Wednesday, August 29, 2012

honesty corner, three

These past few days, these past few months, okay, these past few years have been a whirlwind, but it truly does come down to these past few weeks. I've heard many people say that your teens are the most complicated time, but I would like to question those people and raise them a few points. I honestly feel as though the twenties are the most difficult, and I'm fresh into them. You see, in your 'teens' you at least believe you have the world figured out. You face difficulties, but for the most part, you believe that you're infallible. Part of me misses that feeling...

And then there is the roaring lion in my head telling me that I truly don't miss it. Who honestly would miss young ignorance when you're faced with more truth, more soul, more life? These past few weeks have been hard, but not due to physical problems, more so due to a person boot camp I appear to be putting my mind through. It's a battle I fight silently for the most part, besides this post. It's a battle I barely even speak of, not even to my best friend.

I'm learning things...and that could the the child of many other things, but when you get right down to it, I'm in an age of growing and learning. I can over analyze all I want, but the simple solution is right there.

When you get down and gritty with it, I'm growing as a woman, and that's a complicated thing to do.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

lustful luxuries - buckle love

As a slight update to my new retail adventure post, I actually am switching companies and going over to American Eagle. Nothing personal, and not going back on my new found love for items at Buckle, it's honestly about your day job being able to pay the bills. Isn't being a grown up so fun!?

Anyway, these items are beautiful, and you should go look into them at your neighborhood Buckle!

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Life is about to change up a bit, and I have to say, I'm pretty excited to start affording jeans from my workplace...Update soon!

Stay tuned,

Sunday, August 26, 2012

lustful luxuries - obey version

Who doesn't love some OBEY? If you don't, you're nuts.

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I have this little diddy on layaway at my store. I couldn't resist! It actually fits like a fantastic off the shoulder shit. I'm in love with it and cannot wait to own it! EDIT: BOUGHT IT! My new favorite go-to comfy shirt from now till the end of time. source: here

And this only tips the iceberg of what Obey has to offer, and another plus? Buckle carries the cutest OBEY stuff, for the record. And if you're wondering why there are a lot of tank tops even though we are getting close to fall/winter? Your answer is simple. I'M FROM CALIFORNIA!

stay tuned,

Saturday, August 25, 2012

a new retail adventure

Besides a two month blip at McDonalds, most of my grown up 'day job' career has been filled with retail. From being a third key at Icing, and then Claire's, to being an assistant manager at Rue 21. I like clothes, so retail made sense for me (and the discount does not hurt either!). So obviously when I took the plunge to Colorado, I applied at retail jobs because we all know that we have to make money to pay for our internet bill.

And within the first few days, I was extremely lucky. I got an interview at 'The Buckle' and a week later I got a call for a job. Currently, I work all the freight in the back room. It's not what I'm used to, but it's a nice change from being in charge. I also love to see all the beautiful clothes coming in before everyone else!

Now for a little bit of honestly, because I got this job, I never stepped foot in a Buckle. I had looked in the windows, and at the beautiful shoe towers outside, but deep in my heart I knew that everything in that store was way out of my budget. I've always been a thrift/bargain shopper. My momma trained me that way from out of the womb. I didn't think I would ever be able to find enough excuses spend (insert insane amount of money here) on one item of clothing. And, if we're being completely honest, I was under the impression that I despised all things Affliction.

Well folks, I assumed wrong.

I will never turn my back on thrifting, or bargain hunting, I just love it too much. But, I also found that I actually really love nice, slightly pricey clothes. I'm slightly ashamed, but at the same time I just can't help it. I even will admit to having ninety dollar jeans on layaway right now. I know! I know! Trust me, if you tried on these pants, you, too, would succumb to the comfort of them. I even have a worse confession...

I, the girl who has always hated all things embellished and all sequins, is slowly warming up to them. I even have a shirt with sequins on layaway. I do not know what is happening. Working around these clothes will be the death of me.

They are just so...beautiful. (and it also helps that the girls I work with and my manager are AMAZING)

I mean my manager made me chocolate chocolate chip cream cheese filled cupcakes for my birthday...

Stay tuned to see how I continue to succumb to the cat call of stunning clothes (and delicious baked treats...)

l. shane

Friday, August 24, 2012

such a lovely addition to a home...

I claim nothing to this, it all goes the the wonderful Elsie Larson @ A Beautiful Mess.

Today my man and I thrifted an amazing couch for our incredibly bare apartment for only twenty bucks! It's nice to give our empty apartment more oomph, makes it feel more homey and now our asses won't start hurting after sitting on the floor for too long. Perks all around.

Another thing that would make our home feel lovely, but we'll probably not do and it'll stay in the daydreams of my mind, is this beautiful lace tent. Go check out the DIY on her blog. I know you'll wanna do it, tooo! A beautiful, inspiring project as we all enter our hectic (and hopefully slightly peaceful!) weekends.

stay tuned,

Thursday, August 23, 2012

finding the music

It's one of those days where life has hit you in the ass numerous times and you cannot find it in yourself to do the blogging things you said you do, or to create those items you promised the deepest corner of your heart that you would get done TODAY...but it's three thirty in the afternoon and all you've managed to do is procrastinate. Sure, you got some really amazing reading in today, but the things you said you do are still looming over your head.

Welcome to most of my days off. Between the stress of life and the soul draining power of a day job, this is what most of my days off felt like. I was so dead from the week that I had no inspiration to do anything but sit on my ass and burry my nose in a book. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good day filled with a story, but I would go to bed feeling like I had accomplished nothing. So, I decided that I needed to get my ass in gear and start doing SHIT.

(Please don't take any of this to heart. I am no advice guru. I just am slowly figuring out what works for me personally!)

I have this girl (or boy if you wish to call it that!) that is my go to, never let me down kind of a girl - and that's music. Sure, it changes on a day by day basis. One day I'll be rapping along to Macklemore, another day I could be listening to Against Me!, and I can always count on my slow, acoustic tunes to sooth my soul and bring some inspiration.

So, if you're lacking some inspiration because it's the middle of the week and you just got off your day job - try listening to this job and hopefully it will sooth your soul a little bit.

Lana Del Ray - Summertime Sadness

Stay tuned,
l. shane

Saturday, August 18, 2012


This was my last photograph of me being twenty years old! I was one of those girls who went out at 12:30. Most of the bars in this little town were closed, but we found this really neat dive bar called 'Tonys'. I got my first jack & coke  (or two...) bought by my lovely boy and had so much fun! I'm sorry to report I didn't get too crazy the next day, on my actual birthday. Instead I was incredibly responsible because I had to work on Friday, and I am not a 'hungover at work' kinda gal. But don't get me wrong, I will get my drink on.

I'm even sipping on a whiskey sour at a coffee shop as I drink this...(that my boyfriend made for me!)

Stay tuned,
l. shane

Friday, August 17, 2012

honesty corner, two

We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other.
                                 - Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

twenty one before twenty two

twenty one before twenty two list (no order)

one) do one craft project every week, whether it be big or small. keep a record of them.
two) move to another state, again
three) get back into school
four) pay off my parking ticket debt & other debt (this is the fun stuff...)
five) discover three new bands/artists to fall in love with
six) read a book every week. keep record of them.
seven) go zip lining
eight) get on a consistent work out regimen, preferably, work out for one full, sweaty hour twice a week.
nine) sell fifteen things on Etsy (at least!)
ten) consistent delicate gypsy posting. at least two times a week.
eleven) learn five new things about photography, and apply them to everyday life
twelve) work on writing a story, including character development and a decent concept, like a real writer!
thirteen) change up my hair, preferably something drastic
fourteen) really focus on expressing my creativity and the source of it
fifteen) finally learn to use photoshop!
sixteen) finally, after all these years, quit biting my damn nails
seventeen) develop the talent to take shots without chaser, and do drink a damn beer.
eighteen) get back to an assistant manager position in retail, preferably at Buckle
nineteen) learn to walk in heels, successfully
twenty) train my body to be able to go on a five mile hike without dying at the end of it
twenty one) my main goal is to just try to remain as happy and inspired as possible

Saturday, August 11, 2012

honesty corner

Too much passion to narrow it down to one topic,

                                                                         so, it implodes. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Being Cheap: The Magic of Freebies

You know, sometimes there is something magical about being a poor, struggling twenty-something - like figuring out odds and ends of the art of being cheap. Truthfully, it's an art that my momma instilled in me at a young age. I learned some fabulous tricks at her knee that I just have yet to give up.

And let's be real, who doesn't love free stuff?

A fun step of receiving free stuff is the freebies. Now get closer to the screen, because this may be the most important lesson in being frugal (but mostly, it's just about getting free samples from manufactures and then storing them like an obsessive hoarder...)

First thing, DO NOT GOOGLE 'FREEBIES'. Why you might ask? Because myself, and of course the wonderful creator who calls himself GOOB, have already solved that problem for you. All you must do is go to HERE (, and every freebie that could be found on the web WILL be listed to this site. How he does it, I have no clue. Just accept it, and continue.

Second thing, I highly suggest you make a 'freebie email'. No one cares what it is, or what address it is at, because frankly, it does not matter. This is just a highly useful step if you really want to avoid getting about a thousand spam emails a day. It will save you the headache.

Third, fill out whichever freebie your heart desires. I personally suggest it be one of your daily checks, only because the freebies can die preeeetttty fast, and you know that you don't want to miss out on a free sample of Tom's deodorant!

Lastly, enjoy the reapings! I personally keep all my freebies in a basket. I get joy out of seeing it fill up with shampoo samples...Don't judge. You'll soon be addicted.

Yeah, you're welcome.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

From California to Colorado...

A little bit of adventure, some childhood friends (on my part) and a strong sense of needing a change - that's why you could say I'm in Colorado. After a few months of planning, a few months of saving, and a whim, my boyfriend and I made the twenty-one hour trek to Colorado. (Both being California kids, mind you!)

Let's be honest with each other, 2011 was a shitty year. Ooo, I said shitty, but it really was. My little brother got hit by a truck while riding his skateboard in May, and it's pretty safe to say that life changed drastically after that point in time for me and my entire family. The rest of the year, and a good portion of 2012, was filled dealing with his new handicap and coming to terms with this new world we had been thrown in. It's funny how one event can change the whole way you look at the world.

In short, that's just how I got the umph to leave my home and move about 1300 miles away. It's kind of old news now, not to be cold, but even to my little brother it's old news. He was never one to hold onto the past or hold grudges, that's me. He's always been more of a 'This is what we're doing now, Okay' kind of kid. I admire that kid, so much. Besides, he never gets off the phone without telling me that he is, in fact, going to win the lottery and move out to Colorado with me and Ryan. 

To say Colorado has been a change would be an understatement. From California to Colorado was like going from lovely hot bath, to turning on the freezing shower. I'm sure to some that sounds ridiculous, after all, to real midwesterners Colorado IS NOT the midwest, but to a West Coast Southern California girl, it is. If we're being stereotypical I went from hippies and desert rats, to cowgirls. 

It's a change, and an adventure, but we are settled into a nice little hippy corner of Colorado Springs. even called 'The West Side'. Cheers for adventure, and a change on a whim.

Stay tuned,

Monday, August 6, 2012

Not Naked: studs and flashes of white

You know those days where you feel a little bit more bad ass than others? Those days where spunk is just spouting out and every comment out of your mouth is slightly sarcastic? Yeah, today was one of those days. I felt like channeling the inner 90's grunge child today, with a bit of modern and maybe a bit of Miley. Even if she may not be my favorite, I cannot deny some envy over her style. Either way, it was a perfect outfit to take a wonderful walk around our little corner of Colorado, and have some much needed bead therapy. Even if you're buying it in quarters, it's still amazing.

outfit details: studded denim vest; thrifted, studded by me, shorts; thrifted, cut off by me, long sleeve; target, riding boots;

Stay tuned

in here, we are fresh

There are certain things in your life that make your realize that you need a fresh start, and for those of you who followed 'Tea at Noon', this is my fresh start from that. 'Tea at Noon' started as a blog used solely for pretty, inspirational pictures, and eventually it developed into a blog that supported my personal shop called 'Tea at Noon'. Now, don't worry, I'm not about to write a novel on why I decided to create a brand new blog and start all over, because the answer is simple: It is time for a fresh start. 

So here I am, a Southern California girl, born and bred, who has found herself in the semi mid-west in a city called Colorado Springs, Colorado. It's a transition, but it's an adventure that I've been waiting for.  This is a combination of a lifestyle blog, a fashion blog, and an all out honest blog. I won't pretend to be living a perfect crafty life, because sadly, there are always responsibilities outside of this world that I love and nothing is ever perfect. It won't be my best friend either, because don't we all have journals for that? 

So welcome to this new adventure, I really value every single person who reads these words, and maybe gets inspired by them, or feels less alone by them. This is an amazing community to be apart of, and never be shy, I am always open and welcome to meeting new wonderful people in this amazingly creative world we all love. 

Nice to meet you, I'm Laura Shane and I'm just along for this soul journey and adventure. Stay tuned. It's life, so it has to be grand. 

l. shane