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!

 

Zombie Queen

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Happy weekend! ❀ I had a great work week and it’s a lovely weekend so far. πŸ™‚ I hope everyone is having a blast, wherever you are in the world!

Today, I wanted to wear one of my favorite shirts I own and pair it with a pretty floral ensemble to make it girly and sweet! I’ve shown this shirt before in another post, when I saw Ghost in concert back in June.

It got reeeeeeally hot again (105 degrees today) so I aimed to wear something both cute and comfortable! Gotta enjoy these last days of summer before it begins to cool down, and fall will be here before you know it. I LOVE fall, so that’s fine with me, but I really do appreciate warmer weather.

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I attached my favorite floral felt pin to the side of my skirt for added cuteness. You can find cute pins and other goodiesΒ hereΒ at The Tote Trove on Etsy!

The eerie band tee and the florals create a rather interesting dichotomy. πŸ™‚

I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday! See you next time!

 

 

 

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. ❀

 

Periwinkle

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Happy Friday, everyone! How was your week? Hopefully it was good. πŸ™‚

So, I tried my hand at Spanish cuisine as I mentioned in my last post, and my patatas bravas turned out GREAT! It really wasn’t difficult at all, and I made minimal error (I added grated garlic and it burned, so I just removed the garlic altogether and replaced it with garlic pepper seasoning instead πŸ˜› ). I also baked it, rather than frying it as it’s traditionally done. This is a staple appetizer in Spain from what I researched, and it’s something I’ll make again in the future, probably for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner as a new tradition and as my own contributing dish.

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Heyyyy…

Periwinkle is one of those colors I just NEVER SEE. By never seeing it, I mean in regards to clothing. It’s one of those unusual, atypical colors that is really just so beautiful! I literally found this simple cotton shirt buried in one of my dresser drawers, and I don’t even know where I got it at.

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My lavender skirt paired exceptionally well with it, fittingly enough! I love when that happens. Also, I topped it off with a flower headband – handmade, by me. Overall, it’s a very feminine, romantic-like outfit, in my opinion. ❀

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Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of taking a walk because the temperature was much cooler than it’s been in awhile. The wildfires are still going strong, especially north of the valley, as you can see from the photo. It made for a rather alluring sunset, though!

I love going for walks. I typically always go alone, which I prefer, honestly. I’m highly introverted and just need that time to myself to soak in nature and enjoy a nice sunset. I love spending time with friends, don’t get me wrong, but as an introvert, I just need solitude at times. ❀

I remember a few weeks ago while I was walking, a gentleman stopped and asked me, “Why are you alone?” Well…why not??? πŸ˜› I actually do a lot of things alone, and I love it. I’m almost always going to coffee shops alone, going for walks alone, occasionally I go to dinner alone, and I go to the movies from time to time alone. I legitimately enjoy it! Everyone’s different though, right? πŸ˜‰

Enjoy your weekend! ❀

 

 

 

Mustard & Mint

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Hello, friends!

Another week begins, and I hope everyone had a rejuvenating and fun weekend. ❀ I spent time with friends, family, and really just took it easy.

For today’s outfit, I went for an interesting color combination – a mustard and mint look? Food-wise, doesn’t sound appetizing at all! Hahaha…

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It’s BRIGHT, lol…

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I LOVE this flower hairpin I bought at Forever 21 awhile back! It adds a fun, free-spirit vibe to any outfit and is perfect for summertime. Guess I felt like dressing super bright today. πŸ˜‰

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Now as I mentioned a few posts ago, I bought those LED candles to put in my backyard to create a nice ambiance…and they turned out really neat! I managed to get decent photos of it in the dark…

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These things are really pretty and have a natural-looking flame effect, to where the light flickers like a real candle would! It’s awesome. It was all great until it started to attract BUGS. That was the end for me and I took the candles inside…however! They are just as enchanting indoors for your room, or wherever you choose to put them. πŸ™‚ You can find them easily on Amazon!

I hope everyone has a great Monday! ❀

 

 

Candyland

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Awhile ago, I saw this cute photo (pictured above) on Pinterest and wanted to emulate the outfit in the future…well, the day has arrived!

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The patterns are flipped, but same concept! πŸ˜‰ I went with pattern-mixing again, because it’s fun and unusual. The colors remind me of candy, to boot.

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It probably goes without saying that I reeeeeally love hair barrettes. They’re cute and add something to any hairstyle! This gold one I’m wearing is one I’ve had for a long time – so long that I can’t even remember where I got it. It’s one of those barrettes that goes with anything.

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I’m hiding…from no one, apparently?

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Really love this outfit! Definitely has that summer look to it.

I hope everyone is enjoying their (ideally) carefree summer days! I am for sure, and I’m looking forward to getting some LED candles to put in my backyard to line along part of the fence (they’re fake candles, so no fire concerns) to create a nice ambiance whilst sitting in my backyard at night. I like being able to enjoy summer nights underneath the huge tree in my backyard. Not sure how well they will turn out in photos, but I’ll try! ❀

Happy Thursday! πŸ˜€

 

 

 

Strawberry Fields

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Hello there! πŸ™‚

I’d like to take a moment to CELEBRATE. My friend unexpectedly gave me a cute little tripod for my phone! This means an easier way to take photos (it’s so hard to take photos by yourself without a tripod of some sort!) πŸ˜›

So…it’s summer of course, and what better way to celebrate than with fruit? Not just eating it, but also wearing it. I haven’t worn this skirt in a looooong time…I finally brought it out again and made it more interesting by pattern-mixing!

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This skirt is cute, but tricky as to what to pair it with. I didn’t want a solid colored top, so I went with polka dots and a black bow belt. Somehow, it really all works together, in my opinion!

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There was no way I could wear this outfit without my strawberry hair clip, of course! I’ve noticed I’ve been scrambling for new outfit ideas as of lately, so I’ve been getting super creative so my outfits look more fresh and different.

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This has nothing to do with anything, but I wanted to post a photo of the newest creation in my Etsy shop! I went all out this time and slathered the ring with all sorts of gems and little cute things. ❀

I hope everyone is having a happy Sunday!