Hanami ~ 2018
Last year was my first time attending the Hanami event in Botaniska Trädgården (Botanical Garden) and even though this year is only my 2nd time, I can easily say that last years event was way much better. Not only did Botaniska Trädgården hit a new record of 18 thousand visitors last year but the weather was better and everything was blooming perfectly. 
It's a bit sad that I can't say the same this time but it's still a lovely event. The point of it is to enjoy the day having a picnic under the cherry tree alone or with friends (whichever you prefer) and celebrate spring! We have had a long winter and it's reasonable for people to wanna have a new beginning. 
Hanami in Japan is mostly celebrated by eating and drinking with friends ~ Having a picnic and philosophizing. 
I guess I did that in a way ^^ Next year I'll try to do it the right way! But this time I did hang out a friend but all we did was walk around taking pictures and talking about stuff. And since nothing was in full bloom we decided to leave early. We passed by another place near Botaniska Trädgården where we saw a cherry tree that was on that good-good! Also, I spent most of the time there photogarphing my friend^^ 

My friend is no mystery *giggles ~ I often mention her on my blog and you guessed it!! It's Lizel and this is a collab so if ya wanna see a different Hanami view, please check out her blog post. 
We ended the day with a fika and y'all know me... I got myself a chai latte because CAROL LOVES CHAI LATTE
and CAROL WAS SAD THAT SHE DIDN'T GET BOBA EARLIER. But that's Okie because CHAI LATTE SAVED MY DAY ^^'

Hope you enjoy the rest of the shots ♡ Okie Bye! 
BTW... If ya wanna see some photos from last years Hanami event CLICK ME!
 
Earth Hour 2018
Earth Hour was on March 24 at 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm (in your local time zone).
There are many ways to participate than just turning off lights. I originally wrote a lot on this post but it felt too much so I decided to keep it short and let y'all choose to know more by checking out the links I left below.
Earth Hour is only for an hour but if you’re really passionate about making an impact then maybe you can start doing things like this on a regular base.
These websites don't only have more info but also more options to choose from to participate. Whether it's during Earth Hour or any time of the year. You can also communicate with others who share the same concerns and passions about biodiversity as you do.
 
Links: www.earthhour.org + www.connect2earth.org
Hashtags: #Earthhour #Connect2Earth
I've been sick lately and during Earth Hour so I was pretty much just at home alone and turned off all the lights and started lighting candles. I sat by the candles wearing comfy clothing and a blanket while thinking about our amazing earth
 
How do you #Connect2Earth ?
My theme ~ Design
I often redo my personal designs because I am still trying to find my own style. I feel that I have come a long way on that part both in my designs and photo editing.
 
 

Colors:
I finally have my finished color palette!
This took some time even if I already knew what colors I wanted. The hard part was which shade I know I can stick by.
I now have a lighter and darker color of pink and blue. 3 shades of grey and the last 2 are black and white.

Fonts:
My all-time favorite font for simplicity is Century Gothic. It has been my go-to font ever since I first used a computer! So I had to have it in my theme along with the font called "Mark my words". I have been looking for a font like that in several years and I’m so happy that I finally got the one.
Of course, I added some other fonts in my theme just as a backup.

Logo:
In the very beginning I wanted to have CB as a logo but not in handwriting. The C was supposed to be a bold one and B a lower or uppercase and thin. I did some searching on google but it seemed like many of those logos I found was very alike to my sketches. It didn’t work out because I wanted mine to be unique and personal so I had to start over. Which brings us to my current logo that I am very satisfied with! I drew it as a sketch on my phone, transferred to my laptop and finished the logo in Illustrator. I also have a bold C logo that I don't use at all but still decided to keep in my files.
 
Last but not least ~ Me ^^
I wasn't into the whole floating head thing and the hair. Sure I wanted it curly and huge as it is in real life but it looked better in my sketch than it did when I finished. The hair sticking outwards wasn't supported by lines on the inside so it ended up looking really weird. I wanted to fix it but was too annoyed to bother I guess.

And I think it was for the best anyway because my actual hair has become more straight through time! And no, I haven't done anything to make that happen. Not intentionally and not that I know of. Some say it's because my hair is long and I understand what they mean but I don't think that's what it is in my case. I have thought about it and I remember that through the years ever since I was a baby my curls kept changing. When I was a baby/toddler I had very curly hair but since I was like 8 to 14 years old, my hair was slightly straighter. After that, it started getting more curly again. Now we are back to what my hair looked like at age 8 - 14.

Moving on!
 
So, I also had to do something about the floating head part. It looked too weird. 
I felt a little bit stuck at first because I couldn’t decide if I was gonna choose a V neck or a slight round one. I even tried other styles.
I was playing around by making a V neck and have the end part of the dress rounded (check the image above). I made an extra copy of it turned it upside-down and pulled the round part inward and voila ~ a collar has been made! I am so happy with the result!
 
Glasses & eyebrows
The eyebrows are still the same in a way. I just had to move it a bit and make it slightly longer. Now I don't look so angry ^^
The new eyeglasses were made from scratch. I will add some reflections on it sometime soon.

Now that I've mentioned that.. I realise that its the only thing I made from scratch except for the dress that I've added. The hair looks very new but it's actually based on the old one. I just moved, removed and added point lines.

All these small changes combined made a huge difference for the looks but in a good way.

Obviously, I will make very slight changes through time just for improvement and keeping it fresh hehe but this is the base and I won't make any major changes anymore.

I've wanted to publish this post a while ago but I kept holding back because I knew I still had much to do. Now that it's done, I hope you enjoyed it as I have tried my best to keep this as informative as it is compact.