Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Pasta

Just a quick picture of the lovely meal I was able to make. Pasta with fresh asparagus and Alfredo sauce. Very simple, paired with a nice white wine. Spring. Welcome.

Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Review : Baker street nail polish


So in my March Glossy Box (still waiting on April') I was given a lovely blue nail polish. I have not tried nail polish for Nails inc before so this was a nice surprise. I have a few blue nail polish, but most of them have a sparkle to them.

Nails inc, is based out of London, England. The company stays on top of the latest trend sand colors. Offering everyone something to wear.  There are colors ranging from taupe to cobalt blue.

This small bottle has 4 ml or 0.13 Fl oz in it, which is the deluxe sample size. Per bottle is 9.50 USD, that is no a bad price  The  applicator is a little tiny so my fingertips did get int the way when applying the polish.  I was able to make it work.
This color is very saturated. Once applied it took a bit of time to dry. the company did not make any claims to the polish being quick drying. Two coats of this polish was more than enough to get a nice rich color.

As for drying time, it longer than many of my other polishes to dry between coats. To help with this process I might have to buy a small nail lamp.

In general it has a lovely color and nice saturation. The down size is the drying time and it can stay tacky for a good 20 minutes. It is a little pricey compared to other brands such as OPI.  It still like the color and love the name of the polish. I am not sure if I will but it myself, but I will give it another try.

Lovely Color
Good Coverage

Little hard to apply

Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Green and lavender

Today is a great day. I finished my final exams for spring semester. Only  four more semesters to go. It is nice to have them out of the way. So I celebrated with a lovely brunch of strawberries, sharp white cheddar cheeses and tiramisu. Washed it down with a nice chocolate wine. It was a nice brunch. Luckily, I did not work until evening. 
 Once I was done enjoying brunch a good four hours later. I went to work. One glass of wine is fine during the day. I will enjoy the rest of the bottle some other time. I wore a simple dress and sweater combination to work. Not pictured are the cream tights I put on at the last minute.The temperature dropped rather quickly today, and I figured it would br colder tonight.
Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Dress Target and Sweater New York and Company 

Book Review: Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy

Editors: Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling
Publisher:  Tor Books
Publish Date:March 19, 2013
Book Rating 4/5
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Publisher's Description 
“Gaslamp Fantasy,” or historical fantasy set in a magical version of the nineteenth century, has long been popular with readers and writers alike. A number of wonderful fantasy novels, including Stardust by Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, and The Prestige by Christopher Priest, owe their inspiration to works by nineteenth-century writers ranging from Jane Austen, the Brontës, and George Meredith to Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, and William Morris. And, of course, the entire steampunk genre and subculture owes more than a little to literature inspired by this period.

Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells is an anthology for everyone who loves these works of neo-Victorian fiction, and wishes to explore the wide variety of ways that modern fantasists are using nineteenth-century settings, characters, and themes. These approaches stretch from steampunk fiction to the Austen-and-Trollope inspired works that some critics call Fantasy of Manners, all of which fit under the larger umbrella of Gaslamp Fantasy. The result is eighteen stories by experts from the fantasy, horror, mainstream, and young adult fields, including both bestselling writers and exciting new talents such as Elizabeth Bear, James Blaylock, Jeffrey Ford, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee, Gregory Maguire, Delia Sherman, and Catherynne M. Valente, who present a bewitching vision of a nineteenth century invested (or cursed!) with magic.

The Line-up:
“The Fairy Enterprise” by Jeffrey Ford
“From the Catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uncanny and Marvelous, Scheduled for Premiere at the Great Exhibition (Before the Fire)” by Genevieve Valentine
“The Memory Book” by Maureen McHugh
“Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells” by Delia Sherman
“La Reine D’Enfer” by Kathe Koja
“Briar Rose” by Elizabeth Wein
“The Governess” by Elizabeth Bear
“Smithfield” by James P. Blaylock
“The Unwanted Women of Surrey” by Kaaron Warren
“Charged” by Leanna Renee Hieber
“Mr. Splitfoot” by Dale Bailey
“Phosphorus” by Veronica Schanoes
“We Without Us Were Shadows” by Catherynne M. Valente
“The Vital Importance of the Superficial” by Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
“The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown” by Jane Yolen
“A Few Twigs He Left Behind” by Gregory Maguire
“Their Monstrous Minds” by Tanith Lee
“Estella Saves the Village” by Theodora Goss

Book received:  Rented 

Why I Picked it up:  This is not Steampunk with a touch of magic or a side of Fae. You have been warned. Glasslamp Fantasy is set in a very specif time. This one is wonderful. 

Why I finished it: 

Who I would give it to: 

Book Review: Fox Run

Fox Run (The Madison Wolves, #1)

Fox Run

Author: Robin Roseau
Publisher:  Robin Roseau
Publish Date: April 27, 2013
Series:  The Madison Wolves  #1
Book Rating 4/5
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Publisher's Description 
Michaela Redfur is a were fox living a quiet life in Bayfield, Wisconsin. She has a quiet job that gets her out of doors and avoids the werewolves as if her life depended on it. Which it does.

That all changes early one morning when Lara Burns, the Madison Wolves alpha, introduces herself, much to Michaela's chagrin. Lara explains to Michaela that "we only want to talk", but when a werewolf comes knocking on a tiny, delicate foxes' front door, Michaela knows talking is the last thing in the wolfy mind.

This novel is 93,000 words and is the first in in The Madison Wolves Series.
Book received: Bought

Why I Picked it up: i enjoy a good paranormal story and there are not enough about foxes. This had the  makings to be something new. It draws you quickly and at time you find yourself yelling or fussing at the wolves. They are dense at time, okay most of the time and often find that good intention do not make things okay or right.  The wolves often labor under the idea of might is right, but foxes do not and should not. 

Why I finished it: I enjoy novels  with many different types of heroins and sets of values. I am glad that that this novel is out there. also is is great read, fast pace story and it get you invested in to the characters quickly and keeps you invested. 

Who I would give it to: To fans of Patrica Briggs. 

Book Review: The Queen's Army

The Queen's Army (Lunar Chronicles, #1.5)

The Queen's Army

Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher:  Tor
Publish Date: November 20, 2012
Series: Lunar Chronicles # 1.5
Book Rating 4/5
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Publisher's Description 
It is time. The boy must leave his family to serve in the Queen's army. To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible. The boy is modified. He is trained for several years, and learns to fight to the death. He proves to the Queen—and to himself—that he is capable of evil. He is just the kind of soldier the Queen wants: the alpha of his pack.

Free read here
Book Received: Read online

Why I Picked it up: This is a story about Wolf or as we ill know him Z. This is about how a boy was turned into a monster, to serve his Queen. The story starts many years before Cinder, yet the placement of this story in the series is just after Cinder. In this story Wolf is taken from his family and thrust into a world that makes competitive fighting look easy. 
Why I finished it: This book makes you want to read the next one and quick. The worldbuilding  well we get to see Luna and Lunar society up close and personal. It gives light to the nuances in Scarlet. 

If you want to know more about Lunar History go here

Who I would give it to: Everyone

Anime Review: Last Exile

Director: Eric P. Sherman
Actor: Michelle Ruff
Actor: Kari Wahlgren 

Release Date DVD: April 7, 2003 
Studio: Funimation Prod
Series  Rating 4/5


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Publisher's Description 

It's the dawn of the Golden Age of Aviation on planet Prester, and retro-futuristic sky vehicles known as vanships dominate the horizon. Claus Valca - a flyboy born with the right stuff - and his fiery navigator Lavie are fearless racers obsessed with becoming the first sky couriers to cross the Grand Stream in a vanship. But when the high-flying duo encounters a mysterious girl named Alvis, they are thrust into the middle of an endless battle betwenn Anatoray and Disith - two countries systematically destroying each other according to the code of chivalric warfare. Lives will be lost and legacies determined as Claus and Lavie attempt to bring peace to their world by solving the riddle of its chaotic core.

Series Received :Christmas gift

Why I Picked it up: I was given this as a gift.

Why I finished it: Every character is memorable form the two children to the mechanics on the Silvana. The story draws you in. I had all the disc but hte last one and we went out and bought it that night to finish it. Each character come across as more than the sum of their parts. It is beautifully drawn and wonderfully made.  

Who I would give it to: Anyone who wants Steam punk anime. 

Anime Review: X/1999

Director: Eric P. Sherman
Actor: Crispin Freeman
Actor: Steve Cannon

Release Date DVD: August 3, 1996
Artist: CLAMP
Series  Rating 5/5


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Publisher's Description 

Kamui Shiro is a young man who was born with the power to decide the fate of the Earth itself--a destiny he can barely bring himself to believe. But as other players in the prophecy begin to gather around him--the "Seven Seals," with the power to protect the Earth, and the "Seven Harbingers," who are fated to destroy it--he has no choice but to come to terms with his fate.

Series Received : Own

Why I Picked it up: I wanted to watch ans see how close the anime was to the manga. 

Why I finished it: It brought the story to life. It was also less on confusing to see than to read. It had great music and movement

Who I would give it to: Someone wants to see the end of the world. 

Manga Review: X/1999

Author:  Clamp
Publisher:  Viz
Publish Date: May 1992

Manga Rating 5/5

Publisher's Description 
Kamui Shiro is a young man who was born with the power to decide the fate of the Earth itself--a destiny he can barely bring himself to believe. But as other players in the prophecy begin to gather around him--the "Seven Seals," with the power to protect the Earth, and the "Seven Harbingers," who are fated to destroy it--he has no choice but to come to terms with his fate.

Book Review

Book Recevied : Bought

Why I Picked it up:I picked this up because it was one of the first few mangas that could be bough tin the US. The artwork was lovely and the story was rich 

Why I finished it: I the story is amazing and hreatbreaking. The art depicts the emotions of the charaters and allows you to love them 

Who I would give it to: Anyone. 

Book Review: The Summer Prince

The Summer Prince

Author:  Alaya Dawn Johnson
Publisher:  Arthur A. Levin
Publish Date: March 1, 2013

Book Rating 5/5
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Publisher's Description 

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

The lush city of Palmares Três shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that’s sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June’s best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Três will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government’s strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

Book Review

Book Recevied : Bought

Why I Picked it up: I read the review for this book at NPR. Then I went to my bookstore and read the first few pages. After going back and forth to the bookstore over the next few days. I bought the book. I finished it in one night. The culture of Palmares Três is rich and lush in imagery and life.  The characters move and dance off the pages. 

Why I finished it: I want more. I do not know if there will be more. THere has been some room left open for a squeal  I hope she writes one.   

Who I would give it to: Jess, she would devour this book form cover to cover. 

Book Review: Shades of Milk and Honey

Shades of Milk and Honey 

Author: Mary Robinette Kowal

Publisher:  Tor Books
Publish Date: August 3rd 2012
Series: Glamourist Histories #1
Book Rating 4/5

Publisher's Description 

Shades of Milk and Honey is an intimate portrait of Jane Ellsworth, a woman ahead of her time in a version of Regency England where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality. But despite the prevalence of magic in everyday life, other aspects of Dorchester’s society are not that different: Jane and her sister Melody’s lives still revolve around vying for the attentions of eligible men.

Jane resists this fate, and rightly so: while her skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face, and therefore wins the lion’s share of the attention. At the ripe old age of twenty-eight, Jane has resigned herself to being invisible forever. But when her family’s honor is threatened, she finds that she must push her skills to the limit in order to set things right–and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

Book received:  Rented 

Why I Picked it up: The cover of the sequel, Glamour in Glass, caught my eye one day when I was browsing in the library.

Why I finished it:  I enjoyed the book and the strong women in the book. They were reminiscent of Jane Austin’s women who tried to remain true to themselves in the face of society.

Who I would give it to:
 I would give it to, my co-worker who loves Jane Austin novels. They would become immersed the details of the everyday life, form the painting, sewing, dancing and magic. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shakespeare's Birthday (black and white)

Today was a good day. I used yesterday's outfit as a springboard for today's. Same basic pieces but a blank and whit printed top. Also chainmail pearl necklace. Today is Shakespeare's Birthday . Happy Birthday to the Bard on the Avon. It is also World Book Night. this year I was able to participate as a giver. So, that means i had out twenty books to strangers.People who viewed themselves as non-readers or light readers. After, picking up my books at the local library I took them out in to the world. I was giving out Code Name Verity. 

This is a wonderful book. The books are special in that they are printed with new covers just for this one night. These books are not to bought or sold only to be given. It is great. Today I was able to twenty random acts of kindness. I even had a couple people said I made there day, which in turn made mine. 

Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Pants JC Penny, Top and Sweater New York and Company 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!!! Today was a lovely almost rainy day. Perfect to garden or go outside and read. A last, there was work and exams. Yay, one final down, one more to go. So, for Earth day I went planted some seeds. It was on a whim, so there are no pictures. I also turned off everything in house and unplugged everything. Just for an hour. I went outside, with all the pollen and enjoyed the beauty of the Earth. This lovely planet that we have been gifted.  What did you do for Earth Day? 

Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Pants JC Penny, Top and Sweater New York and Company 
Necklace you can find similar at here and here

Monday, April 21, 2014

A cup of tea

It is late. The day is done and tomorrow we do it all again. Life, feels like it s dragging on, and dragging us with it. Our hearts feel heavy and burned. But we can open them up. Open them up to care. To care and to let go. Something’s can not be changed. They are as, they are. Be accepting and tolerant. Be strong and kind. Kindness is strength. You need to know yourself. To know your own person and what can allow, while still being accepting of others. This dose not mean, you allow for other to hurt you or abuse you or use you. Deception happens. It happens when we trust. When we open ourselves up to others. But understand, life can be very lonely, take a chance and learn. The people that are meant to be in your life will come to you and never leave. We chose to care. Caring is wondering. Ego can sometimes times get in the way of caring. Let go of ego. Care for others. Fix problems. Let things get better. Life goes on. It dose not stand still. Move, let go. Enjoy it all. BREATH. Care about those who care form you. The others who take up space in your mind. Who live in your head and heart rent free. The ones that poison you, with every breath you take. Evict them. Evict them for head and your heart. Evict those who despise you. Who hurt you! Give them their notice and let your loved ones in.  The ones who love you. The people who matter. 

Love them. Love them and fill your soul with love. Until it is brimming over. Until it shins from your fingertips. 
Love, Love, Love! Love yourself. Fill everyday. Every moment that you can with incandescent Love

Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter baskets

Easter baskets and Easter Morning, just seem to go hand in hand. So I was given a a cute little Easter basket.I had a lot of  foot products from Avon. I also received a bunny from build a bear.

 Once I removed the cup there  was chocolate. Chocolate!  along with a magic wand.
Really Easter bunny!? Halloween chocolate. Well I hope it is still good. More chocolate for me.

Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Loot Crate

During a very busy day a wonderful package arrived in the mail. Our first Loot Crate. It is a monthly service like Glossy Box or other monthly box subscriptions. This one is tailored more to the geeks and gamers.

It was dragons this month. Above are a few of the cool things we received. The guys really enjoyed it. I was hoping to hide it until Easter, but they got to the door before me. Ah well. Almost. I am just pleased that they enjoyed it so much. I am wondering what next month will bring. As for myself after looking at the past crates I was a little disappointed. Loot Crate is starting to have many different items made of them, so I am not sure about the cost of each item. There were two exclusive pieces so that was nice, but it did not have the variety that I was expecting to receive in the box. The nord form the new Elder Scrolls Online was nice, we also received John Snow.

Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Friday, April 18, 2014

It has been a day

It has been a wonderfully chaotic good day. I can say that, because the day has ended on a good note. Everyone on is home safely and the bills are all paid. Today after getting dressed and heading out to buy groceries, I come home to my older brother parked out in front of my house. Okay. He tells me not to go in my house. Really? This is odd, but I let him go in first. He checks out the place. Apparently while I was gone, someone broke in to my house. The alarm scared them off and the police came by and re locked my house. I am over simplifying this but....yeah. Nothing was taken. Nothing was add to everything else that I have. So we lucked out. I had to make phone calls and check on the neighbors. It is a good day, because in the end even thought I am going to be very careful about make sure the house is locked up we are all safe.

The sweater if from Forever 21, so long ago I do not think they sell anything like it anymore. The dress is also from Forever 21 ( click here and here for similar dresses). The green top is from JC Penny's.

Have a berry orange day,

Sú talún

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pink and blue

So it was a busy day at work. I wanted to be able to move around and still look semi-professional. I layered a tank top under sheer shirt. This work out nicely as the shirt had lace detailing were the sleeves meet the shoulders. This hide the straps of my tank top, dressing it up. The bright blue pants added color while sitting off the brown cardigan nicely. The white top is form BKE . The tank top is from American Eagle. The pant are from JC Penny's and the cardigan is New York and Company.

Have a berry orange day,
Sú talún

Busch Garden's fun ^_^

This is at the front  of Loch Ness Monster. 
So yesterday a friend and I  went to Busch Garden's!!!! It was wonderful. A little cold, around 35 degrees fahrenheit. We got there about 9:30 am, but becuase it was so cold, there was a  wait before the roller coasters would run. The only one running was Loch Ness.  Around 11 am we were able to ride Alpengesit. We were able to ride up front, as the lines were so short. After 11 am we rode all the roller coaster rides in the park. the favorite of the day was Apollo's Chariot .It is the tallest and longest ride in the park. I was a be partial tot he nice river cruise, but that might have had to do with being able to sit down for a good fifteen minutes and just watch the world go by. I was unable to collect pressed pennies this time around, I forgot. Next time I will and show you how to make an simple craft with them.

Have a berry orange day,
Sú talún
This is part of the waiting area outside of Darkastle. It is a fun indoor ride. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shift dress flowers

As it was a horribly rainy day. I want to wear something springy. I have never worn this dress until today and I do not know why. It is a lovely dress. I matched it with brown and maroon. Maybe be more autumn than spring but nice none the less.

Rainy days are here to stay

I did not want to get out of bed today. But I had too. I got up and threw on a sweater, it was very cold this morning. It still is quite chilly. There is talk of freezing rain and ice. I thought we were past that. Past the tinkling of ice, chiming off the windshields. Past the howling wind. I had thought we had made it into the clear. To warm winds and fields of flowers. To spring. *shigh* Maybe it is just a few more days off.

Lunch was about the time I felt human. I made a simple tomato soup and grilled cheese.

Mint and Grey

This is a nice spring work outfit. I was inspired by a pair of mint green trouser socks that I own, that have grey  leaves on them. It looked so nice. So, I built an outfit based off them.  I also had a shell for my demi sized miche that matched.

Inner Geek ^_^

This just made my inner geek smile. A lovely blue nail polish. TARDIS blue some would call it.  It is named Baker Street.  I see what you did there

My First Glossy Box

I took the plunge about a two weeks ago and signed up for a Glossy Box.  Glossy Box is a service that send five beauty product to the house. These products are usually full size products and tailored to the customer.  This month they had a few different items. I was really looking forward to the Alex and Ani hand lotion, Scent 7. 

So here are all the products unpacked. I enjoyed how nice the box looked when it arrived in the mail. it had an outer box that was black with light pink dots and the interior box was light pink with the glossy box symbol on it.  Inside was a lovely bonus! A bracelet from Alex and Ani. So very cute ^_^.  There is a pamphlet that informs you about the each product. Very handy. I will post a review about each product as I use them. 

Have a berry orange day,

 Sú talún

Cherry Blossom Festival

   Today is the National Cherry Blossom Festival, honoring the friendship between the United States and Japan.  Living near D.C. I was able to visit the street festival and watch the parade.  

Red bean and green tea ice cream being sold by Dolci. The green tea was my favorite.  Some lovely 
magnolias outside of the Smithsonian.

 Taiyaki is a Japanese sweet. It is filled with red bean past and fished shaped. I love these tings. They taste great with Thai tea or milk.

Have a berry orange day,
 Sú talún

My Cherry Blossom Outfit

For the Cherry Blossom Festival I wanted something cute, but comfortable. So I wore a peplum top form Antropologies , hot pink pants form JC Penny's, along with a white cardigan. It was a very light weight out fit but still nice and fresh. A nice option outside of jeans and a tank, which are two things I love to wear.

Have a berry orange day,
 Sú talún

Welcome to A Berry Orange Day

I am here to create a fun and bright place to bring: new fashion ideas, DIY projects and cooking idea. To find the beautiful in the Ordinary.

Have a berry orange day,
 Sú talún