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Leopard-Print Lady

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Last night, feeling a bit bored and needing to get out of the house, I took a spontaneous trip to H&M and bought two really adorable items of clothing. The first one is this leopard-print romper…I’m really obsessed with rompers and this one is my favorite one, so far!

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Haha, my car cover was still on in the background…

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Incidentally, I had a headband that matched perfectly with the print, and a ring that went pretty well with it, too! I love when that happens, haha.

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So yeah! This romper is super comfortable and perfect for summertime; it’s very light and I love the pockets. H&M has various other prints available, and also solid colors to choose from. Check it out!

Happy Sunday! โค

Heat Wave

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Happy summer, folks!

Naturally, here in the California Central Valley, it didn’t hesitate a moment to unleash its heat wrath upon us. It hit 111, and there were patches of power outages in my city for two days or so. In my area of town, the outage only lasted 15 minutes. It happens – everyone is running their AC and it overloads. Happens every year!

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It’s been hot, but I still try to come up with cute outfits of course. I got creative and mixed prints, which always creates an interesting look…the top and the skirt were gems I found at Goodwill awhile back!

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Can’t remember if I’ve shown this ring before (I probably have). One of my favorites I’ve made, and I cropped out my nails because they looked reeeeeally bad and one of my nails had popped off! However…

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…I got them re-done shortly after! Sheer gold stiletto nails. Love!

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of their summer, wherever in the world you happen to be! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bow Tie

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This is another lovely purchase I made from Tracy atย The Tote Trove! I’m donning lots of red today, so I thought this outfit would work perfectly with this adorable, felt collar necklace with a sequin bow in the middle. You can find other lovely necklaces in herย Etsy shop!

I feel like this necklace makes my entire outfit. I’m just wearing a plain cotton T-shirt dress, and it totally jazzes it up and gives it such a quirky vibe!

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I paired it with this cameo ring I made, but I can only take credit for gluing a ring-back on it! It’s a very antique brooch that was given to me from a family friend in Maine, but I never wear brooches, so I turned it into a ring. ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for today! Enjoying the outdoors, sitting on a patio outside Starbucks now while typing up this blog post and soaking up the beautiful weather before it turns to 109 degrees this weekend! I wish I was kidding, but that’s the actual expected temperature! Ugh!

Happy Thursday!

Full of Secrets

Recently, a fellow blogger named Giada (go check out her blog, she takes beautiful pictures and has great style!) suggested I do a blog post about my hair. I thought that was a really good idea and one I should have thought of sooner!

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A lot of people ask how I get my hair so big. Truth is, it’s just full of secrets. I wake up and it naturally looks this way…get out of the shower, and boom…it’s huge and full of volume.

I wish. ๐Ÿ™‚

While my secrets do contribute to my hair volume ๐Ÿ˜‰ , it actually takes strong hairspray, tools, and time to complete. Getting dressed, doing my hair and makeup combined takes about an hour and a half to do.

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Clearly I wear extensions (for length), but all the teased portion of my hair is my own. I wear two of the large-sized Bumpits (one on the top of my head, another further back behind it):

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Teasing my hair is still a big part of it, as the Bumpits themselves serve to keep my hair from falling flat. Also, there is another way to create the volume:

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The hair donut! What I did was take one that corresponds with my hair color (so, brown for me) and I cut one side up to the hole, and it then creates one long, squishy tool to put volume in my hair. It holds in place on my head underneath my hair by putting a bobby pin on each end! Just make sure to tease your hair to cover it.

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Lastly, I keep it all in place by using Aussie Instant Freeze. This is the best hairspray I’ve ever used and nothing else holds as well as this does, in my opinion! I’ve sat on many windy beaches and my hair kept its shape because of this glorious hairspray. You don’t have to be heavy-handed when spraying this because it really is an instant freeze. A little goes a long way!

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So, there ya go! There are various ways to get volume, and these are my go-to’s that work for me. I know this is an extreme hairstyle and not everyone wants so much volume, so you can tone it down by using smaller Bumpits of course or a smaller hair donut. Same result, just more subtle. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Saturday!

 

The Bolder, the Better!

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Happy Thursday, people! โค

I’m in a super good mood today, and my outfit seems to convey my upbeat attitude. I’m wearing some bright colors that completely offset the otherwise cloudy, dismal skies in the Central Valley of California today. I like this kind of weather though, so it’s perfect!

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Cameo ring, made by yours truly. I loved how it turned out so much that I kept it for myself, rather than putting it on Etsy. LOL! Maybe I’ll make a similar one to sell.ย 

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I’d like to take a moment to talk about this lovely belt, which is actually just a plain black belt, but I attached the cutest pin in the world to it! It’s made out of felt and clips very easily and securely to it. I’ve already gotten at least two compliments on it when I was out and about! This is also a pin you could easily wear in your hair, too. I bought it from Tracy, who ownsย The Tote Trove on Etsy, and all of her stuff is super adorable and colorful! Check out herย blog, as well!ย I also bought a necklace from her, which I’ll wear in another outfit post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Feeling goooood! I’ve been in a good mood this week anyway, but today is just one of those days when I feel like I’m shooting out joy beams anywhere I go. It’s funny how when you radiate happiness, other people tend to feel it too and it spreads the joy. So get out there and smile and be happy! โค

Jewelry Storage!

I was looking around my bathroom today, and noticed my heaps of bracelets and the rings I have displayed on my counter. I decided to take them outside and get some photos…the colors are so pretty, and I wanted to share how I store my jewelry as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Not long ago, my mom gave me the idea to use ice trays to store my rings in. Best idea ever, and I do know it’s a popular way to store rings (now I know, that is). This is probably half of my ring collection…I have much,much more, haha.

Using ice trays to put your rings in is seriously a genius idea, and especially if you own gigantic rings like I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A cool but not-as-organized way to store your bracelets is to simply dump them all into a bowl. That’s exactly what I did, and while it’s not as easy to retrieve a bracelet from it, it looks pretty. Hahaha! It’s clear to see I love gold-colored jewelry, as it pairs really nicely with my skin tone. AB rhinestones are my favorite thing in the world…all those colors when the light hits it! โค

Does anyone have creative ways they store their jewelry?

Have a happy Wednesday!

 

Summer Daze

So while walking Woodward Park yesterday, this happened:

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Much to my surprise, I saw my first out-in-the-wild snake. NOT cool! It was blocking the pathway to the trail I normally walk…literally right in the middle of it, to where no one could pass. I’m not a fan of snakes in any capacity, so needless to say, I was freaked out.

This afternoon, while momentarily bored and looking for something to occupy my time until I go to the bookstore this evening, I decided to go outdoors (well, outside my house) and take some photos!

I’m definitely an amateur, but I enjoy experimenting with photography! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hey there, fly…

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Tried a filter on this one…next little make-shift photoshoot I do, I plan on using one filter for the entire shoot to create a consistent theme.

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Boo!

I’ve already taken photos of this outfit I’m wearing today, so no outfit post. I really enjoyed taking photos of things I would otherwise overlook in my front yard. That’s why boredom can be a gateway to some creative whim!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s week is starting off right! โค