Twofer Tuesday: monochrome

Happy Tuesday! Continuing on with my "color series," I was trying to think of ways to incorporate even more color into my (mostly black and grey) wardrobe. And monochrome it is.

I think this could work in two ways:

1. use a color that you're comfortable with (for me, that'd be blue), then just litter your outfit with all different shades of that color
source: The Sartorialist

2. use a base color that's considered "neutral" and have it graduate to a non-neutral color
source: pinterest
When doing a monochrome outfit, it never hurts to layer, and texture variety is your friend.


The 90s reemerging

Over the last few months I've read in a few different places about how the 90s are back "in" (check it out here, here, and here). As a child of the 90s, this both excites and horrifies me. Usually when it comes to trends, I try to view them not as "this is what you should be wearing now" and more as "here's something to get you out of your comfort zone; take it or leave it." More times than not, I pass on a trend (at least in the beginning). But how could I do that to my childhood decade? I think the important thing here is knowing when to say yes. And more importantly, when to say no.

I'll be saying YES to:

printed leggings
Because, hey, you only live once, right?
Elephant Paisley LEGGINGS Urban Outfitters

knee-high and over-the-knee socks
Cher did it wonderfully then, but instead I think I'll pair mine with tights/legging and boots on a cold day.

mood rings
Instead of getting mine out of the 25¢ jewelry machine at the skate rink, I'll look for a cocktail ring.

solid tees with blazers
Formerly for men, I'll go with a boyfriend-style blazer and a more fitted shirt. Dance floor not required.

middle part
I'll probably skip the bowl-cut.

Seeing as how I'm from Kansas, flannel never really went "out" of style. But I do love the way Mary-Kate styled hers here. <insert obligatory Kurt Cobain reference>

Best. Childhood. Pasttime. Ever. No swimsuit or boardwalk required.

I was unaware this was never not fashionable...?
Singlehandedly doing more to improve your vocabulary in 2 hours of film than 4 years of high school ever did.

I'll be saying NO to:

scrunchies, especially plaid scrunchies
Between growing up in the 90s and being a gymnast, I've had enough of these to last me 100 lifetimes.

overalls with one strap undone
Will Smith, I adore you, however I do not wish to re-live 2nd grade.

 man tanks
Since I am not a man, technically this does not apply to me; however, I do have a pair of working eyes, and they do not agree with this look.
Even my mother could not force me into these when I was a young'un, so it's doubtful I'll be putting one on voluntarily anytime soon.

hoop earrings
They come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and styles, yet they've never quite tickled my fancy.

sweaters tied around the waist
I feel like this is really all it's good for:

I'm never going there again.
Sorry Kim, even a designer name attached to that won't save you.

Trends with which I will PROCEED WITH CAUTION:

jelly shoes
They've updated the style, but I wonder if they still make your feet smell as bad...?
source RIGHT Steve Madden Swirly Flats

Doc Martens
I had a pair in 7th grade, but I'm feeling pretty "meh" about them.
The 90s are calling...

crimped hair
Because curling iron curls are getting kind of boring (no offense T. Swift). Plus it's a little rock 'n roll. And I can never say no to that.
source source

ripped jeans
Whether you go for a little ripped or a lot ripped (I like them all), make sure everything else is hole-free. You want to look devil-may-care, not homeless.
source source RIGHT American Eagle Jeggings

hair wraps
If you're feeling like you're in a hair rut, go for it! However, I would not take this to the day job...

So how about you? Will you welcome the 90s back with open arms, or are you going to finally make use of those D.A.R.E. assemblies and "just say no"?


Hello, Halloween

As a kid, I always enjoyed Halloween. I mean, dressing up in awesome costumes, free candy, staying up late...what's not to like? Sadly, I believe as I've gotten older, the fun factor has decreased quite a bit. (And I honestly believe that the typical college Halloween party is highly overrated.) I've only celebrated Halloween twice since coming to university: 2007 (my freshman year), and 2009.

In 2007, I just went to the whole Party City store-bought costume route, which turned out to be fine, but totally boring. In 2009, I decided to get more creative. I wanted a cute costume, but I didn't want to go full, you know, Mean Girls-style (aka slutty). I also wanted something original. So I spent weeks (I got a little obsessive) searching online for interesting and unusual ideas for costumes. I finally ended up going with the White Witch from the Chronicles of Narnia series. Personally, I thought it was awesome; however I did have to tell almost everyone who I was supposed to be (everyone who cared, at least). I guess it wasn't as obvious as a nurse or a cop. But it was a lot of fun coming up with a costume!

I'm sure there's a picture out there (somewhere) of me and my amigos that Halloween, but I can't find it. I was never the person who always carried a camera around. Looks like it's finally coming back to bite me.
Anyways, I know there are some pretty good imitations of this look out there, but seeing as I was incredibly broke, I went for a looser (and cheaper) interpretation.
my outfit included: 
silver sequin pumps
silver leggings
white pillowcase (for the dress)
white sweater
white fake fur vest
lots of white frosty makeup
some silver and glass beads for the hair

Seriously, if you ever need a cheap dress that it going to be partly covered up, just buy a pillowcase and cut three holes (two for the arms, one for the head). It's inexpensive and fast and pretty much awesome.

So this year, my geology club (don't laugh, nerds like to get a little crazy too) is possibly getting a Halloween party together. Oh lordy I hope it works out, because I have a few ideas for some simple(ish) and unique costumes.

Obviously, Gene Simmons' The Demon is the most recognizable, but any would be fun and totally doable. Check out their wikipedia page for all the different makeup styles of all the present/former band members (some are really cool!)
The clothing would be easy: lots of black and silver. And can't forget the 80s hair!

the Wicked Witch of the West
Green face paint, all-black clothing, and a hat and broom. Easy!
Seeing as how I'm from Kansas, the whole Dorothy thing gets done a lot. And it's fun and also a good potential costume to put together yourself, but the Wicked Witch would be just as fun, very recognizable, and quite a bit more original.

Here's your chance to show off some killer makeup skills!
This one is a little more common, but it's still not one I see too often in real life. Plus, putting together your own costume is a good way to make it more interesting than just buying one. And heck, I'll use any excuse to do crazy stuff to my hair!

Disney Princess
Not incredibly original, but never a bad idea. There are so many choices! No need to wear a full ball gown to get the look; just go with the same color scheme.

So I like all these ideas, but I'm always looking for something new and seriously out-there. Halloween is the perfect time to get away with crazy hair and makeup, so might as well go all out. Any other costume ideas? If you're dressing up, what/who will you be going as?


More for fall

So the last time I posted about my autumn wish list here it was just the beginning of September. I think there are two phases of fall. The beginning phase is where you start to get excited about wearing cool-weather clothes again. The second phase, which I am fully immersed in at the moment, is when fall is in full swing. This kind of gives me a renewed interest in fall fashion, and of course I have updated my fall fashion list!


I love the look of layers, and if there's anytime to really go all-out with them it's definitely in the fall (and winter). 

cargo jackets

A little long, preferably olive, and with lots of pockets. And men's jackets are a 100% viable option, of course.

metal belts

Would be just as cute over a dress as a big chunky knit sweater. Speaking of which...

cozy knits

Sweaters, shorts, skirts, tights, doesn't matter, I just want some knits! Bonus points if you know how to crochet and/or knit, because then you can tailor-make it and no one will have exactly the same thing as you. Luckily I know how to crochet (thanks Grams!) so I guess I know what I'll be doing during my free time...

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DIY fool's gold earrings

I was at Michaels looking for something totally unrelated to this post when I saw a wonderful little string of pyrite mini nuggets. Being the geology major that I am, I totally nerded out, then proceded to buy said nuggets and make them into some pretty wonderful earrings.

They are very long, very swingy, and all sorts of awesomeness.


Lunar nails, take two

Let me tell you a little story...when I was a sophomore in high school, I had a few flirtations with fashion. One of these times, I decided to paint my nails a dark-ish blue (something between cobalt and navy). I thought it was cute and fun and so much more interesting than the white French tips that where all the rage. So the next day at school one of my guy friends said something like, "Wow, blue nail polish...don't tell me you're going goth on me!" Okay, 1: how do you go from the color blue to goth? I mean, really? And 2: this totally shook my fragile teenage self-confidence and I'm pretty sure I didn't do any fun nails again for a few years.

The point of this (probably boring) story is that I absolutely love how fashion has evolved from, in the case of nail art, something that was really "in" being the only cool thing to do, to now doing whatever the hell you want and not being seen as weird.

So anyways, this little mani is kind of like a cross between a reverse-lunar mani (check it out here) and an Anna-style French mani (aka black tips instead of white). Enjoy!

1. pick your polish / gather your materials
COLORS Sinful Colors Rise and Shine, Petites Night   TOPCOAT Essie No Chips Ahead
ALSO nail polish remover, q-tips, large glass of diet Coke (optional)
>I realized this when I was about 3/4 of the way done that a remover pen would work a lot better/faster than q-tips, so if I do any more manis like this I'll definitely be picking one up beforehand.

2. paint the lower portion one color
No need to be exact, we'll tidy it up soon.

3. paint the upper portion a second color
I used two coats per color.

4. pour a bit of remover into the cap, and shape the polish on nails into a semi-circle shape
This can take awhile, so be patient! Or use a remover pen.
>If you accidentally take off a bit too much polish, use a toothpick dipped in the polish to get very precise color.

5. add topcoat, all done!