Keep Calm and Grunge On & a 5 Tag!

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Shirt: Forever21  /  Skirt: J.Crew (similar here)  /  Shoes: Tahari via DSW  /  Bag: Ann Taylor (similar here)  /  Belt: J.Crew (similar here)  /  Sunnies: Target (similar here)  / Necklace: Forever21 (similar here)  /  Lips: Covergirl Spellbound 

The lovely Elissa from Professionally Petite tagged me for the “five things” post which is making it’s way around the blogoshpere.  Good thing she did because now I have some reading material for you;)

1. Speaking of reading, I’m currently on the second installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy.  Don’t hate me, but I find it dreadful.  I’m halfway through and it’s like I’m training for a reading marathon forcing myself to finish.  Not the worst thing in the world, but certainly not the best thing. Ken Follet is one of my faves.  I really love historical fiction.  I’m reading the Alchemist next. (Technically, I think I just said four things about myself here)

2. I shaved half my head underneath in middle school and dyed it red.  I was soooo cool.

3.  If it’s not obvious by now, I am seriously into “grunge” music (product of growing up in the 90’s).  I love Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden etc.  Super excited to find this shirt at F21!

4. I once ate escargot and did NOT like it.

5. Survivor is my favorite show and I think it would be awesome to be an actual player, but extremely intimidating at the same time.

Tagging these five pretties:  Sarah’s Real Life, The Lipstick Giraffe, Amy’s Vintage Closet, Pigtails and Pearls and Two Wheelers

Black, White and Spotted All Over

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Jacket: Banana Republic (old, similar here)  /  Shirt: Forever21  /  Jeans: J.Crew (similar here)  /  Shoes: Target  /  Belt: Gap (old, similar here)  /  Bag: Target  /  Sunnies: TJ Maxx  /  Lips: Revlon Ravish Me Red

What is black, white and spotted all over?  Well, my friends, today it is me! And my kick ass knock-off shirt from F21 (very similar to this one from J.Crew).  Thank heavens for places like F21 and Target.  What would a girl on a budget do with out ’em?  Go naked I guess.  What an interesting and R-rated blog that would make.  Lucky for you and me, these stores do exist and we can find doppelgängers of our fave clothes at half the prices of the originals.  I fell in love with this bag at J.Crew, but like a freshman getting denied by a senior, our love affair was ended immediately when I saw the price.  Thankfully, I saw this similar tote at Target.  Have I mentioned the shoes yet?  Thank you Prabal.  Looking at them, I thought they might choke any and all blood supply to my feet, but alas they are one comfy pair of heels.  Affordable + Fashionable + Comfortable = Charlie Sheen’s favorite word (winning, duh).

TIP:  Pair a red or bold lip with neutral/classic colors and a nude or light pink lip with bright colors!

Travel Diaries

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Jacket: Gap (similar here)  /  Vest: Forever21  /  Shirt: Forever21  /  Leggings: Target  /  Shoes: Aerosoles (similar here)  /  Bag: J.Crew  /  Sunnies: TJ Maxx  /  Jewelry: Stella & Dot pendant necklace, Nixon watch, Banana Republic bracelet  /  Lips: Revlon in Rosewine

Hello strangers!  I know I have been gone awhile and posting a bit sporadically (my favorite Clueless word), but I will get better.  Notice how I didn’t make a promise?  I try not to make a promises I can’t keep;)  I’m done with my “vodka infused” lemonade from the batch of lemons life handed me!  On the up and up, wahoo!  The hubs and I decided to get the hell out-of-town and go to one of our favorite places on earth, St. Augustine, Florida.  If you follow me on instagram, you have seen some pics of our trip.  As for today’s look, I thought I would share my travel wear.  Pretty standard really (direct quote from Austin Powers).  Flats (a must), leggings, lots of layers and essential accessories: spacious bag, watch, sunnies and minimal jewels.  I usually have a pashmina for cold weather or I use a sarong as a scarf when flying to beach destinations since they double as a cover up, towel, and blanket.  If  I’m needing extra room for a food baby or my leggings are just giving me a hard time, I opt for a maxi dress and cardigan. What say you?  What kind of ensemble do you like to sport while traveling?

Travel Tip:  Rolling your clothes saves serious space in your suitcase instead of just folding!  More space = more room for more clothes!