Friday, November 19, 2010

Photography

Recently my friend asked me to take some maternity pictures of her. I was a little nervous at first but decided to give it a try.

This was my first time actually doing a photo shoot and I was pretty proud with how they turned out. Here are a few. Any feedback would be much appreciated!

XOXO
MJ








Run, run, run!

So tomorrow is the big cross country race! I've been looking forward to it for months!

And I trained horribly for it!



(Oh doesn't this picture make it look fabulous?! ;) )

I was up to about 5 miles a day for about a week (if that) and then slowly started getting so busy it was hard to keep up. Meh.

At any rate, I'm really excited for this. I haven't done a true cross country race since high school! And it'll be interesting to see the 7,500 people running along with me.

Supposedly people can dress up in costumes. Two of Kevin and I's friends are dressing up as the Incredibles to run. That is going to be incredible. I've seen photos of brides and bridesmaids and other weird stuff. I told Kevin we should dress up as giant turkeys since, you know, it's so close to Thanksgiving. He just laughed.

Hoping to run the 7 miles in under an hour and a half. I think that's way possible, considering I ran 6 miles in under an hour back in September. But now it's going to be way colder and we're going to be running through hills and creeks and ditches. Who knows if it'll be raining. Or snowing. Well, I suppose I could check the weather, huh? Maybe I want to leave it as a surprise!

But, wish team Phoenix luck! I'll post some fun pictures later!

XOXO
MJ

UPDATE! Kevin and I are going as Batman and Batgirl! Will have pictures posted up as soon as we're done and back (and I have a minute to actually sit down this weekend!).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween

Every year for Halloween, I go all out. It is, after all, my favorite holiday. I love the idea of dressing up as someone else. So this year, I decided (after much debating!) on my favorite female DC villain, Poison Ivy.



I'll post more pictures of how we created the suit but let me tell you it took two nights, three hours each night. It required me standing while getting each individual leaf glued to me. Sometimes a painful process but definitely worth it.

The body suit I got from American Apparel for $26, along with the tights for $14. The shoes were just old black Mary Jane type shoes, which I glued leaves to. I got the leaves from Michael's craft store. The bracelets were hair ties with leaves glued to them. I took an old headband and glued the flower to it, along with some ivy.

Lastly, the hair. Ugh. I bought this rotten tomato washable hair color at Walgreens (in the Halloween section) that we just sprayed in. It was great but it got everything I touched red! My hands were covered it in and so were my neck and shoulders. If I wear this again, I'll definitely be purchasing a bright red wig, which will make it so much easier.

This was a very fun costume to make and wear! And I'm surprised most everyone knew who I was. I was expecting a few Mother Nature's or Eve's but everyone guessed Poison Ivy. Yay for comic book nerds.

XOXO
MJ