I’m definitely celebrating patterns in this post! This first outfit makes me think of a race track, watching cars zoom by and checkered flags waving in the wind.
This is a very different pattern for me! I don’t own anything checkered…until now. (From Forever 21).
Is it just me, or does it feel like summer is zooming by? It’s bittersweet, because I love summer and the heat…but I also love fall! So I always feel torn how to feel…lol.
Here’s another outfit…
Scarf life. For life.
I actually really like this last outfit in particular! The mix of polka dots with the unusual black and white scarf is cool, in my opinion. The big brooch in the center really topped the whole thing off!
And of course, red butterfly clips. ❤️ You know what, this outfit is beautifully confusing, in a way. That’s why I love it!!!
I’m now the proud owner of the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood soundtrack! Now I can cruise around in my Challenger and pretend it’s 1969. What better way to finish off the remaining days of summer?
Tuesday morning, I was excited to take myself to go see the first showing of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is a film I’ve been looking forward to seeing, a LOT!
Taken from IMDb.com: “A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood’s Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.“
I won’t dive into too much detail since the film is new and some readers may wish to see it! What drew me in immediately when I watched the trailer and learned of this movie, is that the plot intertwines with the Manson murders.
I found the film to be beautifully nostalgic, and it was a mix of comedy and a thriller. There were several times I laughed out loud, and other times I felt intensely nervous with a chill down my spine.
I loved the 1960’s music they incorporated into the film, and how it went fittingly with the scenes. I also loved both Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio’s characters, as they made a great team and their very different personalities created such rich chemistry (it’s hard to choose a favorite, as I adored both characters in different ways).
I was also utterly charmed by Margot Robbie’s depiction of Sharon Tate. She captured her sweet, innocent, playful essence in a dreamlike way.
I’ve never felt SO SATISFIED by a film’s ending before!!!!!! I literally wanted to stand up and cheer. I left the theater with a big fat smile on my face. ❤️
I’m liking my pattern mixture of stripes and florals – add some sparkly red snap hair clips – and you have a super retro look. ❤️
I’m really happy I saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood; it was the highlight of my entire week. 😊
I’m excited to talk about butterfly hair clips today! Do you remember them from the 90’s? They were a popular hair accessory (and into the early 2000’s, as I recall). 😎 I’ve been perusing Pinterest, swimming in a sea of nostalgia by looking up popular items from my childhood, and it persuaded me to indulge in an old-time hair accessory favorite.
Happy start-of-the-weekend! I hope you all enjoyed your week. I blinked, and it was gone…
I feel like I’ve been lagging on outfits…like I’ve been struggling to pair things together in a fresh way! I found some old accessories I’d forgotten about in a drawer recently and have been wearing them, though. 😃
I think I’ll go thrift shopping soon!
I found these little heart hair clips (one purple, one pink), that I bought at Claire’s a long time ago. I forgot how cute they are!! 💜
On Good Morning America Friday morning, I spotted Blink-182 playing on the summer concert series. It took me two seconds to sprint over to my CD shelf and retrieve this gem I’d forgotten about: Enema of the State.
Oh my…the memories!!!! I put it on in my car on my way to Starbucks and was instantly transported back to 1999, 7th grade. ❤️ Blink-182 became hugely popular that year, so the album is literally a time capsule.
It ranks up there as one of my favorite albums! Makes me think of middle school and how innocent it all was, because when I started high school (2001), that entered the 9/11 era. There was a lot of coverage about the war going on in Iraq/Afghanistan throughout my high school years, which has always stuck with me.
On a last note, I FINALLY tried fish ice cream!!! ❤️ It’s not a real fish, but a waffle crust that looks like a fish, with ice cream inside. I purchased it to-go at a Japanese restaurant…it was really good, and cute!
Like the new shoes? These are probably the most unique pair of shoes I own now, and they are really FUN and comfortable…it was hard to find the right outfit to wear them with, though! Thankfully, I had one shirt that kind of matched. 😎
What an interesting weekend it’s been! For starters, I have been revisiting an album I seem to always come back to. It’s like a grilled cheese sandwich with soup in winter, or strawberries with whipped cream in summer. Basically, it’s comforting!
I spotted The Goo Goo Dolls playing live on Kelly & Ryan the other morning, and I was reminded of the happy memory of seeing them live back in 2011! It also inspired me to check out their other albums for a fresh listen.
Dizzy Up the Girl (1998) is definitely my favorite album of theirs. I’ve been playing it on loop and I honestly love every song. Plus, there’s a heavy nostalgia factor, growing up as a 90’s kid and hearing these songs on the radio… 💙
…OR MAYBE I’VE BEEN PLAYING IT ALSO BECAUSE US CALIFORNIANS HAVE BEEN FEELING DIZZY LATELY (I’M LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU, TECTONIC PLATES)…
Now, I didn’t feel the Fourth of July earthquake (although many people where I live did). The second one though – the even bigger one the next evening – I definitely felt and I freaked out a bit…
I was just sitting at the dining room table and noticed I felt slightly dizzy, like someone was moving my chair up and down. I shot out of the chair at lightning speed, went down the hall, and noticed the bookshelf was making a creaking sound and the stand-up fans were rocking around. And it just kept going!!!
It turned out to be almost a minute long. Anyhow, it was felt here noticeably, and I’m in Central California, around 200 miles from the epicenter in Southern California! I can’t imagine what it was like for the Ridgecrest residents!!! 💔
On a cheerier note, here’s a pretty blue outfit I wore! I love outfits that have different hues of the same color. I added hot pink for the accessories.
Here’s to different hues of blue, albums that comfort us, and hoping that the tectonic plates chill out for awhile. All this talk of fault lines and the impending Big One has me feeling just a tad freaked out.
But!!! What can you do, really? Just gotta roll with it…or roll with the plates, in this case.
Welcome back to another episode of……my very quiet existence. How are you all? Hopefully good???
Outside of my freelance work, the week consisted of:
Reading until my eyeballs nearly rolled out of my head (I finished Band of Brothers, and began Lions of Kandahar.
Doing copious amounts of Swedish lessons.
Going to my usual coffee spots each day and also eating Indian food!!
Walking a bit at the park.
Watching a short documentary on the 82nd Airborne.
Made the bad decision of watching a scary movie late at night. I watched The Lost Boys (1987), which I had never seen before, but I’m currently obsessed with the theme song Cry Little Sister (the original track and also Marilyn Manson’s recent cover of it!). So I watched the movie, even though I was scared to!!! And I appreciated the 1980’s aura and the comedy but I just can’t do the whole vampires and blood thing… 😓
And now, we have an outfit:
Leopard print isn’t a pattern I typically wear, but when I saw this top hanging on a shelf at H&M, it was love at first sight. Glad I bought it, because it’s cute and super comfortable! ❤️
Because sometimes, you just have to take a risk. Even if the risk is wearing a pattern you don’t typically wear. I live on the edge like that.
You know, this is exactly why I’m fascinated with reading about military operations and soldiers jumping out of airplanes. Because they take some seriously major risks in life, unlike meeeee…
Well, the risks I took this week were wearing a leopard-print top and watching The Lost Boys. But dang it, I did it!!!!!!!!
If you like the shirt (and the shoes!), you can find them both at your nearest H&M, I’m sure! 😀 I bought them only a week ago. What is a risk-taking pattern you’ve worn that you ended up really liking? I kinda want to try a tropical-pattern blouse next, like with pineapples on it or something…
Orange is a color that I’ve grown to really appreciate. Not only is it a nice color in general, but it really pops against my skin tone, I’ve learned. That, and hot pink is a nice addition to it!
I’ve definitely been leaning towards oranges/hot pinks/corals, which really look nice against a summer tan. ❤️
On a hot summer evening, I feel especially drawn to meander out somewhere for either an iced beverage or something to eat, with a good book for company. Some mac n’ cheese at Panera was something I hadn’t had in a long time, so I went for that!
I firmly believe a book can be your best friend. For instance, the above book is one that, no matter how many times I read it, I always come back to and have ever since I first read it when I was 15. It’s one of those books that’ll stay with me throughout life.
My highly anticipated book line-up, after I finish reading Band of Brothers for the 5,000th time of course! Sunday evening, I went to Barnes & Noble not just to peruse the aisles this time, but to intentionally go and pick out these two books I really wanted.
Have I mentioned how much I love reading? 😉
Here’s a shot of my car, Jude, that I took the other night after a walk. It was the most gorgeous sunset I’ve seen in a while!
I love this time of year, and all-around, I’m feeling really good right now; my career life has changed and I’m now working as a freelance graphic designer. I lucked out and through a connection, I’m designing logos, graphics, etc. for a bay area business and rather than being in an office, I work remotely and do everything from my very own laptop! Like, I’VE BEEN DOING MY WORK AT STARBUCKS. Could I ask for anything better than that!!!!!!?
It’s the most ideal job I could possibly ask for, so I really hope this can be my new thing. One day at a time, as I always say!
Here’s to more beautiful summer sunsets. See ya!! ❤️
Tuesdays are always farmers market day for me, as my friend has a booth she sells handmade goodies at. So I always stop by in the evening to hang out with her. This Tuesday though, they called it the Strawberry Festival, so many strawberries were to be expected, including me wearing them. Behold!!!!!!!!
The festival was a lot of fun, and there were some yummy strawberry items to choose from. I feel like my outfit went super perfect with the theme! 😉
I ended up choosing an angel food cake slice with frosting and strawberries. Yummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!
It was a very fun thing to do as summer approaches. What do you all enjoy doing in the summer?? I like anything outdoors that involves fruit, haha!