Monday, July 28, 2014

Pop Culture, I Love You No. 2


I definitely meant to have this post written a couple of weeks ago, but with so much to say about the things I'm watching, I'm learning that it takes me much longer to write these than expected. This means that there are some things I watched in between my last pop culture post and this one (I'm looking at you, "Orange is the New Black," which I watched right after I finished the last post), but I'm coming to terms with the fact that I get wrapped up in far too much pop culture for me to ever be able to include everything. So while I may have left out the fact that I finally watched all of "True Detective" (but you've heard enough about that show already) and I'll have to save my love for Marc Maron for the next post, there's still plenty that I've watched and listened to recently that deserve your attention. So, fellow pop culture lovers, read on to see what I spent the past month doing rather than having a real social life. As usual, if you want more information on any of these or if you have recommendations for me, feel free to comment below, email me at room334blog@gmail.com, or tweet me at @elanakatz. As you might have figured, I could talk about pop culture for far longer than you'll ever want to hear.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Green, Green Rocky Road


By now, you're all aware of how awesome Ashley of Southern (California) Belle is, right? I've known this for quite some time at this point, having become good friends with her through Flock Together for the past couple years and even meeting up with her in person in March. Somehow, despite knowing that she's just a fantastic human being in general, I was still surprised when I opened up a package from her on Tuesday. It's not strange for me to get a package from her  in fact, I had just assumed it was a Flock Together swap when I first got it. But no, inside the package was this gorgeous vintage dress. Ashley has put this dress up in her shop recently, and I made mention to her of how much I loved it on Twitter a couple of weeks ago. I kind of forgot about it after I exhibited some self-control (for once) and didn't buy it, so finding this in the package with a happy birthday card was a delightful surprise. Basically, Ashley is even more wonderful than we all already knew she was. It doesn't hurt that the dress fits like a glove, which is always such a pleasant thing when it comes to vintage items. Thanks again, Ashley! 

Much like my J. Crew top that I got on the same day, I also couldn't wait long to put on this dress. I ended up wearing this the next day for a trip to the mall with my friend Kylie, and we stopped by a park on the way back to snap these pictures. The outfit photo gods were not making things easy on us, and standing by the lake in the park as planned did not go well. For starters, it was incredibly windy for a while, and I haven't exactly nailed the whole "taking photos in front of water where the water actually shows up in the photos and isn't just a big white light" thing. So this spot isn't exactly perfect, but it got the job done. Side note: I managed to spend the afternoon in a mall (something I haven't done in forever) and not buy a single thing. Part of it has to do with losing interest in mall stores, but I also like to think it's because I'm getting just a little handle on my shopping addiction. Kind of. Not really.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why Wait?


All cards on the table, I haven't actually worn this outfit anywhere yet. I may have also just gotten this top in the mail yesterday and then immediately took pictures in it. You see, I realized recently that in my big closet cleanout, I managed to be left with a ton of dresses, a large amount of skirts, and barely any tops. So when I, ahem, " accidentally" clicked on a J. Crew Factory email, you know, just to take a quick peak, I couldn't help but think it was time I spend the money on some well-made basics. There was a 30% off coupon code, and since J. Crew Factory is actually really reasonable, I ended up buying this short sleeved button down and another simple Peter Pan collar top. They both came in the mail yesterday, and when I realized that I had forgotten to take outfit pictures for today's post, I figured "why not?" Might as well take one of the tops for a spin to make sure I'm getting my money's worth, right? The result is a super simple outfit that I really love. I'm thinking I need more short sleeved button downs in my life (especially with Peter Pan collars) because I'm pretty sure I want this to be my summer uniform. Relaxed, easy, but still cute. This is pretty much all I want to wear.

In other news, I saw "Boyhood," the new Richard Linklater movie last night. If you haven't heard of it yet (it's still only being shown in limited release), it was shot over the course of 12 years and shows a boy's (Ellar Coltrane, an unknown actor who has essentially only filmed this his entire career) from when he was 6 until he was 18. I have a pop culture post planned to go up either Friday or Sunday where I'll talk about it more in detail, but I do just want to recommend it right now to everyone. It was completely different than anything I have ever seen, and it was beautiful. It sounds cheesy, but it was honestly more of an experience than a movie. Even though Coltrane plays a character, the audience gets to see him (not to mention the other actors including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) actually grow and change over the course of 12 years. I'm having such a difficult time putting my experience watching it into words, but hopefully I'll be able to make sense of this jumble of thoughts and feelings by the time I write that pop culture post. In the meantime, go see it. See it right now.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to Classics


And so, just like that, the festivities are over and it's officially time to return to the real world. Fortunately, the "real world" I live in is still pretty laid-back considering I work from home, make my own hours for my internship, and it feels like I'm on summer break. Nonetheless, it's always a little disappointing when a birthday is over and you have to resume paying for yourself when you want food. I know I already talked about my Disneyland in yesterday's post, but I do just want to say again how grateful I am to my friends for always making birthdays so special. Other than Disneyland, they took me out to dinner, took me out for drinks, took me to breakfast, and gave me Amazon gift cards to feed my online shopping addiction. Sometimes it gets a little exhausting being friends with a bunch of dudes who constantly yell at me to make more girl friends and quote Tim & Eric constantly, but then they're really awesome like last week and I remember why I hang out with those losers. Plus, I'm eternally grateful to my best friend Whitney for always doing more for me on my birthday than I ever deserve. Okay, enough gushing about my friends. Don't tell any of them that I said these things, and let's just move on to the outfit.

I would like to give a big warm welcome to my new Swedish Hasbeens, a pair of beautiful shoes that will most likely never leave my feet. I've known all month that my parents were going to give me money for my birthday, so I've had some time to think about what I wanted to put it toward. I contemplated getting multiple things with the money, but I finally decided that I wanted to make one big purchase and get something that I would never buy myself. After much debate, and with the help of my mom, I finally settled on getting a pair of Hasbeens. I've always wanted a pair, and thanks to the Swedish Hasbeens store on Amazon, I was finally able to make these mine. There were more than I few that I wanted, but I decided that the Lacy sandals fit my style the best. but are still different than anything I own. I like that they have a little bit of a heel, and while I went back and forth on color, I figured that I should just stick with black since I'll get the most use out of them. They are by far the most expensive shoes that I own, but they're also by far the best quality and will no doubt be my longest lasting pair. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Life Snapshots June-July 2014


I'm running behind on taking outfit photos at the moment, so I figured now would be as good a time as any to do a big picture dump of what I've been up to the past month. As mentioned earlier, I went to Disneyland on my 22nd birthday last week, and it could not have been a more perfect day. It's almost difficult to explain to people what kind of role Disneyland plays on the lives of those of us from Anaheim. It's this strange mix of feeling like a second home that I've been to too many times to count, but still exciting and, dare I say, even magical every time. I haven't had an annual pass since I was a kid, but I don't remember the last time I paid to get in since I've always been fortunate to find a friend or a friend of a friend who works there to get me in, and it always feels special. This past time was one of my favorite Disney trips, actually. I went with three of my best friends, and while we made sure to go on the rides that we love (Indiana Jones and Star Tours, just to name a couple), we didn't feel the need to wait in line for too many since we've been on them all a million times. We ended up sitting in Cove Bar in California Adventure for a couple hours just drinking, eating, and people watching, and it was great. The last time I was in Disney, I was 20, and my friend Kylie just turned 21 last week, so it the first time for both of us being able to drink in the park. Considering we've known each other since we were 6 and 7 and are each other's oldest friends, I couldn't imagine drinking overly priced fruity concoctions in the theme park with anyone else. 

Here's what else I've been up to, and as usual, don't forget to follow me on Instagram for more:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

22nd Birthday Wish List


Well, I'm 22 today. Of course, this mostly just means that I'll be spending the whole day dodging Taylor Swift references as they're being thrown at me, but I'm excited nonetheless. I've always been a fan of birthdays (both my own and my loved ones'), and I think my love has to do with the fact that it's the one day my overly sarcastic group of friends and family drop the harsh exteriors and make each other feel special. For as much as everyone I know (again, myself included) rely heavily on insulting each other as terms of endearment, we reveal our big softie sides on birthdays. My tradition has always been to go to Disneyland on my birthday, but I haven't been able in the past few years. Fortunately for me, my best friend, Whitney, started working there recently, and she's being kind enough to sign me in today. I'll rant about Disneyland in another post, but I haven't been there in a year and a half, so I'm really excited. When you grew up in Anaheim, going that long between Disney trips is actually a big deal. I have to support my hometown, you know?

While I'm riding the Indiana Jones ride countless times and crossing my fingers for a funny Jungle Cruise skipper, I'm leaving you with my birthday wish list filled with things I can't afford. I ended up buying the Swedish Hasbeens (cheaper from Amazon) with birthday money from my parents, and I can't wait for them to get here tomorrow. Obviously I'm not saying any of you need to buy me anything on this list, but let's just say I'm not opposed to it. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flock Together: Cat Call


I recently sent out my beloved cat dress to be borrowed by a few of the Flock Together girls, but I made sure to snap pictures in it one more time before it was out of my possession. I figured I would share the most recent way I styled it right before the other girls share their takes on it, and you can see more of how over on the Flock Together blog today. See you there!

Dress: H&M
Cardigan: TJ Maxx
Necklace: J. Crew Factory
Sandals: Vintage

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