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Update: Rogue and Gambit

And it continues! Anime Matsuri is THIS weekend! I’m nervous and excited and ready to put the finishing touches on my casual cosplay. 

I finally got my gloves! I also have no idea how to do my hair, the white hair extensions I bought aren’t exactly the best quality and I have no idea how to curl synthetic hair without using heat. I’m trying not to stress too much about it though. It’s my interpretation of the character in a casual way so I shouldn’t worry too much, however I did purchased a fringe piece.  I just want to make sure the hair doesn’t look odd, I definitely don’t want to look like a skunk. I didn’t want to get an actual Rogue wig…maybe next time I will. If we take photos though, I might go in and change the hair color for fun…just to see. Aside from those factors, I still have to do my shirt embellishments and then I’m ready!

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~Challenge~ 30 Days of Yoga Update: Day 12

Here we are at Day 12.

I skipped yesterday for a game night at my friend’s, but I did go Sunday…after skipping a few days before that. >.< I’ve been feeling tired. But today I’m going to do my best to go, it’s at 7:30 tonight, but it has my favorite instructor so I want to make an effort here. I just enjoy how she does the class and she’s been the most friendly out of all the instructors. On Sunday I had the first male instructed class. I didn’t like the way he did it though. I felt awkward and I felt like he was disappointed in you when you didn’t do the stretches as long as he did.

He also would come up behind you and fix your poses, which is helpful but he does it without warning and it’s sort of painful. He forces you into a pose rather than working and forgiving your body for not being able to maintain or even do it to begin with. I wasn’t a fan. Tonight’s class is at 7:30…I hate going to that late of a class but the instructor makes it worth it.

I can do it! Thanks for all your support and kind words,  I hope you’re doing well and will update you again soon.

Thanks for reading!

Favorites: Take a Moment

   Take a moment and breathe.

I’ve always considered myself a happy person, happy with the little things and grateful for the huge things. For this entry, I just wanted breathe in everything that has made me happy. Shows, movies, people… the little things and whatnot. With our hectic day to day life stuff, sometimes we forget how great those things are. Life changes all the time and I don’t want to take anything for granted.

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~Challenge~ 30 Days of Yoga Update: Day 5

Skipped a day…already?! I skipped Day 4,  class wasn’t until 7:30,  the 2nd to last class of the day so I didn’t quite have the energy to make it there last night. But tonight! I will make sure to go!

I felt a bit guilty for not going, but I can’t let it make me feel bad. I’m also missing tomorrow because Matt and I have advanced tickets to see Ghost in the Shell. So I can’t let skipping days get to me. To combat the guilty feeling, I might consider doing yoga at home occasionally. I already know that once my 30 days are over, I will probably only go Friday, Saturday, and Sundays. Either all three or once a week or some combination, there are many options. 7:30 classes are harder to maintain motivation for. Luckily, Katie is joining me again this time which helps me get out of the house. I do love how I feel after the class. It’s a great feeling…minus being all sweaty due to the 100 degree temp. I wanted to try out a different class but the Hot cardio is still pretty intimidating. I also wanted to try out the Super Sonic class but again, I was intimidated. Ok, I’m going to go and get ready and do a few stretches before I head out to my class. I just wanted to update you on my progress. Still pumped!

Hope your week has been going well. How do you stay motivated when attempting a challenge? Any tricks or tips?

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~Challenge~ 30 Days of Yoga

I’ve been wanting to get back into yoga for awhile now. I would attend a few classes of hot yoga back in 2015 and I really enjoyed it.

I noticed my attitude changed whenever I started taking the classes. It wasn’t every day, just whenever I could. I felt more confident too, not sure if my body actually changed but I felt like it had. I had a pep in my step and I was more limber too and felt like I could push my body further. Fast forward to now, I haven’t been to a hot yoga class in ages. My body image hasn’t been the best lately and it’s been bringing down my mood. I try not to look too closely at myself, but the other day I stopped in front of my mirror and stared. The thoughts I try hard to ignore found me last night.  Soooooo….let me get to the positive part of this entry. I want to do something about my negative body image.  Bloggers Elisa and Mariz have inspired me to create a little challenge for myself.

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~Book Haul~ Jan. to Feb.

Here’s my belated Jan/Feb book haul, it has been in the works for awhile now and I finally had time to film it. I had the camera zoomed in way too close, I usually like to have the bookcase framed differently. I dunno, I was off. But like Audrey mentioned in her Spring Break entry, I too think videos add a little something extra to the blog.

Anywho, here’s a list of the books I mentioned in the video!

What books have you recently purchased? Can you read more than one book, switching between them? I’m curious to know your book buying rules as well.

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Getting Crafty

I’ve been having that itch to do something creative. Whether it be painting, photography, writing…just something.  And like I mentioned a bit in my Happy post, I am attempting some casual cosplay.

I’ve attempted cosplay before but I wasn’t very good at it.  My main problem is finishing the full outfit. I always start way too late and then never finish it. This time for Anime Matsuri, when Matt suggested we dress up, I immediately went to Rogue and Gambit. I thought, what could be easier? These outfits would be great to casual cosplay. And I managed to find pieces rather easily, they all fell into place, I ordered most of the items. Finding green pants was harder than I thought it would be though and I managed to find some at Macy’s, however I did not like how they looked. I decided to chance ordering some green jeggings on Amazon and they’re great! Comfy too! So I’m excited. I just now need to embellish the shirt, add the patches to the jacket, and remove the hood. I need to get a different belt and then still waiting on my gloves to come in. I hope they make it, these are important.  Now for Gambit, this has proved to be a bit difficult. The jacket….I haven’t been able to find an appropriate jacket anywhere. Matt is tall,  so I was hoping to find something in person so we could make sure it fits. He was hoping to get pleather too, but this jacket isn’t exactly in style. Plus, I was hoping to find something light weight so he wouldn’t be too hot. I know I’ll be hot walking around in this jacket and gloves, but I really just want cute pictures of us together. Won’t have anyway to take them, So I’ll have to do it myself. But oh, well. I wish my siblings were coming with us. I’m so glad Matt is having as much fun with this as I am. I just don’t want him to stress out about not finding the right stuff. I figured we could use these outfits again if we do another con or if we go somewhere for Halloween this year. I would love to use it them again! XD Continuing on, I’ve just been in the crafty mood, so I decided to paint…but what to paint? Rogue of course!!! So I drew from a reference photo and I’m actually surprised with out it came out, much better than I though it would. I’m not great at drawing, let alone drawing human characters but I’m pretty happy with it. I even painted it with watercolors!!! Again, pretty happy! The proportions are a bit odd  but still….happy! 🙂

I have a planner video coming up and a book haul video too, so if you’re interested in seeing those stay tuned! What do you do when you’re feeling motivated to create something? Do you have any artsy hobbies you haven’t had time for? I’d love to hear about it.

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Favorites: Happy Things

Hello lovelies! I thought I’d share some things that have me smiling. I still have a collective book haul that I need to make, so look forward to that too.

  • Breakfast: I love breakfast foods. However, I don’t usually eat breakfast in the mornings. I guess I’ve always tricked myself into believing that I wasn’t hungry. But Matt is very much a breakfast person not to mention a coffee person. We’ve been indulging a bit too much but I’ve really enjoyed it. But this past weekend he made me breakfast in bed…. I was still half asleep when he presented it to me, but it was one of the most romantic things I’ve ever seen. Scrambled eggs and toast with jam! Swoon! He’s so great!
  • Final Fantasy Explorers: Matt and  I both just recently bought this game at Gamestop. I’m so glad we did, because it’s a lot of fun playing games together.
  • Kanken Backpack: I bought this backpack a month ago for my weekend trip to Austin back in January. I now must have it in every color!!! Or at least in mint, yellow, and grey….for now. I have it in bright green! This backpack holds so much and just makes me so happy. It’s the perfect backpack. Seriously…perfect.
  • Pokémon pin: Target Cartwheel is wonderful. I ended up getting a perk for a free, book, movie or toy..ect. I decided to buy this $16 pack of Pokemon cards just so I can get the extra MegaVenusaur enamel pin. And I got it FREE! Bulbasaur is my favorite pokemon so I needed this.
  • Watercolor notebook: I’ll mention this more in a separate blog post. I’ve been wanting to get back into watercoloring. I was never really good at it, it was just something I enjoyed doing. I like having hobbies.
  • Casual Cosplay: I’m really excited for this! Matt and I plan on going to Anime Matsuri this year and we’re going to dress up as Gambit and Rogue! These two are my favorite Marvel couple/X-Men. I’m not sure if I can pull off a really good Rogue, which is why I say casual. I’ve never really cosplayed before so I don’t want this to be something I stress over. The con is in April, so I want to get started on this ASAP. Casual, meaning we are just going to try to get key elements of the characters. For Gambit, I’m thinking Matt can get away with a trench coat, black pants, a purple button up, black gloves, and a deck of cards. Perhaps even his staff? For Rogue, I want to make sure to keep her signature yellow and green color scheme. Definitely want to find a brown jacket, yellow gloves, and her streak of white hair. I may even look for some green skinny jeans and some yellow chucks. I also want to get an X-Men belt buckle! I’m still figuring things out. If you have any tips on cosplaying, I’m all ears!
  • Music: Elisa from MilkBox mentioned Passion Pit in one of her check in posts. I haven’t been able to get Where the Sky Hangs out of my head for weeks. Oh Wonder’s- Drive and Live Wire has also gotten themselves stuck. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing them in concert. I love duos!

What are you loving at the moment? I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Planner Addict

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This may shock/bore you, if you are not interested in stationery, planners, or paper items in general. A new craft store opened up in Houston last summer. Needless to say, my sisters and I went a little crazy.

The planner craze is still going strong and  I’m obsessed. I love to see how it is constantly changing. I’m going to share the things I bought from that lovely shop and then I’d like to talk about some items I’d like to purchase this year to add to my planner/stationery obsession.

First up:

I love minty items. I can’t seem to get enough of them, I made the video above a while back but it still gives you an idea about how they look. There are pros and cons to everything but for the most part I love these items and will do an updated flipthrough soon so if you’re interested in seeing that, let me know.

Now on to the items I’d like to purchase

Michael’s has this typewriter by typecast and I’m sooooo tempted to buy one. I know, it might seem like a waste of money to you but to a stationery addict like me! I’d love owning one. I scrapbook as well as make cards and this would come in handy. My printer and I don’t always see eye to eye. It’s something I’m still considering so nothing has been decided yet. I’m still browsing the web and watching reviews on Youtube. It is 200 bucks, quite a bit to spend. Moving on…

  • Portable Photo Printer

I’ve been wanting a small photo printer to print out my photos. I know, probably something else that could be considered a waste of money. But I’ve been wanting one. I keep looking at different brands, there’s the LG, HP, Polaroid, something Zip? So many different kinds and I can’t seem to pick one I want to save up for. I’ve been wanting to have hardcopies of photos and again, my printer doesn’t always work the way I want it to. I figured a portable printer might work out better. Any thoughts?

  • New Digital Camera

This would be the most expensive. I don’t need it to be sooo fancy, since I’m still learning about photography, but I’d like to invest in a good camera and continue learning. Plus, I’d like to up my vlogging game with some new gear. This is also something I have no clue what kind I’d like. I’ve been researching but nothing concrete yet. If you have any tips or suggestions, I’m all ears. I don’t have a budget yet on the camera, I figured once I picked out the camera I wanted then I’d know what my aim is and then just start saving for it.

  • New laptop

Like the camera, I would like to up my gear…including the laptop I would use to edit the video. I don’t need it to be topnotch, but I would like it to handle a bit of gaming and then my amateur editing skills. My current laptop is an HP and it can’t handle certain programs. I would love for it to be a mint color! I’ve always wanted a green or mint computer/laptop. That might be asking for too much, but it’s just something I’d like.

The smaller items I get fairly often but when it comes to the larger products, I tend to really put some thought into it before just going out and buying it. Do you usually weigh your options before buying a larger item, or do you just go for it? I’d love to hear your stories.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

 
 

Pen Pals ✉

I love receiving/writing letters! As a child, I always wanted to have more people to send letters to.

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The term pen pal was introduced to me in the 2nd grade, my class was practicing letter writing and we had been assigned a pen pal from a neighboring school. Sadly, I have no memories of my pen pal nor can I remember the gender or school my pen pal was/from. I can only recall the day my teacher told us that we would be paired up. I remember writing out my first letter to them, but again, no memory of what was actually said.

As I grew up, I still found joy in the idea of writing out a letter or sending a package to a friend. I exchanged letters with friends, whom I’d met at school from time to time but nothing that actually remained constant. It wasn’t until my first semesters at university did my best friend and I start exchanging a notebook where we would keep our letters in. She had moved to another state, me to another city and we wanted to keep in touch. Life got in the way but we kept it up for while and I was pretty proud of us. She and I still send each other mail from time to time and that always puts a smile on my face. And then this year for Christmas, the wonderful Whimsical Joy sent my sister and I a Christmas card with two crochet bookmarks. I just had to respond with my own handmade item so I wrote her a letter and made her a knitted mug cozy.

And when Matt and I first started to date, he went out of town several times during those beginning months and he would send me a post card from each place he visited. Such a thoughtful souvenir to receive from him. Also, a friend from college and I have agreed to write each other letters from time to time. He lives in Galveston, so we aren’t very far away from each other but he’s currently going to Med school and we’ve decided to stay in touch in anyway we can. Don’t know how he does it, but he’s always been a very positive guy and I’m glad to be reconnecting with him now.

I’m excited and hope to maintain a consistent back and forth of letter writing. It’s nice, getting a letter from a good friend. I plan on upping my card game. He’s in for a surprise.

That’s fall for now. Thanks for reading. ♥

 

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