Thursday, August 28, 2014

Soundgarden and NIN tour

Friends and I got together and caught the NIN/Soundgarden tour at Shoreline this past week. When we arrived the sun was setting and it had the most beautiful hues so I took a photo. We got there just in time for Soundgarden's set. It was amazing and I won't forget it. Both Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden have been some of my favorite bands since I was young so this was very special for me.  I saw Soundgarden many years ago as a teen. There are certain experiences in life where you see a show and it is so uplifting, spiritual, amazing. The feeling is hard to describe. Being a person who has synesthesia, musical experiences for me are incredibly intense. So surreal and beautiful. An amazing trip that I can feel from my head to my feet. Listening to rock or metal and especially seeing great musicians live is my favorite.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

DIY Vegan Pumpkin Spiced latte

I think quite a few flavored coffees in the stores are too sweet and not very healthy so I always make my own. You not only save money but also you get better quality coffee. There are a few places that make good flavored drinks but most of them are not for me. If I go to a cafe' I prefer a simple coffee or maybe vanilla or almond soy or almond latte, soy cappuccino if I feel fancy. Here I show you how I made one of my favorite drinks for the fall.

What you will need: 
1. Pumpkin flavored coffee or regular coffee and pumkin syrup
 (if you want it sweet... I tend to not want things overly sweet so I usually won't opt for syrup)
They have a great pumpkin flavor coffee at World Market. Looove that place! 

2. Vegan/non dairy whip ( you can easily find this at a place like Whole Foods) 

3. Espresso machine or if you don't have one just brew a strong cup of coffee

4. Vanilla almond milk or vanilla soy milk (if you are using flavored syrup I'd advise you to opt for non sweet almond or soy milk as it can get too sweet.) 

5. Cinnamon or even nutmeg if you wish. 

To make: brew espresso shots or 1 cup of medium to strong coffee, heat flavored milk on stove top or if you want it cooler you can just pour it in. Pour a generous portion in coffee mug with coffee
( about a few tablespoons or more if you like it more milky.), add a dollop of vegan whip cream and top with a pinch of spices : cinnamon or nutmeg, or both! and voila! 

This latte seriously cuts calories and junk out where fast coffee places would add so many additives. Not to knock cafe's who have them! I mean once in a while a sweet coffee is fun but for those of us that get a bit ill or want to be more healthy it is cool to make your own. It also saves me so much money. I mean a cup that you make for yourself can cost less than a dollar while one flavored latte depending on the size can go anywhere from three dollars to five bux! Save some of that cash for that gothic necklace or tights you've been eyeing. Just saying ;) 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

DIY gothic lace cozies for votive candle holders

I love DIY projects. I recently saw this somewhere. Lace cozies for candle holders. These were so fun and easy to make.

What you will need:

1. Lace
2. Scissors
3. Needle
4. Black thread (or other colors if you prefer other colors of lace get the appropriate thread.)
5. Candle holders/votive

What to do: simply measure the lace around each votive candle holder, cut with scissors and sew the ends together. You can do this while lace is still around holder if that is easier or you can sew them together separate if you prefer that method. Make sure to double knot after you sew. Voila! You have lovely gothic cozies. These are a great project to do with your friends or to make as elegant and affordable gifts for holidays, birthdays etc.