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Local: A Meal with Aloha Poka


Sometime last year, I got food poisoning from eating poke. I had ordered a bowl from a random place through Door Dash for lunch, and after feeling like death the rest of the day, I couldn't touch the stuff for a long time. Needless to say, I've been wary about trying new poke places, but when Aloha Poke reached out to me to invite me to try their Costa Mesa location, it seemed as good a time as any to put my fears to rest. I'll be the first to admit that I've never been a food blogger, but I've not so secretly been wanting to become one. I love sharing new restaurants, and ever since I decided to stop being embarrassed of still living in Orange County, I've been more eager than ever to talk about good food in the area with whoever will listen.

All of this is to set the scene for my lunch with Aloha Poke. Simultaneously excited to make my mark as a "food blogger" and worried about getting sick, I walked into Aloha last week on my lunch break, and I walked out full, fat (unrelated to the poke), and happy. The restaurant is super cute and Instagram-worthy with neon accents, which if I'm being honest, is more enticing to me than I'd probably like to admit. I had of course eaten traditional poke bowls, but I had never tried Hawaiian poke, which ended up being the perfect mix of savory and sweet. I was lucky enough to try a few items on the menu, and the most I ate was of the Crunch Bowl, which I got with salmon, their signature aioli sauce, and included a seriously delicious mix of crunch and edamame. One of the best surprises though? The Walkin' Poke appetizer. If you've ever had a walkin' taco, the mix of Frito's with poke really shouldn't come as a surprise, but man, I was not expecting that to be that good. As someone who really struggles to eat healthy and would choose mac & cheese over a salad 100% of the time, it's always a huge relief to find food that's healthy, made with truly fresh ingredients, AND is extremely tasty.

Any good restaurant review should really be about the food, but what I was even more taken with was the business itself. The small chain started in Chicago - which of course appeals to my Midwest college days - and the restaurants in California are operated by an all-female team who are driven, funny, and like to wear "Support Your Local Girl Gang" sweatshirts. And sure, I may be a biased feminist who judges people based on how many feminist articles of clothing they own, but I am who am. 

Aloha Poke also partners with Goodwill, and the team couldn't speak highly enough of their experience working with a group of disabled young adults to help sticker their bowls before distributing to the other locations. In all honesty, I was a little confused as to why a poke place (even a cute, delicious one) would have any interest in working with a vintage style blogger, but after spending lunch with their team and learning about their company culture and commitment to the community, it was easy to see why someone might think I would like it. They weren't wrong.

Etsy Favorites #64: Large Vintage

If there's one thing I find frustrating about shopping for vintage, it's that almost every time I find a dress that I love, it ends up being a size small or extra small. Obviously there's nothing wrong with those sizes, but as a size large, it gets pretty difficult to find items I like in my size. That said, they do exist, just hidden among the smaller items in shops. If you're a size large like me, I've scoured Etsy for some of the best vintage in my size. 


Colorful Summer with Dolly and Dotty


It's hard to believe that it's not actually summer. It's hot as hell most days, and it just feels like summer is in the air. Naturally, I'm already dressing like it is too. The folks at Dolly and Dotty were kind enough to send me this dress and one other recently, and I can honestly say that this dress is spectacular. It's one of those pieces that took me forever to figure out how to style just because there were so many ways I could have done so. It's so versatile and fits perfectly that I can already see myself wearing it to death all year. Not only is it very well made, but it also has pockets - obviously that in itself is reason enough to love a dress. It feels perfect for days at the park (like this one) or days walking around downtown. 

Speaking of perfect, yesterday included both of those things and more for me. Jon and I spent the first half of the day taking pictures (yes, he's an experienced Instagram boyfriend) and walking around both the park by our apartment and the downtown area across the street where a little farmer's market happens every Sunday. In the afternoon, we headed over to my parents' house to celebrate Mother's Day. My brothers, sister-in-law, and nieces and nephew were there, but Jon's parents also joined. We're incredibly lucky that not is Jon's immediate family small, but our parents get along really well so we've be able to do some holidays together in the past year or so. It's really the best to have both sets of parents in one place and see our families like each other so much.

SSDGM with The Five15


Welcome to part 2 of my collab with The Five15! In my last post, I mentioned that my virtual friendship with Angie started because of our shared love of pop culture and feminism. Really, though, the thing that started it was My Favorite Murder. This isn't the first time I've mentioned it, but it truly is my favorite podcast. In fact, talk to almost anyone (mostly women) who listen and they'll also tell you that no other podcast compares. It's not just a podcast; it's a community. The bi-weekly show hosted by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Killgariff inspires such passion in its fans that's hard to believe the subject matter is so dire. Yes, the podcast is about murder, and yes, it's extremely funny. Karen and Georgia have a way of taking true crime and making it compassionate, thought-provoking, and, well, funny. It's a way to lighten up the subject for those of us fascinated, but also to learn about protecting ourselves and become educated on real issues and culture. Karen and Georgia are the first to admit that they aren't experts on the subjects they're speaking on, and they willingly take critiques and better themselves from them. 

I'll be honest, I can't say that I was the biggest true crime fan before listening, but I had heard that the podcast was good and decided to give it a try. This was probably two years ago and it since has not only become my favorite listen but also sparked a huge interest in true crime that I didn't realize I had. One of my favorite parts about it, though, is the community. I'm constantly finding more people online who are also fans, and it instantly becomes a conversation. If I know someone is a murderino, it's clear that we'll be good friends. 

I absolutely love everything from The Five15, but her MFM items are the BEST. I also have this shirt in black, and while I didn't think it was possible to love it any more than I already do, I am obsessed with this grey and pink version. The illustrations are all little nods to the show and quotes from Karen and Georgia. If you're into MFM, you seriously need one of these. I also have one of the keychains, and it's so ridiculously perfect. Angie is a sweet baby angle. 

Don't forget to enter my Six Year Anniversary Giveaway

Six Year Anniversary Giveaway


Can you believe that it's actually been SIX years? It's crazy to think that I've kept this thing going for so long. I remember being so nervous to start this blog in the first place, and being especially nervous (dare I say embarrassed?) about anyone reading it. Six years later, I've carved out my own little space in the Internet, and it's hard to imagine my life without it. Though I've had my ups and down with this blog, I'm always grateful that I have this online diary of sorts as a document of my life these past six years. I'd be lying if I said that I haven't spent time rereading old pasts and comparing new photos to old to see how I've changed. It's funny to see me go from a bored college student to a thriving one, and from college grad with no direction to a confident and stable adult. I can only imagine what I'll feel like when I reread this post six years from now. 

I doubt many people are still reading this, but as with every blogging anniversary, I'm thanking those of you who have followed along with a huge giveaway. And as usual, I'm offering a variety of amazing prizes from independent female-run businesses. Here's what you'll win:

-one vintage floral Peter Pan collar from Magnus Clothing Co.
-one item of your choice from Holly Oddly
-$15 credit to Tiny Forester
-one pin of your choice from We Said Shop

A little about the shops participating:
Magnus Clothing Co.: I can't explain enough about how much I love Magnus. Luckily, I already wrote a blog post about the topic. Magnus Clothing Co. makes detachable collars, and for girls like me who think that every shirt or dress could use a Peter Pan collar, this brand is a dream come true. Her collars are feminine and adorable, and each one has a way of singlehandedly transforming an outfit. She's giving away this vintage floral collar, which I have and wear All. The. Time. It goes with everything, and I can't recommend it enough.

Holly Oddly: I could compliment any number of things about Holly's work - her unbelievable talent, and her killer use of color come to mind. However, one of the things I love best about her is her taste in pop culture. Her work pays tribute to some of my favorites including My Favorite Murder, The End of the F***ing World, Shawn of the Dead, Westworld, and more. She's offering one of item of your choice, and considering she makes a huge variety of items (like pins, keychains, stationary, and more), your possibilities are endless. She also owns and operates The Hidden Hand Society for a darker range of items!

Tiny Forester: Speaking of pop culture, Tiny Forester is another one with impeccable taste. I first met Chloe through blogging when she was running one herself, and I was constantly inspired by both her style and her creativity. I was so excited when I found out that she was running her own business, and extra excited when I saw how cute her pins are. Most of her designs are pop culture related, with designs spanning from some of my animated favorites like Steven Universe and Over the Garden Wall to Sailor Moon and anime and my personal picks: snacks. She's giving away $15 store credit, and you know you'll want to get everything. 

We Said Shop: Okay, okay, I'm a little biased on this one. We Said Shop is my pin shop that I run with my brother. While we admittedly haven't had much time to devote to it lately, it's still a fun hobby that we love doing. All of our pins have TV show quotes, and our first three designs have quotes from The Office, Parks and Rec, and Arrested Development (just in time for the new season!). We're giving away one pin of your choice.


All you have to do to enter is follow through the Rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway is open to US residents only and ends in one week. Good luck!


Take Me to Hogwarts with The Five15


I don't know if I've mentioned it much on the Internet, but my love for Harry Potter runs deep. It was the first book that really got me into reading, and I started the series when I was 8, not long after The Goblet of Fire came out. My grandma had gotten me the first book for my birthday, and I was devastated because I was sure that I was going to get a Barbie. I barely glanced it at first until my parents told me that I had to read some of it before I could watch TV. Funny how what first felt like a punishment turned into a lifelong love. It didn't take long for me to get into The Sorcerer's Stone and soon, I was pouring over the books. I got almost my entire family to start reading them and when a new one would come out, we would pre-order it and wait in line at Border's for the release. When we got a new book, I would do everything I could not to put it down (even reading through dinner) so I could finish it as fast possible. The readings were followed by re-readings, and naturally I was just as into the movies. I actually just reread them last year for the first time in years, and it was just as exciting as the first few times. 

All of this a longwinded way of saying that, naturally, I couldn't get over how great this raglan from The Five15 was when I first saw it. I found Angie on Instagram probably about a year ago or so, and we quickly became virtual friends. Her art is SO impressive, and I'm constantly waiting to see what she comes out with next. Not only does she share my love of certain fandoms (I have another post coming this week), but she also shares my passion for feminism and advocates for women, equality, the LGBTQA community, and more. A great amount of her art directly supports these groups, and a portion of the proceeds from all of her sales goes toward organizations that support women. Obviously I jumped at the chance to collab with her, especially because of how amazing this shirt is.  The illustrations are the cutest, and it's comfy as hell. I love dressing up T-shirts, and this one was way too much fun to style. 

Weekend Wears #2


Considering I take photos of my outfits every weekend, but can barely muster up the motivation to blog them regularly, I figured that sticking to a consolidated format would work great. Going forward, I'm going to be sharing a few outfits at a time, with some exceptions. I have a few of really exciting collaborations coming up, and I'm starting to feel optimistic about keeping this up again!

As for this past weekend, it was the first one in weeks where I had virtually no plans. The last few weeks consisted of my sister-in-law's bachelorette party, my brother's wedding, and Dapper Day, so needless to say it's been a little exhausting (in the best possible way). I wanted to take it easy this week so I slept in, did some cleaning, and caught up on a lot of TV - both myself and with Jon. We watched all of Barry, and I'm so into it. I can't wait to watch more. 

On Sunday, we did some grocery shopping and photo shoots before going to a friend's place for Thai food and even more TV. This first outfit is what I wore on Sunday, and I'm obsessed with this dress. It's a bit different from what I normally wear so I had a little bit of struggle with styling it. I actually wore it out to dinner on its own during the bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs, but I felt much more comfortable wearing it with a cardigan over it. I wouldn't call myself a "modest fashion blogger," because I'm all for others sharing their skin and showing off what they've got, but I always feel a little naked without a sweater. I swear I have some skin under there though!