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So apparently we have a deathly poisonous plant that is extinct in the wild (second step from being extinct) in our midst and we didn’t even know it? (First pics are from May. Last one from today.) This at the end of our driveway right next to the hospital.
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Kyle was surfing YouTube and recognized this flower. Called Brugmansia, also known as “Angel’s Trumpet.” Kyle read me this from wikipedia earlier today and I said in a *Grandma Rose Thelen voice* “Whaaaattt?”
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“All parts of Brugmansia are potentially poisonous, with the seeds and leaves being especially dangerous. Brugmansia are rich in scopolamine (hyoscine), hyoscyamine, and several other tropane alkaloids. Effects of ingestion can include paralysis of smooth muscles, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, migraine headaches, visual and auditory hallucinations, mydriasis, rapid onset cycloplegia, and death.
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The hallucinogenic effects of Brugmansia were described in the journal Pathology as "terrifying rather than pleasurable". The author Christina Pratt, in An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, says that "Brugmansia induces a powerful trance with violent and unpleasant effects, sickening after effects, and at times temporary insanity". These hallucinations are often characterized by complete loss of awareness that one is hallucinating, disconnection from reality, and amnesia of the episode, such as one example reported in Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience of a young man who amputated his own penis and tongue after drinking only 1 cup of Brugmansia tea.” 😨😨😨😨
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In 1994 in Florida, 112 people were admitted to hospitals from ingesting Brugmansia, leading one municipality to prohibit the purchase, sale, or cultivation of Brugmansia plants. The concentrations of alkaloids in all parts of the plant differ markedly. They even vary with the seasons and the level of hydration, so it is nearly impossible to determine a safe level of alkaloid exposure.”
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...Uh no thank you to say the least. 😰 Wow! 🤯😳
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#brugmansia #angelstrumpet #whattttt #wahhhht #wow #uhnothankyou #makingithappeninjapan
So apparently we have a deathly poisonous plant that is extinct in the wild (second step from being extinct) in our midst and we didn’t even know it? (First pics are from May. Last one from today.) This at the end of our driveway right next to the hospital. . Kyle was surfing YouTube and recognized this flower. Called Brugmansia, also known as “Angel’s Trumpet.” Kyle read me this from wikipedia earlier today and I said in a *Grandma Rose Thelen voice* “Whaaaattt?” . “All parts of Brugmansia are potentially poisonous, with the seeds and leaves being especially dangerous. Brugmansia are rich in scopolamine (hyoscine), hyoscyamine, and several other tropane alkaloids. Effects of ingestion can include paralysis of smooth muscles, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, migraine headaches, visual and auditory hallucinations, mydriasis, rapid onset cycloplegia, and death. . The hallucinogenic effects of Brugmansia were described in the journal Pathology as "terrifying rather than pleasurable". The author Christina Pratt, in An Encyclopedia of Shamanism, says that "Brugmansia induces a powerful trance with violent and unpleasant effects, sickening after effects, and at times temporary insanity". These hallucinations are often characterized by complete loss of awareness that one is hallucinating, disconnection from reality, and amnesia of the episode, such as one example reported in Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience of a young man who amputated his own penis and tongue after drinking only 1 cup of Brugmansia tea.” 😨😨😨😨 . In 1994 in Florida, 112 people were admitted to hospitals from ingesting Brugmansia, leading one municipality to prohibit the purchase, sale, or cultivation of Brugmansia plants. The concentrations of alkaloids in all parts of the plant differ markedly. They even vary with the seasons and the level of hydration, so it is nearly impossible to determine a safe level of alkaloid exposure.” . ...Uh no thank you to say the least. 😰 Wow! 🤯😳 . . #brugmansia  #angelstrumpet  #whattttt  #wahhhht  #wow  #uhnothankyou  #makingithappeninjapan 
New installment at Bic Camera this evening. The organization hurts my eyes. In case you didn’t get the memo; Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics. 😂😂
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#Tokyo #tokyo2020 #akasakatokyo #akasakamitsuke #roppongitokyo #biccamera #makingithappeninjapan
Guesssssss whattt!
My Blog is Back! And it’s better than ever! 🙌🏼🗼
✨| Link in Profile | ✨
You’ll find exclusive pictures there that you won’t see here on IG or FB. I did a whole blog post about our trip to Nikko, Japan and Kegon Falls. 🗾
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This was a lot of work but I also had a lot of fun. I hope you’ll consider subscribing. ♥️
But most of all, for my IG friends on here who have been following for years, let me know what you think!
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I still have some kinks to work out but so far I’m pleased with how it turned out. 🦋
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#newblog #newwebsite #squarespace #tokyojapan #roppongitokyo #akasakatokyo #nikkojapan #tokyotower #cherryblossoms #asakusa #asakusatemple #mtfuji #mtfujijapan #yay #allmyhardworkpaidoff #makingithappeninjapan
Guesssssss whattt! My Blog is Back! And it’s better than ever! 🙌🏼🗼 ✨| Link in Profile | ✨ You’ll find exclusive pictures there that you won’t see here on IG or FB. I did a whole blog post about our trip to Nikko, Japan and Kegon Falls. 🗾 . This was a lot of work but I also had a lot of fun. I hope you’ll consider subscribing. ♥️ But most of all, for my IG friends on here who have been following for years, let me know what you think! . I still have some kinks to work out but so far I’m pleased with how it turned out. 🦋 . . . #newblog  #newwebsite  #squarespace  #tokyojapan  #roppongitokyo  #akasakatokyo  #nikkojapan  #tokyotower  #cherryblossoms  #asakusa  #asakusatemple  #mtfuji  #mtfujijapan  #yay  #allmyhardworkpaidoff  #makingithappeninjapan 
He wouldn’t let me trim his bangs day before yesterday but I was able to do all of his finger and toenails. 😂 #illtakewhaticanget #toddlers
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#damian #babyd #roppongi #roppongiwendys #makingithappeninjapan
Before and After pics. 
I like some aspects of the “before” cupboard pics more, but they are still a work in progress. 
While I liked how much more balanced the height of the containers were for my vanity before, this new set up is more of what I’m after overall. Functionality wise it is already better too.
Side note: This sink could have been 6 inches smaller at least. The single biggest challenge has been working around it. I don’t use it except for wetting a Q-tip occasionally or other small tasks. But I use our other sink in the actual bathroom for all of my other needs and hand washing.
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#vanityinspo #vanityinspiration #mujidrawers #muji #makingithappeninjapan
Before and After pics. I like some aspects of the “before” cupboard pics more, but they are still a work in progress. While I liked how much more balanced the height of the containers were for my vanity before, this new set up is more of what I’m after overall. Functionality wise it is already better too. Side note: This sink could have been 6 inches smaller at least. The single biggest challenge has been working around it. I don’t use it except for wetting a Q-tip occasionally or other small tasks. But I use our other sink in the actual bathroom for all of my other needs and hand washing. . . . #vanityinspo  #vanityinspiration  #mujidrawers  #muji  #makingithappeninjapan 
BEHOLD. The fruits of my labor. 🙌🏼🍒🍏🍊🍇
For the last two months I’ve been looking for a different box for my necklace. I could not find anything that I wanted. So I ordered a nice velvet box off of Amazon and took this insert out. ⭐️ It looks great and I’m very happy with the new aesthetic. ⚡️
My smaller “display” type items like the compact and my little tree branch, plus the kitties, and my necklace all needed a new home. I bought this gorgeous box at Zara Home last week and now everyone is living happily ever after. 🧡
I rearranged and purchased some new Muji drawers. I love that I was able to flip the four drawer one from vertical to horizontal; perfect solution to the space issue. Muji is genius I swear. I tossed some makeup and old brushes I no longer used. 🗑
Then I noticed everything looked a little too clinical...🧐. It always did but it was more pronounced this time. So I went to Okadaya Shinjuku today and picked out some beautiful fake flowers and made a little flower bouquet for my vanity. 💐🌺🌹😭😭
I am totally in love and have been dying to take pics once the project was done. So here it is! 🙌🏼
Let me know what you think in the comments. 😉 I have some before and after pics I’ll post later, including of how I rearranged my closet to the left. 🌹
Time for bed. Goodnight everyone! 🌙✨
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#wilsherandmoon #octagonjewelry #milgrainbezel #oneofakindjewelry #artdeco1930s #oecdiamond #oldeuropeancut #vintage1930s #15ctgold #15ctgoldjewelry #goldbarnecklace #barbrooch #artdecobrooch #zarahome #omotesando #paulandjoe #prettystuff #yay #mujidrawers #vanityinspo #vanityinspiration #okadayashinjuku #myrasbrushes #takedabrush #takedabrushinc #tokyomidtown #roppongitokyo #akasakatokyo #makingithappeninjapan
BEHOLD. The fruits of my labor. 🙌🏼🍒🍏🍊🍇 For the last two months I’ve been looking for a different box for my necklace. I could not find anything that I wanted. So I ordered a nice velvet box off of Amazon and took this insert out. ⭐️ It looks great and I’m very happy with the new aesthetic. ⚡️ My smaller “display” type items like the compact and my little tree branch, plus the kitties, and my necklace all needed a new home. I bought this gorgeous box at Zara Home last week and now everyone is living happily ever after. 🧡 I rearranged and purchased some new Muji drawers. I love that I was able to flip the four drawer one from vertical to horizontal; perfect solution to the space issue. Muji is genius I swear. I tossed some makeup and old brushes I no longer used. 🗑 Then I noticed everything looked a little too clinical...🧐. It always did but it was more pronounced this time. So I went to Okadaya Shinjuku today and picked out some beautiful fake flowers and made a little flower bouquet for my vanity. 💐🌺🌹😭😭 I am totally in love and have been dying to take pics once the project was done. So here it is! 🙌🏼 Let me know what you think in the comments. 😉 I have some before and after pics I’ll post later, including of how I rearranged my closet to the left. 🌹 Time for bed. Goodnight everyone! 🌙✨ . . . #wilsherandmoon  #octagonjewelry  #milgrainbezel  #oneofakindjewelry  #artdeco1930s  #oecdiamond  #oldeuropeancut  #vintage1930s  #15ctgold  #15ctgoldjewelry  #goldbarnecklace  #barbrooch  #artdecobrooch  #zarahome  #omotesando  #paulandjoe  #prettystuff  #yay  #mujidrawers  #vanityinspo  #vanityinspiration  #okadayashinjuku  #myrasbrushes  #takedabrush  #takedabrushinc  #tokyomidtown  #roppongitokyo  #akasakatokyo  #makingithappeninjapan 
Went to Okadaya in Shinjuku today after class. There is no easy way to get to Shinjuku from our place, or rather, it takes time to get to and from. I was so wiped out when I got home after carrying my backpack for awhile, which isn’t that heavy but after some time I become aware of it. Anyways, I got what I needed for the little crafty floral arrangement I’m going to do! 🙌🏼 #worthit #worththetrip
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#shinjuku #shinjukustation #okadaya #okadayashinjuku #makingithappeninjapan
Went to Okadaya in Shinjuku today after class. There is no easy way to get to Shinjuku from our place, or rather, it takes time to get to and from. I was so wiped out when I got home after carrying my backpack for awhile, which isn’t that heavy but after some time I become aware of it. Anyways, I got what I needed for the little crafty floral arrangement I’m going to do! 🙌🏼 #worthit  #worththetrip  . . . #shinjuku  #shinjukustation  #okadaya  #okadayashinjuku  #makingithappeninjapan 
Mama is so proud! 😭😭 We’ve taught Damian from a young age to be polite and share but he’s always been a very good boy. Always considerate of others. 👶🏼
I love getting long form stories like these. We save all of them. Our baby sitter, Mika is so wonderful with him. ☺️ Can’t wait to see her Friday to thank her for this letter, which I just now got a chance to read with the sitting report. ♥️
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#proudmama #proudofmyboy #damian #babyd #babysittingreport #bestbabysitterever #makingithappeninjapan
Mama is so proud! 😭😭 We’ve taught Damian from a young age to be polite and share but he’s always been a very good boy. Always considerate of others. 👶🏼 I love getting long form stories like these. We save all of them. Our baby sitter, Mika is so wonderful with him. ☺️ Can’t wait to see her Friday to thank her for this letter, which I just now got a chance to read with the sitting report. ♥️ . . . #proudmama  #proudofmyboy  #damian  #babyd  #babysittingreport  #bestbabysitterever  #makingithappeninjapan 
Top is Kyle’s, middle is mine,D was eating noodles by hand. We were happy he liked this place (A LOT) because sometimes he doesn’t behave when he’s not into the food. 🤣🤣😂 I don’t like Ramen so I’m all about that Gyoza and Fried Rice.  The price can’t be beat either. We had D’s food and a few other little things all for 1,700 yen. 😋 This is one of our favorite places for me and Kyle to meet up for lunch after I get out of class somedays...so first time for D. Really glad he enjoyed it. ♥️
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#ramen #gyoza #friedrice #makingithappeninjapan
Top is Kyle’s, middle is mine,D was eating noodles by hand. We were happy he liked this place (A LOT) because sometimes he doesn’t behave when he’s not into the food. 🤣🤣😂 I don’t like Ramen so I’m all about that Gyoza and Fried Rice. The price can’t be beat either. We had D’s food and a few other little things all for 1,700 yen. 😋 This is one of our favorite places for me and Kyle to meet up for lunch after I get out of class somedays...so first time for D. Really glad he enjoyed it. ♥️ . . . #ramen  #gyoza  #friedrice  #makingithappeninjapan 
Kyle brought this home from Precce today. It’s called “Akebi Fruit” and indigenous to Japan and only available for 2 weeks out of the year.
From specialtyproduce.com:
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“Description/Taste
Akebi fruit has a purple color not often seen in nature. It is the size of a russet potato and is soft to the touch. A slice can be removed from the thick rind of a domesticated Akebi fruit, whereas the wild grown fruits must be allowed to split on their own indicating ripeness. Inside of the Akebi fruit is a sweet translucent white flesh (similar in look and texture to a lychee) with a taste somewhat like pear. The flesh is filled with shiny black seeds.
Seasons/Availability
Akebi fruit is only available for two weeks out of the year; its season is at the very beginning of fall.
Current Facts
Akebi fruit is both wild and cultivated. The exotic looking fruit is found in Japan during a very brief period at the end of the summer or early fall. Because of the short availability, distribution is somewhat limited to just a few stores and in limited quantity.
Applications
The inner flesh of the Akebi fruit is usually eaten fresh, slurped from the purple pod. Seeds can be spat out or eaten; it can be difficult to remove them from the gelatinous flesh. The pod itself can be cooked and is used very much like a vegetable in traditional Tohoku cuisine. It is stuffed, sautéed and deep fried. The taste of the rind is bitter; to mellow the flavor, soak the unopened pod in water for thirty minutes to an hour.
Geography/History
Akebi fruit is native to the northern Tohoku region of Japan, and has only been cultivated and available commercially in the last few decades. Research into the Akebi fruit has found that it has antiseptic and diuretic properties.”
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Hear it tastes pretty unremarkable but we’ll find out soon. 🤔
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#akebi #akebifruit #interesting #hmmm #unusualfruit #purplefruit #makingithappeninjapan
Kyle brought this home from Precce today. It’s called “Akebi Fruit” and indigenous to Japan and only available for 2 weeks out of the year. From specialtyproduce.com: . “Description/Taste Akebi fruit has a purple color not often seen in nature. It is the size of a russet potato and is soft to the touch. A slice can be removed from the thick rind of a domesticated Akebi fruit, whereas the wild grown fruits must be allowed to split on their own indicating ripeness. Inside of the Akebi fruit is a sweet translucent white flesh (similar in look and texture to a lychee) with a taste somewhat like pear. The flesh is filled with shiny black seeds. Seasons/Availability Akebi fruit is only available for two weeks out of the year; its season is at the very beginning of fall. Current Facts Akebi fruit is both wild and cultivated. The exotic looking fruit is found in Japan during a very brief period at the end of the summer or early fall. Because of the short availability, distribution is somewhat limited to just a few stores and in limited quantity. Applications The inner flesh of the Akebi fruit is usually eaten fresh, slurped from the purple pod. Seeds can be spat out or eaten; it can be difficult to remove them from the gelatinous flesh. The pod itself can be cooked and is used very much like a vegetable in traditional Tohoku cuisine. It is stuffed, sautéed and deep fried. The taste of the rind is bitter; to mellow the flavor, soak the unopened pod in water for thirty minutes to an hour. Geography/History Akebi fruit is native to the northern Tohoku region of Japan, and has only been cultivated and available commercially in the last few decades. Research into the Akebi fruit has found that it has antiseptic and diuretic properties.” . . Hear it tastes pretty unremarkable but we’ll find out soon. 🤔 . #akebi  #akebifruit  #interesting  #hmmm  #unusualfruit  #purplefruit  #makingithappeninjapan 
D having fun last night at Midtown.
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#tokyomidtown #roppongi #akasaka #artsculpture #damian #babyd #makingithappeninjapan
Went to Hooter’s tonight for dinner. ✨
All the girls loved Damian. 😂👶🏼
They gave him colored pencils 🖍, a balloon with his name on it 🎈, came up frequently to talk to him, gave high-fives🖐🏼, and danced in front of him for their dance performances (“Cotton Eyed Joe”, “Hey Mickey”, and “YMCA”). Basically the works. 😭😂😂 He loved it. I couldn’t get the best part of Kyle moving D’s arms to do the YMCA with them on video. 😢 #ohwell #liveinthemoment
After they were done Damian says “I think there’s another one coming on.” *dies* 
Kyle and I were smiling ear-to-ear cuz these are seriously the best moments of parenthood! Poor baby wanted another song and dance! 👶🏼💕😭
Anyway, it was a good time. So much fun. ♥️
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Earlier in the day, on my way home, I stopped at Zara Home to window shop for a new duvet/some additional blankets. They have a great kids section too. We already got D some kids silverware from there before (his pick), but he needed an additional set. 🍴 One of my other favorite parts of parenthood is buying D cute shit! He hasn’t seen these yet but has been in love with all things monkey lately (“Curious George”, etc). 🐒 I’m pretty excited for him to see these in the morning! 🙈💜
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PS-He desperately needs his bangs trimmed, 😩which I will be doing this weekend. ✂️
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#zarahome #zarahomekids #kidssilverware #kiddostuff #curiousgeorge #cutemonkey #hooters #hootersakasaka #hooterstokyo #makingithappeninjapan
Went to Hooter’s tonight for dinner. ✨ All the girls loved Damian. 😂👶🏼 They gave him colored pencils 🖍, a balloon with his name on it 🎈, came up frequently to talk to him, gave high-fives🖐🏼, and danced in front of him for their dance performances (“Cotton Eyed Joe”, “Hey Mickey”, and “YMCA”). Basically the works. 😭😂😂 He loved it. I couldn’t get the best part of Kyle moving D’s arms to do the YMCA with them on video. 😢 #ohwell  #liveinthemoment  After they were done Damian says “I think there’s another one coming on.” *dies* Kyle and I were smiling ear-to-ear cuz these are seriously the best moments of parenthood! Poor baby wanted another song and dance! 👶🏼💕😭 Anyway, it was a good time. So much fun. ♥️ . Earlier in the day, on my way home, I stopped at Zara Home to window shop for a new duvet/some additional blankets. They have a great kids section too. We already got D some kids silverware from there before (his pick), but he needed an additional set. 🍴 One of my other favorite parts of parenthood is buying D cute shit! He hasn’t seen these yet but has been in love with all things monkey lately (“Curious George”, etc). 🐒 I’m pretty excited for him to see these in the morning! 🙈💜 . . . PS-He desperately needs his bangs trimmed, 😩which I will be doing this weekend. ✂️ . #zarahome  #zarahomekids  #kidssilverware  #kiddostuff  #curiousgeorge  #cutemonkey  #hooters  #hootersakasaka  #hooterstokyo  #makingithappeninjapan 
Cutie pie. 🚁🖍
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#damian #babyd #makingithappeninjapan
The cutest lipstick cases you ever did see!!! 🙌🏼
It’s so amazing seeing something online and then being able to go and get it the next day. 😭 Spotted these limited edition kitty cat cases from Paul and Joe here on IG, and then went to Shibuya today to get ‘em. 🐈🐈 Now they have a forever home. ✨
I bought a UV lip treatment and then a dark brown-berry satin lipstick. It shows up more sheer than it looks in the tube but it’s still very pretty. 🌸 These are so dang cute!! ♥️
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#paulandjoe #paulandjoebeaute #paulandjoeshibuya #shibuyashopping #tokyuhands #shibuyastation #kittycats #paulandjoecatlipstick #catlipstickcase #catlipstick #adorable #kawaii #makingithappeninjapan
The cutest lipstick cases you ever did see!!! 🙌🏼 It’s so amazing seeing something online and then being able to go and get it the next day. 😭 Spotted these limited edition kitty cat cases from Paul and Joe here on IG, and then went to Shibuya today to get ‘em. 🐈🐈 Now they have a forever home. ✨ I bought a UV lip treatment and then a dark brown-berry satin lipstick. It shows up more sheer than it looks in the tube but it’s still very pretty. 🌸 These are so dang cute!! ♥️ . . . #paulandjoe  #paulandjoebeaute  #paulandjoeshibuya  #shibuyashopping  #tokyuhands  #shibuyastation  #kittycats  #paulandjoecatlipstick  #catlipstickcase  #catlipstick  #adorable  #kawaii  #makingithappeninjapan 
FB has an algorithm I’m sure that sees who engages a lot or something. I don’t comment much (maybe I do, really not sure). I’ve gotten a few responses from Lisa @lisaeldridgemakeup over the years so who knows. (And she pinned one of my looks to her Pinterest board for #mylisalook one time!! After leaving a lovely comment on my IG picture.)
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Anyway, hell yeah I went and got that badge! Went back to look at my most recent comment to see it say “Top Fan” too. Lmao.
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#lisaeldridge #topfan #topfanlisaeldridge #fb #lmao #displayingitproudly #makeupbylisaeldridge #makingithappeninjapan
FB has an algorithm I’m sure that sees who engages a lot or something. I don’t comment much (maybe I do, really not sure). I’ve gotten a few responses from Lisa @lisaeldridgemakeup over the years so who knows. (And she pinned one of my looks to her Pinterest board for #mylisalook  one time!! After leaving a lovely comment on my IG picture.) . Anyway, hell yeah I went and got that badge! Went back to look at my most recent comment to see it say “Top Fan” too. Lmao. . . . #lisaeldridge  #topfan  #topfanlisaeldridge  #fb  #lmao  #displayingitproudly  #makeupbylisaeldridge  #makingithappeninjapan 
☺️💕🦉Love the multi-color cord! 😭
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#owls #owlkeychain #sodangcute #kawaii #kegonfalls #nikkojapan #makingithappeninjapan
I bought 2 new keychain buddies at Kegon Falls. I’m not sure which one to use for the only key I need these days, which is my house key! Think I might go with the silver one first...🦉
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#cute #cuteshit #kawaii #owls #owlkeychain #kegonfalls #nikkojapan #makingithappeninjapan