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, 
xx Jasmine

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  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Rory Gilmore | Style Inspiration

It's hard to point to just one thing about Gilmore Girls that appeals to me and so many of my friends. There's the obvious things I can relate to having been raised by her mother, growing up as one of the "smart girls" (rather than any other type of young girl portrayed on TV at the time) and an eventual journalism student. But I don't quite feel like any of those points lead to that feeling the show gives me. Ultimately, the show feels like home, whatever that may be. The show was funny, smart, bold and a bit whimsical. 

The Inspiration 

So, when Netflix added Gilmore, of course I was going to rewatch all of it. It was something from my childhood that only got better as I watched it later in life.  The one thing that surprised me is how I ended up making a pinterest board of Rory's style. Like the the show, there's something about her style that feels so familiar to me. Though I don't think it's the most exciting or unique TV wardrobe that's ever been, there are a few key pieces I'd love to add to my closet. 

The Picks

My favorite part of Rory's style is the recurring plaid pattern. Plaid is something I see on the daily in New England and I don't think I could ever grow to hate it. Full skirts would be a new concept to my wardrobe. I'd usually avoid it for fear of looking shorter than I already am, but I think the high waist of the ModCloth skirt would solve that problem quite easily. Staying away from anything too full will keep me from looking overwhelmed too. Throw in a cheeky tee and a warm sweater and I'll have home, or just a part of it, in my closet. 

Oi with the poodles already,
x Jasmine 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Trip To See Fantastic Beasts

After all of the emotions and subsequent personal planning that took up most of the beginning of the month, there was a desperate need for some pure fun. This came in the form of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them for me. Being a longtime potterhead, very little could have stopped me from seeing the film, and though I wasn't blown away, Rowling still pulled me in with the darker side of her plots. It was also a treat to see Ezra Miller give an incredible performance. Though it's not my favorite Harry Potter film, it still brightened my world a little bit more. 

After the film, we headed over to Union Square to look at all the pop-up shops for the holidays. The space feels like it belongs in the countryside rather than amongst skyscrapers, and it instantly gets you in the Christmas spirit. If you're craving any cider, head over soon.

Staying away from anything '20s inspired, I surprisingly ended up with a bit of a victorian outfit. This shirt is actually too large for me, hence its rare appearance on the blog. It has been revived though, through a venture into wearing a turtleneck for the first time since I was single digits in age. This sweater inspired some layering and saves this blouse from being a little too revealing. I think some black, lace and purple lip can easily give you a solid witchy vibe, no matter that era. 

Dressed In: Mango turtleneck, Asos lace shirt (similar), Levi jeans, Zara flats, Deathly Hallows necklace, Bite Beauty  Amuse Bouche lipstick in Thistle 

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