Orange & Blue?

Hey hey!! πŸ’™

Orange and blue – who knew? These are two colors I wouldn’t think about pairing together. Yet, on an adventurous whim, I grabbed the blouse and skirt from my closet and WHAM!! Add neon butterfly hair clips and you’ve got yourself a fun outfit!

I LOVE THIS OUTFIT SO MUCH. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

See ya next time!!

What Do Quirky Outfits and War Films Have in Common?

Answer: They have nothing in common, that I can think of. πŸ’• But I needed something to title this blog post!!!

It’s gotten chillier this past week, and now I basically don’t know what to wear anymore to attempt to keep myself warm. So I just grab random tights, socks and gloves and you get this as a result!

For good measure, I threw in my cat hair clips, along with a necklace I made. I’m like a Christmas tree that I decorate with weird ornaments!

Fun fact: I’m pigeon-toed

It was a long and super busy week for me, and what a way to end it by treating myself to see this film I have been looking forward to seeing for so long!!!

You know me – I love anything military. And this is set in World War I, at that!! So when I saw the trailer for this awhile back, I knew I’d be seeing it.

And off I went this morning with my little bag of M&M’s, taking myself on a movie date to see this film I’ve been much anticipating. And it did NOT disappoint. I was stunned by the realistic perspective of the film, as it appeared like it was shot in one continuous take. It kept me on the edge of my seat, jumping at parts, holding my breath at times, wanting to cry at certain moments, totally engrossed in it. ABSOLUTELY EPIC.

What a way to end the week!!! I hope y’all have a good weekend. πŸ˜‰ See ya!

I Put the "No" in "Snow"

Ahoy!! ❄️

So!! I’ve made it a point to try to embrace winter in every way possible – that includes snow. I agreed to go up to the mountains yesterday with my friend to get a taste of snow life, because lately I’ve been trying to embrace the uncomfortable (i.e., winter temps).

I TRIED. I REALLY DID! I mean, snow is beautiful; there is no denying that. That’s why I specifically took photos of the snow itself, in admiration of its beauty. Because I knew my time with it would be SHORT…

That’s me, trying to convince myself that I enjoy snow…smiling through clenched teeth. The truth is, it turns out * drumroll * that I truly am a valley girl at heart. Heck, our winters in the valley aren’t that cold! But snow?!?! I just can’t, and I salute all of you readers who live in climates where snow is simply part of your everyday winter experience. I lasted about an hour before I was like, “well, it’s been fun…I’ll see myself out now.”

Part of it was that I nearly slipped like TWENTY TIMES. I resorted to nature itself to support me – that is, this massive stick I found that I used to keep myself upright. It helped! Plus, it made me look cool…well, in my opinion anyway.

This blog post seems a bit chilly with all the snow up in here, so let’s warm it up with some colorful necklaces I recently finished, shall we??

Behold! I started early: two variations of Easter necklaces, and a fun Valentine’s Day necklace in which you have not one, but two frogs hoping you’ll be their Valentine and give ’em a smooch. πŸ’‹πŸ’‹

See ya next time!!

2020

Happy New Year!!! 🌟

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and your year is ending/beginning on a good note. βœ¨πŸ’œ A new decade awaits! I really enjoyed 2019. πŸ˜„

Here is my New Year’s Eve outfit of the day! I wasn’t sure what to wear, so I simply wore a star headband, which adds an instant New Year’s Eve flair. Plus, a good ol’ pattern mix of the dress and the scarf.

Gazing into the unknown…I see Starbucks in my future…

Oh Starbucks, how I love thee. ❀️

I’m happy to begin the year with some epic books. I’ve been wanting to read these FOR SO LONG. They’re a spinoff of the Dear America series, only these are based on royalty throughout history:

I picked the Anastasia book to start off with, since I’m forever drawn to the Romanov story ❀️ (even though it’s terribly sad).

Lastly, I went on a crafting spree the final weekend of 2019 and made new jewelry: brooches, a ring, and necklaces!!! πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’š I’ve been wearing the necklaces frequently and I just love them!

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve!! I’m excited to watch Rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Times Square til’ midnight! πŸŽ‰

Feeling that Christmas Glee

Hellooooooo! πŸŽ„

This gorgeous tree belongs to my local Dutch Brothers Coffee, which I had the pleasure to sit by the other day while I worked! πŸ’™ I had to snap a photo of it. Isn’t it stunning?

As it gets closer to Christmas, I find myself feeling extra joyful. I just love all the decorations and lights…that by itself makes the holiday for me! It doesn’t take much to fascinate me. I’m literally like a kid.

I put together a last, fun Christmas outfit, as I don’t have anything spectacular I’m going to wear for Christmas Day itself. But I like what I came up with here. You’ve got green, red, some random birds on my shirt, and baby pink gloves.

I only took two photos because the lighting outside was WEIRD…

My friend and I went for an early evening walk this past week, and the weather was sooo beautiful!! Just look at the sunset with the light hitting the tree tops.

I’m definitely a spring and summer person, and I overlook the beauty of winter sometimes. Not this year! I definitely am taking the time to appreciate it. The grey bleakness, chilled breeze, and foggy nights are definitely a beauty to behold in itself.

The great thing about nature is that it’s always there. You are literally never alone! πŸ’œ I’ve always felt this way; even as a kid, I felt the company of nature and the weather anywhere I went. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how truly beautiful of a feeling it is.

Christmas in Berlin, illustrated by me! That’s the Brandenburg Gate in the background. Creating this, I wanted it to convey hope, reunification, and Christmas magic universally felt by all, no matter where you are in the world.

See you next time! Have a Merry Christmas!! πŸŽ„

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 trΓ€ffas (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 dΓ₯! and a wave.

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

Hey Rudolph

Hello there!! πŸŽ„

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!!