Friday, August 22, 2014

Puppy Love

It's no secret that I am an animal lover, my two dogs are absolute favorite little friends (: If I ever go to my backyard to take outfit pictures, they always follow me outside, wanting in on the fun. So needless to say, it can be difficult to keep them out of my outfit photos! I embraced the puppy love here and took some photos of my furry friends (:

// Shorts: Charlotte Russe // Tee: Forever 21 // Sandals: ?? // Watch: Michael Kors // Bracelet: Nordstrom // Rings: Silpada //Earrings: ?? // Bow: Styles for Less //

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eye of the Tiger

I was in a bit of a nail-inspiration rut the other day before I did these. My thought process was like "Well, I could go simple with the yellow to red ombre that I like so much and stop there. Maybe some sparkles over top? Why not some stripes? Dang I actually really like this!". It went from "I have no idea what to do on my nails" to "I just made a really cute manicure" haha! Sometimes I get so frustrated when my nail art doesn't turn out, but sometimes I am absolutely in love with the result, and this was the latter (: 

Monday, August 18, 2014

New York City

I had such high hopes for showing off my vacation pictures on my blog. I was thinking about doing it a day at a time, showing you what I wore and what my boyfriend and I did that day. But once we got into the city, things were so crazy and overwhelming, I :

-rarely took my big camera out of my bag, and just resorted to using my iPhone
-completely forgot to take pictures of my outfits while we were out and about, and attempted taking outfit pics once we got back to our hotel, but those turned out pretty bad ):

And I actually took a lot less pictures than I thought I was going to, so I am just going to give it all to you in one big vacation post. Let's begin! 

This trip was only the 3rd time I had flown on an airplane in my life, and my last experience was not a good one, so I was pretty uptight and nervous for these flights. We flew out of Orange County to Phoenix, Arizona, and then took a second flight from there to JFK in New York. The flights there were not that bad, but on the flight to Phoenix, my boyfriend and I were not seated together, which totally didn't help my nerves. The only thing I like about flying is seeing the views of the clouds and the land below. 

We got into New York around 6:00pm, and we took a shuttle from the airport to our hotel. And let me tell you, compared to Californians, New Yorkers are CRAZY drivers. Thank the lord we aren't old enough to/ didn't rent a car, because we probably would of either got hit by a speeding car or hit a pedestrian (who, by the way, just walk out in the street to cross). We stayed at the Hotel Sofitel, which was such a gorgeous hotel! Our room was very nice and the bed was by far the most comfy hotel bed I have ever slept in. 

The Hotel Sofitel is located pretty close to Times Square, so we walked on over there first. Sure, Times Square is pretty cool, with the tall buildings and lights and signs and whatnot, but it was probably my least favorite thing on the trip. I am an introverted person, and I hate crowds, and I literally wanted to shove people out of my way as we tried to squeeze our way around the square. Not nice, I know, but personal space is a good thing in my opinion. 

One of our first stops was M&M World, which was so cute and fun! I loved how they had the giant tubes of all of the colors sorted.

I made a bag of all pink and white M&Ms (: 

Our first morning there, we walked over to Bryant Park, which is also very close to the Sofitel. After the previous night's commotion and crowds, I felt so much more at ease to sit in the park and drink my coffee. 

We then walked up towards the Museum of Modern Art (the MOMA). This museum was so big, and I will admit that we kind of rushed through it, not taking the time to fully read into everything. But we were impressed with the famous artists and paintings we did recognize, such as these Claude Monet's here...

... and Pablo Picasso... 

... and Van Gogh's Starry Night! 

Tuesday was pretty cloudy and drizzly, which kind of brought my mood down. Regardless, we walked around the city under my umbrella. Our next stop was Grand Central Terminal. This building is so gorgeous! I loved the architecture and the ceiling artwork. Upon our first visit here, we had absolutely no idea what the heck was going on. It made very little sense as to where you board which subway train and where it will take you and how you pay. We were planning on taking the subway later that night, so this visit was just to check it all out. 

Next we saw some famous buildings, the Empire State and the Flatiron building, both of which were very cool to see! 

After heading back to our hotel and getting changed for dinner, we made our way to the subway entrance near Bryant Park, and after some confusing directions, we eventually were able to get on the correct subway going south and found our correct exit near the Lower East Side, where we met up with some friends for dinner. 

On Wednesday, we woke up later than we should've and only had a couple of hours to spare before we were going to see a show on Broadway. We headed back to Times Square and went inside the ginormous ToysRUs, which even has a full sized ferris wheel inside! We took a ride on it (:  

... and took a picture with a giant minion (: 

Then it was off to our show! We saw The Lion King at the Minskoff Theater, and as it was my first Broadway show, I was blown away! The set designs and costumes and the dancing and singing... it was all phenomenal (:

After the show we went and had some pizza at a more upscale pizza restaurant, and we had to get some macaroons (or is it macaron?) for dessert. Delicious! 

We had originally wanted to see the Empire State Building during the day time, but by the time we got over there, it was already 7:00. We waited in line for about an hour, but it was well worth the $48 each and long wait, because once we made it to the 102nd floor... 

the views were spectacular! 

I think it was so much better seeing it at night time, with all the city lights. The super bright cluster of lights on the left side of the picture above is Times Square (: 

Thank goodness the weather cleared up on thursday, as we had planned to visit Central Park. I think my expectations were pretty high for Central Park (I thought we were easily going to spend the whole day there), but it really is just a park. A big park. Regardless, it was nice to get away from the hoards of people and take it easy walking around the park. 

We exited the park after about and hour and a half (so much for a whole day in Central Park), and headed south down Madison Avenue. I totally fell in love with the Upper East Side. It was so pretty with the big buildings (which look more ornate than the big, metal skyscrapers in Times Square for example) and all the trees lining the street. There were less people, ritzy shops, much more at ease. 

We stopped at our second macaron store, Laduree this time. Talk about ritzy shops! The macarons were delicious, don't get me wrong, but were very expensive. 

Now feeling more like pros, we took the subway all the way south to Battery Park where we hopped on a ferry over to Liberty Island. This picture above is by far my favorite photo I got during our trip. I love the Statue of Liberty with NYC in the background (: 

If I thought the line for the Empire State Building was bad, the line to get back on board the ferry to leave Liberty Island was so much worse. Just because (and I'm going to be stereotypical here...) nobody seemed to understand the concept of a single file line, and not cutting in front of the person in front of you. It was a massive group of people, pushing their way to get to the front of the "line". We were very fed up at that point. 

Once we finally got back onto the mainland, we headed over to the 9/11 Memorial site, which was very eye-opening. The giant towers surrounding the two gaping square holes in the ground made me think of what it must've been like that day, and I can't even imagine the chaos and terror that occurred. 

After an entire day of walking, I had massive blisters on my feet, and we were both so exhausted, we just headed back to our hotel for the night. Friday morning, we went to breakfast a block away from our hotel, and a shuttle picked us up at noon and brought us back to the air port. 

All in all, it was such a packed 5 days, with so much that we saw and did. I'm so glad I got to see all the NYC sites, but to be honest, I think it was a little too fast-paced for my ideal vacation. However, this trip definitely sparked my desire to keep traveling and experiencing new places! I can't wait for the locations I will vacation to in the (hopefully near) future (: 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

NYC Trip: Travel-Sized Toiletries

Okay, let me start off my saying that I have a pretty big obsession with miniature things. Any time I see a product that is normally huge and now can fit in the palm of my hand, I get this big grin on my face and get this urge to "buy". Kind of like when you see a puppy. Whenever I walk past the travel section in Target, I try and think of some excuse why I would need a mini version of ____ , but usually I go shopping with my boyfriend and he is a smart spender (unlike me) and he will turn me away from the aisle in the first place. But as I was recently in New York City, a week ago I had a valid argument for needing so many travel-sized items. Let me tell you, when I was able to add all these tiny items to by shopping basket, it kind of felt like Christmas (: That's how excited I was. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dress Transformation: Prom to Wedding

Hello everyone! I have a fun post for you today, regarding my high school prom dress that got repurposed for a friend's wedding. Here's a picture of my boyfriend and I the night of our Senior Prom...

I remember finding this dress and falling in love with it. The v-neck in the front and back was so flattering on me, as well as the mermaid style fit. But since I graduated 3 years ago, it has been hanging in my closet. I knew I'd probably never have an occasion to wear this dress to, until my boyfriend and I were invited to one of his coworkers wedding. Since we are currently in New York and this trip is burning up most of the money in my bank account, I knew I shouldn't buy a new dress for the wedding and wear something I already had. I immediately thought of this dress and how cute it would be if the bottom was chopped off...

My mom actually was the one who cut and sewed this into a mini dress for me. My boyfriend was wearing black with a blue bow tie, and I had these heels and earrings that matched perfectly (: Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures on my phone of our outfits, but we looked good together (; 

(oops, same bracelet/ watch combo as the last post!)