Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Very Vintage Vibe

28Aug13(1) 28Aug13(2) 28Aug13(3) 28Aug13(4) 28Aug13(5)

Dress (worn with tank underneath): Anthropologie
Heels: Target
Sunglasses: Rayban "Clubmaster"

A retro curl + a vintage cut dress = perfect femininity. I picture my both of my grandma's wearing something similar in the 40's, when they were in their 20's.

When I was in high school, two of my best girlfriends and I would sing trio songs. One of the first we ever learned was Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by the Andrews Sisters. I can remember sitting in my room, crowded around my boom box, listening to the recording and trying to pick out the harmonies. We were actually pretty good - we sang for our high school talent shows, were cast in community theatre productions together, and even won a local singing contest.

Music has always been such a huge part of my life. Some of my best memories and best friendships have stemmed from music, in some way. It has a unique way of connecting people, and connecting people to certain times or places in their lives. Music makes my life special. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Rock Star

23Aug13(1) 23Aug13(2) 23Aug13(3) 23Aug13(4)

T-shirt: Work
Pants: Derek Lam for Kohl's
Shoes: Payless
Sunglasses: Rayban "Clubmaster"

I felt kinda punk rock in this outfit. New red hair (complete with a big poof), printed pants, and a graphic tee. Perfect for a Friday.

Graphic tee's were my jam back when I was in middle school, which about 10 years ago now. My favorites (that I remember) included a black Pirates of the Caribbean shirt featuring Johnny Depp and a Led Zeppelin album cover tee, both of which came from Hot Topic. Obviously, I was a total rock star. I also distinctly remember calling the local radio station multiple times to request Swing Swing by the All American Rejects around this time period. So, here's the music video, for 13 year-old me:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Red - A World About to Dawn

22Aug13(1) 22Aug13(2) 22Aug13(3) 22Aug13(4) 22Aug13(5) 22Aug13(6) 22Aug13(7)

Jacket: Target
Tank: T.J. Maxx
Leggins: Sears
Shoes: Payless
Sunglasses: Rayban "Clubmaster"
Earrings: H&M

TA-DA! How do you like my new color? It was a spur of the moment decision, but I like how it turned out! 

I was talked into doing it by two of the girls at work, Sami and Liz. They both recently graduated from Amber's and were back taking a cutting class today. They had some extra time, so they volunteered to help me in this adventure. (They're both super talented, and I totally trusted them. They did a great job!)  We use Davines at Amber's, and since I was too shy to try a permanent color, we decided the Finest Pigments line was the best choice. Finest Pigments do not contain ammonia, so the color will wash out in a couple weeks.

I've done this to my hair before (out of a box), but this was my first time putting any sort of high-end color on it. It was fun! I'm interested to see how fast it will fade and it will look like over the course of the next few weeks.

So, in honor of my new red-ish hue and my coordinating outfit, here is a song - NERD ALERT - from my favorite musical, that matches oh so well:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Yellow Like The Sunshine

21Aug13(1) 21Aug13(2) 21Aug13(3) 21Aug13(4) 21Aug13(5) 21Aug13(6)

Top: maurices
Skirt & Bracelet: Target
Shoes: Macy's
Earrings: Kohl's
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

This is my adorable car. I've always dreamed of having one, ever since I was a little girl. I love everything about it - it just makes me happy! I am so lucky to have found it. It's my little bit of sunshine!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Triple P (Purple Printed Pants)

20Aug13(1) 20Aug13(2) 20Aug13(3) 20Aug13(4) 20Aug13(5)

Tank & Jacket: maurices
Pants: Kohl's
Shoes: Target
Necklace: A Gift
Sunglasses: Rayban "Clubmaster"

Purple reminds me of my mom. Soft, and soothing, and sweet. I don't wear purple often, but when I do, I always think of her. 

Isn't it strange how we associate things or scents or sounds with feelings? It's strange, but incredible, and I like that very much.

Here's one of my favorite "purple" songs. Seems appropriate for this post, and this time of year.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Super Sale Magic Pants

7Aug13(1) 7Aug13(2) 7Aug13(3) 7Aug13(4) 7Aug13(6) 7Aug13(7)

Sweater: ModCloth
Pants: Derek Lam for Kohl's
Flats: Payless
Bracelet: Target
Sunglasses: Rayban "Clubmaster"

These pants were an incredible buy. I found them at Kohl's, buried deep in the overstuffed sale racks, for $5.40. They were $54.00 originally. That's a 90% savings!! Can you believe it? At that price, even if they didn't fit I would still buy them. Plus, I can wear them with a bunch of different colors, and use them for work or play. I think they're magic.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sole Reflections

6Aug13(1) 6Aug13(2) 6Aug13(3) 6Aug13(4) 6Aug13(5)

Skirt: maurices
Jacket: Rock & Republic for Kohl's
Heels & Tshirt: Target

A haiku dedicated to these heels:

Shiny shoes, adorn
too high - ouch! my feet hurt me.
take pity, poor feet.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

It 'Seam'ed Like A Good Idea

23July13(1)23July13(2) 23July13(3) 23July13(4) 23July13(5)

T-Shirt & Blazer: Target
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Sandals: maurices
Sunglasses: RayBan "Clubmaster"

This outfit was worn a few weeks ago, but I never had the chance to post it to the blog. That day was the sole occasion that I wore these pants. Since, I have washed them, and upon pulling them out of the machine, came across a hole along the seam in the butt. Curses!

I'm not much of a seamstress, (I don't even own a needle and thread to fix the pants) but I'd like to think I've watched enough Project Runway to have some knowledge rub off on me. Plus, I took Home Ec in middle school, where I sewed letter pillows that spelled my name. In flame fabric. Same principle, right? 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Geekin Out

19July13(1) 19July13(2) 19July13(3) 19July13(4) 19July13(5) 19July13(6)

Top & Bobby Pins: ModCloth
Pants: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's
Wedges: Carlos Santana
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

I love learning something new. Today I found this post on Boardwalks & Boulevards, which complies a list of totally free photoshop brushes! I had never really used them before, so I was super excited to put my new knowledge to the test. (See picture 4). Pretty nifty, right? I foresee some brush fun in my future...does that make me a geek? Not according to Portlandia.