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Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

Teal L/S Top, Black Vest & Express Jeans

teal l/s shirt :: Forever 21; black vest :: Forever 21; wide black belt :: Forever 21; jeans :: ReRock by Express; necklace :: Forever 21; watch :: Rumors @ JC Penney; earrings :: Charlotte Russe; black pumps :: vintage; pink & gold cameo ring :: Bebe; gold & pearl rings :: Forever 21

Summertime does not mean you must leave layering behind; it simply means you must adjust your tactics! I paired this loose, light knit vest with a long sleeved thin tee – the perfect combo for this time of year, when it’s not quite hot but not quite cold. Later in the summer, when things really start to heat up and it’s too hot for sleeves, I will trade in this tee for a short sleeve version in a fun color, and swap the long jeans for some cute distressed denim shorts. A knit vest such as this allows you to enjoy the layered look without boiling yourself to death in the summer heat.

A wide belt cinched around your middle provides a figure when wearing a loose outer layer. You can wear the belt over the vest to keep things close together, or underneath it, allowing the vest to hang free while still showing off those gorgeous curves. Keep it simple with a solid color that matches your vest, jazz things up with something sequined or sparkly, or add a little bad girl to the ensemble with studs  or chains. Whatever style of belt you choose, try to keep the main color of the belt the same as your vest. IMO, this pulls the look together nicely – especially if this matches your shoes/bag. Go wild with your shirt, and keep everything else related for a polished but fun look.

Things seem to finally be leveling out for me, and I promise I will be updating regularly again from this point forward. I’m considering setting a specific time frame every day that’s completely devoted to this blog. Honestly, I don’t see how that would be too difficult, considering that I don’t really do much of anything most days.

I have been getting out a lot more the last few days. I went to the mall today! I didn’t even make it out of Forever 21 though… What can I say??? I LOVE that store. I bought an entire new outfit for about $100! I really shouldn’t have spent so much, but considering what I got and how much I love it, I don’t regret it too much. I will definitely post pictures tomorrow night! Travis is taking me on a date and I’m going to wear my awesome new outfit for it 🙂

Tomorrow, Travis is taking me to see Iron Man 2, and we’re going to the mall again. I went by myself today, it was nice to get out and have some “me” time. I’m actually really glad I got to go by myself today. He normally loathes going to the mall, but I am insisting that he buys new clothes now that we have some money… He only has one pair of jeans that doesn’t have holes in the knees, and he could definitely use a few more shirts. So I’m dragging him down there tomorrow afternoon, and I plan to explore the rest of the mall as well.

I might be visiting home next week, probably from the 1st to the 5th. If I end up going, posting will prolly be sporadic again. I want to go, to see my family… but it would be really nice to have the house to ourselves for the week. I miss my daddy, but I also miss living on my own. If it were only for a couple of days I would probably go, but it’s almost the entire week – we would be staying at Travis’s mom’s house, without my laptop and without my car, and all of my friends live at least an hour away. I think I would be bored stiff. It could give me a chance to catch up on my reading, but I would also have zero privacy. Whereas, if we stay here, we’d have the house all to ourselves for five days…. I dunno. I hate making decisions.

Again, I’m sorry for the inconsistency in my posting lately. I want you all to know that I do read and very much appreciate every comment left here, even if I don’t answer you immediately. And I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway – I will post the winner tomorrow! 🙂 I’m even gonna be super nice and let you enter until noon PST tomorrow (Thursday, May 27th). I’ll post the winner sometime after that!


my dream life & its wardrobe

Recently, a new friend of mine (Cafe Fashionista) posted a “what if…” post, describing what she would do with her life if she had no responsibilities and could do whatever she wanted, every single day, and invited her readers to do the same.The result, for me at least, was a lovely fantasy that I enjoyed so much I want to share it with you, and I hope, desperately, that one day I can turn it into a reality.

If I could do whatever I wanted every single day, I would go everywhere. I would wear tights, slouchy boots and a loose tunic top or shirt dress, belted at the waist, and carry a big boho bag filled with a camera, good books, treats, spiffy pens and an incredible leather journal.

If my life were mine, to do with as I please, I would wander the beach, stopping occasionally to read or to write; the next day I would explore the city and spend the afternoon sitting outside at a coffee shop, writing about all of the different people who pass by and imagining what their lives are like; I would go deep inside a mountain cave, touching the rocks and writing about what they must be thinking of the crazy human who’s intruded on their home; visit an ancient forest, where I would write about the trees and imagine what they must have seen in their hundreds of years of life.

If my life were mine, I would write, and imagine, and explore, and re-discover the wonder that is the world around us.

What I wouldn’t give to be able to do that…

My daily wear would consist of…

Espresso Cross Body Satchel $36.00

Espresso Cross Body Satchel $36.00, via ThreadSence.com

I would carry this purse with this coraly dress when wandering cities and towns in the South, going through places like Dallas and Nashville:

Embroidered Peasant Dress & Belt via Forever21.com

Embroidered Peasant Dress & Belt via Forever21.com

And with this white dress when wandering through the countryside, meadows and playing in fields of wildflowers:

Embroidered Woven Dress via Forever21.com

Embroidered Woven Dress via Forever21.com

I would wear these shoes with both dresses:

UnionBay LuLu Sandal via Alloy.com

UnionBay LuLu Sandal via Alloy.com

Or maybe these boots:

Don't Come Walking Boot via ModCloth.com

Don't Come Walking Boot via ModCloth.com

This is the jacket I would wear with these dresses on chilly days:

Blended Leatherette Jacket via Forever21.com

Blended Leatherette Jacket via Forever21.com

Edgy Chic Zippered Tote via Forever21.com

Edgy Chic Zippered Tote via Forever21.com

I would carry this black bag (above) with this little but comfy and cute black dress (below) while people watching in places like NYC and LA.

Mesh Tiered Hem Dress via Forever21.com

Mesh Tiered Hem Dress via Forever21.com

I would cinch my waist up with this belt when wearing my LBD:

Studded Waist Belt via Forever21.com

Studded Waist Belt via Forever21.com

On chilly days, I would pull on these tights (or simple, opaque black ones, depending on my mood) to keep my legs warm:

Glam Rock Tights via Forever21.com

Glam Rock Tights via Forever21.com

This is the jacket I would wear to ward off the cold:

Crinkled Faux Leather Jacket via Forever21.com

Crinkled Faux Leather Jacket via Forever21.com

And these are the shoes I would wear with my LBD:

UnionBay Success Sandal via Alloy.com

UnionBay Success Sandal via Alloy.com

This would be my beach outfit, layered over my swim suit:

H&M Romper, shoes, bangle & sunglasses, via HM.com

H&M Romper, shoes, bangle & sunglasses, via HM.com

This would be my hiking outfit, along with the satchel from the top of this list:

Camping Cutie Top via ModCloth.com

Camping Cutie Top via ModCloth.com

Cargo Shorts With Sash via Charlotte Russe.com

Cargo Shorts With Sash via Charlotte Russe.com

Lace-Up Military Boot via ThreadSence.com

Lace-Up Military Boot via ThreadSence.com

And this would be the journal I cart around with me, and write and draw and express my every single thought and emotion and impression in:

Genuine Leather Writer's Notebook via Amazon.com

Genuine Leather Writer's Notebook via Amazon.com

Pen & Ink Fountain Pen Sketch Set Fine Point via Amazon.com

Pen & Ink Fountain Pen Sketch Set Fine Point via Amazon.com

If my life were mine own to live, this would be my attire and my tools; everything I need. What I wouldn’t give to be so free…

What would you do with your life if you were completely, utterly free? Imagine your life completely without restraint, without boundaries or borders or responsibilities or obligations – I dare you. Who would you be? Tell me.

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sleeping beauty

Brown Top, Ivory Vest & Khaki Shorts

Accessories

Brown Top, Ivory Vest & Khaki Shorts

Gold Leaf Earrings

Brown Top, Ivory Vest & Khaki Shorts

Beige Oxfords

brown v-neck tee :: Express; ivory slub vest :: Charlotte Russe; khaki shorts :: Aeropostale; scarf :: Charlotte Russe; cord belt :: Charlotte Russe; necklace :: Charlotte Russe; wooden bangle :: Charlotte Russe; earrings :: Forever 21; gold & pearl rings :: Forever 21; pink heart ring :: Hard Candy; men’s watch :: JC Penney; beige oxfords :: Qupid @ Forever Young; magazine :: June 2010 issue of Glamour

This is the outfit I wore on Thursday. I have a couple ideas for remixing it, and I plan to try them out soon. One plan involves a dark olive green cardigan instead of the vest, and possibly switching the khaki shorts out for some similarly colored pants. This remix idea would definitely be more cool-weather friendly, which seems to be more appropriate at the moment. I was excited to move to California because it was supposed to be warm here; so far we’ve only had a handful of days I could stand to wear shorts outside. I’m very disappointed in CA weather! At least it’s raining in Utah… I miss the rain, desperately. I was not made to live in a desert. I need something green. I think I’d like to move to Washington or Oregon sometime soon.

I am absolutely in love with these shoes and this vest… The vest is all over sized and comfy and soft and lovely, but lightweight enough to layer with it in the summer. I have a similar one in black that I adore – it looks amazing thrown over something white or gray. I’m loving vests right now, and I plan to pick up a few fitted ones very soon.

There is something seriously wrong with me. I went to sleep at about 5:00 a.m. Friday morning… and didn’t wake up until 1:00 a.m. on Saturday – 20 hours later. I was up for a few hours, then went back to sleep about 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 Saturday night! It’s now about 5:00 a.m. Sunday, and the really sad thing is, I feel like I could lay down and go back to sleep. I’m afraid that if I do go back to sleep, I’ll sleep through an entire day again… and that would really make John angry. So, I’m going to stay up, and tomorrow evening I’m going to be in bed by 10:00 p.m., at the absolute latest.

It may sound cheesy, but I have written a “Plan of Action” for myself for the next week. It includes a list of all the things I need to accomplish and the goals I have for myself. I’m going to keep track by writing myself a daily to do list and recording my progress and thoughts in my journal. Suzanne suggested something similar a few weeks ago, and I think that having goals for my day, and a way to see my productivity at the end of the day, will encourage me to get myself moving and get things done. Hopefully, it will also help to pull me out of my funk. I did go for a jog Thursday morning, and it made me feel tons better. I enjoy being physically active, it’s just a matter of motivating myself to get away from my computer. If it’s decently warm in the morning, I’m going to go for another jog. If not, I’m at least going to work out on the weights in the garage.

John has started referring to my cats as “Trail Mix”, because they follow me everywhere. And this is not a new phenomenon – they did it back in Salt Lake, too. My little sister says they’re only friendly when I’m around. People can say what they want about cats, but Vince and Lily definitely know who they belong to.

Me & Vince

Me & Vince

Oh yeah – don’t forget to enter my ThreadSence Giveaway! Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 25th!


Britain girl

So tired. Feels like I haven’t slept in ages.

Didn’t get as much done on my blog as I wanted to today, but I did get other stuff done, which is important too. I somehow managed to spend three hours getting myself put together this morning. Don’t ask me how that happened… I honestly have no idea. This is what I wore while I wasted my morning away:

F21 Basic White Tank

F21 Basic White Tank

Aeropostale Hoodie + Kennedy by Vanity Shorts

Aeropostale Hoodie + Kennedy by Vanity Shorts

Aeropostale Hoodie + F21 Basic White Tank

Aeropostale Hoodie + F21 Basic White Tank

It was really cute and comfy, and I almost ended up in this for the entire day, but I put together an outfit Friday that I have been dying to try out, so I changed.
(see bottom of post for all outfit info)

Blazer & Brit Tee

Earrings, Blazer & Brit Tee

I managed to drag Travis away from LoL and his computer long enough to go down to a nearby park and wander around in the fading sunlight, capturing photos of my outfit. Today I decided to wear my British flag t-shirt under my charcoal blazer with my denim shorts, black pumps, red clutch and aviator sunglasses. Perfect outfit for playing at the park. Well, except for the pumps, anyway. They were kind of a bitch to walk in across the grass. The pumps are vintage but in fantastic condition, the label inside says “Oh Deer…” and the bottoms are bright red – it was love at first sight with these shoes, especially because they were only $5. Who could turn down these shoes at that price??? They are one of the few vintage pieces I own (so far), but I fully intend to change that very soon.

Blazer & Brit Tee

Blazer & Brit Tee

Blazer & Brit Tee

I *love* this red clutch. It may very well be the nicest purse I own, and I instantly feel chic whenever I add it to an outfit.

John (father in law) called me “Britain Girl” all day today because of my shirt (which I snagged on clearance for $1… seriously. how awesome is that????). I seriously think this may have just become my FAVORITE outfit in my entire wardrobe. This was the first time I’ve worn the blazer – I’ve had it since last fall but I’ve been having a serious style blockage whenever I pull it out of the wardrobe. I was considering getting rid of it, but something finally clicked the other day, I put this together and – voila! The perfect summer outfit. I think part of the issue was that the sleeves of the blazer are actually long. I rolled them up to give it a more casual look. The black & silver printed scarf + the British flag t-shirt = my version of mixing prints. Surprisingly, my first adventure with print mixing seems to have turned out pretty well.

Clutch, bracelet & watch

I’m really loving the men’s watch look right now. I’ve been wanting a man style watch for a while now, and my mom got Travis one for his birthday last August. He hasn’t been able to use it yet, because it’s just a tiny bit too big. He really needs to take it down to the mall and get a link or two taken out of it. It’s a bit too big for me, too, but I found out today that it will at least stay on my wrist. So, I’ve stolen it and I’m wearing it till he takes it down to get it adjusted. Plus, my super awesome bangle watch from Bebe is broken. I need to find the receipt and send it in for repair – it has a one year warranty on it, and I just got it a couple months ago. I found the receipt right before we moved… but then we moved.

Vintage Black Pumps

Blazer & Brit Tee

I didn’t do a whole lot today – went to the store, explored the nearby park, and wandered around home, but it’s more than I’ve done in ages, physically speaking, and I feel pretty good about it. In fact, today was absolutely the best day I have had since moving to California three weeks ago. It’s crazy how the perfect outfit can completely transform your outlook on your day and your attitude towards the things you need to do. Even something as simple as running errands can feel glamorous in the right pair of shoes. I used to feel silly wearing high heels outside of work and clubbing, especially because I am kinda tall, but you know what? I finally decided to dress for me, and not for what other people want me to look like – and I feel so liberated. So much more free about my fashion choices. It’s definitely easier to get dressed in the morning, and if I want to wear heels, I wear them, and I don’t give a damn what other people think. I wear what I like, what I think looks good and what I’m comfortable in.

While I was at Wal-Mart today, I happened into the clearance section of the clothing and came upon a teal cropped Miley Cyrus jacket for $5!!! I’m so glad I finally had some money. I was able to get it, and while we don’t have a whole lot of money left, Travis’s 401k should be coming in soon. I already have an outfit planned for tomorrow, so I’m thinking I’ll wear my new jacket on Tuesday – though I may change my mind, it really depends on the weather. I definitely plan to continue getting out of the house over the next few days, so expect more photos with grass and trees instead of bathroom counters.

I honestly can’t believe I’m still awake. I actually fell asleep in my chair a little while ago, Travis woke me up and I almost went to bed then, but I wanted to finish this post. So here I am, an hour later, finally getting done. I am too tired to keep doing this to myself. I started re-arranging my blog today, but I will finish the updates and make over tomorrow. I’m going to bed now!

Do me a favor? Stop by my Chictopia & my Mode Republic and vote for the new outfits I’ve posted? Pretty please with a cherry on top? 🙂

Outfit Info::

Outfit #1: white tank [Forever 21], blue & white jacket [Aeropostale], denim shorts [Vanity]

Outfit #2: charcoal blazer [Forever 21], British flag t-shirt [Miley Cyrus for Wal-Mart], scarf [Vanity], denim shorts [Vanity], black pumps [vintage], red clutch [Unlisted], cuff bracelet [Forever 21], watch [men’s watch by Rumours from JC Penney], earrings [Charlotte Russe], cross ring [Vanity], aviators [Forever 21]

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vegas adventure

Despite not having a lot of money, Vegas was a lot of fun. We went to five different casinos, and we somehow managed to lose money at all of them. We definitely hit a string of bad luck last night! We decided we would only gamble $20 of our money, and our luck was so bad that we lost it within the first hour at our first casino, Whiskey Pete’s. This was incredibly frustrating because when we left Whiskey Pete’s, it was only 11pm AND it’s actually 40 miles outside of Vegas. However, when we arrived at our first Vegas proper casino, the New York New York, John and Shantel bought us an amazing strawberry daiquiri from the bar Coyote Ugly and gave us another $20 (have I ever mentioned how much I love them???). After we got our drinks, we walked across the bridge over the strip to the MGM Grand and gambled most of our $20 away there. We actually almost won all of our money back – we hit $36 on a machine and I jokingly said that we should quit for the night. I really wish we would have, because that was the highest we got all night.

The Vegas Strip

The Strip, from the bridge between NYNY & MGM

When we walked into the MGM Grand, we went past the entrance for Studio 54. If Travis had had his damn ID, I probably would have skipped the gambling and gone in there. He lost his license a couple of weeks ago and only has his old, expired one that has holes punched in it. Blast! I am definitely going next time we’re in Vegas, though – with or without him.

Daquiri Love

The Lion's Den :: In front of the lion exhibit at the MGM*

(*Psst… check the bottom of post for outfit info)

Jen & Travis

Me & the most amazingest guy in the world (Travis... duh)

Losing all of that money made me crave food in a bad way. I wasn’t hungry, I just wanted comfort food. I’ve never been a stress eater until recently, when I gave up another habit I used as anxiety control. So, we were about to call it quits and get some food (me some clam chowder and Travis a pretzel) when John and Shantel decided it was time to move on to the next casino.

Vegas Style Tip :: Wear something that will still be flattering if you get bloated from too much alcohol and junk food.

After stopping for gas (John came out with a Snickers candy bar for me and completely made my night), we drove off the Strip to a more Wendover-like casino called the Texas Station. It was nowhere near as crowded as the casinos on the Strip – in fact, it was pretty empty. I was definitely okay with that though, because at this point in the night I was pretty tired. I hadn’t slept much the night before, so it was kind of nice to get away from the crowds, the noise, the dirt and the constant fear that someone was going to make off with my purse.

Accessories

Sunglasses :: F21; Leopard Print Wallet :: Charlotte Russe; Phone :: Motorola v360

Bebe Purse

Purse :: Bebe

In fact, I really didn’t want to carry my purse for most of the night for just that reason – it’s kind of a big target. I had meant to grab my tiny black clutch, but we were in such a hurry to leave that it completely slipped my mind. Instead, I actually used my leopard print wallet case as a clutch for most of the evening. Travis was kind enough to put my lipstick and eyeliner in his pocket, so the wallet was perfect – small enough that it wasn’t conspicuous, carried it so it couldn’t be pick-pocketed, and held in my lap when sitting so no one could grab it, but big enough to hold what I needed to have with me.

Vegas style tip :: Take a bag/wallet that you can keep your hands/eyes on at all times; only use your pockets if they’re deep, and shove your money & ID as far into the pocket as possible.

When we arrived at Texas Station, we had planned to go immediately in search of that comfort food, but John was kind enough to give us another $10 so we could play a bit more. We lost it, put in another $5, got it back, and decided we were done. Honestly, I’m not much a fan of gambling. It’s more fun when you’re drinking (and winning), and the daiquiri was the only drink I had last night.

The Strip has some pretty swanky casinos, but Texas Station is awesome – they have movie theaters and a pretty decent sized food court. It was 3am though, and the only restaurant open was Fatburger. I love me some french fries, but I very rarely eat burgers… and never at a fast food joint. However, for some reason last night I was craving one like none other. Even more strange was the fact that I wanted stuff on my burger. Normally I get a slice of beef and a bun, cheese if I’m feeling adventurous. But last night, I got cheese, mayo, lettuce and onions. I NEVER eat onions. There was definitely something wrong with me last night.

Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand

Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand

Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand

Fatburger, The Last Great Hamburger Stand

Tiny FatBurger

Small (but amazing) burger from FatBurger

I did order the smallest burger on the menu, 2.5oz, but it definitely did not disappoint me. It was amazing. In fact, next time I’m in Vegas I may have to wander over to Texas Station just for FatBurger. Seriously the BEST burger I have ever had. And the fries??? OMG… the fries. They give you a choice of steak or skinny; we ordered steak but were lucky enough to get some of both. The only thing that could possibly have made them better would have been fry sauce. (for the non-Utahns out there, fry sauce is a mixture of ketchup and mayo for french fries). When we were done eating, we talked and laughed, and I entertained myself by taking photos of everything in sight.

Vegas Style Tip :: Carry a purse size hand sanitizer with you at all times. After just an hour of gambling, I could feel the layers of dirt and grime and disgustingness covering my hands.

Jeweled Cuff Bracelet

Jeweled Cuff Bracelet :: Forever 21

My fave cuff bracelet

Cuff bracelet :: Forever 21

Textured Tights & Ballet Flats

Tights :: F21; Ballet flats :: Charlotte Russe

The first half of the night I wore my second favorite pair of heels, my black buckle ankle boots. I thought Travis got them in the very first photo of me, but apparently not. I will get a picture of them up asap. After walking between casinos and around the machines for a few hours though, my feet started to swell and really hurt. I’m definitely glad I brought my ballet flats with me… I seriously might have died otherwise!

Vegas style tip :: If you’re wearing heels, make sure to bring a pair of flats with you to the casinos. Keep them in your car, in your purse, or make your husband put them in his back pocket, but bring them!!! Unless you are accustomed to walking miles on hard floors and pavement and standing for hours in them, bring your flats as a back up.

Texas Station was meant to be our last stop for the night. John and Shantel got done gambling a while after we got done eating. We piled into the car and started towards home on I-15, and I started to doze off in the car. When we reached the outskirts of Vegas, John decided to stop at the South Point casino to use the restroom. On his way out, John and Shantel got distracted by a machine, so Travis and I contented ourselves by playing video Black Jack (we won 29 cents) until they finally decided it was time to go – at 5:45 in the a.m.

Charlotte Russe Chain Necklace

Chain necklace :: Charlotte Russe

ChunkyBebeEarrings

Earrings :: Bebe

Vegas style tip :: No matter how cute they are, don’t wear extremely heavy earrings. They will start to hurt after an hour or two.

Despite my normal sleep schedule, I was incredibly exhausted at this point; despite how tired I was, I felt strangely restless and didn’t get to sleep until we were nearly home anyway. When we arrived home, at about 9am, I went straight to bed but still couldn’t get to sleep for some time… and when I did I slept until 6pm. There is definitely something wrong with my sleeping patterns. I decided to give regulating them one more shot, and I stayed up all night last night. It’s about 7am and I’m fighting the urge to crawl into bed. I still have that restless feeling, so I’m not sure that I could sleep even if I tried. I’m strongly considering a caffeine run when I’m done with this post.

Jennifer

Hey, it's me!

I’m still working on those updates I mentioned in my previous post; they will surface throughout the day today. When I’m done, I will write a post detailing the changes. I’m really excited about it! I’m strongly considering moving this blog over to Blogger. I definitely prefer the Word Press interface, but (from what I can tell) Blogger gives me greater freedom with the template and design of my blog, as well as additional tools to help me promote it. BUT… I’ve already done a lot of promoting with this blog and this address. I don’t know what to do! I know that unless Word Press releases their death grip on the blog templates soon, I will eventually have to move over. But I really do love this interface.

Argh. What do you guys think?

Outfit Info: gray tunic dress :: Forever 21; slub cardigan :: Charlotte Russe; tights :: Forever 21; strawberry daiquiri :: Coyote Ugly, via New York New York; purse :: Bebe; leopard print wallet :: Charlotte Russe; aviator sunglasses :: Forever 21; jeweled bracelet :: Forever 21; cuff bracelet :: Forever 21; ballet flats :: Charlotte Russe; chain necklace :: Charlotte Russe; earrings :: Bebe

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I like Quaker Oats

Yup. I love me some Quaker Oats. Dry. Like cereal without milk. Delish.

I’m a freak. I know.

White button up & camo pants

Camo Accessories

White button up & camo pants

Brown Ankle Boots

white button up [Forever 21], olive lace cami [Wet Seal], camo pants [Wet Seal], brown ankle boots [Charlotte Russe], scarf [Charlotte Russe], wooden bangle [Charlotte Russe], gold bangles [Wet Seal], earrings [Forever 21]

This is the warm-weather friendly version of the last outfit I posted. I wish the camo pants were skinnies, but I actually got them before the skinny jean craze. Can anyone else remember life before skinny jeans??? I always swore I would never buy into the trend, and now I practically live in them. That was pre-fashion addiction, of course.

Hope you dig the outfit, it’s my first real foray into the military trend. Add my dark brown bomber jacket and aviators and it would be perfect for a cool spring day, IMO. How does everyone else feel about the military type trend? I really want an over-sized army jacket.

Having hair issues lately. I desperately need a haircut. All of my layers have grown out, and I’m afraid to do it straight because I don’t want to look bland, but my hair only cooperates with the scrunchy thing for part of the day. ARGH.

The black cat is Lily. Normally she runs from the camera, but for some reason when we were taking these shots, she decided she wanted to be a fashion model too. She wouldn’t move! She’s sitting in my lap now as I type, which is a vast improvement from where she normally tries to sit while I’m typing (on my keyboard). She’s a little attention whore, but only on her own terms. She’s the cattiest cat I’ve ever had… and I’ve had a LOT of cats.

I’ve started watching The City on MTV Tuesday nights. It’s about fashion, so I feel it’s legitimate research! And I love it. Whitney is so sweet, is was good to see her stand up to Olivia, who really pisses me off. I just wish I had the back story! Someone please fill me in… what happened on Season 1 of The City??? Why do they hate each other so much?

Anyway, I’m off to watch The Good Wife. I have LOTS of cute new outfit ideas for this week, so check back tomorrow night for an outfit post, and be sure to vote for this outfit, and my previous one, on Mode Republic & Chictopia!
Neutral In This (outfit posted May 10): Chictopia // Mode Republic
Camouflaged (today’s outfit): Chictopia // Mode Republic


fashion nerd

(white tank: fruit of the loom; destroyed denim skirt: aeropostale; black wide belt: f21; scarf & stud bracelet: vanity; tights, bangle watch & cameo cocktail ring: bebe; b&w bangle: jc penney; pink bangle: vintage; b&w recycle/world/peace bracelet: walmart; flower hair clip: vintage)

The promised outfit photos… sorry there isn’t a full body one, but it’s awfully hard to get one of yourself! I was going for a summery look (because I’m excited to go to CA where it’s warm!), but my legs are so white there would have been glare in the photos if I had neglected to wear tights! I could have thrown a black cardigan over this too and it would have looked great. As it was, I wore it with my long black bebe trench coat and black ballet flats (Charlotte Russe) when I went out. It was cute and comfy and easy. Once I get some color to my skin, I plan to lose the tights and switch to some colorful flat sandals. When that happens you’ll see more pictures!

Added lots of new links on the right. Spent much of the day perusing fashion blogs and websites. Found lots of inspiration and things that I want – I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a job more than I did today! I wish I had money so I could buy all the gorgeous things I found today. *sighs* If you’re a fashion geek like me, you should definitely check them out! There’s some really great stuff on those sites!

I did visit the mall today, but I didn’t get there till a half hour before closing, so I didn’t have much time to wander. I went into Vanity and found a shoulder bag that I want, and it’s on sale… decided I have to sleep on that one though. If I still want it in the morning I can have it. I also found a pair of shoes at Charlotte Russe that I am DEFINITELY going back for in the morning! They are on sale for $15, but unfortunately I only had $11 on me. I was so mad at myself for not bringing a little more cash – argh! But, they are holding them for me, and I am going down first thing in the morning to get them. They are so incredibly cute!!! They’re super tall, but surprisingly comfy. They’re black, and I’ve already decided that I’m wearing tights in the morning so I can put them on as soon as I buy them. I’m so excited for them, I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep! I’m such a nerd! And you can bet your ass I will be posting pictures as soon as I get them!

I was able to get a beautiful cameo cocktail ring from bebe – it was on sale *and* I was able to use my Bebe rewards on it, so I was able to get it for free! I don’t have much in the way of rings, because I don’t normally wear them, but Liz of Late Afternoon is obsessed with them, and after reading her blog for the last six months or so, it’s starting to rub off on me. I’m slowly building my collection of rings, but I have to make sure to get ones that I love, otherwise I don’t ever wear them.

bebe cameo cocktail ring

This blog is turning more towards fashion than confessional… I think that may be because now that I have decided to move to CA, I don’t feel nearly so… so oppressed. There are still problems we have to deal with, and moving is going to be a pain in the ass, but knowing that there is beautiful sunshine and sandy beaches at the end of the tunnel has helped me immensely. I will miss my friends and my family so much, and I really hate that my mom and I have *finally* developed a good relationship, and I’m leaving… but they’ll get by without me. I need to get my life turned around.

A is angry at me for leaving, probably because she won’t have a free place to live any more (we’ve also been feeding both A & N, and loaning them tons of money for gas and cigarettes and tampons), and I don’t think it’s fair for her to be mad. If they were on the lease and/or actually paying us rent and not just mooching off of us, I could understand them being upset. But they’ve been here for a month, and they’ve given us $3. I’m really kinda peeved at them. If they weren’t so selfish, maybe they could understand why we need to go.

I’m *considering* changing the blog address… Comment or message me if you want the new address. I figure I should probably change it before I get too much of a following (assuming I ever get a following). But I like the one I have now, too. Maybe I’ll separate the fashion and the personal. I dunno. Argh.

Tired. I’m going to go watch Vampire Diaries and the Mentalist now. then go to bed. I have another job interview tomorrow afternoon at 2, but where I’m moving to Cali I’m seriously considering blowing it off… it’s not a job I can work for two weeks then stop showing up. Well, it is, but then I would leave the company hanging pretty bad and that’s just irresponsible. Plus, I really just don’t want to go. Kinda feels like a waste of time!

I’ll post photos in the morning after I get my bad ass new shoes from the store, so make sure to check in to see what all the hype is about! 🙂

P.S…. Look for some massive updates/revisions/additions throughout the day tomorrow!