I Am Groot 

A while back I went to the movies and I saw the coolest popcorn bucket ever. There on display was Groot staring at me, calling my name, “I am Groot”…which translated to “Nabila, buy me”. I normally never buy food at movie theaters; we all know how obscenely expensive it is. With the price of what you pay, you can easily buy 2 more movie tickets. BUT…how can I say no to Groot, amirite? So I bought a $11 bucket of popcorn just for Groot.
I immediately knew I wanted to turn popcorn bucket Groot into a potted planter Groot. It’s just so perfect, ya know? How could I not? So, I went to my Abuelita’s garden and looked for a plant that would be perfect for Groot. I wanted it to appear as if Groot had hair coming out of it’s head. Unfortunately, Abuelita didn’t have a plant like the one I envisioned in her garden, so I ran to Home Depot and the plant that I found couldn’t have been more perfect!

I actually don’t remember what this plant is called, I just know that it blooms during the day and becomes a hermit at night. According to my Abuelita, they’re nicknamed “Buenos Dias” or “Sonrisa de Gaitan”. According to my mum, they should be called “Mata Despelucada” (translates to: Messy Hair Plant). You know, it kinda looks like me when I wake up…
If anyone knows the name of this plant, let me know please! 🙂

 

*Pictures taken at Abuelita’s Garden

 

Coopers’ Craft Summer Sippers Blogger Event

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A couple of Saturdays ago I got to attend a South Florida Bloggers event for Coopers’ Craft Bourbon at House Kitchen & Bar in Coral Gables. I had a real blast trying out different cocktails and hanging out with fellow bloggers!

IMG_3876Of all the cocktails I tried, my favorite one was the Coopers’ Cup. First of all, it came in a real cute tin cup..which we got to keep! The drink itself was smooth and it didn’t make my throat burn like crazy. I really liked the combination of bourbon + ginger beer.

In case you’re dying to know how to create this drink, here’s the recipe!
(All recipes are courtesy of Henry from ABC Bartending)

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Coopers’ Craft
  • 1 part fresh lime juice
  • top with ginger beer (roughly 6 parts)
  • Served over crushed ice in tin cup, garnished with mint sprig

Instructions:
Combine Coopers’ Craft Bourbon with lime juice. Add ginger beer and serve over ice in tin cup. Garnish with mint Sprig.
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Here’s Henry (from ABC Bartending) making the Coopers’ Cup!
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I loved the Coopers’ Cup so much, that I took a million pictures of it!
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I’m just really obsessed with these tin cups & mint sprig….

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The recipe for this one:
Ingredients:

  • 1 part Coopers’ Craft
  • 1/4 part Maraschino Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Muddled Sugar Cube

Instructions:
Combine Coopers’ and Maraschino Liqueur into a mixing glass and stir with a bar spoon. Muddle sugar and bitters at the bottom of an old fashioned glass. Add ice and strain into a mixing glass into glass with sugar and bitter mixture. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

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The last cocktail was the After Barrel. We actually learnt how to make this one ourselves!
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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Cooper’s Craft Bourbon
  • 5 Blueberries
  • 4 Sliced Strawberries
  • 1/2 oz. Peach liquor
  • Orange Bitters

Instructions:
Place blueberries and strawberries in a shaker. Pour Peach liquor over the berries. Muddle the strawberries, blueberries and peach liquor to release the juices. Add Cooper’s Craft Bourbon and orange bitters for a nice tang. Add ice cubes and shake. Pour and enjoy!
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This was probably the most pretty looking one!

We also got to try very delicious foods from House Kitchen & Bar:
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Everything was so yummy! I definitely recommend this place. It was my first time trying their food and I was extremely satisfied. My favorite was probably the Margarita pizza (ofcourse!).

Here are some more pictures of the event. I loved the whole set up.
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So, I met the cutest doggie! His name is Hamilton Barkley and he wears cutie bowties. :3

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What I wore:
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Photo by Vintage Unicorn

Dinosaur Blouse: Forever21
Pink skater skirt: Forever21

*disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Hatch Miami

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Last month I attended Hatch Miami, an outdoor craft fair showcasing amazing talented women vendors. Everything from beautiful artwork, super cute handmade goodies, delicious food & drinks, performances, and other provisions. It was great seeing so many lady bosses in one place! I went almost crazy buying and taking lots of pictures of everything. I didn’t get a chance to go to every single vendor (why, I dunno? and I’m kicking myself for it), but next time Hatch Miami rolls into town, I’m definitely going to make it a goal to visit every single one.
So like I said, I took a million photos. Here are some of my favorites. If you like what you see, be sure to click on the links that’ll take you straight to the vendors!

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Be My Clementine

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Chill Out Tho

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Masa Madre

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Geek Girl Brunch Miami

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Awesome shirts from Geek Girl Gang!

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Undeaddee

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The Ministry of Decor

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Acorn Country

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Colorful Cute Goods

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My spoils from the fair:

From Colorful Cute Goods:

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Kawaii fruit pen–yes, those are tiny strawberry confetti in the dangly ball! Obsessed. 

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This is a pencil pouch! The cutest pencil pouch! I might use it as a makeup pouch…IMG_3693
Ugly 0g ….I can’t! hehehe
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Circus Critters Mini Memo Set. I get weak in the knees for adorable stationary stuff. IMG_3721
Tall Kitty Pen is cute CUTE cute.
Would you believe me if I said I spent less than $12 at this vendor? Because I totally did. So cheap and so cute! I would have bought more but I needed to contain myself.

From Undeaddee:

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When I saw this BotW Link print I HAD to get it. It is amazing.

From Vintage Unicorn:

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Chubby Unicorn is life! And this wooden necklace is perfection. The blue background detaches itself if you so choose, so you get 2 necklaces in 1!

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Chubby Unicorn dressed as Eleven from Stranger Things. OMG.

 

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Not sure when the next Hatch Miami is going to be, but I can’t wait! If you’re reading this and thought to yourself “Wow, I really wish I had known about this awesome event and I wish I could have gone” then you should definitely check it out next time!  For more information on Hatch Miami, go here.

For more pictures, visit my facebook!

Video Game Pin Collection

D316E4FF-F338-452F-898B-EEA87B30BD4EI am obsessed with pins. Just like how I’m obsessed with Breath of the Wild, little plastic dinosaurs, and Pizza Hut’s creamy-garlic-parmesan-sauce pepperoni pizza. I discovered my love/need for pins a little over a year ago, and even though my wallet gently weeps about it, I couldn’t be more happier. There’s just something about putting a pin on your shirt/purse/bookbag/camera strap that brings an outfit together. It takes it from a 100 to a 1000. My pin collection is all over the place (kinda like my life); from video games to cute kawaii stuff, from X-files to Star Wars. I tried keeping it one themed (color-wise or theme-wise so that when I put them all together on a pin board it’d look super amazing), but the truth of the matter is, I like A LOT of stuff. Generally, if I like it and think it’s super cute or super cool, it’s gotta be mine.

So anywho, this post is dedicated to my video game pin collection. If we were looking at a pie chart right now, 40% would be filled with “video games”.

Alrighty! On with the show!

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This Meowth is holding a pokeball and it is stupid cute. I just love the little x’s covering it’s lil bootyhole. Back when Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector was popular, there were a whole bunch of adorable kitty pins that were styled like the kitties in the game. I think this was around the same time that Pokemon Go came out, and since I’m all about that Pokemon life, as soon as I saw this particular pin, I fell in love. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you where it’s from because the online store I got it from has been disabled 😦

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If you also like the N64 controller and want to add it to your collection, check out Famtastic Apparel.

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How adorable is this Pokemon Snap pin? I’m a photographer so OFCOURSE I had to get this pin from The Yetee (yes, they sell pins too!) I never played Pokemon Snap as a kid since I didn’t own an N64, but I played it way later with my boyfriend’s. It’s amazing and I really wish Nintendo would make a new version. (Pokemon Go doesn’t count, ok?) In Pokemon Sun/Moon they had a camera feature, but I want a full blown Pokemon Snap game where the only mission is “Gotta Photograph ‘Em All”.

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Probably my favorite pin ever: the Chain Chomp/BB8 mashup from BB-cre8. I am a huge sucker for chained pins because I can wear them with collared shirts & dresses and it looks hella good. When I saw this mashup, I couldn’t resist. First of all, BB8! Duh! And secondly, Chain Chomp is my favorite Super Mario baddie. Honestly, it’s just misunderstood. All it wants to do is play! When I bought this guy, I was playing A Link to the Past for the first time and Chain Chomp makes an appearance in that game. I think I had just gone through this scene, so my feelings toward this cuteness were fresh and one thing lead to another and boom, it was mine!

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Ok, so my boyfriend loves Mega Man. When I say he loves Mega Man, I mean he rrrreally loves Mega Man. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m 76% sure that he loves Mega Man more than he loves me. One of these days I’ll show you his Mega Man collection and you’re going to fall down the stairs in shock.
When I first started dating Erik, he challenged me to play all the Mega Man games. And I did (with the exception of Mega Man X). I played Mega Man 1-10, Mega Man & Bass, Mega Man Legends, Mega Man Powered Up (Which btw, I’m so mad at Capcom for never releasing this amazing game-the BEST Mega Man game in my humble opinion- on any other console other than the PSP. UGH CAPCOM WHY).
He was impressed. Damn right he was.
Anyway, back to pin talk…Erik and I found this ProtoMan pin, in a pin set also featuring Mega Man, Roll, Dr. Light, and Wily, at ThinkGeek. ThinkGeek had just opened at Dolphin Mall and it was our first purchase. We got matching sets because we’re nerds. Out of all the Mega Man characters, I think my favorite is ProtoMan. He’s just so mysterious, ya know? I also like Beat. There needs to be a Beat pin!

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Because my boyfriend’s love for Mega Man has rubbed off on me (or perhaps it’s because Mega Man simply reminds me of him) I added this pin from SquaredCo to my collection. I love drawing Mega Man’s helmet for some reason, soooo yeah. SquaredCo also has ProtoMan, Zero, and Xs’ helmets so if you’re into that you should check it out.

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It’s a surfing Pikachu. Nuff said.
From Blake Jones.

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I LOVE Kirby. Kirby was my first favorite Video Game character and so when I saw that OtherWorldShop had the Star Rod, my eyes turned into huge hearts. It’s the cutest thing, isn’t it?? I would really love to own more adorable Kirby pins. (Totally off topic, but I’d love Sailor Moon’s Crescent Moon wand and the Spiral Heart Moon rod in this pin form. Heck, I’d love to see all of the Sailor Scouts’ transformation pens too! I’D BUY THEM ALL!!)

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I really love the style of this I Choose You pin from SuperTeamDeluxe. If I had my way, I’d have the same hand holding either a rupee, a 1-up mushroom, or a bell bag from Animal Crossing. That’d look cute, no?  Yes.
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Snorlax and Chill is hilarious and that’s basically why I got this pin. If you think it’s hilarious too, you can get it at The Sunday Co.

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My most recent pin purchase is this Master Sword pin from JustPeachy. This is actually my first Legend of Zelda pin and I’m actually quite horrified that it took me that long to acquire one. For those that don’t know, I am currently obsessed with Breath of the Wild. Heck, I’m obsessed with everything Zelda. I’m actually on a journey right now, playing through all the Zelda games (some for the very first time!). Besides BotW (since that’s gonna take me 4ever and a day because I never want it to end), I’m also currently playing Link’s Awakening. This is my first time playing it and I gotta say, I really like it! I absolutely love the Ballad of the Wind Fish song. It’s been on repeat for days.

So, I realize that I want need more Kirby, Zelda, Animal Crossing (I DON’T HAVE ANY OF THOSE WHAT), and Metroid pins. (I have a Metroid pin that I haven’t taken any photos of yet, but I will soon!) Also, I’d love some Bioshock pins. Bioshock Infinite was the first first-person shooter game I beat and ugh it was so good and I just want some ok.
I also want a Boo pin.

I just really want to see more cute video game themed pins out there. If I could, I would totally design and make some of my own, but alas I was not graced with those creative drawing juices. If you know some pins that I would totally love, send their links my way! 🙂 ❤

 

 

*All stores have been tagged. All pictures taken by me 🙂

 

Geek Girl Brunch Miami: Stranger Things 80s Prom

IMG_1065Last weekend Geek Girl Brunch Miami had their Stranger Things 80s Prom and it was totally rad!! Everything was amazing: the on-point decorations made by The Ministry of Decor,  the super cool venue that is Artistic Vibes, and everyone’s totally bitchin’ 80s prom dresses and suits. We even crowned a prom queen!

I had such a gnarly time and as always, I’m super duper happy that I belong to a group like Geek Girl Brunch Miami ❤ . (If you’re not a part of Geek Girl Brunch yet, or don’t know what that is,  then go here real fast and sign up! There might be a chapter in your city! And if there isn’t, it’s ok! You can start one!) I’m going to be making a post sometime soon with a recap of previous GGB Miami brunches, so stay tuned for that!

Alrighty, time for some photos! Buckle up, there’s A LOT 😀

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Geek Girl Brunch Miami’s Awesome officers!

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Our Prom Queen!

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I went as Eleven because DUH.

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Photo taken by: Andrea from Vintage Unicorn

Note : if you ever want to cook waffles and take them to a Stranger Things party (or any party), don’t. Unless there’s a toaster at the party, don’t do it. Because instead of having yummy waffles, you’re going to have soggy ass waffles. And no one likes soggy ass waffles.

My Eleven outfit:
Eleven dress: Hot Topic
Socks: Amazon

Blast from the Past: Halloween- Lydia Deetz

Even though Halloween is more than 2 months away, with the way this year is flying by, it’ll be here before we know it! Which is pretty fantastic because it’s my favorite month of the year (yes Halloween should be a whole month).
Nabila, it’s way too early for a Halloween post, don’t ya think? I know, I know. But the other day I went to Costco and, to my surprise, they already had numerous amounts of Halloween costumes and decorations in display! So, that got me thinking…What should I dress up as for Halloween this year?
A little of my past Halloweens history: costumes that deserve a notable mention have consisted of a cute Butterfly (1988), a pumpkin (1994), a blue Genie –à la I dream of Jeannie (1995),  Zatanna Zatara (2009), Dead Roller Derby Girl (2010), Amelia Earhart(2011), Wednesday Addams(2012-2013), Lydia Deetz (2014), and Link (2015).

My absolute favorite Halloween costume of all time is Lydia Deetz (from Beetlejuice).
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Two Halloweens ago, like every year, I waited until the very last minute to choose a Halloween costume. After being Wednesday Addams for two years in a row, I knew I couldn’t be Wednesday again. So, I searched my brain for costume possibilities, mostly this consisted of looking inside my closet and trying to visualize something. That was a solid failure until out of nowhere the name Lydia Deetz appeared in my brain. What an epiphany that was! I still remember it like it was yesterday. I had everything in my closet, minus the black floppy wool hat (Forever 21). After wearing this ensemble for a day, I was obsessed with the look. And still am!

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I think, if I could dress up as Lydia Deetz everyday, I would.

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One day I’d like to dress up in the red wedding dress she wears!

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Cosplayer: Ryoko-demon

 

This year I’m doing things differently. I’ve already thought of a couple of possibilities and I want to thank Pinterest for helping me out here. There’s Spinelli from Recess (when I was a kid, I wanted to be badass like her! Still do…), a Team Rocket member,  or Eleven. OR maybe I’ll do all three?? I mean, I’m a firm believer that Halloween should be a full month!

Will you be dressing up this Halloween?? Are you the type to procrastinate til the very end like me? Or do you formulate ideas months & months in advance? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

 

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Do you have that one dress that you want to eat, sleep, dance, work, and basically just live in for all of eternity? I do. I call this the Star Wars dress because it’s my favorite Star Wars dress and I want to do just that. As a lover of galaxy prints and stars, it was inevitable for me to fall in love.

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I’d like to thank Paola from Coral Gables Love for photographing me & my awkwardness at Wynwood many moons ago!  I promise that next time we have another fun fashion photoshoot, I’ll have better poses! 😉
{all edits done by me}

Outfit Details:
the Star Wars dress: Macy’s
Purple tights: Forever 21 (similar)
Neon pink shoes: Target

 

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Woah. Has it really been three months since the last time I was here? Well, I’d like to welcome myself back. And apologize for taking an unannounced hiatus! I mean, I don’t really have to since this is my blog and in the words of Loki “I do what I want”, but I still feel like I should apologize..so yeah that’s what I’m doing. I’m sorry I’ve been absent. *Phew*, I’m glad I got that off my chest.
While I was away, I did a couple of things that probably deserve to be mentioned: I attended three Geek Girl Brunch events (In one of them, I was part of a geek fashion panel at Florida Supercon!), I became incredibly obsessed with enamel pins (can’t wait to show you my collection, dear reader!), I started to wear my hair differently, and Pokemon Go made it’s debut. There’s a whole bunch of other stuff and I’ll be posting all about them in the next couple of days/weeks, so keep an eye out for them! ❤❤❤

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xoxo,

nabi