If Only I Could Be Sew Cool

Hi! πŸ˜„

I’ve recently started going back to my old stomping grounds once a week now, enjoying a Saturday chill session on the patio of my favorite Starbucks. It’s pretty empty these days with the pandemic, so I feel safe to do so. Along with my laptop, I brought my mom’s sewing book from 1969, which was such a gem to flip through.

Now, I always have this GRAND IDEA that I will make my own A-line skirts. The way I visualize it in my head looks fantastic. However, when I read/watch actual instructions, I’m left totally confused at everything I was just told.

Then I got online to look for retro fabrics and nearly spit out my iced mocha across my laptop screen seeing how expensive the fabric alone was. What the heck!!!!

This has happened countless times. I get the idea that I’ll try sewing a skirt, I get frustrated, and then that’s where Etsy conveniently walks through the door to save the day. Which leads me to this lovely handmade skirt I purchased recently on Etsy!

I stop to admire my beautiful new skirt and realize, hey…the seller was able to sew it herself! I can too…right? A question which feels like I’m standing near a canyon shouting it, only hearing a rolling echo which fades with no response.

I still won’t write off the idea of trying to make a skirt. Anytime someone asks me if I make my own clothes (which is a lot), I smile and inwardly recoil into a shame spiral, while painfully forming the words, “I don’t, actually.” I’ve only done minor, sew-free modifications. And then I daydream of a kitschy 70’s fabric being sewn together into the perfect A-line skirt, looking fashionably out-of-date and fabulous, like a Brady Bunch set relic, specially made by moi.

The girl on the cover of Simplicity smiles, taunting me while speaking with her eyes, “Sewing is so easy and fun!” Anyone can do it, right?! Right? Right!

I gaze into the horizon, my eyes squinting and staring at nothing in particular. Truth is, it’s a match. Me vs. a sewing machine. Could I manage such a match? Will I get knocked down by the sewing machine, slump into the ropes, wipe the sweat from my brow and then determinedly get back on my feet, already swinging?

Who knows. Maybe eventually I’ll give it a try. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoyed how dramatic I made this post intentionally for laughs! πŸ˜ƒ

See ya!!

A Dress with a Tie / I Finally Bought a Local H Album, Too!

Heeey!!! πŸ’–

The tie has RETURNED. I just love the dichotomy between a tie and a dress, two things coming from seemingly separate worlds, brought together into an unexpected co-existence. Yet, it WORKS! πŸ˜ƒ (What can I say, I am fashionably optimistic!)

Add hot pink daisies to the mix, and you have an eye-catching blend of masculine and feminine pieces. 🌸 I love to incorporate patterns, styles and accessories into my outfits that are slightly confusing and even odd. ❀️

Recently, I was very pleased to have finally bought a copy of Local H’s 1996 album, As Good As Dead. Now, this album and I go waaaaay back, long before I listened to it (I’d only heard the hit “Bound for the Floor”, a.k.a “the copacetic song”). How did the album and I go so far back, you ask??

I was nine years old when the album hit the store shelves, and I distinctly remember seeing it when I took trips to The Wherehouse with my sister and brother as a kid. The cover gave me the creeps, yet I was intrigued. Why did the boy have quarters for eyes, I wondered?!? It always made me give it a second or third glance when perusing the aisles as a kid. The album cover always stuck with me.

After listening to it in its entirety, I was really surprised by this album in a good way! I didn’t have any expectations of it since I’d never listened to their music before, aside from one song. I just took it as it was, in a “finally, twenty-four years later, let’s see what this album’s all about” kind of way.

I loved the gritty grunge sound, and also that the album kept me on my toes. The songs vary from mellow to hard-rocking, so I never felt like I could get comfortable, which is a good thing in my opinion (it challenged me as a listener). It captured the true feel of 90’s grunge: some songs were bitterly anger-driven and loud, while others were more quietly introspective and withdrawn.

My favorites were: “Bound For the Floor”, “Eddie Vedder”, “O.K.”, and “Manifest Destiny Pt. 2” βœ¨πŸ’œ Special shoutout to the killer guitar riff in “I Saw What You Did and I Know Who You Are”. Overall, I really love this album! Definitely a 90’s gem I’m happy to own. I’m so thankful that I can revisit these albums from my childhood and experience them as an adult.

How about you? Do you have an album you’ve been playing lately? I’ve been listening to this and also, some Smashing Pumpkins. πŸ’–

See ya next time!! πŸ’•

Barbie Love

I know I know, Hello Kitty (Halloween edition) is on my shoulder, but I’m actually going to bring up Barbie later in this post! πŸ’• So stay TUNED!

I just couldn’t pass up the photo op, since the stuffed toy and I match.

It’s only July, but once I came upon this stuffed toy, it gave me a little itch for Halloween and thinking of what I’ll wear this year for the holiday! Halloween Hello Kitty has been in my life since many years ago when I used to work at a law firm, and during Halloween month, I’d place her next to the candy bowl I used to put on my receptionist’s desk.

I’m loving my new, ruffly scarf (well, it’s new to me, but it actually belonged to my mom and she gave me a lot of stuff she used to wear. Bring mE ALL THE OLD STUFF PLEEEEEASE). I figure, it’s never too soon to bring out the scarves, no? So long as it’s a thin scarf, since it’s summer and all. It certainly jazzed up my outfit in a visually intriguing way!

Now, onto Barbie!!! πŸ’–

Not sure who remembers, but Barbie had her own comic book back in the day. They ran from (I believe) 1990 – 1996, give or take. I have around 8 comic books from when I was a kid, and now I added a few more to my collection, thanks to eBay! Being in my thirties, I’ve noticed I’ve become more appreciative of the things I enjoyed during my childhood years. In fact, it’s my own little secret to happiness: what did I love doing as a kid? What did I love to wear? No reason I can’t still enjoy it! Reading Barbie comics was one of those things I loved to do.

These are from 1990 and 1991. I can’t get over how cute these comic books are! The colors, the innocent dialogue, the FASHION, and even better, the BIG HAIR. Aaaahhh! 😍 Barbie will forever be one of my favorite fashion icons. πŸ’•

Cheers to childhood treasures! See ya next time!! πŸ’œ ✨

The Best Things

I’ll just start off by saying this is one of my FAVORITE OUTFITS I’ve EVER put together (accessories included)!!! ❀️

Why? Because it’s SO RANDOM. Let’s take a closer look:

I have a My Little Pony necklace on and I’m sporting my new, custom-made Gene Simmons purse. I’m living it, breathing it, and loving it right now.

My Little Pony and Gene Simmons. ❀️ It’s such a random pairing, and I love bringing together things from opposite ends of the spectrum that seem to not make sense as a pair, tying it all together with a bow like a happy little outfit family. And it goes to show, that opposites can indeed work well together.

After taking these photos, a little while later I went to get my drive-thru Starbucks iced mocha and go for a walk. On these solo walks I’ve had plenty of time to think about life, and my mind wandered back to what my ultimate “favorite outfit ever AND best day ever” has been and the good memories attached to it.

It’d be this little red number (I call it the Kiss the Go-Goat Dress ), which I wore on September 13th, 2019 (Friday the 13th in fact, forever immortalized into a “Best Day Ever” for me:

The day I saw Ghost play live in concert in Bakersfield. ❀️ Seeing that I won’t be attending any concerts this year (due to COVID-19), I’ve been daydreaming about this last concert I went to.

I’ll always smile back on that concert and it still gives me the warm, fuzzy feelings. It was the first concert I ever went to by myself, so it was truly special and felt magical, along with the red dress I modified myself to get those groovy bell sleeves. I wrote this in my journal at the time:

✨ “There’s something magical about the moment the curtains part, you see your favorite band onstage and the lights and music take over your senses, surrounded by a sea of people who feel the same exhilaration you’re feeling. I sat there in my red dress, my eyes locked on the stage, completely enamored. I’ve seen them perform three times now, but there was something extra magical about that concert. Maybe because I was 100 miles away from home by myself seeing them play live, or that they were performing their two new songs for the first time live, or that it was the first concert kicking off the start of their tour. I think it was all of it combined that made it so magical.” ✨

These are the things I thought of as I took my walk, sipping my iced mocha with My Little Pony around my neck and Gene Simmons hanging off my shoulder. I looked around at the empty, silent street in both directions. The beginning of a new summer shimmered in the early evening air. I nonchalantly kicked a pebble on the sidewalk with a dopey grin on my face, remembering that epic September evening, Friday the 13th, 2019.

Perhaps it’s the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in Fresno, or realizing it’s almost half way through the year already that’s making me reflect on happier things, like my best day ever, and the joys of a favorite outfit.

My Little Pony and Gene make any day better, too. ❀️

‘Til next time!!

The Wanderers

Ahoy!! ❀️

I brought my new-and-improved tripod with me to the park. Boooooooooooooooooom

It was such a lovely day! I decided, let me pack up my purse with my new mini-tripod, get something to drink to bring along, and gooooooo…

I’ve been wanting new backdrops for my outfit photos, so I was hopeful I’d find somewhere at the park to set the tripod on and snap away. It was a little tricky at first; any time I thought I found the right cement table for it, there would be a couple nearby romantically gazing at each other and deep in their own private conversation, in which I didn’t want to disturb the lovey-dovey ambiance with my posing in front of a timed-camera nearby. So on I went, in search of the right spot.

And I found it!

Off ahead, I spotted a patch of trees, like a little tree island. All the tables nearby were empty, so I could easily set up my little tripod and get some outfit photos.

I wore my Ghost, Opus Eponymous album shirt with a bright, fun skirt. Definitely comfortable for wandering on a long walk!

Not a bad photo after getting chased by a bee (I think it thought my hair clips were real).

I love, love, love this skirt so much; I’d provide a link to where you could buy it, but it’s currently unavailable on Amazon now. Boo!

After my time at the park, I took yet another short drive out of the city and into the flat lands. Winds were coming in strong by that time and it turned the landscape dusty, which made for some great snapshots. I pulled off to the side of the road and got out!

This was definitely the best trip out here because two really interesting things happened: 1) I mentioned in my last post that I saw a raven perched on a fence, and I saw yet again a raven perched on a fence in the same area as I did last time!!! Maybe it hangs out there a lot? It seemed to be enjoying the sunset.

Annnnnnd… 2) I saw a COYOTE, literally two seconds after seeing the raven! It was wandering alongside a vineyard as I drove past it. It was really cute; I live in the city, so seeing a coyote is pretty dang exciting for me.

I started thinking: what do us three have in common? The raven, the coyote, and little ol’ me?

Technically, we were all doing the same thing in a way. I’d previously been wandering around a big park. The coyote was wandering around a vineyard. The raven was admiring the sunset – something I was doing when I pulled off to take pictures.

So what did I learn from this?

Yeah, you thought I was going to drop something all heavy and philosophical didn’t you. Truth is, I can’t really come up with a profound meaning behind it, but somehow I FELT like there was some kind of profound meaning behind it. I can only describe it as, a strong sense of connectedness… πŸ’œ

Here’s to raven and coyote sightings – preferably coyote sightings from a distance, as I don’t want to become a coyote’s new chew toy.

See ya next time!!!

Dance Off Under the Rain Clouds

Hey, all!! 🌸

I’m sure by now it’s obvious how much I love flowers. So when my friend Sarah (who has been my walking-buddy during this quarantine, keeping a good distance as we stroll of course!) and I came upon this house with lush rose bushes in front, I had to stop to admire and get a photo with them.

Hanging out with the flowers.πŸ’•

The warm temps have been much welcomed for me, although on this day we walked, it cooled a little because there were rain clouds lingering. Everything felt damp and refreshing!

It started out as a normal walk (I led the way, as we always walk single-file at least six feet apart from each other), with the sun peeking through the rain clouds intermittently. We strolled through the affluent residential neighborhood, then down the long stretch of sidewalk lined with sweet-scented bushes and buzzin’ bees.

Then Sarah put on some oldies on her phone. It was at the climatic ending of Let’s Live for Today by The Grass Roots when I suddenly took off skipping full-speed down the sidewalk, like a crazed woman who suddenly let her inner child out.

Sha-la-la-la-la-la live for todaaay…and don’t worry ’bout tomorrow… as the song goes.

We kept on, Sarah being the DJ and taking requests. If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…my song request by Scott McKenzie fluttered through the air like a butterfly. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE…I WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOOOOOOU, we sang along to Badfinger.

Our walk ended with us dancing around in the empty park until it got too chilly and the rain clouds took over.

Skipping and dancing – definitely not something I thought I’d find myself doing, and yet it was one of the most fun times I’ve had, and something I’ll always remember!

And what else did I learn??? That when it comes right down to it, my friend and I are two women in our thirties who just want to go outside and play, basically.

Rain clouds over the dance floor

See ya next time!! πŸ’•

Easter Splendor

🌸🌸🌸 Happy Easter!!! 🌸🌸🌸

I looooooove this holiday so much. Sweet colors and chocolate-everything! How could I not?!! I also enjoy eating many Cadbury Eggs (my favorite).

Those are headbands I made many years ago that I decoratively draped in the basket and put one on the pink bunny’s head. I thought it made for a perfect prop!

As always, I LOVE YOU EASTER!!!! πŸ’•

This past week, I have been walking way more than usual. I enjoy it so much because I get to fully experience nature and spring. My friend Sarah and I have been walking on a trail behind her apartment complex and it’s STUNNING!!!

I am easily enchanted by nature. A breeze made some leaves fall delicately from a tree and created a pretty sound as the leaves hit the sidewalk (me motioning for my friend to stop: “Wait!!! Listen…”) I love smelling the flowers I pass by (I check first to make sure there is no bee on it…yikes). The scents of the trees are intoxicating (I especially love the pine ones). And jasmine!!!!!! That one stops me in my tracks.

In fact, on our last walk, I smelled jasmine flowers and spotted it growing over a fence. I stopped and proceeded to take deep, deliberate whiffs, closing my eyes. And then I noticed a jogger coming towards me, looking at me like they were wondering what on earth I was doing standing there deeply inhaling the air… πŸ˜ƒ Tee heeee!

Oh nature, you are truly an experience. ❀️ Every little thing about it is pure magic. That’s me walking blissfully across a field. The song Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles always comes to mind when I’m walking aimlessly amongst greenery (which for me, isn’t just a song, but an experience in itself and a state of mind).

Let me take you down, ’cause I’m going to
Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real

And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

I hope you enjoy whatever makes you feel blissful… πŸ’œ See ya next time!

Goosebumps and a Sparkly Unicorn

Howdy doooo! πŸ’œ

On a whim, I took photos with a unicorn beanie baby and it was glorious. The unicorn was a gift from my sister some time ago! The tag says its name is Sparkle. I love the sequins that change colors when you flip them up or down.

I’ve been sitting it next to my laptop on my portable desk while I work, as my little work companion. πŸ˜ƒ

πŸ’œ creepy grin πŸ’œ

The dress is from Forever 21. I’ve always wanted a lavender dress and it’s perfect for spring! 🌸

Guess what I found hiding in a closet in my house? My old Goosebumps collection!!!!!!

Goosebumps was a huge part of my childhood. I was always reading these books and I kept one tucked in my Lisa Frank backpack when I went to elementary school at all times. I remember watching the TV show that aired on Fox Kids each week and I was HOOKED.

My absolute favorite Goosebumps book (and I just finished re-reading it – still loved it just as much now as I did as a kid) is Phantom of the Auditorium. I remember watching an episode of Goosebumps one evening and seeing a sneak-peek of the next one that would air, and it was Phantom of the Auditorium. I was BEYOND EXCITED. That’s all I talked about for a week.

The episode didn’t disappoint, either!! I thought it was the best one of the TV series. I remember wishing at the time that there was a mysterious phantom haunting my own school auditorium (which in the book, ends up being the ghost of a young boy from the 1920’s who has waited 72 years to revive his role as the Phantom in the school play).

I STILL LOVE THAT BOOK. DANG. And let it be known that I actually dressed up as the Phantom for Halloween that year! (That would’ve been 1995).

I’ve read four of these books so far this past week, and given how many there are in the box…I definitely won’t run out of them any time soon! πŸ˜‰ Many book adventures await as the COVID-19 shelter-in-place policy continues for the time being. Thanks, Goosebumps!

Did you ever read Goosebumps? Which one was your favorite?

See ya next time!!

The Phantom of the Park & Other Things

Hey, all!!! I hope you are healthy and well! πŸ’œ

This past week, given the shelter-in-place policy enforced in my city due to COVID-19, I’ve had an abundance of time at home to create some new artwork, read, watch movies, and tinker around with the clothing in my closet. I created a new bow brooch by using some extra fabric ribbon I had on hand, and attached it to a vintage brooch I own. A nice addition to my beige lace top!

Believe it or not, the black dress is an old Xhilaration dress from Target I’ve had for years. Now it looks totally different!

I really love how old-fashion this dress looks with the modifications I made to it! It proves that all it takes is some accessorizing to totally change the look.

I’ve always loved psychedelic art, so I finally created one of my own. πŸ˜ƒ I titled it: Magical Mystery Dreams (the title was inspired by Magical Mystery Tour (1967) by the Beatles, which is my favorite album of theirs and it paired well while drawing this). πŸ’œ

Last but certainly not least!!! A few weeks ago, I was happy to get my copy of Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978). You can hardly find a copy of it to buy online, so it’s truly a miracle I even own it!

Backstory: This was a made-for-television film that aired around Halloween of 1978. Anything I read about it said it was “super cheesy” and “really out-there”, which made me even more ecstatic to watch it and run to it with open arms. Naturally, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!!!!

Plot: Kiss battles an evil inventor who has plans for destruction at a California amusement park.

It takes place at Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA (around 3 hours away from where I live – I’ve driven through the area countless times going to L.A.). The acting is adorable and there are a lot of scenes with Kiss playing their songs live in concert. How could I not love it?!

I also love it because, since it was transferred from an original VHS recording to DVD, it’s like watching it through a dream lens. It gives the film a high saturation color-wise and an imperfect quality, which I actually prefer. Visually, it’s like remembering parts of a dream you had, is how I’d best describe it.

I hope you all stay healthy, positive and find creative ways to spend your time as much of the world is on lockdown, it seems. ❀️ Let me know in the comments if you’ve been doing anything interesting!

See you next time!! 🌼

Spring with a Side of Rain

Hey hey!!! 🌸🌼

Ahhh, spring. My favorite season! When I can happily kiss winter goodbye and welcome the blooming blossom trees that look like snow when the petals fall, longer days, walks, and overall more comfortable temperatures. So what happened today before I took these photos?

It rained.

It was just so funny, since I’ve been in such a spring mood, I’m wearing my most spring-like dress, and it POURED.

A rainy Starbucks patio.

It was actually quite fun to watch the storm roll in. Rain is rare here, so it’s a sight to see!!

Some highlights as of lately:

  • I’ve gotten more work for my freelance job (very good news!!!)
  • I had a table set up at Art Hop last Thursday! It was a lot of fun. The weather was warm, it was a relaxing evening downtown, and I had a couple of people buy my homemade cookies and chocolates! πŸͺ🍫
  • I tried the new Iced Golden Ginger Drink at Starbucks, and it’s sooo good. I enjoyed the first one I bought sitting by a pool with my friend at her apartment complex. It was a nice 80 degrees that day!
  • I picked up a new hobby: bird watching. I have binoculars and a huge tree with plenty of birds in it in my backyard, so it’s a fun thing to do on a late afternoon when I have time! Then I try to figure out what kind of birds they are with a little Google searching.
My table at Art Hop! πŸ’•
New spring dresses. I’m so excited to wear them!! πŸ’œ

I love spring!!! πŸŒΈπŸŒΌπŸ’• Can’t you tell?

See you next time!