Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fell in a Rabbit hole

Rush of blood within my cheeks
  When you carefully stroked my wounded knees
You never knew that you got me
  The first time you said 'hey'
All those tiny bits that makes you up
  Are the most interesting facts I've had my heart set at
Now all I can think of is what will it become of me
  When this tiny girl falls head over heels

Guess this will not actually last
  As this was all too fast
All of them said it was rushed
  But to be honest, this was the first time it felt right
Not all that we thought would be will last
  But I know for sure that sadly,
  This rabbit hole is only what I will have

Laarni Martin
An original piece

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014

I am never a fan of personal blog posts lacking those fancy colorful (or B&W) portraits (or landscapes) of still-life photos, visual arts, or quotes but I have come unprepared this moment when I decided it's about time I blog something after so long of a hiatus.
I just happened to read my previous blog post and it astonished me how the changes in the environment (and within me) changed gradually.
Four and a half months ago the sun gracefully sets at 6:00 pm but since it is actually summer- Oh summer! No school, no stress, no snow; the sun beautifully sets at 10:00 pm with the sun rising at 5 am. I have always been a morning person. My eyes will immediately roll open as soon as the sun light hits my windows, no matter how sleepy I still am but with that small glimpse of the sunlight it makes my heart flutter and my brain energized.
The simple thing about me is give me a good book, good cup of tea, and a beautiful day with the sun shining brightly against a cloudless blue sky and I'll be content as I can ever be.

It is currently 11:04 am and I just woke up about an hour and a half ago (I don't usually wake up late since I'm such a morning person but it seems right to catch up on sleep for at least three weeks since I don't get enough of it the past 10 months of school). I have many plans for today, plans which involved doing plans... but actually thinking about that right now, I'd maybe rather chill and enjoy this day. Right now I will be finishing this blog post then I will be cooking lunch for my sister and I, I will then read this book titled "Every day" by David Levithan and go get ready for work!

I do not know if this post makes any sense to you (even to me) but I sure do hope you appreciated my updating this blog. Haha. Well, ta-ta for now and enjoy your day (or night if you're in the other part of the world)!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February 25, 2014

I am here sitting on the Berber mahogany carpet of our living room, gazing past the glass doors of our balcony every so often, watching the beautiful sun set at now 6:04 pm. 
Spring is on its way and I am every bit of excited for this season. Though winter can at times be majestic in scenery (like once or twice a month for four), it has brought a seasonal affective disorder (which is a tad normal for people every once in a while) unto me at times and was also quite long, bitter, and dark. 
The sun has been rising earlier each day from 9 am two months ago to now 7:31 am. The sun has also been setting later each day from 3:50 pm two months ago to now the time half a dozen. The skies has also been clearing the past days and weeks, the sky became bluer and low, sad gray clouds have disappeared. I heard that better, positive (pun intended) days are drawing closer and unlike a month ago wherein the climate was from a nice positive 1 to negative 20 the next day, it will become consistently positive.
I have no idea right now if this wonderful weather will turn bipolar on us the next couple of days before Spring officially starts but I am stoked to pass these coming days to reach the finally consistent positive weather.
The thought of wearing shorts, dresses and skirts without layered thights underneath, actually wearing open flat shoes and sandals sounds more appealing to me more than ever. Ditching the thick winter coats, warm (sometimes fuzzy) boots, thick socks, knitted scarves (no matter how much I love them), woolly gloves, and ugly sweaters are not at all sentimental for me since winter is always just around the corner (8 months is not too long but momentarily, I hope it comes longer than the usual). So if you are feeling the same way as I do right now, virtual high five to you! We are now to wait not too long, just be patient and it will be utopia once again.

Have a great night or if you are in the opposite end of the world, magandang umaga!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

[Lifestyle Post] My life through Instagram- January

So I'm back to doing collage of my photos from Instagram after many months of laying it low (Lost my Photoshop and I felt lost without it. I couldn't use other editing software as I got too attached to my Photoshop. But I'm so glad I have it back!). I divided the collages in two to make it less of an eye-sore. Yes, it's divided into "Miscellaneous", and of course "selfies". So here is a quick run-through of my January.

(Topmost left- bottom right) Starting to lubricate my mind by reading related facts about my Social; LBB Moleskine, Higgins& Burke blueberry tea | From my perspective on my favorite seat, in my favorite Starbucks branch- Emerald Hills | Snowy night | Key Lime Pie in Foods class | Lemon Chicken by Moi | Twisted Yogurt any time of the year

(Topmost left- topmost right) My Just Dance 2014 rage | Posted the OOTD in this post | B&W |
(bottom left- bottom right found in this post)  BCBG Max Azria- in white | BCBG Max Azria- in black | At Churchill Square, Downtown Edmonton

For the next couple of weeks or months, I might be a bit busy due to my classes and its workload but I will still make sure that I can at least stay active here and do not go on a long hiatus again as I always do. Wish me luck and cheers for the rest of the year! 

Follow me in Instagram: @laarniamartin


Thursday, January 23, 2014

[Style Post] A trip to Downtown

The sole reason why I went to Edmonton with my friend, Mark is to get our phones replaced at Southgate centre but apparently we have to book an appointment for that next week so we decided to just explore the world of Edmonton. From the South side, we decided to go back Downtown where we had our transfer earlier. I always wanted to roam around the streets and try new shops in Downtown, plus the weather was really nice to do so. We headed to Churchill square to take some photos and chill for a bit in that -9 weather. When we felt our tummies grumble, we entered City Centre (I always thought City Centre was the Churchill square whenever I hear it. Now, I got it) but eventually we found a place to eat an hour after being in the mall because... I just have to try on gowns from different shops for graduation banquet. Gown shopping never felt this thrilling :)
On to my Outfit of the day:

 Coat- Steve Madden | Over sized sweater- H&M | Black High Waist Jeans- American Eagle Outfitters |
Crossbody bag- Garage | Leather boots- Lower East Side

Tourist much :))

Thank you so much Mark for being my PA that day! Haha, just kidding but you were such a big help. Oh and no, I wouldn't wear something like this for grad banquet, I just thought this one is a pretty party dress ;)

And some gowns that I like, all from BCBG Max Azria (First 2 from Southgate and last one from City Centre):

Spontaneous trips are simply the best. Being in Edmonton always makes my adrenaline rush, I find it so exciting being there, because living in the Suburbs where the places you can hang out are limited and not to mention, Sherwood park is so quiet, definitely Edmonton is different. But don't get me wrong, I love living in Sherwood park because at the end of the day, I just want the hustle and bustle gone and peace beats everything.


Monday, January 20, 2014

[Lifestyle Post] Lemon Chicken kind of afternoon

The sun brightly shines outside and the sky is cloudless. This kind of weather always calls out the best of me; like every inspiration, enthusiasm, and giddiness pours out and I just want to make the most out of my mood so when I got home, I decided to cook something that describes this kind of weather.
Usually, cooking always just passes by my mind but never had the "time" and mood to do so but today was an exception, I was hungry (since I just finished my diploma exam. Yay!) yet I don't want to grab another microwaveable packet stored in a lonely corner with some other ready-made meals, plus I am taking the healthy route now. Wink!

Ta-da! I decided to make Lemon Chicken. The recipe I used is from LEAF (Living Eating and Fashion), and I must tell you that this is a pretty good recipe. It did not demand too much ingredients and it took me approximately 7-10 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to cook. I know I said I was hungry, but every minute was worth waiting for this precious food (Biased aside).  I paired the lemon chicken with Quinoa and a nice bowl of sunshine coming through the windows ;)
Hope you guys enjoy the rest of your day!

You'll need:
- 4 Chicken breasts, boneless & skin on
- 1/4 cup + generous drizzle, Olive oil
- 9 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 1 tbsp lemon zest
- 2 lemons
- 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, minced

1. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil and minced garlic over medium-low heat for 1 min
2. Off heat, add dry white wine, lemon zest, juice of 1/2 lemon, dried oregano, kosher salt, thyme
3. Stir well & pour into baking dish
4. Add chicken breasts, skin side up & drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper
5. Add 1 lemon, cut into wedges
6. Bake for 30-40 mins at 400, until skin is lightly browned
7. Cover with foil & let sit for 10 mins


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bipolar weather, babe

Due to (...popular demand. Lol, just kidding) a special request from some really close friends, I will be posting one blog post at least once a week starting now! Having heard that some people visits my blog makes my heart melt so I will be doing my very best to update this once in a while and I will be attempting to exert more effort in blogging than I usually do. So for now, my only resource is one outfit photo. I'll do better next time, I promise since my semester break is fast approaching :)

White top- vintage | Blue lace camisole- Aeropostale | Bag- Accessorize | Jeggings- Uniqlo | Boots- Dexflex | Gold "happiness" bracelet- Forever 21 

The weather has been crazy the past week, by crazy I mean crazy nice. January is suppose to be the coldest month for winter season as to what I've heard but so far it was nothing but Spring-kind-of-weather. I'm not complaining at all! All the winter blues that drove me crazy last month has gone away and I'm all smiles. I want this weather to last until actual Spring but I know it would be also bad since this is a clear proof of Global Warming. Anyway, Alberta weather can be quite deceiving so we'll never know what next week's weather brings. Oh and this is the reason for my blog title. Hope you all have a great weekend, cheers!