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DIY: Christmas Snow Globe

Each year around the holidays, I always have trouble figuring out what to get for the people closest to me. But this year, I thought I’d get a little crafty with some gifts and utilize my ever-so-trusty glue gun. Please note: I don’t get crafty very often.

Aside from the little candy sleigh that I’ve been making over the past few years, I scanned Pinterest and Google for more DIY ideas to spread holiday cheer and the “Mason Jar Snow Globe” caught my eye. You can do anything with mason jars nowadays!

Here’s what you need:

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I purchased half pint mason jars, so it was rather difficult finding a variety of small figurines to fit. Luckily, Walmart had mini ornaments and I was able to find a Snowman salt shaker small enough to fit at the Dollar Tree. I was also able to find these little “Santa This Way” arrow figurines at Michaels! If you get larger mason jars, you should be able to find a bigger variety of figurines to fit to create your perfect snow globe.

After gathering all of the supplies needed, you can begin!

  1. Start gluing your mini figurines to the mason jar lid. I started with gluing my mini ornaments to the mason jar lids with the water resistant glue. I was having quite some trouble keeping the ornament settled. Maybe I was impatient. But after waiting for it to dry, I took my hot glue gun and added a few layers of glue over the water resistant glue. I had to be sure it would be stable! Plus, it gave it a snow effect.
  2. Fill the jars with confetti. I started off with a layer of sparkly clear glitter and added a pinch of red and silver. The saver spot at Target had some oversized red and silver glitter (basically confetti) and you better believe I bought it. P.S. don’t go overboard with the glitter. It gets too messy and you don’t want your figurine to be drowning in glitter. Also, there’s glitter everywhere now.
  3.  Continue to add contents to jars. After going crazy with the glitter, add water and a dash of glycerin. You don’t even need the glycerin, but it helps the glitter flow a little better. Be sure to not overfill the jar, or else you’ll have a big mess when placing the lid on the jar. Tip: Make sure you’re by a sink.
  4.  Screw the lid. Once you are certain the glue on the lid is dry, screw the lid back on the jar tightly. Please keep in mind the TIP stated in step 3. I recommend gluing the lid and sealing that jar. I didn’t do it and I had to give disclaimers to all the recipients, “Be careful, water may come out.”
  5.  Decorate! I personalized each jar by writing a little message on a piece of ribbon and wrapping it around the lid. On a few jars, I added a gift bow on the top. I’m sure you all can come up with more creative things, but that’s a start.

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And VOILA! A little DIY snow globe with your own personal touch. Thank you for the individual who was creative to think of this and help me out this year!

What do you think?

xoxo,

Adele

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OOTD: Rompers & Denim 10.13.16

Hi all!

Since Fall started, I’ve been trying to dress a lot warmer with warmer colors. But like I mentioned before, Fall barely exists in SoCal. The weather’s slightly cooler than it was during the summer, but it’s still too hot for my taste.


When it’s hot, I like to wear rompers or shorts on my days off work. So for today’s OOTD post, I chose to wear my favorite summer romper from Target, which I actually bought last year on clearance, and paired it with my new denim vest.

I’ve been looking at denim jackets and they run pretty expensive, you know? What bugged me, was when I’d see a distressed denim jacket go for $50+. If I wanted a denim jacket with holes, I wouldn’t have thrown away the, what I thought was damaged, denim jacket I had. But that’s fashion.

Anyways, I’ve been eyeing this denim vest by Ava & Viv for months at Target. It came out on the floor for summer fashion and then went on clearance as the summer ended. You better believe I kept watching the clearance racks every time I stepped into Target. I told myself that if it’s still on the rack by the time it goes 75% off then it’s meant to be. What can I say? I’m here for the bargains.

Denim isn’t only for the summer, so this was a steal! Not only could I pair this vest with my romper, but I could pair it with an all black outfit with leggings and booties and boom! It can be a fall outfit!

Do you also like looking at sales for last seasons styles? If so, what good finds have you come across?

xoxo,

Adele

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OOTD: First day of Fall

San Diego doesn’t really do seasons. But even though it’s a warm sunny Friday, it’s officially the first day of Fall! It’s the time for pumpkin spice everything (basic) and busting out those fall booties you’ve been dying to take off the shoe rack. It’s time to ditch the light and bright clothing of the summer and fall (pun intended) into the warmer and darker clothing combinations.

Red is my favorite color, so naturally tints and shades of red are my favorite. Which is why I chose to go with burgundy and blush pink today.

I’m covered in Forever 21 from head to toe.  I bought the jacket at the beginning of the year and haven’t had much of a chance to wear it, so I decided why not pair it with these wine colored leggings. And of course I had to put on my favorite pair of booties! The reason I love Forever 21 is because they have a plus size section that’s stylish and affordable, especially for basics like leggings.

What’s your first day of Fall outfit?

xoxo,

Adele

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Rewatch Recap: Gossip Girl Pilot Episode

Today, Sept 19th, marks the 10th year since Gossip Girl aired it’s Pilot episode. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was starting my first year of college. I was excited for this new show based off the book series even though I didn’t read them. I knew about them & my friend was an avid reader of the series.

Ultimately, I was in it for the teen drama and the eye candy. The OC ended a few months before and here was a new show revolving around teenagers in New York, coming from the same creator Josh Schwartz. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, it was one of the first series that helped with the launch on The CW.

It became one of my favorite shows of all time. Before Glee and Pretty Little Liars, I had Gossip Girl. I fell in love with the drama, the cast, the fashion, the set locations, the web of lies, and of course, the “ships”.

I started watching the Pilot episode again a few weeks ago to kick off some GG binge watching and for some reason it gave me so many feels seeing them all practically  babies. It was also proof that I’m old.

Anyways, to commemorate this momentous event, here’s a recap of the Gossip Girl “Pilot”.

“Hey upper east siders. Gossip Girl here and I have the biggest news ever…” the narrator starts. Kristen Bell as the voice of Gossip Girl will always go down as one of the most iconic roles in television. But the star of this first scene isn’t Gossip Girl, it’s Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively). The queen bee has returned to the Upper East Side after a year at boarding school. She’s spotted at the Grand Central Terminal and it’s definitely a spot for a Gossip Girl fan to visit. It’s where it all started!

We’re then graced by the presence of the Humphreys, with Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Settle) picking up his son and daughter after their vacation with their estranged mother.

But back to Serena. Melanie91, one of Gossip Girl’s trusty sources, isn’t the only that spotted the teenage socialite. Mr. Daniel Humphrey (Penn Badgley), aka lonely boy, spotted the blonde haired beauty and couldn’t take his eyes off her. The Derena ship has started to sail…

What exactly did Serena leave behind? We’re introduced to Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Serena’s so called BFF. While Serena was away, Blair got to play the lead role. With news going around that Serena was back, Blair rushed to her boyfriend Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald (Chace Crawford) to make sure he was not distracted by the news considering the rumors surrounding the BFF and BF’s past hook up. What does that mean for Blair? It means it’s time to give up her virginity to the boy she loves even though he cheated.

But to Blair’s dismay, Serena crashes the party just in time to end that charade. Nate’s happy to see Serena and even resident bad boy, Charles “Chuck” Bass (Ed Westwick) is happy, happy to see more drame enfold. Blair’s happy too. Fake happy. She didn’t even know her BFF was coming home.

After leaving the Waldorf party very abruptly, Serena visits the person she’s really back for, her younger brother, Eric (Connor Paolo). While Serena was away, Eric attempted to take his own life, an event their mother, Lily Van Der Woodsen (Kelly Rutherford) hid from the public eye.

Amidst the personal drama, these teens still have to attend private school. Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) is seen working on invitations for the Blair’s annual “Kiss On the Lips” party. It’s her way into the cool crowd.

Nate and his puppy dog eyes thought it was a good idea to visit Serena before heading off to school. As soon as Serena said, “I didn’t come back for you,” it looks like Nate’s world came crashing down on him. I almost forgot how in love he was with Serena.

Nate, Chuck, and Dan are on their way to school. Dan lingers behind as Chuck is  completely misogynistic talking about Serena. As the bus stops, Chuck thinks Dan is following them and Dan points out the uniform indicating he’s in their class, a line you need to pay attention to as it’s repeated again later in the episode.

We’re then taken to the iconic steps of the MET. This is where the popular girls hang out. Blair and her little minions are admiring Jenny’s hand crafted invitations before Serena interrupts. Blair bluntly tells her she’s not invited & it’s weird to think they’re supposed BFFs. Just like Gossip Girl mentions, S & B are going through a power struggle.

Jenny texts Dan for an emergency, a fashion emergency. But Dan finds himself in a pickle when Serena and her brother end up at the same store! It’s quite adorable knowing how he admires Serena from afar. Jenny ends up giving Serena an invite to the party and gets the fashion advice she wanted.

Cut to Chuck and Nate. Nate expresses his concern with sleeping with Blair. In true Chuck fashion, fashion drops jokes and tells him to go for it. At this point, Chuck is the worst.

Serena and Blair finally have time to catch up. Blair finally says what she wants and expresses the lack of trust she has for the other girl. But when Serena pours her heart out wanting things to go back to the way they were and half explains why she left, Blair seems to give in. And all is well between S & B at the Palace.

At the Humphrey residence, Jenny teases Dan about his crush on Serena. She hints at where Serena is and Dan is very quick to leave his sister all alone. Too bad Chuck gets to Serena first and tries to make a move. He thinks that recalling her rendez vous with Nate would convince her to sleep with him. Boy, was he wrong. After Serena runs out, she mauls over lonely boy leaving her phone behind. It’s a Motorola Sidekick!

While Blair is focused on having sex with Nate, Nate thinks it’s finally the right time to tell his girlfriend of his infidelity involving her BFF. He wants space and is starting to think on his own. Mr. Archibald is having none of it, especially since he wants to close a business deal with Blair’s mother. To make his father proud, Nate later apologizes to Blair and fixes the problem. That’s what you get when you have a rich family, I guess.

Dan returns to the Palace to return Serena’s sidekick. He describes himself as Prince Charming to the concierge and when Serena recognizes him, he gets nervous. Turns out he is Serena’s Prince Charming, saving her from her mother and going to the “Kiss on the Lips” party. In an interesting turn of events, Lily doesn’t question why her daughter is hanging with some hoodlum watching Lincoln Hawk, Rufus Humphrey’s band.

But it turns out that Lily knows exactly who Lincoln Hawk is. She visits Rufus and thinks it’s a ploy to get Lily back. I didn’t notice before, but Rufus Humphrey is super sexy. I guess I didn’t notice dads at the time. I was only 18 at the time.

While Dan introduces Serena to his father on their “date”,  Jenny’s at the “Kiss on the Lips” party getting wooed by Chuck. Unbeknownst to Chuck, Jenny sends an SOS to her older brother. Serena tags along and Blair is not happy to see her. She glares at Serena from afar, before Serena runs upstairs with lonely boy. They are able to save Jenny from Chuck and the three leave the party hand in hand. This is the start of their love story. But while a new relationship is starting, a war has begun between S. and B. & C. . Also, Chuck is the absolute worst.

And so begins the drama that is Gossip Girl. I will continue to watch GG and maybe next week another recap will come.

You know you love me.

xoxo,

Adele

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Now Playing: New Music Friday 9.8.17

Hello!

Here’s yet another edition of me pretending I know how to review music. To be honest, I really just want to showcase my feels when I hear songs for the first time, especially from artists that I love.

Here are a few songs that stood out to me on this week’s New Music Friday playlist :

“You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” by Demi Lovato

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At 10 p.m. PST last night, I saw that this song was released. I was about 1 hour late, but you better believe I went straight to Spotify and streamed it. I will always love Demi Lovato’s voice. It’s so strong and soulful and there’s just so many feels when she belts out those high notes. Her ballads are always my favorite.

This is the 3rd track from her upcoming album and from what I’m hearing I could tell that I’m going to enjoy it. I feel like she’s gotten some inspiration over the years and just like Sam Smith’s new song, I feel some heartbreak.

Her 6th studio album, “Tell Me You Love Me”, will be released on 9/29/17.

“Too Good At Goodbyes” by Sam Smith

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/7oAraczbemGSNWqnbkU87R

It’s been two years, so people have definitely been waiting to hear from Grammy Award winner, Sam Smith. With records like “Stay With Me”, “Lay Me Down”, and my personal favorite “Not In That Way”, expectations are high. And being deemed the male version of Adele, emotions are high as well.

In “Too Good At Goodbyes”, Sam gives such a soulful performance. He is basically singing about not giving a f**k when the relationship in question ends. But even though he’s trying to mask it, you can hear the heartbreak.

“Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld with Alesso feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5Gu0PDLN4YJeW75PpBSg9p

I love Hailee. For some reason, I feel like she’s been in the music industry for a while and then I remember she’s only 20 years old. While her sound is very pop, I feel like she stands out as an artist. When I listen to her sing, I don’t see Hailee Steinfeld, the actress trying to merge into the music business. I see her as the solo music artist, if that makes sense. I think she does a really good job at keeping the two careers separate. I’m hoping a studio album is coming out soon.

Anyways, this song has a very familiar sound to it. It’s definitely clear that Alesso is on the track. But I think the cool part of this song is how Florida Georgia Line is featured. When country meets pop, it’s always a good time.

“Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0o7glLPfZgns8ZF14Wlpf7

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Kelly Clarkson was deemed the 1st American Idol. Makes me feel old AF. But Kelly Clarkson, along with Carrie Underwood, is undeniably one of the most successful American Idols.

With this song, I feel like Kelly stayed true to herself, but added a little more flavor to go along with what we’re currently hearing on the radio now. It’s a song to sing along to and it gets you up and moving.

“Leave Right Now” by Thomas Rhett

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0wyja8xD9cNhDtfuY0dVMP

I don’t listen to country often. I don’t hate it, but it’s just not something you’ll see on my playlists. I’ve never listened to Thomas Rhett, but like most country songs, this song sounded super sweet. I like that it starts off sweet with an acoustic guitar and then later on there’s some electronic music infused as if a DJ came and remixed the song.

From what I can tell, Thomas Rhett is kind of straddling the line between country and pop and it sounds great. If I didn’t know that Thomas was a country singer, I probably wouldn’t have thought this was country.

“Dark Side of the Gym” by The National

https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/1OdpIb0nzhDcqwkiYp0O1u

I have no idea who The National is, but apparently they’re an indie rock band that’s been around since 1999 (maybe even longer). I usually like alternative rock, but just like country, it’s not on my typical playlists (at least currently).

This song is pretty chill and mellow, but there’s a music break towards the end that makes me think of those cheesy teen movies from the 80s. I even get a 50s vibe. All I picture is a young couple slow dancing in a gym at their school dance.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

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https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/4nGW06TRJOIrVRfjnuK4se

A few of these songs will be on repeat for the next few days and I’m extremely excited to hear what’s coming up for the artists.

Do you have any favorite new music that’s out?

xoxo,

Adele

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31 days. A recap

Hello friends and readers that have been following my random rambles this past month. I’m really proud of myself.

I used to always love blogging when I was younger. I had my Xanga and would write about everything that happened in my life. I was even on LiveJournal for a little. But even before online blogging, I loved writing in journals and diaries. I didn’t have very much content, but I liked to write. Sometimes I find old journals from when I was in elementary school and I giggle as I read the random things. But I guess it was my way of keeping memories, whether if it was just a sentence or a long paragraph.

I guess I just like writing about myself. Maybe it’s the Leo in me. But I definitely think I communicate a lot better when I write. In person, words don’t come out of my mouth very well. I stumble and get shy. I’ve always wished I were an eloquent speaker.

I must say, however, that it was hard trying to write about something different everyday, especially when I started this thing without any real motivation or inspiration. I took prompts from Googling “lifestyle blog topics”. I picked and chose topics that seemed easy to write about and I even repeated topics.

There were even days I almost didn’t want to write anything, just because I didn’t know what to write and I didn’t want to make people think they were wasting time. But every time I thought that, I told myself that this is a challenge for myself, not for anyone else. So even if I BSed my way through some days, I at least wrote something.

The top 3 things I felt comfortable writing about were probably OOTDs, food, and of course…entertainment. The whole reason I started this wordpress a few years ago was because of my love for tv shows. But as you can see, I’m trying to expand my horizons.

Even though this is the last day of the challenge, I still plan on blogging more. Not everyday, but at least twice a week. Hopefully because I’m giving myself more time, I’ll put a lot more effort into putting out better content that both you and I can enjoy.

Ultimately, I hope one day I can be a positive influence in someone else’s life.

If you want to check out all my blogs this past month, check it out here.

xoxo,

Adele
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Favorite Way to Spend Time Alone & Unwind

I love my alone time. It allows me to gather myself and rejuvenate. Extroverts get their energy from being around people, while introverts are known to get drained from being with others. If you can’t tell, i’m an introvert.

When I come home from work, I usually drop everything on the couch and go straight to my bed and lay down. I used to think I was a morning person, but it’s clear lately that is not the case. 

If I go out one weekend, the next I want to stay in and re-energize.

But what exactly do I like to do?

If i’m not scrolling through my IG or Facebook feed, I’m making lists. No, i’m not like Arya Stark making THAT type of list. I’m making lists of things I want to check off. I make lists of things I need to do and things I want to do. Whether I do check off the things in the future, is a different story.

I read. There are so many books I want to read. I want to read books that inspire movie adaptations. I want to read autobiographies of my favorite celebs. I read fanfiction. And most of all I want to read books that will allow me to better myself and that will inspire me. Like I said in a previous post, I always want to learn.

I watch things. There are over 50 shows & movies on my Netflix list. I never realized that, but I guess I love my tv. My life is pretty uneventful, so I love to emerge myself into the lives of fictional characters.

I play video games. My favorite video game to play is Grand Theft Auto. I know it’s shocking, but it’s fun to drive around and do stuff that I would never do in real life. Too bad my PS3 is broken.

I sleep. Sleep is essential. If I don’t get enough sleep, I’m not a nice person. But i’ll still smile at you.
xoxo,

Adele

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