Friday, February 26, 2016

Daily Life: Appa

Remember Mr. Peanut Butter? Peebs? He got lonely, the poor guy! So we adopted "Diesel," the tough exterior pictured above. We changed his name to "Appa," which is a character from a cartoon I referenced in this post. You know you're a nerd when your cats are named after cartoons, am I right? Appa suits him better, as he is definitely not the tough one. He is a little bit more shy, but is just as much a friendly, lap-loving kitten as Peeb. He's not as food-motivated but loves catnip, and has a cute, squeaky little meow. The two of them fell in love pretty much instantly and can always be found grooming each other, playing, or napping together.

'Little Squeaky' and 'Big Butt.'

Obviously you have stumbled onto the ramblings of a crazy cat lady lol, but seriously they are nice to have around, I really believe that pets reduce stress. Always good to have friends of all kinds, y'know? If you blog and have written about your pets, feel free to share a link in the comments :)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Daily Life: Study, eat, treat

Becoming more fluent and finishing school is at the top of my list these days.
A snack my Mom always made when I was growing up -- ham, light cream cheese & chives.

Tried this at-home treatment that really works.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

What I wore: Fall Outtakes 2015

Ralph Lauren dress: Macy's
Cropped cashmere cardigan: Secondhand
Gold tights & purple boots: Target

So, I had a few photo sessions that didn't produce as many photos as I would have liked, so I'm finally getting around to clumping them together in one go. I've done posts like this before here, here and here! For this first outfit, truth be told, I wore this dress for Halloween AND Thanksgiving. I couldn't find the perfect elements for some costumes I had in mind, so I decided I just wanted to wear a pretty dress. And then of course a babydoll dress is perfect for eating so I had to wear it on Thanksgiving, too! Haha. This cardigan is a really unique item because it was given to me by a college professor. She brought a bunch of her old clothes in to give away to students and I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's kinda special to have a piece of clothing to remember someone by!

Tiny gold skull necklace: Black Persimmons

Black thermal long sleeve: Old Navy
Open cardigan with pockets: Target
Studded bag & plaid skirt: Thrifted

Leaf chain ring: Love Diamonds Forever
Compass ring: Laonato 

As for this outfit, one of my new favorite things is tiny gold jewelry, so I wear the pieces pictured here pretty often. The leaf ring is actually my engagement ring, but after having it sized twice and still not fitting my freakishly small hands, I decided to let it live on my middle finger for awhile. So for now I wear the compass on my ring finger, a silly little stand-in for the time being. The leaves and compass are significant to me because they signify the many walks Mr. Blue Sky and I take in the woods. I've come to see this activity as symbolic of our life together. Anyway, 'til the next outfit do we meet again!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What I wore: Tribal Influence

Gray cable knit sweater: American Eagle
Scarf: Locally made from this event
Quilted skirt: Prana

Embroidered bag and beaded earrings: Local Yoga studio I first wrote about here.

I've had this skirt since last year and I wear it all the time, it's so warm and comfy! It's lined with fleece on the inside and so are these tights, so there's a winter fashion secret for ya if you didn't know. So yeah, this ensemble combined with a nice long puffer coat, a hat and some gloves, is totally warm enough for me to wear to walk around campus all day or go for a walk in the woods. In fact, I found this abandoned house while taking a walk around my neighborhood and knew I had to take outfit photos here. Speaking of new outfit photo locations, I actually found another one and I can't wait to design the shoot! So, 'til then :)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Daily Life: Bake Bake Bake

Homemade fresh pretzels. See the recipe here.

A raspberry thumbprint cookie, recipe not yet perfected. These were tasty but not the shape & texture I wanted!

Pistachio and cardamom pound cake. Make it yourself with this recipe.

It's safe to say I've had a lot of time on my hands over school's winter break, and with the cold weather coming in, the timing was perfect. Over the last few weeks I spent a lot of time standing at a warm stove, trying to improve my cooking and baking skills. I didn't have a chance to photograph the other things I've made, but ratatouille happened and my favorite food adventure was the Swedish meatballs! The pretzels went over really well at my house, and the pound cake flavors were totally new to me. Vanilla bean, cardamom, and pistachio is a sweet but slightly spicy combination. I loved it! Ever tried it? And have you cooked or baked anything great lately?