Friday, January 23, 2015

Five Year Blogiversary!

Five years is a relatively long time to be doing something, in my opinion. If you were dating someone for five years or you were at a job for five years or you've been a mom for five years, it's a fairly significant milestone. It's half a decade. I've gone through a lot of changes both in regards to life and style in these past five years, and I'm grateful to say that I'm happy with where I am today.

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I'm also very thankful for all the wonderful things this blog has brought me. It brought me wonderful friends, amazing opportunities to work with different people and brands, and it even got me to visit Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It also keeps my creativity going and fuels my love of writing, travel, and photography. I love doing this. I love running this blog and I love everything about it. Even when I feel so behind and like I'm being neglectful. Even when I don't feel like editing pictures or doing a shoot. I still love this blog at the end of the day, and I'm so glad that I decided to start it 5 years ago today.

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It's weird looking back at the person I was five years ago. When you have anniversaries of anything, it's hard not to look back and compare and contrast, to reminisce and sometimes to get nostalgic. I'm really happy with the now, but sometimes I do long for some of the things from the "then". I miss not having to worry as much about figuring things out. I miss when everyone had more free time to just go for drives while blasting music or to all get coffee together. Now everyone has more "career"-esque jobs and not many of my friends are single so while everyone is balancing work and relationships and family and school, it's harder to fit friend time in the mix. I also sometimes miss just the overall feeling of being 20 and on the brink of so many things and choices and opportunities. Not that there aren't still a lot of those, but there's something different about it when you're just out of teenage-hood and still in your undergrad. In a weird way, I miss the angst and also the carefreeness that seemed to emanate from everyone around me. Adolescence and early 20s is a silly thing.

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I want to thank everyone who has supported me and this blog over the years. I want to thank Chris for always braving the weather with me, always being down to go to all the different locations with me, and always wanting to get great pictures. I'm so glad I get to share a passion like this with him. We both love photography, and it's so amazing to share this hobby with him. I'd also like to thank him for this lovely dress from Lindy Bop. He got it for me for Christmas. :)

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I want to thank all the brands who have given me opportunities for collaboration and exposure. I want to thank all my fellow bloggers who are always so supportive and constantly inspiring me and generating amazing ideas and advice. I want to thank my friends who even though we talk every day, they still visit my blog to see what I've got to say and show. They help me with shoots and collaborate with me. I love them for caring so much and for always being there!

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Dress: Lindy Bop//Tights: Simply Vera by Vera Wang//Shoes: LifeStride//Bag: La Regale (I used this for my senior prom!)//Headband: Claire's//Necklace: Gift//Lipstick: NARS
Lastly and most importantly, I want to thank all of you, my readers! Thank you so much for giving my little space of Interwebz a visit and taking a peek into my life and brain. I really appreciate all of you for sticking around and I always appreciate the comments and feedback. It really means a lot to me to be able to connect with so many of you. That's one of the main things I wanted to do with my life and when I wanted to be a writer, what I really wanted to do was to connect with people on an emotional or intellectual level. I wanted to share things with others and this blog has given me that, as it has given me an opportunity to connect with all of you. So thank you all so much for all your support. Here's to another five years with you all, and more! :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January Wishlist

I didn't mean to make this wishlist so Valentine's-related, but when I was putting it together, I realized that it sort of ended up that way. There's a bunch of pink, red, and some hearts and glitter. I'm rarely a pink person, but I love dusty and deep rosy pinks like the shade of the Unique Vintage dress with the mesh overlay. I also love the colors in the Spring berry flower crown from OrangeYouPeachy. This is the Etsy shop who made my holly crown that I wore for Christmas, and I love the style of the crowns. The back is stretchy and just snug enough to not make your hair all bunchy.

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I have a collection of tights, and I am always on the lookout for more novelty prints. I am dying for a pair of anchor print tights. I could only find navy ones, but I'd really love black ones. But hey, you take what you can get. The dinosaur ones from ASOS are AWESOME. Anything with dinosaurs is awesome. The heart print ones from Unique Vintage are cute and would be perfect for V-Day...or any day, really.

The eyeshadow palette is by Too Faced and it's their Return Of Sexy palette. I saw it in person at Sephora a week or two ago, and I loved it. It's SO pretty, and there are so many colors so you could create so many different looks with it. I particularly love the purple and pink shades in the middle. I've been craving more eye shadow in my life, and I've also been craving more glitter in my life. I was looking for glitter that I could put on my eyes that was pretty big and chunky. I came across Urban Decay's Heavy Metal Loose Glitter, and found that it was exactly what I was looking for. I'd love to get it in the gold and white colors. I recently got Lime Crime's Velvetine lip color in Wicked, but I also really want their Salem shade. It's a matte brown color that looks really cool for a darker look.

I really want some new rompers, but they are always hard to come by. They're either too billowy or they have a drop waist or the shorts are so short that my butt hangs out. I found this black one on Forever 21's website, and I love the sheer polka dot sleeves and it doesn't seem to be too short. I've also been loving the whole black and nude color combo, and this dress from ModCloth is really pretty and classic. :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cosmic Dust

I love space stuff. I like to read about space. I like to know watch meteor showers and the like, and I love stargazing. I'd love to be at Kennedy Space Center when there's a launch happening someday! I love going to planetariums and observatories too! So, naturally I love space/galaxy prints. I don't like the patterns to be TOO crazy, but when I saw this Sugarhill Boutique one on ModCloth, I loved it instantly. Purple is my favorite color, and I love that it's the main color in this dress, besides the black, and there aren't too many colors all over the place. It's actually on sale right now, too!

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I actually got this dress around Thanksgiving time, but because of all the holiday outfits and whatnot, I didn't get a chance to do a shoot with this dress. I'm kind of glad I waited, though, because I have been wanting bright metallic silver shoes to wear with it and I finally found this pair at H&M for only $12.95 last week.

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So I've just started my last semester of my graduate program. I am only taking one class and then I graduate in May! The class is over at the end of April, but I probably won't get my actual degree until May or June. I'm so excited to almost be done. School can be enjoyable, but it's just a pain a lot of the time. I will be so glad to not have that extra obligation on me anymore. It will feel so good to not have to worry about assignments and due dates and discussions ever again! WOO! :D To know that I'll never have to not do something fun because I have a paper due is going to feel amazing.

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The makeup I was excited about because I had gotten silver pencil liner to try out for my Christmas makeup, but I ended up liking the super glittery liquid liner better for that. I wanted to do some silvery eye makeup with this dress because silver just reminds me of space in general - the moon, the metal of space shuttles and equipment, space particles, etc. I really like the way the silver liner looked under my eyes. It is a lot more shimmery than I thought! I'm having a lot of fun experimenting more with eye shadows and makeup in general. I'm getting more and more into wanting to play with different colors for both eyes and lips. Limecrime is pretty inspiring for ideas. They are always posting these amazing looks that people create with their products on their social media accounts.

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Not much else is new. Winter is sucking. January and February are the worst months, in my opinion. They are the coldest and they're pretty boring. Nothing really goes on since I don't care about football. There's Valentine's Day, which is nice. I just wish it was in a warmer month because it really limits the different kinds of things you can do to celebrate.

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Dress: Sugarhill Boutique via ModCloth//Jacket: H&M//Tights: Simply Vera by Vera Wang//Shoes: H&M//Eye Shadow: e.l.f.//Lipstick: Revlon
I have a Frozen program coming up at the library, which I'm excited about. I think I'm looking forward to it just as much as the kids. I'm going to have them decorate their own Elsa crowns and sing a-long to the songs. We are even having someone who dresses up as Elsa to come in and surprise the kids! It's going to be awesome and I can't wait to see their faces when she walks in. I really love doing programs at the library. It's so fun to plan something that the kids enjoy and love and that creates a little magic for them. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Honeycomb

This is actually the outfit I wore for Thanksgiving! Talk about belated. I found this dress at Kohl's the same day that I found the blue dress from my Frozen post. It was a lucky day because this dress is so comfortable and it has an awesome pattern! I love the honeycomb shapes and the fact that it's black with nude underneath. Black and nude is always a nice combo when it's done right. This dress is great for holidays too because it's not constricting. You know, so that way I can stuff my face without feeling uncomfortable in my clothes. Win/win.

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I also love this dress because I can pretty much wear any color with it. I loved how the burnt orange looked for a more autumny feel for Thanksgiving, but then I wore it with red for a holiday party last month and it worked with that too! Anything that's versatile and has a high chance of remixability (did I just make that word up?) is definitely a plus.

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There is a very long and involved story regarding this lipstick that I'm wearing. I found it in Kohl's and tried it on and fell in love. I had been trying to find a deep rose color for a while and this was it. Unfortunately, they didn't have any in stock. They only had the tester left and it wasn't available in any of the other local stores, either. So online I went to the Kohl's website where it was in stock. I had a gift card, so I was trying to use that to pay for the lipstick, but it kept getting to the submit my order screen and then saying there was an error putting in the order. I contacted customer service via their Live Chat feature and she figured out that the cart was taking money off of my gift card, but not processing the order. She reimbursed my gift card and then ended the chat. I went to checkout again and the same thing happened. Since it was later in the night, the Live Chat closed after this attempt, so I had to wait until the next day to figure everything out.

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The next day, I called Kohl's so that I could actually talk to someone about what's going on and put my order in via the phone since the website was being buggy. I got a lovely woman to talk to, but she kind of didn't know what she was doing because it was her second day on the job. That's fine. I can understand that. So I'm on the phone with her for about 40-50 minutes while she calls her supervisor over to help her reimburse my gift card. Finally, when everything is all set and she was able to order the lipstick, she told me it was now out of stock. I was so bummed. I noticed that it still said it was in stock on the website and I mentioned this. She said that their website does that a lot and that her system was the most up to date. She said if I ordered it and the order went through, I'd probably just get an e-mail saying that it was out of stock and unable to ship. Disappointed, I hung up with her and stared at my computer screen. I decided to say "Screw it" and order the lipstick with my Kohl's charge card figuring the worst that would happen is that it would just tell me it was out of stock. When I used my charge card to pay, the order went through. I was still doubtful because they could still say they couldn't ship it. A day or two later, I got an e-mail stating that the lipstick had been shipped. THANKS A LOT, KOHL'S LADY. At least she offered me 15% off my next order.

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By this point, I was slightly annoyed. I used my charge card when I had a gift card. I had sat on a phone for a long time to get it resolved only to have nothing resolved. Their whole system/website was completely messed up. But the part that pushed me over the edge was that when I checked my gift card balance...IT STILL HADN'T BEEN REIMBURSED. That was it. I decided to call them again and explain what happened to see if I could get either my charge card reimbursed instead of the gift card. I usually am so anxious and apprehensive about complaining and being THAT customer, but this was ridiculous. When I called, the woman basically told me that she can't credit my charge card and offered me 15% off my next order...again. But she also ended up giving me a credit for the gift card amount that I could use on my next order, but I would have to order by phone the next time to use the code.

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Dress & Belt: Lily Rose//Sweater: Urban Outfitters//Shoes: LifeStride//Lipstick: LORAC Cosmetics
After all of this, I decided to write a complaint in through the Kohl's website, to which the response was an apology and 15% off my next order....AGAIN. My next order ended up being a pair of shoes (the silver ones I wore for Christmas). When I called to order, they said they were out of stock in my size. I called back again and they were in stock. Le sigh. I love you Kohl's, but get your shit together.

Have you guys ever experienced bizarre customer service or website problems while shopping?