Because I'm happy…

Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Happy weekend, everyone!  

I wanted to take a moment to reflect a little bit, because as the seasons are (supposed to be) changing, I'm realizing how different this year is from last year, weather aside.  

This time last year, I was scrambling to find a job.  The days on my visa were quickly ticking away and I was really dreading the idea of being deported in October (just 3 days before my birthday).  I was bored.  I had no friends.  No phone.  No car.  All I did was lay around the house and watch TV.  I couldn't get a library card so unless I could download the ebook from my home library, I was book less and movie-less.  I was insanely restless.  

This time this year, I've been employed for nearly a year in a job that while, outside of my career field, gives me some flexibility to have a life and still affords me the ability to take weekend jaunts off to new countries and places.  I have a VW Beetle, which was my childhood dream car.  Mine is 17 years old and is rather quirky, but it's cute and it gets me where I need to go.  I have a few friends.  Navigating the military lifestyle while not being a spouse or belonging to a unit that has lots of get-togethers has made making friends a bit of a challenge and the friends that I have made have kids and families and very busy schedules, but hey… the lack of hangouts has given me time to expand my etsy/Facebook business a bit!  

It is more than just a relief to have no fear of deportation this year, and in fact, the week of my birthday, we'll be cruising around and crossing more countries off of our list.  

I guess it would be fair to say that I'm happy! 

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: Lazuli Handcrafted giveaway…

Friday, September 19, 2014
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Bonjour, tout le monde!  I am absolutely thriller to announce this week's #freebiefriday!  This week, ya'll get to enter to win $30 to spend at Lazuli Handcrafted!  I found this shop via the ever-faithful Instagram, and am so glad that I did.  Erika, the mastermind behind Lazuli, is an absolute genius at creating unique and chic jewelry out of raw stones.  She sent me the dipped beryl necklace ^ up there and it was the gateway to my new, necklace layering kick!   

For real, ya'll… you want to hop on this bandwagon!  Lots of ways to enter!  Bonne chance! 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Chains, skulls, and lighters…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Yep, I'm talking about my jewelry!  Sometimes, a girl just wants to wear some truly unique jewelry with a fancy hippie outfit.  Today was one of those days.  

That is all… 

… I know… I just showed you this chain… ok… and the lighter ring… and well… the skull necklace a few days ago, but I'm kind of obsessed with them and felt that you needed to see them closer up and with a different style of outfit.  I took them from rocker-esque to hippie dippy!  

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Let the festival season begin…

Monday, September 15, 2014
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Hallo, tout le monde!  It's festival season in Germany!  Weeeeeee!  

If you haven't been to a German festival, let me tell you: they are awesome!  

Because there are no open container laws, the general purpose of most festivals is to walk around with a glass/bottle of wine/beer and be outside.  Fests are great to attend in groups, but since all of our friends moved away last winter and our new friends make plans REALLY far out in advance, Soldier Boy and I did this one solo… well, together… but solo… 

We'd also attended this fest solo last year (it was my very first German festival) and it was fun to go back to places that we'd already been.  So much of our travel is a one-time thing, so knowing our way around town and where to go to get the French fries that taste and look like Portillo's fries (all of you Chicagoans know what I'm talking about) was kind of lovely.  Also, this year, we only drank 2 small glasses of wine each over a period of about 5 hours, as opposed to several glasses… and a bottle… and then we went and sampled a few things… we had to take a nap in the car before driving home last year!  Oops! 

Grown up festival adventure, FTW! 

… and I also got to rock some pretty fabulous handmade independent designs!  How cute is this heart ring?  And can you believe that the one on my left hand was made from a guitar string?  Eco-cycling at its very finest!  Love these new beauts! 

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The day that Starbucks came to base…

Saturday, September 13, 2014
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Guess what!  Guess what!  Guess what!  We finally got a STARBUCKS on base!  A real, actual Starbucks.  Not a pretend we-serve-Starbucks-coffee cafe.  A genuine Starbucks.  And it opened today.  And guess what?  


Alotta nerve, amiright? They tried to pass off their "white mocha with chai plus creme and pumpkin topping" as a close second, but I'm calling shenanigans.  No dice.  I really shouldn't complain, though.  WE HAVE STARBUCKS (and gingerbread latte season is right around the corner, and those taste quite a bit like PSL, so even thought it's been over 2 years since I got a real live PSL fix, I guess I'll survive).  #firstworldproblems

Side bar from the PSL:  I've clearly been watching too much PLL lately, because this stripy outfit came out of left field.  It's another Aria-inspired look that apparently, my brain managed to concoct overnight.  I don't think I would have ever thought to match a striped sweater with criss cross tights AND even get a matching accent nail going, but hey… it happened and it was awesome. 

I felt like a rockstar and when Soldier Boy and I went to lunch, we ran into a ton of people we knew.  He told me when he got home that he was glad we saw so many people because he got to show me off!  Yay! 

Oh… and because I felt like such a BAMF in this outfit (while listening to what my upper level jazz dancers think is just about the coolest playlist ever), I decided to be super sultry (hahaha… that's a joke) for these photos! Rawr! 

… but really, ya'll… me… sultry?  HA! Fishface!  Gaaaaah, do I have serious Lucy-Hale-Delvigne-Envy-Syndrome! 

Nail wraps ℅ my pal Cassy who is a wonderful Jamberry consultant!  Comment below if you want to try some wraps! 

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: Juicy Canvas Giveaway…

Friday, September 12, 2014
Bonjour, tout le monde! It's Friday, Friday, time for a freebie on Friday!  I've mentioned Juicy Canvas to you a few times over the last year, but in case you missed those posts, let me fill  you in:

Juicy Canvas is a hubby/wifey team that loves art.  Seriously.  They spend their life wandering around, snapping shots of graffiti and connecting with artists, but because they know that we're not all as artistically gifted as we may like to be, they invented an uber cool art remixer.  Their team of artists have uploaded their work, and YOU (or me… 'cos goodness knows I cannot draw if my life depended on it) can re-work it to create our own masterpieces.  It's super fun and addicting and is great if you happen to be an insomniac and are looking for something to do on a sleepless night!

Because I am such a fan of Juicy Canvas, I've kept in touch with them and we'd like to give ya'll a chance to play with their remixer!  If you do, you can win a stretched canvas ready to hang with your favorite design!  Winner will be announced next month!  Good luck!

Just follow the steps below to enter: 

The secret garden…

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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I know I've complained about missing city sounds.  I really do.  There is literally nothing in the world that quite replicates the honking, yelling, bell-ringing, siren call that is a night in Manhattan and my life in a tiny German village is a far cry from it (except for when Germany won the World Cup… then, it sounded something similar to what war sounds like in my head).  This trip to London was a wonderful chance to get back into a big, fast-paced city.  It was a crazy re-set on my soul.

Plus… I spent about half the trip doing Harry Potter related things, so I definitely can't complain… but once my aunt left, I had a whole day to myself and all I wanted to do was escape into the garden behind my London home and read a ghost story.  And take photos of this fabulous outfit… which I did using a timer app on my phone, which I propped up in my sunglasses case on a picnic table… so I apologize for the blurriness!

… oh, and this fabulous dress from Deb is awesome… It was freezing the other night, so I layered on everything I brought and threw the dress on as a scarf! 

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