Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Do-Gooder


Look, I don't mean to brag, but I'm getting smarter. Since I am a hoarder of clothes, I end up taking my items to Buffalo Exchange pretty often in hopes of the store taking them off my hands and giving me store credit in exchange. Usually, though, they ended up passing on all but one or two items if I'm lucky. A couple of weeks ago, though, I used my college degree, did some critical thinking, and called the store ahead of time to see what kinds of items they were looking for. I know, I know. I'm brilliant. You don't need to tell me. This time, I brought in just what they were looking for, the store ended up taking a bunch of my items, and I walked out with a pretty decent amount of store credit. Because of this, I returned last week with a friend, and I walked out with this dress, jacket, and another jacket, because a girl can dream that one day it will get cool enough to wear layers. Until then, I have to limit myself to wearing this jacket at night, like I did last Friday when I went to a nearby Oktoberfest. I really love this jacket because it's a little different than I normally wear (it even came with a detachable hood), and it has the ability to make pretty lace lace dresses like this one a little more casual and appropriate for a night of drinking a lot of beer (or if you're me, a night of drinking one beer and then staying sober to play designated driver). And while I certainly don't need yet another cream or lace dress, I couldn't resist this one. Do you really expect to pass up a $6 dress with a sweetheart necklace this adorable? I didn't think so.

I also picked up this necklace the same day at a little store in downtown Fullerton that I just discovered called Share & Do Good. I fell in love with the shop at first sight, and my love for it grew as I talked with the owner and learned that it was filled with items that support good causes. I eyed the 31 Bits pieces for a long time, but once I saw this beaded necklace from International Sanctuary, a brand that employs survivors of human trafficking, I knew it had to be mine. It's lovely, different than anything I own, and it helps support a great cause AND a local business. Sold. If you live in or near Orange County, I highly recommend checking out Share & Do Good, or just check out International Sanctuary's items at Purpose Jewelry. This post isn't sponsored in the slightest; I just really love and believe in these businesses. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jeff Winger


Whenever I write posts late at night, it's usually because I've been doing something awesome that has kept me up. Okay, oftentimes, it's really just because I've stayed up too late watching a TV show, but last night was was of those rare times when I actually had a reason to be kept awake. I went to another taping of the Harmontown podcast, which is starting to become a regular thing with my friends. It started as something I introduced to my friend Adam, and we've been to two tapings ever since we realized that Meltdown Comics (where it's taped) isn't that far of a drive and that it's only $10. Since the last one we went to, we've gotten a few more friends into the podcast, and a small group of us went last night. Harmontown is always unpredictable, since you never really know what Dan Harmon will talk about or who will end up on stage, but it's not every time that a huge celebrity drops in. Sure, there's always that hope that someone famous will make an appearance, but it's certainly not expected. That said, I was shocked when a guy in the front row started freaking out at someone backstage, Harmon said that he had told a friend to stop by, and Joel McHale ran out and did a lap around the room. As a giant "Community" fan, and a fan of McHale's comedy in general, I was elated, especially when he sat down on stage and stayed for the entire show. He was just as funny and charming live as you'd expect, and watching him play Dungeons & Dragons will likely be one of my favorite experiences ever. Harmon & co. often make jokes about how busy and famous McHale is, so I never once expected to see him there. The great thing about the Nerd Melt showroom is that the theater is tiny (I think it only seats about 100), so we got to be fairly close to him. And might I add, he was just as attractive in person as one might hope. And by "one," I mean that's what I was thinking about.

Enough humble bragging ("Community" reference!); let's talk about the outfit. Ruche sales at any time or place are dangerous, but they're especially dangerous when you realize that you live 20 minutes away from Ruche's warehouse and that the website offers warehouse pickups (so no shipping cost) and 10% off your purchase if you do. I ended up getting two dresses that I've had my eye on for a while, including this one, for less than $30. Even though I'm craving fall, I love that I can still buy summer dresses and wear them all year round. This one in particular has me swooning over the print, and the cut is just dreamy. At some point I hope to layer it over tights and boots for a fall or winter ensemble, but for now, I'm happy wearing it with a light sweater for an afternoon out with my sister-in-law and nephew. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Denim for Days


Well, I finally did it. I got a denim button down. I've been to for what feels like forever, or at least a few years, but I just hadn't found the right one for the right price. Since I've been focused on getting some good quality, long-lasting shirts lately, I couldn't resist when J. Crew Factory was a one day sale on certain items a week or two ago, so I finally ordered this one. It's great quality (real denim rather than chambray), and I can already tell that I'll be wearing it often. I paired it with this floral Jack by BB Dakota dress, which I picked up at Goodwill last week for $9. The top button on the dress is broken, so until I fix it (or resort to a safety pin), I'm settling for wearing it as a skirt. Between this gorgeous dress and that lovely floral skirt I found over the summer, I am killing it at finding BB Dakota pieces for super cheap at thrift stores this year. I'm beginning to think that I'll never need to buy anything by the brand for full price from now since the universe obviously is planting things in thrift stores for me to find. Thanks, universe!

Other than actually a few productive things I've been doing lately, I've been having a fun past couple of days. I saw "This Is Where I Leave You" with my friends Adam and Miller on Monday, and it was better than I expected. I've been meaning to see for at a month or two now because of the incredibly cast, but it didn't look like it'd be too great so I didn't get around to it until this week. It certainly wasn't the best movie I've ever seen, but anything with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Kathryn Hahn, Cary Stoll, Ben Schwartz, and Connie Britton is worth seeing. We ended up getting a couple drinks after and staying out way too late, but it was a really fun night. Yesterday, I went to a cool downtown area near me with my friend Alyssa for lunch and shopping, where I got to use some store credit to Buffalo Exchange. It was a great day, but I'm putting myself on another shopping ban. I had been good for months, but I've added too many new pieces (as cheap as they've been) to my closet lately, and I really need to just stop. Someone send help.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mondays


It's kind of strange that, at this short moment of time in my life, I almost look forward to Mondays more than the weekends. Don't get me wrong; I love the weekends, especially since my friends have more free time and more plans are made. Unfortunately, though, I work super early shifts (we're talking 7 a.m.) at my restaurant job on Saturday and Sundays. I get off really early, around noon, so it's not like I don't have free time, but it's still a little exhausting. Well, it's mostly exhausting because Friday and Saturday nights are when people like to stay out later, and I never get enough sleep. Mondays and Tuesdays, though, are for sleeping in for me for the time being. Sure, I'll be up by 7:30-8ish, but the fact that I don't have to wake up that time is something to celebrate. 

Exhaustion aside, I did have a good weekend. I spent some time at my brother and sister-in-law's house on Friday, where I got to play with Legos with my nephew and take outfit pictures with Elyse. On Saturday night, I went to my friend Jeremy's Halloween party, which I had been looking forward to all week. I've never gotten too into Halloween or dressing up, but when I got the idea to dress up like Marty McFly, I knew I could make this one a good one. Luckily, I can always count on my best friend Whitney to dress up like a dude from an '80s movie with me rather than finding something risque, so she went as the Doc Brown to my Marty. It was probably the best idea we've ever had. You can see what we looked like by following me on Instagram.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Navy


I'm really in love with this dress. From far away, it looks like just a simple navy frock, but upon closer inspection, it has actually has the prettiest lace detail. It's extremely flattering and versatile, and I'd be lying if I said I hadn't already worn it twice since it came in the mail on Thursday. I received it through a Facebook swap, new with the tags on, and I foresee it being in heavy rotation in my wardrobe from now on. I actually wore the day after I got it for coffee and thrifting, and then I ended throwing it back on when I went over to my brother and sister-in-law's house on Sunday because I couldn't resist. I also picked up these shoes (which are wedges, but kind of just look like flat sandals in the grass) while thrifting on Friday. They're Tommy Hilfiger, and while I love how they look with the dress, I made the mistake of not looking in a full-length mirror before I walked out of the house on Sunday. So much regret for wearing a cream belt. And now I've just called attention to that mismatched pairing, so you're welcome, Internet. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Working Girl


Last week, I had the pleasure of working a blogging event for my internship with FAB Counsel. As I've mentioned before, I've been interning with FAB Counsel  a digital marketing firm  since the beginning of summer, and we've been gearing up for this event pretty much the entire time. The event, or the FABDILab, was a day-long blogging conference aimed toward helping new and aspiring bloggers find their niche, monetize their blogs, and network with each other and brands in attendance. There were 10 different bloggers and blogging experts who led workshops/seminars, and the day ended with a networking reception. Since my internship mostly consists of doing social media, I've spent the past month or so heavily working on promoting the event, and I was excited for the day to finally arrive after working toward it for so long. Unsurprisingly, the event went extremely well, and I absolutely loved having the responsibility of being in charge of the volunteers, live Tweeting and Instagramming the event, taking photos, and being on hand for anything else needed. The best part was that since I was in charge of the social media, I actually got to sit in on all of the workshops, and hearing some big name bloggers like Sazan and Jackie (both of whom were much funnier than I could have ever imagined) speak. I came away from it with some great advice and some new connections in the blogging world. The event also marked the end of my internship hours, which means that I'm pretty much done being an intern and working for free (hopefully). We'll see what I'll be doing next, but I'm looking forward to speaking with my boss about continuing my work with FAB Counsel this week because I really love what I've been doing. If I could create a job for myself, it would involve writing, social media, and working with bloggers, so it's basically perfect.

As you might have guessed, this is what I wore to the event. I found this dress a little while ago, and I had been saving it for the occasion. We all know that I have a weakness for white dresses, and I think I might have found the perfect LWD in this one. I also felt like an event like this called for a J. Crew statement necklace and some Hasbeens. You understand.

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