Thursday, November 20, 2014

Inspired By: Taylor Swift's Blank Space

Who else has been listening nonstop to Taylor Swift's new album 1989? Yep, me too! I listen to the downloaded version at home and the CD version in my car (yes, I'm that person that sings and dances while driving). The songs and sounds in this album feel more mature and nuanced, but are still catchy and fun to listen to. My favorite songs are Wildest Dreams, I Know Places, Blank Space, Bad Blood, and New Romantics. What are your favorite songs?

I don't usually do Inspired By posts based on music, but once I saw the video and all of the gorgeous clothes T-Swift wore I couldn't help it. Can I please steal the wardrobe from this video?

"I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream"
Taylor Swift's Blank Space 1
Whilst still in the throes of love and romance, Taylor Swift wears a girly 50s-inspired outfit at a picnic and you can do the same by wearing a yellow fit and flare dress, pink sunglasses, a knotted heart ring, and pink lace flats. 

Soon the love has turned sour and Swift dons a femme fatale black lace dress. Wear something similar for a night out: a long sleeve lace dress, sparkly dangle earrings, a bronze cuff, and bow black pumps. 

"I could show you incredible things"
Taylor Swift's Blank Space 2
During the course of the video and the ups and downs of this love affair, Taylor Swift wears several beautiful and feminine dresses. In one part, she wears a lovely bow dress, which would be perfect for a holiday party: put on a pale bow-adorned dress, a geometric cuff, a pink bobby pin, red lipstick, and black heels. 

For a subtle amount of sparkle and glam, wear a metallic kimono, a light blue fit and flare dress, sparkly blue stud earrings, and pale gold flats. 

Which outfit is your favorite?
Which is your favorite 1989 song?

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Wishlist + Clear the Way Giveaway!

With everyone talking about the upcoming holidays, I can't help but want to add everything to my wishlist (I use Shoptagr to keep track of it all because it sends me alerts when things go down in price). But it's kind of sad that we can't enjoy Thanksgiving first before being bombarded by Christmas songs and commercials. I've already seen homes adorned with Christmas lights. 

I'm not going to lie: I'm kind of excited to do a little bit of shopping (from the comfort of my home) on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I don't want to go overboard. Hopefully I'll get great deals on the things I've been eyeing for a long time. 
November Wishlist

 Old Navy Swing Coat -- Bought this already. This is my version of this season's pink coat
 LOFT Embellished Dress -- A little bit of sparkle that's perfect for play & play!
 Payless Black Bootie -- So chic! Patterned Tumbler -- This will make drinking water more fun for sure. 
 Stila Eyeliner in Metallic Umber -- These eyeliners are my favorite. I want all the colors!
 Tiffen UV Protection Filter -- This helps to protect my camera lens, so I should probably get one. 
 Harry Potter Glasses Ring -- The HP nerd in me wants this so badly!
 Simply Chic Orchid Earrings -- These earrings are so pretty!
 Zuri Zuri by Flora Sheath Dress -- Chic and perfect for work. 

What's on your holiday wishlist?
Will you be shopping on Black Friday?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Outfit: QTee

**I received this shirt for free, but all opinions are my own.**

Who doesn't like customizable things? You see something you like, but you want it slightly different and magically your wish is granted. QTee is the genie that grants those wishes. Everything that QTee sells can be customized (graphic tees, shoes, and underwear) all for a great price. 

I saw this gray hamsa shirt and loved it because it reminds me of my trip to Israel and reminds me of my friend Avra, who loves hamsas. However, instead of the red hamsa that was pictured on the website, I changed it to a dark purple. There were tons, and I mean tons, of colors I could've chosen instead. I also could've changed it to a white shirt or a black one, but stayed with the gray. If you're wondering about price: most of the shirts are between $15 to $25. A great price for something you can customize. 

Graphic Tee: ℅ QTee | Shirt: Kohls | Jeans: Hollister
Heart Pin: Ban.Do | Shoes: Charming Charlie

What do you think of QTee?

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Inspiration: Gingham + Sponsor: Zuri Zuri by Flora

Who else thinks of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz when they see blue gingham? I grew up watching it since it's my mom's favorite movie. Anytime I see someone in blue gingham, I feel like they should be walking down a yellow brick road. Anyone else? 

Gingham seems to the just as popular cousin to plaid this season. This print seems a bit softer and more feminine, but it's equally versatile. Look at all of the ways you can wear it! A gingham shirt for everyday, a gingham dress that can be dressed up or down, fancy gingham pants, and you could even go for gingham heels or a coat if you're bold. How do you wear it?

P.S. -- Inspired By: Dorothy Must Die!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe

**I received this book for free, but all opinions are my own.**

★★★ (5 out of 5)

When I was asked to review Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe by Yumi Sakugawa, I was definitely intrigued. The first things that popped into my mind were: "Cool, an illustrated book," followed by, "How exactly does someone become one with the universe?"

On the back it says that this book is "a hand-drawn path to inner peace." We all use a little more inner peace, right?

I can't talk about an illustrated book and not first bring up the art. I'm a fan of the black and white, sketch-like style of the ink illustrations. The art is simple and dream-like (but still really cool) because it's focused on guiding you and that's why it stands out.

This guide helps you focus on yourself, taking pleasure in the little things, it's about letting go, and it's about feeling connected with other people and things and pretty much everything in the world. My favorite part of the whole book was about how "over the course of our lifetime we accumulate junk and become imprisoned by it." Not real, materialistic junk, but other stresses and I love what it says:
"Right this moment set on fire the things you no longer need. Start with the small things: your annoyances, your petty grudges, your daily stress, your pet peeves; watch them light on fire and become bright and beautiful things."

Beautiful, right?

It's hard to describe this book because it's the kind of book that means a something different to everyone who reads it. But I think it's a book that everyone can benefit from reading. Now and then we forget to appreciate the small things, we forget to take deep breaths, we forget to admire the beautiful sunset and not take a picture of it for Instagram. Let's reconnect with the world a little more.

Buy the book: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

P.S. -- Happy birthday to my friend Brittany!

Have you read this book?
Would you read it?

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