Harajuku Night

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Heeeey!!!

What a Saturday it’s been! I’m happy to share a fun event I attended tonight called Harajuku Night, which was a Japanese Fashion show and concert!

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I was invited to take part in the fashion show, which was totally new and different for me! The J-fashion style that I resonate with the most is hime gyaru, which consists of lots of pink, pastels, florals, bows and big hair.  💜 I incorporated those elements into my ensemble, of course!

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There were lots of other girls and guys who took part in the fashion show, and I actually ended up being the most casually dressed of the bunch, haha!! Everyone looked amazing. 🌸

You know, if you’d have asked me years ago if I would have the courage to get on stage for a fashion show, I’d probably say no way. I am really thankful that I’ve grown confidence as I’ve gotten older!

Takin’ the stage…a deer in the headlights!!!

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PhEri is an adorable, Southern California-based musical duo who performed after the fashion show, and were the main act. You can check out their Instagram here. They were SOOOOOOOO CUUUUUUTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEE… 💜

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So glad I got to chat with them and take a photo! Totally fun night and a neat experience for me!!! ❤️ Aren’t they just the epitome of cuteness?!

I hope you all are having a fun weekend! See ya again soon!

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An Evening with Ghost

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Hi!!! Last night I attended a Ghost concert in San Jose, CA. And it did not disappoint! I’m still floating in the air… 😍

I have so much to share, so sit back and enjoy. Grab a warm cup of something and be entertained!

Firstly, here was the outfit I picked out:

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This is a closeup of the pin I made for the concert, featuring the Cardinal himself. ❤️

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I went for a very bold, girly look, with gloves and pearls…the whole nine yards!

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I was even more so excited that this tour – called A Pale Tour Named Death – was featuring songs from their most recent (and my favorite!) album, Prequelle. Apple Music describes it better than I ever could:

“Set in medieval times, when the bubonic plague spread death across Europe, Ghost’s fourth album is a sociopolitical allegory for our own times.” 

And set against the ominous backdrop of medieval-looking, oops-I-think-I-walked-into-the-wrong-church stained glass windows, the opening intro was playing “Ashes”, which features children sweetly yet creepily singing Ring Around the Rosie.

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And enter, GHOST!

There’s something indescribably majestic, dark, yet beautiful about their concept and their songs, in my opinion. You can’t look away from their stage presence, and the lead singer especially enjoys being comical and also seductive to the crowd. He’ll make you blush, whether you’re male or female! ☺️

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Here he was singing Pro Memoria which, funny as it may sound, is a song that helped me overcome an anxiety I’ve had since childhood.

I used to wake up in the middle of the night as a kid and suddenly be acutely aware of mine, and everyone else’s, mortality. I’d then feel deeply concerned.

So when I first heard this song with its haunting lyrics – “Don’t you forget about dying, don’t you forget about your friend, Death” – all I could think was, Hey! This is like the SONG of my long-standing, middle-of-the-night thoughts! 

It’s really not an anxiety for me now, but more of an acceptance. Life and death go hand-in-hand, inevitably.

Reading about Jesus Christ helped eliminate a lot of my anxiety towards death, and strangely enough, Pro Memoria, which on the opposite end of the spectrum references Lucifer reminding us of our mortality, helped dissolve that anxiety for me.

People ask me why I typically seem so happy? That’s simple. Someday we won’t be here anymore…that’s all the reason to live each day with as much gratitude as you possibly can. I have air in my lungs, so it’s a good day. ❤️

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 “Black candles burn, all minds aligned…” 

It was an amazing night, and one I’ll never forget! I’m just so happy I managed to get a perfect, clear photo of him dressed in his red Cardinal gown – my favorite of his outfits. ❤️

‘Til next time!!!

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Bringing Back the Gloves

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Happy November!!! ♥

I don’t know about y’all, but I am a really big fan of gloves. I’m aiming to incorporate gloves more into my outfits with the coming cold weather. Although, these really aren’t for warmth as you can see; I wore these this past weekend when it was warm (like 80 degrees).

They’re just added for an extremely old fashion look. And I think I succeeded! The skirt is a hand-me-down (my mom wore it in the 80’s).

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I’m going to take a wild guess and say that my inspiration came from watching some  1930’s films as of late. Gloves were a staple back then (as a fashion accessory)…

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I like it, I love it, I want some more of it…. *Tim McGraw voice*

I ordered a pair of light pink lace gloves, as well! Can’t wait for those to arrive.

I feel like gloves add such a ladylike look to a dress or skirt ensemble, that you don’t see much of anymore. It’s definitely old school but I say, wear what you like! Whatever that may be, whether it’s something super trendy or extremely outdated! Just dooooooo eeeeeeeeeeet!!!!

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It has been a delightfully quiet week, which is nice because next week will be much anticipated!

I ended up with quite a bit of vacation days left, it being the end of the year and all, so I took all of next week off. That paves the way to the GHOST CONCERT next Thursday (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

Anyway, that is a LOT of time off, and I’m not even sure what I’m going to do with myself. But that’s the fun part. I will just take it one day at a time… 😃

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Other fun stuff from this week…

I finally found a book about the Gulf War. I have wanted to learn more about Desert Storm for WHO KNOWS how long now…finally picked one! I heard this one is really good. Can’t wait to start it soon!

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This is so random, but I ended up going through the entire discography of Sugar Ray this week. LOL!!!

I listen to Spotify a lot at work. Up until now, I’ve only known of Sugar Ray’s famous 90’s hits, but listening to their albums start to finish was pretty darn good, I have to say! Glad I listened, two thumbs up 👍🏼👍🏼 .

In retrospect, I’m going from listening to every Sugar Ray album to being catapulted to the polar opposite end of the musical spectrum and will be under the same roof as Ghost next week…someone pinch me because I feel like I’m dreaming!!!

‘Til next time!!!

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Tonight, Tonight

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Oh my gosh.

Where do I even begin this?!?!

*deeeeep breath* I’m getting overly excited here. First off! As you know from my last blog post, I mentioned this one will be all about the Smashing Pumpkins concert I went to in the Bay Area!!!

Let’s address my outfit first, before I dive into the real fun!

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I went for a whimsical look, inspired by the Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness album aesthetic. Here’s a closer look at my accessories:

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Overall, I reeeeeally love how my outfit turned out! ♥ The dress is a 1960’s nightgown, altered into a dress for day wear.

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So!!! My friend and I arrived at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. The venue was huge! Oakland is right next to San Francisco, in case you’re unfamiliar with the city.

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SHOWTIME!!!

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A brief background: The tour, Shiny and Oh So Bright, featured their original songs from the 90’s. It went through songs from Gish (1991) through Machina/The Machines of God (2000). Thus, it was one gigantic wave of nostalgia! The entire audience was so into it…the energy was amazing there.

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Besides the amazing music, the other thing that completely fascinated me with this concert were the VISUALS.

This was not just a concert. It was pure art, in every way. Billy Corgan’s artistry goes above and beyond. Throughout the duration of the concert, the backdrop visuals told a story that corresponded with the sequence of the songs played.

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They played some real gems during this show, and secretly I had hoped beforehand, Pleeeease play ‘Porcelina of the Vast Oceans’. I didn’t want to get my hopes up but…they did!!! You should have seen the place; it totally erupted in happy shouting once those first few sounds of the guitar opened and the lighting turned blue. EPIC!

AND JUST WHEN I LEAST EXPECTED IT…they played The Beginning is the End is the Beginning.

I involuntarily squealed much like a child, not believing my ears…they’re really playing this gem?!?!! The song from Batman and Robin that I literally played on repeat when I was 10 years old?!?!?! 

Towards the end of the concert, they played the even more anticipated songs, such as Tonight, Tonight and 1979.

I had a feeling it would hit me at some point, and it did; when Tonight, Tonight broke out, I felt my eyes get watery. The night suddenly felt overwhelmingly amazing and memorable; this was the first band I got into as a child, you see. It all started when my babysitter’s grunge-loving son, in his baggy ripped jeans and flannel plaid shirts, would invite his friends over and put on Siamese Dream or Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

I was what – maybe 8 or 9 back then? And here I am now at age 30, finally seeing them live. I’ll always remember this night. ♥

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On the way out of Oakland, I realized how much I really do love the Bay Area. It has been so long since I’d been there. The one thing I oddly love the most about it is the fog. It looked so beautifully dark and eerie, seeing the lights of San Francisco reflect on the clouds above. ♥

I hope you enjoyed this post – see you next time!

Bullet with Butterfly Wings

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Like my Smashing Pumpkins blog post title? Notice I am wearing butterfly hair clips…?? Also, I have an outfit to show you that involves the Pumpkins. So let’s start!

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First off, THIS SHIRT. It’s the most gorgeous shade of purple I’ve ever seen and you can find it for purchase here.

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I ordered this in the mail from eBay. It is Korean-style fashion, apparently! I’m a size US Small, but it recommends to size up one since it’s sized in Asia measurements.

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LOVE IT. It fits perfectly! The intricate details on the front and the lace sleeves are beautifully feminine. I actually have this same shirt in light pink, and a similar one in beige. I wear them both frequently. I’ve been super pleased with all three purchases now!

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My butterfly hair clips are actually glue-on appliques from Joann Fabric! I simply glued alligator clips on the back of each. How easy is that? 🙂 So simple to do and looks super cute!!!

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New saddle shoes from BAIT footwear! These are so fun. Ahhhhh…♥

You can find these same shoes here.

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On the creative spectrum, I’ve been staying quite busy!!! I’m happy to show the ensemble I’ve decided on for the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins concert I’m going to on the 27th in Oakland! Can you tell I’m excited?

 

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So for my outfit, I definitely went with a Mellon-Collie-era theme! I love the whimsical, dreamy aesthetic the band went with during this period of their music.

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I printed out the star lady from the album cover and made it into a ring. ♥

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I’ve had this star headband for awhile now…glad to be putting it to good use again! I feel like this really tops off the whole look. I can’t waaaaaaaaaaaait!

Originally, I thought I would wear a Smashing Pumpkins shirt with a skirt. However, my hair hides anything on the front of a shirt, which is why I seldom ever wear a shirt with a picture on it.

Instead, I thought I’d get creative and create my own band-inspired outfit.

I’m going to do the same for the Ghost concert in November. I’m happy to say that I’ve already started on the jewelry for that, and here’s a sneak peek…

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It’s done – all I need to do is glue a ring-back on it. OH MY GOSH, I HAVE A GHOST RING. ♥ I’ll probably make another one. Crafting is addicting, you guys…

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…because a fresh new ring was also made Saturday night! Tracy over at The Tote Trove inspired me to make a Disney princess statement ring, awhile after I read her blog post about having made a gorgeous Disney princess necklace.

Joann Fabric is where I found the Beauty and the Beast packet of buttons. I plan on getting the packet with Princess Jasmine in it so I can make one of her in the future.

This ring is HUGE. But it definitely catches your eye, and is a good conversation piece!

Enjoy the start of the new week! ♥

Life Eternal

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Welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed your week. 🙂 Today I bring you some fun, colorful and happy things. Let’s get started!

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There’s something I adore about red, white, and PINK!!! I made this new red rose headband and I love the combination of these three colors together.

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I also have this headband in hot pink, and you might recognize it because I wear the hot pink one a lot. But yes, I really love the fact I have a red rose one now. In addition, I made a bright yellow one as well! I’ll feature that one soon, I’m sure. 🙂

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I mentioned to Tracy over at The Tote Trove that her beautiful new ice cream barrette she created (and I bought, by the way, so I’ll be wearing it soon as a pin!) reminded me of the first jewelry box I ever made. I figured I’d feature it here:

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I LOVE THIS LITTLE THING! I made it just for fun, years ago. The box itself is made out of cardboard but the pastries are made out of wood, which I painted myself.

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♥ Doesn’t it look totally edible? ♥

I can’t wait for my little ice cream pin to arrive. It totally reminds me of this. 🙂

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In other news, I totally binge watched a few episodes of Disney’s “Star Darlings” last night. LOOOOOL!!! If there is one show that instantly makes me feel happy – it’s THIS!

It follows a group of girls at Starling Academy in outer space, where they’re training to become wish granters. The show is too cute for words. ♥ Needless to say, Sage (the one with the big purple hair) is my favorite.

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Last but not least, I RECEIVED THE NEW GHOST ALBUM IN THE MAIL TODAY!!!

I so needed this. It couldn’t have been more perfect timing. It’s funny how the theme of the album parallels with my life at the moment, so listening to it from start to finish was like a warm embrace. ♥♥♥

I love when music does that!

I feel so much happier these last few days. You just have to roll with the tides of life and rather than resisting, sometimes you just have to hold its hand instead.

Much love to all who are reading this! See ya!

Music Spotlight: JJ Brown

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Hey everyone!!!

I’m doing something a little different today in this blog post. I’d like to feature a spotlight on a local musician that I know! 

My family and I met JJ Brown in 2009, when my sister sold her jewelry outside of a natural food store called Bentley’s (now Lassen’s), and he would play live music. Fast forward to present day, and my mom and I enjoyed a night at The Tasting Room Saturday night to watch him play a live show!

“JJ Brown is a veteran of the United States Navy, and served during the War Against Terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is also a Berklee Music Graduate, Member of the Recording Academy, BMI featured songwriter, local “Rising Star”, and Actor. He has shared the stage with artist like Clint Black, Kevin Costner, Peter Frampton, the Doobie Brothers, Austin Webb and Drake White.” – courtesy of jjbrownmusic.com 

I truly enjoy his music, because you can hear the passion he has through his voice and his heartfelt lyrics; it shows clearly during his live performances, and he can easily captivate an audience. His musical style is so down-to-earth and emotionally open, that you feel as if you know him personally just through his lyrics.

For me, my two favorite songs of his would be “nineteen19” and “Say a Little Prayer”. ❤

“nineteen19” is a feel-good, story-telling style song that takes you on a musical journey through JJ’s time in the U.S. Navy.

“Say a Little Prayer” is a beautiful, poignant tribute to those serving in the military. When it was played live at The Tasting Room, many people (myself included!) were trying to hold back tears.

You can check out more about JJ Brown here!

‘Til Next Time! See ya!