The time has come to let you all know why I’ve been so quiet for the past couple months!

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I am proud to announce my new Jewelry line!
I’ve always been a huge fan of laser cut acrylic stuff, so somehow I got the crazy idea to make my own!

ThisIsStar Jewelry

This is the soft launch, so there will be more designs and colors added over the next month or so.

Click below to view any of my pieces in my etsy shop!

Awww yeah!

I’ll be vending all these pieces and more at Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland over the weekend!
So if you live in that area, you can come see in person!
I’ll be vending with a certain other lovely lady in red.



You all may remember the last time I bought headphones.
About a year later, I found myself looking at my beloved but beat up & broken skullcandy ‘phones, wondering if I should get another pair with their awesome 50% off retail replacement deal.

This plan became flawed, however, when I realized that since I have an iPhone now, I should get something with a built-in mic type thing. There’s this one iPhone ad, where a girl is listening to her headphones and dancing down the street. She gets a call, and the music pauses while she gracefully pushes a button on her earbuds and answers without even taking her phone from her pocket. At this point, we notice that her shadow has continued to dance despite the lack of music. The call then ends, and she steps right back into step with her shadow, dancing down the street. Upon seeing this, I decided that I, too, wanted to give my shadow the opportunity to rock out while I was on the phone, but I wanted to do it in something more stylish than apple earbuds.

Enter Boosted Pequeño Rojo.


I originally saw these headphones at the Boost mobile booth at the treasure island music festival. I was immediately in lust with them because they’re red, but this is a common feeling I have for most red objects. I later found them again at Urban Outfitters, but decided I could probably find a better price for them online, with the added bonus of being able to read some reviews.

Unfortunately, at the time, I couldn’t find these headphones online anywhere. This shocked me, (wtf? who doesn’t have their stuff on Amazon) and I couldn’t find any reviews on sound quality or anything beyond the typical “They look really cool!”. Frustrated and no more educated than before, I returned to urban and made a blind purchase.

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… & I am so glad I did. Not only do these sound better than my skullcandies, but the microphone system works great for calls. The one thing that’s a little unfortunate is that the cord needs an adapter on the end of the cord to fit your phone of choice (shown in first photo), but it fits snugly enough that having it come loose isn’t an issue.

I am so into these, am tempted to buy a backup pair.

Find them in Urban Outfitters stores nationwide, or from the only online retailer I could find, Zumiez.

As you might know if you follow me on twitter, I recently acquired an iphone.
This, of course, means I’ll be reviewing some iphone apps.


Let’s talk about CameraBag, shall we?


CameraBag is an iphone camera app that applies effects to photos you’re taking, or photos in your library.
Many of the filters included emulate toy camera photography, vintage photos, and (you guessed it!) Polaroid.
Here’s the official list:

The cameras included in CameraBag:
-“Helga” – A square-format toy camera feel with washed-out highlights and old-school vignetting.
-“1974” – This is your father’s camera. Faded, tinted, and hip.
-“Lolo” – Shoot from the hip and take life as it comes with vibrant, colorful shots.
-“Cinema” – Dramatic, moody, wide-screen stills from the movie of your life.
-“1962” – Dynamic black and whites from the photojournalists of a bygone era.
-“Mono” – Smooth gradation from black to white.
-“Infrared” – Simulation of the popular landscape photography technique.

I found The Lolo filter to be pretty inaccurate as a fake lomo effect, and the Fisheye & Cinema settings to be fairly silly…but all the rest of the stuff in this app’s bag of tricks is pure magic.

There are a lot of things about low-fi photos that I love, but let’s be honest, the iphone camera doesn’t really do it for me on it’s own. CameraBag changes all that, making this tiny camera the kind of gritty it should be.

Reasonably priced at $2.99, it gets the Cute Tech stamp of approval.

Check out my examples of “1962”, “Helga”, and “Instant” below:

CameraBag Trio

For more examples, check out the CameraBag photo pool on Flickr.

By popular demand, I’ve made the following pages from my sketchbook into prints!

Click the pictures to go to that print’s page, or just visit my shop.

New Prints



Nokia Chronicles

I was chosen to participate in Nokia’s mobile photoblogging project, The Nokia Chronicles. They gave me their new phone, the 6650, to try out for a couple weeks while I photoblogged for them.

Unfortunately, I’m having trouble sending images to them from the aforementioned phone, so my participation as been minimal. I’ll be reviewing the phone at the end of my trial period, so even if the kinks don’t get sorted out, I’ll be posting all the pics as part of that.

Fingers crossed that it gets worked out before that!