February is Here: Valentine’s Month Hath Begun (Featuring My Big Mouth)

I discovered an editing tool on my phone that can magnify things, and since I’m easily entertained, I decided to magnify my mouth in this photo. It had me cracking up, so I thought I’d share…NICE, NO???

And with that, I give you a BUNCH of Valentine’s inspired outfits, and things!!! πŸ’—β€οΈπŸ’˜ I love, love, love February (red + pink color combination being the theme of the month, and chocolates? Yes, please!) In fact, I was so excited, I wore some of these outfits on the very last days of January, because I just couldn’t wait. LOL!

Iced Mocha + Heart Cookie from Panera!

I hope you enjoyed this Valentine’s-month-launch extravaganza of photos!!! πŸ’˜πŸ’–πŸ’— (And did you notice the photo of me up there where I’m about to take an arrow to the head by a heart with legs?)

Going Bananas Over Googly-Eyed Rings: An Homage to the Banana Girl from Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

The movie Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) is one of my favorite comedy films EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The film is set at a house party, in celebration of a graduating class that’s out of high school and ready to party one last time before everyone goes their separate ways.

It’s a star-studded cast (to name just a few – because there are a ton of well-known celebrities in this one! – there’s Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, and Seth Green). The movie is loaded with so much ’90s nostalgia, from the clothes to the music played throughout the film (Third Eye Blind, Blink 182, Smash Mouth…again, just to name a few – there’s lots!) πŸ’›

But what person stood out to me the most in this crowded house party of a film? A person without an official character name and had no lines: what I call, ‘the Banana Girl’ (played by actress Amber Benson), who is very briefly seen only for mere seconds, scrutinizing a banana as the camera passes by.

I sort of felt like that would totally be me at a party: no one talking to me, and amongst my own isolation in a crowded room, I’d begin observing something random within reach, like a banana. More specifically though, it’s the green googly-eyed ring adorning her hand that caught my attention, too!

Thanks, Banana Girl, for sporting such a whimsical and fun accessory that inspired me to buy my own!

I’m eyeing my puppet hand here. Somehow, I don’t trust this guy. πŸ‘€

Feeling Rad in Floral and Plaid: I Was Made for Lovin’ Pink and Purple

Pink and purple has always been my favorite color combination, and I just love the pink and purple accents in my outfit today!!! πŸ’–πŸ’œ

The floral and plaid combo felt very ’90s, especially with the Mary Janes. I went for a floppy floral bow to match, and it sort of stuck out a bit further on one side, which I liked because it looked slightly awkward! πŸ˜‰

I also decided to change up my laptop bag and switch to my KISS canvas bag to put it in! The image is from their 1979 Dynasty album. I love me some KISS!!! (Fun fact: my favorite album of theirs is Hotter Than Hell, 1974.)

Florals, plaid, pink and purple, and my KISS laptop bag? I’m ready for an afternoon coffee outing to get some work done. πŸ˜Žβ˜•οΈπŸŽ€

Bag: RedBubble
Top: Forever 21 / Skirt: SHEIN
Shoes: Dolls Kill
Ring: PinkBopp

See ya next time!!! πŸ’–πŸ’œ

Anchors Aweigh, Adventures Await: Kawaii Navy Vibes & A Hint of Punk Rock

As you all already know, I’ve always been fascinated by all things military – especially, the Navy. Which is funny, because in all actuality, I’m terrified of water (in the sense of, I won’t get into swimming pools, let alone water I can’t see through, like lakes or the ocean!)

But fascination knows no barriers like fear. Which is why I’ll always be enchanted by naval ships and the like – and Navy-inspired things, like this beautiful anchor brooch from The Tote Trove! It was the perfect photo opportunity to take a picture with my music-box-sailor-man, which plays Anchors Aweigh. With his duffle bag packed and slung over his shoulder, he looks ready to set sail on the sparkling sun-kissed sea, adventures awaiting, destination unknown. Hawaii? Okinawa? Who knows!

I love this striped outfit with the floral bow, because I look like I could be a quirky Disney channel character. πŸ’–πŸ’› Yussssssss!

Striped Top: Amazon
Ring: PinkBopp / Brooch: The Tote Trove

The next outfit was really comfortable with an oversized striped shirt over a floral skirt, and to keep warm, opaque skin tone tights. I wore my Kuromi hair clips and floral-print creeper shoes from Dolls Kill! ❀️ Felt very punk rock!!! 🎸

Shoes: Dolls Kill
Clips: Amazon
Sunrise!
Skirt and top: Secondhand
Ring set: PinkBopp

I wore this one on my coffee outing, and when I went to order my (free!) drink since I had accumulated enough bonus stars for a reward, I ordered my usual grande iced mocha.

“Are you sure you don’t want to make it a size larger since it’s free?” the barista asked.
“Oooh, actually maybe I will,” I pondered, it being the biggest decision I’ve had to make in a long time. I adjusted my laptop bag on my shoulder. “How many espresso shots are in it? Not sure how many are in my regular grandes…”
“Three shots in a venti,” she replied, perkily. “Is that okay?”
“Yes, I normally don’t order a venti – I’m excited!” I answered back.

What can I say, folks. Ordering a venti iced mocha is a major adventure for me to get excited about, and dang, was it gooooood! I sat in a little window-side corner of the Starbucks, typing away on my laptop and happily sipping my venti drink that felt like it was almost as big as I am. It’s the little things.

See ya next time!!! βš“οΈπŸ’–πŸŽΈβœ¨

Red Sweater Worn Two Ways: Primary Colors and Poppin’ Purple

Sweater: Secondhand

When I feel the winter blues begin to grip at my shoulders (I’m a summer gal, after all), I figure – let’s fight the gloomy grey days with some color! I decided to create two looks with the same red sweater. ❀️

Skirt: H&M
Purse: SHEIN / Brooch: The Tote Trove / Shoes: Dolls Kill
Ring: PinkBopp
Skirt: Amazon
Barrette: The Tote Trove
Ring: PinkBopp
Purse: Spirit Halloween / Shoes: Dolls Kill

THIS RED AND PURPLE LOOK…β€οΈπŸ’œ I literally felt like some kind of swan princess with the barrette and the colors…aaaaggh!!!! In love!

I like to mix my look with edgy accessories (the choker) along with colorful and cute ones. I feel like it’s an unexpected, eclectic mix!

See ya next time! πŸ’–

Reading “Monster Blood” During a Monster Storm & Daycare Fashion Flair

A couple of days ago, my sister and I went to a favorite coffee spot of ours, only to find out that they were closed for maintenance and inventory loading once we got there. Luckily for us though, the barista went ahead and made our drinks to go – we just had to find somewhere to park and enjoy our coffee. After a little bit of driving, we found a big, open parking lot that overlooked this grand view of the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance – the perfect view before the monster storm arrived late the next day here in California! β˜”οΈ

While we sat in the car, drinking our coffee and chatting, we spotted across the street a daycare center, and I noticed the red, yellow, and blue colors of the play equipment. There’s just something so striking about that color combination that I hadn’t really thought about before, and I kept thinking about it as the day went on. By the next day, while I stayed cozy at home as the big rain and wind storm rolled its way in, I had created this RYB Color Queen statement ring and even coordinated a daycare-fashion-flair outfit around it! πŸ»β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’™

I know my ABC’s = Always Be Creative! πŸ˜‹ And while this storm passes through, I’ll be enjoying my Goosebumps Monster Blood series to keep me entertained!

RYB Color Queen Statement Ring by PinkBopp
Shoes: ModCloth
Teddy bear sweater: SHEIN

See ya next time!!! β€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’™

A New Year’s Eve Cheers to Ya!

That’s sparkling apple-grape juice I’ll be drinking tonight!!! ✨ Because for us non-drinkers, it’s nice to feel like we’re drinking something special when midnight rolls around and the sparkly ball drops in NYC. πŸ’œ

Wishing you all a Happy New Year! 🀍 My favorite thing about this holiday, besides watching Ryan Seacrest bring in the New Year? Seeing the Rose Parade on television, which will air on Monday morning from Pasadena, CA. Normally it airs on New Year’s Day, but since it’s on a Sunday this year, it got pushed to Monday.

I love watching the parade so much each year that it inspired a new ring creation, which I fittingly called Rose Parade Statement Ring. Also, you’ll see I put curly ribbon in my hair for that extra New Year’s Eve flair!!!

SORRY MY NAILS ARE CHIPPED, THEY NEVER STAY ON FOR MORE THAN LIKE ONE DAY.
Pin: The Tote Trove / Dress: H&M / Clear Belt: SHEIN / Art Ring: Made by me

Wishing you all a great 2023!!! ✨🀍✨

Cherubs and Snowmen; How a Goosebumps Book Inspired a New Ring Design

My most awkward pose ever, I am so proud of this

I have a couple new things I’ll feature in this post – one being the beige pleaded skirt I’m wearing in this first outfit!

It’s from SHEIN (as is the cherub top). I just looooove that the skirt incidentally matches my coffee mug I use at home! πŸ˜‹

Top + Skirt: SHEIN
Shoes: Dolls Kill
Ring: PinkBopp (made by me!)

This past week, I decided I needed a break from my heavy military nonfiction book about the Persian Gulf War, so I grabbed a Goosebumps book from my bookshelf. Can’t go wrong with a Goosebumps book! And, since it is winter after all, I picked out Beware, the Snowman.

Set in a village in the Arctic, snowmen with red scarves and Al Capone-like scars on their cheeks are dotted along people’s front yards. The mystery as to why everyone builds these identical snowmen is slowly revealed in an atmospheric setting that makes the isolated Arctic environment all the more creepy. You can almost feel the cold wind whistling through the pages.

Not only is it a fascinating read, but the cover inspired me…to make a new ring for my Etsy shop! ❀️ I kept looking at the cover, and suddenly it hit me; why don’t I go through my craft drawer and see what I have? Next thing I knew, I’d created this ring, which I think I’ll call Snowman’s Paradise, when I upload it on Etsy this weekend. I haven’t made any new jewelry in a long time, and I consider this my launch into a new year with fresh creations!!!

I tried to capture the same colors in the book cover artwork:

Creativity can come from anywhere – even a book cover. So keep your eyes peeled, and let the creativity flooooooooow!

My snowflake hair clips and *new!* white platforms from Dolls Kill finished off my look for today! 🀍

Overalls: Amazon / Floral Top + Clear Belt: SHEIN
Shoes: Dolls Kill

✨ See ya next time!! ✨

A Fashion Feast of Blazers, New Cinnamon Roll Buns and Rob Zombie Shirt

First off, I want to give a shoutout to my black tights. They add a good contrast against my outfits (and in this case – my shoes featured in this post!)

The blazers are another item from my closet I haven’t worn in awhile. 😊

Another honorable mention goes out to my HAIR BUNS. These are freshly-created ones I made that remind me of the mini cinnamon rolls you can buy in those plastic containers at the grocery store, while the previous ones I wore were more like those fluffy Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. Both are fun, I just happen to really like these at the moment!

Shoes: Dolls Kill / My Melody Clips: Amazon / Bracelets: Childhood

I really liked the blue tones of this outfit. πŸ’™

Next…red!!! ❀️

Shoes: Dolls Kill / Unicorn Hair Clips: Dollar Tree

And now!!! The one! The only! ROB ZOMBIE!!! πŸ’š

Shirt: Amazon / Floral top: SHEIN

In case you’ve never heard of him, here’s a snippet from Wikipedia: he’s an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, filmmaker, and voice actor. His music and lyrics are notable for their horror and sci-fi themes, and his live shows have been praised for their elaborate shock rock theatricality.

They left out one thing that I admire most about Rob Zombie’s music – in some songs, it has a swingin’ sixties vibe, horror edition. It was only a few years ago when the most epic collaboration came true; he and Marilyn Manson joined forces and came out with their own cover of Helter Skelter by The Beatles, which I still thoroughly enjoy listening to!

I first discovered Rob Zombie around 1999/2000 when I was in middle school, and loved his hit songs Living Dead Girl and Dragula. His music style is a bit freak show, a bit creepy, a bit retro – basically, attributes that would describe yours truly – although, I’m also a huge nerd, which doesn’t fit into his style, but still…!

Shoes: Dolls Kill / Clips: SHEIN

See ya next time!!! πŸ’•βœ¨ BYEEEEEEEEE

Christmas Sweater Dress – A Big Yes! Merry Christmas from Glitter Gingerbread

The company I work for’s weekly Monday Zoom call meeting was Christmas themed today (I work remotely, so I only see co-workers through a computer screen), and thus, I wore the most festive Christmas outfit I own – this dress! It was fun to feel super Christmas-y. β€οΈπŸ’š

It was my idea to choose what our elf names were – I found one of those discover-your-elf-name print-outs on the internet, where you put the first letter of your name and the month you were born, and paired together, you get your elf name. (Mine was Glitter Gingerbread…that totally made my day and felt fitting for me!)

Dress: Walmart / Spiderweb top: SHEIN
Snowflake hair clips: made ’em out of ornaments!

Merry Christmas!!! β€οΈπŸ’š