All About That Balance

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Ahoy!

I bring to you, some truly interesting outfits I wore this week. Wearing hair clips from Sally Beauty Supply that the box states is for children, and risk-taking pattern mixing?

‘TWAS NOT A DULL WEEK…

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Aight, so the heart hair clips are from Sally Beauty Supply as I mentioned, and the choker I paired with it collectively just screams: Oh 90’s, Where Art Thou?

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The choker necklace, I have no idea where it is from. My sister gave me it because she said she didn’t like how it looked on her. Score for me – I love it! It’s such an unusual choker…I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it.

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It’s a Friday so I thought why not; let’s pair a bird-printed top with a floral skirt. Because I have only one life to live and I’m going to live it well. At first hesitant, I then decided to give it a go.

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YET SOMEHOW…IT WORKED.

With the dark blues and light blues, it comes together gloriously in an explosion of irony. Birds and flowers, unite. Mixed prints, unite. I wore my black T-strap flats with the outfit, which tied it all together.

A lady this morning at the café I go to said I looked “fun” today.

YESSS!

Fun is what I aim for. I like my outfits to be fun and playful, so it was a success.

In other news, it was a good week and seemed to go by really fast. I blinked and it was suddenly Friday. Outside of work, I’ve been drawing and reading, even more so…

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I made a pretty new drawing, and I’m going to get it framed and take it with me to my next art showcase, which will be September 1st! I love the colors I went with…I wasn’t sure what kind of colors I wanted initially, but I just thought, the brighter the better. Very pleased with the outcome. ♥

As for reading, I’m only a chapter away from finishing No Easy Day, an autobiography of a Navy SEAL. This is my third SEAL book and I love it just as much as the others I’ve read.

It’s the dichotomy. I love extremely girly things, but I need a balance, and that’s where the testosterone-fueled, jumping-out-of-helicopters, action-packed genre of books I enjoy comes in.

It’s like the yin and yang. Or YANG AND YIN?

This leads me to an observation. My fascination with things totally opposite of me isn’t just with books. Come to think of it, if I reflect on my very short list of guys I have gone out with in the past: one was super logical/technical-minded, and another was in law enforcement and really loved guns, and very much was a logical thinker.

In other words, polar opposite from me.

SEE WHAT I MEAN?

If I (ever?) at some point feel like dating again in the years ahead, perhaps I should lean towards dating a fellow artist, or something along those lines? The thing is, I enjoy learning about someone who is totally different than me. I still am not sure if the whole opposites attract is good or bad when it comes to the romantic spectrum. What do you all think? Enlighten me.

I tend to gravitate towards the more left-brained I suppose, to offset my blissfully creative albeit scattered right-brain. You know I’m all about the artsy life…

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Or more accurately for me, a Dodge.

See ya!!! ♥

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

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Like my Smashing Pumpkins blog post title? Notice I am wearing butterfly hair clips…?? Also, I have an outfit to show you that involves the Pumpkins. So let’s start!

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First off, THIS SHIRT. It’s the most gorgeous shade of purple I’ve ever seen and you can find it for purchase here.

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I ordered this in the mail from eBay. It is Korean-style fashion, apparently! I’m a size US Small, but it recommends to size up one since it’s sized in Asia measurements.

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LOVE IT. It fits perfectly! The intricate details on the front and the lace sleeves are beautifully feminine. I actually have this same shirt in light pink, and a similar one in beige. I wear them both frequently. I’ve been super pleased with all three purchases now!

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My butterfly hair clips are actually glue-on appliques from Joann Fabric! I simply glued alligator clips on the back of each. How easy is that? 🙂 So simple to do and looks super cute!!!

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New saddle shoes from BAIT footwear! These are so fun. Ahhhhh…♥

You can find these same shoes here.

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On the creative spectrum, I’ve been staying quite busy!!! I’m happy to show the ensemble I’ve decided on for the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins concert I’m going to on the 27th in Oakland! Can you tell I’m excited?

 

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So for my outfit, I definitely went with a Mellon-Collie-era theme! I love the whimsical, dreamy aesthetic the band went with during this period of their music.

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I printed out the star lady from the album cover and made it into a ring. ♥

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I’ve had this star headband for awhile now…glad to be putting it to good use again! I feel like this really tops off the whole look. I can’t waaaaaaaaaaaait!

Originally, I thought I would wear a Smashing Pumpkins shirt with a skirt. However, my hair hides anything on the front of a shirt, which is why I seldom ever wear a shirt with a picture on it.

Instead, I thought I’d get creative and create my own band-inspired outfit.

I’m going to do the same for the Ghost concert in November. I’m happy to say that I’ve already started on the jewelry for that, and here’s a sneak peek…

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It’s done – all I need to do is glue a ring-back on it. OH MY GOSH, I HAVE A GHOST RING. ♥ I’ll probably make another one. Crafting is addicting, you guys…

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…because a fresh new ring was also made Saturday night! Tracy over at The Tote Trove inspired me to make a Disney princess statement ring, awhile after I read her blog post about having made a gorgeous Disney princess necklace.

Joann Fabric is where I found the Beauty and the Beast packet of buttons. I plan on getting the packet with Princess Jasmine in it so I can make one of her in the future.

This ring is HUGE. But it definitely catches your eye, and is a good conversation piece!

Enjoy the start of the new week! ♥

Passion for Fashion

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Hi there!!!

Hope everyone had a good week! I definitely did, and I have some cool creations I made this past week to share. I’ve been on a roll! ♥

In my last post, I mentioned I bought some new art supplies and was ready to make a painting. Here’s how it turned out:

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Caspian Sea. Acrylic on canvas.

I looooooove how it turned out! As you can see, it goes along with my current trend of creating things inspired by different places in the world. The colors and the texture is what I love most. For some reason, I’ve always been drawn to the Caspian Sea. No idea why, but it’s been a fascination since I was really young. I’m glad to have captured it in a painting!

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For today’s outfit!!! I brought out my favorite romper and wore some pink accents to make it pop. However, there’s a very special accessory to this outfit!

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The BELT. I made it!

I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I feel really good knowing I made it myself entirely! It’s simply made out of ribbon (which means it’s flimsy with no weight to it, but I don’t mind because it fits just like a solid belt would).

The buckle charm I made, which is the same style I’ve made rings and a pin for my laptop bag. I glued a magnetic clasp to the ends of the ribbon, which is how I fasten it. The ribbon and magnetic clasp, I purchased at JOANN fabric.

And there you have it! It was so simple to make. I plan on making more to wear!!! ♥

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Oh yeah, AND I’M GOING TO SEE GHOST IN NOVEMBER.

eeeeeeeeeeee!

I bought my ticket a few days ago. This will be my second time seeing them! I’ll be going to San Jose for the concert, and what timing because it’ll be twelve days before my birthday. Happy freakin’ birthday to me…SO EXCITED!

I still have the Smashing Pumpkins concert to look forward to, coming up in August! What a lineup I have going on this year!

 

Hope you enjoyed reading! See ya! ♥

Ghost and Glitter

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Helloooooooooooooo!!!

This is going to be a long blog post, so sit back, grab something to eat or drink (or both) and enjoy! I have so much to share. ♥

First off, let me tell you a bit about my totally random, new Ghost shirt:

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I can’t even count how many confused stares this shirt received when I wore it on Saturday. I was out and about, at Starbucks and later on went to get some Indian food take-out, and a few people would just stare at the shirt blankly, looking mildly confused. So what I’m saying is, the shirt was a success!

It says Rats! by the way, but my hair covers that. This is referencing their new hit single, called Rats:

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And the photo on my shirt is referencing the lead singer’s newest ensemble:

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But basically, my outfit is a tad confusing in general because you have the dainty crochet collar, a vintage-looking brooch, a happy red rose headband and then this scary cardinal priest thrown into the mix.

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I’m loving my eyeshadow I’ve been using…just a regular brown with a shimmery copper brown. Love love love! ♥

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For today’s outfit, it kind of has mermaid vibes with all the sequins going on, and the color palette. ♥

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This is a cardigan I bought when I was in high school! I remember wearing it many times, close to when I was about to graduate my senior year. Memories! ♥

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I’d like to take a moment to talk about my new glitter sensory bottle I purchased from my friend Vee, who makes them and sells them!

The idea behind it is that they help you calm down if you feel stressed or are experiencing any anxiety. You just shake it around and it’s a whirlwind of magical glitter! Can’t go wrong with that, no?

It’s basically a bottle of magic! I keep it in my purse and if I by chance feel overwhelmed by anything at the moment, or just need a break of focus, I take it out and give it a shake.

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If you’re interested in seeing more of the sensory bottles she makes, check out her Instagram here!

I hope you enjoyed this fun post! Have a great day! ♥

 

 

Sunny and Retro

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Hello hellooooooo!!! ❤

So many fun things to share in this post! Where do I start?

First off! My wallet design arrived in the mail! I’m sooooo happy with how it turned out…oh my gosh, people!

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Isn’t it cute?! So, the art is by me, and I glued the little flower charms on it to add more cuteness. I’m in love!

I might, in the future, make some other wallets for my shop. For now I’m just enjoying my new wallet. 🙂

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Today’s outfit is a color combination I really love: pink and yellow.

I am so used to wearing flower headbands, that I wanted something new to wear in my hair. Hence, two clips across from each other, which has a nice retro touch!

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I had a lot of leftover felt from my previous headband I made, so I decided to make a cute pin that looks like a faux belt buckle. Interesting, yes? I glued little charms onto it. Something fun to add to my pink skirt!

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Really love this entire outfit today! It’s bright and happy, which matches the weather and my mood today. 🙂

I’m going to continue trying out the whole one-hair-clip-on-each-side thing. It’s very retro and playful, which is what I’m all about! ❤

Enjoy your weekend! See ya!

 

Metal Mermaid

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Hello everyone and welcome! 🙂

My outfit today is a combination of mermaid and doom metal (that’s my beloved Ghost shirt I’m wearing), and the headband is new!

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It’s made out of buttons and felt fabric. I’ve never worked with felt before, and I really love how it turned out! Mermaid vibes!

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To match, I wore my gigantic made-it-myself seashell statement ring. ❤

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Ghost just released a new single this past week called Rats, and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s been on repeat in my car for the past few days. I can’t wait for their new album in June!!!

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My friend and I went to a fancy fruit stand late this afternoon, and I matched the interior. Nice photo opportunity or what?

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Someone on Etsy sent me a message asking if I could make one of my rings into a pin. I decided to make my first pin this weekend, and I like it! It’s in the shop now, and I’m currently sporting it on my laptop bag:

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Pretty, no? 😀

Hope you enjoyed your weekend! ❤

 

Berry Delightful, Indeed…

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Hello there, and a happy Good Friday to you!!! I had a half day at work, so the rest of this day has been spent frolicking around in my backyard taking blog photos, eating berries, and now I’m writing this, sitting at a coffee shop. ❤

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I realized something; I eat a LOT of berries. Berries are a staple in my daily diet. For breakfast, I eat plain cereal with fresh raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries mixed in. Now, strawberries are making a comeback in my diet…

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And in my HAIR. YESSSSSSSSS!!! The strawberry barrettes are baaaaack!!! *electric guitar solo blasts*

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Strawberries are not only good for eating, but for wearing in one’s hair. I love these quirky barrettes!

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I can’t remember where I bought the red dress (it’s very old), but the half-top is from Forever 21. 🙂 The weather here is around a lovely 80 degrees, so the short-sleeves are making a debut!

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I was observing my outfit today, and while it’s very summery and picnic-y, it kept reminding me of something…just couldn’t figure out what. I kept thinking as I was getting ready for work early this morning, and then it hit me!

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While the outfit styles are completely different, the same color palette applies! The colors of my outfit totally make me think of my favorite scene from A Walk to Remember. Don’t even get me started on how much I love this film! I watch it frequently and it’s my favorite romance movie, ever.

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Alright alright, I know I’m getting sappy here, but seriously, this is my favorite scene! And as an astronomy lover to the core, this is like, the most romantic thing ever. Haha! ❤

I relate a lot to the fact that her character is really into astronomy. I have a telescope as well, but not of that magnitude…and since warm nights are ahead, you’ll find me in the front of my house at night with my Sky Guide app on my phone open, aiming it at the sky.

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And no matter what, I always look up where this comet is when I have my Sky Guide app open at night! Of course, there’s no way of seeing it since it’s perpetually in deep space, but in a strange way, I miss this comet. Before you start thinking I’m nuts, don’t leave yet; I remember seeing Hale-Bopp in 1997 when I was a child, and I have never forgotten it. It only comes around every 2,000 years so…not like we’ll be seeing it again or anything.

So yes, this is my favorite comet because I feel lucky to have seen it. ❤ In fact, I named half of my Etsy shop name after it – PinkBopp. I even did a school report on it when I was 10, haha.

I hope you enjoyed this strange blog post concoction of fruit, romance films and deep space. See you in my next Easter blog post!

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**Film stills courtesy of Pinterest