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feel of 90’s grunge: some songs were bitterly anger-driven and loud, while others were more quietly introspective and withdrawn.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’•

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!!

Hello Kitty Soda and KISS

Howdy!!

I typically am not a soda drinker, but occasionally I will indulge and have one. I did just that, late last night, living on the wild side and opening up a bottle of Hello Kitty strawberry soda to get the weekend started!! Yay.

I really love this outfit…and the socks!! In fact, I love this outfit so much, and I find it so endearing, that I just might propose to myself on Valentine’s Day.

I found my KISS album, and this made me so happy. It’ll be playing in my car all weekend! YEEEAH! ❀️

See ya next time! πŸ’œ

Are These Hearts Big Enough?

They could be bigger. BUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think they are the perfect size to balance my gigantic hair. It’s February, a.k.a Valentine’s month, SO IT’S ON! Let the pinks, reds, and hearts fly! πŸ’•β€οΈ

I made these bad boys (the heart clips). I have another pair in red, too! They bring me great joy.Β 

This past week, I successfully made chocolates – something I’ve been wanting to do for a LONG time. I’m experienced with baking sugar cookies (my signature ones I’ve made throughout the years with edible glitter, pearls and flowers).

But chocolates are new to me, and they came out way better than I hoped for! I’m going to make some more this week as gifts to a couple of friends. πŸ˜„

eeeeeeeeeeee!!! Don’t they look so cute? The colors!!! The chocolate ones are semi-sweet. The pink ones are made out of candy melts. I’m super excited to experiment with baby blue, yellow, and lavender. Of course, I’m even more excited to present these to my friends and see what they think! 😍

See ya next time!

Suit & Tie

Howdy, folks!! πŸ’•

Do you ever go back and resurrect styles you found yourself wearing in your youth?

Many moons ago when I was in middle school, I had a thing for wearing ties and blazers to school. Naturally, kids made fun of me for it and I was called all sorts of things that aren’t printable here. But it didn’t matter if I was the uncoolest kid on the block; I liked my ties and I wore them!

I found this old tie from middle school and I’m bringing them out for air again. I really love the look!

Because ties aren’t just for men, you know?

I know I’m going to have fun with ties now; I can picture all the neat looks I can create. πŸ’•

Current (amazing) read. ❀️ Further insight for my perpetual intrigue regarding life behind the Iron Curtain.

See ya!!

Free as a Bird

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Happy mid-week, everyone! I hope you all have had a nice one so far. ❀

I bring to you today, my bird shirt. I bought it at H&M awhile ago, but decided to wear it today on a whim! (It was buried in one of my dresser drawers honestly, and I found it again).

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I’m all about quirky prints. To me, this outfit almost has a nautical look to it with the blue and white, and the birds could be seagull-esque…

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I’ve always wanted Oxford-like shoes, but wasn’t sure how they’d look with my style. I went back and forth between wearing them, and actually, I really like them! I think these will be perfect for fall/winter, to keep my feet warm. I got these at Wet Seal last year, but I seldom ever wore them. I plan to change that and put them to good use this season! πŸ™‚

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So, with the fall season, I start to gravitate towards candles…and look at what we have here! This is seriously one of the BEST smelling candles, ever. I always love Bath & Body Works’ seasonal scented candles…they come out with some amazing-smelling ones. Can’t wait to light this and cozy up on the couch with a book!

Speaking of cozy…here are some inspirational autumn photos to get you in the mood for this wonderful time of year!

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest

See you next time!

 

 

Solar Eclipse!

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Greetings, earthlings! Who else got to see the solar eclipse?! (Note: I made yet another headband, and those are sunflower buttons, but could easily pass for little suns, no?)

I make it sound like I was in the path of totality. Nope! Still, I saw a change in the sky color and shadows on the ground over the span of an hour before it reached its peak of 75% totality, so I generally enjoyed the experience nonetheless! πŸ™‚

I actually wore this outfit yesterday, but I was probably subconsciously anticipating the solar eclipse. I get really into things…

LOL!

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I saved the best for last…

 

Are you ready…?

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…the pencil shoes are BACK.

As in, I haven’t worn them in like 3 years! I’m not sure why, or maybe I thought they didn’t pair well with my outfits, but I gave them another go and now I’ve fallen in love with them again. I bought them on ModCloth long ago, but they must be popular because they still have themΒ available!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend and your week is starting out nicely! ❀