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Summertime at the Beach

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I went to California a couple weeks ago and got to go back to the beach where I used to spend most of my time when I lived there. I used to keep a big trunk in my car with all the books I wanted to read. I would just drive out to Santa Monica and sit in Palisades Park to read under the trees, or I would just go lay out in the sand!

Going back was weirdly less nostalgic than I thought it would be. I mean, of course a lot of memories came back, but I was more surprised at how I seemed to naturally fall back into the swing of things. Driving through traffic, going down the familiar roads was as if I had never left.

California is beautiful, and I really love it there, especially the variety you find with the people. For the most part, though, I was glad to be where I am now and moving toward my goals.

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It’s My Birthday

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…and I’m feeling 22! (Taylor Swift reference that I keep bringing up)

The past week has been crazy. I went to California/Disneyland, then to a friend’s enlistment into the National Guard, then to a concert with one of my very best friends! And chocolate! Lots of chocolate!

Some sweetheart left me a chocolate bar on my porch some point between 11-5 when no one was home. The high today was 98, so it’s safe to say that baby was chocolate syrup by the time I got it! It is resting comfortably in the freezer.

Can’t wait to enjoy that sucker later.

Happy Birthday to me!

I don’t have anything more substantial to say, but it IS my birthday!

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Blue & Bright

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New, new, new. Shirt and shorts from XXI and the clutch from Asos.

Things I can’t stop ________:

  1. Listening to: Justin Timberlake, Houdini by Foster The People, and Imagine Dragons (two links)
  2. Watching: Mad Men, this music video, and the PDS
  3. Reading: non-fiction, a fantastic genre most people don’t give enough credit, and this poem
  4. Dreaming about: California trip next month (DISNEY!), love, and allergy season ending
  5. Making: one cookie in the microwave (don’t knock it til you try it)

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Is it summer yet?

Summer Outfit

I love sunshine. I love summer. I dislike snow, especially how much snow we’ve had this winter. That’s partly because I spent my last winter in California, where it was 80 degrees in January and I laid out in the sun. Yesterday it got up to 48 degrees, I think, and it had me wishing for Spring so badly! I can’t take ANY more snow!! I just want to wear my cute new swim suit and lay out in the sun!

So sometimes, when my desire for summer just gets to be too much, I pull out my favorite shorts and a summery t-shirt, turn up the heat and sit around in them.

Not sure if it helped.

Dear warm weather,

Please come soon. Melt all the snow. Gimme those Western endless blue skies.

Threateningly,

Britt.

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How I Make Clothing Choices

As it turns out, I can’t make wise outfit choices. I keep leaving the house in what I believe is “October Appropriate Wear,” only to be dying of heatstroke by the time I’m walking to my car after classes. I think I may have figured it out though. Wear jeans, shoes that aren’t boots–but not sandals, a thin shirt with a light jacket. That  way, I’m only a little cold when I leave in the mornings and only a little hot when I leave in the afternoons. WIN-WIN. Just gotta keep a slight feeling of discomfort always and then all my discomfort will only be slight.

Or something.

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Red Shoes

Bought these shoes for my hip hop class so I can look more legitimate as I dance around awkwardly. I think they’re pretty sweet.

If you’ll notice, they fold down, and it’s plaid on the inside! I can’t wait to wear these with some sweet leggings in the fall! And an overlarge sweater? Um, yes please.

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Sorry on Post Slowness

Sorry I haven’t been posting very regularly this week. There’s just this thing called English Class, crammed into a Summer semester, and all I do is annotate articles on feminism and write outlines and papers.

Here are things that keep me sane:

I love side braids. Efficient. I don’t have to put almost any effort into my hair. Favorite polka dot shirt. Jean shorts. Mint pedicures with blue flowers. Gold sandals.

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Happy Fourth of July

Happy 4th of July, Happy Independence Day, Happy Summer! Shirt is from Victoria’s Secret, bike belongs to my brother-in-law. Can’t wait to enjoy fireworks tonight, but responsibly, of course, since half of the state is on fire.

My heart goes out to all those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom–and to all those who continue to put their lives on the line for our country!

In other news, I got a Ukulele for my birthday. I have written SO MANY NEW SONGS. I feel like Taylor Swift, writing about all my exes. Well, some I wrote while I was still with them. It’s actually really therapeutic!

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Balloons and Sparrows

I really like balloons, so when I came to work yesterday and had balloons waiting for me, I was all over them. As you can see by the new header. And the photos below. I even did my hair and nails and makeup all nice! Balloons are special, I’m telling you. The dress is from Forever21, shoes are from Forever Young Shoes. Hair I got from this tutorial on Pinterest (and modified it a little).

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What To Say on Pensive Thursday

Okay, so I really don’t know what words should accompany this post. What do I want to say… This reminds me of a couple years ago, when I first started my blogging and was living in the Blue House. I couldn’t think of anything to write then either. This is what I wrote:

It’s hard to write when you don’t have something to say. What do people say when they have nothing to say? I imagine they sit in front of their paper, or their computer, and stare. Or perhaps their eyes drift and they begin to think about other things. Like what they had for lunch. Or what their plans are for the upcoming Friday.

Everybody feels, so that’s no excuse for an empty mind. No one goes through life completely apathetic on all accounts. For instance, I am looking at a crack on my wall. I have no idea how it got there, but I feel something about that crack. I’m frustrated it’s there because when I reach for blankets at the end of my bed, sometimes my nail gets stuck and the plaster cuts my finger. Yet, I like it on account of how it brings character to this already overwhelmingly charismatic house. Sometimes, it embarrasses me when people come to visit and they notice the crack. I feel as if they are judging me for not living in a perfect house in perfect condition. But I feel about that crack in the wall. I could probably write a paper on how I feel about that crack in the wall.

So there you go. Pensive Thursday. Maybe it should be a thing. I realize the photos seem completely unrelated. You’re welcome.

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After A Long Day Of Shopping

Nice to see you again, yellow blazer! I coincidentally wore those same shoes, too, I just didn’t get a good photo of them. Nails are done with Essie’s Play Date and a top coat of Sinful Colors’ Purple Diamond. Dress is from Papaya. I got my necklace from a little boutique about a year ago and the ring on the right hand is from Charlotte Russe, the LOVE ring, I can’t remember where it’s from or when I even got it…they have them everywhere, though.

I wore this to a family friend’s reception on Saturday!

In other news, I hate it when I do that thing when I smile and my teeth go over my lip. It’s so unattractive. I should’ve gotten braces.

Oh well. So this week, I’m going to St. George! It’ll be fun. Fingers crossed I come back tan.

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Fringes

Fringe shirt from Forever 21. Shoes are vans. And a cheesy grin. AND OUT OF FOCUS!!! It makes me grumpy. But they’re not all out of focus. So that’s okay. Fringe:

Noun:
An ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material.
Adjective:
Not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme

It fits my life both ways this weekend. I have had one crazy past few days! I got great photos and letters in the mail and an unexpected surprise that made a huge difference in my week. Having my family coming to visit this weekend also was…

…interesting. To say the least!

Not related, but isn’t it funny which part of the truth you tell certain people, depending on how you know they’ll react.

I can’t think of an example without telling you what I’m talking about, but do you know what I mean?

Cheers to my fringed weekend and first half of the week.

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My Favorite Shirt

I’ve discovered that this is my favorite shirt. I love it. I could wear it every day and be happy with it. It’s comfortable and cute and makes me happy. You may remember it from here. Coincidentally, these are also my favorite shorts. They are comfortable and cute and make me happy. I got them from Charlotte Russe!

Where did I get this oh-so-wonderful shirt?

Goodwill.

Oh, that’s okay, just look at the tag!

The tag is gone. GONE, I say! It’s a tragedy, because I would go buy a million of these shirts.

The photography from the party yesterday is COMING SOON! I’d say probably Monday or Tuesday.

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Sunny California

Today, it’s going to be 80 degrees. As soon as I’m finished typing this, I’m going to hop in a swimsuit and go sit in the sun. It’s also January.

This is why I live here.

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Video Review of ELF and Outfit

So that’s the first video I ever made having to do with makeup! Yay! I forgot to mention the nail polish I’m wearing in the video is one of the ones I got in the Purple Trio. I don’t know what it’s called, though. It’s the lightest of the 3. Ugh, fine, I’ll go look it up. It’s called “Mod Mauve.” The darkest is on my toes right now, too. I like it!

Here’s the full outfit I was wearing in the video, headed out to a little bakery in Pasadena! (plus a white sweater, which isn’t shown).

Dress: Urban Outfitters, Nail Polish: Mod Mauve by ELF, Twizzlers: Package from parents! <3

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