Funny Facts

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Hi!!!

Is it really the end of July? I’m truly stunned…it feels like this year is a blur and is going by way too fast. But, what can you do?

One thing you can do is buy new hair clips. Not like that will aid in slowing down time or anything, but hey, it’ll add a little pep to your look…

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I love this outfit because it’s quite quirky. The pink lace with the beige wrap skirt looks unusual, in an interesting way!

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The skirt is secondhand and the top, I bought on eBay! 🙂 The hair clips, I bought on Etsy. They are fun and I’m loving the whole double-hair-clip look; it has a playful vibe.

So, reading several blogs here on WordPress, I’ve seen a few posts where people have shared facts about themselves, just for fun so their readers can get to know them better. I thought it would be fun to do this, so I came up with 10!!!

Here we go. 🙂

#1.  I love reading (which, if you’ve followed my blog long enough, you know that!) More specifically though, my two favorite genres are military and true crime. My favorite military book is American Sniper by Chris Kyle and my favorite true crime book is Zodiac by Robert Graysmith (it’s about the Zodiac killer, and it’s terrifying).

Currently, I’m reading this! And it’s GOOD.

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#2. I can’t stand anything with caramel, or anything caramel-flavored.

#3. I’m a big fan of ASMR videos. 

I really love that ASMR in general has finally been given a name in the last few years!

#4. I’m terrified of blimps.

You know, like the Good Year blimp…those things. 😦

#5. I’m also terrified of E.T.

I’m serious. I still can’t watch the movie again!!! The opening scene is the scariest thing I’ve ever witnessed and I had recurring nightmares as a child about E.T.  I was so scared he was going to get me at night. If I see anything that is E.T.-related, I get chills to this day! 

Aaaaand I just imagined E.T. piloting a blimp. FEAR FUSION.

#6. I’m a pescetarian.

Meaning, the only meat I eat is fish. 🙂

#7. I’ve never been on an airplane, but I’ve been on an Army helicopter.

And everyone asks me, “you’re scared of airplanes, yet you rode in a military helicopter with the doors open, and that was fine…?” 

#8. If I could visit any area in the entire world, it’d be the Persian Gulf. 

Specifically, the United Arab Emirates. There’s just something mysterious and enchanting about the geography of that part of the world that speaks to me. ♥

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#9. My favorite candy is Swedish Fish. 

#10. I’ve never rode on a horse, but I’ve rode on a camel once. 

Hope you enjoyed these random (and very true) facts about me. It was fun to write, I must admit!

Until Next Time! ♥

The Joys of Awkwardhood

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Howdaaaay!

I look dang proud of myself in that picture and it fits so perfectly with the blog post title! LOOOOOOOOOOOL!

This is meant to be a funny post, so I hope you enjoy. 😉

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First off, I bought a laptop keyboard cover! Isn’t it cute? ♥

Sometimes now, I’ll literally just sit and stare at my keyboard when I should actually be typing instead. It’s soooo pretty.

That kinda leads straight into the topic today! Do you ever feel awkward? Of course; I’m sure everyone does at some point. I can be rather awkward when it comes to holding conversations, or creeping people out when I  unintentionally stare at things/people! But I never let that stop me from trying. 🙂

I think it’s very true that when you get older (for some people), you lose a lot of the self-consciousness you once had in your younger years. Because now I seem to hold the awkwardness high and proudly like a big, waving flag in the wind…

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Just like C3PO at the pod race on Tatooine

I’m not sure what changed, but my self-consciousness really reduced over time. Of course, we will always have self-conscious moments, but now if I do something or say something that I feel is a bit awkward, I actually find it hilarious…and kind of fun, honestly.

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“Hey guys! Whoa, Big Gulps huh? Alright…welp, see ya later!”

Remember this scene from Dumb and Dumber?? I feel this is the best and most accurate depiction of some of my conversations with people. 😀 Hahaha!

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So to anyone who feels awkward, and sees it as a bad thing, I highly encourage you to roll around in it rather than try to hide it. Wear it like a cape, or a tiara…or both!

Hey, like my skirt? It’s another thrift find!

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This is a really fun skirt and I feel like I’ll wear it a lot! I don’t wear much blue so it’ll be fun to pair other colors with it. 😀

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And lastly, my daisy headband…which I don’t feel I wear as much as the others. I have made so many headbands, it’s nuts…

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EVIDENCE. I think I’ll take a loooong break from making any new headbands (don’t hold me to that, though) and instead I think I’ll make a new ring for myself. Not to put on Etsy, but one just for moi!

I think worms are really cute, so I’m going to make myself a cute worm statement ring. With hearts, in fact.

FUZZY hearts.

So yes, the worm ring is in the making (that sounds too much like ‘ring worm’ – YIKES!)

 

See ya next time!

Americana

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Hello there!!! To my fellow American bloggers/readers: Happy Fourth of July!

I definitely coordinated today’s ensemble with the holiday. 😉 But did you expect less? No!!!

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Yaaaaaay…happy birthday, America!

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I really didn’t have any plans today, hahaaaaa…so I decided to create plans by taking my mom out for ice cream early this evening, and then for a stroll at the park.

Late this morning, I went for my usual Starbucks…and just relaxed there for awhile with my laptop, and did some journaling. 😀

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Mint chocolate chip…my favorite ice cream! I haven’t had it in sooo long.

Going to Baskin Robbins also was a great opportunity to inquire about getting an ice cream birthday cake, for future reference [I’m totally buying myself a Disney princess ice cream cake this year, because why not! I guess I’m still a child at heart?!]

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Yeah, this one. ^ I think each store makes them differently but generally speaking, it’ll be similar! I’m not even kidding – having a Disney princess ice cream cake for my birthday and seeing Ghost are the two things I am most looking forward to for my birthday month in November! ♥

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‘Twas a nice time outdoors! The Fourth of July feels like a real summer-starting holiday so, I thought ice cream was a great idea. 🙂

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There is a hole the size of my entire body behind me…

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That’s my little walking purse…a vintage bag from the 1950’s! Love that thing. ♥

So yesssss! It was a nice, relaxing holiday. Did you do anything for the Fourth of July? 🙂 Either way, I hope you enjoyed it!

See ya soon!

Bubbles

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Hey! 🙂

So, I have always wanted a green dress. ALWAYS!!! My little wish came true recently when I found this little number at Forever 21. I modified the length, and voilà!

It is the exact shade of green I have always wanted in a dress. Green is a color I really like in particular shades, and this is one of them!

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It’s very lightweight and perfect for a casual summer look. Doesn’t hot pink and green go perfectly together?? ♥

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On a more serious note though, today I wore this dress to my brother-in-law’s Celebration of Life memorial service. It was a very beautiful event. ♥  It was amazing and heartfelt to hear people’s stories about him.

Ironically, a year ago on this very same day, June 30th, I was with my sister and brother-in-law seeing Ghost in concert for the first time. We all had a great time and it’s one of my favorite memories…it’s just strange to think a year in the future, I’d be at his memorial service.

Interesting thing that happened today at the service: my sister received an anonymous small bouquet of white carnations. Nobody knows who it was from. Apparently someone pulled up, only came up as far as the driveway and asked someone heading into the house to give the carnations to her. My sister didn’t recognize the person based on the description given, so they may have just been the deliverer. She really loves the carnations and wonders who they are from, since there was no note on it. Life’s mysteries…♥

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A few evenings ago, I had some time to spare while waiting to go to dinner with one of my friends. What better way than to spend it blowing bubbles?!

I honestly hadn’t blown bubbles in forever. It just felt like such a whimsical, spontaneous thing to do, and it was unexpectedly rather therapeutic…

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I played Ruby Tuesday by the Rolling Stones on my phone and literally sat there blowing bubbles for a few solid minutes. It was a very beautiful moment, as silly as it may sound.

It was like reverting back to a means of simple childhood bliss. Seeing all the colors in each bubble, reflecting in the sunlight was simply beautiful to look at. It’s the times like that when you’re fully engrossed in the beauty of a moment, in which the heavy things in life don’t feel like such a shadow.  ♥

Every moment is a gift. Just like the lyrics in the song:

“There’s no time to lose, I heard her say.
Catch your dreams before they slip away.”

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Thanks for reading…see you next time! ♥

 

Golden Hour

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Ahh…summer evenings. ♥

There really is something lovely about golden hour, especially in the summer. Despite how hot it was here (a little over 100 degrees or so), I still enjoyed sitting out in my backyard on Saturday evening before I made the short drive to Barnes & Noble later on.

Out here, I get to hear all kinds of things. Mostly the rustle of leaves from the gigantic tree that shades the backyard, and then the hum from the cars on the freeway. It’s a perfect blend of nature and city life. ♥

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Just sitting out in my backyard for a little while feels like a full recharge. As much as I enjoy being out and about, I definitely enjoy moments of complete solitude as well. My tiny backyard feels like a secluded corner of the world where I can admire the greenery and be alone with my thoughts. 🙂

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My outfit, incidentally, went along fittingly with golden hour on Saturday evening!!!

This is probably my favorite go-to wrap dress. It’s light, comfortable, and simple! I love the color so much. It’s from Forever 21.

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Paired with a bow, it makes for a very retro-casual look. And perfect for frolicking around the bookstore, no doubt!

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I made this bangle bracelet awhile back. ♥

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I got my nails redone!!! This time, much much shorter (well, to me they are short compared to what I previously have had!). I decided to be a risk taker and let the manicurist create whatever design she wanted. Thus, I ended up with an artsy, almost animal-like print on my nails. It’s very different for me, but I love it!

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Golden hour…how I love you!!! I managed to take these outfit photos at just the right time, no?

So after this, I went to Barnes & Noble. There’s nothing like ordering a cold drink at the café there and browsing through the store aimlessly, stopping to look at books that catch your eye…

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Like this!!!

By the end of the evening, I looked through books about unicorn-inspired food, wolves, and serial killers. A pretty strange mashup but, rather interesting reads nonetheless.

My week has started really nicely! I had a conversation with one of the regulars I see at my favorite coffee shop before work today, and we were discussing creativity. He was talking about how he has learned to appreciate art much more as he’s gotten older, and that ‘creative people make the world a prettier place’.

I love that! ♥ How inspiring!

See ya next time! 😉

 

Me and a Paint Brush…

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Ahoy! 🙂

As you can see, I did some art shopping! I needed some new small canvas’ and specific acrylic paint for my next creation. I hope it turns out the way I envision it…fingers crossed!

I love the feeling of excitement before creating something new. You really have no idea how it will turn out, no?

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But that’s the beauty of it…not knowing how something will turn out is intriguing. ♥

Today’s ensemble is simply pink, with butterfly accents. Sometimes I’m not sure what to wear, so I stick with certain things I know I love, such as pink, and my butterfly headband that seems to go with anything when I don’t know which headband to wear!

Today was super busy, and I plan to share more about the neat event happening next Thursday! I’ll save it for next week though, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it.

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I made some new jewelry this week…and it’s part of a little series I started, where I make jewelry inspired by a particular place in the world:

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I have here, “Dreaming of Dubai” and “Swedish Summer”.

Dubai, UAE is a place I’ve always found to be mysteriously beautiful. I love the desert and the idea of a large city where the desert meets the sea is quite enchanting. With that in mind, I decorated the first ring with lots of beige and gold accents!

The second ring is a lot of fun and is inspired by the Midsummer festival in Sweden. I topped it off with a pretty pink Dala horse. ♥

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Speaking of places in the world…I recently discovered that there is a country called Azerbaijan.

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It popped up in my international viewers list on WordPress last week. As a geography nerd, I had never heard of it. So of course I thought, there’s a country I haven’t heard of? NO WAY! 

I watched a few travel vlogs on Youtube about it. Fascinating! I really like the fact that I’ve never lost my fascination with different countries. In elementary school, I kept a world map in my binder and would browse through it at school, imagining what the countries looked like.

Then sometimes at recess (when I wasn’t in the library looking at books, LOL) I remember having a friend and we would play out on the grass, pretending we were in a different place in the world and pointing with admiration at imaginary buildings.

I wonder if the recess staff thought we were nuts? 🙂 Perhaps, but…

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Great quote, and sooo true! Imagination has played a huge role in my life and also in my creative works. ♥

So for tonight, it’ll be me and my paint brush. For fellow artists and crafters out there, keep on creating and I hope you keep your imagination alive and active. 🙂

See you next time!!!

Triple Scoop

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Heeeeeeey! (Me, pointing out the fact that my headband matches the roses.)

Welcome to everyone reading! This is a “triple scoop” post…as in, featuring three outfits. The ice cream reference will make sense later, promise!

It’s been a really good week and I wore some fun outfits, so I figured I’d feature them all in one, since I have an exciting post coming up on Saturday. 🙂

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Red! Well, burgundy-red. This is one of my all-time favorite dresses…it’s perfect for summer and very casual. I’ve had this for years! I think it’s from Forever 21, and it’s lasted for so long.

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I’ve mentioned before that I don’t wear red all that often, but when I do, I realize that it’s a nice color!

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Next up, I wore an outfit I really really loved that was a combination of dusty rose pink and pastel blue. Love this look!!! I told my sister the colors made me think of the Care Bears. Hahaha…

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My sandals are baaaack. It’s been in the 90’s here so, I figured it was time to bring out the open-toe shoes again! These are my favorite summer shoes. ♥

Aside from feeling like one of the Care Bears, it also reminded me of a carnival…like I needed to be eating cotton candy.

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This is where the ICE CREAM comes in…

I mentioned in my last post that I bought a new pin from the super cute Etsy shop, The Tote Trove, where I have bought many a pin in my past, and this one I am very happy to add to my collection!!!

Ice cream, folks…an instant winner and perfect for summer.  🙂 My eye immediately was drawn to the mint chocolate chip one since that’s my favorite flavor ever…

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It makes me want to pay a visit to my local Baskin Robbins. It’s been at least a year or so since I’ve had mint chocolate chip ice cream. Whaaaaaat!

Lastly, I’d like to show some of my art I’ve done this past week. I’ve been in a drawing mood, so here we go:

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I really love this one. ♥ The second drawing I did, I’ll show you the process I go through, since I’ve never shared that before!

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I always draw on the back of some paper within reach. It’s not always in a sketchbook, since I don’t carry one with me, typically. I draw out the main idea and make sure to draw the lines a bit dark, which will help later once I transfer it into Photoshop.

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In Photoshop is where the magic happens!!! I then start to add color…

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Aaaaaand the final outcome!!! I love to use a mix of traditional drawing and Photoshop. In this piece, I aimed to capture the essence of a fashionable free spirit. ♥

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my little behind-the-scenes of my art. Haha!

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I’m really excited for the weekend (as you can see from my Bitmoji above) because I’m going on a road trip for the day! I haven’t been out of town in awhile. I’ll save where I’m going until the next blog post…it’s a surprise! I’ve wanted to go to this place for a looooong time.

See you soon! ♥

 

Finite

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Hello everyone. 🙂

Not my typical blog post, but fashion and fun isn’t on my mind at this moment; rather, my focus is on life and how finite it is.

This weekend, my brother-in-law died unexpectedly. It came out of nowhere. He was on a hiking trip and suddenly lost consciousness. I’ve never lost anyone close to me, and he was in my life for 23 years, so it’s quite a long time to have known someone.

I just wanted to share that all we have is today. This moment. This second. Anything beyond isn’t guaranteed. It’s strange how deeply I understand this now, more than ever.

I’m writing this from my favorite coffee shop, Yellow Mug, which ironically is the last place I saw him alive. I feel that I need to find a silver lining somehow, and so I’ve really stopped to think of life itself and the little things we can do to make it a happier one. This is my personal list I came up with:

  • Find something each day that makes you happy, no matter how small it is. Like right now, this iced mocha I’m drinking, and how I’m going to do some journaling after I post this, makes me happy.
  • Take care of yourself. Mentally, physically, spiritually.
  • Lend a helping hand. I’m part of the LDS Just Serve committee at my church, and we’re planning on hosting a dinner at Valley Children’s Hospital in the months to come, along with other service projects. I have a deep desire now to partake in this and make it happen.
  • Keep those who care about you close and appreciate them. 
  • Let go of those who don’t. This one is particularly hard for me. I’m admittedly, very naïve to a fault at times, and don’t realize until much later that my heart and feelings are just being played with.

I have to find some sort of positive in this, therefore I’m going to move forward with my life with this little mental checklist in mind. I hope it may have helped any readers out there, to inspire you to live a life that is best for you while we are still here on earth. ♥

See you next time…

I Tried My First Poke Bowl…

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Hi!

Poke bowl, poke bowl…I have heard so much about these things. I’ve heard about it from co-workers, to seeing new food places suddenly pop up everywhere where I live, and it all seems to be about poke. I had NO idea what it was, to be honest…

But a friend of mine asked me earlier this week if I wanted to go with her to have a poke bowl at a place called Butterfish – her treat. I agreed, and I was overall pretty happy with it! It was so filling, though. I couldn’t even finish a small bowl. It felt so unusual eating a bowl of what basically is sushi, sans the seaweed!!!

So, I have tried it. Funny enough, my outfit I’m about to show you matches the aforementioned poke bowl itself…

Which was not planned, by the way…

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I really, really love this outfit. The blouse is a hand-me-down from my mom, so I’m not sure how old it is. It’s very comfortable and casual, though!

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I think this is my favorite headband, ever. It’s just so COLORFUL!!! It adds a pop of color to the otherwise neutral-tone outfit. 🙂

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Lastly, the same friend who took me for the poke bowl, we ended up going to Teazer World Tea Market. I hadn’t been in soooooo long, but I knew exactly what I wanted there.

I wanted the Tiger Spice Chai, which is amaaaaazing. I’m not a tea person, but this drink…oh my goodness. It’s definitely my favorite. It has that cinnamon-like taste to it. I was in heaven drinking this thing!!! ♥♥♥ Doesn’t it look delicious?

So yes, friends…this week was all about trying new food and being reacquainted with old tea drinks from the past.

I hope you all enjoyed your week! See ya!

Ghost and Glitter

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Helloooooooooooooo!!!

This is going to be a long blog post, so sit back, grab something to eat or drink (or both) and enjoy! I have so much to share. ♥

First off, let me tell you a bit about my totally random, new Ghost shirt:

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I can’t even count how many confused stares this shirt received when I wore it on Saturday. I was out and about, at Starbucks and later on went to get some Indian food take-out, and a few people would just stare at the shirt blankly, looking mildly confused. So what I’m saying is, the shirt was a success!

It says Rats! by the way, but my hair covers that. This is referencing their new hit single, called Rats:

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And the photo on my shirt is referencing the lead singer’s newest ensemble:

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But basically, my outfit is a tad confusing in general because you have the dainty crochet collar, a vintage-looking brooch, a happy red rose headband and then this scary cardinal priest thrown into the mix.

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I’m loving my eyeshadow I’ve been using…just a regular brown with a shimmery copper brown. Love love love! ♥

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For today’s outfit, it kind of has mermaid vibes with all the sequins going on, and the color palette. ♥

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This is a cardigan I bought when I was in high school! I remember wearing it many times, close to when I was about to graduate my senior year. Memories! ♥

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I’d like to take a moment to talk about my new glitter sensory bottle I purchased from my friend Vee, who makes them and sells them!

The idea behind it is that they help you calm down if you feel stressed or are experiencing any anxiety. You just shake it around and it’s a whirlwind of magical glitter! Can’t go wrong with that, no?

It’s basically a bottle of magic! I keep it in my purse and if I by chance feel overwhelmed by anything at the moment, or just need a break of focus, I take it out and give it a shake.

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If you’re interested in seeing more of the sensory bottles she makes, check out her Instagram here!

I hope you enjoyed this fun post! Have a great day! ♥