valentine’s day 2019: burgers, photo booth strips, & ear tattoos.

people say valentine’s day can be so shitty, and i get why they say that. i got nothing against it, but it’s not really my thing. it was the bomb in grade school, not gonna lie! picking the best card for your best friend and carefully selecting who got which one was the most thoughtful decision at that age.

my boyfriend and i don’t really do much on valentine’s day. we don’t even exchange gifts. but this year we, for some reason, both felt this pressure to do something. like, going out somewhere was something we absolutely had to do. we felt “like if we don’t do something, we suck,” as he put it. and we didn’t know why we felt this way if we had never fallen victim to this (either very loved or very hated) holiday before. has anyone felt that way too?

we spent an hour on the phone deciding what to do; talking about random things and sometimes being in complete silence with each other’s company. afterwards, those pressuring feelings went away and we decided to see each other and eat. he brought over to my house the most delicious thing ever known to man: a bacon cheeseburger. five guys burgers and fries to be precise.

we were just there in my little dining room with my nosy dogs around us, surrounded by the flowers and chocolates my mom and sisters exchanged, and it was perfect. our date and the delicious burgers – all perfect. i think this has become my favorite v day. how does doing something so ordinary end up meaning and changing so much just because of the date? weird, but i loved it.

he also handed me these photo booth strips. we took them a few weeks ago on a trip to new york inside the best pancake place that happens to have a vintage photo booth in the basement. and yep, that first photo caught us off guard. it’s still a cute strip and i can’t wait to frame them both.

  

i think after this i’m kind of a fan of this day. and i’m proud of us for not spending money on gifts. we said we weren’t because we were, truthfully, lazy (haha) and are saving for our future. :) (and to pay off our credit cards.. spend your money wisely, kids!) anyway, i do think the idea of having a whole day dedicated to love is an interesting one. and i don’t mean just relationship love. love for each other, love for friends, love for ourselves, etc. truly dissecting what it means to love. this world needs it, so i hope people look past the gifts and truly think about it and, ultimately, be kind enough to love each other.

i hope you had a good day, too!

much love,

 diana

oh, also: i have the word “LOVE” tattoed on my ear! just in case you wanted to know a random, fun fact about me ;)

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“nobody reads what you write.” – second-guessing my writing and other fears i’m overcoming.

it’s been a while since i’ve posted something on here. i hate it when i don’t do so. and it’s not like i have people waiting for me to post. that’s not why i write. but i get mad at myself for not being consistent. i truly enjoy writing here, even if its just anecdotal. some might say it’s a little narcissistic to have a whole website where you just write about things you like, but for me it’s therapeutic. and if someone along the way reads it and enjoys it, then yay!

it’s also sometimes discouraging to hear people say no one reads blogs anymore. but i try to not give much care to them. if i write on here it’s for myself. either way, i know there are others like me who still enjoy reading blogs and who like writing for theirs. we even support each other.

i do have to admit there have been many times i’ve stepped away from my keyboard or many deleted drafts because the phrase “who even cares about this??” pops up into my head. the thought of my work being boring or uninteresting has not allowed me to post in so long. it’s almost like a writers-block, but an even more frustrating kind because you do know what to write, but you don’t know if you should even write it. it sucks. and i don’t think it should be that way.

so, i’m saying f that to those thoughts and am going to post once more. i miss it. and if you feel the same way or have had the same thoughts, say f it too and do what you love because you care and it makes you happy, regardless of what you create.

i am going to start writing here again, and that makes me so excited. i have some posts in mind and am planning on doing a little get to know me one just because i feel i started my blog randomly and never properly introduced myself. for now,

hi.

my name is diana.

i have blue hair and many pets.

love to travel, journal, and take photos.

welcome to my little corner of the internet!

i hope you’re well, and never let others, or yourself, discourage you from creating.

also, if you’re a fellow blogger or have an insta (here’s mine!) or any channel through which you create through, please link it in a comment! i love discovering new content creators, big or small. thanks for stopping by!

– diana

I can make that! – Blouse with ruffled sleeves and a gathered back.

One of the things I really love to do is sew. So much so, that I even own a shop where I sew accessories for dogs and cats :) I knew the basics, but I wanted to learn more to the point where I could actually make my own clothes. I just always thought that was so cool. Since last year, I have been taking sewing classes and I feel I’ve reached a comfortable enough stage to grab a pattern from the shelves and give it a go. The class has not only made me appreciate sewing way, way more, but it has also made me a more savvy shopper. You start to pay attention to seams, fabrics, and the construction of the garment. You begin to analyze it: is it well-made or not worth my money? I’ve even gotten to the point where I look at clothes in the store, online, or being worn on Instagram and I think, “I can make that :D!” It’s a good feeling.

Don’t get me wrong, sewing is tough! It takes so much patience and knowledge. But if you’re like me, paying $50 for a basic, thin tee is a no-no. If I can, I’m going to try it to make it. Also, it’s fun, so why not! I want to make this a series here on my blog. A sort of like, I-attempt-to-make-today’s-fast-fashion-trends, and maybe save money and improve my sewing skills. If you’re new at this too, then join me and let’s learn together!

I’ve seen that shirts with ruffled sleeves are very popular at the moment. They’re very cute so I wanted to make one myself. I found the Simplicity 8335 pattern in my local store and got to work! It’s a Learn to Sew edition, which was perfect for me since I still consider myself a beginner. For me some parts were tricky, I’m not gonna lie. I acknowledge the mistakes I made and like I said, I am still learning, so in my mind, it’s ok to mess up as long as I learn from it, which I did.

I’ve linked some similar styles below in case you need inspiration. The orange romper is my favorite! Might just contradict all I’ve been saying and buy it…(kidding, but it is cute)

Anyway, here is the end result: (I didn’t iron it, don’t judge)

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I should’ve ironed it! I love how it looks though. Sadly, no one will be able to wear it :( I made a huge rookie mistake when sewing this: I didn’t measure my sister (it was for her) to see if the size I cut out would fit her. I also didn’t make her wear it along the way to see if I needed any alterations. My fault for sewing this at midnight when she was asleep.

I was reading other’s reviews on it and they said theirs fit them small as well, so take it from me and them and size up. It says an XS (which I made) will fit a woman’s 6-8 but that’s so untrue. I also read another blog where a girl combined size S for the body but M for the sleeves – it’s a smart idea you can try as well. Do what I didn’t do and measure!

Also, I felt I rushed my process out of excitement that I did sloppy work. Very sloppy work. As a whole, I’m proud that I accomplished this, but when I come close and focus on the little details on the blouse, it kills me. I should’ve been more careful. At least I learned many things– so that’s the bright side. Take a chance and give a sewing project a try! Even if, like me, you first don’t do so good.

What did you think of my top? Do you like these kinds of posts? Should I make it a series? Let me know in the comments! :)

– diana

Here are some pieces I found online containing ruffled sleeves. Aren’t they cute? Which is your favorite?

a day at a pet-friendly beach with our french bulldog.

almost two weeks ago, David and I packed up his jeep, grabbed our bathing suits, and took Franklin, my french bulldog, to the beach. I believe it was his first time at the beach. you see, I rescued him from a family that did not pay attention to him; he came with numerous health issues and lived outdoors, to name a few things, so I highly doubt they ever took him to the beach. I’m extremely happy to report that he loved it! :)

april is not your typical time to go to the beach, but it was my birthday weekend and I felt like doing something different. I’m not a fan of the beach, but for some reason, I was craving the beach, you know? I have always wanted to take Franklin because I had a feeling he would love it, and, well, he did.

we spent our day at Mustang Island State Park in Corpus Christi, Texas. I had been there before with my family and when I found out they were dog-friendly, we took this trip the next day. thankfully dogs are allowed anywhere as long they’re on a leash.

going to the beach mid-april was probably the best decision we could’ve taken because, thanks to the nice weather, Franklin didn’t get overheated, we didn’t get sunburnt, and there wasn’t a crowd. it was very calm and it was honestly the first time I have absolutely loved going to the beach. I want to go more often now, but I know that once the weather starts to get hotter, the beach won’t be as enjoyable because it won’t include those aspects I liked of this visit. also, am I the only one that feels bad for going to the beach because of the contamination people generate? :\ it’s so sad seeing it. thankfully this beach was clean and its staff caring. they even featured Franklin on their instagram! :)

you don’t know how in love I am with that little guy… I know that because of his health he won’t be with me for a long time, so I’m trying to give him the very best life I can right now to make up for the suffering he endured before; to show him more of the world and new experiences. I know he’s just a dog, and that I probably sound silly talking as if he were a person, but if you’re an animal lover like me, you totally get it.

afterwards, the three of us got hungry and went to a burger joint just around the corner from the beach– the Padre Island Burger Company. BringFido said they were dog-friendly and had good reviews, so our decision wasn’t that tough. the staff was sooo friendly they even let us bring Franklin inside to be able to order. even the bar’s patrons were happy to see him. we ate in one of their picnic tables outside while Franklin observed customers go in and out the restaurant. I didn’t take photos with my camera while we were there, but I have some highlighted on my instastories if you’d like to check them out :)! and yes, their burgers were really good!

^ boyfriend wanted some pictures of his red jeep at the beach. I’m so proud of him. it’s his second car, but this time new and he bought it himself after he graduated and got his big-boy job. seeing your friends succeed, or in this case, partner, is such a good feeling. I’m happy to see him happy.

^ fun fact: got inside the water to get this and another shot above just because I wanted the water to come out. I am so glad my camera did not fall into the ocean! I didn’t have a strap on it or anything. bad owner. ^

I did not use to appreciate the fact that we have the beach 3 hours away until a friend who moved to our city thought it was amazing to have the gulf of mexico so close. it’s one of those facts you know but don’t realize. because she’s right, not everyone has a beach nearby and can take a sunday trip to it like we did. not to mention the road is also nice since you’re going through many cute rural towns. now every time I talk about where I live I throw in that little fact with pride.

I loved this day. we only did those two things and it was truly perfect like that. and seeing how excited Franklin was running into the water and rubbing his body in the sand was priceless.

Do you live nearby a beach? Have you ever taken your dog to the beach? Know of any places we must visit with Franklin around Texas? Let me know :) & thank you so much for stopping by. you can follow my blog via wordpress or by email or follow me on instagram @dianaagabrieela :)

– diana

p.s: in case you’re curious, this is the camera and the lens I used. Franklin’s yellow bow tie is from my own Etsy shop.

nyc.

hello! today i wanted to share with you photos from my nyc trip. i spent almost two weeks in this amazing city that truly never sleeps. the first days i was with my sister, and after that i was by myself. after that i flew to london and scotland (post on those coming soon!).

i hope you enjoy what i’m about to show you, since i very much enjoyed this visit to the big apple.

DAY 1

midtown

 

st. patrick’s

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our first day we walked around midtown (where we were staying). because of my not-so-good packing skills, we missed our early flight, thus delaying our arrival. but i was so nervous cuz i didn’t know what to pack for a whole month in london too! nyc greeted us with a cold and rainy day. it was beautiful.

 

DAY 2

the rockefeller building.

top of the rock.

my sister ^

top of the rock had to be my favorite observatory in nyc. i had never been, but i am so glad my sister suggested it. you get views no other skyscraper can beat! and also, to say you were actually inside that iconic building– so surreal!

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