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)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Wrap Dresses are the Bomb-Diggity

I figured if my wrap dress is featured in my favorites it deserved its own outfit post. Like I've said before, this dress is beyond comfortable and I want to wear it every other day. I'm sure one of Free People's long sleeve versions is headed to my closet before fall comes around. For now we'll focus on summer though, which means more sparkling fruit juice for me to try out. Orange Mango definitely makes the cut. 

Stay Sparkling, 
xx Jasmine 

Dressed In: Urban Outfitters wrap dress (similar here and here)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fish's Favorites: Spring 2016

Long time, no see! I'm having some serious laptop troubles, so it took me a couple of weeks to try and sort everything to post without it. Thankfully, it's on it's way to being fixed and I'll be back in full force soon.

In the mean time, I have a late favorites for Spring. Logically the end of the school year isn't a good time to become obsessed with anything besides exams, but in reality so many other things caught my eye. So here are some of those wonderful distractions.

Applying: It is always a great feeling when samples turn in to favorites. Josie Maran's mascara is much darker than the mascaras I'm used to wearing (the name black oil is not a joke!) and it gives me just the right amount of volume and length. My lashes are already quite long and I hate any sort of clumping and this little sample has been great (I've already bought a full size one.)

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil in medium brown was more of a surprise, but has become just as much of a favorite. The color has just enough taupe in it and is just smooth enough to fill in my brows so it looks light and not like I took a sharpie to them. The brand seriously has eyebrows down.

Wearing: I was extremely excited to wear dresses again (minus all the layers) once it truly warmed up. This Urban Outfitters dress (similar)  has come out on top because it's so simple to throw on and is quite cute. I can't believe I went so long without owning a wrap dress. It has become a classic for its incredibly flattering shape and simplicity. Plus red is a great classic alternative to black. I wish it was made from cotton so I could wear it all summer long, but I guess I'll have to live with it being a spring dress.

I've also been slowly reintroducing jewelry in to my everyday dressing and I've taken a liking to my Etsy dinosaur ring from Jan Palombo Design. It's a little odd and easy to stack since it's adjustable. It's a fun start to the new jewelry collection I'm building.

Watching: One lovely morning I stumbled upon Qcknd's Tattoos I Was Refused video and spent the rest of weekend lazing around watching her videos. On top of all the things about tattoos I've learned from her, I've enjoyed her super casual approach and I look forward to seeing how her channel grows and getting involved in the great community she's created. Not only am I going in to my second tattoo with much more knowledge, but I found an awesome creator I'd actually love to meet. Check her out if you're interested in tattoos, veganism or just want a super cool and chill channel to watch.

Listening:One day I had Weight in Gold by Gallant randomly stuck in my head. I had heard the song ages ago so it was a bit out of the blue, but I'm glad it happened because I ended up listening to his whole album and it is amazing. He has a very modern R&B sound and an incredible falsetto. I've been obsessed with Ology and you should really check it out as well as his In the Room sessions on YouTube. Hopefully I'll be able to see him live soon.

May your laptops remain in good health,
xx Jasmine 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Day at Star Wars: The Power of Costume Exhibit

The Force Awakens costumes

As a late birthday present I got to go to the Star Wars: The Power of Costume exhibit with some friends. I already knew I was going to love the exhibit (I mean clothes and Star Wars is a clear win-win situation), but it was even better than I imagined. Not only do you get to see the costumes up close, but there is a lot of information about how they were made and the inspiration behind them. There's the simple approach of Han Solo's costume with the inspiration coming from cowboys of the west, to the whole progression of Padme's and Palpatine's style. 

There are many fabric samples to touch, buttons to press, and quizzes to take throughout the exhibit as well. Even my non-Star Wars loving friend enjoyed it. It's self guided so it's up to you whether you want to take your time looking at all the sketches and reading up on everything, or just get excited about all of the droids, weapons, and uniforms you get to see. Either way, if you you're a Star Wars fan try to make it over to the Discovery Times Square, or look out for it when the exhibit goes on tour later this year. In the mean time you can enjoy some of the photos I took below. 

May the Fourth be With You,
x Jasmine

Padama's later costumes

Vadar poster inspired by war propaganda

details of Padme's picnic dress, Han in carbonite and details of Boba's suit

inspiration behind Leia's slave costume

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stripes and Sun

In my adventures of adding dresses to my closet, this one may just be my favorite. Really, all knit dresses are awesome. The material is always so stretchy making them the most comfortable thing to wear, and with a great print you just need throw it on and go. 

The success of this dress was made sweeter the other week by the sunglasses, also a new love, and a trip to Jack's Wife Freda. It was a long wait, but the food and people working there we're all great. If you have the patience I would head there sometime soon. 

x Jasmine 

Dressed in: Urban outfitters dress (similar here, here and here), Sunglasses 

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