Weekend Send-Off

It’s been a long few days, especially since I’m back two hours.  I’m waking up late(ish) and going to bed even earlier (around 6 p.m.!).  I spend the days immersed in lazy activities (the day I got here, I spent the day at the beach, yesterday, I headed to the zoo and spent the entire day looking at animals, and today, I spent the entire morning/afternoon at the beach again.), and the heat makes me exhausted.  Here’s what I’ve been loving this week:

1. Aloe Vera.  You guys, I’m BURNT. To a freakin’ crisp.  No matter how much sunblock I apply, and believe me, I apply every hour (SPF 55), I’m still rocking the lobster look.  And like all sunburns, it HURTS.  The tops of my legs are burnt so bad that it hurts to walk because the skin stretches over my shins.  So, after every shower I take (which is about 2 a day now), I apply the aloe vera generously.  I picked mine up at Rite-Aid for about $4.00, and it’s the clear gel.  I love the clean smell, and I love that it makes everything so soft.  I’ve been using it all over my body, even my face, and my skin (the parts that aren’t burnt) is looking amazing.  It soothes the burns, too.

2. Red Vines.  I LOVE LICORICE.  I love the taste, I love the texture and I love the smell.  I got a big package of RedVines at the Zoo yesterday, and I’ve been chewing on them while I read on the beach.

3. Wearing swimsuits under everything. I haven’t really worn real underwear or a bra since I got to San Diego.  I wear my swimsuits under all of my clothing.  Right now, I’m wearing my new white skirt, and my new shirt that’s open in the back.  The cool air from the fans in the hostel feel nice on my burnt skin, and I love the beachy look.  I love the fact that if I want to walk down to the beach and go into the ocean, I can just take my outer layer off and I’ll be ready to go in.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week, and I’ll see you all again on Monday (I may/may not post on Monday because I changed my flight and I’ll be flying home Monday night)!


Tuesday Questions

1.) Mood: Content.  It’s been a pretty short day, but I woke up in a good mood, and really energized.  Even though this headache I have won’t seem to dissapate (I’ve taken 3 advil in the past 4 hours, and nothing will chase the pain away), I’m excited to have only a week until I go to San Diego!

2.) In one sentence, what’s your relationship with your mother?  How about one (hyphenated) word?  Non-existent.

3.) What are three songs you know all the lyrics to?  Well, after hearing a song once or twice, I’ve usually got the lyrics down.  So my three favorite songs at the moment (that I know all the lyrics to) are “Snuff” by Slipknot, “Look What You’ve Done” by Jet and “Start Again” by Red.

4.) Current nail polish: Nothing on my fingernails, but I’m wearing Sally Hansen X-treme Wear in “Mint Sorbet” on my toes with “Treasure Island” on the tips of my big toes.  It’s actually a really cute combination, very mermaid-y.

5.) What is the biggest challenge you face right now? Well, the biggest thing I can think of is going to San Diego by myself.  It’ll be interesting, to say the least.

6.) What is the last thing you regret buying, and why? I’m thinking back, and I can’t really think of anything that I really regret.  I regret not waiting to order my tickets until I was sure I had someone else going with me to San Diego, but it’s an adventure, and I’m ready for it.  I also would have booked the return time earlier than 1 a.m. though…

7.) Current outfit: Grey green cargo-y pants and a pink t-shirt.

8.) What’s a common misconception that people have about you? That I’m really smart and really artistic.  I may be creative, but I’m not an artist.  Also, I’m not sure if it’s still a misconception about me, but I used to get “aren’t you anorexic?” a lot, because I’m so thin.  I don’t have an eating disorder, it’s in my genes to be skinny!

9.) What makes you feel safe and secure? I love beds that are tightly made, like in hotels.  I love the feeling of being completely surrounded by the sheets.  I also love the feeling of being held, whether I’m sleeping or awake.

10.) Weekly goals: Continue going over my packing list to eliminate things I don’t need (I got rid of about 4 things yesterday), start packing the things I don’t use everyday to cut down on the amount that I need to pack, and figure out how I getting to and from the airport.

More New Stuff

I did even MORE shopping a few days ago (that’s what happens when the mall is only minutes away), and I picked up some cute things that I’m excited to wear (I’m making myself wait until San Diego).

This was from Target, from the first shopping trip.  I knew that I needed a planner for school, and I was never able to find a good sized one that was cute, and that I would actually use.  I depended heavily on planners in high school (we also HAD to have them to go anywhere because of the passes in the back), and bought a really nice one before I started school last year.  It was the size of a magazine, and I used it on and off (not enough to justify paying $30 for it).  I think the reason I didn’t carry it around much was the size.  So this one, which is made from recycled materials, is the perfect size, and super cute.  It also has a ribbon bookmark, so I won’t have to flip through pages and pages to find the right date (which annoyed me about the other one).

I got this shirt at Delia’s; it was on sale for $15.  I loved the summer print on the front, but the back was the reason I ended up getting it.

I found this flowy shirt in Forever 21, on sale (everyone was having huge sales) for maybe $5.  It’s so soft and silky.  I can see wearing it over a bikini at the beach, but also over a cami around the house.

When I saw this, I literally squealed and shoved all my bags at Krista to hold.  I LOVE THIS DRESS.  I have NO IDEA where I’m going to wear it, but I love it and I had to have it.

We headed back to Charlotte Russe (which was having the major sale still) to look at their pumps, because I had to have some for the lace dress.  I found ANOTHER mesh-zebra tank top in a bright teal.

These are the pumps.  They’re a very soft nude pink suede, and they are extremely high (the heels are also really thin).  They look adorable with the lace dress.

Because CR was having a “Buy one pair get the 2nd pair for $10”, I figured I might as well get another pair of shoes.  I chose these booties, because I’ve been wanting a pair for a long time.  I love the chunky heel (it makes it so much easier to walk in them), and I love the light grey leather.  These would be super cute with some dark wash jeans.

The rings were all $2.99, so I found two that I really loved.  The bow was kind of an impulsive buy because I liked it so much, and the feather went with my favorite necklace.

Bath and Body Works was ALSO having a sale (on soaps too) “Buy 2, get 1 free”.  I got suckered in on the lip glosses.  I got Lemon lip cream, Lemon and Pomegranate lip cream, and Ripe Blackberry lip shine.  I love the lip creams, and the lip shine isn’t sticky at all (which I LOVE).

The best part of the trip was walking by Build A Bear Workshop.  I’ve ALWAYS wanted to build one, and Krista told me that she’s made 3.  I figured: hey, I might as well look.  When we walked in, I was drawn to the bunnies.  I got this one:

His name is Luca and he’s my love bunny.  I kissed his heart and made a wish before he was all sewn up, and I cuddle with him every night.

Countdown to San Diego

There’s 16 days until I get to go to San Diego (plane tickets are ordered, and the place I’m staying is reserved), and this past weekend, I did a little bit of shopping to be completely prepared.  I stopped in at Victoria’s Secret for some cute new underthings (which I will not be posting pictures of), picked up some new tops at Charlotte Russe, got some new flip flops at Old Navy, new sunglasses from Claire’s (which was a surprise!), stopped at the MAC counter to get a new lipstick, found a perfume I’ve been looking for for quite awhile now and a new water bottle from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  I also ordered new swim suits and a couple new tank tops from PacSun.

I love Old Navy flip flops, and the green are my favorite.  I got the green and pink ones for 99 cents a pair, and the purple and blue ones for 2/$5.  I always stock up when they’re on sale because I wear them so much.

The left suit is made by Kirra and the right one is made by Roxy.

Both tank tops were part of a “Buy one get one free” sale on PacSun’s website, and they were each $5, so I paid about $2.50 for each one after all was said and done.

This was from Charlotte Russe on the sale racks, and I could see myself wearing it with a swimsuit on top.

I’d been loving the crop top look and was sort of looking around for a cute one when I found this at Charlotte Russe.  I fell in LOVE with it!  The sleeves are lace with a faint leopard print, and its really lightweight.  The back is longer than the front, and I could picture wearing it over my swimsuit at the beach.  I’m kind of obsessed with it.

This was also on the sale rack (for $5) at Charlotte Russe.  It’s so silky and pretty!  You can’t really tell, but the mesh is sort of a zebra print, and it looks really cute over a white tank top.

These were the reason we went into Charlotte Russe; camisoles.  I’ve been obsessed with wearing them lately and needed more because I only have one.  They were buy one get one half off, and they’re $7.50 each.  One is a dark grey and the other a light nude.

I was on the hunt for the perfect aviators.  We searched the mall high and low, and ended up stopping in Claire’s because we saw a sunglass rack.  When I found these, I was like, “well, they’re mirrored, and I like that”.  So I tried them on and they were PERFECT in every way.

I’ve been on the hunt for a good water bottle for awhile, because I’ve been drinking a lot of water lately and wanted something other than a plastic bottle.  I have one that has a screw top, but I didn’t like it.  I found this one at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $10 and like that it has a straw so I won’t spill water down my front when trying to get a drink.

After trying this lipstick on at the counter (MAC Impassioned), I loved it.  I love bright lipsticks on me, and this one looks really good with my skintone.

After getting a sample of this from Ulta, I’d been looking for it.  When I looked at Ulta for the full size, the 1 oz. was $78 and though I absolutely LOVED this perfume, I couldn’t pay that much.  I found this size, 1.7 oz, for $65, and they only had a few left because it’s getting harder and harder to get a hold of.  I’m not all that great at describing smells, so this is taken from Sephora.com:

Lolita Lempicka is an enchanting and alluring fragrance that gently balances the sweetness of ivy leaves and aniseed with delicate violet and iris root, and finishes with a smooth hint of vanilla and musk. This sensual fragrance is pure, light, and endearing.

Ivy Leaves, Aniseed, Amarena Heart, Violets, Iris Roots, Vetiver, Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Musk.
A sensual, romantic, and enchanting fragrance.

All I know is that it smells like licorice and I love that.  It’s such a romantic scent to me…almost as good as Amber.

So that’s about all I got (I also got some things from Target; sunscreen, creme eyeliner, eyeliner brush, eyelash curlers, a new planner, etc) but it’s all in Krista’s car still.  Hope everyone has a great Monday!

California Dreaming

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll have probably seen the vague posts alluding to San Diego (among other interesting things).  And if you’re good friends with me, you’ll have probably received the seemingly endless amount of texts about FINALLY getting to go to California.  I’ve been wanting to go to California for years (seriously, since like 7th grade) and I finally have the chance to go.  After being in Vermont and going to the Maine coast, I’ve had a sick obsession with the ocean and I can’t wait to see it again.

I’ve ordered a few new swimsuits, a new cute tank top and a tube top (my first one ever!).  To get ready to wear all of them, I’ve embarked on a workout plan.  All month (in July) I’ll be working out AT LEAST once a day.  I have some nice abs, but I just need to uncover them.  The workout takes all of 15 minutes and its intense from the moment it starts to the moment it ends.  My stomach is a quivering pile of jelly by the time I’ve finished, and stays sore for the rest of the day.  Today is day 4, and (shame!) I’ve not even begun the workout.  It takes about 21 days to make a habit stick, so I have to force myself to do the workout for now.

I have a month until I go to San Diego.