Here Comes the Sun

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Happy Monday, world! ❤

On Saturday night, I perused through my local Claire’s and found a sale going on for hair accessories, so needless to say, I couldn’t pass through without buying something. I’ve always wanted a black-and-red-checkered hair bow, because it has such a rockabilly vibe to it. Finally found one, and I’m in love with it! I have a feeling it’s going to become one of my go-to hair bows now. 😛

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I got my nails re-done. FINALLY. I have a bad habit of thinking, I’ll get them re-done tomorrow…okay the next day…wait, I’ll go next week! They were super grown out and it didn’t look so good, lol! I love these; they’re a nice neutral color, which I typically prefer for my nail shape and length.

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I usually take my blog photos in the morning, but I ended up taking photos in the evening, right before I went for a walk. The late evening sun made for some interesting lighting concepts! I like it.

The green skirt I’ve had for awhile and bought at Forever 21, and the blouse is a hand-me-down from my mom.

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So I stopped by this new place called Rita’s. They serve all kinds of things: Italian shaved ice, frozen custard, etc! It was reeeeally good, and I bought the Juicy Pear flavored Italian shaved ice. It reminded me of Honeydew, which is a favorite flavor of mine.

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And then, for a nice walk. It might look like I live out in the middle of nowhere, and in a way, I kind of do; there’s about half-a-million people here, but it’s right in the middle of California. So it’s like a big city in the middle of nowhere, with the coast about 2 or 3 hours away. 🙂 I like walking at this park because it gets me away from the cityscape for a short while.

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I love the pink and purple shades of the clouds over the Sierra Nevada mountains last night. There’s a chance of rain this week and I really hope it rains, because I miss it! It’s almost always sunny here.

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Capture the beauty that’s all around you. ❤

 

Summer Daze

So while walking Woodward Park yesterday, this happened:

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Much to my surprise, I saw my first out-in-the-wild snake. NOT cool! It was blocking the pathway to the trail I normally walk…literally right in the middle of it, to where no one could pass. I’m not a fan of snakes in any capacity, so needless to say, I was freaked out.

This afternoon, while momentarily bored and looking for something to occupy my time until I go to the bookstore this evening, I decided to go outdoors (well, outside my house) and take some photos!

I’m definitely an amateur, but I enjoy experimenting with photography! 🙂

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Hey there, fly…

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Tried a filter on this one…next little make-shift photoshoot I do, I plan on using one filter for the entire shoot to create a consistent theme.

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Boo!

I’ve already taken photos of this outfit I’m wearing today, so no outfit post. I really enjoyed taking photos of things I would otherwise overlook in my front yard. That’s why boredom can be a gateway to some creative whim!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone’s week is starting off right! ❤

The Rain, the Park, and Other Things…

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I got a great view of this sunset last night! I love taking pictures at Woodward Park. Cloudy but unfortunately very windy, not to mention I should have took heed from the high pollen alert, because my left eye was stinging incessantly while attempting to take pictures. Annoying!!!

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Hurry up and take the picture please, it’s windy and my eye is burning…

Still a good time nonetheless, even with the windy, pollen-filled air! Also, that yellow drink in my hand is a smoothie from Lassen’s. If you have a Lassen’s in your town, I highly recommend their smoothies! The one I’m drinking is the Mango Colada. ❤

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In stranger news, I’ve been giving this harmonica of mine a go. Much to the annoyance of my sister when I give her a call, sometimes I randomly start playing it, mid-conversation. While I try to sound like Neil Young playing the harmonica, it instead sounds like a bunch of cats fighting.

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Arguably even stranger is the weather this morning! It’s raining…out of nowhere. This is my ensemble today, attempting to go from summer clothing to chilly-weather clothing in an instant. I dug out an old sweater to keep warm today! 🙂

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I went with some interesting accessories today that I think pair miraculously well together! A statement necklace paired with a polka dot headband makes me feel oh-so girly.

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I have to give a shout-out to this new lipstick I’ve been wearing lately! Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Smoked Peach. I think I finally found my ideal lipstick shade! Finding the right lipstick color that compliments my skin tone has been tricky for me…I prefer nude lipstick colors, but they tend to wash me out. Coral brightens my face up immediately and has that retro, early-1960’s vibe going on!

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I hope everyone is enjoying this last day of May! The month seems to have flown by. Looking forward to June and the new round of opportunities that lie ahead! 🙂 Anyone doing anything fun for the upcoming start-of-summer month? Enjoy the day!

Trip to the Central Coast

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Thursday and Friday, I went with a girl friend of mine to San Simeon, Morro Bay, and lastly, Pismo Beach! It was just a for-fun kind of trip, and the weather was gorgeous. I managed to get some good photos to document my trip…

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Hotel room where we stayed, right along the beach. 🙂

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I got up really early, around 6:30, and took a neat photo through the hotel curtain overlooking the beach. It came out pretty cool, in my opinion.

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There was an awesome walking trail along the coast in Cambria, pictured above.

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Awesome cave in Pismo Beach. I hurried to take the photo and get out because I was fearful that a huge wave would splash in there while I was in it, hahaha.

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I saw this poster in Morro Bay and just loved it! Picture of a young woman who was a champion skateboarder in San Diego, 1965. I love the retro look!

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Hotel room selfie. 😛

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The weather was really lovely and warm, although I got a sunburn, haha! I hope everyone is having a fantastic Saturday! 🙂

Spring!

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Spring is finally here, and what better way to enjoy it than by being outdoors? I did just that a couple of days ago – took a long walk, sipped an iced beverage, and then sketched while sitting on a park bench. Doesn’t get any better than that! This is seriously one of my favorite times of the year. So long winter – hello warm weather. 🙂

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I took my sketchbook with me and drew a flower…I prefer focusing on up-close, individual still life objects rather than a full-scale drawing. I think because I love paying attention to detail and capturing shadows and highlights, and essentially just drawing exactly what I see.

I hope to fill up this handy little sketchbook with colorful sketches like this one. I get in this peaceful frame of mind whenever I submerge myself in drawing, and I love it.

Spring, in my opinion, is a time for personal and spiritual growth that coincides with the changing of seasons. I feel like my mood really lifts at this time of year and I have an extra spring in my step, and my creativity flows easier. I hope you all are able to feel this way as well, and happiness flows with ease into your life!

Happy Wednesday!

 

Travels!

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Hey everyone!

On Friday, I had the pleasure of accompanying a friend to a baby shower she was attending in Red Bluff, CA. That’s like 5 hours north from where I live, so it was quite a drive, and we were staying overnight.

As you can see, I don’t pack much. The oddness of that, as my travel friend pointed out, is that I use so many products to doll myself up, and yet my packing was so minimal. The secret? I pack everything very tight and compactly – hahaha.

The drive was sooooo long and, quite boring on the eyes, to be honest. The scenery was very repetitive and seemed to go on forever. It’s not like driving to Los Angeles (my favorite place!) where the drive is broken up: the long stretch of highway 99, then it changes to the mountainous grapevine after you leave Bakersfield, then it changes to the hustle and bustle of L.A.

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Me early in the morning, waiting around for my friend to pick me up and hit the road. 😉

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This was the view from the house my friend and I stayed at. Loved how green everything was! It was a little cold with off-and-on rain, though.

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We stopped at a store to get some groceries for dinner, and I happened to see this birthday card as I was perusing around aimlessly. I had to take a picture because I loved the message so much. Take it easy. Enjoy the scenery. Go with the flow. Often, we forget to do that! It’s funny, the random places you find inspiration.

It was a really fun trip, with lots of laughs and getting to meet new, fascinating people. I was around a lot of people the entire trip, which was good for me because I’m so used to spending a lot of time by myself. Not to say I don’t hang out with friends, I do, just not for super long. It gave me a boost in social skills, since I tend to get social anxiety very easily.

I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend! It was good for me to get out of my comfort zone and do something spontaneous and different. Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

Beautiful Spring

With the warm weather and sunny skies today, I really wanted to capture the beauty of spring that’s all around us. 🙂

There’s nothing like spending time outdoors and enjoying the sunshine and warmth on one’s skin.

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I really love the dress I’m wearing today! It has an old fashion, prairie-like vibe to it.

Hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday, wherever you are! 🙂