Thursday, March 12, 2015

Half a year has been insane!

A lot has changed in the last six months. Honestly, leaving Australia and landing this job at Starbucks are both some of the best things that have ever happened to me. Honestly, I don't even think I can ever really post about clothes again, not the way that I was. While I love fashion, my closet has turned from pretty dresses in beautiful colors to black pants and black, collared shirts. If I'm not in pajamas sleeping, it's a great possibility that I look like I'm dressed to go to work. Mocha stains and all. 

Working at Starbucks has been one of those dreams come true in a way that I'm doing something I actually really love and the benefits are insanely amazing. Free drinks and a scholarship program? Um, definitely yes, please. There's more than that though, I genuinely love coffee. If I've never mentioned that, you shoul probably know that I've been drinking coffee since I was three. Granted it was, like, not even, a quarter of a cup of coffee in my chocolate milk but I developed a taste for it despite that and it's definitely stuck with me through the years. 

Currently, however, I'm going through a training program to become a Coffee Master. Sort of like Starbucks' elite baristas who really immerse themselves in the different coffees and learning about the whole process that the beans go through from being grown to being ground. And it's SO MUCH FUN! It also means I get a super fancy black apron after certification with my name sewn onto it and every thing! 

Starbucks has also helped me to get into university. I'll start at Arizona State University online very soon and I'm really excited. Not only that, but I'm looking at a transfer to Seattle in hopes of actually getting my foot in the door into our corporate offices. Things are moving really fast and I'm really excited about every thing. I love working for this company and I love the creativity I'm allowed to express and the ideas I'm encouraged to share! I really look forward to writing more about coffee and my experience with Starbucks and my coffee adventures!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Over a month? Huh?

Oh my god, I have not posted in forever. I mean... writing? What's writing when there's job hunting to do? Well, not anymore! I'm not a barista at Starbucks (that's right, somebody trusts me enough to explain to other people that a latte is more than just, 'caffeine make me feel happy') and I had a job interview at Torrid for a verrry part time position. Not only that, but I have been trying not to leave my room as much as possible because it is very relaxing and very grey and yellow with stripes and polka dots everywhere. My mom really went above and beyond, all I really wanted was a bed and a lock on my door again.

Anyways, being back in the country is really weird. There's sometimes when we're driving down a road that we've gone down a million times or I'm having a conversation with Mads and Soph and I feel like I really didn't leave at all! It's great, because it feels like I can pick up where I left off with my life here and truly get things sorted for myself, but then I see something new or experiences I wasn't apart of are discussed and it hits me that I really did leave for a year. Like... All those great things about Australia weren't just a figment of my imagination, and that feels really good too. But, ya know, I'm back now and I really do need to get things sorted out for myself.

So working at Starbucks has been great. I mean... I only just finished training and have had two official shifts out on the floor, but I get my first paycheck this week and that feels so nice. I think a huge reason why I was so depressed overseas was because I had no way in hell of supporting myself, absolutely nobody would hire me. Having a paycheck (or at least the promise of one) is such a great thing and it's somehow eased a lot of stress off my mind that I didn't even know I had.

Other than that, I've been studying for my ACT and talking to schools about what I can do and where and what benefits I'll have through studying at whoever's institution. I've been looking at cars (I hope to make a down payment by January!), shopping my heart out, and I've spent a lot of time with my youngest sister lately. Which is good, I really feel like I'm quickly making up for lost time.

This weekend, I head to my Oma's, it's my younger sister's birthday on the fourteenth so I plan on taking them both out for lunch and spending some quality time with them which will be nice because I haven't seen either of them in close to a year. Other than that, I really look forward to starting to update this more and more, especially if I get that job at Torrid because I'd love to talk about the outfits I put together and trends I love in the plus size fashion industry (I guess you could say industry) as somebody who is surrounded by it all the time.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Home sweet home!

Hi, hi, hi! I've been completely AWOL the last few weeks but between packing and watching Sailor Moon, I really had no time to write. Plus, I didn't really want to because I wasn't feeling any thing near ~inspired so...

Anyways, hi! Thanks for all the well wishes I got during my travels. My flight from Sydney was delayed because of a hydraulics issue, but it went fairly well after that. Save for the guy who decided to recline into my lap and trap me into my seat (I never want to be that up close and personal with a stranger's scalp again). 

My mom completely redid my bedroom. It went from yellow, orange, and purple to yellow and grey and it is the prettiest, most relaxing space I've ever been in my life. I can't wait to clean up the explosion of luggage that occurred on Wednesday night and make it the prettiest again.

Today, I'm going shopping with Soph and Mads. Hoping to find some day dresses to help beat this heat and my further growing insecurities. I was looking in the mirror and thinking, "Wow, this is terrible, I look terrible." I'm going to write a book called, "Extreme Muffin Top" wherein I cry over the fact that I wear a size 18 in pants and whatever the hell fits in tops so, like... the difference is an emotional killer. 

Anyways, now that I'm back it's time to study for my ACT (never took it, international schools didn't require it) and get to work. I really hope to get a car soon and actually be an adult. But other than that, I really hope I can get back to writing decently (by my silly standards). 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday 13.08.2014

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Regarding number one, this is a dress I've been coveting since my birthday that is suddenly 70% off. To buy or not to buy? That is the question... I think the other choices are a bit self explanatory as well. More sweatpants! Neil Gaiman! A grungy looking hipster jacket! Red dress! Hooray!

The best thing about my "Wishlist Wednesday" posts now is that I'm going to have a job back in the States and I really feel like I have a better chance at making all of these things mine. Which means more outfit posts! Which makes me so happy! I mean, it's honestly very likely that all the things in this post will end up in boxes on my front porch awaiting my arrival back in the States. No, seriously, should I buy that first dress?

Talked to my Oma yesterday and she was so cute. "I heard from a little birdy... your mama... that you're going to shop your first day back!" Yes, exactly Oma, I'm going to shop my first day back. God bless my poor parents, they're really going to get sick of sitting around while I'm in dressing room after dressing room. That's if I can suck down enough coffee to fight the jet lag that I know is going to knock me on the ass.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Three weeks until SYD to LAX!

It's officially three weeks until I leave back for the States and I'm freaking out. I've been putting off packing for a while and I'll probably put it off for even longer, but I feel like I really need to stop loading all my pictures up to my Instagram and just get it done already. That being said, all I seem to be doing is reading and watching True Blood with the occasional break for internet window shopping. Super moon? I was not aware there even was a moon anymore.

I know that my writing has been slipping lately, I've just been so scatter brained. I also haven't really shared any outfits I've worn for a while because, well, moving continents and not really having the money to have things shipped to you kind of makes your wardrobe stagnant. A lot of repeat outfits and they're mostly covered by me cuddled in the blankets on these cold August days (when I was growing up, I never thought I would describe August as cold, but here I am). But I'm hearing sweatpants are now in style and fashionable and apparently people wear high heels with them? I like to think that's all thanks to me and my haute pajama couture. But I am really looking forward to being home and shopping with my favourite people. We've already planned a trip to Opry Mills in Nashville, I'm so excited!

Other than that, I've been working on the essay I have to write to get into university back in the States (lol, because I'm over twenty-one so I'm a mature aged student or whatever? IDK). All I know is that I want whoever reads it to see that I'm serious about this. Which I am. I am 150,000% more serious about actually getting my educational shit together now than I was when I came to Australia to, ya know, get my educational shit together. So I've been doing a lot of research into the different MA programs I could do after graduation and all my career options for the degree I want (International Studies & German). Which are a lot more than I really knew about in the first place so, if it was at all possible, I've become so much more excited about getting the ball rolling than I ever have been.

Also, huge congratulations to one of my best friends, Camille, for graduating nursing school this past weekend! She is an incredibly kind and intelligent young woman and I'm so so so so so proud of her, I only wish I could've been there to see it!