Monday, October 28, 2013

Flyin' High, Living Free

This past weekend I was presented with the opportunity to go skydiving. It took me about ummm... .000689 seconds to decide, OF COURSE I WOULD GO! Skydiving has always been a dream, something I always said I would do, but I pictured me being that 80 year old woman who left the nursing home to do something as stupid as jump out of an airplane. I took the chance and showed up right outside Haliewa on an early Saturday morning to take an airplane ride and fulfill an item on my bucket list.

As the morning approached, it felt like a typical Saturday. I was not nervous, or anxious, or anything. I felt nothing. Once I pulled into the parking out, let's just say my approach slightly changed. I saw dozens of people slowly floating down from the sky and making graceful (as well as not so graceful) landings. Then, I hear "Sheyanne Root" on the intercom. It was my turn. I get a red harness (while everyone else got black, they must have known that I was a fashion guru). Before I knew it, I was seated on an airplane, strapped to a man I had just met, and flying through the air. I had been on many airplane rides in my life, but this was the first where I would be the one landing, not the plane. My heart was being 10,000 mile an hour.

My instructor scooted us towards the door as I watched 4 other men jump out ahead of me. Shaun then told me a few key points, and before I knew it, I had just leaped from an airplane, was staring at the beautiful island of Oahu and the Pacific Ocean, and free falling through the air. Yes, I did have time to sing to myself, "I'm freeeeeee, freefallin" Don't judge me, I love my John Mayer. I am not quite sure how long I was free falling but honestly, it was a feeling unlike any other. Being completely free, having the best view on earth, and experiencing the greatest adrenaline rush I have ever felt. This was living. 

Suddenly, the parachute flew into the air and my free falling days were over. The moment I landed, I asked my instructor if we could go again. If you have never wen't skydiving, GO! It is the best feeling! 
As cliche as it sounds, after I landed I felt like I could do anything. I mean I just had survived jumping out of an airplane, where was Mount Everest and the pod of mermaids that I KNOW are in the ocean?? I felt like I was on top of the world. The term cloud nine is a literal thing. I must have landed on it upon my graceful fall down from the sky, right? (Just kidding, I totally tripped when I landed and let my clumsy self free)

This happened to be the first item I crossed off my newly published bucket list and I cannot wait to accomplish the many more items on my list. Day by day, I become a little closer to seeing all of the world and being the woman I have always wanted to be. 

 "If You Surrender To the Wind, You Can Ride It" - Toni Morrison

Till Next Time!
-The Retro Girl 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sunshine & Salt Water Vibes

Style Diaries for a day at the (not so warm) 
 Oregon Coast

                                                       American Eagle Outfitters Shorts
Gap Fitted Boyfriend Denim Button-Up
DownEast Basics Black Tee
Green Statement Necklace
Forever 21 Vintage Shades

Although the pictures portray the weather
 to be beautiful on this August day, 
looks can sometimes be deceiving! 

We happened to luck out with 
about an hour of sunshine and what 
better way to celebrate sunshine than 
with a short little photoshoot!

This outfit was so comfortable yet stylish! 
These shorts have been one of my 
favorite pieces this summer!
 Comfort and style are the best combination.

Hope your having a super sunny day! Enjoy the weekend.

-The Retro Girl 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall without the Fall

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. Whether it was the outbreak of my sweaters, change of colors on the trees, or the overdose of hot cocoa- Fall had it all. As I have continued to adjust to my new life in Hawaii, the absence of Fall has actually been an adjustment for me. I have found myself heading to Starbucks (just to get my White Chocolate Pumpkin to feel like it truly is October) and have managed to decorate the dorm room with my witches and ghosts(although I SWORE I would never decorate like my mother!) All week I have tried to incorporate Fall color schemes and trends into my paradise wardrobe and this look happens to be just one of my favorites. 

Although it looks like this if FAR from a Hawaiian outfit, this look actually was the perfect combination for an overcast, cool day in Laie. It felt so refreshing to finally wear a sweater and take my interpretation of a Fall look on a island that somehow survives without this season we all know as "Fall"

This outfit consisted of:
-H&M Button up sleeveless blouse
-Forever 21 Mustard Sweater
-Forever 21 Abstract Snake Skin Pencil Skirt
-H&M Clutch 
-Juicy Couture Statement Watch
-Loft Gold Bracelet
-Loft Black Wedges

This entire outfit is one that a broke little college girl can afford to buy while sticking to her budget. Although everyone loves the Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Prada's of the world, fashion does not just come from the label. Anyone can make a statement in any outfit. Explore fall trends and try them out- Whatever your weather condition-Sun or Snow, let the Fall trends begin! 

Hope you are all having a fantastic Monday!

-The Retro Girl

*sweater creds to the one and only, Allene Marie Leak! 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

50 Wandering Gypsy Dreams

Being at college has sincerely made me reflect on all the goals I wish to accomplish during this life. Someone once said, " It is only a dream until you write it down, then it becomes a goal." So, I have taken it upon myself to publicly publish my "50 Wandering Gypsy Dreams" so that they can no longer be just dreams. My love for travel, adventuring personality, and need to see the world has inspired me to thoughtfully consider each item and I am DETERMINED to accomplish
 each and every goal on my list. 

  1. Go Skydiving
  2. Live in Italy For Over 3 Months
  3. Fall in Love and Marry Him in the San Diego Temple
  4. Visit Where My Sisters are From ( Hunan Provence, China) 
  5. Serve A Mission ( or 2 or 3) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  6. Live in New York City
  7. Have My Own Show at Fashion Week
  8. Be a Mommy 
  9. Adopt Children From Ethiopia 
  10. Travel to Jerusalem 
  11. Go To a Drive In Movie
  12. Graffiti A Wall With A Powerful Message
  13. Be A Well-Known Woman in the Fashion Industry
  14. Always Make My Mom and Dad Proud
  15. Read the Book of Mormon More Times Than I Could Ever Count
  16. Attach A Love Lock in Europe with My Husband
  17. Finish My Dad's Genealogy 
  18. Learn a New Language
  19. Be In Two Places At Once
  20. Swim In Every Ocean 
  21. Ride a Gondola in Italy 
  22. Sleep on the Beach 
  23. Swim with Elephants in Thailand 
  24. Learn to Surf
  25. Make a Bed in the Back of a Truck and Sleep all Night with my Hubby
  26. Have Cupcakes from Sprinkles
  27. Send Off My Own Glowing Lantern (like on Tangled) 
  28. Hold a Free Hugs Sign in Public 
  29. Kiss my Husband Under the Eiffel Tower
  30. Have Breakfast at Tiffany's 
  31. Ride a Camel 
  32. See The Stone Hedge
  33. Walk the Great Wall of China
  34. See the Auroa Borealis ( Northern Lights) 
  35. Jump off a Waterfall 
  36. Watch the Sunset in Africa 
  37. Send a Message in a Bottle 
  38. Ride in a Hot Air Ballon 
  39. Write A Book
  40. Visit Machu Picchu 
  41. Kiss Under the Mistletoe
  42. See The Nile River and Pyramids in Egypt 
  43. Visit the Beaches of Crete and Ride a Mule like on Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  44. Snorkel in Australia 
  45. See the Taj Mahal in India 
  46. Venture to Where My Family is From in Scotland 
  47. Attend a Chanel Fashion Show
  48. Be in Times Square on New Years to Watch the Ball Drop 
  49. See the Mayan Temples
  50. Change Someone's Life 

Now that you've seen my list, make your own. Write it down, and make it happen. We live in a beautiful world, see every ounce of it. 

-The Retro Girl