Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sponsors for May

Swing The Day Away is accepting sponsors for May! Both the large spot and swap spot are still available for this month. Currently, Swing The Day Away receives an average of 6,285 pageviews a month. That's double of last month's average! I've also got some new fun stuff planned for this very merry month of May. So if you're interested in sponsoring Swing The Day Away, you can head on over to the Sponsor page and choose which spot you'd like.  If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at swingthedayaway@yahoo.com!

[Looking forward to May! :)]

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Little Purple Flowers

While I was hiking last week with a friend of mine, I noticed a section of the trail that was covered in these little tiny purple flowers with bright green leaves. There were just beds of them on the floor of the forest and it was so pretty! I decided it was a good spot for pictures, so I went back to take some.









I had a pretty relaxing weekend. Yesterday I helped a friend with a tag sale and took a walk to a local ice cream shop to get some gelato popsicles. I ate too many breadsticks at Olive Garden and felt like dying afterwards. I then proceeded to fall into a breadstick coma. Today I did some shopping at Urban Outfitters with another friend of mine and I got a few things from the clearance section, plus a really cute anchor ring! I love weekends that are filled with lots of different, random activities.








I have something exciting coming up on here soon and I can't wait to share it with you all. I don't want to give it away yet, but keep an eye out for something fun coming up! :)





Dress: Forever 21//Sweater: American Eagle//Tights: Unknown//Shoes: Forever 21//Necklace: Thrifted

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Quick Pics

I am very proud to say that I test drove that Honda Civic yesterday afternoon and I went home with it the same night! :D This is the first time I've bought a car myself, or made any real huge financial commitment, and it feels so good. I feel so proud and...adulty. Haha. It's definitely added to the list of my proudest accomplishments in life. I can't tell you what a relief it is to have a newer, more reliable car and not have to worry about traveling long distances...which is something I love to do! I hated feeling hindered in my ability to travel and take big day trips. Now I'll be able to go lots more places worry-free! Finally!



[Beach finds]


April has been a pretty busy month, according to my Instagram, anyway. I got new pretty dresses, saw Jurassic Park in 3D, had a cupcake picnic, a fast food feastival, became the queen of fast food, and of course, bought my new car! Plus a bunch of random stuff in between, of course.

[So exciting...and awesome]
[New Minnie Mouse sweatshirt!]
[One of the first really nice days out. I celebrated the warmth with my Florida print dress.]
You may remember how I had some sort of stomach bug on Easter and wasn't able to partake in tasty, delicious Easter foods. Unfortunately, my family misinterpreted my request for leftovers and thought I only wanted dessert. Luckily, a friend of mine saved some leftovers for me from his family's dinner. I got it two weeks later, but better late than never. It still tasted great.

[Mmm...lasagna and mashies!]
This month, I also did my favorite shoot ever so are. My friend Sarah and I went to the beach for a very balloon-themed photoshoot. She did my make-up and I wore my new hot air balloon print dress from Modcloth. Afterwards, we celebrated our success with a cupcake picnic in the park! :) The anginette one on the left was definitely my favorite.




I've been getting into makeup more lately. Ever since I bought liquid liner, I've been trying to utilize it more. I kind of want to get into lipstick too, but it's always hard for me to commit to spending so much money on it, especially when it's a kind that you can't try before you buy. 

[Playing with makeup]
I officially went one year without eating fast food this month! So how did I celebrate? Well how else would you celebrate such a triumph other than going out and eating all the fast food, of course. All of it. My friends and I went fast food hopping and then went to the park and feasted. I had a crispy chicken sandwich from Wendy's, a cool ranch Doritos locos taco and crunchwrap from Taco Bell, fries from McDonalds, and a burger from Burger King. I was the queen of fast food that day. My BK crown is proof, folks. So was my indigestion.



Oh, and did I mention I also had a giant chocolate peanut butter cup cookie that day? Yeah...that happened before all the fast food. It was worth it. It was one of the best cookies I've ever had. I also paid for a Jurassic Park toy from Burger King. As grown up as I can be, I still can't turn down anything dinosaur-related, toy or not.



That same day, I also purchased the Django DVD because that movie is awesome and I love Tarantino. And while purchasing said DVD, I actually got carded. That's right. I got carded for buying a DVD...at Walmart. I know what you're thinking, and no, you haven't read that wrong. The woman who works there told me that I had to be 17 to buy the DVD and that she needed to see ID. I was literally dumbfounded and speechless. I was so taken aback that I couldn't say anything for a few seconds. And then finally I asked if she was serious because I am 23 and surely she is just kidding around. She wasn't.

[Not suitable for twenty-something year olds who look like they're 16]
And finally, I'd like to share with you all...my new car!! I have been trying to think of what to name him. I have a few names in mind, but I haven't made a final decision yet. It was definitely bittersweet getting rid of my car that I've had for seven years. That car has seen me through high school, college, and after, but it was definitely time to let it go and say goodbye. I feel like this year is going to hold a lot of transitions and growth for me, and this was definitely one of them. It's for the best and I'm so happy to have a new car that I can truly call my own to love and be proud of.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blossoming Sailor

You know when you have the perfect outfit to wear, but you just can't figure out what tights or sweater or whatever to wear with it? Surely there must be something hidden within the colorful abyss that is my tights drawer that matches what I'm wearing. Reluctantly, you start to give up and admit to yourself that you're just going to have to wait for warmer weather so that you can go sans tights. And then you flop onto the bed in defeat, still in your underwear, and watch Spongebob until you come up with something else. ...Or is that just me?





It definitely is a challenge to find the perfect colors or shades of colors to go together. I find it frustrating that even though I have a pair of tights in every color (and some colors in different shades), I still can't ever find a pair to go with certain outfits. That's just insane, right?




Dress: Trollied Dolly via Modcloth//Tights: Simply Vera by Vera Wang//Sweater: Take Out//Shoes: Mudd//Sunglasses: Rockstar via Modcloth
This outfit was a result of other failed outfits due to a lack-of-tights situation. Or the fact that I don't want to wear a cardigan with the outfit, or that I don't have the right colored cardigan in the first place. So I threw this together, and while I thought the tights I'm wearing might look weird, they actually turned out okay.




I liked shooting this dress by the ocean. It went along with the sailor collar and it was also a nice contrast to the colors in the dress. I was feeling a little whimsical so I grabbed my apple-shaped sunglasses before I left the house.





I can't believe I haven't really worn this dress a lot. I bought it to wear to my cousin's wedding last summer and haven't worn it since. It's adorned with lots of things that I love: floral, gingham, and a sailor collar. Plus, it has the perfect 50s-style shape to it. The patterns in general are reminiscent of that time period. Sweet, vintage-y goodness. :)





Tomorrow I plan on test driving a car! I am in desperate need of a new one. I still drive my mom's old '97 Toyota and it's pretty much on its last leg (tire?). I'm looking into Honda Civics since they seem pretty affordable, good on gas, and reliable. Everyone tells me that it's such a "mom" car, but I'm not really big on cars. I just want something that's going to work and not cost me as much! However, it'd be really nice someday to have a vintage car to take care of and bring to car shows. I would love a vintage car in that classic turquoise with white trim. I would love to take it out on nice days and listen to oldies with the windows down. :)