Pumpkin Dress

Hi yaaaaaaa’ll!

September is the month that makes me begin to think about pumpkins, whether actual pumpkins or pumpkin-flavored things. I modified this lovely dress a few weeks ago, but wanted to wait for the right time to wear it. Why not the first day of September? Perfect!

I’ve become a champ at sewing lace trim sleeves now. A champ, I tell you!!! I love how this dress now has a 1960’s-nod-to-the-Victorian-era look, especially with the cameo brooch. πŸ’œβœ¨

So yes, I looooooooooooooooooove how this dress turned out. Very, very happy with it! Fittingly, I went to have my first Pumpkin Spice Frappucino and Pumpkin Scone while wearing this dress:

As you can see, Gene was salivating blood over my food and drink. But too bad bud, these are for me!!! I wish my bag was musical and you could press a button, in which he serenades me with a little Christine Sixteen or Goin’ Blind.

As you can also see from the sun rays in the above photo, the smoky skies have returned. Everything looks orange! 😜

See ya next time!! Wishing you a happy start of the new month. πŸ’œβœ¨

60’s Mod…-ifications

Howdy, all! πŸ’ž

Well I knew it would happen once I learned some sewing basics; this week, I’ve gotten much better at hand-sewing, and I had the epiphany: “Bleep it…let’s modify any dormant clothing item in my closest and make it look totally different!!!”

And that’s what I did this past week (aside from working and binge-reading my two favorite books about The Berlin Wall). It was record-breaking hot (more on that later) so I hardly went on any walks, which left me with an infinite amount of time to sew lace trim to some dresses and blouses (this is just one outfit, I did way more but I’ll feature ’em in future posts!)

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, we’ve had record-breaking heat here in California. In Central California where I live, we hit 112 degrees one day!!! And even worse, there are many wildfires going on throughout the state (the closest one being 60 miles away) and the smoke has made the air quality pretty awful.

But to beat the heat, I’ve become quite the barista. 😎 I’ve been making these mocha frappucinos that are super easy to make and they are amaazing. This is Gevalia Mocha Frappe Mix (it runs out of stock frequently since many people are making their own coffee drinks at home with the pandemic). Highly recommend it for all of you coffee lovers out there! πŸ’•

I captured the very essence of how it looks outside this past week. The sun has been a blazing red with the landscape a glowing orange. Also, how’s that for a weather report on your phone?!?!? I just had to screenshot it!

See ya next time!! πŸ’•

Setting Sail on the Sea of Fashion Design: I Sewed My Own Pockets

Hey!! ❀️

I guess I am more of a go-getter than I thought? In my last post, I threw around the idea of learning how to sew. I circled around the idea with uncertainty, as I have for a long time now. That was, until, I decided to just dive right into it!

My mom owns a sewing machine and I was a very attentive student, learning how it all worked, and decided to sew pockets onto a dress I already owned as my first project. The result: AN AWESOME DRESS RE-DESIGN!

I chose the checkered fabric because I had a shirt that matched it. And guess what? I didn’t have as much trouble with sewing as I thought I would. Who would’ve thought?!!!

When I went for an evening walk the next day after sewing these bad boys onto my dress, I walked through the park like John Travolta walking down the streets of New York City in the beginning of Saturday Night FeverStayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees playing in my head. It gave me that little boost of confidence: “…why yes, I made and sewed these pockets myself! Check out these seams…”

I really liked this dress before, but now I’m in love with it!!! ❀️

Once I realized I could sew pockets, the dormant sewing beast within broke out of its cage. I decided to take the leap and order a fabric for my first skirt! I should be getting the fabric in the mail in a few weeks.

And that’s my sewing progress so far!! See ya next time!

A Picnic for One is a Picnic For Fun

Hey, y’all!! πŸ’ πŸ’•πŸŒΈ

I finally fulfilled my dream of taking myself on a picnic. In this time of practicing social distancing, what a better way to practice it than by going on a solo picnic?! But honestly, I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, way before the Corona days.

First!!! Two outfits from this past week. πŸ˜ƒ

Unicorn necklace made by the talented Tracy over at The Tote Trove!

I’m really into hair pom-poms lately. They’re just so funnnnn. πŸ’œ Tee heeee…

So!!!!!! One of my favorite stores ever, World Market, has for awhile been temporarily closed like so many other places due to COVID-19. That’s my go-to place for foreign treats, and I’ve missed it!

It made me think about trying an international snack box. However, I didn’t want to commit to a subscription service to try some (just something I could treat myself to every so often, not monthly). Much to my happy surprise, I found snack boxes you could purchase individually for a great price on Amazon! I picked from the Amazon’s Choice snack boxes because they had great reviews. πŸ‘πŸ½

I decided on the Turkish snack box for my first one (you can find it here on Amazon). I was really excited because I have always wanted to try Turkish sweets/snacks. I’ve tried a few so far, and they’re delicious! You get a lot in the box, so it’ll last a long time.

I took one of the snacks with me for my picnic (the brownie) as a dessert. πŸ’• Picnic time!!!

Amaaaaazing cherry brownie!!! πŸ’•πŸ’

So yes, it was a grand ol’ time, and I went for a walk afterwards. I haven’t been on a picnic in forever!! Good times. ❀️

See ya next time!!

Quarantine Time Snapshots

Hey hey!! I hope y’all have been doing well during these quarantine days. πŸ’œ Life has been really quiet for the most part but I managed to collect some snapshots of what I’ve been up to. πŸ˜€

First off, I keep forgetting to blog about this (I don’t know how I forgot???) but I have really exciting news! Last month, I was notified that a logo I designed for a restaurant called Seafood Station in San Francisco was up on display and I was sent a photo of it!!!

This is definitely my happiest moment as a graphic designer!!!!!!! To see a logo I designed hanging up is so exciting. Creating it took a lot of hard work and hours to complete, but all of that hard work paid off seeing the final result. So a piece of me is in San Francisco!

The cool thing is that I have more logo design work coming up (the clients are all in the Bay Area). I’m used to designing graphics for Instagram business pages, so logo design is a challenging yet overall rewarding new experience! πŸ‘

My backyard office space, which is perfect next to the little rose bush! I spotted a tiny bee-looking-fly hanging out on a leaf (photos below). Also, that hot pink rose on my planner is a paper weight I painted (it was quite windy when I took this photo).

I’ve been going for walks a few times a week with my friend Sarah, as I mentioned in my last blog post! It’s refreshing and I love looking at all the houses in the neighborhood. One of my favorite houses on our route is one that looks nearly identical to The Brady Bunch house (as a result, I’ve been watching several episodes of The Brady Bunch lately!)

I ended up going to the farmer’s market at a shopping center I frequent, which I hadn’t been to since the quarantine began. It was so crazy to see the parking lot empty, and also seeing my favorite Starbucks in this shopping center devoid of patio furniture and human beings:

Going to the farmer’s market was great because it felt familiar (I used to go sit with my friend at her vendor booth at farmer’s market nearly every Tuesday evening last spring/summer!). So it was really nice to go again; I got myself a Dalgona coffee and some sweets to take home. πŸ’• YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS…

My outfit for the outing. 😁 Pattern mixing is so fun and for that extra flower power vibe, I sported my daisy hair clips (I’ll be making more of these soon!!! I ordered more daisy patches to make hair clips but in different colors. They will make any outfit I wear look ultra groovy).

🌸 See ya next time!! 🌸

Dance Off Under the Rain Clouds

Hey, all!! 🌸

I’m sure by now it’s obvious how much I love flowers. So when my friend Sarah (who has been my walking-buddy during this quarantine, keeping a good distance as we stroll of course!) and I came upon this house with lush rose bushes in front, I had to stop to admire and get a photo with them.

Hanging out with the flowers.πŸ’•

The warm temps have been much welcomed for me, although on this day we walked, it cooled a little because there were rain clouds lingering. Everything felt damp and refreshing!

It started out as a normal walk (I led the way, as we always walk single-file at least six feet apart from each other), with the sun peeking through the rain clouds intermittently. We strolled through the affluent residential neighborhood, then down the long stretch of sidewalk lined with sweet-scented bushes and buzzin’ bees.

Then Sarah put on some oldies on her phone. It was at the climatic ending of Let’s Live for Today by The Grass Roots when I suddenly took off skipping full-speed down the sidewalk, like a crazed woman who suddenly let her inner child out.

Sha-la-la-la-la-la live for todaaay…and don’t worry ’bout tomorrow… as the song goes.

We kept on, Sarah being the DJ and taking requests. If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…my song request by Scott McKenzie fluttered through the air like a butterfly. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE…I WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOOOOOOU, we sang along to Badfinger.

Our walk ended with us dancing around in the empty park until it got too chilly and the rain clouds took over.

Skipping and dancing – definitely not something I thought I’d find myself doing, and yet it was one of the most fun times I’ve had, and something I’ll always remember!

And what else did I learn??? That when it comes right down to it, my friend and I are two women in our thirties who just want to go outside and play, basically.

Rain clouds over the dance floor

See ya next time!! πŸ’•

Easter Splendor

🌸🌸🌸 Happy Easter!!! 🌸🌸🌸

I looooooove this holiday so much. Sweet colors and chocolate-everything! How could I not?!! I also enjoy eating many Cadbury Eggs (my favorite).

Those are headbands I made many years ago that I decoratively draped in the basket and put one on the pink bunny’s head. I thought it made for a perfect prop!

As always, I LOVE YOU EASTER!!!! πŸ’•

This past week, I have been walking way more than usual. I enjoy it so much because I get to fully experience nature and spring. My friend Sarah and I have been walking on a trail behind her apartment complex and it’s STUNNING!!!

I am easily enchanted by nature. A breeze made some leaves fall delicately from a tree and created a pretty sound as the leaves hit the sidewalk (me motioning for my friend to stop: “Wait!!! Listen…”) I love smelling the flowers I pass by (I check first to make sure there is no bee on it…yikes). The scents of the trees are intoxicating (I especially love the pine ones). And jasmine!!!!!! That one stops me in my tracks.

In fact, on our last walk, I smelled jasmine flowers and spotted it growing over a fence. I stopped and proceeded to take deep, deliberate whiffs, closing my eyes. And then I noticed a jogger coming towards me, looking at me like they were wondering what on earth I was doing standing there deeply inhaling the air… πŸ˜ƒ Tee heeee!

Oh nature, you are truly an experience. ❀️ Every little thing about it is pure magic. That’s me walking blissfully across a field. The song Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles always comes to mind when I’m walking aimlessly amongst greenery (which for me, isn’t just a song, but an experience in itself and a state of mind).

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to
Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real

And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

I hope you enjoy whatever makes you feel blissful… πŸ’œ See ya next time!

Goosebumps and a Sparkly Unicorn

Howdy doooo! πŸ’œ

On a whim, I took photos with a unicorn beanie baby and it was glorious. The unicorn was a gift from my sister some time ago! The tag says its name is Sparkle. I love the sequins that change colors when you flip them up or down.

I’ve been sitting it next to my laptop on my portable desk while I work, as my little work companion. πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ’œ creepy grin πŸ’œ

The dress is from Forever 21. I’ve always wanted a lavender dress and it’s perfect for spring! 🌸

Guess what I found hiding in a closet in my house? My old Goosebumps collection!!!!!!

Goosebumps was a huge part of my childhood. I was always reading these books and I kept one tucked in my Lisa Frank backpack when I went to elementary school at all times. I remember watching the TV show that aired on Fox Kids each week and I was HOOKED.

My absolute favorite Goosebumps book (and I just finished re-reading it – still loved it just as much now as I did as a kid) is Phantom of the Auditorium. I remember watching an episode of Goosebumps one evening and seeing a sneak-peek of the next one that would air, and it was Phantom of the Auditorium. I was BEYOND EXCITED. That’s all I talked about for a week.

The episode didn’t disappoint, either!! I thought it was the best one of the TV series. I remember wishing at the time that there was a mysterious phantom haunting my own school auditorium (which in the book, ends up being the ghost of a young boy from the 1920’s who has waited 72 years to revive his role as the Phantom in the school play).

I STILL LOVE THAT BOOK. DANG. And let it be known that I actually dressed up as the Phantom for Halloween that year! (That would’ve been 1995).

I’ve read four of these books so far this past week, and given how many there are in the box…I definitely won’t run out of them any time soon! πŸ˜‰ Many book adventures await as the COVID-19 shelter-in-place policy continues for the time being. Thanks, Goosebumps!

Did you ever read Goosebumps? Which one was your favorite?

See ya next time!!

The Phantom of the Park & Other Things

Hey, all!!! I hope you are healthy and well! πŸ’œ

This past week, given the shelter-in-place policy enforced in my city due to COVID-19, I’ve had an abundance of time at home to create some new artwork, read, watch movies, and tinker around with the clothing in my closet. I created a new bow brooch by using some extra fabric ribbon I had on hand, and attached it to a vintage brooch I own. A nice addition to my beige lace top!

Believe it or not, the black dress is an old Xhilaration dress from Target I’ve had for years. Now it looks totally different!

I really love how old-fashion this dress looks with the modifications I made to it! It proves that all it takes is some accessorizing to totally change the look.

I’ve always loved psychedelic art, so I finally created one of my own. πŸ˜ƒ I titled it: Magical Mystery Dreams (the title was inspired by Magical Mystery Tour (1967) by the Beatles, which is my favorite album of theirs and it paired well while drawing this). πŸ’œ

Last but certainly not least!!! A few weeks ago, I was happy to get my copy of Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978). You can hardly find a copy of it to buy online, so it’s truly a miracle I even own it!

Backstory: This was a made-for-television film that aired around Halloween of 1978. Anything I read about it said it was “super cheesy” and “really out-there”, which made me even more ecstatic to watch it and run to it with open arms. Naturally, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!!!

Plot: Kiss battles an evil inventor who has plans for destruction at a California amusement park.

It takes place at Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA (around 3 hours away from where I live – I’ve driven through the area countless times going to L.A.). The acting is adorable and there are a lot of scenes with Kiss playing their songs live in concert. How could I not love it?!

I also love it because, since it was transferred from an original VHS recording to DVD, it’s like watching it through a dream lens. It gives the film a high saturation color-wise and an imperfect quality, which I actually prefer. Visually, it’s like remembering parts of a dream you had, is how I’d best describe it.

I hope you all stay healthy, positive and find creative ways to spend your time as much of the world is on lockdown, it seems. ❀️ Let me know in the comments if you’ve been doing anything interesting!

See you next time!! 🌼

Feeling Groovy

Hey, all!! πŸ’œ

I’m so happy to showcase this groovy little dress that my friend found for me at Goodwill!! Isn’t it a dream? 😍 And it’s super comfortable, too!

How could I not be in a blissful mood wearing this dress?? The weather was so beautiful and warm (80 degrees today!) so I felt like I was floating on a cloud of joy all day. In the spirit of the sixties, I listened to one of my favorite songs from that time period, Daydream Believer by The Monkees, as I drove to get some coffee and work done.

I love dresses from the sixties and seventies so much…I’ve always gravitated towards them and they just call to me. You know how there are soul friends, soul mates, etc? Well, clothing from the sixties and seventies are my soul clothes. ❀️

See you next time!! 🌸🌼