Now I’m Stepping Out This Old Brown Shoe, Baby, I’m in Love with You


Hi again, errrybodyyy.
I’ve got something really cool to talk about in this post, so I’m going to do it slightly differently. First, I’ll just show you my outfit. I was channeling a little bit of fifties today with the full skirt and the oxfords (OXFORDS!!!):

Finn wouldn't get out of my shoes pictures.

Finn wouldn’t get out of my shoe pictures.

 Gray flowy top: Clothes swap, free
Olive skirt: Old Navy clearance, $7.99
Leopard scarf: gift from friend
Tan oxfords: Daisy Exchange, $6.50
Silver headband: borrowed from sister
Bronze flower clip earrings: thrift store, $0.99
Outfit total: $15.48

Okay, I have a lot to talk about now! As you might have noticed, I got the cute flowy gray shirt I’m wearing from something called a clothes swap. This was something I’d never heard of until my friend Lyssa invited me to participate in one this week. The idea is fairly simply: a group of friends get together, bring extra clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc. that they don’t want, and put them out for everybody else to look at. If you see something you like, you put a sticky note with your name on it. After everyone has looked over everything, you simply get to take whatever you liked. If there is something that more than person wants, you just flip a coin or something along those lines to decide who gets it.
The swap I went to was an absolute blast and I got some other amazing stuff that you’ll definitely be seeing on here in the future. I think it’s just a fantastic idea, because, I mean, you get rid of stuff you don’t want and get free clothes in return. How can you beat that?!
Now, as I mentioned in my last post, these are the shoes I got the other day that I AM OBSESSED WITH. They are seriously like my ideal pair of oxfords. I love the color and style, and they fit perfectly. They also have a very vintage look, and since they’re not brand new they have a lot of character. And they were SIX FIFTY!! I looked the brand up online (Very Volatile), and these shoes go for like $50-60 when new. It was a bolt of unbelievable favor shown to me by the thrifting gods the day I found these, and in my size to boot.
You’ve seen my skirt before, and my beloved scarf appears repeatedly in this blog. The earrings I’m wearing are probably my favorite, they’re vintage from a thrift store. As you might know, I love bronze and they are a perfect accent to many of my outfits. Another thing I particularly like about them is that they’re comfortable. A problem with a lot of clips is that they have the tendency to pinch and hurt my ears after I wear them too long. That is not a problem with these. They were one of the best 99 cents I ever spent.
So there you have it! I wore this outfit to school today as I picked up my cap and gown. Barely a month until I graduate college, guys. I can’t even believe it:

cap and gownReppin’ the Class of 2013! (And Tottenham, as you can see in the background of my room, even though they put up a shameful performance today in the Europa League. Still love my Spurs though!)

PS The title of today’s post comes from this chill Beatles’s Song, Old Brown Shoe.


I Feel Pretty, Oh, So Pretty


Oooooooo, Readers. This will be my spooookiest post yet, because, of course… it’s All Hallows’ Eve! This post will feature some very scary things, including boos and the most terrifying unibrow you’ll probably ever see. It will also feature my favorite outfit to date. So try not to cover your eyes, because there is some exciting stuff to see!
My outfit for this post is one I wore for class on a particularly pretty day when I just wanted to wear something I found particularly pretty. Here it is:
(Photo credit: Katie Schwarz)

Blue patterned dress: Target clearance, $7.48
Black tights: Walmart, $3
Red flats: Target clearance, $7
Grey belt: Came with a pair of pants from Old Navy!
Grey headband: Dollar General, $1
Red and gold ring: Target, $3
Gold heart locket: Christmas gift
Outfit total: $21.48

I’m not going to lie, I am in love with this outfit. I saw this dress at Target and freaked out when I realized it was on sale. I am very fond of the style of gauzy, see through dresses over an underdress. I loved the geometric pattern, the alternation between light and dark blue, and the red and gold accents at the bottom. It just looked so interesting to me, and there are a million different way I can think of to accessorize it.
Another reason I am especially fond of this dress is because I think it is very flattering to my shape. I played soccer for my whole life, and when I finally quit after my freshman year of college, I put on weight that soccer had always kept off. It’s been a little difficult to learn to dress my body in the best way possible with its changes. I think this outfit does an excellent job. The proportions of the dress flatter my best parts and hide the not as best. It minimizes my chest, which is a little generous for how short I am. The A-line flare of the skirt gives me a fuller shape through my hips but cinches in my waist, especially with the addition of the belt, helping to balance everything out.
As for the rest of my outfit, I love dresses with tights and flats. I loved the pop of red from my shoes that picked up in the skirt and echoed in my ring and necklace. Here’s a little closer look at them, by the way:
I love that necklace, which my mom got me for Christmas. It’s really convenient because I can wear it like this, with the red stone showing in the middle, or flipped over as just a plain gold locket, like I did in my post It’s Gonna Be A Long, Hot Summer. You can also see my headband a little better here, since it’s not very noticeable in the other pictures considering it was a typical excessively windy day in Oklahoma and my hair was crazy.
I felt so happy wearing this outfit, and I think you can tell. I completely understand that some days, are just sweatpants days. As a life long soccer player, I had sweatpant months. But I think that dressing up just makes you feel good. But I think that no matter what you wear, if you love your clothes and rock them, your confidence will make you look fabulous. Of course, for me a talented photographer always helps. So of course, a special thanks to Katie Schwarz for her lovely photos, as always!
Now, I promised you boos, so I will now deliver:


I give you my precious baby kitty, Boo-Boo 🙂
As for the terrifying unibrow, I give you my Halloween costume:


Frida Kahlo is not impressed with your Halloween shenanigans. (And in the spirit of my blog, the only thing I bought for this outfit was some red lipstick. Everything I else I already had!)
Finally, my Peeta pin:

Even Frida is impressed by Halloween Peeta.


PS Happy 75th birthday yesterday to my beautiful and wonderful Nana, still as ornery as ever.