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Out and About: The Exploratorium in San Francisco

July 15, 2014

Last week, I got a chance to run wild with my bestie, Yvette, at the Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Every first Thursday of the month, the museum hosts its “After Dark” event, which invites adults inside for a night of frivolity, exploration and light drinking, if that’s your cup of tea. If you happen to find yourself in the Bay Area around the same time, run, don’t walk, to the Exploratorium.

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This exhibit projected images of our moving bodies onto this huge screen. That’s me with my arm raised in the top picture.

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Here I am waiting to see what this “Love Shack” was all about.

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Vetty balances a peacock feather on her chin while holding a cold one in her hand. Now that’s what I call talent. Those discs and sticks were in high demand, so be sure to snatch one up if you go! Word to the wise.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fliest duo of them all? A rhetorical question, ’cause obviously it’s us.

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Travel Log: Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar, 12/15/13 – 12/23/13

February 11, 2014

This post is super late, but the memories I have from Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar are clear as day, as if they happened yesterday. In mid-December, I traveled abroad with the boo-ski and his mom. His family spent Christmas there, but I flew back to the States in time to spend the holiday with my family and friends. Long story short, my European vacation was ridiculously fun. Here are some of the highlights of my weeklong stay abroad.

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After enduring what felt like THE longest layover known to mankind in Amsterdam, I arrived in Málaga, Spain, on Monday night. It’s located near the south of the country, near the Mediterranean Sea.

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Outfit of the Day: Creative Color for Brunch and Boards

January 13, 2014

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“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

This past weekend I went to a vision board party at a park in Los Angeles, hosted by my good friend Zita. In preparation for the event, I decided to channel all my creativity and positive energy by wearing a brightly hued ensemble. I started with the loud and shiny scarf that I got from Portugal and chose to highlight the yellow and red colors via my top and sneakers. What a lovely time we had, feasting on brunch treats and pouring through magazines for inspiration to place on our boards. It also was a therapy session of sorts as we talked careers, romance, religion and much more. And there was ample laughter and Zita’s legendary frittatas! Yum! It was wonderful to be outdoors with the sun shining down on us, and to have the opportunity to hang out with old friends and meet some new ones.

Sweater: Thrifted
Jeans: C’est Toi Jeans
Shoes: Converse
Hooded Sweater: Forever 21, with heart patch added by Ayesha
Scarf: Portugal

Photographer: Zita D.

P.S. Kudos to me on this, my 200th post!

Outfit of the Day: Sweaters With Subtlety

December 19, 2013

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“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

I relish the opportunities I get to spend with family. This is a casual outfit I rocked while grabbing dinner with my brother (pictured) and dad in Culver City. Pops bought me this ultra swagged out “Too Tuff” sweater featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy from a gift shop in Florida more than a decade ago. Vintage! I kept it pretty low key but jazzed it up with the subtle hints of gold around my neck and wrist. You can’t see it that clearly but the thrifted scarf tied around my purse has bits of gold and is lined in red, which accentuates my red lips. Sweater season is in full swing and I’m looking forward to spicing up some old pieces.

Sweater: Florida Gift Shop
Collared Shirt: Thrifted
Skinny Jeans: C. USA
Oxford Shoes: Miss Me?
Purse: Thrifted
Necklace: Thrifted
Watch: Target

Travel Log: Aruba (and Four Hours in Panama City), 8/10 – 8/13

August 19, 2013

I’m still elated by the memories made on my very first international trip. Aruba was amazing: the beautiful beaches, the toasty weather, the friendly faces, the abundance of adventure. I wish it didn’t go by so quickly. Here are a few highlights from my vacation with a few close friends.

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I flew out of LAX at 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 9 and could hardly contain myself knowing that soon enough I would be running wild in the Caribbean! The songs “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys and “Caribbean Queen” by Billy Ocean were on a constant loop inside my head. By the time I caught my connecting flight in Washington, D.C. — where I met up with my pals Yvette, Sierra, Corneka and James — it was beginning to feel like Christmas.

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DAY ONE:

We were greeted at the airport by Yvette’s brother, who was kind enough to let us use his timeshare at Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club, and on the short car ride there, my eyes were wide, drinking in the sights.

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After we got situated in the room (which, by the way, was a lovely two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite with a kitchen, living room and balconies facing the resort’s pools), the first order of business was to feed our growling bellies. Thankfully, we found Hadicurari, just steps away from the resort.

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Here’s a glimpse at some of the things within our view while dining.

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Out and About: Griffith Observatory

July 10, 2013

I’ve come to realize that there are tons of cool things to do in the greater Los Angeles region that I haven’t gotten around to doing. The concept of being a tourist in one’s own town is appealing, and this past weekend I got a head start by visiting the Griffith Observatory.

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The iconic Hollywood sign, which reminds me, I’ve been wanting to do that hike.

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That’s the bestie boo, Vettie, and I.

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As soon as we entered the Observatory, we were greeted by this elaborately painted ceiling, reminiscent of the Sistine Chapel.

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The Foucalt pendulum, which shows the Earth’s rotation.

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Drinking in the view.

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I look tiny in comparison to the building. It’s pretty huge.

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The Observatory telescope could be viewed from a small room off the roof.

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It was a glorious day!

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I love L.A.

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Bless Khalid’s heart for taking several pictures of us attempting the obligatory tourist “jump” shot. As you can see, I needed a little work in this department. “Wait! Do I jump on one and you take the picture on three?” Haha. I’m sure I looked crazy in the process, but by golly we got a good one!

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It was a great day, indeed. I was a little crowded, as should be expected on a Saturday afternoon, but it was well worth it. Until we meet again, Griffith Observatory.

Outfit of the Day: Black, White, Gold — Sold!

April 9, 2013

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“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad.” Psalm 126:2, 3

I guess I could call this my Janelle Monáe-inspired look, too. It’s not uncommon for me to hear that I look like the spunky songstress when my hair is styled in a pompadour (mine, of course, a subdued version of her iconic look). And we can’t forget Ms. Monáe’s penchant for black and white. I, personally, am a huge fan of the color combination of black, white and gold. After hearing a great message at church this past sunny Sunday afternoon, I accompanied my friend, Linda, to Second Street in Belmont Shore, where we enjoyed good conversation, plenty of laughs and cupcakes from Frosted.

Shirt: 99 Cent Only store (Yes, you read that correctly! I tell ya, these pieces just jump out at me. No store if off limits!)
Skirt: Forever 21
Earrings: Hand-me-downs from Mama Dee
Necklace: Thrifted
Purse (and added Scarf Accent): Thrifted
Sunglasses: Melrose Trading Post
Heels: Thrifted

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Travel Log: The Bay Area, 3/15 – 3/17

March 18, 2013

A piece of my heart resides in the Bay Area. Her name is Yvette, and she’s the best friend a girl could ever ask for.

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I really don’t need an excuse to visit the Bay (I love it that much), but this past weekend we celebrated Yvette’s birthday, and it was nonstop fun from the moment I got off the airplane. Here are a few snapshots from the journey.

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“Off the Grid” at the Oakland Museum of California. Run, don’t walk. It’s a one-stop wonderland where hipsters, well-dressed toddlers and food truck connoisseurs convene to mingle, converse, eat, dance to live music and explore the exhibits. I couldn’t have asked for better company than Sierra and Yvette (SAY Love Crew).

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Once inside the museum, we ran wild trying all the many interactive features the venue had to offer — my favorite being the “Foley” sound studio, where we provided the sound effects to black-and-white features from the 1940s using various props.

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“Fun” doesn’t even begin to convey how much we enjoyed the museum.

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Thrifted Thursday: Weekender Bag and Fun Cups from Goodwill, Santa Ana

March 14, 2013

This post is intended to be the first of many more to come, in which I chronicle the random treasures I purchase at various thrift stores, as well as some rare finds that catch my eye. To set parameters for myself so I don’t run wild a la “Supermarket Sweep” (which I’m liable to do), each adventure will be limited to $20 or less (just like Macklemore, who claims to only have $20 in his pocket. See here for a brief intro to this Seattle rapper).

Coming home empty-handed from a thrift shop is a rarity for me. There’s always something calling my name. I go in looking for one thing (in this case an outrageous wearable birthday gift for my bestie) and soon enough I have a basket full of items. Yes, I need them all, I tell myself.

And away we go, to the Goodwill in Santa Ana.

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This Royal Queen’s Polo Team weekender bag ($7.99) already came swagged out with a red rope and a luggage tag that appears to be written in Chinese. I wouldn’t dare take either off. It’s perfect as is.

I enjoy a piece with a back story. How did it end up at the Goodwill?

I’d like to think this bag once belonged to a twentysomething jetsetter who used this as her carry-on while on holiday to Southern California from Shanghai. She spent her money on designer bags at South Coast Plaza or The Beverly Center, and left the Polo Team luggage behind for her younger, doting American cousin.

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These glasses (49 cents each) look right at home on my built-in armoire. The word “happy” scribbled sporadically and the mock Composition notebook pattern are so “me.”

The grand finale of this post is the gift I got for my bestie, Yvette (see, I got what I came for, too!). I’ll post it on Friday when I give it to her. No spoilers here.

Grand total: $18.96

Update: March 15, 11:14 p.m.

Here’s the mystery birthday gift I got my friend. This red genuine leather jacket was a steal at $9.99. It totally reminds me of Apollonia or any vixen from the ’80s. And now my bestie will make it her own.

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