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A Very Tote Trove Birthday; Cheers to 35!

Unicorns and a free Starbucks drink? What a way to turn 35!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

When I opened my birthday gifts from my sister today, I was totally shocked to see an array of barrettes from The Tote Trove!!! And I was all too excited to snap some photos of them:

I look forward to wearing these beauties! They are so stunning. It took me no time to place the balloon barrette in my hair today, since it was so fitting! 🎈

Funny story: just a few weeks ago, I had peeked into The Tote Trove’s shop to buy the anchor barrette, only to sadly see it had been sold already. What a pleasant surprise to know that my sister was the one who’d bought it – and, these other ones that I had favorited and planned to buy eventually! I was beyond ecstatic when I unwrapped them today. πŸ’—

Other birthday gifts that I was excited to receive today from my mom! (Seriously though, Gutterflower by the Goo Goo Dolls!!! I’ve wanted this album for a long time!)

Shirt: Cat & Jack, Target / Skirt: H&M

Cheers to 35!!! β˜•οΈ I love that I’m now in my mid-thirties! 😎

Tofurky Quirky: Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving, for me at least, means it’s Tofurky time! I’m a pescatarian, which just means that the only meat I partake in is fish. So for Thanksgiving today, I wanted to make myself a spinach salad with Tofurky, asparagus and lots of Brussels sprouts! And of course, the sides: stuffing, corn, olives – the usual Thanksgiving suspects. πŸ˜‰

I’m actually a very avid Brussels sprouts eater. I feel like they have a bad reputation amongst other veggies in the vegetable world, as most of the time, I don’t hear people mention Brussels sprouts in a particularly fond manner. But I love them, so bring me all the Brussels sprouts please!!!

I am totally feeling my Thanksgiving outfit today! And feeling very grateful for every little thing. I feel grateful for things every day, but today I’m especially focusing on it. For example, look at this beeeeeeautiful bouquet of plastic, iridescent flowers! I keep them in my room in a vase, and the natural light from my window makes them look all sorts of colors, depending on the light and angle. It’s multi-faceted and magical to look at! πŸ’œ I’m grateful that I still manage to find magic in the world as an adult, the same way I did as a child. πŸ˜€

Flowers: Amazon
Top: Amazon
Brooch: Hallmark (childhood) / Ring: Childhood / Hair clip: SHEIN

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!!! ❀

Edgy Bear Flair: Hot Cheeto Trees Are the Bee’s Knees

Isn’t this such a beautiful tree?? The colors and texture fondly make me think of a hot cheeto. Here’s a nice group shot of some stunning trees I took the other day, too:

Flamin’ hot cheeto trees. β€οΈπŸ’› If that isn’t awesome enough, I decided to make things more awesome by sporting my bear hair clips today, and also decided to bust out my harness choker belt, which I haven’t worn for quite some time! I love the mix of Hello Kitty socks with the bear clips and edgy accessory!

I think it’s really fun to play around with accessories, especially things that seem opposite of each other (for example, the cute bear clips with the goth-like harness choker belt!) I always say, try things out; I don’t mind if something looks kind of awkward on me, as I feel that’s part of my personality so I have nothing to lose! πŸ˜ƒ

Sweater: Secondhand / Harness choker belt: ROMWE / Bear clips: Etsy
Ring: RUSS (from childhood)
Shoes: Dolls Kill / Socks: Forever 21

Did I enjoy this outfit? I found it beary good, indeed!!! 🐻

Hail Storms & Foliage: Fall is in the Air, Specifically in My Hair

Look at that!!!

Yesterday, there was a major rain/hail storm that swept through the city I live in. That is very rare for central California, because we really don’t ever see rain much, so it was a sight to behold! I was able to comfortably watch it from indoors, while working on my laptop at a coffee shop when the storm happened (incidentally, there were two thunderstorms that rolled through, an hour apart!) Two storm shows in one sitting? Cool!

Above is a photo of my view from inside the coffee shop, right before the thunderstorm rolled in with all the hail.

Barrette & Necklace: The Tote Trove / Heart Clips: SHEIN

Aside from getting work done while the storm did its thing, it also enabled me to blog a bit at the time about this stunning new barrette (and beautiful bonus necklace!) I recently added to my hair accessory collection from none other than The Tote Trove, who makes the most fun and colorful accessories that you just can’t find in a store.

I love accessories that are playful and fun, and her crafty work is the epitome of that! Plus, I love that the barrette is made of felt; felt is a material that nostalgically makes me think of crafting in elementary school, so I think that’s why I’m so drawn to her barrettes!Β 

I already have my eye on a couple other ones in her shop for the future (especially one featuring an anchor!! You know I love anything with military vibes, but particularly the Navy. So it’s like, kawaii Navy vibes. Yes please, LOL!) But for now, I’m enjoying this fall one for November!

Now, onto the outfits I wore over the course of the two days it was raining this week… πŸΌβ˜”οΈ The first one with the fall foliage barrette was what I was wearing yesterday, the day of the spooky storm!

Turtleneck: Secondhand / Skirt: H&M
Sweater: Forever 21 / Skirt: Secondhand
Hair Bow & Butterfly Clips: SHEIN / My Melody Clips: Amazon

I know I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I just couldn’t wait any longer to pull out this adorable Christmas hair bow! Isn’t it soooo cute?! Don’t worry, I have an outfit in mind for Thanksgiving, so I won’t be ignoring that holiday or anything. Haha!

See ya next time!!

November Splendor: Sweater Weather, Barrettes and Bows

HUGE bow: SHEIN / Bangle: Childhood / Heart Barrette: The Tote Trove

November is a fun month in my book: the fall foliage fully comes alive where I live (finally!), it’s my birthday month, Thanksgiving comes, and at the end of the month, the anticipatory Christmas magic begins (my favorite holiday…I’m a Christmas gal, through and through!)

As the temperatures have began to drop, I’ve pulled out many a sweater and cardigan – one of them being this bright red sweater and hot pink/navy blue cardigan. And then, as I began looking through my hair accessories, I spotted this heart barrette I had bought last year from The Tote Trove, which paired perfectly with my sweater.

Back when I originally bought it, I wore it as a pin rather than a barrette; at that point, I wasn’t wearing bows or barrettes at the back of my hair like I do now. So I thought, hey! I need to wear it in my hair now! And, it inspired me to go cruising through her Etsy shop and pick out the perfect barrette to wear during this Thanksgiving month. I look forward to getting it in the mail!

And on we go with these two outfits that were the perfect start to November. ❀️

Sweater and skirt: Secondhand / Gloves: Childhood
Autumn leaf clips: Handmade
Sweater & Skirt: Secondhand
Bow & Butterfly Clip: SHEIN / Bangle: Secondhand

I love the mix of hot pink with autumnal colors! πŸ’—πŸ Happy beginning of November!

Boo!

Halloween is near and my goofy self had fun wearing festive, Halloween-inspired looks this past week!!! πŸ§‘πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ–€ Today I’m wearing the Halloween skirt one, which I will be wearing tonight to an open mic night at my favorite locally owned coffee shop – The Mug. The open mic night is Halloween themed, so my skirt will fit perfectly with the ambiance!

The open mic nights are a new thing they have going on there, which is fantastic for me because I love the idea of going to listen to live music, but the places that typically have live music where I live are bars, which I won’t go near. Live music at a coffee shop?! Dream come true! I’m so glad they’re having these now. I never have anything to do socially that doesn’t involve sitting alone at a coffee shop with my laptop or a book (oddball loner, remember?) so it’s the perfect outing that doesn’t have a huge crowd (it’s a fairly small coffee shop). I can just sit back and enjoy live music, without my laptop or a book in front of me. Plus, I can go alone and feel totally comfortable because I go to the coffee shop regularly anyway!!!!

Time for the outfits! I loved them all; they are each Halloween festive in their own way. And fun! ❀️ What do you think of those ghost hair clips from SHEIN?! Love!

And there you have it, folks!! My week of Halloween-themed outfits and two Goosebumps books to get those Halloween spooky vibes going. πŸ‘» Have a happy Halloween weekend!

On a Roll with Cinnamoroll

When I spied these cute clips on Amazon, I realized I didn’t know much about the character Cinnamoroll, but I did recognize it from seeing it on a few Japanese fashion sites – it seems to be very popular! After a quick Google search, I learned that it’s a cute little white puppy! I really don’t have any white hair clips, so I decided to go ahead and buy them since they were inexpensive and would go with anything I wear. πŸ’™

From a distance, it looks like I have little white clouds in my hair. But upon closer look, you can tell they’re this adorable little Sanrio character (the camera didn’t capture the details in my photos, but you get the idea!).

Top: SHEIN / Skirt: H&M

See ya next time!! πŸ’•

Pumpkin Patch Princess; Bring on the Sugar Skulls

Each year, when the month of October rolls around, I always look forward to making a date with myself to go to the pumpkin patch and just look at all the pumpkins, perusing the hay-filled aisles and enjoying the festive fall vibes. πŸŽƒ

I decided to dress the part and go pumpkin, full-throttle. Unleashing my inner pumpkin beast, I brought out the big boys: pumpkin hair clips, a pumpkin hair barrette worn as a pin, aaaaaaand…I sewed pumpkin and candy corn patches onto my checkered skirt!

Blazer: Amazon / Skirt: Forever 21 / Patches: Etsy
Pumpkin hair clips: Claire’s
Shoes: Dolls Kill
Hair bow & Barrette: SHEIN

I absolutely loved my pumpkin outfit!!! πŸŽƒ

Lastly, here’s another outfit I wore this past week that had a sugar skull theme. πŸ’—

Scarf: a gift / Skirt: Secondhand
Bow: Etsy / Ring: PinkBopp
Hair Clips: SHEIN

See ya next time!!

Pumpkin-y Goodness: Starting Off the Fall Season

For me, the fall season truly comes to life when the cafΓ© chain Panera launches their pumpkin shortbread sugar cookie!! So how did I celebrate the start of autumn several days ago? By enjoying this cookie and a Frozen Chocolate Cold Brew! (The little crochet coffee sleeve is handmade by my sister). The cookie was delicious and the icing melts in your mouth with an unexpected lemon flavor that is delightful! And the Frozen Chocolate Cold Brew has an espresso kick, but the sweetness compliments it and makes for the perfect taste. Paired with the cookie, it was an amazing combo!

I also brought out some of my favorite Babysitters Little Sister books that are Halloween themed (beginning with Karen’s Little Witch). After this one, I’ll move onto Karen’s Witch, Karen’s Ghost and Karen’s Pumpkin Patch. That should last me through October! πŸŽƒ

And of course, I had to wear something fall-like, naturally! All around, I definitely felt like I celebrated the start of autumn quite well. ❀️

Top + Butterflies: SHEIN
Coaster: Dollar Tree
Purse: Spirit Halloween / Skirt: Secondhand

See ya next time!!! πŸŽƒ

Hello Kitty: Blazin’ Blazer + Space Skirt

Previously I featured My Melody hair clips – this time it’s the Hello Kitty ones! ❀️

I wanted two different looks with these hair clips, and the first is a plaid navy blue blazer I was happy to pull out of my closet, after its hibernation since last fall. I feel like my shoes really pulled the outfit together!

Blazer + Hair clips = Amazon
Shoes: Demonia, Dolls Kill
Bow: SHEIN
Hello Kitty galore!

Next up is my cosmic Hello Kitty look!!!

Feeling whimsical, I bejeweled my space buns. I simply glued bobby pins onto the backs of little pink jewel gems I had stashed in a craft drawer, and voila! Some extra pizzazz!

Skirt: Amazon
Shoes: Lamoda, Dolls Kill
Bow: Childhood
Ring: From a small mountain town boutique
Ring: Etsy

You can never go wrong with Hello Kitty, and it was fun creating looks around these fabulous hair clips!!! ❀