life .. uh .. finds a way



Happy Jurassic World Day!!

I know that Jeff Goldblum doesn't apparently have a lot of screen time but to be honest I'm looking forward to seeing Dr. Ian Malcolm again more than anything else in this movie lol! I'm sure I'm not alone on that, right? I'm also excited about the dinosaurs, obviously, but even the little nod to Malcolm with the book sitting on Jake Johnson's desk in the first Jurassic World was the highlight of that movie for me. I'm a little disappointed that they didn't re-release the first one for the 25th anniversary this year, but there IS a brand new installment in the series out today so I need to just be happy about that and stop whining ;)

If you haven't checked out my Jurassic Park accessories in a while, definitely take a peek in my shop here. I've added a lot over the last two years! I have so many pins that it was a little hard trying to choose which one to go with for the themed outfit today, but ultimately it wasn't much of a contest -- Future Ex Mrs. Malcolm won hands down! It's my personal favorite of my Jurassic Park pins, especially because I think the idea of making an mosquito-trapped-in-amber engagement ring was pretty clever (girl.)




dress - modcloth | sweater - forever 21 (old) | shoes - bait footwear
belt - forever 21 (old) | future ex-mrs. malcolm pin - my shop

I want to live in a house



Do you ever get an idea that you're so excited about you just can't think about anything else but making the idea a reality? That's me right now with building a tiny house. I'm not counting on it completely since I don't have the money for it yet, plus I have no idea if New Jersey zoning permits tiny houses, but it's the only thing on my mind. I even found the exact tiny house I want! It's a kit, so you have to assemble it yourself or hire a contractor but it's perfect for me. It's a little over 250 square feet plus it has a loft area. I already have the layout planned in my head, lol! Ideally I'd want to remove the ladder to the loft and add a spiral staircase. All I've ever wanted is to live in the apartment from Sunday in New York and I think it would actually be feasible with this home (or at least *very* close.) I think if I try to save up it might be do-able in the next year. That is, if I cut back on spending (with the exception of dresses because life still has to be worth living in the meantime, LOL!)

Anyway. I'm sure there's a good chance I'll read this in three years and be like "I totally forgot about that abandoned dream!" but right now it's fun to be planning this out. Oh, and since I said I'd start linking to the songs I use for my titles, this one is a song from the movie Starstruck and you can listen/watch the song being performed in the movie here. It's one of my family's favorite films and I was super lucky and got to see the director in person while I was at the TCM Film Festival this year! She also directed My Brilliant Career, which I highly recommend if you want to watch an ultra feminist movie co-starring peak handsome Sam Neill.


dress - asos | shoes - bait footwear | scarf and brooch - vintage

ring a ding ding



I decided to start wearing earrings again recently, and I was shocked that my holes were still there after like 10 years of not using them?! I'm a lot more sensitive to the weight of my earrings than I used to be (maybe I'll get over that once I'm adjusted to wearing earrings regularly again?) so I've been seeking out really lightweight earrings. So far I've found that pom-poms and wood are the best materials if I want a big statement earring without the heavy load :)

You know, I'm coming up on ten years of blogging here and I've probably used song titles as my blog post titles hundreds of times without ever acknowledging the song in the actual post. I think I'll start changing that now. Ring a Ding Ding is a fun swingin' Frank Sinatra song (and also the name of one of his albums) and you can listen to it here!



mint daisies



This week has been so busy and hectic that I've spent every night staying up until about 4am trying to get caught up on work, and my brain is FRIED. I stared at this empty space for at least 20 minutes trying to think of what to write today and I couldn't think of a single thing. Except to say how tired and brain dead I feel, obviously! lol! I think things will be calming down a little on Saturday so I might just sleep in and then read a little or watch a movie to unwind. Nothing un-fries a brain better than a lazy pajama day! :D




dress - asos | shirt - forever 21 | earrings - atomic kiki | shoes - old

bette davis eyes



Every time Brandon Flowers or The Killers cover a song I end up liking it better than the original, without fail. This is my favorite of their cover songs. And have you ever heard Brandon Flowers' cover of Bette Davis Eyes? It's so good! You can listen to it on youtube here.

Bette Davis is one of my favorite actresses, and I've seen most of her movies at this point, but I just watched a new-to-me one recently called Marked Woman and it was fantastic! It's part gangster movie, part courtroom drama, with a satisfying helping of girl power. If you have Filmstruck it's available to stream here.



who wore it better?



When I found these shorts on asos, I had major deja vu. I owned an almost identical pair when I was eight years old! I found a photo of me wearing the shorts on a trip to Disney World and thought it would be fun to recreate the outfit! Minus the peace sign fimo clay necklace, lol!

So, who wore it better? Me, or me? 😂




shirt - amazon | shorts - asos | shoes - asos

rainbow sherbet



Does anyone else pronounce sherbet "sherbeRt"? I have no idea why I add an extra R in there, but it's how I've always said it and I can't seem to shake it lol

This was one of three dresses that I bought with Disneyland in mind earlier this year, and didn't end up wearing it there. I'm sure it will get a Disney day at some point though -- I'd love to take pictures of this in the circus section near Fantasyland in Disney World! I think it's such a fun dress and so easy for matching! Today is scorching hot so I'm going cardigan-less but the possibilities for cardigan/dress pairings are endless since it has so many colors in the design!


dress - modcloth | shoes - asos | belt - old | sunglasses - amazon

masterpiece



Today I'm going to see one of my favorite movies, Jules and Jim, on the big screen! It's one of the rare movies that falls into my "personal favorite movies" list and also my "best movies ever made" list. It makes my heart almost burst, I enjoy the experience of watching it SO much, but at the same time I think it's a perfect cinematic masterpiece. Most of my faves are fluffy 60's comedies and capers, or 90's teen horror flicks, or Fred and Ginger films (sidenote: if anyone else is a huge Fred and Ginger fan, The Film Society at Lincoln Center is doing a complete retrospective in July!) They're all super fun to watch but not necessarily Citizen Kane, you know? But Jules and Jim. Sigh.

I was talking about Jules and Jim with my dad recently, and I said it's like the movie version of the Mona Lisa. It's enigmatic, it's a great work of art, and you aren't entirely sure if it's smiling or not. And it deserves to be in The Louvre.