Queen Bean

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Hello!!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! 🙂 I had a very fun weekend and my friend and I went to a reeeeeally cute coffeehouse.

But first! An outfit:

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Yet another thrifted skirt! This is a wrap skirt. I love the beige color, which is new for me. I wore the waist high up, Steve Urkel status…

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My bow almost matched perfectly! KIND OF.

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Now, onto the coffeehouse!

I drove two hours north to Modesto on this fine Sunday with my friend, just to check out a cool coffeehouse I somehow found out about. It was totally worth the little drive! Plus, I got to enjoy the well-known Highway 99. I know a lot of people find it boring, but I actually find it a bit magical in its own way. It’s nothing but open fields, and during golden hour, it’s truly beautiful in my opinion.

Anyway, the coffeehouse is called Queen Bean Coffeehouse. ♥

I loved the art they had everywhere. It was stunning!

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Really nice place! It was cozy and welcoming with quirky décor and an alternative-friendly atmosphere. They also host open mic nights for people to play music, sing, etc. I definitely would love to come back here sometime.

The coffee drink (a blended mocha) was super yummy. 😀 Two thumbs up!

Have a happy start to your week! ♥

 

The Joys of Awkwardhood

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Howdaaaay!

I look dang proud of myself in that picture and it fits so perfectly with the blog post title! LOOOOOOOOOOOL!

This is meant to be a funny post, so I hope you enjoy. 😉

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First off, I bought a laptop keyboard cover! Isn’t it cute? ♥

Sometimes now, I’ll literally just sit and stare at my keyboard when I should actually be typing instead. It’s soooo pretty.

That kinda leads straight into the topic today! Do you ever feel awkward? Of course; I’m sure everyone does at some point. I can be rather awkward when it comes to holding conversations, or creeping people out when I  unintentionally stare at things/people! But I never let that stop me from trying. 🙂

I think it’s very true that when you get older (for some people), you lose a lot of the self-consciousness you once had in your younger years. Because now I seem to hold the awkwardness high and proudly like a big, waving flag in the wind…

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Just like C3PO at the pod race on Tatooine

I’m not sure what changed, but my self-consciousness really reduced over time. Of course, we will always have self-conscious moments, but now if I do something or say something that I feel is a bit awkward, I actually find it hilarious…and kind of fun, honestly.

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“Hey guys! Whoa, Big Gulps huh? Alright…welp, see ya later!”

Remember this scene from Dumb and Dumber?? I feel this is the best and most accurate depiction of some of my conversations with people. 😀 Hahaha!

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So to anyone who feels awkward, and sees it as a bad thing, I highly encourage you to roll around in it rather than try to hide it. Wear it like a cape, or a tiara…or both!

Hey, like my skirt? It’s another thrift find!

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This is a really fun skirt and I feel like I’ll wear it a lot! I don’t wear much blue so it’ll be fun to pair other colors with it. 😀

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And lastly, my daisy headband…which I don’t feel I wear as much as the others. I have made so many headbands, it’s nuts…

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EVIDENCE. I think I’ll take a loooong break from making any new headbands (don’t hold me to that, though) and instead I think I’ll make a new ring for myself. Not to put on Etsy, but one just for moi!

I think worms are really cute, so I’m going to make myself a cute worm statement ring. With hearts, in fact.

FUZZY hearts.

So yes, the worm ring is in the making (that sounds too much like ‘ring worm’ – YIKES!)

 

See ya next time!

Take a Picture

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“Awake on my airplaaaane, awake on my airplaaaane…”

Welcome back to the 90’s! My blog post title is very fitting for two reasons:

1) “Take a Picture” by Filter is a 90’s tune (one of my top favorite 90’s songs), and my outfit today was very 90’s!

2) I’m quite literally going to discuss pictures. My last blog post featured my favorite paintings that have always stuck with me; today I’ll feature my favorite photographs taken throughout history! ♥

Let’s get started!

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The skirt is a hand-me-down, and it was purchased in the 90’s (maybe early 90’s, I’d guess?) I paired it with a striped shirt for some daring pattern-mixing!!! Kinda Saved By the Bell-ish…

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I made the belt! 

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The headband is the new yellow rose one I made! Agggggghhhhhh, I love this outfit SO MUCH. The pattern-mixing was a bold move but hey! I loved it, and if we love what we wear, that’s all that matters! I felt super happy and confident in this ensemble today. 😀 ♥

 

“Could you take my picture…’cause I won’t remember…”

Now, under the umbrella of art, I really appreciate photography. It speaks volumes without a word needed to be said! It’s something I’ve always admired, and like artwork, photographs speak to me just as much.

I took a photography class in college…I was okay at it! It wasn’t my strongest skill, but I liked to admire other people’s photography.

These are my top favorite photography stills of all time! Unfortunately, I have no idea who took any of these photos, even after research.

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Ohhh boy, this photo has always stuck with me. The striking contrast of pure joy on the young girl’s face amidst the crowd of women is powerful. If I had to guess, I’d think this is one of Steve McCurry’s work (who is famous for taking photographs in Afghanistan, and most notably his portrait of ‘Afghan Girl’).

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An East German soldier passing a flower through the Berlin Wall before it was torn down, 1989.

This photo is actually hanging on my wall in my room! I love the feeling of peace and unity that it evokes, in my opinion. ♥

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A young private waits on the beach during the Marine landing at Da Nang, 1965.

A photo that really sticks out to me from the Vietnam War.

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Titanic Disaster – Newspaper boy, 1912.

This was the first picture that made me interested in photography as a child. I read everything about the Titanic when I was a kid and I’ve always remembered this photo. ♥

Yeeeeeah! This wraps up my featured ‘favorite art/photography’ series, I guess! Haha, it was fun to share! 😀 Hope you enjoyed.

See you next time!

 

In Living Color

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Hello and welcome!!! ♥

Today I wanted to do an outfit post and talk about art…not my art, though! Sit back and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

I wore this outfit yesterday, on Friday. I decided to be all super colorful and this is a new headband I recently made!

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Love the choker as a finishing touch!!! Subtle enough to coordinate perfectly with the colorful headband. You know me; I love chokers.

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All in all, I give the headband a THUMBS UP. It’ll go great with a neutral-toned outfit that needs a pop of color. I’m sure I will be wearing this one a lot.

Moving along to the topic of art!!! Towards the end of this past week, I started thinking about art that really stuck out in my memory back when I was studying it in college. I had to take many, many art history classes so, I was fortunate to learn about artwork from the caveman days to present.

Renaissance art has always been one of my top favorites. There’s just something ethereally beautiful and almost otherworldly about it.

Thursday evening I sat with my laptop, sipping Starbucks coffee and perusing the vast ocean that is Google image search. I was trying to find my favorite artwork from the time period, which took a while because I didn’t know the names, only photographic memory. Typing things like ‘Renaissance unicorn art’ and ‘Renaissance portrait of a lady‘ sounds like too broad of terms to successfully find them, but it turns out, I found them all!

So just for fun, I’d like to share my favorite art from this time period:

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Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni (1488). Domenico Ghirlandaio. (This one is my absolute favorite!!!) 

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Margaret of Austria (1490). Jean Hey.

I love how you can tell her gown is velvet. The texture captured here is remarkable.

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The Lady and the Unicorn. One of six tapestries, circa 1500.

I actually had a T-shirt when I was in 5th or 6th grade that had The Lady and the Unicorn screenprinted on it.

Renaissance art definitely brings me a sense of inner peace whenever I look at it. Do you have a certain artwork or time period of art that is your favorite?

Hope you enjoyed reading! See ya! ♥

 

Americana

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Hello there!!! To my fellow American bloggers/readers: Happy Fourth of July!

I definitely coordinated today’s ensemble with the holiday. 😉 But did you expect less? No!!!

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Yaaaaaay…happy birthday, America!

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I really didn’t have any plans today, hahaaaaa…so I decided to create plans by taking my mom out for ice cream early this evening, and then for a stroll at the park.

Late this morning, I went for my usual Starbucks…and just relaxed there for awhile with my laptop, and did some journaling. 😀

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Mint chocolate chip…my favorite ice cream! I haven’t had it in sooo long.

Going to Baskin Robbins also was a great opportunity to inquire about getting an ice cream birthday cake, for future reference [I’m totally buying myself a Disney princess ice cream cake this year, because why not! I guess I’m still a child at heart?!]

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Yeah, this one. ^ I think each store makes them differently but generally speaking, it’ll be similar! I’m not even kidding – having a Disney princess ice cream cake for my birthday and seeing Ghost are the two things I am most looking forward to for my birthday month in November! ♥

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‘Twas a nice time outdoors! The Fourth of July feels like a real summer-starting holiday so, I thought ice cream was a great idea. 🙂

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There is a hole the size of my entire body behind me…

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That’s my little walking purse…a vintage bag from the 1950’s! Love that thing. ♥

So yesssss! It was a nice, relaxing holiday. Did you do anything for the Fourth of July? 🙂 Either way, I hope you enjoyed it!

See ya soon!

Bubbles

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Hey! 🙂

So, I have always wanted a green dress. ALWAYS!!! My little wish came true recently when I found this little number at Forever 21. I modified the length, and voilà!

It is the exact shade of green I have always wanted in a dress. Green is a color I really like in particular shades, and this is one of them!

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It’s very lightweight and perfect for a casual summer look. Doesn’t hot pink and green go perfectly together?? ♥

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On a more serious note though, today I wore this dress to my brother-in-law’s Celebration of Life memorial service. It was a very beautiful event. ♥  It was amazing and heartfelt to hear people’s stories about him.

Ironically, a year ago on this very same day, June 30th, I was with my sister and brother-in-law seeing Ghost in concert for the first time. We all had a great time and it’s one of my favorite memories…it’s just strange to think a year in the future, I’d be at his memorial service.

Interesting thing that happened today at the service: my sister received an anonymous small bouquet of white carnations. Nobody knows who it was from. Apparently someone pulled up, only came up as far as the driveway and asked someone heading into the house to give the carnations to her. My sister didn’t recognize the person based on the description given, so they may have just been the deliverer. She really loves the carnations and wonders who they are from, since there was no note on it. Life’s mysteries…♥

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A few evenings ago, I had some time to spare while waiting to go to dinner with one of my friends. What better way than to spend it blowing bubbles?!

I honestly hadn’t blown bubbles in forever. It just felt like such a whimsical, spontaneous thing to do, and it was unexpectedly rather therapeutic…

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I played Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones on my phone and literally sat there blowing bubbles for a few solid minutes. It was a very beautiful moment, as silly as it may sound.

It was like reverting back to a means of simple childhood bliss. Seeing all the colors in each bubble, reflecting in the sunlight was simply beautiful to look at. It’s the times like that when you’re fully engrossed in the beauty of a moment, in which the heavy things in life don’t feel like such a shadow.  ♥

Every moment is a gift. Just like the lyrics in the song:

“There’s no time to lose, I heard her say.
Catch your dreams before they slip away.”

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Thanks for reading…see you next time! ♥