Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Day Four: Equine Adventures

I don't have pictures of our horseback ride right now, but you will see them when I have them! We weren't allowed to have anything (anything!) on the horses. No water, no cameras, no cell phones, nothin'. It's all good, though. But I'm starting the story early!
We got up late (blissfully so) and so we just did normal morning things that you do when you camp. We headed out eventually and got lunch at a fairly nice restaurant. I discovered that bison burgers are delicious. Like, obscenely so.
Later, we checked out Yellowstone's Grand Canyon. That place is photoshopped too. I swear it, I really do.
We might have temporarily misplaced my aunt for a little while and we might have missed the first appointment for the horses, but it was all good. We went to the corral, explained the situation, and mounted half an hour later. I'm terrible at mounting, but not too bad at the actual riding. It helps that my horse (Dandy) knew where we were going. He was determined to graze on every green thing beside the path, though, like a punk. Casey's horse (Sage) wasn't quite so bad. He was sneaky, actually. He'd dip is head down and grab a mouthful of grass on the way up.
The trail was gorgeous, of course. It's in Yellowstone, everything is gorgeous. That's how it works. That's how Yellowstone rolls. We also saw a moose-ette while on the trail, but we later decided that it didn't count because, as you may well know, "pics or it didn't happen."
We had dinner by Yellowstone River. That was great. We set up our chairs on the bank and just chilled. That does have photographic evidence! Casey and I waded in the river a bit (squelched is a better phrase), which was cold. Very cold. SUPER cold.
And rad.
Later, since everyone was disappointed that the moose incident didn't count, we went on a moose hunt. We drove around for the better part of an hour, and found nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. It was like all the animals had the night off, I swear.
After the lack of success and a short walk to the lake, we got ice cream, had a fire, and did some stargazing. That's another thing that Yellowstone is wonderful at: night skies. It's absurd how many stars there were!

I Like Sales

I recently read about a sale going on at eShakti, and I've heard nothing but good stuff about them, so I've decided to buy a dress. Mild crisis, though: which one? I am flailing around in a sea of flawless! Pleats and pockets and perfection, oh, my!
If you've got an opinion on which one I should get, please give it to me! Either that, or let me rely on people who will probably tell me not to buy anything first. They both work, I suppose.





This is what my life has come to, I swear.
EDIT: The blue dress won. Yeah, buddy. It ought to be here next week, and I'm a happy person now.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Day Three: Ursa Major (Cool)

This was the designated Thermal Stuff Day. We checked out most of the hot, sulfur-y things at the park. It's so odd when you're driving through Yellowstone, because you're in the forest, and it's pretty and you feel like there should be a Disney Princess nearby singing to the bird perched on her finger, when suddenly: STEAM. EVERYWHERE. It's so odd to see, it really is.
We checked out some interesting mud pool things. Some of them look like dragon dens, so, yeah.
When we drove through Hayden Valley, we saw a ton of bison just wandering around, looking all sorts of happy in their pasture. One of them, though, walked onto the road, right into traffic! We ended up playing Follow the Leader with him while he took his sweet time crossing. It was hilarious.
We took a break from geothermal goodness to look at the Tower Falls. It's a short hike to the bottom, by the river, and absolutely stunning. I mean, it's absurd how pretty it is.
After that, we checked out another waterfall, and I got stung by an angry mini wasp thing. In the car. It wasn't a pleasant experience. I'm just so grateful toward my genes that I'm not allergic to bees or anything.
There was a short break in Mammoth for ice cream cones (huckleberry for Casey and my aunt, mint chocolate chip for me) and then we went to check out those springs. Let me tell you, the mammoth springs (wish I could remember the exact name) are some of the coolest/weirdest things I have ever seen. Especially the terraces on the side of the cliff. It's downright bizarre. It almost looks like an Antarctic landscape, instead of a bunch of calcium/other stuff deposits in Wyoming.
There was a short detour when we saw a small group of elk grazing by a river. I'm going to say it again: gorgeous. Seriously, they were the prettiest animals ever. Huge bucks with huge racks (heh heh). It was funny to see so many people sitting on the bank opposite them, taking pictures. You never see the other side of those Yellowstone shots, the huge clump of people standing together and taking pictures. It's kind of hilarious.
We caught Old Faithful on our way to dinner. Well, it caught us. We weren't there for five minutes before it went off. So cheesy, but so cool.
We took showers by the lodge there and headed back.
Also of note: we saw a bear. It was probably a juvenile grizzly, and we saw it from the car. But nevertheless, we saw a bear.
Yeah, buddy.
More tomorrow!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Day Two: Oh, Idaho!

It goes on.
We left the hotel bright and early and drove through Idaho. I met up with an old friend from high school, which was really nice. I haven't seen him since graduation, basically. Anyway, after the socialization, we left. Casey and I played our roles (tourists) wonderfully and bought cheesy things from a gas station. We also took the time to take pictures. Oh, yeah.
After a small roadblock (literally) in Montana, though, we finally made it to Yellowstone! Within the first mile of the park, we saw some elk grazing. Being tourists, we stopped and took pictures before continuing to our campsite. Basically, in one day, though, we went through the rest of Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. That effectively knocks several states off my to-do list.
We got the tent up in less than ten minutes (Casey and I were both Girl Scouts, once upon a time) and went to this place, the Lake Lodge (I think) for dinner. There, I discovered that I'm basically going to be addicted to huckleberry stuff for the rest of my life.
Also, we saw a bison.
Also, I bought a bison. His name is Jerry.
Also, I counted this day as a success.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Day One: It Begins

So, as I told you, I went off on an adventure. I drove up to Yellowstone with Casey and my aunt. And since it was such a long trip, with so many pictures, I decided to drag it out and make a post a day. Yeah, buddy.
On the first day (Tuesday), we headed out. We got the car packed valiantly and headed off. We drove through a good chunk of California, Nevada, Arizona, and stopped in Utah. Provo, Utah, home of the sad Mexican food. Really, we should have figured that Utah wouldn't have California-approved Mexican food. Hopefully I'll get some tonight, though!
Also in Provo, Utah: our hotel. It was really nice, complete with a fitness room (abused my Casey and myself) and an indoor pool. I love pools, indoor and otherwise.

More Arizona...

Virgin margaritas, like all the cool kids do.
Mine tasted like chili tamarind candy.
It was supposed to be kiwi.

This is how we do.

Oh, Marriott, you know us so well!
So, by the end of this day, I could honestly say that I'd been to Vegas! Well, in Vegas.
Okay, through Vegas. Whatever.
More tomorrow!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Day in the Life of a Blogger

Fun fact: I'm the reason why we can't take normal pictures 

Let it be known that I follow a lot of style blogs. A lot of style blogs. Like, an ungodly amount. I'm inspired by all of them, and sometimes, I'm simply floored by the level of creativity I see. It's all so great.
I've recently noticed something, though: I like the blogs where they tell you about themselves, and their day, and all of that, more than the others. Don't get me wrong, I love those beautiful, slightly glossy blogs that have gotten so popular, but sometimes it's nice to read something a bit more in-depth than "I went to [insert glamorous destination here] to model/photograph/work on my line, it was so great, here are pictures, that's all." I genuinely love reading the blogs where people ramble about their lives a bit. I love knowing how they live.
That personal touch is so important, I think. I don't know what it is. Maybe it makes it easier to like them, or it makes you feel like you're friends (even if they don't know that, and you totally are), or it's just more enjoyable. Maybe there's just no reason behind it. Maybe it's just nice.
That's why I share my day with you guys, no matter how abysmally boring. I love for that little bit of glowing personality, that little chunk of who they are that makes everything so much richer, and a little more real.
I don't know if actually makes a difference with anyone else at all, but in a world where all of the Big Blogs are starting to become a bit homogeneous, sometimes it takes a bit of silly trivia, like the fact that you take your tea with milk and honey, to make you stand out, to me at least.
What are your guys' thoughts on this, though? Do you like knowing these silly little details, or do you drive you up the wall?

Monday, July 16, 2012

ACIDIC at the Troubadour

I promised you show pictures, and you shall get show pictures. These were taken by Casey. Unfortunately, I was only able to get photos of ACIDIC, but that's just because someone still has yet to send me pictures.
You know, I really ought to go to shows in limos more often, especially for these guys. And, for the record, the best thing to do in a limo is to drink Sprite out of a champagne flute and pretend that you're so much cooler than you really are. Although, come to think of it, I'm already terrifically cool...
Anyway, enjoy some pictures!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

En Route

Since I'm (still) waiting for the pictures Casey took on Thursday night, I'll give you guys a little post with the few pictures that I took.
Casey runs a promotion company, and I help. Well, when I say help, I mean that I make a few posts when she doesn't. Yeah. Anyway, through this company, she became fast friends with a band called Acidic, and the members themselves. Long story short, they're all friends, and they basically got her a limo to go to their big show at the Troubadour.
We got a few others to go, we piled in, and we partied like rock stars, man. Down to the Sprite in champagne flutes. Down to discussing Doctor Who with fellow passengers. Down to having pretzels, because you always get really hungry after a show.
Also relevant to the story: we had a while to wait before we could even go in, and (little did we know), the Troubadour is directly across the street from the Beverly Hills city limit. We had some touristy moments, we found Acidic stickers on the crosswalk buttons, and we enjoyed being in two places at once. Cool kids, I know. You'd think that none of us had ever even been to California before, never mind the fact that we all sort of live here. Yeah.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Daze

I'll start off with tonight's outfit, because that's how I roll. I just wore this for Chinese with Casey and my mom. Also, buying more nail polish and lipstick, neither of which I lack. Oh, well, it was cheap.
Top: Ralph Lauren/given by my mom | Skirt: Fashion Bug | Bag: Ross | Shoes: Payless

Now, to cover two days, where we didn't do much but took a lot of pictures regardless.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Five Things

Since I am the kind of person that I am (you're welcome for that, by the way), I thought I'd give you guys a post and let you in on what makes your dear blogger friend tick.
And, okay, yeah, maybe I just felt like posting something that wasn't an outfit. Sshhh...

So, without further ado: Five Things You Might Be Interested in Knowing About Your Blogger. You can mentally change the name as you see fit.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Surprise! I'm done with 30x30, and I didn't even realise! What. This is what happens during the summer—I lose track of the days of the week. Oh, well. I need something new to do, then, clearly. So what would you guys like me to do in July? Don't leave that comment box empty!
Or do. It's your life.

Dress: Ross | Sandals: Marshall's

More pictures of Charlie because, let's face it, he's adorable. Especially in that first picture. He's not quite so nervous, even if Angel Will. Not. Have it.
Oh, well!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Twenty-Nine and a New Friend

I told you that there would be a big surprise today, didn't I?
Well, without further ado, I'd like you to meet our new kitten, Charlie!
Charlie is on the right, Bogs (temporary name, temporary kitten. 
We gave that one to one of my mom's friends) is on the left.

We've had Angel for about eight years, and she's a mean thing. 
hope she doesn't bully Charlie much.

Also, I wore clothes.

Tee: Sure Clothing | Skirt: Fashionbug | Bag: thrifted | Shoes: Payless | Necklace that you can't see (it's a feather): Kohl's | Bracelet: vintage.
Expect lots of pictures of Charlie in the future, guys. I've found a new best friend (sorry).