Cornell's Miniatures

In my writing class the other day, we discussed an essay by Michael Chabon, "Wes Anderson's Worlds".  In his essay, he discusses the idea of emotional scale and whimsicality found within in Wes Anderson's films and also found in Joseph Cornell's miniatures.  Before reading this essay, I had never heard of Cornell, so I looked up his boxes and they are amazing.




After seeing these boxes, I thought, how could these boxes not be related to Wes Anderson and his films?  They are beautiful even though they are made out of broken pieces-- whimsical and wonderful.  Cornell's boxes make me wonder why he chose these clippings to include and why he didn't do something else for a certain box.

In a sense, they totally capture the imagination we strive to get back from our childhood and I love that.

Have you heard of Cornell's boxes?  What do you think about Wes Anderson?


#ManiMatch by Sally Hansen

Last weekend my roommate and I got invited to go to Sally Hansen's Pop-Up shop in SoHo and we were super excited.  I mean who doesn't want a free manicure right?  But, seriously, this was life changing.

In all fairness, I have never been huge fan of Sally Hansen-- I have always been more of an Essie girl myself-- but, as I said before, this event changed me.  Their new miracle gel polish is literally that, a miracle.  

My nail polish always chips even when I get it done professionally, but Sally Hansen's gel polish doesn't chip at all.  It lasted me for a week and a half and would have lasted longer had I not picked at it myself.  Plus, the color selection is great.  They even have an app that you can use to find the perfect shade for your skin called ManiMatch, which we used at the event to find our shade.

So, if you have had your doubts about Sally Hansen, give them a second chance because they are working miracles people!


The College Experience So Far

 Me and my friends went out to Times Square at midnight-- seriously you should try it sometime if you are ever in NYC with friends!

College in word, WOW.  There are so many feelings going on inside me right now-- stress, love, anxiety, joy, sadness.  Seriously, I sound like Inside Out haha.  But, I do love college, a lot more than I thought I would actually.

It has been an interesting experience to say the least.  I think the thing I was most worried about was finding friends because back home I had such a limited pool of people to choose from.  I was also terrified I run against the same issue back home-- I didn't really get along well with everyone because I was just so different.  However, I am happy to report, I have so many friends and I love them dearly.
Lots of people say they meet their greatest friends in college and it is so true.  There are quite a few people I have met here whom I know will be great friends throughout my life.  They have already gotten me through so much and I am so grateful for them.

As far as the school aspect of college, I love acting.  The homework is fun and interesting and gets me thinking about things.  I'm not a fan of my one academic writing class though.  It's kind of a pain in the a** just because the material is seemingly pointless.  Luckily I only have one year of it, so I can push through!

Lastly, missing home.  I do miss home, a lot more than I would hope to actually.  I miss my parents, my friends, and, of course, Seth's family.  But, I am happy here and I know that I can make it through because they will always be there for me when I come back!

How is college for you so far?


Stressed, Depressed, but Well Dressed

Stressed, depressed, but well dressed: what a wonderful statement to live by.  This past weekend and the beginning of this week has been so stressful.  I have had a lot going on in my life that I didn't expect and not in a good way.

It is so hard to try to keep composed when the world you've known comes crashing down around you.  For two days I didn't feel like eating.  I cried until 3 in the morning on Sunday night.  It was shit, total shit.  Then I came to a realization-- Whatever happens happens.

I can't change what people think or what people do, but I can change the way I think and my outlook on life.  So, although the going may get tough, I am ready for whatever comes my way and I will handle it with grace.

But for now, here is a great song from 2011 that seriously helps me vent... sorry if it is a little racy.


Seeing Fall with Warby Parker

I love Warby Parker and I am more than excited to be sharing their new fall line with you all today!  They have some gorgeous new frames including a few red pairs that I am kind of obsessed with.  To give you some eyeglass inspiration for the fall, I am pairing several of the new frames with some great fall outfits!

 You can shop their entire line of eyeglasses and they have an at home try on service that is completely free-- you just pick a few pairs you like and they ship them straight to your house!

Also, for every pair you buy, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to someone in need.  So, if you are looking for some new glasses for the fall, you should definitely check out Warby Parker!


Forgot to Post...

I got so caught up in packing for NYC, I totally forgot to share these wonderful pictures!!  Before I left, I helped the kids get ready for their first week of school, which included taking my favorite girls shopping.  We went to the mall and picked out some great outfits, which I am so happy to share with you now :)

For Hannah, we went with a cute chambray top layered over a lace tee with some white shorts (first picture).  It was such a great outfit for the first day of school and was perfect for her sporty, yet girly personality.

Esther opted for more of a street style option.  We found an awesome New York City cat t-shirt-- of course me, the crazy cat lady, loved this shirt haha.  We added some pink shorts and jean jacket to polish of the look!

It was so much fun to style my girls for their first day.  You would not believe how much I miss them!!

How did you style your kids for school?


Gingham for Fall

I love, love, love the red and oxblood hues I am seeing this fall...so, of course, I had to buy this red gingham skirt from Anthro.  To be honest, I wasn't going to buy the skirt until my roommate said I really should invest in it.  I am so glad I listened to her. 

This skirt is probably one of the most versatile skirts I have seen in a while.  It is a great fit on anyone and can be worn from season to season.  I mean seriously, just think about it.  A picnic in a park during the spring; tights and closed toed heels in the fall/winter months.  Such a great piece!

What is your investment piece this season?



September Anthro Edits

Gosh it feels good to sit down and write some Anthro edits. These edits are probably my favorite posts to write, as I love styling pieces and giving my readers some fashion inspiration for the month!  And, of course, Anthro has done it again and I am loving all of the great fall pieces they are coming out with.

Okay, so much to talk about here.  First of all I am loving red and maroon for the fall.  They are beautiful colors for any skin tone and, honestly, can be worn anytime of the year.  I especially love adding a little pop here or there to bring some color into an outfit-- look to the cloche hat to do just that!

Another great investment piece in general, a black dress.  This is one of the pieces I justified buying because, gasp, I have no black dresses.  They are such an essential to any wardrobe and I really like the style and fit of the black dress above.

Last, but most certainly not least, the cat mug and the bird tote.  My style is super vintage and eclectic, so anything with an animal on it, you have me sold!  The bird tote is also on sale right now with and extra 30% off and, though I have not caved, I really want it.  If any of you want to send it to me, please do haha ;) 

What are you loving from Anthro this fall? 

P.S. A quick update: the no-shopping is going great!!  Other than a few essentials, I have been so good about not buying, probably because I have been so busy!!). 


My New Home

Wow does it feel weird to sit down and write again-- weird in a good way of course.  Over the past week and a half I have been moving into my dorm in NYC and I just haven't had any time to sit down and write a good post on my blog, but don't worry, I am back at it again!!  I am hoping to post a few times a week if not every day, so look out for some posts from the big apple :)

For now, here is a little tour of my dorm!  I must say I have quite a great dorm and a great view of the city-- I couldn't ask for anything more, except maybe a visit with Seth because I miss him so much!  Seriously, it is so weird not having him to go to all the time, but, anyway, here is my new home!

Isn't it just great??  My desk area is a little messy still, but I don't really use it, so I haven't take much chance to clean it up haha.  I love my dorm though and I am so happy to be in such a great city!!

How was your first week of college?  Any one else want to share some dorm room inspiration? 


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