Sunday, August 17, 2014

the weekend's top tunes

Alright alright alright, now that I've finally taken a break from jamming to these songs all day I have some time to share them! The vibe of music I've been into has remained the same for a few months now. I've listened to other stuff, but I tend to come back to this style of music each time. I'm not sure exactly what it'd be categorized as… maybe like chill garage? I'm probably just making shit up now haha The best thing to do at this point is to just let you hear for yourself:

Hope you enjoyed those! Until next time, toodles
xoxo, aubrey

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

in exactly one month

… I'll be on my way to Oxford, England to begin my next big adventure. Excited doesn't even begin to explain how I feel right now! It's like whenever I think about it I experience every emotion possible - excitement, nervousness, fear, hesitation, wishfulness, satisfaction, pride… the list goes on. All I know is that I feel like I've been waiting so long to do this! But all this excitement makes me even more determined to enjoy my last month home. In about two weeks I'll finish up my time at work (on the 29th to be exact) and the day after will be my "farewell get-together" with my family and friends. After that I'll have a little under two weeks to get things done and spend time with my family before the big move. I'll be leaving on the 13th in the evening to arrive in London late morning of the 14th. And then it all begins (I'm smiling with the biggest, dorkiest smile as I type this)!

Okay if I keep talking about this I'm going to have an aneurism or something because of how excited I get! Perhaps this would be a good time to play catch-up huh? There isn't much to say really - only a few things have changed here and there, and nothing really major.

- I've decorated my room more
- I've applied for my UK Visa and I've gotten my information for the flat I'll be staying in once I get to Oxford
- the wonderfulness that is Sonia Kashuk has now been welcomed to my life - truly some of the best tinted moisturizer and concealer I've ever tried
- I have decided on my next tattoo/decided I definitely want to get more work done on my first one to give it a bit more detail
- I've purchased Kayla Itsine's workout guide and I'm really loving that right now (I'll possibly do a review in the future)

I'm seriously just grasping at straws here for things worth sharing haha Nothing extremely major has happened - it's been a great few months with tons of awesome moments, but nothing I'd really see as note-worthy y'know?

Anyways I should probably try to get an early night tonight, rather than getting barely six hours of sleep like I have been lately. But before I go, you've gotta check out this song by the amazing Shannon Saunders:

It's wonderful isn't it?! I've been jamming to it 24/7!
Anywhooooo, toodles for now xoxo

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

back at it (for like the gagillionth time)

Wow wow wow, it's been quite a while hasn't it? Throughout the past month (monthS..?) I've been meaning to blog - I've taken and edited pictures, planned on what I'd write, all to end up not posting any blog post! It's not that I don't like blogging, but sometimes I like reading and watching movies a lot more.

Anyways I've decided to come back to blogging, because the fact that I think about it so often goes to show how much I do enjoy it! See as it would be pretty dang difficult recounting all the notable things that have happened since I've last blogged, it seemed like a good idea to just do a more visual post chockfull of tons of pictures from my family's recent trip to Chicago. Perhaps my next post will be a quick little update on everything!

Before I bombard you with all the pictures I've just got to say that the weekend spent visiting my brother in Chicago with my family was honestly one of the best days of my life. It was so much fun and  I absolutely can not wait to visit the beautiful city of Chicago again! And I'm sure you'll see why:

Isn't it such a stunning city? I'm so looking forward to visiting again one day!

Well that's all I have for now. I've got to get ready for work, which by the way, my last day of will be the 29th of this month - it's insane that a year has passed!

I'm really excited to get back to blogging so keep your eyes open for more posts. Toodles xoxo

P.S. who would've thought that Cloud Gate was so dirty! It always looks so shiny in pictures but when you get up close and personal, it's covered in hand prints haha

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?