Saturday, February 28, 2015

February

Golly, I can't believe February will be over in less than eleven hours. How can 2015 already be passing this fast? It drives me bazooka that time flies like this and that memories are barely created before they're gone. It does make me wonder, though, how anybody can ever think that God doesn't exist -- what purpose is there in a life that moves by so quickly without God?

That being said, here are just a couple of my faves this month -- I wasn't that diligent about keeping track of them, so there are not nearly as many in this post as there have been in others.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

|| that time I wore 7 hats at once ||

When I prepare a speech, the hardest part is always the introduction. Do I start with a narrative or a statistic? Do I quote some wise person of yore or do I reference an advertisement? How can I make my speech sound appealing to my audience?

In many ways, speech is no different from blogging. Writing introductions is always my weak point (heck, I spent twenty minutes on one in an in-class essay I wrote for lit last year), especially when the post I'm writing is going to be monumental. Monumental for me, anyway.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Simplicity

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” - Leonardo da Vinci
I have never been one to overload an outfit with accessories -- in fact, more often than not, I have a hard time choosing what accessories to wear. Or wearing any accessories at all! I don't wear earrings on a full-time basis, for example, so I'm often too lazy to just take out a pair and insert them into my ears . . . even though the addition really does help out an outfit. Yet I also have contrasting opinions about accessorizing -- I do, in general, think less is more, but I also think that the ability to accessorize is what separates an amateur fashionista from an extraordinary one.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Minimalist's Wardrobe

I've begun to notice a movement around the blogosphere. A lot more people have decided that living minimally is a good way to go, that one of the ways to get happier is to get rid of stuff. I don't call this movement a “trend” or look down on people who think that is a way to be happier; in fact, I agree, to a point, with their stance, and think that it's cool that they have the self-control to do that. Personally, however, I am not a minimalist -- at least not considering clothing. (Not yet, anyway. Maybe when I have a huge walk-in closet full to the brim of things I never wear, but that's not now -- I'm fairly happy with my wardrobe size and wear everything in it regularly.) I would like to purge some of my belongings (like my necklaces and the trash living in a drawer under my bed), but for now I'm okay with not being a self-proclaimed minimalist.

That being said, I created this post on a request from a reader, which ran as follows:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015

4 Ways to Shop on a Budget

No, you don't have to be rich to be stylish.
1) Frequent thrift stores. Yep, I know everybody's thought at least once in their lives, “Thrift stores only have gross stuff that homeless people wear” and “I can never find anything at thrift stores.” Newsflash: in the past week I've scored five items that either still have their tags on them, look like new, or are only gently used. Plus I got this checkered blouse for only $2.79 at Salvation Army. (If you think it's impossible to find good stuff at thrift stores, check out the post I wrote last year about successful thrifting. Additional tip to that post: sometimes all you have to do is run your eyes down the aisle. If you don't see a fabric peeking out that interests you and you're short on time, just move on to the next rack.)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My 2015 Valentine's Day Outfit Picks

Disclaimer: None of these photographs are my own. They all come from my Pinterest board and before that originate from other sites. I do not intend copyright infringement with this post.
I browsed through my fashionista board on Pinterest and wasn't sure which outfits I should feature for this post. I saw a chevron-printed dress and liked it, but thought -- well, a Valentine's outfit should have some pop of red or pink in it, right?
I like this outfit because of that. The dark red in combination with the houndstooth and white shrug speak winter to me, all the while adding the color necessary to make it a good Valentine's Day outfit. A splash of red lipstick pulls the outfit together and creates an even more Valentine's-Day-ish feel.