Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Dream: Kitchen

My dream kitchen would be a mixture of retro fifties diner meets pink barbie kitchen. I love the pink appliances, black and white checker floors, vinyl bar stools and seats, cute fifties housewife apron, and of course in my dream kitchen i would be making nothing but heart shaped sweets :) I made the collage above from this really awesome website called! you can make a collage like I did or a mood board, photo album, portfolio, or scrapbook. You can change the borders around the pictures, change the size of them,add text and stickers, and change the color of the background. When you are finished you can upload it to facebook, download on your computer and share with your friends. There are lots of fun things to do on this so I thought I would the website with everyone :)

AZ Cardinals Football Game

Last Saturday I got the chance to go to a pre-season Cardinals game with my family. I've been to one professional football game before back home in Washington and even though I am a girl I do enjoy a good sporting event. I just love the excitement of it! Getting ready and wearing the Cardinal garb to support the team, the smell of food that isn't good for you at the giant hot dog I ate hehe, the roar of a big crowd as the team makes the first touchdown, till the end intensity of who will make the last score and win the game. It's all fun for me...I even enjoy the overly enthusiastic fans, the ones who yell and scream and get totally serious when the other team scores. It was funny to me to see how the opposing fans act after the game. When the cardinals lost the cardinals fans said to themselves it was just a pre-season game so it doesn't count and the Chargers fans would say smirky remarks, this interaction just makes me laugh. Its interesting to me how some people can take a game so seriously...I totally understand why the players might be upset when they loose because they work hard to win...the fans just sit, watch the game and spend money. Its all in good fun though and that's why I love it!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Opt To Adopt

There are tons of websites that show statistic of animals in shelters or rescues and honestly it's hard to know what the real statistical numbers are of animals in shelters, the number of pets euthanized each year and so on, so I will link a few web sites below for anyone interested to check out. The basic thing is that tons of pets are euthanized due to over population. Now I'm not telling anyone what to do but my personal thoughts are if you want a pet a rescue or animal shelter is a great place to look. It makes me sad to think of a poor animal not getting any love or attention. Also, if you have a dog or cat honestly they should be spayed or neutered because if not it is very well likely the number of pets in a shelter and getting euthanized will go up. Some Shelters are lowering their adoption fees which is a great way to get people to adopt! If you cant have a pet you could also look into volunteering. So basically if you are interested in getting a pet please consider adopting!

Click Here for information about adoption and to find a shelter.

Here is another great website for finding shelters and learning more about it.

This website gives you facts about U.S. animal shelters, pet ownership, and over population. The bottom of the page also gives you more links to check out.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: WetSeal

Just A few items that I would get from WetSeal if I had enough money.

Machine Jeans are one of my favorite brands and these white destroyed skinny jeans are fab!

Most of all the Machine Jeans i've found are destroyed so these are a a breath of fresh air.

this belted tunic looks nice and polished.

There is just something about this all over lace top that I like. I think it could look tacky but styled right it could be fab! Plus it comes in four colors.

This floral heart tank is adorable!

WetSeal has some great basics and I particularly like this v-neck racer tank. It comes in white, charcoal and black.

I also really like this ribbed v-neck Tee. It also comes in a variety of colors.

This knit pull over sweater comes in a few colors and I like that it has a kind of preppy look to it.

It says online that there are only a few of these dresses left. I adore the pattern on it! Soo cute!

This stripped hooded poncho looks like it would be super comfy!

This denim hooded jacket would look cool for fall.

These little red bow flats are so cute!

The added touch of a bow to this beanie hat is really cute!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summer Fruit Salad with Lime Dressing

Let me first start out by saying my youngest brother has Crohn's Disease and this recipe came from a cookbook that has recipes in it that are good for people with Chohn's or colitis and it's a good healthy recipe that would be great for a dinner party or bbq (or just any sort of gathering).

3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 medium limes)
2 tablespoons sugar (you could substitute with stevia or other better for you sweetner)
1/2 small seedless watermelon, cut into bite sized peices
1 medium cantaloupe, cut into bite sized peices
2 large peaches, pitted peeled and sliced
1 cup seedless red or white grapes, halved
1 pint strawberries, stems removed and halved
1 pint blueberries
1/2 pint raspberries

Stir together lime juice and sugar and set aside. Combine all the fruits in a large bowl. Drizzle the lime dressing and toss gently. Cover and chill 1-2 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh mint if desired.

Makes about 12-14 cups

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Delias

Just a few of my favorite things from Delias right now.

This dolman top is only $19.50 with a special of buy any two for $25 and there is a good variety of colors.

This pointelle circle top is adorable and how it's styled is exactly how i would wear it.

This Mustache Tee is cute and funny and delias graphic tees are BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF.

I adore this hello kitty tank.

I would love this shirt for just lounging around in.

This Fringed Sweater Poncho is actually probably one of my favorites! So great for a warm beachy look.

These Olivia Color Jeggings are so great! They come in a few different colors and are buy one get one 50% off right now.

These Taylor Low-Rise Skinny Jeans are great two because they come in black, white and neutral. They are also buy one get one 50% off.

I Love this dress!

This floral sweetheart dress would be great for an evening out or a party.

This prima ballerina dress in black could be so great because there would be so many ways to wear it! The perfect LBD.

These Kalisa Boots come in great colors for fall!

These Wanted Glitter Skimmers are so so cute! I love them!

I'm seriously in love with this bomber jacket! It comes in this color called claret that I think would be different and adorable for fall.

I also really like this Shearling Moto Jacket. So great for fall!

Back To School Look: Sporty

This look I'm calling sporty but its also very much a lounge outfit. It would be great for those days where you want to look cute but also have a very comfortable outfit without looking sloppy.

A cute hoodie like this hello kitty one from forever21 for $22.80 or a cute raglan top like this one from foreevr21 for $12.80. Basically just any zip up hoodie, pullover or raglan top that fits you're personal personality.

Then pick up a colored Cami that you like. I liked this one in hot pink to go with the mini mouse zip-up. It comes in lots of colors and it's only $2.80.

A pair of yoga pants like these from Kmart for $14.40.

Then you need a pair of comfy shoes. My personal favorites are converse because they come in lots of colors and patterns, they can last you a long time and they are comfortable for school. So I chose these in pink to go with the pink, grey and black outfit for $44.99.

you may or may not need some socks. If you do need a package of new socks i really suggest these from forever21 because you get a five pack for $4.50 and they also carry other super cute single pair socks for only $0.95.

The total cost of this outfit is $84.99 and with the socks 89.49 and that's before shipping and tax.

Here are just some fun extras

For working out you might want to get a sports bra like this one from forever21. Forever21 actually has a good selection of fairly inexpensive sports bras in different colors.

Also if you don't like the loose fitting yoga pants a pair of Stretch Capri Pants like these
You also might want some headbands, hair clips or bobby pins which you can find here at forever21 for super cheap!

Forever21 also has a collection called F21 University so you could look there for specific items for your school and don't forget Vs Pink! They have all sorts of super cute lounge clothes, they are just a little more spendy.

Back To School Look: Artsy

An artist is all about texture, color, and pattern and that's what this look is all about!

I'm going to start this look off with thisvery cool Fitted Zig Zag Dress from forever21 for $22.80. I think the pattern in it is very cool! Just check the length to make sure it's school appropriate.

Now the dress above has sleeves so a jacket is not necessary, especially for class but on a really cold day you may want that extra layer with a a blazer or sweater with a complementary color like this brick red blazer from forever21 for $27.80.

To keep the legs warm wear a pair of knit tights like these from forever21 for $4.50.

These olive colored flats will complement the brick red blazer and be more comfortable to wear in school. They are $12.99 from Target.

A simple necklace like a group of gold chains such as thisis perfect for this outfit without taking away from the pattern of the dress. It is only $4.80

A funky cool ring like this would be a nice finishing touch. It's only $3.80.

The total cost of this outfit is $76.69 before shipping and tax.

Here are just a few added items that I think would be good for and artsy look

ThisPainted Deer Head Top is fun and is very artistic looking.

ThisOversized Geo Hoodie has a lot of graphic detail in it.

ThisAbstract Print Dress comes in blue with dark navy and also pink with dark navy.

This is another Abstract Print Dress but this one is black and white with a pretty mesh detailing.

From far away this Abstract Fold-Over Waist Skirt almost looks like a floral print.

This graphic top has a painting on it called Water Lilies. I'll be honest I'm personally not a huge fan of it because it's printed on a purple shirt which takes away from the painted graphic but that's the beauty of art and is in the eye of the beholder :)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Back To School Look: Edgy

For the girls who really like to stand out of the crowd this look is for you!...or for anyone else who wants to try something new :)

Start this look of with a black and white graphic top with a design you like. Here is one of my favorites from Forever21 for $13.80.

Add a leather jacket or vest like this one from Charlotte Russe for 39.50. Right now some of outerwear from Charlotte Rusee is 20% off so check that out.

For a pop of color wear red jeans (or any color of your choice really)these from Delias for $44.50 or these ones from forever21 for $22.80. Personally I like the look of the ones from Delias better but it does cost more.

Tuck the red pants into these super cute studded suedette wedges from forever21 $29.80. You could also do a cute leather booties or maybe even combat boots if you don't want the added height or you simply don't want to wear heels.

Then accessorize with a studded cuff bracelet like this one from forever21 for $7.80.

This Look is more spendy than my previous two looks but it is totally worth it i think. So the total would be 113.70 or 135.40 depending on which pants you were to get. Now to put this in perspective if you were to buy a real leather vest it could cost you $1,295.00 from Neiman Marcus...but I would never suggest real leather! Even so there is one from Kohls that alone it's $114.99.

Here are some other cool things that would be good if your going for and edgy look.

These black denim shorts have leatherette pockets.

These combat boots come in black and camel.

This black and white scarf has a cool zebra like pattern on it.

These striped over the knee socks could be a cool touch with the right outfit.

This white and black skull shirt has a very pretty Day Of The Dead pattern to it.

These jeans have a very different look to them.

If you are like me and do like the look of some more edgy looks but actually going inside the Hot Topic Store is a little intimidating definitely check out hot because they really are a great go to store for those more edgy pieces.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Old Tucson Studios

This weekend the family and I went to Tucson for the weekend. My step-dad Craig had a BMX race to go to for work and so my mom and I took my younger brothers to Old Tucson Studios for part of the day to kill some time. It was such a fun family activity! Basically It's where some old western films were filmed, some of them with John Wayne (who I think is one of the best actors of all time!). First we went on the guided tour which was very informative, then we went to a comedy show in the saloon. We just happened to be in the perfect seating because I got pulled up on stage! Lucky me hahaha don't get me wrong, I love the stage just not when I'm not prepared. Then we stayed for the can-can girls performance. I love can -can dancers. The costumes are so fun and it just seems like a good time. My brother Kyle also got puled up on stage(like I said lucky seating!)The girls were great performers; singing and dancing the whole time. After that we went into a few of the shops and then proceeded to the gun show. The actors did a great job doing The Quick and The Dead. If you haven't seen that movie and you do like westerns I do suggest seeing it. My two favorite things about being there were the can-can girls and I loved seeing the costumes from the movies and the old camera that they used to film the movies with. I think though the best time to go isn't in the summer because it was HOT! Especially during the gun show because you are out in the middle of the sun on hot bleachers.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Back To School Look: Boyish Chic

The boyish chic look is all about using menswear and adding a girlish touch. Below is a look that I think will look great for school.

A Striped Boyfriend Shirt like this one from forever21 for $11.50 or this one from Hollister which comes in several colors but for $49.50.

Menswear inspired shorts (just check the length if your school has a strict dress code) like these or even these which come with suspenders. Both are from Forever21 and cost 17.80.

There are also tons of menswear shoes on forever21 right now but personally these for $24.80 are my favorite. A cute feminine touch would to buy some ribbon color of your choice and use them for lacing up your shoes with instead of just plain laces.

This Rhinestone Glasses Necklace from Forever21 comes in gold, silver and black and would add a cute studious flair to the outfit and it's only $1.50.

A Cute Hair Bow clip in a coordinating color like this. There are tons of hair bows for cheaper but I liked the ones from American apparel because of their size.

Also a cute pair of thigh high socks likethese also in a coordinating color.

The total cost of this look is either going to be 71.40 or 125.60 depending on which shirt you get and that's without tax. If you look really hard you might be able to get it even cheaper but this is what I found.

Here a just a few extra things that I like for a Boyish Chic look

A cute graphic tee like this one with suspenders and tucked into shorts would be darling I think.

Add a bright colored cardigan to add a touch of preppy like this.

A vest like this is another cool menswear staple that you could girly up.

These Lace overall shorts from amiclubwear come in cream and white and would be a super girly way to do the boyish chic look with.

ThisChain Mail Tie Necklace would be super cute done the right way!

A watch like this would definitely add a boyish touch to an overly girly outfit.

A fedora like this is always good for adding boyish charm.

If you want to go the extra mile adding a pair of readers like this is a good way to go.

Then there are suspenders, I tried to find cute girly ruffle suspenders but couldn't find any so there are these ones from wet seal. Be careful to not look to costumey.

Back To School Look: Feminine and Girly

For a feminine and girly back to school look think light colors like pinks, peaches and creams, lace bows and floral. Here is one look that I put together that I think would be really cute.

A casual floral dress likethis one from Forever21 for $19.80. I like this dress because it has the capped sleeves which is good if you have the three finger rule. If you have a length rule at school and this dress is an issue opt for a longer one and add a cardigan if it doesn't meet the three finger rule.

A pair of flats likethese from in mauve or natural for 13.90 you could even add a bow to the flats to add a even more feminine touch.

A white or cream belt like this one from for 12.99

This gold bow necklace from Forever21 for only a $1.50 would be adorable I think.

This set of six earrings for $4.00 from Charlotte Russe is such a good deal and the little gold bows would go perfectly with the gold bow necklace.

The total cost of this look is $52.19 without tax and shipping but is a total steal compared to a similar look where the dress alone was $54.00 from O'Neill.

Here are some extra things that I think are also super cute and girly

This bow print top for $8.80 from Forever21

This Fashionista Cat Top for $14.90 from Forever21

This lace cardigan from Forever21 for $22.80

This Tulle Skirt from Forever21 is so fun and girly!

These bow heels are cute and for anyone who wants to wear heels but doesn't want the height these would be perfect!

This bow necklace has the added bonus of pearls.

This Trio Bangle set for $6.80 would add a cute touch to an outfit.

This Floral Lace Clutch could look grandmaish but with the right styling could add a cute girly flair.

This lace bow scrunchie could take a plain ponytail from blah to girly chic!

These lace ankle socks from American Apparel come in tons of colors and are super girly!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back to School!

Today my little brother got on a bus and is starting his first day of Jr. High. I'm not sure when everyone starts school again but here in Arizona they start in August. I remember the first day of seventh grade I was so scared. A new environment, new people and the horrible thought of getting lost definitely crossed my mind. Starting at a new school can be scary but it can also be an adventure too. Like I told my brother school will be what you make it. If you want to like school you have to be active. The only kids who like school are the ones who do sports, join clubs and participate in school activities. I'll be honest I was one of those kids who didn't do anything but go to school, hang out with my circle of friends and be at home. It's no wonder I didn't like school! So my advice to those starting Jr. High or High School is don't be afraid of trying new things; join a sport, try cheer, look into clubs and never say no to going to a school dance or function because that's what makes school fun. It will give you that sense of belonging that a lot of kids feel like they are missing out on. Oh and also the picture of the bus above is just because I sooo wish there was a school that had pink buses!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Dream Is A Wish....

Everyone has dreams in their life. I for instance, dream about one day being able to travel the world. I would love to go to France, Spain and Italy. The sightseeing, food, fashion..just over all culture of other countries is something that interests me very much. The down fall for dreaming though is that often times we counter the dream with "oh I can't really do that, it's just a dream". No one not even yourself should be able to tell you that you can't do something or that it'll never happen. If you tell yourself that it wont happen then it wont. Yes making your dream a reality may take hard work but in the end you will be so happy that you made your dream come true. So work HARD and dream BIG! Make your own dreams come true.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Smile : )

Sometimes I like to just go through Google Images, Photobucket, and to find cute, funny, and sometimes inspirational pictures that make me smile or laugh. Here are just a few that I've come across lately. If you are having a bad day maybe these pictures can make you smile or laugh and make your day just a little better : )

Arizona Mills Mall

Yesterday my mom and I took my brothers back to school shopping at this mall in Tempe called Arizona mills. I will not be going back there anytime soon! First off, it's a little far from where we live. I was honestly scared to be there. I did not feel comfortable at all. At one point I heard a woman screaming! Technically no where you go is completely safe but I would at least like to be shopping at a place I feel comfortable at. Then there was the cleanliness factor. Now, no mall is a germ free place but the bathrooms in this mall were just straight up nasty! It looked like a bunch of animals came in there and shredded all the toilet paper; I refused to go to the bathroom there so I cut the shopping trip a little short. All bathrooms are dirty I understand that but if I’m going to be using a public restroom at a mall I like it to at least appear clean. They had fun music playing and a good selection of stores that’s about it. So overall I think I’m just going to stick to the malls closer to home.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Pooky Bear, Graphic T's, and Homecomings.

I know some people think it's silly to have stuffed animals when you are older but I love them! I have one in particular that I keep on my bed at all times and it's Pooky Bear. For anyone who doesn't know Pooky Bear is Garfield's stuffed bear. I got him when I went to silverwood theme park in Idaho a few years back and he's been with me ever since. It's my personal opinion that you can never be too old for a stuffed animal... especially Teddy bears : ) Graphic T-shirts are seriously adorable! Some people don't like them and some do. I'm one of the people who does like them. I think they are super fun and one day I'm hoping that maybe I will have my own line of graphic T's. For now though I'm hoping to just get my hands on the new sharpie stained fabric markers so I can make my own personal shirts. My brothers are coming back today! They left to see my dad back in Washington. It will be nice to have some people to swim with now :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cherry Cheescake Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in larger mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in white chocolate chips and dried cherries. Drop by well rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. makes about 5 dozen cookies

Enjoy! :)

Party Planning and New Found Loves

It's been awhile since I updated this blog. It's still very much hot here in Arizona. On a serious hunt for a car and it's testing my patience. I don't like to talk negatively but unfortunately a flaw of mine is I'm not very patient, I am working on that but it's hard when you so desperately need a car so you can get a job. I know that a good deal will come a long it's just a matter of looking very hard. It can get frustrating though when you are in a new place and all you want to do is get out of the house but you can't. I'm sure it must be how a bird trapped in a birdcage must feel. One of my hobbies is parties. I love to plan parties I think it's so much fun! Lucky for me my sister is having a back to school party so I'm helping her put that together. A Few of my new found loves: Andrea Bocelli's voice is so soothing and helps me to wind down at night, The Unofficial Harry Potter I haven't read all the harry potter books or seen all the movies but this book is adorable! It has recipes for butter beer and pumpkin juice, Mad Men is my new favorite TV show because I love to see the outfits of all the characters, and Betsey Johnson. Her style is so unique and fun and girly to the max. Some stuff might be kinda out there but I just can't help loving the over the top things it's so much fun and fashion should be fun!