I Love Grey Pumpkins

Ahoy there!!! 💜

Purple and blue…ahh, I love this color combination! And with puffy sleeves, no less…super groovy!

The blouse is from Forever 21, the skirt is thrifted, and the belt is handmade by me. 💙 I’m trying a new project of sewing myself belts that tie in the back! The purple star pin is made of sequins and I recently found it in an old jewelry box I have. 😄

And here I am at the pumpkin patch! I’m sooooo drawn to the sickly grey pumpkins!!! I love the traditional orange ones of course, but there is something so endearing about these grey ones. I adore them! ❤️

See ya next time!!

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Nostalgic Autumn

Hello, all!! 💕 How has your October been thus far? Hopefully, very well!

Autumn has a nostalgic feeling to it that’s hard to pinpoint exactly why, but the feeling is noticeably there. Hence, I have found myself reaching for a book that brings me back to my childhood, and most definitely, it’s this one:

I read it profusely in elementary school, so much that the spine of the book is broken, so it’ll lay flat when you open it. Other than that, it’s still in mint condition! The time period of the early 1900’s has always felt…comforting to me? Almost like a warm embrace? ❤️

I’ve always been drawn to the Titanic story, and I also enjoy the film, but I mainly watch it now to admire the fashion (I turn the movie off after they hit the iceberg and I pretend they duct taped the damage and everything carried on and all was fine). Anyhow, Voyage on the Great Titanic will always be the heart of my childhood, and I never tire of re-reading it!

I’m also halfway through a book I bought recently, written in 1722 by Daniel Defoe, and it’s absolutely fascinating! The amount of detail provided really sheds light on the subject matter and immerses you so much that you feel as if you’re actually there (which is no picnic). This is the fourth book I’ve read about the plague.

Outfit time! This new lace top is from Forever 21 and the skirt is thrifted. Paired with the thick black choker, I like the vintage feel it has!

Evening walks at the first start of autumn are always one of my favorites. It’s not too cold yet, so I can still enjoy the outdoors!! I discovered a back-end trail at the park I walk at, and there’s a spot with a beautiful view of the river. Now it’s my favorite spot…

I usually walk by myself, but this time my friend came with me. I like to trek on out there and check out the creepy crawlers on the ground, and also the wildlife. There are hawks and I saw my first real-life owl when I took these photos!

Owl at the top of the tree

See you next time!! 🍂

The Angry Pumpkin and the Night of the Living Dummy

Happy Fall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🎃

I’ve been so excited for this post! (I was going to wait and post it at the start of October, but I caved – close enough!)

I’m happy to 1) showcase my pumpkin purse and 2) showcase my creepy/cute ventriloquist doll. It will be a fun fall post, so I hope you enjoy! 🍂

This cute little pumpkin purse I bought off of Aliexpress is the bee’s knees; I love how he looks angry, like he’s my little protector and he will bite you if you do anything out of line! Those little teeth look like they would hurt, too. (Side note: the purse originally came with a longer chain handle, but I switched it to a different one!)

And for his grand debut on this blog, I will now introduce my ventriloquist doll I have owned for the majority of my life!

I found him in an antique store as a kid, and I was drawn to his perfect blend of cute and creepy. My mom very kindly bought him for me, and he’s earned a cozy spot on my shelf all these years.

The best part about him? He’s fallen over at random, and ironically, only in the dead of night when I’m asleep, or about to be. It doesn’t happen very often – maybe once every few years, out of nowhere, and never in the daytime. Chalk it up to coincidence, or maybe he’s haunted – in either case, I adore him! ❤️

ALSO, I WENT TO DUNKIN’ DONUTS… 💜

This may be no big deal to those with easy access to one, but for me, who lives in a city without a Dunkin’ Donuts, it was a grand adventure to try it. SERIOUSLY!!!

My sister and I decided last Sunday, heeeeeey! Let’s go to Hanford to try Dunkin’ Donuts! And thus, we were off on the 45 minute drive out of town on a whimsical adventure to seek such a treat that Fresno has yet to offer us.

You bet your bottom dollar it was worth trying! I was like a little kid in a candy store, eyes wide with joy at the sight of neon pink and orange everywhere in the store. How can you not have a big fat smile on your face being around such colors?!

And of course, the donut and coffee put a big fat smile on my face, too. I was literally so happy to try this place, finally!! Apparently it’s more commonly found on the East Coast, but not the West. So it was a real treat!

See ya next time!

Almost Autumn

Howdy, all!! 🍂

As we inch towards the official start of autumn, and the temperatures have slowly started to cool down, I find myself gravitating towards autumnal colors. 🎨

The first fall item to come out for air from my dresser? My grandpa socks: a mix of scholarly and fun, combined!

Socks are my first fall item to bring out for the season change. It’s not cold (thankfully), but it’s not hot either. I get chilly easily, so a pair of socks works for me, especially for that early morning/late evening chill that starts around this time.

Here are some more photos I took that are a nice warm-up to the fall season ahead:

Pillsbury pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls I made!
Adding to my visual journal – a collection of leaves 🍂

Autumn is definitely the time I go on dates with nature. I sit out and enjoy the weather, or take a stroll… ❤️ I go on plenty of nature dates with me, myself and I…don’t I?

I don’t always just hang out with leaves; consistently going to coffee shops is my social life…I can get my freelance work, blogging, and Internet surfing done in a public place and refresh my human interaction skills (“How are you?” “Have a good day!” Those small interactions. Smiling at people. Etc.)

My otherwise solo activities like learning Swedish and collecting dead leaves off the ground are great and all, but I like to try to keep up with some basic human interaction so I don’t lose what I’ve gained as far as improving my social skills. Even just small chatting interactions…it’s a win for me.

Oh yeah – for the start of October (spooky month!), I look forward to showing you all my creepy ventriloquist doll I’ve had since I was a kid (I myself am not a ventriloquist by the way, I just have a doll). I figure, I have had this doll nearly my whole life, so why not give a little blurb about him on here??) 😀

See ya!

Bringing Back the Gloves

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Happy November!!! ♥

I don’t know about y’all, but I am a really big fan of gloves. I’m aiming to incorporate gloves more into my outfits with the coming cold weather. Although, these really aren’t for warmth as you can see; I wore these this past weekend when it was warm (like 80 degrees).

They’re just added for an extremely old fashion look. And I think I succeeded! The skirt is a hand-me-down (my mom wore it in the 80’s).

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I’m going to take a wild guess and say that my inspiration came from watching some  1930’s films as of late. Gloves were a staple back then (as a fashion accessory)…

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I like it, I love it, I want some more of it…. *Tim McGraw voice*

I ordered a pair of light pink lace gloves, as well! Can’t wait for those to arrive.

I feel like gloves add such a ladylike look to a dress or skirt ensemble, that you don’t see much of anymore. It’s definitely old school but I say, wear what you like! Whatever that may be, whether it’s something super trendy or extremely outdated! Just dooooooo eeeeeeeeeeet!!!!

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It has been a delightfully quiet week, which is nice because next week will be much anticipated!

I ended up with quite a bit of vacation days left, it being the end of the year and all, so I took all of next week off. That paves the way to the GHOST CONCERT next Thursday (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

Anyway, that is a LOT of time off, and I’m not even sure what I’m going to do with myself. But that’s the fun part. I will just take it one day at a time… 😃

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Other fun stuff from this week…

I finally found a book about the Gulf War. I have wanted to learn more about Desert Storm for WHO KNOWS how long now…finally picked one! I heard this one is really good. Can’t wait to start it soon!

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This is so random, but I ended up going through the entire discography of Sugar Ray this week. LOL!!!

I listen to Spotify a lot at work. Up until now, I’ve only known of Sugar Ray’s famous 90’s hits, but listening to their albums start to finish was pretty darn good, I have to say! Glad I listened, two thumbs up 👍🏼👍🏼 .

In retrospect, I’m going from listening to every Sugar Ray album to being catapulted to the polar opposite end of the musical spectrum and will be under the same roof as Ghost next week…someone pinch me because I feel like I’m dreaming!!!

‘Til next time!!!

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Farmers Market Ensemble: In it to Pin it

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Hi hi! Here’s a fun outfit I wore on Tuesday, which is the evening I went to farmers market.

This cardigan I’m wearing is from my high school days, and since it’s a bit big on me now, I decided to PIN IT. It’s just too cute of a cardigan to ever part with, so I make it work!

And a pin is a win, my friends…

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The pin is from The Tote Trove, and it’s a cute little lily pad. It worked SO perfectly with my ensemble! I just loved the whole look…

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Before walking over to the farmers market Tuesday night, I stopped at Teazer’s to read for a short while and enjoy a Tiger Spice Chai. Yum!

My friend has a crafts booth at the farmers market, so I went to visit her and hang out. It was fun!!! I actually really love going there on Tuesday nights…it’s a fun way to jazz up the beginning of the week. And speaking of jazz…

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I decided to watch another 1930’s film! This is The Roaring Twenties, 1939…another great film from the old-school gangster genre. ♥️

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I loooooooooooooove the suits and hats men wore during this time period. ♥ The movie is as 1920’s gangster as it gets. What I love about these old films is that even the “violent” scenes are so tame and leave more to the imagination than anything, which I prefer, personally.

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Awww…Eddie loves Jean, but it’s not reciprocated. Her expression here says it all: ‘yeeeeah, that’s gonna be a no from me dawg’, her reaction to his marriage proposal seems to say.

She loves someone else. All I could think was, GIRL WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? Oh wait, he’s a bootlegger who initially brushed her off, and she’s very sweet and innocent. Okay, I can see her concern…but give it a few years until Prohibition ends and he won’t be a bootlegger anymore. Problem solved! No? Alright…

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I don’t know, Jean. I wouldn’t be able to resist those eyes of his. But more power to you…OH MY GOSH, I was reading about James Cagney (who was born in 1899!) and he was apparently only 5 foot 5 inches tall. HOW FREAKING CUTE IS THAT? 😍 What a little heartthrob.

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It’s been a really good week! Here’s a gorgeous sunset I managed to capture on this Wednesday evening. 😃

Sooo…who else is ready for Halloween?! 🎃 Only a week away!

See ya next time!

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Coolest Cat in Town

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Am I the coolest cat in town? Heck no. But I feel like I am in these shoes!

I was told by an older gentleman the other day that “all the coolest girls in high school wore saddle shoes” (he experienced high school in the 1950’s) so needless to say I was feeling pretty cool wearing these gems!

I’ve wanted saddle shoes for who knows how long now. It’s like the Christmas present you always wanted but never received. I bought these from BAIT footwear;  pretty much where I go to buy all of my shoes. It’s a dream come true!!! ♥️

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I ended up wearing a lot of butterfly clips this past week, I noticed. Butterfly mood, I suppose? I made a new pair this past week, which you’ll see in the next outfit a little ways down (also, above picture: big (messy) hair, don’t care)…

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My skirt! I’m loving the vintage look of it; I bought it at Forever 21 this past week! I was so shocked to see that there’s a massive selection of 1970’s-style clothing, currently. If you love vintage-inspired clothing: GO. NOWWWWW.

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Fun fact: I spilled part of a Maple Pecan Latte on this second featured outfit. And these photos were taken post-spill!!! So it turns out, it wiped off easily without any stains, somehow. Lucky me. Lucky CLUMSY me, I might add…but realistically, it was a minor spill. More funny than anything!

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New monarch butterfly hair clips I made!!! Aren’t they darling? They’re appliques from JOANN Fabric. I simply glued alligator clips to the back, and there you have it!

 

This past week, I finished up some artwork I’ve been working on. It’s actually a follow-up to a first illustration I did:

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“Luna Sea”

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“Starla (Luna Sea, Part II)”

My friend pointed out that these works had Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness vibes, and to keep the vibe going, I named the second closeup artwork of the mermaid “Starla”, which is also a Smashing Pumpkins song.

All in all, I’m super happy with how these two pieces turned out, and within the next month I’ll be selling 5 x 7 prints on Etsy of nine different illustrations I’ve made! Super excited!!!

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Last night (Friday night), I felt like watching a movie. I wanted something from way back when, and I remembered I have quite a selection of films from the 1920’s-1930’s. I have a soft spot for films from that time.

This is Smart Money, 1931. It’s a gangster film! I should probably point out I also have a liking for the adorable and strikingly handsome James Cagney, whose charm stands the test of time in my opinion. 😍

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I don’t know what it is, but I just really love old films like this. I love the styles of the time, the way people talked…it’s all so different and feels refreshing for me. Really loved Edward G. Robinson giving off those Al Capone vibes.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. 🙂 I sure am!

See ya next time!

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