Monday, May 30, 2011

Quick Review: New Lady Gaga Album

So on May 23 the new Lady Gaga album came out. I immediately went and purchased the Special Edition. Before you say anything, yes I like Lady Gaga. Get over it.

The tracklist is as follows:

1. Marry The Night
2. Born This Way
3. Government Hooker
4. Judas
5. Americano
6. Hair
7. Scheiße
8. Bloody Mary
9. Black Jesus ✝ Amen Fashion
10. Bad Kids
11. Fashion Of His Love
12. Highway Unicorn (Road To Love)
13. Heavy Metal Lover
14. Electric Chapel
15. The Queen
16. Yoü And I
17. Edge of Glory
1. Born This Way (Country Road Version)
2. Judas (DJ White Shadow Remix)
3. Marry The Night (Fernando Garibay Remix)
4. Scheiße (DJ White Shadow Mugler Remix)
5. Fashion Of His Love (Fernando Garibay Remix)

So what did I think? Well, since its Gaga I expected more than a few WTF moments and I wasn't disappointed. The first came with Government Hooker. I don't always to expect to understand what I'm listening to, but I can usually tolerate it. So why is this a WTF? It just doesn't work in my head. I don't like the electronics and I don't like the intro. Who knows, maybe its a fantastic song, but for me I don't understand.

Surprisingly, Government Hooker was my only real WTF. There were a few songs that were just alright, such as Americano, Black Jesus, Bad Kids, and Heavy Metal Lover. The remixes were pretty weak as well.

Now as for the songs I loved? Obviously Born This Way is one of my favorites, as well as Hair, Bloody Mary and Judas. I also loved Electric Chapel, You and I, and Edge of Glory.

So over all, it was a good album with very few serious blunders and more than enough fantastic tracks.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Alice's Teacup. Review and Giveaway!

So for this Friday's review, I'm going to be talking about one of my new favorite cookbooks.

These are seriously some of the best scones and cakes I've ever tasted. But is it really just scones and cakes? Of course not!

Alice's Tea Cup is divided into the following chapters: 
Afternoon Tea, Before and After Noon: Scones
Breakfast and Brunch
Soups and Salads
Cakes and Cupcakes
Other Sweets and Treats for the Alice in All of Us
The Basics of Brewing Tea
The Art of the Tea Party
Menu Pairings
Tea-Dying Linens 

I absolutely didn't know where to start. So I randomly opened to a page and made the recipe in front of me. Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. It was a basic cake recipe but it has to be one of the best vanilla cakes I've ever tasted, much less made. Thrilled with the results I moved on to a new recipe, this time I decided to make the Bacon Cheddar scones. Again, absolutely fantastic. The Linzer cookie recipe? Fantastic.
Most of the sandwiches are very classic, such as the BLT, the Ruben, and the Tuna Salad sandwich. There is also a great burger recipe (And a Veggie Burger too!) a Curried Chicken sandwich, and my new favorite, the Mate Carnival Egg Salad sandwich. Tea soaked eggs and lots of herbs and greens means you have the best ever egg sandwich.

I have yet to venture into the salads and soups this book offers, and the breakfasts. So what am I trying next? Alice's Curious French Toast Bread Pudding: fresh fruit, egg pudding, and powdered sugar.
Green Goddess soup, because what's better than a soup full of healthy greens?
And finally the Steak Salad with apples herbs, and more of those wonderful tea soaked eggs. 

So now if you recall, I may have said something about a giveaway.

 To enter, simply subscribe to my blog and leave a comment with your email address. I'll randomly choose a number and whatever number that may be will be the winner.

The prize? Your very own copy of Alice's Teacup!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Adding Variey with what you Already Have.

So this is the first post of the TPT restructure. Since Lolita is expensive it is a good idea to know how to have variety in what you wear using basic items you already have. We're going to look at two different JSK's and see what we can do with them.

First, we're going to do a plain JSK because they are just as great as prints. This sax JSK comes from BTSSB. It has a perfect feel for summer. Instead of a blouse I chose to use a pretty cutsew since its closer to summer. The shoes are by Angelic Pretty. Everything else is offbrand and under $60.

Shoes: Angelic Pretty
Plastic Hairbow: Chocomint

Now for this second one, I'm going to use a print that I absolutely adore by Angelic Pretty. Everything else is offbrand and under $50 (With the exception of the glasses).

JSK: Angelic Pretty

Well, hope I gave you some ideas and I personally can't wait to make more of these!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Changes are Coming!

So. I've been having a hard time updating. As though you haven't noticed....
Well what does this mean?


Yep, you heard right dear readers, Tiny Pink Teacups is getting organized. I'm bringing everything I want this blog to be and I'm making it happen. I like having a schedule of when I'm posting what, so that means that I'm going to be posting a grand total of 4 times a week. Here's a peek at what I plan on doing.

Mondays, I'll be posting about either a musician, band, or a music related something or other.
Wednesdays will be devoted to something having to do with Lolita fashion. It might be something like my Top 8 Prints post, it might be about a particular item or outfit, or it might even be a how to.

Friday will be all about product reviews. I really enjoyed doing the Argan Oil review so I'm looking forward to doing more of those.

And finally, Saturday will be a freebie day. I'm going to post whatever the Hell I want to and you're going to like it damnit!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Product Review: Organix Renewing Argan Penetrating Hair Oil

Meet my new best friend.

This is Argan Oil. I first heard about it in a damaged hair topic on the Emilie Autumn forum. It claims to penetrate the hair shaft (Oh, that just sounds dirty) and to immediately rehydrate and repair the elasticity of your hair.

I'll admit I was a bit skeptical, as I usually find anything that claims immediate results tends to be a bust. I however was shocked. For those of you know me, you know that I blowdry and straighten my hair daily, and have been going blonder the past few months which means that I've been dying my hair almost every month and a half. Talk about damage. After this last time that I dyed my hair I noticed something that kind of made me freak out. When I was combing my hair the back was VERY elastic. It broke when tugged on by the comb. It was just bad. So I started deep conditioning weekly and that sort of worked. I stopped after a few weeks and then the problem returned. So after I read about it, I went to the store and forked over my 6 dollars for a bottle.

So onto the review.

Product: Organix Renewing Argan Penetrating Hair Oil

Quality: 5/5

The results for the amount used is really shocking. I probably only used a quarter teaspoon for my hair which falls just below my collarbone. The results as I said, are almost instant. I've only been using it two days and my hair feels like it did before I started dying it. The oil is not heavy and it doesn't make my hair look greasy.

Ease of Use: 5/5

The directions are pretty straight forward. Put a small amount in the palm of your hand and spread throughout your damp hair from root to tip.


Nicely sized and shaped to fit to your hand. Its a little wordy, but the important words are bolded.

So I guess the question is would I buy it again? Definitely! Over and over and over again. I would recommend it to my friends, and anyone who has problems with their hair.

Friday, May 6, 2011

On Becoming Part of the Universe

There have been times throughout the course of this blog that I've asked myself what the hell I was thinking when I started it. Usually it goes along the lines of "I've got nothing to talk about." Or "No one cares what I have to say."
Why am I writing this all down on the internet where anyone can come and read it? If most of what I post is so personal then shouldn't I be keeping it in a journal that I can bind shut and hide so no one can see it?
It all comes down to two things: The fact that I don't really give a flying fuck about who reads this blog because deep down I know that I'm writing it for me. And because its like when you write a letter you never intend to give to the person you wrote it to and then send it out on the ocean in a bottle or set it on fire and watch the flames slowly float away as smoke. Its because knowing that its out there just being part of the universe is better than keeping it where only you know where it is.
And really, life is such a fickle thing. Compared to the universe and time itself we're just little specks of sand. We really don't matter in the long run. I believe that by connecting ourselves with the universe in whatever small way we can, we begin to matter even if its just for a moment.
And here you thought I was done. Right? Well almost. Tonight was the first night since the whole thing with my parents started that I've allowed myself to have an actual human emotion for more than two seconds. And what an adventure that was. Tonight was the first time I've cried since it began. I felt, no I feel, angry. I feel scared. I feel devastated. I have feelings that I don't even know what the hell they are. And strangely I think I'm at peace with all of it. I don't know why but I feel light.
I feel like I could float.