From Russia (and Sweden), with Love

Sometimes you just find that one coffee tumbler, and it’s love at first sight. ❤️

I purchased this Matryoshka Doll Starbucks tumbler on a bid on eBay. I’ve never bid on anything, but I gave it a go and ended up being the only bidder, so it was mine! And it’s really from Russia, as the markings on the bottom of the cup prove for certain (it’s all in Russian, and the only word I understand is Москва (Moscow).

I also found this photograph of the tumblers via the internet (note the Starbucks sign in Cyrillic letters in the background)!

Hot pink, anyone?

I’m on a roll, because I have worn this color like two days straight… 😁 The weather has been unusual, where it’s kind of chilly but not cold either. So half of me is dressed like it’s early fall, and my feet are dressed for exploring the Arctic.

Here’s a cool shot of an abrupt thunderstorm we had last week. My sister and I had literally just parked at Starbucks, proceeded to get out of our cars and walk up to the place, when BOOOOM. Thunder rolled.

I haven’t mentioned it in awhile, but some of you might remember I said before that I’ve been learning Swedish! I take lessons daily using the Duolingo language app, and I also expand my learning by listening to music in Swedish and reading Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper, online.

But can you believe I ended up SPEAKING SWEDISH WITH SOMEONE IN PERSON LAST WEEK?

It happened during my Christmas walk looking at the lights. I passed by a house that said God Jul, which I immediately recognized as Merry Christmas in Swedish. A lady stood in the driveway selling homemade pastries, and I ended up returning to ask if she spoke Swedish. Answering yes, she went on to mention that she’d lived in Sweden for 20 years.

At that moment, Duolingo whispered to me from within:

And that’s when I broke out an unexpected trevligt att träffas (nice to meet you), and she appeared to be stunned, then smiled big and said she’d never known anyone here who was learning Swedish! We then exchanged some Swedish phrases, and by the end of our long chat, we bid each other hej då! and a wave.

You just never know what’s around the corner! See ya next time!😎

Hey Rudolph

Hello there!! 🎄

It’s December now, so I’m in Christmas mode full throttle. Naturally.

Above are a set of hair clips my sister made for me, featuring Rudolph and Clarice! ❤️ Probably my favorite couple ever. Well, next to Anna and Kristoff from Frozen, that is!

I still need to see Frozen 2, solely to see where their relationship is going.

Anyway, back to the main topic! Watching Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer makes me want to cry, even after I’ve seen it many times. He’s bullied for being different.

Why couldn’t all the judgey reindeers AND Santa have just accepted his nose from the get-go?????? RUDE!

Thus, I’m a hardcore Rudolph fan. I love him no matter what color his nose is. Red, blue, iridescent, disco ball…whatever! ❤️ Rock it, Rudolph.

My socks are uneven…oh well

Tonight I’m going to walk and look at Christmas lights in a residential neighborhood that is known for showcasing stunning decorations!! Ahhh, I love this time of year. ❤️ Coffee in hand, walking and admiring the displays…anyhow, this is my outfit for the occasion!

You can find this festive and fun cardigan on Amazon!

See ya next time!!

32

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

My birthday is Wednesday, and I’m cruisin’ towards 32 with a smile! 😄

I really don’t do a whole lot on my birthday; it’s one of those days I like to just indulge in eating some cake, opening a few gifts and simply appreciate another year of life on this planet! 🎉 YAY LIFE!!!

Here are two outfits I really loved from this past weekend, both with lots of red! My friend and I took a short day trip to Bass Lake, CA on Sunday. It’s not too far from where I live and provides scenic mountain views! 💕

*Note: my little doll pin from the Island of Misfit Toys (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer)! ❤️

I love this Starbucks in Oakhurst, CA so much!!!

What a magical day…I was able to experience some vibrant fall foliage!! 🍂 The leaves were magical. MAGICAL, I TELL YOU!!!

Cheers to birthdays! Have a happy Thanksgiving too, for all of my U.S. readers! 💜

Epic Golf Socks

Hi!! 💙

DO I GOLF? Nope.

Any kind of sport, it’s best I just stay clear away from. I wouldn’t trust myself with a golf club, in fear of it going flying by accident, as I’m terribly clumsy 99% of the time.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t order a few pairs of argyle socks from Amazon and sport an artsy-woman-meets-the-golf-course look, no??

In fact, I wouldn’t be up for playing golf, but I wouldn’t mind driving a golf cart. It seems like it’d be fun to zoom around in one…

I got these bad boys on Amazon, if you’re interested in getting yourself a pack (they have a variety of patterns to choose from!). ❤️

Are you a socks person? I kind of have to be by default when fall and winter rolls around, as I don’t own a pair of pants!! When the chill rolls in, I bring out the hosiery and socks. 😀

Lastly, here’s my current read! ❤️ I’ve wanted to learn about the Berlin Wall for some time now.

I realized the other day that the first half of 2019, I read mostly medieval literature. Then the latter half, I’ve been reading historical nonfiction and politics/government. I don’t know how I started getting interested in reading political stuff lately, but now my Friday and Saturday nights consist of me SITTING AT A COFFEE SHOP DRINKING A FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DRINK WHILE ON MY LAPTOP WATCHING C-SPAN.

I will be 32 next week. This is my 30’s, y’all! AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! 💕

On a last note, a cool guy in cool pants spotted me sitting on the patio of a coffee shop and we both had EPIC patterns on. So we had to take a picture!

See you next time!!✨✨✨

Aquarium Head and House Tour

Hi!! 💕

What happens when I wear a completely neutral-colored ensemble??? *gasp!* I make sure there’s a splash of color somewhere – in this case, it was on my feet (and hair clips):

RHINESTONE LEGS
fishy fishaaaaay

As I’m sure you GUESSED…the fish are iron-on patches, transformed into hair clips. My head was basically an aquarium for a day. Thanks for all that you have, Joann Fabric! 😀 Where would I be without you? Where else would I have been inspired to put fish in my hair?

So!!! Ever since I put up my Christmas tree last weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a little house tour, since I haven’t done one in awhile. I’ve changed things around since, and why not showcase some of my favorite things/areas around the house?

The first and last thing I see when I flip on/off my bedside lamp is a photo of an East German soldier passing a carnation through a crack in the Berlin Wall (my favorite photo of all time).

James Cagney and Jean Harlow looking too-cool-for-school on my wall.

A newspaper photo from the Iraq War that I’ve kept since 2004. I saw it in the paper as a teenager and cut it out; it really spoke to me.

This is literally how I store my butterfly hairclips, hahaha! 💜

Hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my colorful little world! 😀

See you next time!!

November Musings

Hello helloooo!! 💛

Like the golden frock? It’s a Forever 21 find, and it’s easily one of my favorite dresses ever. I love the bright pink and blue flowers that pop amidst the sea of gold!

And here’s a second outfit, with some good old fashion puff sleeves:

I’ve been happy to notice that the leaves are finally changing colors here! It took awhile, but now they’re gradually beginning to transition. It’ll be nice as the month continues on and the trees will fully engulf in flaming bright red and orange.

My cool sister being camera shy. 💜 We make an eye-catching team: her purple hair, and my gigantic hair. Since I’m currently reading The Witches by Stacy Schiff, I realized how fast my sister and I would probably be accused of being witches if we were in 1692 Massachusetts, even though neither of us are one. What I’ve learned from this book, is that even a simple mole or birthmark could get you accused.

However, our marital statuses alone would shine a suspicious spotlight on us. A feisty widow (my sister) and an eccentric spinster (me)? We wouldn’t stand a chance in 1692 Salem! 😀

This book is slightly over 400 pages, and I’ve just hit the halfway mark. It’s tremendously fascinating, well-written, and very hard to put down!! I love it so much, and since I’m intrigued with the Salem Witch Trials, this has been an enthralling read. ❤️

I hope everyone is enjoying the start of November. 💕 🕸

See ya next time!!!

Witch Legs

Happy Halloween!!! 💜🎃

I didn’t wear a costume; I merely worked with Halloween colors to create a fun and festive look! 😉 And I absolutely love the outcome….like, a LOTTTTTTTTTTTTT…

These tights, which I’m obsessed with, are from Spirit Halloween, and I just so happened to have these pointy flats! Together, they create witchy-looking feet and legs, haha.

Ohhhh these little pumpkin clips top the whole thing off, don’t they? 🎃 My plans for Halloween? To go sit with my sister at her vendor booth at a pumpkin patch, sip a hot drink and eat some candy. Sounds like the perfect night to me!

Yesterday afternoon, I was charmed to sit at my favorite table at Dutch Brothers and see this rat perched there on the table. The coffee chain was decked out for Halloween, and naturally I was ecstatic to see this.

I think rats are cute; my thinking this doesn’t just stem from Ghost’s 2018 hit song “Rats” that created a shoutout anthem to all the rodents out there, but also because rats are the underdog. People are afraid of them or find them gross, so I have sympathy for them.

Maybe I’ll be a rat lady in my older age – an alternative to a cat lady?! I hope so, because that would be awesome. ❤️

See ya!! 🎃