Monday, January 26, 2015

Cheeky | Lace Crop Top and Maxi Skirt

Happy Monday lovelies!

The thing about Washington, DC is that you run into a lot of people who place their worth in their careers. In a typical DC bar, you'll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't ask what you do for a living within the first 10 minutes of a conversation. It's not always meant to be a judgmental question but sometimes you'll get the odd guy or gal who will tell you what they do with a condescending sneer. I encountered one such young man at a bar who told me he was a Senate staffer. He asked me what I did and I thought I'd have some fun with it.
"Oh, I work as a janitor at a college." I replied to his shocked face. "Yeah, I'm a janitor, even though I'm a lot smarter than most of the students there. Sometimes I'll see a complex math equation on a board, like half of an equation, and I'll just... figure it out."
In case you didn't get the reference, it's basically the plot of the film Good Will Hunting and I don't actually work as a janitor nor do I work in a university setting. Luckily, he did get the reference and laughed while admitting he may have come off a bit douche-y. Maybe that's the key to dealing with self-important people - cheeky little comments that will get you a laugh. 

How do you deal with condescending people?

Top: Forever 21
Bottoms: Forever 21 (similar here)
Accessories: Bershka bag (also cute by Betsy Johnson), LouLou bracelets, H&M bracelet (super cute here)
Shoes: Forever 21

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Warm Winter | Crop Top and Floral Midi

Wintery Wednesday readers!
Winter is here but the day I took these pictures, we were experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures - it was 56 degrees fahrenheit - hence, I'm not actually that crazy for wearing this crop top. As I'm writing this post, however, we were back down to 28 degrees so I was a bit hesitant to post this without an explanation of my sartorial choice. I hate talking constantly about the weather on my blog (I wish I could be a lot more interesting than that) but I think it does help explain my outfits a lot more. 

What's winter like where you live?

Top: Forever 21 crop top, H&M blazer (similar here)
Bottoms: Forever 21
Accessories: Zara bag
Shoes: Zara (similar by H&M)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Short Hair Don't Care

Tantalizing Tuesday everyone!

I got a haircut yesterday! I have a few posts lined up for the rest of the week with my long hair still intact but I wanted to share with you all my new length:

I went from this:

To this:

I've wanted to get a long bob (or a "lob") for a while now and I'm really liking this new length!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Kids | Floral Skirt and Ankle Boots

Marvelous Monday everyone!

A friend I went to high school with announced her pregnancy recently and I don't get it. 
I graduated high school in 2008 (I'm dating myself here) so I suppose I'm not technically too young to have kids but I still can't help it that my first reaction to the news was, "You're having children? WTF I am a children!" 
I don't want any of you guys to walk away from this post believing that I think having kids is bad or even having kids at a young age is bad. Not at all! I firmly believe that everyone matures at different paces and some people reach a place where they are ready to have kids faster than people like me who still giggle at the word 'penis' and 'duty' (I just laughed as I wrote this, in fact). I guess it's just hard for me to take in that we're the same age but some people just have it together while I'm sitting here in my pajamas, writing this blog while watching 'Friends' on Netflix with some Cheetohs crumbs next to me, wondering why I'm single.

Props to parents everywhere! You folks are amazing!

Top: Forever 21 shirt (similar here), H&M coat
Bottoms: H&M skirt (similar here)
Accessories: Uniqlo tights, Tory Burch bag
Shoes: Forever 21 booties (similar here)

Sunday, January 18, 2015


Can you believe that we're entering our third week of January?? Where did all the time go? Insanity, I tell you! 
I'd hate to bore you with complaints about the weather because I'm sure there are a lot of you guys who are in colder parts of the world who would kill to have a winter like ours (I told Jen about our high of 20 degrees last week and she said she was jealous. She's in Iowa and her winters consist of highs below 0 degrees Fahrenheit!) so let's just get started with my list of things I'm enjoying currently:


  • Reading: Buzzfeed's article on the solution to homelessness - this was such an interesting article to read and very eye-opening as well. I'm very interested in this issue and small village homes is a very interesting idea to combat homelessness and poverty. 
  • Listening to: Serial podcast - Have you guys heard of this? My co-worker recommended it to me recently. It's a investigative podcast about a Baltimore murder in 1999 that lead to a 'life in prison' sentence. It's a true investigative report by a journalist and the more I listen to it, the more conflicted I feel about the conviction. On one hand, the original prosecution's theory seems a bit... thin. But I can't completely say that the guy isn't guilty. It's fascinating and I highly recommend it to those who like a good crime story. 
  • Eating: GBD Chicken and Donuts in DuPont - This is an excellent place for a happy hour and chicken and donuts are just an excellent combination of food to eat. If you're in the area and feeling a bit peckish, check out GBD!
  • Watching: Galavant - I love a good musical and a Disney musical is... everything! It's so funny and silly and I really like all the celebrity cameos (John Stamos as Jean Hamm - I see what they did there!). Also, Joshua Sasse is just... so good looking. Like, distractingly good looking...
  • Wearing: Uniqlo tights - I talked about this in an outfit post and I love how warm they are! Fun fact, these are the tights that didn't rip when I tripped and fell on my way to a party! Seriously girls, if you wear skirts or dresses in the winter, these are a must-have!
  • Drinking: PG Tips tea - I found this tea at World Market because I remember liking it when I studied abroad in the UK. It's just as good as I remember! Remember to drink it with milk and no sugar for maximum Britishness :)
Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tights | Knitted Tights and Burgundy Dress

Wintery Wednesday beauties!

Winter is a tough season for a dress lover - a pair of tights can only keep your legs so warm during the snowy sub-zero temperatures. Sometimes I'll try layering socks over my tights but that look doesn't work for all outfits that I have in mind. 
I'm sure you all can imagine my delight when I received these knitted tights by Uniqlo for Christmas from my aunt. They are made from an insulating material called HEATTECH (according to Uniqlo's website). I've trekked to work wearing this with a dress and I haven't frozen to death yet! They are so much warmer than your average pair of opaque tights! And the cable knit design adds a cozy touch to all of my outfits I pair these with!

This is not a sponsored post - I just really love these tights and I can't recommend them enough!

Dress: (similar here)
Coat: H&M
Accessories: Uniqlo knit tights (similar by Berkshire) , H&M bow belt (similar by Mango), LouLous scarf (similar here), Tory Burch bag
Shoes: Forever 21 ankle boots

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I'm Not a Hugger

Confession time, folks: I'm not a very affectionate person.

Well, at least not with everyone. I'm the kind of person who will take a while to warm up to you. Not because I dislike people, I just like having my personal space and I get a bit selective about who I choose to let in it. 
I thought about this recently because I went to a co-worker's birthday party. She invited some of her friends outside of work (who were all lovely people). I had a great time but when we were saying our goodbyes, a LOT of her friends declared "I'm a hugger, no handshakes!" and just... bearhugged me. I'm used to huggers and I mostly just deal with this as gracefully as I can but to be honest, I get quite uncomfortable when people I don't know hug me (when I was younger, I used to squirm and I even cried for help once... that was an uncomfortably awkward situation I created for myself). I get that some people are more affectionate than others and I think that's great! I also think it's a bit unfair to impose that on people who... well take a bit of time to warm up to others. I talked to my friend about this and she thought this was ironic because I'm perfectly fine with people kissing me on the cheek as a greeting. "Isn't that more intimate?" she asked. Actually, I don't think so. A kiss on the cheek can be cold and chaste but it's nearly impossible to give someone an angry hug.  Hugs are a sign of intimacy expressed with your whole body rather than just a part of it.

So what about you guys? Are you unaffectionate like me or do you live for hugs? Let me know your thoughts on the matter in the comments!
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