Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What I'm Watching, Reading & Listening to #9

Another month, another round-up of all my favorite pop culture indulgences. Got any recommendations for me? Head on over to my Facebook and let me know!


WATCHING

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Okay, so I casually watched this show when I was in middle school. I remember enjoying it. I remember falling in love with SMG from it, but that was about it. I'm four seasons in and oh my god, this show is goddamn iconic. I'm obsessed with every little aspect of it. I still have about eighty episodes and four seasons of Angel to watch and I'm already missing it. Obviously, a show about a vampire slayer seems a little lame, but really, that aspect just highlights what a bad ass Buffy is. It's about friendship, heartbreak, over coming situations beyond your control while also dealing with morality. It's a surprisingly heavy show.

Bates Motel
Bates Motel is one of the most underrated television shows. There hasn't been a show since Breaking Bad that has moved me like Bates Motel has. It's based on Norman Bates from Psycho, but completely different, modern, and young Norman. It's dark, it's funny, it's heartbreaking, and it's down right fucking weird. The show handles mental illness, love, and murder in a truly fascinating way. The cast is phenomenal and I have no idea why this show never got bigger. The series finale just aired and I bawled my eyes out. It was one of the best finales, ever. There are only five seasons, go watch, and be upset that you missed out in real time.

13 Reasons Why
I've always been really into depressing YA novels so naturally, I read this book when it came out forever ago. I never imagined it would become a Netflix series, but boy am I glad it did. The show took some creative liberties and I'm okay with almost all of them. The show is about a girl who commits suicide and creates thirteen tapes as to why. She gives them to a friend to share with all the "reasons" why. The reasons are people. It's heartbreaking and certainly not as easy watch. But it's important and a gentle reminder to be more aware.

Love
Somehow I didn't hear about this show until the second season. It stars Gillian Jacobs and was created by Judd Apatow. Basically, a dream team. It's a modern taken on romance and being a general fuck-up. It's funny. It's well written and it'll make your head and heart hurt.

Famous In Love
This is the new show from the creator of Pretty Little Liars. It's about a college girl who gets a movie role of a lifetime on accident. Her world is completely changed as do all of her relationships. Her life is spiraling out of her control while she tries to fit into her new life. It's full of cliches and pretty dresses. Nothing super great, but I certainly enjoyed it.

READING


Big Little Lies
Okay, so, I actually watched the television show before I read the book. I'm not usually down for that, but I love Adam Scott so, I dove in. The show was a murder mystery with a star studded cast and a unique form of storytelling. You know there's a murder, but you don't know who until the finale. Talk about suspense. The television show had some minor changes from the book, but overall, I thought they were both intriguing and well done. Read and watch.

Joyland
I read my first Stephen King novel. I found a list of the best non-movie Stephen King books. This was the shortest on the list, so I picked it. It was a little slow, but it was just as creepy and well written as I imagined. I have another King novel to read next. I'm excited to dig into his catalog.

LISTENING

Paramore -- Hard Times

I'm absolutely obsessed with this fun 80's pop inspired dream of a song. I'll be listening on repeat until the record comes out next month. Hope the rest of the record is this fun. I need a good summer record.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

We put miles on these old jean jackets

This jean jacket is a staple in my Spring/early Fall wardrobe. Yet somehow I've only worn it on the blog maybe once or twice. In photos, the jacket looks a little big on me, but I assure you, IRL this thing is a dream. I randomly got into enamel pins a couple years ago (addicting!) and people started gifting me some real gems. So, thank you to everyone who has made this jacket punk as hell. This outfit is something I re-create often because well, it looks great but is also very easy and casual. Win/win.

For the first time in my life, I purchased non-black eyeglasses. I've had my eye on tortoise shell glasses for awhile and finally decided to just go for it. Change is hard, but it's a little easier when they're basically the same pair you had before just a little bit smaller.

Pretty Little Liars final season begins tonight and boy, am I both ready and not ready. I've been watching this show for seven years. SEVEN YEARS. A lot of shows deserve a long run, but PLL probably isn't one of them. The show got lost somewhere around season five and just hasn't recovered. I'm not a quitter and I have high hopes for these final ten episodes. It's truly an end of an era. I made so many friends because of this show, bonded with complete strangers, discovered Reddit, and got endless style inspiration. I'll miss this show like no other and I will definitely cry at least once during the finale.



Outfit Details:
Skirt: Thrifted
Shirt: Gift
Jacket: C/O ASOS (last year)
Tights: We Love Colors
Belt: Express
Shoes: Khol's
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lime tree

AH! I went more blonde. Blonde is addictive and beautiful and next time I say I want to dye my hair dark, don't let me. I have this tendency to change my hair when I get bored. Blonde is my favorite shade of hair. I'm forever thankful for the stylists that indulge me and my ever changing mind. Blonde is a journey, but at least it's a worthwhile one.

I've had this dress since last year or so and somehow never wore it on the blog. It's got a beautiful motion and perfect color to it. The straps are removable, but since I'm not a strapless fan -- I kept them on. So, naturally, the straps broke. Instant strapless dress. Luckily, this fits a lot better than most strapless dresses. We're at the strange time of year where it's kind of warm yet still kind of freezing. Hence this summer/spring hybrid outfit.





Outfit Details:
Dress: Swapped
Jacket: BB Dakota
Shoes: Payless
Tights: Express
Choker: Made by me (interested? let me know!)
Sunday, April 2, 2017

give me a hand


I gravitate towards dresses because well, dresses are easy and the price tag makes sense. There's something about tops that I never understand. This strappy top trend is something I have been dying to try and let me tell you, it's worth all the hype. I've basically lived in this top since I got it. I am a serious outfit repeater. I paired this with a lacy bralette to make it a little more conservative while adding an extra amount of fun to it. I had a hard time deciding which skirt to wear this with. I almost shared two different ones, but I guess I'll save the other one for another day!

Speaking of trends, I've been crazy into the choker trend. Like look at them every time I go to a store. My sister, however, told me spending $10-$20 on a piece of fabric was not smart. So, this weekend I ordered some clasps (s/o to one day Amazon pick-up), hit up the craft store, and my other sister and I got to craftin'. I'm kind of in love with all of them and I didn't spend $15. Huge thanks to both of my sisters for being crafty and having good ideas and always indulging me.




Outfit Details:
Top: C/O Tobi
Belt: Swapped
Skirt: Thrifted
Choker: Made by me
Bralette: TJ Maxx