Christmas Fun and My Newly Acquired Fairy Wand

IMG_5457

Hallå!!! 🎄

Everyone has their own personal feelings about Christmas time. Some feel that magical joy, others may feel indifferent, and then some may not like it at all for various reasons of their own.

Me? I absolutely looooooove this time of year! BRING IT ON!!!

I took some photos at a local Christmas tree farm recently. It was an enchanting little place that only fueled my already-existing Christmas cheer I’ve been all about lately!

IMG_5503

IMG_5437

My “not ready for the camera” face…also, this photo accurately shows just how short I am. 

IMG_5439

IMG_5438

IMG_5495

This bow is literally a Christmas decoration from Dollar Tree. I turned it into a clip-on pin, and there you have it! I immediately turn into a Christmas present. 🎁

IMG_5506

IMG_5507

IMG_5508

I hope you all feel the Christmas magic in some way, shape, or form. There’s plenty of it to be found; all you have to do is look around, really. ❤️

I have my Christmas shopping complete! My favorite part is wrapping it all up and making it look pretty. In addition to the main gifts, I included pink snowflake confetti, chocolates, German cinnamon star cookies (Zimtsterne)…I went all out!

In my next post, I will show you my gift wrapping! 💜

IMG_5609

In other news, I now have a squishy wand in my purse, if I ever need it. For anything. Like maybe, granting a wish, turning a pumpkin into a carriage, self-defense against an assailant, etc. It’s very multi-purpose.

Assailant sitting in jail: “Yeah I went to purse-snatch this woman but she bludgeoned me over the head with a fairy wand.” 

This great wand was given to me when I went walking down Candy Cane Lane to see Christmas lights with a group of adorable human beings who dress in Lolita fashion.

DID I MENTION IT LIGHTS UP IN BURSTS OF FLASHES??? 🌟 So not only is it a wand, but it can also be used to have a spontaneous one-woman rave, wherever I go.

dubai-sweden

Lastly…I put up my PINK CHRISTMAS TREE!!!

I have always wanted a pink tree! I finally did it and went with a Barbie theme for the ornaments. I absolutely love it and it turned out just as lovely as I envisioned! 💖

‘Til next time!!!

signature

 

Felt like Being a Cat

IMG_5399

Hi!!

The title says it all.

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

IMG_5398

IMG_5403

IMG_5402

IMG_5406

IMG_5411

PIN: THRIFT FIND

IMG_5418 (1)

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! ❤️

signature

An Evening with Ghost

IMG_5307

Hi!!! Last night I attended a Ghost concert in San Jose, CA. And it did not disappoint! I’m still floating in the air… 😍

I have so much to share, so sit back and enjoy. Grab a warm cup of something and be entertained!

Firstly, here was the outfit I picked out:

IMG_5288 (1)

This is a closeup of the pin I made for the concert, featuring the Cardinal himself. ❤️

IMG_5298

IMG_5300

IMG_5306

I went for a very bold, girly look, with gloves and pearls…the whole nine yards!

IMG_5353

I was even more so excited that this tour – called A Pale Tour Named Death – was featuring songs from their most recent (and my favorite!) album, Prequelle. Apple Music describes it better than I ever could:

“Set in medieval times, when the bubonic plague spread death across Europe, Ghost’s fourth album is a sociopolitical allegory for our own times.” 

And set against the ominous backdrop of medieval-looking, oops-I-think-I-walked-into-the-wrong-church stained glass windows, the opening intro was playing “Ashes”, which features children sweetly yet creepily singing Ring Around the Rosie.

IMG_5348

And enter, GHOST!

There’s something indescribably majestic, dark, yet beautiful about their concept and their songs, in my opinion. You can’t look away from their stage presence, and the lead singer especially enjoys being comical and also seductive to the crowd. He’ll make you blush, whether you’re male or female! ☺️

IMG_5354

IMG_5345

Here he was singing Pro Memoria which, funny as it may sound, is a song that helped me overcome an anxiety I’ve had since childhood.

I used to wake up in the middle of the night as a kid and suddenly be acutely aware of mine, and everyone else’s, mortality. I’d then feel deeply concerned.

So when I first heard this song with its haunting lyrics – “Don’t you forget about dying, don’t you forget about your friend, Death” – all I could think was, Hey! This is like the SONG of my long-standing, middle-of-the-night thoughts! 

It’s really not an anxiety for me now, but more of an acceptance. Life and death go hand-in-hand, inevitably.

Reading about Jesus Christ helped eliminate a lot of my anxiety towards death, and strangely enough, Pro Memoria, which on the opposite end of the spectrum references Lucifer reminding us of our mortality, helped dissolve that anxiety for me.

People ask me why I typically seem so happy? That’s simple. Someday we won’t be here anymore…that’s all the reason to live each day with as much gratitude as you possibly can. I have air in my lungs, so it’s a good day. ❤️

IMG_5356

IMG_5355

IMG_5361

IMG_5351

 “Black candles burn, all minds aligned…” 

It was an amazing night, and one I’ll never forget! I’m just so happy I managed to get a perfect, clear photo of him dressed in his red Cardinal gown – my favorite of his outfits. ❤️

‘Til next time!!!

signature

Doll Parts

IMG_5255

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. 🌸

IMG_5275 (1)

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… 😃 😃 😃

IMG_5263

IMG_5264

IMG_5265

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:

0003

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:

00004

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…

IMG_5267

IMG_5268

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:

IMG_5286

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

IMG_5287

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

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

signature

Bringing Back the Gloves

IMG_5202

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).

IMG_5193

IMG_5183

IMG_5180

IMG_5182

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)…

IMG_5201

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!!!!

IMG_5203

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… 😃

IMG_5206

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!

0002

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!!!

signature

Triple Scoop

IMG_2973

Heeeeeeey! (Me, pointing out the fact that my headband matches the roses.)

Welcome to everyone reading! This is a “triple scoop” post…as in, featuring three outfits. The ice cream reference will make sense later, promise!

It’s been a really good week and I wore some fun outfits, so I figured I’d feature them all in one, since I have an exciting post coming up on Saturday. 🙂

IMG_2970

Red! Well, burgundy-red. This is one of my all-time favorite dresses…it’s perfect for summer and very casual. I’ve had this for years! I think it’s from Forever 21, and it’s lasted for so long.

IMG_2972 (1)

IMG_2969

img_2966.jpg

IMG_2977

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t wear red all that often, but when I do, I realize that it’s a nice color!

IMG_3004

Next up, I wore an outfit I really really loved that was a combination of dusty rose pink and pastel blue. Love this look!!! I told my sister the colors made me think of the Care Bears. Hahaha…

IMG_3014

IMG_3007

IMG_3012

IMG_3021

My sandals are baaaack. It’s been in the 90’s here so, I figured it was time to bring out the open-toe shoes again! These are my favorite summer shoes. ♥

Aside from feeling like one of the Care Bears, it also reminded me of a carnival…like I needed to be eating cotton candy.

IMG_3032

This is where the ICE CREAM comes in…

I mentioned in my last post that I bought a new pin from the super cute Etsy shop, The Tote Trove, where I have bought many a pin in my past, and this one I am very happy to add to my collection!!!

Ice cream, folks…an instant winner and perfect for summer.  🙂 My eye immediately was drawn to the mint chocolate chip one since that’s my favorite flavor ever…

IMG_3037

IMG_3034

IMG_3035

It makes me want to pay a visit to my local Baskin Robbins. It’s been at least a year or so since I’ve had mint chocolate chip ice cream. Whaaaaaat!

Lastly, I’d like to show some of my art I’ve done this past week. I’ve been in a drawing mood, so here we go:

purple-hair

I really love this one. ♥ The second drawing I did, I’ll show you the process I go through, since I’ve never shared that before!

IMG_3003

I always draw on the back of some paper within reach. It’s not always in a sketchbook, since I don’t carry one with me, typically. I draw out the main idea and make sure to draw the lines a bit dark, which will help later once I transfer it into Photoshop.

IMG_3026

In Photoshop is where the magic happens!!! I then start to add color…

IMG_3027

IMG_3003

Aaaaaand the final outcome!!! I love to use a mix of traditional drawing and Photoshop. In this piece, I aimed to capture the essence of a fashionable free spirit. ♥

There you have it! I hope you enjoyed my little behind-the-scenes of my art. Haha!

IMG_3030

I’m really excited for the weekend (as you can see from my Bitmoji above) because I’m going on a road trip for the day! I haven’t been out of town in awhile. I’ll save where I’m going until the next blog post…it’s a surprise! I’ve wanted to go to this place for a looooong time.

See you soon! ♥

 

Fit for a Queen

IMG_2522

Hiiiiiiiiiiiii.

How are you all?! I hope whoever you are, wherever you are, you’re doing fantastic!

I have a double feature today for my post, so sit back, and enjoy!

First off…yesterday I showcased at Art Hop for the second time! It was really fun and I have photos to share.

IMG_2518

Just noticed my reflection is in the picture…and my car, straight ahead. LOOOOL.

I took the day off to enjoy a relaxing day before the show started, and ended up at my favorite coffee shop that morning. And what was I doing, you may ask? Why, studying Swedish, of course. I’m learning it for fun, just because I enjoy learning other languages. What better way to learn than with a kopp kaffe, non? (That was a French/Swedish mashup, right there.)

I should probably not mashup different languages in a sentence because that’s exactly what got me a C in Italian in college. Yikes!!! Italian was hard for me and I’d end up accidentally writing answers in a mix of French and Italian on tests.

IMG_2524

The vintage nightgown/robe I’m so crazy about, which I did a blog post about last weekend, is back! I couldn’t NOT wear it to Art Hop…too cute! Also, I noticed that just wearing a different color skirt underneath totally changes the look. The material is so sheer that it adapts to whatever color you put beneath! Here, it looks more white.

IMG_2526

IMG_2525

IMG_2537

This is my standard setup at Art Hop, although this time, I had new greeting cards and I brought one of the fiction books I published a few years back! So it was a combination of several different things. 🙂

I really want to try more traditional media, for a change. I’ve gotten so used to digital illustration that I feel I need to try something new that will challenge me. So that’s my next artistic endeavor.

It was a fun evening and a lot of people were out at Art Hop. Good times!

Happy Star Wars Day!

IMG_2547

SO!!! It came to my attention last night that on this lovely Friday, it is May 4th, which is Star Wars Day! I totally had to wear my Queen Amidala shirt to celebrate today!

Fun fact: I bought this shirt in 1999. I was in 6th grade when Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out (can’t believe it’s going on 20 years now). As a young girl, I was obsessed with the Queen, and even my English teacher back then nicknamed me The Queen because I had so much Queen Amidala merchandise (folders, T-shirts, etc).

What’s not to love? She’s the queen of her own beautiful planet, she’s strong-minded and has a wardrobe like no other. Oh, and her hair! It’s a given why I adore her so much. 😉

IMG_2550

IMG_2551

IMG_2558

IMG_2555

And there you have it, folks! It was fun to bring out this shirt again. I think I’ll make it a new tradition to wear it on May the 4th, from now on. Heck, I may as well watch The Phantom Menace tonight while I’m at it!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

See you soon! Or if you want some Swedish…vi ses snart! 😉