JANUARY VIBES

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Even if you don’t believe in the “new year, new me” BS, it’s hard to deny that January 1st often feels like a fresh start for the upcoming year. I know people usually say something along the lines of “can’t wait to see what 2017 has to offer!”. But a new year won’t automatically bring you happiness, opportunities, or success; you still have to work hard and kick a$$ to achieve your goals. That being said, I’m going to take advantage of the beginning of a new calendar to get my priorities in order.

Here are some of the things I’m vibing for the month of January, including DIY’s I want to tackle, outfits I’m loving, uplifting ideas, and goals I aim to complete. Think of it as my mood board for the month.

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GOODBYE 2016

A year can seem like such a long span of time, and yet it goes by so quickly! As I look back on this year, I see my successes and regrets. There are so many amazing things I got to experience this year, and yet there are things I wish I had actually done, but didn’t (for one reason or another).

Instead of dwelling on the negatives of 2016, I want to use them as an opportunity to improve in 2017. Here are some of my goals and aspirations for the new year:

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1. SHARE MORE HERE ON LEAFVEINS. My goal is to share, inspire, and create a community for other like minded, creative babes, or anyone looking for some inspiration

2. MAKE, MAKE, MAKE. I’m a creative at heart, and I’m sorry to say I’ve been neglecting my artistic side for too long. I love making, drawing, painting, and and I intend to do much more creating in the new year

3. SAY YES TO OPPORTUNITIES. I want to grow more as a person, and I want to take on more opportunities that help me to do so

4. PROCRASTINATE LESS. I am SO guilty of procrastinating, and it has led to a number of late nights cramming for exams or last minute scrambles to finish assignments. It took me 20+ to (hopefully) finally learn my lesson

5 . RECORD MORE. I have terrible memory, and one of the best things I started to do this year is to post more on Instagram to help me not only share my (mis)adventures, but catalog events with pictures and captions. I want 2017 to be full of more shared memories.

To end on a positive look, here are some of the amazing things I got to do and experience this year:

  1. Witness the Superbloom at Death Valley
  2. Have my 6th birthday!! (I’m a leap baby)
  3. Celebrate 5 years together with my boyfriend
  4. Finally visit the LA arboretum and solidify in my mind that I want to be an Environmentalist
  5. Worked as an intern for an LA based Environmental nonprofit over the summer
  6. Walk amongst giants in Sequoia National Park
  7. Have one of my best friends return from his 3+ years in the Marines
  8. Meet a handful of YouTubers/content creators/creative babes who I really respect and whose content I love
  9. Go to FYF (Fuck Yeah Fest) in LA where we saw LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Todd Terje, Peter Bjorn and John, Mac Demarco, and other amazing musicians
  10. Finish my second to last semester before earning my Bachelors in Ecology and Environmental Science

Here’s to the end of another year, and the hopeful beginnings of a new one. Happy New Year!!

 

MODERN MINIMAL WREATHS

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How about a bit of wreath inspo to get the holiday spirit rolling? These modern, minimal wreaths make my heart a flutter. They’re great because they can be made for Christmas, or honestly for any time of the year.

Feel free to get creative with the foliage, too! Pine is a classic, but try using eucalyptus, olive, magnolia, sage, lavender, boxwood, or even araucaria (monkey puzzle). They can all provide lovely texture a bit different from the usual conifer leaves. You could absolutely buy the leaves, but I’m a big advocate of free plants! Look outside in your garden, or ask your friends if you could forage in their yard.

TRIANGLES

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Who said a wreath needs to be a circle? These angular wreaths look so darling, and are quite easy to make.

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CIRCLES

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If you’d rather go with a traditional circular wreath, try spicing it up; use a metal hoop and leave some of it exposed. It adds a very sculptural, artistic effect.

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Happy December!

It is finally December! Which means I don’t have to feel guilty for blasting my Christmas playlist in the car (note, I’ve been playing that CD since the first of November).

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Happy Christmas

Now that it’s the last month of the year, I’m really buckling down on my plans for the holidays. I (obsessively, perhaps) think of the gifts that I would like to give to friends and family. I love giving presents that I know the recipient will really appreciate.

But, as a college student who only works part time, I don’t necessarily have the funds to buy a bunch of cool gifts for the people in my life. So, for this holiday season, I’m going to limit what I buy and try to keep everything within a reasonable budget. \

In the few weeks leading up to Christmas I’ll be posting some things that inspire me during the holidays, such as: reasonably priced gift guides, DIY gifts, DIY Christmas party decor, and the like. I hope you can find some inspiration, too.

Let the festivities commence!

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A California Christmas, via Alli Cherry

Lunch in LA + OOTD: green walls and bandannas

(This post is like a month or two late. I’m so bad at staying consistent…well, onto the post!)

A few years back, I came to the realization that I didn’t like the way that I looked or felt when I wore the clothes in my wardrobe.  I took a hard look at them and assessed what it was about them that I no longer liked. They felt immature, the colors didn’t suit me, and I felt the style no longer matched my tastes. I didn’t have a closet flooded with clothes, but I had a lot of pieces that I never really wore. At that time, I was starting to get interested in fashion and style, but I would hardly call  my wardrobe at that time “fashionable”.

And then I discovered the capsule wardrobe.

After reading about them on Into Mind and Unfancy‘s website, I’ve kiiinnnd of been obsessively writing lists and working on my dream capsule wardrobe. I still haven’t made my own, but learning about capsule dressing has definitely improved the look of my wardrobe.

If you’ve been living under a rock (I joke) a capsule wardrobe is basically an edited wardrobe with pieces that are cohesive, go well together, and display your personal style.

2 years later and I wouldn’t say that I have a capsule, but I definitely feel better about the clothes I own. Slowly but surely I’m building a wardrobe that I feel great wearing, and I feel expresses my personal style.

The journey continues.

 

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Explore LA + OOTD: Japanese Garden + Naples

Back at it again with the posts! I’m only a few months late (eesh).

I’ve really been into watching beauty and fashion videos lately, and a number of the YouTubers that I’m subscribed to are international (England, Sweden, Australia, Canada…), and let me tell you they looove LA/Southern California. Granted they’re talking about a romanticized version of Los Angeles, but it definitely helped me to appreciate the city in which I reside. (Note, when I say LA, I really mean the greater Los Angeles Area.)

I’ve decided that I need to go out and explore more of my hometown. I think I’ll call my little adventures “Explore LA”. Adventure is out there!!

First on the list was the Cal State Long Beach Japanese Garden. We did have to pay $5 for parking (campus parking patrol is no joke) but I think that was a fair price to pay for access to such a beautiful garden. My mom is originally from Tokyo, so I’ve been to Japan more than a handful of times to visit family. I haven’t been back in 6 years, but walking into this garden was like a quick revisit to the land of the rising sun.

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They even had the Japanese dolls set up in this little shrine like area. Admittingly, I don’t know a whole lot about Japanese culture, but I know we have a few dolls like these at home (somewhere in storage) that we take our to celebrate Girl’s Day and Boy’s Day.

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Mamma duck decided to bring her ducklings onto the bridge as we were taking some more photos. The babies were so cute and fluffy! They came quite close, and it was a treat to hear their little “peeps”.

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We also saw this guy glide into the garden. Not sure if this bird is a heron or an egret, but I know they are formidable fish hunters.

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This bird can def “smize”

After checking out the Japanese Garden, we went down to Naples of Long Beach. I didn’t even know there was such a place! Like its namesake, the houses were right next to a little canal which I assumed had access to the ocean (most houses had a boat rigged on a small port). I wonder how much these houses even cost. Jeez.

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Alright, OOTD details! I’m wearing this super comfy ringer tee from Target with a Smokey the Bear graphic on it. The grey tassel purse is also from Target, and I really love how it’s the perfect size to fit the essential (phone, keys, wallet) plus a few extras. The jeans are from Gap, and I actually bought them second hand (I think they make my ass look amazing, and who doesn’t love a good pair of ass-flattering jeans?). The leather Chelsea boots were bought ages ago from Dorothy Perkins (unfortunate initials). My shades (sunnies to my European readers) were gifted to me, the watch is a cheap-o but amazing Casio, and the bandanna is old.

Thanks for sticking around! Stay tuned for more outfit posts and more Exploring LA.

Death Valley Birthday Roadtrip

You guys!! I’m so late to write this post! But better late than never I suppose.

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Jose and I went on a special little road trip a few weekends ago (eek, more like a month now x_x) to celebrate my 6th birthday. Yes, my 6th birthday! Fun fact, I was born on Leap Day (February 29th) and I LOVE it! I think it’s so much fun to have a unique birthday. On the years when I don’t have a “real” birthday, I get to celebrate it on both February 28th and March 1st. Because why not?

But this year was special. This year I had a REAL birthday. And I got to celebrate it by going on a road trip with my boyfriend to see the DEATH VALLEY SUPER BLOOM. Well, that’s what all the online articles were calling it. They predicted that the El Niño would bring in more rains this year which in turn means more flowers. I don’t think that it actually brought in a higher than average rainfall, but the spring flowers were spectacular nonetheless.

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Our trip started at 8:30 in the morning with a full tank and a cooler full of snacks. And we drove. For hours…and hours.

From the nearest “major” to the western entrance of Death Valley, there were maybe a total of 2 or 3 gas stations, a refinery, and not much else. Pretty desolate. So what did we do when we saw this spotless and immaculate park bench in the middle of no where?

Why, pull over and use it as a photo opp, of course!

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After 5+ hours of driving and a few gas station stops, we made it to Death Valley. And let me tell you, the view was stunning! I was geeking out over seeing all of the plants and flowers. For those who know me, they know that I am basically the biggest plant nerd ever. And I was so enjoying myself and the view. It was sheer bliss!

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Death Valley used to have a large lake (remnants of it still remain). When the lake finally dried up, it left behind what looked like acres of crunchy white salt. It was quite surreal to be walking on it, and hearing the crunch under you feet like snow.

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After the salt flats, we went on a hike through this canyon. It wasn’t strenuous, but it sure was nice to stretch our legs on a 2+ mile hike after sitting in a car for so long.

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Going to Death Valley to see the blooms has been on my things-I-want-to-experience list for a while now, and I’m so glad I finally had the chance to check it out.

Now, what’s next? 😉