Friday, July 22, 2016

Inspired By: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child {#PotterMonth}

Can you feel the magic in the air? That's every single Harry Potter fan anxiously awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I'm literally counting down the days! I'm sadly not going to any midnight parties, but I'm so excited to have the book in my hands. I still wish it was a novel rather than a play, but I'll take it.

In case you don't know, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place seventeen years after the events of the 7th book. It follows Harry grappling with being an overworked worker at the Ministry of Magic and father as well as the friendship of Albus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy, and Rose Granger-Weasley during their time at Hogwarts. The past and present come together and evil comes from unexpected places.

The book comes out on July 31st.

Harry Potter
Cursed Child -- Harry Potter
Harry (played by Jamie Parker in the play) now works at the Ministry of Magic, presumably as an Auror, and even with Voldemort dead he is overworked. He finds it difficult to balance work, being a husband, and being a father. 

Keep it classy for that magical government job by wearing a navy blazer, light blue button up, jeans, and oxford flats. Or instead put on a navy dress, lightning necklace (you know I had to), blue watch, and green wedges. 

Albus Severus Potter
Cursed Child -- Albus Potter
Albus (played by Sam Clemmett) is the second son of Harry Potter, the first being James who has a much easier time with magic and making friends. Albus is shy and worried about school and struggles with the weight of his family legacy. 

Put on an outfit perfect for studying at Hogwarts: a gray cardigan, a green blouse, black jeans, a watch, and gray sneakers. Or go for something more casual in a striped shirt, mint necklace, jeans, and cut-out oxfords. I included a ferret stuffed animal because Albus brings one to school. 

Scorpius Malfoy
Cursed Child -- Scorpius Malfoy
Scorpius (played by Anthony Boyle) is the son of Dracy Malfoy and befriends Albus Potter at their first year of Hogwarts. He resembles his father, but apparently is a much kinder person. 

Throw on a black cardigan, white button up shirt, black jeans, Slytherin hat, and black loafers. Or wear something more casual: a green sweater, gray jeans, a white necklace, a snake ring, and black flats. 

Rose Granger-Weasley
Cursed Child -- Rose Granger-Weasley
Rose (played by Cherrelle Skeete) is the daughter of Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger and is just as smart and capable as her mother. Ron doesn't like that she's going to be in the same class as a Malfoy and tells her to do everything better than him, but Hermione tells her to be herself, so Rose befriends Scorpius. 

For adventures in Hogwarts wear a gray sweater, sriped skirt, black watch, and red flats. Or instead throw on a dark red sweater, gray braided bracelet, jeans, and black flats. 

Will you be reading the new Harry Potter book?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Outfit: A Head Full of Dreams

This is what I wore to see one of my favorite bands: Coldplay! They played Metlife Stadium this past weekend and it was INCREDIBLE! This was the biggest concert I've been to (the stadium seats up to 60,000 people) and you could almost feel the excited energy in the stadium. I went with a few friends and it was an experience I'll never forget. Now I'll think of Coldplay and hear these songs and think about this night. 

One of the best parts of the concert (it's hard to pick a favorite though between the band playing all my favorite songs, the fireworks, and when the crowd did the wave!) was when they did the Instagram request. A video came on the screen and it was Chris Martin's son, who asked his dad to play him a song from their favorite movie, Back to the Future. So who did Coldplay invite onto the stage? Michael J. Fox! They played "Earth Angel" and "Johnny B. Goode" and everyone loved it.

Also, how cute is this bright blue swing dress? It's so stretchy and comfy!
Dress: Marshalls | Belt: thrifted | Sandals: Forever 21
Bag: Out of Print | Sunglasses: Warby Parker

What's the best concert you've been to?

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Lusting: Lace Bralettes

I want one of these cute lacy bralettes so badly! It's summer and it's just too hot to care about your bra showing, but I wouldn't mind showing my bra off to the world if it was one of these pretty lace ones. I especially want the burgundy racerback one because it would look cute with open-back shirts, don't you think? 
Lace Bralettes

Would you wear a bralette?

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Inspired By: Summery Book Covers

I love a good, light-hearted summer read! There's nothing better than having a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other while the sun is shining. These four books below are not only great reads, but they have some kick-ass female characters who are hardworking (sometimes at the wrong thing), imperfect, funny, and have some boy (and girl!) problems. 

Love Charms and Other Catastrophes
Love Charms & Other Catastrophes
Written by Kimberly Karalius; Aspiring love-charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year—until she learned about the upcoming charm-making competition. Now she wants to competeand win!but Love itself has delivered her a special gift: the perfect boyfriend.

So cute! This book is too cute for words! (Read my review here.) Hijiri makes simple but wonderful love charms, so she dresses in cute basics, like a purple cardigan, a green dress, and black flats. Or dress like her love interest Ken in a pink t-shirt, jeans and teal sneakers. 

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Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here
Written by Anna Breslaw; When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school.

If you like books about fanfiction, writing, and snarky characters then this is for you! (Read my review.) Dress like Scarlett herself in a chambray top, gray tee, black jeans, and Converse. Or put on a floral dress and green espadrilles to dress like Ruth, Scarlett's weed-smoking 73-year-old neighbor.

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Paper Girls Vol. 1
Paper Girls Vol. 1
Written by Brian K. Vaugh; In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

An interesting graphic novel about four girls in 1988 who encounter some odd things. (Read my review.) Go back in time to wear some 1980s-inspired clothing: an olive jacket, a graphic tee, jean shorts, and black boots. Or maybe a burgundy bomber jacket, striped top, gray sweats, and pink Converse.

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Giant Days Vol. 1
Giant Days Vol 1
Written by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar; Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of boys, experimentation, and academia, they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. 

I LOVE this graphic novel and the second volume too! The three girls are so real and funny and a great example of friendship. (Read my review.) If you're feeling a little tomboyish go for an outfit that Susan would wear: a striped sweater, jeans, and ankle boots. Or maybe like nerdy girl Daisy by putting on an embroidered top, striped skirt, and pink flats. Or if you have a flair for the dramatic like Esther then dress in a plaid dress, skull ring, sunglasses, and black booties.

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Have you read any of these?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Outfit: Books of Wonder

This is what I wore to see one of my favorite fantasy authors! Last Thursday, I hopped a train to Books of Wonder, a children's and YA bookstore on 18th St, to see Victoria Schwab. She's written books such as A Darker Shade of Magic, Vicious, and The Archived. Her stop at Books of Wonder was for the release of her latest book, This Savage Song. I already started reading it and it's fantastic. Her writing is so crisp and vivid and her characters come alive off the page. 

It was great hearing her talk (and on her birthday no less!) about how she organizes her books in rainbow order, how everything she writes is a new twist on something (multiple dimensions, superheroes, death, monsters), and that writers should be creative every day. Victoria Schwab said this writing characters and I had to write it down: "It's about prying loose small truths." So true!

When it was my turn to meet her and get my book signed, I told her that her writing inspires me to write and she said I was brave to go into the insanity that is writing. You are so right, Miss Schwab!

This was the first book signing I attended and I definitely want to go to more!
Jacket: Aeropostale | Top: via Poshmark | Pin: Kookoobird 
Jeans: Hollister | Shoes: Keds via Poshmark

Have you ever met one of your favorite authors?
Do you go to book signings? 

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