Tuesday, July 31, 2012

First Day of Kindergarten





My Threads: Dress & Belt: H&M, Pumps: Reflections, Bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Jewelry: Fossil, Forever 21

Don't worry, my calendar is not behind several weeks. I know it's not the 4th of July. This dress just happens to look really patriotic. I'm gonna use the excuse that I'm supporting Team USA in the Olympics.

When I tried this dress on, Marc initially told me I looked like I was heading to preschool. Or to teach kindergarten. I hope preschoolers and teachers don't have the same wardrobe, but I guess I could see how this dress is a little childlike. After staring at it for a few minutes, we decided it would look age appropriate with the proper footwear. Which I guess just means anything but light-up sneakers. Plus it was only $10. So now it's mine!

Hope you're enjoying the Olympics as much as I am! Which might be a little too much.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Stripes





My Threads: Top: GoJane, Shorts: Marshalls, Shoes: Ross, Bag: Kenneth Cole Reaction

As difficult as it was to tear ourselves away from the Olympics this weekend, Marc and I did manage to make it to Griffith Park for a picnic, and to Pasaadena for a concert. Since it's been in the 90s here lately, I grabbed for shorts and a tank...again.

I got these shorts for less than $10 at Marshalls, and I plan on wearing them like crazy for the rest of the summer. And all of fall. Don't you love finding clothes you connect with on a deep level? Ok, maybe the shorts and I connect on more of a physical level, but I'm pretty sure it's still love. 

Have you been watching the Olympics all weekend? The athletes are amazing, but I have to say, they don't do much for the ego. Watching sixteen-year-olds with six packs win gold medals all day makes you feel sort of bad about just sitting on the couch. How did we attempt to solve this problem? By doing sit-ups while we watched. I recommend it. You'll feel ready to do a back handspring on a beam immediately. 

Happy (ha) Monday! Let Michael Phelps' abs help get you through the day. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Think Pink







My Threads: Tank: Marshall's, Jeans & Pumps: Target, Blazer & Necklace: H&M, Belt & Bracelets: Forever 21, Watch: Fossil, Bag: Nine West

Pink is one of those colors I sort of go through phases with. In elementary school, I thought it was too girly. In middle school, I decided I wanted to be girly and got a bright pink backpack. In high school and college, I was sort of 'meh' about it. Now that I'm so old in sophisticated (ha), I can't stop buying pink things. I'm like a moth who is drawn to the light because it wants to turn into a pink butterfly. That doesn't really make sense, just pretend that it did.

Anyway, I have added a bright pink tank to my collection now, too. I was tempted to pair it with my neon pink shorts, pink sandals, pink blazer, and neon clutch, but I thought that might be overkill. Plus, I didn't want to blind you. 

Also, ignore my messy hair. The air did not dry it very well today. 

Are you a fan of pink or is it just one of those colors you stay away from? 

Have a happy Friday! And see The Dark Knight Rises if you haven't already. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Peacock




My Threads: Dress, Belt, Necklace: Forever 21, Sweater: a local boutique, Boots: Reflections, Bag: street market in Italy

I don't usually reach for boots in the summer, but today my toes decided they didn't feel like sandals, and these leapt onto my feet. The result? Multiple people telling me I looked like a country singer. I guess there are worse things my outfit could resemble.

It's also highly possible that I dislocated all my ribs sitting at my desk in this dress (not really though, don't call the doctor). I've worn it several times before, but I guess I'm usually standing when I have it on. Or at least not sitting at a computer for hours. With a belt on. So I am now dubbing this dress a walking, standing, or frolicking only dress.

On another note, Marc and I started watching Game of Thrones last week. It's pretty addicting. Since it isn't on Netflix Instant, we get really excited every time we check the mail. If you're looking for a new series of books to read or show to watch, I definitely recommend it.

Have you been catching up on any shows this summer? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Plain White Tee





 My Threads: Tee: Target, Skirt: H&M, Flats: a local boutique, Clutch: H&M, Necklace: J.Crew (ebay version, Watch: Fossil, Bracelets: Forever 21

Pencil skirts totally make t-shirts dressy, right? I'm pretty sure that's how it works. Or maybe t-shirts make pencil skirts casual. Either way, they make a pretty good duo for a casual outfit.

When this floral print was covering everything at H&M, I somehow ended up with a dress, pants, and a skirt in it. I guess I kind of like bright flowers. I promise I won't wear all three at the same time, though. That would just be ridiculous. And probably really uncomfortable.

How do you like to dress up tees?

Monday, July 23, 2012

More Skirts, Please




My Threads: Top: Old Navy, Skirt: Abercrombie & Fitch, Jacket: American Eagle Outfitters, Sandals: Target, Bag: Italian Market

I'm back from my unplanned blog vacation. Things got so busy last week, I just didn't have any time to post. I blame Batman. 

Anyway, this outfit has sort of become my go-to summer ensemble. Thanks to my plethora of flowy skirts and colored tank tops, it's pretty easy to create variations of this look with my closet. Awesome for me, probably pretty boring for anyone who sees my outfits everyday. 

On another note, every Monday this summer I've been thinking it would be a brilliant idea to get a teaching credential. Why? To have summers off. There's just something about summer and 100 degree weather that makes me super unmotivated to do anything. Especially on Mondays. Anyone else have this problem? Maybe I'm just part sloth or something. I have to say, teachers definitely deserve the long break though since they work so hard during the year.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Movie Review: Moonrise Kingdom

After the sold out fiasco last week, we finally managed to see Moonrise Kingdom. I'm not sure if I've ever gone through so much trouble to see a non-blockbuster movie. It was good though, so I'm glad we went.

Here's a preview in case you haven't caught one:


I have to warn anyone who doesn't like quirky or artsy movies...you probably won't love this one. Marc wasn't a huge fan and didn't really get the point of it.

Moonrise Kingdom is set on a little island in the 60s, and it tells the story of two kids who fall in love and run off together. Everyone connected to them sets off to find them, and of course comedy and chaos ensues. At least that's the gist of it without giving too much of the plot away.

I guess I have sort of a strange sense of humor, but I laughed out loud several times during this movie. It's shot in sort of a choppy way, focusing on the character delivering the line. This seems to sort of be Wes Anderson's style. And I like it.

The movie features a stellar cast of adults, but it's the kids that really shine in this flick. I am always shocked when kids give stellar performances or are actually able to deliver comedic lines well. I know there are loads of amazing child and teen actors, but thinking back on my abilities as a 12-year-old, their talent just seems extra impressive.

I definitely suggest you go out and see this movie. It may not feature a superhero, but it's a well-crafted movie that will make you laugh and sigh and maybe even cry. Or maybe that was just the strange lady sitting next to me.

Plus it smells like Academy Award nominee material.

And now that I've done my artsy movie review...I'd like to take a moment to squeal in excitement. Why, you ask? Because tomorrow is the Batman marathon and midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Which is the movie I've been most excited about all year. I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about it. Yes, I am that nerdy.

What did you think of Moonrise Kingdom? And do you have any extravagant Batman plans?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blue and Yellow






 My Threads: Skirt: J.Crew Outlet, Top: Old Navy, Sandals: Target, Belt and necklace: Forever 21, Flower: H&M, Bag: Nine West, Watch: Fossil

Blue and yellow is definitely one of my favorite color combinations. It's just so happy. Especially in floral form. It's sort of hard to tell in these pictures, but this skirt has tiny blue flowers all over it.

Flowy mini skirts are my go-to pieces for the summer, but I have to say, they wrinkle insanely fast. This skirt was completely wrinkled from just sitting in the car on the way to work. I can't exactly carry an iron around to straighten out my rear end every time I get up, so what's a girl to do? Embrace the wrinkles, I guess.

And this is the second time I've ranted about wrinkles recently. I promise they aren't the only thing I think about.

What do you tend to gravitate toward in the summer?



Monday, July 16, 2012

Purple People Eater





My Threads: Top: Pacific Sunwear, Shorts: Hollister, Blazer: H&M, Booties: GoJane

After a busy weekend that went by way too fast, I'm having a pretty hard time accepting the fact that it's already Monday again. I've been trying to get Mondays changed to official sleep holidays, but that idea hasn't really seemed to catch on yet. I'll keep you posted when it does.

Anyway, these outfit pictures had me feeling pretty out-of-my-element the other day. Why? Well, first of all, I have purple shoes on. Purple shoes with laces and giant heels. These are not shoes that really fit in with the rest of my closet, but I spent so much time staring at them at work, I decided to snatch up a pair. Why I chose to snatch them in purple....I don't know. Oh, and they don't eat people. At least not that I know of. 

It was also raining when we took these pictures. Again. In Los Angeles in July. We had a couple days of strange, muggy, super-hot weather, and it seemed to make us all a little strange. Or maybe we were already strange. Either way, it was a confusing couple of days for us Californians. And it resulted in several pictures where my face unknowingly looked like this: 


Hope you all had an amazing weekend!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Strawberry





My Threads: Top: H&M, Skirt: Forever 21, Booties: Target, Necklace: J.Crew (ebay), Earrings: H&M, Watch: Fossil

For some reason, this outfit reminds me of a strawberry. I know strawberries aren't pink and minty teal, and the green stem is above the red berry, but I still feel like a strawberry. In a good way, though. Strawberries are good. Actually, strawberries are amazing. But I digress. 

I have to explain the wet ground in these pictures. Actually, there isn't much to explain. It rained. In Los Angeles. In July. When it was 100 degrees outside. I've lived in LA most of my life, and I rarely remember it raining in the summer. Shall we chalk it up to Friday the 13th? I mean, I took these on the 12th, so I'm not sure that's much of an explanation. 

Hope you have a happy Friday! Anyone have exciting weekend plans? 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Movie Review: To Rome With Love

So last weekend, my parents and the boyfriend headed to the movie theater to see Moonrise Kingdom. Even though it was a Saturday night, we thought we'd be able to get tickets no problem since the movie had been out for a while. Apparently, everyone in the area decided that seeing Moonrise Kingdom at 8:30 was a brilliant idea, so the movie was sold out.

The only other movie that we could all agree on was Woody Allen's To Rome With Love. Here's a preview in case you haven't seen one:


Overall, I think we all enjoyed the movie. It wasn't as great as some of his others, and it didn't have an incredibly brilliant storyline, but it was definitely entertaining. I have to admit, there were a couple scenes that gave me a pretty amazing ab workout, and maybe even got me a couple funny looks. As a compilation of several different story lines, there are of course some that are better than others. I was originally drawn to this movie because of the stellar cast (Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz...), but I found that I enjoyed the story lines featuring less known Italian actors a little more. I didn't even mind reading the subtitles. Who knew?

A warning: the scenery in this movie will definitely make you drool. You better hold onto your wallet, getting to Rome isn't cheap.

Have you seen To Rome With Love? What did you think?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Color on Color on Color





 My Threads: Top: H&M, Jeans: Target, Pumps: Target, Clutch: Forever 21, Necklace: Francesca's Collections, Bracelet: Macy's, Watch: Fossil

Today is the July link-up for Everybody Everywhere. The theme? Color blocking. I wear a lot of color (which you have probably already figured out), so I figured this would be a pretty easy challenge. When I actually tried to put an outfit together, though, I discovered I don't have the best closet for color blocking. The majority of my clothes have prints on them, which just ends up looking like a vaguely color coordinated outfit. Not to mention I've already posted all the colorblock outfits I immediately came up with. 

So what do I do? I reach for my trusty magenta jeans. I'm pretty sure I wear these as much as regular blue jeans. Best $20 I've ever spent. Okay, probably not, but they are probably the best $20 I've spent on a pair of colored pants.

Color Blocking: Everbody, Everywear

On another note...I want to live here.


 I say that about a lot of places...but Naples Island in Long Beach is a pretty cool place. Anyone know where I can get a couple million dollars for a waterfront house? Thanks.

What are your favorite colors to colorblock?

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