Finding Gym; Fitness and Exploring New Color Combos That Ignite My Imagination Apparently

It was 2016 when I last went to Fort Washington Fitness, and I had discontinued my membership only because I had been let go from the law firm I’d worked at for 11 years, and I wanted to watch my money (that was the first and only job I’d had at that point in my life, and I’d started straight out of high school!) It had been the perfect little gym for me: not busy at all!

As I was sitting at a coffee shop last week, my mind wandered over to the biggest question on my mind: what was I going to do for fitness this fall and winter? For me, it’s already too cold to go for walks now (I have a low tolerance for cold temperatures, unfortunately). I needed walking in my life, though…so what was I goING TO DO?!?!?!?!

That’s when I remembered: why the heck don’t I just re-join Fort Washington Fitness? I have a good career and feel comfortable re-enrolling again, financially. That was the answer I needed! After having coffee, I drove over to the fitness center, giving myself a mental pep talk not to be nervous about re-joining a gym and to go ask about a 7 day guest pass to ease into it again. So I did!

This past week, I tried a few days out and quickly fell in love with it all over again. It turns out, I’ve missed going there! The treadmill and the elliptical are my go-to’s! When I go, I wear simple fitness clothes, as pictured above…but you bet your bottom dollar I still wear my hair just as I always do, decked out with colorful accessories! I gotta stay true to myself even at the gym, right?

In other news, I tried out some color combinations I typically don’t wear together this week, and I love the looks! I’m getting into colored tights; I just ordered a pair of yellow tights (helloooo ’70s) and deep fuschia. I’m excited to get them and create new outfits!

Sweater: H&M // Skirt: Amazon // Shoes: Dolls Kill
Bow: Childhood // Butterfly clips: Target // Choker: Etsy
Tights: Vintage from Mervyn’s (belonged to my mom!)
Choker: ROMWE // Turtleneck: H&M // Skirt: I forgot! // Bow: Childhood
Bow: Childhood // Jacket: vintage (belonged to my mom!) // Dress: Forever21
Ring: Childhood!

The last outfit makes me feel like a late ’80s career woman. But not a typical career – like an art career or something. Perhaps working at some hip art museum in West Berlin as an American, while spending my evenings checking out the nearest coffee shop or music store (to buy cassette tapes no less!) and going for late-night strolls to try to sneak peeks from a viewing platform along the Berlin Wall, eyeing the elusive communist East Berlin from a distance???? My curiosity is fierce. The East German border guards eye me suspiciously. What kind of capitalist weapon could she be holding in that huge hair?!?! Already, they’re on the phone with the Stasi, and soon even Erich Honecker himself will know about my threatening hairdo and eventually it’ll pass onto the Kremlin. Nena could have re-written the song 99 Red Balloons as, ‘massively huuuuge, bouffant ‘do goes by…” inciting Cold War tensions and all out nuclear war.

Yikes. I’m just going to stop right now because I could go on and on with my imagination. But yes, the last outfit makes me think of the 80’s, and apparently my alternate-universe life in the 80’s as an American living in West Berlin. Perhaps I am listening to too much Billy Idol still?

See ya next time!!! 💖

Dancing With Myself: I Bought a Billy Idol Album

The true question here is: why’d I wait so long?!?! I’ve wanted a Billy Idol album for a while now, and I finally took the plunge and pushed that Amazon Prime order button a few days ago. Dancing With Myself is that one song that has ALWAYS put a big fat smile on my face, every time. It’s one of those songs that reminds me that no matter what, everything in life will be just fine! The other song of his that is my favorite is Rebel Yell, and I think having recently read a blog post over at The Tote Trove, who mentioned that song, was the final push that made me go and order his greatest hits.

I just can’t get enough.

I love 80’s music, so it’s an easy album to jam to when I’m on the road – I also didn’t realize how much I love the song Eyes Without a Face! I can mentally pretend I’m in the 80’s while I have this playing, and that’s a good thing. I often hear many stories about life in the eighties from my mom and sister, who vow it was their favorite era. My sister graduated from high school in 1985, so I’ve always enjoyed hearing stories from her youth about this time period.

“In the eighties, it was an ‘anything goes’ attitude towards fashion,” my sister has said many times. Well, dang. Sounds like the perfect fashion mentality to me! That attitude may not be in fashion nowadays, but ‘anything goes’ will always be in fashion for me.

💖 I styled these khaki suspenders in two different ways: the first outfit in neutral color tones and the second, with brown and coral accents!! Coral is seriously one of my favorite colors and I feel it pairs so well with browns and beiges. I was feeling the color and even painted my nails an orange-red!

Turtleneck: SHEIN // Suspenders: SHEIN // Bow: made by me
Ring: made by me
Shoes: Dolls Kill
Barbie ring: made by me // Butterfly clips: Target little girl’s hair accessories // Choker: ROMWE // Blouse: SHEIN

I felt really good in these outfits, and Billy Idol’s Greatest Hits also had me feeling pretty dang good to boot! In conclusion, the album will be on replay for quite awhile in my car. 😉

Upon seeing that I purchased this album, my mom informed me that she and my sister attended a Billy Idol concert in the eighties.

“He was so dreamy,” my mom recalled, fondly. And I agree!

See ya next time!! 💗

Enjoying These November Days

This outfit I wore yesterday totally put a smile on my face, and not solely because I wore a smiley face pin with it – but that did add to it, hahaha!!! The color combos were fun, in my opinion. Bright pink and muted green…something about it, I just LOVED! ❤️

Smiley pin + beaded ring: childhood // Rose rings: made by me
Blouse: SHEIN // Suspender Shorts: SHEIN
Blouse: SHEIN // Suspenders: Amazon // Butterfly clips: Target // Bow: Made by me
Shoes: Dollskill

I went to a place called The Healthy Fix (next door to one of the regular Starbucks’ I go to) and their Mint Chocolate Chip shake is sooooooooo good (and healthy, too!) Their little lounge in the back is awesome, to boot!

See ya next time!!! 💖

Halloween Weekend Fun; Making Bloodshot Eyeball Cookies and Trying My First Pan de Muerto

Happy Halloween weekend!!! Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re enjoying the weekend. As for me, I’ve been very excited to celebrate Halloween by baking up a storm! ❤️

I love that the entire house smells of cookies…I made bloodshot eyeball sugar cookies that have become my go-to each year now for Halloween! I made them for myself, mom and sister.

But before I show that, here’s my favorite outfit as of lately!!! I just love how my new cross choker from Dollskill pairs so well with this simple black turtleneck! And also my other favorite outfit: a grey and brown ensemble with colorful bows. Something about that outfit made me feel like I should be on some after-school kids show in the 90’s, which I’m totally okay with. 👌🏼

Choker: Dollskill // Skirt: H&M // Bows: Claire’s
Shoes: Dollskill
Sweater: H&M // Suspenders: Amazon // Bows: Claires // Choker: Etsy
Shoes: BAIT Footwear

Remember not too long ago when I took an AncestryDNA test and found out I’m over a quarter Mexican and never knew it? Well, I decided to get a taste of Mexican culture and got a Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead)!!! It’s a type of pan dulce traditionally baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to Day of the Dead, I learned. I found them in bulk at Vallarta, a Mexican supermarket!

So here is a photo of the Pan de Muerto, which I look forward to trying tomorrow, and my homemade sugar cookies. Wishing you all a great Halloween filled with candy and sweets! 💖

See ya next time!!! Happy Halloween. ❤️

Pumpkin Spicing Things Up; Going to a Pumpkin Patch and Seeing Halloween Kills By Myself (Literally…I was the only person in the theater)

Since it’s October and all, I wanted to take myself on an autumnal date to do something seasonal and festive; I decided to do two things that were both seasonally festive but entirely opposite of each other: 1) take myself to a pumpkin patch and 2) go see a scary movie. The difference is that the first one is cute and second is SCARY.

Let’s start with what I wore to the pumpkin patch, and then some snaps of other spooktacular fall outfits I’ve worn this month!!! 💗

Pinafore Dress: Amazon // Blouse: H&M // Pumpkin Clips & Bows: Claire’s // Choker: ROMWE
This cute bird sat next to me outside Starbucks!!
Witch Sisters Ring Made by Me!
Pinafore dress: Amazon // Choker: ROMWE // Cat ears: Amazon
Shoes: Dollskill
Bow: SHEIN // Choker: Etsy // Shirt: Etsy // Skirt: Etsy
Ring: Made by me!
Purse: Dollskill [Betsey Johnson]

So I loved all these fun outfits but the Ghostface one was my FAVORITE!!!!!!! It paired so nicely with my new Dollskill shoes and purse! 💕💗 I also wore that shirt because I was hyped after seeing the new trailer release for Scream coming out in January next year! And a big shoutout to my new strawberry bow from SHEIN. It reminds me of strawberry shortcake!

Lastly, I went to see Halloween Kills… (I’ve never seen any of the Halloween movies, so this was all new to me)!

I had every intention of going alone, but holy freaking cow, I did NOT EXPECT TO BE THE ONLY PERSON IN THE ENTIRE THEATER!!!!!!!!! I went on a Tuesday afternoon, and no one else to be found in the theater besides me! I would have never guessed, and yeah, it brought the whole ‘going by myself’ to a whole other level that was totally terrifying while seeing this particular movie!

I kept looking over my shoulder during the super scary parts, shrouded in darkness, the movie basically only playing for me…DID I DROP SOME POPCORN? YES! (Don’t worry, I picked it up after the movie, I don’t litter!) DID I SCREAM OUT LOUD AT ONE POINT? YES!

As terrifying of a movie as it was…I actually had a spooktacular blast!!!! Happy Halloween month to me (and to you, too)!

Smell ya later!! 💗

Beary Nice; Random Act of Kindness

Sometimes I literally don’t know what to talk about in my blog posts, besides just showing my outfits. I will seriously strain to come up with something to write!!! And then I just give up, waiting it out for some time until something stirs in my noggin.

Photos of coffees I drink are always a good idea. 😉

Hot mocha! Mmmm. From ‘The Mug’ coffee shop in Fresno

Sometimes at night as I try to go to sleep, I’ll find myself staring blankly at the ceiling with not a darn thing to think about! Does that ever happen to you?

When I think hard enough, a few things come out from the creases of my brain. But they’re always random, like what actually happened to the lost Roanoke Colony? Who wrote CROATOAN on the gate post? And is the Roanoke Colony technically the lost sock in the washing machine of life?

Then, finally, something non-historical comes to mind. Like remembering a random act of kindness that happened to me one time a couple years ago…

*intermission of outfit photos*

Pinafore Dress: Amazon // Harness Belt: ROMWE
Ring: from my childhood

A few years ago, I was standing in line at a Starbucks in town where I live. It seemed like another trip to Starbucks, at that point! There was a police officer ordering ahead of me. As I decided on whether I wanted an iced or a hot mocha, much to my surprise, the officer waved me towards the counter and said for me to order, that he’d pay for it.

Sounds like a simple act of kindness, right? Well, I still remember it to this day! To me, it was a monumental gesture I’ve never forgotten. I’ve always felt insignificant, so for that moment I felt cool enough for a stranger to buy me a coffee (and a police officer, at that!!!!!!!!!)

*second intermission of outfit photos*

Coat: Amazon
Tights: I forgot? // Shoes: Dollskill
Ring: Pinkbopp (my line of jewelry!)

So my point of sharing this story, is to emphasize that random acts of kindness can go a long way; it’s still a memory I think of at times! (Also, I’m glad I thought of something to write about in this blog post. 😉 ) So the next time you think about doing something nice for someone, do it, because I guarantee they’ll remember it for years to come. For some of us, it’ll mean the world. 💞

See ya next time!!! 🐻💕🐼

Bows: A Show Stealer

There’s just something about bows that I freaking love, and I feel I’m constantly on the lookout for new hair accessory ideas. Most of the time, they involve bows. They are just so eye-catching and sweet – always!!! Even though I’ve grown very attached to the goth-inspired accessories like chokers, I always sweeten it up with cute hair accessories, like bows. The more childlike bows, the better, in my opinion!

Blouse: SHEIN // Suspender shorts: SHEIN
Shoes: BAIT footwear // Ring: Pinkbopp (my line of jewelry!)

My sister actually gave me that bow haul, but I modified them all, apart from the smaller brightly-colored ones! See, she used to sell her own jewelry and little girls’ hair bows at a pumpkin patch each year, but no longer does, so she’s trying to clear out her inventory and knew who to pass the bows down to. I trimmed them and added the center charms, so they have a whole new look!

Add my black T-strap shoes to the ensemble, and I was ready to go out for the afternoon, braving the smoke-clogged valley air from distant wildfires to go get a Starbucks and chill! Despite the smoky skies, it couldn’t take the pep out of my new bows, or my step. And that’s the power of hair accessories, my friends! 💝

See ya next time!! 💗

Against All Odds; My Long Lost Dress Returns

It was 2012 when I wore this coral dream of a dress from Forever 21. I thought it was a charming, cute little thing and I wore it several times that year, but ultimately, I ended up giving it to Goodwill because a) I was a fool and b) I didn’t like the loose fit at the waist (helloooo!!! That’s what belts are for!)

This was me in 2012 wearing it! And this was during a brief period in my early twenties when I actually dressed somewhat conservatively, compared to how I dress now. I was also 10 lbs heavier back then and my hair was FLAT (gasp)! This was during my years working at a law firm. I like to think that the weight I lost went straight to my hair instead.

I don’t know what it is, but I’m infinitely more happy in my thirties than I ever was in my twenties. I mean, good lord!!!! It’s incomparable! I was so negative and easily angered by things in my twenties. Once I got near my thirties and onward, I truly got to know myself and discovered what made me happy in life. And it turns out, what makes me happy is feeling peace towards everyone and everything around me, and most of all, peace within myself. And also drinking caffé mochas and reading “dad books” (did I mention my current read is about the history and functionality of submarines, written by Tom Clancy?)

Also, in addition to my pescetarian diet, I also made the majority of what I eat plant-based and I love to walk and use a stationary bike at home. I have more energy now than I ever have before and in general, I feel way happier in my thirties!

I scrounged through the depths of Poshmark to find this dress again. There was literally only one seller who had it in the size I needed! Fate brought us together again, and I’m much happier with my present day, more eccentric and energetic self putting it on again. ❤️

Choker + Belt from ROMWE // Bows made by me!

See ya next time!!! Have a happy weekend! 💗

Who’s Got Spirit? Remembering the Day Karen Brewer Came to Life

It is I who has spirit!!!!! But why, you ask? Well, a couple of reasons. One, I’m usually pretty high-spirited on any given day. And secondly, I finally got myself a cheerleader-style skirt from, of all places, Spirit Halloween! And it’s turned out to be one of my new favorite skirts!

Top: SHEIN // Skirt: Spirit Halloween // Bow: Made by me

Believe it or not, I was actually a cheerleader in elementary school! Here’s the proof:

Ahhhh, yes…the Sierra Vista Vikings (I still have my uniform)! It was the mid-90’s. I remember the complete and utter excitement that came with the yearly cheer competition, where we would meet at a local high school and perform amongst the local elementary cheer squads. Even today, I can still recall the buzz of anticipation when we would meet in the gymnasium at whichever high school was chosen for the event and teams would get ready for the big day ahead! It’d be early on a Saturday morning, and it would be a frenzy of white sneakers squeaking against the glossy gym floor, clouds of aerosol hairspray, hair glitter and high ponytails topped with fluffy bows that would make Jojo Siwa proud. I remember, in-between performances while sitting in the bleachers, I’d look across the gym and admire the other cheerleaders and how pretty their school colors were on their uniforms (ours were blue and gold; I recall thinking the Cedarwood cheer squad had the prettiest uniform colors: white and hunter green, with silver lining).

But it wasn’t just their amazing uniform colors that caught my eye. I remember seeing one particular cheerleader from Cedarwood who looked EXACTLY like Karen Brewer from the Babysitter Club’s Little Sister series, which I read voraciously as a kid. I was secretly flipping out because she had all the looks of Karen, right down to the blonde side ponytail and glasses (Karen Brewer was the first female character from a book that I admired as a kid, so this was totally crazy for my young little brain to fathom!!!).

I remember telling my mom later that Karen Brewer does not live in Stoneybrook, Connecticut afterall but she actually resides in the same city as me and goes to Cedarwood. I recall my mom saying something like, okay sweetie…

Anyway, I only did cheer during elementary school; for the remainder of my school life from middle school onward, I moved on to be the loner weirdo you now know and (maybe?) love! But I never did shed my adoration for the cheerleader look – pleated skirts and big bows – and I never want to. That’s why I’m so happy I found this lovely new skirt at Spirit Halloween, which will be a wardrobe staple for whenever I feel like channeling my inner cheerleader!!!

Although, I like now that I can accessorize the cheer look however I want – including edgy accessories and fun-printed tops that make for a more misfit cheerleader look.

I say: be your own cheerleader in life. In everything you do, every single day! 💝 And to never forget the magical moments from childhood, like when I believed for just a moment that Karen Brewer was a real person. It was like seeing a Disney princess at Disneyland, in my book!

See ya next time!!!

Twinsies: Two Samanthas, Double the Childlike Adventures

This lovely book was gifted to me a couple of Christmases ago from my mom, who knew how much I enjoyed reading about Samantha from the American Girl series when I was younger. Even now, I still greatly enjoy looking through the short stories that compile this big ol’ book because it inspires me to embrace my curious inner child as an adult (I also love the movie adaptation)!

The character and I not only share the same name, but we also share the same love for fashion of the early 1900’s (this book is set in 1904). Samantha’s adventures, her curious spirit, down to the outfits she wears, is very fun for me to look through!

As an homage, I wore this outfit that reminds me a bit of that time period (the blouse style and the ribbon in my hair, specifically! If you notice, big sleeves cuffed at the wrists with high neck lines and hair bows were all the rage during that time for young girls):

Blouse: SHEIN // Suspender dress: Amazon // Bow: made by me // Choker: ROMWE
Cameo ring: Brooch from my childhood turned into a ring!

Even though I’m an “adult” (LOL, I still can’t use that word without quotes) and not a young girl anymore, I always feel like I intertwine between an “adult” with responsibilities like paying my bills and still being a very curious child who still stops to look at worms on the sidewalk. Being in my thirties, I actually feel quite honored to be the local weirdo with huge hair, who wears what is deemed as “childlike” styles by most, usually receiving many an odd side-glance from others. Because to me, fashion has no age limit, nor is there an age limit to embracing your inner child, and I personally don’t believe you have to dress “age appropriate” if you don’t want to (whatever “age appropriate” means, right?). With fashion, the sky’s the limit. Which is why I love it so much!!!

So here’s to embracing your inner child and finding your own adventures in the everyday life. And here’s to people who are adults but don’t really feel like one, LOL!!! Because the magic of childhood never has to stop. ✌🏼 For example, when I was a kid, I would often take Polaroid photos of street lights. I am still fascinated by them and feel a sense of comfort whenever I see them, and I still take photos of them for my own enjoyment!

See ya next time!!! 💖