Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Its All About the Instrumentals

I take a Yoga classes 3-4 times a week at spot in Downtown LA, and one of the instructors happens to be a badass, well tanned, ex-dancer, hottie from the Midwest who's music taste conveniently mirrors mine. Yea she's perfect. Needless to say her music choices take my Yoga high to the infinite level. Lately we've been listening to purely instrumental pieces and scores from indie films. As I'm lying down in what is supposed to be my final meditation pose of the night, my mind drifts to my old dancer habits. I find myself choreographing numbers in my head to these wonderful pieces she's playing. Ahh sweet, sweet nastalgia. Now I'm hooked on instrumental scores.

You'll be tuning your Pandora to the Devotchka channel before you know it. You're welcome.

Some day I'm walking down the isle to a Devotchka song. Devotchka (Russian word meaning "girl") is a quartet (3 dudes, 1 lady) that has recorded for the movie Everything is Illuminated (you'd be dumb not to read the book or see the movie) and one of my all time favorite movie soundtracks Little Miss Sunshine. "The Winner Is" one of the best songs EVER.

If you have a fave instrumental or indie movie score PLEASE share. I'm on a binge.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

My Shopping Cart: Lulu's, Madewell, Steve Madden, and Urban Outfitters

Online shopping speaks to driving, gas, parking validation, crowds and dressing rooms (I loathe dressing rooms). I'm constantly loading up my virtual shopping cart with "I wish I could afford this" items. Then empty it when I snap back to reality. My number one rule when shopping online is NEVER, EVER buy full price items (unless its already dirt cheap).

Here's the list of steals I got this week...
(P.S. I'm obsessed with Lulu's. I've never shopped this store before. I discovered a Lulu's piece on one my favorites bloggers A Beautiful Mess. Very trendy and very reasonable. CZECH it.)

Dinner For Two Coral Red Shift Dress $40. Can't wait to sport this at a wedding this weekend. I'm obsessed with long sleeve dresses.

Vintage Rocker Cords. Originally $89.50, on sale for $19.99! I can't always afford Madewell so I almost shed a tear when they still had my size on this sale item. I've been dying for a pair of super-bellbottom cords. Can't wait til fall!

Steve Madden
Steven by Steve Madden Women's Stalker Slingback Pump. Originally $85 (I think), I got them for $39.97 on Amazon. I first laid eyes on these puppies in Nordstrom Rack a couple months ago for $70.They fit like a glove in store, but had some wear and tear on the heel so I decided to pass them up. I've been dreaming about them since and landed a hell of a deal. I guess patience really is a virtue.
Ecote Wood Peep-Toe Slingback Sandal. Originally $59, on sale for $24.99. Such a great summer sandal.  I love a heel I can wear to work and successfully climb stairs in.

Monday, July 16, 2012

22 1/2 Things I Didn't Think I Would Admit By Age 22 1/2

It has been a year and 7 months since I graduated from college and 5-ish years since graduating high school. I used to be a little too confident, spontaneous, notoriously tardy, a wee bit close minded and extremely stubborn (okay, so maybe I'm still stubborn). Now I find myself becoming slightly "grandma-like." Have I peaked at age 22 1/2? I've realized its called maturity. I like to think of myself as a more seasoned... well, woman. I still carry passion and ambition with me, but now I have the credential to back it up.

I'm sure most of us twenty-somethings (or at least I hope, so I'm not crazy) are feeling the cosmic pull of this natural transition from college-age "know-it-all" to actual adulthood. Here is a brutally honest list of 22 1/2 things that I didn't think I would admit by age 22 1/2. Just a few years ago I'd be ashamed of my future self.

1. I do, say and act like my mom more and more every day. (Ew. I know.)

2. My mom and/or parents are usually right. (Yep, hate this too, but the first step is admitting that I was wrong right?)

3. I get horrendously annoyed by underage drinkers when/if I go out. (I was THE last one to turn 21 amongst my friends. I SHOULD feel some type of empathy for these brats, but I don't. Maybe I'm jealous of their baby-soft skin and skinny legs. Bitches.)

4. I enjoy staying in. (I can't hang anymore.)

5. I can no longer eat a pint of ice cream in one sitting followed by Kraft mac and cheese and get away with it.

6. When I do eat a pint of  ice cream in one sitting followed by Kraft mac and cheese I have to work out for two hours a day, for five days straight, and feel guilty for about 15 days. (I actually have to work out now matter what I eat.)

7. I don't want a cookie cutter family and white picket fence. (I actually want 6 kids, two dogs, a pig, a garden and a husband who thinks all of that is normal.)

8. There is always someone prettier, better, smarter, happier (at least at that moment), healthier, more fit, more qualified, who has a better job, etc. And, coincidentally, its okay not to be the best. If the "best" is in the room, learn from him/her. (Us twenty-somethings grew up in a time where participation ribbons and honorable mentions made us "special." NEWS FLASH: You have to earn "special" and first place.)

9. I believe that healthfulness, faithfulness and happiness IS beauty. (Still a struggle for me.)

10. Being on-time and prepared is cool.

11. Making my bed makes a difference.

12. You are your toughest critic.

13. You will never like EVERYONE you work with.

14. Everyone doesn't always like YOU. (This includes those of you who won "Most Likeable" or "Most Likely To Be Your Best Friend" or "Most Conscientious" or some equally bullshit senior award in high school.)

15. Vegas pools and water parks give me the heebie jeebies.

17. I resent Justin Bieber for ruling the world before age 20, even though Britney Spears did the same thing when I was a teeny bopper. (VIVA BRITNEY!)

18. Less is more.

19. Laughter is the best medicine.

20. The house I grew up in still feels more like home then my own apartment. (Even though my mom made me take out every trace of my existence when I moved out and replaced it with a fancy bed and frilly soaps.)

21. I hate liars. (You always get caught.)

22. Faith doesn't just mean one god, church, holidays, presents, big fancy dinners, life/death.

22 and a 1/2. Learn every day (This is something we must continually do and remember. We don't know everything and there's always something better to look forward to.)

What things can you admit to yourself now that you couldn't before?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's so much easier when sea foam green is in fashion

My first experience with the color seafoam green was back in 2001-2002 on the Morning View Incubus album.

Are You In was a favorite of mine ...
"It's so much easier
When sea foam green
Is in fashion".

Man I was cool... Little did I know seafoam green WOULD be in fashion and IS actually awesome. My melodramatic, teenage, prima donna, slightly emmo self would be mortified to know that Incubus would have such a "mainstream" lyric. I digress.

Seafoam, mint, cool cucumber or whatever you want to call it has truly made a place for itself this summer amidst the seasonally popular eye-catching neons and vintage florals. Seafoam no longer equates to kitchen cleaners and tacky 60s accents. I now think serene scenes, ethereal, vintage touches and milky textures.

Now go! Be seafoamy!

P.S. Mint chip ice cream is ONLY good if its green (white doesn't count).

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Ear Cuff

Someone somewhere got uber creative. The ear cuff is my latest obsession.  I'm not a huge fan of chandelier earrings, or anything that is excessively sparkly hanging from my ears. I try really hard to get into this staple accessory, but find myself wasting money and doting bare lobes. The ear cuff may be the answer to my prayers. 

I'm in the midst of creating some of my own, but here are few that trigger my creative juices. People are so darn creative! Bravo people, bravo.

Stay tuned for some of my own designs!

Monday, July 2, 2012


Okay, I'm all for cheese when it comes to holidays. I especially appreciate (mostly for entertainment purposes) the one person at the party who goes all out. However, there is little that I hate more than the couple or herd of bromances or gaggle of women who show up to party in, for lack of a better word, trashy and over-the-top "outfits" to a themed party. 4th of July seems to be the creme de la creme of dweebs in homemade, flag turned board shorts or crop top. This holiday, in my opinion was the start of themed parties. Today, Independence Day (though I'm not sure why) is a confusing blend of Halloween and New Year's. THIS IS NOT OKAY PEOPLE.

Gentleman you don't have to wear an American Flag Speedo for the rest of us to know that you love the USA. Ladies, sequin flag string bikinis are for 10-year olds or performers in Vegas. Most of us are neither nor.

Don't get me wrong I love a good costume, but let's do ourselves and good ole Uncle Sam a favor and mix red, white and blue Jell-O shots with some cool yet festive gear for the 4th.

These Jeffery Campbells are TODIE for. I snagged them off FP BLDG 25.
One of my fave DIY blogs I Spy DIY shows you how to make these!
Another FP BLDG 25 find. Jean on jean is a must this summer.

One of my blog's inspirations comes from my coworker, Lauren on her blog Moonchild. Her style is impeccable and she here, she totally has the carefree, all-American look, even without being stars and strips
This one piece with boyfriend jeans is RIGHT up my alley. Comfort meets beach sex. Find it on Natalie Off Duty.

Monochromatic white for the 4th us genius. A totally trendy look that I guarantee no one at your party will be sporting. AND the grungy converse... perfection. Find it on Natalie off Duty.

This 90s grunge look is perfect for hot temps.

What would this summer be without nail art? This Pinterest find is a mix between hand painting and stick-ons. I like.

I love her rings. Found on Natalie Off Duty.

If you're in to the retro pin-up look this are awesome.

Uh hi. 4th of July perfection here. Although the bag is over the top for me here. Too matchy-matchy for my taste.

This was found on one of my favorite Swedish style blogs, Victoria Tornegren. It is understated, American style: ripped jean, over sized sunnies and badass hardware to boot!

Now go! Be bold and passionate women, not gaudy and slinky!