Hi there! I haven’t done a favorites/mood post in a while so I decided to do one today! Living in California, I don’t know what season I am in because the weather is always 50s and up (IF its in the 50s (which it has been this past week)). Since TECHNICALLY it is winter, this will be my winter favorites/mood.
So I am SUPER late to the game on this favorite… like SO LATE but it just took me so long to do it and I’m so happy I did because I feel so cool wearing these… which is… white high top converse!
Wide leg pants
Songs that are on repeat:
UM Fall Apart by Post Malone, who am I? lol
The Greatest Showman album (thats more like me)
Double Dutch Bus by Raven Symone
Favorite show & movie:
Movie: The Greatest Showman
Funky colored belts
Still forever and always loving scarfs around your neck or in your hair!!
Ok so I know I said I was going to do a DIY every month and I haven’t posted once since August BUT to be fair, I have been DIYing, I just haven’t posted them yet!
About 8 years ago, when I was a freshman in high school I would not shut up about how I wanted to be a fashion designer. So, one day, my mom put me in some classes and I learned how to sew. I made a dress. I was so proud and thought it was so cute – maybe not so much today but hey, I still dig it. Although, the bow is falling off.
ANYWAY, during that time, I convinced my mom to buy me a sewing machine and I couldn’t tell you if I ever used it. For the past 3ish years, I said I would take it out of retirement and sew again. I never did until a few months ago. I somehow got the urge, desire and passion to just sew and create and see what I could make. I started off basic then did a few more things. I really enjoy sewing and want to continue to learn more and get better at it.
I decided to make a “style” section on the blog where the DIYs will go. I will share how I made them and what the inspiration was! So be on the look out for those 🙂
I think its so cool when you try out an old hobby again and end up loving it. I encourage each of you to go out and try something new, or old!
Remember when I said that instead of doing monthly “favorites,” I would do seasonal moods… Here is my Fall Mood:
Considering it is still 90 degrees in California right now – I am still wearing my favorite clothing pieces that I wore during the summer time. But I can tell you some things I am EXCITED to wear when the weather gets colder / things I am loving this fall:
BERETS! THEY’RE BACK! Do you know how excited I am? I can finally wear the beret my parents got me years ago because I was inspired by Massie Block (my childhood inspo – Google her)
60s and 70s vibes (grandma florals – heck ya)
Business attire!!! Oversized blazers and cropped and fun patterned slacks
Any type of cropped pants really (my absolute favs)
Fur – something that will always make me happy
Jumpsuits make me happy too
I’m seriously so excited right now because of that list.
Songs that are on REPEAT
December, 1963 – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
The Voice. Just started watching this two days ago. So random but I dig it.
I wanted to share a story with all of you, which I find quite entertaining but also super embarrassing if I ever actually marry Nick Jonas and he reads this post.
So a few Sundays ago, Sept 17th to be exact, Nick was in town. For those who do not know, his birthday is the 16th. On his birthday, he performed at the Angels game. I contemplated going up until hours before the game. It didn’t really make sense with life to go – it was hours away, I couldn’t persuade anyone to go with me, I was going to a concert the next day in Anaheim, I had so much to do with school that I knew I would be tired … ALL SUCH STUPID EXCUSES CONSIDERING HE SANG INTRODUCING ME, LOVEBUG, AND OTHER GREAT SONGS. Meanwhile, my friend was there and was sending me a million snapchats. I decided not to watch them just yet.. I wanted to wait until she sent them all. I woke up early the next morning… went to church then went to get my nails done. Didn’t have time to check social media until my nails were done. So I proceeded to watch the snaps and I’m not kidding you, I started crying. THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL… his voice. Mind you, I have fangirled over this dumb boy for the past 11 years… we all have our person, right? A guy we just can’t stop fangirling no matter the age, right? Ok, don’t even lie to yourself.. so many of you love Harry Styles and Justin Bieber – I’m not judging you! And guys, idk just listen to the story.
ANYWAY, so I’m sitting there watching the snaps then bam, I get a text from my friend who is on her way to Disneyland, saying, “Nick is at Disney.” I say WHAT THE FREAK. I check Joe’s snap and insta story, then I check Nick’s and I start freaking out. I freak out texting her – glad she’s still my friend. I then text my mom and sister saying, “Last night Nick sang lovebug, who I am, and introducing me. Today, they are at Disneyland. I am actually crying I hate myself” (I just checked my texts so that is that real text. Am I dramatic or what?)
So roomies and I are all done getting our nails done and get in our cars. My mom calls me and says “go to Disneyland, theres a train at blank time.” And I start crying because mom supports this… I text my friend and she was like “if this was Drake, I would do it.” I contemplate this for a LONG time because like what?! why the heck am I freaking out like this?! Also, remember when I said I was going to a concert in Anaheim – well that was this night so I would have to make my other friend drive all the way to Anaheim alone. I texted her and called her but no answer… I drive to her work, walk in with watery eyes and said “Nick is at Disneyland right now. Can I go and can you meet me in Anaheim for the concert?” and she said “are you crying?!?!?!” I nodded and she said “go!!” and I walk out crying even more because HELL YA GIRL THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT IM LITERALLY PSYCHO. Next, I run home, grab clothes, book it to my parent’s house with MINUTES until the train left. I run to the train and the guy is like “oh why are you late”… BECAUSE I FREAKING SPED HERE AND I CANT BREATHE RIGHT NOW.
So I get on the train, I do my make up then I’m there. I’m in the uber almost to Disney went Joe posted that they were at Carsland. I basically run into California Adventures and I RUN to Carsland and I scope out the area… to the right of the sign, I see two guest service cast members and I look a little closer and just knew in my heart that it was them so I walk closer and just look around in their area. First, I see John Taylor and FREAK out because its THEM. GUYS ITS THEM. 11 YEARS LATER AND FINALLY THIS WILL BE THE DAY. (side note: I met Joe once and held Nick’s hand from afar for a few seconds so I haven’t had my Nick moment yet). Then their huge ass group starts walking out and then I see Frankie with two people and freak out some more. Then I see Joe in his white coat and hat and freak out again. Then I see a guy in all black with a black hat and I KNEW that had to be Nick. Then I watch them walk away and I didn’t wanna be creepIER and follow them so I walked around the other way and start running because I lost them. Then Michelle, the friend who told me he was there, called me asking where I was and I’m like RUNNING AFTER NICK WBU GIRL and she’s says “I just passed Joe and Nick isn’t with them” I DON’T CARE, DON’T BOTHER ME (jk haha) then suddenly Michelle and I basically run into each other and she tells me again that Nick wasn’t there and I said YES HE IS. And we run and see them again then they go onto Soarin’. So I tell Michelle to leave so I don’t make her go crazy and I just wait for them to come back out. There were two girls standing by where I am and they just reeked of Jonas fan girls, so I ask them and OH MY GOSH WERE THEY SASSY AND RUDE AND LIKE OK WE GOTTA STICK TOGETHER IN THIS. Then one says “they’re at Award Weiners…. Garbo posted a snap…” I check Garbo’s snap, Joe’s and Nick’s and I book it to that area. Then they get on the Guardian’s of the Galaxy ride and I freakin’ missed them again!!!!! And the day just gets sad from here …. their snaps aren’t loading, I’m running all around California Adventures… finally one posts… I run to Disneyland and run all around the park… finally their story loads and they’re at the exit… I run to the exit and all around the exit and they are NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. LIKE WHY CAN I NOT FIND THEM? SO MANY PEOPLE SAW THEM THAT DAY BUT NOT ME? I’m just telling myself it’s not my time yet… but it’ll happen soon… and I’ll tell you about it when it happens. So thank you, thank you for the support. Go after your dreams. And don’t give up. Right when you feel like giving up, remember why you started… keep goin’. Haha but no seriously. (And btw, I have a Disneyland pass so this isn’t THAAT crazy. It would be a different story if I didn’t have one.) One day, guys. Stay positive. Ellen put me on your show.
In order to keep myself sane, I decided that I am going to do some sort of DIY at least once a month. It is important to do what you love every once in awhile – we tend to get caught up in school work and real work but the things that keep us sane are the things we love to do and NEED to do. My thing is DIYs. I remember the first time I discovered what a “DIY” was… It made my fashion designer dreams a heck of a lot easier. My DIYs involved cutting pants into shorts, and gluing patterns, studs and fabric onto them. I turned my ugly or not used shirts into something cute and trendy. Any trash I found, I wanted to revamp it. I would go to the mall and see what was trending and see how I could turn what I own into that piece so I didn’t have to spend money that I didn’t have because I didn’t have a job. I have a job now but still don’t feel like spending money on certain things. This is a great transition into this months DIY. I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw Shannon Barker in the CUTEST SWEATSHIRT EVER – I had to have it. So I looked it up and found the great Mink Pink sweatshirt – it was $80 and I was like HECK NO I COULD DRAW THAT MYSELF. Then I realized, I can draw that myself… So that’s what I did.
Pieces include: fabric markers in black, yellow, and pink and your sweatshirt of choice from wherever in whatever color you want! – the brilliance of DIYing – it’s all up to you.
This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern in San Francisco. The day I received the final details, I packed up my room (once again) and booked a flight for a few days later. It all happened so quick, I was overwhelmed. Luckily, I had family to stay with but other than that, I was alone. This was my first time truly traveling alone and I did not know where or how to start with my adventures. I went on Pinterest and Instagram; read multiple articles and made an excel document of where I wanted to go. (Making an excel document like this was inspired by someone I met at work and I LOVE the idea and plan to continue it for all my trips!!!)
This was my first time in San Francisco so my homework was to study a few different maps to get an idea of where everything is. San Francisco was huge and strange to me but learning where everything is and where the Bart/Muni goes, makes traveling a whole lot easier. There was one day where I walked 8 miles just for fun! I love getting lost then finding my way home, its almost like a game to me.
My favorite areas were probably the Marina and North Beach just because I enjoyed the vibes and the areas. I also enjoyed the Mission District, and hanging in Dolores Park. My favorite food place would have to be Vegan Burg. It was DELICIOUS. Vegan or not, you have to try it!!!
One of my ultimate favorite things that I did this summer was grabbing some food and just chillin in a park or some random grass that I found. I would write, read or just people watch and it was soooooo nice. This helped me reason how healthy it is to be able to explore and do what you love on our own! Traveling alone truly helped me learn a lot about myself and grow.
WARNING: San Francisco is in fact cold in the summer. Don’t be fooled by those photos. Everyone said that this was the best summer and there were some warm days but man were there some cold days!
I learned that it is overwhelming and stressful to go to a completely strange city on your own but I recommend making a list of what you want to see, as well as learning and understanding how to get around and in one day, you can become a pro! San Francisco is such a cool city and unlike the others. The hills and the colorful houses are what made me love it! Also, the vibes and how chill everyone is pretty great.
I recommend exploring the places on my list, including the ones I didn’t make it to! Some are touristy, but how could you not!
So I’m from Chicago.
Okay, you caught me, I’m not exactly from Chicago… I grew up in a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Chicago, in Illinois.
But since I’ve lived there for a majority of my life, I figured why not tell you the best things to do in Chicago!
I love exploring new cities and seeing what they are all about. There is just something so magical to me about walking through the buildings and feeling that fresh, cold air.. Each city is unique. One of my favorite things about Chicago, besides the cleanliness, is that on Lake Shore Drive, you look to one side and you get a beautiful view of the city, then you look to your other side and you see Lake Michigan.. I don’t really know how to explain what I find so beautiful about that, but you’ll see it too.
I’m not saying I’m a picky eater… I am selective. I am willing to try new things but I know what I like. And what I like is pizza. And more pizza.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it, WOW.
Anyway, you have to try both deep dish and thin crust pizza. They are both so amazing.The places I recommend are Lou Malnatis and Giordano’s. Both are great.
(The photo to your left is me eating Lou’s on the beach of Lake Michigan.. doesn’t get better than that, huh?)
This is very non-Chicagoan of me. I apologize. I have never had a Chicago-style hot dog (like I said, selective eater) BUT I have heard they are amazing so just do it.
You like popcorn? Go to Garrett Popcorn. I swear you can smell it from miles away.
Chicago has lots of fun things to do over the summer, such as Lollapalooza and Taste Of Chicago. One thing I really enjoyed was a movie in the park.. Millennium Park that is. We watched Grease so that was pretty amazing. After or before the movie, I would explore what else there is to see in Millennium Park because there is a lot. Such as the Bean, the Crown Fountain and much more.
And in the winter, you can ice skate in Millennium Park!
If you’re like me and you LOVE musicals or shows, I recommend checking out what Broadway in Chicago has playing and definitely see something- even if you don’t know what it is because you’ll still probably end up loving it!
Lets not forget about Navy Pier. What isn’t there to do at Navy Pier!
Navy Pier Park
The Crystal Gardens
And just strolling indoor and outdoors to see what you find!
Museums are fun… go to all of them!
Art Institute ofChicago
Field Museum of Natural History
Museum of Science and Industry
Museum of Contemporary Art
You should also go to Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo (its free!) to see animals!
The Chicago Riverwalk… definitely worth the stroll.
Go to a sports game! Depending on the season you’re there, you’ll find a game to go to.
Lastly, just explore!
One of mine and my sisters favorite thing to do, is walk around and take photos! We love to find amazing views, cool buildings and walls full of art. I truly believe the best way to really get to know a city is just to explore. Do all the touristy things, then take time to explore.. get lost and find yourself in some really cool places!