My winters went from 0 to a hunnid real quick when I moved to Minnesota from North Carolina about 6 years ago. It does snow a little in NC, but it’s nothing compared to the amount of snow in MN. I remember my first winter in Minnesota and I saw everyone with ice scrapers and snow shovels in the trunk of their cars. And I discovered that there was such a thing like automatic car starters, like breh, WHAT?! Lol. Definitely a climate shock for me. Why do people even still live here? But then again for the past 6 years, I’ve asked myself the same thing. I think I kind of got used it even though I still complain about the weather every winter. >,<
Anyways, my jacket collection has grown throughout the years. You can never have too many winter coats, at least not where it snows a lot like here in Minnesota. Below is my jacket collection. Well, part of it anyways. And the best part? You can shop all these exact same jackets here on my Poshmark and then some. If you don’t know what Poshmark is, it’s basically a community of awesome people! 🙂 But really, Poshmark is a great website and app where millions of users buy, sell, and trade fashion and other things. Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored by Poshmark. I honestly just like to use Poshmark to sell my clothing items that are still in good condition. Unfortunately, Poshmark is not International and only for the U.S. Click on the links to be directed to the jacket for purchasing and more info. I recommend downloading the app because you can make me offers and such versus using the website. Happy shopping!
Happy Tuesday! The weather in Minnesota is warming up a little bit, still sort of bipolar. I can walk outside for a while without having to wear layers and layers of clothing. And without having to see my breath the moment I step out. Anything above 0 degrees for me is warm weather in MN, lol. My sisters live in North Carolina and every time they see my outfits on Snapchat or Instagram, they always ask, “Dang, ARE YOU NOT COLD?!” x) Hi sisters. I know all you lovelies will read this sooner or later, miss you all. ❤
My new favorite jacket is from…TARGET. I went to Target for one thing the other day and came out with 20 things. This is what Target does to me every time I go there. I’m sure most of you can relate, lol. #NoSelfControl ~ Not sponsored, but sponsor me, haha. Enjoy this outfit! Look below for full outfit details.
Jacket- Target: similar1similar2similar3
Jeans- BDG by Urban Outfitters: similar
Sneaker- Nike Roshe High1 Sneaker Boot: exact Beanie- H&M ‘I’m the answer no matter what the question is.’
Crop Top- Pac Sun
These jumping photos were a lot of work, lol They all turned out pretty hilarious. But it was fun. Birdy can fly sometimes through still moments. ;p
I have been feeling really inspired, motivated, and full of energy as of lately. Maybe it’s the whole new year, new me thing. I know the new year is just another day for most people, but for some people (aka me), it gives us the idea and comfort of a fresh new start. Another year to get it right…or not. New year, new goals! (or maybe the same goals if you haven’t accomplished your old ones yet) One of the most important thing a person can do is set goals. Give yourself something to look forward to. Keep growing. Growth is so powerful. Write down your goals, tell someone, repeat it to yourself daily, maybe even multiples times a day.
Sometimes our words out power our actions though. I’ve been guilty of this many times. Set a goal for myself and make up all the excuses in the world to why I didn’t achieve it. “I don’t have enough time” is my favorite excuse. Truth is, I’m probably just lazy and don’t prioritize my time as well as I should. Also, a lot of the time I just vaguely state my goals and go on with life. Setting goals for yourself gets you started, but how do you really tackle them down and utterly achieve them?
Set goals that motivates you. Find the purpose in your goal. Ask yourself: What are you going to get out of it? Why that goal? If you don’t have a purpose to why you want to get something accomplished, then what’s the point?
Be specific. Break up your goals. Map it out. Until you get very clear on what you want to accomplish, you will only get something that sorta-kinda-almost-but-not-quite meets it.
Be measurable. Set short-term and long-term goals. Make sure your goals are attainable and realistic, but also know how to give yourself a challenge. Only you know your limit. Set a specific time/length on when you want to get them accomplished.
Commit to yourself. Focus. Be passionate about your goals. Make sure you follow-up often. See how far along you have come, and how much longer you have left to go. Stick to your goals. Most times, you are going to fail before you succeed. Don’t let your set-backs discourage you. Instead, use it as motivation and come back 5x stronger. You have got to want it more than you don’t.
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Now let me give you an example of what all I just wrote means. A goal of mine in 2018 is to read 12 books this year, so one book a month. After high school, I used to tell myself to read, but my excuse was always that I didn’t have enough ‘free’ time and before I realized it, I read zero to one book all year long. Why is reading important to me? Personally, reading is therapeutic. I love reading self-help/growth books along with poetry. 12 might seem like a big number for people who usually don’t read, but to break it down, I usually read books that averages around 250 pages. Roughly 30 days in a month, so 250/30 = a little over 8 pages I need to read per day. I usually don’t read during weekends, so I know some days out of the week I need to read more than 8 pages. The time of day I usually set to read is right before I go to bed or during lunch when I’m at work. Follow-up. Keep checking progress. I’ll check back at the end of the month, did I finish reading a book? If yes, great! Go onto the next book. If no, figure out how much reading I have to do to finish the book and one more by the end of next month.
Really give thought and map out each one of your goals. In the end, it’s just going to be in your favor and help you grow as an individual.
I think the only person who I can hang-out with and boss around all day is my niece. But I’m a nice & chill boss, lol. I like hanging out with her because she never complains about what we do, and it’s always an adventure no matter where we go. She’s like the little sister I never had.
I like walking down streets and discovering the shops there. I remember when I first moved to Minnesota 5 years ago, Grand Ave in St. Paul was one of the first places I went to. Tea Garden, now replaced with Sencha Tea Bar, and Café Latte are my two favorite places there. I try to get something different every time I go to Sencha because all the drinks taste so delicious. I don’t like to eat cake often, but the Tres Leche cake at Café Latte is pretty good. My niece and I went to Grand Ole Creamery & Grand Pizza and had some bomb ice-cream with waffle. I wanted some pizza afterwards too but I knew I was going to take one bite and be full, lol.
I tried to look for a vintage shop on Grand Ave, but for some reason I couldn’t find it. I remember going to a vintage shop there a while ago though. Maybe it’s not there anymore, or maybe I just couldn’t find it. But what I did find, a stationary store. Paper Source has everything I could ever want, lol. Maybe one day I’ll be rich enough to open up a stationary store. : )
Outfit details: sister’s closet. I have a lot of sisters, but only one lives in Minnesota with me. And she’s skinny, skinnier than me, but I like to invade her closet a little when I go over, lol. It’s fun! It’s like shopping without actually shopping and spending money because my sister has a lot of clothes too. Perks of having siblings. She got the shorts & shoes from Forever21 and I’m not sure about the top, but I’ll list some similar items below.
July 4th fell on a Tuesday this year. Spent my Friday, Saturday, & Sunday partying with friends, so I decided to spend time with my family and have a chill day. Alcohol is exhausting after so many days, lol. Spontaneously went to Duluth for the day with my family. Duluth is one of my favorite places to go to in Minnesota. From the twin cities, it’s about a 2 hours drive. Took my mom onto the scenic chair lift and she was so scared. It was funny, but she enjoyed it after she got over the height fear. The scenic chair lift at Spirit Mountain is basically a ride that takes you high above ground level to see an amazing view of Duluth. It’s beautiful, calm, & relaxing. We went to the Rose Garden after and took tons of photos of my mom because she loves taking photos. I guess that’s where I get it from, haha!
My sister commented on my outfit, “You still dress like you’re 16, Bird.” Lol. Kid at heart. Or does 16 years old dress like they’re 22 like me, hmmm? Haha. Fashion has no age limit. But seriously, crop tops & high-waisted shorts are my favvv. July 4th and I was feeling a little festive. Fun fact: I DIY my USA crop-top in the car ride to Duluth. It was my bf’s old Nike t-shirt that he didn’t wear anymore, so I took it and made use of it. The t-shirt is so simple, you can recreate it by ironing on letters onto a simple t-shirt. My shorts was actually Levi jeans that I thrifted and transformed them into shorts. I’m sure everyone knows how to DIY jean shorts, and if not, there are tons of YouTube tutorials. Just type in ‘diy high-waisted shorts’ or something along those lines.
“This is California!” (This photo just reminded me of EDC for some reason, lmfao.)
We tried to go find a restaurant to eat in Duluth, but everything was closed because of the holiday. Came back home and went to a buffet because it was the only thing that was opened around the time we got back into the cities.
Ended the night watching fireworks. I haven’t watched fireworks on July 4th in nearly 4 years. I remember the first year I moved to MN, I watched it with all my little cousins, and finally this year I decided to watch fireworks again.
This is a late post about my Independence day, but I hope you all had a good holiday as well!
When things get a little messy and your mind begins to clutters, what do you do? For the past couple months, I’ve felt kind of lost and unmotivated. Negative mind, negative thoughts, negative vibes. It’s nothing and no one in particular, it’s just unwelcomed feelings and overthinking. Definitely overthinking about life in general. It took a toll on me. As time proceeds, you find an outlet somehow, someway. Everyone goes through this weird phase here and there. But always remember: this too, shall pass. Everyone deals with their issues in their own ways. Some lik One thing I like to do is read. Find a good book and get lost in it. Reading forces me to concentrate on the context and it minimizes the unnecessary thoughts in my mind. I know reading isn’t for everyone, but if you find a good book in something that interests you, it can be so therapeutic. I’ve been reading a lot of personal growth/self-help books. But aside from those, I’m currently reading a novel called “Sad Girls” by Lang Leav. Lang is one of my favorite author, hands down. Lang’s other books are poetry books, but her writing is so beautiful. I definitely recommend checking her work out. And no, this is not an ad, I’m just being honest, lol. I’ve read all her poetry books and I’m sure her first novel is going to be just as good.
Definitely recommend me some good books. It’s halfway through the year already, but a goal of mine for 2017 is to read more.
ath.lei.sure /aTH(e)’leZHer/ noun: casual, comfortable clothing designed to be suitable for both exercise and everyday wear; athletic and leisure.
Have you ever seen people walk around where ever you are either at school, shopping, movies, bowling, brunch, etc, looking like they just semi got back from the gym? Guilty! I’m one of those people. Nothing screams comfy more than a good pair of athletic leggings. Comfy & stylish? Yasss. I love incorporating gym clothes, especially leggings, into my style. Ends up looking like I put a lot of work into my outfit, but really it’s so effortless. Plus, it saves me money from buying clothes just for the gym…when I do go. ;p
A little statistics here, the trend boomed in 2016 and according to The Wall Street Journal, the market is estimated to grow by 30% by 2020.
What’s your take on ‘gym‘ clothes trending in the fashion world for everyday wear?
I often find myself writing or reading on my bed 99.9% of the time. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner, but the idea of having a small desk area came into my mind not too long ago. Stationary items, especially notebooks and colorful pens, makes me happy. It’s kind of an obsession actually. I have enough pens to last me a life time. And I probably have over 50+ empty notebooks just because.