Talking New Year’s Resolutions

I’m not one for setting New Year’s resolutions. I do love the idea of setting goals and eventually getting to check them off, but I just normally don’t set any real “resolutions.” Maybe it’s the pressure of everyone asking “What’s your resolution?” Or maybe it’s just a little spark of rebellion (lol, just kidding).

But this year I decided to set one small, just-for-fun resolution: I wanted to learn a new skill. And I’m so excited about the goal I’ve picked!

This year, I’m going to learn how to play the ukelele.

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I’m not a musically gifted person. True, I played piano a little as a kid. And I’ve always loved singing – I took choir through middle school and part of high school, and drove my parents crazy as a child because I was always singing. Even now, I find myself filling quiet space with song. I don’t even realize I’m singing, until someone tells me to be quiet. So I thought the ukulele would be a natural choice – something I could strum and sing at the same time. Plus, it seems like a relaxing hobby that would be just for me to enjoy.

So I bought a ukulele online after reading a few reviews, and I’ve had it about 2 weeks now. I’ve been playing almost every day for about an hour, and I’ve improved SO SO much already. I’m still not good, but I really enjoy it, and I notice significant improvements every time I play. As a perfectionist, it’s easy to get caught up in the imperfections in my playing, but I’m trying to be more kind and mindful that it’s ok to be imperfect every once in a while. My brother, an amazing musician, told me his mantra with music: “You have to be ok with being terrible all the time.” As he explained it, you’ll never really feel “good.” And that’s ok! For me, the ukulele is about peace and finding another method of expression and relaxation. And that feels like a really good thing.

What are your goals or resolutions for the year?

Xo

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Life Update: Happy New Year

You guys! It’s been so long. I don’t have any good excuse, only that it’s been a busy whirlwind couple of months. I wanted to share a quick update on my life, and also to wish you all a Happy New Year! Can you believe 2018 is here? I have lots of hopes and goals for this year, and I’m really looking forward to get back into blogging in the new year.

I’ve been getting back into hiking the past couple of months, and it feels so good. A few weeks back, I was hiking with a friend in the redwoods and it was right in the middle of the ladybug migration season. How cool is that? There were literally thousands in clumps all over the trail.

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I flew back to Colorado for 3 days over Christmas to see my family and it was really nice. It was a short trip but it was great to spend some quality time with them. Now that I live in California, I don’t get to see my family that often and it’s just nice to be in the same room. My cat was…ignoring me pretty much the whole weekend. But that’s how cats are, isn’t it? My parents were babysitting a dog, and he was the sweetest dog ever — a total snuggle baby.

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This December, I tried to do as many holiday-themed activities as possible. Some of my friends got together for a gingerbread house competition, and it was so much fun. We couldn’t pick a winner, because they all turned out so good. Everybody got really into the details and we all got so competitive, it was such a fun thing to do with friends!

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I’ve been doing some little art projects lately, and one of my friends thought of this brilliant idea to hang paper airplanes from the ceiling over the bed. I love it so much, it’s one of the most fun room decorations I’ve ever had. It’s very comforting to wake up and see colorful planes having over you.

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I also took a stab at making my first Christmas ornament this year: a pineapple out of felt. I made it for a friend, and it took me probably 5 hours to do it, but I love the way it turned out! I might write a tutorial for the pineapple, if you guys are interested. I know it’s past Christmas, but I think this could be cute at parties or baby showers or summer bbq’s, too. (:

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I hope you all had a great holiday season, and Happy New Year! Anybody have a resolution this year? I’d love to hear what your goals are for the year.

xo

 

Family Weekend in Santa Cruz

Are you guys busy getting ready for Halloween this weekend? I feel like it really snuck up on me this year, I’m just spending the night with my roommates and friends for some board games in costumes (we’re all dressing up as different Rick’s and Morty’s from “Rick and Morty”). I didn’t go to any Halloween parties this year, because my parents flew out from Colorado to visit.

We drove down to Santa Cruz, CA and spent a fun and relaxing 3-day weekend in the surf and sand. I think we got really lucky with the weather, because it was in the upper 60’s and 70’s with sun while we were there. We spent our time eating good food, walking around a few towns, and sitting in the sand. It was the best! Here are some pictures from our weekend:

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We stayed in an Airbnb about a mile from Capitola Village, which is one of my favorite Santa Cruz beaches. There’s always a lot to do and see in the village; you can walk along the beach, watch the surfers ride the waves, stroll around the town, and grab a bite to eat. The crowd seems to be very family friendly, too, so it’d be a good place to take kiddos.

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My favorite little beach-side shop to eat is Beach Break by Mariannes in Capitola – they have amazing fries. I got the fried chicken sandwich with sriracha-mayo, but the burgers are great, too. I always take pictures of my food, my parents think I’m ridiculous. But how else will I remember the great meals? Duh.

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My parents are seriously the best. I’m so grateful that we have such a close family and good relationship, I know a lot of people don’t have that with their families. Anyway. I’m just glad to have them in my life.

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The first day, we drove down to Pajaro Dunes area, exploring. The beach ended up being too cold and windy that day, but we stopped at a farm stand and picked up these INCREDIBLE berries. I am not kidding, these strawberries were the BEST I’ve ever had. I’m not sure I can even eat a normal strawberry again. Kidding, but they really were that good.

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On our second morning, we walked around the Santa Cruz beach harbor in the fog. The guy who took this picture at the lighthouse for us said “do something exciting,” and apparently I thought that meant sticking my arm out. Haha.

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We loved spending time at Main Beach and the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz. My favorite part is the wharf, because they have all these little cut-outs where you can peek down under the pier and see sea lions! We must have seen 100’s of them over the weekend. We kept going back for more, haha. My family really loves animals. Sea lions are so fun to watch, they keep climbing on top of each other to get the best napping spot.

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We grabbed street tacos at a little dive just up the street from the wharf. You just can’t go to the beach without getting tacos, am I right? The shredded chicken taco was SO GOOD, you guys. I wish I remembered what the little restaurant was called…I do remember it was green! Anybody know?

Anyway, I loved spending the weekend at the beach with my parents. I’m so glad they were able to fly out and visit me, especially because it’s pretty rare I get to see them these days! Such a good time.

xo

Life Lately: October Vibes

Is it just me or was it just August, like, last week? Somehow we’re already almost through all of October, and it hasn’t quite felt like fall to me yet. Maybe it’s because I’m used to the Colorado fall, and here in California it’s still been pretty warm. Seriously, this week is in the high 80s and low 90s! There’s barely any color changes in the leaves, too, which is kind of weird. But, one way or another, it’s almost November. Wanted to share a few quick photos with a brief update, since it’s been such a busy fall.

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A couple of weekends ago, I hiked Mission Peak (a classic Fremont hike) with a friend. It was 85 degrees in the middle of the afternoon and we didn’t bring enough water, and I honestly thought I wasn’t going to make it. My friend pushed me to the top, and even though I probably won’t do that hike again anytime soon, I’m glad we made it. This picture is the view from the top. (Also pretty amazed my friend put up with my complaining, thanks for dealing with me at my worst.)

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After trying sushi for the first time this month (and loving it, surprisingly!), I picked up this adorable printed blouse as an homage to my new love for it. All them sushi vibes!

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Made homemade hot-pot last weekend, and it was SO good. Still tampering with the broth recipe, but it’ll get there. If you haven’t had hot-pot before, it’s a broth that you cook meat and vegetables in at your table (kind of like Asian fondue, I guess?).

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My poor kitty (who lives in Colorado with my parents) had to have a cyst removed above her eye this week, and she looked so scary after! Poor little girl. I guess the timing is all right, with Halloween right around the corner. She can go as a zombie cat, maybe?

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Picked up this little Cabin candle and have really enjoyed burning it so far. It’s subtle but freshens up the room with a musky, earthy scent.

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And a snapchat from the Pumpkin patch, because what would Halloween be without pumpkins? Side note, I carved mine WAY too early and it’s already mushy. So. Womp womp. But it was still fun, definitely one of my favorite fall traditions. My family always carved pumpkins every year, and I love continuing to do so to celebrate the season.

Anyway, hope things are going well for all of you! Happy Halloween (:

xo

Little Beauty Gifts

*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.*

I love giving gifts. It’s kind of like a sport to me, and I’m thinking about gifts for specific people all year round. I just get so excited to give the recipient the special thing that I picked out for them! As a kid, I remember accidentally blurting out the surprise to my dad on at least 2 occasions. And I still actually have to be really careful not to accidentally tell the person what I got them, even as a 25 year old. I almost always ruin it somehow, just from pure excitement.

As much as I love giving gifts, I do find that some people are challenging to come up with good ideas for. I find myself searching for the perfect gift, and often feeling like I’m coming up short. Today, I’m sharing a quick round-up of little beauty/makeup gifts that would make great gifts for friends, coworkers, or family members that love beauty products!

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CANMAKE Cream Cheek Blush in Coral Orange: I love this adorable cream blush. It’s made in Japan and I had to wait about a month to get it after ordering (totally worth it, by the way!). But this stuff is amazing. It gives my cheeks that dewy fresh pop of blush, and lasts several hours before fading. Plus, it comes in the most adorable little compact, and is little enough you could stash it in your purse for later.

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Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist with Rosemary – a finishing spray that sets your makeup with SPF 50? Sign me up. This little beauty product is great for your golden goddesses that are happiest in the sun, but don’t want to expose their skin to UV rays. Plus, the scent is refreshing. And you can just toss it in your bag or purse for the day and head out the door!

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The Beauty Crop – Fabulous Flocking Lashes Waterproof Mascara: most waterproof mascara that I’ve ever come into contact with hasn’t been all that waterproof, but this product really works well for me! I’ve swam in the ocean (and had a total Moana moment, when she tips the boat over and gets slammed by waves over and over) and this mascara stayed put all day. Plus, it’s really easy to remove with eye makeup remover at the end of the day so I don’t have to scrub my eyes so hard. And it’s a pink tube with flamingo print!

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Pacifica Solid Perfume – this little solid perfume is small enough to throw in your bag without worrying about it getting crushed or weighing you down. They’ve got lots of pretty scents (I have the Tahitian Gardenia scent), none of which are overbearing or strong. Plus, the packaging is simple but cute, which is honestly important when it comes to makeup. I think it’d make a great gift for anyone (pre-teens, teens, or adults).

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NYX Born To Glow – Liquid Illuminator: it’s no secret I love this liquid illuminator, I’ve been using it for a couple years to give my skin that natural glow you get after a yoga class. I use the Sunbeam color because it gives my fair skin a nice glow. It lasts forever, too!             Little Beauty Gifts // ImperfectChevron

Almay Pen Eyeliner in Navy: blue eyeliner has been a big trend in beauty this year, and I can see why. Navy blue adds a subtle pop of color without seeming too overdone or exaggerated. Who wouldn’t appreciate a fun eyeliner for those days when you need something to wake you up and get you going? *Ahem, Mondays*

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Just a few special things to treat all the amazing people in your life! I’d honestly love to receive any of these fun little beauty products, and I think most of my friends would, too. Happy gifting!

xo

 

Fall Fashion Inspiration

As sad as I am to be saying “goodbye” to summer, I always look forward to fall. The crispy air, the changing leaves, and of course, the fashion. Is it just me, or is it way easier to put together the perfect looks in the fall? I think it has something to do with layering.

Anyway, I’ve been trying to curate a “quality over quantity” closet this year by cleaning out my closet and only purchasing quality pieces that fit into a collection of clothes that all work together. And I’ve definitely got a few target pieces I’m looking to add to my collection this fall. Here are some fashion pieces that are inspiring me as we swing into Fall (click photos for links):

1. Structured Tops

I’ve been seeing (and LOVING) all the structured tops this year. Bell sleeves, peplum, give it all to me! So into it. These tops are versatile and can be dressed up or down. Fall Fashion Inspiration // Imperfect Chevron

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2. Statement Jackets 

I’ve always been a fan of statement jackets. I think that you can take a blah basic outfit and transform it into something really special with one really unique piece. Yes, they may not match everything you own, but a statement overcoat can change your whole look and upgrade your layering game.

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3. Slide-on Sneakers 

These have been around for a while, and I finally just found a light sand colored pair that I’m officially in love with. They’re comfortable and look amazing with jeans, especially skinny or boyfriend style jeans.

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4. Barely There 

Supermodels like Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Kendall Jenner have been all over this style for a while, but I am officially on board with the “lingerie” style camis. They’re comfortable and breezy, and are honestly an effortless way to look well-dressed. I do caution, though, the best way to style these while remaining professional is to make sure not too much actual lingerie is showing underneath. A little peek of lace is subtle and sexy, but you don’t want to show the whole bra.

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5. Short Skirt / Long Jacket 

I’ve always loved the look of long-sleeve tops with shorts or mini-skirts, and I love this cozy version with a pink suede skirt. I actually purchased a pink suede skirt last spring and haven’t had the right chance to wear it out yet, but this picture made me want to wear it ASAP. Love the balance of a chunky knit with a soft mini.

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So that’s all I’ve got for now! I’m sure in another month or so I’ll be ready to share some more pieces I’m dreaming of. Now that we’re all in the fall spirit, who else is ready for Halloween?! *raises hand*

xo

 

A Day in Santa Cruz, CA!

A lot has happened this summer, so lets play a quick round of catch-up before I share some fun photos from a recent day in Santa Cruz.

I visited home (Colorado) over July 4th weekend, and it was SO GOOD, you guys. Spent so much time with my parents and brother, and my grandma. I even got to see my cousins! I love my family so much, and it was such a nice little trip. My cat kind of ignored me the whole time, but you know how cats are.

I turned 25 (omg, how!?) and spent my birthday moving into a new room. I’m settling in, loving my new room and my new housemates. This year is going to be a good one, I can tell.

I started a new workout routine…I’m waking up at 5am to go to the gym 3 mornings a week now. It’s…new. I don’t enjoy getting up that early, but once I’m at the gym, it doesn’t seem that bad. And I’m finding I feel a little more energized on those mornings! So we’ll see how long it lasts. I’m trying!

Aaaaannnd…that’s pretty much it. Oh, I’ve had a disappointing turn of events — I think I mentioned I was planning a trip to Paris, France, with my family for the fall. I am not able to go on the trip, so been feeling a little bummed about that…but I’m trying to stay positive and putting my efforts into thinking about a spring destination. Any suggestions? I’m thinking somewhere in Spain or the Mediterranean region?

And now, some photos from Santa Cruz! When my dad was in town helping me move to my new place, we went to Santa Cruz for a day of relaxation at the beach. The morning was really foggy, but we stopped at the Harbor for a couple hours to walk and look at the boats, and it gave me all the feels. We even saw some dolphins off shore!

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And this little dingy was called “The Eloise” so of course I had to take a picture, since my cat is named Elouise (and yes, I know it’s spelled incorrectly).

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We drove up to Capitola village and hung out on the beach for a few hours. We grabbed these delicious burgers at the ice cream shop right off the beach (SO GOOD), saw a seal in the shallows, and walked on the pier.

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We love you, Santa Cruz! Looking forwards to spending more time at the beach soon.

Hope you’re all having a great summer!

xo