Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Peter Pan Collared Top + Chunky Heels


What a relief is to have my sister-in-law, Elyse, taking my photos again. I love my camera, and I always like how my pictures turn out with it, but it's always nice to have someone who actually knows something about photography helping me rather than me just pretending like I do. I still miss my college days of having my photographer friends help me, so whenever I get to take advantage of Elyse's skills, I jump at the chance. I wore a similar version of this outfit last weekend when it was raining, but now that it has finally warmed up, I was all too excited to break out these Hello Holiday heels for the first time in months. Hello again, bare legs and chunky heels. I've missed you.

This weekend was a special one, as Jon and I celebrated our one year anniversary. It's kind of crazy; we've been close friends for about eight years, so it's hard to believe that we've only been dating for a year. I feel so strange getting sappy on the Internet, but it honestly has been the happiest I've ever been in a relationship. Everything is so easy and natural with him, and I've become that giddy girl who I've always ridiculed by being with him. It's disgusting. All of my cynicism is gone. Someone slap me.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lavender Turtleneck Dress


This weekend could not have been more perfect if it tried. I got to spend time with most of my closest friends, including my friend Kyle who is in town visiting a few month stint in Texas for the Air Force. I also tried a new coffee shop, ate a lot of junk food, spent time with Jon, played board games, and saw my family. The best weekends are the ones that feel like they lasted forever, but still feel gone too soon once Monday comes around.

One of the my favorite things that I did was do a photo shoot with my best friend, Whitney, at a nearby park. Whit is finally starting her own blog on nerd culture, so we took some adorable photos of her in her best geek attire. I'm still a novice at photography, but I love getting to practice and be behind the camera occasionally. I do think the pictures turned out great, but that could just be my ego talking. We also carved out a little bit of time for my own outfit pictures, and I made sure that we ventured into the deepest part of the park to do so. It's a giant park with a lovely lake, but I loved how this lavender turtleneck dress looked against the mess of tall trees and overgrown plants. 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

#GoodNewsProject

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw that I started a new project. I wanted to talk a little bit more about it in detail though. I've written a lot about how I'm committed to getting back to blogging and social media, but I haven't really gone into detail as to why. For a while now, I've been kind of a bummer. My living situation has been unstable and, frankly, terrible for the past year; I love the people I work with and my bosses, but I work in customer service so I'm more than a little drained from dealing with terrible people on the phone all day; I work an early shift, which means that I'm exhausted from waking up at 4 a.m. every day; I just...well, I haven't felt like myself in a long time. My boyfriend, friends, and family have been incredibly supportive and wonderful, but I still haven't been able to help feeling down for a long time.

Rather than keep feeling sorry for myself, I decided that the one thing that was missing was a creative outlet. The blogging and social media communities have been so kind to me, and they're where I turn to for creative inspiration and motivation. So in addition to blogging more (which is a thing that genuinely makes me happy), I've also started an Instagram project, called #GoodNewsProject. With this, I'm going to be sharing the good news that I have so that I can focus on the positive things in my life. I need to do something for mental health, and I think this is a good start. It's essentially a way for me to say, you know what? Sure, I'm grumpy from waking up so early, but hey, the good news is that it's Friday. Well, at least it was I started this. You get the idea.

I don't know how long or how often I'm going to be doing this, but I'm excited. I'd also love for others to join in, so whether you're having a bad day or just really excited to share something, please feel free to do the same and tag #GoodNewsProject. I would love to have all of you helping me to focus on the joyful things, and I'll gladly share your posts on my blog and Instagram.

I was really worried that this would seem stupid, but I also don't care. You all have been so kind about this, and I'm really looking forward to it. So good news today, guys: I've started a project.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Etsy Favorites: The X-Files Edition

As I'm sure you're all aware, The X-Files has returned, much to the excitement of believers everywhere. Of course, you can count me as one of them. A couple of years ago, I did a round-up of my favorite Breaking Bad-inspired pieces on Etsy, and I figured that this was the perfect opportunity to do another post combining my favorite things: TV and handmade items from independent designers and stores. Here are just a few of some of the best X-Files items that Etsy has to offer. Now, if you'd be so kind, please buy me all of them:

This collared top from Rusty Cuts is the most stylish way to look uncover the truth

Monday, January 25, 2016

Leaf Print Dress + Gray Cardigan


I don't think that I'm overexaggerating when I say that this dress is all kinds of good. It's a Modcloth piece that I bought from Schoola not too long ago, and I've worn it far too many times already. I've already spoken about my love of Schoola, but I don't think I could ever do it justice. Not only does the website have great used pieces that can be purchased to donate money to schools in need, it also has a selection of brand new pieces that were donated by Modcloth. I knew that I needed this dress the moment I laid eyes on it, and my decision was made that much easier by knowing that I would get to help schools by purchasing it. I love when buying dresses is about more than a selfish need to look cute. P.S. I have no shame in linking to my referral code for Schoola so that we can both get $20 off. You would do it too.

As I mentioned in my previous post (Red Dress + Gray Lace Cardigan), I'm set on digging up old pieces in my closet to make them work while I stay true to my shopping ban. If you've been reading Room 334 for a while, then this cardigan is nothing new to you. I wore it often during college, but it has seen much less light in the past year or two. It's one more item that I'm very glad to rediscover because truly a wonderful staple piece. There is no such thing as too many versatile cardigans.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Black Polka Dot Crop Top + Tan Skirt


As usual, I'm writing this late at night when I should be sleeping. By "late," I of course mean 10 p.m. because anything past 8 p.m. is late when you have to wake up at the crack of dawn. I meant to be home and in bed an hour ago, but I've still been making Jon watch through Parks and Rec with me (a requirement to date me), and we're on season 7. I should have gone home and to bed after a couple of episodes, but we hit "Leslie and Ron." That episode is too good. I had to watch it and try not to cry all over again. As one does.

In other pop culture/fashion news, this is what I wore to see Anomalisa last week. I thrifted this crop top a few months ago, and it's perfect. My only issue? Strapless bras will be the death of me. I have yet to find one that doesn't show an outline when wearing it, but I can't tell if that's an issue with the bra or if I'm wearing the wrong size. Please. Someone send help. Also in these photos is one of the best Christmas presents I've ever received: these Madewell sunglasses from my brother and sister-in-law. No one ever buys me clothes or accessories for fear that I won't like them. I also have a huge problem finding sunglasses that aren't too big on my face. Somehow, they managed to not only pick out a truly wonderful pair of sunglasses from one of my favorite brands, but they also fit perfectly. I'm in love.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Red Modcloth Dress + Gray Lace Cardigan


Not that it happened very often, but this is officially my last outfit post set around my old apartment. I stopped by on Saturday to get the last of my things and to sell my shelving unit to an adorable couple from Craigslist. There was, of course, a terrible interaction with my old roommate who decided to stay and fill the rooms, but what can you do? I made Jon stop quickly to take pictures on the next street over right after, and then we were finally done with the place. Good riddance. It's such a relief to never have to go back to this crazy place.

As I move everything yet again, I am faced with the giant bag and box of clothes I've been meaning to sell. I gave a bunch them to my best friend, but there's still too much. Before I try my hand at selling again, though, I think I'm going to try to make some of the stuff work. I go through clothes so quickly, but as I'm on a serious shopping ban, it makes sense to pull out some of the items I got tired of to see what I can still use. Take for instance, this cardigan. It was sitting in box for who knows how long, and for no real reason at all. I think I possibly got bored with it? I have no idea, but it's back in my closet for now. This belt on the other hand, is about to fall apart. It's adorable, but it's being held together by a thread on the side. This one, sadly, must meet the trash.

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