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I am late on this palette. It was the RAGE when it came out before Thanksgiving last year, but I was intent on not buying another eyeshadow palette, and definitely not for $59. I picked it up a few weeks ago, since the price had dropped significantly, and I did really want it.

Well now, it’s dropped again, this time to $25! This is particularly incredible, as if you were to buy this many individual shadows from Urban Decay, it would cost $228.

Admittedly, this palette was put together by a very pale person, so these shadows are apparently much better suited for other pale people. I am of the pale variety of skin tones, so these work incredibly well for me. I cannot speak to how they might look on darker skin tones. I can attest to the quality of the shadows – they are, for the most part, wonderful to apply and very blendable. The pink one, Harajuku, is my least favorite in terms of application and formula.

I can also confirm that while there are a lot of neutral eyeshadows that look similar, they are quite different on the skin and provide a lot of different options for mixing and matching eye looks.

I’ve linked a few places below to buy this palette (the widget isn’t updated but the prices on Ulta and Sephora are definitely updated to $25, I expect Macy’s will follow shortly). At the current price, it’s an amazing value, and a great gift for yourself or someone else you know that loves makeup.

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Falcons at The Met Cloisters | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on June 15, 2016

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

Will and I have had memberships to The Metropolitan Museum of Art a few times, with lapses in membership here and there. If you live in the NYC area and enjoy museums, it is totally worth it. We can bring in one person each at no additional cost, we don’t have to pay for admission, and there are other perks as well. We are pretty low on the membership level, but it is still enough for us to be worthwhile. It is absolutely impossible to get through The Met in one day, so we generally go on Friday when they are open late, pick a section, and spend significant time there. It is one of my favorite things.

Recently, we found out via Facebook that there would be a falconry presentation at The Met Cloisters, a gorgeous museum in its own right, located uptown in Fort Tryon Park. It was brutally hot and humid, particularly for May, but we were not deterred! There were birds to see.

This is the one bird I got close to. We underestimated how many people would come to the falconry presentation.

A small suggestion for a future event of this kind would be to set up a space to sit the creatures down and let everyone take photos, but photos where the backgrounds are not OTHER PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS. This is intensely frustrating, so many of the photos I took are disappointing because of the people with iPads out in the background. More crowd control and pre-planning would have been brilliant.

We were in the most beautiful garden.

The museum contains relocated cloisters from different places. You can read more about that on Wikipedia. It is incredibly cohesive.

The particular garden we were in contained a section on poisonous plants and also plants used in witchcraft!

Beautiful flowers were blooming throughout.

The museum has quite a large collection of impressive stained glass.

I particularly love the unicorn tapestries. They were previously owned by John D. Rockefeller.

There is certainly no lack of drama at The Cloisters either.

You can view my whole set of images from this day here on Flickr. If you are in the area, I highly suggest a visit to The Met Cloisters. They are open until 8pm on Fridays during the summer.

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Parabo Press | Brand Experience Project

by Jamie Sanford on June 6, 2016

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I have lots of photos on Instagram. In the last 5 years, I have shared over 2,800 images! You can imagine that I am thrilled at the advent of printing companies that are catering specifically to Instagram users. I wrote a post previously about Artifact Uprising, who had offered a free set of prints. I received an ad in my Instagram feed with a similar offer from Parabo Press, and decided to take advantage, ordering a new set of Instagram prints.

I won’t talk about the process of ordering – their app design is simple and easy to use, and I didn’t have any issues with the process.

Let’s get to the product.

This custom cardboard sleeve was inside an outer plastic shipping bag.

I am a total sucker for good messaging, and it starts before these prints are all the way out of their box!

The thank you message in full. Excitement about the product, a hashtag for sharing, and info on reaching customer service. Clear and concise.

The back of the card. I really love the inclusionary nature of this statement – yes, this is quality that is great for the professionals, but also for anyone with plain good taste. Thumbs up!

The prints come in a plastic pouch for protection, on a card of a larger size to keep them from bending.

Here’s a mildly blurry photo of my prints. You can see here how Parabo Press handles the different sizes of images that you can now post on Instagram – landscape, portrait, and the classic square.

Here’s a look at the prints, side by side. Artifact Uprising is a larger print, and the paper is not as heavy as Parabo Press, but has a bit more of a linen texture. Parabo Press is a heavy stock that is very smooth.

I ordered the Artifact Uprising prints in September, and the Parabo Press prints in February. Parabo had multiple size options before, but at this time, both companies only offer one size of square prints. Parabo Press now offers 5.5″ prints, and Artifact Uprising offers 5×5″ prints.

A look from the side, there really isn’t a way to see the texture in the paper, but the bottom line is that both prints are really lovely.

Parabo Press also offers some other products that I am really interested in trying out. They have glass prints, newsprints, engineer prints, and a few other options.

Let me know in the comments if you have a preferred print company!

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The Flatiron Room | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on May 30, 2016

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

A few weeks ago, our friends Jessica and Cory were in town, and so we planned an evening out. After a great suggestion from Brian, the six of us ended up at The Flatiron Room. It did not disappoint.

We chose this location via text on the day we went, a Monday. Perhaps that was a lucky choice, because when Brian and David arrived before the rest of us, they managed to get us a private-ish booth with curtains, featuring a taxidermied owl that was giving some Hedwig realness.

It was very very dark.

Here’s our in-booth owl!

This menu is full of delights.

We managed to arrive at the tail end of happy hour. We immediately got to ordering cocktails before the window closed, and also ordered the happy hour flatbreads as well. (I had a Blackberry Gimlet, it was delicious.)

In addition to incredible atmosphere, there was live bluegrass! We could not see the stage from our VIP booth (not confirmed that this is a VIP area, but we enjoyed thinking it), but we could hear it. Best of all, we could hear the music and still speak to one another, the perfect mix for a group of friends who don’t see one another often and are hoping to catch up a bit.

Here is the view looking out of the booth (you can see the curtains), you can see a tiny bit of the stage on the right.

After our first round, we moved on to more drinks, and decided to order more food as well. The share menu is varied and has some wonderful treats. We ordered the turkey meatballs, pork belly, bone marrow, macaroni and cheese, warm pear and bleu cheese salad, and a cheese board. Favorites were the bone marrow, the salad, and the cheese board.

While we did not partake, we did learn about the Flatiron Room’s Bottle Keep service. Essentially, if you buy a bottle of whiskey, and do not finish it, you can store it for life in the Bottle Keep, returning whenever you’d like to revisit your bottle. They also give you a few “entitlement cards” which you can share with family or friends, so that they can partake in your bottle when they visit The Flatiron Room.

Here are a few more images of The Flatiron Room.

I highly recommend a visit to the Flatiron Room if you are in New York. Do not expect to be lucky like we were, and make reservations for a table in advance.

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Link Tank #34

by Jamie Sanford on May 26, 2016

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This Daria cosplay is amazing. I think Daria is definitely in my top 5 favorite TV shows.

A tumblr post with photos of 70s tech is wonderful.

This is some real talk about why bathroom bills are ridiculous and aren’t protecting anyone from anything, as long as so many other things stay the same.

Margie Ashcroft, AKA Margie Plus, AKA Margie, is such a badass and I can’t even with her new video. It’s amazing.

An interesting examination of the conservatorship over Britney Spears and why it is still in place, years and years later.

Nine Inch Nails albums, ranked. I’m pretty on board with this, with the exception that I would place Hesitation Marks much higher, perhaps even as high as number 2.

The before and after on baking my peach and raspberry cobbler. I have been baking this for a few years, here is the recipe I use. The addition of the raspberries was excellent.

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