Friday, June 23, 2017

Finally, the perfect pencil sharpener! #CarlAngel5

I have been through a variety of pencil sharpeners personally and professionally. Each time they break I heartbroken due to the wasted money and wasted materials that will most likely end up in the landfill. I finally found the durable sharpener of my dreams, and its name is Carl!


How much is the Carl Angel 5? 

I paid just under $17 with free shipping on Amazon

How sharp do the pencil tips get? 

This sharp!!!

Can I sharpen colored pencils in the Carl? 

The Carl Angel 5 Sharpener sharpens colored pencils with ease to a precision point; however I feel as though they waste color so I stop halfway. If you are using an expensive set of colored pencils I recommend an art specific hand sharpener so you have more visual control. The Prismacolor scholar is my favorite affordable option, which is currently its selling for $1.59 on Amazon! 

Fully sharpened vs. halfway

What happens if a tip gets stuck in the barrel? 

The handle of the machine is attached to the barrel. If you loosen the handle the barrel will pop out and you can easily expel the broken tip like so: 


Anything else special about the Carl? 

In addition to being extremely functional the Carl pencil sharpener looks adorable anywhere you set it. It comes with an optional table clip. This is totally optional because the Carl has a built in function that holds the pencil in place and applies pressure while you crank. This makes the sharpener very portable and practical. It is even available in the adorable birdhouse version!



Happy sharpening! 

<3 KM 


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Song Obsessions - Starboy and On Hold #theXX #theWeekend

I have been so over the radio lately. Too many repeats and new songs that sound the same mixed with some good ones that got old quickly. I am ready and waiting for a new music season!

Despite the lull in exciting new music these two songs have been playing on repeat for the last few months. I still turn it up when they come on and continue to play them again when I get home.


The Weekend has reached a whole new level with Starboy. The unexpected beat changes and variations in his voice pattern keep things interesting over and over again. It is a challenging song to memorize beginning to end. Plus its smoother than anything I've heard recently.

Starboy's music video has nearly reach 1 BILLION views and it has earned every single one. According to Urban Dictionary a starboy is "womanizer, a philanderer". Bummer. 
I was hoping it was something epic and/ or extraterrestrial haha. 


When does it stop? When do you stop? When do you dare me to?

On Hold begins rather calmly but when it gets to this part I can't help but dance. The trap/dubstep beat is sick. I have totally replayed the loop before because it is my absolute favorite part of the song and one of my favorite pieces of any song the in last 6 months or so.

Anything epic that I am totally missing? Let me know.

<3 KM

Friday, March 24, 2017

Badass Dog Shirts

I am not really into dressing pets up in cute little outfits, but at times it becomes a necessity. My dog's hair is thinning as he gets older, so he is going to need some sun protection when he gets his summer hair cut. There is no way I am messing with goopy, doggy sunscreens. I am on the search for some badass, cool-dog shirts. This is what I found:

Astronaut 

Is there anything cooler than exploring space in a rocket? I don't think so. 


Cool Fish


I am always down for some fish skeleton. This shirt is full of summer fun. I mean - check out those sunnies!


Godzilla

Little dogs love to pretend they are big, and where better to do that then Japan! Plus, Tom Waits, obviously. 

Octopus Balls

Continuing with the Japanese theme, I have here a shirt with takoyaki (a delicious Japanese treat). The American flag just adds a touch of bizarro. The shop that sells this, DurianLovers, has so many crazy shirts for dogs, many of the designs emblazoned on American flags. 



Pizza Steve

Pizza Steve is a Karate master. And my dog turns into a secret ninja when there is pepperoni pizza around. I think my dog would probably chose this shirt if I let him pick.



Gonzo

Everyone knows that shirts with H.S. Thompson quotes on them are a sure sign of coolness. Also, I am pretty sure the quote exemplifies your dog. It sure does for mine.


Paranoid

This shirt if for the conspiracy theorist, super paranoid dog. The kind of dog that is bristling at every small sound. My dog is waaaay too chill for this shirt, but it is still badass. 



Junkie Dog

And now for our final little number. This shirt is only for hardcore junkie dogs. My dog was on a lot of painkillers a few months back and we were always joking that he had turned into a grumpy dope fiend. He's mostly better now, so he doesn't need this shirt anymore. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Meanwhile In Portland - Current Pics #wandering @sizzlepie @stumptown @groundkontrol

We've been having lots of fun this year. Helps to scare away the fear of our newest president, global warming and the looming mega earthquake that is bound to hit PDX. Here are some shots taken during my recent escapades.


This is the prettiest alcohol advert I have seen in awhile. Such striking colors! I try to tread lightly when it comes to hards but this picture is my current favorite self composition.


Inclusivity based signs are popping up all over the place. I really like this one found at Ground Kontrol, one of my favorite arcades. It covers so many bases. Hugs to everyone feeling out of place lately!


I spotted this lovely terrarium while drinking coffee at Stumptown. Not sure which location. It is quite large for a terrarium. The vine may be baby monstera leaves, which remind me of Hawai'i. Been having a bit of island fever lately, in the midst of our grey skies haha. 


I bought these Smash Mallows for $4 a bag at REI. They are lightly sugared, absolutely delicious marshmallows. Everyone at my place loves them! Nom!!!


I absolutely love this unnecessary, overpriced Moschino bag. It was on sale for $750 at Off Saks. 


This vegan pizza is so good that it literally made me shed tiny tears of joy. Sizzle Pie's spiral tap pizza is THE BEST pizza for those who don't do real cheese or fake cheese. So good! I like the W Burnside location so I can look for books at Powell's after stuffing myself. 


This is what the homeless camp by Chinatown looks like at the mo'. They have tarp tents and porta-potties. I have no idea why this site was chosen or taken over but its been here for quite a long time. 

It is kind of scary to pass by, but I am glad that it provides shelter to some members of our homeless community. I have watched it evolve over time. I'll try to take some more pics of it in the future, for the sake of history. 

Wishing you all the very best! 

<3 KM

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This Song Will Make You Werk!!!! #WildHorses #BishopBriggs

My newest song obsession is Wild Horses by Bishop Briggs. At the moment the official music video only has 140k views. It was just published in Dec 2016. If you haven't heard it yet I urge you give it a shot!

When I first heard this song I was listening to 94.7, the indie radio station over here in PDX. It's a mellow tune with deep bass that makes me wanna run as fast as I can so that I can be a wild horse too. Domestication isn't nearly as interesting.


Bishop's look is totally 90s but that's the thing right now. I hold Miley partially responsible for bringing it back. I made a lot of strange fashion choices during that time in my life, even as a child. Lots of neon, fuzzy sweaters and tattoo necklaces! I remember that Maurice's used to be super cool back then. Now it's much tamer.

Bishop sounds kind of bored when she sings but I relate to it in a Daria sort of way. I wish the Daria revival was actually a thing. She's the coolest. Well, maybe second to the Ghost World crew.

Happy Valentine's Day Beauties!!!

<3 KM