10 thrifting tips from a thrift queen.

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I remember my first real thrift trip. Before, I looked at those piles of clothes and skirted to the old electronic and book sections, oblivious of the golden threads that were in my near distance. My thrift interest started after graduating high school. I was going to college and after years of questionable style choices (really bad flowery button ups in 7 and 8th grade), my lack of appeal in department store items and the lack of dollar bills, I said why not. I went to goodwill ready to see what this thing was about. I pulled those open, only to be denied because I stupidly ignored the push decal. The color was red and every red tag was on sale. I spent hours scrolling through plastic hangers and stumbling across hidden gold. Each item had story, an owner and now a new beginning. With each slide the rack, I found my heart steadily racing and the enticed by each found item. Through thrifting, I think I’ve found me and items that make me feel good, at very affortable prices.

 

Time– Thrifting is about patience. This comes in the form of taking the time to go through almost every rack and find things that suite you. Go on a day where you’re abundant in it. Unless you have a small thrift store, 1 hour isn’t enough.  A 2-4 hour thrift trip is perfect

Eat, pee, carry water  and a snack.- You’re going be there for a while, so make sure you handle your business. Eat a full meal before, pee , and carry some water and snacks.   A hungry thrifter is no bueno.

 

Wear comfy shoes– There’s going be standing, a lot of it so please don’t wear 10 inch stilettos to this affair that would be brutal. Converses and your fav comfy kicks are the way to go.

 

Go early– Most of the time, after ton of people go through the racks, it’ a mess. Going early decreases that midday mess you find ,so you can efficiently go through things.

Check , check , check and check again.Holes and stains. Nothing’s more disappointing then going home with a perfect item and then finding out there’s a big cheeky yellow stain somewhere. It’s sad, very sad, so check everything. Look at the armpit, crotch , everything.

Never pay full price-So, go on half off days and score major deals

Sign up-Sign for store cards, download the apps, so you know when the sales are. The night before I went thrifting for the things above, I was notified with an alert, so I prepared.

Try something new- With the great prices, try something out of your comfort zone zone. You might like it or it might be a total fail, but it was super affordable.

Check out the book aisle- This is the end to all my trips. So, go do it. There are  so many great book that people just donate and they’re super current. My favorite finds have been Kite Runner, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and A Handmaid’s tale.

Check out the men’s and kid’s racks.Well almost. For me, if I see whole rack of baby clothes, I know I’m not going to need that, but the men’s isle and other children isle are great for finding basic/ graphic tees and clothes that may be too big, which means they could be used for great diys.

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Go alone !!!!– Thrifting with others stresses me out, some get impatient, others are bored, so leave those people at home and go by yourself. You can be patient and just enjoy the hunt.

 

 

How to start learning spanish- Watching

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So, we are entering my favorite way to learn, by watching. I’ve been bored with my grammar and listening , so this way es mejor de todo.Where do you start? I got you.

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These are your gateway  Spanish shows. I recommend them to get your toes wet and then you get to pick and watch things you like.

Extra in spanish -This is where it began. Well, where my spanish  began. This is great for beginners with words and pace.It’s about these three best friends, who have an american coming to live with them .Anna ,Lola, Pablo and Sam makes this show super enjoyable to watch.It’s 15 ish episode that are almost half an hour long.

 

Destinos-I have a love and hate relationship with this show. It’s about this lawyer name Raquel, who has a client whose supposedly dead wife is apparently alive, after he thought she died in the spanish war. He got a letter from the wife, after moving from Spain to Mexico years later. Raquel has to investigate the claim and travels to Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico to tract the right people and info. The number one reason I hate it is because it’s slow. It’s 50 or 60 episodes, lasting half an hour. I honestly rarely watch it. I’m on episode 31 and might finish this in  a decade. But despite that, I would recommend it.

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Telex, univision, telemundo, these will be your besties.

If you want to build vocab, the news is your friend.I would recommend getting a notepad and writing down 10 words from the program. This helps so much. I used to do this when learning english in the 4th grade (mom forced me) and this trick still works. Plus you are staying informed. ,In addition, these channels are rich in Spanish dramas. My favorites are el fan, Como dice el dicho, law and order (la ley y el orden) and what I’m currently watching, Amar es primavera. In addition, on the weekends you can find movies like the croods, and ice age in spanish

 

3.YOUTUBE, YOUTUBE, YOUTUBE

It’s free.This will be your #1 source.

 

I’ve only just stupidly realized I can watch Spanish YouTube videos, two months ago. Since then, my subscription box is flooded with Spanish subs and many tutoriales.

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This where it started-I typed “Full peliculas en espanol.” Through this, I’ve watched Bridget jones’s baby, mi antes de ti and loco por los nueces. And of course Coraline. There’s so many movies to watch and I would recommend watching one a week, to get the hang of it

 

 

Tutoriales

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Si quiere sabe como hacer sus cejas 0 pestanas, why not youtube(if you wanna know how to do your eyebrows or eyebrows) .This is personal because it depends on what you like. There are so many things you could get into like sewing, hair, furniture making, etc. This great for learning vocab.

 

 

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Mi favorita, food.This was how I got hooked.I was up watching laura vitale at 1am, then it hit me.Why not watch this in spanish.Many many many videos later, I can share some of my favs

Cocinamosjunto

Marisol pink- “Hola como estan”

Vicky receta facil

Jauja Cocina Mexicana

y massssss

 

Cartoons.

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I love

cartoons. My fav being cartoon network and the best, The Amazing World of Gumball. I think cartoons are great and fun. It doesn’t matter how old you are to enjoy them.So, if you’re into Sonic, do it.Steven Universe, yess.

 

 

 

As time goes by

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For as long as I could remember, I recall the ages of 6-8 lasting a really long time. To a naïve little girl like me, this meant a year felt like a decade. These times were spent , riding bikes in the island, eating good food , contemplating when I would be a full on adult and get to do  adult things like wear a bra and grow things called boobs. Every time I recall those thoughts, I’m tempted to step into my imaginary time machine and shake some sense into my 7 year old self because being an adult is not fun. At twenty, this comes with perfect timing because last year I began to grasp just how much time is flying by. Like all famous dead or currently living people have stated, “Time is money”. Maybe not physical money, but it’s a precious thing. When you runout, there is not store, which you go to refill it. You’re done. Yesterday, I was doing the usual Sunday scroll through postsecrets.com, when one of my post cards showed up. Long story short about almost a year ago ish, in march, I sent three postcards in and 2/3 have been featured (Go check out post secrets and see if you can find it.)But  this new awakening in the speed of time, woke me up into really investing my time into things that will benefit me  in the long run. This means not wasting time on law and order marathons for 4 hours on a Saturday, or just by doing nothing. Instead, I’m going to take this time I’ve been given to learn and just focus on pursuing things that make me feel content. In addition, I also want get uncomfortable and do a couple things that may scare me, but will promote personal growth. In the end, it’s just one life I’ve been given and I refuse to waste it and just give it my all

 

My 2017 to do list

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I know, I’m almost two weeks late with this post, but the year is still young. I have this tradition, where in the last week of the year, I write myself a letter about my silly aspirations for the new year. In accordance with that, I do another journal reflecting the current year. I’ve been so lazy with journaling, so I wrote half of each letter. I Know I’m mess, but I did end up doing a 2017 to do list in my little pocket journal. Let’s get listing. Feel free to share some of your 2017 goals.

1.Get an industrial piercing✔ (completed)

I made up my mind about this around Christmas, for absolutely not reason. But mainly, I wanted 2017 to be the live like you’re dying tomorrow year for me, because hey that could happen. Why not. I didn’t even know the name of this, I’ve only ever seen it in an upper classman’s ear three or four years ago and my thoughts were “Ehh, why would she do that to her ears”. Little did I know. I’m getting it done on monday , so wish me luck.

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2.Launch my blog and be persistent ✔

I started my first blog in my seconds semester english class.Six semesters in now and , I’m slacking. My first posts did so good and I wanted more of this blogging thing. Now, I’m back at it again and I’m here to be consistent.

3.Relearn html and css

Ugghh, lets not talk about this. I had fun learning these guys and have not really used the info much, but in the future I have a feeling they will come in handy. Code academy here I come.

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4.Do five sewing projects

Yeah, I sew. Poorly that is.I started two summers ago and I’ve been slacking ever since that armholess shirt.My goal is to take a try  5 projects and see what happens.Ok, I lied. When I wrote this on paper I said 10, obviously, I was in quite a confident mood, but no just five.

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  1. Find  the perfect red lipstick ✔

Being a chocolate human, the red lipstick game is hard. Nothing is ever red enough or they fail to compliment my skin tone. So, I’ve done some research and decided to get ……., as my signature red. You thought. It’s gonna be my end of spring semester treat, if I conquer this semester.And yes,  I will give you the reveal in may.*Chuckles evilly.*

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  1. Read 24 books

I almost made it to twelve in 2016, but this year I’m going for 24. I’m currently reading The Silkworm, which will be followed by the Namesake. Stay tuned for my 2 books a month review posts.

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7.Try Thai and or Indian food

I’ve been eying this famous Thai restaurant oh so near my town, but it just hasn’t happened. Until 2017, because I’m aiming my sight at a giant bowl of red or green curry.

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  1. Get over my fear of highway driving

I Would rather take a 10-minute trip and do it in 25 or 30. But this year, I’m vowing to just take control of my emotions and calm my merging anxiety.

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  1. Wear my hair out more

I have thick kinky afro hair (4c). I hate the work that goes into it but when I get it right  I love my hair, especially now after figuring how to keep it nice and moisturized. So, come summer I want to wear this bad boy out.

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Lastly

  1. Find a great above knee denim skirt ✔

When I saw this picture, it was game over.  Last year, my goal was to wear more causal skirts and boy it has been an adventure. From the time, I ripped one after getting out of a meeting, to the super cute ones, I’ve obtained, skirts are now my wardrobe staples. I’ve been scouting eBay for a nice denim skirt in the same wash. Hopefully, fingers crossed, we’ll be united this year.

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My best reads of 2016

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Hi……….

 

2016 was the year I decided to read more.My younger sister is the kind weirdo that can devour a book in a day, like a mental word goblin.But, Not I. At times,  a book takes me  3 or 4 days  to read, depending on the book’s length and my laziness levels that week.So , to challenge myself, I set out to read 12 books and almost reached my goal. But, To make up for my crippling failure, this year I increased  the game to 2 books for a total of 24 in  2017. Here are a list of the books I read, along with my top five  favorite reads of 2016. Did you read any of these? And what were your favorite books of 2016 (or all time favorites)?  I’m always looking for recommendations, so do comment some of your favs. Happy reading.

1.  Girl at War-Sarah Novic

2. Stoner-John Williams

3. Our souls at night-Kent Haruf

4. Girl with the pearl earrings-Tracy Chevalier

5 Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins

6. A man called Ove-Fredrik Backman

7. Everyone’s hanging out without me-My BFF(I wish) Mindy kaling

8. Persepolis 1+2-Marjane Satrapi

9.The Book Thief (Forgot I read, it was amazing)

10.Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps-Kelly Browm

11.I failed and did read an eleventh

12. or twelfth, But it’s ok that life, that life

 Best 5

(Order does not display more favoritism , I share the love equally)

1. A man called Ove-Fredrik Backman

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 I adored this book. Between Ove’s delightful hate for people and his hidden compassion, I enjoyed it. Somehow, watching Ove’s growth from losing everything and wanting to take his life, to finding some purpose through the people around him was a satisfying touch. I found myself laughing, shedding a tear and clinging on to these pages.

 

2.Girl with a pearl Earring-Tracy Chevalier

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I caught myself grinning in the middle of publicly folding my clothes at the Landry mat today. Why? This book. That’s how much I enjoyed it. It’s quite a simple book, but it had a lasting impression. I enjoyed Griet’s character’s fight for survival. She comes from a family of nothing yet has to do everything she must to cope with her new life. In addition, something about the relationship between her and Vermeer’s character was fascinating. Mostly because the meaning of the relationship was completely different when views from each side. I’m not going to spoil anything, but it was one of my favs that drove me to write this post.

3. Girl on the train-Paula Hawkins

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Aka the book everyone and their mother read. I hate plunging into mainstream things. Why do it, when there are other things that are better. But, I sucked it up and devoured this book. I sneaked under my covers, flipping pages after pages, while having to tell myself to breath and control my squeals. Once a year, I have this craving to read a good mystery and this hit the spot. I can usually tell the who, but this kept me in the dark till the very middle or so. I guess sometimes you have to dive into the mainstream pit and I liked the fall.

4.Stoner-John William

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The tone of this book is spot with the cover. It was a slow moving, but once you pass the background info, it’s one that you’ll remember for a very long time. The recommendation came from my ethic literature professor, a year ago, despite having other projects and stuff to complete, I gave it a go. This follows William stoner, a farm boy who finds himself falling in love with literature. So, he become a professor, settles down and we the reader follow his so called “Unfulfilling life”, from his failed marriage and relationship with his daughter, along with an affair. The author forces you to ask yourself, did this man live a good like? The take way for me, reflects on life and how depending on the path we take we at times spend it feeling unfulfilled. But despite our failures and emptiness, does that mean we stilled lived fulfilled life in the end?

5. Girl at war-Sarah Novic

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This was also a read from my ethic literature class. The identity struggle of the main character pulls you into the book. Torn between the girl she is and the one she was, she fails to realize that old girl is her now, despite the memories she tried to bury.

 

How to start learning spanish.Part 1-Listening

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At some point, we’ve all played ourselves with the I can’t wait to start learning _____ , only to give up sooner or later. Maybe that was you, or you’re the other person, who has no idea where to begin. Well, I’ll be your guide. So, chill, no need to run out and purchase Rosetta stone because most of these tools are completely free and most importantly, effective. I’ve been learning spanish since summer 2016 and It’s been fun. No, I’m not crazy, it really has been. I can now have conversations with natives, read signs and words from stores, bus ads, and most of all, I can jam to reggaetón, while pulling out my sweet moves and learning new words at the same time.

1. Listening

Let’s start at the beginning, a good perfect place to start. ♫♫♫

Listening is key, it familiarizes you with the language and it helps you understand proper pronunciation and flow. This is how I kicked started my journey into Spanish and It’s still a big chunk of how I learn

  • Pimsleur-This is a 3 level program with some bonus lessons after level 3. Each level has 30 lessons, lasting 30 minutes each. They lesson start with a 1 minute conversation that repeats itself a second time. After that it’s one giant conversation with the words that was in the first conversation the time you get to the end, if you did not get the first conversion, you will have by the end. I still remember listening to level 1 lesson and being shaken at the fact I could not understand a thing, but towards the end, I blew myself away, I could. I’m currently on the last level and have 4 lessons left , yahhhhhh. The only downside to this program is cost, but, but, but if you have good internet detective skills you can easily find all three lessons ;D. (CLUE: argggggggg)
  •  Notes in Spanish-This is free and it’s a podcast type thing where these two lovely humans named Ben and Marina just talk to each other and teach us words through telling us about their city, Madrid and their lives. On this program, you will hear talks about the weather, vacations and they even help us with the tough stuff like figuring out when to use por or para. There are beginner, intermediate and advance conversations, so everyone is catered to. http://www.notesinspanish.com/
  • Music-This is one of my favorite ways to learn. I recommend listening to Marc Anthony first, as he talks at a good pace and you’ll learn alot of vocab through his songs, along with pronunciations. Some of my favorite cancions from him are vivir mi vida, valio la pena and tu amor me hacer bien.I mostly listen to the lyric videos , so I can follow the words and pronunciations. Then, listen to the some Shakira and Maluma.They speak slightly faster, but their songs are great.Maluma’s el perdedor (loser) and Borro Cassete ( erased cassete) are my current ear worms. I almost forgot this, but I love Putumayo music.They are this international music company that share music from all cultures. You can find tons of music from them on youtube.I highly recommend dancing to the Latin party album, the Colombian mix (I love me some Cumbia), and one of my favs the Cuba album.But I love them all and you too will find yourself busting out some moves.
    Stay tuned for part 2 -Grammar