15 Things You Don’t Know About Me//Q&A

Hey Readers !

Welcome back to my blog, or if you’re new, welcome! My life is a little crazy, and by crazy, I mean there’s just so many things going on… So I started blogging to keep track of my life and to vent a little, but it kind of turned into more of a scattered beauty/lifestyle/fashion, which isn’t what I want it to really be like. It felt kind of fake because really I’m NOT a beauty guru or fashion expert. So starting now, I want to keep my blog how I want it to be, just for the benefit of me sharing my exciting, confusing, and  beautiful life and maybe helping some of you readers on the way.

To celebrate my fresh start, I decided to to a 15 things you don’t know about me type of thing. I did one of these before but tbh a lot has changed since then. Instead of repeating the questions I did last time (and tbh-ugh this is second time I’ve used this word in like a minute of typing-the questions from last time were quite basic) I decided to look up more interesting and weird questions that I will answer as part of this “15 things” post. So yeah, they may be a little let’s say “interesting”  but let’s get started!!

number 1

What’s your biggest screw up in the kitchen?

hmmmm let’s be real every body screws up sometimes but I screw up all the fREAKING time! Also I SUCK at cooking like so so so much. I literally never even try to cook in fear that something bad will happen like it did this one time. It was 2013 and my little 5th grade self was home alone, except for my little sister, and I decided to make some pasta. Easy peasy right? WRONG! I was boiling the water over the stove and then I poured in the pasta and a piece of pasta fell out of the pot and in the stove right next to the flames, and ME BEING THE DUMB KID I WAS, grabbed a cloth napkin thing and reached with it to grab the pasta. Yes, I directly reached into the flame with a very flammable object. And yes, it caught on fire and burned up. I threw it in the sink and put out the flame, but this memory has always scarred me from cooking.

number 2

What’s a body part that you wouldn’t mind losing?

pinky toe for sure. Is it bad that I hate my pinky toe? (I told you these questions would be weird)

number 3

What animal would be cutest if scaled down to the size of a cat?

I LOVE GIRAFFES SO SO SO MUCH. Honestly giraffes are already cute enough at 20 feet, but they would be even more adorable if they were the size of a little kitten!

number 4

What is a fashion item you can’t live without?

oooh this one’s hard, but I’ll have to say I cannot live without a good old tee-shirt dress because I own a ton of slightly flared t-shirt dresses that I throw on and get compliments about but are just really comfy and create your outfit without much thought. Also you can tie it up like a t-shirt too.

number 5

What is the spiciest thing you’ve ever eaten?

The spiciest thing I’ve ever eaten is probably hot peri peri chicken wings from London. Basically I was in London this summer and we stopped by a chain restaurant called Nando’s. It looked pretty good and it was about 9 o clock at night and we haven’t eaten since the morning so we stopped in and ordered hot peri peri chicken wings. The thing is I LOVE SPICY FOODS, so I wasn’t expecting it to be that hot. I took one huge bite and my mouth felt like it was on fire. Like flames were lapping up my throat and down my stomach.

number 6

What are you currently worried about?

I’m probably just worried about life in general. Not being able to get good grades. Not doing well in my dance duet. Not being able to fit in. Not being able to get everything done. Not ever being able to find love. High school. Just life in general.

number 7

What are some misconceptions about your hobby?

I am a dancer, and people all the time come up to me and say that dance is easy… Um how is dance easy? Literally the one time I got in trouble at school last year was when I was in an argument about whether dance was easy or not and if it’s a sport (btw it’s an art AND a sport-that’s part of the reason it’s so hard).

number 8

When was the most inappropriate time you busted out in laughter?

Fun fact: I always burst out laughing at terrible times. I don’t even know why. Like this week I was giving a presentation at school and I just couldn’t stop laughing and I was just shaking and embarrassing myself in front of everyone. Another time this happened was when my friend at dance was talking about her cat dying and it was silent because we were mourning her cat, but for some reason I start to laugh, and I’m like trying to hold it in so hard. But I don’t succeed. This happens everywhere, bat mitzvahs, sad movies, piano recitals… etc

number 9

What has someone borrowed but never given back?

My biggest pet peeve is when someone borrows your pencil in class but doesn’t give it back. I’ve lost maybe a couple handfuls of pencils like this. Now I always pretend I don’t have a pencil when I’m asked.

number 10

Do you wear jewelry?

Because of dance I can only wear a little bit of jewelry. Also my ears used to be pierced but now aren’t so there’s that. But right now I’m wearing a necklace one of my best friends made for me and I also sometimes wear a “California” necklace that I have matching with my friend who recently moved away from California.

number 11

What is your favorite name?

My favorite name is probably Sierra. It’s very elegant and reminds me of nature. However this doesn’t mean I like all Sierras. I’m

number 12

Do you like breakfast or dinner foods?

Dinner foods, because I really don’t like eggs, bacon, etc. Much rather have some pasta, salad, and steak.

number 13

What is your favorite drink?

Okay this might be very oddly specific, but I’m an odd person so there’s that. It’s a macha latte with oat milk, 25% sweetness, with tapicoca balls in it from boba guys. It’s soooo good. My friend who actually works at Boba Guys told me to order this and now, it’s all I ever order!

number 14

What is a (weird) fear you have?

Okay you said weird so you’re getting weird! I have a fear of fish. I don’t know how or why. As a young child, I would go to lakes with the family and see little dusty colored fish lurking in the clear waters. I guess I’m scared the fish will brush by me with their slimy bodies or suck on me but when I think of them, I shudder. Snorkling in Mexico was not a great experience. As everyone was enjoying the colorful fish swiming about, I was swimming as fast as I could back to the boat.

number 15

What are your goals?

My goals are to become more confident and kind to others. To have a more positive view on the world and to choose kindness, even if it’s the harder choice. I want to be able to forgive people and accept other’s apologies. I want to be a better person.

 

thank you for reading,

californiangirl

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my guide to high school : the first week//californiangirl

Hey Readers,

Welcome back to my blog! If you don’t know this already, this year I’m a little freshman in high school, and so far, I’ll admit, it’s not bad. I’m sure it gets much worse throughout the years, but so far not terrible. I mean I’m still (partially) alive. Even though I’m still a freshie and in high school myself, I decided to write up a series of guides to livin the high school life! you’re probably wondering why I’m qualified to give you advice when I’m pretty much a fetus myself, and I’m not. But since I’m living through high school now, I think I have at least a little bit of insight and can pass on to you, whoever you are.

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TODAYS VOLUME: THE FIRST WEEK

So It’s the day before the first day of high school. Hm… Let me think back to that. Oh yeah, I was nervous but also excited. Actually now that I think about it, I was mostly sad summer was over.

 

freshman orientation

the day before high school was actually Freshman orientation. Basically a day where all the freshman run around the school frantically trying to find their classes. If you are from a public school, and came from a public middle school/junior high, tehn everyone from your previous school pretty much sticks together. It’s kind of hard to make a whole new group of friends on this day but try to make one new friend from each class during teh fiurst week to have a new friend. if you are coming from a small private school into a large public school then god please help you. Jk Jk, a lot of private school kids  settle in really quickly. Since you may not know as many people, you’ll need to work harder to find friends. Give it some time and just be yourself and be friends.

 

the first day

the night before you NEED to put together an outfit and lay out your stuff so you’re not scrambling then. Eat a nice hearty breakfast and make sure you (at least try*also quick note: don’t buy school supplies till AFTER the first day and you get your syllabus for each class cause some teachers are very particular about the supplies you need.* Bring a backpack, lunch, some pencils/pens, a notebook, and binder paper. The first day is kind of boring, you may get lost a couple of times, but really you don’t do much. When lunch time comes meet with some of the people you know or, if you found someone you really click with in one of your classes, ask to eat lunch with them and their friends.

 

tips on making friends:

compliment them on their outfit or shoes

ask them a question

smile (trust me a smile definitely helps when you are trying to get new people to like you)

join clubs (the clubs fair may be later in the year but start thinking about clubs to join)

ask to hang out at next the football game

Finally your day is done and your drained from the day and now you have to do this for another 179 days. Yay! trust me, if you had a bad first day, it will get better. Hopefully.

 

the next days

You are starting to settle into the school even though you still manage to get lost and confused everyday. But it’s getting better. get involved at school by joining clubs and wearing spirit gear and continue making friends. Now homework is starting, and your workload goes up from getting you parent to sign syllabi to essays and algebra.

tips on homework load

turn off your phone while working (I’ll admit, I can’t seem to follow rthis one most of the time but seriously, phones are so distracting expecially with social media)

take a break after 15 minutes of working to eat a snack, walk about for a minute, listen to a song, or lay down

use your planner: if your school provides one, great, but if not, definitely get one. It helps you stay on track with you assignments throughout the year

study with friends (but not all the time) try studying with others. However if it turns to socializing time then reconsider working with them

 

Yay! You survived the first week of high school! Next time, I got more tips about high school that I can’t wait to share with you!

 

californiangirl

welcome BACK to my life

Hey Readers,

Wow, it’s been a while since I last been on this blog and I’ve really missed sharing with you. School has been so busy and I’ve been struggling to finish homework, juggle my dance classes, all while staying happy and healthy. So today, I decided to give a quick update about what’s going on and all the things you’ve missed.

welcome BACK to my life!

 

School

I’m starting to settle into the routine of high school. Now the campus doesn’t seem quite so big (even though the stairs still are EXHASTING). I’ve made many friends in the past couple of weeks and I’m so happy . Also next weekend is the homecoming dance and I’m super excited to go with my friends and have a great time there. I’m also performing in the rally because I’m in dance and I’m really excited to perform in front of the whole school ( but also a little nervous ). However not everything has been going smoothly. There have been some bumps along the way, from losing friends, to my first detention, to mean girls, let’s just say not everything has been perfectly fine, but I’m starting to actually like going to school.

Dance

Dance at my studio is pretty good this year. I have a duet this year which I’m excited about but also nervous. The person I’m doing it with is a year older than me and has more experience in dance. I’m nervous that she’s going to iutdance me. It doesn’t help that she’s also 4 inches taller than me and much more mature looking. I really need to step it up if I want to look good next to her and make this duet work and win. Oh another thing. We need to beat another duet from our studio, the two favorites doing a tricky contemporary piece, a stark contrast to our graceful ballet piece. This season will be the most crazy yet, with many duets and trios going head to head.

Dance at school is fun! I get to do hip hop and street dancing. I love dance because its something I’m actually better at than many other people in my class. Right now we’re working on the piece we’re dancing in the homecoming rally and for our Christmas show

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I’m going to update more often because I forgot HOW MUCH I love blogging. I’ll try for a couple times a month and when I’m on break (winter break/thanksgiving) I’ll try updating more like a couple times a week.

 

Thank you for reading, and welcome BACK to my life!

xoxo

californiangirl

Let’s Enjoy The Little Things In Life

dear readers,

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you know the saying “It’s the little things that make life big?” Well it is my newest mantra for these coming fall months.

Before you stop reading because of the cheesiness you sense coming up, let me explain. Life goes on. Things happen. Time rushes through us. I mean, think about it, 2017 has gone by so fast! Sometimes we forget to ‘smell the roses’ to enjoy ‘the journey.’ I know this sounds oh-so cliche, but it’s something so important to keep in mind as we hustle throughout our lives day after day.

So I’m taking on a challenge, and you can join me too. Everyday I’ll write down some of the beautiful “little things” that happened to me. Whether it be a “hi” in the hall, an A on my math quiz, or a joke made at dance, I’m writing down the little things that make my life BIG. I’ll start by journaling out this weeks “little things”

 

girl gave me the extra dollar I needed to buy boba at the football game

not getting last place in frisbee golf during PE

conversation with a cute boy in my science class

my dance teacher complimenting me as I did an extension

trying to do couples yoga with my sister

laughing at absolutely nothing with my friends

the calm after the thunderstorm on Monday

an email from a woman who I had a brief conversation with, but still remembered me

 

All these “little things” aren’t much, but they sure do make my life colorful. I’m excited to continue this throughout this month and I hope you decide to notice all the little things that make each of our lives wonderful and special!

 

xoxo,

californiangirl

fall fashion staples//californiangirl

hey readers,

 

long long time no post! High school has been full of homework, new friends, drama (I know already), stress, and crushes;). Honestly, I’m still getting used to the fact that I’m a high schooler! Today, I’m going to share with you some of my fall fashion staples. Even though the 100 degree weather here in California doesn’t reflect it,  it’s already September!

1. scarves scarves scarves

A scarf is definitely the must have accesory for fall! Like think sunglasses and cute baseball caps in summer, scarves and beanies in fall.

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2. beanie

if you are having a bad hair day, or just want an excuse to not have to do your hair, throw on a beanie! They are cozy, warm, and really stylish.

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3. an oversized sweater

Oversized sweaters are built for those cold days when you just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and don’t want to get ready… they make you look like you tried to look cute when in reality, it was just the comfiest thing you had in your closet.

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4. a choker to tie it all together

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a simple velvet choker is the perfect thing to use to tie together your fall look. The black one pictured above is simple but also stunning!

5. boots!

Finally for the feet, you need some chunky boots to finish the look. literally any boots, whether they are doc martens, uggs, heels, combat, or ankle boots are neccessary for the fall season!

 

Thanks for reading about my fashion fall staples! I hope you enjoy your long labor day weekend!

What are your fall fashion staples? How’s your school year going?

 

xoxo,

californiangirl

HIGH SCHOOL?! Why I’ve been M.I.A…

Dear Readers,

 

okay I’ve been missing in action for what feels like the longest time (but what has actually been like 2 or 3 weeks) because I have started

….HIGH SCHOOL?!

I know! It’s pretty insane that I’m a high schooler now and that I’m a little freshman (or as the seniors like to call us the “fresh-meats“) and that I’m on the path to adulthood. I’m only about a week in and I’m already feeling the stress of just the fact that everything matters and the hard content and work-load. Like this weekend I’ve had what, like, 4 hours of homework? And it’s the first week! This is insane!

Despite all the crazy stress and pressure, I actually really like high school so far. (Well I mean it’s still school so as much as one can like school.) The spirit at my school is great! I went to the first football game and it was so fun! So many people were there, decked out in our school colors, face paint, temporary tattoos and all… I learned a ton of cheers and we even managed to pull off a victory! Also, being in the dance team is great. It’s fun and a great way to “show-off” (I’m aware how cocky I sound #sorrynotsorry). We get to perform at homecoming and I’m so excited. Advanced English is killer, with 2 hours of homework a day, but I love English so I’m excited. I joined a club already and I can’t wait for the clubs fair. I’ve made some new friends and stayed connected with some old.

Overall, high school is great, while stressful and tiring (especially walking around our HUGE CAMPUS full of stairs). I may not being posting as often but I can’t wait to share my experiences with you throughout these 4 years!

 

xoxo,

your now highschooler, 

californiangirl

Europe travel diary 2017

dear readers,

I’m back! After 3 weeks of traveling through Europe, I’m back home in home sweet home California. I love traveling because I feel like since we are only on Earth for a relatively short amount of time, why not explore it and maybe find ourselves while getting lost in the vast, beautiful world. Everytime I travel, I see and learn so much and I really wanted to share with you all the knowledge I’ve gathered in the three weeks I spent traveling through England, Belgium, Sweden and Iceland so i decided to share some pictures and experiences from my trip! Sit back, relax, and bon voyage!

 

London, England

I personally loved London so much! the thing that sets London apart from a lot of the other places I’ve visited is the fact that I would actually love moving to London. London is charming but also street smart. Classic but also up to date. We stayed in London for about 3 ish days.

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arriving in London, we got hit by a wave of flocking tourists and experienced locals swarming all over the airport
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for that first day, we just walked the streets of London. They were beautiful and filled with character and charm
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Next place we went, after a good nights sleep, was Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guards. *tip get there early since there is always a big crowd
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Here they come!

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we stopped for a sweet treat (on the 4th of July) at Crumbs and Dollies
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and some shopping time at the BIGGEST LUSH IN THE WORLD. As a huge lushie I was so excited to explore this 3 floor Lush with exclusive products and a spa!
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Trafalgar square was actually one of my favorite places because of the many street artists, relaxed vibe, and beautiful atmosphere!
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The next day, we got up bright and early for a visit to the Tower of London! if you are interested in medieval European history, you won’t want to miss this stop!
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Westminster Abbey was full of history as well. I personally love history so this was one of my favorite stops since you could really feel like you were in Medieval England
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We didn’t get to ride the London Eye which I was fine with to be honest since it was a 30 minute ride.
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Views like this made London such a magical place for me 🙂

 

Stratford-upon-Avon+York, England 

We decided to rent a car to get to these places but we got in an accident, don’t worry not a huge one, within our first 5 minutes of driving. My dad was not used to driving on the right side since we drive on the left in the USA and hit a curb, causing our tire to rip and deflate. So we scratched that plan and took public transport, the train! Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace was so cute and peaceful!

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Anne’s (Shakesphere’s wife) cottage was so peaceful and beautiful. Perfect for a nice walk and a glimspe into Shakespeares life!
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Mary’s farm is really fun (especially for kids), everyone is dressed like they’re from the 16th century, and there are many animals like this adorable sheep that came up to me

Next, we took the train to York, a town full of history.

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these ancient ruins were spectacular!
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the York minister was also stunning, we got to climb stairs up to the top to get a full view of York!
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the view from the top!
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sunset in the Shambles

back to London, and Brussels, Belgium

We made a quick stop back to London to then get on a plane to Brussels, Belgium.

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enjoying our last day in London

Brussels was a quick stop, only one day, and then we rented a car to go to other places in Belgium. Brussels was a pretty pleasant city filled with the scent of waffles and historical buildings

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the famous ‘Grand Place’
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Of course we had to try some belgium waffles!

 

Ghant, Brugge, etc… little Belgium towns!

Somehow, the little towns we visited overshadowed Brussels with their character! We visited many of them and found that it was hard to communicate since most people spoke only French!

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Luxembourg was really gorgeous! I was sick at my time during here but I loved this cute city (or actually country)
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The views were seriously STUNNING!

 

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm was stunning, I really enjoyed my day and a half there and I wish we spent a lot more time there.

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The streets of Gamla Stan, old town. The streets are full of tourists, bright buildings, and character!
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Took the ferry to see the city. The blue blue ocean and gentle breeze was so relaxing and added to the scenery!
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The vasa museum is a MUST SEE!
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I didn’t want to leave Stockholm!

 

Gothenburg, Sweden

My sister was playing in a soccer tournament in the town of Gothenburg so we spent 5 relaxing and fun days in Gothenburg!

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Fireworks exploded, celebrating the opening of Gothia Cup! Hundreds of Teams from every country you can name watched as they sparkled through the sky!
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a quick trip to a nearby island was definitely a highlight of Gothenburg! The beautiful island of Bruno was so peaceful and gorgeous!

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taking a trip in a boat to the canals and harbor was so fun!

 

Copenhagen, Denmark

We spent less than a day in Copenhagen since we were catching a plane to Reykjavik, Iceland. However it was a great couple hours in this lovely city. It was rainy but that didn’t stop us from having fun!

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Stunning buildings by the river!
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The locks of love

 

Final stop: Reykjavik, Iceland

I was so excited about visiting Iceland! It was so remote and raw but that’s what made it beautiful. It was pretty chilly there, and rained

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Iceland is full of gorgeous national parks
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the hills were so green. this is the view from our rental car!
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geysers galore!

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the Blue Lagoon was a blast! So relaxing and a great end to the trip!
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the view from the top: Reykjavik from the top of a church!

 

And then we headed home to sunny California! It was such a fun trip and I’m glad I got to give you a glimpse into it!

how has your summer been?

xoxo,

californiangirl