Spring Photography ~ 2017

Spring is one of my favorite seasons (second only to summer) because of all the pretty things that finally start growing! I really wanted to take pictures of these things, but I didn’t for a while because there were too many bumble bees for my liking. But I didn’t want to waste a spring without pictures, either. Thankfully, once I got out there, I didn’t get attacked (too much) and we each minded our own businesses. Here are the pictures!

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I named this tree “Windslow”. Windslow is just outside my window, reminding me of the “Snow Queen” tree from Anne of Green Gables.

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This picture I didn’t have time to “ready, aim, fire!” because of the bees flying around. I just threw my arms up to that spot on the tree, and hit the button – I can’t believe it turned out okay! (Can you spot the bug?)

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Only three of The Four Sisters came up from last year.

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This tulip is one of my favorites. I don’t remember seeing it last year – where did it come from?

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Playing with perspective.

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Okay, I don’t name EVERYTHING, but this tulip does have a name – Velvet – and it almost didn’t come up, but in the end, she bloomed beautifully!

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This is my favorite tulip this year – I was worried that it wouldn’t bloom either! It didn’t look very healthy, but, here it is!

Which is your favorite?

♥Amara

Sight & Sound Theater: JONAH ~ Review

I was extremely privileged to be able to see this fantastic production by Sight & Sound theaters – in my city! Sight & Sound filmed one of their musicals, JONAH, in front of a live audience, and the film came to regular theaters on May 2! I’m going to review it now, so you might want to find yourself a cup of something to drink; this might take a while…

First of all, this was phenomenal! Everything from the sets, animals, costumes, props, actors, lights, and THE fish were just blow-your-mind amazing! I was really, really impressed. Even though the connection at the theater I saw it in was bad (and I missed several minutes of the play), the rest of it was really good, and it made up for the parts I missed. And who really makes a 40 foot long fish for their musical play? These people did!

Now, the critiquing stuff.

1. Acting

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It was amazing! Everyone did such a good job, and Jonah (well, really everybody) was so believable it didn’t seem like they had any forced lines or got out of character – ever. Delivery of lines is so crucial; and these actors knew exactly how to do it perfectly!

Note: Be warned – Jonah is really funny at some parts!

 

2. Singing

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Yes, they had actors that not only acted amazingly, but sang incredibly well! I. Love. Musicals. Okay, so maybe it’s not so realistic when a whole crowd of people sounds like the London Symphony Orchestra choir, but that’s not the point – and if you don’t like musicals like that, then why are you watching them?

Jonah’s “arise and go” song was definitely where he shined the most – and he was outstanding the rest of the time, too!

And that brings us to the…

 

3. Music

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Ah, yes, the music. The soundtrack was amazing! (Let’s see, I need to use a different word than “amazing” for everything – how about stellar?) Yes, the soundtrack was stellar! The use of different instruments gave it a touch of a Jewish sound, while other times it sounded underwater. (I can’t explain it any better than that – once you see it, then you’ll know what I mean.)

 

4. Dance/Choreography/Costumes 

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The choreography for the dances were really well done (like everything else) and the dances were beautiful and wonderfully danced. And just think of the choreography for everything else besides dances – everything was beautifully arranged to please the eye. I really loved the bright colors on most of the costumes, and you could certainly tell that a lot of time and effort was put into making them. Just with all the beads, jewels, ruffles, layers, stitching. Not to mention – how many hundreds of costumes did they have to make?

 

5. Sets/Props

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Didn’t I already say everything was fantastic? This certainly ups the count of wonderful things about this musical – the sets were gorgeous! Nineveh was actually two stories – and two BIG stories, too! And they weren’t fake stories; there was a person actually on the top story! Wow, right? And the weapons featured at Nineveh looked extremely real – because even a really good actor would have a hard time holding a sword that’s made out of plastic or Styrofoam like it’s really heavy and made from metal! But these actors did hold them like they were heavy, which makes me curious… what were they made of?

 

See? I had nothing bad to say about it! And, really, truly, I’m not joking – I enjoyed every single second of this whole production, and I really want to see it again!

But guess what? It was so popular the first time they showed it on May 2, they’re going to do an encore! So that means if you missed seeing it on May 2, you still have another chance! So what are you waiting for? Go buy your tickets here!

♥Amara

Note: The pictures I am not selling, making a profit from, or benefiting from these in any way, shape, or form, and are wholly for the enjoyment of the reader. All copyrights remain with the respective owner(s).

Spring Makeup Tutorial

This is a fun spring makeup look, and today I’ll do a tutorial of it. Of course, there are a million different ways you can wear this, and the colors you choose.

1. Begin with your foundation and concealer, and be sure to apply it under your eyes as well.

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2. Now I’m using a highlighter cream that has glitter in it, but a non-glittery one would work just as well.

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Put it under the arch of your eyebrows and at the inside corners of your eyes. Then go over the same places with a white eyeshadow.

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3. Sweep a color that’s close to your natural skin tone on your lids from the lash line to the crease. Blend.

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4. Using a purple eyeshadow and en eyeliner brush, line your lid with a medium-deep purple.

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5. Now use a lighter purple and blend that on the outside corners of your eyes, then put a light pink on the inside corners.

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6. Just on the crease of your lid, blend on a light green.

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7. Apply mascara to your top lashes only, but don’t curl them this time. You want to keep this really soft. With the eyeliner brush and gold glitter eyeshadow, line right under your lower lash line.

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8. Now put on a soft blush. Though it doesn’t show up on camera, I used a shimmery one, but it’s up to you.

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9. Cover your lips in a fresh, soft pink berry colored lip gloss.

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Voila!

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This look is also great if you want to do a b&w photo (above) as it’s just dark enough to show up, but still soft and pretty.

Have fun! 😀

♥Amara

Roman Hair

I’m going to do some ancient roman hair today! I’ve done three different roman hairstyles that you could dress up or down, or even wear them every day. The three hairstyles range from easy, medium, or hard difficulty levels – just remember, don’t feel intimidated to try the hard one – practice makes perfect! Ready to get started? Okay, let’s go!

1. Easy – Classic Roman Bun

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2. Medium – Roman Braid Combo

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3. Hard – Roman Braid Updo

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All of these are either based off of sculptures or old sketches – but you can get really creative. As far as accessories, you saw in my tutorials that I used mostly pearls, which were used back then (and it’s what I had on hand) but you can do a million different things. Here are just a few to get you started:

Crowns

Wreaths

Flowers

Ribbons

Gold Dust (you can find spray-on gold specifically for hair)

Jewels and Pearls

Fancy hair sticks were used to secure many updos, but for modern convenience, I used hidden bobby pins, then decorated my hair separately.

How many or how much of each of these things you wore seemed to have a great deal to do with where you were going or how wealthy you were. Have fun!

♥Amara

The Miracle Worker ~ Review

This film was released in 1962, and is a classic starring Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft with Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, and Andrew Prine. But just because it’s a classic doesn’t mean it’s worth watching. Find out with this review!

This is the official synopsis of the film:

“Blind and deaf after suffering a terrible fever as a baby, young Helen Keller has spent years unable to communicate, leaving her frustrated and occasionally violent. As a last chance before she is institutionalized, her parents contact a school for the blind, which sends half-blind Annie Sullivan to teach Helen. Helen is initially resistant, but Annie gradually forms a bond with her and shows Helen ways of reaching others.”

First of all, the movie was well-made. The acting was fantastic, and the story was wonderful, being based off a true story. I’m not sure how closely they followed Helen’s autobiography, (The Story of My Life), but it was still a good story.

I was, however, a little confused on who was who. So if you watch it, here’s a handy guide that I created after reading about the actual family:

Arthur Henley Keller (also known as Captain Keller): Father

Katherine Keller: Mother

James (Jimmy) Keller: Half Brother (Katherine Keller’s step-son)

Polly Keller: Sister (the baby)

Mary Keller: Grandmother (Captain Keller’s Mother)

Okay, all that aside. I really enjoyed this movie. I found it very interesting, and some parts were funny. The first scene, though, might be a little intense for young children who don’t understand quite what’s happening. There are not any scary parts, but there are a few sad scenes, like when Annie has flashbacks to her own childhood.

Captain Keller seems to yell his way through a good portion of the movie which made me laugh, especially when he wants a ladder. And James was an extremely interesting character. I liked the way he was torn through most of the movie (you’ll see what I mean when you watch it), and he made a wonderful decision for – well, I’ll let you see it for yourself and not give anything away. 😉

I really, really liked this movie, and I would highly recommend you watch it!

♥Amara

Charlotte Holloway Inspired Hair Tutorial ~ #4

This is a hairstyle I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m so glad to finally share it with you! I find myself often reverting to this hairstyle almost every day – it’s really easy and fast to do.

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For best results, you can dive into a pond (that way your hair will look chunky and dirty as well), but otherwise, just follow these simple steps for a more subdued version.

As always, I hope you liked this tutorial and I can’t wait to share another one with you!

♥Amara

Note: This tutorial is not endorsed or sponsored by Burns Family Studios and the pictures I am not selling, making a profit from, or benefiting from these in any way, shape, or form. All copyrights remain with the respective owner(s). (Excluding my own photos.) It’s just my guess on how to make a similar look.

You Vote!

This post I’m doing something a bit different – I’d like my readers to vote on which “In the Know” picture I should use this year for my fashion posts! The picture with the most votes wins!

 

1. This sophisticated lady likes fashion, but won’t wear crazy trends. She prefers a more classic look, but she does throw a few modern pieces in her clothes just to add some pizzazz. 

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2. This fashionista girl is all about fun and sparkle! She doesn’t worry about colors that don’t match, but has a gift of putting together some of the most tasteful outfits. She doesn’t follow trends – she sets them!

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Which will it be this year? You leave a comment with your vote – 1 or 2!

♥Amara

(For ease of judging, please limit your vote to one per person.)