All About That Balance

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Ahoy!

I bring to you, some truly interesting outfits I wore this week. Wearing hair clips from Sally Beauty Supply that the box states is for children, and risk-taking pattern mixing?

‘TWAS NOT A DULL WEEK…

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Aight, so the heart hair clips are from Sally Beauty Supply as I mentioned, and the choker I paired with it collectively just screams: Oh 90’s, Where Art Thou?

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The choker necklace, I have no idea where it is from. My sister gave me it because she said she didn’t like how it looked on her. Score for me – I love it! It’s such an unusual choker…I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it.

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It’s a Friday so I thought why not; let’s pair a bird-printed top with a floral skirt. Because I have only one life to live and I’m going to live it well. At first hesitant, I then decided to give it a go.

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YET SOMEHOW…IT WORKED.

With the dark blues and light blues, it comes together gloriously in an explosion of irony. Birds and flowers, unite. Mixed prints, unite. I wore my black T-strap flats with the outfit, which tied it all together.

A lady this morning at the café I go to said I looked “fun” today.

YESSS!

Fun is what I aim for. I like my outfits to be fun and playful, so it was a success.

In other news, it was a good week and seemed to go by really fast. I blinked and it was suddenly Friday. Outside of work, I’ve been drawing and reading, even more so…

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I made a pretty new drawing, and I’m going to get it framed and take it with me to my next art showcase, which will be September 1st! I love the colors I went with…I wasn’t sure what kind of colors I wanted initially, but I just thought, the brighter the better. Very pleased with the outcome. ♥

As for reading, I’m only a chapter away from finishing No Easy Day, an autobiography of a Navy SEAL. This is my third SEAL book and I love it just as much as the others I’ve read.

It’s the dichotomy. I love extremely girly things, but I need a balance, and that’s where the testosterone-fueled, jumping-out-of-helicopters, action-packed genre of books I enjoy comes in.

It’s like the yin and yang. Or YANG AND YIN?

This leads me to an observation. My fascination with things totally opposite of me isn’t just with books. Come to think of it, if I reflect on my very short list of guys I have gone out with in the past: one was super logical/technical-minded, and another was in law enforcement and really loved guns, and very much was a logical thinker.

In other words, polar opposite from me.

SEE WHAT I MEAN?

If I (ever?) at some point feel like dating again in the years ahead, perhaps I should lean towards dating a fellow artist, or something along those lines? The thing is, I enjoy learning about someone who is totally different than me. I still am not sure if the whole opposites attract is good or bad when it comes to the romantic spectrum. What do you all think? Enlighten me.

I tend to gravitate towards the more left-brained I suppose, to offset my blissfully creative albeit scattered right-brain. You know I’m all about the artsy life…

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Or more accurately for me, a Dodge.

See ya!!! ♥

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!

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! 😉

 

In the Summertime

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Hey hey hey!!!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your week – it’s been a good one with plenty to share, so let’s get started! 😉

First off, I have two new outfits I’ve been happily wearing…one is this red polka-dot romper from Forever 21 (brand new, so they should still have it in the store!):

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I love rompers soooooo, this is a dream!

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GOOD OL’ ROMPERS…

Oh, and happy summer!!! I really do love this time of year. ♥

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There were a LOT of vintage-esque clothes at Forever 21 when I went this past weekend. I hadn’t been there in a long time! Here’s another very retro dress I ended up buying:

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The dress was originally much longer…and as always, I typically have my dresses hemmed up. That’s what happens when you’re short and want to wear short dresses!

Because even the “short” dresses end up being long…

 

 

That ring on the left is literally a ring I’ve had since elementary school. I got it out of a quarter machine. I’M SERIOUS!!!

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In more humorous news, I had a section of hair the other day that refused to lay down flat, despite my futile attempts to hairspray it down. I decided to just let it be and I’m glad I have the above photo to prove it!

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On a closing note, this was what I was looking forward to this week on Thursday. ♥

A group from my church and I went to the Ronald McDonald House at Valley Children’s Hospital to host a dinner, and I brought some coloring supplies for the kids. [The Ronald McDonald House is a place that provides families with sick children a place to live at the hospital during their stay.] 

It was a really great experience! All of us in our group enjoyed it, and it was a nice sense of teamwork. It felt really good to dedicate time to a good cause and the families were really kind and appreciative. 🙂

I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of summer. It feels like a magical time of year.

Enjoy your weekend! See ya!

 

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!!!

A Little Danish Village

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Helloooooo!!!

Today’s blog post is all about my trip to Solvang, CA! I’ve wanted to go here for a long time, and I finally did. ♥

Everything about this place is beautiful! It was very windy though, unfortunately. Other than that, it was a perfect day. As you can tell from the title, this place is dedicated to letting you experience a taste of Denmark!

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First stop was at a restaurant called The Little Mermaid, where I tried the one thing that everyone kept telling me to try, which is æbleskiver (traditional Danish pancakes):

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I am so glad I did! These were DELICIOUS. They were very puffy and drizzled with strawberry jam. Yum!

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Oh my gossshhhhhh. This place was so awesome; it is a year-round Christmas shop. There were so many cute ornaments! I was like a little kid in a candy store.

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CLOCKS!!! I was obsessed with this. I’m a sucker for anything miniature and figurines. I think I literally stood in front of this display for like two minutes just staring…

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Tiny little Danish people on the top tier! eeeee!

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I went to Mortensen’s Danish Bakery. This place had the cutest pastries!

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I have no idea what they were exactly, besides MAGICAL. I heard the words “chocolate” and “raspberry” and was immediately sold. That, and they’re adorable!

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Overall!!! How could I not instantly love this little gem of a town? I’m so happy I finally got to experience it. ♥♥♥

It’s a good thing I dressed for the elements today and wore my romper with a cardigan. They’re shorts, which proved to be very practical considering the wind was blowing so hard. It’s a windy day even here in my hometown, with 20-30 mph winds!

Hope you enjoyed reading! See you next time!