golden ticket

TCM is re-releasing Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in theaters this week! I went to one of yesterday's showings, and it's going to be playing again this coming Wednesday. You can check here to see if it'll be playing in a theater near you :)

Saturday night just as I was about to fall asleep I suddenly realized that I had (or at least was 99% sure that I had) a purple velvet dress. I turned on the light, hopped out of bed, and went over to my closet to rummage through my dresses.(If you're not familiar with the movie, you can see why my desire for purple velvet was so urgent right here.) I hadn't had an opportunity to wear this pretty vintage number yet, mainly because it's little big in the shoulders on me, but I had to wear it anyway. It just screams Willy Wonka!

There are certain movies you watch as a kid, only to revisit them and think "maybe I should have left that one in my childhood." But Willy Wonka only gets better each time I see it. I notice quotes I had previously missed, subtle messages or brilliant set-pieces. This time I was acutely aware of how much I enjoyed Gene Wilder's performance as the titular eccentric chocolatier. It might just be one of my favorite movie roles of all time.

dress - vintage | shoes - bait footwear

jungle red

I think this is my favorite (I overuse the word favorite, but I can't find a satisfactory replacement!) from my remix challenge so far. I LOVE the way this top looks over my dress, but I was really puzzled when it came to the shoes. I didn't really feel like the red matched the outfit at first but I also didn't want to add any red accessories because I didn't want to mess with the simplicity. Then it dawned on me -- match my lipstick to my shoes! haha! I need to remember this more often. I mean, it only really works if I need to match something red or pink (and with pink my hair kind of takes care of that) but I think it's such a perfectly subtle way of tying everything together without adding any accessories.

dress - modcloth | top - asos

it it's not broke

Remember a month or two ago when Instagram first announced that they were ditching chronological timelines and everyone frantically asked their followers to turn on notifications? I can't stand the idea of algorithm-based feeds, and I've watched with sadness as the move away from recency ruined facebook and etsy. I still change my search to "most recent" whenever I search on etsy (especially when searching vintage. relevant constantly yields very un-relevant results, in my opinion) and I switch from "top stories" to "most recent" on facebook constantly. Neither site offers the option to actually change your settings permanently, but at least I can toggle it whenever I need to.

Personally I thought the notifications idea wasn't the best way to handle the instagram change -- that is, until I got the new timeline a couple weeks ago. Now I'm missing out on posts from my friends constantly. I ended up unfollowing a bunch of accounts that I don't like *quite* as much, just so that my chances of seeing my favorite accounts would increase. And even then I still see the same couple posts repeating at the top of my feed when new, relevant, interesting content that I WANT to see is hidden dozens of posts down. I feel like a creeper but I keep manually checking my friends' accounts to see what they're up to, because their photos aren't showing up in my timeline anymore. I was doing that last night (being a creeper) when I realized that this is what the notifications are for. This is why everyone had that idea. I'm turning on notifications for my friends today. It feels so stupid to me, but it honestly seems like the only way that I can still enjoy instagram without unfollowing everyone but like my 8 closest friends and family members.

Anyway, I think the whole reason all this bothers me is the larger picture that companies like facebook (who owns instagram) can make stupid changes that literally NOBODY wanted, and there's just nothing you can do about it. Sometimes it feels like every week one of the websites that I rely on for either amusement (like, say, twitter) or business (like shopify or etsy) or both (like instagram) makes some massive change that was wholly unnecessary, that nobody wants, that messes things up for the people who actually use the site. It's like nobody in the business/tech world has ever heard the phrase "if it's not broke, don't fix it!"

dress - le bomb shop | cardigan - old navy

little black skirt

This skirt is my all-time favorite skirt EVER. I got it during the winter and I loved it so much that I bought two more just to be on the safe side (which was a wise decision since it's only left in size 2 now, which would MAYBE fit around my ankles but definitely not my hips or waist.) I'm planning on wearing this until it's threadbare so it doesn't hurt to have backups. I've wanted a simple black mini skirt for so long, but I've always had a hard time finding one that fit me perfectly. I wanted it to be thick fabric, fitted at the waist, and flared out slightly at the hips. This one checks off all of those boxes PLUS... it has pockets, the holy grail of women's apparel.

shirt - vintage | skirt - urban outfitters | necklace - f21

vacation wishlist

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My trip to Paris and Rome is only 38 days away now (!!!) so it's time to start thinking about what I'm going to wear. If I haven't traveled in a while sometimes I start planning outlandish outfits and decide that THIS TIME I'll wear heels every. single. day. I'm glad that I had my trip to Hollywood last month because it reminded me that when it comes to travel, simple + comfortable wins every time. I ended up buying jeans at H&M and slumming it for most of my trip because I had packed so many uncomfortable, fussy things.

So my plan for Europe is to wear dresses that work on their own without accessories (except maybe a belt), and no layering except for a light jacket or something if it gets chilly at night. Comfortable, low heeled or flat closed-toe sandals, and probably a pair of sneakers. One bag, one pair of sunglasses. Simple, simple, simple!

fun stuff

Hi again! I'm feeling a lot better today (knock on wood!) I went to the doctor yesterday and she thinks my system is just out of balance due to stress and not eating too great lately (sooo much Snapple.) so I just have to eat bland foods and take probiotics for a while to get things back on track. She did, however, find something weird going on with my heart while I was in for the stomach issue so now I have to have an ultrasound and wear a heart monitor as soon as my insurance gives the go-ahead. FUN STUFF!

So obviously this whole 30-for-30 thing is not happening entirely during the month of June now, lol. I still want to complete it, though, so I'm just going to carry it on through July. And I don't really think it's cheating if I chose sweatpants and pajamas the last four days instead of sticking with my allotted 30 piece wardrobe, haha!

And because I totally, definitely, 100% learned my lesson about what happens when you eat a lot of crap... as soon as I feel back to normal I'm celebrating with pizza ;)

cardigan - I don't remember, it's old


Week one of my 30 for 30 remix is wrapped up and if anything I feel like the real challenge is coming up with something to say every day. I can't believe I used to do this every day for YEARS. Seven days later and I'm already drawing a complete blank.

To be honest I haven't been feeling so hot this week (as soon as I make my post office run this afternoon I'm hitting the couch and watching comfort-food movies, for sure) and that usually does a number on my cognition. Somehow stomachaches seriously impair my ability to string words together or even form coherent thoughts before they exit my mouth/fingers. I guess that's how it is for everybody (except my mom, who somehow powers through sickness like Wonder Woman, making me wonder how she birthed such an inferior weakling.) So hopefully as soon as whatever's kicking around in my stomach finally settles down this whole post-writing thing might come a little easier.

Oh, also, totally unrelated to anything I just wrote, but whenever I post outfit pictures on instagram basically every comment is about my purple rug (I honestly feel like I could start an account entirely for my rug and it would get more followers than me) so I started linking to it in my outfit details thingamajig below.

dress - modcloth | shirt - forever 21

for whom the bell tolls

This has to be the best bell-sleeve item in my collection. Putting aside the fact that this has two layers of fluttery bell sleeves (!!) I love the sheer fabric and unique square polka dot pattern (I don't know if it's obvious enough in the photos but the dots are, indeed, square) Eventually I want to do a little photo shoot with all of my favorite bell sleeved pieces. I've been accumulating them for so long now that I've amassed quite a collection!

Also, a little plug for my shop! Today is National Best Friend Day so all of my BFF goodies are 15% off with code "BFF4EVER." And for anyone whose best buddy is also their cat (cough.. me .. cough) my pendant set for you and your cat is included in the sale, too! ;)

dress - asos | shirt - vintage | shoes - bait footwear
brooch - vintage | purple rug - amazon