Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What I Wore: Skulls N' Dots

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Happy Thursday Gals!
Today's post won't be too long because we're getting ready to leave to Austin for Chaos in Tejas!
I'm super stoked. It's a punk/metal festival for the next four days.
So much music in my earssss. Ah.
Ok, back to the outfit. Aren't you lovin' this shirt? I love it tons. The only thing that makes me feel uncomfortable is the see through panels on the side. Nothing a cute cardigan can't hide.
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I've been wearing tons of socks with skirts/shorts lately. It's been incredible hot over here already but I love the way it looks. I totally went a little sock crazy the other day and bought
like eight pairs. 
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I've been feeling very blah with my hair as of late. I need to find some kind of way to make it feel fresh and new. I'm just really constricted as to what I can do with it because it's so curly when it's short and I don't want a huge fro. I should probably do my hair more often also, instead of just having it down and putting a bow in it. We shall see what I come up with.
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 I had completely forgotten that I hadn't shown you gals my new tattoos. The newest one is the teacup with the spider but the kettle isn't very old either. They were gotten maybe two months apart? I was feeling super uneven. I don't even know if that's a thing but to me it is.
What do you all think? I'm off to finish packing and to get on the road.
Can't wait to show you guys all the pics from this weekend!!

Shirt: Tj Maxx
Skirt: Thrifted
Cardigan: Target (old)
Socks: Target
Shoes: Vans
Necklace: One of my friends makes these! Crimskull Jewelry

With All My Love,

Pati

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sewing Adventures with Oma!

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Hi Gals!
This weekend was an insanely chill weekend mostly spent with Bob because my parents went to the beach and the minions were with their dad. I don't like going when it's a holiday weekend, it's wayyyy too packed so I stayed home!
Yesterday, I decided to go hang out with my Oma, grandma, all day because she's leaving today back to Paraguay. Her stay is always way too short. I asked if she could help me with my sewing machine because it's been sitting on my desk collecting dust. Oma is always happy to help, so on an adventure we went. She used to make her own dresses and shirts YEARS ago but I don't think she's used a machine in a long time. Would you believe me if I told you she's 79!! No, right?!sewing nebulainbloomsewing nebulainbloom
She's amazing guys! I cannot stress this enough. Oma is the person I look up to and want to be. She has an insane amount of patience. We seriously threaded the machine like six times before we could even try doing one line. It kept getting stuck but we finally figured out the problem.
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This is how she was through that whole frustrating ordeal. I'm not even going to lie, if she wasn't there I probably would've given up and tried some other time. She just made me laugh at how ridiculous the whole thing was. Doesn't she have the best smile? It's contagious for sure.
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I finally got to try out a little stitching after around thirty minutes of fixing and re-fixing. I just kept trying to make a straight line. Over and over again. I figure I need a straight line before I try to make anything else.
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Clearly, straight lines aren't as easy as it looks. I think I also changed stitches here, so I wasn't this horrible.
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I kept doing this over and over again on this piece of fabric. You wouldn't think this was fun but you'd be wrong. Now I know how to work the machine without wanting to throw it out the window.I'm going to make something small sometime this week to get my feet wet with projects. Super stoked that I have a new outlet for stress and a new hobby in general.
All you sewing gals don't hesitate to leave me advice below :)


With All My Love,

Pati











Thursday, May 23, 2013

Turtle Day 2013

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Hello Gals!
Guess what today is? Turtle Day!!!
I love turtles, especially sea turtles, they're the cutest.
Since I live in such close proximity to the beach, around 20 minutes, I'm very aware of the needs of these beautiful creatures.
We actually have a Sea Turtle rescue on South Padre Island. They rehabilitate and release sea turtles that have been injured. It's really neat to see the all the turtles that they have helped to rescue along their wall.
It really brings to light how much we as humans impact the environment. A lot of these turtles are injured because of man. Some are stuck in nets, have plastic around them, have lost limbs because of boats, etc. I'm so glad that we have something around like Sea Turtle Inc. that teaches us about turtles and their environment. In the link above there's places to donate and, if you live close enough, volunteer. I haven't yet been able to volunteer but for sure want to.
Another part of the website that I find really neat is the camera that they have on the turtles that are rehabilitating. There's a camera that runs 24/7 in which you can see the turtles swimming around in the tanks. Really cool!
The organization also does a nest sponsor, in which you help to conserve some of the endangered Kemp Ridley nests that we have on our beach. They have a list up of all the nests that they have found and when they think that they will be hatching. I've been meaning to go for years to see the turtles hatch and make their way into the water but it's sooooo early in the morning. I'll make it a for sure thing for this year so that I can capture some pictures of it.

Make sure to check out the website and see some of the cool things that they do and to learn a little about the turtles they rescue.

With All My Love,

Pati

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Windy City Day 2

Hiya!
Today I thought I would show you day two of our Chicago trip. I cannot wait to go back guys. The windy city is amazing.
So after the long day on Thursday we slept in a little and decided to try to go to a brunch place. Apparently this doesn't work very well on a weekday. Either way we ended up here, at Eggsperience. They had tons of breakfast food items that we could not wait to delve into.
The decor, as you can see, was really lively and bright. Good atmosphere, if you ask me. The juxtaposition of Bob v. me in those two pics is hilarious. 
I decided to go for a veggie omelette with some ham and hashbrowns. It was to die for and super fresh.
Bob had eggs benedict hash browns and also ordered corned beef hash. In the end it was entirely too much food but his corned beef hash was totally worth it. Yum!
After we were done with some munching we decided to go here! The Field Museum. I cannot explain how much reading and learning we did that day. We seriously did NOT get through 1/8 of this place and were there for over four hours. It's not something you can get done in an entire day even.
Amazing to just get lost in there! Loved it.
This is the famous Sue and she greets you as you walk in! Haha.. no guys she's dead. I promise.
She's the most famous T-rex in the world because she's the most complete, well preserved, and largest.  Neat-o right?! She measures 13 feet and is 42 feet long. Insanely large. Can you imagine that running towards you?! "She" is not actually a she.. or rather she could be but paleontologists aren't sure what sex it is. She is actually named for the scientist who found her! Sue Hendrickson, the paleontologist, discovered Sue, the T-rex, in 1990. 
This is Sue's actual head but since it weighs over 600 pounds it couldn't be put on the rest of the skeleton. She's scary and fascinating all in one breath. The head that's on the actual skeleton is a replica.  If you look at the picture above you'll see where this head rests. It's on the second floor behind her where the picture of the T-rex is. 
I thought I would include a map of the three levels of the museum just to show you the size. The level that looks the largest is the main level and where we spent most of our time. We chose to go up to the second level next. Now do you believe me that you can't just go for a couple of hours on one day? It's insane how large it is.
These next couple of pictures are just some interesting artifacts from different peoples of the Americas. I had seen pictures of some of these type of pottery so it was really neat to see real ones. People of the Americas, particularly Incan/Pre-Incan, have always fascinated me. There's not enough information I can have on the. 
All three of the vessels above are depicting different things that these particular people experienced/believed in. For some reason I didn't take pictures of what vessel went with what group of people. Boo. I know the last two are anthropomorphic representation of gods. The last picture of course being a lobster god. How awesome is he? I want to say that the first vessel depicts a battle scene but I don't want to lie to you guys. There was just so much information! If you look at it closely though, you can see tiny little people climbing all over a bigger person. 
The Aztec calendar of course. This is just a replica though. I had no clue it was this huge!
Decorated knives! Some of them have jade inlays and of course heads of different animals.
Our favorite! Dinos!! This room was filled with them and they were awesome. It's funny because Bob was such a weird little kid, just like me, he had a dino book and could name all the dinosaurs and would apparently correct people if their knowledge was faulty. Ha!
This quote was at the end of the evolution exhibit, which the dinos were in. The whole thing was super interesting and you got to walk through our evolving planet from the very inception of life. OH science, you always thrill me!
I'm sure you could imagine how tired we were after that so we decided to get out into the fresh air and make our way to the Willis(Sears) Tower. 
One of the many views you got on the top of the tower. I would've been happy to just take pictures of this and me in front of it. 
Bob of course wasn't. He happily stood on the ledge that they have up there. It's making my stomach turn even thinking about it now! 
He pulled me into the ledge because according to him I would regret it later if I didn't do it. There were people jumping on it and doing crazy things on it. What is wrong with you?! I could barely put one foot on there. EEK. Needless to say I didn't stay on there very long at all.
I did however manage to get this picture of me on it. Happened so quickly that I didn't even pull my camera off of me for it. That's fine. It is documented in time and that's all that matters. I was pretty proud of myself, not going to lie. 
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After that thrilling experience atop the tower we figured it was time for what else.. a drink, duh! We're really not alcoholics. I promise. We found this awesome bar/restaurant called Paddy Long's beer and bacon bar. Could this be anymore perfect for us?! I think not. It was super chill and they had delicious food. 
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We decided to get the bomb sandwich. There's never enough bacon. YUMMMM! This burger was, wow, there are seriously no words for it. Bacon, Bacon, BACON. That's all I can say. This did not disappoint one tiny bit. 
We of course rounded out the night with a show that Bob had found before we even got to Chicago. Beer, bacon, and bands.. there cannot be a better combination out there. 
All in all it was such a good day! I got my museum fix and Bob got his beer fix.

With All My Love,

Pati