Periwinkle

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Happy Friday, everyone! How was your week? Hopefully it was good. 🙂

So, I tried my hand at Spanish cuisine as I mentioned in my last post, and my patatas bravas turned out GREAT! It really wasn’t difficult at all, and I made minimal error (I added grated garlic and it burned, so I just removed the garlic altogether and replaced it with garlic pepper seasoning instead 😛 ). I also baked it, rather than frying it as it’s traditionally done. This is a staple appetizer in Spain from what I researched, and it’s something I’ll make again in the future, probably for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner as a new tradition and as my own contributing dish.

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Heyyyy…

Periwinkle is one of those colors I just NEVER SEE. By never seeing it, I mean in regards to clothing. It’s one of those unusual, atypical colors that is really just so beautiful! I literally found this simple cotton shirt buried in one of my dresser drawers, and I don’t even know where I got it at.

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My lavender skirt paired exceptionally well with it, fittingly enough! I love when that happens. Also, I topped it off with a flower headband – handmade, by me. Overall, it’s a very feminine, romantic-like outfit, in my opinion. ❤

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Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of taking a walk because the temperature was much cooler than it’s been in awhile. The wildfires are still going strong, especially north of the valley, as you can see from the photo. It made for a rather alluring sunset, though!

I love going for walks. I typically always go alone, which I prefer, honestly. I’m highly introverted and just need that time to myself to soak in nature and enjoy a nice sunset. I love spending time with friends, don’t get me wrong, but as an introvert, I just need solitude at times. ❤

I remember a few weeks ago while I was walking, a gentleman stopped and asked me, “Why are you alone?” Well…why not??? 😛 I actually do a lot of things alone, and I love it. I’m almost always going to coffee shops alone, going for walks alone, occasionally I go to dinner alone, and I go to the movies from time to time alone. I legitimately enjoy it! Everyone’s different though, right? 😉

Enjoy your weekend! ❤

 

 

 

An Outfit, Artwork, and my Random Fish…

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I had this idea lately that I wanted a fish. Well…here he is! I named him Gus. He’s a little Betta fish and he lives in a pink castle. He seems to be enjoying his new home!

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I spent roughly two hours sitting at Barnes & Noble last night, sipping a blended mocha in the café section of the store and flipping through international travel books. For some reason, I just really enjoy looking at such books, because I’m fascinated by other countries and cultures. So, I was reading through a book on Spain and another on the Netherlands (subconsciously must have been curious about my ancestral roots, I guess? I left out a book on Italy, though! Next time. 😉 ) . All the pretty windmill photos and tulips inspired me to draw this little piece of art. I used Prisma color pencils.

Today’s outfit!

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I look barbaric in this photo…like I just ruthlessly obtained a piece of land and claimed it with this stick.

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Nah, not barbaric at all! A cheesy, nerdy gal at heart. 

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So, this top I purchased at Forever 21 awhile ago, and it’s super comfortable and light! Perfect for this time of year (although today, it’s considerably cooler). The skirt, I bought at Forever 21 also. Side note: the air quality here in Central California is awful right now. There are 3 major fires going on north and south of the valley, so the smoky air is collecting here and you can see the veil of smoke in the sky. Yet I am writing this on the patio of a Starbucks, breathing in lightly smoked air…smart of me to be doing so? Probably not!

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The big ring – made by moi…and you can find it here!

Later this week, or probably even tomorrow, I’m going to attempt to cook something new. Now, I’m not really a great cook. I can make vegetables taste really good by cooking them on the stove, seasoning them, etc., or things of that nature. This time, I’m going to step it up a notch and try Spanish cuisine! I decided on patatas bravas. I figure it can’t be too terribly difficult, and I’m going to bake the potatoes instead of frying them.

We will see how that goes. If they turn out photo-worthy, you’ll see pictures! Haha.

Have a great Wednesday! ❤

 

Mustard & Mint

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Hello, friends!

Another week begins, and I hope everyone had a rejuvenating and fun weekend. ❤ I spent time with friends, family, and really just took it easy.

For today’s outfit, I went for an interesting color combination – a mustard and mint look? Food-wise, doesn’t sound appetizing at all! Hahaha…

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It’s BRIGHT, lol…

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I LOVE this flower hairpin I bought at Forever 21 awhile back! It adds a fun, free-spirit vibe to any outfit and is perfect for summertime. Guess I felt like dressing super bright today. 😉

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Now as I mentioned a few posts ago, I bought those LED candles to put in my backyard to create a nice ambiance…and they turned out really neat! I managed to get decent photos of it in the dark…

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These things are really pretty and have a natural-looking flame effect, to where the light flickers like a real candle would! It’s awesome. It was all great until it started to attract BUGS. That was the end for me and I took the candles inside…however! They are just as enchanting indoors for your room, or wherever you choose to put them. 🙂 You can find them easily on Amazon!

I hope everyone has a great Monday! ❤

 

 

Golden Hues

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Happy Saturday, folks!

It’s another great day, and I’m excited that my Jutti flats arrived in the mail yesterday! It was lightning-fast shipping, to say the least. They came all the way from India, and I only ordered them last week on Ebay! I included photos below… of course. 🙂

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I’ve been digging around some of my old jewelry boxes and discovered a few little rings I used to wear as a child. I can’t believe how cute they are, and they really do add something in a delicate, cute way. ❤

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The shoes are waaaaay prettier in person and went beyond my expectations! They are very, very sparkly, especially when the sun hits them. I assumed the bottoms of the shoe would just be a thin, flat material, but they actually have a sporty grip so you’re not likely to slip!  I was pleasantly surprised by this feature.

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Iced Mocha from Starbucks…my favorite drink…buy me this and I am happy. 😀

I’m taking it easy this weekend from artistic endeavors! I did a drawing for someone, then finished up a craft project I was paid for, so I can finally take a deep breath and relax (for now). 😛

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! ❤

 

Candyland

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Awhile ago, I saw this cute photo (pictured above) on Pinterest and wanted to emulate the outfit in the future…well, the day has arrived!

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The patterns are flipped, but same concept! 😉 I went with pattern-mixing again, because it’s fun and unusual. The colors remind me of candy, to boot.

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It probably goes without saying that I reeeeeally love hair barrettes. They’re cute and add something to any hairstyle! This gold one I’m wearing is one I’ve had for a long time – so long that I can’t even remember where I got it. It’s one of those barrettes that goes with anything.

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I’m hiding…from no one, apparently?

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Really love this outfit! Definitely has that summer look to it.

I hope everyone is enjoying their (ideally) carefree summer days! I am for sure, and I’m looking forward to getting some LED candles to put in my backyard to line along part of the fence (they’re fake candles, so no fire concerns) to create a nice ambiance whilst sitting in my backyard at night. I like being able to enjoy summer nights underneath the huge tree in my backyard. Not sure how well they will turn out in photos, but I’ll try! ❤

Happy Thursday! 😀

 

 

 

Strawberry Fields

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Hello there! 🙂

I’d like to take a moment to CELEBRATE. My friend unexpectedly gave me a cute little tripod for my phone! This means an easier way to take photos (it’s so hard to take photos by yourself without a tripod of some sort!) 😛

So…it’s summer of course, and what better way to celebrate than with fruit? Not just eating it, but also wearing it. I haven’t worn this skirt in a looooong time…I finally brought it out again and made it more interesting by pattern-mixing!

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This skirt is cute, but tricky as to what to pair it with. I didn’t want a solid colored top, so I went with polka dots and a black bow belt. Somehow, it really all works together, in my opinion!

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There was no way I could wear this outfit without my strawberry hair clip, of course! I’ve noticed I’ve been scrambling for new outfit ideas as of lately, so I’ve been getting super creative so my outfits look more fresh and different.

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This has nothing to do with anything, but I wanted to post a photo of the newest creation in my Etsy shop! I went all out this time and slathered the ring with all sorts of gems and little cute things. ❤

I hope everyone is having a happy Sunday!

 

 

Jutti Flats!

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Since I was a kid, I have always had a fascination with Jutti flats. I’m really drawn to the traditional ones! From Wikipedia:

“The jutti (Punjabi: ਜੁੱਤੀ) or Punjabi Jutti (Punjabi: ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਜੁੱਤੀ) is a type of footwear common in North India and neighboring regions.”

 

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There’s just something about these shoes that I can’t get enough of. First off, I love flats in general, but these have such a princess-like vibe to them, and the colors and embroidery are just amazing. I’ve wanted to buy a pair of traditional ones for a long time, and I found some on Ebay for $20!!

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I know I’m all about colors, but for my first pair, I wanted ones that would go with pretty much anything I wear, so I went with gold. Next time, I’m going to buy pink ones, most likely. These are being shipped to me from India, from an online Indian shoe store on Ebay and they shipped them out in less than 24 hours! Very fast. I’m super excited and will most definitely do a blog post on them when they arrive. ❤

Happy Friday! 🙂

 

Photos: Courtesy of Pinterest and Ebay