Monday, June 27, 2016

Schoola Modcloth Dress + Cat Eye Sunglasses

I can hardly think of what to write because of how hot it is. I'm beginning to forget what it is about summer that I've always loved so much. Without three months off from school anymore, it just seems like a lot of sweat and lack of comfort. I'll stick with my light breeze and cardigans, thank you.

Is it really already Monday? Things have been fairly busy lately as I've been trying to make more plans now that I don't have to be up at 4 a.m. every day. One of my close friends was in town over the weekend, which seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life as more and more friends move away. As much as I don't want to stay in Orange County forever, it's nice to still be at "home base" when everyone comes back to visit family. Speaking of family, I wore this Modcloth dress, which I got from Schoola, to hang out at my parents' house yesterday. It's by far one of the best things I own. I've noticed that I haven't been accessorizing much lately, which I'm okay with. I looked through some old blog posts not too long ago, and I cringed at how much I piled on jewelry. I think I felt that I needed to have more details to photograph if I wanted to my posts to be interesting. I still have too much jewelry that I refuse to get rid of, but I like feeling more secure in my personal style that I don't feel the need to do that just for the post. 

Plus, this dress is just that good. No jewelry required.

Also, congrats to Kassie Harris for winning my giveaway with Luella, and thank you to everyone who has entered!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Black Collared Top + Gingham Skirt

This week is...not my week. You might remember that I recently had to pay to get my car's rear window replaced when I found it shattered. That was only two weeks ago, but I now find myself having to pay even more for my car. It had been making some weird noises and when two different lights went on indicating that something was wrong with my brakes, I took it in to get checked out yesterday. Turned out some wire had broken (possibly "chewed by a small animal" they tell me) and two tires need to be changed, which means that I'm out another $500. So that's fun. That also means that all of the money I've been saving for an apartment is gone and all the money I made from selling clothes is, well, not going toward new clothes.

This all a very long way of saying that I'll be seriously remixing my wardrobe going forward as buying new is definitely not an option. Luckily, I could wear this skirt every day until I die and I'd be happy. The same goes for this top. Maybe I've actually done a better job at buying versatile pieces than I've been giving myself credit for? We're about to find out. Stay tuned. Also, if you'd like to send me money and/or clothes, I'm just saying that I wouldn't be opposed to it. Not that I'm desperate or whining. Me? Never.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Let's Chat With: Luella + A Giveaway

I'm so excited to introduce you to another one of my favorite makers! Meet Caroline Kolbe, owner and creator of Luella. I first found Luella on Instagram when I started getting excited about all of the adorable pins I was seeing. One look at Luella's account, and I knew I needed to follow. Caroline uses her skill in graphic design and printmaking to create the cutest selection of joyful pins and T-shirts. Not only is Caroline a complete boss, her pieces are a celebration of all types of women and are guarantee to make you happy. Read our Q+A to learn more about Caroline and Luella and check the bottom of the post for your chance to win some pieces of your own!

How and when did Luella start?
Luella started over a year and a half ago as a vintage shop (which is how I came up with the name - originally Luella Vintage). I really love vintage clothes and decided to make that my part time thing for a while. I was taking a printmaking class at the time, so I started selling shirts and patches that I handprinted as well. My degree in graphic design lead me to designing enamel pins. At the end of last year I started to design enamel pins and released my first one in January! From there I designed more pins and started designing shirts too.

How do you come up with the ideas for your pins and T-shirts?
Everything I design for my shop are things that I would want to buy, but haven’t seen yet. I am an introvert who loves Dolly Parton, vintage, unicorns, summertime, and other cute things. My shop is very me and luckily other people relate/like it as well! I like that my shop has a positive/happy vibe and hopefully my products make people smile!

Like many others I'm sure, I first came across your store on Instagram. How would you say the Instagram community and social media have influenced your business?
I love how social media has connected me with so many other amazing makers and designers, as well as my customers! Nothing makes me happier than seeing a customer photo. Instagram has also really helped a lot in growing my business. It’s such a great platform for creative types!

What are you favorite pieces in your store currently?
Can I say everything?! Honestly, I love everything in my shop. I'm obsessed with everything from my summer release - “Dolly Parton Vibes” and “Health Goth” tees and my pina colada pineapple, flamingo, and watermelon pins! I will always love my introvert girl gang shirt and introvert pin the most though. I feel like introverts get a bad rap sometimes, so I like to spread introvert self-love as much as possible!

How would you describe the Luella customer?
Whimsical dreamer with a little vintage flair. Pops champagne on special occasions. Is an introvert who isn’t afraid to stand out a little. Probably a fan of pink and maybe even glitter. Overall awesome girlboss, who isn’t afraid to take charge!

Do you have any exciting plans or items coming up that people can look forward to?
I just released my summer collection, so nothing new for a little while. I am traveling a lot this summer, so it’ll be nice to take a break from working on new products. I will release a new collection in the fall though. I have also been working on building my brand a lot over the past few months and I’m finally doing wholesale orders, so expect to see my stuff all over the world very soon!

Caroline is being kind enough to offer you the chance to win Luella items of your own! Enter below for your chance to win one pin and one T-shirt of your choice! This giveaway is open until midnight on 06/27 and is open to US residents only.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mint Cardigan + Polka Dot Dress

Okay, so maybe this isn't your standard outfit to wear on a boat ride around the lake. However, when your parents live on a lake, it's not really a special occurrence. My brother, his girlfriend, and I headed out there for a visit on Sunday afternoon, which concluded a relaxed weekend. I've still been feeling uninspired with my closet lately, but this polka dot dress is an easy favorite that never fails. Some cute pins were an easy way accessorize it a little differently than I normally do, and I was happy to finally break in these BAIT flats that I got a little while ago. I had been looking for a new pair of black t-straps to replace my pair that were falling apart, and this pair was just perfect. I'm a sucker for a good t-strap.

While everything with work has been going great, I did just have to shell out $400 for my car. I walked outside last Wednesday only to find that someone had broken my rear window. It looks like it could have been done with a BB gun, but however it happened, no note was left. Isn't that fun? I love people. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Etsy Favorites #51

I'm dreaming of wearing this Polka Dot dress (and everything else in the shop) from Pochette Couture all summer long:

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Thrifted Red Striped Tank Top + Polka Dot Skirt

It's that time again. I'm once again bored with everything I own and have caught the shopping bug. It is...not good. I got some extra money from my leftover PTO when I left my job, and I've been awful about using it to justify some purchases. I really haven't spent much, but I keep popping into thrift stores here and there whenever I have a free moment to feed the shopping hunger, but avoid spending too much. I picked up this skirt recently, and I don't regret it one bit. I've bought many a polka dot skirt over the years, but they've never been quite right. They always end up being to small or too short, but this one? Just right. 

I have many on countless things from online stores, but I'm making myself wait. I have some things listed on eBay and Poshmark to sell, and I won't allow myself to click the "checkout" button on any website until they're gone. That said, help a sister out? I have plenty listed on Poshmark that beg to be purchased. If you can live with the fact that you are single-handedly fueling my shopping addiction, then there's really nothing stopping you.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Leah Goren Cat Dress + Mint Headband

You know this dress, don't you? It was designed by Leah Goren, once sold at Anthropologie, was worn by every blogger for a while -- and I found it sitting in a thrift store last week. Ever since this dress came out a few years ago, I couldn't help but dream about it. I know it was everywhere for a while, but I'm a big fan of Leah Goren's illustrations and despite its immense popularity, I needed it in my life. Alas, I could never afford it when it for sale at Anthropologie. Even scouring for it on eBay years later led to results no lower than $85. I eventually lost hope.

Miraculous, I popped into a Salvation Army with my best friend, Whitney, last week and there it was. I have to be honest here. I didn't find it mtyself. I heard Whitney exclaim, "oh my god, I'm getting this" from the other side of the dress rack, and when I looked over to see what she was holding, it was this dress. My eyes widened and I ran over and reached in to look at the tag. I started rambling about what the dress was, how long I had been looking for it, and how much it originally retailed for. I did this until she sighed and handed it to me. A true act of selflessness if I've ever seen one. Still, I was skeptical as it was a size smaller than I normally wear. As luck would have it, it just happens to run a size too large. Miracle dress. It's a miracle dress, and it's mine now.