Lavender Love

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At last! A lavender skirt! It looks pink, I know…but it isn’t! Okay, maybe it’s a pinkish-purple – whatev! I love it! I bought it off Amazon, and it comes in a variety of pretty colors. You can find the skirts by clicking here. Very inexpensive to boot!

It’s another day in paradise, and I wanted to get some outfit/makeup photos today. Really am digging my lavender-hued ensemble today and wanted to capture it on camera. 😉

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I look sad? I swear I’m not! Pensive, rather. 😉

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Eyeshadow & Lipliner is NYX! Eyeshadow – Dance the Tides, Eyeshadow Crease – Tantilizing, Lipliner – Nude Truffle. 

Eyeliner is Wet&Wild Waterproof Eyeliner in Black, it does not budge! Very inexpensive also!

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Blush: Too Faced – How Deep Is Your LoveThis is my favorite blush on earth!

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On a side note, apart from the outfit of the day and makeup, I just want to say how important it is to live each day to the fullest. I came across the most remarkable quote I found on my friend’s Instagram:

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This quote resonates with me so much. It is so true! How often are we preoccupied with what’s in store for us tomorrow, or next week, etc? I’m not saying to not have goals – goals are essential in motivating us to push ourselves, test our abilities, and ultimately, to thrive. However, the present is something we tend to overlook because we’re either looking behind us or ahead.

So smile, appreciate the present, stop and smell the roses, and so on. Don’t forget that all we have is now. 🙂

This ol’ Thing?

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Outfit post time!

I found this super cute, nostalgic little blouse number at Goodwill, no tags in it, so I’m under the strong impression that this was something that was completely made from scratch and sewn by hand. I can’t tell how old it is, but with its puffy sleeves and floral print, I feel like it’s been around for quite awhile.

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I can’t express how much I love wearing white. I used to never wear white, but I find myself more often than not wearing the color now. I think the white skirt paired really well with the blouse.

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So glad I could get a clear close-up of the details! I love the cinched sleeves at the elbows, and the cute little yellow and orange flowers. I love the silhouette it creates.

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So after taking outfit photos, in the COLD I might add (what happened to the 70/80 degree temperatures I’ve been spoiled with lately?) I drove across town to the cutest little gem of a coffee shop called Yellow Mug Coffee. That’s an iced mocha I ordered, and it’s delicious.

Hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday! 🙂

Spring!

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Spring is finally here, and what better way to enjoy it than by being outdoors? I did just that a couple of days ago – took a long walk, sipped an iced beverage, and then sketched while sitting on a park bench. Doesn’t get any better than that! This is seriously one of my favorite times of the year. So long winter – hello warm weather. 🙂

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I took my sketchbook with me and drew a flower…I prefer focusing on up-close, individual still life objects rather than a full-scale drawing. I think because I love paying attention to detail and capturing shadows and highlights, and essentially just drawing exactly what I see.

I hope to fill up this handy little sketchbook with colorful sketches like this one. I get in this peaceful frame of mind whenever I submerge myself in drawing, and I love it.

Spring, in my opinion, is a time for personal and spiritual growth that coincides with the changing of seasons. I feel like my mood really lifts at this time of year and I have an extra spring in my step, and my creativity flows easier. I hope you all are able to feel this way as well, and happiness flows with ease into your life!

Happy Wednesday!

 

Travels!

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Hey everyone!

On Friday, I had the pleasure of accompanying a friend to a baby shower she was attending in Red Bluff, CA. That’s like 5 hours north from where I live, so it was quite a drive, and we were staying overnight.

As you can see, I don’t pack much. The oddness of that, as my travel friend pointed out, is that I use so many products to doll myself up, and yet my packing was so minimal. The secret? I pack everything very tight and compactly – hahaha.

The drive was sooooo long and, quite boring on the eyes, to be honest. The scenery was very repetitive and seemed to go on forever. It’s not like driving to Los Angeles (my favorite place!) where the drive is broken up: the long stretch of highway 99, then it changes to the mountainous grapevine after you leave Bakersfield, then it changes to the hustle and bustle of L.A.

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Me early in the morning, waiting around for my friend to pick me up and hit the road. 😉

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This was the view from the house my friend and I stayed at. Loved how green everything was! It was a little cold with off-and-on rain, though.

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We stopped at a store to get some groceries for dinner, and I happened to see this birthday card as I was perusing around aimlessly. I had to take a picture because I loved the message so much. Take it easy. Enjoy the scenery. Go with the flow. Often, we forget to do that! It’s funny, the random places you find inspiration.

It was a really fun trip, with lots of laughs and getting to meet new, fascinating people. I was around a lot of people the entire trip, which was good for me because I’m so used to spending a lot of time by myself. Not to say I don’t hang out with friends, I do, just not for super long. It gave me a boost in social skills, since I tend to get social anxiety very easily.

I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend! It was good for me to get out of my comfort zone and do something spontaneous and different. Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

Beautiful Spring

With the warm weather and sunny skies today, I really wanted to capture the beauty of spring that’s all around us. 🙂

There’s nothing like spending time outdoors and enjoying the sunshine and warmth on one’s skin.

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I really love the dress I’m wearing today! It has an old fashion, prairie-like vibe to it.

Hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday, wherever you are! 🙂

Hello Kitty Café

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Yesterday, I had the privilege to get a pack of cookies from the Hello Kitty Café truck that was touring through my city! The line was really long but it was still fun, nonetheless. My friend and I just stood in line and talked the entire time. I love anything cutesy and pink, so this was all-too perfect and I couldn’t miss the opportunity.

I really loved my outfit yesterday, which was a turquoise blue dress that had me feeling like a Disney character all day. The weather has sprung into the 70’s, so it’s comfortable wearing short sleeves now.

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You know I had to wear my handmade Hello Kitty ring to the Hello Kitty Café. 😉

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Really liking these puffy sleeves!

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Overall, it was an amaaaaaaazing day. I realized, if I am so easily charmed by cute pastries and such, I need to visit Tokyo where that kind of thing is everywhere! 😛 I’d be overwhelmed by such cuteness.

Happy Sunday!

 

Out & About

Yesterday was awesome because it was finally warm enough for me to take a nice, long walk through the back end of Woodward Park!

 

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I’m not sure what it is, but I really find the back end of Woodward Park to be the best area. It over looks Madera County and is really flat, getting away from the concrete jungle city limits and out into the countryside.

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I have NO idea what kind of bird this is. I had to take a picture, though.

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It’s really good to get outside and walk around exploring nature, taking random pictures of whatever happens to grab your attention. I always feel rejuvenated after I do. 🙂

Happy Friday!