Saturday, January 24, 2015

Troll Under the Bridge

Coat: thrifted   Sweater: Forever 21   Fringe Shirt & Bag: H&M   Tights: c/o Oasap   Boots: Just Fab   Necklace: c/o Shop Lately
Guess who found a spot to get photos at?? That's right, your girl came through. Haha, what's more is that my mom came to visit me! So we had a day together where I showed her around campus, took her to cute, local eateries, and of course, grabbed photos at my new go-to spot. It's a bridge that's located right off a trail by the college, and is just enough out of the way I could comfortably bring my tripod and get photos myself when I need to. So all in all, it was a good day.

Of course, I'll still probably make an indoor, photo wall area designated for taking outfit photos inside...sometimes it just gets too cold to deal with the hassle of looking put together while simultaneously being frozen to death. 

I've deduced that my closet can be shrunk down to three colors: black, white, and maroon. I'm also developing a certain affection for navy, but it has yet to make prominence in my wardrobe. With all the fantastic shopping that's available in Boise, I've been building up a wardrobe I truly love. Not to mention that since I've developed a clearer vision of what I like, and a coordinating color palette in my closet, making outfits has never been easier!

Anyway, thanks for all the positive feedback on my last post! 
Can I just say how amazing it is to reflect and see how so many doors have been opened since moving? For instance, last year I was able to find a new roommate and friend in Dallas. She introduced me to my current roommate, and that's how I found out about this awesome house I'm living in now. Then my job as a barista at Moxie Java was divinely planted in my life last March, because it just so happened that the Moxie Java here was hiring right when I moved to the city. Not only do I have experience making coffee, it was the exact same chain. So I'm going in already knowing special drink names, measurements, and everything! Though I didn't know it at the time, it was as if I was being prepped for this move. It just makes me feel all the more confident and hopeful for what's to unfold during my time here.

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Feeling Fresh


Well, here it is! I'm finally debuting my new haircut on the blog. And I have to admit, I feel revitalized with this new do. My hair had become a wild mane with dead, frizzy ends and a tired, worn out red hue. There are moments I miss my long hair (such as trying to pull off a decent looking ponytail or wanting to do a fishtail braid), but overall, I really enjoy this switch. I'm so happy I went through with it! In fact, I'm entertaining the thought of snipping off another inch or two...after all, it's not really that short. Though a good 7 inches was chopped off, it's still at a medium length. Also, what do you think of the black hair? I love how they match my eyebrows so perfectly.

These photos were taken in the kitchen of my new place. So that should tell you how well scouting for photo locations has gone for me...haha! I've spent the first week of school figuring out campus, getting used to university level classes, and trying to find a f#/!*ng parking spot, that I haven't had much time to devote to this blog. With College Fashion posts to prepare for as well, I will probably be reducing the amount of time I spend on The Dragonfruit Diaries, and blogging in general. I'll still be on here for a fairly good amount though, just not quite as consistent as I used to be.

Oh, and some happy news - I found a barista job at the Moxie Java here! I'm extremely grateful, because it looks like they'll be working around my school schedule and still give me the hours I need. Plus, I don't have to worry about how I'm going to feed my coffee addiction now! ;)

I've been inspired by Lauren's idea of setting up an indoor photo section on the wall - it would make taking outfit photos so much easier and less of a process. I'd prefer to take artistic and well thought out photos...but it's too time-consuming right now. So it'll be either quantity over quality or the other way around! What would you prefer?

I'll still be doing Music Monday posts though! Those are always easy to organize and prep, so I have no excuse for not posting that. I'll try and get creative with outfit photos, but I'm not sure how I'll do.

 I'd like to hear back from you though - what topics would you like me to cover? Anything other than daily outfits? Boise is a bigger city, so maybe I could take my camera to new eateries and boutiques to review them? Interested in seeing haul-styled posts? What are you interested in reading?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Music Monday: Odesza

Perhaps you'll recognize this group, but it took me a fairly long time while searching for bands coming to Boise for me to realize who Odesza was. They've been in my Spotify playlists for a while now, but I couldn't figure out why their name sounded familiar. Thankfully, I put two and two together, and am set to see them in February! Ironically, their concert will be on the 14th, so looks like I'll be going on a date for Valentines after all - with myself! ;D

Haha, anyway, this electronic music duo comes from Seattle, where Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight met while going to school at Western Washington University. Shortly before they graduated, they started making music, releasing their album Summer's Gone in 2012. From this, their following grew in leaps and bounds, and their EP My Friends Never Die was released in 2013. 

Check out their sound and tell me what you think! 
Happy Monday everyone!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Mooning Over Maroon

Sweater: Forever 21   Jeans: Aeropostale   Plaid & Boots: thrifted   Glasses: c/o Polette
So I managed to snag dad and wrangle him into taking a few more outfit photos before I left for Boise. Ain't he swell? Three cheers for awesome parents! Anyway, here's a little tale from a few weeks ago when I was still working:

"Excuse me, but how old are you?"
The young, tan-skinned man sitting at my table asked me, as I whisked by to pick up their dishes.
"Um, 20. Why?" 
"No reason, just wondering," he replied.

I shrugged and kept my waitress smile pasted on. Pushing my wooden glasses back into place, I carried on busing tables, refilling drinks, and taking care of my section. It was Friday, and my last waitress shift before I moved to Boise. 
Later, as I checked on that table again, his interest in my age was revealed.
"Hey Linda, do you have a boyfriend?"
My brain skidded to a stall as it tried to process the intrusive question.
*insert stuttering car engine noises here*
"OH...uhm..aha,'s possible I don't." I awkwardly answered.
"Could I get your number?" he asked hopefully.

By then, my brain finally started up again and I was able to smoothly deter the young man's interest by informing him I was moving soon and wasn't interested in starting anything.
"I'm flattered though!" I added, trying to smooth any ruffled feathers.

I felt bad since he was with his friend too, so I can just imagine the razz he got after that. Ah well, at least he found the guts to ask me that. I find that more and more men are less initiative when it comes to pursuing women today. Perhaps my fellow females prefer that, but I've always appreciated someone who's had more assertiveness and boldness. It may be because I'm the exact opposite, and you know how that saying goes!
Anyway, that feels so long ago - as of now, I have just finished my first week attending BSU. Can I just say that I basically feel invisible here? While my classes are great, I know absolutely no one on campus. No one. No smiling face, no cheery "hello's", nothing. I never realized just how well established my presence was at my previous community college till now. However, I'm trying to fix that by finding out when certain clubs are meeting, and going to the free workout classes at the rec center. Plus, I did run into an old classmate from my old community college, so I guess that's one person I know! Now if only we ran into each other on campus more often...because he's experiencing the same loneliness as I am. Sigh.

Ah well, it's only been one week - it takes time for these sorts of things, and I know that!

PS: So I decided to share these older photos of when I had long, reddish-brown hair. I want to make a clean break once I start posting my shorter, black mane so I wouldn't be reverting back and forth from new to old. Next post should feature my new do! And if you're curious, you can follow me on Instagram (@dragonfruit_diaries)  and see the new look now ;)

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
James 4:14
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