15 September 2014
It's my personal opinion that there are two types of people in this world. People who don't have any interest in traveling and people whose entire existence revolve around traveling. Can you guess which one I am? The one thing I have always known with resounding certainty is that I want to travel. I'm never sure what I want to be when I "grow up" or where I want to live and what I want to major in but I've always known I need to travel. Not want - need. I know that if I don't, I will regret it until the day I die.
A couple of months ago I had my proverbial quarter life crisis mixed in with some existential meltdowns and I came to the conclusion that I needed to stop living in the future. Someday I will travel, someday it will happen. Instead I decided to take charge of my own life and make it happen. Granted, my actual departure is still a year off, I know now that it's happening. It's really happening.
Right now, my daily activities pretty much consist of working one of my three jobs and sleeping. That about sums it up. This weekend was a rarity for me, in that I took three days off in a row. But, I needed some down time and I really missed seeing my family. So, now that my little staycation is out of the way I'm going back to the grind of working 60 hour work weeks and putting almost all of my extra money into my savings account.
Once I'm a little closer to my end goal I plan on doing a post on exactly how I managed to save up enough money to do what I'm doing - which I guess I should tell you about now. Next October I am leaving to backpack Europe for a year. And that's just the beginning. After that I plan on coming home to apply for my Visa so that I can teach English abroad somewhere. The location for that is still pending (I have my eyes on Turkey or Indonesia).
So, hopefully that explains my inactivity over the past couple of months but my plans are to keep updating with occasional beauty and fashion related post but also to include travel related posts. I want to document every moment of my life and share it with all of you and I plan on doing just that! Once I have something worth sharing. I set up a Go Fund Me campaign in case you feel compelled to donate to the cause for which I would be SO grateful. I hope you all are having a great afternoon. By the time you read this, it will be Monday so - Happy Monday. And here's to following your dreams and fire in the blood.
14 September 2014
That we, in the vast expanse of space
Something about the finality of a sunset or the death of a star
Or the vulnerability that comes with loss
And there’s something to be said about the way,
Light reflects off the water or
The way the world sounds when it sleeps
Moments that makes you pause
That steal the breath from your lungs,
The words from your lips
And you become lost within yourself
To just be
A speck of stardust in this universe filled with
stars and moons and skeletons.
25 August 2014
Plaid Sheer Pleated Skirt $19.98Remember that Summer that I pretty much put blogging on pause? My bad. I guess I've had a LOT going on. I have so many posts pretty much ready to go with unedited pictures just patiently waiting for my attention. Hopefully Fall will have different things in store for me. Speaking of Fall - we are getting so. close. I can't wait. I hope Summer doesn't hang around too long this year. Last year it seemed like it stretched all the way into October and had to drag myself around every day in tank tops and loose clothing just praying that the heat would end soon.
Crescent Moon Velvet Choker $2.99
Black and White Plaid Coat $17.54
Lightning Bolt Necklace $10.95
Oversized Studded Tote $31.47
These are a few of the items I've been watching on eBay lately and I'm thinking I'm really going to need that skirt and the moon choker here once colder months roll around. Speaking of buying things on eBay, I've recently discovered that I, what I am dubbing, "sleep shop". I started randomly receiving packages and being like 'wtf I did NOT order this, however I like it so I'll keep it'. Then I was looking at my eBay purchase history the other day and I saw that I have been waking up in the middle of the night and buying shit on eBay and not remembering ANY of it. WTF. That's probably my brains payback for not letting myself really spend money on myself. A notion that seems to have completely gone out the window these past few weeks.
I hope you all are enjoying the end of your Summer. It seems like we're creeping up on that back to school rush that I really love. I don't know what it is but this is about that time of year when the light in the afternoon is really golden and everything starts to smell a little different. Like cranberries and cinnamon and gingerbread. I know. I have a problem.
21 July 2014
Floral Swing Dres Olver Bonas / Flamingo Watch Overstock / Fringed Floral Crop Top New Look
Love Story Shades Nasty Gal / Nude Embellished Dress Miss Selfridge / Square Green Studs Kate Spade
Yesterday marked the first "cool" day we have had in a long time. It was about 65 and breezy yesterday, and gray all day with intermittent mist. It was the first night I could sleep without a fan blasting and it was glorious. But that being said, I'm not quite ready for Summer to be up just yet. I'm gearing up for a family trip to Eastern Washington in a few weeks (more like a month, but when I round down it makes it easier to wait for) and I've been picking up little vacation items here and there. When I saw these sunglasses on Nasty Gal I knew I had to have them, so those little babies are on there way to me right now. And that Miss Selfridge dress!?! It's beautiful. I'm telling myself if I work extra overtime and run three miles this week (I'm very hard to motivate) that I can buy this for myself.
I hope you all had an eventful weekend. I spent Saturday night at the cabaret in downtown Seattle and it was di-vine. The dancers were amazing and the food was equally impressive. I managed to get far too drunk and spent Sunday curled up on my bed, nursing a ginger-ale (or three). Do any of you have staple pieces you find yourself reaching for on a hot sunny day?
09 July 2014
Obviously, June was quite the month for me in terms of reading. It seemed like as soon as I set one book down, I picked up another and it was fantastic. Books are such a great way to escape, especially in times where you hate your job and are just working around the clock to try and save as much money as possible for backpacking Europe in a year. So here's a brief little review/synopsis of the books I read in June and if you have any recommendations for July, I would LOVE to hear them. I'm currently reading Palisades Park but it's been slow going because I've been so busy lately. Hope you all had a great fourth and have a happy humpday.
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen - I discovered this author when I read her book Garden Spells which I LOVED, so now I've been picking up some of her other books. I believe this one is the newest from her and I really enjoyed it. Her writing style is very whimsical and almost prose like, which is what appeals to me. This book is about a woman, recovering from the death of her husband, and her young daughter and how her live suddenly becomes intertwined with a distant relative and how they over time, save each other. If you love a book about love and magic and whimsy - this is for you. It's a nice short read, perfect for the beach!
The One & Only by Emily Griffin - I received this book on my monthly Popsugar Must Have box and although it's not a book I would normally pick out for myself, I wasn't able to put it down. The main character is a small town football obsessed girl, her best friend, and her best friend's parents who have taken her in over the last decade. An unexpected tragedy changes the whole community and each of the characters stumbles on an unexpected path where we find out unsettling truths and how much loyalty can be tested. The ending of this book still kind of had me like... "really...?" but I guess it still surprised me so that's a bonus.
Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann - Whatever you think this book is going to be about, you're wrong. Every time I thought I was getting a grasp on the main idea of the book it changed DRASTICALLY. You have to read this. This book is set in the 60's, which is what originally sold me on reading it, and is about two cousins who grow up in a world of tennis whites, midnight gin parties, and the tight knit community on Martha's Vineyard. Just after WWII has ended, the girls are just about to start their 'real lives' and are going to be truly separated for the first time. As their lives change into things they weren't expecting, their children stumble upon something truly awful and the history of these families begin to unravel. Each character has secrets and some of them seriously have you wondering what really goes on behind the closed doors of your neighbor's homes.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman - This book is actually the Golden Compass trilogy all bundled up into one massive book. And I mean massive. But again, I couldn't put this down. This book includes the Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass. This trilogy unlocks parallel worlds, mysterious entities, angels and daemons. If you love sci-fi or fantasy then you have to give this book a read, I seriously fell in love with the characters and laughed, cried and was just as shocked as some of the characters. Magic, adventure and love? This book has every element I look for.
The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair - This is one of those books I picked based purely on the cover art and I am glad I did. I love when a book keeps me thinking about it for days after I've read it. This book is based out of the perspective of a young woman, who is revisiting her memories of one haunting childhood summer when her mother took her away from her father, over to India. To a village untouched by time, where she discovers the jungle, long lost family secrets, a beautiful garden and herself. If you have read this PLEASE comment below because I have a question about this book that I just cannot figure out. I tried rereading the last two chapters over and over again and I just want to know if someone else thinks the same things that I do.
So, have you guys read any great books lately? Or any of these? Would love to hear your suggestions or opinions!