sparkle and shine

remember when i said i was gonna post what i wore the second day of school? yeah, over three weeks ago. well i am finally doing it. i am embarrassed and amused all at the same time!

this may sound silly but this outfit is a little bit loud for me. it is mostly neutrals- pale pink, white, shades of brown, and plum- but the color combo and the fabrics are not something i would usually choose. for some reason that morning i said “what the heck” and put it all on, and ya know what? i loved it! i was comfortable and cute and all around happiness.

outfit details: all from forever21… scary!! haha.

lesson learned i guess… step out of my comfort zone and good things can happen. have you ever had an experience like this? i would love to here about it/see it!

i am excited to start this week! i have a feeling it’s going to be great.

much love friends, xo A.


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life lately…

lately there has been lots going on here in santa cruz. here are a few snippits to catch y’all up…

i got an awesome new fishy water bottle (though presently missing, i am sooo sad!!!)

we have had flowers in the house all zee time- beautiful and lovely smelling.

it rained A LOT…

and then it was absolutely gorgeous!

thomas is growing a beard/mustache- to say i have mixed feelings about it is a bit of an understatement


we have been going to cheer on our favorite banana slugs (men’s volleyball, obvi!) in their awesome winnings!!!


alex and i made brownies for the team! i did a beastly banana slug in the frosting… mustache included in honor of the whole team’s pact to grow mustache’s for the season.


i started at the marine mammal center and i am soo happy!


i fell down on campus ha!! day 1 (monday) and then yesterday (of my knee, upside down)- you can take my word that the bruise is worse than the pictures show..


friday morning our whole little house got up to watch the sunrise for alex’s 20th birthday!!!(she is next to me in both pics). we got up early, well just before 7, and drove up to pick up thomas and then to this amazing look out on the east side of campus. you can see the whole monterey bay from there, and it was all filled with fog and just breath taking! man was it cold though! it was so great and alex was just the cutest! absolutely worth getting up extra early!

hope things have been going well for you as well.

xo A.

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longweek(s): the good and the bad

hello friends, long time no chat! my apologies for that, but this week has been nutty and i have a lot to fill you in on.

this week i made an extremely difficult/important/stressful decision to drop one of my classes. after spending the first two and a half weeks of the quarter completely miserable and frustrated trying to understand the second organic chemistry course i had a break down. the class felt like it was literally crushing me. i was so unhappy and stressed. after spending a lot of time thinking i decided i wanted to drop it. thankfully everyone was more than supportive of my decision.

it was not an easy choice by any means. dropping this course means that i am barely a full time student, and it is my first time ever taking less than 15 units at a time. additionally, it means that i will not be graduating in june. i will still be walking, but i won’t receive a diploma until after completing summer school. this piece was slightly harder for me to swallow and i am not sure why. i will still be graduating (technically) a full school year early minus the two sessions of summer school. maybe i am just crazy, but i was upset at the prospects of taking summer school after walking.

in reality none of that is nearly as important as my sanity and happiness… which i finally have back! yippee! also thomas and i decided that this is my ochem break up song (judge me all you want ha!)

on a MUCH lighter note… I HAVE A NEW AWESOME VOLUNTEER POSITION!!! can you tell i am excited? i just became a volunteer at the marine mammal center monterey bay operations.

“what do they do?” you ask… well, they handle stranded,  ill, and injured pinniped (seals and sea lions) rescue and initial care. its fairly slow currently, but pup season is coming up!! and i think the drive and time commitment will be more than worth it at the first pup rescue… or the first rescue, period haha!

 seals on the beach today!

a lot of other stuff has gone on, and i will be back tomorrow with more of the good that has been going on lately!

happy saturday night lovely people!

xo A.

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hey it’s okay…

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down and out

this has been me for the last two days… bundled and drinking copious amounts of tea!

i hate being sick. it is always just the most unpleasant feeling. being stuck in bed makes me feel like i should be up and doing something or working on school work, but of course the pressure in my head and constant coughing makes it impossible to focus. on the flip side, going to classes all groggy and sniffly/coughy/mucus-y (gross i know, sorry) makes it nearly impossible for me and the poor people stuck sitting next to me to focus on lecture.

this bug that i have seems to be going around the university right now though. and a friend of mine told me today that it doesn’t get to bad and only lasts a few days… so my finger’s are crossed!

i know that there has been a lot of crickets here on the blog due to lack of original posting.. and in all honesty everything posted since last wednesday has been pre-scheduled posts. oops!

seriously though, i have been feeling really off lately. like really off. i have several drafts of posts waiting to be finished, but i just haven’t been able to actually get any of them done and posted. i also have a ton of outfit posts all planned out yet haven’t gotten my bum up to actually take the photos. and this goes way past my little blog here. there is a pile of clean clothes on the floor of my bedroom that have been waiting to be folded since, oh i don’t know, sunday? the rest of my room is a disaster.. seriously, think like a tornado hit it! and i have no motivation to do anything school related at all whatsoever.

its horrible! and outrageous and really just kind of unacceptable for me at the moment. but see, there are actual reasons for it (not to make excuses or anything) that i am choosing not to get into here on the internet. i decided today that i am not gonna beat myself up over this little funk that i am in. and i’m not gonna fight against it either. i am just gonna let it run its course… for about another week haha. after that i really just won’t be able to stand it.

hopefully everything will be back to normal, i will be back to normal, within the next week. for now i am thinking about you and this little space and really just appreciate your being patient with me.

lots of love, A.

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tuesday’s tunes

– singer/song writer – indiana boy – totally adorbs (adorable)

listen here:

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dream in color v.1

hello, i am very excited to introduce my new segment dream in color.

i am a very visual person and lately i have noticed that images trigger a strong emotional response in me. from here i got to thinking- what is it about a given image that catches my attention? the answer: colors.

dream in color will be posted every monday to start the week off right. i will choose and image that stood out to me from the previous week and produce a color palette for it.

so here is the first!

found via pinterest. source.

xo A.

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