Friday, September 19, 2014

Two Headed Boy


I apologize ahead of time if this post ends up not making any sense since I'm writing it late at night and half asleep, but this is what I wore to see Neutral Milk Hotel yesterday. In case I haven't said it enough times, Neutral Milk Hotel is one of my favorite bands of all time, and my best friends, Adam and Whitney, bought me a ticket to see them at the Hollywood Bowl for my birthday earlier this summer. I've been in love with Neutral Milk Hotel since I was about 14 or 15, and it's one of those bands that got me through high school and that I have a huge emotional attachment to. Since the band officially broke up in 1999 (after only putting out two albums, including one of the greatest albums of all time, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea), I've spent most of my life under the impression that I would never get to see them perform live. Fortunately, the band surprised everyone by announcing a reunion tour last year, and I knew I had to see them. Of course, when I missed the chance to see them in Illinois last year, I went back to assuming I had missed them forever, so getting to see them yesterday was an actual dream come true. I can't even put the concert into words since it was so incredible. It was surreal seeing a band I'm so attached to and have spent years listening to through headphones and in my car, especially on particularly bad days, live. Jeff Mangum, the band's creator and lead singer, is one of my musical heroes and hearing him sing "Two Headed Boy," one of my favorite songs of all time, solo on stage was one of the best experiences of my life. I have no shame in admitting that I got pretty emotional. I think it's pretty understandable though.

Enough of the emotional rants about Jeff Mangum, though. Let's talk about this dress. I had contemplated getting this Dahlia lace dress for my birthday from my parents, but as you know, I settled on the Swedish Hasbeens instead. I'm obviously happy with my decision, but I never really stopped thinking about this dress. So, of course, when Dahlia had a huge sale recently, I had to snatch this beauty up for a steal. It's a little tricky to wear since it has an open back, and I can't exactly get away with going bra-less. Instead, it just gives me another good excuse to throw on  a cardigan. Not that I need one.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oddball


Well, we have some things to catch up on, don't we? As you most likely saw, I was away from the blogging world, and just the world in general, last week while I was sick. To make a long story short, it was bad. I couldn't really get out of bed, I had a high fever for the entire week, and I had to visit the doctor's office three times, where I got two shots and blood drawn. So that was fun. I'm still not feeling 100% since I have a pretty bad lingering cough and a general lack of energy, but I'm much better than I was last week. Phew.

I finally started feeling better on Saturday, which was a huge relief considering it was the night of Oddball Comedy Fest. I've been talking about it for a while now, and since I bought a ticket and was looking forward to the chance to seeing some of my favorite comedians do stand-up in one place, I wasn't about it to miss it. As you might have guessed, it was absolutely worth it. I got to see nine comedians including some of my all-time favorites like Demetri Martin, Hannibal Burress, Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Sarah Silverman, and of course, Louis CK. It was incredible. It was amazing seeing all of them, but no one compared to Louis CK. He is a god. His set was flawless, and seeing him live was surreal. So despite the fact that I felt like dying a little bit, I would do all over again in a heartbeat. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sick

Just wanted to stop by really quick to let you know why I've been absent all week. I've had a fever since Saturday, and yesterday my doctor told me I have a really bad sinus infection as well. I don't have very much energy at the moment, and pretty much all I've done all week is sleep. Obviously, that means blogging and outfit pictures are out of the question, especially since I'm assuming you don't care about seeing me in my p.j.s with my hair all over the place. I'm considering getting a couple guest posts lined up since I don't know when I'll be better, but fingers crossed that I'll be back with new posts next week. Thanks for understanding.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Things That Caught My Eye This Week #44

My obsession with white dresses continues, and this number from Lauren Winter just jumped to the top of my list.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Madeline


I've been saying this for a while, but September is going to be an exciting month for me. Much to my surprise, however, the excitement started a little earlier than expected. Yesterday, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed their new baby daughter, Madeline Elisabeth, into the world, and I was fortunate enough to get to meet her soon after. I absolutely adore being an aunt (I have two nephews and now three nieces), so I'm overjoyed at her arrival. Both my sister-in-law and the baby are doing wonderfully, and I already can't wait until I get to visit them again this week. Forget everything I've said about feeling weird about moving back home. Obviously it's all totally worth it just for this. And other things, of course, but mostly this.

I got woken up pretty early by my parents (after working three 7 a.m. shifts in a row) and then spent almost all day at the hospital, so I wanted to change into something that I felt good in before I left the house later last night. This dress has been another all star of my summer wardrobe, and it has yet to fail in making me happy and being comfortable. This outfit is simple and very typical of me, but it's one of those ones that I just really enjoy. Feel-good outfits are always important to have, even if they do include cardigans that you talk yourself into wearing when it's 80 degrees. I'm pretty confident in saying that I don't think I've ever regretted wearing a cardigan, even in the middle of summer. Cardigans forever.

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. 

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