A Holly Jolly Christmas

Dec 26, 2015
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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.

The Broad Art museum

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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). 

Hello

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The photos above. How cute does Djinn Djinn look in that photo of him smiling? I say it every time but he's really the best little pal in the whole wide world!


Outfit details: Shirt- thrifted//Jeans-Levi "Demi Curve skinny jeans"//Shoes-Nautica

Narnia

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Outfit details: Shirt- thrifted//Jeans- Levi//Scarf-TJ Maxx//Sunglasses-Forever 21//Moccasin Boots-Minnetonka

This is literally the first time in months I've had the chance to take normal photos with the fancy camera. I've been too busy learning how to weld (for an art class), being anxious, learning how to use a saw, being anxious, being anxious, and repeat. It's been nonstop anxiety for me because of all the new things I'm learning which more often than not have required using tools that could potentially chop my arm off, or worse. I'm coping, somehow. Basically, this has all led to me not being in the mood to take photos and also, this is literally the type of outfit I've been wearing every other day (cotton is welding's best friend, apparently). 

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

Oct 12, 2015

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!

Details:
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

Sep 18, 2015
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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?


Outfit details: Hat/Pants- Forever 21//Top- Ross//Shoes-ASOS

'S Wonderful

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Mostly just photos lately. But sometimes I feel like photos say more than I could ever say in words. You get me, right?

FarmVille

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"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant." - Robert Louis Stephenson

Sweet summer days

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"The best therapist has fur and four legs."