Monday, July 21, 2014

Parent Approved

From a young age my parents instilled in me a love for classic 80's movies. They were the movies that they watched when they were teenagers, and the ones I was sometimes forced to watch as a kid. Despite the required viewing, I love them so much that I now force my friends to watch them. It's important to enlighten those who are ignorant to the awesomeness. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw this tee in Forever21. My venture into wearing men's graphic tee has been super successful. Though I have a more petite frame my torso is long and my shoulders are broad and mens tees accommodate this easily. That makes for a shirt I love that is also parent approved. 

 tee: Forever21 Men's shorts and bag: H&M sandals: Francesca Collection 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Flower Power

Hello! We are well in to shorts season which is a return to the age old problem I also have with jeans: they fit my thighs and butt but leave a gaping hole in the back. With my lack of success in buying some new shorts that actually fit I decided to DIY some old jeans I had lying around that sorta fit. I found this Buzzfeed article through Pinterest which has a lot of great ways to make and decorate some cutoffs. I chose to cut a high low hem. To decorate I stitched my old numbers from cheerleading onto the back pocket and used a box cutter to create more fraying and holes. (If you want to add some nerd related patches I'd check out Etsy. There are a ton that are great and cheap) I like how they came out. I hope to do some more DIY projects this summer. 

tank top: Urban Outfitters belt: Gap boots: Palladium nail polish: Butter London in Goss 
listening to: Clint Eastwood by Gorillaz 
for the record, I was staring at a web that had two spiders nearby so my face is totally justified

short necklace: Forever21 long: H&M 

Monday, July 7, 2014

With Flowers in your Hair

A couple of months ago I was reading Othello and wanted to do a post that was Shakespeare themed. A look that's a little more romantic and light basically. I don't discuss Shakespeare in my life often mostly because I'm pretty awful at reading it. The sentences are too long for me and I tend to lose the subject easily, but the only way to get better is to keep to trying. That isn't too hard in this case because though I lack skills to properly read it, I'm quite interested in the stories of the plays. 
More recently, I finally bought a copy of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. I had watched it once before my first year in high school and fell in love. I tend to love Luhrmann's films because though it can seem like a big crazy mess, I feel he has a firm understanding of the content and how he wants the viewer to react to the film. I looked towards what Juliet wore in the film for some inspiration and found it very innocent. She's almost always decked out in something white and very simple. I kept the outfit simple with just light shorts and a tee shirt with a few romantic details. And of course I had to add in my favorite quote from Othello (It's so sweet!) 
I hope your week is very Shakespearean (minus the deaths).

top: H&M shorts and headband: Forever21 bra: Victoria's Secret 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Child Like

tee and sunglasses: Urban Outfitters mens shorts: Forever 21 sandals: Francesca's Collection 

Hello! The minute I saw this tee I knew I had to have it. I loved watching Aaahh! Real Monsters when I was younger. Every time I was able to see it I got really excited because I believe at the time it was already canceled and Nickelodeon was only showing repeats once in awhile. Leave it to Urban Outfitter to bring out the tiny part of me that's still a child. I've never been the person in my group of friends whose a "child at heart" (on the contrary I'm usually deemed the only responsible adult) but with this tee and a juice box I'm close enough. Right? Oh well. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rained Out

 dress: H&M coat: Columbia 
necklace: vintage blue nail polish: Essie "In the Cab-ana" glitter nail polish: Formula X "Freaky like Freud" 

Here I was, all ready for cute, summer outfits when the weather decided to not cooperate. Instead, its been raining with only a few days of reprieve here and there. So my cute, summer outfit turned into a more cold weather one. On the upside, on this gloomy day I finally found a raincoat that I liked. Months ago I spotted a North Face one that was more of a trench style than usual raincoats, but I decided to pass on it because of the price. Since then I've been searching for another one similar and found this Columbia one while my brother dragged me out to look at soccer cleats. I love the color because it's a neutral, but not a harsh black. Plus it has a trench style which I think looks more put together than the usual jacket style. I'm sure it'll come in handy, but I hope the rain does ease up at least for the summer. As for the rest of my outfit I kept it comfy because I took a long car ride to see my cousins dance recital. I loved going to see her dance (she's so cute) and my dress made my outfit a bit fancy but since it was loose and soft I was never uncomfortable. Though, it does look more orange than the coral color it is in real life. I hope you have a great (rain free) week! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Hello! After a few rough days of dealing with jet lag I am back to being a normal, functioning human being. Before getting into my summer posts I decided to share some random things that I didn't mention in my Rome posts. 

American Girl by Ruth Orkin (photo credit)

I saw this photo in a restaurant as I was waiting to go to the restroom. It's titled American Girl in Italy, and I loved the image upon seeing it. I immediately focused in on her outfit and how effortless it was. It's a photograph I would love to have hanging on my wall at some point.   

When I'm flying I like to read rather than watch a movie. I get pretty nervous, especially during takeoff, so I don't sleep, but reading requires enough focus to distract me throughout the ride. On all of the flights I read The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and loved it. I enjoyed the story so much and really related to the main character despite her major flaws. I was going to post all the quotes on Tumblr but I let my friend borrow it because I really needed her to read. So those will be coming some time in the future. For bedtime reading I brought It by Alexa Chung. I enjoyed it but wished it went into more detail and flowed a little better. Despite that, I liked learning more about her, especially now that I'm trying to define my personal style. Also, that is my little Salvador Dali bookmark I picked up at The Strand peaking out of the book there. I brought along the second book of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, but didn't get to it that week. 

There were a few beauty products that I found super useful while traveling. The Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker gloss stick in Nudist was helpful because it was easy to just slap on my lips and was super moisturizing. The lipstick I wore on my last day there was L'oreal's Colour Riche lipstick in British Red. I love the color so much I literally want to wear it everyday. I did my nails the day before I left with my new Butter London polish in Goss. Despite the major chipping it did, I love the metallic almost rose gold color. And after a year without it I enjoyed having my Marc Jacobs Daisy eau so fresh perfume to spritz on everyday. 

As a treat for myself I got high waisted Brandy Melville skinny jeans, Vogue Italia, and a post card before I flew back home. 

For the entire trip I used this bucket bag I got at Target. I originally wanted a bucket bag I was eyeing for awhile from Zara. Sadly, it sold out before I was able to snag it, but this bag is surprisingly really good quality. It was sturdy enough to be packed to the brim at the airport, and the two straps came in handy when wandering around Rome. And If you want to the longer strap is removable. 

I hope you enjoyed my bits and bobs from my travels and have an awesome week! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Lips and Sunnies

tank: H&M sunglasses: Francesca's Collection necklace: vintage

When you're sad because it's your last day in Rome all you can really do is put on some lipstick and sunglasses, and eat some cannolis.