Thirty-three

Weeeeeee! I am finally my favorite age number!!! πŸ’œπŸŽ‰ 33πŸŽ‰πŸ’œ

Check out my 1980’s Barbie themed cake! Those are original figurines I’ve had from 1989. Aren’t they cute?!?! 😍

Funny fact: this year, the weekday my birthday falls on is accurate. My mom was on her way to go Black Friday shopping when she went into labor with me. LOL!

THESE GIFTS from my mom and sister…* squeals high-pitched like a little girl in a Barbie store * I have been wanting to read this book for so long!!! Finally I get to dive into it! The CD is Nena’s 1984 album (which has on it the famous 99 Red Balloons song); I absolutely love this album in its entirety and I’m excited I can finally play it in my car!

It’s been an AMAZING birthday and I am so happy to be 33!!! Now, to go get my free Starbucks drink…β˜•οΈ

Coffee Date with Myself and Enjoying My Last Week of Being 32

Howdy doooo! πŸ’œ

Today I took myself to The Axis Coffee Bar β˜•οΈ, a beautiful cafΓ© in Madera, CA! I’ve been here many times and absolutely love it. It’s right outside of Fresno and is surrounded by foothills and vineyards.

I parked outside the entrance long enough to snap a photo with my mini-tripod placed on the hood of my car, haha. I want to make it a point to use my little tripod more often when I’m out and about! πŸ˜„

THIS PLACE HAS THE BEST VIEWS. I love their patio furniture and there is even a water fountain where you can hear the water gently splashing during your stay. And how about the food… 😍

AMAZING! This is the blended mocha and an autumn sprinkled sugar cookie. ❀️

My birthday is approaching on Friday and I’m happy about that!! My plans are to eat some cake, get Indian food takeout, get my free Starbucks drink and open a couple of gifts from my mom and sister. I’ll be turning my favorite age (33), and I have no idea why that is my favorite age but I’ve always looked forward to turning 33. πŸ’œ

A few nights ago I went for an evening walk, but I went too late and missed the sun. Booooo. However, the bonus was that I took some great shots of street lights! (I love street lights).

See ya Friday for the birthday blog post!!

Butterfly Migration Onto My Head

Hi folksssssssssss! πŸ’•

I realized this past month I have been wearing mainly neutral tones, WHICH IS GREAT, TOO. But I feel like I really needed a color splash into my outfits. And thus you have THIS LOOK with an array of colors! Yeah!

I also feel like I haven’t been utilizing all the hair clips I own, which is a lot. So I doubled it up with butterflies! I actually am really happy I did this, because I didn’t realize how awesome it would turn out. πŸ˜„

I’m not sure how I slipped out of wearing brighter colors, but I’m happy I’m back at it. It just felt GOOD to be wearing brighter colors again! Sometimes I slip into habits and look back and realize, wait, when did I stop wearing bright colors? Then I lasso myself back into it again.

Once again, Mikhail Gorbachev, the host with the most glasnost, graces my blog post! I finished reading Perestroika and then discovered he wrote a new book this year! (Did you know he’s 89 years old!?) This one is really cool because it deals with current international affairs. So I’m learning a lot about the “state of the world”.

I love Gorbachev’s writing style. He provides that informative guidance; he’s like a father figure, but rather than guiding me through life choices, he’s guiding me on why nuclear weapons are bad.

Know the social/political commentary comic, Doonesbury? That was mainly all I read during my childhood years! My earliest memory of Doonesbury was reading commentary on the Gulf War. Kinda dark stuff for a kid. Imagine me reading that in Beauty and the Beast pajamas as I downed a pouch of Capri Sun. The visual is accurate.

But, looping it back to my outfit in this post, regardless of my heavy reading choices, I’m still all about the rainbows and butterflies when it comes right down to it! πŸ’– And on an ending note, here’s a cool photo I took of my car with lots of pretty colors:

Bye-bye for now!!! πŸ“š

A Walk Through the Smoke

The foothills and mountains outside the city of Fresno have been ablaze over the past week, and I decided to get out and go for a (brief) walk to see what it looked like out there on the horizon. The wildfires are about 30 miles away and it looks really bad here, so I can’t imagine what it must look like in the actual hot zone.

On a light-hearted note, my sister and I went to check out Spirit Halloween earlier in the day, which was fun! We always walk through this place when it opens each year in September. For me, it’s that first sign of the approaching fall season. Afterwards, we went for some Starbucks and sat on the patio. β˜•οΈ

I brought my mini-tripod with me and took some outfit photos while I was out here. This is my favorite spot at the park to hang out, as it overlooks the valley. The dress belonged to my mom and it’s from the 1980’s! It used to be floor-length, but I cut and hemmed it myself. ❀️❀️ The cameo necklace I’m wearing incidentally went perfectly with the dress!

It was nice walking around, even amidst the eerie quietness and smoky landscape.

See ya next time!!!

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. πŸ™‚

While my secrets do contribute to my hair volume πŸ˜‰ , 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. πŸ™‚

Happy Saturday!

 

Pastel Frenzy

I just recently bought a pastel, vintage gingham skirt online that I can’t wait to get! Once I do, you know I’ll blog about it. LOL! I also have a sky blue skirt and a mint green skirt on the way in the mail, too. I’m so excited about it that it’s probably not normal.

But for today…

More yellow. Lemon-y goodness.

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I’m really becoming obsessed with this color, friends. Also, I have this weird obsession with two varied hues of the same color (i.e., pale yellow with a brighter shade of yellow).

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I love my gigantic hair…

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These shoes! They’re my favorite that I own. Gold and jewels paired together…yes please!

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By the end of writing this post, I now realizeΒ I look like a banana. I finally figured it out.

Nonetheless, I’m really liking this outfit today! Can’t wait for my other skirts to arrive in the mail, just in time for spring. I will look like a walking Easter egg soon enough!

Anyone else a huge fan of pastels? πŸ™‚