Friday, January 31, 2014

Personality Style Challenge Featuring Brilliant Earth Jewelry!

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Ring: Brilliant Earth//Earrings: Brilliant Earth//Dress: Tiger Milly UK//Shoes: Gabriella Rocha//Handbag: Coach//Belt:Target//Lipstick: MAC cosmetics

Hello Lovelies, so I was asked to participate in the Brilliant Earth Jewelry Personality Style Challenge! Out of all of the personality options, I of course chose the " if she loves...Vintage Dresses and Thrift Store Shopping" pieces. Since these were such fancy pieces, I decided to create an outfit around this beautiful red dress that I actually just bought and love from Tiger Milly UK. I paired the jewelry and dress with simple black accessories, heels, a belt, and a small purse. I would wear this outfit for a special event, like going to see a play or a gallery opening. If you would like to see which personalities the other bloggers chose and how they styled their pieces, head over to the Brilliant Earth Pinterest Page!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lady Fashion Crush: Judy Garland

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This week's lovely lady is the most talented Judy Garland. I, like most people, saw her first in the Wizard of Oz and was amazed by her voice. Since then I have watched a few of her movies, Summer Stock and In the Good Old Summertime come immediately to mind. Now on to the fashion!

This dress is gorgeous! I love the floral print and the interesting hemline that surrounds the bottom of the dress.

I think I fell in love with these shorts, it's such a cute casual look, and I am loving the bookshelf (nerd alert!).

I think this is my favorite outfit. I love the hooded shirt/hat combo and the matching gloves, the cute clutch and the bows on her shoes.

What do you think of Judy Garland's style?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Cinema at Home #14

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1. Edward Scissorhands

I LOVE this movie. Edward Scissorhands is such a cute awkward character, he's just so misunderstood. I love the ridiculous exaggerations of 1950s suburbia. Edward is a creation of an old inventor who lived in this very dark mansion on top of a hill that loomed over the very colorful town below. Before he could finish Edward by giving him real hands instead of scissors, he died. Edward is found by a nosy Avon lady who brings him home with her and he becomes a celebrity in town. He falls in love with the Avon lady's daughter, who eventually finds a soft spot in her heart for him as well.
2. What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Two of my favorite actors together in one movie? Perfect! Johnny Depp and a young Leonardo DiCaprio play two brothers, Leo is mentally disabled and Johnny is his main caretaker as their mother is extremely obese and has a hard time being mobile. They have two sisters as well. They live in a rural town and every year RVs come through and it brings through a lot of new people. Johnny's character, Gilbert, finds himself in a bit of a love triangle between the married housewife he's been seeing and a new girl who came in with the RVs and is kind to his brother and doesn't make fun of his mother. The movie highlights their struggles as a family and how they overcome them.
3. Chocolat

Chocolat is about a mother and daughter who move to this very religious and strict French town and defy all of their laws, most offensively by opening a Chocolate shop. The woman teaches the townspeople that it is okay to break some of their strict laws and shows them that they will be happier. This only happens after they were brainwashed into believing she was a bad influence. Also, there is a ton of delicious looking chocolate throughout the movie and you'll want to eat the screen.

4. Cry Baby

Another silly Johnny Depp movie. It's set in the 1950s, Johnny is part of the bad crowd ("the drapes"), his crew deck out in leather, long hair, unorthodox dancing, cigarettes, and he woos over the girls by shedding a single tear. He does just this to one of the "squares" Alison, and she falls head over heels. They have to fight to be together, Johnny ends up in juvenile detention, singing all the way. This movie makes fun of teen musicals, but in a funny way!

5. Love Never Dies

 I'm so happy I finally watched this, I've had the soundtrack for years but I've never actually seen the musical. This is the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, and it's beautiful. Christine is married to Raoul and they have their son Gustave, who is actually the Phantom's son. Raoul and the Phantom battle for Christine's love. I absolutely love this musical, Phantom is in my top three favorite musicals of all time so I knew it's sequel wouldn't let me down. "Beneath a Moonless Sky" is my favorite song. Go listen and watch this amazing musical right now!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Blogger Highlight: Each Little Bird That Sings

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Merry of Each Little Bird That Sings is my very first featured blogger! She runs a sweet blog that features her fabulous vintage style and beautiful family in Louisiana! I would love for you all to head over to her blog after the interview and say hello!

1. So tell us a little bit about Each Little Bird That Sings.

Each Little Bird That Sings is a place where I can share my happy thoughts and some of my experiences from my day to day perspective. I came up with the name of my blog from the scripture in the Bible (Matthew 10: 29-31) where it talks about how people are worth more than money. Since I keep children in my home, that's what I refer to them as, "The Baby Birds".

2. How and why did you start blogging?

I started reading blogs about others' lives, seeing their pictures and found it to be more fascinating than reading books (which I still love to read), but people really intrigue me so the more I read I thought " why not start my own?". So that's how it came to be.

3. You have such great style, where does your love of vintage come from?

My love of vintage comes from being so close to both of my grandmothers I suppose. Two I just like it as it looks so ladylike and feminine. My favorites are the 1940s through 1950s eras.

4. What are some of your favorite places to find great vintage?

A lot of my dresses have been made from older patterns that were my grandmother's. So technically they are not really vintage as the fabric is new, so I call it "vintage inspired". Some of my more authentic vintage clothes I can find at estate sales, thrift stores, or Goodwill.

5. You have such a sweet family. What is a typical day with your loved ones?

Oh my family! I adore my family! A typical day with them would be when we are all together in one place. Very loud but oh so good!

6. If you could go on a trip anywhere, where would you go?

Well that depends... If you are talking about here in the States I would love to visit the state of Idaho. My reason? There are several bloggers that I read about who live there that really sound like nice people. I've always thought it would be fun to meet some of these dear folks, and from the pictures I've seen the country is breathtaking! Now, if I could go overseas I would want to go to Europe and see England, Switzerland, Ireland, and Scotland.

7. What are some of your favorite blogs?

I have quite a few that I visit on a daily basis. This is a tough question! I like so many. 
It's a Beautiful Life, Ordinary Homemaker, Linaesdays, Miss Green, boyer family singers, Raising 4 Princesses, Accordion to Kellie, Day by Day , and of course Teapots and Belles! These are a few. I have many more I like to read, but I narrowed it down to my favorites.

8. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to blog or is just starting out?

Hmmm... I'm still a work in progress myself and I find myself still learning new things....I guess my tip for today would be just be who you are, don't pretend to be someone you're not. As my mama always told me "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"! Be genuine. 
Thanks again for hosting me on your blog Amia!

I want to thank Merry again for allowing me to interview her! Don't forget to visit her over at Each Little Bird That Sings!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Modcloth's Follow Your Faves Contest!

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Hi everyone! So if you've never seen the Modcloth Style Gallery you should really head over and check it out! You can upload your own outfits as well as like other people's fabulous style there, and I get so much inspiration from it!

Modcloth has added a new feature where you can now Follow Your Faves in the gallery and to celebrate this new feature they are holding a contest where if you follow some of your favorites you are automatically entered into a contest to win a gift card. Here is a link which better explains the rules and there's a video to go along with it!

If you haven't followed me yet and you would like to go ahead and click here!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Lady Fashion Crush: Katharine Hepburn

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I've always admired Katharine Hepburn. Her style had a very masculine influence which is completely opposite of my own, but I think she pulls it off quite well. She wore this style in a time when it was unconventional for women to wear slacks, but I think she did it to be taken more seriously and it took quite a bit of confidence to dress this way. Some of her movies are: Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, and Adam's Rib.

This outfit and pose envelops everything Katherine stood for. With her simple silhouettes, she exuded power while still looking beautiful.

This outfit has the same simple lines, but I was immediately drawn to her shoes, they are absolutely fabulous! 

I had to include one glamorous outfit of Katharine Hepburn, because of course she was not always wearing slacks and a sensible sweater. I love this dress so much, the embroidered pattern is to die for and the neckline and sleeves are divine.

What do you think of Katharine's style?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cinema at Home #13

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1. Fun in Alcapulco

I may as well call this Cinema at Home: Elvis Edition, because I went on a little Elvis movie marathon. Fun in Alcapulco is one of my favorites. Elvis is a deckhand for a rich man and his daughter who are vacationing in Alcapulco until the daughter gets him fired. In order to make money to get back to the States, he befriends a local kid who's cousin owns a hotel. He works as a hotel singer (of course haha) and a lifeguard and becomes entangled in a love triangle between a famous female matador and the hotel chef's daughter.

2. Follow That Dream

This is not one of my favorite Elvis movies, I'd rate it a 3/5, but I have watched it a few times. In this one Elvis plays a veteran with his father, their fourth cousins that they are guardians of that are twin boys, and an orphan girl that was the twins' baby sitter. They are living off of all kinds of government check support and they set up a home on the beach and become homesteaders. The city officials do not like this at all and the whole movie they try their best to legally remove the misfit family from the beach. The funniest scene is when Elvis is trying to get a loan from the bank and he ends up accidentally holding it up!

3. Girl Happy 

In this Elvis movie, Elvis is in a band with three other guys who play in a club owned by a man with a college age daughter. She wants to go on spring break and her father is reluctant to let her go without a chaperone, so he forces Elvis and the band to secretly chaperone the girl and her friends, or else they would be fired from the club. There's lots of fun beach songs and spring romance all throughout, and Elvis gets the girl in the end.

4. Ed Wood

This was the second time I've watched Ed Wood, but the first time I was still in high school and I remember watching it with two of my friends on a portable dvd player in a park. Therefore, I didn't pay too much attention to it and every time I did I had no idea what was happening really which made it seem stranger than it really was. Ed Wood is a Tim Burton movie based on a real kooky 1950s director named Ed Wood who made super low budget movies, liked to cross dress, and loved Bela Lugosi, the original Dracula. It documents his life and the making of his movies, which were mainly based on sci-fi and would change depending on who was giving him money. It actually made me want to see some of the real films so I ordered them from the library, I'm guessing they're going to be hilariously bad.

5. Last Night 

 Last Night left a bad taste in my mouth. It was a random movie I just picked while ordering movies and it had Keira Knightly in it and I like her so I said what the hey! The plot is this: husband and wife go to husband's work party. Wife sees husband getting goo-goo eyed and flirty with his hot coworker. He's leaving on a business trip the next night. Wife is angry, and for good reason. Husband sleeps with hot coworker on the business trip. Meanwhile, wife runs into her secret ex that she's never told her husband about, doesn't have sex with him, but sleeps in the same bed with him and allows his friends to believe she is single. At the end neither one confesses all of this horribleness. Ugh, I don't condone cheating, physical or emotional at all so it just mad me upset. I don't really recommend this one.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Frazzled Friday

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Top: H&M//Skirt: Modcloth//Tights: We Love Colors//Shoes: Target

I find that I watch a ton of movies in the first part of the year, which is completely understandable since it's no fun to be outside. In the past week alone I've watched What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Last Night, Chocolat, Cry Baby, Ed Wood, Flipped, Edward Scissorhands, and am watching Love Never Dies as I write this. All will be included in an upcoming Cinema at Home post, no worries!

First week back in class went from shock of how much classwork I had to do, to remembering that I managed that much classwork before and didn't drown. I even turned some assignments in early. I hate that feeling at the beginning of the semester, but I just keep telling myself after this I only have one more semester and I'm done!

This week my knitting group went to the library I work in again for the library knitting group that happens every other week. It's a really sweet group of ladies and everyone is so creative. I like it because everyone is at different levels of knitting skill, from very beginner to expert and everyone is so helpful and encouraging and excited to share their projects.

Tomorrow is Cleveland Emerging Museum Professionals' Second Anniversary party! I'm super excited, it's Christmas themed since it's our holiday party as well. We're having an ugly sweater contest, white elephant exchange, and I'm putting together a "guess who" baby picture guessing game. It's a potluck as well so I have to decide what I'm making, I said I'd bring something sweet.

How has your week been? Any exciting plans this weekend? Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lady Fashion Crush: Doris Day

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Doris Day is such a funny, cute, charming little lady! She stars in some of my favorite movies to watch over and over again: Romance on the High Seas, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and Please Don't Eat the Daises. When I was looking for pictures of her, I found that most outfits I found were sweater and pants combination. I like to pretend I'm allergic to pants, but she makes me want to give them a try if I could find some the same style as hers!

I've been wearing a ton of red lately, so I was drawn to this picture. I love her striped top and the fact that she matched her top, shoes and lipstick.

Perfect coat alert! Perfect coat alert! If you can't tell, I love this coat. It's red, there's cute black piping outlining the coat and the pockets. Her purse and shoes are also cute, she once again matched everything perfectly.

The sweater is fabulous I love the knit pattern, and another perfect pair of pants! I also really love her sandals.

What do you think of Doris Day's style?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Into The Wild

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I have started off the new year with a new obsession. I watched the movie Into the Wild which is an adaption of the book by the same name. It follows the true story of college graduate Chris McCandless, aka Alexander Supertramp, who was found dead from starvation in a remote part of Alaska, the Stampede Trail. This sounds like a super sad story, and his death is sad, but the message is pretty powerful (at least for me).

Chris was a person who believed that society had gone downhill with the hustle and bustle of city life, people's ever growing unkindness to others, and that there was too much connected-ness.He wanted to go back to the way people used to live, back to living with nature and enjoying life without distraction, just you and the wilderness. He was very intelligent and was influenced heavily by Jack London's Call of the Wild and Henry David Thoreau's Walden, both of which dealing with living in the wild.

The Actual Chris McCandless
On his journey he made friends with many people, visited a few western states, went to Mexico, and finally up to Alaska, which in his mind the end all and be all of places, it was his idea of the greatest adventure. He lasted 113 days in Alaska, living in an abandoned bus, hunting and gathering different kinds of plants. His adventure turned for the worst when there were not enough animals to hunt and he began to go hungry. His fatal mistake was accidentally eating a plant which looked identical to another one that was safe to eat, but it was poisonous. This plant's poison made it impossible for his body to digest food properly, so no matter what else he ate it did nothing for him. He was found a few weeks later by some hunters passing by, inside the bus in his sleeping bag.

McCandless' story intrigued me because we all should remember to slow down a bit. We all as a society aren't as kind or connected to each other. People don't say hello as often or look up from their phone or laptop too much in public, which is a bit cold. I don't mean to say I want to go live in the wild and forage for berries, but maybe disconnect a little more, even if it's only a few hours a day, and really focus on the people around you. 

I did some research on McCandless and found other stories that were similar to his: Everett Ruess, Carl McCunn, and Robert F. Scott. I also watched a documentary on Youtube called Alone in the Wild about this producer named Ed Wardle who challenged himself to live alone in the Canadian wilderness for three months and he filmed it all himself. I also started reading Call of the Wild and I've read Walden before. 

Have you seen the movie or read the book? What do you think about Chris McCandless' story?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Online Classes: Yay or Nay?

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As school is starting this week and it's consuming most of my time again, I thought I would share some tips and things that I've learned along the way about taking online classes. I know not everyone is in school who reads this blog but for those who are or are thinking about online classes maybe this will be helpful!

1. Write out a schedule. This is the most important piece of advice in my opinion. My first semester of class I struggled the entire first half at keeping up with readings, discussion posts, projects, dates, everything. Taking class online means that you are on your own. You don't go to class and have your teacher remind you in person when things are due. I personally do two things: 1. I write every important due date for the entire semester, papers and tests, on my calendar as a physical reminder that I can flip through quickly. 2. Every single week I write down absolutely everything I have to read, watch, and write for each class and the due date for each in list form so that I can cross them off one by one so I know for sure that I haven't missed anything that week.

2. Create class time for yourself. If you were going to a face to face class, you would have a set time for class every week and you would go. The same should apply to your online class. I think a lot of people mistake classes being online as being "easier" than face to face because no one is holding you physically accountable, but in all honesty, I have had much more classwork and had to focus much more on my online classes than I ever did in face to face ones. I only work part time, so I set time on a couple of my days off in the mornings from 9 to 3 for schoolwork. During these times I am focused solely on schoolwork, and after 3 I am done for the day (the exception being if I have a project due or something like that). I think that by setting a time for myself, especially an ending time, I stay more focused and get more done than if I just did schoolwork here and there.

3. Participate in group discussions. Most classes have group discussion areas, some are graded, some are not. I will confess that this is my least favorite thing to do, but I will say it is helpful. You get to know your classmates a lot better, you feel more engaged, and you even make class friends. Going to class online can be lonely and you start to miss the bustle of a noisy classroom, but by participating in discussion you start to recognize names (and faces if your class shares pictures and student bios) and you learn people's discussion styles just the same as you would in a face to face class.

4. Log in everyday (or at least every other!). Your class space and school email is the only way your professor can get in contact with you. If there is a due date change, something is taken off of the syllabus, or anything class related, your professor will announce it in one or both of those places. It's important to make sure you aren't missing anything. In relation to group discussions, your professor may require you to post several times throughout the week anyway, so it should be easy to log on. Also, you don't want to forget about your class by letting it get lost in the world wide web.

5. Turn things in early!! I can't stress this enough! Your class is online, and the servers can go down at any point. You don't want to be turning in your final paper at the very last minute and as you get ready to click "submit" the website goes down. I don't want to scare anyone, this hasn't happened to me, but it's something I worry about all the time.

Hopefully this was helpful for someone or at least didn't bore my not in school readers!
Have a lovely day!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Confessions of a Starbucks Addict

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 Coffee has always been a friend of mine. As a teen I was a bit of a coffee snob (and probably still am!), but I would only go to Phoenix Coffee which is a local Cleveland based coffee chain. It's pretty much hipster city, but they play good music and I've known some of the baristas from them working there for a really long time. They also have really awesome drinks and are environmentally friendly.

Starbucks was never on my radar until two years ago. I thought of it as the big chain "the man" trying to bring down the "little guy" (yes, that's dramatic). This stayed my way of thinking until one day I ordered a drink at a Starbucks that actually tasted better than the same drink at Phoenix, and that was an iced chai latte.

The entire summer of 2012 I drank only iced chais and drove around listening to Hunter Hayes on repeat, multiple times a week. I am now a Gold card holder, which means that I buy at least 30 drinks from Starbucks a year to maintain this membership and get free rewards (drink or food) after every 12th drink I buy. I officially went over to the dark side.

Why am I telling you this? Mostly because I miss the sun and when I think of iced coffee I think of summer. I'm currently sitting here with a cup of hazelnut coffee courtesy of my Keurig, which gets just as much love as coffee shop coffee. Have a lovely day!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lady Fashion Crush: Ginger Rogers

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Ginger Rogers was probably the first Old Hollywood actress I loved and watched all of her movies. She is just so beautiful and an extraordinary dancer. She and Fred Astaire were the perfect dance partners.As far as fashion goes she emanates glamor and beauty.

This outfit is one that I would love to recreate! I love the interesting hemline on the skirt and the small decals on the sweater, and the beret that tops it all off!

Polka dots. That's all I have to say.

I love the gingham pattern on this one. I can't tell if it's a dress or a matching top and skirt but either way it's lovely. Also, I love her hair.

What do you think of Ginger Rogers' style?