Sunday, April 26, 2015

Good Jeans

What I Wore - Top: Anthropologie (similar), Jeans: Loft, Bag: Madewell, Booties: Sam Edelman (similar)

There is something to be said about finding a good pair of jeans, I honestly can't remember the last time I owned a pair of light wash jeans. I think by the time I entered high school I had sworn them off completely and was wearing only the darkest of washes, and since I wear jeans so seldom I've never been one to collect a lot of different pairs - I like to stick to the basics. The reason I dislike jeans so much is mostly because I find them incredibly uncomfortable and unflattering, something that I think is a fairly common sentiment for a lot of women. And don't even get me started on shopping for jeans, trying to find a pair that fits in all the right places is something I attempt only about two times year because I hate it so much. But recently I feel I've had a bit of a change of heart - when I saw this pair of light wash boyfriend-ish jeans hanging in Loft I felt like if anything was going to make me like light wash jeans it was going to be this pair of pants. So I tried them on and they were so soft and fit really really well and were pretty flattering and now here we are. It's hard for me to not buy something that makes me feel as good as I did when I tried these on. Watch this space for more posts of different ways I style them in the upcoming warmer months!

Friday, April 17, 2015


What I Wore: [Dress: Nordstrom, Vest: old H&M (similar), Necklace: old Aerie (similar), Shoes: Lucky (similar)]

To say I've been busy/stressed/overwhelmed/exhausted lately would be an understatement to say the least. I'm closing in on the end of the semester which means tons of final papers and projects, registering for my classes for senior year (what?), trying to find a place to live for the summer/next year, arranging internships for the summer, putting on dance performances, and running a student film festival. Every day for the past few weeks has felt like a marathon, so in order to make the most of the little time I have and conserve the most energy I've been wearing some really simple and comfortable outfits, like this one. I picked up this t-shirt dress while in Scottsdale on spring break and have already worn it a few times. I had spent the whole day looking for a new dress and couldn't find anything that looked half decent (you know that frustrating feeling of really wanting to buy something when shopping but you can't find anything you like? That was how that day was going) but while I was on my way out of the mall I wandered through Nordstrom and saw this dress hanging on the rack. I didn't even have to zip it up all the way before I knew I needed it! The length is perfect, the fabric is so wonderfully soft, and I love the little tuck at the waist - it's such a nice little detail. I have a feeling this dress is going to be on heavy rotation for the rest of the semester (inclusion of leather vest optional). 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hearing, Reading, Wearing, Watching: March

Purity Ring "Another Eternity"
I feel like there was a lot of good music released in March, my personal favorite being Purity Ring's most recent album "Another Eternity". I discovered Purity Ring in my senior year of high school, back when they only released one song every few months, and have been a huge fan of everything they've produced since. While I love their first full length album, this most recent release is beyond anything I would have expected - every single track is so good! The sound is definitely more dance-y than their previous stuff, but I really like how their sound has progressed because it all still sounds very much like the Purity Ring that I first fell in love with. I've been listening to this album so much throughout the month, my two favorite songs are "Begin Again" and "Body Ache" (both of while I am guilty of dancing in public to on my walks back from the library late at night). I definitely recommend giving this album a listen if you've never checked out Purity Ring before, because I think it's their best work yet. 

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
While on spring break I was finally able to get back to doing some pleasure reading (I'm so tired of reading about media theory) and my book of choice was Amy Poehler's Yes, Please. I haven't finished the whole book quite yet, but so far I've really really enjoyed reading it! It's a bit different than say, Tina Fey's Bossypants, because that book seemed like it was more comedically focused whereas Amy's book seems more to be just about telling her story, throwing in some advice here and there, and just letting her natural humor seep through. It's a good balance of being both a nice light read while also being very relevant and relatable so I've been reaching for it when I just need a few minute break from my world to read a few pages, giggle to myself, and then get back to work.

Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner
March was the month of rekindling my love for winged eyeliner, mainly because I finally bought a new eyeliner so I wasn't stuck using one that was totally dried up and horrible. I go through phases with eyeliner, (either wearing it or not and what type of eyeliner I like to wear) and at the moment I'm really into these felt tip, pen type, liquid liners. I find them super easy to use, and this one from Milani is particularly good. I'm a bit picky when it comes to purchasing eyeliner, I know what I like and when I find that I usually stick to it for a long time. But at the beginning of the month I finally came to terms with how dried up my old liner was and I went out on a limb and decided to try something new. This Milani liner ticks all my boxes, it's super black, long wearing, doesn't flake, dries quickly, and after a month of heavy use isn't dried up. Plus it was cheap and I can buy it anywhere - a win win situation for everyone! My go-to eye look with this product is the Urban Decay eyeshadow in Naked all over my lid and in the crease with Virgin on the brow bone a bit of Buck smudged along my lower lash line, and then a big ol' wing. I love how it turns out every time. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Finally, the show I watched the most this month was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I finished Parks & Rec early on in the month and was feeling pretty heart broken about it ending, and while nothing can ever fill the void in my heart that Leslie Knope left behind, Kimmy Schmidt was a joy to watch. If you haven't heard of it it's a Netflix original series produced and written by Tina Fey, so just by hearing that you should know it's going to be good. It's so smartly written, SO culturally relevant (the theme song kills me), and just the perfect half hour break from homework or to watch right before bed. There's only one season out so far but I've heard they've been picked up for another, which is great because I finished watching the first season waaay too quickly. Any recommendations of what I should watch next? 

And on we go to April! 

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