Thursday, February 2, 2017

Book Recommendation: Shocked; My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk


The Book:

Shocked by Patricia Volk, has been on my reading list for so long that by the time I picked it up I had no idea what it was about. Though, sometimes it's a more exciting way to approach a book. Thankfully, I'm a sucker for anything about fashion and mothers. The memoir revolves around her mother, Audrey, who wore Shocked perfume, and Elsa Schiaparelli, whose memoirs were Volk's transformative novel and the perfume's designer.

I love the comparison of these two women because with the removal of any idea of competition, it highlights how different we can be. Personally, this was a exercise in not fully relating to either Schiaparelli or Audrey, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book. Instead, I thought about the women in my life and how I differ from them, without it diminishing my love for them.

Shocked was a leisurely read, like sitting on at the feet of your mother or grandmother as they give you advice and tell you about their past.  With pictures at the end of every chapter, it was like going through an museum exhibit. Volk's family photos, Schiaparelli's designs, and the surrealist art that inspired them seem other worldly now.





The Playlist: 

Sunday kind of love by caidyboo is a very relaxing playlist. It'll give you a bit of an old-timey feel and is super appropriate for a less than cheesy valentine's day listen. The strong presence of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and more pair well with the opinionated Audrey and Schiap. 



What are you currently reading? 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Layers and Hidden Figures



What's a better excuse to go to the movie theater than a dreary day? Then again, I'll take any excuse to watch a movie. I went out to see Hidden Figures on one of the many, frankly, ugly days we've been having in the NorthEast. I was so excited to watch the film I could almost forget about the cold 

If you don't know, Hidden Figures follows black women who worked at NASA in the 50s, specifically Katherine Johnson who was a physicist. I don't want to give too much away, but I think they handled the racism of the era extremely well. Everything from segregation to ignorance to microaggressions are shown throughout the movie. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe all did amazing, and their dialogue throughout the movie was powerful. Though there is no perfect, happy ending in history, they managed to make the film uplifting without compromising the truth.  


Dressed in: Asos coat (similar here and here), LL Bean sweater, Forever21 Mens button up (similar), Zara kick flares (similar), Palladium sneakers, Modcloth bag




When break started I imagined taking some dreamy, winter wonderland type photos in the snow but mother nature wasn't on my side. Not only was a sick for a week, but no snow actually stayed on the ground for more than a day. Weather aside, there was still opportunities to bundle up and I took them. 

I've been wearing this sweater every week since I got it. It's a great staple as it matches with absolutely everything. I figured the classic style needed a little element of fun in the form of these kick flares. I figured they were more of a springtime jean, but for gloomy days they may be the bright spot I need. 


Further Reading:








Thursday, January 12, 2017

Style Inspiration: Noora from Skam



 I've spent much of this winter break watching Skam. It's a Norwegian teen drama that takes one season to focus on a character out of the ensemble cast. The description reminded me a lot of Skins, a favorite brit drama of mine in high school, so I made sure to set aside some precious vacation time to watch it. 

I can tell it's a great teen drama because it gives me that familiar feeling in my gut of being a teenager. It's a mixture of boldness, naivety, and insecurity. Though it's not the most positive feeling (I don't think I'm the only one who didn't have a 100% wonderful time in high school), it is true to real life. I think it's one of the hardest things to get across in this genre. On a more positive note, whenever the group of girls support each other it always makes me think of my own friends. 

Fashion wise, there's a lot to take in. Set in Oslo, these kids have some serious style muscles. They make me wish I could change history and tell my younger self what to wear. I'm particularly in awe of their ability to create great sweater/beanie/scarf combos. Definitely something to try out as the temperature continues to drop. 




For this post, I decided to focus on Noora. She's the main character for Season 2 and has a true minimalist style, nearly always paired with a bold lip. Beyond the lipstick, her staple is mom jeans, always with a belt. She pairs them with sweaters, button ups, and mock-necks mainly in soft, cool colors. Though, she does have a great stand out red, roll-neck sweater I would love to have. 

My favorite part is that her pieces were already ones I've had in my closet for awhile. I don't wear this short sleeve sweater too often, but it's a perfect transition top in every season. My Asos chelsea boots are still kicking as well. I had to get the heel redone, but that was only due to me wearing them multiple times a week. They are still super comfortable and one of my favorite shoes to wear. 

Topped off with a belt, a warm scarf and matte, red lip, the outfit is simple yet chic.

Now it's time to watch Season 3!


Dressed in: Gap sweater (similar) and 'best girlfriend' jeans, Zara scarf (similar), Asos chelsea boots 
I use the First Aid Beauty balm for nightly moisture and light exfoliation. If my lips get really bad the Fresh sugar scrub is a quick fix before I wear lipstick. Here I wore the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella





Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fish's Favorites: Fall 2016



After returning home from school, I've seen plenty of signs of oncoming cold weather. There's been snow, I've broken out my trusty faux fur coat, and I managed to catch a cold on New Years. I think it's safe to say it truly is winter. Before resigning myself to a mountain of blankets and wearing beanies 24/7, here's a quick look back at what I loved in the fall. 





Wearing: The fall was a lot about the color red. I wore a red top at least once a week. It's already a very autumnal shade, but it is also great for carrying into winter. My favorite has been this waffled henley from LLBean (some colors are on sale right now.) Not the chicest of stores, but this material is seriously soft and the fit is perfect. I've also been getting a lot of use out of my new Modcloth brogues. They dress up an outfit nicely and are a great opportunity to show off some nonconventional socks. 





Applying: Over the past months, I got into the habit of swiping on this Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in French Fries and running out the door. It's a nice, muddy, bronze color that could go with any blush or lipstick. On more adventurous days, I loved wearing Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche lipstick in Thistle. It's such an odd pale, grayish purple color but I could easily wear it everyday. It helps that the formula makes it easy to glide on and go. No fuss here. As the air has gotten drier this Lollia hand cream has come to my rescue. In the scent At Last it's floral but light and a great moisturizer for everyday. 





Watching: The most exciting thing I watched in the fall was the webseries Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery, Invite Only, Dinner Party/Gala for Friends Potluck. Or Poe Party for short. As the title indicates, Poe invites fellow writers from throughout time to dine with him and essentially play Clue, but things go wrong when people start to actually drop dead. This was a ray of sunshine for me every Monday it came out. It was genuinely funny and clever and a joy to watch. I look forward to what Shipwrecked comes up with next. 

I also finally watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine. As everyone who recommended it to me said, it is seriously hilarious. It's a great show to watch to lift your spirits. 





Listening: Lots of the playlists I listened to in the fall were from the swing genre. The music is really fun and, as this playlist suggestions, it's great to listen to when your doing chores and you want something upbeat and fun. 


What have you been loving lately?
x Jasmine

Saturday, December 31, 2016

7 Favorite Blog Posts of 2016



Since I'm still in school, it's always a bit weird to talk about the end of the year when it's not the end of the school year. Regardless, it's a good time to do a bit of reflection and given this year I've chosen to keep it postitive. I rounded up my favorite blog posts of 2016. It was a great year particulary with all the Star Wars and books.

As for resolutions I figured graduating college is enough of a life change to warrant less intense goals. I just want to make small changes, and try new things.


Favorite Blog Posts of 2016:

A great vintage style shirt and the best coat I've ever bought.

Tea, comfort food, and great views in Dublin. 

Birthdays should always include books and brunch from now on. 

I'm obviously a big fan of Star Wars, so seeing all the costumes and inspiration behind them was amazing. 

I loved mixing these trends during the summer. 

I'm all for themed restaurants and being a lover of Tim Burton since I was a kid this trip was pretty cool. I would love to head back. 

My favorite book I've read this year. A funny and emotional memoir from a childhood hero. 


What's your New Years resolution? 
x Jasmine 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Wish List 2016

It's that time of the year again where I start dreaming of what may be under the tree come the 25th. Here's what's been dancing around my head this month: 


Christams Wishlist



Sweaters in any form are welcome when I start gearing up for serious winter weather. Black overalls have been in the back of my mind forever and I think they will be my next 'Treat Yo Self' moment. Going out clothes that aren't dresses are something that I need to add to my closet and these Free People slips could be layered so many ways. 


Christmas Wishlist 2



Unfortunately, my skeleton sneakers have been destroyed, so new black sneakers are a must. Equally important are classic black heels and warm socks. 

Christmas Wishlist 3



With all the shows I've watched on the Food Network, I feel ready to start amassing tons of cookbooks and messing with an immersion blender. I may not be successful, but I can guarantee a mess at least. Lotion is always a winter must, and I would like to give this brand a try. 


Any Treat Yo Self items you're eyeing?
xx Jasmine  
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