3.30.2012

Just sing little darling...

Part 2 of my spring break posts: Veronica's last couple of days

Whenever Veronica visits, it's like two weeks combined into four days, which makes us exhausted but I think it's worth it. But it's not like we're hiking or anything, we're shopping and eating which are equivalents to sports in my opinion. Smiles.
We went to The Grove in Los Angeles with the family, Old Town Pasadena, and the street fair on Myrtle later on with Christine. While in Pasadena, I bought my first MAC Cosmetics lipstick which is the Viva Glam Nicki. It's super pink and smells like baked goods and I love it. I'll post about it later maybe.The next day was another long day. We went thrifting with Andy man and bester Kristen at two of my favorite thrift stores and I found great stuff. Some DIY projects in the making. So excited.
We had dinner and boba with the rest of the crew and that was fantast. She left the next day which was a bummer but we had a great weekend. It was perfect timing too since the weather became pretty sucky. Here are photos from the only day I actually took pictures.

JEFFREY CAMPBELL LITAS/ PANTS - URBAN OUTFITTERS/ WOLF TANK - DIY/ VINTAGE JONES NEW YORK BLAZER/ VINTAGE DOONEY & BOURKE BAG/ SUNGLASSES - LE SPECS/ KATE MOSS FOR RIMMEL LIPSTICK IN 12

Stay tuned for Part 3 of my spring break posts. Smiles.
So excited for my last couple of days.


3.28.2012

Everything's on fire...

I know there is supposed to be an Inspiration Wednesday this week but I've had an amazing couple of days with Veronica visiting and seeing my family and just causing chaos with the people I love that I decided to post about those wonderful days. There's a lot to show you guys so this will be Part 1.

Part 1: The Hunger Games at midnight

Yes, I am talking about The Hunger Games again but it came out last Friday and of course I was there at midnight to see it. I had been waiting for this day for so long and carefully planning what I was going to wear and all that jazz. I made a shirt at the last minute making a stencil of the mockingjay pin and spray painting it on a t-shirt I cut up. My blazer was also a DIY with the studs. I covered up some pretty annoying rips on the pocket area and it turned out great. My inspiration was the character of Seneca Crane. If only I had his glorious beard.

It was such a great night. My parents, my sister, Veronica, and I all saw it together at the Arclight in Pasadena which was wonderful since we didn't have to rush to wait in line for the movie. It was still crazy pants though. We had dinner beforehand at Noodle World which was yum as always.

SHIRT AND BLAZER - DIY/ AMERICAN APPAREL DISCO PANTS/ VINTAGE DOONEY & BOURKE BAG/ DEENA AND OZZY BOOTS

Now let's talk about this movie. If you haven't read the book yet or haven't seen the movie, there might be some spoilers. In other words, stop reading. So I've seen it twice now (don't judge me) and I have to say this movie does really well with incorporating the important things from the book into the movie but also bringing in some new elements to make the film stand out. I get disappointed sometimes when novels are made into films because I expect too much. I expected a lot from this one because it was The Hunger Games, however it left me feeling somewhat content, but only somewhat. I felt that all of the important things were included in the movie. So the people who haven't read the book understood the story fully. Oh and I cried like a big, big baby.
Though that's all fine and dandy, the movie was very rushed. There wasn't enough time to establish characters and relationships, especially the ones that involve Katniss. Just by the way, Jennifer Lawrence was amazeballs as Katniss. She made me cry heaps. Anyway, Katniss doesn't trust easily and the one person she trusted in the Capitol was Cinna, her stylist for the Games. I don't know if it was me, but they rarely spoke. Yet all of a sudden, she had embraced him. Also her relationship development with Peeta needed to last longer than a couple hugs and sweet nothings in a cave. How are non-readers supposed to believe his love for her if all they saw was three minutes of them snuggling? Even the flashback stuff of being the boy with the bread. I loved how that was shot but it didn't give have as strong of an impact as it did in the book. People who haven't read don't know that she was close to starvation and he only burnt the bread so he can give it to her and he risked getting in trouble for it.
I've talked to some friends who had not read the book beforehand and they all said the same thing. They couldn't feel for the characters because they didn't have enough establishment throughout the movie. A couple things I did love: getting to see what happened in the game center, Seneca Crane, Effie Trinket, the acting, the cinematography, and the little braid touch Peeta did before they almost ate nightlock. Yeah my heart died a little.
I mean I could go on about the bits that they forgot to mention (Peeta's fake leg anyone?) but I'll stop before this gets too long.

Anyway, don't you fret because Part 2 won't be this long. Smiles.

By the way, The Civil Wars make this song. Another Hunger Games song. I'm addicted I tell you.


3.21.2012

Make you feel...

It is very early in the morning but I have a very busy day ahead of me because, ladies and gentlemen, I am going home for spring break today, which is funny because I'm not even fully packed yet. I decided to post today's Inspiration Wednesday early so I wouldn't forget later.

I can't believe spring break is finally here, which means The Hunger Games. *Squee* We used to get excited that the movie was 55 days away and then 32 days away and now it's actually here and I am way past ecstatic. This week will just be everything Hunger Games. I've mentioned this movie at least once in my most recent posts, I've done two Inspiration Wednesdays on it already, and get ready for a third.
Yes, today's Inspiration Wednesday is about The Hunger Games. Not about the movie in particular, but about one of the best parts of it - the boys. Oh yes, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, played by Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

These guys were always on my radar but I had never really fallen for them until now. I mean when you say Josh Hutcherson, I used to think Bridge to Terabithia, but now all I see is his amazing personality, gorgeous smile and smokin' body. I don't usually pine for younger men, but for him I can make an exception. As for Liam Hemsworth, there's a girl named Miley Cyrus in the way, but I've realized that they're actually super cute together. He's just suave, handsome and witty. He's got a lot of my type in him. Can't wait to see these two in action in a couple of days. Smiles.
So basically this just turned into a boy crazy post. But it's okay because now you can enjoy the following photos.

Look for more Hunger Games posts this week, and just a lot more posts in general, especially since Veronica is coming to Monrovia for a couple days. So excited.
Anyway. xo

Another song from The Hunger Games soundtrack. So good.


3.15.2012

A brighter day is coming my way...

Yes another Inspiration Wednesday. It's a day late but again you have to forgive me. This might be the last time it will be late since next quarter, my Wednesdays aren't that busy. But anyway.

Once again I will be talking about the amazeballsness that is The Hunger Games. I can't help it since it's down to the wire and there is only a week left before I come home for spring break and see that wonderful movie.
This past Monday, the premiere for the movie happened in Los Angeles and I was really bummed I couldn't be there. But I'm not going to weep and talk about why I didn't get to meet them. I'm going to talk about how good they all looked. Smiles.

My second favorite trio of all time - Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Liam Hemsworth

Elizabeth Banks in Versace and Isabelle Fuhrman in Oscar de la Renta

I had to include Wes Bentley in this. Do I even have to say why? Look at him.

Jennifer Lawrence in Prabal Gurung

Can we please talk about her in this dress? I had anticipated what she was going to wear all last week. In my mind, I was thinking maybe a fiery color like red with a sparkle, or something super sequin-y and her wearing this definitely exceeded my expectations. I recognized it right away since I'm actually using this dress in a future Inspiration Wednesday. I had seen this dress before in Prabal Gurung's Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection and it was absolutely my favorite out of the bunch. Basically, she looked gorgeous. I like when celebrities make good choices.

So anyway, like I said, it's down to the wire. Next week is finals week. It's raining cats and dogs outside and all I want to do is lay in bed. Hopefully I'll still have the attention span to do well on my exams since I'll be thinking about how close I am to going home. I go back to Monrovia on Wednesday so maybe I can sneak in a little inspiration for you guys before I leave. Also, I might not update the blog until then either since I'll be studying all weekend.
If you would like to see my random day to day stuff, follow me on Instagram, @queenvictoriareigns.
xo

Also this song is amazing. It's from The Hunger Games soundtrack. Smiles.


3.11.2012

We've got nothing to lose...

CARDIGAN - THRIFTED/ STUDDED COLLAR DENIM SHIRT - DIY/ SUNGLASSES - LE SPECS/ DISCO PANTS - AMERICAN APPAREL/ VINTAGE BOOTS/ NYX LIPSTICK IN ULYSSES

So I finally got my disco pants and I am ecstatic. Smiles.
There is only one little downside to them, which is mainly my fault, but other than that they're perfect. I have a weird body shape where my legs are too thin for my torso, which means that I had to get a medium in the pants for them to fit. Therefore, that makes them a little loose in the leg area, hence the rolling up of the pants action. But it's alright because I've decided that I want to get some leather leggings or liquid leggings of some sort that will be tight enough for my skinny ankles.

So enough about the pants. I had an amazing couple of days especially since last week was pretty crappy because of all of these deadlines for school, and dumb papers to write. Yesterday, Veronica and I had plans to go to a friend's party. We ended up ditching that and went on a field trip to my beloved Denny's. We had some breakfast for dinner which is pretty much one of the best things in the world.

To sum it all up, I had a great weekend, what about you?

PHOTOS BY VERONICA SHEPP


3.05.2012

Keep walking...

THRIFTED DENIM JACKET - GUESS/ VINTAGE LEATHER VEST, GOLD PIN, BELT AND BOOTS/ WOLF SHIRT - THE MOUNTAIN/ F21 SKINNIES/ LE SPECS SUNGLASSES IN "DIGITAL NOMAD"

Occupy the Capitol.
So today I went to Sacramento to participate in a march and rally at the Capitol for the effort to refund education, jobs, and a better future for students of California schools.
It was a great experience to be a part of and I'm glad I got to go. We left Santa Cruz at 6:30am and got to Sacramento at around 9am. I had never been so I was excited to see the city. During the rally (under the hot sun), many speeches were made by people, including Gavin Newsom, who people could not stop fawning over. I don't blame them. Smiles.
All in all, it was a great (exhausting) experience. We ate at a cute little cafe and got to explore Sacramento.

By the way, I know the outfit I wore is very similar to the outfit post before this. I told you guys it's what I've been wearing here all the time. But I didn't realize it, so I apologize.
Anyway, sorry this is short. But I had to tell you now, even though I'm absolutely exhausted from all the walking we had to do.
See you all on Wednesday for another Inspiration Wednesday. Smiles.


3.02.2012

Tell me I'm your national anthem...

THRIFTED DENIM JACKET - GUESS/ VINTAGE BOOTS AND GOLD PIN/ H&M SPARKLY SWEATER/ POLKA DOT BLOUSE - XI/ F21 SKINNIES

The weather here has been really weird lately. It's been raining cats and dogs for the past few days which was annoying, but today was sunny sweater weather which I don't understand.
I wore this outfit a couple days ago before it started raining but it was seriously freezing. I didn't even know I was going to post about this outfit. I thought why not since I haven't in a while. It's pretty much what I wear to school every day: a button down under a sweater with a jacket thrown over.

So yeah. It's been a pretty chill week. I'm looking forward to this month, since we're so close to the end of the quarter, which means spring break, and I get to see my family and besties, and The Hunger Games. Oh, and by the way, the man Jeffers is twenty today so happy birthday to that guy. Smiles.
I'll leave you beautiful people with what I got in the mail today from my amazing sister. I love getting letters and little things that just make my day.

xo


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