Wednesday, May 28, 2014

current obsession: radiohead

Rarely do I get hooked on one artist at a time. I'm more of the type to get hooked on a few songs and then listen to those until I get absolutely sick of them, and then a few months later I stumble upon them again and think "Wow! How could I have ever got sick of this song?!" and the cycle starts again! But this week I've been loving Radiohead. Hmm no "loving" isn't even a good enough word - I've been obsessing over them. They have songs that can fit every mood, from melancholy and introspective to fuming with anger. A lot of their songs are actually a bit tough to find (Spotify is missing the entire "In Rainbows" album… such a shame) so I've been contemplating just buying their CD's, which is saying a lot in my book! I can't even remember the last time I bought a physical CD… I think it may have been William Fitzsimmon's "The Sparrow and the Crow" like three years ago? haha

Anyways, I have been completely obsessed with Radiohead lately. I had heard their music before, but never really went in search of their other stuff. So, to those of you who made that silly mistake as well, I present to you some of Radiohead's best songs (in my opinion):

What are you currently obsessing over? Are you a fan of Radiohead as well?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

mishmash haul

On Monday my mom and I were running errands and on our way home stopped at Ross. For those
of you who don't know, Ross is a sort of cheap department store. In all honestly, a lot of their stuff is tacky, but if you hunt around a bit you can totally find some awesome pieces.
I've been on the hunt for a few random things and surprisingly, a found quite a few of those on this trip.

Like a few new blouses! I'm still hoping to find a few more that I can wear in different ways so I have a bit more options when it comes to putting suitable outfits together for work. Do you ever get stuck in that rut where you just keep wearing the same pieces over and over again? I'm there right now so I'm hoping these pieces help me out haha

I've also been hoping to find a backpack that will work for both taking on the plane and also for school. I thought I'd get one when the time came closer, but I really liked this Calvin Klein backpack so I just thought I'd for for it! I'm a sucker for backpacks with tons of compartments and pockets, so this one is perfection.

 I simply wanted new night slippers because my evil puppies decided to use my old ones as chew toys…

 And last but not least, some new products. Surprisingly Ross has a lot of cruelty-free beauty products. I've been trying to change over from all my current products to cruelty-free ones. Lotion was a toughy for me because I don't like lotions that leave me feeling all sticky or greasy. This one is decent, but I'm definitely still going to keep an eye out for better options. I also got a body scrub from the Yes to Carrots line. I've yet to try it out, but I have a feeling it'll be great! I've heard a lot of positive things about this company.

Anyways, that was my random little mishmash of a haul. I hope you enjoyed! Until next time, toodles xoxo

What did you think of my "haul"? Have you gone shopping recently?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

sunny sunday

California is well known for it's fabulous weather and even my rain-obsessed self will admit that the weather here can be wonderful, except when it's been as hot as it has lately. Thankfully it seems like it'll cool down for a week or so, and the cool down started today so my parents and I pretty much spent the entire day in the backyard. It was such amazing weather! The kind of weather that makes you feel like smiling and dancing around to 80's music (well let's get real - I always dance around to 80's music, despite the weather)!
My parents were gardening and such while I was just playing around with these two little hooligans:

 I haven't introduced these two on my blog yet, sooo I introduce to you, Button & Zipper! I know, strange names, but they kind of started off as a joke based off of our cat Pocket's name, which was also a joke to begin with haha As you can see, a lot of our decisions start off as jokes! They're sisters we rescued from Pooch Heaven, an animal rescue foundation here in Southern California. We aren't exactly sure what breed they are - we're guessing a mix of chihuahua and french bulldog (check out the ears on Button). It's taken me a bit to warm up to them - my dog of 13 years passed away recently, so it's been a bit tough to get used to these little buttcakes running around in the house. But now I adore them. They're the strangest and most entertaining little creatures ever!

Like I said, strange. She spent about half an hour playing with this feather and then freaking out each time it got stuck to her nose… weirdo.

So besides being entertained by those two, we also grilled up some food for dinner.

Here's the grill master himself!

We had dinner outside and it was delicious! I had grilled veggies, brown rice with lemon, avocado and seasoning and a yummy corn on the cob. And of course I had a cheeky little cidre on the side (I would totally put that little smirking emoji here if I could)!

All in all, this weekend was extremely relaxing and enjoyable. Tomorrow I have the day off, so I'll be running a few errands with my mom and working on some stuff in preparation for university.

Until next time, toodles xoxo

How was your weekend? Is it starting to get warmer where you live?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

currently loving: nail polish

I've always had this sort of love/hate relationship with nail polish - I mean, I absolutely love how it looks, but I despise having to actually paints my nails because I seem to have an immense talent for somehow screwing up my freshly painted nails even when I'm sitting as still as a statue! Since I have such a knack for messing up my polish, when I find ones that dry quickly and last a long time, I do a little "thank you" dance to the nail polish gods. And that's exactly what I did after I tried out these polishes I got when I was in London:

Five of them are from a London-based company called "Models Own", which sadly you can't purchase in-store here in the US (at least not to my knowledge..?). Along with these I also got a few free products and a lip crayon! They were having a sort of promotion at a pop-up shop in the Westfield Mall so I thought I might as well give them a try, since I've heard a lot of good things about them from British YouTubers. Ohmy were they right! The polishes are long-lasting and very pigmented, so there's no need to put more than two coats. If you're interested in checking them out, you can order from their website HERE.

The shades I got, from left to right:
Swan (from their "Speckled Egg" line), Indian Ocean (looks amazing layered over different colored nail polishes!), Hot Red, Utopia and Pink Fizz (I've yet to try this one out but I think I'll use it during the summer more - it'll look great in the sun!).
It's impossible for me to pick a favorite - I love them all so much!

I also picked up two random polishes at Boots (a drugstore, or as they call it "high street" store), and they both surprised me with their quality.

They're both from a company called Seventeen and I don't really know much about it, but these are great polishes. The left shade is "Navy Glint" and the right is "Azure Amore".

So I guess you can now say I'm a convert! I actually spent a good 20 minutes drooling over shades on the Models Own website… never thought I'd be drooling over nail polish! haha

Which polish was your favorite? Are you a nail polish lover as well?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

share the love

Have you ever heard songs that you feel like you absolutely must share, that's how amazing they are? Like you will actually explode if you can't share the amazingness that is those songs? That's how I'm feeling right now, so I just could not wait to post another "currently loving: music" later on - I had to share the love NOW. So, before I explode all over the kitchen as my parent's make the food for this evening's party (It's my mom's birthday!), I better share these oh so wonderful songs. I hope you enjoy!

Phewf, I can breathe again - now that I have shared these amazing songs. All but two of these songs (they're not available on Spotify, sadly) are on my Spotify playlist, which you can listen to HERE. Oh and before I go, I just watched the movie Sunshine on Leith, a Scottish musical, and it was so lovely! The last song was my absolute favorite - by the second verse I was singing along with a huge dorky smile on my face haha Take a listen and try to tell me it isn't great (wait for the "I would wake 500 miles" part):

What did you think of the songs? Which songs have you been obsessed with recently?

Friday, May 9, 2014

horse jacket & unicorn nails

Hello there! I thought I'd do a quick little post about the outfit I wore on Wednesday for my job interview - it was for a pretty "trendy" clothing store so I felt I should put a bit more thought into my outfit than I do on typical work days. I know this outfit may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I was diggin' and that's all that really matters right? I find that I tend to like people's outfits more when they seem confident wearing them! Confidence is like the best accessory (that was cheesy, I know…)!

It was a bit chilly so I wanted to stay cozy, yet still show my ever-changing/undefined style, so I feel like this kind of thrown together outfit worked perfectly. This jacket has been around for quite a while - I believe it was actually a hand-me-down from a family friend. I used to love it when I was younger, but then went through a period of thinking it was the dorkiest thing ever, then after I started to wear it thinking it was like "dorky-chic" and now I'm just like "YAAAS! HORSE JACKET FOREVAHHH"! I think it's just so strange and  funny looking, plus it's insanely comfy.

I paired the jacket with my go-to black dress, black tights and my apocalypse-worthy boots (seriously, if an apocalyptic event occurred, you best believe these boots would be on my feet!). Oh, and check out my night slippers - tres chic huh?

 And behold my unicorn nails! These pictures do not do them justice - they're super luminescent and shimmery in person, and I just absolutely adore them. To get this look I layered a light grey polish with Model's Own "Indian Ocean" polish. It's more of a top coat therefore it's going to look different with whatever color you couple it with, so I'm really looking forward to trying more combos.

It may sound silly, but I felt like I had to somehow tie in my red socks and the hints of red in the jacket together, so I popped on a red lip and voila!

Like come on, tell me these boots aren't totally made for zombie butt kickin'?!

So, what do you know, I actually made an outfit post! A first of many I hope.
Now it's time to catch some z's (I've thrown my sleeping schedule off so badly as of late), toodles for now xoxo

Do you have one of those clothing pieces that your opinion on has changed over the years? Do you rock it now?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

tea party in the sun

 This weekend I went to a coworker's bridal shower and it was oh so lovely! I thought it'd be a few more years till I was invited to anything wedding related for someone outside of my family - it's pretty strange to see people in my age range getting married! But it also makes me insanely smiley and all "I love love". Her bridal shower was tea party themed and it was completely adorable. I didn't take much pictures because I didn't want to intrude on her day, but I did manage to snap a couple of pictures of the cute set up:

 I once again flubbed and forgot to take outfit pictures - I've got to get better at remembering to at least snap a few! I'm just so used to getting home and immediately taking off all my makeup and changing into the comfiest clothes I own, but from now on I will make sure to get a few more posts up with me actually in them.

Anywhooo, this week is going to be pretty basic - just work and working out. I have a second interview for a second job (gotta make dat moneehhhhh for uni!), so that'll be interesting! I'll try to take some outfit of the day pictures for that since I have to look nice; it's for a job at a very "trendy" store haha

But now it's time to get some sleep, so toodles for now xoxo

How was your weekend? Anything interesting going on this week for you?

Monday, April 28, 2014

viva las vegas

Very original title for a post about a trip to Vegas, eh? But I'm actually going to cut myself some slack for not being too bright in the creativity department, because I am actually cuddled up in bed with a cup of sleepy time tea for this horrible sore throat of mine. I am 100% convinced it's working in the kid's department at work that is getting me sick! I have gotten sick more times since I began working there than I have in my entire life altogether -NOT. OKAY. I am pretty much terrified to set foot in the children's department now. I bet you ten bucks that the next big virus to cause an epidemic is going to start right in there… sick children are scary.

Anyways, on to the actual point - this weekend I took a short trip to Las Vegas with my parents, cousin and my ma's stepdad. I used to visit Las Vegas with my family every summer, but I only go once in a while now, which is okay since I'm sort of in that strange age gap between "too old to enjoy Circus Circus" but "too young to go out and drink/gamble". This visit was a short one, but it was great being able to spend some time with my cousin! We went to a buffet for dinner and ohmyyyyy, check out this dessert:

like whaaaaaat. Pure deliciousness.

Besides eating, which truly is all people of our age can do (I am definitely visiting once I'm legal), we wandered around The Strip and got some cool shots:

 Isn't this beautiful? The Bellagio Hotel had a lovely indoor garden/butterfly house and inside of it they had this stunning living artwork.

 Straight out of a fairytale!

 Even though this shot is out of focus I actually really like it!

And of course a shot of the famous water show!

All in all it was a great weekend, even though my left tonsil feels like it's been ripped open… hopefully with some rest and going back to my usual eating, rather than all the sweet treats I had this weekend, I'll be back in top top shape soon enough! Now I'm going to head to bed so goodnight and toodles xoxo

Have you ever been to Las Vegas?

Friday, April 25, 2014

currently loving: music

Since my initial music post idea turned into somewhat of a bust (but I will give myself a pat on the back for keeping it up for so long) I've decided to kind of keep things casual when it comes to reoccurring posts. My new "currently loving" posts will be about different topics i.e. makeup, fashion, food, shops, pretty much anything, but for tonight's post the topic will obviously be music. I have recently fallen deeply in love with a few artists and I've been listening to them nonstop. Some of them are well known while other's definitely deserve more attention, so if this post gains them even one or two new fans, my job here is done.

Most of the songs featured were what I listened to while roaming around London and now I can't help but smile and think back on my trip when I listen to them. I've always been fairly horrible at discerning what genre music is but if I'm not mistaken, a few of these would be considered "UK Garage" (daaayyym check out my musical terminology - fancy fancy). There's quite a lot of so totally feel free to just skip around! But if you only listen to a few, I highly recommend checking out Clean Bandit's music as well as AlunaGeorge's and Rudimental's - definitely my top artists right now.

Anywhooo enough jibberjabber, it's time for you to pop on your headphones and have a listen:

What type of music have you been into lately? Leave some recommendations below ~ I'd love to hear some new stuff!

My trip to London was possibly one of the best experiences of my life - from the moment I booked the tickets I was counting down the days! The whole purpose of my trip was to visit the universities I had applied to and received offers to. I had initially received offers from University of Glasgow, Kingston University, University of Greenwich, and Oxford Brookes University, but after careful consideration decided to only visit the three in England, those being: Kingston, Greenwich and Oxford Brookes (and if you read my last post you know which one I chose!). Although the trip's main purpose was to visit schools, my brother and my mom, who I travelled with, and I had more than enough time to really explore London.

To try to sum up how I feel about London would be nearly impossible. It is truly one of the most amazing cities I have ever had to opportunity to visit. It's filled with so many interesting people, places and things to do. I seriously doubt anyone could ever be bored in London! At least I wasn't!

Rather than stay at a hotel for our trip, we decided to try out Roomorama, a site/service where you rent a house or apartment abroad for your travels. You can usually find way better deals and you get the chance to stay in a location that really allows you to see how the locals live, rather than an area filled with tourists. The apartment we rented was located in Waltham Forest, a lovely little borough north-east of Central London (still considered to be in London though). It was a great place to stay because it was close enough to all the best things to do and say but still in a little calm area. And the view outside when the sun was rising… ohmy.

When we weren't on university tours/open days, we were exploring the city! It was so amazing to set out for the whole day and see everything, and then in the evening come home to our little apartment. To be honest, our days were completely off schedule since we were so jet lagged but we made it work.

It'd be pretty tough to go through what we did each day, and they say a picture is worth a thousand words - soooo why not just give you a pictorial story of my time in London? Enjoy!

Typical shot of a phone booth - gotta be a tourist every now and again right?

The Tube was one of my favorite things about London, as silly as that sounds. I love how easy it made it to travel all throughout the city. And for a visitor it was pretty fun trying to figure it all out, although my brother did most of the work!

Buckingham Palace

The one place I was adamant about going to was Wagamama and myohmy they did not disappoint! They have delicious dishes with a good amount of vegetarian and vegan options, so a definite thumbs up from me.

"The Gherkin"

My favorite borough that I was able to visit was definitely Camden! I loved all the hustle and bustle combined with all the strange sights and people. We spent an evening just roaming around at the market and seeing everything they had to offer. Aaand I visited a delicious vegan desserts stand - if you're ever at the Camden Market I would highly recommend checking out "Cookies and Scream"! Their chocolate chip cookies and brownie milkshakes are pure heaven.

And one thing I reeeeally realized this trip: I. LOVE. CIDRE. It's like a lighter and less bitter tasting beer! Plus it comes in tons of flavors haha

So, there was a little look into my adventure in London (/Oxford)! I am so excited to go back and start the next big adventure of my life over there - it will truly be a dream come true for me. And now that I've started blogging again and I will begin to make videos for YouTube, you guys can join in on the journey as well.

But it is quite late now and I am slowly dozing off as I type this, so it's probably time for me to go to sleep. Toodles for now xoxo

Have you ever been to London? If so, what did you think of it?