Thursday, December 18, 2014

Haircut


Is that a haircut you see? Why, yes. Yes, it is. I hadn't gotten it cut since early summer, so I figured I was due. Fortunately, my friend Casey works at a salon (which also happens to be owned by best friend and her boyfriend Adam's family) and gives me a major discount. And by major discount, I mean that she cuts my hair for free and I bring her Starbucks. I'm pretty clueless when it comes to hair (and make-up, nails, and all things girly other than clothes for that matter) so I pretty much just let her do whatever she wanted to it. She ended up going shorter and a little fuller on the bangs, cutting off a couple of inches, and giving me more layers. My hair grows ridiculously fast, but I'm hoping it stays like this for a while since I'm extremely happy with the result.

If I seem a tad more dressed up than normal, it's because this is what a wore to a wedding reception a couple of weeks ago that I finally got around to taking pictures of yesterday. A family friend had a tiny wedding ceremony over the summer with just family, and they finally had a bigger reception at a restaurant recently. It wasn't super fancy, but it did give me an excuse to put on heels, which is a rarity. I should add that it's definitely too cold to be going sans tights at this point, but it's still not too cold to do it for a little while for photos. California is weird.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Not Enough Lace


Is there such a thing as too much lace? I choose to think not. I definitely didn't need this green lace dress, but I certainly didn't think twice about it when I picked it up at H&M during my Instagram takeover with Brea Mall. Had I been shopping with my own money, I might have taken a step back and thought about all of the other lace dresses I own in effort to convince myself that I should leave it at the store. However, with a free gift card in hand, it was almost too easy to throw it on the cashier's counter and make it mine. Although, if that story (of shopping on the mall's dime and throwing caution to the wind) sounds like fantasy, just know that the trip started with me getting a zipper stuck in the dressing room. Wait. I don't think you understand. In the very first store I went into that day, I got the zipper stuck on the very first thing I tried on. Really stuck. So stuck, in fact, that I had to ask the dressing room attendant (who was a dude) if there was a woman working who could help me because my friend hadn't gotten to the mall yet. If that story doesn't sum up most of my experiences, then I don't know what does. 

Side note: the last time I took pictures in front of this beautiful house, I got a few comments asking if I lived there. Sadly, I definitely do not. My brother and sister-in-law live in an adorable neighborhood, and Elyse and I have been wandering around the nearby streets lately to take photos. This house is right down the block from theirs, and it apparently sold for more than $1 million. We've yet to see who lives there, but it's possible that they've watched us take photos in front of their house multiple times. I'm pretty sure they couldn't blame us though.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rad in Plaid


I'm tired, so I'm actually going to make this post short. And I actually mean it this time. I've always loved Fleet Collection, but I usually never have the money to afford the gorgeous pieces. Fortunately, everything on the Fleet Collection site was 40% off on Cyber Monday, and I took a break from buying a massive amount of Christmas presents to grab this plaid crop top and a matching skirt. They look wonderful together as a two piece set (that looks like a dress) and just as great paired with items. The possibilities are endless, and I already plan on wearing the skirt for a post next week. I can't lie, I felt quite classy in this outfit. Fleet Collection, I love you.

Also, I'm seeing Jenny Lewis again tonight. I actually got these tickets a while ago (long before I bought the tickets for her show a few weeks ago), and I'm so pumped to see her do a longer set and open for Ryan Adams. This year has just been the best for music.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Faking It


Oops. I somehow accidentally let a week go by in between blog posts. I have to admit that it was partially due to laziness, but the sudden heavy rain didn't help when it came to taking outfit photos either. In all honesty, though, I was pretty excited about the weather. I've always loved the rain, and we've been experiencing a bit of a drought in California, so it was much needed. Plus, the drop in temperature made it possible to throw on tights for once and pretend like I live in a place with seasons. I can't lie; it wasn't exactly cold when I took these pictures, but I've decided to just go with a "fake it until you make it" attitude in terms of getting dressed. If I dress like it's cold enough for layers, then it will feel cold enough for layers...right? All of this isn't to say that I'm complaining at all. Trust me, I'm extremely happy to be having a California winter this year, but I'm selfish and entitled so of course I'm going to complain about the beautiful weather. I'm terrible that way.

As for what you missed in my life this past week, the most exciting thing to happen was that I got to take over Brea Mall's Instagram on Thursday as you might have seen. I was contacted by their social media department after they came across my blog, and I was given a $150 gift card to mall and three hours to Instagram my shopping experience. I basically grew up in that mall, so it was incredibly exciting for me, especially since I already did most of my Christmas shopping online and pretty much got to go on a mini shopping spree for myself. I can't wait to take outfit photos in everything. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Thanks I Get


In all honesty, I'm in denial that today is December 1st. With finishing school, working a part-time job while I look for something more stable, and being back in California during the fall for the first time since 2009, I've kind of just felt like I've been on eternal summer break subconsciously. It's definitely strange not being in school for the first time, well, ever, and I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the concept that I didn't have a Thanksgiving break this year. Despite the adjustment, I'm so excited for the holiday season. I had a great (and busy) Thanksgiving week, which was filled with the usual family and friends as you might expect. I was especially happy that my brother, Lucas, ended up coming into town at the last minute. He goes to grad school in Arizona, and he didn't figure out that he'd be able to come home until a few days before Thanksgiving. He came home on Wednesday afternoon, and I dragged him to LA to see a stand-up show with my friends on Wednesday night. We saw The Meltdown, which is a weekly show at the Nerdmelt Showroom hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray, two of my favorite comedians. The pair have a handful of comedians perform short sets for an intimate crowd every week, and it's said to be a favorite among comedians and was actually turned into a Comedy Central show over the summer. I've been wanting to go for a while, so when they gave away all tickets for free last week to celebrate Thanksgiving, I immediately snatched some up. We saw Maria Bamford, Anthony Jeselnick, Rhea Butcher, and a few others, and it was a ton of fun. We were a little disappointed since Paul Scheer was supposed to perform but ended up not being being able to make it, but it was a great show nonetheless.

Did I accidentally digress from talking about a holiday to ramble on about a comedy show? Typical. Really, though, my family had a really nice Thanksgiving. We ended up decorating the tree the next morning before Lucas had to drive back to Arizona, and we did a little bit of Black Friday shopping at Target. In case you're wondering, I definitely did not walk out of Target with only a couple of movies for myself and no Christmas shopping done. I repeat, I did not justify buying something for myself with the argument that it would be crazy to pass up $4 movies. I would never do that.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

White Dress, Green Vest


I'm hoping that by the time you're reading this, I've gotten a full night's sleep. Or better, maybe I'm still in bed with a full cup of coffee waiting for me for whenever I decide to get up. Last week was so busy (and wonderful), but the only thing missing from it was just a little bit of time to do nothing and sleep. This week is slowly filling up, especially with Thanksgiving/friends and family in town visiting, but I should be able to find a chance to catch up on rest. While nothing could really top seeing Jenny Lewis or Nick Offerman, I still had a great last few days with really good friends. I got to see my friend Greg, who was visiting from Utah, on Thursday, my old Chem class lab group (who still gets together often after becoming good friends) got together for food and drinks on Friday, and I hung out with a few of my best friends for more food and drinks on Saturday. I feel like I've spent a lot of time lately really appreciating what great friends I have, especially after talking with a couple of girls at work who have had harder times finding friends who stick around. I don't know, maybe it's the fact that Thanksgiving in a few days, but I can't help but feel truly lucky to have so many people in my life who would do anything for me, and whom I would do anything for. This is too sappy already, so I'll just quit before it gets too embarrassing and my friends start making fun of me for it, which, let's be honest, is what all true friends would do.

I wore this outfit to have dinner with my family yesterday, and I really liked the contrast of this vest with the pretty white dress. This dress is still one of my favorite pieces that I own, but it's kind of a hassle to wear. The back is gorgeous, but it's impossible to wear with a bra, which is something I can't bring myself to do. Plus, the scoop neck is a little too low for my liking, and I constantly find myself having to pull it up (like what I did for some of these photos). This time, however, I decided to grab a scarf quickly on my way out the door, and it ended up being the perfect way to accessorize and save myself the hassle of worrying all night. I'm resourceful that way.

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