Ladybugs and a Miracle

Hi there!! I have something amazing to share today, but first let’s talk about my ladybug theme going on from this weekend! 🐞

I was perusing World Market a few nights ago and came across this lone journal sitting off by itself on a shelf. Ladybugs are a favorite of mine, so I couldn’t leave without it! I love journaling, so it won’t collect dust either.

Guys, you have no idea how happy this made me that my hair clips matched my journal…lol.

Now to share a story that is still hard for me to believe actually happened. It’s too mind-blowing not to blog about it! This happened just a few days ago…

So, I go to Starbucks a LOT. It’s like my home away from home and I’ve met so many people over the years from going to Starbucks! 😃 Maybe less than a year ago, a man told me in passing, as I was drinking my coffee, “Hey! Just wanted to say I love your look, it’s so cool and unique.” I said thank you, with a smile.

A few months later, I run into him again and we exchanged hello’s and small talked. We discussed art for a bit, and added each other on social media.

We’ve been social media friends for a few months and we both noticed we share the same interest in music, too. I ran into him again at Starbucks on Saturday, and we chatted much longer than ever before.

I don’t know what it was you guys, but in the middle of talking to him, something clicked in my mind. I had this strange feeling that was telling me, There’s something familiar about this man…

I tossed the thought aside and kept the conversation going for the time being. We exchanged a hug before he left and I continued on with my day.

That evening, I returned home. I suddenly remembered how I felt talking to him earlier – what was that feeling I had? Why was there something about his facial features that seemed so…familiar?

Right then, something told me to go look at my mom’s tiny, old photo album she keeps on a shelf. Something in that photo album was calling to me in that moment, and it was reminding me of this man. I flipped it open and went directly to a specific photograph. It’s the only photo I have of my dad (long story short, I never knew him or anyone on his side of the family). The picture is of my dad, his brother and sister, taken in 1989.

My eyes zeroed in on his brother in the photo. That was it – he looked very similar to the man I’d been chatting with at Starbucks!!!!! I quickly got on social media and compared the photo to see the similarities side-by-side.

I asked my mom and sister, “What’s my father’s brother’s name?” I didn’t know and I never had a reason to ask about it until now. They answered, and my legs literally went weak when they said his first and last name – an exact match of the man’s name from Starbucks.

I had my answer, but I had to confirm it all. My heart pounding and my hands shaking, I sent him a message and explained that what I was about to ask may sound very strange, but I had to know. I asked him, “I’m sorry, but is this you in this photo, taken in 1989?”

I sent him a photo of the photo and, being completely in shock, he said that yes it was him and wondered how on earth I had the photo in my possession. I explained that it’s the only photo I have of my dad, who’s the other man in the picture. The conversation then went to the realization that he and I…are related. He’s my uncle and I’m his niece.

It was like being struck by an emotional bolt of lightning. I rarely ever cry, but oh boy did I break into tears. The man from Starbucks who I’d been chatting with about music and art this whole time, IS MY DAD’S BROTHER! And neither of us knew, until I somehow put the pieces together from a 30 year old photograph!

I feel happy and grateful that this happened! On the flip-side, after the dust has now settled, I feel a mysterious sadness that I can’t even begin to describe. I think it’s because I never knew my dad and suddenly I realized I’ve been friends with his brother without knowing. It’s a flood of emotions. I’ve been in an introspective haze and have just needed time to process everything.

Well, I hope you all enjoyed reading. It was long and not my usual content but, it was too surreal of an occurrence not to share with whoever follows my little corner of the internet. ❤️

See you next time!!

Being Beige

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Hello there, everyone!!

It’s super cold, but I couldn’t wait any longer to wear one of my new lace tops that look ultra vintage. I have three of them in different colors/styles, but I think this beige one is my favorite, hands down!

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This blouse makes me think of the 1970’s, or even further back with its Edwardian-era influence. I’m a huge fan of off-the-shoulder tops, but add lace and flowing ruffles? Definitely a new favorite blouse in my closet!

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As you can see, the entire blouse is connected by a thin veil material and is technically a turtleneck. This is probably the coolest blouse I’ve ever purchased, along with the pink and white one I have yet to show. ❤

You can purchase the blouse here!

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I took a lot of photos of this outfit, so clearly I loved it, can’t you tell? 🙂

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In other news, I’ve been watching a show I haven’t watched in a looooong time, and honestly, it’s probably the only time you’ll ever catch me writing about a television show! I just never watch shows. This came out in 2005, if that puts things into perspective.

So yes: Prison Break! I didn’t get into the rest of the seasons, but I totally love Season 1 and have it on DVD. I’ve been indulging in some episodes the last few nights, under a warm, cozy blanket. ❤

It’s really adrenaline-fueled and action-packed. I think episodes 6 & 7, Riots, Drills, and the Devil (part 1 & 2) are my favorites because it’s one big heart-stopping prison riot during both episodes.

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I love the good-guy main characters, of course (i.e., Michael and Lincoln), but strangely enough, I was always drawn to Agent Kellerman. Grrrrrr!!! I shouldn’t be, because he’s a very dark character.

I think it’s because, for someone who so easily can kill off people as a special agent and seems to not show any remorse or backwards glance about it, I instinctively want to give him a hug, take him out for some Baskin Robbins ice cream and gently ask where in his life everything went wrong…?

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I’m going to threaten you with blackmail, all while casually eating a Shaved Ice with a smile on my face. 

But seriously, it’s been fun to indulge in this show again. When I first watched it, I was in high school. My mom, sister and I would order a pizza and watch it on Monday nights. Memories!

Enjoy your day! ‘Til next time!

 

The Bolder, the Better!

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Happy Thursday, people! ❤

I’m in a super good mood today, and my outfit seems to convey my upbeat attitude. I’m wearing some bright colors that completely offset the otherwise cloudy, dismal skies in the Central Valley of California today. I like this kind of weather though, so it’s perfect!

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Cameo ring, made by yours truly. I loved how it turned out so much that I kept it for myself, rather than putting it on Etsy. LOL! Maybe I’ll make a similar one to sell. 

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I’d like to take a moment to talk about this lovely belt, which is actually just a plain black belt, but I attached the cutest pin in the world to it! It’s made out of felt and clips very easily and securely to it. I’ve already gotten at least two compliments on it when I was out and about! This is also a pin you could easily wear in your hair, too. I bought it from Tracy, who owns The Tote Trove on Etsy, and all of her stuff is super adorable and colorful! Check out her blog, as well! I also bought a necklace from her, which I’ll wear in another outfit post. 🙂

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Feeling goooood! I’ve been in a good mood this week anyway, but today is just one of those days when I feel like I’m shooting out joy beams anywhere I go. It’s funny how when you radiate happiness, other people tend to feel it too and it spreads the joy. So get out there and smile and be happy! ❤

The Rain, the Park, and Other Things…

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I got a great view of this sunset last night! I love taking pictures at Woodward Park. Cloudy but unfortunately very windy, not to mention I should have took heed from the high pollen alert, because my left eye was stinging incessantly while attempting to take pictures. Annoying!!!

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Hurry up and take the picture please, it’s windy and my eye is burning…

Still a good time nonetheless, even with the windy, pollen-filled air! Also, that yellow drink in my hand is a smoothie from Lassen’s. If you have a Lassen’s in your town, I highly recommend their smoothies! The one I’m drinking is the Mango Colada. ❤

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In stranger news, I’ve been giving this harmonica of mine a go. Much to the annoyance of my sister when I give her a call, sometimes I randomly start playing it, mid-conversation. While I try to sound like Neil Young playing the harmonica, it instead sounds like a bunch of cats fighting.

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Arguably even stranger is the weather this morning! It’s raining…out of nowhere. This is my ensemble today, attempting to go from summer clothing to chilly-weather clothing in an instant. I dug out an old sweater to keep warm today! 🙂

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I went with some interesting accessories today that I think pair miraculously well together! A statement necklace paired with a polka dot headband makes me feel oh-so girly.

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I have to give a shout-out to this new lipstick I’ve been wearing lately! Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Smoked Peach. I think I finally found my ideal lipstick shade! Finding the right lipstick color that compliments my skin tone has been tricky for me…I prefer nude lipstick colors, but they tend to wash me out. Coral brightens my face up immediately and has that retro, early-1960’s vibe going on!

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I hope everyone is enjoying this last day of May! The month seems to have flown by. Looking forward to June and the new round of opportunities that lie ahead! 🙂 Anyone doing anything fun for the upcoming start-of-summer month? Enjoy the day!

Fairy Dust and Coffee Houses

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Yeah. I like the title of this post!

It’s a mash-up of my Outfit of the Day and the place I am currently typing this blog post at.

So, since I’m still on a flower crown kick, I had to document my oh-so girly outfit that I’m really loving today. 🙂 This headband I’m wearing, I bought at Claire’s. I love the little fabric flowers on it – makes me feel like a fairy of some sort, like I should be floating around aimlessly in a garden or something, haha.

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I just loooove pink and white together. Such a pretty color combination!

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This morning I met my sister at Yellow Mug, a really cute locally-owned coffee house where I live. I love the atmosphere and the friendly staff, and their drinks are aaaaaaamazing.

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Lemon and blueberry macarons. ❤

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Isn’t this adorable?! I love their wall decor. ❤ Happy Monday!

Pink Punch

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Going to Goodwill for some see-what-I-can-find shopping has proven to be worthwhile yet again!

This little dress is a super pretty pink punch color and is (gasp) sleeveless. That’s only unusual for me because I never wear sleeveless tops/dresses, but hey, I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone for a change. It only cost me $4!

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Hope everyone is having a lovely Monday! Smile, be happy, stay positive and enjoy the little things. ❤

 

 

Romantic in Red

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I’m not sure what’s gotten into me lately but I’ve found myself watching The Notebook recently and taking notice of the beautifully romantic 1940’s style ensembles worn in the movie. As much as I wish I had more 40’s-esque attire (my clothes look more 1960’s/1970’s), I got creative with what I had and went for a semi-1940’s outfit today!

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I love this purse so much…it really makes any outfit I wear look even more vintage! (I wrote a post about it before, but just as a reminder, it’s a vintage purse from the 1960’s).

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Yeah, it still looks very 1960’s.

Lol. I think even if I wore a dress straight out of the 1940’s, it would still look 60’s solely because of my hairstyle and makeup. Ohhhhhh well!

I really love my outfit today and had to take pictures! Ciao!