Fabulous Friday: Spring 2014 – Cool Bomber Jacket

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Dear Wonderful Reader,

The baseball-inspired bomber jacket that many of us loved in Fall/Winter 2013 is prevailing again this Spring with more colorful twists and kinky patters. I absolutely love it. This badass piece adds a cool, effortless touch to any outfit. Plus, it will keep us warm in style on those windy Spring nights.

Enjoy it on the Runway

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Left: Here the bomber jacket takes on a softer turn to complement the outfit’s feminine style.

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I can’t wait to get my hands on something like this: a form-fitting long skirt and its matching cropped bomber jacket (though I would prefer it to be tighter that the one pictured). Note to self: Start exercising!

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I really love those two styles. I love the masculine, old school feel of the baby blue piece and sporty, flirty style of the black piece.

Pair it with

A. Short dresses

B. Cropped tops or tops and shorts

c. Cropped tops or tops and skinny jeans

My Recommendations 

1. Zara @ $79.90

2. Gap @ $64.99

3. Forever21 @ $34.80

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Thoughtful Thursday: Evil People Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Procreate

Dear Wonderful Reader,

You know when you meet someone so, so dumb and you wonder in you head, “how did you make it on Earth for that long?!” Or someone so, so beautiful– needless to say, its the reaction people get when they see me– and they wonder in their heads “how can she not be famous already?!” Jk! Or someone so evil, so horrible, so nasty and you’re just like, “how did you survive Karma all that long?! You gotta be on Karma’s top 20 list!” And then you start pondering the future of humanity with them in it and think how can such people ACTUALLY EXIST IN THE WORLD! Well, those were my exact thoughts too when this happened…

A couple days ago, we got a phone call from my sister, shortly after she left for work. Unfortunately, we learned that she got in a major car crash that involved two other cars. But, don’t worry, she’s okay and apparently the other two drivers were okay too, though one of them practiced her acting skills as soon as the ambulance arrived, in hopes of “milking” the situation *rolls eyes. Upon hearing the news, my father and I rolled out of bed (well, just me honestly, he was already dressed and ready to carpe diem) and drove to her rescue. My dad still thinks she’s a little girl (she’s 22) who doesn’t know how to handle such situations. (Mind you, I rolled out really quickly and didn’t even brush my teeth, cause my dad was rushing me. My morning breath was tolerable bur the worst part was how I didn’t have time to put on a bra and how uncomfortable I felt during the drive and how much I strongly disliked gravity at those moments…) Anyways, we arrived there safely and pulled up in the first left lane (if you’re unfamiliar with California freeways, this is the fastest lane, located on the very far left and then you have a cement fence that separates the freeway from the opposite-direction traffic) and went out to seize her and see what the hell happened…

IMG_3984Here is a little visual aid for you to help you get a clearer, less distorted perspective of the situation on hand.

As we were standing in the midst of this destruction and despair, some and I mean quiet a few of the drivers passing by were yelling unkind words like “IDIOTS”, “STOP TEXTING”, and some were doing the loud HAHAHA evil-witch laugh to our faces. In fact, at one point some (weirdo) driver drove extra slowly and was genuinely angry because we had occupied the first lane and thus caused a traffic delay. As if we were doing that on purpose!!

I had so much to say, so much. But I let my shirt do the talking for me.

41FgGTSbq1L._SY200_Unfortunately, I didn’t have one of those on hand but I made a mental note to get me one as soon as I get home. Though honestly, I did my fair share of flipping the bird to them; sorry to distort the image of a respectable, well-mannered blogger in your head, but I gotta be real.

In all seriousness though, when I (and I don’t claim to be Buddha or anything) see car accidents anywhere, the first thing I do is pray for them in my head asking God to be with them, hoping that no one was injured or God forbid dead (Well, the first thing I REALLY do is thank Him that it wasn’t me). And I am sure that is the natural response because all my family and friends do the same. BUT THOSE PEOPLE THAT DELIGHT IN OTHER PEOPLE’ MISERY? HOW CAN THEY EXIST? HOW CAN THEY BE ALLOWED TO PROCREATE?  I know that the world is full of ugly things and people but I’m always shocked to experience them first hand. And you know maybe if that was an enemy of theirs, then I’d understand if they took delight in his misery; though that would be still messed up. But, we were just random strangers and It’s scary to think that those people live among us and their nastiness just comes out at you in our most vulnerable moments.

But, all we, Warriors of Light gotta do is smile and politely say “F*** Y**” and let them nasty people go on their way with their nastiness. Remind ourselves not to let anyone steal our happiness or our peace. And when we go home we pray because prayer is truly the most invincible weapon against all evil. Even though us, Warriors of Light, are forgetful sometimes and we forget that. But we know that at the end, we won’t be defeated! Because good ALWAYS defeats evil.

Appropriate Quotes: 

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 33)

” When I despair, I reme,her that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”

-Mahatma Ghandi

Wonderful Wednesday: Warm Lemon Water in the Morning

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Dear Wonderful Reader, 

I present to you Warm Lemon Water for a more wonderful-looking-and-feeling you!

This simple step has been a part of my morning routine for the past two weeks and it has proven itself to be a success. I have researched and it appears that lemon has great beauty and health benefits (hence, all the beauty and skin products that are made with lemon/lemon extract). The list could go on and on but I’ll just present you with the top benefits.

Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water

1. Clears Skin

because vitamin C and the other antioxidant found in lemon help revive and rejuvenate the skin, clear acne and blemishes, and decrease wrinkles.

2. Improves Digestion

by flushing out toxins and prompting the production of bile.

3. Helps Cure the Common Cold

and aids against immune system deficiencies.

4. Boosts the Sense of Well-Being

because of its refreshing taste, scent, and color.

The Recipe

1. Warm up the water. I usually drink it at 120 Fahrenheit and I use regular water from my faucet.

2. Squeeze half a lemon in your cup, preferably fresh or no more than a day old (make sure to keep the other half of the lemon in the fridge).

3. Pour the warm water in your cup and start your morning the right way!

Enjoy…

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I’m Back plus New Blog Schedule

Dear Wonderful Reader,

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Thank you so much for bearing with me here, I know I haven’t been consistent in my posts, yet I received many follows and support from you. Nonetheless, rest assured that I take my blog and you very seriously because this isn’t a hobby for me anymore, but its a dream.

Its my dream to become a successful blogger.

I have been busy all last week with my new blog This Is The Day. The idea of this blog was actually born here on 4ever21Christina; I used to post quotes and pair them up with pictures that represents them, and it was a great success. So, I decided to create This Is The Day because I wanted to narrow the focus of 4ever21Christina, without having to let go of the inspirational quotes and pictures. Thus far I have been blessed with This Is The Day as it has been a great success.  Make sure to check it out, if you haven’t already. Also I have been updating my other blog I Heart Vocabulary  (yup, a third blog!) and it looks super fantastic and hipster-ish now; check that out as well.

Last but not least, I have been doing a lot of thinking and planning for my lovely blog 4ever21Christina and I can’t wait to (re)start this journey with you.  4ever21Christina is for the woman (and man) who are interested in learning about art, music, film, culture, fashion, beauty, spirituality etc. In other words, I am a woman who enjoys learning and being well-rounded about many subjects that interests me and I want you to embark  on this voyage with me.

So in spirit of all these changes, I made a weekly schedule and it goes as follows:

Musical Monday: Discover and rediscover new or old albums and artists from all sorts of genres and eras together.

Tasty Tuesday: Learn how to cook simply, deliciously, and healthy.

Wonderful Wednesday: Enhance your natural beauty and the beauty of your surroundings.

Thoughtful Thursday: Think and discuss more serious ideas about life, politics, books etc.

Fabulous Friday: Rock the latest fashion trends, and all that jazz.

Silvery Saturday: AKA Silver Screen Saturday; features a movie every week.

Sophisticated Sunday: All about art, baby!

Fashionable Friday: Spring 2014 – Full Skirts

So word has it on the streets that FULL (& I mean big) skirts are in for Spring ’14. I know that it’s a little early to start planning Spring’s outfits, but it always feels so good to be extra prepared, and we’ll be the trend setters among our peers and our worst enemies. The full skirt will make Spring ’14 a lot more breezy and forgiving for all of us ladies. The lady-like sillhoutte of the skirt will flatter our figure and save us in those days when we skip shaving. What I love about this skirt style is how comfortable it is to slip-on and wear (I don’t know about you, but I dread putting on my skinny jeans). Dress this style down with a denim jacket and glam it up for a night-out with tight, form-fitting tops.

On the Runway

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Oscar de la Renta Spring 2014

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Valentino Spring 2014

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Roksanda Ilincic Spring 2014

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Osman Spring 2014

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Vionnet Spring 2014

Don’t they just look so effortless!

Some Affordable Styles

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Forever21.com @ $12.80

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Forever21.com @ $13.80

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Forever21.com @ $24.80

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us.asos.com @ $59.26

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us.asos.com @ $64.82

P.s. I learned in my fashion course that the bigger space that your clothes acquire, the “bigger” you are. In other words, in the past royalty, and wealthy people used clothes as space-fillers to imply power, and dominance.