My brain is mush after midterms this week and I can't come up with an inspiring blog post for the life of me so instead I just wanted to leave a quick update with some awesome things going on.
1. You guys, my tribal session is being featured on Beyond the Wanderlust today! Take a look! I'm so happy to be featured on a blog that I greatly admire.
2. I'm giving away ad space in a fun summer giveaway hosted by Crissy @ Candypow. She makes these super adorable plush animals and you can win a little plush fox! You know how much I love foxes.... Hurry and enter now! I also have a little feature over there as well so go say hi to Crissy!
3. Speaking of ad space, I still have plenty of space for July. Use the promo code SUMMERFOX for a $5 off discount. Find my Sponsor Info here.
4. Thank you to everyone that knew I was having a rough day and sent me stuff through email and Twitter to make me laugh. Between you guys and watching Community all day, it totally worked. You guys rule.
I ordered a wig off of Ebay a few weeks ago with the intention of putting together my Halloween costume early. A little braiding and some dragons and I'm pretty much set. I love this wig so much though, I can't help but play with it a little bit!
I also recently went on a shopping spree and this is just a taste of my new wardrobe.
You can't tell here, but these polka dot shorts are actually high waisted and I LOVE them. They are so comfortable and cute! Polka dot shorts are the best. The sweater is fleece and so soft, I picked out a larger size (usually I'm a small) because I like my sweaters loose for exposing that one shoulder...
When I was a little girl... Wigs freaked me out. I didn't understand why these clumps of hair weren't attached to their owners. I even got lost at the zoo because I was so terrified about a wig.. It's a long story. Now I think they can be so much fun and not just for Halloween. I kind of want more, just for fun on the blog and photo shoots. Alright, and for Kris as well. *wink wink*
Shout out to one of my favorite blogs ever, Wonder Forest, for showing me where to find a great wig for cheap.
P.S. Someone recently found my blog with the searched words "cray cray tattoo man" which, personally, I find fantastic and I sincerely hope they found what they were looking for.
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I don't know how many of you out there are familiar with a documentary called Blackfish that will be coming out this summer. Remember the Sea World trainer that got killed by one of the orca whales? Basically it centers around that incident and how killer whales are psychologically damaged when kept in captivity. Give the trailer below a look.
It really sucks because I'm honestly so torn on this issue. I have so many amazing memories of Sea World as a kid because my grandparents would take me every summer. If it wasn't for Sea World, I wouldn't have even known certain marine animals existed or cared about what happens to them and the environment. On my birthday I was able to feed JJ the Gray Whale that had been rescued as a baby before being released into the wild again and I also got to swim with dolphins. I've touched a killer whale. Such personal connections with animals doesn't happen in the wild and zoos and aquariums really bring conservation into focus and a love and appreciation for animals, I know this because that's what it did for me when I went there for the first time. Because of Sea World, I pursued a psychology degree so I could work with animals, deep down I really want to work in a marine rescue center. I don't know if maybe it's just certain Sea World parks because I always went to the one in San Diego and I've been behind the scenes and honestly the question of these animals not being taken care of never came to mind. It would be a shame if it's just one shoddy park taking them down as a whole.
But at the same time, even with those positives, of course it's incredibly dangerous to keep such huge and powerful creatures in captivity when they are meant to be free. I can absolutely see how these orcas would develop a psychosis and start behaving the way they do. It's not the first time a killer whale has been dangerous and if we keep using them for profit, it won't be the last.
I don't know if there is a happy compromise here. Sea World makes bank on Shamu products and the shows. People come specifically to see the killer whales. With bigger tanks and not made to perform, could that solve the problem? There is always the discussion on how the animals are treated behind the scenes as well when the public isn't watching. Either way, it makes me really sad. Orcas are so beautiful and majestic, it's heartbreaking to know how much happier they would be if they were free. I think aquariums are just as great even if they don't have whales and dolphins to showcase, I always enjoy Scripps and they don't have any big animals in tanks.
As much as I love Sea World and everything it has done for me as a kid, for now I would rather appreciate nature in it's natural habitat. That's why instead of booking a trip to San Diego for my birthday, I booked my trip in San Juan Islands to kayak alongside wild killer whales (if they show up that is!) which is much more thrilling and satisfying I think. Next time you want to see animals or introduce your kids to wildlife, why not take them on a whale watching tour or an aquarium? Let's hope that Sea World changes for the sake of the whales and for us so we can enjoy going there without a guilty conscious.
Yep, right here in Vegas. It's actually pretty cool. You can pet stingrays here too!
And if you want to do a kayaking trip with wild orcas like me, then check out San Juan Outfitters for whale watching tours and kayaking trips! My friend just did her kayaking trip a few days ago and loved it!
It's been a great weekend, the week itself dragged by kind of slow but the weekend kept me busy with photo shoots and bbq pool parties with friends. It's 2:30 here and I just got home from hanging out with friends by the pool... Man I love summer!
Before I go to bed, here are my interpretations for this weeks scavenger hunt. I'm missing two prompts since I really have nothing to fill in those slots this time..
This is how most of my summer will be spent.
A shot from my shoot this weekend, I had so much fun with Cally and I loved that she doesn't take herself too seriously and can have a good time.
Now you've all met girls out there that claim to be huge nerds but if you aren't wearing oversized glasses that are ACTUALLY PRESCRIPTION with no care to your personal appearance and you live for anime then you probably aren't, actually, a nerd.
What you are, dear friends, is Geek Chic. And we are all a little Geek Chic.
For example, I have an Adventure Time Finn the Human footy onesie that I like to wear for fun. It's pretty much the most comfortable thing ever even if it's doesn't have a buttflap. I sleep in this. Next to my boyfriend. And force him to spoon with me in it. That's geek chic.
See. I wouldn't lie to you.
I've always been into RPG's and I love Skyrim, I think it's the best video game ever. I have long conversations with my friend Mike about it and we send each other Skyrim memes. I could spend hours just playing video games and there have been times when Kris is in the kitchen making dinner because I'm too busy in the middle of a quest to stop. Geek chic.
I like to dress up when I go out but 90% of the time I'm in sweatpants. Geek chic.
I obsessively collect anything that's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In high school my walls were completely covered in Buffy memorabilia. I've toned it down now that I'm considered an adult but believe me, I still have everything. And that also goes for Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Adventure Time, and so many other wonderful things. I spend loads of time on Mugglenet.com and other fansites. Geek chic.
Because I find stuff like this hilarious.
I also have to mention that one of my biggest pet peeves is girls that wear fake glasses. You know, the glasses with plastic lens that girls wear to try and look hipster. I've had intense discussions about this because it bothers me so much and every person I've ever met that NEEDS glasses to see, including myself, hates it. Glasses aren't cool, they suck. I can't drive without my contacts/glasses. It would be amazing to not have to put in contacts to be free of glasses off my face. NOT GEEK CHIC.
You guys, I was a Pokemon Master at one time. I even went to a competition at the mall to battle other kids and I WON. I never told my friends but I was so pleased with myself. Geek Chic.
You can still be fabulous and embrace your inner geek at the same time.
I actually own those Sperry's, love them.
I bring all this up because I recently read a post that was hating on girls "pretending" to be into nerdy things. I'm sure there are some "fake" geeks out there but who cares? There's a lot of girls that pretend to be into sports just to impress a guy, I only became a Vikings fan for that exact reason but then I actually got into it. It's not hurting anyone and besides, maybe they do really enjoy it for all you know.
Plus, deep down everyone is into something that someone else would consider lame. If you're better at video games then your boyfriend (like me) then props to you but don't sweat it if it's not your thing. Not everyone is into that and that's ok. Embrace who you are and what you love, geeky or not. But if you are well...
Learn it. Live it. Love it.
What are you into that would be considered geek chic?
I haven't kept up with my gym schedule, I mean seriously slacking on working out. I also ate six brownies yesterday. I'm not joking. Surprisingly, even though I'm not as in shape for summer as I wish, I don't feel too bad putting on my new bikini. I have a swimmers build which was great when I was competing in swim team and lifeguarding but sucks now since my ribs are huge and obnoxiously stick out. It is what it is and it hasn't stopped me from getting in the pool everyday since Vegas hit 100 degree weather.
Bikini season. It can be a nightmare. I use to buy the super cute/super cheap swimsuits from Target but then I had to stop because my boobs were late bloomers and got pretty big and I can't wear any top that doesn't have lift because HELLO! My boobs are totally real and need some help! That's why I totally don't mind dropping $100 at Victoria's Secret for a good one.
I can never complain about a Victoria's Secret bikini. They are always well made and always look good. It's one of the few items I know will fit when I order online. Of course I still have my swimsuit from last year, also VS, but it's practically a requirement to have a new suit every year in Vegas. I absolutely fell in love with this polka dot green one and had to have it.
See, what is with my lungs? They are cray cray. And my poor tattoo could use a color touch up but I'm not mentally prepared for that trip yet.
So if you have boob issues like I do and can't get away with wearing those bandeau tops, I highly suggest investing in a VS swimsuit. I promise you that it's worth it to feel as confident as I do.... Even after eating six brownies resulting in a brownie belly.
*This post is not sponsored in anyway. Bikini purchased with my own finances.
Today's Featured Sponsor is Hannah and she blogs over at Wonderfully Sewn. She's cute, joyful, and definitely passionate about the things she believes in.
-Tell us a little about yourself.
Well first, my name is Hannah, and I spend my time blogging over at Wonderfully Sewn. A big motto that I live by is living my life out in joy. This year specifically was a toughie, and I knew I had to get through it. I love to find happiness in simple things, and absolutely love to laugh, especially when it's triggered by sarcasm. I'm also a Christian, former dancer, book nerd, and a HUGE people person. The main purpose of my blog is to encourage, uplift, and make my readers smile!
-What do you like most about living in Texas?
Ooh this is hard. I have to say the diversity. I live in Houston, and there are so many different cultures and nationalities. I love it.
-I read that you love tattoos, what would you like your first one to be?
I'd love to have script on the side of my foot that said "walk by faith", and some birds flying up the side of my back to symbolize my spontaneous and free spirit.
What is one thing you're really passionate about? Why?
I am very passionate about ending modern-day slavery, more specifically human trafficking. There are currently 27 million slaves worldwide, and there are 17,500 people trafficked into the US annually. It's a big problem, and the 2nd largest international crime. It's crazy, because it's not super duper known, yet it affects and damages the lives of SO many people. Don't hesitate to stop by my blog, or email me if you have questions!
This was my night last night as shown on Instagram.
We tried out some super cheap hair chalk. It looks awesome but blue everywhere. I literally blue myself.
Hitting the bars for Amanda's birthday. I'm the creeper in the back.
Somehow the guys pulled themselves together after the long night to start brewing beer this morning..
We basically just lazed around all day till Game of Thrones came on. So sad that we have to wait NINE MONTHS for the next season but at least True Blood starts next week and I received this the other day...