Thursday, May 31, 2012

Inspired By: Snow White & The Huntsman

Are you as excited for this movie as I am? I honestly can't wait to see it! It comes out tomorow and you can be sure I'll be in the theatre tomorrow tonight, popcorn in hand, eyes glued to the screen.

The story is more than your average Snow White tale: When Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) finds out that Snow White (Kristen Stewart), her stepdaughter, will one day rule the kingdom, the Queen is determined to consume Snow's heart so that she will be immortal and therefore rule forever. The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is sent to kill Snow after she escapes into the Dark Forest, but Snow White soon starts a revolution, with the help of some new friends, to kill the Queen.

Snow White
Inspired By: Snow White & The Huntsman

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Outfit: Pink Hearts & Green Leaves

While I was at my dad's house, I decided to take some outfit photos because he has such a large backyard full of lush grass and pretty trees, and because it was so gorgeous outside. I'll definitely have to take more pictures here when I can. Isn't it nice?

These pictures were taken before I got my haircut. Not a drastic change, just snipped off a couple of inches, but now I can't braid my hair over my shoulder. That kind of makes me sad, but when my hair gets too long the ends get frizzy and the length just doesn't suit my face.

Shirt // old (can't remember)
Tank // Old Navy
Jeans // Forever 21
Shoes // Payless
Bracelet // gift from my dad
Ring // Forever 21

My new camera! I've already taken it on some fun adventures (ie. foraging in the woods),
and can't wait to play around with it more!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine

For my latest campaign as a Bzz Agent, I was sent Garnier Fructis' Sleek & Shine shampoo and conditioner to try out and spread the word about.

Let me just start out by saying that both the shampoo and the conditioner, but especially the shampoo, smell absolutely amazing! They both smell like apricot, which is a lovely smell to fill up your shower.

The shampoo is pretty good, though it doesn't seem like anything too special. Personally, I usually use a clarifying shampoo since I have oily hair and get a lot of build up. After over a month of using this shampoo I would say that it does it's job of cleaning my hair thoroughly.

However, since I have dry, frizz-prone hair that is very thick, the conditioner did absolutely nothing for me. In fact it made my hair incredibly dry and frizzy, not sleek or shiny as it promises. Jackie agreed that it smells amazing but it left her hair dry too.

I've since gone back to my go-to conditoner (Peter Coppola's Almost Latte Conditioner, which smells like chocolate!) since it's the only thing that makes my hair silky and soft.

So while I would recommend the shampoo, I wouldn't recommend the conditioner unless you already have frizz-free hair.

What do you think? Have you tried these products? Are you going to?

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Life Lately: Flea Markets, Fake Guitars & Wild Man Foraging

My life lately...

*Warning: Very photo heavy post.

 Flea Market

 My brother Ben's new dragon ring that he got at the flea market


 Drinking Ramune

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Sponsored Post: GlassesUSA

I've worn eyeglasses since I was twelve and I can't imagine not wearing them; they're like a part of my body in a way. So I love finding new places to check out cool but cheap glasses since I don't want to spend a fortune on them. has a wide array of glasses at such an affordable price. Some are as low as $39! On the website, you can search by frame type, style, price, and even lens type. They have plain glasses for if you're just a casual glasses-wearer and they also have very trendy glasses too. The glasses may be inexpensive, but they certainly don't look it. I really like the selection they have and definitely saved some to my favorites folder!

Here's a few of my faves...
How cool are those studs?
{Spy Jared Black}

Loving this purple color.
{iSee 005 Purple}

They even have prescription sunglasses! These colorful ones are great for summer.
{iSee 727 Brown}

In order to get a pair of glasses from GlassesUSA, all you need is your eyeglasses prescription from your eye doctor, pick your frames, customize your glasses, and then submit your prescription. The website offers a 100% satisfaction guarantree.

And for my lovely readers, I have discount codes:

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Using the Try-It Mirror on GlassesUSA:

You can try their virtual mirror below:

What do you think? Are you going to check out GlassesUSA?

*This is a sponsered post, but all opinions are my own.*

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Outfit: Tri-Color

This is the outfit I wore to see Dark Shadows with Jackie and her boyfriend, Ben.

The movie was okay, not as good as thought it was going to be. There were too many unanswered questions and we didn't get to know most of the characters even though they're supposed to be important to the story (like the young boy, David, and his sister, Carolyn). Johnny Depp made Barnabus come alive though, so it was fun to watch him, and Michelle Pfieffer was believable as the matriarch of the family. But for some reason it was uncomfortably awkward to watch Eva Green's character, especially at the end when she confronts the Collins family. And we're just supposed to take it for granted that Barnabus and Victoria are in love because she looks like his past love, but their falling in love isn't really shown. So not one of my favorite Tim Burton movies, but it wasn't terrible.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Guest Post at Sea of Blooming Dreams

I'm guest posting over at Erica's lovely blog, Sea of Blooming Dreams!
She writes about personal style, DIYs, and her life.
Come check it out HERE!

P.S. -- Get 10% off my shop with the code CASTLE10!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lusting: Colorful Converse

Since my junior year in high school I've worn a pair of black low-top Converse (that's seven years!), though obviously not the same pair or they'd be beat to hell, but I'm thinking of branching out and getting a bright, colorful pair.

I'm thinking of getting Pool Party Blue.

What do you think? Do you stick to black or colorful Converse?

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Outfit: Tribal & Kate Spade

I wore this simple outift on a day when it was actually warm and sunny and then the next few days were cold and dreary. Luckily, it's back to being in the 60s and 70s again, which I think is the perfect temperature. If it's below the 50s then it's too cold and then if it's above the 80s it's too hot.

This purple shirt has always been too short for some reason (I think maybe it shrunk in the wash), but no one can tell when I wear a skirt over it. Perfect solution! And I love how this skirt has pockets. Not enough skirts have pockets in my opinion. I never know what to do with my hands if there aren't any.

Top // Forever 21
Skirt // Forever 21
Sandals // Kohls
Glasses // Bonlook

If you follow me via Twitter then you'll know that on Friday I got a giant box in the mail. One that I probably could've fit in. (Not that I tried or anything.) Inside were some wonderful Kate Spade goodies from a giveaway that Lucy Laucht hosted. I received a travel nail polish set, playing cards, large tray, and inflatable pool ring. Thanks, Lucy and Kate Spade!

And now for your viewing pleasure, my dad and little sister are going to do something on the trampoline that they call "The Bronco."

Happy Monday!

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Featured Blogger

Hey guys!
I'm over at Coming Unstitched as a Featured Blogger!
Sarah has a wonderful blog where she writes about fashion and style advice,
but not only is she fashionable but she's incredibly nice.
Check out the post out HERE.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Three Historical Miniseries You Should Watch

The Pillars of the Earth
This eight-part miniseries follows the lives that are affected by the construction of a cathedral in the fictional Kingsbridge in 12th century England. It's based on the book, The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet, which I also highly recommend. As the cathedral is built, we fall in love or come to hate various characters and watch as their lives are ruined or their dreams come true. The amount of detail, the costumes, the history, the drama, the romance, and the authenticiy of it is magnificent.

Starring Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, Mathew Macfadyen, Rufus Sewell, Eddie Redmayne,  and Hayley Atwell.

Buy | Watch | Watch

North & South
A four-part miniseres about Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe), a strong-willed young woman from the south of England who has to move to an industrial town in the north when her father leaves the clergy. The family struggles to adjust while Margaret clashes with John Thornton (Richard Armitage), who owns a cotton mill. It takes place in 1855 and is based on the book, North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell, which explores class distinctions and workers rights.

If you like Pride and Prejudice, you'll love this story.

The Kindle book is free!

Little Dorrit
A five-episode miniseries follows Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy), who has lived in the Marshalsea Debtor's Prison all her life with her father (Tom Courtenay), who she takes care of. In order to help financially, Amy Dorrit works for Mrs. Clennam (Judy Parfitt). When Arthur Clennam (Mathew Macfadyen) comes home after many years abroad, he befriends Amy and changes the lives of those around him. A great story about family and love.

Based on the novel, Little Dorrit, by Charles Dickens.

Buy | Watch | Watch

Are going to check them out? Any other miniseries you like?

(Pictures via Bing, Bing, Bing)

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Looks I Love

My first day of summer! Yesterday I finished my second semester of graduate school. The second semester was a lot easier than the first one because now I'm prepared for what being a grad student entails. Last semester I was still in undergrad mode, and was definitely not prepared for ALL of the reading (two novels a week plus people's stories).

But now I can relax. And relax I will. The rest of the week I'm going to do nothing but write for the blog, work if I'm needed, do a DIY or two, finish A Clash of Kings, and watch lots of TV.

What are you guys up to this week?

Chambray & red jeans

 Fun floral jeans & blue Converse

 Double demin

 Polka dot dress & moto jacket

Mixing summery colors

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DIY Wrap Bangle

After I saw this video of I Spy DIY's Jenni wrapping her sandals with embroidery floss,
I knew I had to make this DIY but with a bangle.

Tools Needed:
  • Embroidery floss / friendship bracelet string
  • Scissors
  • Bangle
  • Glue

1. Using your first color, loop it around the bangle once and then knot the end to the rest of the string. If that sounds hard to understand, the video I linked to above will show you how to do it.

2. Wrap it around the bangle as many times as you want. When you want to move onto your next color, knot it twice to your next color (as shown above). Just make sure that the knot will be on the inside of the bangle.

3. Cut off the excess string as you go along, but keep the extra string from your first color, you'll need it at the end. Put a little dab of glue on the knot to ensure it sticks.

4. Wrap the entire bangle, alternating colors whenever you want. When you're at the end, knot the string of the last color to the excess from the first color. (You can see it below near my middle finger.)

5. You're done! You can wear it with other bracelets or by itself to make it stand out.

I think it turned out really well, if I do say so myself. What do you think?

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