A Holly Jolly Christmas









As usual, Christmas has come and gone faster than you can say "Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!". I don't know about you, but it was another good one. Hopefully yours was too! If you're wondering, Djinn Djinn was the only one who looked good in Christmas morning photos so he's the star of this post. He had such a fun time ripping apart the presents (I guess it's no surprise considering he's had ample practice at tearing apart stuff he's not supposed to)! He got so into it, he even started tearing up presents that weren't his! The little sneak! It was so funny to watch him, though. He was quite literally like a kid on Christmas. The only time he stopped "smiling" was when I made him wear his new Christmas sweater- that last photo, look at his frowny little face! Such a character.

One of my Christmas gifts this year was a record player. I had been wanting one because I have started collecting the vintage records- I know it's been a trend for years and I honestly had no interest in them until I saw some of my favorite old artists' records at antique shops (i.e. Nancy Sinatra, Doris Day...). So I connected my new player (dad had to help me learn how to use it, ha!) and the first song I played was "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" by Doris Day and Djinn Djinn just stood right in front of the player and started wagging his tail. Then he turned to sniff the player and actually had a "smile" on his face the whole time the song was playing. It was the weirdest/funniest thing. 

That was my Christmas in a (chest)nutshell... I'd love to hear about yours?!

The Broad Art museum

Oh em gee. This is the longest I've been without saying a word on here. I can't even believe how fast time is going by. I have been so preoccupied with art projects and of course stressing out about how my artwork never seems to be as good as everyone else's (FYI, these thoughts consume me mostly when I am stressed and overwhelmed by deadlines- you know how it is). 

So... if you live in California or especially LA and you care anything about art (or even if you don't), you may have heard about the recent opening of the Broad Museum. I hadn't a clue about it (the extent of my knowledge in modern art is zero to none as is my interest, to be honest.). Still, when the opportunity presented itself for me and my fellow peers in the art department to take a trip to the Broad (as the locals call it), I immediately grabbed the chance. I hadn't been to LA in a really long time and I don't know if I've mentioned this before but I sort of have a love/hate relationship with the city (and cities, in general). Basically, I hate the chaos of cities but love what they have to offer (plenty of arts/culture, dining, entertainment...basically everything that small towns lack). 

So, my thoughts on the museum. I don't know, I mean, I can definitely appreciate what the Broad is - the artwork and what it has to offer but when it comes down to it, I guess I'm just not really a modern art kind of girl. I mean, it's like, I get it...but sometimes I just don't GET it. I think I prefer a Monet scenery or something with a pretty but colorful feel. Just me, I'm sure. 

That said, I'd definitely recommend a visit if you're in  the area (the exterior building itself is enough to captivate your attention)- after all, admission is free despite the supercalafragelisticexpialadociously long waiting lines. Oh, and before you ask, nope, I didn't see the infinity room (the best and most popular attraction at the museum, from what I've heard). There was a long waitlist and even though I had time to wait, I took to exploring downtown LA instead. I don't regret my decision. I spent a lot of time at the Walt Disney Concert Hall (such a beautiful building even though I'm not usually drawn to modern architecture) - I hope I can see a symphony there someday soon- can you imagine how dreamy that would be? 

So I was wondering, have you been to an art museum? What's your favorite type of art?

GIVEAWAY: Win a Premade Blog Template + Painted Logo from Moonlit Stories !!!!

Blogger friends, I'm super excited about this! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might notice it looks better than it ever has before (if I do say so myself). But! I can't take any of the credit for that. Nope. A huge thanks goes out to Valerie and Amy for contributing their talents to help make this ol' blog look super pretty and professional. And, like I said, I'm so excited because today I've teamed up with one of those very talented ladies: my good pal Valerie --the creator of one of my all-time favorite blogs, Moonlit Stories (be sure to pay her a visit!)-- to bring you the chance to win one of her beautiful premade Blogger template designs!

If you've been wanting to make your blog all pretty too now that Autumn has arrived (or has it?), this is your chance to do it! Valerie's designs are seriously so beautifully crafted and so visually appealing, you'll definitely want one for your blog (and if you're like me, you'll be sneaking a peak at your own blog every chance you get). Below, is the info on how to enter for your chance to win. Gooood luck!

Winner chooses one premade Blogger theme from any of the listings on Moonlit Stories’ Etsy shop! Giveaway is open worldwide from the 12th of October til the 31th of October. Winner will be chosen at random and announced on Wednesday the 4th of November.

On feeling guilty about the way the world is

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Lately I've been thinking a lot about how the world is. How huge and dynamic it is. How old and mysterious it is. But also, how unfair it is. People are starving, hurting, struggling and while I wish so much that I could help even a tiny bit (not just financially), I mostly find myself feeling guilty that I am just another "clueless" American who buys things I don't need, has a choice of food and clean water, and way too many "riches" in the form of material items and just basic needs that no human being should be deprived of. I won't go into politics or anything because that's not what my blog is about and honestly, politics confuse me almost as much as math, but I just wanted to express how I feel. I feel helpless. I feel so small in this world. I feel like I shouldn't be living a happy, comfortable life while there are so many people who aren't. Of course I should note that I am super incredibly thankful for the life I do live but that doesn't stop me from feeling a tinge of guilt. Am I wrong in feeling this way? 

All these social issues- the world will never be perfect, that's for sure. But is it getting worse? I see all these happy blogs and instagram accounts encouraging people to do the things that make us happy, be kind to others, live for today, etc... but how often do the people behind these accounts also secretly worry about bigger issues? chemicals in the environment? homeless people and pets in our own country let alone other countries? evil politicians who really don't care about their country?

I must admit. After months of going back and forth, I decided to purchase an iPhone 6. Now, I'm definitely not one of those people who goes out to buy the latest gadget the minute it's released but I saw an opportunity to own one and I decided to "treat" myself. Now, I'm slowly being flooded with feelings of "did I even deserve this?", "does this make me a bad person?", "should I have refrained from purchasing simply because the iPhone isn't made in the USA?", "am I turning into just another American consumer who falls for every shiny new gadget? "was I being foolish with my money since I use the iPhone for everything BUT the phone?", "Am I being greedy?" 

Perhaps I'm being a bit hard on myself. But perhaps I'm not. 

I don't know the answers. I wish I could make everything right. I'm doing the best I can. I hope we all are. Someday we'll figure it all out. We'll understand. But for now. This is how I feel.

A girl of many hats

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I've been a fan of hats since I was a youngin'. They just have this ability to pull a whole outfit together (obviously I didn't realize this when I was little- I was a smart kid but golly, I wasn't fashion smart). You might notice I seem to be wearing this hat a lot lately. Apart from it being a recent purchase, I just really love the style and size of it and it makes me feel like I've put just a tiny bit more effort into an outfit especially on a jeans-and-t-shirt kind of day (which is often). 

On a side note, I seem to be wearing all my clothes to death lately. These polka dot pants which have made more than once appearance on here are slowly coming apart at the seams in the back. I just hope I remember to keep an eye on its progress otherwise I could end up having one very embarrassing moment...

Are you a hat wearer & do you wear your clothes until they fall apart? Just me?

The trail of 100 Giants

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After a 2 week trip into the wilderness, I'm not gonna lie, I'm extremely glad to be back to a normal life with wifi (#firstworldproblems, eh?). I like to think I love nature a bit more than the average person but even I am prone to cabin fever now and then. 

However, a recent venture into the trail of 100 trees in the Sequoia National Forest was an unforgettable and humbling experience. Trees that are as tall as dinosaurs (and probably nearly as old, too- well kinda but not really) almost makes being human seem like a very insignificant thing. How could these trees survive life for so long even during extreme droughts? You should see these trees that are literally located on top of the world (seriously, you have to take a long winding road to see them but thankfully it's not too winding unless you get car sick easily...).

I was literally speechless upon seeing the enchanting meadows that graced me with their presence- straight out of a scene from Bambi, I tell you (except, you know, not animated). I probably would have lied down in the center of a meadow had it not been for all the bees buzzing around the charming yellow flowers (oh well, I suppose they were there first...).

So basically, what I'm trying to say is that if you come to California, after the excitement of Hollywood and Disneyland wears off (because honestly, it will), a visit to the trail of 100 giants is, well, a 100x more magical than any man-made attraction...

Floral delight

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"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
Henri Matisse

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