Current Mood

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Like these images, what has been exciting me has been tending to fall from one extreme to another. I feel it’s good to have a varied set of things that peak interest, so you’re not just stuck and can be balanced out. At least, that’s what I believe… Then again, i’m the weirdo at Target who’s in the movie section looking to get both Pulp Fiction and Tangled. 😉

(all images via Tumblr)

Daughter

In celebration of my other half and I getting tickets to see Pearl Jam in Portland on the day after Thanksgiving (tickets went on sale on Saturday!), I give y’all my favorite song by them– “Daughter”. Growing up, I never really idolized Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera like a good majority of girls who were my age. Instead, I turned to local rock stations and found that the sound of the bands that they played suited my personality more so. Though I’d definitely say I listened to Nirvana more than Pearl Jam growing up, I definitely appreciated both bands. Especially since both bands were on heavy rotation, and still are, for the radio station that shaped me while growing up.

Also, if y’all want to see Pearl Jam make sure to check out their tour website ASAP as some cities are already sold out!

-C

Happiest Place on Earth

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Having grown up as a Disney kid and yet never having gone to Disneyland, I always thought I was deprived of a fundamental childhood experience. I mean.. C’mon, it’s Disneyland! Fortunately for me, plenty of people my age still go to Disneyland all the time. So asking my other half (pictured for the first time! …what a dork ;)) if we could go to Disneyland while I was visiting, I did not feel one bit embarrassed at all. I’m so happy that we went because it was only one of the best days of my life. Also, luckily for us, we went the day after the 4th of July and they still were shooting off the July 4th fireworks plus there were hardly any long lines for us (thank the lord for fast passes!).

What’s your favorite Disneyland/Disney World memory?

-C

(Minnie Ears: gift; Mint Crop Top: Topshop; Shorts: Topshop; Purse: Urban Outfitters; Tennis shoes: Reebok)

4th of July (San Diego County Fair Style)

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Every year the San Diego County Fair, held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Del Mar Racetrack, has a different theme. This year’s theme was “Game On!”, which was centered around arcade games to even board games. However, I’m not gonna lie, my favorite part was the food. From having the best pretzel i’ve ever had in my life to nomming on a fried Klondike bar, I was in food heaven. Another great thing about the Fair was right after my other half and I got on the ferris wheel, the fireworks finale started. Lucky us, huh? 😉

(Crop top: American Apparel; Shorts: American Eagle: Belt: Urban Outfitters; Shoes: TOMS; Lip Earrings: NastyGal)

Photos by Andrew Murray

Best of Comic Con

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Chris Pratt

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Ginnifer Goodwin + Josh Dallas

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Tatiana Maslany

San Diego Comic Con is most definitely known for the cosplays that people put on. However, I have always kept up with panels that each show and movie do when they’re there. One day I’d finally love to go to Comic Con as they have a variety of shows, from Once Upon A Time to Game of Thrones to Orphan Black that have panels and signings. I also think that it’d really just be such an interesting thing to experience, that should be done at least once in a lifetime.

Have a great Monday!

-C

(all photos were found on Tumblr)

Rock and Roll Fantasy

The first time I heard this song was after my dad saying how he thought it reminded him of me. The main focus of the song is someone who listens to rock music as a way to escape where they are currently. As I was growing up, I would listen to my dad’s 8 tracks and cassettes wishing and hoping one day I could get out of Texas for a little while. For me, this song related to all of what I felt as I rummaged through my dad’s music to escape Houston suburbia. I feel, though, that others also can relate to the song as I did no matter their situation. The depth of this song and the story it tells just shows a bit of the range that The Kinks have in their discography. Unfortunately, I still feel that they are one of the most underrated bands.

 

Day and Night

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As you can see, I was sporting some awesome tan lines. Fortunately for me, the tan lines went away the weekend following our Los Angeles trip.

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The Venice Beach area definitely had its share of eclectic people and places. Amongst all of that, though, are the canals (seventh and last pictures). The peace and quiet that surrounds you while walking along the canals is so soothing to where you just want to soak it all in for however long you can. My other half swears that the area is probably one of the quietest spots in L.A.

Hope y’all have a great weekend, no matter how you spend it!

-C

(Romper: Urban Outfitters; Sunglasses: Ray Ban)

Photos by Andrew Murray

The Getty Center

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The Getty Center was just absolutely breathtaking inside and out. Riding on the way to it, we had to take a Tram along the hillside where you could look out onto Los Angeles. The sights of the cityscape were even more gorgeous as we looked out from the grounds. Also, the French Baroque and Impressionism (one of my favorite art periods) artwork were gorgeous. I was also so excited to finally see Van Gogh’s Irises in person–eeek!

Even if you’re not the biggest art fan, I definitely recommend to at least make one trip out to the Getty Center for the views alone.

-C

(Top: Urban Outfitters; Shorts: American Eagle; Sandals: Target; Sunglasses: Ray Ban; Nail color: Essie’s Bikini So Teeny)

 

Photos by Andrew Murray

Soft Shock

While going up and down the 5, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs seemed to be on a constant play in our car. “Soft Shock”, of their album It’s Blitz!, is such a perfect driving song as the guitars and electronics give you a good steady energy.

I first became a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs when I was a teenager starting the 8th grade watching Fuse repeatedly over the summer. One day, their music video for “Maps” came on and it just brought so many emotions. It was instantaneous love and to this day that is still my favorite song of theirs and one of my all time favorites in general. Unfortunately, when we went to Amoeba Music they did not have Fever to Tell (the album “Maps” is on), but they did have Its Blitz!, so instead that is what I decided to get along with a Beatles album.

What is a song that has shaped your music taste?

-C

Bits and Pieces of California

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I had to eat In & Out on the beach right when I got there. I love me some Animal Style fries!

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The next day, we headed off to LA and visited the Getty Center (first picture) while staying near Venice Beach (second picture).

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The Tyrion Lannister bobblehead I found at Amoeba Music that I almost bought but instead decided to stick with my albums and CD.

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Snacking on Dylan’s Candy Bar candy while watching the sun go down at Santa Monica Beach was a great way to end our 2 day stay in L.A.

dorking it at SD County FairFor July 4th, we went to the San Diego County Fair. As you can see, I was dorking it up big time there 😉

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….and then I also dorked it up at Disneyland later on in the trip (boo to the blurry photo!).

There y’all have it–bits and pieces of my trip! Hopefully I’ll have time to post more pictures here soon!

-C

 

 

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