Winter Blues: Colors, Not Emotions, That Is

Blue is a color I typically don’t wear very often. However, when my mom gave me this fabulous sweater she used to wear in the ’80s, I was ecstatic!!! That royal blue! πŸ˜πŸ’™

Thus, I decided to embrace blue a bit more – winter blues. But in the sense of color, not emotions. For one thing, my emotional range typically varies between happy/really happy/hyper and happy/totally calm. Besides, I could never feel blue in these outfits!

Romper: H & M
Bow: made by me // Choker: Etsy // Clips: Sally Beauty Supply
Shoes: Dolls Kill
Bow: SHEIN // Clips: Target // Overalls: SHEIN // Turtleneck: belonged to my mom
Ring: made by me // Choker: Etsy
Shoes: Dolls Kill

I’ve wanted denim blue overall shorts for so long, and my first try was a pair I got off SHEIN that were too small, so I couldn’t wear them. I tried again with a totally different pair, and these bad boys were a little too big, so I safety pinned the loose part in front and I don’t even care if it looks weird because I looooove them!!! Finally I own a pair! ❀️

January is one of those months that, after the holiday season, seems very peacefully quiet – like a fresh new page that’s been turned (not like my holiday season was busy or anything; that too, was peaceful and quiet!).

Still, January feels different, and in a very easygoing way that I can appreciate. I actually don’t make resolutions or goals, besides to just enjoy life day-by-day, which means to continue doing what makes me happy (being productive in my work-from-home career, read good books, wear fun outfits, have fun blogging, and enjoy good coffee). And I can’t ask for anything more than thaaaat!!! πŸ’–

Here’s to a happy (and peaceful) start of the new year to you! ✨

I’ve No Idea What’s Going On With These Outfits But That’s Why I Love Them So Much?

This outfit is SO RANDOM. But that’s like…why I really like it! Let’s take a look:

Turtleneck: belonged to my mom // Overalls: SHEIN // Harness Belt: ROMWE
Shoes: Dolls Kill
Bow: SHEIN // Gloves: gift // Clips: Target

The words “kawaii goth” are all that comes to mind when I overview this outfit. You know what I mean??? A mix of kawaii hair accessories with an unexpected goth twist with the harness belt – and over khaki overalls, no less!!! The overalls make it somehow awkward, but I totally love awkwardness in general, especially in fashion.

But fashion doesn’t have to make sense, ya know. In fact, my favorite kind of fashion is the kind where you mix different styles into one glorious chaos. And I feel like this look really nailed that!

Here’s the purple version of the outfit, with black overalls instead, a purple turtleneck and same harness belt (and my umbrella because it was raining):

Turtleneck: belonged to my mom // Overalls: SHEIN // Bow: Childhood // Clips: Target
Umbrella: Mercari

I was so happy to find out that one of the Dutch Brothers in my area had their lobby open to sit down at! I came here last Saturday night for a beverage. Their little tree in the front was so beautiful! Dutch Brothers is a coffee chain unlike any other; they usually have music bumping from speakers (more often than not, it’s 90’s music!) and lots of bright blue neon dΓ©cor.

As the Christmas season draws closer to an end, I soak up the ambiance of lights and decorations the best I can. As long as I enjoyed Christmas lights and seasonal coffee drinks, then I feel confident that I soaked in the holiday season successfully! πŸŽ„β€οΈ

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!!! βœ¨πŸŽ…πŸΌβœ¨

Pink and Purple, My Forever Favorite Color Combination!

I was always wearing pink and purple as a kid; the colors together were just perfect to me, and complimented one another so effortlessly well. Whether it be bright pink and purple, or pastel pink and purple, I’d wear them together. And as you can see in these two outfits, not much has changed – I still love the two colors united!!!

Ring: Etsy // Gloves: Childhood
Overalls: Amazon // Shoes: Dolls Kill
Bow: Childhood // Pink clips: Sally Beauty // Butterfly clips: Target

Another thing: I really love corduroy! As you can tell from my overalls. It always makes me think of a really funny line from American Sniper, when Chris Kyle meets his future wife, Taya, at a bar (one of my favorite scenes in the movie). She is angry that a married man came up to flirt with her before Chris starts chatting with her.

Chris: “It might’ve been the leather pants.”
Taya: “What kind of pants does a girl have to wear to be left alone?”
Chris: “Maybe corduroy.”

I think of that line, hearing it in Bradley Cooper’s voice (the actor who played Chris Kyle in the film) every time I wear corduroy!!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Bow: Childhood // Pink clips: Sally Beauty // Butterfly clips: Target
Gloves: gift from my sister! // Overalls: Amazon
Shoes: Dolls Kill (New!!!)
Choker: Etsy // Blazer: belonged to my mom // Turtleneck: belonged to my mom
Current read! Coffee + Books = ❀️

Can I just say how in love I am with my new Dolls Kill shoes AND these gloves my sister gave me??? The little deer on them!!! πŸ˜πŸ’ž And the shoes are so comfortable and lightweight! I love the blocky look of them. I was all too eager to tear open the box when it arrived at my doorstep, and five seconds after I opened the box, I’d already put them on my feet and started strutting through the house merrily.

Fashion + shoes + coffee + books about the Eastern Bloc = YES PLEASE!!!! 😍

See ya next time!

Purple Skies & Purple Gloves

This week, my brother sent me these photos via text message of the sky, I think it was Monday morning. Can you believe the purple color?!? It was apparently around 6 AM, and I get up between 6-6:30 AM, but unfortunately I didn’t see it for myself. I’m glad he sent me these, or else I wouldn’t have believed it! I have no idea what would have caused such a color. This time of year, we have a lot of fog that hangs around, so who knows what those fog clouds were up to.

It inspired me to wear my purple gloves this week. πŸ’œ

Gloves: Childhood // Cardigan: belonged to my mom // Skirt: belonged to my mom (I’m seeing a theme here?)
Bow: Childhood // Butterfly clips: Target // Choker: Dolls Kill
Choker: Dolls Kill
Cardigan: Target // Dress: belonged to my mom // Turtleneck: SHEIN // Bow: SHEIN

See ya next time!! πŸ’œ

New Yellow Tights For the Win!

Tights: Amazon // Shoes: BAIT Footwear

I have officially fallen in love with these yellow tights, especially paired with this pale yellow skirt I was certain I’d gotten rid of awhile back, but I found it in a drawer the other day! I was beyond happy, because it’s like the soulmate to the yellow tights I just received in the mail from Amazon. They just go together so perfectly, and with the shoes…oh my gosh!!! πŸ’›πŸ’›

With colored tights, I’ve been on an ’80s kick lately with my outfits. And I just love it! Especially paired with a blazer. Also, I am feeling the flats. I’ve gotten so used to wearing platform Mary Jane’s, that it’s refreshing to wear flats again! Plus, it’s something different. πŸ˜‹

Skirt: Forever 21 // Blazer: vintage (belonged to my mom!)

This is definitely one of my favorite outfits as of lately!! πŸŒŸπŸ’›πŸŒŸ

See ya next time!!

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!!! πŸ’–

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.

πŸ’– 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. πŸ˜‰

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!! πŸ’—

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!!! πŸ’–

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. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

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! πŸ’–

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!!! πŸ’—

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! πŸ’•πŸ’— 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!! πŸ’—