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Are you a twenty-something? Are you a young professional or still in college? Have you ever tried applying to rent a property, whether it be a studio or house? Did it fucking suck?

Yeah. I’m pretty sure it did.

Okay, so this post doesn’t exactly keep with this week’s theme on “Being Late.” In fact, it fits better with our “Rantings” theme which will be coming in a few months, but since we’re a day late in posting and we kind of run this blog, we felt like it was within our rights to share. The subject, as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, is rental house hunting. And how it is possibly one of the worst things ever.

We like to think of ourselves as reliable people. We don’t smoke or have pets, and have never been convicted of a crime. We might talk loudly but we’re not yellers and we don’t have raucous parties that last until the wee hours of the morn (although we sure as hell don’t mind attending them!). We know this to be true, but our prospective landlords don’t. And they make it pretty darn clear when they never call us back.

In a nutshell, trying to find a place to call home has been a fucking disaster. Such a disaster that we now want to quit the jobs we currently have (which are probably the only things getting us on the “maybe/if all other applicants fail” lists of these places anyway) and curl up in a tiny ball and watch Say Yes to the Dress marathons all day long.

It’s stressful to say the least. We feel that adrenaline should be reserved for important moments such as car accidents, sky-diving, and matrimony. Having your heart beat at an arrhythmia-like pace is no fun when it’s in response to an email from a Craigslist poster (who is most likely turning you down).

What have your renting experiences been like? Are they good or equally bad to what we’ve experienced (remember, we still haven’t had a single offer!). Please tell us mostly about the latter. We could use a little schadenfreude right about now.

Also, we’re listening to a lot of this with word replacement.

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Last month, after the typical scouring of my pinterest, I decided to organize my apartment. But rather than tell you my exact process, which was pretty much me swirling around my apartment trying to both clean up and destroy anything in my way, I thought I’d just show you with images.

Please forgive the quality: I used my iphone and…you know the swirling thing…














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March 8, 2013

Organizing On The Cheap

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Spring Cleaning is not always fun and games…

All drawings are property of Orlie Kapitulnik and Beginners Magazine. You may only use the images with permission from the artist.

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Ever noticed that refrigerators and cupboards are kind of like black holes for food? Chinese food boxes, small Tupperware containers with three leftover bites of that rockin’ lasagna you made and couldn’t throw out, jars of jelly and salsa and who knows what else, halves of lemons. Refrigerators are bad, but freezers and cupboards are worse. I seriously can go two years without taking a peek at the top shelf of my cupboard. And you know the food in the freezer isn’t about to rot, so why not let it sit there a little longer?

But, in honor of spring cleaning, here’s a double-duty project for you. Cleanse your kitchen and yourself! How, you ask? Why, let me tell you. One word.

Smoothies.

Yes, that’s right, smoothies are the answer to all your spring cleaning woes. Perfectly scrumdidilyumptious snacks, they allow you to throw all those odds and ends from your fridge and freezer and cupboard into your blender and tada! No more cans of pineapple lurking in your cupboard. Never again will you stumble upon a shriveling orange in the drawers of your fridge. And, smoothies can be jam-packed full of healthy goodness, giving your body and soul their own kind of spring cleaning.

Ingredients. Blender. You know what to do.

Try out the recipes below if you are so inspired, but the point is really to use what you’ve already got. So, fling open that fridge, pull out the blender, and get to your cleaning/smoothie drinking.

 

2 bananas, cut into slices
2 T peanut butter
2 T cocoa powder
½ c. yogurt (plain, vanilla, or chocolate are delicious!)
½ c. milk or juice
dash of vanilla
dash of cinnamon
honey to taste
 

2 c. fresh spinach
1 c. blackberries
1 c. strawberries
1 banana
1 c. coconut milk
 

2 oranges, juiced
1 lemon (or lots of leftover lemon halves)
assorted fruit (mango, peach, pineapple, apples, pears, etc.)
assorted juices (tomato, apple, lemonade, etc.)
1 c. crushed ice

 

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I have a not-so-secret secret: I’m a purger. I regularly go through my phone book, my iTunes music, my email contacts, and just delete with abandon.  Haven’t talked to you in six months? Gone. Haven’t listened to that song since high school? Gone too.  Admittedly, I take it too far – I have a purging problem – but I do firmly believe that in proper moderation, cleaning out your cyber-closet can be a good thing.

In my opinion, the worst offender of cyber clutter is Facebook. It’s the place where people “collect” friends, where your contact list can consist of your best friend since childhood and that girl you met one time at that party and then never saw again.

Last year my amazingly creative cousin Sam (if you don’t read her blog already, you should) came up with this genius chart that she’s agreed to share with us here on Beginners, guiding you through the admittedly sometimes painful process of sorting out your Facebook friends.  I know it can be hard, but go ahead and open up your Facebook friends list and get ready: it’s time to start cleaning!

The Rules (According to Sam):

Step 1 : Print out this handy chart
Step 2 : Open your facebook friend list
Step 3 : Go to person #1 “Amy Appleby” and begin questioning …
 
(a) Do I know this person in real life?  If you are using your Facebook to network (and thus friending people at a hamster’s pace) this process is useless to you. But, if you are looking to keep your Facebook personal, you should get rid of everyone who you’ve never met in person. 
If the answer is no : proceed to question c. 
If the answer is yes …
 
(b) Would I have something to talk to them about if I saw them at the grocery store? In the small town I’m from, I can’t go to Safeway with out running into someone in my sweats and topknot. The chances are, if I avoid them then, I won’t ever have the need to talk to them via Facebook.
If the answer is yes : proceed to question d.
If the answer is no …
 
(c) Am I weirdly interested in this person? This allows for anyone you may not be very familiar with, but have a voyeuristic interest in. 
If the answer is no : delete!
If the answer is yes : proceed to question e.
 
(d) Do I believe this person wishes me well and should have access to information about the joys and failures in my life? Here is where things get a little more abstract. You were friends with Amy Appleby, at least at one point. But you have a sneaking suspicion that she’s the one that anonymously tipped off your parents that you went to a foam party in Tijuana. Facebook has a wealth of information for those who want to gossip about you, so consider carefully who deserves access to that.
If the answer is yes : proceed to question e.
If the answer is no : proceed to question g.
 
(e) Do I use this person to be self-destructive? Here lies all your ex-boyfriends and their new girlfriends. Yes, you know them in real life – and would probably have a thing or two to say to them in line at the check-out.  Maybe they’re even happy for you and your new life of one-person frozen dinners. But this question has nothing to do with them – it has everything to do with you. It’s time to be honest now, we all do it.On the lowest, grayest day, when you got fired from your job and hit by bus, you want to check up on Eric Ex or New Nina and make sure they are miserable too. Without fail, New Nina and Eric Ex got engaged that day, and the next time you update your facebook status is from the roof of your apartment building with a line from a Dashboard Confessional song.
If the answer is yes : delete!
If the answer is no : proceed to question g.
 
(f) Does this person post hateful or obnoxious political Facebook status’ that make me question humanity? I didn’t have too many of these people because I tend to weed them out around election time. These will be different for everyone.
If the answer is no : They’re your friend!
If the answer is yes ..
 
(g) Will deleting this person cause more harm than good? You’re almost there, you are moments away from deleting the back stabbing Amy Appleby or your close-minded cubical mate. But wait … will you have to see this person in the immediate future? If the fear of a future confrontation will cancel out the piece of mind you got from doing it, deleting them isn’t worth it. As they say in the movie Magnolia ”We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.”
If the answer is yes : They’re your friend (or, frenemy) !
If the answer is no : delete!

 

Now, I know this might seem like a daunting task, especially if you haven’t gone through your contacts since that day years ago when you first got your Facebook “invite” (remember that?), but let me assure you, it can be oddly cathartic.  Sorting out the old classmates, the random adds, the friends of friends and keeping the peeps you have/had a crush on, the girl whose photos you just can’t stop flipping through, and the people who are your actual, real-life friends reminds you of all the people you actually do want to keep in touch with.

And remember, if this is too much and you just can’t bring yourself to part with any of these people because, who knows, you might need to get ahold of them again someday, at least set it so only the people you truly care about show up in your newsfeed.  It’s the first step…

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I know this has happened to you guys too (please tell me I’m not alone). I have this amazing idea for a project or home improvement or outfit or cat-snuggie – whatever; the idea is brill and I’ve committed myself to its completion. So I go out and get all the supplies and start working on it and it’s like magic as it comes together and becomes more and more fantastical with each addition. But then, something happens…. It’s like there was this unseen threshold where it went from getting better and better with each moment of progress to becoming more and more regrettable. And soon, I’m looking at a cat-snuggie big enough to fit my dog and somehow it’s got wings now and is bedazzled. And I look at it and am just utterly confused as to how it became such a tragedy.

And you can immediately spot a project that has been through this terrible tail-spin. The idea is flawless, but the execution was just taken a little too far (or a lot too far). Like that poor statue/clay thing up there ^ . This person clearly has a knack for molding clay, but somehow the statue went from being a possibly cute bunny to a depressed, two-headed monster rabbit with a possible beer addiction. Just so close to being a good thing until it took a terrible turn for disaster.

Maybe this fairly frequent occurrence in my life is a rarity in yours: good for you! But it turns out there’s a lot of projects out there that experience this issue. And my favorite place on earth (Pinterest) has a collection of them. YES.

So today, on our last day of failure (the theme, not the action – let’s be honest with ourselves here), I bring you, Pinterest, You are Drunk. Be sure to read the comments, as they are hilarious.

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March 1, 2013

So Close…

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You know those times when it feels like life is moving at a million miles a second, and your phone is ringing and your emails are dinging, and you are looking at your to-do list thinking you couldn’t finish everything scribbled there if you had a million years? Maybe us over-worked, perfectionist, constantly stressed liberal arts college students feel this way more than some, but I’d guess most people have had a day like this. These days are not fun. They are overwhelming, exhausting, and hold an unpleasant sense of impending failure. Fold my laundry, pick up groceries, pump out a fifteen-page paper, kick butt at the gym, play Mommy for an evening to earn some extra bucks… All in one day, you say? Oh, I’m sorry, I’m not Super Woman.

But you know what I am? Super duper good at baking. And when all else fails and life is too crazy and too scattered and too hectic, I bake, and here’s why: it’s predictable. A teaspoon will always be a teaspoon. Baking soda will always make my cookies rise. It’s methodical. Measure, pour, stir, repeat. It’s magical. Anyone who has witnessed the wonder of throwing some flour, butter, and chocolate together in a bowl, and later pulling steamy, chewy, decadent cookies from the oven knows the only way to describe that transformation is magic. It’s rewarding. Spend twenty minutes pouring and mixing, and you have yourself a tasty little treat. Talk about instant gratification.

So, when all else fails, and life is just a little too much to handle, bake. You’ll be glad you did. And really, a to-do list doesn’t look so bad when you’ve got a fresh baked cinnamon roll in front of you, wafting it’s cinnamony goodness around your now stress-free home.

Adapted from A Dinner Party, adapted from The Joy of Cooking

Easy to make, these little bars take something sour and turn it sweet. Kind of like what baking does to a bad day…

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch salt
12 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

For the filling:
6 large eggs
3 cups sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 325.

Stir the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Using your fingertips cut in the butter until the mixture is sandy in texture, with clumps the size of small peas. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9″ by 13″ baking pan, and about 3/4″ up the sides of the pan to keep the filling from leaking during baking.

Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling (do this as you are baking the crust), whisk eggs and sugar together until well combined. Add the zest and juice; whisk well. Sift the flour over the top and stir until well blended. Pour filling over the cooled crust. Bake until set, but slightly jiggly, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let the pan cool completely before cutting into bars. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Then lord your triumphant baking success over all your other failures that day!

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Today, I tried on my new platforms I bought a couple weeks back for a photo shoot which will be in our first issue of Beginners Magazine (very exciting!). I slipped ‘em on, ready to strut my stuff to the full length mirror in my bedroom, and nearly ate shit. If it weren’t for the nearby dresser I would have face planted on the floor. Granted, I have never worn platform heels before but I thought how different can they be from pumps? Let’s just say I won’t be taking these out on the town anytime soon…

Also, this had me laughing. There’s nothing like eating shit in public!

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February 26, 2013

I Tried, I Failed

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Life of Pi did really well at the Oscars *cheers all around* and I’m so glad it did! (Don’t tell anybody, but I didn’t actually see it…I’ve read the book though, I swear!) We all love Ang Lee for his marvelous films – Brokeback Mountain (duh), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and my personal favorite, Sense and Sensibility (oh Edward Ferris, be still my beating heart). But what if Life of Pi had been made by a different director? Would it have charmed audiences across the world, and the Academy, as well as Lee’s version? I present to you: Life of Pi…re-imagined.

Director: Tim Burton

Re-imagined as a claymation film starring a purple tiger and Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter plays the ocean. Morbid.

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Blood. Everywhere. Midway through Pi and the tiger team up and travel the seas to destroy all the ships that might sink in the future. Vengeance will be theirs. Disturbing.

Director: Wes Anderson

 The tiger sits at his typewriter: “Day one at sea…” Meanwhile Pi looks out glumly from behind his hipster glasses. Pi and the tiger practice their synchronized swimming to jazzy French music. Delightful.

Seriously though, wasn’t last night just great? Did we not all scream and cheer when Jennifer Lawrence took gold and then tipped over on her way to the stage? Even more so when Hugh Jackman rushed to her aid? Simply smashing.

P.S. I promise I will see Life of Pi… someday.

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February 25, 2013

Life of Pi… Re-Imagined

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As you well know, this week’s theme is style. And while I could bore you with my take on today’s style (I like leggings, boots, and baggy sweaters: hard to make an entire post out of that), I thought I would talk about the time that we all had impeccable style: the late 90′s. Allow me to cover this topic by walking you through your typical day as it occurred in the epic 90′s. Huzzah!

90′s Style is the Best Style Because This Was Your Typical Day.

You woke up to your alarm clock blaring Backstreet Boys or Nsync.

You checked your GiGaPet to make sure your digital pet hadn’t died overnight.

You brushed your teeth and pulled your hair into a tight pony tail at the top of your head. You then gelled your hair to ensure you would have zero stray hairs.

You put on your cargo pants…

and spaghetti strap tank top, which showed off your mid-drift.

You put on your Teen Spirit deodorant.

You put on your tattoo choker necklace…

Threw your Lisa Frank trapper keeper…

your favorite beanie baby…

Now That’s What I Call Music 1 CD…

and brand new CD WalkMan into your backpack.

You grabbed your oversized Vans skater sneakers to finish off your perfectly grunge look.

You had to look your best because the boy you liked had the frosted tips – he was so cool.

You made your way to school on only the coolest form of transportation: a Razor Scooter.

All day at school, you passed the original form of text messages.

And dreamed that you might one day be Harvey’s girlfriend.

Unless of course it was either Oregon Trail day…

movie day…

science day (BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY!)..

or game day when you got to play Heads Up 7 Up, in which case, your day was AWESOME.

Finally, when you got home, you poured yourself some Squirt…

while you waited for the dial-up internet to connect and hoped no one would need to use the phone in the next hour…

because you needed to perfect your AOL profile.

Before you went to bed, you made sure to watch this guy’s original show: Kenen & Kel.

Or maybe an episode of Full House (and you didn’t think twice about Bob Saget playing a wholesome father figure).

Ah those were the days…NOT!

I hope you all have a wonderfully stylish weekend!
…Though hopefully it doesn’t include any of the clothing mentioned above.

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There are few things as exciting as taking a break from your daily life in exchange for a weekend away, a foreign getaway, or a much needed vacation.  Yet sometimes the build up for such a trip: the planning, the preparing, the packing, can be a challenge not all of us are ready to face.

I’ve been lucky enough to be graced with the gift of packing: I can have everything I need for an overnighter in my purse, a weekend getaway in a backpack, and a three month trip to Europe in a small carry-on duffel. Unroll the pieces and they’re wrinkle-free and ready to wear!  However, what I’m still in the process of perfecting is how to make these basic pieces fashionable as well. While most of what I packed for Europe was great! and useful! and travel-ready! I cannot tell you how many times I yearned for a little black dress and some strappy heels.

There are tons of packing tips for traveling out there, some that seem to boil the process down to an exact science, and advice from seasoned travel veterans really does make for easy-stress free packing.

| Color-Schemes | Both J. Crew creative director, Jenna Lyons, and Glamour fashion development director, Susan Cernek, swear by packing in a pre-determined color scheme.  By packing a suitcase full of navies and creams (for example), you can be sure that you’re shoes, purse, jewelry, etc. will always match your outfit.  Bonus Tip: Pack a red dress or a bright scarf to add some color to your outfits and/or trip photos!

| Textiles | Ah, the wrinkled traveler.  An iconic image as old as travel itself, but you do not need to continue the pattern.  Make sure that whatever clothes you pack are wrinkle-free (sometimes things with a little synthetic thread help as well as choosing cotton over linen), don’t stretch out easily (I’m looking at you jeans that grow two sizes when I wear you more than two days in a row!), can hold their shape (no baggy sweaters allowed), and dry fast (you never know what might happen out there).

| Day-to-Night | These kind of outfits are talked about all the time on morning t.v. and fashion shows (believe me, I watch) but they really are important.  After a day exploring Grecian ruins or shopping along the Champs-Élysées, you might not have time to go back to your hostel before dinner.  So it’s nice to be able to run a damp cloth over your face, take off your sweater, and be ready to roll.  Alternatively, if you do have time to go back and change, it’s nice to have a LBD (that rolls up small and is wrinkle free because, let’s be honest, you may only use it once during the whole trip) and some nice flats (that aren’t the chacos you’ve been roaming around in all day) and actually look somewhat presentable to society.

| The Sarong | I know, I know, nobody ever talks about sarongs anymore unless you’re hanging out on the beaches of Maui, but when I was traveling, this was the one thing (alright, the one other thing, because I already mentioned the LBD) that I wished I had.  A sarong works as a towel after the shower if you’re hostel doesn’t provide one, something to lie on at the beach, a quick cover-up, and, if it rolls up small enough, can be used to cover your head/shoulders when going into churches.  It’s perfect.

| The Staples | Invest in a nice suitcase/duffel/roll-behind.  I personally like clam-shell designs because they keep things separate, but anything with good compartments works well.  I also pack my underwear/socks/accessories/etc in small dryer bags (but zip-lock bags work just as well with the added benefit that you can see what’s inside!) Also, an extra canvas bag is always a good idea.  You can use it for grocery shopping during your trip, and later to carry home all your extra goodies! Additionals: Waterbottle, flashlight, bold jewelry for a night out, a watch for those cell-phone-less days, and a purse that zips closed to make pick-pocketing more difficult.

If you are looking for a good advice site, Travel Fashion Girl is on of my favorites. Check it out for more tips and ideas!

Images Above from Things Organized Neatly (an awesome tumblr)

February 21, 2013

Pack Like a Pro

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We all know that fashion is sometimes very stupid on the runway.  But some of this craziness ends up mainstream, haunting department stores and boutiques for MONTHS to YEARS and taking up space that could have been reserved for clothing that actually flatters people’s bodies.  These are a few things that should never be allowed to take up space again because the human race should be able to start learning from its mistakes now that everybody’s whole damn life is apparently mapped out on Facebook timeline.

1. Extra, Super Duper Low Jeans

Yeah, short legs and ass crack are NEVER flattering. Full stop, no debate.

Perhaps this will be the most contentious item on the list, perhaps my perspective comes from my height and proportions never working in mass-produced clothing based on average measurements which only actually fit 1% of the population without modification. Whatever…all I know is I find it sick that while super low rise denim was/is rabidly popular, that shirt lengths were not increased to match up.  Perhaps it’s only for us poor chicks over 5’5” but with even the slightest shrug of my shoulders, the shirt glides over my boobs and stays there and I look like I’m sporting a belly shirt because my damn pants are so low.

Screw that.  Hey, I know I’m not the only one who has these minor outfit malfunctions with regularity – I’ve seen more people’s happy trails than I ever cared to.

So I can’t imagine what possesses people to buy pants that are even lower than low and feel them grip with all their tensile strength in the middle of your butt.

I’m not hating on all hip riders.  I too prefer my waistline to not be swaddled in the bulky fabric of Mom jeans.  I’m talking about the jeans that are so low they’ve caused women to get more extreme bikini waxes.  I’m talking jeans that require special underwear.   I’m talking jeans so low that if a girl wants to make a flirty glance behind her when she’s standing at the bar, and tilts her pelvis forward to take pressure off the lower back, she runs the risk to gliding her mons out of her intentionally ill-fitting skinny jeans.  That’s the species of super low riders that need to be gone forever.

Don’t confuse this for puritanical modesty; I own crop tops, strapless tops, booty shorts, thigh high socks and I rock that shit.  But no standing ass crack for me, thank you.  It’s not right. It’s not cool.  It’s just not sexy.  (Anybody seen Boogie Nights?  No?  Moving on.)

 

2. Overalls

I’m all about being comfortable enough and confident enough in your clothes to go about your business and feel damn good about it.  Overalls accomplish none of this.

First hand experience: when overalls were kind of hot in the 90s, I convinced my mother to buy me one or two at sharp discounts at the Gap Outlet we used to frequent.  My mother was extremely opposed to the purchase; she wanted to see me in sequins and floral print and pastels and gold hoops.  I felt way too androgynous to pull off this ultra fem frill and wanted to look less like I was pretending to be “womanly.”  With my boyish, prepubescent thinness it felt so tacked on and mismatched.  So she got these overalls for me after I hunted through the clearance rack.

I only wore them maybe a dozen times.  And I don’t think I ever actually wore them out.  They made my skinny upper body look a whole new level of emaciated as the lower ¾ of my body was swaddled in loose-fitting light tan cloth.  And they weren’t even comfy.  You don’t entirely realize this until you’ve already cut the tags off, but sitting or moving the wrong way for the un-brassiered is painful in overalls.  Metal rivets perfectly aligned to slam into sensitive, budding nipples.  I avoided hugs at all cost in them.

Seriously, next time you want to buy something, think about your nipples.  Show some conscientiousness.  They deserve it.

 

3. Platform Sneakers

 

I also begged my Mom for these and got them, much to her chagrin.  What could I do: I was a girl in the throws of puberty, Spice Girls, girl power, and Sketchers, which were growing in popularity at an absurd speed amongst my 5th grade girlfriends.  I got a pair of drool-worthy (well, at the time) silver Sketchers with a ~3 inch platform.  They were flashy and rad in the box.  On my feet….they were…well, I could barely walk in them.  Coming out of my rail-like legs, my small feet appeared enormous in these monsters – giving me the look of a big lollipop that fell on the floor and stuck.  And, of course, I was too bashful to wear anything flashy out.

It also didn’t help that whenever I put them on my Dad would giggle and call them “Frankenstein shoes.”  Yeah.  Great.

I am a fan of platforms as they take some of the strain off of the front of the foot in high heels.  I am a fan of sneakers because they get the job done.  Never the two shall meet.  I have already decided that if I want to get my Spice Girls on again, I’m searching for a Union Jack dress.

Who am I kidding…I googled that last week. 

GET OUT OF MY DREAMS AND INTO MY LAUNDRY BIN

 

4. Bell-Bottoms

Allow me to clarify a bit.  Not talking about boot cut.  Not talking about the occasional hippie pair of bell-bottoms or flares you have in your closet if you want to mix up your look with a 70s vibe.  I’m talking about back in the early 2000s when they were SO “hot” that you could NOT find a pair of pants as a young girl that weren’t flared.  We need options, damn it.  Literally, you were either wearing bell-bottoms or mini skirts ten years ago.  Or no bottoms at all.  The girls who chose the latter were the most popular girls in middle school.

Looking back, this is genius from the seller/supplier’s standpoint.  Young girls are growing out of pants all the damn time and it’s even harder to get away with wearing a pair that are an inch too short if they’re bell bottoms because the curvature makes it 2000x more obvious.  Goddamnit.

Why is January Jones wearing the flares she had when she was 12?

All I can say is thank the Lord that online shopping is taking over as far as clothing is concerned.  If you don’t like what’s popular, you can easily seek your tried and true cuts and shapes online until the next big trend sweeps the stores clean and renders whatever schlock didn’t work for you as dated.

Buy what works for you.  Learn from your regretful purchases.  That advice is NEVER dated.

And if you don’t have a good eye for what flatters your figure or coloring – listen to the advice of a few trusted friends (especially your slightly older friends) and your parents.  If they’re ALL remaining very quiet and awkward when you model a green tube dress or dark purple lipstick, it might not be the right look for you.

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1. Via The Simply Luxurious Life

2. Via Pinterest

3. Via A {LITTLE} DASH OF ASH

4.  Rivulets Quilt in Cobalt from Anthropologie

5. Via A {LITTLE} DASH OF ASH

6. Blouse from Revolve Clothing

7. Via hopeful realist

 

Some cobalt colored items to add to your closet:

 

1. T-strap mini wedge from Madewell

2. Aqua Liner from Sephora

3. Essie in Mezmerised

4. Essential long-sleeve V-neck T from Gap

 

Featured image via Pinterest

February 19, 2013

Liking the Looks of: Cobalt