Jun 9, 2011

wearing pigtails in your twenties - hot or not?

Hello! So I'm squeezing in a post for the weekend ahead because I'll be gone for the next four days! Due to privacy I'm not going to tell you where, but I will tell you where when I get back! ;) So before I take off I wanted to leave you with a little fashion post. Oh, and I also wanted to tell you all that I will be catching up on your blogs when I return! ;)

While I was in Arizona I experimented with my hair and since it's still rather short, sometimes it's nice to put it in a short pony tail to get it out of my eyes. About a month ago my hair wasn't even long enough to put in a pony tail though, can you believe that?! I've decided to grow my hair back and was thrilled when it was long enough to recently put it up.

I can't remember exactly when I was glancing through a magazine or which magazine I was glancing through, but I saw an actress wearing pigtails. I wasn't sure before that point if a gal in her late twenties could still pull it off, you know? But after seeing that picture and then going on my Facebook to find a picture of my adorable cousin in her 30s also sporting pigtails, I had no doubt that I could pull it off too. Plus, why does a magazine or a family member have to reassure me by me locating a picture of them, that I can have pigtails in my hair?! I should have just gone with it regardless because I wanted to! So sure enough, I decided to be bold and go against my fashion fear: I wore pigtails and they were liberating! ;)
It was fun wearing pigtails and I suddenly felt even younger and carefree! ;) So I went hunting on the internet for some other pigtail inspired pictures, and this is what I came up with:
When my hair is this long again, I am bound and determined to wear pigtails like this. So light, flowy, and gorgeous! This picture is my favorite.
Saving the best for last, I love this shot of Zooey and her pigtails. She always looks adorable though, no matter what she looks like.

So my question for you is, are you comfortable wearing pigtails in your twenties and beyond? 

Do you like the pigtail hair style or do you think it makes a woman look too much like a young girl? Or maybe that is the point?!

I'm still torn. Sometimes I like wearing them, but then I go out and sometimes feel insecure that I have pigtails in my hair. I guess I don't mind wearing them occasionally, because after all, a girl has to be playful, fun, and young at heart. Pigtails definitely bring out the newness of summer and all of the fun and adventure there is to come!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Jun 5, 2011

when you discover that you're finally growing up

Picture this. You are sitting at a table filled with relatives when a relative begins telling a loudly inappropriate story that you would rather not hear. You glance around to see if anyone else feels the same way and mostly everyone is wildly entertained. Thinking to yourself, why don't I just go along with this and pretend like I'm entertained, you decide that finally in your adult life, you don't have to pretend. You are now at an age where you can express your opinion, and you may or may not care how others may think of you afterwards. Respect is important and handling the situation appropriately is important, but staying truthful to you is also mostly important. By the way, this is just an example, I'm not saying this exact situation happened to me. :)

Have you been in a situation like this before? It's interesting. This year I'll be turning the older age of 27 (did I really just say that?!) and I'm beginning to feel, well, really old. Like me, you may begin to realize without a shadow of a doubt that you are inching your way up to thirty. And along with thirty, you finally begin to realize that you are an adult. You are making your own decisions. You have formed your own beliefs. Living your life the way you believe and think is finally more important than pleasing your family, friends or loved ones.
I'm not a rebellious person by any means. My parents raised me with good manners and a Christian upbringing. I never strayed from my parent's principals and I still to this day believe in everything I was taught. Through the years, however, I began to form my own opinions on certain things. Now, my political views might be slightly different, or my faith may differ in some circumstances. I'm turning even more into my own person. I'm an adult.
You've also become an adult when you realize...guess what...your parents aren't perfect. How dare I say that?! For almost my entire 25 years of existence I never questioned my parents. I believed in everything they said and did, and thought they were the epitome of perfection. I've come to the harsh reality, kidding here, that no, they aren't perfect. You know what though? That's quite alright. I don't want perfect parents, nor do I have to agree with everything my parents say and do. I'm not saying that they have done bad things, (because we all have really,) I'm just saying that we all have a right to form our own opinions, judgements, and become who we are. I Sierra, define what I believe in. Not my parents. Not my friends. Just me. I'm becoming more comfortable in my own skin.

For most of my life I let what others said about me define me. I let what my family members said about me define me. I wasn't letting God and me define me. Do you know how important that is?! To reach inside of yourself and discover who you are?! Vastly important. Hugely important. Some people never grow up. Some adults never grow up. I've realized this about some family members lately. I may not support everyone's decisions, but it doesn't mean I love anyone less. It just means I am an adult and I care what I think of me. I shouldn't care of what others think of me.
Now, don't get me wrong. You should care to a point. You need to be respectful of your family, relatives, and people you hold in high esteem. You also want people to be proud of you, but you want to stay true to you. If this means making a choice that you know is right, even if someone may disagree, then I say stick to your guns. I dislike it when I come home wishing I would have said something about a situation I felt strongly about but I didn't voice my opinion. Feeling that I just disappointed myself. That I just let someone take advantage of me when I should have told them how I truly felt. Ever felt that way?
We all are constantly in a learning curve called life. It's when you discover that you're finally growing up is when you begin to question life, your job, or perhaps other decisions you have made. Maybe another life changing event is beyond the horizon. That's good. You are on your way to making sure you are who you want to be. You need to find out who you are. Once you have found what makes you tick, grow, and achieve, never, ever, back down.

Jun 3, 2011

wanderlust & shopping in San Francisco

It's been a while since I went to San Francisco with BK.Well, it's actually only been two months but it seems long! Since I did say I would post some pictures and explain what I did there while BK was working, I thought it would be fun to do a post instead of not having any post at all! So here you go, with some pictures that I took in San Francisco.
BK and I had been to San Francisco when he had past jobs, but we only briefly passed through and it was during the early Autumn months when it was cooling down! Once we were so hungry at midnight and we just happened to be driving through SF, so we decided to stop by and eat some of their incredible pizzas. It was sooo good! After we were done eating the delicious feast, we were on our way, but it was nice to be able to experience the food a bit, as well as the fog that came rolling in. I liked the feeling that I had when I was in San Francisco; it felt cozy, inviting, and a bit mysterious. I couldn't wait to go there again and experience the city for real.
So when we went to San Francisco and we were there for two days in April, we enjoyed every moment there. BK worked during the day, so I was very eager to go outdoors and go shopping! I admit I spent a lot of money on cute clothing and accessories that I came across. I wish I would have taken some pictures of what I exactly purchased, but I did not. I did however take some pictures of my favorite shops and buildings in San Francisco! Let me show you some of the pictures.
This shot was taken at night, and I'm pretty sure it was of a Abercrombie & Fitch billboard. Very romantic, right?
I'm took this shot while I was in an upper floor of a building, over looking City College.
Sigh. You know I would find a Juicy Couture shop, right? Well I did and I was in heaven. I searched the internet, trying to find a picture of my Juicy handbag, but I couldn't find one. But anyway, I got a messenger bag, wallet, and new shirt for under $150 I believe! They were having an amazing sell and I was super excited.
When I stopped by a cafe and got a turkey sandwich with sourdough, (yum by the way,) all of my bags were tucked nicely underneath my feet. I have to admit my bags were a bit heavy carrying them back to my destination afterwards! It was totally worth it though. I found some amazing shops, got some great "shopping" exercise, and explored a city I had never been to. I would have loved to have stayed even longer, but we had to go back to Southern CA. It would be fun to go back again in the future - I'm sure it will happen since we seem to travel to Northern CA frequently. Next time though, I'm going to make sure I have a bigger suitcase.

So to tell you more about my suitcase pain, I have to admit that by the end of the trip, my luggage was so heavy! Do you ever get worn down luggage because you try to stuff too much clothing and beauty products in there? Well, I'm guilty of that. That's why, when I came across the Very site, I knew that would be where I would get my next suitcase! I can't wait to visit the website again. Just look at the pink luggage at the bottom of the page on the Very site! So. Cute. Oh gosh, more shopping! See what I mean?! :)

So I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of my short, yet fun trip to San Francisco. BK and I also went to some incredible restaurants - I really felt like I was back in New York City. Even though I loved San Francisco, a  girl can still dream about another grand city called NYC. I would LOVE to go to New York City again. I know I am going to make it happen.

Have a wonderful weekend, I'm off to my brother's girlfriend's graduation party!