Wednesday, December 31, 2014

At the End of This Year || 2014

I tend to become nostalgic when I consider the end of the year, when I sit typing on my computer or lying in bed staring at the clock as the seconds tick closer to midnight on December 31st. Why is it that the passing of years hits us harder than the passing of months, days, hours, seconds?

I feel like 2014 has been both quiet and eventful, that each month didn't hold one exciting aspect that I can easily pinpoint, but rather that a few of the months held unforgettable or life-changing moments. So instead of going through the year month-by-month, I'll give you my 2014 story in the months when something big -- to me, at least -- happened.

December Favorites

I decided against titling this post “faves” because it feels too teenagerish. I can handle teenagerishness for a while, but after so long I start to feel like people are judging me for acting teenagerish. I am a teenager, but I'm also supposed to be an adult. Odd, isn't it, that those two eras should coincide?
Television
Merlin. In very early December, when I was just a week and a half out from my Christmas break, I happened on a link to this show on Hulu.com. I've been wanting to watch this for a year or two at least, and was so happy to find all sixty-five episodes on Hulu for free! Admittedly the show can get slightly stupid, but I still love it. You can click here to find my full review of the first season.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Blessings // 2

22// My Certified Reconditioned Vitamix 5200
23// Finding out that green smoothies are actually DELICIOUS
24// Discovering that the BBC show Merlin (which I've wanted to watch FOREVER) is all on Hulu for free

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finding the Perfect Christmas Dress

{Disclaimer: None of the photos below are my own. All came from Pinterest.com, and before that from other different websites.}

So it might be a little late for a “holiday dress post” . . . I had planned to do one earlier but it slipped my mind. Tonight, while sitting down with a heaping bowl of deliciously cream-cheesy, bacon-y, wonderful spaghetti carbonara (it must have been so much fat but I was so hungry!), I read a post over on Petite in Pearls (which is a beautiful blog that you should follow) that reminded me I needed to write one myself.

To me, the most basic Christmas colors are green, red, silver, gold, and of course the shades of black, gray, and white--but I also think that there are other ways to go “Christmas-y” without looking like the grand fir in your living room. (Well, there's a grand fir in my living room anyway.) Any dark version of a color spells winter to me. For example, you can take a sleeveless fit-and-flare teal dress for summer and look adorable, but this one
Teal lace dress from Lane Bryant....I have a slight obsession with this dress! Must have for all the weddings next year :o)
turns the teal into a dark shade with a subtly grayish tone, adds sheer lace to the neckline and arms, and creates a perfect choice for Christmas.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

O Come All Ye Faithful

I am SO excited . . . finals are OVER and I have three weeks to enjoy before I have to go back to school! Yahoo! The only bummer is that I have to wait until Sunday for all my grades to be visible.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Drem & Splash || Installment 1

The chords for the song I recorded last Thursday for my music appreciation final. Yes, I did misspell the word “bloom” into “blume.” I was rather hilarified about that when I did it. It's because the next rhyming word is “plume.”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Despite the fact that I kind of look like a grouch in this picture (lolz) this is my favorite time of the year.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Goals

In November, I decided to start up this series as a fun way of challenging myself. Here were my goals for November (and whether or not they got checked off, haha).

Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Faves

Television
Green Gables Fables. Okay, this is not exactly television--this is a YouTube web series. And if the name didn't give it away, it's a modern-day adaptation of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, which is one of the best children's books/series ever made. Instead of Prince Edward Island, this web series is set in Avonlea, Saskatchewan. So far there have been about 35 episodes, with additions here and there in the form of hacking (hahahaha . . . not the bad kind) or Q & As. They also recently brought Gilbert onto the show, and while I didn't like him that much at first, he's really grown on me. The entire adaptation is very tastefully done and I think you should check it out :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Blessings // 1

Hello, my friends. This is going to be the start of a new series here on the blog entitled “Blessings,” as you'll see above :) I'd love to do this once a week, but I can't promise that because of my weird posting schedule which is never ever the same. I also plan on setting a goal of how many blessings I can reach before this series comes to an end--do you have an idea of where would be a good place to stop? Aaaannyway . . . let us begin.
1//White chocolate mochas
2//Hearing “It's Good to Be Alive” on KLOVE
3//Getting an exceptional grade on my biology exam
4//Helping Dad set up for the dodgeball tournament
5//A sister who has the best ideas ever, is such an encouragement to me, and an inspiration to me in every facet of my life

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Rebekah Rose // Installment 2

I did go into town this morning to help my dad load and unload wrestling pads and a sound system for the school district's annual dodgeball tournament, and I reeeaaally liked my wintry outfit, but didn't take any pictures. I needed to take the horses more water (it's about 25 degrees here with lots of snow) and then snap their blankets on because it'll probably be below zero tonight. Of course, Drem evaded me for ages because she's scared of the blanket, and Splash was just aiding and abetting her in her insubordination. :P

Annnywaaaaaay . . . since I didn't get photos of my outfit this morning, I'm going to show you Rebekah's outfit from early September.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Blog Party // Featuring Lilla Rose!

Ever heard of Lilla Rose? Well if you haven't, you need to! They sell a variety of amazing hair accessories, including flexi clips, hair sticks, hair bands, aaannd decorative bobby pins. I have one Lilla Rose flexi clip, and let me tell you--it is gorgeous and so easy to use! It's also secure and comfortable, and makes accessorizing your wardrobe that much easier!

Friday, November 7, 2014

November Goals

I'm loosely basing this on Hallie Jo's model, since I liked her idea of setting goals long after the New Year's Resolution time table has passed. I'm just figuring out my own “goals model,” so bear with me during this first installment.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

When You Say Nothing At All

Yesterday I mulled over my inability to illustrate my life in eloquence, as so many bloggers I follow do. But recently as I perused one blog I follow--and this girl has the cutest style--I noticed that she said absolutely nothing of importance. A few words and the outfit photos.

And I don't want to be like that. The problem is that I realized that I am like that 90% of the time.
As a blogger I want to strive to write thought-provoking, relevant content. I don't want to overload my readers with preachiness, but I don't want to feel as shallow as a puddle. I want to be multi-faceted--able to write funny stories about my life, be succinct and even silent at times, and inspire emotion in other instances. I don't want to talk a lot and say nothing, because at that point it is better to have said nothing.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Riptide

In case you haven't noticed, a lot of the time I run out of words to say. Well . . . maybe sixty percent of the time . . . or more. And I'm talking relevant words here. Multiple bloggers whom I follow are capable of creating delicious phrases and ensnaring readers in their stories--and their thoughts. And if the successful bloggers I follow don't do that, they're at least able to recap their day (or forecast it) in an enviable way.

Friday, October 31, 2014

October Faves

Is it really time to do a favorites post already? Dude, it seems like I just wrote one. Time is just flying. I love this season, but I wish sometimes that time wouldn't go quite so fast--and then other times (regarding school) I wish it would. I have half of the term left in front of me and another two to go before I get my degree in June.
Television
Dr. Henry Morgan by Ioan Gruffud - Forever - ABC.com
Forever. I know that I featured this show in my September favorites post, but--I love it. It's just brilliant. If you haven't yet taken the time to watch any of it, I highly encourage you to check it out on Hulu.com or Abc.com. You can watch several episodes for free on those sites. It doesn't look like the future is going to be good for this show unless it can get more viewers--so you should definitely watch it and save it from cancellation!

What You're Thinkin' Of

Do you know what I love about this outfit?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Something in the Water

Random information: did you know that right now The Piano Guys' album Wonders is at No. 44 on the Billboard 200?
Meanwhile, Taylor Swift's single “Shake It Off” is at No. 2 on the Hot 100.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Top 5 Favorite YouTube Hairstyling Channels

I love playing around with my hair and with other people's. And I'm a firm believer that one's hairstyle is just as essential an accessory as a scarf or statement necklace can be. For that reason, I experiment with new hairstyles often, and I follow a few hairstyling “gurus” on YouTube. Soooo here are my favorites.

5. Bebexo
When I started browsing around YouTube for hair tutorials, Bebexo was one of the first channels I stumbled upon. This girl is beautiful, with gorgeous long Asian hair (dyed to a chocolate brown) and enormous talent for styling it. Her channel has a lot of “interesting” styles that I wouldn't necessarily wear, but she's also really good at creating everyday and celebrity-inspired styles (the video above is a remake of a Selena Gomez hairstyle). 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dorothy

I am listening to Johann Sebastian Bach's “Little Fugue in G Minor” at the moment. I just discovered that Einstein “admired” Bach's mathematical abilities in creating the numerous counterpoints throughout his works. And I felt very triumphant after the fact, because I've believed for several years that mathematics are always in use in music.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So You Want to Play With Magic

This is me after studying for a biology quiz. I need bobby pins for the above hairstyle, so I start to ask Amy where they are, and just catch myself from saying, “Do you know where the blood cells are?”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Good, Never Great

I am tired of being good at many things but without the potential to be great.

I started playing the piano seriously at age ten. Before that, I had a rudimentary knowledge--as in, I knew where Middle C was, basically. I discovered that I loved it. A year and a half later, I started taking lessons from my church's pianist. Within a year or two I decided that I wanted to be great at the piano, so I tried to practice two hours six days a week--which, you know, never happened, because I thought I'd stress everyone in the house out by playing on a Saturday, plus at least two other days a week I couldn't fit in two hours with my schoolwork and the volunteer activities I had to do, et cetera.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Closet Inventory - October 2014

T-shirts...10. I've worn...9. How many I had in July...9.

Blouses...10. I've worn...9. How many I had in July...2.

Sweaters...7. I've worn...7. How many I had in July...7.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Final Word

The weather here has been so warm.
Like, seriously, it is not the end of August. It's the eighth of October already!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

19 Ways to De-stress as a College Student

1. Don't overwhelm yourself with your to-do list.
You may have heard from a variety of sources that to-do lists are excellent destressing mechanisms. Checking tasks off your list is definitely a relaxant--plus a motivator--but making one too full of arduous tasks is counterproductive. Let's face it: there are, and always will be, some jobs you just have to do--like homework. Try to minimize other tasks that are optional--maybe add just one a day on top of things like homework, your job, et cetera.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Day in the Life // 2


Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Milkshakes | wholeandheavenlyoven.com
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Made this for breakfast. I healthy-ize it by not using whipped cream and chocolate syrup and replacing coconut sugar (which is a pretty healthy sugar substitute anyway) with raw honey. It also makes four servings, so I 1/4 the recipe for just me. It was very thick and delicious :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

September Faves

Television
 I love how Anderson was the only one who found it impossible to believe that Sherlock Holmes was dead.
Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes has never been created so ingeniously, and never will be again. Benedict Cumberbatch kills it as the self-diagnosed high-functioning sociopath. I seriously love this show and I'm definitely Sherlocked.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Talkin' Loud, Not Sayin' Much

When I first started blogging in September of 2012 over on this blog (hard to believe I've been part of the blogging world for two years now) I did what many bloggers do: I researched scores of different articles talking about how to gain more followers or pageviews. All of them regurgitated the same basic principles, and one of the Ten Commandments of Blogging appeared to be posting often.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mary Margaret Blanchard

If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll know it's no secret that I'm a huge fan of ABC's drama Once Upon A Time. (How excited are you that Season 4 premieres tonight?!) I like all three seasons thus far, but Season One has to be the best regarding style--at least in this lady's case, anyway.
Mary Margaret (Once Upon A Time) has the cutest outfits

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Day In the Life

Today I had a biology class, and since it's my birthday I figured I might as well sort of document the day. Lolz. I'm weird.
Heah is Building 3 of the campus--the Health and Sciences building. Up on the third floor is where I take Biology 101. Btw, the fourth car from the front of the frame is a near exact replica of the car I drive--at least it looks like it from here. A little gray Honda Accord. I love them.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Semi-Automatic

Have you ever wondered why your images look so pretty on your computer screen, but once you get them onto your blog, they look ruined?
Before acquiring the Nikon D40 with a 55-200mm lens, I used a simple point-and-shoot Canon Powershot A610. To say the least, it didn't take the greatest photos. Still, I had recently started this blog, had increased my photo size to take up 100% of my horizontal posting space, and had noticed that the photo quality was just awful--so much so that I was embarrassed to have those photos on a blog.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Jemma Simmons

I'm a big MARVEL fan. So when I heard that ABC and MARVEL were working in partnership to create a new TV series called Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I was pretty excited. (Btw, Season 2 premieres Tuesday, September 23, at 9/8 central on ABC. But if you haven't seen any so far, you should watch Season 1 first.) Plus the female characters on the show--particularly Simmons--have awesome fashion sense. (Except for Agent May, but I guess leather is pretty fashionable--and being able to run around and punch people in heels is talented.)
Agents of SHIELD Jemma Simmons
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Red on Black, Venom Lack

Whew, has today been busy. I didn't get out of bed this morning till well after 9:30, and I made a cup of ginger peach tea and went out to take care of the critters. After that I read my devotional and, while eating a piece of Ezekiel bread toast topped with peanut butter and honey, I organized the call messages I'd gotten for the people I'm housesitting for. Then I was off to church to help with the weekly lunch for high schoolers (henceforth I'll just be calling this "youth lunch" in all my posts, btw); I stayed afterward for a while talking to different peeps and getting chord sheets for playing the piano for worship this Sunday.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

There are always flowers for those who want to see them {Henri Matisse}

These petunias are so, so pretty.
Likewise with the cosmos. There are bunches and bunches of these pale pink flowers, alongside some bright fuschia.

I love the effect my 55-200mm lens gave this shot. A lot of these are a little blurry because the sun was sinking at this point.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How I Pick Out What I Wear

Disclaimer: I do have obsessive compulsive disorder if you were wondering.
I know how difficult it is for a lot of people to choose what they're going to wear on any particular day. It used to be extremely difficult for me to choose what to wear. I was in that stage of life where I disliked every piece of clothing on me and hated fashion altogether. (In fact, you might be interested to know that I didn't start getting seriously interested in fashion until early 2012.) But a few years had gone and come around and I'd started organizing my closet better . . . and wearing everything that was in it . . . even though lots of times I really detested my clothes.

I still follow that same method of organization. I'm still trying to iron out its kinks, but the big picture hasn't changed in a while now. Mostly I'm just learning how to accessorize better--simply, but prettily. 

Do you want to learn how I can get ready to go somewhere in 5 minutes or less?

Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Link in Blogger Comments

A year or so ago, when I was pretty new to the world of blogging, a girl left a comment on my book blog and also left a link to somewhere in her comment. I was like, "How did she do that?? Linking in Blogger comments is impossible!!!" So I asked her. She sent me to a post with directions for linking in Blogger comments. And I tried it and . . . it didn't work.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2014 Fall Fashion Picks

Since it's after Labor Day, apparently I can't wear white anymore. And apparently it's time to start dressing in sweaters and coats. Not for me, I'm afraid . . . I ditched the no-white-after-Labor-Day a while ago. And it's still plenty warm enough in Washington to skip sweaters and cardigans--for now. But since I love fall and winter fashion, probably more than any other fashions of the year, I compiled a few pictures off Pinterest to aid me and my fellow fashionistas' inspiration for the cold months.
The only element of this I'd skip is the fur vest. It's just not my style; I do like the plaid button-down with the oversized bag and the boots, however.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Easiest Way to Rid Your Blog of Spammers

Several months ago, my book blog started generating hundreds of spam comments. My e-mail would give me about twenty a day. At least. But I got rid of them. Want to know how?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Looking Forward to Fall

The last four months of the year--September, October, November, and December--are my absolute favorites. September means the end of irrigation, which makes working out in the morning easier.
 October means the falling of leaves, cool but not cold temperatures, and--sweaters! Yahoo!