As Arnold, the Terminator, says: "I'll be back"

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I interrupt my ahem, somewhat irregular summer blog posting schedule to inform you all that I will be away for at least a week-ish. I had planned to be all proper and schedule some blog posts but of course, well, I...didn't because #summervibes. So in the meantime, I'll still be active on instagram and will soon return here with hopefully a fresh perspective and new stuff to talk about. See you later, alligator!

P.S. Nope, I've never seen the Terminator movie, FYI. Those kinds of movies bore me, tbh. But my dad always quotes that quote, for some reason, so...
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Any Way the Wind Blows: a day of kite flying

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You'll have to excuse me for being a bit MIA lately. It's summer and all I feel like doing is being outdoors or reading a book - just me?

First time flying a kite since I was about 7. I really don't know why this is only about the 2nd time in my life I've flown a kite. I guess it's one of those activities that you forget to do but when you do, it instantly brings a joy that you didn't realize was missing. It really brought me into a peaceful state of mind when just hours before I had been worried and restless like the adulting adult that society is forcing me to be. I realize how important it is to just let go and be free...
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Adopting Lulu: One year ago today

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Today marks one year since I adopted Lulu. It feels like I've known her furever and yet it feels like just yesterday that she came home with a scraggly coat, skeletal little body, and a million rotten teeth. Understandably, she was frightened and sad and wasn't sure what kind of family she was being brought into. Luckily, for her (and for us) she fit right in and these days, you'd never guess she once suffered so much. She's a feisty 5lbs of pure delight. She loves chicken and egg more than she loves me and she loves teasing Djinn Djinn (who also loves teasing her).

She's actually about 6 years old (probably 7 now) so I've decided to celebrate her birthday and pup-iversary on the same day, and of course Djinn Djinn will also be celebrated (even though his birthday is July 1) because he's still the boss (when Lulu allows him to be). These two are crazy insane little creatures that have nothing but love to give.
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A while back, I bought Djinn Djinn a dark green collar and it fits his personality perfectly and also makes him look quite sophisticated, if I do say so myself. For this special celebration, I bought Lulu the same type of collar except smaller and in a turquoise shade (a lot of Chihuahuas are often "dressed" in pink which I didn't want- Lulu is such a tomboy!). They both look so "complete" now and more than anything, I hope they're as happy as they make me. I mean, once you're a crazy dog lady, there's no turning back...

Here's to many, many more years of being best friends with these two...
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Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations...

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"Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations..." 

June gloom is in full bloom lately and it's weird when I hear other places in California already reaching 90 degrees. I miss hot summers but since living by the coast means that summer feels more like the start of Fall, well, it's something I'm still not used to. As a result, my outfits have been pretty basic lately as I'm not sure if it's going to be cold out or warm enough to show my naked arms. Also, #frizzyhairdontcare

In other news, does anyone else get anxiety when planning a trip to a city? I'm not really a city girl (despite the fact that I love museums and all the arts & culture that cities offer) but if I had to choose the best city to visit in California it would definitely be San Francisco. I can't even believe how long it's been since I last visited (at least 15 years ago) but trying to plan a short trip there is proving to be mind-numbing. Too many things to consider, for example... what do I really want to see/do? Where do the locals eat? How confusing is the public transportation? Will I roll all the way down the hill and into the ocean if I trip and fall? What if that crazy lady who was hitting people on the head with a stick near the Asian Art museum attacks me? Why does a 3 hour car drive take 6 hours by train? So many things to consider, really!

I promise, I'm not usually a 90 year old who prefers to stay in and do crossword puzzles but how do all these instagrammers/bloggers make traveling look so easy?
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Lace tops: I missed the bandwagon

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When lace tops first started trending some seasons ago (I don't think they're "on trend" right at this moment but I just barely jumped on this bandwagon a couple years ago- don't push me off yet!), I was unsure if I could look and feel good in one because they were more frilly and "fancy" than anything I am usually drawn to. Sure, I like tops that have a unique style to them with various prints, colors and textures but somehow, the lace top felt a bit too wedding/1800s Lizzie Borden-esque. The other issue I had was, what do I wear under this see-through thing? A camisole every time? I can't be bothered! 

Then one day I spotted the lace top I'm wearing in the top photo (and the one below) and somehow, it "spoke" to me. It didn't seem too fussy and I loved the pattern of the lace so I bravely decided to give it a try. It ended up being a really stylish (I mean, I think so) and surprisingly comfy top. These days, I take a second glance whenever I see a lace top and I'm currently the proud owner of 3. I've found a way to make them work for both super casual looks just as well as some almost-dressy looks.

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What I love most about lace tops is that they are versatile and now I see that they have a bit of a timeless feel to them, depending on how you wear them. I like that they can pretty much be worn from Spring all the way to the beginning of Fall. Even though I'm often late to the party with major trends, I think after this whole lace top thing, I will be less hesitant to try something new. Now, off-the-shoulder and ruffle tops are all the rage. I tried on a few and liked them but some of those off-the-shoulders are, well, very shoulder-y and to be honest, I don't think my shoulders appreciate being the center of attention (I mean, I'll have to ask them just to be sure...), she says as she posts a photo of her bare shoulders below...

Are you a lace top wearer or trendy top follower?

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The $2 loafers I can't stop wearing

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When I was a little kid, I was annoyingly spoiled and sulky. I didn't kick or scream or anything like that (quite the contrary) but I had a certain Wednesday Addams charm that I'm happy to say I've almost fully grown out of. From that young age, my mom tried to convince me that penny loafers were classy shoes worn by classy people (always a good thing). I rolled my eyes, of course, because at the time, all the 90s kids were wearing cool sneakers with lights or jelly sandals with a scandalous 1-inch heel. Loafers felt like something an old man in the 1800s would wear.


Well. Somewhere along the line, I turned into an old man from the 1800's. To be more specific, back in March, I went to a Church rummage sale and as with any thrift or flea market I attend, the first thing I do is check out the shoes (and bags). These Dexter ones immediately caught my eye despite my 7 year old self giving me some major side-eye. These days, I'm older and wiser and quality is so important, so as soon as I felt the butter soft leather, I had to have them.
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If you've been following me on instagram, you might notice that these loafers have made a ridiculous amount of appearances in all my "from where I stand" photos. They are the perfect color to go with everything I own and honestly, I've just never worn a pair of shoes that have been so comfortable. This makes me want to search every thrift store and flea market and yard sale to hunt for barely-worn good quality shoes because you just never know what you're going to find.
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I don't know if it's just coincidence or what, but I always seem to find good shoes in towns where older people reside (and have donated their items to local thrift shops, for example) or in towns where there aren't a lot of people who share my same style. I also try to search during a week day when there are less shoppers and when it's likely that new items have recently been donated. It might sound obvious but I find that rummage sales or flea markets offer a lot more variety since many groups of people have donated their stuff. It's also important to be familiar with designer brand names and don't even hesitate when you see "Made in Italy" or "Made in Spain" items because they're usually great quality.

Now that I own these loafers, I definitely understand the classy feeling you get when wearing them. They're timeless and practical. Definitely two words my 7 year old self did not know the meaning of.
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