Monday, August 29, 2016

Two years

 A large milestone has occurred today. Today is the two-year anniversary of Fashion teal. I feel like it was just yesterday I was announcing the one year anniversary, hoping to be around for another year, and here I am! Time does fly when you're having fun, and blogging has certainly been fun.
 First and foremost, I'd like to thank my constant, steady flow of readers, some who have been here since day 1. You know who you are. Thanks for letting me and my little blog live through another year. Your support has done more than you can imagine. Whether it's reading, commenting, or emailing me, every gesture you make is meaningful to me, and has been for the last two years.
 I remember my very first blog post back in 2014 exactly two years ago. It was a mess. But that's okay! I was new to the blogging world, having got my account back in July. It would take some time for me to get to where I am now, and I know that as I grow as a person, my blog will be growing alongside me. So for you aspiring bloggers who are only dreaming of starting a blog but worried about the process, don't worry! You'll probably start off a little clunky, but as long as you put your blog out there via social media (I found that Bloglovin' really helped my blog get views) and word of mouth, you'll get views in no time!
 I'm just glad to have found blogging. It is a hobby of mine, just like sewing or following the latest trends in the fashion world. It's a place to write my thoughts out and express how much I adore fashion. Without my blog, I wouldn't have a place to ramble on excitedly about my successes, DCFW and the fashion show I put on at my school as examples. Blogging is a great place where birds of a feather can freely flock together and loudly squawk (keeping up with my bird metaphor) about fashion trends. It's a pretty cool place on the Internet, and I'm glad to have established my own place that has been standing for two years.
 I know, as I said last year, that I have plenty to improve. I'll never not be moving forward as I blog. I'm proud looking back, but I know that with looking back comes looking ahead to see what I can do better in the future. Most people would shy away from it, but I am ready to face what comes with a determined attitude. Two years of blogging has taught me a lot. One of the lessons that I have learned is that while I may have goals, it will take some time to get there, and that's okay. I'm not near my goal yet. Not close. But, it can happen, and I choose to believe that it will. I'll just keep doing what I do and get better while doing so.
 So, two years. I'm happy. Thank you to everyone who has been with me on this journey, and I look forward to letting Fashion teal expand for years to come. Wonder where I'll be in another year, or two. Wonder where Fashion teal will be at year 10?? But for now, two years is  good for me.

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kamila <3

Monday, August 22, 2016

Part 2: California

 Part 2 is here. After our beautiful and relaxing visit to Mexico, complete with (a) beautiful hotel room(s) and a beautiful view, albeit the beaches weren't so clean, we ventured to the West Coast, home to the Kardashians, the idea of the song "California Gurls," and last but not least, aggressive driving. We encountered a lot of that while in The Golden State. It was like a symphony of horns ensued as soon as I stepped through the doors of LAX airport. Luckily, my family got to hear a lot of that music (especially in Los Angeles), since we were on the road a lot. Two hours or more at a time. This reason explains why some of my pictures are in a car.
 The food was delicious, the beach water cold, the sightseeing amazing. I loved California and it's intricate ways so much. And the views in California? All-around gorgeous. They literally took my breath away. I found myself not being able to look away from all the rugged mountains, dancing palm trees, and modern houses (my favorites were the ones on top of the mountains!). My brain would tell me to do something else while in the car, but my eyes would refuse to listen, and I would keep drinking in the views. The drought took nothing away from California's beauty. If anything, it sharpened its prime features like the mountains and palm trees, stripping them down to make them look more real. There was also a really cool windmill farm. It's a really neat way to generate power. It stretched for a good half mile. I saw tons of slowly spinning windmills.
 Oh, and I saw surfboards, too. Lots and lots of surfboards.

This is the first of many, many photos snapped from a car. Get ready.

We went to La Jolla Shores the second day we were in California... the water was freezing, but the water was magnificently clear (clear enough to see a giant fish swim by me one time!) and the waves were really great.

Saw tons of palm trees. Not seeing them often makes me want to snap a million pictures of them.

Windmill farm! Doesn't it look cool?

I'm obsessed with the mountain views.

We went to Mount Hollywood, and I saw some impressive views there as well.

Hollywood Sign! A high point in my trip was seeing this famous landmark.

This is the Griffith Observatory. It's a really nice planetarium with killer views. I didn't know of its existence until we came here. It would be a great place for a science field trip or astronomy club trip. That is, if you're up for driving on a very windy road to get there.

This is a close-up of the Hollywood Sign from a telescope at the Griffith Observatory. I loved seeing the sign in more detail.

This is a complete "chart" of the periodic table of the elements. There are some of the elements inside of the little lighted boxes. It was awesome to see.

Ventured to Hollywood Boulevard to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

I saw one of those tacky Star maps on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard, and what the heck? I decided to take a picture of it, just for laughs. 

The stars begin!

Took a quick break for some shopping. There are tons of places to shop on Hollywood Boulevard!

Unfortunately, Beyonce does not have her own star on the Walk of Fame, so her former singing  group, Destiny's Child, was the closest I could get.

 California was such an amazing, vibrant place with a laid-back vibe that I loved, and I hope to go back someday, armed with noise-canceling headphones for the traffic, comfortable shoes for walking long distances, and more money to shop till I drop, California-style. 


kamila <3

Monday, August 15, 2016

Part 1 : Mexico

 Today was day two of my family vacation to Mexico. It's so beautiful it takes my breath away. Mexico is honestly such a beautiful place to go to vacation. This was the perfect destination. The food is so very delicious, the clothes are bright and sunny, and the views? They're on another level. I love the rolling seas and the tall, distant, rugged mountains. Inspiration! I've never seen anything like it, really. Being on a higher floor of a (superb and fancyyy) hotel has its perks. It's the fanciest hotel I've ever stayed at. I love it! Everything is all clean lines and modern furniture. An interior designer would be smitten with the contemporary feel of it.
 A vacation was just what I needed, especially a place as beautiful as Mexico. The vibe I get is traditional with a lush green. It's amazing, and looking up those mountains and imagining who could live, work, and play there, hidden away from civilization, is really cool.
 Here are some pictures from my vacation, plus some pictures that will reveal how beautiful I keep saying Mexico is. See for yourself, all my raving is really true.

I really, really love international fashion, especially in tropical places. The bright colors are not only amazingly pretty, but they can change your mood as well. You're a little cloudy, you see a brightly patterned dress like the ones I've seen, and voila! Instant happiness (and lust... you know you want the dress.) In Mexico, the clothes are especially bold, which I am a huge fan of. I wish I could buy up all of the clothes, and I seriously was considering it, but unfortunately, that wasn't a plausible option for me. 

I should have gone here for graduation!

Such a mysterious yet beautiful dress!

Did I say I love international fashion? Well, if I love international fashion, then I capital-A ADORE international jewelry! It's everything the USA hasn't thought of. All the baubles and beads, they're incredibly bold as well. It's all so... exotic. All of it. I'm so in love with all of the jewelry that I find when I'm on vacation, and Mexico is no exception.

We visited this beautiful church one day, and the architecture took my breath away!

Our own pool on our (amazing) hotel room balcony? Yup!

I loved this picture so much, I made it my lock screen background!

Skirt: handmade
Top: upcycled
Wedges: Light in the Box

 So, that's about it. Still vacationing, still loving every second. That was Mexico. I'll see you next week, part 2 on the West Coast.


kamila <3