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I received this beautiful below the knee dress from Surfdome yesterday and I could not wait to wear it. I actually wore it last night on a movie date and again today. I am also tossing it into my cruise suit case.

By the way, go see Gravity.  If you love Sandra Bullock already, you will love her even more after seeing this movie. I was so stressed out during the entire thing, in a good way though. You know the movie was well done when you become personally invested.




I am actually wearing this dress backwards. I did not want the beautiful detail to be hidden behind my hair and jacket.!

// Dress: c/o Surfdome // Jacket: Heart Clothing Boutique // Hat: Marshalls // Shoes: Thrifted via The Salvation Army //

These boots will become my Fall staple. I don’t care how tight they are on my feet. I will either find a way to stretch them out, or figure out how to shrink my feet. Either way, it’s worth it.





If you like my dress, check here for more great dresses available on Surfdome! There is something for everyone, even you!

Now, it’s time to finalize all my packing for my cruise! I’ve made about 3 lists and checked them all off, but somehow I am still not convinced that I am not missing anything. Do you have any last minute packing tips?



All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography.

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This is a re-creation of the outfit I wore to have dinner with the Crossroads Style Council ladies last week. It was so great to meet so many wonderful bloggers that I have been following for so long. They could not have been any nicer, and so beautiful! I learned that I must be a horrible blogger because I did not take one single photo during the dinner. I suppose that means that we all just need to meet up again! What do you say, ladies?

Be sure to check out all the wonderful ladies from the Crossroads Style Council; each with their own unique personal style and voice!

Polka dots with polka dots. Because, why not?





// Top: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Blazer: Stolen from my sister’s closet // Shorts: Forever 21 // Shoes: Urban Outfitters // Hat: Marshalls // Wallet: c/o Chicastic //

Remember my Chicastic giveaway a couple of weeks ago? Of course you do because you all entered as many times as possible as to not miss out on the cutest gift basket ever. This wallet was gifted to me by Chicastic and I have barely put it down. Sometimes carrying a purse around all day is such a pain, so I’ve been using this statement wallet instead!

What goes better with polka dots than polka dots?




Do I need to mention how much I love this blazer? The color plus the oversized fit is perfection for a transition into fall.



We met a couple furry friends!



And now I am off to spin class. Because I hate myself.



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I think all style bloggers should take a hiatus during the summer. It’s hot, sometimes humid and sticky, and let’s face it, we end up wearing the same damn thing over and over. At least this is all true for me. The heat makes me lazy. And I only own so many pairs of shorts and dresses. 

Hm, maybe the problem is that I need to go shopping. My self imposed shopping ban gets in the way of that. I have been “shopping” in my close lately, though, not for this outfit. This outfit is basically a copy of the last outfit I posed, except for a different shirt. But, it is a true picture of how I dress in the summer. I live in the same shorts for weeks at a time, eventually I will find a cute little mini dress that keeps me cool in the sun’s blaze, and I will finally find my way to a skirt or two before fall comes.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am visiting home and my mom was volunteered to take my outfit photos. I think Ugly Mug has some competition!




// Shorts: Forever 21 // Top: Shop Cuffs // Hat: Marshalls // Shoes: Thrifted via Thrift Town //

I desperately wish I had a flower crown to top this off with. I think it would go perfectly with the top. I guess it gives me a reason to wear the top again soon!



So, wedding planning, huh? It sucks. I am normally a Type A control freak, but I cannot seem to wrap my head around how to start this. I am hoping that finding the perfect venue will be the hardest part and then I can start really plowing through the planning. It doesn’t help that I am extremely picky (see previous statement of being a Type A control freak), but should anyone expect anything different from a bride planing her wedding?

I could not stop laughing watching my mom take my photos. She was just too cute. I took a couple of her, but I have been forebidden to post them!



 The daisies get taller and taller each year in my backyard!

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There are several reasons why I love Sundays. One of the biggest reasons are weekly flea markets. I cannot think of a better way to spend a hangover Sunday than perusing what is basically a giant thrift store. I love the handmade treasures, the antiques that you only thought exsisted on eBay, and of course, the clothing. Oh the clothing. It is hipster heaven; I have never seen so many perfectly frayed, high waist denim shorts in my life. And I bought a pair for $15. A pair identical to those sold in stores for upwords of $50.

If you are looking for anything for your home, I recommend checking out your local flea market first. Even if you don’t think your asthetic includes rustic, paint chipped night stand, just wait until you ultimately find the perfect, unique piece. We got a night stand this weekend and I am excited to find more treasures for our new home together.





// Dress & Purse: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Boots: Thrifted via Thrift Town // Hat: Marshalls // Necklace: Brandy Melville //

Can I get a high five for finding this gem of a Free People dress at Crossroads? Sure it has loose threading and the bottom gets caught on the zippers of my boots, but its Free People and so worth it. It is probably more of a winter dress, but I had to wear soon after I found it. I am hoping to squeeze a couple more wears out of it before I would be getting heat stroke walking around in the Los Angeles heat. Also, I cannot say that I won’t rule out cranking up the air conditioner and just wearing it at home.

Also, new bag!






Ugly Mug was so impressed by the Melrose Trading Post that he wants to go every Sunday. That is a Sunday routine that I can definitely get behind. I would also like to take up the practice of brunching. Yes, it is just a fancy way to say that you slept in and have decided to eat a hearty breakfast at lunch time, but it is just the right amount of pretentious that I could use in my life.

Do you have weekend traditions?





If you are in LA, be sure to check out the Melrose Trading Post!


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You think I’m going to talk about the weather right? Because, typical blogger weather talk is usually how one opens a post. Well guess what? You’re wrong.

Maybe it’s that time of year, or maybe because most people in their mid twenties have tiny quarter life crisis’, but I’ve been noticing a lot of talk about change and life transitions, not only on the blogosphere, but in my ‘real life’ too. I, too, am going through transitions and changes. I am officially moving to Los Angeles to live with my fiance (Mr. Ugly Mug to all my regular readers). I am excited, nervous, anxious, thrilled, sad, happy, and actually cannot wait. One, I get to see Ugly Mug’s mug everyday. Two, I will be embarking on an entirely new journey in life (TBA). Three, change is good (I am slowly, but surely, learning this). Four and beyond, I get to see my So Cal friends more often, including my best friend. So please bare with me through my transition; things might be a little slow on the blog for the next six weeks or so. Once I am back up and running 100%, I have so many ideas and am very excited to put more time and energy into this blog. It will also help that I will have a camera to my disposal each day instead of every month or so.

Alright, and the weather is seemingly starting to transition to Spring.

You were right.

And now here are some photos that have nothing to do with the above taken behind my house maybe more than several weeks ago. Double jackets for the win!



//  Pea Coat: Tulle via Nordstrom // Jacket: Heart Clothing Boutique // Sweater & Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Jeans: Urban Outfitters // Hat: Marshalls //

Sometimes I like to tuck my hair into hats. I kind of love how it looks short. Too bad I’m too scared to cut it. My hair is part of who I am. Even getting a trim makes me grip the salon seat with white knuckles!




I know these photos aren’t terribly exciting, but not a lot goes on in the ally behind my house. There’s a dirty creek, some garbage cans, a chain link fence. Fancy stuff. There is a secret garden in the backyard of the house behind me, which I am super fascinated by, but I can only get peaks through the fence cracks.




Are there any LA blogging community events or get togethers? I’d love to meet fellow bloggers when I move!

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These photos were taken last weekend, during my “second Christmas”. I was forced to decided to give Ugly Mug the weekend off of shooting, and my cousin Melissa graciously offered to shoot for me, after I promised her a shout out. Hi Melissa!

So, sometimes I dress like a hobo. And sometimes that means we go for walks where hobos may or may not be. This was one of those times. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve warned Ugly Mug ahead of times about my outfit with, “I’m going for gypsy,” meaning, “I know I look like a hobo, but I know what I am doing and it’s really bohemian, gypsy (in my eyes).” He hears, “I am dressing like a hobo today.” Fair enough.

I don’t even think I know how to put together a bohemian outfit, but I do know that when I try, I end up comfortable.

I must admit that my “hobo” outfits usually end up being my favorite. Truthfully, when I did not have the hat or coat on, I did look like I fell into a pile of laundry, but I was indoors, safe from the public eye, when that happened.



// Skirt: Pac Sun // Sweater: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Shoes: H & M // Hat: Marshalls // Coat: Tulle via Nordstrom //

Since we would be losing light soon, we decided to walk to the park to take photos, and then proceeded into the dried up creek. No, I wouldn’t necessarily wear this outfit for a spontaneous hike, but at least I had on flat shoes.





Let me tell you about taking your family along for outfit shoots: You’re going to be mocked. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it. I have the proof.




My revenge was making them take photos for me again the next day. And posting these.

Thank you again to my cousin for taking these photos and putting up with my “guidence”. Ugly Mug still gets credit for coloring the photos because apparently I can’t do anything for this blog on my own.



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Let’s begin with Thrifty Tip #9285: Do not buy something just because it’s on trend, especially if it doesn’t fit properly.

I don’t think it’s bad to follow trends, unless you are doing it when you don’t necessarily like the trend; don’t sport a trend just to be trendy. That was a little too many uses of the word “trend”.

Take this camo jacket, for instance. Camo is back in, that is no secret. Since camo came back, I’ve been looking for the perfect camo jacket. Let me rephrase that, I’ve been looking for the perfect camo jacket that I could afford at the moment, a.k.a a thrifted camo jacket.

Low and behold, I found one (see below). I have an affinity for oversized sweaters and jackets so I didn’t think twice and I bought it. After a wear or two, I realized two things; This jacket is too large. And, I need to start investing in well fitted pieces. I used to be a bit larger, and especially in high school, I hid behind baggier clothing; hoodies, too large, shapeless t-shirts, and beyond boyfriend jeans. My current weight is still somewhat recent and every once in a while, I have a difficult time seeing my body’s change; others comment positively  while I look in the mirror and see what I saw a year and a half plus 45 pounds ago. I think I am finally coming to terms with what I have accomplished and I resolve to appreciate it and to start dressing to flatter for my body, not to hide behind extra fabric.

Have you made a significant, positive change that is has been hard to adjust to and appreciate?



// Jacket: Thrifted via Freestyle Clothing Exchange // Sweater: Thrifted via Goodwill // Jeans: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: H&M // Hat: Marshalls //

Um, good thing I proof read my posts. I almost told you that I got my “Hoes” at H&M. That is definitely not where I get my hoes.

My sister ended up buying the jacket off of me. When she realized the same as I did above, she passed it along to my dad. Yes, I apparently bought a jacket in a 6’2″, grown man’s size. There is nothing wrong with oversized, but there is a line.

So guess what is on my Christmas list now?




This also means that I will have to have a camo re-do when I get a new camo jacket. Not only because it will be the only jacket I will be wearing, but to show you how a jacket should fit.




Oh, you don’t hang out by the creek in the alleyway behind your house? Weird.



I hope you learned a valuable lesson today. Just because it is cheap and on trend (and you want it really badly) do not buy it if it does not fit.

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