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Modcloth Popsicle Dress + Thrifted Cardigan

Modcloth popsicle print dress and thrifted cardigan

I have to be honest with you. I don't...love popiscles. Don't get me wrong. I like them, I really do. They're great on hot summer days, and I can't deny that they're refreshing. That said, when it comes to dessert, I prefer chocolate. When it comes to frozen treats, I prefer ice cream. And when it comes to refreshing things on hot days, iced coffee is my jam. So I'm not quite sure how I ended up not only in love with this dress, but with multiple popsicle art prints on my wall. They're so cute and colorful, I suppose I just naturally gravitated toward them as "art" despite them not being my favorite. It's even more surprising considering that my friends had a joke in college about me revolving around popsicles. As you might remember, I went to school in Illinois, and questions about me being from California came up immediately and often. So immediately that one friend asked if my "popsicles melt" the moment I met him. You know, like the Katy Perry song. I'll never live it down, but I'll embrace it with this dress. 

Other than thinking and talking too much about popsicles, life is great right now. Work is busy, and I just found out that I'll be going to Palm Springs for a conference in a couple of weeks. My parents and Jon's parents are meeting for the first time this weekend, so I'm a little nervous. Fingers crossed that they become best friend like they have in my imagination.

Also, there is something VERY exciting and wonderful coming to the blog on Monday! If you like women's rights, free things, and doing good, keep an eye out.

Pink Gingham Skirt + Collared Top

This is the only pink thing I own so I am officially dubbing this my Valentine's Day outfit. I actually really like pink these days, but it doesn't work well with my hair so I don't often buy clothes in the color. This skirt though? I can definitely get behind this skirt. ...I've written these exact things before, haven't I? I'm sure I have. Regardless, I couldn't help but do a little bit of themed dressing for the holiday, even if I don't do much to celebrate. I definitely enjoy it more ever since being in a happy relationship, but Jon and I don't really make it into a thing. 

The biggest reason we don't do much for Valentine's Day is because our anniversary if February 8th, so we do our celebrating early. Last week marks two years together, but seeing as we've known each other for nine years, it always feels like much longer. We went to Balboa Island yesterday (as we did last year and do for most special occasions) and had a lovely time looking at our dream houses and eating at Ruby's on the pier. That and spending too long trying to work up the nerve to ask a stranger to take our picture. We're both terrible at that. I always feel weird getting too cheesy here, but I'm can't explain enough how happy I have been the last two years. I'm even happier now considering we live together and don't have to say goodbye at the end of the night. Things are good now, guys. Like disgusting good that makes me want to throw up, but so good that I'm talking about it anyway. Please forgive me.

Three Easy Things No. 3

For this week's Three Easy Things - my ongoing political series of easy ways to stay active for newbies - I tapped my good friend Jessica from Midwest Muse. If you're a longtime reader, you know that Jessica is one of my nearest and dearest friends from the blogging world, and it's not often that I do a guest series without asking her to contribute. Jessica has been politically active for far longer than I have, and seeing her opinions have kept me motivated. She's shared three incredibly easy things that you can do to keep the momentum going this week if you want to "stay woke" as I hear the young kids are saying. Resisting comes in big forms and small forms, and these are some simple things you can do in your free time.

1. Think local: It's easy to think about politics on a larger scale because we're dealing with a large scale political problem. It, however, is incredibly easy to get involved at a city or state level. Here are a few ideas: call your senators, attend City Council Meetings, or connect with the local Democrat office. Find local activist groups or organize a group in your community -- 'cause I bet there are people just like you looking to get involved! Think about what is important to you in your city and do whatever it is you can to help.

2. Keep the conversation going: Whenever I read an article or see a Tweet that would open up a dialogue with a friend -- I send it to them. It's good to keep your friends in the know. My friends have started sharing relevant articles and pieces of information with me as well. We have now created a perpetual circle of sharing knowledge and continuing the conversation. It's important to never stop talking. When we stop being informed or sharing information, we stop caring.

3. Read up on American politics/history: History wasn't necessarily one of the most fun classes to take in high school, but having a solid understanding of American history and our government is vital. I'd like to think that I still know EVERYTHING, but I surely don't. I've been browsing this LOC page. There are plenty of resources out there, find a political/government related topic that interests you, and educated the hell out of yourself. (It'll also make what's happening seem even crazier.)

You can follow Jessica on her blog, her Twitter, or Instagram. If you'd like to contribute to the series, please shoot me an email at room334blog@gmail.com.

Monteau Dress + Pink Cardigan

I'm a little disappointed in both the weird lighting I experienced yesterday and my lack of expertise with photography/editing because I don't think these photos do this dress justice. It's from Monteau, but I found it at Saver's for $5 recently. It's so fun and feminine, and it's making me realize that I need more items with bows. It has been slightly warmer lately, which means that I've already shed the tights most days. I love fall/clothing, but I've realized that most of my cute shoes are sandals. Maybe I just need to buy more closed-toe shoes? Yeah, that works.

Most of my weekend was spent finally arranging my gallery wall in my living room. I've been collecting cute prints for years, but I haven't had a permanent enough home to hang them in until now. I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on frames, but my sister-in-law gave a bunch that she was getting rid of, which gave me the perfect excuse to make an IKEA trip and pick up just a few more. I still have quite a few prints to get frames for, but I at least succeeded in getting enough up for an actual gallery wall. It's really all I've ever wanted. You can take a look over on my Instagram. Then you can suggest more cute prints for me to be if you're into enabling people's bad habits.

Three Easy Things No. 2

(Photo credit: Ulysses Curry)

For this week's installment of Three Easy Things, I asked my old blogger pal Marlen to help out. Marlen is a writer for Bustle and extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the issues currently facing our society, so I knew that she would put together a great list of easy ways to be active this week. Naturally, she didn't disappoint. Marlen has also created a Facebook for those looking to defend Planned Parenthood and all other human rights, which has been more than helpful for a newbie like me. If you have any interest in being added to the group, please feel free to comment or shoot me an email (room334blog@gmail.com) if we're not already Facebook friends.

Without further ado, here are Marlen's three easy things you can do this week:

1. Follow vocal people in minority groups: Issues that have long time been bubbling in our history are taking center stage now, and in order to be a good ally you need to have a good handle on what they're experiencing first hand. 

Reading news articles is a good way to start, but hearing from these members directly is even better. Hop onto Twitter and follow people of color, Muslims, Native Americans, trans women and men, members of the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, and disabled people - anyone that you're fired up to stand with. Often times they give you free, valuable information through Twitter threads on what their communities are experiencing, and how you can help them. And most importantly, they give you a detailed account of how they're experiencing discrimination and how you yourself might actually be part of the problem. It's a valuable lesson. Here are some excellent people to follow to start you off:

Native American woman: @sydnerain
Muslim woman: @hodakatebi 
Asian American man: @wilfredchan

2. Join groups that will hold you accountable: Whether that's joining a secret Facebook group that creates action steps for its members, or simply joining an email newsletter that will send you the most pressing action steps to your mailbox, join a community that's going to keep you active. If you're just joining the activist movement, it can feel overwhelming trying to find all the information you need - below are some great resources to sign up to to get you started:

Women's March 10 Actions, 100 Days challenge: Link
5 Calls: Link
Jennifer Hoffman's weekly checklist: Link

3. In terms of the Muslim ban: If you don't agree with the Muslim ban but feel helpless with how to help, begin by getting active in your own community. Start at a local level and you'll quickly learn that you have the power to make a difference and help stand for your neighbors. See if there's a refugee shelter you can volunteer at, join an Arab action network on Facebook so you can get notifications on what they need from their allies (ex: this is one of the Chicago networks,) and hop onto the events page on Facebook and see if there are any fundraisers or protests that would need your attendance. While it's important to call your representatives and urge them to push against the ban, it's just as crucial you start helping in your community, too. 

For more helpful links and motivation, you can follow Marlen on Twitter, @marlenkomar.

If you'd like to contribute to this series, please send me an email. I'd love to get more voices and opinions!

Apricity Eve Dress + Brown Wedges

What's this? An actual outfit post with photos taken outdoors? What are the chances? I hung out with Erica on Saturday, and it was the perfect opportunity to actually take a cute dress out of my apartment for the first time in a while. We met up in Burbank for brunch and thrifting, and it was as wonderful as it always it when I see her. We both found some cheap thrifted finds, and I got my first lipstick from the Besame store. We also visited Ashley at the Pinup Girl boutique for her last day of work. I hadn't seen Ashley in over a year, but it felt like no time had passed. Erica and I had never been in the PUG boutique, so we had a ton of fun getting to see all of the gorgeous items in person finally. Even if I'm too cheap to actually buy anything from there. I'll just settle for swooning over Ashley's wardrobe for now.

I got this Apricity dress recently after staring at it for months, but I had been waiting until it was warm enough to wear without tights. I sized up, as I usually do with button down items, and while it's a little big in the shoulders, it was a good call. I have such a weakness for Apricity items, and this one is no exception. I think everyone has their brands that they remain loyal to, and Apricity is definitely mine. I can't get enough of it.

Kitchen Outfits

Dress, cardigan: Thrifted / Boots: American Eagle

What's a girl to do when she's lazy and busy, but still likes sharing outfit photos? Take them real quick in the kitchen, obviously. I haven't been posting outfits on this blog as much lately, mostly due to the "cold" and rain, but I've still been sharing them on Instagram. On the off chance you haven't seen these there, here's a short little recap of what I've been wearing. I know you've been on the edge of your seat waiting.

Dress: Modcloth via swap / Cardigan: Thrifted / Necklace: c/o Rocksbox / Flats: Target

Dress: Modcloth via swap / Jacket: Old Navy / Boots: American Eagle