Grey Skies

My favorite kind of weather has always been cloudy days. Here in Central California, we got just that recently! It’s typically sunny here, so cloudy days are a nice change of pace.

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Cloudy days inspire what kind of music I listen to. I tend to reach for a particular song or specific album on cloudy/rainy days. For me, it’s the albumΒ Pisces Iscariot by the Smashing Pumpkins. Not only is it one of my favorite albums by them, it’s also a good rainy day album for me.

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Since the weather’s been cooler, I tend to sit outside more often, so the backyard is a nice spot to set up a desk and my laptop. Also snapped some random, spontaneous photography while I was at it.

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Hi there.

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Gingham Style

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I adore the old show, Petticoat Junction. In the early episodes (it first aired in 1963), there are lots and lots of pastel colors that I find to be a dream. It’s a huge reason I’m so drawn to the sixties – lots and lots of pastels and bright colors.

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Gingham has come to be one of my favorite patterns, because it just screams retro. You don’t see the style too much nowadays! I notice the pattern is seen in a lot of early 1960’s films and prior. I wish I could find more gingham clothing, maybe in other colors like red or purple. Now that’d be awesome!

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I went to the fair today in my city, and I always tend to associate the gingham pattern with a carnival/fair-esque atmosphere, so I went with that look. πŸ™‚ Sort of an homage to my favorite styles and colors I see in shows such as Petticoat Junction.

The fair was a blast – the weather was nice and cool underneath an overcast sky. πŸ™‚

Quirky Casual Saturday

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I didn’t think I’d be doing another outfit post again so soon, but I really liked my outfit today so I wanted to post some pictures of it. πŸ™‚

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I’ve always liked being bold with my style. I love bright colors, pattern mixing, bows/barrettes in my hair, eye-catching shoes, etc. Today, I’m in extra-quirky mode and went with a mustard cardigan paired with a simple grey, cotton dress and cheetah-print accessories.

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Just wanted an excuse to wear my new cheetah-print bow.

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Matching cheetah-print ring.

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Fashion is just too much fun. I love all the colors you can pair together, mixing-and-matching, coordinating jewelry – everything. Each day I make a point to wear something fun that makes me feel confident. Gotta make yourself happy! πŸ˜‰

 

Random, Fun Outings

These past few days have been a ton of fun – one of them being going up to the mountains, and the other was a trip to the zoo! I managed to snap some photos of both events, so I’ll start with the mountain trip.

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My friend Shawn and I were headed up to Shaver Lake, CA and stopped on the side of the road at this vista point, giving a gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains.

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Silly me, posing…

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Shaver Lake itself was soooooo beautiful, quiet, smelt like it had rained earlier, and nobody was even around since it was late Monday afternoon. It was pretty cold, but I didn’t mind too much. Being out in nature made it all worth it.

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It was fun messing around with my camera and taking photos. Awesome day!

Now, Thursday (yesterday) I went to the zoo with my friend Jay…I rarely everΒ go to the zoo, so it was pretty fascinating to me. The #1 reason I was excited to go there was to see the Red Wolf. Well, there was actually a pack of them, but I managed to get a good photoshoot with one in particular…

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Cute little guy…

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I managed to squeeze in my outfit of the day…I was clearly in a pink mood! πŸ˜‰

Pumpkin Time

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It’s October 1st, which marks my favorite time of the year! What better way to start it than at a pumpkin patch?!

Planet Pumpkin is a really neat pumpkin patch with music, pumpkins galore, and a carnival-theme.There are also vendors (my sister sells her jewelry out there, in fact). The atmosphere is fun and festive, and I’m all about the fun-and-festive. πŸ˜‰

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It’s still not cold here in Central California (it was in the 70’s today), but it still has that autumn feeling. I look forward to cloudy days and the smell of rain. πŸ™‚

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Also, I discovered that Starbucks now sells Day of the Dead cookies! Too cute!