It’s all about your attitude

Hi Lovely!!

This weekend was… interesting, to say the least. On Wednesday evening Fletch realized our toilet was clogged. He spent 30 minutes trying to get the darn thing fixed with no luck. This isn’t an unusual thing for our house. The house we rent is old and we’ve had issues in the past with the plumbing. On Thursday a plumber comes out and determines that it’s too complicated for him and that someone else has to come out. On Friday a plumber comes out and spends hours messing with the plumbing. When I come home we check on the bathroom only to find a pool of sewage water all over the ground. I won’t go into too much detail but it was a crappy situation (literally) and poo was everywhere. At this point we could no longer use the plumbing for fear of screwing up more stuff. The plumber on Friday found a hole in the pipe under the house so water was everywhere down there. So, Friday we stayed at a hotel and headed back to the house to check on things Saturday.

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Bantam Business | Amy Rose Studios

Hi Lovely!

I hope you’re having a fantastic day!! I haven’t done a Bantam Business post in a while so I thought it was about time to share another awesome small business! Today I’m introducing you to the incredibly talented artist behind Amy Rose Studios, Amy! I first saw Amy’s work on Instagram and immediately fell in love. Her work is awesome!! We then met in an Instagram chat group and I was seriously star-struck. Her art is amazing and I’m so excited to share her work with you!!

Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
A: I’m 28 years old, married for 6 years to my super awesome husband, and mother to Daisy (and another little one on the way!). We live in a beautiful historic town in Southern IL. My hobbies (besides art!) include watching Korean dramas, listening to Kpop/Jpop and yoga! I really love nothing more than sitting in a coffee shop for hours working on a portrait! That’s my happy place.

Q: When did you start illustrating?
A: My family is full of artists, so as soon as I could hold a pencil it was very encouraged! I really never stopped and spent most of my childhood drawing ALLL the time. I was obsessed with Disney and really thought I’d become an animator, but once I was in college I really found a style that I loved and stuck with illustration. My preteen and teen years were spent obsessing over Sailor Moon and drawing anime/manga.

Q: Where do you find inspiration?
A: Japanese culture and fashion is a HUGE inspiration. I would say that’s number one in regard to what I’ve mostly looked at and studied. I also love drawing inspiration from nature, food and anything cute and girly! Hayao Miyazaki films, Macoto Takahashi, and Mary Blair are all pretty big inspirations as well! Oh, and all of the amazing people on Instagram, of course!

Q: What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
A: The flexibility for sure! I’m SO thankful to do what I love. I do struggle with self doubt at times and wonder if I’m any good at all, but with those hard times comes a lot of growth! And I get to spend so much time with my daughter each day, which is my favorite!

Q: You have such an adorable family! What is your favorite activity to do with your fam?
A: Thank you! We really love going to St Louis (we live about 20 minutes away) and exploring. We try to eat pretty healthy and the city has so many options for us, it’s nice to not cook a meal on the weekends! In the spring and summer our favorite thing is probably going on picnics. We also enjoy spending Sunday evenings with our church family. Being home together is pretty great too!

Q: If you could have a beverage with anyone (living or dead), who would it be and why?
A: Without a doubt I would have a coffee with Ayumi Hamsaki. She’s a Japanese popstar I have loved DEARLY since I was 11 years old. Her music and style changed my life! She speaks pretty good English now so I’d love to ask her questions about what her thoughts were writing certain songs. Hopefully we could be best friends. haha!

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Empathy is something that doesn’t always come easily for me, but I feel like my heart has really changed in this area within the last few years. Everyone is living life, and life is hard! When people are rude to me, I really try to show them grace. Love each other!

Q: What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
A: I grew up with severe depression and anxiety disorder. I was in therapy for years and drawing really helped me get through those tough times! Art is so healing! And I’m so thankful to no longer suffer from those things.

Q: What is your favorite dessert?
A: Daifuku! (Mochi with red bean paste filling). I also love mint chocolate anything!

Q: Quick! You’re stranded on a deserted island but (somehow) you can choose 5 CDs to listen to for the rest of the foreseeable future. Which CDs do you pick?
A: Perfume – Cosmic Explorer, Coldplay – Head Full of Dreams, Ayumi Yamasaki – I am…, Utada Hikaru – Fantôme, Ayumi Hamasaki – Secret

Yay!! Isn’t Amy amazing?! A huge thank you to Amy for chatting with me!! Be sure to check out her shop and follow her on social media!

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A Dress That Really Delivers

Hi Lovely!

I recently took a little mall trip with my friend, Barbara, and she convinced me to get this adorable Kiki’s Delivery Service dress. Barbara had hot cash at Hot Topic that was going to expire that she offered to me. That made the $40 dress $22! Not bad, right? I had seen the dress months before and loved it but worried that I already had too many Studio Ghibli dresses. I was on the fence about buying this dress but then Barbara said you can never have too many Studio Ghibli dresses so, I caved and bought it.

♥ Dress | Hot Topic ♥ Belt | Thrifted ♥ Shoes | Aldo ♥
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Stepping out of your comfort zone

Hi Lovely!

Today I went to a fun blogger event in Seattle. My super-awesome friend, Jessica, attended the event with me. She doesn’t blog but she always enjoys trying new things. We started talking about attending blogging events and trying new things. Of course, now as I sit here before going to bed, I’m thinking about how blogging has taken me out of my comfort zone. I’ve tried so many new things thanks to my blog: I visited Austin for a blogging conference, a trip I took all by myself (which was terrifying); I tried new foods (some I’ve liked and some I didn’t); and I saw the tulip fields and took some adorable photos! I think you get the point. I’ve done some cool stuff and I’ve done so many new things because of my blog.

To people who know me they might think I’m a super outgoing person. In many respects I can be. If I’m going somewhere new or going somewhere alone I get really nervous. Meeting new people initially freaks me out and it’s not until I’m in an environment for a little while that I get comfortable. Once I’m comfortable I can be super-outgoing but it takes me a little while to get me there. Blogging has helped me face that anxiety head on. I’m also not one to try something new without typically being nudged into it.

I eat the same meals when I go to restaurants and take the same route home from work–I like my routine. Since having a blog I’ve tried to be more active at finding new things to try out. I want to provide interesting content to all of you lovely peeps so I go to events, I eat weird foods and take photos/videos, and I test out new stuff. I’ve put myself out there a lot more over the past few years and that’s pretty darn cool.

I’m so glad I started blogging when I did. I’ve developed into a person much more willing to try new things and I’m thankful for that. I’m really happy with where I am.

Sakura-Con 2017

Hi Lovely!

I recently attended the super adorable Sakura-Con in Seattle! In case you don’t know what Sakura-Con is, it’s an anime convention that recently celebrated 20 years! The conference included panels, a dealers room, an artist alley, a gaming area, a craft room and so much more!! I was amazed at how much they had and relieved that we had several days to see it all. It reminded me of Emerald City Comicon back in the day.

Saturday

My friend Mikaela and her boyfriend, Mike, came up from Portland to attend the convention. Our first day started with a Lolita on a budget panel. It was cool to learn more about Lolita and to hear ways to save money. We then spent a large portion of the day shopping. I wanted to make sure I made my purchases early in case things sold out (which happens from time to time).

Our shopping started in artist alley. I did pretty well at restraining myself on purchases, that is until I found Mis0happy and s2heart‘s booths. They both have such cute stuff!! I bought a few items from each seller before we headed off to more adventure.

After killing some time walking around, Mikaela and I attended the Saturday fashion show while Mike went to another panel. The fashion show had two sections. The first was really bright and energetic. It featured really cute decora fashion styled by the 6% Doki crew. The second part of the show had a much more tranquil vibe. The pieces were inspired by traditional Japanese style. It was pretty cool! You can see a few clips from the fashion show in my Sakura-Con vlog (which is at the bottom of this post).

After the fashion show we met back up with Mike and headed off to the dealer area. This is where I got into trouble. I bought some super-cute plushies and walked about a lot. Below is a photo of me posing with Mike. We were using matching reusable bags to carry around our goodies. Twinsies!

After shopping we decided to head home. We were pretty beat and needed to rest.

Sunday

Sunday was a much more relaxed day. We got to the convention around 10:15am. Mike went to a panel while Mikaela and I headed off to another fashion show. The theme was J-street and Lolita fashion. I really loved seeing the different styles!!

After the fashion show we took another quick walk around the dealer area so I could pick up another plush that I had seen on Saturday. I had told myself that if I was still thinking about it on Sunday that I’d get it. I’m so glad I did!!

After I bought my adorable Pikachu we checked out the gaming area. There were a ton of games crammed into a small space with a lot of people. We walked around it really quick before leaving and taking a little rest.

After a brief rest on a bench we decided to head out. All of us were pretty tired and ready to be done.

Overall it was a fun weekend!! I enjoyed Sakura-Con and loved seeing all of the awesome dealers. I even got to chat with the BB and B owners which was really exciting! You may remember my review of one of their necklaces. It was really cool to meet the amazing people behind such a cute store.

I definitely want to go again next year. I hope in 2018 I can take Fletch with me so I can show him all of the cute things (and maybe he will help me restrain myself better).

Oh! Here is me and Mikaela with cute Totoro stuff.

Check out my vlog from the weekend here: