo

I got my first tattoo the summer after graduating high school. This one didn’t hurt too bad, except when the needle went over a couple veins on the top of my foot. It’s a pretty fluer de lis, which is a symbol my family has adopted. All four of us have a fleur de lis tattooed on us, which I think is pretty cool. My mom got a matching one of this one. Tim Beck designed this tattoo and Kyle Berg tattooed it.

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2. Feather Tattoo

I took a bit of a break and got this in the spring of 2011. I went for the very painful placement of ribs. I got a feather simply because I liked the aesthetic and because my great grandma had just passed away and her favorite animal was a chicken. I thought it’d be a cute way to incorporate that. Tim Beck did this one and he did it fast, which was greatly appreciated.

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3. Moon Tattoo

This was a spur of the moment thing in 2012. I liked it. Plain and simple. I grew up with Harry Potter and wanted a slight nod to that and my favorite cartoon when I was younger was Sailor Moon, so I guess it represents my youth. But mainly, I just really like moons.

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4. Pawprint Tattoo

I got this tattoo on my left ankle in 2012, too. I actually took over a deposit my brother put down for his girlfriend at the time but then she broke up with them. I’d been saying that I wanted a paw print of my pup, Lola, for a long time and the opportunity presented itself! I love this tattoo and Tim Beck did a fantastic job.

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5. Krupp Tattoo

When I took western civilization at Bradley, I noticed mention of the Krupp family in Germany from the WWII era. They did bad stuff, though… but Krupps is a quite unique name and is an Americanized version of Krupp. Well, they owned a steel company and this was their logo. I got it for the simplicity and to represent family.

I plan on getting more tattoos – a half sleeve and a hip/stomach tattoo are on my list. I’m hoping to set aside enough money for one of them sometime this year. I’ll update this post if anything goes down! Thanks for reading!