A Walk on the Wild Side

Hey hey!! πŸ˜€

Welcome back to another episode of……my very quiet existence. How are you all? Hopefully good???

Outside of my freelance work, the week consisted of:

  1. Reading until my eyeballs nearly rolled out of my head (I finished Band of Brothers, and began Lions of Kandahar.
  2. Doing copious amounts of Swedish lessons.
  3. Going to my usual coffee spots each day and also eating Indian food!!
  4. Walking a bit at the park.
  5. Watching a short documentary on the 82nd Airborne.
  6. Made the bad decision of watching a scary movie late at night. I watched The Lost Boys (1987), which I had never seen before, but I’m currently obsessed with the theme song Cry Little Sister (the original track and also Marilyn Manson’s recent cover of it!). So I watched the movie, even though I was scared to!!! And I appreciated the 1980’s aura and the comedy but I just can’t do the whole vampires and blood thing… πŸ˜“

And now, we have an outfit:

Leopard print isn’t a pattern I typically wear, but when I saw this top hanging on a shelf at H&M, it was love at first sight. Glad I bought it, because it’s cute and super comfortable! ❀️

Because sometimes, you just have to take a risk. Even if the risk is wearing a pattern you don’t typically wear. I live on the edge like that.

You know, this is exactly why I’m fascinated with reading about military operations and soldiers jumping out of airplanes. Because they take some seriously major risks in life, unlike meeeee…

Well, the risks I took this week were wearing a leopard-print top and watching The Lost Boys. But dang it, I did it!!!!!!!!

If you like the shirt (and the shoes!), you can find them both at your nearest H&M, I’m sure! πŸ˜€ I bought them only a week ago. What is a risk-taking pattern you’ve worn that you ended up really liking? I kinda want to try a tropical-pattern blouse next, like with pineapples on it or something…

See ya!

Summer Days, Summer Nights

Hi! Happy summer to you all, dear readers. πŸ˜ƒ

Orange is a color that I’ve grown to really appreciate. Not only is it a nice color in general, but it really pops against my skin tone, I’ve learned. That, and hot pink is a nice addition to it!

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…’kay, my attention has returned.

I’ve definitely been leaning towards oranges/hot pinks/corals, which really look nice against a summer tan. ❀️

On a hot summer evening, I feel especially drawn to meander out somewhere for either an iced beverage or something to eat, with a good book for company. Some mac n’ cheese at Panera was something I hadn’t had in a long time, so I went for that!

I firmly believe a book can be your best friend. For instance, the above book is one that, no matter how many times I read it, I always come back to and have ever since I first read it when I was 15. It’s one of those books that’ll stay with me throughout life.

My highly anticipated book line-up, after I finish reading Band of Brothers for the 5,000th time of course! Sunday evening, I went to Barnes & Noble not just to peruse the aisles this time, but to intentionally go and pick out these two books I really wanted.

Have I mentioned how much I love reading? πŸ˜‰

Here’s a shot of my car, Jude, that I took the other night after a walk. It was the most gorgeous sunset I’ve seen in a while!

I love this time of year, and all-around, I’m feeling really good right now; my career life has changed and I’m now working as a freelance graphic designer. I lucked out and through a connection, I’m designing logos, graphics, etc. for a bay area business and rather than being in an office, I work remotely and do everything from my very own laptop! Like, I’VE BEEN DOING MY WORK AT STARBUCKS. Could I ask for anything better than that!!!!!!?

It’s the most ideal job I could possibly ask for, so I really hope this can be my new thing. One day at a time, as I always say!

Here’s to more beautiful summer sunsets. See ya!! ❀️

Strawberry Love

Welcome! πŸ“

Tuesdays are always farmers market day for me, as my friend has a booth she sells handmade goodies at. So I always stop by in the evening to hang out with her. This Tuesday though, they called it the Strawberry Festival, so many strawberries were to be expected, including me wearing them. Behold!!!!!!!!

The festival was a lot of fun, and there were some yummy strawberry items to choose from. I feel like my outfit went super perfect with the theme! πŸ˜‰

I ended up choosing an angel food cake slice with frosting and strawberries. Yummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!

It was a very fun thing to do as summer approaches. What do you all enjoy doing in the summer?? I like anything outdoors that involves fruit, haha!

See you next time! ❀️

In the Summertime

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Hey hey hey!!!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your week – it’s been a good one with plenty to share, so let’s get started! πŸ˜‰

First off, I have two new outfits I’ve been happily wearing…one is this red polka-dot romper from Forever 21 (brand new, so they should still have it in the store!):

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I love rompers soooooo, this is a dream!

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GOOD OL’ ROMPERS…

Oh, and happy summer!!! I really do love this time of year.Β β™₯

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There were a LOT of vintage-esque clothes at Forever 21 when I went this past weekend. I hadn’t been there in a long time! Here’s another very retro dress I ended up buying:

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The dress was originally much longer…and as always, I typically have my dresses hemmed up. That’s what happens when you’re short and want to wear short dresses!

Because even the “short” dresses end up being long…

 

 

That ring on the left is literally a ring I’ve had since elementary school. I got it out of a quarter machine. I’M SERIOUS!!!

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In more humorous news, I had a section of hair the other day that refused to lay down flat, despite my futile attempts to hairspray it down. I decided to just let it be and I’m glad I have the above photo to prove it!

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On a closing note, this was what I was looking forward to this week on Thursday.Β β™₯

A group from my church and I went to the Ronald McDonald House at Valley Children’s Hospital to host a dinner, and I brought some coloring supplies for the kids. [The Ronald McDonald House is a place that provides families with sick children a place to live at the hospital during their stay.]Β 

It was a really great experience! All of us in our group enjoyed it, and it was a nice sense of teamwork. It felt really good to dedicate time to a good cause and the families were really kind and appreciative. πŸ™‚

I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of summer. It feels like a magical time of year.

Enjoy your weekend! See ya!

 

Ending Summer…

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Look at those clouds! πŸ™‚

What a beautiful morning it was here today. Okay, it was muggy. BUT!!! The pretty clouds made for an exceptionally gorgeous day start-off.

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Another simple but cute outfit to stay cool. πŸ™‚ There’s something so sweet about pink and white, isn’t there? I love the colors together. Reminds me of candy. ❀

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Bada bing bada boom…or is it bada boom bada bing?

Who else is ready for pumpkin spice everything?! πŸ˜› I am really looking forward to being able to order a Pumpkin Spice Frappucino at Starbucks. SO GOOD, and a fall must-have!

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Well folks, I hope you are enjoying your week! I sure am and I have two cute new pairs of shoes I plan to show in my next blog post! ❀

 

 

Garden Party

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I had time to kill this evening and I figured – what better way to spend it than by frolicking around my backyard, taking pictures of brightly-colored pinwheels and a few outfit shots?

The dress is very old; I bought it years and years ago. The black bow is handmade by me.

This was just a whimsical, last-minute, amateur photography idea. Enjoy!

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Here Comes the Sun

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Happy Monday, world! ❀

On Saturday night, I perused through my local Claire’s and found a sale going on for hair accessories, so needless to say, I couldn’t pass through without buying something. I’ve always wanted a black-and-red-checkered hair bow, because it has such a rockabilly vibe to it. Finally found one, and I’m in love with it! I have a feeling it’s going to become one of my go-to hair bows now. πŸ˜›

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I got my nails re-done. FINALLY. I have a bad habit of thinking, I’ll get them re-done tomorrow…okay the next day…wait, I’ll go next week!Β They were super grown out and it didn’t look so good, lol! I love these; they’re a nice neutral color, which I typically prefer for my nail shape and length.

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I usually take my blog photos in the morning, but I ended up taking photos in the evening, right before I went for a walk. The late evening sun made for some interesting lighting concepts! I like it.

The green skirt I’ve had for awhile and bought at Forever 21, and the blouse is a hand-me-down from my mom.

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So I stopped by this new place called Rita’s. They serve all kinds of things: Italian shaved ice, frozen custard, etc! It was reeeeally good, and I bought the Juicy Pear flavored Italian shaved ice. It reminded me of Honeydew, which is a favorite flavor of mine.

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And then, for a nice walk. It might look like I live out in the middle of nowhere, and in a way, I kind of do; there’s about half-a-million people here, but it’s right in the middle of California. So it’s like a big city in the middle of nowhere, with the coast about 2 or 3 hours away. πŸ™‚ I like walking at this park because it gets me away from the cityscape for a short while.

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I love the pink and purple shades of the clouds over the Sierra Nevada mountains last night. There’s a chance of rain this week and I really hope it rains, because I miss it! It’s almost always sunny here.

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Capture the beauty that’s all around you. ❀