Golden Hour

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Ahh…summer evenings. ♥

There really is something lovely about golden hour, especially in the summer. Despite how hot it was here (a little over 100 degrees or so), I still enjoyed sitting out in my backyard on Saturday evening before I made the short drive to Barnes & Noble later on.

Out here, I get to hear all kinds of things. Mostly the rustle of leaves from the gigantic tree that shades the backyard, and then the hum from the cars on the freeway. It’s a perfect blend of nature and city life. ♥

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Just sitting out in my backyard for a little while feels like a full recharge. As much as I enjoy being out and about, I definitely enjoy moments of complete solitude as well. My tiny backyard feels like a secluded corner of the world where I can admire the greenery and be alone with my thoughts. 🙂

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My outfit, incidentally, went along fittingly with golden hour on Saturday evening!!!

This is probably my favorite go-to wrap dress. It’s light, comfortable, and simple! I love the color so much. It’s from Forever 21.

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Paired with a bow, it makes for a very retro-casual look. And perfect for frolicking around the bookstore, no doubt!

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I made this bangle bracelet awhile back. ♥

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I got my nails redone!!! This time, much much shorter (well, to me they are short compared to what I previously have had!). I decided to be a risk taker and let the manicurist create whatever design she wanted. Thus, I ended up with an artsy, almost animal-like print on my nails. It’s very different for me, but I love it!

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Golden hour…how I love you!!! I managed to take these outfit photos at just the right time, no?

So after this, I went to Barnes & Noble. There’s nothing like ordering a cold drink at the café there and browsing through the store aimlessly, stopping to look at books that catch your eye…

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Like this!!!

By the end of the evening, I looked through books about unicorn-inspired food, wolves, and serial killers. A pretty strange mashup but, rather interesting reads nonetheless.

My week has started really nicely! I had a conversation with one of the regulars I see at my favorite coffee shop before work today, and we were discussing creativity. He was talking about how he has learned to appreciate art much more as he’s gotten older, and that ‘creative people make the world a prettier place’.

I love that! ♥ How inspiring!

See ya next time! 😉

 

In the Summertime

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Hey hey hey!!!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your week – it’s been a good one with plenty to share, so let’s get started! 😉

First off, I have two new outfits I’ve been happily wearing…one is this red polka-dot romper from Forever 21 (brand new, so they should still have it in the store!):

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I love rompers soooooo, this is a dream!

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GOOD OL’ ROMPERS…

Oh, and happy summer!!! I really do love this time of year. ♥

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There were a LOT of vintage-esque clothes at Forever 21 when I went this past weekend. I hadn’t been there in a long time! Here’s another very retro dress I ended up buying:

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The dress was originally much longer…and as always, I typically have my dresses hemmed up. That’s what happens when you’re short and want to wear short dresses!

Because even the “short” dresses end up being long…

 

 

That ring on the left is literally a ring I’ve had since elementary school. I got it out of a quarter machine. I’M SERIOUS!!!

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In more humorous news, I had a section of hair the other day that refused to lay down flat, despite my futile attempts to hairspray it down. I decided to just let it be and I’m glad I have the above photo to prove it!

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On a closing note, this was what I was looking forward to this week on Thursday. ♥

A group from my church and I went to the Ronald McDonald House at Valley Children’s Hospital to host a dinner, and I brought some coloring supplies for the kids. [The Ronald McDonald House is a place that provides families with sick children a place to live at the hospital during their stay.] 

It was a really great experience! All of us in our group enjoyed it, and it was a nice sense of teamwork. It felt really good to dedicate time to a good cause and the families were really kind and appreciative. 🙂

I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of summer. It feels like a magical time of year.

Enjoy your weekend! See ya!

 

Passion for Fashion

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Hi there!!!

Hope everyone had a good week! I definitely did, and I have some cool creations I made this past week to share. I’ve been on a roll! ♥

In my last post, I mentioned I bought some new art supplies and was ready to make a painting. Here’s how it turned out:

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Caspian Sea. Acrylic on canvas.

I looooooove how it turned out! As you can see, it goes along with my current trend of creating things inspired by different places in the world. The colors and the texture is what I love most. For some reason, I’ve always been drawn to the Caspian Sea. No idea why, but it’s been a fascination since I was really young. I’m glad to have captured it in a painting!

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For today’s outfit!!! I brought out my favorite romper and wore some pink accents to make it pop. However, there’s a very special accessory to this outfit!

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The BELT. I made it!

I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I feel really good knowing I made it myself entirely! It’s simply made out of ribbon (which means it’s flimsy with no weight to it, but I don’t mind because it fits just like a solid belt would).

The buckle charm I made, which is the same style I’ve made rings and a pin for my laptop bag. I glued a magnetic clasp to the ends of the ribbon, which is how I fasten it. The ribbon and magnetic clasp, I purchased at JOANN fabric.

And there you have it! It was so simple to make. I plan on making more to wear!!! ♥

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Oh yeah, AND I’M GOING TO SEE GHOST IN NOVEMBER.

eeeeeeeeeeee!

I bought my ticket a few days ago. This will be my second time seeing them! I’ll be going to San Jose for the concert, and what timing because it’ll be twelve days before my birthday. Happy freakin’ birthday to me…SO EXCITED!

I still have the Smashing Pumpkins concert to look forward to, coming up in August! What a lineup I have going on this year!

 

Hope you enjoyed reading! See ya! ♥

Me and a Paint Brush…

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Ahoy! 🙂

As you can see, I did some art shopping! I needed some new small canvas’ and specific acrylic paint for my next creation. I hope it turns out the way I envision it…fingers crossed!

I love the feeling of excitement before creating something new. You really have no idea how it will turn out, no?

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But that’s the beauty of it…not knowing how something will turn out is intriguing. ♥

Today’s ensemble is simply pink, with butterfly accents. Sometimes I’m not sure what to wear, so I stick with certain things I know I love, such as pink, and my butterfly headband that seems to go with anything when I don’t know which headband to wear!

Today was super busy, and I plan to share more about the neat event happening next Thursday! I’ll save it for next week though, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it.

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I made some new jewelry this week…and it’s part of a little series I started, where I make jewelry inspired by a particular place in the world:

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I have here, “Dreaming of Dubai” and “Swedish Summer”.

Dubai, UAE is a place I’ve always found to be mysteriously beautiful. I love the desert and the idea of a large city where the desert meets the sea is quite enchanting. With that in mind, I decorated the first ring with lots of beige and gold accents!

The second ring is a lot of fun and is inspired by the Midsummer festival in Sweden. I topped it off with a pretty pink Dala horse. ♥

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Speaking of places in the world…I recently discovered that there is a country called Azerbaijan.

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It popped up in my international viewers list on WordPress last week. As a geography nerd, I had never heard of it. So of course I thought, there’s a country I haven’t heard of? NO WAY! 

I watched a few travel vlogs on Youtube about it. Fascinating! I really like the fact that I’ve never lost my fascination with different countries. In elementary school, I kept a world map in my binder and would browse through it at school, imagining what the countries looked like.

Then sometimes at recess (when I wasn’t in the library looking at books, LOL) I remember having a friend and we would play out on the grass, pretending we were in a different place in the world and pointing with admiration at imaginary buildings.

I wonder if the recess staff thought we were nuts? 🙂 Perhaps, but…

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Great quote, and sooo true! Imagination has played a huge role in my life and also in my creative works. ♥

So for tonight, it’ll be me and my paint brush. For fellow artists and crafters out there, keep on creating and I hope you keep your imagination alive and active. 🙂

See you next time!!!

A Little Danish Village

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Helloooooo!!!

Today’s blog post is all about my trip to Solvang, CA! I’ve wanted to go here for a long time, and I finally did. ♥

Everything about this place is beautiful! It was very windy though, unfortunately. Other than that, it was a perfect day. As you can tell from the title, this place is dedicated to letting you experience a taste of Denmark!

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First stop was at a restaurant called The Little Mermaid, where I tried the one thing that everyone kept telling me to try, which is æbleskiver (traditional Danish pancakes):

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I am so glad I did! These were DELICIOUS. They were very puffy and drizzled with strawberry jam. Yum!

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Oh my gossshhhhhh. This place was so awesome; it is a year-round Christmas shop. There were so many cute ornaments! I was like a little kid in a candy store.

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CLOCKS!!! I was obsessed with this. I’m a sucker for anything miniature and figurines. I think I literally stood in front of this display for like two minutes just staring…

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Tiny little Danish people on the top tier! eeeee!

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I went to Mortensen’s Danish Bakery. This place had the cutest pastries!

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I have no idea what they were exactly, besides MAGICAL. I heard the words “chocolate” and “raspberry” and was immediately sold. That, and they’re adorable!

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Overall!!! How could I not instantly love this little gem of a town? I’m so happy I finally got to experience it. ♥♥♥

It’s a good thing I dressed for the elements today and wore my romper with a cardigan. They’re shorts, which proved to be very practical considering the wind was blowing so hard. It’s a windy day even here in my hometown, with 20-30 mph winds!

Hope you enjoyed reading! See you next time!

 

Triple Scoop

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Heeeeeeey! (Me, pointing out the fact that my headband matches the roses.)

Welcome to everyone reading! This is a “triple scoop” post…as in, featuring three outfits. The ice cream reference will make sense later, promise!

It’s been a really good week and I wore some fun outfits, so I figured I’d feature them all in one, since I have an exciting post coming up on Saturday. 🙂

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Red! Well, burgundy-red. This is one of my all-time favorite dresses…it’s perfect for summer and very casual. I’ve had this for years! I think it’s from Forever 21, and it’s lasted for so long.

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I’ve mentioned before that I don’t wear red all that often, but when I do, I realize that it’s a nice color!

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Next up, I wore an outfit I really really loved that was a combination of dusty rose pink and pastel blue. Love this look!!! I told my sister the colors made me think of the Care Bears. Hahaha…

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My sandals are baaaack. It’s been in the 90’s here so, I figured it was time to bring out the open-toe shoes again! These are my favorite summer shoes. ♥

Aside from feeling like one of the Care Bears, it also reminded me of a carnival…like I needed to be eating cotton candy.

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This is where the ICE CREAM comes in…

I mentioned in my last post that I bought a new pin from the super cute Etsy shop, The Tote Trove, where I have bought many a pin in my past, and this one I am very happy to add to my collection!!!

Ice cream, folks…an instant winner and perfect for summer.  🙂 My eye immediately was drawn to the mint chocolate chip one since that’s my favorite flavor ever…

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It makes me want to pay a visit to my local Baskin Robbins. It’s been at least a year or so since I’ve had mint chocolate chip ice cream. Whaaaaaat!

Lastly, I’d like to show some of my art I’ve done this past week. I’ve been in a drawing mood, so here we go:

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I really love this one. ♥ The second drawing I did, I’ll show you the process I go through, since I’ve never shared that before!

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I always draw on the back of some paper within reach. It’s not always in a sketchbook, since I don’t carry one with me, typically. I draw out the main idea and make sure to draw the lines a bit dark, which will help later once I transfer it into Photoshop.

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In Photoshop is where the magic happens!!! I then start to add color…

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Aaaaaand the final outcome!!! I love to use a mix of traditional drawing and Photoshop. In this piece, I aimed to capture the essence of a fashionable free spirit. ♥

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my little behind-the-scenes of my art. Haha!

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I’m really excited for the weekend (as you can see from my Bitmoji above) because I’m going on a road trip for the day! I haven’t been out of town in awhile. I’ll save where I’m going until the next blog post…it’s a surprise! I’ve wanted to go to this place for a looooong time.

See you soon! ♥

 

Life Eternal

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Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed your week. 🙂 Today I bring you some fun, colorful and happy things. Let’s get started!

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There’s something I adore about red, white, and PINK!!! I made this new red rose headband and I love the combination of these three colors together.

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I also have this headband in hot pink, and you might recognize it because I wear the hot pink one a lot. But yes, I really love the fact I have a red rose one now. In addition, I made a bright yellow one as well! I’ll feature that one soon, I’m sure. 🙂

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I mentioned to Tracy over at The Tote Trove that her beautiful new ice cream barrette she created (and I bought, by the way, so I’ll be wearing it soon as a pin!) reminded me of the first jewelry box I ever made. I figured I’d feature it here:

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I LOVE THIS LITTLE THING! I made it just for fun, years ago. The box itself is made out of cardboard but the pastries are made out of wood, which I painted myself.

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♥ Doesn’t it look totally edible? ♥

I can’t wait for my little ice cream pin to arrive. It totally reminds me of this. 🙂

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In other news, I totally binge watched a few episodes of Disney’s “Star Darlings” last night. LOOOOOL!!! If there is one show that instantly makes me feel happy – it’s THIS!

It follows a group of girls at Starling Academy in outer space, where they’re training to become wish granters. The show is too cute for words. ♥ Needless to say, Sage (the one with the big purple hair) is my favorite.

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Last but not least, I RECEIVED THE NEW GHOST ALBUM IN THE MAIL TODAY!!!

I so needed this. It couldn’t have been more perfect timing. It’s funny how the theme of the album parallels with my life at the moment, so listening to it from start to finish was like a warm embrace. ♥♥♥

I love when music does that!

I feel so much happier these last few days. You just have to roll with the tides of life and rather than resisting, sometimes you just have to hold its hand instead.

Much love to all who are reading this! See ya!