Saturday, March 31, 2012

Practical Park Prep Part I

It used to be that the only people who saw your vacation photos were your family and the occasional boyfriend who was tortured with the aforementioned photos. Those days are long gone. Now we share our vacation photos on places that are very public. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Terrible photos of you can be shared instantly through all of these social media with just one click. And don't forget the all important tagging feature that makes it so simple for that unflattering photo to be viewed by hundreds of people you may or may not know. I've had my fair share of these situations as I live four short hours away from the biggest theme park cluster I've ever seen (Orlando, Florida), and since I've learned my lesson, I put together this little guide for the ideal theme park outfit.
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1. Bathing suit- Most theme parks have water rides, at least one. You'll be glad you're wearing one of these when the rest of your friends are walking around in wet, soppy underwear and you're not.
2. Sun dress- believe it or not, this is the best thing you can possibly wear to a theme park. There is not a ride in existence that will lift your dress up. I promise. If it gets wet, you can ring it out and it dries faster. Also, you're probably going to be eating sweet and/or salty food and drinking soda at the park. I don't know about everyone else, but this makes me bloated and I definitely don't want to look like some kind of beached whale in all of my photos. Something that falls away from your tummy is best!
3. Sandals! Water shoes are kind of dorky and sneakers take forever to dry. Wear a comfy pair of sandals with some kind of cushion at the sole and an ankle strap of some kind so they don't fall off  while riding roller coasters. You will be so happy you did this.
4. Rucksack- You're going to need to carry around bags of souvenirs, bottles of water, leftover snacks. Instead of having 15 plastic bags, you could fit it all into this neat little rucksack, Just make sure it's not too big and that it's something you're comfortable carrying around for 8-10 hours.
5. Sunglasses- Something whimsical is just my preference. Don't bring your most expensive pair. If you need to, buy a cheap pair at a rest stop or something. Don't bring something you'll cry over if you lose it at the park! 

If you follow these tips, you'll be really comfortable and you won't look like a wet dog in any of your pictures. You'll just look like the cutest girl at the park and you can have lots of fun without worrying about those pesky camera-phones. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bohemian Like You

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I'm so happy with the trends happening right now. Tribal print and pastels? I'm there. I bought this skirt years ago and I rarely wear it because it's a little too long. I thought of wearing it as a dress instead, but the usual things I do to accent/ create a waist weren't working. It has an elastic waistband so i couldn't wear it with a belt or just pin things into place without looking stupid. What's a girl to do? Tie a shirt up of course. I only buttoned one button and I tied the bottom of the shirt so it hit at the waist. Such an easy way to wear a too long maxi skirt and create a whole new outfit! I feel like lately I've been wearing things that are a bit too childish. I have a baby face as it is and wearing peter pan collars and saccharine clothes all the time doesn't really help me much. Besides, I do have other tastes. I think I just have to exercise dressing out of my comfort zone. This was kind of my first shot at it. Please tell me what you think?
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Outfit Details:
Denim Shirt: American Eagle Outfitters (old)
Skirt: Macy's (old)
Necklace: Forever 21 (just got it yesterday, but can't find it online)
Eye Ring: eBay
Finger Armor Ring: forever 21
Wooden Cuff: Key Largo Outdoor Market

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Jackson Pollock Life

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

My Own Hundred Acre Wood

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There is a chance that I'll be going to Disney World next weekend. Since I'm being swept up in all the excitement, I'm making my contribution to Samantha Alice's blog hop 100 Acre Wood themed. Few things make me happier than rereading childhood books. Here's a short list of my favorites: 
  1. Winnie the Pooh A. A. Milne
  2. Rainbow Fish by Munro Leaf
  3. Ferdinand the Bull byMarcus Pfister
  4. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  5. The Real Tooth Fairy by Marilyn Kaye
  6. The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle
  7. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  8. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  10. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Oh Rosie

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A Rosie the Riveter-esque outfit 
My bathroom is pretty much done, and although I could only buy a few new things for it, It feels completely different and brand new to me. At least now I know if I ever want to change things around again, it'll be much easier now that I have neutral walls. I spent a lot of time fixing what you actually can't see in the photos, or even by walking in (in some cases) I had to patch up and paint the ceiling (not an easy task!) and I patched up the HUGE holes I had in the walls. My towel rack fell right off the wall years ago, and my mom's solution was to just hang up a bigger towel rack to cover them up. I really hated having a wobbly towel rack. Then there's my old shower head...
You would expect a shower to be a relaxing experience. what with the water cascading down your back and everything; but NO. I had a Nazi shower head that shot water torpedoes at all the most sensitive parts of my anatomy! I don't know what took me so long to fix these things, but it all started with a beautiful shower curtain at TJMaxx for $10. I love TJMaxx. I found the shower curtain, new hardware, soap dispenser, and trash bin, aaand the most delicious bath mat I have ever set my feet upon for about $120. All this and $30 for paint, and I was set. As for my shower head, my mom bought a new one, and I inherited her old one. It's perfect. No more shower battles, and I feel like my little bathroom is spectacular now.
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This is honestly my favorite part of the bathroom. Touches of blue, peacock feathers, lotus flower tea light from my best friend, starburst mirror, and my favorite tea scented anthropologie candle. It's a little cluster of my absolute favorite things. 


Outfit Details:
Top: Steven Alan PJ Top via Anthropologie (on SUPER sale!)
Shorts: Forever 21 via eBay
Flats: Me Too