The bicycle necklace

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I have always been a jewelry admirer. When I was little, I loved buying the cheap plastic/metal rings from the 25 cent machines they have at supermarkets. Rings were my thing. I've never been into expensive fine jewelry even though as I've gotten older, I definitely do see the difference between choosing quality over quantity. For the most part, I am attracted to vintage costume jewelry but when I was in my teens, I'd usually buy the type from Forever 21 and it was oddly satisfying. When I first adopted Djinn Djinn, I kinda stopped wearing jewelry regularly because I found that he would get scared if I wore bangles or long necklaces while holding him- the things you do for your furry pals! But recently, I've started to wear jewelry a bit more often as my outfits were becoming way too boring without it.

Unfortunately, most of my current jewelry pieces aren't really practical for everyday use (most of my jewelry have been gifts from friends and family) because they're too flashy or they just don't go with everything I wear regularly. I've only recently started to buy a few pieces that I've chosen myself. 

I saw this bicycle necklace at TJ Maxx and it immediately caught my attention- it was a bit more delicate than what I'd normally pick but somehow, it just spoke to me. If a piece is going to be delicate, I love it when it has a subtle quirkyness. Normally, I would just admire a piece and then walk away but this one stayed in my mind as I continued shopping so I decided I had to have it. One of the things I made sure before buying it was that the chain would hit my neck at a good spot- I'm so weird when it comes to necklaces, I definitely can't deal with choker necklaces or the ones that hit right in the center of the curve of the neck- you know the spot I mean? I feel like I'm literally being choked! 

As soon as I put the necklace on, I felt a special connection to it. I suddenly realize that the bicycle kind of had a symbolic meaning for me. I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by adult life lately and often feel like I'm kind of taking a slower route than most of my peers. It's as if I'm bicycling my way through life while everyone else is driving a sports car. It's weird how that is, isn't it? Even though this isn't fine jewelry, I can see myself wearing it for a long time. Plus, it's really just a charming little piece.

What kind of jewelry do you like? Are you a necklace, bracelet, earring type of person? Or do you wear all of them at the same time?

Why I still prefer blogs over Youtube

These days, it seems everyone has a YouTube channel and for that, I say, more power to you. You're brave and I admire you. That said, I know a lot of talk, gossip and speculation has been going around about whether YouTube is en route to completely replace blogs and to that...I have to scrunch up my nose just a tiny bit. I definitely understand the appeal of FINALLY being able to see and hear your favorite bloggers in video form but at the same time, they both are just two completely different platforms with similar intentions (to connect a wide range of people) and you just really can't expect one to outdo the other- at least, according to me.

I love blogs because they're like books and magazines rolled into one but way more real and appealing. I love that you can read them whenever you have time and there's so many to choose from, you can read a different one everyday and never really come back to the one you started with (although, let's be honest- we all have our favorites). I love that everyone's perspective is so different and the photography is usually such a great source of inspiration. I love how great it is when you really come to understand and know a blogger's voice just through their writing skills. I love seeing how mostly everyone's blog designs represent their personality. Blogs are just such a unique way of getting to discover and understand the world and the minds of others.

As for videos, as I said, I love being able to put an actual voice to a blogger's face and every so often, Youtubers make videos that are short and to the point while being entertaining and helpful. I appreciate how big YouTube has become and can definitely understand why everyone wants a piece of it. It's incredible how literally any kind of video can be found within seconds. Although...my main issue with YouTube is that it's not always convenient to just drop everything and tune in to watch a video clip. Usually, I have to scrounge around for my earphones so I don't disturb others as I'm usually in a public place when I have a bit of free time to waste. I also find it distracting that there's so many "suggested videos"- I just want to watch the one I'm watching for now, is that okay with you, YouTube?!? I'm actually only subscribed to a handful of YouTubers and don't actively seek out more- I don't know if it's just me but I can't usually justify watching all those "Boyfriend Tag" videos or videos of the sort. Even makeup tutorials put me off when they are more than 10 minutes long, I usually just skip to see the finished look. And can I let you in on a little secret? Probably my favorite channel to watch without fail is WhatsUpMoms even though I obviously am not a mom myself. I am just fascinated by the creative ideas they churn out every week and so many of the videos are relevant to my life even now (especially the food ones and DIY). They really know what they're doing! 

So you see...I kind of still have a major preference for blogs. Maybe that makes me old fashioned... but what about you? Which is your preference?