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This is what I look like when I am on my way to an Aaron Carter concert and stop on a side street to take last minute outfit photos. I knew you would be curious so, here you go!

We actually attempted to go to Pillow Fight Day in downtown LA, but the traffic was less than pleasurable (What? In LA? I know, weird, right?), so we didn’t quite make it. Hopefully next year because it kind of sounds like the most bad assery one could have in downtown LA with strangers and pillows.

Back to Aaron Carter. If you’re feeling nostalgic (or not, because I still listen to him, so it’s not nostalgia), and get a chance to see his show, you should go. It is such a fun show. And although I am entirely biased because I’ve been following his career since we were both about 13, it really is a good time.

If I could live in cords, a button up, a denim jacket, and a hat, I would.

p.s. welcome back Ugly Mug! It’s been a minute since he has taken my outfit photos.

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// Pants & Sunglasses: H&M // Top: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Denim Jacket: LA Fashion District // Boots: Thrifted via Goodwill // Hat: Urban Outfitters // Ring: c/o Style Lately //

These boots. I can’t even describe how much I love them. Well, let me try. I love them so much that I force my size 8.5 feet into these size 8 shoes. Doesn’t like like too much of a difference but that half a size is important. It prevents blisters on your heels and your toes having to curl slightly. But they were worth it at only $10 at Goodwill. I did have to change shoes for the concert that night though. I wanted to be able to feel my feet the rest of my life. These will be mine “we’re are going to dinner/a movie/some place we will be sitting the whole time” shoes.

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I admit that my pants do look a bit “Napoleon Dynamite” tucked in like that. Next time I will cuff them.

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I have been wearing this Style Lately ring all day, errday.

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Hey. Smile. It’s hump day.

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All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography

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Have you ever felt that you had so much to do, didn’t know where to start, so you just didn’t? Accidental procrastination, I say; I actually do want to do it all.

What is it with the end of a year and the impending new year that puts so much pressure on us to live and do better, faster, longer, stronger? A new year does not wipe our slate clean, yet it seems that is how everyone feels with a big sigh of relief and a brand new attitude each January 1st. Unfortunately, for most, a short time later, we revert to our old habits.

Maybe we should resolve to work on ourselves, for ourselves, all year around. We do not magically change just because the year changes. That’s what I have been working on the last couple of years and I think I’ve grown because of it.

Deep stuff, right? I bet I just changed your whole life.

So, onto important stuff. Like clothes and the weather.

It was a rare warm spell in the middle of the day when we snapped these photos. Then it got freezing; like it should be in December.

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// Jacket: Heart Clothing Boutique // Pants, Blouse, & Boots: Thrifted via Crossroads Trading Co // Hat: Thrifted via Buffalo Exchange // Purse: Sister hand me down //

Ugly Mug was far too occupied with his real job to take my photos, so his sister graciously stepped in for him. Together, we know nothing about cameras, aperture, lighting, shadows, and the likes. But, we know when we see a cool wall in the middle of Hollywood.

I couldn’t decide if I liked this hat with this outfit or not; aka my hair was a hot mess (humidity, get out of my life) so I wanted to cover it, but I knew the hat didn’t necessarily go. So, you decide.

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New (old) purse, new (old) purse! I am one of the lucky few older sisters who gets hand me downs from my younger sister. I don’t know where she got it, but I sure am glad she stole one of my bags, meaning I got to steal one of hers.

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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?

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// 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?

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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.

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

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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.

All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography

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Hi friends!

I’m blogging from my very first, personally owned, lap top. Yeeeaaah, I’m slow sometimes. It’s a little tiny thing, but so cute and perfect for me. I declare it an ‘unofficial’ Friday favorite.

Another ‘unofficial’ Friday favorite is the recently discovered Get Off My Internets. I know I am going against all that is holy as a blogger, but this site entertains me. Don’t hate me.

Enough about ‘unofficial’; let’s get officially official.

  • Listen to this: Capital Cities “Safe and Sound”. Or the entire EP. It is just feel good music people, and what more do you need on a Friday than feel good music? Maybe a cupcake, or three, but that is neither here nor there. What is here? The music video of “Safe and Sound” below for your easy listening pleasure.
  • Read this: 2012 Good Read Awards. Need a new book, or twenty, this year? Check out this list for the best reads of this year. That’s all I ever want; someone to tell me what to read. I can never judge a book by it’s cover well enough, so I’ll take suggestions and just pretend I’m not missing out on anything. But, read this list and you really won’t be missing out. Clearly, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened is next on my list.

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  • Eat this: Reuben. I am a sucker for a Reuben sandwich, which according to the red squiggly line, needs to be capitalized. That’s how good this sandwich is. It if is on a menu, I will order it. I don’t care if it’s 8 a.m. or 4 a.m. It will be in my mouth if it is in the vicinity  So, why not just make it myself and bask in all it’s glory in the privacy of my own home, where I cannot be judged for eating a Reuben for breakfast.

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  • Wear this: Arnhem Clothing. Such simple, beautiful, bright, girly styles; so not my usual forte. But, I am in love. I want it and I want it all. I see myself just living in their Lai Lani maxi in the summer, and, quite frankly the winter too. That’s what jackets are for right?

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  • Blog love: Pavlina Jagrova. I may not have any idea what she is writing about but I do know that I love every outfit she posts. Check out this Czech beauty and lust over her with me.

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Friday Fail!

Primping, possibly.

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I should probably be embarrassed that my shirt is wrinkled (sorry Mom!) and my hair is a mess.

But I’m not. This is my blog and I choose to show the real me and sometimes, this is the real me. We all have those days that we need to throw our unwashed hair up and grab the nearest clean, albeit wrinkely, shirt.

Do you want to know what is actually embarrassing?

Being caught singing, nay, sanging, in the car on the way to work this morning. Not once, but twice, on my short fifteen minute drive. Did you know that you cannot sound good unless your face matches the pain felt in the lyrics? It’s true.

I don’t embarrass easily, but when I am belting it out while simultaneously trying to get the stray eye crustys out, I might have felt a little embarrassment. Enough to stop and pretend I was coughing instead. Because hacking up a lung while trying not to poke my eye out as I drive is better than enjoying a song and singing while trying not to poke my eye out as I drive.

The second time? I just went with it.

Do you embarrass easily?

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// Shirt: Urban Outfitters // Jeans: BDG via Urban Outfitters // Denim Jacket: LA Fashion District // Boots & Purse: Thrifted via Crossroads //

Once I received a text from my best friend while I was driving; “What are you listening to?” She drove past me on the free way while I was in the middle of belting out, you guessed it, the Backstreet Boys.

So if you ever pass me while driving, I am not coughing, having a seizure, or talking into a blue tooth. Just pretending that I am in a music video.

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Why do my boots look so dirty?

I suppose it matched my thrown together look that day.

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Oh look, I do know how to smile!

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Stalker alert! I got caught reading cookbooks.

Edit to add: This video of Alyssa and I sanging on a road trip. I pretty much do this alone in the car.

All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography

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Hm, a kinky way to start off Monday.

Awkward. Just a little.

So, those days when your first thought waking up is, “I can’t wait to go to bed tonight.” That. Just your basic Monday morning. A day that I could wait to go to bed? Our last day in New York City. We woke up leisurely, took the subway into Brooklyn, (I) thrifted a bit, had brunch with a friend, and then made a mad dash our way to the airport.

IMG_7670-out*Shorts: Forever 21. *Top: Thrifted via Good Will. *Shoes: Aldo. *Bag: Claire’s

I normally don’t bare my mid drift, but I figured, it’s around 123 degrees and New York, so I can get away with it.

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Can we talk about these shoes? Um, they are studded. That is code for awesome.

Can we also talk about the face that I chose a shoe shot in which the shoes are blurry. That is code for artistic.

IMG_7697-outI wish this was my stoop. That is one thing I love about Brooklyn and other New York suburbs: stoops.

One: Brick steps

Two: They make me feel like I’m in an episode of The Cosby Show

Three: They are called stoops

All in all, perfect.

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Another code word? Stoop is code for stupid. At least it was when I was a kid. We weren’t allowed to call each other stupid growing up, so we shortened it because we thought my parents were “stupid” and called each other “stoop” instead. They caught on pretty quickly. We tried changing it to “porch” a couple of times, but it just wasn’t the same.

We are all in our twenties now. We still call each other “stoop”.

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Ah, the subway.

My hand got really dirty after touching that pillar.

I had to get in my walking pictures, of course! How else will I show off my fantastic bruises? Most people would photoshop those out. I am not most people. This is real life. And I don’t even think photoshop could help my bruising talent problem.

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Everyone once in a while, you just need a good old fashioned jumping photo to end a post, even if that means the pictures end up chronologically out of order.

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All photos credit of Ugly Mug Photography

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Sugarlips.

No, I’m not hitting on you – shame on you! What would Ugly Mug think? Sugarlips, as in, Sugarlips sent me the cutest dress that was perfect to wear on the 4th of July. Uh, yes the 4th of July that was more than two weeks ago. What? I was on vacation.

So, I had my red, white (legs), and blue for the holiday!

A short, and unexpected, post for the weekend – I will resume regular outfit posting on Monday; get excited.

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*Dress: c/o Sugarlips

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Thanks to my Uncle for taking these photos for me – “Thanks Uncle!”

Did I mention that I am begging for votes?

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