October 31, 2014

My Halloween Movie Traditions

If you didn't remember from the 50 billion other times I've stated it, Halloween is my favorite holiday. During college I adopted my own tradition of watching a series of movies the entire day. It meant I had something to do no matter what day Halloween fell on. If there weren't any big plans for the evening at least I had candy and movies to fall back on. I've altered the movie watching schedule according to each year's plans but I always try to squeeze them in! 

My Halloween movie marathon includes Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Addams Family Values, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. You may notice that none of these are of the traditional horror movie genre. That's not because I dislike horror movies, but I tend to re-watch movies that make me genuinely happy in some way. Halloween is a happy and delightfully dark holiday to me so I want my movie marathon to match that feeling! I save the horror movies for other days!

I don't have any particularly Halloween-themed outfit to show you today so here are some of my favorite parts from my series of Halloween movies. (While compiling this I realized there are musical numbers in every single one of these films. I guess I like what I like!)

1. Who doesn't like Hocus Pocus? This was always my favorite part of the movie growing up. I also enjoy Bette Midler's nod to Gypsy. Did you catch it?

2. The entirety of The Nightmare Before Christmas is my jam, but I super enjoy this part. Something about the pacing and escalation of the song does it for me. This movie is a masterpiece.

3. One of my favorite scenes of all time in any movie occurs in Addams Family Values. I'm still confused about why they do a Thanksgiving play at summer camp but I don't even care. (Jeanie pointed out that maybe it's because of the summer camp's Native American name.) This film is just wonderful. Every part. Morticia and Gomez are probably my favorite film/TV couple too.

4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been a Halloween staple in my house since I can remember. Mostly we ended up watching the first few songs back in the day. It's not a short movie. Sweet Transvestite and Time Warp have always been favorites! I mean, what kid doesn't love Tim Curry in drag? Tim Curry makes this movie. I'll always love it. So many fun songs!

And that's that! I hope this got you in a festive mood. Have an excellent Halloween!

October 30, 2014

Halloween Roundup

Halloween is tomorrow! In the spirit of the season here is a roundup of my Halloween blog posts from the past. Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday so I try to celebrate as much as possible. Since there isn't anything particularly exciting going on tomorrow I'm dragging out my celebration in internet land. What do you have planned for Halloween? 

I have a very specific list of movies I strive to watch every single year on October 31st. I realize it may be impossible to watch 4 whole movies on Halloween for the rest of my life, but seeing as I'm underemployed right now I still have time for my tradition. "What are the movies?" you ask. Why thank you for asking! They're Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Addams Family Values (and the first one if there's time), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (always to finish up the evening since I can remember.)

Anyway, here are a few festive posts to help you get in the Halloween spirit!

1. A roundup of my Halloween costumes throughout my life. Most of them were made by my mom because she's a wizard. If there's only one post you click on here, make it this one. It's one of my favorite posts ever just because it's so fun to see all the different costumes.

2. Last year's 80s aerobics instructor costume complete with legwarmers and fantastic 80s style blush.

3. A festive, yet wearable Halloween-themed outfit. The candy corn earrings are my favorite part of this look and seeing them reminded me of their existence. Thanks picture from last year!

4. My first Halloween post on this blog featuring another Halloween-themed outfit and my colorful gnome costume from that year.

I hope you guys are having a great Thursday! I can't wait to read your Halloween posts the rest of this week!

October 29, 2014

Outfit: Windowpane Print Top, Black Skinny Jeans, and Silver Oxford Shoes

It's close to Halloween so I thought I'd get in the spirit here and show you a slightly festive outfit. I generally include color in my outfits but sometimes throwing black pieces together feels right! In lieu of color I added sparkly details like my silver-y Stella & Dot beaded necklace and my silver cutout oxfords. The silver accessories played off the zippers on the front of my new black jeans too.

Can I mention how much I love these black high-waisted jeans? They're in the Soho Jeans line from New York & Company and are super stretchy and comfortable. I wore them two days in a row and they didn't sag on me, which is a miracle in the land of stretch denim! So if you've never thought to check out the jeans at New York & Company, perhaps you may want to in the near future.

Windowpane Print Button Down, Black Skinny Jeans, Silver Oxford Shoes
top: forever 21 | jeans: new york & company | shoes: target | bow: forever 21 | necklace: stella & dot

Black Skinny Jeans and Silver Cutout Oxfords from Target
Black Jeans with a Zipper Pocket Detail

I know I'm posting this outfit as a sort of dark Halloween look, but the entire time I wore it I was thinking punkish/goth/emo throwback with modern cuts. The zipper detailing is cool but also gives me a Hot Topic a la 2005 vibe. I always enjoyed the more alternative styles back in those days even though I stuck to a jeans and t-shirts kind of wardrobe through high school. In middle school I was no fashion plate but I liked the skater style that was in back then. You know. Avril Lavigne, Blink-182, and the like. So maybe that's why I'm still drawn to an alternative sort of look along with my retro tendencies.

Speaking of alternative style, do you like my intense purple lipstick? It's Immortal from the new Nyx Wicked Lippies line. It's so dark but so very awesome. I thought I'd let it shine by pairing it with this black outfit. Jeanie bought me a few other lipsticks from that line that I'll have to wear including a dark shimmery green. Yes. Green lipstick. I love seeing people rock nontraditional lipstick colors so why shouldn't I be one of them too? You can see me trying out bright blue lipstick in this post from June. Would any of you wear a lipstick shade that's a bit out of the box?

Silver Beaded Necklace and Windowpane Print Top
Dark Purple Lipstick with Bright Red Hair and a Windowpane Print Top

After looking at these pictures, I really can't get over how fantastic that purple lipstick is. Dark lipstick is really in right now so I plan on wearing plenty of dark shades like this. However I'm also feeling smoky eyes lately and just got the Urban Decay Smoked Palette on sale at Ulta the other day, so it's a tough decision every day. I have to decide between bold/dark eyes or lips and it's awful. First world problems you guys.

Anyway, I feel like I talked your ears (eyes?) off today so I'll leave you at that. I hope you're having a wonderful week!

October 27, 2014

Outfit: Chevron Print Dress with a Burgundy Leather Jacket and Ankle Boots

Happy Monday everyone! These pictures were taken a couple weeks ago in Chicago. Matt and I took a train into the city and wandered around after he had an interview (which explains his fancy suit.) We had to take the obligatory pictures with The Bean which is this giant mirror object you see here. I'm sure a lot of you have seen The Bean before. It sure provides an interesting backdrop for pictures! I'm lucky to have a boyfriend who humors me by letting me take way too many pictures from many different angles.

Anyway, I planned this outfit around these comfy burgundy ankle boots from Boohoo. I knew we'd be doing a lot of walking. As it turns out, if I walk around 10 miles in a day my feet will hurt no matter what shoes I'm wearing. Surprise! I really love how these boots match my faux leather jacket though. That burgundy shade runs through my chevron print dress too. This outfit was pretty matchy-matchy but I hope it matched in a good way. 

dress: modcloth | jacket: forever 21 | tights: target | boots: boohoo | purse: pepa loves

How was your weekend? I was a dog babysitter and went out to Athens for a Murder By Death concert. It was an absolutely fantastic concert and I got to stand right in the front without anybody pushing me. A most glorious and rare combination. This week ahead looks like more job hunting and watching many Halloween movies. What about you?

Have a fantastic start to your week!

October 24, 2014

September Favorites

Since it's the end of October already it's about time to showcase my favorite blogger outfits from September. Everybody looks super cute, as always. If you can't tell, I'm apparently loving trousers and black and white outfits. It was too hot for me to wear pants in September so I was living vicariously through other people's wonderfully autumnal outfits. I have a feeling my October favorites will have an even stronger fall feel though.

Finding Femme has the best floral blazer ever and the delightful red accents in this outfit make my day. A Fashion Nerd's cat skirt is so fun and I love that the entire outfit is black and white.

The Ocean in Your Bedroom looks amazing in this trumpet-shaped pencil skirt. Lost in the Haze looks like a modern Alice in Wonderland in this pastel look.

What Olivia Did is rocking the black and white look and those cat flats are adorable. Restless Youth's androgynous outfit looks both comfortable and fashion forward.

Sydne Style's houndstooth pants are perfect with a polka dot top. Temporary Secretary rocks the oversized blazer and a heart print top that's hidden in this picture.

Keiko Lynn looks adorable in her suspender skirt and classic boots. M Loves M picked the perfect color of cardigan to pair with her fun floral print pants.

October 22, 2014

Outfit: Maroon Cat Print Top Layered Underneath a Sleeveless Striped Dress

I'm always happy when the time of year for tights and long sleeves comes along. Layering makes getting the most out of your wardrobe so much easier. One of my favorite ways to remix my sleeveless dresses is to layer a long sleeved button down top underneath. I find this looks best when the neckline on the dress isn't too high or too low. There's a certain Goldilocks zone for this layering technique so I was very happy when this striped dress from Modcloth fit that criteria!

This actually wasn't an outfit I planned for our trip up to Illinois. It turned out to be cooler than average while we were there (and it felt wonderful) but I had to mix and match what I brought to dress a little warmer. I'm a firm believer in navy blue as a neutral and maroon tends to match with almost everything, so this outfit is the result of these items laying next to one another in my suitcase. Maybe the stripes mixed with cat print is a little quirky but I liked it. What do you think? Would you let cat print mingle with your stripes?

Maroon Cat Print Top Layered Underneath a Striped Dress
Maroon Cat Print Button Down, Striped Dress, Navy Blue Tights, and Brown Clogs
dress: modcloth | top: forever 21 | tights: target | shoes: korks - shoe carnival | earrings, belt: mom's

Maroon Cat Print Underneath a Sleeveless Striped Dress
Layering a Cat Print Button Down Top Underneath a Striped Fit and Flare Dress
Navy Blue Tights with Brown Clogs
Navy Striped Dress, Cat Print Button Down, and Short Red Hair

Are you guys having a good week so far? I'm not sure where it's gone and how it's already Wednesday. I have cover letters to write, work to do, and catching up on your blogs too. Somehow all the tasks are never complete since the hours fly by. Life has never moved so quickly and that worries me. I wish I had time to just read a book but that would require stopping the other things that are more pertinent. Oh well!

Have a fantastic rest of your day!

October 21, 2014

YouTube Tuesday: Goats, Cleopatra Makeup, and More!

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's time to entertain you with some YouTube videos picked by me with love. Or maybe these are just things I enjoyed that I thought you might too. Either way, here it is!

I've been laughing about this Game of Goats video for over a week. Why are the noises goats make so funny? You need to watch this.

I really like this Youtuber's historically accurate makeup series. Her most recent video goes over the purpose of makeup in makeup in Ancient Egypt and shows us how to create a look that could have been worn then. I just really enjoy her nuggets of historical research thrown into these videos.

Supreme Court cases shown with footage of dogs rather than the usual still drawings. I approve.

I just enjoyed the mix of color in this fall makeup tutorial. Maybe you will too! (Sorry. I watch a lot of makeup tutorials.)

Walking Dead bad lip reading! This one has a jolly little song at the end called Carl Poppa so enjoy that.

I hope at least one of these entertained you on this fine Tuesday. Have a great rest of your day!

October 20, 2014

Outfit: Brown Corduroy Shorts and a Ruffle Sleeve Fox Print Top

It's the fox print shirt again! When I said I can't stop wearing this shirt, it was the truth. The neutral-colored print makes it super versatile and I love the ruffled sleeve detail on it. I figured I'd break out one of my colorful beaded necklaces to play off the colors in the top's print. (I've been sorely neglecting my pile of beaded necklaces lately so I'm trying to remember to wear them!) Anyway, the rest of this outfit was a comfy combination of my brown corduroy shorts and cushy shoes.

top: boohoo | shorts, necklace: forever 21 | shoes: korks - shoe carnival

Sorry for the weird posting schedule last week. Everything got out of whack with traveling on Monday and my birthday on Tuesday. I'm back to posting normally today! Hooray! I have a bit of catching up to do reading your blogs too. I'm excited to work on that this week.

Have a fantastic start to your week!

October 16, 2014

Birthday Outfit: Mushroom Print Dress, Red Tights, & Bronze Shoes

Happy Thursday everyone! I figured I should show you my birthday outfit since that was on Tuesday and therefore still relevant. I didn't really have a plan for a birthday outfit this year but I knew I wanted to wear one of my handmade items. This mushroom print dress hadn't been styled with tights yet so that's what I ended up throwing on. I enjoy the interesting mix of the olive green dress and red tights. It didn't feel like Christmas because of the addition of oranges and yellows in the print and the fact that it's a mushroom print. Mushrooms don't tend to convey images of holiday times.

But anyway, this turned out to be a very "me" look. It should be since it was my birthday! I wore a pair of cool red 80s earrings and my comfy bronze sandals since they apparently look good with everything I own. What do you think of my birthday look?

dress: handmade | tights: kmart | shoes: korks - shoe carnival | earrings: mom's

My birthday passed by quickly. It stormed nearly the entire day so I did the exact same things I normally do during the daytime: work, coffee, & dress myself. My family took me out to dinner at an Italian place where you get a free meal on your birthday. They bring you unlimited garlic and butter drenched rolls so I proceeded to stuff my face. Later I went bowling in my mushroom dress because why not? We had white cake with chocolate fudge frosting when I got home. All in all it was a satisfactory birthday. I'm glad I got out of the house that night because the daytime part was pretty boring as far as birthdays go!

Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday and the awesome people who gave me a card or gift. Now I'm impatiently awaiting my gift to myself which should be here in a couple days. Hint: It's the new Vice palette because I guess I need one each year now.

Anyway, I hope you're having a great week so far! As always, thanks for reading. I hope this next year of life will be better than the last!

October 14, 2014

A Stop in Metropolis, IL and a Comfy Traveling Outfit

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's time to show you some pictures from our stop in Metropolis, Illinois and the comfy outfit I wore driving that day. We finally decided to stop and see the giant Superman statue! We've driven by the town 1-2 times a year since I can remember and have never stopped so it was about time. It was a cute little town but the main draw was the colorful Superman stuff. It really stood out against the dreary, sprinkling weather. We only stayed a half hour but it was fun to take a few touristy pictures.

jeans: new york and company | top: forever 21 | cardigan: thrifted (originally from target) | shoes: korks - shoe carnival

Looking back at these pictures I'm realizing how much I love how this outfit turned out. It was kind of thrown together, mixing comfortable items for a cozy drive. The combination of khaki green and yellow just works! Plus any outfit with my Star Trek shirt is an A+ in my book, despite it being kind of inappropriate in a town that pays homage to Superman.

Sorry about my lack of a post yesterday. We were driving back from Illinois and the weekend was way too busy for scheduling posts. It happens. Luckily I have plenty of outfits and pictures to share with you in these upcoming weeks! This is just the first set.

In other news today is my 24th birthday. I'm getting old! I have no real plans for today other than maybe Thai food and bowling. I expect the Facebook happy birthday messages to be fewer than last year since that's the trend the past few years. Maybe I'll get a few obligatory phone calls from relatives. Collecting some of my free birthday items from various stores / restaurants may be on the radar today and the rest of the week. Anybody else signed up for a bunch of store email lists and end up with coupons and free things around your birthday? It's one of my favorite parts of October! The Sephora birthday gift and free Starbucks are always highlights. 

I'm sure you'll hear all about today in another post though. Have a fantastic Tuesday!

October 10, 2014

Outfit: Floral Top, Olive Green Jacket, High Waisted Denim Shorts, and Clogs

Here's a bit of a casual outfit for you this Friday. I bought this olive green jacket and floral ruffled top from Forever 21 with a gift card a few weeks back. I figured I'd get plenty of use out of a jacket in this neutral shade of green. (Plus I can't get over this color lately!) I didn't particularly need to wear it this day but I wanted to layer a little bit. I kept the outfit warm weather appropriate by wearing these comfy high waisted shorts with bare legs. 

top, jacket, shorts: forever 21 | clogs: korks - shoe carnival

My super pale legs are shining in these pictures. Sorry if I blinded you but I'm not ashamed!

In other news I have a wedding to attend today. It's been a very busy week and I haven't felt very rested but that's okay. My birthday is next week so maybe it'll be a good one. At the very least there'll be cake and that's always something to celebrate!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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