From Russia (and Sweden), with Love

Sometimes you just find that one coffee tumbler, and it’s love at first sight. ❤️

I purchased this Matryoshka Doll Starbucks tumbler on a bid on eBay. I’ve never bid on anything, but I gave it a go and ended up being the only bidder, so it was mine! And it’s really from Russia, as the markings on the bottom of the cup prove for certain (it’s all in Russian, and the only word I understand is Москва (Moscow).

I also found this photograph of the tumblers via the internet (note the Starbucks sign in Cyrillic letters in the background)!

Hot pink, anyone?

I’m on a roll, because I have worn this color like two days straight… 😁 The weather has been unusual, where it’s kind of chilly but not cold either. So half of me is dressed like it’s early fall, and my feet are dressed for exploring the Arctic.

Here’s a cool shot of an abrupt thunderstorm we had last week. My sister and I had literally just parked at Starbucks, proceeded to get out of our cars and walk up to the place, when BOOOOM. Thunder rolled.

I haven’t mentioned it in awhile, but some of you might remember I said before that I’ve been learning Swedish! I take lessons daily using the Duolingo language app, and I also expand my learning by listening to music in Swedish and reading Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper, online.

But can you believe I ended up SPEAKING SWEDISH WITH SOMEONE IN PERSON LAST WEEK?

It happened during my Christmas walk looking at the lights. I passed by a house that said God Jul, which I immediately recognized as Merry Christmas in Swedish. A lady stood in the driveway selling homemade pastries, and I ended up returning to ask if she spoke Swedish. Answering yes, she went on to mention that she’d lived in Sweden for 20 years.

At that moment, Duolingo whispered to me from within:

And that’s when I broke out an unexpected trevligt att träffas (nice to meet you), and she appeared to be stunned, then smiled big and said she’d never known anyone here who was learning Swedish! We then exchanged some Swedish phrases, and by the end of our long chat, we bid each other hej då! and a wave.

You just never know what’s around the corner! See ya next time!😎

Rainy Day Rambles: Polly Pockets & Frappuccinos

Hi!! 💕

I thought I’d do something a little different today, rather than my usual outfit posts! It’s a cold, rainy and wet Sunday, and I have a very warm table inside Starbucks as I type this. I’d much rather just watch the rain from afar than be out in it * ick *.

I have many a Polly Pocket from my childhood, and recently I was reunited with my absolute favorite one, which I found in a box! Funny enough, I had a dream about this Polly Pocket. That motivated me to search for it…guess we were meant to reunite, huh? Thanks, dream!

I’d actually forgotten what was inside. Turns out, it’s an Arabian palace theme, complete with a red jewel in a chest and a monkey. ❤️ MEMORIES……………

Fast forward to present day. Thanks to Google search, I learned that Polly Pockets are still being made. I actually did not know this! I thought they were a thing of the past, but apparently they’re still in creation.

THUS, I WAS PROMPTED TO GET THIS BIRTHDAY CAKE POLLY POCKET.

How could I not? It’s a CAKE SLICE!!!!

I was stunned, as a woman in her 30’s speaking, at how Polly Pocket has evolved since I had them in the early 90’s. I mean this is ultra fancy, upscale Polly Pocket now; look at the interior design and attention to detail?!?!

Also, the figurines are a a very soft rubber texture now. My mind was blown, hahaaa…

Lastly, let’s take a look at my new hair clips! What a photo opportunity this was, no?

My sister made these hair clips for me (and several other Christmas themed ones you’ll see in upcoming outfit posts!). I wore these yesterday and I received more compliments on them than I would have imagined…although, I should have known since I was going into a Starbucks with frappuccinos on my head. I was like a walking Starbucks advertisement! 💚 yeeeeeah

Cheers to cute things. I’ll sip to that… * sips peppermint mocha *

Bye !

Queen Bean

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Hello!!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! 🙂 I had a very fun weekend and my friend and I went to a reeeeeally cute coffeehouse.

But first! An outfit:

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Yet another thrifted skirt! This is a wrap skirt. I love the beige color, which is new for me. I wore the waist high up, Steve Urkel status…

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My bow almost matched perfectly! KIND OF.

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Now, onto the coffeehouse!

I drove two hours north to Modesto on this fine Sunday with my friend, just to check out a cool coffeehouse I somehow found out about. It was totally worth the little drive! Plus, I got to enjoy the well-known Highway 99. I know a lot of people find it boring, but I actually find it a bit magical in its own way. It’s nothing but open fields, and during golden hour, it’s truly beautiful in my opinion.

Anyway, the coffeehouse is called Queen Bean Coffeehouse. ♥

I loved the art they had everywhere. It was stunning!

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Really nice place! It was cozy and welcoming with quirky décor and an alternative-friendly atmosphere. They also host open mic nights for people to play music, sing, etc. I definitely would love to come back here sometime.

The coffee drink (a blended mocha) was super yummy. 😀 Two thumbs up!

Have a happy start to your week! ♥

 

Crystal Baller

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Hello, hello!!!

Ahh…one of many bands that makes me nostalgic for the 90’s is Third Eye Blind, which is song-referenced in my blog post title. I’m also getting back into wearing chokers again (we have an on-again, off-again relationship it seems) which is also very 90’s. To continue on with the crystal ball reference though, I also have this to talk about:

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The Crystal Ball FrappucinoThis elusive drink is only available for a few days before it disappears. I tried it, on a very stormy evening a few days ago (you can see the rain on the window, and it was thundering and lightning, too). It was quite delicious! Very sweet (I’m used to mochas, which have a rich taste and aren’t as sweet) but it was nice for a one-time try. ❤

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Guys, I can’t tell you how excited I am for Easter!!! I can’t wait to get decked out like a pastel princess, and I have a headband I’m making to wear that day. Really looking forward to wearing my Easter outfit!

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The weather is in that weird stage where it’s warm one day and cold the next, and today was an in-between sort of deal where it was not really warm but not really cold either. With that, I chose a comfy sweater and a purple skirt, and a gold belt to tie off the look.

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It’s so faint, but I’m wearing a light purple choker. I’m totally getting into wearing chokers again! More to come in future outfit posts. 🙂

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New nails!!! I love these; I continued with the ombre sparkle look, like I had previously. I’m really loving them! ❤

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I drew this the same evening we had that severe thunderstorm, and I was drinking the Crystal Ball frappucino. The creativity was flowing and I decided to draw this. 🙂  My inspiration was simple: I’m very big on ‘happy places’. That varies greatly from one person to the next, but for me, a cup of coffee and a book is one of my many go-to ‘happy places’. ❤

‘Til Next Time!

 

Don’t Be Afraid to Sparkle

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This is a very sparkly post! Doesn’t my headband and choker give it away? 😉

This new headband is so sparkly that I’m actually worried about blinding someone if the sunlight hits it…it’s way more sparkly in person than photographs can capture.

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Really loving this rhinestone choker from Forever21! I bedazzled myself entirely today, because why not? It makes life more interesting.

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This shirt is neat; I like the random yet intentional hole in the middle, ahaha! It is separate from the dress, so it can be worn as an additional piece to any outfit, really.

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Funny expression. 😛 I’m not the best at posing, but I really don’t take outfit photos to be taken seriously – it’s more for fun and to capture my own unique outfits to look back on!

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It’s been a rainy week here off and on, and honestly not quite as cold as I thought it would be, which is good! 🙂

I received really awesome news today: I sold one of my greetings cards on Etsy!!! I was totally surprised and really happy to know that someone wanted something with my own illustration on it. ❤

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It was this one! I’m so happy. Also, I got some of my materials in the mail, so I’ll be making some new rings shortly. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Last night, my friend and I checked out a new coffee shop where I live. This was a chili mocha, and oh my was it deeeeelicious! Doesn’t it look dreamy?

 

Let’s revert back to the theme of sparkly stuff, though. Figuratively speaking, I think everyone sparkles in their own way. Whether it be their smile, their humor, their fashion sense, their quirks, their talents, their intellect, their kindness, etc. …the list can go on and on.

That’s my inspiration for today! I urge everyone to sparkle, in whatever way you do. Celebrate yourself and let yourself shine to the world. You never know who may need the light.

“Glitter, sparkle, shine…but most of all, be kind.”

‘Til next time! ❤

 

Blue Jeans

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Hello, hello! ❤

Since I’m not typically one to wear denim very often, I wanted to show a few shots of my outfit from Sunday. It was a really nice day and I was able to debut my bright blue flower headband, which I really love. I think it’s the brightest blue I’ve ever seen.

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The denim and white skirt kinda has that country look going on. I like it!

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had to post this beautiful latte art!! On Saturday night, I went to a cute coffee shop that does the really pretty latte art in their hot drinks. I’m a sucker for art in general, but latte art is just so cute in my opinion. It’s the simple pleasures in life!

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I received this customized Evil Eye bracelet from Etsy that I bought, and I love it sooo much! I was able to choose the thread and bead color, and I had to have the size adjusted for me since I have super tiny wrists. It fits perfectly and I can wear it every day with anything since I chose a neutral tone! It looks so elegant and pretty. ❤

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On a final note, I’ve been in the Halloween mood and I was inspired to create a new illustration. I came up with a corpse bride; isn’t she beautiful, in her own creepy way? I really got into the shading details of the dress…I think that was one of my favorite parts about drawing it. I love how melancholy and somewhat reluctant she looks.

I hope everyone is enjoying their week! It’s supposed to (hopefully?) rain by the end of this week, and I can’t wait to finally bring out my pink umbrella. It’s been months and months since it’s rained here, so I get a bit overjoyed when there’s rain in the forecast, haha.

‘Til next time! 🙂 ❤