Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Outfit: Chambray

Pretty much everything I'm wearing in this outfit is new thanks to Labor Day sales! Shirt, long necklace, skirt, and flats -- all new. Don't you just love getting new clothes on sale? I like all of the blue and green tones in this outfit, but I think next time this skirt would work better with a shirt that's more fitted. I have a polka dot button up that will look adorable with it. How would you wear this skirt?

When I took these pictures it was muggy and hot (hence the frizzy hair), so I'm happy that it's starting to feel like fall in New York. I finally had to put on my pajamas pants instead of my pajamas shorts. 

P.S. -- I took these pictures before I got my new glasses.

Who else is super excited for autumn?
I can't wait to go apple picking!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Inspiration: Oxford Flats

I have a pair of black oxford heels that I love and I can't wait to bring them back out from the depths of my closet this fall, but lately I've been liking the look of oxford flats. They look masculine and tomboyish, but in a fun print, like leopard, or in a metallic shade they feel feminine and modern. I love the ones that have a bright sole, too. 

Do you like oxfords?
How do you wear them?

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Influenster Vox Box

I'm so excited about getting another Influenster VoxBox! This time it was the Vitality box, which I'm guessing is supposed to help you look and feel your best because inside the products were all health-related. 

What I received:
 Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons ($3.99)
 Pure Leaf Sweet Tea ($2)
 First Degree Burn Cream ($5.97 - $8.99)
 Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future serum ($60)
 Soft Lips Cube ($3.49)
 Bikini Ready Energy Gummies ($15 for a bottle)

Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons 

I received the same tampons in the last VoxBox I got, but since I'm not a big tampon user I put them in the bathroom at work. Hopefully the other women will get some use out of them. 

Pure Leaf Sweet Tea 

I love these Pure Leaf teas! I used to drink these when I was in grad school because they always had them in the cafeteria and would give them out during events. I find the sweet tea a little too sweet, but I still liked it. The lemon and raspberry are my favorites and aren't too sweet. 

First Degree Burn Cream 

I haven't had a need to use this cream, which is a good thing for me, but I can't give a real review. The cream comes out of the tube white and isn't too thick. It also feels more like a gel than a cream and it feels cool on the skin, which will be great for burns. Hopefully I won't have to use, but it's a good thing to have just in case.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future serum 

To be honest, I haven't really been using this. I put it on when I remember, but I'm not all that concerned with wrinkles at twenty-five. It's a smooth and silky serum that comes out clear and remains clear on your skin after it's dried. Since the bigger bottle is $60, I'll use this sparingly. 

Soft Lips Cube 

I love this lip balm! I have way too many lip balms and didn't think I would be amazing, but it's smells fruity, tastes wonderful (I want to keep licking my lips even though I know I shouldn't),  and is very good at moisturizing my lips. It's not too thick and not oily, which I personally hate; it also stays on a long time and sinks into my lips. 

Bikini Ready Energy Gummies

These gummies were disgusting. I've always hated the gummies that were covered in sugar, so I knew right away that I would hate these, and I was right. They're meant to boost metabolism and increase energy, but they just taste like diet gummies. Yuck. 

Have you tried any of these products?
What did you think?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Inspired By: Outlander

Who else is obsessed with this show? Outlander is based on a bestselling series by Diana Gabaldon; it's about Claire Beauchamp Randall, who, while on a trip to Scotland with her husband in 1945, is transported back in time to 1743. The whole show is gorgeous to look at: the amazing backdrops, the costumes, and of course Jamie Fraser. 

Five episodes have already aired, but it will be easy to catch up in no time.

Outlander -- Claire
Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is a World War II nurse, who has been apart from her husband, Frank, for several years due to the war. After the war ends, the two of them take a trip together to Scotland, but while there Claire touches these stones and gets stuck in 1943 in the Scottish Highlands. She's a feisty woman who's not afraid to speak her mind, even if it might get her into danger. 

For a modern look, wear a white collared dress, a plaid scarf, heart earrings, a gold watch, and black heels. Or go for an 18th century-inspired attire: a long brown cardigan, a gray plaid dress, and black buckle booties. 

Outlander -- Jamie
Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) is a Scottish warrior. For a fighter, Jamie surprisingly is kind and thoughtful. He immediately takes a liking to Claire for putting his arm back in its socket and helping him heal his various wounds. 

You can't be a Highland warrior without wearing some plaid: either go for a white blouse, green plaid pants, leather bracelets, and black flats; or wear an olive jacket, blue plaid top, distressed jeans, and brown knee high boots. 

Randall / Frank
Outlander -- Randall / Frank
Jonathan "Black Jack" Randall (Tobias Menzies) is a British army officer and Frank's ancestor. He's sadist and horrible person, and Jamie hates him for something that happened in the past. Dress like Randall by wearing British colors: a red blazer, a blue button up, white jeans, and brown booties. 

Frank Randall (also Tobias Menzies) is an Oxford history professor with an interest in his own genealogy. During the war, he worked for MI-6 as a spy. He's a kind and soft-spoken man, which is the complete opposite of his ancestor. Go for a professorial look: a black hat, an olive scalloped blazer, a pale beige sweater, black trousers, and black booties. 

Who else is watching this show?
Who's your favorite character?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Books & Looks: Emily

Say hello to Emily!

Book: Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

I don't really have a #1 favorite book - that's the curse of the English major. And people ask me what my favorite book is a lot - that's the other curse of the English major. So I've developed a strategy: I just tell everyone that Good Omens is my favorite book, simply because it's the one I most want to recommend. Good Omens is a hilarious satire of the apocalypse in which a demon and an angel must work together to keep their beloved Earth from ending, with the added complication being that they've lost the Anti-Christ. (Also, it has a great cover, with a bunch of equally great variations.)

Look: I'm a senior in college this fall, and I've had this floral dress since my senior year of high school. I wore it in my senior photos. I wore it in these photos, which I had taken about two years ago. And I wore it the other day. It's a simple design, it's soft and comfortable, and it's easy to dress up or down, so I wear it a lot. I love the bright floral pattern on the dark background. This dress is getting a little worn, and I know I'll be sad when the time comes for it to hit the throw-away pile, but I also know that I'm going to keep wearing it until then.

Photos were taken by Natalie Mutrux!

Thank you, Emily!
Have you read Good Omens?

Want to be a part of Book & Looks? Pick your favorite book and piece of clothing and take some pictures, then email me at sara.strauss8922@yahoo.com with the subject "Books & Looks". In the email, include: four to five pictures (preferably horizontal), a paragraph or two about why it's your favorite book and why it's your favorite piece of clothing, and three social media links. 

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