Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Favorite Summer Shorts

I can't even tell you how old these shorts are, but I've never gotten the urge to get rid of them. They are basically my perfect summer short. They have a bit of a sailor style, they're high waisted, they're super comfortable, and they break up the inevitable monotony of denim cut-offs. Pieces like this give me hope to try and buy items that I love and will wear for many years. As for my tee, I couldn't resist at least one boob shirt. I opted for this one because it has to be the cutest I've seen and I couldn't pass up a nod to my birthplace. 

Now that summer is winding down, most of my time is spent making sure I have everything for school and packing it up (which thankfully is appearing to be much easier this year - I'm actually ahead of schedule!) In between all that, I'm going out with friends for the last time until I see them again at Christmas. It's bittersweet, but in this heat relaxing and having some ice cream is just the right kind of calm fun. In this case, it was a window shopping outing, though I did cave and buy lipstick at Sephora. Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche lipstick in Thistle is this odd, pale purple I can't wait to wear in the fall. 

Though I don't want to give up this warm weather quite yet,
x Jasmine  

Dressed in: Truly Madly Deeply/Urban Outfitter tee, H&M shorts (similar here and here), ASOS sandals

Lots of swatches at Sephora, ice cream and a new keychain 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A Freaky Crop Top And A Bright Skirt

Between the heat and all the thunderstorms it's hard to get the energy to actually get dressed. But the other day I was pretty tired of athletic wear 24/7 so I decided to dress up in defiance of the heat. It lasted for a bit, but I ended up in the pool for most of the day, so I think this round goes to the weather. 

As for the outfit, I honestly forgot I had this skirt. I'm not quite sure how because it's the only electric blue item in my closet. I decided to give it another go (once I looked through my closet and realized I had it) and paired it with this new crop top. I find this top super fun and therefore great for the summer. The print is super freaky, and may turn some people off, but I just find it funny. A nice reminder to not take things too seriously. 

I hope you're not melting in the heat, 
x Jasmine

Dressed in: Pretty Snake crop top, H&M skirt(similar

Monday, August 8, 2016

Reading in the Rain

The end of July has been rather dreary, but I didn't mind so much. Most of my month was focused on rereading the entire Harry Potter series in preparation for the release of Cursed Child. Despite staying up many late nights (and sometimes until morning) to get some more reading in I've really enjoyed it. Not only did it clear up some details I had forgotten I also have a new appreciation for the series as an adult and lover of writing.

I did manage to tear myself away from reading long enough to grab some coffee with my friend and wear this dress again. I'm pretty sure it is technically a swim cover up, but I've just been wearing it as a dress all month. It's cotton, which is great for this super humid weather and a nice mix of two summer styles. I was drawn to the dress because of the classic stripes and button up style, but the rope belt is a nice touch to make it more beachy.

This is also the first post with my new glasses. I love the new round shape I have. It's super dorky and I'm loving having that bright blue to liven things up.

Enjoy the summer rain,
x Jasmine 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Why Tevas are My Birkenstocks

When Birkenstocks came back about a year ago, I mostly just watched the trend from afar. Since going to school in the city I can appreciate the desire for a seriously comfortable shoe and don't hate them, but I never really got the urge to snatch up a pair. So when it came to finding a sturdy pair of sandals for this summer I was only partially surprised to end up with these Tevas. 

Like many obsessed with Birkenstocks, Tevas were what I wore when I was much younger. I wore them while running around at summer camp for more years than I can count. I don't remember particularly liking them. I think I thought the velcro made me look much younger than I was. Many years later I stumbled upon this pair when I was perusing around Anthropology's site. I didn't realize they were Tevas but once I found out it kind of made sense. 

Nostalgia is nice, but this are definitely an upgraded version of the ones I used to wear. They're much more sleek and rather than a violently bright and dizzying pattern like the ones I had many years ago, they're a nice muted blue. I took them out for a true test (a day trip to New York to finally fix my computer) and they held up. They were super comfy and I didn't have to worry about my shoe sliding around like most sandals. Overall they're a good idea if you want to invest in a sandal. 

Sometimes the answer is in the past,
xx Jasmine 

Dressed in: Aerie dress (outfit post for it next week) 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Reccomendation: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Book: Hosseini is one of those authors where I will read anything and everything he writes. For anyone who has read his popular novel Kite Runner, you know how much of an incredible storyteller he is. And the Mountains Echoed is no exception. The book is set up as a series of short stories where the lives of the characters in each story are connected in some way. I think the back cover explains it best when it says all the stories center around the nature of family and how they impact an individual. 

As a fair warning, this book is extremely sad. Not like "everything starts off great and then slowly goes down hill" sad. Hosseini hits you in the heart within the first chapter and the punches just keep rolling from there. I did have to struggle not to cry in public including on the bus and at a nail salon while reading. Embarrassing, but it's easy to get sucked in and care about theses characters, especially if you have ever felt slightly out of place at any time in your life.

"Sad Boy Headphone Music" Playlist by Marute
Playlist: I recommend listening to the 8Tracks playlist "Sad Boy Headphone Music" by Maruteo. Beyond the hilarious title and cover, the playlist is actually one of my favorites. It's just sad enough to fit the mood, but not so sad that' it will make you cry or leave you feeling down all day (Hosseini will take care of that.) It has mostly ambiance and indie tracks, so if you're in to that give it a listen. 

Have you read And the Mountains Echoed or any of Hosseini's books? What did you think?
xx Jasmine 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

70s Outfit, 90s Heels

I've been wanting to wear this outfit for what seems like eternity, except every time I tried the weather was either too cold or too hot (darn you mother nature.) I think the timing is rather apt though because I have recently fallen in to an obsession with Harry Belafonte. If you don't recognize the name you might know him from such jams as "Jump in the Line" or "Banana Boat Song" or my personal favorite "Zombie Jamboree" I think this outfit would be great for some calypso dancing (though to be fair his music was big in the '50s rather than the '70s.)

When you're short, as I am, flare jeans become much easier with just a bit of height. Though a stellar set of '70s inspired platforms would have also been great, these '90s sandals are perfect for a more casual outing and for my seriously tired feet. Thankfully, the trends have put both decades at the forefront recently, making it very easy to mix and match. 

Happy time traveling,
xx Jasmine 

Dressed In: TopShop off the shoulder top, Zara kick flares (similar here and here), ASOS heels

Friday, July 1, 2016

The Best Floral Print

This may be the best floral print that's trying not to be a floral print. I love it alone, but it really came together in this look. A dress and jacket is a great way to look grown up, but still modern as an older sister at her brother's graduation. The dress also has a great open back, but I had to fend off an unusually cold, summer night. I still love all of the small floral prints that are everywhere right not, but this is a great choice for anyone adverse to those dizzy prints but still likes flowers. 

How do you feel about floral prints?
xx Jasmine 

Dressed In: Zara dress (and similar), J. Crew Jacket (similar), Urban Outfitters heels (similar)

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