Monday, September 1, 2014

Bloopers, Round Seven

I don't know how I let this happen. I've failed my readers, I've failed my blog, and most importantly, I've failed myself. I haven't posted bloopers since March. That's almost six months without photos of me making ugly faces, laughing hysterically, accidentally closing my eyes, and generally humiliating myself. Well, I'm here to make it up to you. I've gone through my archives and dug up the funniest pictures from late March until now. I actually found more than 40 bloopers worth sharing, but I decided to limit it to these. It's still pretty photo heavy, but I think that this many photos is necessary. Enjoy, and may this inspire all of you to make fools of yourself on the Internet as well.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Minimal Effort

Have we all reached the point in summer where trying just sounds exhausting, or is that just me? It's not that I'm unhappy with my outfits or anything (in fact, I quite like this one), but I can't pretend like I've been putting any real sort of creativity into them. It's hot, my room is a scattered with piles of clothes I'm too lazy to hang up, and all I want to do is just throw on something sleeveless and a pair of sandals. So at this point, I'm just grabbing the first dress I can find in hopes that I haven't worn it on the blog in the past week or two, throwing a skirt on over it if I feel like it, and slipping on a pair of sandals or flats. If it works, it works. One of these days I'll finally sell all of the clothes I need to get rid of and I'll buy more things I'm not tired of, but for now, an easy summer ensemble like this gets the job done. This skirt has turned out to be one of my favorite pieces, and I honestly didn't think I'd get as much wear out of it as I have when I thrifted it this past spring. It works perfectly with these peach braided Modcloth sandals, which have become the star of my wardrobe this summer. Understandably, of course.

Things have kind of slowed down that past few days, which I'm happy about. The past couple of days have just included a quick trip to Venice to meet with my boss, working on my internship and various projects, skyping with my friend Aaron, and spending some time with sister-in-law in nephew. I feel pretty strange right now because school is starting up, and I'm seeing posts on social media and getting texts from my friends who have yet to graduate. It's weird not going back to Illinois for the first time in four years, and it's especially weird seeing the newspaper that I worked for go on without me. It's pretty bitter sweet, so I'm trying to look on the bright side and enjoy California life to avoid being sad. I also just remind myself that I never have to do homework or take a test again. See? Bright side. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

But First, Coffee

I'm pretty behind on blogging, and this outfit is pretty much the same things I've been wearing all summer long, but I've actually been busy, which means I have things to talk about. The past week has been much more eventful than I expected, and it's a sign of things to come once September gets here. I've been all around Southern California lately, and I'm not complaining. Last week included an impromptu shopping and dinner trip to LA with Whitney, a couple of bars in Orange County, a very random fashion show and dinner in Long Beach, a quick frozen yogurt trip with friends, and a game of Cards Against Humanity. Sunday night was my trip to Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd. for a taping of Harmontown, one of my favorite podcasts. I cannot get over how great it was. I've been a giant fan of Dan Harmon (creator of "Community" and "Rick and Morty" if you missed me talking about him in my last post) for at least a few years, so getting to see him in person was incredible. He's such a brilliant writer, and he's absolutely hilarious and quick on stage. I'm pretty sure my friend Adam and I are going to go to another taping soon, and there are some other Nerdist shows (Meltdown Comics is the Nerdist Inc. headquarters) that I'm hoping to see soon as well. 

Yesterday was another kind of random trip to LA that turned out to be eventful. I caught up with my friend Chelsea, who I went to high school with, a few weeks ago, and we bonded over our love of coffee. We had discussed that there are so many great coffee shops in LA, but no one else is crazy enough to make the hour drive (which you get used to when you live here) just to get coffee. Obviously we decided that we're crazy enough to do so, so we're starting our Southern California coffee tour. We made the drive and chatted over lattes outside at Alfred Coffee & Kitchen. Then, for once in my life, I got to feel like a real Californian who nonchalantly has celebrity sightings when Joel Madden, followed by Benji Madden, stopped at the table next to ours to talk with a friend they ran into. We didn't approach them, mostly because it seemed like the kind of neighborhood where that happens often and people aren't fazed by it, but I did sneak a picture, which you can see on my Instagram. They're definitely people who I haven't thought about in years, but hey, it's still cool. Growing up in Orange County, I've been pretty far removed from celebrity sightings and LA life my whole life, despite what most people out of state would think. But I mean, whatever. It's no big deal. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Extremely Interesting

I totally have interesting things to say today. I am in no way suffering from a case of writer's block, and I have so much going on in my life that I almost don't know where to start. ...Do you think if I keep writing that, it might actually come true? Okay, I really don't have anything interesting to say today. It's a slow week for my internship since my boss is out of town, and while I have some exciting things coming up, not too much is going on at the moment. I'm mostly just counting the days until this Sunday when I'll be going to a taping of one of my favorite podcasts, Harmontown, in LA. Dan Harmon is the creator of "Community" and "Rick and Morty," and his podcast is hilarious. Seeing Harmon will be exciting enough for me, but fingers crossed that some special guests show up as well.

As for the outfit, this is what I wore to that piano bar on Friday. I don't know why I keep ending up at Nordstrom Rack, but when Whitney wanted to go last Thursday, I couldn't say no. And of course, because I'm weak, I ended up walking out with this dress. Fortunately, in addition to being very cute, it also was on clearance for $9. I was immediately drawn to it in the store, and I instantly fell in love when I put it on. It's not terribly noticeable here, but it's a bit too low-cut for my liking, so I thought I'd offset it with a denim jacket and super casual flats. Though I could probably stand to call some attention to myself when I go out, I'm much more comfortable blending in and making "Freaks and Geeks" references to the people I'm with rather than trying to talk to dudes. I mean, if the piano player is going to play "Come Sail Away," how do I not make a "Freaks and Geeks" reference. Just me? Yeah, just me.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Russian Rose

I have to be honest; I'm not overly excited about sharing this outfit. I hit a wall of lack of inspiration last week, and just kind of threw this on. I don't hate it, but it just feels boring to me. I was debating about even sharing these, but I realized that that was dumb. Not only do I have a habit of being too hard on myself, but there's a certain merit to sharing the not-so-exciting outfits. I didn't start this blog because I think I'm the most stylish person on the Internet, I started it as a creative outlet and because I thought it would be fun to document my personal style. Sure, this isn't the outfit I'll look back on when I reflect on how my style evolved through 2014, but it's something I wore and I suppose it's important to stay true to that. And okay, maybe it's growing on me a little bit as I look at the pictures more. Polka dot dresses tend to have that effect on me. 

But anyway, is it Monday already? My weekend came and went all too soon, but it was great. I went to a piano bar in Long Beach with some new friends (that's right, I'm making new friends) on Friday night, and had the best time. I had never been to a piano bar before, and it was a blast singing along to the songs and whatnot. The experience may have also involved Whitney and I being forced on stage to do an, uh, embarrassing dance, but we'll just pretend that never happened until video of it finds its way online. On Saturday, I finally had the pleasure of meeting the Everything Darling girls, Natalie and Grace, in person at the Anaheim Packing House (that giant hip food court-esque place I've mentioned) for some food, coffee, and ice cream. Ever since I moved back to Southern California, we've been talking about getting together, and they could not have been more wonderful. They were both so easy to talk to, and I loved hearing about their process in opening Everything Darling. I've made no secret of the fact that I love their cute store, and I can't help but be even more enamored with it now that I have more insight into the passion that goes into it. Side note: is it normal to have so many real life interactions with Internet friends go this well? I swear, every time I've met up with someone who I've met through blogging in person, it has been an absolute delight. I'm probably going get murdered one of these times or something, right? Or at the very least someone I meet is going to turn out to be an asshole.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Flock Together: Sooner or Later

If you're looking for daily dose of my face, let me direct your attention over to Flock Together, where I'm posting about how I wore this gorgeous Mitla Moda top. I borrowed this top from Dus, who sells this one and plenty like it in her shop, so I highly suggest checking it out and getting one for yourself. They're all fair trade and handmade in Mexico, on top of just being beautiful. See you at Flock Together!

Top: Mitla Moda, borrowed from Dus
Skirt (dress worn as skirt), ring: Forever 21
Sandals: Threadsence
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Clubmasters

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Free Bird

I've been trying not to buy anything; I really have. That said, I, like most women I would assume, have always lusted after Free People pieces. Of course, as a struggling 20-something, I've never actually been able to afford anything from the brand. So when I stumbled across this mint crop top at Nordstrom Rack recently with a $20 price tag and a Free People label, how could I resist? It's a beautiful piece, and as I mentioned previously, I've been trying to build up the shirt part of my wardrobe after realizing that it was lacking. I could just wear dress and/or skirts and bras forever, but I don't think I'm ready for that kind of attention. I need to at least secure a full-time job and be taken seriously professionally before I go down that route. So until my topless journey begins, I'm spending the few dollars I'm allowing myself to use on tops.  I'm not quite sure how the joke reached this point, but I'm just going with it. 

Nothing too exciting is going on over here other than working on internship stuff from home, a meeting with my boss in Venice, babysitting my adorable nephew, and hanging out with my friends Adam and Jon. This is actually what I wore when I ended up spending time with them the other night, which really just consisted of long conversations and followed by us challenging each other in Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones trivia in Quiz Up on our phones for far too long. I don't mean to brag, but my group of friends has a bit of reputation for being wild and crazy. You know how it is.

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