Tonight, Tonight

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Oh my gosh.

Where do I even begin this?!?!

*deeeeep breath* I’m getting overly excited here. First off! As you know from my last blog post, I mentioned this one will be all about the Smashing Pumpkins concert I went to in the Bay Area!!!

Let’s address my outfit first, before I dive into the real fun!

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I went for a whimsical look, inspired by the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album aesthetic. Here’s a closer look at my accessories:

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Overall, I reeeeeally love how my outfit turned out! ♥ The dress is a 1960’s nightgown, altered into a dress for day wear.

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So!!! My friend and I arrived at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The venue was huge! Oakland is right next to San Francisco, in case you’re unfamiliar with the city.

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SHOWTIME!!!

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A brief background: The tour, Shiny and Oh So Bright, featured their original songs from the 90’s. It went through songs from Gish (1991) through Machina/The Machines of God (2000). Thus, it was one gigantic wave of nostalgia! The entire audience was so into it…the energy was amazing there.

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Besides the amazing music, the other thing that completely fascinated me with this concert were the VISUALS.

This was not just a concert. It was pure art, in every way. Billy Corgan’s artistry goes above and beyond. Throughout the duration of the concert, the backdrop visuals told a story that corresponded with the sequence of the songs played.

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They played some real gems during this show, and secretly I had hoped beforehand, Pleeeease play ‘Porcelina of the Vast Oceans’. I didn’t want to get my hopes up but…they did!!! You should have seen the place; it totally erupted in happy shouting once those first few sounds of the guitar opened and the lighting turned blue. EPIC!

AND JUST WHEN I LEAST EXPECTED IT…they played The Beginning is the End is the Beginning.

I involuntarily squealed much like a child, not believing my ears…they’re really playing this gem?!?!! The song from Batman and Robin that I literally played on repeat when I was 10 years old?!?!?! 

Towards the end of the concert, they played the even more anticipated songs, such as Tonight, Tonight and 1979.

I had a feeling it would hit me at some point, and it did; when Tonight, Tonight broke out, I felt my eyes get watery. The night suddenly felt overwhelmingly amazing and memorable; this was the first band I got into as a child, you see. It all started when my babysitter’s grunge-loving son, in his baggy ripped jeans and flannel plaid shirts, would invite his friends over and put on Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

I was what – maybe 8 or 9 back then? And here I am now at age 30, finally seeing them live. I’ll always remember this night. ♥

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On the way out of Oakland, I realized how much I really do love the Bay Area. It has been so long since I’d been there. The one thing I oddly love the most about it is the fog. It looked so beautifully dark and eerie, seeing the lights of San Francisco reflect on the clouds above. ♥

I hope you enjoyed this post – see you next time!

Paper Doll

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Hey!!!

So I have like, 9000 outfits to show you. Or 3 –  same thing.

How are you all?! I hope you’re having a very fine day. 🙂 I certainly, certainly am! This week is flying by like lightning speed, I’ve been crazy busy (we’re printing a new textbook at work, so it’s been go-go-go), and next week…

is…

SMASHING PUMPKINS.

(Hey, on the topic of pumpkins, did you know the Pumpkin Spice drinks debut next Tuesday at Starbucks?! Not like I’m counting down the days or anything?)

But yes! I am going to see the Smashing Pumpkins on Monday, in Oakland. I can’t believe it is almost here. My next blog post will be all about the concert. My heart is full!!! ♥

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This was my Monday outfit. Or my måndag outfit. (Yes, I am going to be Swedish-dropping some words on y’all throughout this post, as I have been up to my kneecaps in Swedish lessons on Duolingo this past week.)

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I have been practicing so much Swedish, that the other night I woke up in the middle of the night and randomly mumbled out the word strumpor (which means socks)…

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Like the candy-esque outfit? I like to start my Mondays on an upbeat note to launch the week off to a good start. That means an iced mocha (or if I want to make it an extra special Monday, a raspberry iced mocha) at Yellow Mug, a super cute outfit and Viking metal playing in the car.

Do you have a favorite day of the week? Or days? My favorite days are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I just really like those days. ♥

Mina favorit dagar är torsdag, fredag, lördag och söndag.

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The pattern-mixing continuous! I wore this outfit on Sunday, I think. Gingham anything is awesome, but I’m really loving the bold black-and-white gingham print. ♥ I bought it on sale at Forever 21 recently.

(Every skirt I am wearing in this post is a recent purchase from Forever 21, by the way!)

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New choker! I bought it on Etsy not too long ago. 😉

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Hallå, sun. It has been in the 90’s here! Which is my preferred temperature of choice, as opposed to over 100 degrees it has been for weeks on end.

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Last but certainly not least, this is the outfit I wore today!!! This is my first denim skirt purchase, and I lucked out on this find! I have another one in pale green, which I’ll wear sometime soon.

I’m sure you recognize my shirt, which I have worn many times with the familiar fåglar on it. (Birds!)

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Me eating fruit on my break at work, and finding it to be a good time to take a close-up of my new denim skirt. 

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I WENT TO PAPER SOURCE.

 

I know this may not seem like a huge deal…oh, but it is.

For a long time, I have wanted to wander into this place, that opened maybe a year or so ago where I live. I heard it’s filled with pretty things like stationary, writing utensils, planners, wrapping paper, gift boxes, coffee mugs, and otherwise colorful things that are collectively a vortex I knew I would easily get sucked into.

I walked in, unprepared for what I was faced with. FRUIT SCENTED GEL PENS? Hellooo, nostalgia! A set of super bright writing cards with matching envelopes, and a bright pink ink pen? Yes, please!

I have two pen pals: one I email, and the other I write traditional letters to, so I am definitely going to come back to this place in the future for more pretty stationary! ♥

 

And what a week it’s been! ‘Til next time!

Daisies

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Hey hey!!!

I’ve always wanted daisy hair accessories, and now I have ’em! These are simple iron-on appliques from Joann Fabric, and I glued alligator clips on the back.

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And just like that, you have a very playful and retro look! Daisies instantly remind me of the 1960’s and early 1970’s. ♥

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“They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?”

Remember the movie You’ve Got Mail?! My mom used to watch that movie ALL the time when I was a kid. I loved it, too! It’s a really cute romantic comedy, and daisies make me think of this one scene in particular.

Daisies also make me think of the art film, Daisies, which I watched in my Art Appreciation class in college, the last semester before I graduated.

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I remember it was a very unusual and surreal film, and the retro look was what really caught my attention (it’s from 1966).

It is a Czech film, and it follows these two young ladies and their misadventures, filled with crazy antics and their carefree perspective on life, in which they take nothing seriously.

The film was banned after the Soviet invasion in 1968, in which creative arts were greatly restricted.

Anytime I see daisies, I think of the movie. 🙂

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Okay, so these are not daisies…in fact, I believe they are just plain ol’ weeds, because they are growing out of a crack in the asphalt in the parking lot at my work. However!!! I find them to be rather beautiful and I sort of watch them as they grow with each passing work day (I am easily entertained).

When I take my break at work, I slip out to the back of the warehouse and have a snack, read a little bit and check them out. They’re interesting…

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It kind of proves that beauty can be found anywhere, no? Even behind a dusty warehouse in a parking lot. I finally decided to photograph them since they (mostly) became in full bloom these last few days.

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This is my current read!!! ♥ I finished No Easy Day by Mark Owen, and it definitely became one of my favorite SEAL books I’ve read (so far). It was so good and one thing I have noticed with reading books written by Navy SEALs is their similar sense of humor, which has me laughing out loud at times while I read.

I’m on chapter four at this point, where Marcus Luttrell is about to start BUD/S training (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training), and I already know it’s going to be sooooo hard to put down. And I haven’t even gotten to the truly intense parts of the book yet.

Who else loves it when they get so into a book, they just don’t want to leave the pages? ♥

 

♥ Until next time! ♥

All About That Balance

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Ahoy!

I bring to you, some truly interesting outfits I wore this week. Wearing hair clips from Sally Beauty Supply that the box states is for children, and risk-taking pattern mixing?

‘TWAS NOT A DULL WEEK…

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Aight, so the heart hair clips are from Sally Beauty Supply as I mentioned, and the choker I paired with it collectively just screams: Oh 90’s, Where Art Thou?

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The choker necklace, I have no idea where it is from. My sister gave me it because she said she didn’t like how it looked on her. Score for me – I love it! It’s such an unusual choker…I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it.

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It’s a Friday so I thought why not; let’s pair a bird-printed top with a floral skirt. Because I have only one life to live and I’m going to live it well. At first hesitant, I then decided to give it a go.

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YET SOMEHOW…IT WORKED.

With the dark blues and light blues, it comes together gloriously in an explosion of irony. Birds and flowers, unite. Mixed prints, unite. I wore my black T-strap flats with the outfit, which tied it all together.

A lady this morning at the café I go to said I looked “fun” today.

YESSS!

Fun is what I aim for. I like my outfits to be fun and playful, so it was a success.

In other news, it was a good week and seemed to go by really fast. I blinked and it was suddenly Friday. Outside of work, I’ve been drawing and reading, even more so…

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I made a pretty new drawing, and I’m going to get it framed and take it with me to my next art showcase, which will be September 1st! I love the colors I went with…I wasn’t sure what kind of colors I wanted initially, but I just thought, the brighter the better. Very pleased with the outcome. ♥

As for reading, I’m only a chapter away from finishing No Easy Day, an autobiography of a Navy SEAL. This is my third SEAL book and I love it just as much as the others I’ve read.

It’s the dichotomy. I love extremely girly things, but I need a balance, and that’s where the testosterone-fueled, jumping-out-of-helicopters, action-packed genre of books I enjoy comes in.

It’s like the yin and yang. Or YANG AND YIN?

This leads me to an observation. My fascination with things totally opposite of me isn’t just with books. Come to think of it, if I reflect on my very short list of guys I have gone out with in the past: one was super logical/technical-minded, and another was in law enforcement and really loved guns, and very much was a logical thinker.

In other words, polar opposite from me.

SEE WHAT I MEAN?

If I (ever?) at some point feel like dating again in the years ahead, perhaps I should lean towards dating a fellow artist, or something along those lines? The thing is, I enjoy learning about someone who is totally different than me. I still am not sure if the whole opposites attract is good or bad when it comes to the romantic spectrum. What do you all think? Enlighten me.

I tend to gravitate towards the more left-brained I suppose, to offset my blissfully creative albeit scattered right-brain. You know I’m all about the artsy life…

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Or more accurately for me, a Dodge.

See ya!!! ♥

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

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Like my Smashing Pumpkins blog post title? Notice I am wearing butterfly hair clips…?? Also, I have an outfit to show you that involves the Pumpkins. So let’s start!

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First off, THIS SHIRT. It’s the most gorgeous shade of purple I’ve ever seen and you can find it for purchase here.

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I ordered this in the mail from eBay. It is Korean-style fashion, apparently! I’m a size US Small, but it recommends to size up one since it’s sized in Asia measurements.

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LOVE IT. It fits perfectly! The intricate details on the front and the lace sleeves are beautifully feminine. I actually have this same shirt in light pink, and a similar one in beige. I wear them both frequently. I’ve been super pleased with all three purchases now!

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My butterfly hair clips are actually glue-on appliques from Joann Fabric! I simply glued alligator clips on the back of each. How easy is that? 🙂 So simple to do and looks super cute!!!

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New saddle shoes from BAIT footwear! These are so fun. Ahhhhh…♥

You can find these same shoes here.

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On the creative spectrum, I’ve been staying quite busy!!! I’m happy to show the ensemble I’ve decided on for the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins concert I’m going to on the 27th in Oakland! Can you tell I’m excited?

 

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So for my outfit, I definitely went with a Mellon-Collie-era theme! I love the whimsical, dreamy aesthetic the band went with during this period of their music.

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I printed out the star lady from the album cover and made it into a ring. ♥

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I’ve had this star headband for awhile now…glad to be putting it to good use again! I feel like this really tops off the whole look. I can’t waaaaaaaaaaaait!

Originally, I thought I would wear a Smashing Pumpkins shirt with a skirt. However, my hair hides anything on the front of a shirt, which is why I seldom ever wear a shirt with a picture on it.

Instead, I thought I’d get creative and create my own band-inspired outfit.

I’m going to do the same for the Ghost concert in November. I’m happy to say that I’ve already started on the jewelry for that, and here’s a sneak peek…

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It’s done – all I need to do is glue a ring-back on it. OH MY GOSH, I HAVE A GHOST RING. ♥ I’ll probably make another one. Crafting is addicting, you guys…

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…because a fresh new ring was also made Saturday night! Tracy over at The Tote Trove inspired me to make a Disney princess statement ring, awhile after I read her blog post about having made a gorgeous Disney princess necklace.

Joann Fabric is where I found the Beauty and the Beast packet of buttons. I plan on getting the packet with Princess Jasmine in it so I can make one of her in the future.

This ring is HUGE. But it definitely catches your eye, and is a good conversation piece!

Enjoy the start of the new week! ♥

Artsy McFartsy

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Hiii!

What a week it’s been. First off, I’ve been staying at my sister’s house this week, because they’re doing asphalt reconstruction where I live. It’s just easier than trying to find parking elsewhere.

So! Monday, I started the day off super early and went to my favorite coffeeshop, Yellow Mug. I was there at like 7 a.m., much before work, because the construction started at that time and I needed to head out of my neighborhood.

It was nice being out and about so early. Everything is so still. I read quite a bit before work while I was there…I have BEEN READING A LOT…

Hey, did you notice that piece of TAPE holding together a torn edge on the book cover, pictured above? The book looked pristinely new not too long ago, and I really tried to keep it looking nice and neat. I keep it in my purse so it gets nudged around a lot, I’ve accidentally slept on it (more than once), and my sister’s cat tried to eat it. All in all, a few dirt smudges and a slightly torn edge isn’t all that bad considering it survived all of that.

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My sister’s house is quite picturesque! I’ve enjoyed staying here, and it’s felt like a little vacation in a sense – not being at my own place, not doing my usual routine (aside from work), having a different view and what not…

Tonight was a special night because I displayed some of my art at Art Hop! I’ve been looking forward to it because I bought frames for my illustrations, and a new canvas print.

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This was my outfit for the day! A pink and blue floral ensemble.

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It was a hot summer evening at Art Hop, but luckily I had some shade. The new frames totally matched my tablecloth!!!

I love Art Hop; I love displaying my own work and seeing the work of others. Self-expression has always been and will always be my loyal companion in life, and I love to see how others choose to express themselves creatively. ♥

I had two customers: both little girls, around 8 years old. They had their own booth! We traded art; they each took one of my art pieces, and I took one of theirs. This was their art I brought home:

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An ice cream cone and a dropped ice cream cone. This is a great two-piece art set and in all actuality, represents me quite well because I drop things all the time, and I love ice cream. PERFECT!!!!

I love that the two little girls were so artistic and involved at such a young age! I hope they never lose their love for art and it continues on throughout their lives.

Another reason I love displaying at Art Hop? It keeps me growing artistically.

I always think when I’m out there, as I sit at my display table, “What should I create next? What do I want to bring to life from the depths of my imagination?” 

The great thing about imagination, is that it’s endless. ♥

See ya! 🙂