What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thankful is an understatement of how I feel this year. I feel incredibly blessed. 2018 has transformed me inside and out. This year I placed my needs and desires first. I needed and desired more of God. Of his unconditional love. Of his strength. Of his faith in me. By placing him first, I trusted that his plans for my life where better than any I had for myself. That included letting go of people, things, and feelings that weren’t good for me. Throughout this year I felt his hand working for me and not against me. He placed amazing people, better things, and greater feelings into my life. People who genuinely care for me. Things that help me in better ways than I imagined. Feelings of faith, hope and love. I’m so thankful. No, I’m incredibly blessed. Blessed because He loves me. In order for better things to come into our lives we have to entrust to him all of our problems and sorrows. He truly does bless us with more than we can begin to imagine.

I hope everyone spends today with their loved ones and take a moment to remember all the things they’re thankful for!

Love,

Patty xoxo

One Year Blog Anniversary

Hi everyone,

I wanted to dedicate this post to each and every one of you who has taken the time to read, comment, like, or even view my blog site. I just want to say a big thank you! It’s been a year since I decided to blog. A whole year! Where did the time go, honestly!

I first opened my wordpress in 2016. That’s right, 2 years ago. It took me a whole year later to decide to publish my first post. I was afraid of saying the wrong things or wondering if I was saying the right things. All I knew was my passion for writing.

As a kid I’ve always had a great imagination, and a big love of books. In high school I took a creative writing class which made me realized how much I enjoyed writing. I even joined my school’s Literary Club and submitted several of my poems and a couple of short stories for their annual literary magazine. In college I took several literature courses and I found out I enjoyed the English Romanticism era. My favorite poet is Wordsworth by the way. 🙂

Ever since I started my blog, I believe it’s shaped me into a better person. I have meet some incredible bloggers along the way, and I can’t imagine where I would be without this amazing support system. Thankful to God, my loved ones and my friends as well for their support.

This second year I want to focus more on engaging with my followers and those amazing bloggers I’ve met and will come to meet! I’m excited for what’s to come!

1302 views!  Every single view means so much to me.

Love,

Patty Xoxo

Halloween Costume OOTD Look

Happy Halloween everyone!

I don’t normally do OOTD posts, but I figured I’d roll with it and do something totally fun. 🙂

If you don’t already know, I love all things French! I love the French culture from its food, French films, music and all things in between!

I originally had a different Halloween DIY costume in mind but my terrible planning skills didn’t allow me much time. However, I went with my plan b: the French person. 🙂

My outfit look:

Beret: H&M

Jeans: J. Crew

Leather Jacket: Marshalls; this is vegan material 🙂

Striped long sleeve: Target

Ankle boots: Aldo

Scarf: Thrifting, not sure where it is from. It had no brand tag, sorry!

The only new piece I bought for my look was my beret!  Everything was something I already owned. 🙂

I hope everyone has a safe Halloween! Au Revoir!

Love,

Patty xoxo

 

A Mountain Day Trip

“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” -William Wordsworth

Do you ever feel like you just need a quick mountain trip and take in all of Nature? We all do sometimes. My boyfriend, my brother and I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed to the mountains. I’m thankful to live in a state where we’re 2 to 3 hours away from them!

My plan was initially to head to Rough Ridge for a quick photoshoot but we ended up in Pisgah National Forest. All due to miscommunication. LOL. Sometimes, we just gotta laugh at these things. Driving through Pisgah, we saw a sign for Looking Glass Falls and decided to pull over for a quick stop. The falls were incredibly beautiful and several people were amongst us taking photos as well. Afterwards we were on our way to “said Rough Ridge” before we realized we were still an hour and a half away from it and it was lunch time already. Quickly ditching that plan, we made our way to our other planned destination: Asheville.

Before we headed to downtown Asheville, we stopped by Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack for lunch. We had read previous reviews on this local restaurant and we were in for the best fried chicken of our lives! You can order your chicken to be seasoned anywhere from mild to XX hot! My boyfriend ordered the hot seasoned fried chicken, on the other hand I ordered mine plain to be on the safe side. Haha. 🙂 Meanwhile, my brother had ordered a chicken wrap. With our bellies full and satisfied, we headed back down the street to a cute pumpkin stand we had seen on our way to Rocky’s.

The pumpkin stand had all different colored pumpkins, but this year my favorite happened to be the white ones! I grabbed the cutest, tiniest pumpkin I could find, meanwhile my brother grabbed a small orange one. The most interesting thing happened to me after we finished paying and  were on our way to the car. One of the elder ladies chased after me because she overheard me talking to my brother about something French-related. She told me she was from Paris and we even had a small conversation in French! I never would have imagined that I would meet a French person in the small mountain town of Asheville! Beaming from ear to ear, I got in the car and we headed to downtown.

Once there, I had two places in mind to check out for dessert bites and coffee. The first one was the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, but there was a tremendous wait line just to get in. So we went ahead to our next spot: the  Double D’s Coffee Bus. A coffee bus you say? Yes! It was the coolest spot I found while researching on Pinterest. It’s a double decker AND they happen to sell coffee inside! 🙂 Once again, I was beaming from ear to ear because I also love London so much! There happened to be little to no lines and is located in a little square with outside seating and upstairs seating inside the bus too. 🙂 Please go check it out because it’s the coolest place ever!!

To end our trip we quickly perused the  Mast General store and and outside market because I love a small remind of every trip I get to take. And just like that our trip came to an end and we made our way back home. I hope this has persuaded you to make a visit to the beautiful mountain town of Asheville and make a drive through mountains for amazing scenic views and for water falls!

Love,

Patty xoxo

 

 

The Story of Dandy Sandy

…” I saw them slowly reach me with their sticky, stubby fingers stretched out to strangle me.”

My feet were swiftly moving underneath me; every few seconds I would turn my head and look behind me. Nobody, oh thank goodness! I had no idea how long I’d been running in this shallow swamp that never seemed to end. My pants had begun to stick to my legs, which slowed me down. No! Why am I slowing down right now, what if they find me? I turned my head around one last time and there they were.

My breath had caught behind my lungs, making it difficult to breathe, and my heart was pounding so fiercely against my chest I thought it would never stop.

My knees began to shake, and they fell into the murky water; now I was a goner as I saw them slowly reach me with their sticky, stubby fingers stretched out to strangle me. I felt everything go black, and then, I was gone.

My eyes snapped open and the first thought that came to my head was that I wasn’t dead; it had all been a dream! I got up, went to the bathroom, and took a shower to wash away that horrid dream; the dream that I’d been having lately. After my shower, I got dressed in my regular clothes; the baggy blue overalls, my favorite solid yellow t-shirt, a polka dotted tie, my one of a kind red shoes, and the best part of it all my big red rubbery nose. As I stared at myself in the mirror, I couldn’t help but think why on earth did I choose this job. I wasn’t fooling myself; I was a clown by the name of Dandy Sandy and my utmost secret is this: I am terribly afraid of children. I left the bathroom and picked up my bag of games beside the door and drove to a party I was scheduled for the entire day and evening.

Outside what looked like a mansion, I saw little children, or what I’d call “creeps”, running around happily entering the gate doors decorated with pink balloons. The sight nearly gave me an asthma attack! I quickly reached into my pocket and took out my inhaler. I took in three puffs of it and while I did so, I never noticed the evil-looking “creep” with a murderous glint in his eyes that would make me meet my doom tonight.

The party wasn’t what I had thought it would be. The little girls were content with their water squirting flowers, and were the boys with their sling-shots. I thought to myself, these creeps aren’t so bad, they’re completely the opposite of those I grew up with. the neighborhood I grew up in was mostly made up of old buildings and foster children that made my life into a real nightmare. I pushed my thoughts away and walked around with a smile on my face, making sure all the kids were happy. A smile that had been truly happy to be here until I saw him. He was staring at me with the meanest glare possible. I gulped.

Nearing the end of the party, I was exhausted. My hands were sweating and I began to feel nauseous because the creep hadn’t taken his eyes off me ever since I caught him staring at me. Mrs. Hunter came up to me and asked me to dance “The Dandy Sandy Dance” while she and the other adults went inside to bring the cake and food out. My greatest fear had come true: being alone with the little creeps. I said yes and I prepared myself to be brave. When I walked back into the garden, I barely gotten inside when I slipped. Laugher spread out as I tried to get up; several of the children jumped on me, making it difficult to breathe. As I was struggling with my asthma, I saw the evil-looking child staring down at me and in his hands were my inhaler. I instantly freaked out, my heart was pounding in light-years, my head was spinning, was had I done to deserve this? I tried once more to get up, but that was nearly impossible as all of them had jumped on top of me. I felt a shortage of breath, my last one; as I looked around one last time, I saw short, stubby fingers reaching out to me. I must’ve hallucinated them, but I  would never know because at that moment I knew my life was almost over. In the distance, I heard several feet running, and shouting from what sounded like chipmunks saying “Dandy Sandy, Dandy Sandy!” Then I was gone.

 

What’s your love language?

“Do everything in love” – 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

Have you ever wondered what fills up your love tank? What are those little things that your significant other does that makes you happy? Just how often do you receive those loving gestures?

Earlier this year, I read “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. One thing that grabbed my attention to this book was how Gary described that we all have a primary and secondary love language. After reading through the entire book, I reflected on the two love languages that filled my love tank the most. I came to the conclusion that the chapters of Quality Time and Words of Affirmation described me the most out of the five love languages.  It doesn’t necessary mean the other three aren’t important to me, just that they aren’t the ways I wished to be expressed love.

Everyone expresses love differently, however sometimes your significant other won’t share the same love languages as you. If they don’t, IT’S OKAY. You simply have to put more time and effort on your part to show them they are loved in their respective love languages. If you both share at least one love language, then you might have just hit the love lottery.

Therefore, no matter what love languages you both are, do everything in love. There’s nothing greater in life than to be loved, whether its by our significant other,  our families, our children, or even our friends. Sometimes, we have to remember to be patient when expressing a love language that is opposite to our own and keep in mind that how our significant other feels is what matters most. It’s more rewarding in return. We have to love others as God loves us. Deeply and unconditionally.

Below I listed the five love languages and some of my favorite examples of each.

Quality Time: Growing up my parents would express their love towards me by taking me to the movies, grabbing ice cream together, or even a day trip to the lake to swim. Those are some of my most fondest childhood memories. Therefore, quality time is a must for me!

Examples:

  • Going to the park
  • Grabbing coffee together
  • Cuddling while watching movies
  • Trying new restaurants
  • Go on a day trip to the mountains

Words of Affirmation: I feel that is should be at least one of the two love languages everyone should have! Why? The more positivity spread around would make for a better world. I also tend to remember the nice things said towards me. 🙂

Examples:

  • “I love your smile.”
  • “I love spending time with you.”
  • “Your outfit looks great.”
  • “You make me so happy.”
  • “You’re doing a great job on your blog!”

Acts of Service: What can I say about this love language? Making one’s bed doesn’t speak romance to me. 🙂

Examples:

  • Make their bed.
  • Do the laundry for them.
  • Show up to their work with lunch.
  • Vacuum the house.
  • Put gas in their car.

Receiving Gifts: It’s always nice to receive gifts, but the only time I really enjoy them are during my birthday, Christmas, and special anniversaries.

Examples:

  • Make a scrapbook of your adventures together.
  • Send them flowers for no reason.
  • Pick up their favorite goodies at the grocery stop for movie night.
  • Bring them something from your vacation/trip.
  • Buy them a book/movie/ concert ticket/ etc they’ve been wanting.

Physical Touch: TBH I am an awkward hugger. Or was. LOL.

Examples:

  • Give them a hug.
  • Hold hands while walking together.
  • Kiss their cheek.
  • Rest your head on their shoulders.
  • Kiss their forehead.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and hopefully have learned a thing or two about love languages just as I have. Please comment, like or share!

Love,

Patty xo

Photo Location: OC Fair, California

On An Island Having Fun

Tybee Island and Savannah you were very good to us.

Locations: Tybee Island and Savannah, Georgia

As Summer comes to an end, I finally decided to write about this short but sweet trip I took to Tybee Island and Savannah with my love and our good friends back in June.

Day 1: We were very fortunate for our Airbnb host to allow us to check in extremely early the morning we arrived to Tybee Island .  Upon arriving, we all napped for a couple hours before heading across the street to eat lunch at the famous Crab Shack which had real alligators (Bottom row middle). They had really great seafood and is worth a trip! Afterwards, we headed to the Tybee Island Lighthouse for amazing views of the island and ocean (Bottom row left). To be honest, the stairs were killer and we stopped several times on the way up! Afterwards, the guys got us Pineapple slushes before heading off to the beach for an afternoon swim (Middle row right). We ended our night with pizza and movies. 🙂

Day 2: We slept in and headed out to downtown Savannah for the day which was just a quick half an hour drive away. For lunch, we headed over to the famous Paula Deen restaurant “The Lady and Sons” and we all tried their buffet (Middle row left). My absolute favorite things were the fried chicken, lemonade, and mashed potatoes! Afterwards, we made our way to the Paris Market Cafe. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love French things! I walked out of there with an iced coffee and some French-made soap, two of my guilty pleasures (Top row middle). 🙂 The guys made us stop along the way to a bar and check who was winning that day’s World Cup game. The rest of the afternoon was spent walking through the beautiful historical streets and listening to the live music playing near the fountain courtyard. We finished off our evening with  drinks and board games we found at our Airbnb home.

Day 3: This was our last day of our trip, and were up early cleaning the Airbnb home. With time to spare, me and my love headed to the beach for one last quick swim (Top row left). We got the greatest, yet scary, surprise of our lives and saw a dolphin swimming nearby! Before hitting the road, we stopped in Savannah for brunch at J Christopher’s. They had the best roasted potatoes and gravy biscuit!  One thing I loved so much about Savannah were all the Spanish moss trees around us (Top row right). And just like that our trip was over and we headed off on our 4 hour drive back home (Bottom row right).

Sometimes, I think about how long a road trip is but it always goes by quicker with good friends and that special someone (Middle row center). Tybee Island and Savannah you were very good to us. See ya next time on island time!

Sincerely,

Patty xo