August 30, 2010

Sunset In Margate And Beer Sucks

As summer comes to an end, I've been trying to get down to the beach as often as possible. Luckily, we have a shore house in Margate, NJ in the most perfect location. Three blocks to the right of the house is the beach and 1/2 a block to the left is the bay.

Saturday afternoon, I was lounging around watching Family Guy when EW came up to me and told me to grab my cam and go outside. I hate when he drags me outside for no reason but he was on a mission to get me out to see the sunset.

I grabbed one of his shirts coz it was so damn chilly outside, grabbed the dogs, my cam, and headed out to the bay.

I'm so glad he dragged me out coz the sunset on the bay was beautiful!!! I took a panoramic pic of it. Had to photoshop half of it off though because my hand was unsteady and took a jagged photo.

My famous Playboy hat. It will be a sad day when I have to throw it out. I totally look like a flat chested boy in this pic.
Beautiful..beautiful..beautiful. I cannot wait to move to Miami so that we can have a boat dock and our very own boat....and jet ski. If it came down to deciding between boobs and a jet ski, I would go with the jet ski hands down.

A bunch of multi-million dollar homes lining the bay. That orange house on the very right is across the street from our house and it really annoys the hell out of me. Why would someone build a gorgeous home with stunning architecture and then paint it in a shade of a rusty Oompa Loompa. It's so gross. It looks kind of OK in the photo but in real life it's blinding and just plain embarrassing.

We took the kids out on the pier. I love how people always come up to them and go "awww look how cute they aaaare" and then they proceed to viciously lurch and bark at them. Everyone also always seems to think Gucci is a girl. They def get proved wrong when he walks past them and they get a glimpse of his huge balls.

EW drinking a Mango Smirnoff Ice. That's right boys, real men don't drink beer. You know why?

1. Beer makes you fat. A beer belly makes me gag.
2. Beer is smelly. It reminds me of rotten honey blah.
3. Beer is an unappealing color. It looks like carbonated pee.
4. Beer is cheap. Ok so is a Smirnoff Ice, but it's not as cheap looking.
5. Beer screams "I'm still in college". I would rather date a virgin than a college guy.
6. Did I mention beer makes you fat?
7. I'm not good with lists. Just don't drink beer if you want a hot girl.

Gucci cakes! The new cam has a screen that can swivel so that you can get some really great angles in your shots. I swear, Sony should be paying me with how much I talk about this cam.

My favorite little man to photograph :)

Gucci baby and I on our front porch. His eyes are all bugged out coz EW was whistling to get his attention.

I'm back in Philly now which sucks. I wish more of my friends didn't work during the day and lived in the city.

I'm going back to AC next week for Labor Day though! I want to try out the new restaurant at the Tropicana called Fin. I tried some of their lobster soup at the Food Network Tasting and it was so fucking good I snuck back two more times to get more.

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August 28, 2010

Ballet Show Gone Aerial

I just got home from performing in a ballet show and today, more than ever, do I realize how much I really miss ballet.

Ballet was my whole life for 15 years. People say that once you know how to dance ballet, you can master any other form of artistic body movement. And how true that is.

Ever since I fell in love with the aerial hammock, I've been performing it and all thanks to ballet. I would never be able to look as good as I do now if it weren't for me flexibility, agility, strength and grace that I learned from ballet.

I took my chances today and let my mom use my new cam. I made sure to explain to her how much my baby means to me and that nothing better happen to it. She's the only person I can trust it with right now. Still working on EW... Sorry babe.

After rehearsal, I snuck onto stage to configure my cam to the stage lighting. I asked my mom to pose for me and she even did a little ballet pose for me! How cute :)

Three of the best dancers in the show. These girls are super talented, and I hope they keep on dancing till they can't dance any more. Back when I danced ballet, they were tiny little girls, so it's nice to see them so grown up. BTW, if you want a body like that, take up ballet ASAP, best way to get in lie.

Yana performing her ballet solo. Gorgeous.

Annette performing a solo as well. It's funny because that costume used to be mine. It was purchased in Ukraine for my La Bayadere solo. One of my fav costumes.

And here are a few photos of ME! I don't know why they turned out kind of dark because the other ones turned out fine. Probably because I wasn't the one taking them :) Anyway here is me hanging upside down and in all kinds of weird positions.

When I first got onto the aerial hammock I almost had a heart attack because the hammock started to fall towards the ground. The guy backstage didn't tighten the cables tight enough apparently. But he grabbed them just in time. So thankfully I had enough room under me to do my routine. Here's a video for your viewing pleasure! Let me know what ya'll think.

Time to hit the sheets. Busy busy day tomorrow. Going to our shore house in Margate for some beach fun then dancing in Atlantic City. Life of a go-getter :) BYE.

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August 26, 2010

Cam Whore With New Cam

Had a wonderful day today. Went to rehearsal for a show I'm doing tomorrow evening. I will be performing my aerial act at a ballet performance which is very exciting.

I had lunch with my mom, who I do not see enough, at Cafe Michelangelo. We had yummy sauteed calamari, blintzes stuffed with mushroom and peppers with a cream sauce, and a white pizza with chicken, spinach and ricotta cheese. Are you hungry yet? Sorry no pics because was too paranoid to take my new cam with me.

I'm still trying to get used to the new cam. I won't even let EW touch it. I accidentally got some spit on the lens (don't ask how) today and nearly had a heart attack. I sprinted into my dressing room to grab one of my sunglass lens cleaners to wipe the lens down. I just hope it's not bad for it. The lenses are like $200!! Fucking insane.

So anyway, after rehearsal, I had about 4 hours until EW would drag me to the gym, so I camwhored of course. For those of you who are oblivious...

Camwhoring - To take pictures of either yourself and/or with your friends excessively

I just googled camwhoring and every single picture is of an Asian chick. Hmmm...


I'm not too fond of straight on shots, but this one turned out pretty nice. As most photogs will tell you, the eyes tell the story of the photograph. What does this one say to you?

I call this one "The Thinker" lol. Do you know how hard it is to take a photo of yourself but make it look like someone else took it? Pretty damn hard especially with a chunky camera.

EW with London! I am so blessed to have such good looking me in my life. I hope my children will have EW's sexy green eyes and not my poopy brown eyes. I don't want them to have to wear colored contacts all the time like I do. BTW how did London manage to tuck in his snaggletooth?

Sometimes my cam adds this blue tone to the photos. Only when I take them in daylight. I don't know why it does it but I like it. It adds an ethereal effect to the photo. And it makes my skin look flawless which is a plus too! No photoshop needed...yesss.

Ok that's it for now. More photos coming soon since this is my new obsession. When I have kids they will ask "Mommy, why did you take so many photos of yourself when you were younger?".

I will reply "Mommy wasn't self-obsessed, she was just infatuated with the camera."

Need to rest for my aerial performance tomorrow.

If there is anything cool I should take a photo of..let me know! I need inspiration.

Night y'all.

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August 25, 2010

New Toy To Play - The Sony Nex-3

I am super excited and giddy today because I bought a new toy! No, not that kind of toy :)

I bought a new camera!! And not just any ordinary camera (I already have one of those). I bought a $600 camera that takes AMAZING photos. The kind of photos that are so detailed, you can see inside of you pores.

I present to you my new baby...the Sony Nex-3

Isn't it gorgeous?

As with all of my new toys, I spent 5 hours playing around with it. I ran around the whole house taking photos of my puppies, of random objects, and of course, of myself.

I just can't get over how good the quality is. It makes my old photos look like poop. In fact, I feel like deleting all of my old photos because they all look fuzzy to me now.

Ok, enough talk. Here are some photos I took with my magical camera. They are very VERY scaled down to size so that they would fit on my blog and so that you wouldn't sit and stare at the screen for an hour while they loaded.

Thus, you will not be able to see the amazing detail in the photos but you will still see how amazing they are. Trust me!

This is London, my little pumpernickel. He has a little snaggletooth which makes him all the more cuter.

Me! I love the way the cam makes my eyes look. So piercing and glassy. Also, virtually no Photoshop done to any of the photos because the cam makes everything look so nice. Big relief for me!

Same pic but sad face. I have no reason to be sad though because my cam is so fucking awesome!

Candles on my dining room table. I melt each one so that all 3 are different heights. Looks more interesting that way. And I hate the look of unmelted candles. Too pristine.

BLING! The two little jars contain spare change that I find around the house. A crystal pen, my crystalized iPhone and a pink butterfly hair clip.

My tummy!! I've got my gym groove bag so in a few weeks, it'll look even better.

Just to show you the amazing detail that my cam captures, here is my belly button right in yo face haha. You can see how hairy my belly is and I just noticed my belly ring is broken. Damn.

Awww. Gucci, my little chicken nugget! He is staring out the window because he dislikes camera very much.

Classic head cock. I had to make all kinds of high pitched noises for him to pop his ears up and look cute.

So, one REALLY cool feature is the panoramic photo option. All you do is hold the shutter button and swipe your camera 180 degrees in any direction and you get a panoramic photo!! Oh, I can't wait to have fun with this.

Can you imaging..panoramic sex photos???? The possibilities are endless.

So here is one example of my living room window. How cute that I got both dogs in it :)

Here is one of my living room area. The panoramic images don't turn out in great quality, but they still look cool as shit.

Ok that's it for now! I'm tired and hungry. All I ate was a slice of pizza and a smoothie today and it's already 9:13pm.

Don't worry though. There will be plenty of photos to come. Very soon!

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August 23, 2010

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Making Me Pretty

I've been wearing makeup since I was 3 years old. Whenever I had a ballet performance, my mom would do my makeup and hair so it's always been a part of my life.

At 13 I started doing my own makeup and like most people, I had no fucking clue what I was doing.

I would use liquid eye liner to draw on these heavy raccoon eyes with an Egyptian looking wing. I used foundation as concealer. I didn't use powder and my skin is VERY oily. I was just one big walking makeup DON'T.

After many years a tweaking and fine tuning my technique, I finally learned what works on my face and what doesn't.

This is MY makeup routine and might not work for YOUR face. I have tan skin and long eyes which allows me to wear more makeup than the average person. Whereas a pale person with little eyes and blonde hair might look like an awkward clown using this routine.

I always start with a well primed face so that I have an even skin tone. If you don't prime your face, your makeup will melt away midday.

I will not even post a picture of my pre-primed face because you might run away in horror.

I use:

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer w/SPF 15 - to moisturize my face.

Neutrogena Ageless Restoratives Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream - prevents eye wrinkles.

Make Up Forever Face Matifying Primer - most important step out of all!! This will make your makeup go on silky smooth and is a MUST. It also prevents makeup from getting into your pores. Also eliminates oil.

Make Up Forever Full Cover Cream Concealer - blend this under your eyes and over dark spots on your face.

Make Up Forever Mat Velvet Foundation - use a sponge to cover entire face. I use mat to soak up the oil on my face.

Make Up Forever products can be found at Sephora and can be a little pricey at $40 a bottle. I always splurge on face priming products because they are the most important.

And there we go. A fresh clean look.

Next, I use Loreal Black Liquid Eyeliner and trace my entire eye line. It doesn't have to be neat because I go over it again later. A lot of experts say that tracing the entire eye line makes your eye smaller but I say they are smoking crack on the side. If done right, it extends your eye line giving the illusion of a wider, more open eye.

Eye lashes are addictive so be careful. Once you start wearing them, you will never go back. EVER. It happened to me and I regret it because they are damn annoying to put on. I like to use a full bushy eyelash so that it blends in with my natural eyelashes.

And Viola! They make your eyes look bigger, sexier, more glam, gives it the oomph that it was missing before. I also filled in my eye brows with a black brow shadow from MAC.

Once, the lashes are on, I retrace the eye line with liquid eye liner and add a little wing on the end to further increase eye size. Most people apply eye lashes after their makeup is all done but I do it at the very beginning. Just a preference I guess.

Next, I apply Cover Girl pearly white eye shadow onto my entire eye lid. Then, I swipe a Lancome eggplant eye shadow into the crease of my eye. This gives depth to your eye. I used to use black but it was way too harsh and slutty looking.

Finally, I smudge MAC black tied eye shadow onto my lower lid followed by Lash Stiletto or Lancome Hypnose mascara on both bottom and top lashes. This mascara blends the fake and real lashes together. And you get your sultry smokey eye!

Finish off the entire look with a loose powder, bronzer on the areas of your face that catch light, and NARS blush to accentuate the cheek bones. MAC Snob lipstick with some plumping lip gloss is a perfect neutral compliment to the dramatic eye.

The same look without a flash.

Font view.

And here is the comparison! Nice huh? See how my eye are like twice as big? What now stupid makeup experts! It might be a little too much for some people but I love the look and wear it whenever I go out. Let me know if you like it or if you think it's too much...

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