Wednesday, November 19, 2014

crunch time

You may or may not have noticed a lack of posts in general outfit posts as of late. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

weekend recap

This weekend was the medicine I sorely needed. On Friday night, I went out with two new friends for drinks and arcade games. We ended the night giggling over our Usher jukebox selection and with the most delicious boozy hot chocolate I've ever experienced. Saturday's forecast predicted a gentle snowfall starting around 2:30, but instead I woke up to thick flakes blanketing my car just in time for my 11 a.m. shift at the bookstore. After work, I took the most exquisite nap. Like, the kind where you wake up and don't really know what year it is? Yeah, you know. We spent Saturday night in binge-watching American Horror Story (I'm hooked. Like, in for the long run. Addicted.). Finally, Sunday brought us some cheery sun on sparkling, crunchy snow, a productive day homework-wise, and...more American Horror Story. 

And a most exciting development! On Thursday I went for the full chop: 10 inches and three years of growth donated! I'm no stranger to sudden hair changes (after I graduated high school, I pixied my locks without telling anyone!), and short hair has always (in my opinion) looked best on me. I feel much more like myself, it's a breeze to style, and no more hair stuck in the drain! Yeah!! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

first snow

On Tuesday, I woke up to this: 

Which meant an extra large cup of this: 
 A little of this: 
And (best of all) some of this sprinkled on a wet nose: 
Happy first snow, Omaha! Here's to the season of boots, sweaters, and praying to the car brake gods that your vehicle doesn't slide into another. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

november goals


Ugh let's talk about October. October, I love you, but you brought me down. Usually October is my favorite month of the year--I look forward to drinking hot coffee in the mornings, cozying up in thick knits and scarves, carving pumpkins, prepping for Halloween, the whole shebang. So it's odd for me to say I'm happy to see October go. 
It was kind of a lousy October, as far as Octobers are concerned. I found myself in just a general state of discombobulation (although THIS may have had something to do with it, Mercury, you lazy bum). School was a total drag, work seemed tense and demanding, my glasses broke while I simultaneously ran out of contact lenses, even blogging was a struggle for me. Like I said earlier, every ball I'd been juggling started dropping from my hands. 
I'm approaching November differently. I want to make a list of goals for myself for this month, to keep me both sane and productive. Ideally, I'd like to make this a monthly habit, but I'm making zero promises (we all know how well I do on the commitment to challenges front, *cough* 100HappyDays *cough* *cough* capsule wardrobe *cough*). At the end of the month, I hope to write up a post that recaps how well I accomplished my goals, or how poorly I failed at them! 

1// be more focused study-wise
As final papers and exams approach, I really need to conquer the onslaught of senioritis I've been battling. I don't just mean I should study more, but I should study with more heart. At the end of the month, I'd like to be able to say I finished all of my assignments without procrastination, I completed all of my assigned readings for class, and I made a real commitment to reviewing my French work. 

2// put an end to casual eating out 
When I get busy, packing myself a lunch or taking the time to cook dinner falls by the wayside. It's an expensive and wasteful habit to constantly run to the nearest Chipotle every evening I don't feel like taking the time to boil a pot of water for pasta. Going out to sample new eats or enjoying date night is a different matter entirely, but buying a sandwich for lunch when it's just as easy to make one home and bring it along with me is a bad habit that needs to stop. 

3// turn off my phone at the end of the night 
I often find myself scrolling through Twitter or Instagram at any given hour. I love social media as much as the next Millennial, although even I can admit that the constant feed of new information can be distracting when I'm trying to actually relax and reconnect with The Boy at the end of the day. When I'm through studying and ready to retire, I want to retire my phone as well. 

4// start and finish each day with a happy heart 
My worst habit throughout the month of October? Forgetting to live in the present. When I get frustrated or overworked, my immediate reaction is to mourn my care-free semester in Ireland or start planning for my next escape. I feel I need to be more mindful in taking stock of all the things I love about my life here and now--the job I love, The Boy, Albie, being part of a university community I cherish, even the taco truck a mere two minute drive from my front door. 

What do you think? I don't expect perfection, although I am looking forward to making a real effort to improve the little bits of life that I make more difficult for myself. If you have any tips for accomplishing a set of goals, please let me know! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

top five fall trends

Here are some reasons I enjoy getting dressed in autumn: 1.) monochrome everything, 2.) layers, 3.) everything I wear feels endlessly trendy. But in case you wanted a little extra help on the last point, never fear. I've compiled a list of my top 5 favorite fall trends for you to test out this season! 

1// matte red lip 
Autumn is the ideal season to vamp up your lip game. This year, I've been opting for a deep red matte lipstick rather than a burgundy or dark purple. The color is flattering on everyone and it adds the perfected muted pop of color to any go-to monochrome. 
NARS Mascate is beautiful is a beautiful choice. 

2// leather shopper tote 
As a self-proclaimed huge bag lady, I couldn't be happier about the many shoppers and totes I've been eyeing all over this season. Go for a (p)leather one in a neutral shade, like black or blush. In addition to being super chic, they carry all of the essentials (in my case, my iPad, DSLR, 17 hand creams, 34 lip balms, and any of the 5 books I'm juggling at the moment). 
Topshop has some great options like this onethis H&M number is gorgeous, and Madewell's beauties never fail to impress. 

3// grid print everything
If you are a prints person, grid (a.k.a. windowpane) is the way to go. The print is subtle and minimal, and adds just the slightest touch of texture to any outfit. I've incorporated the trend with a grid print scarf, but have been dying to go all out with something like this Topshop tunic or a subtle mesh option from ASOS. Any bold colors may look a little too garish (who am I? a 87-year-old woman?), so try to find an understated piece in black and white. 

4// chelsea boots
Europeans, skip ahead. Y'all are already above and beyond the Chelsea boot (I see you wearing exclusively slip-ons), but we Americans are just now catching on to this trend. Ahhh Chelsea boots. I bought a pair earlier this season and they have not left my feet. I'd sleep in them if I could. They look exquisite with some ripped up, cropped jeans, or trying pairing them with thick tights and a mini-skirt. These babies can do no wrong. H&M offers a fine selection for some pretty great prices. 

5// graphic crew-neck sweaters 
TGFNC. Thank God for Normcore, because there is nothing I love more than stepping out into the world wearing a sweatshirt and feeling socially acceptable. Crew necks are such a dream to layer with, and so many of this seasons options offer sweet little prints as icing on the cake. If you're going the printed route, find a graphic that is simple: some text in French, a classic mascot. Anything with pop culture logos or loud colors won't look as clean. Madewell is the longstanding queen of the printed pullover, although Forever21 has some affordable options. 

Being trendy can be spendy, so I've been spending way too much time over on Raise.com to help me save a few pennies when stocking up for the autumn season. Essentially, it's a gift card exchange where you can sell the gift cards you don't want to use or buy new ones at a discounted rate! It's the coolest and easiest way to save money at the shops I love. 

What are you obsessing over this fall?