From Russia (and Sweden), with Love

Sometimes you just find that one coffee tumbler, and it’s love at first sight. ❤️

I purchased this Matryoshka Doll Starbucks tumbler on a bid on eBay. I’ve never bid on anything, but I gave it a go and ended up being the only bidder, so it was mine! And it’s really from Russia, as the markings on the bottom of the cup prove for certain (it’s all in Russian, and the only word I understand is Москва (Moscow).

I also found this photograph of the tumblers via the internet (note the Starbucks sign in Cyrillic letters in the background)!

Hot pink, anyone?

I’m on a roll, because I have worn this color like two days straight… 😁 The weather has been unusual, where it’s kind of chilly but not cold either. So half of me is dressed like it’s early fall, and my feet are dressed for exploring the Arctic.

Here’s a cool shot of an abrupt thunderstorm we had last week. My sister and I had literally just parked at Starbucks, proceeded to get out of our cars and walk up to the place, when BOOOOM. Thunder rolled.

I haven’t mentioned it in awhile, but some of you might remember I said before that I’ve been learning Swedish! I take lessons daily using the Duolingo language app, and I also expand my learning by listening to music in Swedish and reading Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper, online.

But can you believe I ended up SPEAKING SWEDISH WITH SOMEONE IN PERSON LAST WEEK?

It happened during my Christmas walk looking at the lights. I passed by a house that said God Jul, which I immediately recognized as Merry Christmas in Swedish. A lady stood in the driveway selling homemade pastries, and I ended up returning to ask if she spoke Swedish. Answering yes, she went on to mention that she’d lived in Sweden for 20 years.

At that moment, Duolingo whispered to me from within:

And that’s when I broke out an unexpected trevligt att träffas (nice to meet you), and she appeared to be stunned, then smiled big and said she’d never known anyone here who was learning Swedish! We then exchanged some Swedish phrases, and by the end of our long chat, we bid each other hej då! and a wave.

You just never know what’s around the corner! See ya next time!😎

Hey Rudolph

Hello there!! 🎄

It’s December now, so I’m in Christmas mode full throttle. Naturally.

Above are a set of hair clips my sister made for me, featuring Rudolph and Clarice! ❤️ Probably my favorite couple ever. Well, next to Anna and Kristoff from Frozen, that is!

I still need to see Frozen 2, solely to see where their relationship is going.

Anyway, back to the main topic! Watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer makes me want to cry, even after I’ve seen it many times. He’s bullied for being different.

Why couldn’t all the judgey reindeers AND Santa have just accepted his nose from the get-go?????? RUDE!

Thus, I’m a hardcore Rudolph fan. I love him no matter what color his nose is. Red, blue, iridescent, disco ball…whatever! ❤️ Rock it, Rudolph.

My socks are uneven…oh well

Tonight I’m going to walk and look at Christmas lights in a residential neighborhood that is known for showcasing stunning decorations!! Ahhh, I love this time of year. ❤️ Coffee in hand, walking and admiring the displays…anyhow, this is my outfit for the occasion!

You can find this festive and fun cardigan on Amazon!

See ya next time!!

Rainy Day Rambles: Polly Pockets & Frappuccinos

Hi!! 💕

I thought I’d do something a little different today, rather than my usual outfit posts! It’s a cold, rainy and wet Sunday, and I have a very warm table inside Starbucks as I type this. I’d much rather just watch the rain from afar than be out in it * ick *.

I have many a Polly Pocket from my childhood, and recently I was reunited with my absolute favorite one, which I found in a box! Funny enough, I had a dream about this Polly Pocket. That motivated me to search for it…guess we were meant to reunite, huh? Thanks, dream!

I’d actually forgotten what was inside. Turns out, it’s an Arabian palace theme, complete with a red jewel in a chest and a monkey. ❤️ MEMORIES……………

Fast forward to present day. Thanks to Google search, I learned that Polly Pockets are still being made. I actually did not know this! I thought they were a thing of the past, but apparently they’re still in creation.

THUS, I WAS PROMPTED TO GET THIS BIRTHDAY CAKE POLLY POCKET.

How could I not? It’s a CAKE SLICE!!!!

I was stunned, as a woman in her 30’s speaking, at how Polly Pocket has evolved since I had them in the early 90’s. I mean this is ultra fancy, upscale Polly Pocket now; look at the interior design and attention to detail?!?!

Also, the figurines are a a very soft rubber texture now. My mind was blown, hahaaa…

Lastly, let’s take a look at my new hair clips! What a photo opportunity this was, no?

My sister made these hair clips for me (and several other Christmas themed ones you’ll see in upcoming outfit posts!). I wore these yesterday and I received more compliments on them than I would have imagined…although, I should have known since I was going into a Starbucks with frappuccinos on my head. I was like a walking Starbucks advertisement! 💚 yeeeeeah

Cheers to cute things. I’ll sip to that… * sips peppermint mocha *

Bye !

32

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

My birthday is Wednesday, and I’m cruisin’ towards 32 with a smile! 😄

I really don’t do a whole lot on my birthday; it’s one of those days I like to just indulge in eating some cake, opening a few gifts and simply appreciate another year of life on this planet! 🎉 YAY LIFE!!!

Here are two outfits I really loved from this past weekend, both with lots of red! My friend and I took a short day trip to Bass Lake, CA on Sunday. It’s not too far from where I live and provides scenic mountain views! 💕

*Note: my little doll pin from the Island of Misfit Toys (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)! ❤️

I love this Starbucks in Oakhurst, CA so much!!!

What a magical day…I was able to experience some vibrant fall foliage!! 🍂 The leaves were magical. MAGICAL, I TELL YOU!!!

Cheers to birthdays! Have a happy Thanksgiving too, for all of my U.S. readers! 💜

Epic Golf Socks

Hi!! 💙

DO I GOLF? Nope.

Any kind of sport, it’s best I just stay clear away from. I wouldn’t trust myself with a golf club, in fear of it going flying by accident, as I’m terribly clumsy 99% of the time.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t order a few pairs of argyle socks from Amazon and sport an artsy-woman-meets-the-golf-course look, no??

In fact, I wouldn’t be up for playing golf, but I wouldn’t mind driving a golf cart. It seems like it’d be fun to zoom around in one…

I got these bad boys on Amazon, if you’re interested in getting yourself a pack (they have a variety of patterns to choose from!). ❤️

Are you a socks person? I kind of have to be by default when fall and winter rolls around, as I don’t own a pair of pants!! When the chill rolls in, I bring out the hosiery and socks. 😀

Lastly, here’s my current read! ❤️ I’ve wanted to learn about the Berlin Wall for some time now.

I realized the other day that the first half of 2019, I read mostly medieval literature. Then the latter half, I’ve been reading historical nonfiction and politics/government. I don’t know how I started getting interested in reading political stuff lately, but now my Friday and Saturday nights consist of me SITTING AT A COFFEE SHOP DRINKING A FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DRINK WHILE ON MY LAPTOP WATCHING C-SPAN.

I will be 32 next week. This is my 30’s, y’all! AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! 💕

On a last note, a cool guy in cool pants spotted me sitting on the patio of a coffee shop and we both had EPIC patterns on. So we had to take a picture!

See you next time!!✨✨✨

Aquarium Head and House Tour

Hi!! 💕

What happens when I wear a completely neutral-colored ensemble??? *gasp!* I make sure there’s a splash of color somewhere – in this case, it was on my feet (and hair clips):

RHINESTONE LEGS
fishy fishaaaaay

As I’m sure you GUESSED…the fish are iron-on patches, transformed into hair clips. My head was basically an aquarium for a day. Thanks for all that you have, Joann Fabric! 😀 Where would I be without you? Where else would I have been inspired to put fish in my hair?

So!!! Ever since I put up my Christmas tree last weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a little house tour, since I haven’t done one in awhile. I’ve changed things around since, and why not showcase some of my favorite things/areas around the house?

The first and last thing I see when I flip on/off my bedside lamp is a photo of an East German soldier passing a carnation through a crack in the Berlin Wall (my favorite photo of all time).

James Cagney and Jean Harlow looking too-cool-for-school on my wall.

A newspaper photo from the Iraq War that I’ve kept since 2004. I saw it in the paper as a teenager and cut it out; it really spoke to me.

This is literally how I store my butterfly hairclips, hahaha! 💜

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my colorful little world! 😀

See you next time!!

Weekend Happenings!

Hey all!! ❤️

Typically my weekends are pretty quiet, but this past one I did a lot, haha!! So I thought I’d try a different post featuring the highlights of this eventful weekend. 😄

#1 First of all, I finally made a set of CAT HAIR CLIPS. For some reason I have always wanted cat hair clips, so I went to Joann Fabric and found myself these super thick stickers in the stationary aisle. Glue some alligator clips onto the backs, and there you have it!! Hair clips!

Helpful tip: I pressed the very-sticky-stickers against the palm of my hand a few times to dull out the stickiness (as to not have it stick to my hair, of course!)

Photo courtesy of impawards.com

#2 Friday morning, I went to the first showing of the film Jojo Rabbit. Now, I had been wanting to see this film, but initially I did not think it would be at a local theater, since it only showed in bigger cities at first. I saw a commercial Thursday morning that it would be in theaters everywhere starting Friday, so I was very excited!

Photo courtesy of Forbes.com

Synopsis: “Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend – Adolf Hitler – Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.”

After reading that film critics were divided on their thoughts of it and that it’s a controversial film overall, I still wanted to see it for myself and form my own opinion. I’m drawn to history and I knew this film was set in a very dark time, so I knew it would probably be an emotional one!

Photo courtesy of indiewire.com

Yes – it was emotional indeed, and I had to bite my knuckle a few times to keep from crying my eyes out! Amidst that, it was a dark comedy and the most intriguing of it all is that such a sinister time in history is viewed from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy…who learns himself that love triumphs over hate. ❤️ Overall, I really enjoyed this film and its message!

#3 I drove to Fillmore, CA by myself for a big potluck party hosted by my cousin. This was the longest drive I’ve ever taken by myself (a bit over 3 hours of a drive there, and back). It was a lot of fun, and this was the view from my cousin’s backyard!

A beautiful, Southern California sunset… ❤️

#4 Last but not least, I put my Christmas tree up!!!

eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Isn’t it cute? I decided on a Disney princess theme this year. I put on some happy Christmas music, and I blissfully decorated. 💕

See ya next time!! I hope you also had a lovely weekend!