Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence

I've been a fan of Jennifer Lawrence since she was announced to play Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games trilogy movies. I didn't know much about her at the time, but I knew that she had starred in Winter's Bone, which was supposed to be excellent (although I still haven't seen it; I should get on that!). As someone who was obsessed with The Hunger Games books, I followed the movie closely, which included following her closely.

She's goofy, down to earth, not afraid to make fun of herself, and just seems to genuinely have a good time. I love that about her! She's only 22 years old and has achieved so much! I don't know her other than from what I've seen and it just makes me happy to know that there is someone who seems so real, and who has been able to achieve such success without it changing her. Granted she's still young and things could change, but I genuinely hope that she is able to keep her current, goofy, happy outlook on this life.

I wasn't able to watch the 85th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, but I scoured through TONS of photos and kept coming across Jennifer's and loved all of them. Her dress was amazing by the way. It's not something I could ever pull off, and I'm not sure many other people would be able to either, but on her it was an excellent choice. I also really liked the necklace choice, having it drape down the back was very understated but elegant.

So here is my Jennifer Lawrence appreciation post. I hope you enjoy! Also, go see The Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games, Winter's Bone, or any of her other movies, with maybe the exception of The House at the End of the Street.

Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway at the 85th Annual Academy Awards

I think this photo is gorgeous

I'm not sure what happened to provoke this, but I love that she doesn't take herself so seriously that she can't have fun.
And this was her reaction after giving someone the finger lol

On her way to the Vanity Fair Oscars Party 2013

Tripping on her dress, on her way to accept her award for Best Actress. Even after falling she looks so graceful.

I have a feeling she's going to be one of those actresses who's remembered for a very, very long time. I  could see this photo hanging in someone's office or room someday next to the likes of Marilyn Monroe or Judy Garland. Very classy. Also check out the photographer in the beanie to the right lol what's he doing?

Jennifer Lawrence and Jennifer Garner
I love this photo of The Jennifers. Jennifer Garner is one of my favorite actresses! A post on her is coming soon. Do you like Jennifer Lawrence? Or Jennifer Garner? Who were you waiting to see at the Oscars?

None of these photos are mine. I found them all through google images.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Schick Hydro Silk® Razor

As with most women, I don't shave as often in winter as I do come spring through fall, but I still try to maintain silky smooth legs as much as possible. I have been using the Schick Quattro for women for years and I'm the type of person who once I find something that works for me I stick with it until it's either discontinued or it breaks and I can't replace it. The same goes for my razors. I stopped using disposables in high school because they never lasted long enough (I know, they're disposable for a reason) and I had a tendency to knick myself a lot with them.

Recently I was sent a Schick Hydro Silk® razor from BzzAgent to test out and I really liked it. Of course it's not the same as my Quattro, but it's very good quality and does leave my skin hydrated after shaving. I have very dry skin and shaving usually irritates it to no end. I end up running for the bottle of lotion as soon as I'm out of the shower to help sooth my legs. With the Hydro Silk razor, I didn't have this issue. The Water-Activated Moisturizing Serum lasts on the cartridge for several uses (which I love) and it really helps get a close, smooth shave without sacrificing your skin's hydration. It has five blades and a curved handle to help the hydrating strip and cartridge from sticking to the surface you set it on in the shower. For anyone in the market for a new razor or looking to switch things up, I would highly recommend this one!

To find out more from Schick, visit their website: http://www.schickhydrosilk.com/influencer
or visit them on Facebook (they have a $4 off coupon right now!): http://www.facebook.com/SchickHydroSilk/

If you're interested in trying one out for yourself, use this link to score a free one. It's limited to the first 5 people so hurry!

Disclosure: I received this product free from BzzAgent but all the opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My DNA Coding

Last May I bought a voucher (either through Groupon or Living Social, I can't remember which anymore) to for Connect My DNA, where they send you a sample packet, you collect a dna sample (in this case a cheek swab), send it back, and they tell you about your DNA markers and show you where people with similar DNA markers are around the globe.


I bought one for me and one for my husband. We received the sample packets, set them aside, and finally got around to sending in our samples a few weeks ago. Then this morning we both received an email that said our DNA results were in. Now I should state that from when I first bought it up until this morning, I thought it was a test for your ancestry and heritage, but it's not. I was quite shocked because after checking,  my results showed that my #1 Country Connection is Hungary. A country I have no known relatives or ancestors from or in. Then I looked further down the list of matched countries and saw that many of my top 15 are Eastern European, which as far as I knew was not in my blood line.

So after doing some more research on the website, I was able to figure out what was being represented.

Here's a little information about ConnectMyDNA™ and it's different parts:

It is a cutting-edge product that ushers in a whole new way of looking at your DNA. Using a process known as genetic fingerprinting, we look at 13 of your specific genetic markers (Loci 13) and convert them into your very own genetic emblem - The Gene Ring™.

Gene Ring: The Gene Ring is a symbolic representation of the 13 positions of your DNA that we analyze at our laboratory (seen here in your Loci Values). The position of each green marker around the ring is in direct
correlation to the numeric values in your Loci Values. These values are calculated using a standard STR DNA test. For each loci, there are number values that represent the loci passed onto you from your mother and father. If there is only one number present for a loci, your parents shared the same loci value that was passed onto you.

My Gene Ring - Love that it's green!

DNA Connection: Your ConnectMyDNA™ results consist of 2 sections. The first section is a map of your #1 Country Connection and a chart listing all of your country connections. You can scroll through this list to view all of your results. One you click on a country it will take you to a secondary page containing statistical data. The second section on this page is your Gene Ring™ and your DNA Profile (Loci tested), which was used to create your Gene Ring™.
My Connection Results

About The Country Connections: ConnectMyDNA utilizes current databases that represent the modern world population structure. Your unique DNA signature is used to calculate the frequency of occurrence of your DNA profile with different population databases from around the world using a standard population genetics formula known as the Hardy-Weinberg equation. The numerical value of the different calculations identifies your top country connection. Your top country connection represents the population that you most closely resemble based on today’s demographics, not your past. Again, we want to stress that ConnectMyDNA is not an ancestry test. What is does show however is that on some level we share commonality with other people on a global basis. If you view your results and see a country that you feel is out of the ordinary based on what you know about your heritage, view it as a new connection to a population group that on a very deep level is connected to you as part of the whole human genome. Step back and look at humans in terms of where we started millions of years ago and where we are today. Everything has changed and yet something very fundamental deep within us remains the same … something that connects all of us and makes us unique and unlike any other living species on the globe. Our DNA.

ConnectMyDNA is intended to get you interested in learning more about yourself and others in a fun and educational way.

So after reading more about it, these 13 Loci have nothing to do with what you look like or your family lineage, but about what other human beings in general share my common markers. These are my top matches.

Top 15:

1. Hungary
2. Kosovo
3. Belarus
4. Germany
5. Croatia
6. Czech Republic
7. Russia
8. Poland
9. Slovenia
10. Portugal
11. Spain
12. Norway
13. Lithuania
14. Austria
15. Bosnia

Has anyone else tried this? Did anyone get results that they weren't expecting? Now I REALLY want to try the ancestry DNA matching!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Adobe Illustrator Practice

I'm learning more about Illustrator and I just wanted to share because I made this! I know it's not much, but for my first day of practice, I was pretty impressed with myself.

Thank you to this youtube video: http://youtu.be/tIFrwj2_WO4

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)

Yesterday was my husband's birthday, and what better gift to receive than the news that FALL OUT BOY IS BACK!!!! Okay, I'm pretty sure I appreciated this WAY more than he did, but holy shit new Fall Out boy!!!