The Grand Optimist

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

There's nothing better than throwing together an outfit and realizing you absolutely love it. This is one of those. I got this skirt a little while ago at Plato's Closet. It's originally from UO and is very 90's swishy pants-ish. But it's bright, fun, and reminds me of a party? Yes, a party. Just about every scarf in my wardrobe was my sisters and is now mine? I'm not really sure, but I've never bought a scarf thanks to her. She's a real swell gal. There's a very narrow time frame when wearing a leather jacket is possible. It's either too hot, too cold, or just right. Currently perfection.

Oh, I dyed my hair darkish again and it's long enough to sit on top of my head. Only about three or four or even five more years before I have my dream hair. I might not have a life plan, but I have a five year plan for my hair. Priorities.

This is a lake behind my house and for some reason I never thought to photograph here before. They've been talking about turning it into a baseball field? Which is mildly strange considering it's a lake and all. I've also heard that it used to be a public swimming area until a little girl drowned. Maybe it's a hunted lake, but at least it photographs well.

Music Monday: Beirut

Monday, November 28, 2011

A couple weeks ago, I was with Sarah, Lyndsey, & Rachel. The topic of music came up and we all started talking about bands the other ones have never heard. Except Sarah because Sarah loves the Backstreet Boys and everyone knows them. Anyways, music is a huge part of my life. Maybe even more so than fashion. There. I said it. It's true. There are so many bands that mean the world to me and I'd love to share them with you. Just in case you've been living under a rock or only listening to Backstreet like Sarah (just kidding).

Today, I bring you Beruit. Beirut is the strangest most beautiful thing I've ever heard and I'm seeing them tonight for the very FIRST time in Cleveland. Judging from their live videos and their eclectic sound, I'm in for a real treat.

Zach Condon, is a New Mexico native who dropped out of college in 2006 to focus on his career. Which is when he produced his debut Gulag Orkestar. It's a mixture of old-world strangeness and European nostalgia sprinkled with Balkan organ pumps, trumpets, and other non-traditional instruments. His voice is like nothing I've heard before and I mean that in the best possible way.

Here are a few of my favorite songs.

Beirut by Jessica Noelle on Grooveshark

Clever & Quickness

Sunday, November 27, 2011

These photos are proof as to why I don't bother with my hair. I had combed, straightened, styled, and hair sprayed it all pretty. And then it looked like this?! What is this hot mess? The answer is my sad hair life.

Rachel snapped thees photos for me after the AWESOME Crafty Mart. Crafty Mart is an annual local event where the local artists/designers/handmades sell their craft. There was everything from jewelry to food to blender lights. Everything was wonderful. I bought a lovely Toony necklace and a bow headband. Success.

Hm, so this outfit. I'm wearing a cardigan as a shirt and I think that's a great idea.

DIY: Glitter Shoes

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I saw this tutorial on Wild Flower. She used oxfords and I WISH I had a pair to glitter up, but I didn't. So I picked the least worn flats out of my closet and here we are.

What you'll need:
-Pair of shoes
-Mod Podge Glue with a Gloss Finish
-A bowl
-Sponge brush
-GLITTER (any kind you'd like! I suggest buying the biggest jar you can find)
-Painters tape (tape the bottom and insides unless you want glitter all over your shoe)
-Water proof shoe protection
-Newspaper (or a bag) to put the shoes on

Not Animal!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I've never been an animal print fan, but Sharde sent me this dress and I fell in love. Well, I'm wearing it as a skirt because the sad truth is the chest area on it is TOO SMALL. TINY. NON-EXISTENT. Everything else, however, is perfection. Don't you agree?! You all should check out Sharde's blog. She's a beautiful hairdresser from Texas living in California. Her style and skill is ridiculous. She's amazing.

Let's talk about these shoes. I stalked Urban Outfitters website for the past year or so because these were such dreamy heels. A plethora of color options, a tiny heel, vintage feel, but entirely modern. But the price tag was $49. Which as we all know is a little steep for me. They went out of stock completely and I almost cried. But then I went to a store and found these for $12. I snatched them up and I immediately discovered that these are the most uncomfortable shoes in the entire world. Even with inserts. Worst. Shoes. Ever. The reviews are great too, so maybe I got a defective pair? I can play in fields in five inch heels and I can't walk in these without crying? Mysterious.

Shivers (I've Got 'Em)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I love combining edgy items with girly pieces. Leather jackets make everything a little more bad ass. Especially this one. It came pre-studded and it's cropped perfectly. It, however, does not look good zipped up. You win some, you lose some. This dress is one of my absolute favorites. It's light weight, lace and lined with silk. The detailing on the lace is covered in tiny little dots and I love the unique detailing on the top. Would you believe me if I told you it's from Forever 21 and it's lasted years? I hardly believe it myself.

Oh, I almost forgot...this is the first official post of Midwest Muse! Here's to the future.

Tonight, Sarah, Rachel and I are attending The Taste of Vintage. There will be a silent auction and a fashion show. The fashion show includes vintage pieces from their permanent unique collection and all of the models are local ladies. We're all very excited to attend and it's not too late for you to attend either.

'O Sailor

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Remember this skirt? The one that belonged to my sister and I LOVED LOVED, but she was moving to Colorado and I didn't stand a chance? Yeah, well, she's the best ever and brought it back and gave it to me for keeps. I scored this sweater from Plato's for super cheap and it's rather amazing. Cute sailboats and it's lined in fleece?! Perfection.

Anyways, I got off work a lot later than I intended and I had dinner plans/poetry reading to attend and had to snap these photos in a hurry. The sun was apparently a million times brighter than I had thought. Oops.

A Minor Place

Monday, November 7, 2011

I really enjoyed this outfit. Super warm, casual, but still classy. I got this skirt a long while ago from the little kid sales section at Target. I'm so thankful I'm the size of the average large kid in America. For that, I'm a terrible person.

The lovely Rachel snapped these photos for me after a mini-blogger sesh. I was surprised by the beauty of the Gorge. It's usually awesome, but this?! Perfection. Looking through these photos I realized I'm standing in the same exact position just at different angles. It's not intentional, but I'm really awkward in general and especially when anyone other than Victor takes my photos. I'm semi-awkward with Anna and basically everyone else is land of the awkward turtle. You'd think I'd have a grasp on posing or being natural. Nope, I'm awkward and silly.

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