Thirty-one? Thirty-Fun!

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Hello there!!! 💜

I hope you all are having a splendid week! I wanted to share some photos from my 31st birthday with you guys!

Sit back…and enjoy! 🎁 🎉

Alright, so I wore a tiara all day. This was strangely on my bucket list in life…wear a tiara on my birthday. CHECK!

I received some reeeeally puzzled looks from people but, that’s okay with me. 🙃 I was happy as a clam!

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Can I just say how much I looooooove my sparkly tights I bought off of Amazon?! They just add so much fun to an outfit! I’m obsessed with these!

Some snapshots of lovely gifts I received and yummy food 💜 :

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I HAD A RETRO BARBIE CAKE!!! AND MY FAVORITE ICE CREAM! (with a macaron!) ❤️

I finished the day off with Indian food – my favorite!

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This was a fantastic birthday; I’m thankful for another year on this beautiful planet! I love being in my thirties…it’s honestly the happiest I’ve ever been. 💜

I hope you enjoyed…have a beautiful day!

See ya!

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Felt like Being a Cat

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Hi!!

The title says it all.

Felt like being a cat today, and so a cat I was.

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PIN: THRIFT FIND

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I love this outfit because it looks somewhat professional, but the final touch is like, JUST KIDDING, CHECK OUT MY CAT EARS.

Sometimes I wonder how eccentric I will be if I live to be an old lady? Probably very eccentric, to make an honest guess. I aspire to be that little old quirky lady who lives by herself in her cute little house with…no pets, honestly. A nice garden will do!

I hope you all have copious amounts of Thanksgiving food and enjoy your holiday! 😀 Share and spread that attitude of gratitude! ❤️

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Doll Parts

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Hey hey! ♥

Don’t ya just love when you find one of your favorite albums on vinyl? I managed to get Hole’s 1994 album Live Through This this past weekend!

I really love this album; it has that distinct 90’s sound I’m quite partial to. Courtney Love has such a unique, edgy voice and there are a lot of great songs on here, in my opinion! “Doll Parts” and “Miss World” are my two favorites. ♥

I plan on collecting more 90’s records I love. The next one I have my eye on is Dizzy Up the Girl (1998)my favorite Goo Goo Dolls album. 🌸

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Again, the gloves are back…don’t be surprised if you see these more often! These are the pale pink ones I’ve been waiting for… 😃 😃 😃

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Shades of purple!!! 💜 Can’t go wrong with that, am I right? Paired with the gloves, I just really loved this outfit. REALLY LOVED IT. Plus, the sweater was warm (it’s getting chilly).

So, I was thinking today; who was your first style inspiration? Did you have one? I certainly did, and here was mine, funny enough:

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You didn’t see that coming, did you?

Poison Ivy from Batman and Robin (1997) was my first fashion inspiration as a kid. I was 10 years old. Her over-the-top style and the fact that she was nuts made her all the more endearing, but the main appeal for me was her hair. I actually wanted to style my hair just like the above picture at the time, but I reached a compromise with my mom and ended up making my own ivy headband (Haaa! My first DIY project!) that emulated what she wore in her hair here:

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I wore that headband all the time. I even had lime green sunglasses like the ones she wore in the movie.

And that was just the beginning of what was to come of my future in dressing myself. I think this was the starting point in which my family at first, when I’d debut something interesting I wanted to wear, would answer with a collective “…why?

But then it was too late. From then on I swam so far out into my own ocean of fashion lunacy, that they decided to just smile and wave supportively from the safety of the bay docks, rather than try to swim after me and stop it.

Figuratively speaking, of course…

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Which is good! 😀 I’m glad self-expression was an okay thing to embrace growing up. If it hadn’t been, I wouldn’t be who I am today, which would make me sad. 🙁

Snap shots from the start of the week!!! 

I went to a Parisian-themed café:

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I then took a nice nature walk and enjoyed the changing of the leaves:

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So needless to say, the start of my vacation week has been splendid! 💕

See ya next time!!! Ghost post is next!

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Bringing Back the Gloves

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Happy November!!! ♥

I don’t know about y’all, but I am a really big fan of gloves. I’m aiming to incorporate gloves more into my outfits with the coming cold weather. Although, these really aren’t for warmth as you can see; I wore these this past weekend when it was warm (like 80 degrees).

They’re just added for an extremely old fashion look. And I think I succeeded! The skirt is a hand-me-down (my mom wore it in the 80’s).

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I’m going to take a wild guess and say that my inspiration came from watching some  1930’s films as of late. Gloves were a staple back then (as a fashion accessory)…

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I like it, I love it, I want some more of it…. *Tim McGraw voice*

I ordered a pair of light pink lace gloves, as well! Can’t wait for those to arrive.

I feel like gloves add such a ladylike look to a dress or skirt ensemble, that you don’t see much of anymore. It’s definitely old school but I say, wear what you like! Whatever that may be, whether it’s something super trendy or extremely outdated! Just dooooooo eeeeeeeeeeet!!!!

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It has been a delightfully quiet week, which is nice because next week will be much anticipated!

I ended up with quite a bit of vacation days left, it being the end of the year and all, so I took all of next week off. That paves the way to the GHOST CONCERT next Thursday (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

Anyway, that is a LOT of time off, and I’m not even sure what I’m going to do with myself. But that’s the fun part. I will just take it one day at a time… 😃

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Other fun stuff from this week…

I finally found a book about the Gulf War. I have wanted to learn more about Desert Storm for WHO KNOWS how long now…finally picked one! I heard this one is really good. Can’t wait to start it soon!

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This is so random, but I ended up going through the entire discography of Sugar Ray this week. LOL!!!

I listen to Spotify a lot at work. Up until now, I’ve only known of Sugar Ray’s famous 90’s hits, but listening to their albums start to finish was pretty darn good, I have to say! Glad I listened, two thumbs up 👍🏼👍🏼 .

In retrospect, I’m going from listening to every Sugar Ray album to being catapulted to the polar opposite end of the musical spectrum and will be under the same roof as Ghost next week…someone pinch me because I feel like I’m dreaming!!!

‘Til next time!!!

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Farmers Market Ensemble: In it to Pin it

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Hi hi! Here’s a fun outfit I wore on Tuesday, which is the evening I went to farmers market.

This cardigan I’m wearing is from my high school days, and since it’s a bit big on me now, I decided to PIN IT. It’s just too cute of a cardigan to ever part with, so I make it work!

And a pin is a win, my friends…

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The pin is from The Tote Trove, and it’s a cute little lily pad. It worked SO perfectly with my ensemble! I just loved the whole look…

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Before walking over to the farmers market Tuesday night, I stopped at Teazer’s to read for a short while and enjoy a Tiger Spice Chai. Yum!

My friend has a crafts booth at the farmers market, so I went to visit her and hang out. It was fun!!! I actually really love going there on Tuesday nights…it’s a fun way to jazz up the beginning of the week. And speaking of jazz…

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I decided to watch another 1930’s film! This is The Roaring Twenties, 1939…another great film from the old-school gangster genre. ♥️

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I loooooooooooooove the suits and hats men wore during this time period. ♥ The movie is as 1920’s gangster as it gets. What I love about these old films is that even the “violent” scenes are so tame and leave more to the imagination than anything, which I prefer, personally.

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Awww…Eddie loves Jean, but it’s not reciprocated. Her expression here says it all: ‘yeeeeah, that’s gonna be a no from me dawg’, her reaction to his marriage proposal seems to say.

She loves someone else. All I could think was, GIRL WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? Oh wait, he’s a bootlegger who initially brushed her off, and she’s very sweet and innocent. Okay, I can see her concern…but give it a few years until Prohibition ends and he won’t be a bootlegger anymore. Problem solved! No? Alright…

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I don’t know, Jean. I wouldn’t be able to resist those eyes of his. But more power to you…OH MY GOSH, I was reading about James Cagney (who was born in 1899!) and he was apparently only 5 foot 5 inches tall. HOW FREAKING CUTE IS THAT? 😍 What a little heartthrob.

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It’s been a really good week! Here’s a gorgeous sunset I managed to capture on this Wednesday evening. 😃

Sooo…who else is ready for Halloween?! 🎃 Only a week away!

See ya next time!

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Coolest Cat in Town

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Am I the coolest cat in town? Heck no. But I feel like I am in these shoes!

I was told by an older gentleman the other day that “all the coolest girls in high school wore saddle shoes” (he experienced high school in the 1950’s) so needless to say I was feeling pretty cool wearing these gems!

I’ve wanted saddle shoes for who knows how long now. It’s like the Christmas present you always wanted but never received. I bought these from BAIT footwear;  pretty much where I go to buy all of my shoes. It’s a dream come true!!! ♥️

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I ended up wearing a lot of butterfly clips this past week, I noticed. Butterfly mood, I suppose? I made a new pair this past week, which you’ll see in the next outfit a little ways down (also, above picture: big (messy) hair, don’t care)…

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My skirt! I’m loving the vintage look of it; I bought it at Forever 21 this past week! I was so shocked to see that there’s a massive selection of 1970’s-style clothing, currently. If you love vintage-inspired clothing: GO. NOWWWWW.

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Fun fact: I spilled part of a Maple Pecan Latte on this second featured outfit. And these photos were taken post-spill!!! So it turns out, it wiped off easily without any stains, somehow. Lucky me. Lucky CLUMSY me, I might add…but realistically, it was a minor spill. More funny than anything!

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New monarch butterfly hair clips I made!!! Aren’t they darling? They’re appliques from JOANN Fabric. I simply glued alligator clips to the back, and there you have it!

 

This past week, I finished up some artwork I’ve been working on. It’s actually a follow-up to a first illustration I did:

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“Luna Sea”

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“Starla (Luna Sea, Part II)”

My friend pointed out that these works had Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness vibes, and to keep the vibe going, I named the second closeup artwork of the mermaid “Starla”, which is also a Smashing Pumpkins song.

All in all, I’m super happy with how these two pieces turned out, and within the next month I’ll be selling 5 x 7 prints on Etsy of nine different illustrations I’ve made! Super excited!!!

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Last night (Friday night), I felt like watching a movie. I wanted something from way back when, and I remembered I have quite a selection of films from the 1920’s-1930’s. I have a soft spot for films from that time.

This is Smart Money, 1931. It’s a gangster film! I should probably point out I also have a liking for the adorable and strikingly handsome James Cagney, whose charm stands the test of time in my opinion. 😍

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I don’t know what it is, but I just really love old films like this. I love the styles of the time, the way people talked…it’s all so different and feels refreshing for me. Really loved Edward G. Robinson giving off those Al Capone vibes.

And that’s a wrap! I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. 🙂 I sure am!

See ya next time!

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Bewitched

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Welcome back to another Halloween-esque post to celebrate the month!  🎃 I want to show you my witchy new blouse that’s just perfect for this time of year!

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This was one of those tops that I took a real chance on. It was very unusual, which caught my attention when I found it on eBay. And with a click of the mouse, I ordered it – the future unknown. Would it look right on me? Fit right? It’s completely sheer and spattered with shimmer and puffy sleeves, so I didn’t know what to expect!

AND IT DIDN’T DISAPPOINT, FOLKS…

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I LOVE IT. It’s fun, flashy, and interesting. The bell sleeves are my favorite detail. 😀 Isn’t it so witchy and fun?

SCARING MY NEIGHBORS (AND PEOPLE IN GENERAL): A FEEL-GOOD FRIDAY STORY

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I have a real knack for accidentally scaring people. I’m very light-footed and quiet in real life, so it’s common for me to walk up to someone without being heard and accidentally give them a scare.

Me: “Nice day out…”

Person: *jumps out of their skin*

Adults, small children… (I especially scare Mormon children, it turns out. Most people I know are surprised to find out I’ve gone to a Mormon church for 3 years. I randomly went one day and just…sort of kept going for 3 years and counting. I intertwine a lot of different  spiritual beliefs into my personal faith, so I’m spiritually a mix of things, but it’s nice to have a place to hear a good message, even if I don’t always agree with everything, ya know? 

But yeah, the Mormon kids are scared of me. It’s understandable, since I wear a lot of makeup, unusual outfits and I have huge hair, and they’re probably just not used to seeing that. And now my neighbors can be added to the list.

I was out front taking these photos, and I was bent down for a moment, out of sight. Then some people from the neighborhood walked by with their dog, and I stood up quickly. Now, I didn’t do that on purpose; it just sort of happened that way by accident, which is generally how it goes.

“Hi!” I said cheerily.

*traumatized expressions* “Oh my GOD you scared the ***** out of me!” one of them exclaimed.

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My work here is done…

🎃 HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN (month) EVERYONE! 🎃

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