Happy 3 Year Blogaversary To Me

Three years ago today I started this blog. I had been writing Brooklyn Orchids, my blog about orchids, for years, but I wanted to have a separate place where I could write about beauty products and other non-orchid-related things that interest me.

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My New Instagram Account: adventuresherman

For some time now I’ve been kicking around the idea of setting up an Instagram separate from @sheiman where I can post content related to this blog.* I don’t want to annoy my friends with posts promoting my blog content all the time, so this past week I finally created a new Insta handle: @adventuresherman.

I’ll be posting more makeup and beauty stuff on @adventuresherman than I usually do on my personal account. But, like my blog, the content won’t be restricted to makeup and beauty; if you read this blog regularly, you’re aware that I cover a variety of topics…basically whatever I feel like writing about at the moment. I’m also considering doing some Get Ready With Me videos where I apply makeup on camera…but I’m trying to work up the courage to do that. I may start with a timelapse GRWM. Baby steps.  🙂

A note about my new Insta handle: it’s “adventures Herman,” not “adventure Sherman.” I’ll probably eventually change my main blog title to Adventures of Herman (which is my blog’s subtitle as of now). Herman was my nickname in high school—read more about it in a very early post on my blog—and it really stuck. I tried to get @adventuresofherman or @hermanadventures on Instagram, but those were already taken. Hence @adventuresherman.

So that’s what’s going on around here! Please do follow my new Insta account if you’re interested in seeing more from me than just my blog posts. And thanks!

*I already have a @brooklyorchids handle for my Brooklyn Orchids site. Now I have three Insta accounts to manage, so apologies if I accidentally post something to the wrong account (it’s bound to happen eventually).

Cringe With Me: Horrible Haikus

While at my parents’ house in St. Louis last week I pulled a clothbound book off the shelf in my bedroom closet and flipped through it. What was inside was so incredibly cringe-worthy that I decided to snap photos of the contents and embarrass the hell out of my nine-year-old self here on my blog.  🙂

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A Big Move Coming Soon

I’ve kept quiet about this for some time, but I have exciting news: my husband and I are moving to Washington, DC! I decided not to make the announcement here until we had signed a lease on an apartment, because in my mind that was when the move would become officially official.  🙂


Visiting DC in 2014

Well, that time has come—we’ve signed a lease on a place that we’re very excited about, and the plan is to be all moved in by March 1. We’re moving to an apartment off the H Street Corridor, in a neighborhood that’s technically called Old City #1 but what some apparently call Northeast or Near Northeast. I’m SO excited about our new place—it has a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, two full bathrooms, and a deck—none of which we have here in Brooklyn. You certainly get more for your money outside of NYC! I feel like we’ll finally be able to live like “real people,” haha.

It is definitely bittersweet to be leaving New York City after 15 years here, but as an introvert it doesn’t take much for the city to totally wear me out. It’s actually somewhat shocking that I’ve lasted this long (and is quite an accomplishment, if I may say so myself!). My husband and I have both known that we didn’t want to be here forever; we just didn’t know where else we’d want to live. His business is expanding to DC, so the decision was basically made for us.

I must say, though I absolutely LOATHE the process of moving (and our most recent move was just a year and a half ago), I’m very excited to relocate to a lovely new city that has a ton of culture to explore. All those free museums! The fact that we’ve just inaugurated an overgrown asshole of a five-year-old-in-chief does take the wind out of my sails a bit, but I’ve already been living in the same city as that flaming piece of orange garbage for the past 15 years. Living outside of NYC, where I’ve been for most of my adult life, will be a big lifestyle change—we’re even going to lease a car!—but it’s one that I actually welcome. I do fear that I’ll experience culture shock once removed from Brooklyn, but I think it will be good for me to be out of NYC.

So that’s my big news! If I am a little scarce around here for the next month and a half or so, now you know why. I’m going to try my best to keep up with my regular blog features, but it’s possible I may skip or delay some posts. We will see how it goes.  🙂

I Voted!

Election Day 2016 is here, and I proudly cast my vote for Hillary Clinton this morning. I sort of wish I had bought a Nasty Woman shirt for the occasion, but at least I wore blue.



Even though it can be a pain in the ass to vote when lines are long and you’re busy, I hope you go out and exercise your right today!

If you haven’t seen the hilarious celebrity-filled Funny or Die video “Holy Sh*t (You’ve Got To Vote)”, now’s a good time to watch it. Let’s not elect that orange talking STD to oversee our country—I’m not even going to get into all the ways he’s wrong for the job!


Friday Five: Not Today.

This week has been difficult. There’s too much going on in the world and in this country, and someone I knew from both high school and college passed away at far too young of an age. Therefore, I don’t feel right doing another frivolous Friday Five about STUFF.

My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of my brilliant and goofy friend, as well as Anton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the five police officers killed during a peaceful protest in Dallas last night. We’re killing each other, and it has to stop. That’s all I can muster right about now.



Happy Blog Anniversary to Me

First_Birthday_Candle_Cupcake-310x310This post will be a quick one: today marks one year since my first post on this little ol’ blog! I kicked off my personal blog with a post about an organic beauty bag that I won in a raffle, and this post is my 130th! That means I’ve averaged 2.8 posts per week over the last year—not too shabby.

I’d like to mention that I did a bit of blog reorganization last week. You can now browse through my post categories in the main menu up top. If you’re interested in reading my posts about subscription boxes you can also do so via the main menu. My subscription box posts are interspersed throughout the Categories drop down as well (e.g., Stitch Fix is in “Style”), but I figured I’d put up a second way to find them. I hope these changes help you navigate my blog a bit better!

Thank you so much for reading, and here’s to many more years of blog posts to come!




Blizzardpocalypse arrived in Brooklyn late last night, earlier than expected. The last reports I had heard were that the snow was going to start around midnight but it actually started coming down around 10pm. We already had this much by about 1:15am when I went to bed:

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Carpeteering at Mohegan Sun

I’m going to close out 2015 with an oddball topic: carpeteering. I had my first taste of carpet mania when my friend told me about the fervor over the original PDX carpet, which I had the opportunity to see for myself when my husband and I flew to Portland in June for a wedding.

Then after Comic-Con I was reading an article about the intense Hannibal fandom (Fannibals Forever!) and it linked off to an article about Hugh Dancy’s hobby: carpeteering. Hugh’s friend had launched an online database for airport carpets called Carpets for Airports that allows people to submit photos and reviews of airport carpets around the globe. Because Hugh was traveling quite a bit to promote his projects he started submitting his own reviews (Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Dublin, etc.), and one time his interest in a Boston airport lounge carpet even got him kicked out “for security reasons.”

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My Top Three Posts of 2015 + Other Stats

I thought it would be interesting (probably only to me) to see what my top three most viewed posts were this year. Right now you’re probably like…


It’s fine, I’m totally cool with being Sam in that gif.

What I found in my site stats was surprising in terms of numbers. To be fair, I was probably only surprised because I’ve hardly been paying any attention to my blog’s traffic at all. So! My top three most viewed posts of 2015 were… Continue reading