Spanish Rose

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Morning air
Cold, it dares
A gentle hum
Of fall to come
Summer dreams
Far, they seem
Harvest awaits
The season’s fate 

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I’m no poet (not a genre I’m good at), but I randomly wrote the above fall poem the other day, on a whim. ♥

How’s everyone? I hope wherever in the world you may be, you’re enjoying this mid-September. The leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping, to the point where it’s chilly in the mornings and the evenings.

I’ve been soaking up the fall feeling as much as I can. Here is some evidence of that from this past week:

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Admittedly no easy read (very graphic details), I’ve been reading The Great Mortality by John Kelly. This dives deep into the history of the Black Death, and it’s been hard to put down!!! I sat in Teazer’s the other day, sipping a Tiger Spice Chai and hearing the live music from the farmers market right outside the store. It was perfect and I ended up reading a lot that evening, until I decided to roam outside and buy fresh tomatoes and Armenian cucumbers.

Reading this has given me so much empathy for those living back in the time of the plague (and did you know it still exists today? Even in the U.S. …Google it, I’m not lying!). It’s hard to find anything to complain about in life when I’m reading about what these people went through. Definitely alters your perspective.

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Doesn’t this coffee art just scream fall? ♥ And it was delicious, of course. I have missed hot drinks! This was from Kuppa Joy coffeehouse.

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Let’s get started on this week’s fun outfits, shall we?

This first one was a favorite of mine that I wore on Monday. To me it totally has Spanish vibes going on, which I’m quite partial to! ♥

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I felt like I should’ve been strolling through the streets of Barcelona, or Madrid, and finding some cute café to sit at and people watch. I enjoy people watching…and not in a creeper kind of way. Who knows, maybe I come off as a creeper. Oh wellz.

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The red rose hair clips and the vintage-looking choker really tops off the Spanish look. I feel like I can easily play up the look and it feels natural, probably because I am part Spanish from my dad’s side.

Never knew him, but I do know he was a Spanish/Italian guy who was really artistic, a bit of a loner by choice at times and had an eccentric fashion sense. Apparently those are inheritable traits, because I’ve been all of those things my entire life. Bahahaaa…

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Keeping up with the rose theme, this was my outfit on the day I went to Teazer’s and farmers market in the evening. I did the double-necklace-thing again for vintage vibes. ♥ Boooooooom…

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The leaves make for such a lovely backdrop, don’t they? I love seeing them all scattered around. This time of year feels so alive!

After I finish the plague book, I think I’ll read something about Leonardo Da Vinci. I’ve been feeling strangely drawn to reading more about his life. I’ll generally feel a random pull towards a certain subject, and I always follow it. So that’s what I plan on reading next!

Happy fall. 🙂 (Oh wait…it’s not fall just yet. We still have a week, but it’s close!)

‘Til next time! ♥

 

Daisies

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Hey hey!!!

I’ve always wanted daisy hair accessories, and now I have ’em! These are simple iron-on appliques from Joann Fabric, and I glued alligator clips on the back.

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And just like that, you have a very playful and retro look! Daisies instantly remind me of the 1960’s and early 1970’s. ♥

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“They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?”

Remember the movie You’ve Got Mail?! My mom used to watch that movie ALL the time when I was a kid. I loved it, too! It’s a really cute romantic comedy, and daisies make me think of this one scene in particular.

Daisies also make me think of the art film, Daisies, which I watched in my Art Appreciation class in college, the last semester before I graduated.

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I remember it was a very unusual and surreal film, and the retro look was what really caught my attention (it’s from 1966).

It is a Czech film, and it follows these two young ladies and their misadventures, filled with crazy antics and their carefree perspective on life, in which they take nothing seriously.

The film was banned after the Soviet invasion in 1968, in which creative arts were greatly restricted.

Anytime I see daisies, I think of the movie. 🙂

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Okay, so these are not daisies…in fact, I believe they are just plain ol’ weeds, because they are growing out of a crack in the asphalt in the parking lot at my work. However!!! I find them to be rather beautiful and I sort of watch them as they grow with each passing work day (I am easily entertained).

When I take my break at work, I slip out to the back of the warehouse and have a snack, read a little bit and check them out. They’re interesting…

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It kind of proves that beauty can be found anywhere, no? Even behind a dusty warehouse in a parking lot. I finally decided to photograph them since they (mostly) became in full bloom these last few days.

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This is my current read!!! ♥ I finished No Easy Day by Mark Owen, and it definitely became one of my favorite SEAL books I’ve read (so far). It was so good and one thing I have noticed with reading books written by Navy SEALs is their similar sense of humor, which has me laughing out loud at times while I read.

I’m on chapter four at this point, where Marcus Luttrell is about to start BUD/S training (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training), and I already know it’s going to be sooooo hard to put down. And I haven’t even gotten to the truly intense parts of the book yet.

Who else loves it when they get so into a book, they just don’t want to leave the pages? ♥

 

♥ Until next time! ♥

Le pique-nique

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I’m not actually going on a picnic. But this outfit looks like I am, huh??

Gingham! A print I truly love and find oh-so-charming is coming back into my wardrobe, with summer rolling around soon. It just has that summer feel, so this is the time of year I tend to start wearing it.

It is from H&M, but I bought it last year, so it’s been awhile. 🙂

First off, I hope everyone’s been having a good week! Mine seemed to fly by in a blur. Although, it was a quiet week at work. I’ve been reading a lot, on my own time. My current read is a historical non-fiction book, and actually I’m just about wrapping it up…

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This book is soooooooo fascinating, albeit very creepy at the same time. It’s just an eerie subject because the author is concluding that no one will ever truly know what caused this, and I also learned a tremendous amount of things about this time period…some of it, I kind of wish I was still oblivious of.

It mentions the writings of the Brothers Grimm in a theoretical thought, which I found to be super interesting:

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So fascinating to think the dancing plague could have been an inspiration in the original Snow White story!

All-in-all, it’s a fast read that pulls you in and keeps you engaged throughout, and I have truly been enjoying it!

Outfit time. 🙂

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Ahhhhh…blue and white gingham: Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz vibes! I’ve always been fond of her dress in that film, since I was little. It has such an old-fashioned, demure look to it.

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And if you add a little floral tie headband in your hair, you’re definitely stepping up the retro look.

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Doesn’t the backyard look cute? It’s funny how the entire look of it has changed since it’s been painted green. I absolutely love it.

There was a two-lane highway of ants on that tree, by the way. Silly me had my hand on it until I realized I was not alone. Fortunately I was spared from having any ants get on me…hahaaaaa.

Well folks, I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for reading!

‘Til next time! ❤

Bookworm

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Hello and happy Friday to you all!!!

I had an exciting week and, I’m happy to say I sold my mug I mentioned a few blog posts ago! It is sold and I’d like to add more mugs into my shop in the future. Can’t believe it’s already gone and it sold much faster than I would’ve imagined! You just never know. 🙂

It seems I have continued on with another black and white outfit?! I really love this outfit because it has a studious look to it.

Okay, maybe the book is what’s contributing to that vibe. 😉

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I’m not using this book as a prop, either! 😉 I’m actually deep into the book now and I have to say, it is one of the best military books I have ever read. I love military books so that says a lot.

No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah is very in-depth and detailed, yet reads very easily to where you understand what’s going on and feel like you’re part of the action. For anyone interested in learning more about the conflict in Iraq, I highly recommend it. I can’t put this book down, and I find myself pushing the limits of when I should go to sleep just to keep reading! 🙂 I managed to get this in hard cover, which is a rare edition apparently. Score!

Being in high school when this was going on in 2004/2005, I didn’t truly take the time to understand what was happening. I’d see coverage on the news, or I’d cut out articles and pictures from the newspaper since I was curious about it. Still, I think I was too young to really understand, and I have learned so much about it from reading this book!

I was in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet program for 3 years in high school and many of my cadet friends went on to graduate high school and join the military, eventually going overseas. I pursued a different career path, but I still have a big interest in military stuff and feel the desire to know what goes on abroad, since I know many people who have served.

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Since I’ve been reading it, it’s brought back memories of 2004 and how I spent two weeks of my summer at Lemoore Naval Air Station as a cadet, learning about Naval aircraft. I basically just watched the servicemen and servicewomen at work, and they showed us how they worked on fighter jets, which was so cool and an experience I’ll never forget!

Aside from the fighter jet awesomeness, one thing I’ve always remembered was something that was said to me by a U.S. Marine while I was there. Myself and a few other cadets were standing around in the hangar, and this Marine was asking us questions. Everyone was chiming in with their responses except me (I was a super shy sixteen-year-old, by the way). I basically just nodded in silent agreement with everyone else.

Afterwards, he pulled me aside and asked me, “Why do you let others speak for you?”

Yikes. I didn’t have an answer for that, and he was asking with general curiosity and not in an admonishing tone, either. If I remember correctly, I just sort of shrugged, wide-eyed, like a deer in headlights.

“You should speak up for yourself,” he told me. His tone was firm but he softened it a bit with a small smile before walking away and going about his business. I knew he was genuinely trying to be helpful and not critical, because he could have easily called me out on it in front of everyone, but this was away from the group.

Well, that was thirteen years ago and I STILL think about his comment from time-to-time! Sometimes I still struggle to speak up when needed, but I’m way better at it now. No lie, I will think of his words on occasion and it’s like a reminder to me. I have no idea who he was or what may have happened to him, considering it was 2004 and a lot of Marines were being sent over to Iraq. Seriously though, whoever you were, THANK YOU! 🙂 Words I’ll never forget!

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I know this post somehow transitioned from an outfit post to a book review to an inspirational story, but it happens, LOL.

I don’t typically wear stripes but I really like the whole black-and-white look with my new, dark green skater skirt from Amazon! I have ordered so many in different colors, haha!

Enjoy your weekend! ❤

 

 

Random Little Things…

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This morning I had the cutest breakfast ever: sweet potato bread with berries! ❤ I’m not a breakfast person, but I had a busy morning ahead of me so I needed something.

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New nails. 🙂 I got them done last night. It’s so hard for me to decide what kind of nails I want, but I tend to go with pastel colors. Pale, shimmery pink this time!

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As you can see from the nail pictures, I was reading a book…these are the current books on my reading list. I’m finishing up Band of Brothers (after a second time of reading it!) and next up is No True Glory: A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah. Clearly, you can see that military books are my favorite. 🙂

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Today I’m wearing my favorite romper I own…

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I’m in a silly mood today so I was taking random photos at my sister’s house. I really love the strawberry hair clip; it’s fun to wear fruit in your hair! 😛

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Tuesday! Mine is going really well, had to take care of business this morning but the rest of the day will be dedicated to being creative and enjoying the sunshine. 🙂 Can’t go wrong with that!