Thursday, July 20, 2017

Top 3 of the week!

Hey guys! I know it's been a while since I've shared with you all on the blog! Apologies! But the good news is I have figured out a new way for you to keep up with everything going on in my life! If you follow me on Instagram, @Starr_Joy you can keep up with the latest :) But if you want a quick recap, continue to follow me here on the blog and I'll update you with the top 3 pics of the week. 

Here we go! Here's a quick recap from this last week:


Here are the details on my top three pictures:

3:
Peep toe wedges by Qupid and available at

2:
Dress: Last season from Wet Seal
Necklace: zhovak

1:
Sunnies: Tilly's (and they're entire store is 50-70% off right now)


See you next week with the next top three!
XOXO 





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Giveaway!


Win this pink Hippie tank top, Arrow jewelry box, matching arrow necklace, and ring by StarrJoy16!  Enter on Instagram! To enter: 1. Follow @StarrJoy16 2. Like this original post 3. Comment tagging two friends! The winner will be announced Monday, April 24th. Good luck! XOXO 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dating diaries tidbit: Blank space


Do you ever feel like your dating life mirrors every Taylor Swift song ever written? I know I definitely have moments like that. Like seriously what the eff? Whenever this happens, I think to myself, this would be a really great song... and then I come back to reality and remember that I am not a song writer nor can I carry a tune in a bucket. I'm just a girl living her life, hoping for love, and looking in all the wrong places.
But in all honesty when I stop and look back at all of the ridiculous dates that I've been on and all of the slightly bizarre people that I've met, I can't help but laugh. We're all just doing the best that we can in life and we all want the same thing, which is love. So here I am totally confessing that I am grateful at this point in my life to have had all of the dating experiences that I have had so far. I am happy about all of the crazy folk that I have met because at the end of the day it was just a silly moment and most of them taught me more about myself (and seriously upped my patience factor) and at the very least helped me to grow. After taking a pause from the dating scene, I'm ready to put myself back on the crazy train. So here's to the next batch of adventurous dates!


XOXO

Monday, April 3, 2017

My first time....

Well the day finally came... that's right guys! It was my first time going to a Dodger game. You would think that a born and raised southern California girl would have experienced this by now, I mean I did just turn 33! Well it took all of 33 years but it was finally worth it.


My friend Justin and I went to the game this past Saturday at Dodger stadium. The Angels played the Dodgers and my friend, a loyal Dodger fan was upset about me sporting the color red. But in my defense, I didn't know who the dodgers were going to play and I also bought and sported a dodger hat. Wearing both blue and red to confuse anyone around me.


One of my other purchases was a foam finger and I have to tell you, it was the best purchase in years. Money well spent. The foam finger alone was worth the trip! I also experienced my very first Dodger dog, which wasn't too shabby either!

I will say that I thought that it was pretty awesome seeing Justin Turner hit a homerun. Go blue go! But for me the highlight was when the batters would go up to bat and they picked their own music that played to help pump them up. I never knew that they did that! I was very pleasantly surprised that my new favorite baseballer, Turner, chose my other favorite ginger, Ed Sheeran. Gotta support the gingers ladies! And it's nice to see that they stick together too.


It was a successful game! I got my Dodger hat, my foam finger, a Dodger dog, and a little Ed Sheeran on the side. What a field of dreams people! If you follow my Snapchat (StarrJoy1) you saw the whole thing go down, along with the car ride home, which was just priceless (a singalong may or may not have taken place the entire way). So thank you J for making my first time at a Dodger game so memorable!
XOXO




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Gold foil abstract paintings

I've really gotten into abstract painting lately. I love splashes of color. I thought it would be cool to add some flair to the canvas with gold foil. If you follow my snapchat, StarrJoy1, you know I've been playing around with it a lot lately. Here are some of my creations that will be available for purchase in the shop. 



Stay tuned for more!
XOXO


Friday, March 24, 2017

Dating Diaries tidbit: My face with every guy I date

It never fails. I always seem to have this reaction and make this face with EVERY single guy that I have dated. I feel you Sally Fields! Ugh!


Can you relate?

XOXO

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Britney Spears - Glory

If ya'll know me at all, you know that I am the BIGGEST Britney Spears fan Evs! I have every single one of her albums. I went to see her Circus tour with two inflamed gums and chipmunk cheeks due to a wisdom teeth malfunction. I supported her through her Sinead O Connor era (deep breath. Let's not discuss those dark days any further). Anyway, I wanted to share my thoughts on her new album, Glory. Her style has changed throughout the years and she's definitely embracing the nasal tones of her voice, but I am obsessed! My favorite tracks are "Make me...", "Private show", and the super fun "What you need". Notable second favs are "Invitation", "Man on the moon", "Slumber party", and the bonus "Better", "Liar", and "If I'm dancing".  Way to go Brit! And way to make me oooh! Best way to get the dance party started!


Have you heard Glory yet? What's your favorite song?
XOXO

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My birthday at Malibu Farm

Thursday was my birthday. The weather was gorgeous (it usually rains on my birthday). So I wanted to make excellent use of the sunny skies.  My best friend took me to Malibu Farm in Malibu (duh) to celebrate. Everything is Fresh, organic, and local. (Which the sign clearly states).


We started off with some mimosas. Easy on the orange juice please! 


I ordered the Grilled cheese panini (with bacon, of course). It was simply mouth watering.


My bestie got the tortilla salad and the pasta and meatballs for her son. She thought it was good but the meatballs were a little spicy for a kid's entrée.

It was all so delicious! A relaxed time in a beautiful location with a few of my favorite people.


We walked the pier and took in the gorgeous scenery! It doesn't get any better than Southern California.


I love this little man!


33 feels pretty good!


And roses for me to end on a perfect note!


I had a beautiful birthday celebration with my best friend. Just what I needed!

XOXO







Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bachelor season finale

Nick sure does clean up nice.

I don't know about you but I was so excited and anxious for Nick Viall to be on the bachelor this season. He's had his ups and downs when it comes to love. We all know that he made it to the final two with both bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaityln Bristowe only to be rejected by both.


Viewers have had their own opinion of Mr. Viall. Some love him, some hate him, some love to hate him. But for me, I can say that I honestly liked him, didn't like him, liked him again, but now am all like "Eh". He did redeem himself for me on his season of Bachelor in Paradise. When Josh Murray (Andi Dorfman's final pick) swooped in and stole his girl AGAIN!


Can poor Nick get a break? I was totally rooting for him to find love while being one of the most entertaining bachelors of all time. Boy, was I wrong. His season was a total snooze fest! The best part of his season was Corinne. Somebody give that girl a spinoff series!


If you made it through this season, without taking a nap during any of the episodes, Corinne and I congratulate you! Now on to the finale. Nick narrowed it down to Vanessa, a pretty but boring special needs teacher from Canada eh. And Raven, a sweet southern slice of pumpkin pie. My vote was clearly for Raven.


The highlights of this episode for me were obviously Nick's sweet dad who chimed in with the best advice, "Love isn't enough". I learned that on an Episode of Grey's Anatomy. Ya'll remember this one?:


Highlight number two was Santa, because, well duh! He makes everyone Jolly. Highlight three was Vanessa getting irritated by the fact that Nick developed feelings for other women. I mean seriously, you can roll your eyes and flip your hair all you want girl, but he's been dating 25 other women for like three months now, did you just get that? 


Needless to say, I was quite surprised when Nick let Raven go. Bachelor Nation was also with me on this. People are so unhappy with Nick's picking Vanessa over Raven that they immediately went to twitter to vent. I was so upset during his break up with her that I went into full on Nene mode and wanted to stop watching the rest of the episode.


I persevered though and made it through to see Nick propose to Vanessa. At least he finally got to actually slip that ring on a girl's finger, right?! Third time's a charm!


Congratulations to the most dull couple evs! I don't think they'll last longer than 3-6 months. But fingers crossed for them that they make it. At least the ring is pretty. And in case you missed my snap story (StarrJoy1),  here's a play by play while it was all going down!


What did you think of the final episode and Nick choosing Vanessa over Raven? Comment and share below. XOXO


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ed Sheeran Divide

If you follow me on Snapchat (StarrJoy1) you very well know that I have a slight obsession with a certain Ginger named Ed Sheeran. I am completely in love with his new album Divide. I was already a fan but once I saw him perform "Shape of you" on The tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, I knew I had to get the album A.S.A.P. That's right, I'm still one of those old school folks that purchases those old things called compact discs... I like to have a tangible library!

He is the first artist ever to release two singles at the same time and have them both be in the top ten, so I knew his album wouldn't disappoint. And shit, I was right! I am not exaggerating when I tell you that EVERY single song on this album is amazing! 


Here's a rundown on his album song list and the first word that comes to mind after hearing them:

Eraser - Honest
Castle on the hill - Uplifting
Dive- Soulful
Shape of you - Sexy
Perfect - Perfect
Galaway girl - Instrumental genius (Ok, I know I cheated on this one and used two words)
Happier- Sincere
New Man- Humorous
Hearts don't break around here - Sweet
What do I know? - Truthful
How would you feel (PAEAN) - Beautiful
Supermarket Flowers- Captivating

My favorites are definitely "Castle on the hill" and "Dive"...but then there's "Shape of you" and "How would you feel" Oh, and "Supermarket flowers"...and ok, I can't pick a favorite because they are all THAT good! Thank you Ed for making my ears oh so happy!


Have you bought the album yet? What is your favorite song? Feel free to comment and share below!
XOXO




Sunday, March 5, 2017

Wet Seal closing it's doors

One of my favorite junior retail stores, Wet seal has closed it's doors (tear). But I had to share my latest purchase. I got this sweater, beanie, and necklace for $13.00 total! Such a steal.


I am so sad to see Wet Seal go, and there are hopes that they are taking a temporary break and might be rebranding and reopening... but ironically they might just be "Forever on holiday". Farewell Wet Seal, it's been real.

XOXO

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Favorites of February

StarrJoy16 has had a super busy and productive month! (Insert arm flexing emoji here!) We've been cranking out new designs left and right. I am proud to share my favorite designs of the month along with some of my favorite models and yours truly:
For the thirsty girl, Rose all day tank top in racerback (my favorite)

How perfect is @Zara_Gwenavere modeling the adorable I woke up like this baby onesie?

For the girl with sass and style a.k.a. @Miss_Elliot_Grey knows how to rock our top seller Unicorn Vibes

Keepin it real with the Mama Tried t-shirt

And of course, the classic Eat pray hustle (now available in the Raglan style baseball tee)

Here's to another fabulous month! Stay tuned for next month's favorites!
XOXO

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Unplug

Sometimes life can get a little hectic. In between working with two preteen boys and running my own business, I sometimes forget to take care of myself. There's laundry to be done, cars to maintain, and homes to clean, not to mention food preparation because well, a girl's gotta eat. It can all get a little cray and overwhelming at times. When this happens, I just remind myself that it's totally ok to unplug and breathe. Take some time for myself to tune out the world and center myself. My favorite way includes a hot bath, then some snuggle time in my panda pajamas, while giving all of my attention to a pizza and a silly Kate Hudson movie. Ahhh now I'm fully recharged. Ready to plug back in!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday Funday! What are some things that you like to do to unplug and breathe? Feel free to comment and share below!
XOXO

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dating diaries tidbit: Chivalry for the win

I was taking out my trash and a little old man came up to me and told me that I could NOT be taking out my own trash... he thought that it was just wrong. I was in shock that a perfect stranger who was a good 30-40 years older than me wanted to make the kind gesture of being chivalrous. I almost argued with him about it... Keyword being almost...


Moral of the story, there are still kind and thoughtful men out there in this world. Chivalry for the win! Until next time, XOXO

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

S'more to love

Every year without fail one of the kid's I work with decides to surprise me with a regifted Valentine from one of his classmates. It is the sweetest gesture and I truly appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.


I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's day filled with chocolate and little reminders of love from the special people in your lives.
XOXO

Friday, February 10, 2017

Escaped

For part 2 of my bestie's birthday celebration, (If you missed part one, you can get the deets here) She wanted to do an Escape room. Not just any escape room, the hardest one that there is... with only a 19% success rate. Thanks to the folks at Amazing Escape Room we were able to make her birthday wish come true.

It was my first time playing this here little escape game and I'm not going to lie, I wasn't much help! It was really tough! I took on the roll of team cheerleader. Thanks to my amazing teammates, we managed to crack the codes and escape our room with a minute and 30 seconds to spare! Not a second too soon, because let me just tell you, the fresh air was the ultimate prize! I also learned a valuable lesson, I would not do well on "Survivor" or "The Amazing Race". But if you need a labor coach or someone to root for you during your gym workout or soccer game, I'm your girl!


Happy Birthday Sara! XOXO




Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine's Day gift guide

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! It's February 14th for those of you that are calendar challenged. Don't worry if you haven't gotten your sweetie a gift yet, I rounded up a list of my favorite things that would make any gal feel loved and adored. Even better, everything is under $45


1. Wrapped and Embellished Choker Necklaces - 3 Pack for $6.00 from Charlotte Russe
2. XO pillow case $25 from Seven One Six designs
3. Dat ass Mug $14 from Field trip
4. Heart shaped sunglasses for $5.90 from Forever 21
5. Nyx lip gloss starting at $5.09 from Amazon
6. Wet Seal is currently sold out of this Faux fur collared jacket in blush for $54.95 but there is an alternative faux fur coat linked for $44.95
7. Take a Pizza of my heart socks for only $1.90 at Forever 21
8. Lips Crossbody bag for $16.99 from Charlotte Russe is currently sold out but I linked a super cute plush Faux fur body bag for $17.99
9. Pizza heart print tee from Forever 21 on sale for $9.03
10. Need sleep graphic pj top on sale for $11.13 at Forever 21
11. Llama love ankle socks from Forever 21 for $1.90
12. Heart silhouette choker for $5.90 From Forever 21
13. Heart hair tie from Forever 21 is no longer available but there are several girlie options starting at $2.90
14. Distressed lightweight hoodie for $24.95 from Wet seal
15. Color Extend Magnetics from Redken available at Ulta for $24.00

Whew! Such steals! Treat your lady, your friend, or your lady friend too! Don't forget to apply the rule, one for you, one for me! Happy shopping babes!
XOXO





Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kings of Leon at the Forum - Walls Tour

My bestie's birthday is today, February 1st. We decided to get a jump on celebrating, so this past weekend, I took her to see one of our favorite's.... King's of Leon! They were playing at the Forum in Inglewood. After an hour and a half in an Uber (this is L.A., contrary to what they say in "Clueless" everything in L.A. does NOT take 20 minutes), we arrived and were ready to "Use somebody" Haha, see what I did there?!


We had a blast! The band was awesome. It was the last show of the tour and literally like Sex on fire! Caleb's solo rendition of "Walls" was so powerful and beautiful. My best friend could hardly take it.. as you can see in the recap of my snapchat story... Oh, and don't ask about the pickle jars.. Apparently it's a thing in Tennessee that my bestie just couldn't get over!  If you do follow me on snap: StarrJoy1, you know what I'm talkin about!..... Happy Birthday Sara!!



XOXO

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dating Diaries Tidbit: Uber awkward

I know it's been a little while since I posted my latest dating diaries. I stumbled upon this gem from August but still feel the same....


Ladies, how would you feel if you found out that your tinder date was an uber driver? Are you with me here? It would totally be nothing short of uber awkward if he had previously driven you to a date with another man... Just sayin

XOXO

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pampering time

Sometimes a girl needs to give herself a little bit of TLC. Everyone loves to be spoiled, and I am no different. When it comes to working long hours and taking care of other people, it's sometimes easy to push myself to last on the list. I was beginning to feel so blah that I asked myself what would Jesus do to make himself feel better? The answer was clear...So I decided to be kind to myself and indulge in my most favorite way.... Beauty upgrades.


If you know the real me, you would know that I am not a natural blonde... SHHH! I have wrecked havoc on my locks turning them into what I wish I was born with naturally, blonde locks. My hair is also naturally thin and breaks easily, so this is not the easiest of tasks... my solution, Hair extensions! Tada! A full head of hair extensions has glamorously turned me into Rapunzel. If you are in the L.A. area, You have to go to Susan Allen Salon and ask for my girl Kelcey (#HairByKelcey). She is the only person I trust with my hair!


All aboard the extension loving train! I decided, since I'm already adding hair to my head, let's add hair to my lashes too! Make those babies Bambi like! It is my first time with lash extensions and was a little nervous about the process. I have super sensitive eyes and am not a fan of sitting still... but my girlfriend, Marie (@MissChiqui3) took my lash virginity and made it the most fabulous experience! She is also available at Susan Allen Salon or from her beautiful home Spa room.




Tada! Transformation is complete! I feel revived and ready to go to the ball! Speaking of, more dating diaries updates are coming to you soon! So stay tuned! In the mean time, I would love to hear from you! What are your favorite ways to pamper and give back to yourself?! Comment and share below!

XOXO



Friday, January 20, 2017

Abstract art



Painting is one of my favorite loves. I haven't had much time for it lately. Starting now it is going to once again be one of my top priorities. I have been inspired by so many awesome artists on Etsy and Instagram. Abstract painting is definitely my new jam. Here is one of my latest. "Purple and white splatter". It's currently available for purchase in my Etsy shop here. What do you think?
      I'm going to try gold leaf next! Stay tuned!
XOXO