My Wardrobe Essentials

To create the perfect wardrobe, you must first know what you need. For me, I need pieces that can be worn tons of different ways, dressed up or down. Here are my must-have items.

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Denim Shirt

Whether they are tucked in or layered, I love my denim shirt. The cool blue color matches everything.

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A-line Skirt

My favorite silhouette, the a-line skirt accentuates the waist. Perfect for cropped sweaters or tucked in tees.

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Ankle Boots

My favorite style of shoe ever, ankle boots bring a little edge to your outfit. A short, and quiet heel, is a must for me.

What are your essentials pieces?

Christmas OOTD

On Christmas morning do not expect me in anything more than pyjamas, but by the time Christmas dinner rolls around I will be fully dressed and ready to be merry.

I like to dress up but still be comfortable.

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OOTD for Christmas

Dress from Hot Topic

Blazer from Willow Boutique

I will pull on my black heels if I go out, but for around the house, black flats are fine. If it is cold out black tights might add a little warmth.

For jewelry, festive earrings and a black and red bead bracelet are perfect.

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Christmas Accessories

Happy Holidays!

Thrifting Finds 12.24.15

My brother and I were supposed to be running errands but when we saw that the rarely open local antique store was open we just had to stop.

Having grown up with an appreciation for music and vinyl records, we both started digging through the hundreds of albums.

Once we got past all the Elvis and Johnny Cash we found loads that we loved. I found Alice Cooper ($7) for my brother and some Def Leppard ($4). I almost screamed when I found Fleetwood Mac Rumors ($8), which has been on my wishlist for ages. My brother and I both loved Michael Jackson’s Thriller ($20) and I grabbed it. I also got Kansas Leftoverture (free) even though it was pretty scratched up. It will look great on my record shelf (built by my brother.)

We spent, at least, an hour in the store and actually came back with my mother to show her the hanging lamp ($35) we thought she might like.

Overall, it was a good day.

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Vintage records to add to the collection.

Book Club – Dec. 2015

“What’s it going to be then, eh?” – A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

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Invisible Bookshelf from Urban Outfitters

Let’s start with a big thank you to my brother for helping me put up my invisible bookshelf yesterday. If you saw my posters you would quickly realize that level is not in my vocabulary.

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

This month I only read one book for pleasure, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. I saw the very strange but visually striking movie of the same name in October and once I learned that it was a book I knew I had to read it. I often find that if a movie is a bit strange and sometimes confusing the book helps fill in the gaps.

A Clockwork Orange is about a teenage boy named Alex who goes out and commits crimes with his friends at night in the dystopian world they live in until he is betrayed and arrested. After spending two years in jail, Alex goes through an experimental reform that changes him. The book makes you really think about what it means to have a choice.

“Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?” – The Jail Priest

I love how the book uses a unique form of  rhyming slang from the teenagers  (I find it more beautiful compared to modern slang) and Alex, or Your Humble Narrator, describing the events of his youth to you. The edition I bought has an extra chapter at the end that was originally left out of the American version. I suggest you stop before the last chapter and think about the book as a whole before reading on. It is incredible to see how one more chapter can change the meaning of the book.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This month I bought Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I have been wanting to get this for away. I ended up getting it so I could qualify for free shipping on Amazon. I love the cover art and cannot wait to get started on the book.

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The next book I am going to read is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  I am less than a hundred pages in and I am already in love. The author describes things so that I feel like I am in the main characters head and her narration just has a calming effect to it. Bees are one of my favorite animals so that is a big bonus. I am sure after this one I will read more of Kidd’s books.

That is all for this month’s book club. What are some of your book suggestions?