Healthy Snacking

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Healthy foods make me feel fresh, energized, and well...healthy! If you are looking for some healthy snack suggestions, check these out:
{fresh watermelon}

{Berries. My mom usually buys a giant bag of these that come frozen from Costco. It's a lot cheaper this way, because fresh berries can be expensive, spoil faster, and they tend to come in one-serving packages. I usually pour a good amount into a bowl, drizzle a little bit of honey over the top, and wait about ten minutes for them to thaw out.}

{Hard boiled eggs are a good source of protein. I like to eat these with a little bit of salt.}

{Boiled artichoke with olive oil and lemon. You can find directions on how to prepare an artichoke here and more recipes for more dips here. This makes a great snack for studying or a party. The only part you eat is the meat on the inside of the leaf, rather than the entire leaf.}


Other ideas: yogurt with granola, Nutri-Grain bars, dried fruit, low-sodium pretzels, nuts, string cheese, whole wheat crackers with hummus dip, cottage cheese, and unsweetened apple sauce.

P.S, I really enjoyed reading your guys' feedback and movie lists on my previous post! I'll have to check out some of the movies that were mentioned. You guys are great!

Stranded

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A few weeks ago, I caught a re-run of The Office on TV. It was the episode where Ryan accidentally left his cheesy pita in the community toaster causing a small fire to start. Everyone was forced to evacuate the building. While waiting outside, Jim decided to initiate a bonding activity where each person was to name 5 movies they would choose to have with them if stranded on a desert island.

I thought it would be fun to replicate the idea, so here are mine.

{The Notebook}

{Forrest Gump}

{The Titanic}

{Little Miss Sunshine}

{Stepbrothers}
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What 5 movies would you bring?

p.s,
Check it out: Cara and I are nailpolish twins today!

nailpolish: F21 $3

One Necklace, Three Occasions

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I might have mentioned this before, but since my freshman year of college, for 95% of the clothing I purchase, I usually ask myself, "Is this practical?" I don't like buying things that I only plan on wearing once, even if it's for a special occasion. In that case, I will find some way to work the piece into my everyday wardrobe. The only exception to this rule would be my prom dress.

While at Nordstrom a few weeks ago, my mission was to find a statement necklace. Lo and behold... I found this glimmering in the light, on the jewelry table in the teen section. It also came in other colors like powder blue, clear, frosty white, black, and yellow. I liked this grapefruit color the best. It reminded me of the fresh fruits that are about to be in season for summer.

For the following three outfits, here is the occasion/type of weather:
1. School, the mall/overcast
2. Day at the beach/sunshine
3. Girls night out, date night/any weather

necklace: Nordstrom B.P. $14 

shirt: Old Navy $10 SALE //lace tank: GAP $8 SALE //jeans: Nordstrom B.P., Vigoss Studio //gladiators: Nordstrom Rack, MIA //nailpolish: Bartell's, Sinful Colors in Thimbleberry $2

shorts: Old Navy $15 SALE

skirt: Nordstrom B.P. Lush //sandals: Nordstrom Rack, Steve Madden //nailpolish: China Gaze in Peachy Keen

Fashion Q&A

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This questionnaire is borrowed from the lovely Cara (the marvelous flight of cara).
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1. One fashion trend I really regret is: Jeans with specks of glitter on them! I was so into those in elementary school.

2. The one thing that always completes any outfit is: A waist belt. This doesn't go for every outfit of course, but for most outfits...a waist belt can do wonders.

3. I would describe my personal style as: Lately, I've just been wearing random things that I think are cute and don't really fit into any category. But-- if I had to classify my style, I would definitely say girly chic.

4. My fashion muse is: Whitney Port. I have come to really love her style. It's feminine, chic, and fresh. I wish her clothing line was available in more stores. I would definitely love to check out her pieces.

5. If I could own one designer piece of clothing it would be: Louboutins! Shoes count as clothing...right?

6. Today I am wearing: a black v-neck t-shirt, an electric blue cardigan, dark wash skinny jeans, a long chain fish pendant necklace, and cognac boots!

Mother Nature Is Indecisive

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I have one word to describe the weather we've been having lately: BIPOLAR. Yesterday morning, all the Seattlelites woke up to beautiful, sunny weather. By late afternoon, we were all greeted with pouring rain and strong winds. This morning wasn't too bad. I wouldn't classify it as "nice weather" though. It was a little damp from the storm we had last night with cloudy skies. By late afternoon, Mother Nature decided to be kind, and bring out the sun again. I feel I have to dress to accommodate for a snow storm and a heat wave. Only in Seattle, would you catch someone wearing shorts with a parka and snow boots. ;)

Here is what I wore to school today:


{Jeans with flapped pockets = instant illusion of a booty}

rain coat: North Face //shirt: Nordstrom Rack $8 SALE //scarf: Nordstrom B.P. //Jeans: Nordstrom

I've been experimenting a lot with my hair lately. I finally found a way to get perfect beach waves without using any sort of heat, or product. My secret weapon is...the french braid! I usually wash my hair at night, and once it gets to a reasonable level of dry-ness, I loosely french braid it, making sure to grab large pieces to create bigger waves, and leave it in overnight. By morning, I wake up with the waves you see below. I try to not use any product to preserve the natural look. This is a simple and easy hairstyle, perfect for summer! (Note: my hair is naturally pin straight).

Stripes and Rosettes

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This past weekend, my parents took me birthday shopping! I was on the lookout for several trends that have recently caught my eye. The first, is Breton stripes. I came across this racer back tank top, that happened to be the last one on the rack. Even though it didn't consist of Breton stripes, I fell in love with it, regardless. The intricate rosette detailing next to the vintage inspired navy stripes reminded me of something I would see in Anthropologie (for much cheaper, of course).

Other trends I have been adoring are statement necklaces, right-above-the-knee jean shorts, and Tom's Shoes. What are some trends that you love? or hate?



top: Nordstrom B.P., Lush //jeans: Nordstrom B.P. Vigoss Studio //boots: Star Ling //belt: F21 //ring: BOMA, Marcasite collection

California Girls

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It's MUSIC MONDAY!!! This week's list features several songs from movies and TV shows.
1. You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates (500 Days Of Summer)
2. I Think We Are Going To Be Friends by White Stripes (Napoleon Dynamite)
3. Love, Save The Empty by Erin McCarley
4. California Girls by Katy Perry ft Snoop Dogg
5. Breakeven by The Script
6. New Day by Tamar Kaprelian (The Hills)
7. Ryan Started The Fire (The Office)

P.s, I just wanted to take a brief moment to thank everyone who has ever visited my blog. You guys are the sweetest, and I especially enjoy reading your kind comments. My thoughts of the blogger community having some of the most talented, and thoughtful people are confirmed each and every day. You guys are such a wonderful group, and that in itself is an understatement.

14,000 Things To Be Happy About

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While browsing for pictures on we heart it, I came across this image. It's of the book, "14,000 things to be happy about." The title sounded interesting, so I decided to Google it. Come to find, it's a book that is true to it's title. It literally lists 14,000 things that make people happy, categorized into a million different sections.  I'm going back to my parent's house this the weekend, where my car is. While I'm there, my mission is to track this book down. I'll be sure to keep you guys updated.

What are some things that give you a reason to smile? Here is a snippet of my list:
1. giving and receiving unconditional love from family and friends.
2. animals, and how they don't judge you.
3. believing that true altruism exists.
4. holidays
5. ice cream
6. laughing so hard your abs hurt.
7. hot tubbing in 30 degree weather
8. cozy homes with colored front doors
9. looking through old pictures
10. checking email
11. catching ladybugs and watching them crawl across your arm.
12. elderly couples
13. horseback riding, snorkeling, being adventurous.
14. making snow angels
15. knowing that I used to type LiKe tHiS in middle school.

Taking Care Of Business

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I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day weekend!






dress shirt: Ralph Lauren, Roommate's closet //bandage skirt: Nordstrom B.P., Lush //black shirt: Norstrom B.P. Lush //Tights: F21 $6 //Ring: Boma, Marcasite collection //Belt: Mom's closet //Nailpolish: China Glaze, Peachy Keen $5 SALE

Would you rather: walk around school for a day with your backpack open, or accidentally grab someone else's backpack when getting up to leave 5 times (in one day, each time being a different person)?

Hello Seattle

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The photos above and below are of Seattle, WA, the city in which I reside! :) They were taken by my best guy friend.

I'm hoping that during the summer, I will be able to take a few outfit pictures at some of the popular parks, as well as downtown. I am beyond excited to show you guys this beautiful city.

Songs for MUSIC MONDAY:
1. Beauty In The Breadown by The Scene Aesthetic
2. Silver Lining by Rilo Kiley
3. Hello Seattle by Owl City
4. Crooked Teeth by Death Cab For Cutie
5. You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

p.s, outfit post coming soon!

P.s, I Love You

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Today is my best friend, R's birthday! She turned 21. A lot of her friends have midterms tomorrow (including myself), so going out wasn't an option for tonight. We're celebrating tomorrow, though! Tonight, we had dinner at a local pub. It was kind of weird walking in, since I just turned 21 myself. I kept on thinking, "Wait...I'm not old enough to be here"...but I am! Our waitors were super cute. As my friend would say, "they look like ex Irish rock band members." Her comment made me think of Gerard Butler from P.s, I Love You, which by the way was an EXCELLENT movie. R got a free drink for her birthday, which she could barely finish, and I got water. We're such noobies. That's ok though, because drinking isn't good for you anyways.

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Being 21 is great. Places that require you to be of age are a completely different world. They are filled with ADULTS. haha! That sounds kind of weird because you're probably thinking, "Wait, there are adults everywhere-- the mall, the libarary, and the streets!" That is indeed true. I guess you could think of bars as a place where adults don't act as serious. It's a setting where they are free to let loose and have fun. People watching in bars is the best. This concept is kind of hard to explain. I guess if you're not 21 yet, you'll experience it sooner or later. Get excited!

We Were Just Kids In Love

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Just kidding about the hiatus. I felt like taking a break after classes today. I got so burnt out from staying up until 1 a.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to study for my exam. I still have a few things due, and two more midterms this week and next week, but for now-- I am taking a small break.

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One of my best friends is turning 21 on Thursday! We're going out to celebrate on Friday, and I have NO idea of what I'm going to wear. I'll be sure to post a picture when I decide. In the mean time, here are some trends that I have been adoring:

layering chain/metal necklaces
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wooden platforms
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red lips and braids
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American Honey + Hiatus

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It's MUSIC MONDAY! Here are a few songs I downloaded/discovered this past week:
1. Kids In Love by Mayday Parade
2. If We Ever Meet Again by Timbaland ft Katy Perry
3. American Honey by Lady Antebellum
4. Under Control by Parachute
5. I'm Not Missing You by Stacie Orrico


p.s, I'm going on hiatus again because I have 3 tests and a paper this week+next week. I'll be back on 5/11/10. I'll see everyone then!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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5 things that i love, love, love.
1. Spending time with my family and friends.
2. Animals (Cats, especially!)
3. Laughing until it hurts.
4. Blogging, the blog community, all of the lovely ladies I have met on here. It is you girls, that continue to give me inspiration.
5. Going on adventures-- when I don't have homework, that is.

4 things that i want, want, want.
1. For my best friend who goes to school in a different state, to come back for his summer vacation. 3 more weeks!
2. To go shopping for Spring/Summer clothes!
3. For all homeless animals to be rescued and put into loving homes, because they deserve it.
4. To help someone make their biggest dream come true.

3 things that i like, like, like.
1. Having long hair because for me, it's easier to style than short hair.
2. Being a kid at heart, because who wants to be serious all the time anyway?
3. Studying Psychology because it is fascinating!


2 things that i see, see, see.
1. My sea creature pets (turtle--Gary and giant fish--Gills).
2. A whole lot of textbooks.

1 thing that i know, know, know.
1. I have the best family, friends, and followers. Overall, the most wonderful people in my life.