Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vintage Mode

Shirt: Plato's Closet   Shrug: c/o Romwe   Shorts: Macys   Belt & Bag: H&M   Boots: Sorel (won in giveaway) 
(look guys, I'm wearing color! Along with black...but still, there's a definite presence of color)
I got the loudest catcall I've ever received while wearing this outfit. I'm not sure what it might be, but perhaps it was due to the sheer tights. Hey, with this ridiculous spring-like weather we've been experiencing, I've had to take advantage of it! Not to mention, I've been dabbling in my makeup again. Seriously, I've been slacking in that department, but I decided to swipe on this "Sangria" shade from Milani and was reminded how much I love a strong lip along with my signature cat eye.

Towards the end of this shoot, as I fiddled with my tripod, I caught the slightest movement of a shadow out of the corner of my eye. I quickly whipped up my camera and started packing up right as a group of college students stumbled around the corner! My face might've flashed through five different shades of red before finally returning back to neutral.

"Oh, hey!" they called awkwardly, not realizing there'd be anyone else there.
"Hello," I said casually, all while furiously snapping up each tripod leg.
"Were you taking pictures of the wall?" one of them asked, looking confused as to where I'd had my camera pointed.
"Erm, yeah." I agreed, wondering how I could have explained the truth.
Actually, no, I was taking photos of myself against this cob-web covered wall. Yup. Cause I'm a model obviously. *insert mental eyeroll here*
"Oh...well, that's cool."
I small talked with them a bit about classes, the nice day, and taking walks. Then, as they slowly ambled along, I tossed my bag on my shoulder and picked my way across the rocks back towards the main trail.

Phew. That was close. What if they'd walked around right when I was posing and waiting for the photo to snap? I chuckled out loud. That would've made a funny picture to post!
Any awkward/entertaining moments from when any of you have gone out to get blog photos?

ANYWAY. These boots I'm wearing are my newest prized possession, as they're my very first and only pair of Sorel boots! A while ago, I decided to randomly enter one of their contests for campus style, and I placed as one of the final runner-ups! Along with these boots (the Conquest Carly Boot for those of you who are curious), I received a $250 American Express giftcard, which has been put to use already. Haha, I still have a substantial amount left on it and am trying to decide what I should save it for. Any suggestions? I'm tempted to do what I've been daydreaming of doing for a while now - walking into Sephora and fulfilling all my makeup fantasies.

Now, to refer back to my previous post about my difficult co-worker, can I just say a huge thank you to everyone who left such helpful and uplifting comments? I'm glad to hear back from you guys, and it really helped! I agreed with a lot of what was said, and have taken on the stance of being kind but distant. I couldn't bring myself to produce fake compassion anyway. If ever the opportunity comes up, of course I'll try to be the better person, but I'm definitely not going to force myself on her!

The one night we had to close together, she was still aloof and would act irritated with me at times, but towards the end of the shift, she finally relaxed. Perhaps she's had a lot on her plate lately, but the tension seemed to ease, and we actually talked for once instead of her barking orders at me. It seems she's had a rough childhood, and she definitely has a past that I can see has shaped her into the person she is today. While we still don't see eye to eye, I can at least understand her better. As for how she views me, I still don't know. However, it seems we won't be working together very often (thankfully!). I'm picking up all the morning shifts, and she's always set for afternoons.

Anyway, we'll see how it all plays out! I'm still not comfortable enough to let down my guard around her, but I believe for now, there aren't any problems...

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
Matthew 5:44

Monday, February 23, 2015

MUSIC MONDAY: Imagine Dragons // Smoke & Mirrors

Okay, I've covered Imagine Dragons in a previous Music Monday post (see here), but I had to give them another feature because their new album Smoke & Mirrors dropped on the 17th, and guess who's going to see them perform in August? That's right, I get to see them again (see here for previous concert review)! This time, I'll be on the ground floor, so I'm pumped to get closer and truly experience the show even better this time!

Anyway, I'm sure you've heard of this group from Las Vegas, so without further ado, here are a few of my favorites from their new album. Be sure to check them out, and if they're coming to a city near you for their tour, try and go see them! They're absolutely amazing live and I highly recommend them for an awesome concert experience!

Hope you all have a good Monday!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Where the Heart Is

Shrug: c/o Romwe   Dress: H&M  Boots: Just Fab   Hat: Target   Watch: c/o Feral Watches   Glasses: c/o Firmoo
(Hooray for low quality front-camera phone photos!)
This dress is so perfect. It's simple, fits in that perfectly loose-but-shapely way, and has a funny statement on it. It's true. I'd sleep all day if I could - and because I can't, I have a coffee in my hand at all times.

So for the extra long President's Day weekend, I decided to take off and visit home for a day. It was well needed too, because all these new changes have been taking their toll on me. What I've realized when I arrived home and was met with the warmth and love of family and friends, home is where the heart is - and each of these beautiful people have a piece of mine.

However, I'm not running away from the trials I'm facing here in Boise. Right now, I can't complain too much. While I miss the fellowship and richness of deep friendships, I'm trying to skim by on the shallow acquaintances and quick chit chats I've found here. It all takes time, and as a fairly reserved and quiet person, it'll take me even longer.

---long short, dramatic story ahead, brace yourself---

What has been causing me a lot of stress would be the hostility and venomous attitude I've been facing from a co-worker at my new job. We'll call her A, because if you've seen PLL, you'll understand. Anyway, from the first shift I worked with A, I could pick up on her disdain towards me. I didn't take it to heart at the time, because I was new and still making newbie mistakes. It's always difficult with a new hire, though I didn't think I was doing too bad since I had previous experience.

But whatever, I could tell A had a big attitude and was a sassy personality. Her impatience towards me would fade eventually. Then the next time I worked with her, her obvious silence towards me became louder. She'd chat happily with everyone else but I could have been invisible from the way she was acting. She had absolutely zero interest in getting to know who I was as a person, and the only time she'd talk to me was when she absolutely had to, such as telling me what to do or ask what a customer had ordered.

Finally, the last shift we were together, she walked through the door and blazed past me, brushing my shoulder forcefully. I was bumped to the side and squeaked out, "Sorry!?"
She totally ignored me and instead made a face of revulsion at the way I'd set up the espresso machine (for when I was making drinks).
"What the hell is this!?" she grabbed the towel I'd been using to tap excess grind out on and threw it onto the floor. "This is disgusting!"

I couldn't believe the venom exuding from her! I had to physically step back to escape the tension. Her eyes rolled over to me and with a voice full of disdain said sarcastically, "I'm guessing you made drinks this morning, huh?"

My irritation finally surfaced, and with a tone matching her's I asked sarcastically, "Gee, what gave it away?" I swooped the towel up from the floor and walked out to dispose of it in the dirty rag bin. I had to collect myself a bit before going back out to face her. The usual silence resumed, however, and I happily reciprocated it. I'd rather deal with her quietness than her outbursts.

Finally, when it was close to when I was scheduled to leave, I turned to face her. I was going to clear the air, make sure we were seeing things eye to eye, and hopefully ease whatever meaningless drama she was trying to create.

"Look, I know I'm not your favorite person to work with, and I get it. I'm new, I make mistakes, and I don't do things exactly the way you like. Just tell me if I'm doing something wrong though, and I'll fix it. I'm here to learn."

Her face creased into a look of mock confusion.
"What makes you think I don't like working with you?"

At that, my eyebrows about disappeared off my face. Seriously? Did she just say that? I may have ditzy moments, but I wasn't stupid. She was trying to play those stupid mind games on me!
"Um, well maybe I've been misreading things, but I know you're frustrated with me. So just tell me if you have a problem with me, okay?"

She shook her head in denial and looked back down at her phone. "Yeah, okay, whatever."

So. That is my current situation. I'm scheduled to close with her tomorrow, which I'm absolutely dreading. I haven't closed at this location before, so I'm certain procedures will be different, and you can guess just how much patience A will have with me...

However, I've been receiving much encouragement from family and friends, and have realized this is a perfect opportunity to try and be a positive testimony towards her negative attitude. I don't understand her hate towards me, but I intend to demonstrate love towards my enemy.

As most people would say, "Kill 'em with kindness!"

Any words of advise on this situation? I've been one of the lucky few who have never had to deal with this sort of girl drama, but looks like my luck has run out. Have any of you had to face this? What did you do and what would you say I should do?

To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:20-21

Monday, February 16, 2015

Concert Review: ODESZA

Interrupting today's regularly scheduled Music Monday to recap my most recent concert escapade, which occurred on Valentines Day. That's right, I took myself out and went solo to a concert that featured Big Wild, Little People, and ODESZA (whom I've featured in a previous Music Monday post here if you want to check out their electronic musical sound)!

What an amazing show. Plus, an overall entertaining concert. Not only because of the phenomenal musicians, but the, I've never had so many crazies around me all at once. 
So to start, I got there an hour early and breezed through the relatively short line to find a good spot on the floor. For once, I decided I didn't want to be smashed in the crowd and found a small ledge in the back that would allow me to comfortably view the stage, dance, and avoid being blocked by all the tall people in front of me. It was a smart decision, because I had a fantastic view of everything, and the removed spot led to some interesting people watching.
Before the concert even got started, a guy was being a bit rowdy and leaped from the division between one ledge and the next and landed on the two girls sitting below him. Um, yeah, they weren't too happy. Luckily, no one was hurt too badly, but that incident kick started what was an interesting night. At one point, I simultaneously had a couple arguing loudly behind me throughout one set and a couple forming in front of me! What a contrast...haha, as for the fighting pair, me and a fellow, single girl nearby bonded thanks to them. After sharing a look of disgust, we agreed that flying solo was best. Haha, then a cool couple joined me on the ledge I was perched on and we became instant concert buddies, looking out for each other, making sure the other wasn't pushed around too much, and sharing hair ties and water.  

At one point, the security guard came to stand next to us, and eyeballed the group of teenagers in front of us. They'd been grinding rather disgustingly close, and the two girls and one guy were alternatively making out, girl on girl, guy on girl, switching it up whenever one got bored with the other...bleh. It was rather nauseating, but I'd been ignoring them most of the night. However, the security guard suddenly whipped out his flashlight, shined it on the guy's wrist, and then moved forward with purpose. I then beheld a dramatic confrontation in which I feared for the security guard's looked like the minor was about to throw a punch! But after a bit of a hissy fit, he pushed his way angrily through the crowd and left as he'd been asked to do. Apparently, he'd been caught drinking alcohol and didn't have the required wrist band that allowed him to do so. 
ANYWAY. That was the crazy crowd that surrounded me. I'm glad I was able to find some sane people to bond with though, because we danced the night away, happily caught up in the energy that fills the air when attending a live music performance. ODESZA put on a fantastic show, and the buildup before their drops were epic. I didn't have a sip of alcohol that night, but I felt buzzed the whole time they were on the stage.

What is it about concerts that totally enraptures you? I can't quite put it into words. Each one is always an experience, and one in which I feel more alive than ever. There's a power in live music that changes the way you hear your favorite song. You finally experience the music the way the artist intended it. 

If you've been lucky enough to attend a good concert, you know what I mean! 
These type of experiences are always going to be something I don't regret spending money on, and I've just gotten a couple more concerts lined up for later this year that I absolutely cannot wait for! 

Also, can I just say that learning to go solo to things is such an empowering thing? Everyone always feels like they need to go in groups or pairs to events, but by making myself go out alone, I've been learning to feel more secure and confident in me and my own company. 

To finish off this post, allow me to share a song that should tip you off to who I'm going to be seeing later in June! ;)

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