Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I can't imagine a much better summer afternoon than one spent lounging on a sailboat in a breezy cotton sundress... can you? Didn't think so. I'm so, so excited to be able to make at least part of that daydream a reality for one of you lucky ladies out there, thanks to Shabby Apple! I love the distinctly vintage feel of Shabby Apple's women's dresses, and this lovely Lighthouse dress is no exception. The classic shape in crisp white cotton is simply stunning, and I just can't say no to a bow! This pretty little frock can be yours, just in time for the summer season.
Enter to Win the Lighthouse Dress:
-Leave your name and contact information in the comments, and (just for fun) where you would wear your Shabby Apple dress (dream big, people!)
-US residents only (so sorry to my foreign friends!), but for those who don't win/can't enter, Shabby Apple is offering 10% off (coupon code: wakinglife10off), valid for thirty days. Just click the link on my sidebar! They have so many amazing dresses to choose from :)
-Giveaway closes at 12 midnight EST on Wednesday, June 1st!
I'm so glad I'm able to offer something to all of you in return for visiting me here in my little corner of the internet. I cherish all of your comments and love reading your blogs daily. You guys are amazing!!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Ohhh Tuesday. I really need to do laundry. I haven't done a load since K has been gone (which works out to about two weeks!) because I can't be bothered to go to the laundramat by myself. I hate the laundramat with a fiery passion, and it doesn't help that I have to pay hard earned money to power the machines and drive 20 minutes out of my way to get to the damn place. Not happening. Anyway, this is the sort of crazy outfit that comes out of my laziness.
(blazer: antique shop; skirt: forever 21; blouse: thrifted; shoes: seychelles)
I love this blue velvet blazer but find it impossibly difficult to style. I have a habit of collecting blazers and then never really wearing them because they don't really fit into my wardrobe--if I were more inclined to menswear this would be great, but I'm really just not. This skirt was another questionable purchase because it also doesn't really seem to have a home in my closet, but I still like it. Man, I'm feeling hard to please today.
One thing that does please me: I'll be hosting my very first giveaway tomorrow, courtesy of Shabby Apple! Yay! Stay tuned...
Monday, May 23, 2011
I don't normally post this sort of thing, but I thought that the styling of this video was so incredibly lovely (the song equally so), and I wanted to share. Sometimes people assume that I know about bands and that I'm in tune with the hipster aural fixation, but I'm really terrible about it. I like listening to music, but I'm very particular about matching music to my environment and I guess I'm just never feeling very mellow (which is what the majority of music today seems to be). I've always kind of liked the idea of making music videos (most of the short films I've made in the past were basically just that), which is, in my mind, the film equivalent of poetry. Like I said, lovely.
Happy Monday, everyone! It's still pretty grey outside so I decided to brighten up this morning. This outfit was one of those that kind of came together haphazardly as I tried desperately to steer clear of my usual habits (it was a real struggle for me not to belt the cardigan and now I kind of wish I had). I also went straight for my mary janes, but decided at the last minute to wear a pair of long-neglected side-button booties. These used to be old favorites before Blimey came into my life.
(dress/cardigan: h&m; socks: uo; shoes: dsw; necklace: jewelmint)
This outfit is kind of a blast from the past in every way, because both the cardigan and dress were bought at H&M back when I was in college (holy smokes, four years +), and I used to wear this little babydoll all the time.
In other news, I had a great weekend. Friday night I guilted my parents into taking me out to dinner at the restaurant across the street (Toscano), where I savored my goat cheese ravioli with tomatoes and wilted spinach (um YUM) and pinot grigio (and dreamy cappucino chocolate mousse) and fully enjoyed myself. My parents are awesome. Saturday I got some errands out of the way early in the morning and then went for a run (!), which was made a bit more difficult due to the incredibly thick, humid air, but felt good at the time (not so good afterward--I can still hardly walk because I neglected my stretches). That night some friends threw a karaoke party and I had a grand old time sipping fancy blue curacao cocktails (complete with umbrella and orange garnish!), singing at the top of my lungs (note to self: cannot keep up with Lady Gaga's lyrics, "All That Jazz" and "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" are much better options), and playing glow-in-the-dark bocce in the backyard. It's been too long since I've been to an honest-to-goodness party. And clearly I am out of shape for this sort of revelry--the next day I felt less than stellar. Still, totally worth it.
Annnnnd now I have my nose back to the old grindstone, but K comes home on Wednesday night (yay!) and I'll be off to Albuquerque in less than a month (woo-hoo)!