2013: a summary

Dec 30, 2013

The end of the year is near (thank you, Captain obvious) and I think it's safe to say that I'm SO ready for a fresh new start. Today (er, yesterday, since it's now after midnight) I most definitely drowned in my own tears because life is just too much to handle at this point. I'm so unhappy with where I currently am at this stage of my life and I'm not afraid to admit it, really. This doesn't mean I am dwelling on my unhappiness-it's quite the contrary, actually. I am always, always trying to find the good in things, but there comes a point where you just can't lie to yourself anymore. You must admit your true feelings and accept it in order to make the necessary changes. It might take some time, but trying for change is the best anyone can do. I feel like every blogger's "Review of 2013" posts have been so happy and upbeat and here I am burdening you with this. I apologize, although I felt the need to say my truth regardless just in case anyone reading this is going through unhappy times- you are not alone and you will get through anything that is currently bringing you down. Keep on keeping on and let's make 2014 a wonderful year.

Aside from that little tidbit, according to my blog, this year, I...wrote a review on the iPhone App called "The Eatery", turned a year older, got featured on the lovely Natasha's blog , shared some of the books that I was and still am reading, wrote about some clothes I used to own, discussed my fear of getting a new dentist, tried the much raved about Wake me Up foundation by Rimmel, shared 15 random fact on me, myself, and I, had an Easter weekend getaway, tried the EOS lip balms for the first time, had an emergency scare with Djinn Djinn, my doggie, made my first Zara purchase, said goodbye to my childhood home, attended my first kite festival, changed my blog's name, took lots of nature walks, shared my summer to-do list, attended a new university, made a couple of visits to California's Hearst Castle, spoke about my personal style icons, visited the annual scarecrow festival, shared about the time there was a bear sighting on campus, went to several library book sales, saw Sarah Brightman in concert for the 2nd time, had a weird skin irritation on my chin, and of course, celebrated Christmas.

If I had to summarize my year according to instagram, I'd say I ate way too much pizza, acted as paparazzi with my dog too many times (I'm surprised he hasn't got a restraining order against me), made friends with real life Bambis (okay, so I just waved to them all the time, but that makes us friends, okay?!), aspired to be the next Van Gogh, took way more shoe selfies than actual face selfies, baked more homemade goodies than the average grandmother, and captured more sunsets than the entire instagram population. And oh, hey! While we're on the subject of instagram, did I ever tell you that recently I had a little "proud" moment when Bucco shoes featured me on their instagram page? Things like that are always fun. :)

Overall, I feel like I had a somewhat productive year. I know, I didn't discover a cure for insomnia or anything, but as I must keep reminding myself (because I tend to forget this easily), I am exactly where I'm supposed to be (we all are). As far as this blog is concerned, I'm happy- it's probably the happiest and safest thing in my life right now and I couldn't be more thankful to those of you who read it and especially those of you who offer kind and insightful words post after post.

Probably the main "improvement" I definitely want to make for the upcoming year regarding this blog is to take more outfit photos. I've compiled the ones from 2013 and I have to say, it's a disappointingly small group of photos. Out of 365 days, these are the only outfits I could come up with?! Seriously!? How is it possible for some people to take outfit photos nearly everyday? Those are the kinds of people who wake up looking like they're ready to walk the red carpet. In my opinion, many of these outfits were a bit plain other than colorful. I need to stop wearing my hair up so much (I blame my inability to find a good hair stylist) and if it ever stops being sunny (not that I want it to stop being sunny, but you know..), I might consider actually showing my eyes in photographs instead of only wearing sunglasses ('cause, yes, I do have eyes- they're brown- speaking of, has anyone ever seen Karl Lagerfeld without his sunglasses? Yep, me neither).

Yep, 2013 was a long, somewhat productive, and interesting year. Definitely not my best, definitely not the worst. Most of all, as with every year that goes by, I'm always thankful. Thankful...for everything.

This was probably my longest post of the year but I felt it was necessary, so I thank you for reading. FYI, 2014 is kind of an awkward number to say out loud (it doesn't roll off the tongue the way 2005 did). Just thought I'd point that out because you know, I'm sure you all cared to hear my opinion on large numbers. ;)

And now I bid you farewell

...until 2014.

Gift Guide: Cold Nose, Warm Heart

Dec 2, 2013
If you are a pet owner, you know that they are part of your family no matter what anyone else might think. They love you and annoy you all at the same time. There's nothing like being a pet owner (or, in their eyes, a human owner). Whatever your choice of pet, they are all special and deserve nothing but love. As some of you might know, I am best friends with an overgrown chihuahua terrier whom I've loved for 4 years now. Naturally, he is one of the lucky ones I'll be shopping for this season. In fact, I've already bought most of his stuff. He has his own stocking and everything. Am I crazy? Yeah, well, so is half of the world ;) 

Bake-A-Bone The Original Dog Treat Maker:  What dog doesn't love special treats? I love to spoil my dog (obviously- the little guy owns more sweaters than I do) but every so often I prefer making my own treats for him because I think the ingredients are healthier than store bought ones. This treat maker would be perfect because somehow I get the feeling dogs enjoy treats more when they're shaped like bones (or am I just imagining that?)

Smarter Toys IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy: This treat ball is my dog's absolute favorite toy out of all the toys he's ever owned. It keeps him entertained for long periods of time and he plays with it throughout the day, everyday. He even jumps on my face to let me know when it's empty. If your dog doesn't own this, he needs to. You can thank me later.

Chilly Dog Mallard Dog Sweater: I know some people don't like when dogs wear clothes but I think especially if they're smaller  dogs, they can get pretty cold so it's only fair that we provide them with a few sweaters or coats- bonus points if they're stylish.

Complete Natural Nutrition Buddy's Kitchen Off-Leash Treat:  These are probably my dog's favorite treats and I don't mind giving them to him because they're super tiny (about the size of a puppy kibble) and only have 4 calories each. And here's a little secret: you can usually find them at TJ Maxx for only $2.99

Frame Ornament: I can't believe I've had my dog for this long and I have yet to add him to our family Christmas tree. I definitely want to hang his picture as an ornament and I want to get his paw print molded into an ornament as well. These are things I will surely treasure forever.

ZippyPaws Burrow Squeaky Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy:  Last, but not least, this little toy is one that my dog turns psycho over. He's had the squirrel and bird versions before and loved pulling them out of their houses and chewing on them. In fact, he chewed them so much, he kinda killed them so he's in need of a new set. I'm thinking monkeys will be my next choice since he tends to go crazy weird and hyper whenever I say the word "monkey" in a high pitched voice. Are all little dogs insane?

Look out for a dog shopping haul soon (because, like I said, I'm crazy) ...  

Dear Blogosphere...

Nov 15, 2013

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be." - Anne Frank

Around November, this time last year, it seemed as if the Blogosphere was quieting down so I also stood back and refrained from posting as much. When it gets colder, I get lazier to do regular outfit posts (for this reason out of many, I don't consider myself a fashion blogger) but also, I have felt so out of place with everything in life at the moment. I don't seem to fit in with people my age or younger, I don't fit in with today's world and "trends" (apart from social media and technology) and for the first time ever, I almost feel as if I don't fit in with blogging. Of course I know that I will always want to blog but I mostly just haven't had time or motivation to enjoy it as much as I want. I'm hoping the Thanksgiving holiday will renew my outlook and that I will have plenty of interesting things to say come December. Sometimes we all just need to take a deep, deep breath because seriously, everything is really going to be okay. Oh, and the quote above by Anne Frank? Yeah, she pretty much took the words right out of my mouth... :)

Hearst Castle: A Dazzling Evening

Oct 18, 2013
If you ever visit California (or even if you already live here), I want to take this moment to suggest that you take a tour at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. While I don't particularly care about the actual history of why the castle was built (read: William Randolph Hearst, spoiled rich kid grows up and builds a fancy house, yada yada yada), I very much appreciate all that it entails pertaining to architecture, nature and the incredible relics that are on display within. Hearst Castle during the daytime is quite a beautiful sight, but let me tell you, the castle at night, is even twice as enchanting. Combined with a wonderful tour guide and docents who actually dressed up as if they were from the appropriate time period (late 1920's and 1930's), on this particular evening, I let my imagination run away with me as I stepped off the tour bus and into the crisp night air that led up the stone steps to the majestic site.

09808 The brilliant night started off with a nice hot chocolate (my goal this Fall/Winter is to try a hot chocolate at every place I visit) and a double chocolate chip cookie from the snack bar, while we waited for the tour bus to arrive. After 30 minutes of wait time, we hopped onto the bus and headed back in time to the 1920's. Even the bus ride in itself is an adventure in the form of a spiraling 15 minute drive up the hilltop all while listening to the jazzy hits of the decade (quite Gatsby-esque, if you ask me).


Once we reached the castle grounds, we were given an engaging tour of one of the two guest homes (that can almost be classified as two small mansions). I forget if it was Casa del Mar or Casa del Sol- I just know it was Casa del SOMETHING! Afterwards, we continued through the luscious garden of flowers, statues, and a fountain, to which we eventually reached the front doors of the castle. We quietly entered and instantly I wished I had been invited for dinner or socializing back when the castle was "all the rage". Beautiful lights and over-the-top European decor- usually not my thing- but in this case, it's quite enthralling and certainly has a magical feel especially with all the authentic Art pieces (the Art History geek in me did not want to blink for fear that I would miss seeing a famous art piece of which I saw and recognized many thanks to all the Art History classes I've taken- probably one of the few times I feel that getting a college education hasn't been in vain).

454546 You'll notice that some of these pictures are blurry and I just have to blame that on the fact that no flash photography is allowed (and they will repeat that to you about 438 billion times as well as STAY ON THE CARPET, DON'T STEP ON THE MARBLE FLOORS!)
9777The kitchen was one of my favorite parts of the tour. As soon as you walked into the room, it literally smelled like baked bread and all kinds of baked goodies. I think the tour guide said they were actually baking bread that day but I can't be certain as I was too busy admiring the fake food that was sprawled out on the counter tops (I have a weird obsession with fake food and always loved playing "house" when I was little just so I could pretend I was eating the fake food).
IMG_1968 The tour lasted nearly 2 hours which was just the right amount of time to take it all in. It ended with the viewing of the indoor pool which, in my opinion, is even more spectacular than the outdoor one (although I wouldn't have wanted to swim in the indoor one- the bottom is too dark and I fear a non existent shark monster would grab me and take me under never to be seen again!). That said, I can't recommend this night tour enough! It was truly unforgettable and I hope I can go back and visit during Christmas time (I've heard the decorations are dazzling). Oh, and I just had to take a picture of my shoes- which, proudly, did not roam off the carpets and onto the forbidden floors even once!

The Cutest Little Bag EVER

Oct 15, 2013

The moment I saw this little bag on ASOS, I knew it was meant to be mine ('cause, you know, the whole British obsession thing which I'm sure you're tired of hearing about). I had originally seen it for the regular price of $7.56 and hesitated to make the purchase because I'm cheap like that a poor university student. But one day I couldn't believe my eyes when it was listed for $3.56 (oh, hey, it's still listed at that same price so now's your chance to snag it and hey, free shipping- whoa!). I think its purpose is to hold coins but as soon as I saw it in person, I knew it would be perfect to hold my little digi camera that I always carry with me. Don't you just love it when things like this happen unexpectedly? Oh, little coin purse turned camera bag, you make me happy when skies are gray (which is ironic considering it's representing London, the home of gray skies, or so I hear...)

This is NOT a sponsored post.

My Personal Style Icons

Sep 14, 2013
If I had to describe my style in several words, it would be quirky but classy and comfortable. I try to dress appropriately for every occasion whether it's for a wedding or a trip to the beach. I've always liked to experiment with clothing and accessories (not in a Lady Gaga kind of way, though, I'm afraid...) and even though I feel that my high school years were my most stylish yet, I'm slowly gaining back my desire to look put together. Over the years, my style has changed so much (as I'm sure most people do) and along the way I've had much inspiration from a few of these famous faces.

The Spice Girls: If you don't know by now, I'm the hugest Spice Girls fan ever (EVER). I'm not even ashamed to admit that. They were pretty much the definition of my childhood since I was 11. Every thing I did or thought revolved around them in some way (okay that sounds weirdly obsessive but it wasn't an unhealthy obsession- I just really love what they stood for (GIRL POWER!) and their image and personalities and just...everything!). As far as their style/fashion sense, I admired each for their individuality and their love of color as well as their ridiculous shoe collection (a kid in my class once said that he heard they killed people with their monstrous shoes and I actually believed him! What a weird kid). I could go on and on about how fabulous the Spice Girls are but you know, we've gotta move on to my next style icon... 

Audrey Hepburn was so much more than just Breakfast at Tiffany's and anyone who doesn't list her as one of their style icons is just crazy. ;) Almost everything about her is admirable but her style, of course, is just something truly special that no other celebrity has been able to match. I love that she looked glamorous (for lack of a better word) in dresses, jeans, or bare feet. Her quiet confidence intertwined perfectly with her fashion sense, creating a truly unforgettable image.

Kate Middleton. I never cared much for the Royals. I never paid attention. Back when Princess Diana was super famous, I was too young to understand who she really was. Enter, Kate Middleton. I think it's safe to say she's one of the classiest ladies in the public eye at the moment and I just absolutely love her for that. People can argue that the Royals do absolutely nothing for the world or their country but I beg to differ. Kate Middleton is such a great representation of Britain (as opposed to the people who "represent" the USA- The Kardashians? uh, no thanks- although no disrespect to those of you who are fans). I think while there is so much negativity in the media these days, it's nice to see the Royals celebrating life and spreading positive images.

Stacy London. You may or may not have noticed that most of the people I've listed happen to be British. Call me crazy, but I don't really keep up with American celebrities or culture- it doesn't interest me much. But if I had to choose the classiest and most fashionable female American celebrity, it would be without a doubt Stacy London who co-hosts the show "What Not To Wear". Most of you probably haven't heard of her but she definitely knows how to dress. I was lucky enough to see her in person a couple of years ago and she's just as fabulous as I always imagined. If only there were more Americans that dressed like her...

If you couldn't tell, I really admire classy people (women and men). And yes, I actually would consider the Spice Girls classy compared to what young people have as role models these days (I know, I sound 80 years old). Class is such a rare trait nowadays so when I find it, I cling on to it and analyze it from all angles because apart from kindness and intellectual-ism (so not a word...), being classy in all aspects, is what I will always strive to be...

Who are your style icons? 

Castle in the Sky

Sep 5, 2013
If you've been reading my blog for a while now, first of all, thank you very much for sticking with me and secondly, you might remember that last year I had the privilege of swimming in the pool of California's famous Hearst castle. Well, once again, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit the castle for a swim but this time I only dipped a few toes into the freezing cold water as opposed to last year where my whole body took a swim (just so I could say that I've swam in the famous pool- you know, that whole "once in a lifetime"  kinda thing).

Instead of swimming, I decided to just take it all in and do a bit of day dreaming (and picture taking, of course). I can't even imagine what it would be like to be rich enough to live in a place like this. I actually don't think I would like it that much (as weird as that sounds). Being so rich would get boring fast. Imagine being able to buy anything and everything- I don't think I would appreciate the small things as much if I lived like that. I would probably also feel extremely paranoid about not being able to trust anyone around me (they'd probably all want to kill me for my money- okay, maybe I read too many murder mysteries!) I'm not saying I would enjoy being poor but I think somewhere in the middle is just fine with me.

With that said, one thing I could definitely imagine is dressing fabulously just like the ladies did during the 1920's & 30's when all the glamorous movie stars were invited to dine and relax at the Hearst castle. Imagine being able to dress up all fancy with strings of pearls, silk gowns, and red lipstick while taking a walk around the pool with the sunset in clear view. Perfectly dreamy, if you ask me.


Once I snapped back to reality and returned home to my comfy PJs and sipping tea, I decided to sit back and upload all the pictures from my day's events. I was a bit disappointed to find that the four pictures I asked my dad to take of me smiling by the castle poolside were nowhere to be found. It turns out he didn't press the camera button hard enough so he never actually took the pictures (gotta make myself  a mental note to teach him how to use the DSLR). Hilarious but annoying at the same time. Now it seems as if I never was there! Or maybe I never was there. Maybe I was just dreaming all along...


10 things that make me uncomfortable

Aug 5, 2013

I hope you won't judge me too harshly, but these 10 things make me feel uncomfortably awkward: 

- Lighting matches. I get nervous because I feel like I'll catch my fingers on fire, which makes me even more nervous and so I usually just hand the job over to someone else.

- When people stand over me while I'm sitting down. Not sure why this bugs me but it does.

- Crossing busy streets when there's no cross walk. Yes, I look both ways, but still...

- Grabbing a paper when someone hands me one or vice versa. I have such a fear of paper cuts. How can flattened trees be so dangerous?

- Leading the way while walking. This stems from when I was in a soccer team as a child and I once had to lead the way during practice and all the girls turned a different way without my knowing and when I looked back, they weren't there. They didn't even bother to tell me!

- Parallel parking. 'Nuff said.

- When someone asks me something about myself in a group of more than 4 people. Stage fright.

- Having a pizza delivered. I always forget to tip the delivery guy and I feel so bad afterwards. I'm sure the pizza industry is glad that I hardly ever request to have a pizza delivered.

- Wearing skirts/dresses without some type of shorts/or tights underneath. I feel too restricted without shorts. I tend to forget when I'm wearing a skirt so it's just safer to always wear shorts.

-Cats. I feel like they're so cranky and at any moment they're gonna scratch my face off. They're still cute, though, but what can I say, I'm a 'fraidy cat (no pun intended)

Your turn! Care to share what makes you uncomfortable? I'd love to know I'm not the only weird one!

Outfit details: Top/Skirt/Scarf: Target, Bag: B. Makowsky

"You are exactly where you are supposed to be"

Jul 29, 2013

We all go through tough times where things become too much to handle no matter how positive of an outlook we try to maintain.

Even though I am scared of the future, trying to live in the moment, and sad to let go of the past...

Even though I have lost touch with nearly everyone I have ever known (even the people who were once extremely close to me)...

Even though the few people around me aren't the easiest to be with...

Even though I just wish I had someone to talk to... 

Even though I have never known which path to take...

Even though I maintain my big dreams and hopes for the future... 

Even though I want so much to make a difference...

Even though I can't predict what may or may not happen...

I know that I am exactly where I'm supposed to be. YOU are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Staying busy and inspired this summer

Jul 16, 2013

You might notice I've been slacking a little with the blogging. I've been so unmotivated, it's unbelievable. But, it's summer and everyone's taking their tropical vacations or weekend road trips. If they're not doing that, they're purchasing more beauty or clothing items and sharing their shopping hauls (which I enjoy reading, by the way, don't get me wrong, but for someone like myself, it's not practical to always be buying stuff and I just want to think of other stuff to entertain myself with sometimes, you know?) So... I've been having to think of ways to motivate or inspire myself without spending money. Here's some of what I plan to do for the remainder of summer and beyond:

  • Figure out camera settings. Some of you may remember I got my first DSLR last year and since then, well, I hate to admit it, but I've been using the "auto" setting more often than not. It's time for me to push all the buttons and see what happens. I'm on a mission to improve my photography skills because it's pretty amazing what cameras can accomplish (so many bloggers have great photography skills and I don't wanna stay behind!) 
  • Read a good book(s)- and I mean read it. Remember when you were little and could actually get involved with a book for hours almost feeling as if you were taken to a different land? Yeah, that. And thanks to my local library which now has thousands of kindle books to download from home, well, my life just got that much easier.
  • Paint something- Again, like the book thing I mentioned above, paint something and actually feel inspired by the whole process. Go out into the country and find a beautiful landscape or whatever you like best. I'm definitely not Van Gogh but I sometimes surprise myself with what I create when I actually put thought and feeling into it. Right now, watercolors are my favorite.
  • Bake something and turn it into a handmade recipe book: This is an idea I got from reading the manual that came with my camera- bake or cook your favorite dishes, photograph them as "professionally" as possible, and paste them into a blank book. This is definitely something I would enjoy doing as I'm always instagramming my food anyway. It would be more fun to see how creative I can get with a recipe book of my own. I've also wanted to (eventually) incorporate some recipes into this blog but, we'll see.
  • Finish projects that have already been started: I had been wanting to create a picture frame with all the sea glass and beach stones I've accumulated over the past year and finally got around to starting the frame last month. Now, I just need to add the final touches. I like to finish whatever I start.
So there you have it- my "inspiring" to-do list. Really, these aren't amazingly brilliant ideas- they're quite ordinary but the thing is to actually make these ideas a reality. We often get so busy or tired to remember the simple activities that are more inspiring than browsing Twitter or Facebook will ever be. Care to add any other ideas? I'd love to hear 'em!

Wear Are They Now?

Jun 21, 2013
Many years before I even knew what personal style blogs were, I always enjoyed documenting my outfits via frequent pictures just so I could look back on what I wore. I stumbled upon these pictures from a few years ago (2008, to be exact) and was actually surprised to see that I still own several of the pieces I was wearing.

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Wear Are They Now?
Story of the sunglasses: I can’t remember where they were from (Forever 21, possibly) but they have been my favorite glasses I’ve ever owned and unfortunately they broke a couple of years ago. I tried to glue them together but they just kept breaking. Very sad indeed.

Story of the brown vest: I still own this. I’ve had it since 2005. It has such a renaissance-y, classic feel to it. I don’t wear it nearly enough these days but it’s one of those pieces I keep at the back of my closet just in case (actually, last year I wore it to the Renaissance Festival).

Story of the long-sleeved top under the vest: From Forever 21, bought it during the time my dog was just a puppy and loved chewing things so somehow he ripped up the sleeves during one of his playful moods and that was the end of that. I kinda really liked it, too. Good thing it wasn’t expensive.

Story of the B Makowsky Crossbody pink leather bag: I loved this the moment I saw it at Marshalls. It was a little pricey but my parents were kind enough to buy it as a birthday gift. Just before that I had bought a blue one exactly like it on eBay and I still have the desire to buy the black version with the chain strap. This bag will definitely be in my possession for many years to come.

Story of the grey jeans: I felt cool in these jeans even though they were way too low in the crotch which made them extremely uncomfortable 99% of the time. Still, they were grey, which is one of my favorite neutrals, so I loved them until they became a size too small…

Story of the slouchy teal leather boots: I ordered these from the Delias catalog and although they were kind of pricey, I definitely got great use out of them. I still own them, not wanting to part with them, but the soles are literally broken in half and the sides are unsewn. They should’ve been thrown out a while ago. But if you didn’t know, I kinda have hoarder tendencies, so….

What’s the longest amount of time you’ve owned a clothing item? Do you still wear it?

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Ghost town adventures

Jun 1, 2013

I love California so much.  I know, I always say it, but it’s true. I’m so happy to have been born here and to be able to know it for what it really is (none of this fake LA Hollywood stuff- California is so much more than that, people, believe me). What I love most is (surprisingly, not the weather) but the fact that there’s so many aspects of it, so much terrain to cover and explore and I’m discovering new things all the time even though I’ve been here all my life.I should seriously be California’s official spokesperson ;) Anyway, I had been wanting to visit a ghost town for the longest time. I know a lot of them are recreated and not too many are authentic anymore, but I really didn’t care- I just wanted to see one. It turned out to be just what I imagined! The guy in charge actually claimed that people had been “hearing” and “seeing” spooky things, which, I kind of doubt, but it’s still exciting to think about! Have you ever been to a place like this?






Confessions of a Wannabe Beauty Blogger

May 6, 2013
I don't really consider myself an avid beauty blogger (I much prefer to read beauty blogs) but I think it's safe to say that I had beauty blogger tendencies way before beauty blogs became a hit. While browsing through all my old photo archives, I came across one I had taken about 8 years ago of all the lip products I used at the time. I have no idea what prompted me to take the picture (I suppose I've always taken random pictures like that) but I'm glad I did because now I am able to look back and see what brands I was using even then. Lip products were the first makeup items I was ever allowed to wear while growing up so I accumulated quite a few. Even today, I still love lip products and have a large collection.

Let's just ignore the glue stick, the ancient computer keyboard, and chip bag clip holder thing. The red lipstick was definitely not one that my mother would ever have allowed me to wear out of the house- it was for a dance performance. The sparkly pink lip smackers chap stick was my absolute favorite flavor, as was the watermelon and Dr. Pepper (also pictured). The tube of purple sparkles on the left was like magic in a tube for me. I felt like a pop star whenever I wore it. It was to be applied on the body and hair and I would usually wear it just on my face (glitter faces were popular back then, apparently- this was before Kesha made it "cool", if it can be considered that) and one time I wore a bit in my hair, but it got kind of clumpy without my noticing it and some girl at school saw it and thought it was an insect or something and offered to grab it out of my hair. Needless to say, that was the very last time I ever used the sparkle tube. But I kept it in my bathroom drawer just admiring it every so often up until about a year ago, I finally tossed it. Lastly, the Mary-Kate and Ashley lip gloss (far bottom left) was one of my all-time favorites. I don't know if any of you remember when MKA had their cosmetics line at Wal-mart but I was in awe of everything in their collection. I just know that if their line was available today, I'd still be purchasing their products. Did you ever use any of these products?

A Kite Festival

Apr 29, 2013

These pictures didn't quite turn out the way I had originally envisioned they would. I had my hopes that it would be sunny and that it'd be warm enough to wear shorts or that I'd feel inspired enough to wear my hair down with more than just lip balm and a swipe of mascara. Nope. It didn't quite turn out. But that doesn't make me any less happy. I had a great day out watching the kites (I didn't fly my own- sadly, haven't done that since I was about 5) and walking through the warm sand. Even though the weather doesn't change much near the coast (one minute it's breezy and foggy, the next, it's sunny and windy), I'm looking forward to the arrival of summer because I'll be more inclined to take advantage of any nice, sunny days should they appear and also, I will (hopefully) be more excited about my wardrobe choices. What are the summers like in your area? And when was the last time you flew a kite?

P.S. Tomorrow, I will have been blogging for exactly one year! I've enjoyed every minute of it and am so pleased with myself for sticking through with it. I definitely have you all to thank for that motivation because it's so nice knowing that a lot of you can relate to my posts and vice versa. You keep me feeling inspired. Thank you.