Cloudy Day with a Scarf

Howdy everyone! 🙂

Today I went a little bit different with my outfit and wore a cotton, lavender scarf along with a peach/burnt sienna ensemble! A little unusual color pairing but, I was feeling adventurous. 🙂

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It’s my favorite kind of weather right now: cloudy but warm! It’s in the 70’s and feels amazing outside. Fortunately this is a thin, light-weight scarf and does not feel too warm to wear. I really like what it adds to the outfit so I’ll have to try it again sometime with a different-colored one! 🙂

Have a happy Wednesday!

 

Learning From Failure

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I’ll try to convey this post as silver-lining-inspiration. Yeah, that’s what I’ll call it! 😉

We’ve all been there: trying to do everything correctly, keeping everything smooth sailing, and then we trip and fall flat on our face. Whether it be an external issue beyond our control or whatever doubt-whispering demons we may have in our head that derail our peace of mind, we fall down.

It can be heartbreaking, and perspective-shifting.

No matter how hard we try to be perfect, we can’t be. There will always come a time when our vulnerabilities take over and we slip. Mistakes are made, things are said. The damage may be repairable–then again, sometimes it isn’t.

Where do we go from here? I think by default, we try our best not to feel the pain we are going through. However, sometimes it is best to allow ourselves to feel it, to understand it, and to tell ourselves it’s okay to feel it. The human experience is a fragile one with many trials and errors, and sometimes there is no understanding it.

With every failure comes the opportunity to learn something new about ourselves–to improve in some way and move forward with a newfound self-understanding. ❤

Keep Smiling! 🙂

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Trip to the Central Coast

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Thursday and Friday, I went with a girl friend of mine to San Simeon, Morro Bay, and lastly, Pismo Beach! It was just a for-fun kind of trip, and the weather was gorgeous. I managed to get some good photos to document my trip…

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Hotel room where we stayed, right along the beach. 🙂

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I got up really early, around 6:30, and took a neat photo through the hotel curtain overlooking the beach. It came out pretty cool, in my opinion.

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There was an awesome walking trail along the coast in Cambria, pictured above.

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Awesome cave in Pismo Beach. I hurried to take the photo and get out because I was fearful that a huge wave would splash in there while I was in it, hahaha.

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I saw this poster in Morro Bay and just loved it! Picture of a young woman who was a champion skateboarder in San Diego, 1965. I love the retro look!

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Hotel room selfie. 😛

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The weather was really lovely and warm, although I got a sunburn, haha! I hope everyone is having a fantastic Saturday! 🙂

Mixed Bag of Goodies!

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A mixed bag of goodies as in, this post is a mix of topics! 😛

First and foremost, Happy Easter! It’s been a wonderful day, and I started it off with a beautiful church service. I go to church typically every Sunday to begin with, but the message today was spectacular and I felt I truly understood the meaning of Easter. It took me 29 years to finally understand the true meaning, and it hit me hard, but in a really good way. ❤

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I tried to wear the most pastel, Easter-exuding outfit I could come up with. Of course, I couldn’t NOT wear my vintage gingham skirt because it is just so Easter. Lately I’ve been fascinated with pattern mixing, so I tried it out today with a grey T-shirt with pink floral print, and my gingham skirt. I think it worked really well and I want to try more pattern mixing in the future.

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Onto other fun news: I decided to expand my horizons and make my first necklace!

My sweet sister, who also makes jewelry on Etsy (you can see her work here) showed me how to hook the chain onto the necklace itself so I’d be able to easily make more necklaces in the future on my own. I’ll be posting this necklace for sale on my Etsy shop this week! Can’t wait for more ideas to come!

 

 

Another DIY Flower Headband??

I mentioned before in the previous post that I’d show a picture of the other one I made, no?

Let’s get to it! Aside from the daisy one I made, I also made a neat rose one with different shades of red…

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I really like this one because it pops! Plus, roses are always a nice touch to any outfit, giving a very “free-spirited/artistic” vibe.

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Outfit-wise, I get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest. I spotted this ensemble and thought I’d try to emulate it…my skirt has much more of a blue undertone, but close enough. Also, it’s too warm for a sweater so I went with an ivory blouse. (That green tea frappucino looks so good…)

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So that’s that, folks! I love coming up with creative outfits and accessories, don’t you? To me, fashion is its own form of art; we’re like a blank canvas, decorating ourselves each day. 🙂

Happy Thursday!

DIY Daisy Headband & Outfit

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I paid a visit to Joann’s yesterday afternoon and got some super cute buttons that I had every intention to turn into flower headbands! I’d been wanting to do this for awhile, but hadn’t taken the time to go and buy the supplies. I was in a crafting mood like crazy yesterday.

I made two, but in this post I will just show how the daisy one turned about because I wore it with my outfit today.

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The back of the buttons had little knobs on them, but that actually worked to my advantage and I didn’t need or have the desire to remove them. Let’s face it – my hairstyle is huge and those little daisies need to be sitting in an upright position to be seen against the backdrop of my bouffant!

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Et voilà! The finished product. It turned out better than I thought it would, actually. I wondered if the knobs on the back of the buttons would even glue to the headband fabric.

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I really like how the headband looks with this outfit! It has a very girly, free-spirited vibe to it.

I’ll be sure to post how the other headband turned out in a future post! This look today has a very Lana Del Rey/Marina and the Diamonds vibe, in my opinion…which is great because I adore both ladies. 🙂 I didn’t plan it that way, it’s just what the result makes me think of…the flower headband reminds me of Lana, and the outfit reminds me of Marina. ❤

Have a happy Tuesday!

Art Show & Outfit of the Day!

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Last night was amaaaaaaaaaazing…

Like seriously. Amazing.

I went to a local art show downtown, where people showcased their work. It’s called Art Hop, it’s once a month, and essentially you walk around downtown from one studio to another and admire people’s work. I saw so many amazing artwork, and it made me feel fortunate to know there are so many talented people in the city I live in!

From the photo above: random shots  in different studios, one in which was called Pop Art where you could literally pop all of the balloons and bubble wrap your heart desired! There were balloons on the walls, on the floor…and get this: they served pop tarts. My mind was blown from how creatively thought out it was!

Secondly, I bought a vintage handbag on Etsy. It’s super adorable and it’s from the 1960’s – and was only $25! This thing looks brand new and it’s hard to believe it made it through so many decades unscathed!

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And now, for today’s outfit…

It went from beautiful and warm to cold and rainy in a matter of a day. Not so surprising considering April is upon us.

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Umbrellas make for aesthetically pleasing backdrops though, don’t they?

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With my new handbag, I literally feel like I could time travel back to the mid-century without a transition being needed…

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That bedazzled unicorn was once a necklace, but I seldom wear necklaces, so I turned it into a ring. 🙂

Happy Friday! ❤

Coral is My New Obsession

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That’s not my front door, by the way. I wish it was, though!

I’ve been noticing the color coral frequently popping up in my wardrobe! It’s super springy and pretty, so I can’t get enough of it. I bought a flowy top from Forever 21 yesterday, and it paired well with a coral skirt I already had (also from Forever 21).

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The different coral hues really paired well and created an ultra feminine outfit!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Wednesday!

 

 

 

Fall in Love…With Yourself

Feeling rather inspired on this beautiful Monday morning, I wanted to take the time to write a motivational blog post!

The topic at hand? Owning your individuality, self-expression, and falling in love with yourself (in a non-conceited, healthy way of course).

I know it’s a worn-out subject by now, but it really is something that is still a struggle for people out there, and was for me at one point.

Marching to the beat of your own drum can be an obstacle. It almost seems like, if you choose to think outside the box, whether it be an idea, a belief, a clothing style, a hairstyle, whatever the case, there are people who think it is okay to treat you like you’re sub-human for trying something outside of the norm.

I can’t even count how many times I’ve gotten discreet Facebook messages from anonymous people over the years, telling me they essentially dislike my style/hair/makeup/whatever. Years ago, I’d be totally devastated and feel bad about myself, all at the hands of these anonymous keyboard warriors.

Now? If I get any negative feedback, whether it be from random people or a rejection letter from a job offer, I feel empowered. It makes me feel good to know that I have way thicker skin than I used to, and I use any negative energy that’s thrown my way to turn me into an even stronger person.

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People only have power over you if you allow them to. When we learn to love ourselves (very hard to do, given we are painfully aware of our own flaws and shortcomings), that self-love creates a foundation that isn’t so easily shaken once we solidify it. When things start crumbling apart, will our self-constructed foundation continue to keep us stable? If it’s strong enough, it will.

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No matter how hard you try to be the best at everything, it will still not always be enough for people, and quite honestly, it’s an impossible task to begin with. Know your capabilities, know what you have to offer, know your quirks, know your positive attributes, and own them. At times, we try to be what someone else wants. The most liberating thing we can do for ourselves, is accept that we can’t be everything. We can only be ourselves, and we are all so unique that there will never be a duplicate version of ourselves.

We each bring something unique to the dinner table of life. Someone at that dinner table might eventually notice you and love you for all that you are. Still, even if you leave the dinner table alone, your own love for yourself will always suffice and be enough.

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“The world is a pretty dark, depressing place. I realized my place in it is to bring as much joy as possible to myself and others by dressing in a ridiculous and extreme way.” – Hester Sunshine

So to anyone reading: don’t be afraid to express yourself in whatever individual way you choose: your own ideas you’ve been too scared to bring to life, your own beliefs that you’re worried will alienate you, or the crazy hat you love wearing but feel hesitant to do so out of fear of what someone else might think.

A Red Bow and a Smile

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There’s something about a red hair bow that adds a vintage flair to any outfit!

Today I wore one of my favorite casual outfits – a black pinstripe romper I bought at Target. Perfect for a warm spring day. 🙂

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I’ve always admired lovely ladies from the 1960’s who effortlessly pulled off the eye-catching, charming red bow look.

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My favorite thing about this romper are the POCKETS. I adore pockets, so I get super excited when a dress/skirt/romper has them, haha.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!