25 Songs, 25 Days- Day 10

Day 10: A Song from my favorite band

(Thought that I would post this a day after I was supposed to, just because haha)

Going to California by Led Zeppelin

My favorite band and my favorite song from them 🙂

…..the lyrics just touch my soul. Being a Californian born and raised, the line “Children of the sun begin to wake” just feels like he’s talking about me dead on.  I love LOVE the sun, bright shimmering days are my favorite, and 2 oclock is my favorite time of day. 🙂 Lunch is my favorite meal lol.

 

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August Favorites!

August was a beautiful busy month, full of memories, and adventures galore!

Aaaaaaaaaaaand, its been a hot minute since I have actually posted and put effort into a monthly favorites post, sooooo this one might actually be a wee bit different.  I want to incorporate a lot of different elements into this post.  Music, books, tv, products, photos, videos, and lots of other shenanigans that will keep this as interesting and far reaching as possible (meaning, there HAS to be something in here you might find useful), so without further ado here is the break down for my favorites post from here on, I will talk about Fashion, skin care, makeup, perfume, nail polish, video games, movies, tv shows, music, books, random, and memories, and as well as my monthly crushes (both female and male humans I have been in love with that month)…..so shall we begin? 😉

Fashion

 

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Since I recently have taken up a job at a bakery I found the inspiration yet again to shop.

A recent visit to Banana Republic during a 50% off sale I found these white linen shorts that fit me to a tee.  Since I have big thighs and hips, it is always a task to find the perfect shorts,  and these are perfect.  I have always wanted linen shorts, and just something about white linen has always reminded me of summer time and beach visits.

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The quality and care Banana republic puts into their clothes is always apparent.  One of my favorite brands.

Another brand that I have dreamed about owning some tennis shoes from is the ever popular Adidas.  I FINALLY have a pair of their classic black striped white tennis shoes.

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With their super amazing cloudfoam insoles these are easily one of the most comfiest shoes I have ever worn.

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I have never been one to wear tennis shoes as fashion pieces in every day outfits but with these I have been so much braver trying out different looks.  They make almost any outfit look put together and cool looking.

Now for this next piece, I know it most certainly hasn’t been cold enough where I live to wear one of these out into the world however, have you ever been in a movie theater in the summer time? Freeing! Especially when you are sitting there for a good long length of time you start to feel a little chilly, starting to get uncomfortable for sitting in the same position, kind of just want to curl up with something a little heavy, soft, and easy to put on….

Well ladies and gentleman shall I introduce the Aerie Poncho

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My ultimate cuddly buddy at the cinema, long drives, at bon fires on the beach, with short sleeves, soft textures, and even a little hoody for added bazing. 😉

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Skin Care

I have a few skin care products that I absolutely adored last month, First one is the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener.

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So easy to use just after cleansing, saturate a cotton pad, and gently wipe all over face.  I even use it under my eyes where I feel like most of my aging is beginning.  Smells incredibly fresh, and does not burn my eyes which is amazing, since a majority of toning products almost do.

Another Shiseido product I have been loving, really not just last month but for a long while but thought I’d give it a mention today is my Shiseido Urban Enviroment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 for face This sunscreen is the best sunscreen for face I have ever used and probably will ever use.

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I have been a sunscreen-aholic for years since my vitiligo had taken off and spread even further, I have been on the search for the perfect sunscreen for my body I have yet find the perfect one but for face! Daily use, this is the best 🙂 so in love

Another skin car fave, is this Softsoap Body Butter Shea & Almond Oil Moisturizing body wash DSC_0024

Ok, confession time… I didn’t shower every day.  Not even my body.  But from recent TMI events I have taken upon myself, especially after work, to take a shower even if its not washing my hair.  At least my body and crevasses will get clean.  From showering every day I have found my skin getting drier and drier even using lotion wasn’t helping, and I’m just thinking to myself, “Well Geez you assholes this is exactly why I wasn’t showering every day to begin with and this is the thanks I get for trying to stay clean and not get infection.  Blast it all to Hell!” and then one fateful day after running out of the body wash I was using, I happened upon this cheapy body wash.  And now my life has forever changed (yet again lol). This body wash is not only sudsy and so soft but it makes my skiiiiiiin soft.  So lovely and smell goody.  I am one happy koala.

Makeup

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First on the list of Makeup faves for the month of August is the beautiful new palette from Anastasia called Subculture

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My favorite shades in the palette are the beautiful Golden Green shimmer shade called Electric and the matte deep green shade called Untamed.  They are the perfect summer to fall eyeshadow transition shades.

I have also found the Nars Shimmer Stick incredibly useful lately, especially in the shade South Beach

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Which is this beautiful shimmering bronze like color. Great for a summer time tan glow.

Speaking of bronze, I have fallen back in love with a product I have been keeping in my kit for such a long time and now I think I finally have a hang of how to use it properly, my NYX Wonder Stick for Highlight and Contour in the shade Universal WS04

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Its all about the power of blending lol  they are the perfect colors for my skintone.  And with the amount of blending I do they come out au naturale 😉

….and last but certainly not least my ultimate makeup obsession my Revlon Kiss lip balms.  Complete with SPF 20.  I now have the entire collection (at least what was at my store, if there are more flavors, PLEASE by all the stars in the sky tell me!!!!)

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Starting from top to bottom:

Tropical Coconut, Juicy Peach, Crisp Apple, Fresh Strawberry, Sweet Cherry, and Berry Burst.

 

Perfume of the Month

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Figure No. 6 Honey Rose Eau De Parfum

~ White Tea = top note

~ Rose Hip = middle note

~ Honey = base note

 

Nail Polish of the Month

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O.P.I Nail Lacquer Santa Monica Beach Peach

 

Video Game of the Month

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword for Nintendo DS

Found all of my old video games, and vast majority I have to finish playing so I’m taking it upon myself to try to finish them all start, to finish.  This game has been my obsession for the entirety of August, haven’t beaten it yet but I will.

Movies

Re-watched this movie recently while they were playing the extended versions of them at my local movie theater.  Reliving my love for this movie all over again was reinvigorating and established my love for the trilogy even more.

Kiki’s Delivery Service 🙂

TV Shows

NCIS Season 8

Your Lie In April

Game of Thrones

Music

“That Song” by Big Wreck

Almost anything from Projected Twin but I am mostly in love with “You Threw the Stone”

Since the death of Chester Bennington I had been reliving my love for Linkin Park so really I’ve been listening to mostly Hybrid Theory and Meteora but my favorite song from last month was ” From the Inside”

Book of the Month

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

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Found this book incredibly hard to get into the first few chapters but then it was a breeze.  Though this was supposed to be a romance novel, there really isn’t a lot of real romance being built in here.  Yes there is attraction, some heart break, but really its kept on the PG-13 side which if that’s what you like than more power to you but I was really wanting some real action if you know what I mean.  Overall the dramatic parts are a little tiresome and boring, but since this is a trilogy maybe the other books will be heavier and more intriguing.  Not to say this wasn’t but its a nice poolside kind of book I thought it was entertaining on the witch aspect of it but the romance was a little disappointing if I really have to be honest.

Crush of the Month

August crush

Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington

I LOVE these two together and seperate ❤

Memories

August was my trip month where I finally took a little serendipity back to my second home, Sedona, Arizona. It was a chill week there spent more of the time sight seeing, relaxing, taking the load, off and of course getting bit by thousands of mosquitoes or some sort of hungry insect.  I did not take really any photos there of the scenery or really of anything.   Next trip I promise more photos will be awaiting your eyes.

Can’t wait to start September and I can not wait to see what it brings.

Till then, see you soon.  Live Laugh and love and give thanks for being alive.  Give love and receive love and remember that you are important.  You have a purpose.

Deepest wishes of serenity and love your way,

Dani >*<

 

 

25 Songs, 25 Days- Day 9

Sleepily slouching in my sleeping quarters, crawling or rather dragging myself to my laptop to enter my entry for today.

Maybe its the long work week and I’m finally to my “Friday” today, so I feel lazy and really not giving a pooty, but today the song that I am supposed to share for Day 9 is a song that makes me hopeful.

Took a considerable amount of time for me to come up with something because hopeful is not a feeling I seek.  Happy, sexy, even sad are all emotions I personally seek in music something to make me feel the high ends and the low ends, but hopeful is a tricky emotion. Is it happy and looking forward to what’s to come? Or is it sad and almost melancholy, because you are in the throws of sadness and somehow you are trying to cling to the thought that if this is truly rock bottom the only way to go from here is up.

I feel that hope is a sunrise.  You spent hours, upon hours wandering the desert, cold and lonely not knowing if there would be light to guide you, a build of anxiety and almost dread comes waving across your body like sand being blown in the wind.  Then suddenly you notice the dark black sky turning to a lighter shade of dark navy blue.  Like a climbing a mountainside, the sun slowly makes its way to the horizon, a peak of shimmering fluttering gold sparkles dazzle and amaze your eyes.  Light! the guiding force of nature the day breaker and warm maker, the sun is here.

And for this feeling the song I have chosen is…..

Helden by Apocalyptica

A magnificent and moving cover of Heroes by David Bowie (which mind you is also an amazing hopeful song in its own right).  This specific version of this song, the way it builds, the instrumental waves and chords, always has felt like the sun rising to me.  Blows me away.  Hope you enjoy and feel just as hopeful as I do.

25 Days, 25 Songs- Day 8

Day 8 of 25 days of songs, today is about a song that reminds me of my…wait for it….”First Love”.

I Knew I Loved You by Savage Garden

Flashback to a 15 year old me, having the biggest crush on this guy who I shyly was in a “relationship” with, our “first date” which really wasn’t one since we had to secretly do it behind my parents back with my best friend at the time and her Grandma at a local amusement park.  Right when we were about to say bye, this song came on, one of my favorite songs at the time, and he kissed me.  My first real kiss was to this song.  Every time I hear it I think of the innocence and the sweetness of first love’s and I’m so happy this song is the first one that come’s to mind.  Darren Hayes has such beautiful vocals and is such a beautiful human being.  Love love love his music. 🙂

25 Songs, 25 Days…?

I feel like I failed this challenge already, however, good excuses I do have (somehow channeling Yoda)….

Friday, my home’s Air Conditioning basically went kaput, and due to the extreme temperatures in the Southern California area I live in (reaching 112) I had to leave my house and stay in a hotel for the last two nights.

Now with the AC unit healed and spurting refreshing bursts of Minty fresh air I am back and ready in action for this blog.

So shall we catch up?

This will include Day 5, 6, and 7 so please enjoy 🙂

Day 5- A song that is often stuck in your head

You’re My Best Friend by Queen

I just love singing this song at the weirdest times, kind of like my own private inside joke haha.  Plus its a freaking amazing song to begin with….

Day 6- A song that reminds you of a best friend

I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by Scissor Sisters

haha every time I hear this song I think of our awesome car rides singing in the car, and of course playing Just Dance with him and his two brothers to this song lol.  Always have amaing laughs with him 🙂

Day 7- A song that reminds you of summer

Amber by 311

I don’t know why its just the sound and I only ever listen to it in the Summer time just so every time I hear it, it will remind me of summer.  Just like certain perfumes that are specifically summer kind of scents (the beach, sunscreen, salt, sand, wind…) I like doing this to songs haha.

Well thank you so much for being patient with my absence hope you enjoy these awesome tunes.

See you tomorrow. 🙂

 

25 Songs, 25 Days- Day 4

Day 04- A song that calms you down

Elder Scrolls -Skyrim: Far Horions

Video game soundtracks are such a weakness for me.  I could listen to them nonstop all the time and I feel like they are highly underrated. The Skyrim soundtrack is beautifully composed by Jeremy Soule.  This particular song is something I listen to on the regular.  Whether I am taking a nice relaxing bath, or even whilst attempting to fall asleep this song coos me in the best possible way.  Setting such a beautiful atmosphere.

25 Songs, 25 Days- Day 3

Day 3 of the 25 days of 25 songs, today I will share with you a song that reminds me of both of my parents….

You’ve lost that Loving Feeling by The Righteous Brothers

I could have really chosen several hundred songs that would make me think of them.  Because of them I was introduced to the world of music.  Eclectic tastes is what I have, and it is all due to them.  The reason I chose this particular song because of my memories I feel it portrays.  My family and I used to go on long car trips, to Malibu, or up the coast in Southern California, lots of different places.  My Father always called our random trips a “Serendipity”.  We would have CDs in the car but we always had those specific songs we would burst out singing at the top of our lungs to, this song is no exception.

 

25 Songs, 25 Days

Welcome fellow readers, observers, and listeners.

Today is another “25 songs…” post.

2- A song that reminds you of your most recent ex-boyfriend/ girlfriend

Good Enough by Evanescence

This song has a lot of power to it, even to this day I love it for the way it reflects my deepest soul’s longing to be good enough for the person I love.  Though I know this person and I are no longer in those depths of passion and infatuation anymore, this song at the time I heard it was my feelings screaming out for that person.  Now  this song is really more of a reflection of the kind of person I was rather than how I feel about someone. I was never one of those kind of people who was confident towards the opposite sex.  Being horribly introverted, I could never profess anything to really anyone.  Hilarious story attached to this song, which is probably why it sticks in my memory so much, I had this song set as the ringtone for my ex before we were together and even before I knew he had the same feelings for me.  One day I couldn’t find my phone and had him call it.  Not realizing it wasn’t muted, the song blared out at the most profound moment of the song, “…I can’t say no to you and I’ve completely lost myself and I don’t mind, I can’t say no to you, shouldn’t have let you conquer me completely, now I can’t let go of this dream can’t believe that I feel good enough…” at that moment my cards were showing. I tried to play it off like that was my ringtone for everyone. I felt like a creepy dork.

Now I love this song for how it reminds me of beautiful young love, my young sweet self, and how I feel now that I am good enough for someone to love me back just as much as I love them.

 

25 Songs, 25 Days

Songs for the next 25 days!

How exciting! Especially for this being my first published blog post since, for a long time haha.

Gonna try to add more posts day to day.  Look forward to more writing excitements 🙂

Day 01- A song from your childhood

Popsicle Toes by Michael Franks

One of the first songs that really embedded itself into my memory.  Long car rides with cassette tapes being jammed into the radio.  Michael Franks was my ride along jam companion. My first music addiction, (not excluding Motown).  This song takes me down memory lane, and frigid cold toes that I somehow believed he was singing just to me.

 

 

Red

I am a dancing cloud that no one will ever catch an island I have made entirely for myself.  Coconut ice cream and dagger seas.  You can join in the foot pattern or merely observe from your plane passing by.  But I will never leave I will not forsake this bird of my soul that has nested so deep inside that she can’t be caught or tamed.  I am a dark fire ball that has landed to amaze and bring you warmth but I will not be dampened nor will I ever be explained.  No one knows where I had come from or if I will keep digging deep into the soil that can’t keep me still.  I vibrate red, an eternal flame that shatters mirrors and tears walls.  I am the open air the rolling of the rocks that fall as you kick them down the mountain.  Once I am moved I will keep moving not because I do not want to be where I was but to go where I know I’m supposed to go.  And where is that? I don’t know.  I am a mere contradiction that carves my own definition in to the tree of life.  No words or iron clad fists can nail me.  For I don’t even know my purpose but I know what I am.  I am free and like this bird who is deep in my chest as I push off this mortal coil I will inhabit the nearest star and burn it up as bright as the noon day sky so that every single cell in this universe has a piece of what I was.  Nothing but pure and unending desire passion and love that can be felt in the bones of your toes and the cells on the tip of your tongue.  Taste with your heart, feel with your mind, and love with every inch of who you are and then you can see what it is to truly be me.