Monday, 23 July 2012

summer tote bags

Nothing says summertime quite like throwing your everyday possessions into a colorful rectangular sack right? Right! Tote bags are effortless and sizable, making them perfect for carrying around all sorts of beach and summer adventure essentials. But ya'll already know that.

But even after all my praise for tote bags, I still don't own one. You see, for years I've been on a hunt for the tote bag Zooey Deschanel carried in 500 Days of Summer. It's straw, it has a cool circular handle, and there's some sort of mysterious beachy screen print on it. Eighteen year old me fell in love. Sadly, I'm starting to think that my tote quest has turned out to be a gigantic waste of time. I can't seem to find a similar bag anywhere.

It's probably time to let go of that foolish pipe dream, pack up, and move on! [So much growth happening right now.] In fact, I'd gladly give any of the tote bags below the largest, most ultimate grand welcome into my closet.
Summer Tote Bags
magenta striped tote: go jane, beige tote: mango, striped sailboat tote: nine west, navy polka dot tote: warehouse, white & grey bow tote: modcloth
yellow & green straw tote: mango, green polka dot tote: bakers, coral straw tote: eluxe

I've also recently starting using my Pinterest account more often, so if you have one please feel free to link it below!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

a time for neutral and a time for neon

In the wise words of Nathan Lane's character in The Birdcage, "One does want a hint of color." And what better way to utilize that advice than with neon: the trend that is currently sweeping the nation for 10 to 15 minutes.

blouse: smart set, tank top: warehouse one, jean shorts: old navy, necklace: ebay, bracelet: hallmark store (oddly), earrings: payless, shoes: stitches
But besides my little detour into neon with the flats, I've really been trying to purchase clothing in wearable, easy-to-coordinate colors. This is actually proving semi-difficult because in the past if there was ever a choice between something colorful and something neutral, I would pick the color. Overtime this method of shopping has resulted in a closet full of bright things that make me feel like I'm in a production of Hairspray.

So I've made it my personal [and lame] goal to choose practical, albeit less exciting, neutral pieces of clothing. At least they will match. Then once there's a solid foundation of basic pieces, the more vibrant items can join in. Which would then serve as the "hint of color" mentioned at the start of this post. [See, full circle!]

TL;DR: I learned what everyone else already knows, investing in basic neutral clothing and a few color pieces is good.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

sprinkle nails

They sort of look like sprinkles right? Not like sour gummy worms or cheesy animation from the 90s? Because those were two things that popped into my head as I was editing this photo. Then I decided to google what other people had done for sprinkle nails and saw that most had used actual sprinkles! [Which is a million times fancier and more creative.] "Damn them!" I cursed at the screen, as I spiraled deeper into nail art depression.

I'd also love to say that bringing ice cream on board was solely a creative decision and all in the name of art, but truthfully it was just really hot out and I wanted ice cream.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

five clothing items to try this summer

1. Rompers/Playsuits
black romper: river island, blue romper: delias, pink romper: miss selfridge

2. Crochet and Knit Accessories
Crochet Items
ring: esty, belt: wet seal, tote: topshop, flats: tesco f&f

3. Boldly Printed Skirts
Printed Skirts
paisley skirt: oasis, swan skirt: topshop, floral skirt: rowwe

4. Lace Shorts
Lace Shorts
green shorts: pacsun, cream shorts: vero moda, blue shorts: river island

5. Anything Mint
Minty Business
dress: romwe, t-shirt: american vintage, sunglasses: ray ban, crop pants: j crew

Let summer commence!
Well maybe wait until I have the money to purchase a few of these things... then let it commence!