By now I was super aggravated with my tripod

I got a ton of blurry pictures like this.. *sigh*
Dress - Old navy
Tights - Worthington
Shoes - Steve Madden
Bracelet - Fossil
Lipstick (best accessory) - Maybelline's 5th Ave. Fuchsia.

 Today is the second time I've used my tripod... and I had a lot of trouble with it. I ended up having a bunch of really blurry pictures (see above) and it's annoying. Does anyone have any good tips for using a tripod? If you do it would be greatly appreciated, so please leave comments below!

Also, if you would like a tutorial on my hair or makeup just leave a request below as well, and have an awesome Sunday!


Polka Dots and Cowboy Boots

Polka Dot Sweater - Old Navy
Jeans - Levi
Boots - Xappeal
Scarf - Pashmire (Christmas gift from a friend)
Bag - Gap


New Years Resolutions and New Starts

Barista Training

I've been meaning to write this since... well, New Years day. But of course the past month has been crazy and I haven't really had time to blog as much as I would like. I had finals, family coming into town, getting really sick before Christmas, and I got sick again and now I've had a cold for almost a week and a half.

2012 is totally looking up so far, though. I gave in a two-week notice to my old job, so this next Wednesday is my last day there! Now I'm training for my new job, which makes me super excited, and I'm also starting a new school semester this next week. I'm pretty happy about having some of these new starts.

And now, for my new year resolutions =)

1. Write more - This is so needed. Not only is it something I love to do, but it's also one of the best ways to make me feel better after a bad day.

2. Be more crafty - In other words... learn how to sew and crochet. These are things I've wanted to learn how to do for a really long time now and I figure sooner is better then later.

3. And last but definitely not least is to drink more water - I had to throw a healthy type of resolution in here... although, I'm pretty sure this has been one of my resolutions every year for the past 3 or so years. I do drink a lot of water, but it never hurts to make sure that you're staying hydrated and getting all the water you need for daily intake.

I'm pretty sure I wrote down plenty more resolutions somewhere, but those are my main three. I'm really excited about this new year and I can't wait to see where it takes me.

What are some of y'all's new year resolutions? Leave a comment below!



 (Posted this to my Tumblr originally: http://alyarmstrong.tumblr.com/)

I hate when people feel the need to hate on or judge people just because they just so happen to not like a few things someone says or does or even likes.

Really? Why are we spreading all this hate around? What gives us the right?

Posting judgmental comments or hateful things doesn’t make you look like a better person.. it honestly just makes you seem insecure.

I’m not saying that I’m perfect and have never been judgmental before (that would be so ridiculously hypocritical of me). I can be pretty mean sometimes… everyone can be, but it’s what we choose to do with that. If we would stop and realize the things we’re saying may be hurtful or judgmental then would we be thoughtful enough to not spread that hate around as much?

I bring this up because I’ve had my fair share of hearing that people think certain things about me (at work, school, or just everyday life) and sometimes they choose to be judgmental, when they don’t really know me or they don’t know all of the facts… or they choose that they have nothing better to do then to bring someone down that day. And I’ve also seen people do that to other people all the time (in everyday life or on the internet). It doesn't make sense why people feel the need to put people down so much.

What would happen if, before we said something really hurtful, we actually stopped to think about how our words could affect someone? I think it would make a world of difference, and I would hope that a lot of the negativity would stop.

I know this is kinda random, and not really normal for my blog, but I felt like it was just something I wanted to write about.


New Years Nails

Essie's Coat Azure + Ulta's Pinata-Yada-Yada = Super sparkly New Years nails (pictures don't do the sparkle justice). I love this combo, I've used it before this past Summer.

You  could use O.P.I.'s color Rainbow Connection as a substitution for the sparkly top coat.