black, blue & blurry

flats: target, dress: forever21

flats, scarf: target, dress: forever21, sweater: gap.

 

I apologize for the quality of these photos…but seem to be posting them anyways?  I got this dress a few months ago and hadn’t worn it yet, and when I put it on the other morning I wasn’t sure why that was the case, since I loved it!  It’s a simple a-line navy dress, which I actually paired with a black belt, black tights, black flats, and a black sweater tied at my waist.   None of which you can discern from these photos.  I’m loving the combination of black and blue recently.  Since it decided to still be winter outside (or feel like it at least…) I put the scarf on for my commute.  But I think I ended up wearing it all day at work.  Labs are cold!  My lab is at least.  I think I spend the majority of the time blasting our little space heater on my legs while I’m sitting at my desk.  And then I always get up and wonder why my legs are bright red and hot and the rest of my body is oddly cold in comparison?  Space heaters still rock, though.

Better photos to come…I can feel it.

all things girly

dress, bag, necklace: modcloth, flats: jcrew.

Because I’m wishing the weather was 80 degrees again…here’s a cute summer outfit to look forward to!  I love this dress and all things girly and lace, and these new jcrew flats are so great.  I love pointed-toe flats.  A lot.

sunshine

sweater: h&m, skirt: american apparel, necklace: vintage, stolen from my mother, flats: target.

 

It was actually warm enough last week to go without tights!  That made me overly happy.  I love dresses and skirts and will wear them over pants and shorts any day.  I wore this to work one day last week–it’s funny, most people in my lab wear jeans and t-shirts and sneakers, and whenever I walk in my friend Linda says how “elegant” I look!  It’s nice to hear.  Although I don’t think this body-hugging high waisted skirt is exactly elegant, but I’ll take it.  I got it last year on sale at the american apparel outlet, and while I hate buying things from there because they usually scream “I’m from american apparel and I look like a hipster,” I couldn’t resist this light purple denim pencil skirt.  Paired with a simple black sweater and flats, and this awesome wooden beaded necklace I found in my mom’s jewelry drawer a few months ago, it made for a great sunny day outfit.

glasses with a pop

sweater: gap, skirt: forever21.

 

My mom watches a lot of TLC shows and keeps telling me about the importance of a “P.O.C.,” or a pop of color, in an outfit.  I guess I took this advice to heart when I chose this outfit, seeing as the skirt is certainly a “pop” in the sea of black.  I got it at forever21 on my birthday and love it!  Mustard is my new favorite color to wear, I think it just goes with everything.  And my new glasses!  I’ve been needing new ones foreverrrr…I stepped on my old ones about two years ago, so I’ve had a tilted glasses look going on for a while.  I never really wear my glasses, only before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning, but with these new ones I’m thinking I’ll break them out during the day.

Also, this picture was taken in my parent’s house, hence the completely different background.  Still working on setting up that SLR self timer…

high waisted

top: forever21, skirt: urban outfitters, necklace: thrifted, flats: mia

 

Gah!! I wanted to update this blog regularly..wanted being the key word there.  I’m trying this new thing where I’m not putting pressure on myself in other aspects of my life so I’m extending that to the blog too.  So, without further adieu, here’s an outfit I wore on a date this past week.  It’s been insanely warm here, so the idea of wearing a skirt without tights was unthinkable–but also kind of amazing.  I got this skirt last summer and have been obsessed with it ever since, so I was pretty excited to be able to pull it out of my “summer only” stash.  And these flats are new–I’ve been looking for a pair of nude flats and found these last week, and they’re perfect–just the right amount of pointy toe, and leather, and comfortable.  Win!  Here’s another shot with my jacket, which I got on sale from madwell in the fall.  I love getting dressed in warmer weather!

 

top: forever21, skirt: urban outfitters, necklace: thrifted, flats: mia, jacket: madewell.

camera woes & the weekend

I’ve been trying to find a good spot in my apartment to place my camera for self-timer shots, but have failed thus far.  Apparently a very tiny room does not help in that department.  I’m determined, however, to find a place to take better outfit shots than the mirror, and will soon!

In the meantime, I’ve been busy researching and reading articles for an upcoming paper I have to write in a class I’m taking about neuroscience and human emotion.  I know this has nothing to do with fashion at all, but I’m writing about neuroscience and criminology–basically, how the brain is involved in violence and aggression.  It’s extremely interesting stuff to read.

That, paired with the trip to Gap I took yesterday to find colored skinny jeans (which was a fail, theirs are cropped and I wanted longer ones), and drinks with a friend downtown last night, have made for a great weekend.

Fashion posts will resume Monday.  And anyone know where to find neon colored skinny jeans?

the hard and soft

dress, boots: forever21, sweater: h&m.

It was so warm outside today!  I love dresses (my closet can attest to this fact) and always look forward to when I can wear them bare-legged with flats and not freeze to death.  Alas, today was not one of those days–but I did still wear a dress to celebrate it being…almost spring?  Can I pretend it’s that close?

Anyway, I got this dress over the summer.  I was shopping with my sister and spotted it on a sales rack at forever21.  I hadn’t seen it anywhere else in the store and was so excited.  It’s not usually something I would pick out, as I normally gravitate towards dresses with defined waists, but the awesome print on this drop-waist flowy blue dress was too good to pass up.  It is, however, something my sister would totally wear–and as soon as I showed it to her she tried to convince me to give it to her.  No way!  And, sadly, we don’t live in the same city (or state even) anymore so sharing clothes isn’t as easy as it used to be.  Well, after sadly wandering the store trying to find another one, she happened to spot the print in a far off corner and–voila–it was the dress!

So now my sister and I own the same exact dress.

And it’s not the first time this has happened.

be

Staying in the spirit of “wrist play,” I took a few pictures of my bracelets…and the tattoo that I draw on myself pretty much every other day.

my wrist! and desk at work. and nails that need to be fixed.

I’ve wanted this tattoo since I was seventeen, and have been too scared to actually get it.  The basis of that fear was most likely my parents’ threats to stop paying for college lest I actually get a tattoo, but now that I’ve graduated, I’m toying with the idea of going for it.  Sorry, mom and dad.  I still need to muster up the courage and I want to be absolutely positive I want it on my wrist (I was also thinking of ribs, but then I never get to see it during the day–and what fun is that?), but maybe I’ll do it soon.  And why “be?”  It was originally inspired by my obsession with the song “be” by Common when I was in high school, but it’s definitely changed over the years to become a bit more personal.  That song does rock, though.

Okay, this really had nothing to do with fashion.  But it does have to do with more bracelets!  Pretty bracelets.  I’ll be back later tonight with an outfit post, I promise.

wrist play

Bracelets: handmade.

I discovered pinterest in January.  I was home sick from work on a rainy Friday afternoon and needed a break from watching re-runs of season 2 of the office (which is what I had been doing all morning).  I remembered my sister texting me about pinterest the day before, and I had read about it on so many blogs, so I decided I’d check it out.  And then I became addicted, like, ten minutes later.  It’s such a weird idea that just makes so much sense–a virtual bulletin board!  Awesome.

My favorite searches thus far have been design ones (I re-did my room!) and DIY-jewelry ones.  I came across tons of bracelet posts on one of my now-favorite blogs, honestlywtf , and decided to treck to the hardware store for some supplies and start crafting in my sniffly state.  I eventually “had” to go to acmoore that weekend, to get more supplies, but am so pleased with what I’ve created!  I’ve gotten a ton of compliments on these, and have made lots more in different neon colors.  Definitely check out the tutorials here!