Wednesday, October 7, 2015

OOTD // Oktoberfest

Dress: H&M    Vest: Thrifted   Sandals: Forever 21   Hat: JCPenney
Corina's typical smug face while hamming it up for the camera.
Oh hey, things look a little different around here, don't they?
If you're a new reader, you may not have realized that I messed around with the design of my blog! It took place late last night (so early this morning?) and I had the urge to change everything. I've been working on a few design ideas that have been sitting in the back of my mind for a long time now, and I finally took action. The last layout had been created for me by Jessica, but I feel more confident in my abilities to make my own design finally! I'm still working out the kinks, but for the most part, this is the direction I'd like to take the appearance of my blog. What do you think?

A couple weekends ago, my friend Corina paid me a visit right when Oktoberfest was taking place downtown. It was probably one of the most perfectly timed get-togethers. A reunion with beer? Sure!

I've always been fascinated by people-watching, especially for large events with a variety of people. Everyone was cheerful, boisterous, and in a good mood for the time frame we were there. We got in line, grabbed our beer mugs, and proceeded to join the celebration.

There was live music playing at the front, and gathered there were a group of people watching some hilarious competitions. One of which had me gaping in horror, because they set up a table and laid out hammers, nails, and planks on it. What on earth could they be planning to make drunk people do?

It was as I feared - they had pairs of two compete against each other in who could hammer a nail in the fastest. Luckily, no one lost a finger! There was one girl who was so fearful of doing so that she couldn't even hold the nail in place, and instead whacked around it repeatedly.

I managed to film a bit throughout the day as well, so I'll be having a vlog going up pretty soon covering that. If you haven't checked out my Youtube channel yet (how many times do I have  to put a self-plug here, guys?) you can see what I've been up to HERE! :D

As for my outfit of the day, I stuck to comfy basics and included my most favorite recent thrift find - this fabulous duster vest! How amazing is it?? It has got to be the most colorful item I've bought recently, but I absolutely love it. Every time I wear it, I feel on top of world, and that's how your clothes are always supposed to make you feel!

Monday, October 5, 2015

MUSIC MONDAY // Purity Ring

I can't believe I never did a Music Monday post on this duo, but what better time to talk about them than after I've seen them in concert?

Purity Ring came into Boise on Friday night, and it was a night to remember!
For one thing, they had to stop the show halfway through their second song because some crazy tried  jumping the barrier. I'd managed to keep my spot right near the front and had an amazing view the whole night. However, I do recall a young woman heavily pushing her way past me and the first row of people, and suddenly a wave of motion rippled out from the center, shoving over everyone as it expanded. A commotion from that area drew everyone's attention, and I saw the security guard dragging someone out of the front row and hauling the girl I'd seen earlier outside. She seemed really out of it and bewildered, and I wouldn't be surprised if drugs were involved.

Anyway, Purity Ring halted mid-lyrics and Megan hesitantly said into the microphone: "Um, I'm sorry, but I just want to make sure everything's alright..."
They then exited the stage until the issue was resolve before returning to finish out the night in the most fabulous way.

The Knitting Factory was PACKED that night, and I'm lucky I got such a great spot in the front. If you follow me on Snapchat (the_dragonfruit), you could see from my snaps just how crowded it got.
Also, after watching their show, I want nothing more than to invest in hundreds of light strands so I can dance in their magical glow every night...

So listen to Purity Ring, and hope they help you get through your Monday! 

*EDIT: I was back for another concert Sunday night and talked to a security guard about the incident that occurred, and he informed me the guy who had made that call to drag the girl out of the crowd had been fired. Yikes! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

OOTD // Comedy Night

Tee: Aeropostale   Skirt: Forever 21   Jacket: thrifted   Bag & Sunglasses: H&M 
Oh hey, notice how my hair is magically dark and has no trace of ombre in it? Yeah, so this is my outfit for when Corina and I saw Christopher Titus live.
(AKA: which was months ago, so I'm digging through archived photos to make a post).

We wandered the downtown area before the show and took a few photos along the way. All in all, I've got to say this whole jacket-tied-around-the-waist trend is my favorite trend to ever happen. My inner 90's child is reveling in this trend! Anyway, not much else to say outfit-wise. I'm still loving my dark colors, albeit this army green jacket has sneakily been coming to the forefront of almost all my outfit choices lately. It's a thrifted find that's definitely becoming an invaluable favorite!

So I never shared this little story, but last semester, a classmate from one of my morning classes plopped himself next to me and said: "Hey Linda, can I talk to you after class today?"
"Oh, sure," I said quizzically, wondering what it could be about. We were working on group projects for the class, but we weren't in the same group, so I wasn't sure what it might be about. He was a nice guy from Nepal that I'd talked to at the beginning of the semester, but we hadn't interacted much since.

At the end of class, he walked with me out the door and started amiably chatting about the doodles he'd seen me sketching and complimented my drawing. I kept up the small talk all while steering our path towards my next class, wondering what he had specifically wanted to talk to me about. I had a feeling I knew what it was, and when he finally got to the part of awkwardly asking for my number, I knew I was right.

"You seem like such an interesting person," (he motioned towards my outfit of the day at that part, which made me inwardly giggle) "I would like to get to know you better. Do you think we could hang out outside of class?"

He asked in such a nice way I figured it wouldn't hurt to give him my number.
Besides, I was in a hurry to get to class, I didn't want to go through the whole awkward spiel of "I'm not interested in dating right now" with him. Albeit I did that later, after he invited me to get coffee the next day. After taking a long walk with coffees in hand and easily carrying on a pleasant conversation, I was sad to know that I was not attracted to him the way he was to me. However, I've been getting better over just the past few years at being more assertive and outspoken on these issues. There have been one too many instances where "being nice" did not play out in my favor.

Thankfully, he was quite amicable about my friend zoning him (a term I've come to dislike immensely, because to be clear, the friend zone is not real. It's a place guys have invented to make themselves feel better about rejection. We're either dating or we're not, nothing more to it). It always sucks, but it's best to be clear and upfront right away to avoid awkwardness in the future! This is a lesson I've learned previously the hard way...

Any instances like this happen to you? How have you handled unwanted crushes?

Happy October lovelies! I'm hoping to find some time to get into full October mode and have a more fall-themed post for you next time! What would you like to see more of on here? 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BEAUTY // Zella Day Kicker Makeup Look

As you may know, I recently saw Zella Day live in concert, and it was another wonderful experience to add to the books! I've got a vlog in the works ready to put up soon that'll share a taste of it, but for now, I wanted to share a creative makeup look I created.

That's right, I attempted a makeup tutorial...and it's rather humorous.
Seriously guys, I'm no expert when it comes to cosmetics, so I don't know why I decided to tackle this, other than I wanted to. Haha, so check out the video below and visit my channel as well (HERE) if you liked it!

What do you think? Would you attempt this look?
What makeup experiment should I tackle next? 
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