Life: An Update

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 Where we left off

My last blog post was about my Urban Decay Giveaway.  You have until October 31st at 7 PM (Atlantic Standard Time) to enter.  This might help you if you’re like me when it comes to time zones.  I’ll do my best to get home before midnight to announce the winner.  If I can’t make it on time, I’ll let you guys know via Facebook.  If you’re interested in participating, click here for entry rules.

Activities and Fashion

I recently went to an antique car show in San Juan and met up with some of my friends.  Getting there was a hassle, especially after working until 4 AM the night before.  It was worth it, because we were able to take awesome pictures like these:

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While we were there, a couple of little girls said I looked like Katy Perry.  They made my day!

What I wore

I wore my favorite high waisted shorts from Forever 21.  I got them almost a year ago, so they’re not selling them anymore.  Mine are really beat up and in need of a replacement.  I didn’t want to let them go, so I did what I always do:  hunt them down in Google Images.  After looking at dozens and dozens of pictures, I finally found them.  I discovered Poshmark, a place to sell and buy clothing.  Unfortunately, it isn’t Paypal friendly.  If you’re interesting in something, try negotiating with the seller.  I was able to pay mine for the shorts through Paypal and am now a happy camper.  Just because I found a replacement, doesn’t mean I will actually replace them.  I’ll now use the beat up pair for school and save the nicer looking one for other ocassions.

I got the retro car crop top on eBay and it was the very last one in my size!  (Am I the only one that feels like celebrating when this is accomplished?)  I first learned this perfect top existed a few months ago thanks to Ashley Marie Rosas.

As for shoes, I wore simple black ballet flats which can be found almost anywhere.  Mine are from Sears and are breaking down on me.  They’ve attained a weird shape.

This past Saturday, one of my bosses asked me to dress up for work.  There was going to be a halloween party, although it did not look like it.  I’ve noticed that people in my hometown, Ponce, aren’t very fun.  They let themselves be controlled by the thought “Oh, but what will they think of me?”  Only a handful of people went dressed up.  I saw a cat, some guy with a hat (yup, just a hat), and a minion.  My co-workers simpy took their shirts off and put on a bow tie and when asked what they were, they said “strippers.”  So creative.

I, on the other hand, didn’t really have a costume ready and went throught my closet.  I found everything I needed to dress as Daria (please tell me I’m not the only one that remembers that show), but realized I would be sweating buckets while working.  So me as Daria, was a no-no.

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 The blazer / jacket is from Forever 21 and I got it a couple of years ago when blazers were really on trend.  I stole the  oreange tank top from my mom’s closet and the skirt is from Hot Topic.  I got it for $5 and  think that’s the only reason why I got it because it’s almost four years old and I’ve only worn it for about five minutes, the five minutes it took me to complete the look and get my phone to take this picture.

Those boots are Bongo.  My former housemate, Mariela, had a pair and she let me borrow them a couple of times.  I liked them so much I just had to get them and I did it though eBay.  I’ve been told they look like they were made for a wrestler.  They think this bothers me, when in reality it just makes the boots even more awesome.

After realizing Puerto Rico is too hot to wear a wannabe blazer jacket, I figured I should go with plan B, which didn’t exist at the time.  I looked in of my closets and found many fun things: full, red polkadotted skirts, a Pink Ladies jacket and my old Mario and Luigi caps.  The only outfit I could complete would’ve been a Super Mario homemade costume.  I thought about being dressed as Mario at the bar, but I wasn’t too fond of the idea of clients calling me Mario.

“Yo, Mario, can I get a vodka cranberry?  I got coins.”

I remembered I got a couple of playsuits from Sourpuss Clothing and one of them is sailor-inspired.  During the summer, I bought a mini sailor hat thinking I would be able to get a couple of pictures taken.  I even had the location and props thought-out.  The photoshoot never happened and I never got to wear the fun playsuit… Until this weekend.

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I felt so confident, I even took my first instagram video!

School

Midterms, group projects and Double D’s!  Oh my!

After getting excited because I should be able to graduate in May, the excitement vanished when I got a D in Literary Theory and another after that… In the same course.  For the first time ever, I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to pass a class.  It’s frustrating because I feel myself trying too hard to understand whatever comes out of the professor’s mouth and reading and re-reading whatever was assigned… Only to get Ds or D+s followed by a little note saying “For effort.”  I don’t know what makes me feel worse.  A plain old D or a D+ with pity.

The Likes

Two months ago, ipsy sent me a Jesse’s Girl liquid eyeliner.  I knew I would love it just by the name of the brand.  Who hasn’t heard the fun song?   I love this eyeliner because it goes on super duper smoothly and it won’t dry out so quickly like Cover Girl’s felt tip liquid eyeliner.  Keep in mind that it says it’s waterproof, but it really isn’t.  I guess Jesse’s Girl lies sometimes.

Also, The Carrie Diaries season two started!!!  You don’t know how happy I am!  I love this show so much!  The fashion, the music, the location… I just wish I could somehow be transported through my laptop to such a fun environment.  If you’re a fan of the show, keep an eye out for Carrie’s clothes.  If you’re interesting in something, be sure to check out Worn on TV.  I constantly find myself searching for Carrie’s and Jessica Day’s outfits there.

I think that’s all for now!  Sorry for the long wait, but midterms, two jobs and 18 credits aren’t easy!

Have a Happy Halloween!

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Spice Things Up!

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Hello ladies.  Missed me?  I know you did.  I’m sorry for being away so long.  I’ve been feeling a little down and the purpose of this blog is to spread positivity and Melly Downers wasn’t going to be able to do that.  Today I got up and did the usual:  turn on my laptop, look for The Young Turks channel on YouTube and let the videos play while I made my one and only cup of coffee of today.  I finished watching their new videos and put 80s music on Pandora and began to read stuff on my Facebook newsfeed.  This status caught my attention, because it said exactly what I was going to post on my next status.  It was posted by a dear friend of mine.  I covered up her name and profile picture.

Summer

“Summer… What is that?”
“Beach… What is that?”

I felt as if I’ve also forgotten what these things are.  It’s been two years since I purchased my first vintage-inspired swimsuit and the tags are still on it.  Sad, I know.  But the truth is, I don’t have many friends and whenever the few I have decide to go to the beach, I can’t because of my duty of getting people drunk.  I always find myself slowly becoming a depressed person during summertime and I’m sure it’s because I only stare at a computer screen, eat… And that’s about it.  I never do anything fun and whenever my mood changes and I’m up to do almost anything, I never find who to do it with.

I become unhappy and my confidence starts to diminish.  My breast lump scare a few months ago made me want to push through that unhappy feeling because life is too short to be in a sucky mood.  So, I will now share with you the things you must do to get yourself out of that funk and in a happy place again.  You’ll find most of these silly, but that’s the point.  Silliness brings joy and laughter to a person’s life.  I’ve done all of these in moments of sadness and I guarantee you, they work.

–         Wear lingerie to bed, even if you sleep alone. 

Just to feel lingerie against you skin is extremely sexy, imagine just staring at yourself in the mirror before you go to sleep.  Your pillow will feel extremely lucky.  If you don’t want to go all out, check out Forever21.  They have gorgeous one and two piece sets!  I got this one a while back for $16 and it’s not available on their site anymore, but if you truly love it, you’ll hunt it down!
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The polka dots and color feel so me!  And even though I got it in a medium and the thong doesn’t fit me, I still feel sexy in it!  If you have my “problem” (which is not really a problem, it’s a blessing) of being pear shaped, just buy another thong separately!

–          Wear sexy underwear.

It’s kinda like the first one, but the thought of walking around wearing lace undies or even geeky panties, (if the Batman or Superman logo is your thing) and people not knowing is fun!  So ditch the granny panties and treat yourself!  Or combine your sexy and geek side and get yourself some BunnyJump underwear.

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–         Date yourself.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but there’s something I find extremely sexy about a woman dining by herself.  And yes, she may have been stood up, but just the fact that she ordered herself a little something just screams “I’m so confident, I’m going to treat myself like the princess I am.”  So go ahead and order that margarita.  If you’re afraid of people staring at you, just go to the movies.  I used to do this all the time!  The best part?  No one will be eating out of your popcorn bag / bucket or whatever it is you get.  You get to pick the movie, so take advantage of the situation and watch that chick flick you’ve secretly been dying to see.  Cry during the breakup scene and laugh at the poor men dragged by their girlfriends to watch the movie with them.

–         Dance.  Like a fool. 

Look for a fun station on Pandora and dance your socks off.  I always shuffle between the 80s Music, 80s Pop, 60s, 70s & 80s hits, and Journey stations.  Yes, I already know most of the songs.  (You want to know what irritates me?  “Turning Japanese” never pops up on any of the stations.)  What the hell, Pandora?  And while the annoying ad interrupts your dance fest, hydrate to continue!  Or do like me, lip sync to Flo, the Progressive lady.  (I must dress like her for a future Halloween!)

I hope the idea of doing some of these put a smile on your face, as it did on mine.  Remember that you don’t have to feel lonely when you’re alone.  Be your own best friend and you’ll look forward to “me” moments in no time.