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Friday, January 22, 2016

Fun Friday Fav's #19

Fun Friday Favs 19 - Evon Von Blog

We made it through another week y'all! Even though Monday was a holiday, this week still felt like it was going to last forever. I am truly thankful that today is Friday, and I am out of work. Don't get me wrong, I like having my job, but I love spending time with my family more. I'm also glad to be home, because we are set to get a lot of snow tomorrow. I'm sure there will be a snow day blog post in the very near future! This weeks F3 post might be a bit different from the norm. I'm not going to showcase some of the awesome things I've found on the inter webs, it's going to be fairly simple and short.

The first thing on my list for this week's Fun Friday Fav's list is coffee. Mmmmm, coffee. I love coffee and I'm sure many of you do too. How many cups of coffee do you drink a day? I know that caffeine isn't good for the body, but I drink it regardless. On the weekends I find myself drinking at least 2 cups. I'm sure that should be the opposite, but eh, whatevs. 

Coffee - Evon Von Blog

Makeup and skin care are next. I've been victim of being lazy when it comes to both and as part of my goals for this year I am trying to step up my game. I'm doing little by little, nothing too dramatic or drastic right off the bat. Baby steps to perfection. The photo on the left unfortunately shows how oily my skin gets. I'm waiting to receive some products from ELF Cosmetics, and I hope that will help. There will be a whole new post (plus a video) about that when I receive them! The photo on the right came out looking dramatic somehow, when in actuality, I was looking at one of the light bulbs flickering over my bathroom mirror.

Skin Care After Work - Evon Von BlogAfter Work Selfie - Evon Von Blog

You know what goes great with coffee? Bacon. Not vegan bacon, not turkey bacon...regular old salty bacon. I love bacon, and I'm sure that millions of other people out there do too. I made bacon to crumble over potato soup I made for dinner. The house still smells faintly like bacon. Will I have bacon dreams tonight!?

Bacon is my Favorite - Evon Von Blog

We are full swing into winter, and my biggest complaint would be the shortness of each day. When I leave work, the sun is in process of setting, with only light showing on the horizon. It's a beautiful sight, don't get me wrong. But I miss leaving work and there being more daylight. When there is darkness after work, it seems as if the day is gone already. On my drive home, I imagine myself on a quest to chasing the sun. Of course by the time I get home, the sun is completely out of sight and the moon is shining bright in its place. I miss the long days of summer. And the heat, I miss the heat.

Sun Says Goodbye - Evon Von Blog

I am oh so thankful for glasses. I can't see to save my life. Normally upon waking up, I pop my glasses on and go on about my morning routine. One day this week I forgot them. I didn't have my spare pair in my purse either. The entire day I was so disheveled it was truly embarrassing. By the time I left work, nearly everything I looked at was blurry! So now, I keep my spare pair of glasses in my purse, and always put my glasses on as soon as I wake up. Lesson learned!

Functional Fashionable Eyewear - Evon Von Blog

On Sunday, My son and I decided to make some stop motion Lego animations. I'd tried my hand at stop motion animation a long time ago I think in high school. After seeing how excited my son was after we worked on his, I decided to create one of my own. It didn't take much time, but it was tedious work. But all in all it was very enjoyable, and I plan on making more! The one below took me maybe 5-10 minutes to create. Spiderman and Venom at the Pool:

Stop Motion Animation - Evon Von Blog

Now that I'm back to active blogging, there will be more articles coming, about lots of different topics. If there is a topic you'd like me to discuss (or something you'd like me to try out) drop me a comment, or send me an email! I'd love to hear your ideas!

lotsa love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Riding Boot Trend

The Riding Boot Trend - Evon Von Blog

Let me just say that I love boots. They are a perfect choice for adding flair to jeans, leggings even skirts and dresses. Fall and winter was made for boots of all variety. I own several pairs of knee high boots, ankle boots and cowboy boots. I love the look of riding boots, but they leave me feeling annoyed. Why you ask? Because they are everywhere. Shortly after moving to Massachusetts, my family and I took a short trip to Boston. It was obvious that flat riding boots were in style for fall 2015. Although there weren't too many women wearing them, there were enough to notice how solid the trend was. I made a mental note and continued with my day.  Fast forward to right now, January 2016. Between women at the supermarket and women at work, I believe the riding boot trend has reached DEF CON 5.
Winter Footwear Trend - Evon Von Blog

Regardless of where you go, you can bet there will be at least 5 women wearing riding boots. I work for a large company in a large building, there are a ton of people I pass everyday. Out of the many people I pass, the majority of them are women. Now out of those women, 30-40% of them are wearing some sort of boot (most of which are flat riding boots). This is too much. If I had a dollar for every person I saw wearing riding boots, I'd have enough money to go on a mini shopping spree! Boots are everywhere! Amid my annoyance with this overdone trend, I still secretly want to get a pair of riding boots for myself. I know, I know how can I be so annoyed with something yet still want it?! Well, like i said, I love boots. And even though the riding boots trend has most certainly reached critical mass, it's still very cute with the right outfit.

Footwear Trend Critical Mass - Evon Von Blog

lotsa love to ya!

* images use for this article are not my own, they were sourced from  and

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

An Indecisive Guide to Hair Decisions

Indecisive Guide to Hair Decisions - Evon Von Blog

If you're feeling confused by this title, you now know how I feel when it comes to my hair. As women decisions that have to do with our hair are major, and they can make or break our confidence. Have you ever gotten a really bad haircut, or attempted a hair color that went horribly wrong? I can't be the only one having such mishaps!

 Personally, I always have a hard time with my hair. I can never seem to find a routine that I can stick with, or I can't find a style that I like. A lot of the time, I find a hairstyle that I really think is cute, but then doubt sets in. I ask myself if I will look right with that. Then my overly self consciousness kicks into overdrive and I start judging every inch of myself which leads to a hot mess. Beyond that I always get the urge to change things up. Stability with styling has never been my forte. I always feel the need for change and that becomes exhausting. I used to be very 'fly by the seat of my pants' when it comes to my hair, but thankfully I have calmed down. That obviously doesn't stop my desire for change, but my indecisiveness has helped me to be more cautious whether I like it or not. Whenever I get a random idea to change my hair I ask myself a few questions:

  1. Do you like it? I mean, do you genuinely like the style? Is it something you really want or just a passing fancy. Will you regret it after a week or two? Will you be bored again with it?
  2. How much maintenance is involved? This also depends on what kind of gal you are. If you're a high maintenance woman who spends a decent amount of time getting ready in the mornings, you're probably better equipped to handle a hairstyle that requires more work. Then there are those of us who want something easy and fast....
  3. What are the risks? This is mainly due to chemicals. Any time you put chemicals on a part of your body, there are risks. With hair products there are a lot of risks from those you can see to those you cannot. Over processing your hair can lead to weak and brittle hair, or it can make you lose your hair. 
  4. Is it easy to transition out of. I hope that doesn't sound silly, it's an honest statement! If you decide to color your hair jet black, then decide after a month that you want to change to platinum, that is a crazy, drastic and challenging change to make. Not to mention how potentially damaging that could be to your hair.

I have a bad feeling towards chemicals. Especially relaxers and texturizers. My past experiences with them have not been good. My hair has been burned off, and I've had the hair on my hairline completely fall out. That is the reason I do not let other people do my hair. The aspect of permanence also freaks me out (for this, I'm referring mostly to relaxers). I see several short cute hairstyles and I like them, but if I were to relax my hair, that cannot be undone. That requires commitment to relaxers unless I choose to cut the relaxer out and start my natural hair journey all over again. Have I mentioned that I've done this 3 times already? I don't want to start again! The next time you think about changing your hair, really give it a long thought before jumping right into it. You may save yourself some frustration, anger and hair!

lotsa love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Gerardos European Bakery

I love bakeries. There's just something so intoxicating and exciting about the smell of dough and sugar that fills the air when you step inside a good bakery. Upon our move to the northeastern part of the country, one thing I knew we would find in abundance were bakeries. And boy oh boy have we seen a plethora of bakeries all over town. But I'm not so much worried about how many as I am worried about what they have. Over the holiday season, my husband found an amazing bakery that isn't too far from where we live, and they have amazing treats! Gerardo's European Bakery, in Westborough Massachusetts is fantastic.When I think of that North Eastern bakery, this is the kind of place that immediately comes to mind. It's a nice, clean family owned bakery and they really out do themselves not only with variety, but quality as well. They were so kind to my husband and we have since gotten treats from them several more times. Although their sweet treats are to DIE for, next on the list, we shall try some savory treats!

Don't they all look delicious!?

adorable bite sized cookies

Lotsa love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Fast Beauty Finds

Evon Von Beauty Finds
My appearance is always something that I have struggled with accepting. Either I wasn't happy with my hair, my clothes, my skin....there was always something. As a part of my personal goal for myself this year, I want to be more loving and accepting of myself. As part of this, I am making an effort to not only wear makeup more often, but take better care of my hair and skin. While hunting for a new brush at Target, I quickly walked through the several beauty isles and thought that maybe picking up one thing would be good, and would probably be sort of fun. This is obviously not one of those "Drugstore Makeup Hauls" because heaven knows I'm no pro at this. I did get four items that I know I will be using a lot, and I think that my first video of 2016 will have something to do with makeup or skin care.

Beauty finds at Target

  1. Neutrogena Makeup Removers- these towelettes are great. They work so well and they aren't harsh on my skin at all. Granted, I still love using my Coconut Oil, but this was definitely a nice change (and a less messy way of taking my makeup off!)
  2. Wet 'n Wild Coverall Correcting Palette- My skin is awful. I have dark spots under my eyes and under my nose and acne scars. This palette has helped to cover that up so when I apply my makeup, you can't see those flaws. 
  3. ELF angled Eyeliner Brush- I've wanted to try one of these for a while now. After using regular eyeliner pencils, I've felt the need to upgrade to using a brush of some sort. So I finally got my hands on one (that is really comfortable to hold) and I must say, I really like it!
  4. Rimmel London Eyeliner Gel- This mirrors wanting to upgrade from a pencil to a brush. I see videos of makeup artists using eyeliner gels and I have wanted to try it as well for a while. Its very different from a pencil, but I love it.
I've used these items several times and I have to say that I enjoy them. I might make it a weekly ritual to visit Target or Walmart or somewhere else to pick up 2 new beauty items to try. I believe I may have just figured out a weekly video series. I'll work more on those details and have more information later this week! Beauty/fashion bloggers- What new items/products have you tried lately?  What are some items or products that you are looking forward to?

lotsa love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Steady as She Goes

Evon Von selfie
Happy New Year
Yes. I posted my goals for 2016, and immediately did....nothing. Well that's not entirely true. I've been working on a lot of behind the scenes things both in my personal life and for the blog. There are definitely going to be changes made to the blog, first and foremost my layout will be changing. Not to panic, the overall look will be similar still, but there will be notable changes. I have to say, that my decision to change the layout came after a lot of thinking. I was (and still am) very proud of the layout that has been on here for the past year or more. It took a lot of time, tweaking, anger, and annoyance to build the code from scratch, but at the end of it all, I loved what I put together. But after more than a year of looking at it, I decided that there are some much needed changes that need to go into effect. Some of those changes you should already see, that is with the color. Red has been the focal color of this blog for a long time. While I loved its sense of boldness, and 'in your face' vibe, in all actuality, it was definitely a bit too bold. It was certainly very harsh, and although I like that it it so bright, I need to tone it down a bit. I've been on the hunt for a softer alternative, although I would like to stick to warmer colors. Normally I am drawn to cooler colors, soft pastel blues and greens, but I wanted to stick to something relative to the color red. Searching and swatching different colors, I ended up with 3 (very similar) colors. I am currently test riding one for the next few weeks and we'll see how that goes. Here are my top 3 colors. Do you have a favorite? I may need help deciding!
Evon Von layout color swatch
I do think that the top color is my favorite

In addition to the visual tone of this blog changing, I also will be changing the general tone of this blog all together. Thats not to say that I won't be posting nerd/geek content. To the contrary! I will most certainly continue articles about gaming, cosplay and other nerdy things. But I want to show that this blog is more than just nerd culture, and that it is not a gimmick. I am a nerd down to my core and I will always love all things nerdy and geeky. We as people are multifaceted beings, and that means that we have so many different interests, and different parts to our personalities. I want this blog to continue showcasing that. One goal in my personal life is to be more elegant, more refined. I want that to be reflected in my blog as well. I want my blog not only to be liked by the cosplayers, but for the stay at home moms (or dads) looking for a good recipe. Yes, come for the potato soup recipe, but stay for the movie reviews, the craft tutorial, or the random late night ramblings. The bigger aspect for such a shift in the tone will be the font. Font is everything and I have built this layout with nerding out as the focus. The comic book font is perfect for that sort of thing. But as much as I love it, I am on the hunt for a new font. I have currently changed the 'logo' of Evon Von to something fairly plain, but I will be tweaking that in the weeks to come.
test font for Evon Von
plain, I know.
As I said above, I am a nerd to my core, but I want to show that although I will geek out over video games, movies, comic books etc, being a nerd isn't a gimmick. Nerd/geek culture has been served on a silver platter to the mainstream masses over the past few years. I remember when being called a nerd was a terrible thing. Now everyone jumps on the opportunity to tell the world they are a geek or nerd or gamer. I still love these things just as much as I did before they were popular. My content will still include all the geeky things (along with the other variety topics) offered before, but I want this to visually be more inclusive.

My 2016 goals for the blog are simple:

  • post 3 times a week minimum
  • create more YouTube videos
  • network with other bloggers more

That's it. Simple. I'm sure that I will add more goals as the year comes along, but for now that's all. Once I have adjusted the layout you will begin to see those goals coming to the open. I only ask that you bear with me as I work these kinks out! I promise that 2016 is going to be a fun year!

Lotsa love to ya!

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Evon is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!