Shades of blue

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Happy last day of January/Chinese New Year! (I’m stoked about the fact that it’s the year of the horse!) I can’t believe it’s already practically February. We made it through 1/12th of 2014, people! Speaking of this new year, how are your resolutions going? I have to say that I haven’t been good about making healthier choices all of the time, though I have been flossing every night for three weeks now! That’s a record for me. I have an Excel spreadsheet where I’m keeping track of my spending, so hopefully after a couple of months I can get a sense of what my budget should look like. Chris and I are doing a no-buy next month (for clothes), so that will be quite a challenge for me. (I need it, though, because we are planning summer adventures and my plane ticket almost doubled in price since last night. Sometimes I hate airlines.)

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So, there’s this other (popular) blog I follow, and the blogger published an outfit post today with the exact same title as mine. I couldn’t even believe it! I mean, what are the odds that on the same exact day we have the same post titles? At first, I considered changing mine, but I figured it doesn’t matter because it’s not some revolutionary title (my boyfriend was pushing for “50 shades of blue”, haha). Also, I’ve had this post planned for a couple of weeks. At least we aren’t wearing similar outfits! 😉

I’ve been wanting to winterize this skirt, but I could NOT think of how to wear it. I thought about wearing it with black tights but wasn’t sure if it’d work since the skirt is navy. Well, I think it works! The skirt isn’t as dark as I thought it was, plus the polka dots help it stand out. Operation skirt winterization: Success!

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Sweater: J.Crew Factory | A Chance of Showers Skirt (old), Blue Belle Blooms Earrings: ModCloth | Tights: LeGale via Nordstrom Rack | Booties: Wanted via Delia’s

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Outfit Re-creation: Classy Girls Wear Pearls

One of the best parts of being involved in the blogosphere is how inspired I am by fellow bloggers. I love when bloggers post outfits that I would never think to put together myself. I especially love following the bloggers that have a specific style that I don’t really have but that I enjoy and want to try and emulate.

I’m sure every fashion blogger has heard of and/or follows Classy Girls Wear Pearls. For those of you who aren’t familiar, the blogger behind CGWP is Sarah, a Rhode Island native and a lover of the prep aesthetic. She effortlessly ties together New England prep and southern prep in her outfits. I’m really drawn to how simple and classic her style is, and she always inspires me (mostly in my want to buy more heels, which aren’t really practical for my everyday life!).

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Sarah wore this outfit in a post titled Hawk Walk from the beginning of January. I don’t have green Hunter boots, a plaid scarf, or a navy coat, but I have the rest! (I just substituted my Sorel boots since we had a snowstorm the day before. That works, right?) I was really excited when I saw this outfit and realized I could recreate it with my own closet.

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I love this sweater, but I’m pretty disappointed in the quality. 😦 This day was only the second time I wore it, and it seemed to catch on everything and create loose threads! If anyone sees a cable knit sweater this color but better quality, please let me know!

On a more positive note, January is almost over! I’m pretty excited to have another month of winter behind me. I am so looking forward to spring. It rained here today, but I think we’ll be getting some more snow over the next day or so. I almost wished I lived somewhere that isn’t used to snow so I could have a snow day. 😉

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What do you think of my re-creation? I love how it’s simple but still looks put together. I’ll be incorporating more collared shirts under my sweaters! Let me know if you check out Classy Girls Wear Pearls!

Sugar and Pumpkin Spice Sweater: ModCloth | Shirt: Old Navy | Skinny jeans: American Eagle Outfitters | Socks: SmartWool via Nordstrom Rack | Boots: Sorel via Nordstrom Rack

Sundance Film Festival

Chris and I ventured up to the Sundance Film Festival a week ago to wander around and attempt to spot celebrities. We went last year but didn’t see anyone famous, which surprised me! The air quality gets pretty terrible in the valley at this time of year so a break in the mountains is a must for us. It’s fun to walk up and down Main Street checking out the people and activities, especially because everyone stares at everyone else looking to find someone famous! I think most of the celebrities stick to the theatre areas. During the day, there are many places one can go to listen to free music, eat free food, and people watch. (We always stop by the MorningStar Farms Veggie Burger Bar for a free meal!) It’s very difficult to get tickets to films, but maybe next year we can score some. This year, we tried to waitlist Happy Christmas, but all 200 spots were filled within seconds of the waitlist opening! Since we failed with that, our main goal was to snag this year’s reusable plastic water bottle. We were filmed in a Sundance Channel commercial last year and got bottles out of the deal. We also had to work a little for the bottles again this year, but it was worth it! (And again–no celeb spottings. But we saw lots of paparazzi waiting for celebs to show up.)

Warning: This is a very picture heavy post! 🙂

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Chris and I were stopped by people shooting a promo for Lay’s Chips since they were one of the sponsors of Sundance this year. We were asked to pick our favorite film and then to describe a flavor of chip that goes with the film. It was REALLY hard for us to choose, especially for me! Chris picked Castle in the Sky, and I picked Legally Blonde. I went with a movie that I love watching over and over again. It was a little terrifying being filmed, but we got our water bottles out of it!

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(The cameraman snapped the photos of me!)

Here’s what we wore! It was fun for me to think of a cute outfit to wear. Chris looked pretty dapper himself, so I convinced him to be in front of the camera for once! 😉

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Jacket: Seduka via Hautelook | Sweater, shirt, jeans: American Eagle Outfitters | Shoes: Dexter via Payless | Hat: Oakley

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(My scarf had a LOT of static electricity–see how it’s sticking to my tights?! I didn’t even notice until we got home!)

Coat: Delia’s | Top: Hot Chillys | Stripe It Lucky Skirt, Shade-y Lady Sunglasses: ModCloth | Tights: LeGale via Nordstrom Rack | Boots: Sorel via Nordstrom Rack | Scarf: gift c/o a Secret Santa (handmade) | Bag (old): Mossimo Supply Co. | Lips: Maybelline SuperStay 24 Color in Endless Ruby

My January wishlist

It’s Friday! It’s Friday! It was a short week, but I am so ready for the weekend. My week didn’t end as well as it started. Such is the life of a grad student sometimes! I like unwinding from a long day of doing (or staring at) science by watching my favorite TV shows, eating potato chips dipped in cream cheese, playing with my cats, and perusing my favorite websites, among other things (including blogging, of course!). Here’s a quick list of the pieces I’ve been lusting so far this month from many a day spent perusing the web!

Jack Wills Kemplay Crew Sweater

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I’ve been staring at this sweater for about two weeks. It’s on sale, but I’m not sure how the sizing runs, so I haven’t taken the plunge on it. Winter won’t be over here for about a month and a half, so I’m still loving sweaters!

Madewell Billie Boot

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You guys. I am in absolute love with these boots. I first saw them on Pinterest and repinned them. Then, I was in a Madewell store with a friend and we drooled over these. (I didn’t try them on and I should have.) Leaving the store, we saw a girl wearing them and became immediately jealous. I was hoping they’d be my next “big” purchase (with a good sale/coupon code), but they’re out of stock in my size. Excuse me while I quietly sob.

ModCloth Triple the Charm Bag

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I love the colors on this bag. The combination of black, ivory, and tan make it easy to incorporate into different outfits (a huge plus for me because I’m not really a bag person; I have two that I use regularly). It’s currently out of stock but I hope to snag it when it comes back.

Julianne Hough for Sole Society Emmy Flat

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These are adorable! I love the pointed toe and straps. I just can’t decide if the black or the dark sky color would work better in my wardrobe. I feel like the dark sky would go well with my navy skirts, but what if it’s too light? Would that look weird?

Gap Printed Fit & Flare Dress

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Going along with the navy theme, this dress is dreamy! I am a sucker for navy and white stripes at any time of year, but this dress definitely gets me into a spring state of mind. It doesn’t help that two bloggers I follow have posted outfits featuring this dress. I want this dress so bad it’s almost a need. 😉

ModCloth Light Up My Life Skirt in Night

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When I decided I was in need of a black mini skirt, this one was my first choice. Unfortunately, it’s been out of stock in my size for a couple of weeks now and there is no plan to restock it. I’ve got my fingers crossed that a return comes back, especially now that it’s on sale! In the meanwhile, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for a worthy replacement.

For you I would steal time

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How was your weekend? Did you have Martin Luther King, Jr. Day off? Yesterday definitely felt like a Sunday to me. I dozed off on the couch with Melody in the middle of the afternoon and it was glorious. I’m more fond of spring semester due to how the breaks are more evenly spaced than they are in fall semester. They always seem to come at just the right time for a brain and body recharge.

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I adore this necklace! It’s a little bit different than what I typically go for, but that’s why I like it so much. It adds a little boho touch to my outfits. I loved the idea of layering with it because it’s long enough that you can still see it when a scarf is over it. What do you think? I’m sort of obsessed with this look.

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Sweater: Old Navy | Pants: Gap | Boots (old): Delia’s | Yellow Brick Cold Scarf, Astonishing Artistry Necklace, Shade-y Lady Sunglasses: ModCloth

Title lyrics and currently playing: Daydreamer by Young the Giant

Talking is dead with these fake conversations

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Young the Giant, an alternative rock band based in Irvine, California, is releasing their sophomore album, Mind Over Matter, this Tuesday the 21st. If you like Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Neon Trees, Foster the People, and/or Grouplove, you should definitely check this band out. I was first introduced to their debut album two summers ago and fell in love! (I saw them in concert only a week after listening to their album and they are AWESOME live!)

I’m obsessed with Mind Over Matter and can’t wait for the release. For the next two days, you can listen to the entire album free on iTunes, and I highly recommend you do so. I’ve listened to it every day since last Tuesday and can’t get enough. Chris and I are going to see them on their upcoming Mind Over Matter Tour, and we are SO excited! It’s going to be incredible.

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In other news, this is how I look almost every time I’m blogging (yes, including the silly faces). Melody is my moral support. She is so sweet! I hope you all are having a wonderful (and long) weekend! And let me know if you listen to Mind Over Matter! xo

Title lyrics and currently playing: Eros by Young the Giant

You win some, you lose some

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This is one of those outfits that looked better in my head than it did in action. I thought it all out the night before and knew it would be what I put on the next morning. Being that I now have class in the morning, if I don’t roll out of bed when my alarm goes off, I have to rush to get ready in order to leave on time. That meant I put this on without really looking at it before running out the door. Something about the patterns and the color of my tights don’t really do it for me…

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It’s hard having “off” days now that I have a fashion blog. I want every outfit to be blog worthy, whatever that is supposed to mean (though, let’s face it, there are some days I don’t care as much, and those are the outfits that don’t get photographed). I’m not doing this to become a famous blogger or whatever. Having this blog means I put more effort into how I look for the sake of getting to document it and later reflect on the evolution of my style. I try not to put too much pressure on myself when creating outfits because it doesn’t REALLY matter that much if an outfit is “perfect” to everyone else’s standards. I’m just super hard on myself, and if an outfit doesn’t match my standards, I don’t want to post it. This outfit almost didn’t get posted. But here’s proof that I am human and make mistakes and sometimes what I put together doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped!

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On a related note, it’s interesting for me to see how other people respond to my outfits. I use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to share blog posts/pictures, and I also upload photos to ModCloth’s Style Gallery (you can find me here). It’s interesting to see how many “loves” I get on each outfit I post, because sometimes I get really excited for one and it’s not nearly as “loved” as I thought it would be. Or vice versa: a so-so outfit for me gets many “loves”! It just goes to show how fashion is interpreted differently by different people, and everyone has different tastes. (Either that or I look much more terrible than I thought I did! Haha.)

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Top: J.Crew | Glad Student Coat in Camel, Stage Show Supporter Skirt, Tights for Every Occasion in Light Grey, Shade-y Lady Sunglasses: ModCloth | Booties: Wanted via Delia’s

Fifty

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Last weekend, it hit fifty degrees here. FIFTY. (That’s in Fahrenheit, obviously. We’d likely be dead or close to it if it hit 50 degrees Celsius–122 degrees Fahrenheit–at any time of year, let alone in the dead of winter!) I celebrated the January warmth by wearing regular tights. There is no fleece lining these bad boys. I also wore my new (wonderful!) Banana Republic sweater jacket and no other coat over it. (I still look cold, though… I turn into Rudolph when there’s any sort of chill in the air.)

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This was such a great photo shoot. I mean, I know I’m not a professional model, and Chris isn’t a professional photographer (or really that interested in photography), but we had a lot of fun and he actually got a little bit into it. I had been wanting to do walking shots, but he was the one who brought it up! It was really difficult for me to pick photos for this post. I suppose that’s a good thing!
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Okay. You guys. We are almost officially halfway through January. YAY! January is my least favorite month. I think it’s because the holidays are over, I’ve spent too much money, and it’s still cold and snowy. I’m ready for spring right about now. That’s why I was so excited when I saw that it was going to be fifty degrees here. Spring is upon us…in two months. Or so.

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Jacket: Banana Republic | Dress: ASOS | Tights: Hue via Nordstrom Rack | Booties: Wanted via Delia’s | Earrings: American Eagle Outfitters (gifted)

A hint of stripes

It took me entirely too long to think of a title for this post. I guess that’s a typical Monday for ya! I had a really good weekend and was not ready to get back to school and work today. I am really enjoying the one class I am taking, though. I feel like I’ve learned so much just in the first week! I love being excited about learning new things!

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Navy, white, and red is one of my favorite color combinations ever. I’m big into the nautical theme, so prepare yourselves for lots of nautical-themed looks come spring and summer! I’m also in love with these boots I just got. I’ve been at a bit of a loss as to how to style them because of their height, but I couldn’t bring myself to return them. It ended up snowing quite a bit the day I wore them and they survived the mess!

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Sweater, top: Gap | Corduroy pants: Celebrity Pink via Macy’s | Expert Spokesperson Bootie: ModCloth (Chelsea Crew)

Caturday: Road trip!

I’m starting a new series! I’ll try to reserve my future feline-related posts for Saturdays, as my series is appropriately titled “Caturday”. I won’t post every Saturday, and I will likely post other, non-feline-related things on Saturdays on occasion, but I liked the idea of starting a series of fun and perhaps somewhat informational cat posts!

For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend and I have three cats: Rose, Melody, and Sybil. You can get a glimpse of each girl’s personality from the Happy Caturday! post.

For the holidays, I went home to visit my family, and Chris did the same (though his family lives across the country). I drove home with all three girls (Chris came along due to flight problems). Each girl has her own carrier, and they were lined up and buckled in the back of the car for the long drive. While I buckled them in, I couldn’t help but think that I was preparing for my future when I have real kids that I have to buckle in. It’s a process for cats so I can’t even imagine a squirming human!

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L-R: Rosie, Melody, and Sybil not at all looking excited.

Melody gets car sick, and we didn’t know how Sybil would do, so we started by holding their food the night before. (I let Rosie and Sybil have a tiny bit of food the night before just so we didn’t have super hangry (hungry and angry) animals running around.) Poor Melody got nothing. She stood by her food bowl and looked at us so longingly.

In the morning, a couple hours before leaving, I took away their water. I didn’t want them to have any sort of accident–pee, poo, or puke. By that point, they were pretty hangry, and Rosie realized what was happening as soon as I brought suitcases downstairs. She is a hider. Luckily, we got her into the pantry before she could wedge herself in some tiny corner. Melody and Sybil were locked in the bathroom. Chris managed to get Melody and Sybil into their carriers without much hassle, but Rosie hates going into her carrier, so he tipped it over as I grabbed Rosie’s legs and lowered her inside.

The road trip was relatively uneventful. Rosie spent most of the time crying (as usual), which I’m pretty good at tuning out now. Sybil chimed in a bit but not too much, and Melody made no noise (as usual). They ended up having NO accidents! 😀

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Rosie’s favorite part about being at grandma and grandpa’s house is their vegetable sink. She easily spent over ten minutes a few times a day “bathing” herself in the sink (she has a unique method of drinking out of it). The top two photos are stills from a video I took of her drinking. She is such a dork!

My dad was less-than-pleased at the fact that I brought all three cats with me, mostly because they have two cats and one dog themselves. Not to mention, someone abandoned their cat so they’re caring for him, too! Yes, there were six cats in the house. It felt overwhelming at times!

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Melody and Sybil made themselves right at home. Rosie spent most of her time pouting in the guest room and hiding from Iggy and Stanley, my parents’ cats. Stanley chases her, but only because she lets him! Melody got along wonderfully with all of the cats and only swiped her paw when she was swiped at. She spent a lot of time begging for food in the kitchen. Sybil was very vocal around the other cats but didn’t really swipe at anyone. Oddly enough, the only major fights were between Iggy and the abandoned cat (I called him Orange because he’s an orange tabby). Melody tried getting involved in their brawl in the living room (or tried breaking it up; it was hard to tell). We don’t really know why they fought because they seemed to get along at other times.

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Sybil wanted the brand new dynamite stick that Melody had.

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L-R: Ignatius (Iggy), Melody, Orange, Stanley, Rosie, Sybil.

I took the girls to the vet for pedicures while we were there. They were all the naughtiest they have ever been for nail trims. Rosie howled and hissed more than usual. Sybil was the absolute worst. She screeched SO loud and broke out of the E-collar. The vet and tech wore gloves up to their elbows and wrapped her in a towel. The receptionist even had to come in and distract her by tapping on her head with a pen. She was terrible and ended up being a “level 2” nail trim!

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When it was time to go, I held their food and water like I did before. I didn’t have Chris to drive back with me, but luckily nothing went wrong. Rosie was really good about getting into her carrier, oddly enough. I think she knew it meant she was going home. Rosie cried and cried on the drive, though (as usual). Sybil cried more than she did on the first drive. No one had an accident! All in all, we had a good time with my family and I’m sure they were very happy to be back down to three cats!

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