TwentySeven Things: November 2013

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It’s time for TwentySeven Things for November 2013. I have to say, it’s been a pretty solid month. This evening, I’m off on a jet plane back to the homeland for the holiday. I can’t wait to go home, cuddle my cat, play Scrabble with my family and make fun of the dog show with my little brother on Thanksgiving morning.

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  1. I had the best Halloween party with my roommate. We ate pizza, drank apricot margaritas and watched Harry Potter.
  2. Daylight Savings Time ended. I am not happy about the fact that it’s pitch black when I leave work at 5pm.
  3. I have fallen deeply in love with Lorde’s album Pure Heroine. I highly suggest checking it out if you haven’t already. Favorites are Ribs, Still Sane and A World Alone.
  4. I went and watched About Time with my roommate earlier this month. Richard Curtis is still a legend. And can still make me cry at the end of a 2 hour movie.
  5. This song has been my jam all month.
  6. I rioted my life away at Wine Riot.
  7. Oprah put out her Favorite Things List. I now have a new favorite list of favorite things because I do whatever Oprah tells me to.
  8. If you were living under a rock, Bat Kid saved San Francisco from danger a few weeks ago. I don’t know if I’ve ever been more moved by a scene at AT&T park. Seeing Bat Kid walk around the Giants Stadium makes me very proud to be a Giants fan.
  9. I learned how to play I Want It That Way on the guitar. Talk about a party trick.
  10. Little Mix came out with a new album I’ve been jamming to. Favorites on that one are Move, Salute, Towers and Boy.
  11. For all you non coffee lovers, I found out you can make the most delicious drink in the world at Starbucks. Get a chai latte and ask them to put 2 pumps of peppermint in it. BAM DELICIOUSNESS.
  12. I spent hours upon hours on the couch a few weekends ago. Some of that time was spent re-watching The Inbetweeners movie. Such a classic.
  13. I went to The Getty and had some very productive Sarah time.
  14. Lily Allen has come back into the world and graced us with one of the best songs of the year. And my new catch phrase – “it’s hard out here for a bitch.”
  15. I had a string of days this month where I ate mac & cheese for dinner. Then the next night I ate ice cream for dinner. Grown adult.
  16. The one day out of the month I had to dress semi-nice for work, I decided to do my laundry the night before to have options because that is the responsible thing to do. My plan slightly backfired on me. The next morning I went to put on my black pants, discovered they hadn’t dried all the way, and proceeded to finish drying them with a blow dryer. Innovation, I tell you.
  17. I burned myself quite badly trying out a new way to curl my hair. On the upside, my hair looked damn good.
  18. I also cut a solid 4 inches off of my hair this month impulsively.
  19. I also dyed my hair this past weekend impulsively. (I think I see a pattern.)
  20. I finished the current season of Downton Abbey. You know, the one that hasn’t even aired in the US yet. Don’t ask me how I did it, I admit to nothing.
  21. One Direction’s new album came out. It’s wonderful pop music at it’s finest. I love it, I love them, go buy it.
  22. Colbie Caillat is back with a new single. I listened to Hold On and only Hold On for three days straight. You think I’m kidding but I’m not. Obsessed is not a strong enough word.
  23. I wrote an entire post about how hard it is to put on tights.
  24. I saw Hunger Games at the Thursday, 8pm grandma showing. It was SO GOOD. I was crying 15 minutes into the movie and screaming by the end of it.
  25. Last night I saw Justin Timberlake at the Staples Center. He sang for 3 HOURS. THREE ENTIRE HOURS. He was incredible – a true legend.
  26. My roommate and I put up our Christmas tree! But we can’t find the string of lights to go on it. We’re working on it.
  27. I found out Teddy Geiger wrote a One Direction song (Little Black Dress for those of you curious.) My reaction was to scream for a few seconds, then have my heart burst with love. Teddy Geiger was MY MAN when I was younger. If you don’t remember him by name, play this song and within the first few seconds you’ll be transported back to 2006.

Here are some pretty Pinterest pictures from the past few days. Oh and here’s this, because it’s not a proper Wednesday without it.

Attract, create

Bath

Leopard pumps

macaroons

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TwentySeven Things: October 2013

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Happy 28th of October. I’m a day late because of the weekend, but here are my TwentySeven Things for October 2013.

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  1. I am now an official black tag member at Core Power Yoga and it is my current obsession. (cough Tunnel Vision cough.)
  2. The Dodgers didn’t make it to the World Series. I was so happy I almost cried. Literally ANYONE could win the World Series as long as it’s not the Dodgers.
  3. I made quite a few terrible jokes via Twitter. See here and here.
  4. I bought 72 mugs from the dollar store. All at one time. They had to give me a dolly to wheel the boxes out to my car.
  5. I finally figured out a way to watch season 4 of Downton Abbey even though right now it’s only playing in the UK. I would tell you how, but then I would have to admit to some things I don’t want to admit to.
  6. Katy Perry’s new album Prism has hit iTunes. I still haven’t stopped jamming to “Birthday.”
  7. I saw John Mayer at the Hollywood Bowl and fell in love with him all over again.
  8. I always seem to do this, but I will somehow forget how shitty plain oatmeal is and try to eat it without adding any brown sugar or honey. Huge mistake.
  9. My Dad celebrated his birthday this month. I sent him a candle that smells like freshly mowed grass on a baseball field.
  10. Little Mix released a new music video. I’m still trying to figure out how I can dance like all of them.
  11. One Direction released a new single called Story of My Life. It’s a much more mature sound than their previous singles. I’m hoping this now makes it more socially acceptable for me to love them unconditionally.
  12. I spent a weekend hanging out with my baby cousins in Temecula and it reminded me just how nice it is to spend time with family. Also how nice it is to play with dinosaurs and monster trucks.
  13. Banana Republic Factory Store is a very dangerous place to find yourself alone on a Saturday afternoon.
  14. I ordered this cute little calendar for my desk at work.
  15. Josh Peck from Drake & Josh fame on Nickelodeon was in my yoga class this month.
  16. One of my favorite past times is playing the little games that Google will have on their home page from time to time. This month, they had a parachute man and a piñata. I played both for an embarrassing amount of time while sitting at work.
  17. I celebrated a friends birthday at Pizzeria Mozza off of Melrose and it was delicioussssss.
  18. I finally made it over to the Rose Bowl flea market this month and binged on a few new vinyls.
  19. I went to the Katy Perry & Friends “We Can Survive” benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl. She was joined by a powerhouse lineup of wonderful ladies including Ellie Goulding, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara, Kacey Musgraves and Bonnie McKee.
  20. I sent flowers to my Mama, Auntie and Grandma for breast cancer awareness month. You can buy the same flowers and simultaneously donate to City of Hope here.
  21. Earlier this month, I was craving a grilled cheese and tomato soup so bad that I had it for lunch two days in a row. I regret nothing.
  22. I finished the book called Little Bee about a week ago and loved it. Highly recommended.
  23. At 7am on Saturday morning while sitting in a Starbucks waiting for my car to be worked on, I went online and bought a silk robe. Just because I wanted to.
  24. I’ve had quite a few necessary car improvements happen this month. This lead to many hours being spent in various Starbucks’ throughout Los Angeles.
  25. While having wine with a friend one Friday this month, I was approached by a random girl at the wine spot and told I look like Lea Michele. Must be the bangs
  26. I celebrated my One Year Blogaversary this month.
  27. You know those book series you start reading in middle school and they have about 6 or 7 books in total but by the time the 6th or 7th one actually comes out you are now 22 years old? I have a few of those series and the last book in this one particular series just recently was published so naturally I have to figure out how it ends right? But I don’t want to actually buy the book because it’s kind of mortifying for a young woman like myself to buy a 12-year-old book at Barnes and Noble in plain daylight. So my solution? Camp out inside Barnes and Noble and read the book in one sitting. Which I did on Saturday afternoon. I have so much closure now knowing how my beloved embarrassing series ends.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the past month. Enjoy.

Masquerade

Books

Ice Cream

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Piano jamming

My One Year Anniversary.

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Blog Birthday

I can’t believe I actually did it. I have shed many a tear, sweat and other weird substances/emotions over this blog but I did it. I managed to blog for an entire year without ever missing a post.

One year. A whole year.

To remind you, this is what my first post looked like. My oh my, how far this little blog baby has come.

First Blog Post 2012

TwentySeven Things was created as an outlet for me to keep my sanity. One year ago, I had just made a life altering decision to leave a job that I thought was going to be a career path for many of the upcoming years of my life. I was living by myself in LA and commuting to college in Orange County two days a week which meant I had three days a week to fill (Netflix can only do so much). To say I was lost would be the understatement of 2012.

TwentySeven Things became my only structure in an otherwise scattered life. No matter where I was, it was the one thing I knew I had to get done before 9am the next morning. So whether I wrote my post the night before or the morning of, I knew it had to get done. I could write about music, a television show, a new tea I found at the grocery store, how I would blow dry my hair out the window or a spew out a list of random thoughts – as long as it was written and done by 9am. Not to be too dramatic, but this blog became my lifeline.

I want to take this day to celebrate why I started this blog in the first place. In the beginning, I struggled with the idea of sharing my words with the universe. In fact, it wasn’t until about 3 weeks in that I decided I would share the fact that I even had a blog with my friends. You know, those people who you see on a daily basis and generally take care of you in your 20-something state.  In my mind, it felt like a big terrible secret that I was too nervous to share with anyone.

I finally mustered up some cojones and shared my blog baby via my social media outlets. Over the past 365 days, I’ve had friends, family members and long-lost acquaintances message me in some form or another telling me they loved reading my posts to keep up with what I may be doing, to hear my opinions on things, or just to say it made them smile or laugh for one reason or another. Considering I started the blog for only myself, hearing any sort of compliment is extremely flattering and I’m happy I could bring a smile to someone else’s face.

Going back to read my old posts is hilarious and somewhat painful. I can read and feel the struggle in 21-year-old Sarah’s words to find her style. She’s trying to figure out if there is an expectation of how she should sound and what she should talk about. It isn’t until a few months later that she realizes, “Hey I started this blog for myself, so screw everyone else.”

I end this celebration post with a few links to my favorite posts I’ve done in the past year. Some are hilarious, some are serious, but all of them are pure Sarah. If you’re still reading, thank you for listening to my continued word vomit over the past 365 days. I hope you’ve gotten something out of it, if nothing else than a little insight to what my life has been like in the past year.

To TwentySeven Things – thank you for being my own little space of Internet that served as a vessel to my word vomit. Thank you for keeping me writing, for forcing me to keep the creative juices flowing in a period of my life when I thought I had for sure killed off the little voice in my head who would spin wild, imaginary tales and stories and poems. Thank you for bringing the pretty words back to me. But most of all, thank you for letting me say whatever I want and reminding me that I have the right to say whatever I want, however I want. Here’s to another 365 days of word vomiting.

Favorite posts of the first 365 days of TwentySeven Things.

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