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Early V-Day

I can't say that I really care that much about Valentine's Day, but I also can't pass up the opportunity to dress for the occasion. My anniversary with Jon was last week, so we usually spend more time celebrating that the week before everything gets super crowded. This year, we celebrated a bit early so I could take a day off from work, and we went to Balboa Island, as we do every year. And as it is every year, it was a perfect day. It's crazy to think that we've been together three years, but it's also crazy that it's only been three years. I'm so excited for even more anniversaries and Valentine's Day to come with him. (I usually hate writing anything cheesy, but he's made me soft. Damn him!)

While we aren't doing anything big on V-Day this year, I still had use it as an excuse to break out a little red dress. I got this one off of Amazon before Dapper Day last year, and it has to be one of my most comfortable, stretchiest dresses. A true score in my book. I know that I accidentally over-saturated it while editing, but it's late and I'm too tired to re-do them. So enjoy my overly saturated photos and 10 p.m. ramblings. It's past my bedtime, okay?

In Movie Pass news, we also saw Coco the day we celebrated our anniversary and cried our eyes out (not really, but I did tear up). Last weekend was The Post, and while it wasn't my favorite of all of the movies I've seen lately, I still enjoyed it. 

In non-movie pop culture news, I started watching Altered Carbon with my friend and I hate that I have to wait for him to watch more. I also have been binge watching Psych lately, and my latest podcast obsession is Atlanta Monster, just like everyone else. 

Dress: Amazon (similar and similar)
Cardigan: Thrifted
Clutch: Alice Nightingale (exact)
Shoes: B.A.I.T. (exact)

Flat Tires and Thrifted Gems

Not only am I finally back with another post, I'm also finally back with an entirely thrifted look. It had been a little bit since I had been thrifting, so I decided to go on Saturday and it turned into quite the trip. On my way there, a car pull up next to me at a red light and honked their horn to get my attention. I thought I hadn't left them enough room to turn right so I started moving, and they motioned for me to roll down my window. It was a middle aged couple, and they let me know that they noticed that one of my tires was flat. I hadn't noticed anything, so how lucky was that they took the time to let me know? Luckily, I was about a block away from the store I was going to, and yes, I still went inside and shopped. No regrets. 

I apparently don't know how to take care of myself (or at least I'm clueless with cars) so I called my dad, who was with my brother. My brother came to my rescue with my dad's AAA card, and even though there was a nail in the tire, the tire shop we took it to was super nice and patched up for free. Phew. I've had the worst luck with my car - in the past year my battery died, someone backed into me, my brakes wore out, and someone hit it in a parking lot. I'm thankful that I'm at least safe AND still got to go thrifting. On the bright side, I had one of the best thrift trips I've had in ages. This top is actually a dress that I hated the skirt on, but I seriously adore the top of it, which means that I obviously had to get it just to wear as a top. The best find though? These red heels in perfect condition that I scored for $7. Hell. Yes. 

Let's Chat With: Posh Park Creative + Enter to Win a Pair of Ears

I'm so excited to share one of my new favorite Etsy shops! I've been pretty clear about how much I've gotten into Disney again ever since I got my Disneyland pass this past year, and I've been obsessively looking at ears on Etsy. One of the best shops I've found by far has been Posh Park Creative. Stephanie, the maker behind the store, creates such magical, intricate pieces that each feel special. Plus, she was kind enough to answer a few questions and offer a pair of her ears to one lucky winner. Get to know more about the shop and keep reading until the bottom to enter to win a pair of ears of your own! 

Q: How and when did you start your shop?
A: I opened my shop in 2015, but didn’t really start selling merchandise until June of 2017. I thought about selling holiday wreaths, but I wasn’t totally passionate about it. Then one day a fellow Disneyland annual pass holder gave me an idea.

Q: How did you learn how to create Disney ears?
A: One day I saw a girl at Disneyland with a pair of autumn ears, kind of Dia de los Muertos-inspired ears. I went crazy looking for them and when I realized the parks don’t sell them, I decided to make my own. I didn’t know how but I bought a glue gun and went to town. Several burns later, I had a cute pair of ears!

Q: What is it about handmade ears that you think attract Disney lovers over ears from the the parks? 
A: I think handmade ears are more specific to the characters we love. I really like some obscure characters like Brer Fox or Gus Gus from Cinderella. Try finding those in the Park! 

Q: How would you describe the Posh Park Creative customer?
A: I think Posh Park Creative customers are looking for the same thing: specific characters, something a bit unique and very feminine. I can’t speak for all of my customers, but I feel like the flowers and the vines on the Aurora Ears for example, are very fairy tale-ish. Very Disney. Not so commercial.

Q: Why do you think it's important for people to support small businesses such as yours?
A: In such a fast-paced world like we live in, with a lot of devices we are constantly tuned into, it’s nice to pause and connect with our creative sides. That could be anything from creating something yourself, to crafting your own special style. Small businesses keep something special alive.

Q: What is your favorite ride (or rides) at Disneyland?
A: My favorite ride at Disneyland is Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride! Fantasyland is my favorite land, but it’s a close race with Haunted Mansion and New Orleans Square!

Q: Do you have any favorite pieces in particular in your shop?
A: My favorite piece in my shop is the Cinderella pair. It’s the first Disney movie I ever saw and fell in love with!

Enter through the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win your choice of ears from Posh Park Creative! Giveaway is open until midnight on 01/24. U.S. entries only. Good luck!

Dressing Professionally with Vintage Inspired Style

In case you're not aware, I work for an eCommerce consultancy. My office is small and extremely laid back, but about once or twice a week, I'm attending client meetings at large clothing brands and retailers' offices. All of this begs the question: what's a gal with vintage-inspired style supposed to wear? I've seen plenty of how "to dress professionally in your 20s" articles, but I've seriously been struggling with having a creative job and maintaining my personal style. I'm in a position where I don't have to wear typical professional clothes like blazers, but it also doesn't feel appropriate to wear puppy dresses and ice cream skirts. To make matters more complicated, I'm pretty young for the position I'm in and often meeting with way more experienced people, which means that I don't want to go out of my way to look younger.

I've been thinking a lot about this lately, and I feel like I've started to do a better job of buying items that feel like "me," but still make me feel like I can be taken seriously if an eComm executive stops by our office (which honestly could happen any day). I have a feeling others might be in a similar position, so I've put together a few tips I've picked up anyone else in that very specific niche of "dressing professionally in a creative job as a modern vintage girl":

Puppy Dress Addict

What's up, first post of 2018? I'm running on a new year high of new motivation and new clothes. I hadn't purchased anything new in a couple of months to prepare for Christmas...and then I immediately bought a ton of items during sales the day after Christmas. I have no self control, but I'm stoked about the new items I got so I'm not even that mad at myself. My favorite item by far is this puppy dress for obvious dress. You may remember that I have another puppy dress so it should come as no surprise that this one is also from Dangerfield Clothing. Have you ever seen a dress more perfect? I'm so happy with how this one fits, although if you're considering buying it, I'd add that it's runs a little large, particularly in the chest. I highly recommend it.

Of course, if you follow me on social or caught the end of my last post then you already know my biggest news of the year so far. I launched a pin shop! It's called We Said Shop, and I'm running it with my brother, Lucas. After being so into pins, I had the idea to create my own sometime last year. I wanted to make ones that I'd like wearing - pins with quotes from my favorite TV shows - but work got hectic, and I never made it happen. Fast forward to a few months ago, Lucas had started getting into pins as well, and he asked if I still wanted to start a shop. We decided to do it together, and it's been such a blast coming up with designs and working on all of the business aspects. We just launched last week with three designs based on our favorite shows: The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Arrested Development. I'm so excited to see our store grow! If you haven't already, please check out the shop and follow us on social!  

2017 Recap

Where did this year go? The past few months have been so busy that I feel like I completely put the rest of the year out of my mind. Looking through old posts for this one, I had completely forgotten about some moments and some outfits. But alas, here we are. All in all, 2017 was pretty stellar for me personally even though the world continued to go to shit. I didn't keep up my blogging quite as much as I had hoped, but I actually wrote more than I had originally thought. More importantly, I think I finally learned to let go a little bit. While I'd love to be blogging twice a week as I once did, it's just not plausible for me right now. I'm happy to say that, while I'd love to keep to a schedule, I finally let myself feel okay about blogging sporadically whenever I get around to it. As I've mentioned, I still love my routine of shooting outfit photos every weekend, but it's nice to feel like it's not the end of the world if I only write actual blog posts once a month. 

Other than finally not being so hard on myself, quite a few other great things happened this year for me too:

  • Participated in the Women's March
  • Hosted a feminist giveaway + fundraiser with Lisa and over 20 other small businesses
  • Went to Palm Springs for a conference
  • Got a raise and continued to grow at work and love what I do + learn a ton of new skills
  • On that note, helped my company grow and watch it gain more and more notable clients
  • Visited my friends and family in Illinois and Iowa
  • Went to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time
  • Got a Disneyland pass and had the best time going almost weekly
  • Attended the Magic trade show in Vegas
  • Got more politically educated. I still have a LONG way to go, but it's a start.
  • Celebrated two years with Jon (and coming up on three in February!)
  • Turned 25
  • Picked up a complete stranger from the airport. And by that, I mean met Jessica in person finally and had an amazing weekend exploring and drinking way too much coffee with her.
  • Visited the Museum of Ice Cream with Erica
  • And while we're on it, had a bunch of fun adventures with Erica in general
  • Met Angelyne and rode in her pink corvette, which was insane
  • Continued to work on our side passion projects at work, like launching Blank My Life (which Jon modeled for) + continuing to grow Blockthreads
  • Went to Dapper Day Expo in the spring
  • Supported a bunch of my favorite small businesses and grew my pin collection
  • Embraced color in my wardrobe
  • Celebrated five (!!) years of blogging
  • Explored more places and restaurants in Orange County than ever
  • Got even more into cooking
  • Saw Fleet Foxes in concert
  • Met some of my favorite Internet friends in person (like Hanh, Laura, and more!)
  • Learned to let go of toxic friendships/people who don't put in the effort, plus made countless memories with people I care about

Some of my top movies this year (as like last year, it's hard to put this together before seeing all of the Oscar movies): Baby Driver, The Big Sick, The Disaster Artist, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, Get Out, Okja, and more

Some of my favorite TV shows this year: Game of Thrones, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Good Place,  Stranger Things, Fargo, Master of None, Good News, Jane the Virgin, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Bojack Horseman, The Handmaiden's Tale, Better Call Saul, GLOW, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Rick & Morty, Bob's Burgers, Catastrophe, Big Mouth, This Is Us, and more.

Favorite podcasts of the year: My Favorite Murder, Unqualified with Anna Faris, Reply All, My Dad Wrote a Porno, S-Town, Happy Sad Confused, The Nerdist, Homecoming, Dirty John

Given that I don't keep this up all that regularly, I can't begin to express my gratitude for the fact that anyone still reads this little old thing. I can't bring myself to give up blogging because of how many wonderful people it has brought into my life, and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to keep meeting more of you. Thanks for helping make 2017 so great! 

If you're still reading this, you deserve to be the first to know what might be my most exciting news of this year: I'm launching a line of pins and an Etsy store! This has been my biggest goal this year, and I'm over the moon to finally be launching it within the next week. Stay tuned! 

Sisterhood Is Powerful

Hello again! I'm back for a moment because I loved these photos so much that I thought they deserved their own post. My love for Luella has been no secret, but this tee is by far my favorite item from the brand. I've been eye-ing it for a while (especially after Nicole rocked it so perfectly), and it's even more amazing in person. I keep thinking of 2017 as the year I truly embraced wearing color, but it's also the year I embraced T-shirts. I was so adamantly against them for too long, but I've loved learning how to incorporate them into my style. Of course, it helps that there are so many great brands and designers creating cute ones. Seeing as "feminism" is officially the word of the year (though, let's face it, it's the unofficial word of every other year), it seems fitting to be celebrating sisterhood and love these days and all days. It felt like fate to find this "Love Never Fails" wall as well. 

You'd think I would have more of a life update after not posting for a month, but nah. Same old around here. Work is crazy (especially working in ecommerce this time of year), but we had a great Christmas party last week. Jon and I won a Google Home Mini and a PS4! Other than that, I finished all of my Christmas shopping, have been re-watching Bob's Burgers with Jon, have been binge watching Will & Grace for the first time on my own, and I visited a mansion in Beverly Hills with Erica over the weekend. I'm hoping to actually get to another blog post this week so share more about it. I just got Lightroom, so I'm actually pretty excited about taking the time to edit photos again, so maybe it'll happen! I'm also working on a project that will be a HUGE announcement soon, so make sure to be following me on Instagram for that in the next few weeks. I'm so excited, I can barely contain myself.