Friday, September 19, 2014

Paleness and Pineapples

Crop Top: Romwe (via Catsuit Latex)  Shorts: Macys   Hat: c/o Oasap   Bag: c/o Wholesale Dress   Flats: Target
Well helloooooo white stomach!
I apologize for the flash of paleness, but I've told you about my abdomen's aversion to being displayed, right? Which of course, bit me in the butt when I received this crop top from Romwe. Ah well. At least you can tell I actually have gotten some sun this summer. Just nowhere near my midsection, haha! I figured I'd better get one more good wear out of this summery top before the cool, fall weather sets in.

These high waisted shorts are a new clearance find from Macy's and my goodness, how has my wardrobe functioned so long without a pair like this? I wear them with absolutely everything!
It helps that it's black and fits with my barista dress code, of course. I swear, that's how I talk myself into purchasing all my clothes now. It's black or white? Hey, I can wear that for work!

Now I may not have the best stomach (um, the truth is I'm rather self conscious about it and know it's my weakest part), but I absolutely adore this crop top. I knew I could make it look fairly decent with something high waisted, so I decided to forego my inhibitions and wear this out to run a few errands in.

How many of you are tired of hearing comments like this from other girls:
"Oh, I wish I could pull of those (insert name of stylish item here), but I just have (insert imaginary flaw here) to be able to look good in it.

My response? If you like it, all you have to do to "pull it off" is wear it.

"I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says 'Here I am!' today." 
Iris Apfel
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

5 Tips For Going To A Concert

I almost feel like it's obnoxious for me to write this post when I've only been to four concerts in my lifetime (though that number will only continue to grow, as I'm absolutely hooked). However, at each one, I've learned a few things that I've felt like sharing, especially since the most recent one (MONUMENTOUR, AHHH!!). Yup, still fangirling over that one.
Next up? Bastille in November!

Anyway, next time you're heading to a concert, here are a few tips that I'm sharing from experience so you'll know what you're getting into.

1) Wear comfortable shoes
Whenever I go to a show, I always want to be on the ground floor. When you're there, you know you'll be surrounded by the fun people. These are the people who pay for their ticket and intend to have a good time, not lounge about in chairs and look on passively. However, this means you will end up on your feet for two or three hours, so whatever you consider comfortable shoes, please wear them. Now is not the time for five inch heels.

2) Your personal bubble doesn't exist - embrace it
There was one woman who got so flustered by the movement of the surrounding crowd that she started throwing elbows screeching "Stop f*cking shoving me!" to everyone around her. I felt the need to shield my friend (who's built much tinier than I am) from her dangerously flailing limbs. The currents that flow through a crowd at a concert can be just as powerful as the ocean. You honestly don't have any control over where you're pushed or pulled, and the best choice is to just go with the flow. So if you go in with that mindset, you'll be fine.
And please, no throwing elbows. That's just wrong.

3) Don't hide behind your phone
What I mean is, don't spend the entire concert just Snapchatting video clips to everyone. You spent this much money to enjoy the live performance of your favorite artist - try and be present in the moment. Get your snaps in, record a few snippets, but don't forget to slip your phone in your pocket, dance along, and watch what's in front of your eyes, not through a cell phone screen.

4) Search for the setlist
I usually like to Google up the band's setlist so I can start listening to all the songs and get even more familiar with them than I already am. Nothing beats belting out the lyrics along with your favorite artist!

5) Get there early 
Never, never, never underestimate the length of time you may spend in lines. Line of cars, lines of people...being redirected to about three more lines before you actually enter the event center. So if you want to avoid much stress, get there at least an hour early!

Did this short little list help you?
Hope it does, and if you have any tips of your own, share in the comments!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Music Monday: Melanie Martinez


If anyone watches The Voice, they'd recognize this singer from Team Adam in season 3. Well guess what? Girl's got an EP released! Her lead single is actually Dollhouse, but I really like her track Dead To Me. Which, let's be honest, is a great tune to kick off Monday to, right?



Check out her single Dollhouse below and tell me what you think! And because it's a Monday, here's a cool remixed version of it:



Have a lovely Monday!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Over Time Too

Dress: Romwe (via Catsuit-Latex)   Hat: c/o Oasap   Wedges: Just Fab   Belt & Bag: thrifted
 

What does one wear to an art exhibit? Why, their new, slit-sleeved dress from Romwe of course! I'm quite pleased to say that unlike that Oasap bee print dress, this one is flowy, comfortable, and had me twirling about in happiness. Paired with some brown accents (who in the world said black and brown don't go together?) and leopard wedges, I felt pretty classy for a low key exhibit.

Ross Coates' show, entitled "Over Time Too" was an absorbing collection of mixed media pieces, with my favorite being the neon lit chairs. His collages had me peering closely at the wooden boards, pondering what he was trying to communicate through the brusque brush strokes, dismembered dolls, and taped on photos of flowers.

Kirsten looked them up and down, and with a wrinkled brow declared, "I think he is a very confused man."

I had to laugh at that. Isn't that what most art causes? If the message on the canvas doesn't practically spell out it's meaning, it is confusion and nonsense to the viewer.
Perhaps that's what I like about the varying forms of art. There are the basic, pretty paintings that are beautiful snapshots of life. There are dreamy abstract pieces that make you reconsider perspective and color. Then there are the morbid, doll-dismembering collages that have you tilting your head and wondering what the artist is trying to communicate.

I love it. In my opinion, art doesn't have to be beautiful or pretty to be considered art. Sometimes, the best art is discovered in the ugliness. It's easy to snapshot the aesthetically pleasing things in life, frame them, and call it art.

You could compare it to the way we frame only the best attributes in our life and hang them to display on our social media walls. We present such a narrow, enclosed representation of ourselves to the world in order to maintain a "pretty" appearance. However, some artists come slashing through that flimsy sheet to reveal the dirt and grit that's been swept under the rug.

Our culture is obsessed with appearances, with a standard, and with maintaining those.
However, as humans, we are inherently flawed.

While Mr. Coates' style isn't mine, and a lot of his pieces had me scratching my head, I could still appreciate it.

What's your opinion on art? Does it need to be pretty to be considered worthwhile?

So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Matthew 23:28
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