Friday, August 31, 2012

Dreams and Disasters // Daily Outfit

Tuesday I went directly from work out to dinner with my friend Emily + some of her friends to celebrate her 21st birthday. It was a ton of fun, but required me to wear my out-to-dinner clothes to work. Not sure why the idea of wearing a skirt to work has been so nerve wracking to me considering I did it for baby sitting all the time and my new job isn't anymore Marilyn-moment-inducing than baby sitting, but for some reason I just hated the idea of it. I guess jeans are just a comfort zone thing...

Anyway, I got through the day in a skirt totally fine and had a blast at dinner afterwards. Sometimes being a grown up is just the bomb!

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tank: Target
skirt : Etsy
cardigan: Charlotte Russe
shoes: Urban Og
belt: thrifted
necklace + bag: ModCloth
leggings: Forever 21
lipstick: MAC in "Lickable"

Thursday, August 30, 2012

I Hope You Think of Me // Daily Outfit

 I remember going to the Owl City concert last years and hearing I Hope You Think of Me for the first time. I remember thinking "Yes! This is exactly how I feel!" I liked him so much. He was everything I admired and he made me feel so confident. Whenever I was upset he seemed to know exactly what to say. Sometimes I think he just knew the right words to say, or maybe our friendship just wasn't worth the effort. Whatever the reason, when it came down to it: he didn't like me as much as I liked him. And it's hard when you're forced to realize that someone you looked up to isn't what you thought they were. It's hard when you find a friend you counted on suddenly not there anymore. I think there's a time of denial, but in the end all we can do is accept it and move on.

I don't think he appreciated what a friend I could have been - what a friend I was willing to be - and that's ok. Because in the end it's his loss. I'm alive and well with my heart intact, and I'm one disappointment closer the the one.

"The people who want to stay in your life will always find a way."
~ Unknown

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dress: Target
belt: thrifted
bag: ModCloth
leggings: Forever 21
necklace: Target
sunglasses: Target

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

In My Makeup Bag

After my last makeup video, Lauren of Someone Like You said I should definitely do more. So today I filmed + edited this In My Makeup Bag video. It's not the best quality, but it does the job. (I'm thinking of filming my next one with my camera instead of my webcam, but we'll see.)

Comment and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Autumn Wish List // Wish List Wednesday

Autumn Must Haves
In the summer layers disappear as the heat rises. I wear less makeup and my style generally takes on a bit more of a bohemian-esque feel (hey, I did say a bit!), but in the autumn as the weather starts to cool off, I eagerly jump whole-heartedly back into my posh, preppy style. Here are some of the pieces I am longing for this autumn:

1. A basic black cardigan
2. A basic, high-waisted black skirt.
3. A blue polka-dot skirt
4. A basic tan trench coat
5. A bright plumy lipstick (pictured here: MAC in Ruby Woo).
6. A hot pink lipstick.
7. A bright red lipstick (pictured here: Kat Von D in Underage Love).
8. Black suspenders.
9. Black lace tights.
10. A dark teal cardigan
11. Black Mary Jane pumps.
12. Black ballet flats (with studs, perhaps?)
13. A navy polka-dot blouse (extra points for a Peter Pan collar!)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

101 Dalmatians // Daily Outfit

This is what I wore on Saturday. My family and I ran a few errands and then went out to dinner. It was fun, and it was nice to wear a skirt for a change, since mostly I've been jeans lately. I can't wait for September. I'm kinda over August and have so many plans for September!! Are the rest of you as excited for autumn as I am?

Sorry for the short update today. I'm tired and have a lot on my mind - a lot that I think should just stay inside my mind for the time being.

I hope you're all having a lovely Tuesday! ♥
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blouse: Charlotte Russe
dress (worn as a skirt): Shop Speedy Girl
shoes: ModCloth
belt: Francesca's Collections
bag: ModCloth
leggins: Forever 21

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lately {Eating Out + Fashionable TV}

1. The cap to my iced tea is filled with wisdom. lol
2. My dad and Maddie and I went out for lunch and all three of us got a salad.
3. I love that TGI Friday's carries non-alcoholic slushies. Nicer than a diet coke without having to be 21 or older. *winks*

1. I Live Alone // Sky Sailing
2. Explorers // Sky Sailing
3. Embers // Owl City
4. Enchanted // Taylor Swift

1. This is one of my favorite songs by Sky Sailing. It's such a sweet melody, and I love how this song is sorta about wanting to grow up and see the world and chasing your dreams - at least, that's what I got from it. Sky Sailing is the kind of band, I think, where everyone could get something different from the same songs.
2. Another Sky Sailing song. All of Sky Sailing's songs remind me of summer days and lush fields bathed in summer light - so basically they remind me of the time I spend at my aunt and uncle's ranch in Black, Missouri.
3. Earlier this week Adam Young had Embers steaming for one day only. In my years of using the internet I've learned a thing or two - like how if you don't re-load a page you can continue playing whatever video/audio tracks are on that page. Needless to say I've been listening to this song a lot. I don't want to go into a real review right now because I'm saving that for next week, but let's just say that so far it's one of my favorite songs from the new album. *winks*
4. I love this song as long as I don't think of who it was written for, and what happened after it was released (Taylor Swift what were you thinking!?). lol

1. How to Steal a Million
2. Jane by Design
3. Charade

1. Finally finished How to Steal a Million with Audrey Hepburn. It started out a little slow, but once everything was explained and the story really got started it was really interesting!
2. I also finally finished the season finale of Jane by Design - just in time to learn that there will not, in fact, be a second season. Why does ABC just love to cancel my favorite shows?
3. Friday night my mom and dad and I watched Charade while Maddie was at a sleep over. I loved it! It's your classic 1960's spy film with a cute little romance in it, too. I think it's my second favorite Audrey Hepburn film (you just can't beat Breakfast at Tiffany's!) and it only helped that Cary Grant was in it - I love him!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Waltz Through the Forest

Earlier this week I made a template for my cousin, Anna's new blog, Waltz Through the Forest. She's super adorable, and is going to be sharing outfits, music, photography and movie reviews. You should definitely check it out! (Plus, how cute is the template!? *winks*)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Life is a Pile of Good Things and Bad Things // Daily Outfit

The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant. 
~ 11th Doctor Matt Smith, Vincent and the Doctor.

 My life definitely feels like a pile of good and bad things lately. The good things are:

1. A new job that I think I will be really good at and really like.
2. Making new friends.
3. Putting down roots for the first time in thirteen years.
4. Hobbies that I love.
5. More independence than I've ever had before.
6. A new reason to look forward to checking my email.
7. A new Owl City album to look forward to.
8. A new season of Doctor Who to look forward to.
9. Lots of fun plans for September.
10. A good camera all to myself. ♥

But then there is the bad:

1. Growing apart from some of my old friends.
2. Not seeing my family as much as I'd like to.
3. Family drama.

I guess the good things definitely outweigh the bad. ♥

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blouse: Charlotte Russe
jeans: Forever 21
shoes: c/o Blowfish Shoes
necklace: thrifted
bag: ModCloth
sun glasses: Forever 21 via Miss Jack

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I Left My Heart in Metropolis // Daily Outfit

This is what I wore on Sunday. We spent most of day in St. Louis Missouri going to a few shops my parents like and getting lunch (see last photo). It was a lot of fun, and I found that there are some really cool, indie neighborhoods in St. Louis! I really want to go back sometime when I'll have more time to explore and shop. *winks*

This skirt is a new purchase of mine. I found it on Etsy a few weeks ago and I knew I had to have it. I love black dresses but I didn't have a single black skirt! I'm so glad I got this one. It looks great on and the quality is so good! I couldn't resist pairing it with my Show Your True Collar top from ModCloth. I love this blouse, too, but it drives me crazy unless I have it tucked in, so this was a perfect opportunity to wear it!

Also, I feel I need to let you know that ideally I'd have paired this outfit with plain, black ballet flats, but I don't have any. Bummer. Add that to my "need for autumn" list...

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blouse: ModCloth
skirt: Kelly King
shoes: c/o Blowfish Shoes
belt: thrifted
bag: ModCloth
sun glasses: Target
ring: gift from my dad

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Silhouette // Daily Outfit

This is what I wore for our drive to Springfield. My parents didn't understand why I was so "dressed up" for a car trip, but this outfit was actually super comfy + I felt pretty. Win win!

After we got to Springfield I picked up my cousin from work and we went to get some photos. It was actually pretty cloudy when we got to the park, but thirty seconds after I chose a spot it cleared up and had the most gorgeous sunlight for the photos. I'm so in love with the ones of the field.

What do you usually wear for traveling? Do you stick to purely comfy clothes or do you like to dress up, too? Personally I prefer to dress up since I think it makes it more romantic, but I'd love to hear all y'all's opinions on the matter! ♥

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blouse: Rue 21
tank: thrifted
shoes: c/o Blowfish Shoes
jeans: Forever 21
bag: ModCloth
sun glasses: Target
necklace: gift

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Speed of Love // Daily Outfit

I wore this outfit last week and I absolutely loved it. The blouse is my mom's but it matched my new shoes perfectly. Speaking of, how wickedly awesome are these shoes!? Coral is one of my favorite colors this year, and I love the combo of the girly color with the rockin' studs! Love! ♥

Today is my first day of work and I'm really happy. I think this will be a really good job for and it's a really good step in my new adult life. Sometimes I just love growing up. ♥

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blouse: my moms
belt: Francesca's Collections
shoes: Ebay
jeans: Forever 21
bag: ModCloth
sun glasses: Target