Pink Rose of California

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Do you have certain things you just feel you must do? If you don’t, something feels off?

Example: I begin and end my week with getting an iced mocha at Yellow Mug coffee before going to work in the morning. I’m a huge Starbucks person, trust me, but I have to change it up now and then! The rest of the week, I’m fully dedicated to Starbucks. 😉

So Monday and Friday mornings, this is how I seal my week. If I don’t, something feels off in the universe. Isn’t that a pretty iced mocha, pictured above?

That was Friday – now let’s get into how the weekend went, fashion-wise and otherwise!

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You can see these new super-bright, crocheted roses are a new fashion accessory I’ve added! I purchased these off of Etsy, as I was looking for some crocheted flowers to add to my outfits. You can check out the shop here! These were well worth the wait in the mail, as they came all the way from Bulgaria to California. I glued alligator clips to the back so I can easily pin them onto my tops.

My sister crochets, and she offered to make me some red rose crocheted flowers with leaves. I went to Barnes & Noble last night and read through some knitting and crochet magazines…I ended up really confused, haha. I will just let her make some for me.

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Have you guys ever noticed the ever-present dent on that water drainage pipe thing that winds up in most of my photos? There on the far lower right?

Let’s address that.

Months and months ago, I totally clipped it when I was pulling into the driveway. I had the music up in my car, all happily oblivious and I pulled in and BLAM!!! Did I do that…? *Steve Urkel voice*

Forget the drainage pipe – how was Jude? (My Dodge Challenger). I had a scrape on it and managed to get it out on my own, fortunately. But yes, this is why I park very far away from other cars. Challengers have a very loooong front end, okay?!

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Like the new shoes? They go really well with my tights! They’re from Forever21. ❤

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New items in my Etsy shop!!! I’ve been on a roll making new, in-your-face statement rings. I love how these turned out!

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Last but not least, you never know when you’ll come across some beautiful artwork! I was seriously craving falafel on Friday night, so I got takeout. It was about twenty minutes before closing, so no one else was in there. I asked the guy working if I could take a photo, and he said sure. 🙂

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

‘Til next time! See ya! ❤

 

Fashion & Food

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Notice anything funny about these photos…?

Some are blurry. I bought a new phone! It’s an iPhone 8 and I really am loving it. However, I’m trying to get accustomed to the camera. It takes photos a bit differently than my older iPhone I previously owned. I’m learning, hahaaaa…

I love the fact that my battery lasts soooo long now, as opposed to my last one. It’s super fast, too.

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I like the blue tint my phone naturally gave the sky in this photo. I didn’t edit anything. Although, it looks like it’s -40 degrees outside…

Speaking of cold weather; I have a pen pal that lives in Siberia. (Does anyone else have a pen pal? It’s quite a thing of the past it seems, but it’s really awesome. You get to learn about a different culture and discuss the differences of your country to theirs. I highly encourage giving it a try, and there are plenty of pen pal websites to choose from! Be cautious of course, but there are plenty of people looking for a genuine friendship-only correspondence.) Anyway, I always feel silly saying how cold it is in California…to my pen pal that lives in Siberia. It’s like I don’t even have the right to talk about the cold, when I hear that people’s eyelashes are freezing over there!

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I made this nifty little bow myself! I’ve been wanting a pink bow headband and have searched relentlessly online, only to realize I could just make one. Thus, I did. All it required was ribbon, a blank headband, and a few minutes!

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You can see that I have a sheer, glittery white ribbon intertwined with a pink ribbon. Side note: I really like this picture of me because in the lighting, it looks like I have a little BUCK TOOTH.

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I really love this lace blouse! It’s originally meant to be a high-neck top, but I wore it with the buttons open. You can wear it either way, and it can be found here.

Food Corner

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I don’t typically talk about food on my blog, but I have a true testimony in regards to garlic and onion, which is what I’ll be discussing! (Totally gave it a photoshoot – didn’t the picture turn out pretty?)

For the past four months or so, I’ve eaten raw garlic and onion at least three times a week – not just because I love it, but I read that these two foods are great for an immunity boost! It helped in ways I wouldn’t have imagined, though…

A quick backstory; for the past three years, I had a seasonal dry cough in the winter months. It was really awful and any time I breathed in cold winter air, I’d cough almost non-stop. Cough drops did nothing, locally-grown honey with lemon in hot water did nothing, so I just dealt with it and coughed my way through winter.

Once I began eating raw garlic and onion regularly for a few months, not only did I completely dodge the cold/flu that went around the office, but my dry winter cough vanished! It’s 100% gone!

So, if you are looking for a great way to boost your immunity, I kindly recommend raw onions and garlic.* (I would say for seasonal dry cough relief, use it for that too, but just because it worked for me doesn’t mean it will work for everyone else! Of course, you can consider it and try it for yourself!)

The way I eat it:

  • I smear a light amount of cheese or hummus onto pumpernickel bread
  • Chop up some onion of your choice – for me, I like white onion
  • Chop up one clove of garlic
  • I include tomatoes for flavor
  • Place onto sandwich, and enjoy!

*in addition to these foods, my diet consists of mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish…okay, and Starbucks mochas…so collectively, some of these other foods may also aid in immunity-boosting benefits!

I hope you enjoyed this post! ‘Til next time! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Spotlight: JJ Brown

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Hey everyone!!!

I’m doing something a little different today in this blog post. I’d like to feature a spotlight on a local musician that I know! 

My family and I met JJ Brown in 2009, when my sister sold her jewelry outside of a natural food store called Bentley’s (now Lassen’s), and he would play live music. Fast forward to present day, and my mom and I enjoyed a night at The Tasting Room Saturday night to watch him play a live show!

“JJ Brown is a veteran of the United States Navy, and served during the War Against Terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is also a Berklee Music Graduate, Member of the Recording Academy, BMI featured songwriter, local “Rising Star”, and Actor. He has shared the stage with artist like Clint Black, Kevin Costner, Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers, Austin Webb and Drake White.” – courtesy of jjbrownmusic.com 

I truly enjoy his music, because you can hear the passion he has through his voice and his heartfelt lyrics; it shows clearly during his live performances, and he can easily captivate an audience. His musical style is so down-to-earth and emotionally open, that you feel as if you know him personally just through his lyrics.

For me, my two favorite songs of his would be “nineteen19” and “Say a Little Prayer”. ❤

“nineteen19” is a feel-good, story-telling style song that takes you on a musical journey through JJ’s time in the U.S. Navy.

“Say a Little Prayer” is a beautiful, poignant tribute to those serving in the military. When it was played live at The Tasting Room, many people (myself included!) were trying to hold back tears.

You can check out more about JJ Brown here!

‘Til Next Time! See ya!

 

A Bygone Era

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Hi everyone!!! ❤

I’m so happy to showcase this outfit, which is probably my favorite thus far. I’ve wanted an ice pink, lace-y, retro outfit for a long time, and I finally managed to put one together into a very dream-like ensemble!

I wore this on Monday, when I had a day off from work and went to my sister’s house. Her house makes for such a nice backdrop, and it was incredibly foggy that morning, which created a neat effect visually.

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Folks, I don’t know how I can put into words how much I love this outfit!!!!! Yes, I’m totally squealing over it.

Similar to the beige blouse I posted in my last entry, you can find this top here! It’s very light and very comfortable.

I love lace, and anything pink, so it goes without saying that it’s a dream come true to find such an item.

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I love this shade of pink; I think it’s my favorite. It reminds me of a bygone era, and the color is so sweet and feminine. Come to think of it, it’s not a color I see worn too often, really.

It’s cold, so I wore the outfit with tights and boots, but in the springtime, it’ll look even more retro with some simple flats and no tights. Spring…where art thou? ❤

Enjoy your weekend! See ya!

 

Being Beige

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Hello there, everyone!!

It’s super cold, but I couldn’t wait any longer to wear one of my new lace tops that look ultra vintage. I have three of them in different colors/styles, but I think this beige one is my favorite, hands down!

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This blouse makes me think of the 1970’s, or even further back with its Edwardian-era influence. I’m a huge fan of off-the-shoulder tops, but add lace and flowing ruffles? Definitely a new favorite blouse in my closet!

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As you can see, the entire blouse is connected by a thin veil material and is technically a turtleneck. This is probably the coolest blouse I’ve ever purchased, along with the pink and white one I have yet to show. ❤

You can purchase the blouse here!

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I took a lot of photos of this outfit, so clearly I loved it, can’t you tell? 🙂

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In other news, I’ve been watching a show I haven’t watched in a looooong time, and honestly, it’s probably the only time you’ll ever catch me writing about a television show! I just never watch shows. This came out in 2005, if that puts things into perspective.

So yes: Prison Break! I didn’t get into the rest of the seasons, but I totally love Season 1 and have it on DVD. I’ve been indulging in some episodes the last few nights, under a warm, cozy blanket. ❤

It’s really adrenaline-fueled and action-packed. I think episodes 6 & 7, Riots, Drills, and the Devil (part 1 & 2) are my favorites because it’s one big heart-stopping prison riot during both episodes.

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I love the good-guy main characters, of course (i.e., Michael and Lincoln), but strangely enough, I was always drawn to Agent Kellerman. Grrrrrr!!! I shouldn’t be, because he’s a very dark character.

I think it’s because, for someone who so easily can kill off people as a special agent and seems to not show any remorse or backwards glance about it, I instinctively want to give him a hug, take him out for some Baskin Robbins ice cream and gently ask where in his life everything went wrong…?

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I’m going to threaten you with blackmail, all while casually eating a Shaved Ice with a smile on my face. 

But seriously, it’s been fun to indulge in this show again. When I first watched it, I was in high school. My mom, sister and I would order a pizza and watch it on Monday nights. Memories!

Enjoy your day! ‘Til next time!

 

It’s a Colorful Life…

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Fasten your seatbelts.

*click*

Alright, it’s not that adrenaline-fueled, but I do have some exciting news! I know I mentioned in my last post that I sold my first greeting card. It’s heading to Texas and as you can see from the above picture, I was all smiles about it and had to capture my glee on camera.

Apart from that, I’ve successfully made some new rings that I’m super excited to share!

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The one on the left is my absolute favorite EVER. The one on the right is one I made for Valentine’s Day and both rings are in my Etsy shop as of now! Also, I added international shipping to my shop, finally. ❤

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Can you tell I’m a little in love with this one? It’s definitely not for the faint of heart and calling it a statement ring almost seems like an understatement (haha). Nevertheless, I can’t get enough of it!

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This is actually the original one I made for myself. I was able to go about my work day and type like normal, much to the astonishment of my co-workers…

IMG_9293Let’s throw in today’s outfit while we’re at it! I wore my favorite sweater dress.

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It was a good week with a lot of creativity flowing. ❤ I always love when I get new ideas and jot them down on paper. That’s why I always keep a small notebook in my purse.

How was everyone’s week? I hope it was good for you all. 🙂

See ya! ❤

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Sparkle

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This is a very sparkly post! Doesn’t my headband and choker give it away? 😉

This new headband is so sparkly that I’m actually worried about blinding someone if the sunlight hits it…it’s way more sparkly in person than photographs can capture.

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Really loving this rhinestone choker from Forever21! I bedazzled myself entirely today, because why not? It makes life more interesting.

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This shirt is neat; I like the random yet intentional hole in the middle, ahaha! It is separate from the dress, so it can be worn as an additional piece to any outfit, really.

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Funny expression. 😛 I’m not the best at posing, but I really don’t take outfit photos to be taken seriously – it’s more for fun and to capture my own unique outfits to look back on!

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It’s been a rainy week here off and on, and honestly not quite as cold as I thought it would be, which is good! 🙂

I received really awesome news today: I sold one of my greetings cards on Etsy!!! I was totally surprised and really happy to know that someone wanted something with my own illustration on it. ❤

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It was this one! I’m so happy. Also, I got some of my materials in the mail, so I’ll be making some new rings shortly. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Last night, my friend and I checked out a new coffee shop where I live. This was a chili mocha, and oh my was it deeeeelicious! Doesn’t it look dreamy?

 

Let’s revert back to the theme of sparkly stuff, though. Figuratively speaking, I think everyone sparkles in their own way. Whether it be their smile, their humor, their fashion sense, their quirks, their talents, their intellect, their kindness, etc. …the list can go on and on.

That’s my inspiration for today! I urge everyone to sparkle, in whatever way you do. Celebrate yourself and let yourself shine to the world. You never know who may need the light.

“Glitter, sparkle, shine…but most of all, be kind.”

‘Til next time! ❤