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22 Thoughts I Had While Watching The Flash: The Present

My name is Gracie Tolley, and I am the laziest woman alive. It’s because I avoid all responsibilities during the week in order to watch the CW’s DC shows. If I had to rank them, The Flash and Legends would be tied for first due to them always testing out new waters and how they feature characters that are just as complex as their storylines. Though I still watch Arrow, I really haven’t enjoyed it since season three. In my opinion, the show takes itself too seriously and has entered a pit of despair that they can’t return from. On the other hand, Supergirl is too cheery and optimistic at times, but at least it’s fun. In honor of The Flash’s midseason finale, I thought I would give my thoughts on season 3 episode 7: The Present.

  1. Ever since we first met Julian, I could’ve told you he was going to be the villain.
  2. I honestly love holiday episodes. Christmas always brings out the best in characters.
  3. The Philosopher’s Stone? Don’t you mean the Sorcerer’s Stone?
  4. The Flash’s set designers/decorators deserve a raise; they are phenomenal.
  5. Meanwhile on Earth Three.. Luke Skywalker robs a bank.
  6. How does that hat stay on his head? It doesn’t have a chinstrap or anything.
  7. I know Earth Three is super old-timey, but why use a Tommy gun?
  8. The fact that they can get Mark Hamill on the show deserves a round of applause.  
  9. Savitar looks like a poor man’s transformer meets Sauron.
  10. H.R.’s hat is distracting me right now.
  11. Alchemy seems like he thoroughly enjoys steampunk.
  12. That battle between Savitar and Jay looks like garbage. This is the holiday season though so all is forgiven.
  13. JUST LET WALLY BE KID FLASH ALREADY!!
  14. Barry really isn’t good at this whole secret identity thing.
  15. Cisco, you know this is a trap. Really? You’re that dumb?
  16. Maybe he knows all of you because you guys never shut up and tell everyone your secrets.
  17. What’s up with the drumsticks?
  18. Just throw the box in a volcano.
  19. If this ends up like Young Justice season 2, I’m done.
  20. Like Barry isn’t just going to time travel the shit out of this to save Iris.
  21. PLEASE BE A SUIT! PLEASE BE A SUIT!
  22. Life is whole again.

The Present was another great episode from team Flash. This midseason finale set up the second half of the season. Expect to see a lot of Barry worrying about the future and the team fussing over Wally being Kid Flash. By the time I post this tonight, I will have already seen today’s episode of Arrow (What We Leave Behind). For my opinion on that, check me out on twitter @GToIIey.

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November Favorites

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS HERE! (Cue All I Want For Christmas) It’s the time of gift giving, family arguments, and overpriced ugly sweaters. This year couldn’t be over fast enough because a lot of amazing things are happening in 2017. Not to name everything, but I have graduation, my Chicago trip, my sister’s wedding, my moving out, and gtolley.com launching on January 1st. You heard it first; I’m changing up my blog and getting my own domain name. It’s going to be a busy year, but I still have one month left. So let’s get right into my monthly favorites!

What to listen to…
DNCE
I’m a child of the 00s, so of course I grew up on Disney Channel. Unlike my older sister, I wasn’t in distress when the Jonas Brothers called it quits in 2013. Under recommendation from a Snapchat story, I listened to the whole DNCE album in one sitting. Nothing this year compared to this. Joe Jonas’s R&B vocals mixed with the bubblegum pop and funk indie vibe the band gives off makes it the best album of the year.

What to wear…

UA Blitzing II Stretch Fit- Under Armour Hat

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/mens-ua-blitzing-ii-stretch-fit-cap/pid1254123-001

I’m always trying new fashion trends, and one I’ve been loving is the sporty/athleisure look. (It gives me an excuse to wear workout pants at school.) During my trip to Indianapolis this month, I was dragged into an Under Armour store and found the perfect hat. Sure, I look like a 34 year old soccer mom or Luke from Gilmore Girls, but I’ve embraced it.

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The Crown

The Crown covers Queen Elizabeth following her marriage to Prince Philip and taking on the throne. Claire Foy and Matt Smith are the perfect castings for the royal couple, and their chemistry is phenomenal. Just a heads up: the first episode has more drama in it than every episode of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars combined.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Fantastic Beasts is a different perspective into the world of witches and wizards, taking place in 1920’s New York. We are no longer stuck behind a desk for seven years, as we are apparated straight into the action. I wasn’t old enough to understand the awe and wonder Harry Potter had on its viewers when it was first released. The breathtaking visuals and brilliant screenplay, written by J.K. Rowling, caused me to have this feeling for the first time in many years. 2016 was filled with many rehashes of films we’ve already seen. Even being a reboot/ spin-off of the Potter franchise, Beasts is equally unique and brilliant as its predecessors. Although the Goldstein sisters stole the show for me, Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne is an interesting enough lead to carry the inevitable following sequels.

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What to eat…

Pecan Pie

http://houseofyumm.com/pecan-pie/

‘Tis the season of eating endless amounts of leftovers from your holiday meal. As always for Thanksgiving, I was in charge of bringing dessert. This year I spiced the typical pies by making them miniature. My favorite of the three types I made was the pecan, hands down. The recipe I used liked to stick to the pan, so I would recommend making this in a normal sized pie crust.

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What to buy for the house…

Little Christmas Tree- Target

My favorite place in the world is Target’s Dollar Spot. You never know what junk you might find there. Of course during my weekly trip there, I found this cute little tree for $3. It’s the perfect size for a dining room table or in an office.

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DIY Mug

It is fact that America runs on coffee. Honestly, I can’t stand it. I know there’s hundreds of types of coffee all having their own different taste and smells. I think I’ll just stick to hot cocoa and tea. As the holiday season approaches, you might be like me and have a stack of people to buy gifts for. With a packet of hot cocoa mix, these mugs make a perfect holiday gift for any age.
The basic two things that you will need for this project is a mug and oil-based sharpies or other water safe paint pens. It’s optional but rubbing alcohol can help make your design last longer.
I found the best place to pick up cheap mugs is at your local Dollar Tree or Dollar Store.

Start off by removing any stickers or tags that might be on the mug. Then with a cotton pad or paper towel, clean off the surface with rubbing alcohol. Doing this locks in your design by having a dirt free surface for the paint to stick to.
Have your design picked out and in front of you. Pinterest is where to go for finding inspiration for these kind of projects.

Using your markers, draw on the design.

For people who can’t draw to save their life, make a stencil like what was used in the DIY pumpkin craft. If you can’t do either, bribe a friend who can.

Any mistakes you make can be erased before they dry using rubbing alcohol.

Let this set for three days so it can properly adhere to the mug. Place the mug into a cool oven on a baking sheet. Turn oven on to 425°, and let it bake for one hour. Under no circumstances should you open the oven during this because the change in temperature could cause the mug to crack.

After this, turn off the oven and let the mug cool inside. For best results, let it sit overnight.

I love this project and already whipped out a few extras for presents. These mugs are machine washable, but I would only put them on the top shelf.

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Travel Essentials

It’s good to be home! After an extended weekend in Indianapolis for the National High School Journalism Conference, I’m back to talk about my travel essentials.
1.) Headphones

It doesn’t matter if you’re listening to music or not, headphones are a lifesaver on a crowded charter bus for 12 hours. For someone like me who lives on TV and movies, it’s vital to have a nice pair of headphones. My Beats Solo 2 in Gray have lasted me a year so far and are perfect for traveling because they’re collapsible.

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2.) Audiobooks

I’m not a big reader, but every so often I find something that just pulls me in. Audiobooks are a lifesaver during the school year since I don’t like just sitting down and reading a book. Spotify has a fantastic selection in classical books. I just finished listening to 1984 for my literature class. #PleasesponsormeAudible


3.) Portable charger 

As a tech head, I need power! I have a couple small portable chargers that are good for a quick phone charge. On most trips, I usually bring a mini laptop or iPad to work on stuff. Tzumi Pocket Juice Slim 12,000mAh Solo Portable Charger can charge my iPad three times on a single charge. This one doesn’t need an extra cord to charge it because it has a wall plug-in built in.

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4.) Guidebooks

Whenever I’m in a new city, I make sure I have a guidebook via book or phone. They are usually written by city natives/ experts and feature a vast amount of knowledge on what to do there. In the past, I’ve used the apps Guidebook, Lonely Planet, and eTips.

5.) Camera

I don’t go on vacation to relax; I’m there to explore and make memories. If I wanted to relax I would have stayed at home! I don’t like bringing my expensive Canon camera when I travel because that’s just asking for it to be broken or stolen. You’ve heard me rave about my instant camera by Fujifilm, and ever since I bought it it’s always with me. Each photo captures a single moment in time. One thing is for sure – no Instagram filter compares to the look of Polaroid.
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Screen Shotted from Marvel's Doctor Strange Teaser Trailer
via Youtube

Pros and Cons of Doctor Strange 

Marvel’s newest installment in their cinematic universe, Doctor Strange, was released last weekend. Since my showing late Sunday afternoon, I’ve been trying to decide on my final opinion of the flick. Like with most issues in my life, I’ve made a pro and con list to help me come up with an answer.
Pros

  • Marvel finally broke ground into the realm of mysticism, helping them to continue their ever growing universe.
  • The film continues to test the waters of other film genres. This time it’s the hospital drama. Marvel’s phase two of the MCU has done this a few times, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier being a spy thriller and Ant Man as a heist film.
  • Cast easily takes on their comic book counterparts.
  • Oscar worthy visuals.

Cons

  • Lacks the relatable charm that most Marvel films have featured. (Unless you’re a 40 something year old egotistical surgeon.)
  • Humor tends to fall flat. (Why would you have a Beyoncé joke, let alone two of them?)
  • The last act is bland, repetitive, and even worse than superhero movies like Green Lantern and Fantastic Four.
  • Film doesn’t spend time exploring the character of Stephen Strange that well, which plays into the relatability factor of the movie.
  • Another one that offs the villains.

Doctor Strange isn’t a misstep for Marvel. Strange is a weird amalgamation of The Matrix, Inception, and Grey’s Anatomy. This mashup works for what they’re going for and what was trying to be set up. It does stray away from the tones set up by previous films. What I’m really interested in is how Strange will tie in with Infinity War, and how he will interact with the other Avengers.

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What’s in my make-up bag? {Fall 2016}

Ever since I started wearing makeup back in middle school, I haven’t gotten much better. (Although, I have learned how to properly put on foundation.) My makeup arsenal is always changing and is a combination of both drugstore and high-end.

Face
Before I even start thinking about putting on makeup, I have to moisturize. This step is necessary for dry skin. Personally, I prefer liquid foundation because it seems to last longer. When blending my foundation I use a beauty blender or a makeup sponge.


Clean & Clear Persa-Gel/ Equate Beauty 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel

  • Great for acne spots
  • Day and night
  • Buy off-brand version to save $$$


Olay Complete All Day Moisturize- Normal

  • Keeps skin from getting patchy


NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer
Shade: Green

  • Works like glue for foundation

  • Helps conceal redness

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
Shade: 810 Classic Ivory

  • Full coverage

  • All day wear

  • Shine free

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Shade: Light

  • Brightening

  • Doesn’t dry out or crease

  • Blends well


ELF High Definition Powder
Shade: Corrective Yellow

  • Sets foundation all day


Brows

After a waxing mishap a few weeks ago, I had to learn how to fill in my eyebrows. I use the two following products together to make them look as natural as possible.


Maybelline Brow Drama Define & Fill Duo
Shade: Deep Brown

  • Great color match

  • Easy to apply

  • Natural looking

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
Shade: Deep Brown

  • Fills in evenly

 

Eyes

Trying a new eye product is the easiest way to change up your look.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint
Shade: Bountiful Beige

  • Shimmery

  • Great base

  • Works as both shadow & primer

Lancôme Color Design
Shade: 311 You’ve got the look

  • Great fall color

  • Mega pigmented


ELF Brightening Eye Liner
Shade: Coffee

  • Goes on smooth

  • Good controls

ELF Volume Plumping Mascara
Shade: Black

  • Keeps curl

  • Doesn’t clump after two coats


Lips

Pucker up, buttercup! This is my all-time favorite lipstick!


Lancôme Color Design
Shade: The New Pink (sheen)

  • Pricey, but lasts forever

  • Can be worn all year long

  • Isn’t drying
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October Favorites

Dear Mother Nature, I beg of you to please just let me have one day of fall. This is truly getting out of control! October is over and it’s still t-shirt and shorts weather outside. Besides cooking kettle corn 15 hours a week at work and attending Friday night football, I’ve found a few new things I like this month.

 

Haters Back Off

Miranda Sings, a YouTube sensation, finally had her Netflix show released. The eight episodes are a cringe-worthy experience that serves as the origin story for the character. The ending is way depressing and doesn’t really fit the overall tone that was set up. Unlike other YouTube based media, Haters Back Off is a lighthearted comedy that’s willing to take risks.

Knit Peacoat

http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1070614&vid=1&pid=339302012

Other places in the world are experiencing a season known as fall. I picked this piece up a couple of weeks ago for an upcoming trip to Indianapolis. Guessing by the forecast, it’s probably going to be chilly the five days I’ll be there. I really don’t have the space in my bag for a winter coat. This jacket is super light and doesn’t take up a lot of room. Personally, I own the red, but both colors can be dressed up or down.

L’ORÉAL Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray

http://www.ulta.com/sleek-it-iron-straight-heatspray?productId=xlsImpprod6330203

A few months back I found out the products I was using by Kerastase is made by L’Oreal, so I switched all my hair products to L’Oreal. I’ve already talked about the shampoo and conditioner, but I love the heat spray just as much. The only issue I found with it is that it isn’t sulfate-free, but who cares when you’re protecting your locks?

 

Holographic Makeup Bag

http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=&Category=acc_beauty-acc-bags-storage&ProductID=1000214013&VariantID=

I don’t really consider myself a child of the 90s. (Although, I kind of think that the 90s didn’t really end until 2004.) Recently I’ve been obsessed with everything holographic. It was time to get a new makeup bag since last month I accidently burned my old one with my hair straightener. This bag is big enough for all my essentials and even has a wipeable surface.

 

Pewdiepie’s Tuber Simulator

Felix Kjellberg, AKA Pewdiepie, released his second mobile game. Fans of the channel know that Kjellberg is known for his gameplays and commentary on them. Tuber Simulator takes aspects from social gaming and traditional simulator games. The goal is to get more subscribers than Pewdiepie by creating online videos. It’s free on both iOS and Android.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is upon us! It seems like every product is getting a pumpkin makeover for the month of October. These pumpkin chocolate chip cookies might be the simplest and yummiest way to celebrate the season.
Start off by preheating the oven to 350 F, and coat a cookie sheet with cooking oil.

In a medium bowl, mix one can of pumpkin filling and a box of spice cake mix together. Add in a whole 10 oz bag of chocolate chips, and continue to mix.


When combined, place the dough on a baking sheet. Top them off by sprinkling brown sugar on top, and bake for seven to eight minutes.
After baked, let the cookies set on the sheet for a few minutes. This makes sure that they won’t break since they are still soft at this point.

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DIY Painted Pumpkin

Countdown: 19 days until Halloween! I know if I carve pumpkins now they will be rotten by the end of the month, so I thought I would attempt to paint them this year. Parks and Rec is one of my favorite shows, and I couldn’t resist doing this DIY. I’ll post the link to the original post from Pinterest below.

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Before you begin, make sure your quote or saying is printed off and large enough for your pumpkin.

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Grab a sharpened pencil and scribble on the backside of the piece of paper to cover all the letters, while also making sure the image isn’t seen through the backside.

Now take your paint of choice. I would go with acrylic, and then paint the surface of the pumpkin. Depending on the brand, lighter colors such as yellow will need at least a second or third coat to make sure everything is completely covered. Let this dry for about an hour.

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Tape the piece of paper onto the pumpkin, and trace the outline of your design with a pen. This should transfer the outline onto the pumpkin. When peeling off the tape, be very careful so that patches of the paint don’t come off. If this happens, just paint another layer on top.

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Take either a Sharpie or paint pen and fill in the outline. From here, I recommend sealing this with mod podge or acrylic sealer. Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer in Matte is my go to for this.

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Link to OG post: http://styleandcheek.com/2015/10/26/pinterest-picks-diy-pumpkin-decorations/

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14 thoughts I had while watching The Nightmare before Christmas for the first time

There is only two things I’m certain of about the emo community: their love and compassion towards Hot Topic’s semi-annual sale and Jack Skellington. In preparation for Halloween, I thought I should watch The Nightmare before Christmas for the first time.

  1. Jack might be the pumpkin king, but we all know Tim Burton is the emo king.
  2. Maybe it’s just me, but every stop motion movie I’ve ever watched has creeped me out.
  3. Insert unnecessary music number.
  4. I’m totally lost.
  5. Is this a musical? **Googles** This is going to be a long hour and a half.
  6. Jack is a glorified party planner.
  7. Currently at the 16-minute mark, and I still don’t know what the plot is.
  8. You’ve got a whole year before Halloween rolls around again – chill out, bro.
  9. I know how to explain Christmas to everybody. Another song!
  10. Why do they need to kidnap Santa?
  11. Jack is kind of a dick.
  12. Don’t worry, he’s not dead. He’s the main character.
  13. Is this a Christmas or Halloween movie?
  14. Why is everyone white in Tim Burton movies?

Sorry this week’s post was so short.. Nightmare wasn’t really my cup of tea, although I do respect the time and effort Tim Burton and his team took to make it. Where it lost me was in its plot or even the lack of plot itself. Also, I’m not a huge fan of musicals. (Especially ones that don’t feature Meryl Streep.) Don’t worry, I will make it up to you next week!