Pretty in Blues: Poppin’ the Hood & Getting My Hands Dirty (kind of)

Tights: Amazon // Shoes: Dolls Kill

Who would’ve thought these blue tights would be one of my favorites? It’s not a color I own in my wardrobe until now! These royal blue tights I knew would go well with my cherub top. It was instantly what I went to when trying to decide what to wear with the tights!

The second outfit was more of a pale blue!

Top: SHEIN
Bow: SHEIN // Choker: Etsy
Overalls: SHEIN // Top: I forgot // Big bow: SHEIN // Little bows: Dollar Tree
Ring: Made by me // Choker: ROMWE

In other news, I recently started reading this book that I’ve been wanting to read for a while now: Fighter Wing by Tom Clancy! As you can naturally see, it is about jets. But more specifically, the chapter I’m on is all about Desert Storm – yesssss! It was the first war of my lifetime (the Gulf War) and there is surprisingly not a whole lot of books out there about it. So I’m thankful for some perspective on the matter, included in this book which came out in 1995. ❤️

Lastly, for a little automotive fun! Believe it or not, the majority of social media management I do for work is for auto shops (two automotive, the others auto body repair shops). I’ve actually learned a lot over the past 3 years of having this work-from-home career, especially in regards to auto care stuff. So now I try to practice what I preach in terms of content creation for the auto shops I manage; therefore, I try to follow some tips on my own car!

I’m definitely no auto expert by any means, but I do like to pop the hood every now and then and check out how my belts and hoses are looking!! I learned that you can check them yourself, looking for signs of fraying or cracks on the belts and feeling the hoses (they should feel firm but still pliable – feeling “mushy” is a sign it should probably be changed out).

Of course, do all this when the car has been off for a long while so everything is COOL!

Anyway, there you have it, Sam’s auto shop feature of the day, LOL!!! 😂 Also, as proof that I got my hands (kind of) dirty, you can see grease on my thumb in the photo. 👍🏼

But now I type this with clean hands, from the comfort of a Starbucks table – hot mocha in hand. ☕️💕 See you next time!!!

Pink Tights Styled 2 Ways, and Kid Rock’s New Song is Just What I Needed to Start the Christmas Season

Tights: Amazon // Shoes: Dolls Kill

In my last post, I left off with yellow tights. 💛 Exploring the world of bright tights has really been an adventure, and for many reasons! First off, I didn’t know the fun I was missing out on. Brights really do add something to an outfit; typically, I reserved brights for my hair accessories, but I’ve decided to step out of my comfort zone for once. And I like it! 💖

Here are two outfits styled with the new pink tights!!!

Sweater: Etsy // Jacket: Amazon // Skirt: Forever 21
Ring + belt: Forever 21
Bow: made by meeeee
Sweater: Target // Overalls: SHEIN // Shoes: eBay
Bow: SHEIN // Choker: ROMWE

I am sitting inside Starbucks next to a big window as I type this. I have a gorgeous autumnal view of fall foliage, a hot cup of peppermint mocha in my hand, and I quite simply couldn’t ask for more. I love how the reds and oranges explode as a fiery painting on the trees. Could life be any better?!?!?!?!

I didn’t think it could get any better…until I found out Kid Rock released a new (controversial) song, Don’t Tell Me How to Live, about his anger at the current world and his anger at millennials. I just KNEW I had to listen, and it was so over-the-top and hardcore, plus at the end of the music video he took off into space on a middle-finger-shaped spaceship and landed safely on Mars, and I knew right then and there it was just what I’d needed to start the Christmas season. Although I’m a little confused as a millennial myself because, at least in my age group, weren’t we the ones who were really into his music in middle school back in 1998 when he debuted Devil Without a Cause? We supported you, Kid! Don’t hate all of us!

But hey, I can just laugh that part off. It’s the Christmas season now and everything already seems more magical and gosh dang it, more happy. Can you feel it?!?!?! I sure can. And in my next post, I’ll be showing the next set of bright tights: RED and BLUE. I’m excited! ❤️💙

I’ll end this post with footage of Kid Rock going into space. Happy Christmas season folks!!!

See you next time!!

New Yellow Tights For the Win!

Tights: Amazon // Shoes: BAIT Footwear

I have officially fallen in love with these yellow tights, especially paired with this pale yellow skirt I was certain I’d gotten rid of awhile back, but I found it in a drawer the other day! I was beyond happy, because it’s like the soulmate to the yellow tights I just received in the mail from Amazon. They just go together so perfectly, and with the shoes…oh my gosh!!! 💛💛

With colored tights, I’ve been on an ’80s kick lately with my outfits. And I just love it! Especially paired with a blazer. Also, I am feeling the flats. I’ve gotten so used to wearing platform Mary Jane’s, that it’s refreshing to wear flats again! Plus, it’s something different. 😋

Skirt: Forever 21 // Blazer: vintage (belonged to my mom!)

This is definitely one of my favorite outfits as of lately!! 🌟💛🌟

See ya next time!!

Finding Gym; Fitness and Exploring New Color Combos That Ignite My Imagination Apparently

It was 2016 when I last went to Fort Washington Fitness, and I had discontinued my membership only because I had been let go from the law firm I’d worked at for 11 years, and I wanted to watch my money (that was the first and only job I’d had at that point in my life, and I’d started straight out of high school!) It had been the perfect little gym for me: not busy at all!

As I was sitting at a coffee shop last week, my mind wandered over to the biggest question on my mind: what was I going to do for fitness this fall and winter? For me, it’s already too cold to go for walks now (I have a low tolerance for cold temperatures, unfortunately). I needed walking in my life, though…so what was I goING TO DO?!?!?!?!

That’s when I remembered: why the heck don’t I just re-join Fort Washington Fitness? I have a good career and feel comfortable re-enrolling again, financially. That was the answer I needed! After having coffee, I drove over to the fitness center, giving myself a mental pep talk not to be nervous about re-joining a gym and to go ask about a 7 day guest pass to ease into it again. So I did!

This past week, I tried a few days out and quickly fell in love with it all over again. It turns out, I’ve missed going there! The treadmill and the elliptical are my go-to’s! When I go, I wear simple fitness clothes, as pictured above…but you bet your bottom dollar I still wear my hair just as I always do, decked out with colorful accessories! I gotta stay true to myself even at the gym, right?

In other news, I tried out some color combinations I typically don’t wear together this week, and I love the looks! I’m getting into colored tights; I just ordered a pair of yellow tights (helloooo ’70s) and deep fuschia. I’m excited to get them and create new outfits!

Sweater: H&M // Skirt: Amazon // Shoes: Dolls Kill
Bow: Childhood // Butterfly clips: Target // Choker: Etsy
Tights: Vintage from Mervyn’s (belonged to my mom!)
Choker: ROMWE // Turtleneck: H&M // Skirt: I forgot! // Bow: Childhood
Bow: Childhood // Jacket: vintage (belonged to my mom!) // Dress: Forever21
Ring: Childhood!

The last outfit makes me feel like a late ’80s career woman. But not a typical career – like an art career or something. Perhaps working at some hip art museum in West Berlin as an American, while spending my evenings checking out the nearest coffee shop or music store (to buy cassette tapes no less!) and going for late-night strolls to try to sneak peeks from a viewing platform along the Berlin Wall, eyeing the elusive communist East Berlin from a distance???? My curiosity is fierce. The East German border guards eye me suspiciously. What kind of capitalist weapon could she be holding in that huge hair?!?! Already, they’re on the phone with the Stasi, and soon even Erich Honecker himself will know about my threatening hairdo and eventually it’ll pass onto the Kremlin. Nena could have re-written the song 99 Red Balloons as, ‘massively huuuuge, bouffant ‘do goes by…” inciting Cold War tensions and all out nuclear war.

Yikes. I’m just going to stop right now because I could go on and on with my imagination. But yes, the last outfit makes me think of the 80’s, and apparently my alternate-universe life in the 80’s as an American living in West Berlin. Perhaps I am listening to too much Billy Idol still?

See ya next time!!! 💖

Dancing With Myself: I Bought a Billy Idol Album

The true question here is: why’d I wait so long?!?! I’ve wanted a Billy Idol album for a while now, and I finally took the plunge and pushed that Amazon Prime order button a few days ago. Dancing With Myself is that one song that has ALWAYS put a big fat smile on my face, every time. It’s one of those songs that reminds me that no matter what, everything in life will be just fine! The other song of his that is my favorite is Rebel Yell, and I think having recently read a blog post over at The Tote Trove, who mentioned that song, was the final push that made me go and order his greatest hits.

I just can’t get enough.

I love 80’s music, so it’s an easy album to jam to when I’m on the road – I also didn’t realize how much I love the song Eyes Without a Face! I can mentally pretend I’m in the 80’s while I have this playing, and that’s a good thing. I often hear many stories about life in the eighties from my mom and sister, who vow it was their favorite era. My sister graduated from high school in 1985, so I’ve always enjoyed hearing stories from her youth about this time period.

“In the eighties, it was an ‘anything goes’ attitude towards fashion,” my sister has said many times. Well, dang. Sounds like the perfect fashion mentality to me! That attitude may not be in fashion nowadays, but ‘anything goes’ will always be in fashion for me.

💖 I styled these khaki suspenders in two different ways: the first outfit in neutral color tones and the second, with brown and coral accents!! Coral is seriously one of my favorite colors and I feel it pairs so well with browns and beiges. I was feeling the color and even painted my nails an orange-red!

Turtleneck: SHEIN // Suspenders: SHEIN // Bow: made by me
Ring: made by me
Shoes: Dolls Kill
Barbie ring: made by me // Butterfly clips: Target little girl’s hair accessories // Choker: ROMWE // Blouse: SHEIN

I felt really good in these outfits, and Billy Idol’s Greatest Hits also had me feeling pretty dang good to boot! In conclusion, the album will be on replay for quite awhile in my car. 😉

Upon seeing that I purchased this album, my mom informed me that she and my sister attended a Billy Idol concert in the eighties.

“He was so dreamy,” my mom recalled, fondly. And I agree!

See ya next time!! 💗

Enjoying These November Days

This outfit I wore yesterday totally put a smile on my face, and not solely because I wore a smiley face pin with it – but that did add to it, hahaha!!! The color combos were fun, in my opinion. Bright pink and muted green…something about it, I just LOVED! ❤️

Smiley pin + beaded ring: childhood // Rose rings: made by me
Blouse: SHEIN // Suspender Shorts: SHEIN
Blouse: SHEIN // Suspenders: Amazon // Butterfly clips: Target // Bow: Made by me
Shoes: Dollskill

I went to a place called The Healthy Fix (next door to one of the regular Starbucks’ I go to) and their Mint Chocolate Chip shake is sooooooooo good (and healthy, too!) Their little lounge in the back is awesome, to boot!

See ya next time!!! 💖

Halloween Weekend Fun; Making Bloodshot Eyeball Cookies and Trying My First Pan de Muerto

Happy Halloween weekend!!! Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re enjoying the weekend. As for me, I’ve been very excited to celebrate Halloween by baking up a storm! ❤️

I love that the entire house smells of cookies…I made bloodshot eyeball sugar cookies that have become my go-to each year now for Halloween! I made them for myself, mom and sister.

But before I show that, here’s my favorite outfit as of lately!!! I just love how my new cross choker from Dollskill pairs so well with this simple black turtleneck! And also my other favorite outfit: a grey and brown ensemble with colorful bows. Something about that outfit made me feel like I should be on some after-school kids show in the 90’s, which I’m totally okay with. 👌🏼

Choker: Dollskill // Skirt: H&M // Bows: Claire’s
Shoes: Dollskill
Sweater: H&M // Suspenders: Amazon // Bows: Claires // Choker: Etsy
Shoes: BAIT Footwear

Remember not too long ago when I took an AncestryDNA test and found out I’m over a quarter Mexican and never knew it? Well, I decided to get a taste of Mexican culture and got a Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead)!!! It’s a type of pan dulce traditionally baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to Day of the Dead, I learned. I found them in bulk at Vallarta, a Mexican supermarket!

So here is a photo of the Pan de Muerto, which I look forward to trying tomorrow, and my homemade sugar cookies. Wishing you all a great Halloween filled with candy and sweets! 💖

See ya next time!!! Happy Halloween. ❤️

Pumpkin Spicing Things Up; Going to a Pumpkin Patch and Seeing Halloween Kills By Myself (Literally…I was the only person in the theater)

Since it’s October and all, I wanted to take myself on an autumnal date to do something seasonal and festive; I decided to do two things that were both seasonally festive but entirely opposite of each other: 1) take myself to a pumpkin patch and 2) go see a scary movie. The difference is that the first one is cute and second is SCARY.

Let’s start with what I wore to the pumpkin patch, and then some snaps of other spooktacular fall outfits I’ve worn this month!!! 💗

Pinafore Dress: Amazon // Blouse: H&M // Pumpkin Clips & Bows: Claire’s // Choker: ROMWE
This cute bird sat next to me outside Starbucks!!
Witch Sisters Ring Made by Me!
Pinafore dress: Amazon // Choker: ROMWE // Cat ears: Amazon
Shoes: Dollskill
Bow: SHEIN // Choker: Etsy // Shirt: Etsy // Skirt: Etsy
Ring: Made by me!
Purse: Dollskill [Betsey Johnson]

So I loved all these fun outfits but the Ghostface one was my FAVORITE!!!!!!! It paired so nicely with my new Dollskill shoes and purse! 💕💗 I also wore that shirt because I was hyped after seeing the new trailer release for Scream coming out in January next year! And a big shoutout to my new strawberry bow from SHEIN. It reminds me of strawberry shortcake!

Lastly, I went to see Halloween Kills… (I’ve never seen any of the Halloween movies, so this was all new to me)!

I had every intention of going alone, but holy freaking cow, I did NOT EXPECT TO BE THE ONLY PERSON IN THE ENTIRE THEATER!!!!!!!!! I went on a Tuesday afternoon, and no one else to be found in the theater besides me! I would have never guessed, and yeah, it brought the whole ‘going by myself’ to a whole other level that was totally terrifying while seeing this particular movie!

I kept looking over my shoulder during the super scary parts, shrouded in darkness, the movie basically only playing for me…DID I DROP SOME POPCORN? YES! (Don’t worry, I picked it up after the movie, I don’t litter!) DID I SCREAM OUT LOUD AT ONE POINT? YES!

As terrifying of a movie as it was…I actually had a spooktacular blast!!!! Happy Halloween month to me (and to you, too)!

Smell ya later!! 💗

Beary Nice; Random Act of Kindness

Sometimes I literally don’t know what to talk about in my blog posts, besides just showing my outfits. I will seriously strain to come up with something to write!!! And then I just give up, waiting it out for some time until something stirs in my noggin.

Photos of coffees I drink are always a good idea. 😉

Hot mocha! Mmmm. From ‘The Mug’ coffee shop in Fresno

Sometimes at night as I try to go to sleep, I’ll find myself staring blankly at the ceiling with not a darn thing to think about! Does that ever happen to you?

When I think hard enough, a few things come out from the creases of my brain. But they’re always random, like what actually happened to the lost Roanoke Colony? Who wrote CROATOAN on the gate post? And is the Roanoke Colony technically the lost sock in the washing machine of life?

Then, finally, something non-historical comes to mind. Like remembering a random act of kindness that happened to me one time a couple years ago…

*intermission of outfit photos*

Pinafore Dress: Amazon // Harness Belt: ROMWE
Ring: from my childhood

A few years ago, I was standing in line at a Starbucks in town where I live. It seemed like another trip to Starbucks, at that point! There was a police officer ordering ahead of me. As I decided on whether I wanted an iced or a hot mocha, much to my surprise, the officer waved me towards the counter and said for me to order, that he’d pay for it.

Sounds like a simple act of kindness, right? Well, I still remember it to this day! To me, it was a monumental gesture I’ve never forgotten. I’ve always felt insignificant, so for that moment I felt cool enough for a stranger to buy me a coffee (and a police officer, at that!!!!!!!!!)

*second intermission of outfit photos*

Coat: Amazon
Tights: I forgot? // Shoes: Dollskill
Ring: Pinkbopp (my line of jewelry!)

So my point of sharing this story, is to emphasize that random acts of kindness can go a long way; it’s still a memory I think of at times! (Also, I’m glad I thought of something to write about in this blog post. 😉 ) So the next time you think about doing something nice for someone, do it, because I guarantee they’ll remember it for years to come. For some of us, it’ll mean the world. 💞

See ya next time!!! 🐻💕🐼

Bows: A Show Stealer

There’s just something about bows that I freaking love, and I feel I’m constantly on the lookout for new hair accessory ideas. Most of the time, they involve bows. They are just so eye-catching and sweet – always!!! Even though I’ve grown very attached to the goth-inspired accessories like chokers, I always sweeten it up with cute hair accessories, like bows. The more childlike bows, the better, in my opinion!

Blouse: SHEIN // Suspender shorts: SHEIN
Shoes: BAIT footwear // Ring: Pinkbopp (my line of jewelry!)

My sister actually gave me that bow haul, but I modified them all, apart from the smaller brightly-colored ones! See, she used to sell her own jewelry and little girls’ hair bows at a pumpkin patch each year, but no longer does, so she’s trying to clear out her inventory and knew who to pass the bows down to. I trimmed them and added the center charms, so they have a whole new look!

Add my black T-strap shoes to the ensemble, and I was ready to go out for the afternoon, braving the smoke-clogged valley air from distant wildfires to go get a Starbucks and chill! Despite the smoky skies, it couldn’t take the pep out of my new bows, or my step. And that’s the power of hair accessories, my friends! 💝

See ya next time!! 💗