Thursday, January 28, 2010

Oh My!

Oh my gosh, I can't believe my luck. These pretty little darlings are mine all mine and for the bargain price of only eight dollars! I know, I too have to muffle my shocked gasp. Once again I have my beloved goodwill to thank. And I'll admit, they're a touch snug, but for $8 I can live with that. Now the question is, whatever shall I wear with them? Do you guys have ideas? Also, is it too tarty to wear over the knee boots on a first date?

Favourite Things: Baking

I love to bake. It calms me. When I'm stressed, or have exams, I turn into Martha freaking Stewart. I've been a bit stressed about the whole roommate situation and therefore we are rolling in baked goods. Most recently I attempted my first pecan pie. Up next Im' thinking a delightful layered cake like this one. What do you do when you're stressed? How do you calm yourself down? Also, would you like some cake?

What I'm Listening to:

Genius- Kings of Leon

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Five Shoes Every Girl Needs

Everyone has their go to shoes, mine happen to beat a rather beat up pair of black studded ballet flats bought a few years ago at an Aldo clearance. I love them. But there are five pairs of shoes that in this bloggers humble opinion, everyone should own. These are my top five...

1) Ballet Flats
But not just any ballet flats, a really, really fantastic pair. I chose these cute leopard ones from Gap, but it can be any pair as long as they're a bit out of the ordinary. I'm a fan of wacky colors or patters, and I frequently treat them as neutrals.

2) Killer Heels
Obviously a killer pair of heels are essential. But this is the pair that you can dance in all night but still manage to make you feel like a goddess. The pair that when you put them on you prance around your house like a pinup girl, this is that pair.

3) Everyday Boots
About nine months out of the year I live in flat boots. I love them, mine are generally vintage and scored at my local Goodwill. Flat boots are perfect with jeans, leggings, dresses, skirts, pretty much everything. Next to my ballet flats, they are my go to footwear.

4) Converse
OK, so this is just basically a casual but cool sneaker of some kind. My preference is converse, they are the ideal show going, errands running, everyday shoe. I'm a fan of grey since it looks a little less angsty teen, but any color is good, I'm also a big fan of maroon. Keds work equally as well in this department.

5) Hot Sandals
This past summer I destroyed my beloved pair of target, braided, gold sandals. Litterally, I mourned. Gold sandals are great for summer, they show off cute toes, go with pretty much everything and have an ability to make you feel like a Greek goddess. Plus they make legs look longer.

Am I missing one of your essentials? What are they?

Friday, January 22, 2010

Summer Girl

I'm dreaming of cool summer nights, of sun kissed blonde hair in sea salt coils. I'm dreaming of flimsy dresses and sun hats, of drinks out of mason jars and fireflies. I'm beginning to dream of summer. Everyone has a season, and though I appreciate them all, I am a summer girl. It just so happens that fall is my favourite season(I just really love cider and a cute jacket). But summer is when I'm at my best, I'm happiest. The picture above reminds me of camping on the beach down in North Carolina, though we never could get our fires this big.

So what is your season? And why?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chasing Chaos

I've talked about it before but it bears repeating. One of the many things I learned from my charming artist roommates is an appreciation of a little chaos. Chaos is passion, it's whimsy, it's spontaneity. Without chaos, you can't have any of those wonderful things. That said, my life is a bit chaotic. I'm once again searching for a roommate, the aforementioned person who decided the speak to my ex behind my back just happened to be my new roommate. I'm not sure what her issue was, let alone her issue with me, but suffice to say she was unstable and mercifully has moved out. Though, she did leave us in a lurch with bills and a complete lack of roommate. Thankfully my other roommate is lovely and has worked out just fine. All the same, my life is bit chaotic. But then I think to myself if my life were easy it just wouldn't be the same. My moments of up and down give shape to my life, give words to my music. The picture above is chaotic, and absolutely gorgeous, the people I love are chaotic and wonderful, chaos it seems is an essential part of my life. And though I've tried to fight it it keeps coming back. So, I've accepted chaos in my house, in my music, in my wardrobe and in my love life, I think it's time I accept that chaos is here to stay and finally make peace with it, or even learn to enjoy it.

On a side note, I dream of a living room like this.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Favourite Things: Dogs

I love dogs. I grew up with them, several of them at a time and I have always loved them. When I was living in North Carolina I spent my weekends volunteering at an animal rescue. Pretty soon I started fostering dogs which was sad but also incredibly rewarding. I do have a little monster of my own. He's the namesake for half of this blog, I call him my little bear. It's not true for everyone, but for me, having a dog is one of the most rewarding things in the world. I don't recommend owning one to every college student, in fact I don't recommend it for most. Bust for me, having my little bear has always kept me grounded, it gives me responsibility and of course some good old fashioned unconditional love. Now, lest you think I come down whole heartedly on the side of the canines, you should know I've got two very spoiled felines as well.

How bout you guys, did you have pets during college or do you now? Are you a cat or a dog person? Or maybe something else entirely. I'd love to know.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tar-jay's Boutique

I just got these and I LOVE them! It's no secret that I love target, they're cheap, cute and and I think their mascot dog is cute. But I just got these last minute for a party and they are great. So comfortable and cute and on clearance!

Monday, January 11, 2010

This is My New Year

Last year was both tough and wonderful. I'm hoping this year to have a few less trials and tribulations(despite the stress of graduating and job hunting) and enjoy life to the fullest. It's not a very solid or readily achievable resolution but it works for me. What are yours?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ink Love: Collar

So this was not the inspiration for this post, but I feel it can't be ignored. I'm in love with collar bone tattoos right now and Rhianna's is a lovely example. It says "never a failure, always a lesson" and while I think the sentiment and the fact that it's written backwards is lovely, I'm also just lovin' the placement. So I figured I would share a few more of my favourite collar bone ink spots.
This is not actually a fav tattoo so much as an excellent photo. My inner(very inner) art nerd just loves the composition.
I wish I could read this, the text is lovely as is its placement right along the bone. If anyone can read it let me know!
This one almost looks fake but it's none the less lovely. I like the period, it gives the single word a solid statement.
I think I've shown this one before but I still think it's just gorgeous. Birds were a big trend in tattoos this year but this one seems timeless and classic and like it was meant to be part of her body.
This is a popular statement for tattoos, in many forms. The placement is nice and I believe it goes with the bottom picture.
I like that they serve as a reminder to push through and to keep going. It's similar to how I feel about my wrist tattoo which serves as a reminder for me to always push myself to strive for more.I've shown you this one before but I still think the white ink is so awesome.
Generally I'm against names on ones skin (though my sister has her daughters name on her foot). But this just looks so lovely.
I love the sentiment in this, again, I suppose I'm big on tattoos that are reminders of a mantra or goal.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Oh my, that was quite a bought with strep! Sorry to have been gone so long but sadly since I'm allergic to most antibiotics I had to just sort of wait it out. But I'm back and ready to, well, start classes again. But hey, it's my last semester. Anyhoo, I thought I would share this cute picture with you. I love the hat! She's so charmingly french. I never have the nerve to pull off hats like this, but I just love it. What are your thoughts?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Out Sick

Back soon though!