Monday, June 23, 2014

5 Steps to Looking Cool


Sunglasses: c/o Firmoo,  Vest: Big Star via Sisu


Bet you never thought you'd see THAT headline on this blog, huh?   Haha ha.  Hmm.

Step 1:  Find a collar.  Pop it.
Step 2:  Do "big hair".  In my case, the biggest hair I can accomplish in Minnesota humidity.
Step 3:  Wear big sunglasses.
Step 4:  Make friends with a photographer.
Step 5:  Pretend like it's no big deal and you look this great all the time.

Bonus Step:  Adopt a Pug.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rockin' Shades

Glasses: c/o Firmoo,  Shirt: JCP,  Pants: Gap,  Shoes: vintage

I go through a lot of sunglasses.  Probably because I tend to choose fashion over function.  I think I can tolerate them a little too tight around my ears, or a bit too loose on my nose.  It's all fine for a second, and then I'm miserable.  My face strains to be comfortable and I end up with a headache.  Knowing that I'm never fully satisfied with sunglasses, I usually buy them cheap.

Free is also good.  Which is why I agreed to try a pair from Firmoo.  Being that these are online and I couldn't try them on, my expectations were fairly low.  How often do I try on my first choice at the store for a good fit/feel?....like, never.

Crazily enough, the Firmoo glasses are awesome.  I wasn't familiar with wrap-around sunglasses until I realized the difference with Firmoo. They're light-weight, comfortable, and don't pinch or slide anywhere.   They don't get tangled in my hair when I put them on my head, nor do they make deep, sweaty indents in my nose.  Dare I say, they are a perfect fit.  Ah-mazing.

They came with both a soft and hard case, so I have no excuse but to keep them in pristine condition (sunglasses + roller coaster = how I lost my last favorite pair).  Should I ever need to replace them, I will most definitely spend a little extra and buy from Firmoo.  They have a good variety of styles without overwhelming, and prices are very reasonable for the quality ($39-79).  Given my great first experience,  I trust that I'd be happy with just about any pair.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Summer Reading List

It's weird for me to say this, but there's nothing on TV.  Rather, there's nothing on TV that I'm stuck on or look forward to.  Don't get me wrong.  I TiVo Fashion Police.  I love Big Bang Theory past and present.  I'm always up for syndicated How I Met Your Mother, What Not to Wear, and the occasional Seinfeld.  Survivor is the reality show of choice, but it's not on again until fall.  I'm obsessed with BBC Sherlock and Downton Abbey, but their seasons are over in the blink of an eye.

So I read.  It's better this way.  My reading list is extensive.  Now I'm deep in the world of Goodreads (let's be friends).  I have the best of intentions with self help and biographies, but I can't seem to break away from juicy fiction novels.  Since my last bookish post, I managed to complete The Hunger Games series, Divergent, In the Fields (for the 2nd time),  The Fault in Our Stars, Love Me with Lies series + Mud Vein,  Gone Girl, The Book Thief, Outlander, AND got a sneak peek at Maybe Maby, which I will be buying in paperback the moment it's released on July 13th.  I have this thing about holding good literature in true, paper form.


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Monday, June 2, 2014

Legging Love

Jacket: Vintage - thrifted,  Shirt: Tea n Rose,  Leggings: M. Rena c/o Shop Adorn
Shoes: DSW,  Jewelry: Sisu

I think this jacket was once part of a uniform.  I originally thought food industry, but it's 1- too clean, and 2 - canary yellow.  Department store cosmetic counter, maybe?  I could see Clinique making their reps wear yellow.  Other ideas?

Now, you need to know about M. Rena.  I own two 3/4 sleeve dresses in black and brown (worn here), one tank dress in ivory (I wear as a slip), and these tummy tuck leggings in blue/ink.  They are easily the most worn basics in my closet.  The regular tanks are reversible - v-neck on one side, scoop on the other (genius).  Fabric is soft and durable, doesn't roll, and washes better than any other brand I've tried.

These leggings are as perfect as leggings get.  They're completely opaque.  I don't personally believe in leggings as pants, but should the tunic ever take a vacation from my rear, there would still be coverage.

M. Rena does have a midrise option if the tummy panel isn't for you, but man-oh-man, I love it.  Smoothes everything out, holds everything in, without that suffocating shapewear feeling.  They are pro-burrito.  Chipotle, here I come.

Shop Adorn has many M. Rena options available online.  Most styles are one size (aka "super stretchy"), so that's one less thing to worry about.