Thursday, December 27, 2012

Here's to family first! Hope you all had a great Christmas. Next up, New Years Eve.

Merry Christmas To All

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

And to all a good night! xoxo

girlfriends are forever!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My best friend in the whole world got back from Oregon a few weeks ago and it was killing me to be stuck in class instead of frolicking around town with her. I finally got to meet up with her and her new cutest kitty in the world Nahla! When I say the cutest, I mean it! See for yourself:

I die! We also got to meet up with friends at the cutest little restaurant Marmalade. (isn't that such a cute name?)

I'm a wee bit obsessed with huge Christmas trees! And a wee bit excited Xmas is in less than a week...

a series of (unfortunate) events.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Picture this: I'm floating on cloud nine. All of my finals are complete, school has come to a close, I reward myself with a much needed day of sleeping in, I drive to meet school friends in Melrose for a day of shopping/eating/celebrating, and then my car dies. IT WON'T TURN ON! My hopes for a relaxed fun filled day comes crashing down on top of me. I couldn't help but let out a chuckle or two. I have the worst luck ever! AAA takes about an hour and a half to figure out the problem and tow me to the nearest mechanic. Then I find out I need a new starter. Those can't cost that much, right? Wrong! I am so fortunate my starter went kaput as I was parked and not somewhere while I was driving, like a busy street, or God forbid the me the eebie geebies thinking about how much worse it could have been. 
I guess it wasn't all bad. Yes my mom had to drive in rush hour traffic to come fetch me and take me straight to babysit (which I still made it to on time. Booyah!)(oh ya thanks mom!), but my car being stranded in LA did mean I'd have to go back the next day to get it. And why not spend that aforementioned babysitting dough while I'm at it right? That's what you would do to drown your sorrows too, right? Right??? Bueller? Bueller?

I saw The Hobbit last night and highly recommend it! I loved The Lord of the Rings, so I knew I'd like this too, but I was blown away. I might need to make a trip to see it again, which is rare people! Have you seen it, or any other great movies recently? Tell me tell me :)

heavy hearted

Monday, December 17, 2012

There are really no words to describe the hurt everyone is feeling around the world for those whose lives were ripped away from them. Sadness, grief, anger, hurt...I am experiencing enough of that myself. I can't imagine what the families and loved ones are thinking and how if they are able to cope with the fact that their sons, daughters, wives, moms, dads, sisters, brothers are never.coming.home. My heart hurts. I held Quinn extra close and made sure to tell her she was special and loved more than once this weekend. This tragedy helps me remember how good I really have it, and how heartbreaking it would be to have it taken away from me. My prayers are with anyone and everyone hurting or suffering through this difficult time.
It seems a little dumb, almost selfish, doing an outfit post, but I am hoping to bring a little smile or laughter to each of you, if only to cheer you up for a moment. Life is a precious gift, don't ever forget that...
(coat:vintage//jeans:hudson//boots:steve madden//beanie:urban outfitters)

current happenings (2)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

- I am done! Finished! Fin! Finito! Oh happy day :) It feels so good to be stress free with no homework or projects. Part of me wishes school was year round, no breaks, but then a bigger part of me screams WHAT ARE YOU THINKING! YOU DESERVE A BREAK! But regardless, I'm off and making the most of my time :)
- I've saved all my Christmas shopping for today...10 more days and I haven't bought a single present. I usually have my life in order, and this does bother me a tad. I think I'll drown my sorrows in some hot coco and whip cream.
- I am giving away a blog header on Cara's blog The Marvelous Flight of Cara. What are you still doing here? Hop on over and enter!

What are you up to currently? Link your posts in the comments so I can come see :)

little miss magoo

It's been a little while since I've posted "a day in the life" series of the one and only Quinn McReynolds. But seriously, I know I'm her auntie,  but I just melt every time she does something cute or kisses me without me having to ask. She had a doctor's appointment and we felt it necessary to let her run pantless around the backyard to get out all of her pent up energy. It was a great decision if you ask me. Those chubby not get me started! 
Here's a cute little video of the little boo repeating some words her Toto asks her to. (my favorite is the thank you, complete with the cock of her head. she always does it! no one even taught her that! I die.)

holiday inspiration.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I'm not so much into decorating for the holidays (except for a great tree), but expressing my Christmas cheer through style? Count me in! Here are a couple pieces to help inspire you :)


And keep voting for me please! I REALLY appreciate it :) you can do so once a day! Vote for me to be in the running to do a photo shoot with Karmaloop I will seriously love you forever! Do so here and come back and tell me so I can send you a ginormous thank you :) xoxo


Monday, December 10, 2012

I am beyond proud of this magazine! Hours of hard work paid off. I've loved seeing my style and "voice", so the speak, evolve in my design. I'm eager to keep learning and growing as a designer.

If only this were a real magazine. Hmm...

And here is my typography portrait. The one that completely got erased, forcing me to
start from scratch after putting in 15 hours. Remember? Thank goodness it doesn't look like I
had to do it in 2 weeks. Love this bad boy.
What do you think? Happy Day all! Check back tomorrow for some holiday inspo...

an indian summer.

Last week we got a sudden wave of warm around these parts, and you better believe I took full advantage. I love mixing different pieces together, and this was the perfect excuse to do just that! These mountains are right outside my front yard, which I don't think I've ever mentioned. The "Foothills" to be exact. Whenever I see then from a distance it makes me feel at home. A place I can't get enough of.
(shirt & beanie: free people//shorts: urban outfitters//wedges: steve madden)

Stay tuned for tomorrow...I'll be showing off some of my final assignments I've been working so hard on! A magazine and a typography portrait. That also means my first quarter is almost over. Where the heck has the time gone?!

If you could take a few seconds out of your day to vote for me to be in the running to do a photo shoot with Karmaloop I will seriously love you forever! Do so here and come back and tell me so I can send you a ginormous thank you :) xoxo

current happenings

Friday, December 7, 2012

-Deciding for the first time I want to try and park right out in front of school and finding the greatest spot ever! (This was me going in on another day off too, so keep in mind how "meant to be" I assumed this spot was.) After 3 my brain is fried and I decide to go home, only to find a ticket on my
beautifully parked car. I guess the parking attendant didn't appreciate my park job as much as any normal human would...sorry mom!
-Tonight I am going to a "crazy pants" party! Do I have said "pants"? Of course not. I'm off to grab those bad boys right now :)
-In one week I will be done with my first quarter at FIDM. It's mind boggling to me. It flew by too fast! I don't wanna enter the real world and get a real job! I just want to learn cool things everyday and hang out with other people who enjoys the same things as me. But alas, I know the real world is waiting out there for me. Maybe one day I'll be excited (lol)
-Currently reallly want to make a trip up to the snow! You people you experience it regularly...i envy you. 

glam meets grunge.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

 I'm a procrastinator, through and through. I put things off till the last minute.  It's the one thing I really hate about myself. So, when I decided to spend my day off studying at school instead of sleeping and doing said procrastination, I thought it vital to document. It doesn't hurt that I love this outfit. Something about feeling good makes you radiate it, don't you think? I've never felt that way about myself, but seeing these pictures makes me realize I really did love the way this outfit made me feel.
(shirt:nasty gal//skirt:nordstrom//jacket:foreign exchange//boots:frye)

every little thing...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I have always prided myself on the simple fact that this is my space to be as open and honest as I need to be. It's a place where I want you to be honest with me, me to be honest with you, but most importantly me to be honest with myself. I usually keep it all sunshine and butterflies around here, except when I'm feeling down. My life really truly is especially rad...except when it's not. If my story and life experience(s) help even just one person then I feel like I have done my part.

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I won't bore you with the trivial details of my current status, but I will tell you that I am in a weird odd place. Struggling to find the time in each day to get the things I need to do, done. Be it school work, or me time, it's just not easy for me to hone in on which is more important right now. Don't get me wrong, I spend a lot of time (read: hours) on my homework and thoroughly enjoy it, but that ever lingering feeling is back....loneliness. There is one thing different this time. I am hopeful.
My shinning light at the end of the tunnel, other than my wonderful family, is the fact that I have found something I am really passionate about. I worry I may not be good enough, or the best yet, but I know everyone has those moments every now and then. I'm just trying to fight those feelings, and focus on the progress and fun I am having. (I am still bewildered by the fact that I associate the word "fun" with school. Who am I?) I would love to chat with anyone who wants/needs a friend right about now. I have found that by reaching out to other bloggers struggling, and visa versa, I have made lasting friendships that I truly cherish with all my heart.

.end rant.

(Feel free to download my image! Just link back to me)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Instagram @torib
L o v i n g : The cold has finally arrived! It's supposed to keep raining for a few more days and I love it! This weather makes me happy :) 
R e a d i n g : My notes...over and over again. Get me through these finals! I wish I had time to start a good new book. Maybe over Christmas break. Any romantic novel suggestions??

W a t c h i n g : Too many entertaining shows. At this very moment the fam and I are watching Glee. This show never gets old...and never ceases to get me singing along to all the music. My mom and I always end up trying to out sing one another. I always win. (hehe kidding mommy)

A n t i c i p a t i n g : Picking out my second quarter classes. Can't believe this semester has gone so quickly. I still wake up excited to go to school every day! Never thought I would udder those words.

L i s t e n i n g  t o : Taylor Swifts Red album. AMAZING! It's gotten me through some long study hours. May have already listened to the whole thing 18 times...

P l a n n i n g : A Christmas tree outing with my papa. He's the best at finding a great steal. Wow it's almost Xmas. That just hit me like a ton of bricks..

W o r k i n g  o n : A few awesome blog designs! My favorite part about designing is making new friends and creating something beautiful that is uniquely them. (ok this is technically always my answer, but it's never been more true! Add your name to my new list of clients besties)

W i s h i n g : Adam Levine would serenade me everyday for the rest of my life. I mean, come on!

gobble gobble

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I think it's safe to say I have been in a tryptophan coma since Thanksgiving. That pretty much equals a successful holiday, don't you think? One word to sum up the past weekend: amazing! My family is precious and there isn't a moment I don't feel totally blessed to have been chosen to live the life that I do. I can't wait for Christmas when all 30 some of us are crammed into one house! Chaos...
outfit deets: top:free people//jeans:frankie b//boots:frye
   Yes I am obsessed with Quinn. No, I don't have a problem with it :)
She went around all day saying "gobble gobble" in the cutest little squeak! i.die.omg.

To all you new dolls following along, thank you! The support and encouragement
I get from you all makes it easier to deal with the fact that I spent 15 or more hours
on a typography self portrait (made out of just text) only to have it deleted and 
lost for all eternity. Ok nothing helps me not cringe ever time I think about it, but
I love you all none the less! Hope your Turkey day was both yummy and fab! 

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