Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Flowers of the Field // Daily Outfit

Sometimes life is weird, and sometimes - right when you think it's starting to make sense - it sends you a curve ball and leaves you wondering what on New Earth you're doing. But sometimes - just sometimes - you feel free.

I have no idea where my life is going right now, and to be honest %99 of everything that's happened to me in the past four months makes absolutely no sense to me, but I know who I am, and that's a comfort. And when I'm driving into work listening to Owl City and Sky Sailing I feel free - like I could fly anywhere and do anything. And that's a great comfort. ♥

"We were 17, longing to live in between
The earth and the stars
So I suggested we’d grow up fast and not be the last"
 ~ I Live Alone by Sky Sailing
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dress: thrifted
jacket: Top Shop
belt: Windsor
tights: Target
boots: DSW
sunglasses: ModCloth
Betsy Johnson bracelet: Little Black Bag
bag: Francesca's Collections
lipstick: MAC in Lickable
Title: Flowers of the Field by Sky Sailing

Monday, November 26, 2012

Lately {It's Begining to Look a Lot Like Christmas}

1. Enjoying my new Betsy Johnson sunglasses from Little Black Bag.
2. Making perogis for Thanksgiving with my little sisters
3. The farmers market in the town where I work has been replaced with a Christmas tree farm.
4. Maddie's cranberry cobbler
5. Maddie got me this ah-mazing necklace from Claire's!
6. I really want this Christmas tree ornament!
7. I love this little red cacti!
8. My family finally put our tree up.
9. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy - a Christmas tradition with my family.

1. River // Haley Westenra
2. Let it Snow // Celtic Woman
3. The First Noel // Josh Groban
4. Peppermint Winter // Owl City
5. White is in the Winter Night // Enya

1. Maddie got me the Haley Westenra Christmas album for my sixteenth birthday and I still love it! It's definitely become a Christmas tradition for me.
2. Celtic Woman used to be one of my favorite bands and this is still one of my favorite renditions of Let it Snow.
3. Over the weekend I finally bought Josh Groban's Christmas album. He's def one of my favorite artists - I mean, his voice is so amazing and I really love this song sung by him.
4. Peppermint Winter is Owl City's one and only Christmas song so of course I'm listening to it! It's a really fun/funny song for Christmas. I really wish Owl City would do a whole Christmas album.
5. And Winter Came was one of the first whole albums I bought on iTunes and it's still a favorite of mine! I remember listening to it the whole time I worked on NaNoWriMo in 2008, and it's another album that's become a Christmas tradition with me.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Doc Martin

1. This show was on again last night after a week break, and it was really good to get back to it! I can't wait to see what happens with Cora (and am I the only one who is really liking Mr. Gold and Regina this season?)
2. My family forgot about this show for a while, but we've started watching it again and the season we're on right now (three, maybe?) is really good! I'm glad to see that it looks like Doc Martin and Louisa are sort of getting together. *winks*

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November Subscription Boxes!



I've really been enjoying filming vlogs lately, so I decided to film a video of what I got in each of my subscription boxes this month. Since I don't know how many of you are aware of my YouTube account, I figured I'd share them all here. Let me know if this is something you'd like me to start doing every month!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Like a Girl // Daily Outfit

This outfit is actually several weeks old. Eep! Luckily I'm finally getting caught up on my outfit posts. Woohoo!

I think I must have caught the "crazy-shoe bug" from reading Kaelah's blog because this is seriously one of my favorite pairs - right up there with my faux teal JC Litas and my real Lita spikes! I mean, what doesn't a pair of pink and camel platform heels go with!? I really loved how they added a little pizazz to this simple, girl-next-door look (also, "pizazz" is one of my new faovrite words).

In other news I'm hoping to start some new changes next year and I set up a reader survey so I could hear your thoughts on what you'd like to see more/less of! I'd really appreciate it if you'd take the time to fill it out. (I promise it won't take long! Only 5 required questions.) It will also give you an extra entry in a giveaway coming up next month - I'm just sayin'! *winks*

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dress: Forever 21
cardigan: Old Navy
belt: Windsor
tights: Target
Dolce Vita Heels: Lori's Shoes
ring: borrowed from Maddie
lipstick: MAC in Lickable
Title: Hot N Cold by Katy Perry

Thursday, November 15, 2012

DIY Jewelery Holder Dos and Don'ts

I'm not going to have this be an actual DIY post, because - let's face it - this DIY is all over the internet/interest. What I am going to do is give you a little run down on how I attempted this project, and what I learned from it:

DO check your local thrift store for pretty dishes + candle holders: I found both of these plates and the candle holder at one of my favorite thrift stores. The plates were six dollars for around two dozen, and the candle holder was a buck. On my next thrifting trip I ended up coming back with so many dishes for future projects!

DON'T invest in any fancy supplies: When I looked up what kind of glue most people used for this project I found a lot of different opinions. Since we had Krazy Glue in the house and I was lazy, I decided to try that and it worked just fine! No need to invest in anything fancy.

DO let your project sit with a heavy-ish weight on it for a couple hours: I let it dry just a few minutes the first time, and the top plate came off a a couple hours later (*le gasp!*). So I re-glued it and put a couple heavy-ish bowls (I didn't want it too be too heavy and risk breaking the dishes) on it for several hours, and I haven't had a single problem with it since!

DON'T let the idea of doing a DIY freak you out: I know some of you out there don't think you're patient/creative enough to do DIYs, but don't let that psych you out! This is probably the easiest, and most fool-proof DIY I've ever done. I didn't even measure to find the center of the dishes. Seriously, you can't mess this up!

DO use this to organize all your gorgeous jewelery: I love having somewhere to stash all my rings so they stay all in once place instead of spread out all over my room!

DO get creative and have fun! On my last thrifting trip I got two larger dishes and made a cupcake stand - so cute! I should Instagram a picture later so you all can see.

Have any of you tried this project before? Comment and tell me your tips/tricks! (Bonus points if you have pictures to show me what lovely things you came up with! xo)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

When Can I See You Again // Daily Outfit

Last Friday my family went to see Wreck It Ralph - on opening day (score!). For those of you that don't understand my interest in this movie it stems from two things: number one, I have strong love for Disney kids movies (Tangled? Yes please!) and number two, Owl City had a song featured in the soundtrack - and we all know how big of an Owl City fan I am.  

On another very important note, can I just point out that I am wearing authentic Jeffrey Campbell Lita spikes!? I can't believe that I when I started reading Little Chief Honeybee, I didn't really like Lita's! Of course her gorgeous style won me over, though, and pretty soon I found myself wanting a pair. So I bought not one, but two faux pairs, and vowed to get a pair after I got a job, and I finally did it! And let me tell you, Kaelah was so right when she said that they'd make me feel like a new woman! *winks* (Also, they are much more comfortable than the knock offs!)

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Owl City tee shirt: District Lines
plaid shirt: Maddie's
skirt: Kelly King
belt: Francesca's Collections
Jeffrey Campbell Lita Spikes: Lori's Shoes
bracelet: Betsy Johnson
tights: Target
bag: Francesca's Collections
lipstick: MAC in Lickable
Title: When Can I See You Again by Owl City

Monday, November 12, 2012

Lately {Food + An Abundance of Owl City and Katy Perry}

1. Red velvet + a chocolate long John + coffee for breakfast on election day. ♥
2. The problems with wearing bright red lipstick and drinking Starbucks.
3. Birthday cake ice cream and chocolate ice cream with magic shell - two of my favorites!
4. Maddie found an easter egg gumball still hiding in our house!
5. I put up a shelf in my room all by myself! I'm so proud! (Even if it is a bit crooked)
6. I wore chevron Forever 21 flats to work on Saturday - just in case y'all were wonderin'
7. Drinking Italian cream soda pop Friday night.
8. The necessities of a good manicure (tried the ol' Pam method of drying nails, but the jury is still out on the result)
9. Finally jumped on the Afterglow bandwagon + the last rose of summer.

1. Part of Me // Katy Perry
2. When Can I See You Again // Owl City
3. Hot N Cold // Katy Perry
4. Dreams and Disasters // Owl City

1. I've really kind of fallen in love with Katy Perry's music. So many of her songs are just so uplifting and encouraging - and this is definitely one of them. ♥
2. I just can't stop listening to this song yet. The music is so wonderful, and the lyrics are so upbeat and happy and encouraging ("life's too short to take it slow" I agree!)
3. Guilty pleasure. I accidentally bought a non-edited version one (what does "radio edit" mean if not "no swear words"!?) so I skip the B word.
4. Another really, really encouraging song during a less-than-peachy time. *winks*

1. The Amazing Spider Man
2. Once Upon a Time season 2

1. This movie was fantastic! Not that I didn't know that it would be, but I just felt like that needed to be said. Andrew Garfield is - IMHO - the best Peter Parker ever, and despite how much I love Bryce Dallas Howard, Emma Stone is my favorite Gwen Stacie. (I love Emma Stone!) She's just too cute!
2. This weeks episode was really good, and I loved learning more about Red, but I felt like it just wasn't as "OMG WHAT WILL HAPPEN???" as usually. Am I crazy, or do any of you agree with me?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Absorb the Summer Sun and Think of Me // Daily Outfit

I still have several outfit posts much older than this one but I just really couldn't wait to share this one.

I wore this on Tuesday - the day one of the most personal posts I've ever written went live. It was something that I've wanted to write about for a while, but just didn't have the courage to. I just want to thank all of you awesome ladies for all of your kind words! I'm doing so much better now, and am really looking forward to making some much needed changes in my life! ♥

P.S. I got this dress while hanging out with the lovely Elana of Room 334 and Marlen of Messages on a Napkin. So much fun! (and yes, that means I drove into Chicago and parked all by myself! So proud!)

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dress: Urban Outfitters
jeans: Forever 21
hoodie: my mom's
Libby Edelman flats: Lori's Shoes
bracelet: Betsy Johnson
lipstick: MAC in Lickable
Title: Captain and Cruise Ships by Owl City

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Part of Me // Daily Outfit

 I just wanna throw my phone away
Find out who is really there for me
You ripped me off, your love was cheap
Was always tearing at the seams
I fell deep and you let me drown
But that was then and this is now...  

Now look at me, I'm sparkling
A firework, a dancing flame
You won't ever put me out again
I'm glowing, oh woah oh
In fact you can keep everything
Yeah, yeah
Except for me

This is the part of me that you're never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me that you're never gonna ever take away from me, no
Throw your sticks and stones
Throw your bombs and your blows
But you're not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me that you're never gonna ever take away from me, no

~ Part of me by Katy Perry

Sometimes in relationships - be they the romantic kind of just friendships - you can get to the point when you realize that the other person in the relationship doesn't really have your best interests at heart anymore. That they just keep taking and taking without really offering to give back, and that you've lost yourself because it was so much easier to suck it up and do what they wanted rather than hear about it from them later. Well, I've been there very recently... 

Looking back on the past year I can't believe how much I stifled myself just to make one of my friendships work. I didn't post on blog about things I wanted to because I knew it would cause problems - even things that weren't even about anyone else, but just how I was feeling. (How pathetic is that?) And I can't believe that I didn't notice it at the time! I mean, when someone all but forgets your golden/eighteenth birthday for months, and you don't say anything because you know it will just get your friend ticked off at you, it ought to be a pretty bit indicator that this friendship isn't working, right?? But I put up with it for months and months as the friendship dragged on, and now that it's over, I just feel so weird...

I know it's for the best, and no one can convince me otherwise but it's still so hard. It's hard to see someone I love so much and not really recognizing them... But hard as it is I know it's the right thing, I know I'm stronger for doing the right thing, and - honestly - I've never felt more like myself than I do right now. No more worrying what people are going to think when they see what I wore that day, or when they read that I'm stressed out about a friend. I am me because you know what? I'm a single girl, and I don't have to answer to my friends for behavior that doesn't concern them. I mean, I'm totally fine with friends talking to me if they think I'm behaving badly, but I cannot handle them acting like it's their duty to save me. I'm almost nineteen years old and I'm old enough to make decisions for myself, and I really, really just want to be myself. ♥
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dress: thriftstore
cardigan: ModCloth
belt: Francesca's Collections
shoes: Libby Edelman via Lori's Shoes
bracelet: gift from my parents
ring: Target
jeans: Forever 21
lipstick: MAC in Lickable
Title: Part of Me by Katy Perry

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lately {Wreck it Ralph + Betsy Johnson Dresses}

1. I finally got When Can I See You Again on my iPod! So happy!
2. Got my very first Little Black Blag box with two Betsy Johnson bracelets in it! I love 'em!
3. My Urban Outfitters haul! Total spent: only thirty bucks! Score!

1. When Can I See You Again // Owl City
2. Part of Me // Katy Perry
3. Hot N Cold // Katy Perry
4. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together // Taylor Swift

1. Ok, I know that every time a new Owl City song comes out I'm like "it's a new Owl City song so of course I like it" but I really just want to talk about why I love Owl City so much. All of Adam Young's songs are just so happy, upbeat and encouraging. It echoes exactly how I try to look at life, and I love that.
2. Confession time: I had never heard this song before watching the movie, Part of Me. I know, where have I been? Under a rock!? But I'm making up for it by listening to it nearly non-stop now. It's such an encouraging song, and really puts into words a lot of what I've been feeling lately.
3. I bought this song on iTunes, since it said it was a "radio edit" but after buying it I realized that the "b" word is still in it. Boo! How is that a radio edit!? So now I just mute it when that part comes up since a) I already bought it and b) it's a fun, catchy song to listen to on the way to work.
4. This song is back on my playlist owing to the fact that it's also a very good vent for how I'm feeling lately.
1. Part of Me
2. Sherlock season 2
3. Wreck it Ralph

1. My mom and Maddie and I took the opourtunity of my dad being out of town to finally watch the Katy Perry movie. I. Loved. It! I've liked Katy Perry's style for a while now, but after seeing what an incredibly strong lady she is, I'm even more of a fan!
2. I finally got around to finishing season two of Sherlock! Yay! It was a really good episode despite feeling a bit rushed (but then, I thought all of the episodes in season two felt rushed), and I really liked getting a chance to see John and Sherlock's friendship again. I have to admit, though, that the ending didn't really hit me until the next day. So sad!
3. Loved it! I figured it would be pretty fantastic considering a) the preview looked great and b) there was an Owl City song in it, and it was really good! The little girl was super-duper cute, and the plot-line was really good - and don't even get me started on the soundtrack!

Friday, November 2, 2012

All Hallows Eve // Daily Outfit

I still have a backlog of outfit photos, but I wanted to post my Halloween Costume before we got too much past it.

Tuesday night my mom and Maddie and I watched Part of Me so when I realized later that night that I had to dress up for wok, I figured what better costume than Katy Perry herself!? (Especially because people have been telling me lately that I look like her. Lol!) I had everything I needed in my closet except for the mask which I made from some black elastic, thin cardboard and gold spray paint.

And I have to say, being at work with everyone dressed up and snacking on candy all day made me realize why some people enjoy Halloween so much! It was actually a lot of fun! Maybe next year I'll even throw a costume party... maybe.

How did you spend your Halloween and what did you dress up as? I'd love to hear about it! ♥

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dress: Kaelah's Closet
cardigan: ModCloth
bangles: H&M
pink & gold ring: Target
frog ring: borrowed from Maddie
tights: Forever 21
mask: made by me
lipstick: MAC in "Lickable"