Here’s to Two!

Two weeks into our third year of marriage and I have to say I’ve gotten two things that I severely needed, more than jewelry, more than yarn (yep):

  1. Emotional support
  2. Family time

At the beginning of the month we had a surprise visit from my cousin Janet and her husband Kannan. We had just seen them in California the weekend before for their wedding. Later, her sister Laura flew in and we all went out to lunch! omnomnomnom, Thai street food!

Kannan, Janet, Laura, JD

And of course, my husband has to make a weird face. lol

Laura stayed a few days and we hung out talking about everything from makeup, to family, to life in general. Made me so happy to be able to reconnect with my cousins even though we haven’t had quality time since…I don’t even remember. It’s been too long! I sometimes play with the idea of going south for the winter to see my family, but something always manages to come up, distract, or drain my holiday funds before I can settle on an itinerary.

The next day we went around and showed Laura Mississippi Ave and walked around for a little bit. I found some HUGE textile bobbins at a shoes store!

textile bobbins textile bobbins all the tokyo milk

We also happened upon a shop that sells the entire range of Tokyo Milk! This pretty much sets me up for life for gifts for a particular friend. Never have to worry about what to get her ever again and I get to support a local small business! Double win for me! =D Flutter also has an assortment of cute hair accessories, notebooks, magnets, and other useful house ware nick-knacks.

As we wandered we ran into a friend of ours, Lauren. She was there with a friend on the hunt for lunch. Laura later noted that she really liked the fact that one could wander down a street and run into someone you know. That’s something I feel is very positive Portland and common for smaller-mid size communities.

Though we’ve had a huge influx of people over the past 5 years that small-town feel is somehow surviving. I’m happy that there’s still some positive in the sea of overwhelming negative (homeless population in Portland seems like it’s about 20% because of how much it is reported, and how little the city is active in improving the situation).

Anyways, after my cousins visited that Tuesday the 6th was our 2nd wedding anniversary!

Lucy on the toilet

Lucy also enjoys the toilet on occasion. She sat and waited while we were getting ready to go out. She doesn’t like being left out of the know. Her mood since we’ve been back from Europe doesn’t seem to have changed as much as when we left for a week last year for Costa Rica. Maybe 2 and a half weeks is too long and she forgot about us?

In any case, I think from now on we’ll only do a week at a time if possible. She’s getting older, and calmer thankfully, but still a wiley little butt-munch that needs our full attention, when she wants it, at her convenience, because cat.

2nd wedding anniversary

We dolled up and headed out to Hokusei, which is now Fukami. Had geoduck and Uni nigiri for the first time and I think I’m hooked! Geoduck is much tastier than muscles, scallops, clams, surf clam, and ika combined! It’s like all of them in one gloriously sweet and savory semi-solid textured omnomnom. And Uni. omg Uni.

Fukami itself is a really great experience. There are two menu items and a nigiri menu. They had real wasabi root that they ground fresh for each piece of nigiri as well as a curated set of dishes and a dessert. The dining room is limited to the counter and one 4-top table. It’s very intimate and you get to chat with the chefs too.

This past weekend we also went out and walked around a bunch, just my Jonathan and me. The master plan was to hit the Rose City Comic Con, but we didn’t quite make it there. Instead we did about 30 miles of urban exploration over two days.

I’d post our route, but I don’t want to publicly post where I live…so…just trust that we walked a lot haha.

The community mural on 39th between Belmont and Hawthorne has some new additions:


All the Toast Ghosts had different quips and one liners. This one is my favorite of the loaf.

Obnoxiously, it seems some pea-brained gangster-wannabe spray painted a gang sign over an actual art piece that was posted up there. =( Fortunately there are plenty of other contributions that don’t appear to be negatively affected.

…now that I look at it I should have gotten a better shot of the mountain and moon triangle piece in the bottom left corner. Oh well, it doesn’t look like it will rain soon so I may be able to get back there in time for a good photo of it.

At the waterfront I finally decided to take a picture of this weird sticker. I’ve seen it before on a few occasions, but yesterday it really was shouting out to me. How can I say no to neon and clip art?

I can say no to going to their website. Anyone out there brave enough to grab some screenshots for me?


Also, Mr. Grumpus


At Mt Tabor yesterday there were also a lot of photo opportunities. I got a few shots of the reservoir and the downtown cityscape behind it.


So I don’t consider myself exactly photogenic, but I enjoy the occasional couples selfie. Husband…not as enthusiastic. haha
img_5126 img_5127On our way down to the lower reservoir the road twists around the northern part of the park towards a switchback to get to the upper reservoir gate. There a Caterpie pokemon spawned at the same time I saw a real caterpillar in the road! He was quite a fat and juicy looking specimine that probably fell off of a tree branch high above us.

Naturally I wanted to save it. I like small weird squishy bug type things (spiders not included).

It was decided that the little guy was not a Caterpie, but a Weedle. As Jonathan went to scoop it with a leaf it flailed quite wildly and almost pricked him with the horn on it’s head.

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A caterpillar with a horn, definitely a Weedle! He tried again with a stick, and the caterpillar struck again at the stick. Pokemon: the struggle is real, in the wild. Unfortunately, with direct sunlight the camera app in the Pokemon Go game is really terrible. The graphic for the Caterpie is pretty good while the fat, juicy, green caterpillar is all washed out. It was nearly as green as the Caterpie.


Finally reaching the lower reservoir via some precariously steep and narrow concrete access stairs I grabbed another shot of the area. I’m not sure who’s idea it was that our reservoirs look like castles, but I thoroughly enjoy our gothic looking architecture. I think these may have been built in or around the same era as a lot of the work done along the Historic Columbia Highway, Highway 26 to the coast in the Cascade mountain range, and Route 101 along the coastline. There are very similar ramparts along the roads at various vista points and pullouts.

Work has begun on the technical spinning project I have planned. So far so good on the Zwarbles sample I have. It’s surprisingly incredibly easy to draft!

Here’s a few upclose shots of the fiber:

zwarbles sample zwarbles So far it seems the fiber has been expertly prepared. I’m excited about this because I like spinning natural fibers to ply against more colorful custom dyed commercial tops.

Quick Hints: cURL and php forms

Recently I was tasked with writing up a quick form to interact with a REST API. Basically this API was homegrown in the office and I never had reason to use it until now. And like with most homegrown projects, documentation is a little sketchy. I’ve never had to write a form on it’s own independent of a CMS (Drupal, WordPress, X-Cart) so hopefully my notes here help someone else out.

Here’s the basics:

  1. Form submits and does four things (each are REST API calls in PHP using cURL):
    • check if a database account record exists
    • create database account record
    • create database account listing
    • create database listing association
  2. Form returns success – forwards to response page

Here’s the requirements:

  1. Form will be interacted with in an iFrame (outside my control)
  2. Some fields are pre-populated based on the GET URL parameter string (also outside my control)
  3. Some fields hold unique input data
  4. Action is POST to self (not a requirement, but I did it this way for simplicity’s sake. If there’s some major security error with doing it this way please tell me.)

Here’s what helped me tremendously:

  1. Your file is not an .html file, .php yo (This should be obvious, but hey not everyone knows. If you’re trying to post an html document, you’re going to have a bad time)
  2. Don’t forget about hidden inputs. Seriously.
  3. New to cURL? -> Use this stack overflow answer. Copy/Paste. I’ve used it. It works.
  4. Know what format the data should be in. As much as it pained me, the rest API I was using required a json string array instead of json object array. (Sad pandas).
  5. PHP json_encode() and json_decode() are your friends.

Some other notes:

For this particular project I wasn’t too concerned about security because of where the form ultimately exists and how it is called to begin with. Some basic error handling via javascript was added to ensure all fields were filled and check boxes checked before the form submission. Some basic variable string checks were added as well. As a base theme I went with Bootstrap to keep things simple and uniform. A little overkill, maybe.



2-week update

Well there’s not a whole lot to talk about. Except maybe the cat?

Ok so remember back around Christmas I bought her this mega-blinged out collar. It seemed kind of heavy and I felt bad about it (and she had scratched off a few of the rhine stones, I have no idea where they went) so a few months later I went and got her a light cotton collar. Unfortunately, the fabric must have been a poly-cotton blend because Miss. Lucy has a bald ring around her neck. It’s been too hot this past August for her undercoat to come in so it’s just there…staring at me when she comes in for a snuggle.

Poor kitty.

But lesson learned. Leather collar or nothing. Hand made stuff has the best of intentions, but my poor cat looks goofy af.

She doesn’t really seem to notice it. She hasn’t scratched or scraped or anything like that. It’s in a spot she can’t lick either, thank goodness!

Now…if she’d only hold still so I could take a picture and embarrass her on the internet…


Narf! Shawl

imageNarf! Pinky is one of my all time favorite cartoon characters. Sure he wasn’t all brains, like Brain, but his unique way of looking at the world and his creative intelligence, though a mouse cartoon, is just as important to embrace in society today as a PHD. So I have named my shawl made with Beachy Keen gradient kit by Fierce Fibers the Narf! Shawl.

(note: the shawl is really easy to knit, however my instructions are not detailed enough for a beginner, sorry…this is my first pattern, ever. Please bear with me! If you see anything amiss, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Ravelry.)

Narf! Shawl

Narf! Shawl:

Yarn: 1 gradient kit by Fierce Fibers in the Beachy Keen color way, or any other set of 5 colors of fingering weight yarn.

Yardage: 400-460 yards +- 10 yards depending on how full/long you want your tassels to be.

Gauge: 23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

  • Gauge is not important as the shawl is designed to use up all the yarn from the gradient kit. When a row cannot be completed, set aside the remaining yardage for the tassel. =)

Size: approximately 51″ wide x 18.5″ deep


  • Size US 7 (4.5mm) 24″ or longer circular needles
  • the Loome tool or 3″ piece of cardboard
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Blocking supplies


  • M1R – make 1 increase right leaning (insert left needle into bar between stitches, back to front, knit into the front loop)
  • M1L – make 1 increase left leaning (insert left needle into the bar between stitches, front to back, knit into the back loop)
  • yo – yarn over
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
  • psso – pass slipped stitches over

Basic Construction:

Start with a garter tab. Cast on 3 stitches and work 8 rows. With 3 stitches still on the needle, pick up 5 stitches evenly along the edge and 3 at the other end for a total of 11 stitches. I went with 3 for a solid garter edge. Just my preference. =)

The main piece is a basic 6 increase shawl – 4 increases on the right side and 2 increases on the wrong side. There is 1 stitch in the center and three stitches each side for the garter edge. Check out the various shawl construction types here on Craftsy for the wide and shallow triangle shawl or if you’d like a different shape.

Row 1: Work garter edge. yo, knit to center, M1R, knit 1, M1L, knit to last three stitches, yo, work garter edge. (inc 4 stitches)

Row 2: Work garter edge, yo, purl to last three stitches, yo, work garter edge. (inc 2 stitches)

Work each color in these two rows until you cannot work a complete row. This leftover yarn will be used for the tassels.

End the 4th color after a right side row, knit row (inc 4 row). Begin wrong side row with the 5th/last color and work as a normal wrong side row (inc 2 row).

If you are using less than 5 colors, note that the lace edging section is worked with the 5th mini-skein being a little under 100 yards.

Lace Edging:


Set up Row (WS): Work garter edge stitches and purl to the last 3 stitches, you will no longer be increasing for the rest of the shawl. Work last 3 garter stitches.

Row 1 (RS): Work garter edge stitches, repeat (k2tog, yo) across until the center stitch. Depending on how many stitches you have you will either come to 1 stitch before the center stitch, or just the center stitch.

  • If you have 1 stitch before the center stitch: yo, slip 2 as if to knit, knit 1, psso, yo. This should give you a neat centered decrease. Repeat (ssk, yo) to the last 3 stitches, work garter edge stitches.
  • If you have just the center stitch: knit 1. Repeat (yo, ssk) to the last three stitches, yo, and then work the garter edge stitches.

So now you’ve got your first set of eyelets going. The right side should be slanting slightly to the right and the left side should be slanting slightly to the left.

Row 2 (WS): Work garter edge stitches, purl across, and then work garter edge stitches.

Repeat this eyelet pattern across again (rows 1 and 2). (total of 4 rows worked! yay!)

Row 5 (RS): Next, to create the subtle zig-zag effect, on the right side of the shawl work garter edge stitches, repeat (yo, ssk) to the center stitch. Work the center as previously noted in Row 2 depending on how many stitches you have available.

  • On the other side of the center stitch if you did the center decrease: Repeat (k2tog, yo) to the last 3 stitches, work garter edge stitches.
  • If you did not do the center decrease simply continue to repeat (yo, k2tog) to the last three stitches, yo, and then work the garter edge stitches.

Row 6 (WS): Work as Row 3.

Repeat this eyelet pattern across again (rows 5 and 6). (total of 8 rows worked! yay!)

Row 9 (RS): Work as Row 2.

Row 10 (WS): Work as Row 3.

Bind off loosely knitwise. I prefer the double knit method: Knit 1 (knit 1, slip both stitches back to the left hand needle, knit together through the back loop), repeat. This should leave it nice and sproingy for blocking the edge out to points, or giving the shawl a nice curve. Your choice! =)


imageI used my H Loome, you can use any piece of cardboard or pegboard you have at about 3″. If you’re not familiar with tassel making, watch this video! (does not require the Loome)

Make 3 tassels.

For my tassels I did this:

Step 1: Cut off extra yarn from the edges of the shawl, leaving a tail long enough to weave in.

Step 2: Take the two shortest pieces and cut them in half.

Step 3: Taking one of each color of the yarn you just cut in half, wrap them onto the Loom for making a tassel.

I happened to only have three usable pieces of leftover yarn to use for the tassels. If I make this again, I think I will purposely stop each color earlier so that I make sure to have a little bit of each color in all my tassels.

I also made sure to use more yarn for the third tassel and placed it as the center stitch decoration. I managed to make it a little bit longer than the other two by wrapping loosely around my H Loome.

Note about blocking:


For a subtle wave, I blocked out the top of the shawl as straight as I could, and then every 5 k2tog/ssk column along the bottom edge. (I really need to get my mitts on blocking wires!)

Attach tassels to the two opposite corners and the bottom center stitch, weave in loose ends. Wear and enjoy!

Narf! Shawl

*I am not sponsored to produce this blog post. All products mentioned were purchased with my own money and are things that I enjoy using. *

Kind of Lost; Devsigner 2016

I had this post title written and sitting in draft mode for almost two weeks. For two weeks I spent my days forgetting about it, agonizing over whether or not a little bit of self-pity was needed, and then promptly forgetting about it again. Over the past weekend I have spent approximately 18 hours outside of my comfort zone in two bits of 9 hour increments.

I was at Devsignercon.

My comfort zone over the past two years has been me, my self, my husband, my cat, my family, my knitting, my self-loathing, my job, my social foul-ups, my social anxiety, my Facebook account, and more of my cat. This had to change. Everything HAS to change. And the reality is that it has all stayed the same, and has even gotten better.

Nothing changed, and yet it got better? Yes.

I don’t think the old Nike addage of “Just Do It” applies appropriately, but I threw my hat back into the volunteer ring as a way to gently reintroduce myself to the idea that I have something to offer to the technology community and there would be people there to commiserate and consider my opinion. This may have been the best decision I have made in the past year, and there is no room in my tired brain for regrets.

The Sessions:

(and some of my notes)

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Devsigner – Peter Ramsing

  • Don’t sacrifice Best to do Good.
  • Get feedback: ask someone “Who am I to you?”
  • Practice mindfulness consistency
  • Learn by teaching
  • Make a mission statement for yourself
  • Record everything: failures, successes, everything.
  • Reflection is not deprecating

10 Tools that make Designer and Developer Communication Easy aka Multi-Disciplinary Teams in the Digital Age – Cesar Jimenez

  • Interdisciplinary thinking is key
  • Learn who the other person is, not what they are to the company as an employee
  • Innovation comes from research and conceptualizing the solution
  • Research -> Concept -> Evaluation ->Implementation = Creative Process cycle
  • Use an enabler be it a manager, team leader, or other source, especially for conflict resolution
  • Define roles early and stick to them, but this doesn’t mean tunnel vision on only your part of the project
  • Have a robust feedback mechanism: action -> effect -> action -> effect, etc.
  • Invest in other disciplines, the project is a continuous group effort.
  • Toolbox: xScope, Avocode, Simpli,, Beanstalk, Invision, Marvel

Impostor Syndrome – Dan Linn

  • We are not doing cookie cutter work, it is different every time.
  • What are my triggers?
  • No one expects you to be a rainbow unicorn glitter shitting ninja, and they should not be
  • Test driven personal development: abstract what is an incredibly emotional situation into a logic pass/fail flowchart until you figure it out
  • What is the real bar and who has the real authority for defining success and failure?

My Name is Not Diversity or How to Mentor Outside your Comfort Zone – Letta Raven

  • Mentorship is a Partnership
  • Acclimate to the work culture, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with expecting that same consideration for yourself and your unique culture and background of life experiences
  • The workplace is a bubble, feedback must be acceptable and accepted by everyone
  • Sometimes those hard conversations need to happen, process, but always in a forward motion

Roadrunner Rules aka A Guide for Design Systems – Micah Godbolt (keynote)

  • Design systems are analogous to the systems found in academic linguistics
  • Visual organization as a design system create a visual language that has a common goal and common intention to that of written / verbal language
  • Three points of a shared vocabulary for design: Dialect, Jargon, and Slang
  • Rules:
    1. Methodology
    2. Single Source of Truth
    3. Single Responsibility
    4. Flat single selector
    5. Asset Guidelines
    6. Custom Rules (rules for our design universe)
      1. Visible
      2. Agreed Upon
      3. Actionable

Integrating Pattern Lab Prototyping into a CMS Build – Evan Lovely (workshop, ermahgerd Twig)

  • With group effort, any command line code can be properly figured out and executed
  • Pattern Lab 2 is a little platinum nugget spit shined with diamond filament
  • You really need to see the notes of the talk to go through the workshop and see for yourself.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Images – Jessica Tate

  • All .png’s were not created equal (lossless compression)
  • DO NOT save a jpeg repeatedly (lossy compression)
  • .gif is only valid as an animation
  • Golden Rules for Exporting:
    1. Save the correct file type in context
    2. Save the correct size: largest common denominator
    3. Always pixes, never inches (DPI is a lie)
  • Save for the web in CC Photoshop is being depricated
  • CC Photoshop supports type extensions in layer names to auto-generate subfolder structure and content exporting (Export as -> CCPS watches the parent folder)
  • Retina rule of thumb: produce images twice the pixel size -> developer must scale down via css 50%

Overall, how do I feel about this weekend beyond all the awesome sessions I was able to attend? Well for starters I talked and shook hands with a community of like minded people seriously engaged, plugged in, and willing to step forward and share their knowledge. I felt genuinely welcome to be there though I had been out of the loop for more than two years.


In the words of a friend (paraphrasing, lol): You’re back from the dead. You should come hangout at Saturday’s Mentor meet-up at Metal Toad.

There’s so much in web-dev technology that has changed, but these people have stayed the same hardworking, dedicated, open minded and open hearted, welcoming, inclusive, sharing, creative, innovative, productive, humble, exciting, and exuberant bunch that made me want to come to these events back when I was doing just CSS and doodling basic layout architecture with a pen in a notebook.

And I’m so glad to be back and just listen and absorb and relate, and be a soundboard for all the enthusiasm, problem solving, information sharing, and tool sharing that invariably happens around too much coffee and too little sleep.

And I have nothing to be afraid of.

Special thanks to Greg, Chris, Marlene, Dan, Oliver, and Mikaela…

And also the 10k Pokemon Go egg that hatched on my way home. Aerodactyle…awww yis!


Technically Spinning

Last month I went to a fiber festival called Black Sheep Gathering, (read about it here). It was my first time to this particular event, and my third fiber related event overall, aside from the Rose City Yarn Crawl. My particular interest in this event stems from this years additional hobby that I picked up last fall: spinning.

My prize items from that festival are my Jenkins Manzanita Aegean Turkish Spindle and a sampler pack of roving from 30 different breeds of sheep from Wool Gatherings. 30 Breeds!! Each sample is a full 1oz of fiber. Since I am new to spinning and fibers beyond merino and polwarth, I’m hoping this will be the introduction I need to expanding into more exotic fibers!



I have split it with Norichan and we will be spinning and swatching each 0.5oz sample.  We will each be doing a series of posts reviewing each breed in reverse alphabetical order, on the 15th of the month, starting in September. With personal projects and christmas knitting coming up fast, July is almost over, this will be a definite challenge in the pursuit of knowledge!

Stay tuned for all the awesome!


Hey there, IOPE!

Hey there here there!

Over the past few days I’ve been trying out the IOPE XP cushions in C23 and N23. More Korean cushion foundations!

Because of the increased prevalence of South East Asian makeup that is available I feel more confident going out and trying them and knowing that I’m not going to waste my money. I have yet to find a Korean tinted product that does not live up to it’s name. I do my due diligence watching youtube reviews, reading product comments, and making sure I am purchasing through a legitimate service. I would never recommend purchasing any cosmetic product without doing those three tasks thoroughly first. I would also never recommend purchasing a cosmetic product meant for a specific trouble area that I do not have. I’m very careful to not buy acne medicine or products for dry skin types; acne meds mean it’s drying, dry skin types means it’s going to be oily, yuck yuck yuck!

Another reason I’m more willing and have been collecting makeup recently is that the price has gone way waay down. I used to buy very very limited quantities of drugstore brands and stretch their lives way past the expiration (yes I know bad, but it was mostly eyeshadows). My experiences standing in front of a giant wall of cosmetics at Walgreens have mostly been overwhelming and disappointing. I never bothered to try foundations because I knew the one yellow tone was going to turn my face mustardy brown, and I never bothered to try the higher drugstore brand items either because I didn’t want to spend $25 on a product I knew was going to make me into a cupcake. So, now in my 30th year, the world is catching up to me and my needs. Yay! Another hesitation is the fact that I got lucky and matured through my teens without acne. I have no acne scars on my face and I rarely get pimples. There was no real reason to spend time I could be sleeping in bed in the morning on putting makeup on. (mega-nerd status probably influenced this decision as well.)

So, how did I end up with two IOPE cushions? Accident. By accident, I’m telling the truth!

Ok, so really the reason is that there is this guy named Edward…and yeah, dude is a k-model. But. He is very straightforward about his reviews on Korean cosmetics which I really enjoyed more than the ones by Xteener, Meejmuse, and Morgan. I love those girls, but really Edward blows them away and is incredibly fun to watch! Granted he has access to Korean products and spa treatments because he’s actually living in South Korea, but in reality all the products are available, to anyone with internet access, and a little plastic.

These are the 4 main youtube channels that I watch:

Xteener: I’ve been following her since 2006. She was the first Asian American that made me feel like it was ok to be weird looking, use drugstore brand makeup, and overall just be happy with my inner me.

Meejmuse: I’ve only started recently watching her channel. She is an Australian Korean and I really enjoy that she likes the higher end products and is really honest about what does and does not work for her. Also she and I have the same eye shape, so I like watching her eye makeup.

MorgansBBD: Also, another youtuber that I recently discovered. I think she is Korean American. I like her reviews because she is really thorough and her skin type is very similar to mine.

I ordered IOPE XP C23 after watching Edwards huge 18 compact review. Yeah, 18. But, I figured since I don’t have acne and I don’t have regular occurring hormonal pimples I should try the N23 instead. Amazon nope’d my request to cancel, they had already packaged it and shipped it out! Ahh, Amazon Prime…how I love thee. (Legitimate sellers on Amazon, with Prime shipping are cheaper than MEMEBOX, go figure).

Each packaged arrived the same day, sealed and wrapped in the beautiful, luxurious IOPE navy blue boxes. My C23 even came with a little sample of Etude House BB cream! I’ll break it down for you with pros and cons of each together, and then my oppinion individually for N23 and C23 separately.

cc cushion front cc cushion back

IOPE XP Air Cushion C23 and N23 Pros –

  1. Case is nice and sturdy
  2. Cushion sponge holding the product is dense, much denser than my Amore Pacific
  3. Don’t have to press down hard to get the product
  4. Each came with 1 refill
  5. Both are lightly scented which goes away after application

Cons –

  1. Cases are identical! I have to read the bottoms to know which one I’m holding
  2. Applicator sponge is hard, I have to remind myself to pat gently so I do not end up with a black eye
  3. Requires powder to manage the dewy-ness and transfer. I live on the north side of a mountain, I have hair, it’s windy here….etc.

IOPE XP Air Cushion N23 –

  1. Color match is pretty good
  2. Does have a bit of a white cast to it, but since the color matches me so well it seems more like a gentle highlight.

IOPE XP Air Cushion C23 –

  1. Color match is very good
  2. Does not have the white cast to it that the N23 has
  3. Has more coverage than the N23 AND is very similar to my Amore Pacific 204!
  4. I do have to be careful and use a bit more measured movements when applying powder


October 3rd UPDATE ——–

A few things about these cushions as I wore them this summer:

  1. Do not wear sunscreen underneath and powder on top. Cake city.
  2. After a few wears, the amount of product coming out of the cushion is much less sticky/slick/dewy.
  3. N23 does tend to disappear after 5+ hours of wear (as MorganBB reported).

Perkemern! Pokemon Go! GOGOGO!

Hah yes I am playing Pokemon Go.

And yes, I am getting out there and walking around, and feeling great!

The game has been launched for a little over a week now and it seems the Portland area has really taken to it. I see people in parks, on sidewalks, in cars (even Lyfts), playing this game! Adults mostly, but I have seen a few teens heads down at a Pokestop with a lure popped.

So far here’s what I’ve discovered in game play:

  1. Level up! Levels will determine what CP pokemon you’ll be able to catch and what you encounter.
    • Level 5 you pick a team: Valor, Mystic, or…that yellow one?
    • Level 10 you get Raspberries
    • Level 12 you get Great Balls
  2. Pokemon
    • The Pokemon are everywhere. Literally. Thankfully Niantic has not placed Pokemon in busy streets and freeways. They mostly pop in green areas and inside city blocks…and yes even in your home!
    • The original 150 are available to catch and evolve
    • Pokemon Eggs are back with your own unlimited incubator. You can get 3 time use incubators from Pokestops or the Pokeshop
  3. Gyms
    • Get with your team and go hit a gym! The highest gym I’ve seen is level 8. That means 8 Pokemon can be set there to defend the gym
    • You can gain Pokecoins and items for holding a gym with your pokemon
    • One Pokemon per gym
    • Fight a gym that is on your team to beef it up! Points matter folks! These are 1 on 1 battles.
    • Fight a gym that is not on your team to topple the king! This is a 6 on (whatever the gym level is and pokemon stored there). So you could potentially take down a gym with 1 Pokemon, if you’re lucky.
  4. Pokedex
    • Pokemon you’ve seen or caught will get registered in the Pokedex
    • You can hold 250 Pokemon at any given time
    • Transfer Pokemon to the Professor to gain an additional Pokecandy of that type
    • Nidoran? Nidoran.
  5. Exploration
    • Pokemon nearby will appear in a menu.
    • Choose one to track! The tracker will blip green if you’re headed in the right direction.
    • 3 paws, it’s far. 2 paws it’s probably about 2 blocks away. 1 paw you’re almost there! No paws, stop moving and wait for the game to update! XD

There have been a lot of unfounded reports of assault and weird shit happening to Trainers. And there have been some that turn out to be unfortunately true. I recommend not going it alone. Pokemon Go is best played with friends anyways, so do it! Go get your friends and explore your neighborhood!

I will post more as I find out more about the game play. So far. Five stars. Hehe.