Thursday, July 17, 2014

awkward poses should be my middle name

awkward poses should be my middle name
 ♥ DIY flower crown ♥ C & A sunglasses ♥ DIY/vintage blouse (used to be a romper) ♥ Pac-Sun bralette and eye necklace ♥ polka dot shorts (similar) ♥ Crocs sandals ♥ thrifted backpack ♥ all pins thrifted or gifted (except for TPG's Laura Palmer) ♥

The past three days I have been in San Marcos for new student orientation at Texas State. Oh boy, was I in for a treat. In two days I got locked out of my dorm room, ate gluten free pizza at midnight while talking about Wes Anderson movies (and also waited an hour for it), almost froze to death, watched Joseph Gordon Levitt's lip synch battle with Jimmy Fallon, listened to a bunch of lectures about financial and study aids, and a bunch of other ~important~ college stuff, and registered for my classes (which includes a philosophy class about America in the 1960's!). While I was there I slowly, but surely realized how much of a change this is going to be for me. I've always done so much stuff with my parents and close friends, so I know that's going to be the hardest thing to adjust to. All the other new things headed my way will be for the best, though. Now I'm just stressing myself out because I'm not sure what I want to bring with me to my temporary new home. It's all sort of crazy and hella stressful right now, but I know it'll all work out! Orientation just made me angry, because I'm just ready to attend this school and live in San Marcos already! There's also a slight possibility I might get two jobs (one at a record store and the other at a vintage clothing shop)!  AHHHHHHH!!! I hope you all are screaming out of joy with me!
The LBJ museum (which we didn't get to go in because it was closed) that's only a few blocks away from campus! Next time I'm there I will make sure to take photos of the whole downtown area, because it is soooo cute- minus all the construction.
My mom and I ate here the first night, and it was really great (almost as great as the pun)! I had the peking duck in steamed buns, and it was equivalent to heaven on earth. 

Other than that not much is new. I've been working a lot, and hanging out with Cass, and listening to records (I've recently found some gems I'll be sharing with you crazy kids soon!), stressing over money, and all the other usual stuff. Leave a comment below to tell me what you cool cats have been up to lately!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

a dream come true

I made it back alive! I actually got back from Europe Saturday night, but I have been busy catching up, working, and other boring things no one cares about (even me to some extent). That being said, I finally got around to editing a few photos on took on the trip. I have quite a bit more that I will (hopefully) eventually add. Just for future reading reference, I went with a tour group to five different countries; England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Germany (and technically Austria for three hours). I hardly took any photos, because there were so many things I saw that were too beautiful to photograph. They just wouldn't have been the same if that makes any sense. I tried to snap at least one photo in each country, though. Luckily, I have quite a bit on Instagram (and I'll probably add more soon).
London, England. Ever since I was 12 years old, I had always dreamed of coming to London. I was absolutely engulfed in the band Queen, and wanted everything they had. Along with Queen, I was obsessed with the whole 60's scene (music, fashion, etc.), and still sort of am. That being said, being in my dream city was totally surreal. I loved everything about it (minus how expensive things were). My inner teener-bopper came out when I noticed all the little flats looked just like the Beatles' in their hit movie, Help!, and we stayed in Kensington, right down the street where Freddie Mercury used to live. Not only did I get to see one of my favorite plays, The 39 Steps, I got to have bubble tea in Chinatown, meet up with L.M. and her boyfriend, shop in Camden town, and of course, much more. The only complaint I have was the small amount of time I got to be here. There was all sorts of mix-ups the first day with the group and guide, so I basically had only one day to see London.
Paris, France. I thought I loved London, but then we got to Paris. That city left me speechless and in tears. I would seriously mutter, "holy shit" almost every hour, because it was absolutely perfect. I've always admired France due to Jean Luc-Godard, and being in this famous city, I felt just like Anna Karina in one of his 1960's wonder films. I hardly took photos while I was there, because I had a hard time believing I was actually there. I was so in awe, I hardly even bought anything, too! I only bought gelato, escargot (10/10 it is so yummy!), and a Batman comic- in French!!! While I was there I also got to practice my French! I don't know much, but what I did know, I made sure to use. The second day in Paris I ordered a crêpe completely in French- I was very proud of myself. We passed the fashion museum and I was soooooooo devastated that we didn't have time to go. COULD YOU IMAGINE??? It would be like Heaven on Earth. I did get to go to the War Museum, Napoleon's tomb, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower (pictured with my Mick Jagger doll above)and the Louvre (I actually didn't like the Louvre out of everything else I visited. I felt like it was very pretentious...). I'm still in awe over that city, and I cannot wait to go back! We also got to stop in Beaune, which is the cutest, little Southern French town. Wine country and AMAZING food for miles~ *looks into the distant and sighs due to the pain in my heart from missing this country*

 Lucerne, Switzerland. Have you ever wanted to live in Wes Anderson's film, The Grand Budapest Hotel? Well, believe it or not, you can- if you live in Switzerland. Although everything is pretty expensive it is worth it 100%. It is seriously the cutest, little country in the whole world. When I was in Lucerne we went to Mount Pilatus, where I almost climbed to the top of  the mountain in a hail storm (I haven't mentioned this earlier, but throughout this trip I really stepped out of my comfort zone)!
The only picture I took in Liechtenstein, the smallest, richest country ever! Overall, this whole trip was a dream come true.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

save our children

 ♥ gifted beret Pac-Sun sunglasses ♥ vintage dress from Vida Antigua ♥ vintage pin ♥ estate sale rings ♥ eyeball lunch-kit turned into a purse from Hastings Forever21 belt  Kohl's socks Bass shoes 
At first I thought all the red clashed with the pink in my hair, but it grew on me. I have been so busy lately, because of work, and planning everything for Europe, and a bunch of other stuff. That being said, I've got some great new items for the shop and my wardrobe, and my room is in shambles! I've also recently decided that I'm going to start filling in my eyebrows more. It's really grown on me, and I actually don't like how my eyebrows look when I don't fill them in now! The weather is getting warmer, and I still don't have an even tan on my legs.
 I took this picture earlier today at this fundraiser my dad was a part of. I don't know why, but I really liked the aesthetic of this sign for it's simplicity and how it's slightly warn.  The more I looked at the sign, the more I noticed how you can vaguely see an 'X' over 'GOD.' 
 Packing!!! Today I discovered the magic of ziplock bags. I sucked out all the air and squished everything in the bags to have more room in my suitcase (because socks and undies take up way too much room lemme tell ya about it).
Some of these clothes I need to put in the shop, and others is just laundry I haven't put up. Like I said, my room is in shambles (and it's slowly killing me).
 My dad and I went to quite a few garage sales and estate sales the past few days. Naturally, I got quite a few goodies for myself, including a vintage necklace and pin, estate costume jewelry, and a 1950's glasses sleeve.
I've also been on quite a book-buying kick, too. I'm starting to collect LIFE Nature/World Library books, because they are seriously the best thing ever (perfect pictures and fun facts). 
Although everything is sort of hectic right now, all is well in the land of Texas. What about you cool cats? Leave a comment below telling me what you've been up to!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

cactus baby

♥ Bill Murray necklace Oasap dress Kohl's leggings Forever21 combat boots ♥ antique briefcase ♥ Old Navy, UO, and vintage bangles 
I went thrifting with my mom earlier today, and found some real gems. A sequin mini dress from the early 1980s, Wayne's World on VHS, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" 45 record, and a lace, halter, maxi dress from the 1990s. (nail polish from Walgreens)
The other day some friends and I went to the beach. It was really fun, but I only got a taste of that wonderful summer feeling (since we only stayed at the beach for a little less than an hour). My goal this summer is to get an even tan, so hopefully I'll be seeing the beach a lot this summer (or lakes or friends' pools). I'm still in a weird state after graduating. It's not that I'm in shock, it's just that I've been waiting for this time in my life for such a long time, and now it's finally here. It feels surreal, even though it's 100% real, and I couldn't be happier. And in less than 10 days I'll be leaving for Europe! 

Last, but not least, the winner of the giveaway is Jesse Walker!!! Congratz, girl!
How has everyone's summer been so far?

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