It’s December now, so I’m in Christmas mode full throttle. Naturally.
Above are a set of hair clips my sister made for me, featuring Rudolph and Clarice! ❤️ Probably my favorite couple ever. Well, next to Anna and Kristoff from Frozen, that is!
I still need to see Frozen 2, solely to see where their relationship is going.
Anyway, back to the main topic! Watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer makes me want to cry, even after I’ve seen it many times. He’s bullied for being different.
Why couldn’t all the judgey reindeers AND Santa have just accepted his nose from the get-go?????? RUDE!
Thus, I’m a hardcore Rudolph fan. I love him no matter what color his nose is. Red, blue, iridescent, disco ball…whatever! ❤️ Rock it, Rudolph.
Tonight I’m going to walk and look at Christmas lights in a residential neighborhood that is known for showcasing stunning decorations!! Ahhh, I love this time of year. ❤️ Coffee in hand, walking and admiring the displays…anyhow, this is my outfit for the occasion!
My birthday is Wednesday, and I’m cruisin’ towards 32 with a smile! 😄
I really don’t do a whole lot on my birthday; it’s one of those days I like to just indulge in eating some cake, opening a few gifts and simply appreciate another year of life on this planet! 🎉 YAY LIFE!!!
Here are two outfits I really loved from this past weekend, both with lots of red! My friend and I took a short day trip to Bass Lake, CA on Sunday. It’s not too far from where I live and provides scenic mountain views! 💕
*Note: my little doll pin from the Island of Misfit Toys (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)! ❤️
What a magical day…I was able to experience some vibrant fall foliage!! 🍂 The leaves were magical. MAGICAL, I TELL YOU!!!
Cheers to birthdays! Have a happy Thanksgiving too, for all of my U.S. readers! 💜
Are you a socks person? I kind of have to be by default when fall and winter rolls around, as I don’t own a pair of pants!! When the chill rolls in, I bring out the hosiery and socks. 😀
Lastly, here’s my current read! ❤️ I’ve wanted to learn about the Berlin Wall for some time now.
I realized the other day that the first half of 2019, I read mostly medieval literature. Then the latter half, I’ve been reading historical nonfiction and politics/government. I don’t know how I started getting interested in reading political stuff lately, but now my Friday and Saturday nights consist of me SITTING AT A COFFEE SHOP DRINKING A FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DRINK WHILE ON MY LAPTOP WATCHING C-SPAN.
I will be 32 next week. This is my 30’s, y’all! AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! 💕
On a last note, a cool guy in cool pants spotted me sitting on the patio of a coffee shop and we both had EPIC patterns on. So we had to take a picture!
What happens when I wear a completely neutral-colored ensemble??? *gasp!* I make sure there’s a splash of color somewhere – in this case, it was on my feet (and hair clips):
As I’m sure you GUESSED…the fish are iron-on patches, transformed into hair clips. My head was basically an aquarium for a day. Thanks for all that you have, Joann Fabric! 😀 Where would I be without you? Where else would I have been inspired to put fish in my hair?
So!!! Ever since I put up my Christmas tree last weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a little house tour, since I haven’t done one in awhile. I’ve changed things around since, and why not showcase some of my favorite things/areas around the house?
The first and last thing I see when I flip on/off my bedside lamp is a photo of an East German soldier passing a carnation through a crack in the Berlin Wall (my favorite photo of all time).
James Cagney and Jean Harlow looking too-cool-for-school on my wall.
A newspaper photo from the Iraq War that I’ve kept since 2004. I saw it in the paper as a teenager and cut it out; it really spoke to me.
This is literally how I store my butterfly hairclips, hahaha! 💜
Hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my colorful little world! 😀
Typically my weekends are pretty quiet, but this past one I did a lot, haha!! So I thought I’d try a different post featuring the highlights of this eventful weekend. 😄
#1 First of all, I finally made a set of CAT HAIR CLIPS. For some reason I have always wanted cat hair clips, so I went to Joann Fabric and found myself these super thick stickers in the stationary aisle. Glue some alligator clips onto the backs, and there you have it!! Hair clips!
Helpful tip: I pressed the very-sticky-stickers against the palm of my hand a few times to dull out the stickiness (as to not have it stick to my hair, of course!)
#2 Friday morning, I went to the first showing of the film Jojo Rabbit. Now, I had been wanting to see this film, but initially I did not think it would be at a local theater, since it only showed in bigger cities at first. I saw a commercial Thursday morning that it would be in theaters everywhere starting Friday, so I was very excited!
Synopsis: “Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend – Adolf Hitler – Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.”
After reading that film critics were divided on their thoughts of it and that it’s a controversial film overall, I still wanted to see it for myself and form my own opinion. I’m drawn to history and I knew this film was set in a very dark time, so I knew it would probably be an emotional one!
Yes – it was emotional indeed, and I had to bite my knuckle a few times to keep from crying my eyes out! Amidst that, it was a dark comedy and the most intriguing of it all is that such a sinister time in history is viewed from the perspective of a 10-year-old boy…who learns himself that love triumphs over hate. ❤️ Overall, I really enjoyed this film and its message!
#3 I drove to Fillmore, CA by myself for a big potluck party hosted by my cousin. This was the longest drive I’ve ever taken by myself (a bit over 3 hours of a drive there, and back). It was a lot of fun, and this was the view from my cousin’s backyard!
A beautiful, Southern California sunset… ❤️
#4 Last but not least, I put my Christmas tree up!!!
eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! Isn’t it cute? I decided on a Disney princess theme this year. I put on some happy Christmas music, and I blissfully decorated. 💕
See ya next time!! I hope you also had a lovely weekend!
Like the golden frock? It’s a Forever 21 find, and it’s easily one of my favorite dresses ever. I love the bright pink and blue flowers that pop amidst the sea of gold!
And here’s a second outfit, with some good old fashion puff sleeves:
I’ve been happy to notice that the leaves are finally changing colors here! It took awhile, but now they’re gradually beginning to transition. It’ll be nice as the month continues on and the trees will fully engulf in flaming bright red and orange.
My cool sister being camera shy. 💜 We make an eye-catching team: her purple hair, and my gigantic hair. Since I’m currently reading The Witches by Stacy Schiff, I realized how fast my sister and I would probably be accused of being witches if we were in 1692 Massachusetts, even though neither of us are one. What I’ve learned from this book, is that even a simple mole or birthmark could get you accused.
However, our marital statuses alone would shine a suspicious spotlight on us. A feisty widow (my sister) and an eccentric spinster (me)? We wouldn’t stand a chance in 1692 Salem! 😀
This book is slightly over 400 pages, and I’ve just hit the halfway mark. It’s tremendously fascinating, well-written, and very hard to put down!! I love it so much, and since I’m intrigued with the Salem Witch Trials, this has been an enthralling read. ❤️
I hope everyone is enjoying the start of November. 💕 🕸
I didn’t wear a costume; I merely worked with Halloween colors to create a fun and festive look! 😉 And I absolutely love the outcome….like, a LOTTTTTTTTTTTTT…
These tights, which I’m obsessed with, are from Spirit Halloween, and I just so happened to have these pointy flats! Together, they create witchy-looking feet and legs, haha.
Ohhhh these little pumpkin clips top the whole thing off, don’t they? 🎃 My plans for Halloween? To go sit with my sister at her vendor booth at a pumpkin patch, sip a hot drink and eat some candy. Sounds like the perfect night to me!
Yesterday afternoon, I was charmed to sit at my favorite table at Dutch Brothers and see this rat perched there on the table. The coffee chain was decked out for Halloween, and naturally I was ecstatic to see this.
I think rats are cute; my thinking this doesn’t just stem from Ghost’s 2018 hit song “Rats” that created a shoutout anthem to all the rodents out there, but also because rats are the underdog. People are afraid of them or find them gross, so I have sympathy for them.
Maybe I’ll be a rat lady in my older age – an alternative to a cat lady?! I hope so, because that would be awesome. ❤️