Monday, September 26, 2016

Modcloth Collared Top + Red Skirt

I know this top probably looks like one I've owned for a while, but believe it or not, it's new. I surprisingly did not own a black sleeveless collared top, which I was happy to rectify. As luck would have it, I'm extremely weak, and when I received an email with a new promotional code from Modcloth, I couldn't resist. I'm bummed that I forgot to take a photo of the button down back, but it's so comfy and perfect. I'm mostly just excited to have another collar to wear my Femme de Bloom donut collar clips with. Who wouldn't be?

This weekend ended far too quickly as they all do. We went to our friends' place for a birthday part on Sunday, and I spent Saturday with my friend Whitney. Yesterday, though, involved getting up early and doing some heavy lifting. By that, I mean watching my friends as they did heavy lifting. We finally, finally got our couch and table from my brother, which means no more eating on the floor! Jon and I immediately went to target to get some throw pillows and blankets, so I'm one step closer to having the adorable apartment of my dreams. It already has been feeling like home, but now even more so. Now, I just need to get my gallery wall set up with all of my art prints and then we'll be set.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Etsy Favorites #54

Okay, it's a little predictable for me to share this dress. But come on. This pastel blue gingham fit and flare dress from Dress Keeper is pure perfection.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Black ASOS Midi Dress + Buffalo Exchange Statement Necklace

This outfit is definitely a bit different for me. I don't normally go for this length (although I've been known to try a midi skirt a time or two), but when I spotted this black midi dress in Buffalo Exchange while browsing with my friend Nataly, she convinced me to try it on. I'm glad she did because I ended up loving it. I feel effortlessly cool in this piece, which isn't a feeling that I get quite often. I tend to feel more "cute" than "cool," which I'm perfectly happy with. It's nice to feel cool sometimes though. My biggest reason for loving this dress though? It's comfy as hell. I want to live in this dress and this dress only.

I don't have much to say today, mostly because I'm distracted watching The Great British Baking Show while I'm writing. It's taken me far too long to get around to watching this, but I am a giant fan of cooking and baking shows. I grew up watching the Food Network with dad, so I have such a soft spot for these kinds of shows. This one in particular is wonderful due to everyone's adorable British accents and lack of drama. I'm in love.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monteau Dress + Yellow Cardigan

I'm going to be completely honest with you; this dress doesn't exactly fit over my bust. And by that, I mean that it doesn't fit at all. I picked this up at the Melrose Flea Market with Erica last weekend, and in true flea market fashion, I didn't try it on. It fits most places, but my boobs just aren't having it. So in a fit of desperation to make this adorable dress work, I improvised. A cardigan is key to covering up unzipped dresses, and a safety pin here and there gets the job done. Viola! If I hadn't felt the need to be completely transparent, you would no idea. At least that's what I'm hoping for in real, non-Internet life.

Life right now is pretty grand. Jon and I are settling in quite nicely to the new apartment, and we're slowly having our closest friends over to visit. After living in such unstable places for so long, I'm incredibly happy to be able to host people and, most importantly, learn how to cook. I have never, ever been a cook, nor have I really had the desire to be one. Maybe moving in with my boyfriend has domesticated me, but I'm finally motivated enough to learn. I'm starting with easy dishes, but so far, it's going pretty well. If anyone has any simple recipes or tips, throw them my way!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Thrifted Striped Dress + Leather Jacket

If there's one good things about being bored with my closet (and trust me, there's only one), it's that I get encouraged to try new styles. I've been popping in and out of thrift stores to find some inspiration, and last week I stumbled upon both this cotton trapeze dress and leather/utility bomber jacket in perfect condition. I've tried these dresses before, and I'm still conflicted. On one hand, they're extremely comfortable and I feel very chic when I leave the house. On the other, once I look at photos of myself in them, I can't help but think that I look pregnant. Not really the look I'm look I'm going for. I'm still glad I got this dress because it feels like I'm wearing pjs, but I don't know if it's really my shape. That's what having curves does to you. This jacket though? This is one piece out of my comfort zone that I'm more than happy to be trying. A leather bomber jacket with utility style sleeves is not really what I think of when I imagine the perfectly feminine style that I've created for myself. That said, I'm really digging this piece. I can't wait until it gets cooler so I don't feel insane for busting it out every day.

Is this weekend really over already? I got to see two old pals, both of whom I met through blogging. I grabbed breakfast with my dear friend Nataly (who sadly no longer blogs) on Saturday, and I met up with the lovely Erica of Sweets and Hearts and the Melrose flea market in LA yesterday. It had been far too long since I had seen either of them, and it's a great reminder of the bonds I've formed through the internet. It's crazy to think how comfortable I feel with them even though we originally met online. Whenever I consider quitting blogging altogether, it's great to see the relationships that I've gained through it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Head to Toe Remix: Dresses

I'm so sad to say that we've reached the end of the Head to Toe Remix series, my weekly remix post with Priya of Perfectly Priya. So far we've styled accessories, outwear, tops, bottoms, and shoes. We've saved the best for last, though, and we're ending on a high note with dresses. 

You'd think that styling a black dress would be easy or perhaps even a cop out. You'd be wrong. I actually tried hard to tackle one of my more difficult dresses that I haven't worn in ages, but I ended up struggling so much with the ones I was considering that I decided to get rid of them. I guess in that sense, this series has truly completed its purpose of helping us make the most of our closets.

But back to this seemingly basic dress that I'm wearing here. Like most pieces from TJ Maxx, it's just The neckline is a little off center and can sometimes be a little too revealing if I don't watch how I'm moving, and the handkerchief hem has never been my favorite. I've actually worn it as a top more than anything (as you'll see below), but I really don't wear it as a dress often. As obvious as a choice as it seems, I'm actually really glad that I used it for this since I truly was considering get rid of it and this post changed my mind. I honestly threw this together quickly before leaving for a friend's house because I spent too long struggling to style of on my other dresses, and I couldn't be happier with how this turned out. I'm starting to think that headbands are really the key to making anything work.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016