Sailor Moon haul videos! Featuring Secret Honey & Samantha Vega items!!

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I've recently done a lot of traveling and also celebrated my birthday on June 7th, and due to all of this I've picked up some really exciting Sailor Moon things along way!! Some were things I found traveling, and others were birthday gifts. Since I love watching Sailor Moon collection videos and nerdy hauls, I've uploaded two videos share a bit of this stuff with you all!

The video above is of blind box Sailor Moon Crystal rubber keychains I found at Mitsuwa in NJ with my friends Sarah and Katie! Katie filmed Sarah and I opening them over lunch. I had never seen these keychains in person or online before our trip so I was really excited to see what they were like inside!! 

Next up is my birthday gifts from Isetan in Japan. Isetan had a special Sailor Moon collection released recently featuring this sailor cape hoodie by Secret Honey and Luna purse from Samantha Vega! They had a ton of other amazing items available too which you can see more about here and here. I've always wanted a super cute sailor style jacket and Luna is one of my favorite characters so I was incredibly happy to be able to get these items!! I also got some adorable Sailor Moon chocolates with a Luna charm – they were from a Valentine's day release but were still edible until the end of June! LOL (They are all gone now – yummm). Also included in the photo below is the new Sailor Moon perfect volume 1 I picked up in New York!! It's SO beautiful ! I hope they release it in english in America soon! I'll have it in another upcoming video.

More detail photos of the jacket and purse below…

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Lovely music for your Friday

Happy Friday! I wanted to share a few songs I'm enjoying this morning:

It's been a while since I listened to The Bird and the Bee, but I looked up their song "Birthday" for my friend today and then I couldn't stop listening to their songs. I still adore them! Above is a super cute one with a great video – so much color!

 I was lucky enough to see The Bird and the Bee live in San Francisco in 2009 and here is one of the photos I took at their show. They had the coolest vinyl dresses which sort of make an appearance in the above music video. I love the lead singer Inara George's style!

 

Love the retro feel of this song. I wish I could find a music video for it but maybe there isn't one… I'm not too familar with this band unfortunately.

This song is so pretty and the video paired with it is very romantic…  Makes me want to go on an adventure with my boyfriend somewhere!

 

Hope you enjoyed these songs! What are you listening to lately that is inspiring you?!

Wrapping up the year

Wrapping up 2013 with lots of delicious food and adventure the past couple of days… I'm currently working on a new design for my website and hope to share some of my travel photos from Japan and San Francisco soon! 

I'm so excited for 2014 and all the amazing things that my boyfriend and I are planning and I look forward to sharing it here as it happens. Thanks everyone who has been reading this year and the previous ones – I hope my blog posts next year are just as fun!

Much Love,

San <3!

Contact me

Questions, comments or just want to send a hello? Feel free to email me at san@san-smith.com !

Commission status: I’m currently unavailable for new freelance projects, part time or full time employment opportunities. 

Website in progress!

Hey guys! I'm redesigning my site this weekend – and if for some reason you visit and a link you'd like to click isn't working… that's why!

Here is a list of the main site sections while I tinker away:

Blogging catagories

Social networking links

Things should be back to normal on Monday if all goes well. πŸ˜‰ Have a good weekend! ❀

 

 

Classes and Tutorials

UPDATE: Classes and tutorials are on hold at the moment!

I will announce on my blog when I start doing live demos and classes again. Thanks!

 

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Every Friday from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET I will be doing live demos on my Ustream channel! 

You can watch here.

All sessions are recorded live and available to watch after airing on the channel.

http://www.ustream.tv/flash/video/8031261

This page is under construction…

I will be offering online digital illustration classes and video tutorials shortly. Until then, check out these free tutorials I’ve made:

Craft tutorials

Make a Princess Bubblegum crown

Make Totoro shaped cookies

Making hanging origami cranes (Senbazuru) 


Painting tutorials

Tips on painting supplies and a painting demo video

Large scale painting demo


Journaling tutorials for creative goal making

Creating visual lists and goals: part 1

Creating visual lists and goals: part 2

Creating visual lists and goals: part 3

Visual Lists and goal making extended

I’m currently available for new freelance projects, part time or full time employment opportunities.

 

If you’d like to discuss future project opportunities, please email me at san@san-smith.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What color dye do you use? How do you keep your hair so pink? Was that your real hair in ___ photo? Why did you have pink hair? Etc… Yes, the pink was my real hair, along with all the other colors I’ve been photographed with on this site. As for why I did it… because it made me happy! πŸ™‚ All other hair questions are answered here on this Pink Hair FAQ post. I dyed my hair back to it’s natural color (dark brown) in 2011.

 

What kind of camera do you use?
I currently use an iPhone 5s and Fujifilm x100 to take all my photos, but occassionally I post photos my husband has taken for me on his camera.

 

Do you take commissions?
At the moment I’m currently not taking commissions, but if you’d like to discuss a future opportunity or when my schedule opens up you can Email me.

 

6a00e54ff0e35d88340120a5427c55970b-800wiHow did you become an illustrator?
According to my family, as soon as I was able to hold a pencil I started drawing. I began working professionally as an illustrator in 2007. You can read more about my career path at my LinkedIn page.

 

Can I use your artwork/photos on my site?
You can use my art or photos on your site but only if its not for commercial use. You will need to credit me and post a link back to my website with the image. Things I’m not ok with: Altering my images and claiming them as your own, Editing and distributing my images without permission, Using my images for wallpapers or website backgrounds, Using my images for commercial use with out my permission… If you want to use something and aren’t sure if its ok, send me an email! I’m friendly and don’t mind discussing!

 

6a00e54ff0e35d88340120a5427c6d970b-800wiDid you go to art school? 
I went to the Art Institute of Atlanta from 2001-2003 for an Associate in Arts degree in “Graphic Design”, and then from 2003-2006 for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in “Illustration and Design”.

6a00e54ff0e35d88340120a5427c55970b-800wiWhat tools/programs do you use? 
For painting:
 I use golden fluid acrylics, wood, and mixing mediums.
For drawing:I use carmine red pencils and non photo blue pencils for sketching, and Faber-Castell pitt artist pens for inking.
For digital illustration:I use the cintiq 21ux paired with an iMac for drawing and the programs Photoshop and Illustrator to do the drawing in (by Adobe). You can see a picture of my desk set up here.

 

Is that a tattoo on your arm/hand? or What does your tattoo mean?
I have 4 tattoos… the ones most commonly asked about are the star on my hand and the three diamonds on my arm. The arm tattoo is of Harley Quinn‘s diamonds, which I got because she is one of my favorite comic book characters. The star on my right hand doesn’t mean anything – I just liked how it looked πŸ˜‰

 

How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging around 2001 on sites like Xanga and LiveJournal, and January 2008 I moved over here and opened up this blog! It was one of my New Year’s resolutions to start blogging on my own domain. πŸ™‚


I sent you an email but haven’t heard back from you. Why?
Sometimes it takes me a few days to get to emails due to the amount I receive and my work schedule. I almost always write every person back that emails me. If its been a few weeks, it’s possible it some how ended up in my spam folder on accident. Feel free to shoot me an email and check! πŸ™‚

 

Have a question that isn’t answered on here?
Send me an email!