OOTD: Thrifted Dress & Cape

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Earrings: Rocksbox (use code "dragonfruitxoxo for a free month of jewelry!)

When a girl gets a new pair of shoes, she likes to show them off. Hence, this outfit post came to be. It was finally warming up on Sunday, and it had been ages since I had dressed up properly. After this recent trip to Belize, my skin was still kissed by the sun and I hated the thought of wriggling into tights. So bare legs it was!

These tan, suede booties are from Just Fab (of course), and are another lovely addition to my shoe family. Have you tried Just Fab before? I love them so much I ended up ordering the same pair in black. Do I have a problem? Yes. At least I can freely admit it.

There's been a lot of changes in my life over the past few months, and perhaps I'm feeling a little lost at the moment because of it. I recently had a jealous outburst from a friend that kind of hit me out of nowhere, and I feel...well, I don't know how I feel. When there are seeds of truth sown in amidst anger, it can a tough pill to swallow. I'm still digesting it and figuring out my own feelings. Sadness, anger, and guilt are just a few of the main contenders.

Growing up is hard to do, but it's a process that we all go through. I've never done well with conflict, but trials within friendships can either make them stronger or break down something that may be better to let go of anyway.

Whoo, what a way to end what was supposed to be a lighthearted outfit post! What's your week look like, loves?

Hello. It's Me.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's been almost a month since my last post. Whoops?

You could say I've definitely dropped the ball on the blogging game. But for weeks, no driving urge has spurred me to make a post. Instead, I've been focusing more on YouTube videos, Instagram, and traveling. I'm sure if you follow me on my other social media platforms you may have noticed.

However, I could never abandon this little space on the internet. After all, it's how I got started. I may not post consistently and follow a proper schedule, and I hope you'll forgive me for that. Instead, when inspiration strikes, I'd like to be able to pop back on here and share it with you. 

So hello again, it's me. Hopefully you haven't forgotten who I am yet! This is just an awkward reintroduction.

The Big Apple

Monday, January 23, 2017

New York City is huge. The buildings dwarf you as you scurry down bustling streets. The air hits you with a thousand different scents every few feet. Smoke, sizzling hot dogs, gyros, piss, pollution, body's a lot to take in.

My favorite part of my two day adventure in New York would have to be the morning I woke up and took a stroll on my own. My fellow traveler was out cold, and I couldn't bring myself to shake her out of her slumber. So, wincing at every creaking floorboard I hit, I let myself out onto the streets of New York.

I've been to big cities before, but the Big Apple is an entirely different kind of monster. I spent several hours just walking up and down blocks, marveling at the sky scraping buildings and the constant hustle and bustle of everyone around me. When I stumbled across Madison Square Park, I could hardly believe it! Everywhere I turned I could spot iconic landmarks. It was thrilling to witness in person!

Eventually, I located the coffee shop I'd Googled (Cafe Grumpy) and purchased two coffees. All the while, I tried to indiscreetly take photos and video clips. Afterwards, I walked a couple blocks down and was intrigued by the signs plastered on what looked like a cute, hipster looking coffee joint. "Everything $2 for a limited time!" it announced.

Well...I wasn't about to waste any money. I stopped in and grabbed us scones and a giant red cookie. However, before I made my way back to our hotel, I had to take a seat at one of the many tables places outside the Flatiron Building. Gazing up at the unique, towering structure, I sipped on my coffee, finished my share of the treats I bought, and quietly people watched.

Something about having this small slice of time to myself to soak in New York was probably my favorite part of the trip. Times Square, Central Park, and the Met were all wonderful as well, but I'll never forget the little bubble of contented peace I experienced alone.

Watch Day 1 of the New York Vlog below:

Dear 2016

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dear 2016,
You've been a busy year. One of growth, new experiences, and adventures. 

It started off a bit rough. My mom was rushed to the hospital after suffering a stroke. For my 22nd birthday, she was released, and it was the best gift I could've asked for. 
I worked with more brands like Memebox, Tobi, and Studio Gear Cosmetics. It really helped me create higher quality content on both my blog and YouTube channel.
I met up with a fellow blogger in the area for the first time and made a new friend.
I got to travel to Australia for a week during spring break, and it further ignited the traveling spark that's always dwelled inside me. Gazing up at the iconic opera house, strolling across Harbour Bridge, and getting stranded an extra two days in that beautiful country had me hooked. I'm officially a wanderlust victim.
I took a weekend trip to Vegas with some friends, and that was memorable if only because on my first night experiencing the adult side of Sin City, I had my debit card, ID, and cell phone stolen. Guess I'm just not meant for the party life. I still want a redo trip though!
But a huge impact in my life this past year, would probably be the solo trip I took to Belize. Though everything seemed to go wrong getting there, I'm glad I listened to my gut and went anyway. My original travel companions were unable to make it, a tropical storm formed (which turned into a hurricane), and I missed the last flight out of the city. Yet God made his presence known to me during this, and I felt his protection encompass me through it all. It was a beautiful trip, one spent rebuilding with the community there, dancing with strangers, snorkeling through breath taking waters, gained an appreciation for reggae music, and spotted new constellations while swinging from a hammock. 
I also got a new job. One that fits perfectly with what I want to do right now. I'm currently a ramp agent at the airport in Boise, and with it comes the incredible opportunity to travel. I can hop on a flight and go almost anywhere in the world now thanks to this job, and I am so, so grateful. 
Since my hire date, I've taken two trips through these benefits, one to San Francisco and one to Orlando. And now I'm trying to plan another one in a few weeks, if only for a couple days to somewhere warm. 

I've made new friends, deepened connections, moved to a new place, and hell, even went on a few dates. 

2016, you've been a great year of growth for me. 2017, I'm ready for you.
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