Saturday, August 29, 2015

double feature

Jurassic World is back in IMAX theaters for one week! I didn't get a chance to see it in IMAX earlier this summer so I'm tickled pink (literally, haha) that I'm getting a second chance! I bought my tickets two weeks ago and now the day is finally here. I'm so excited! I'm hoping to make a whole movie day out of it and see The Man From U.N.C.L.E. again while I'm at the theater.

Since I'm planning on a double feature I decided to dress for both movies. The dress, hair and sunglasses are all a nod to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in all its 60's mod glory, and then I'm wearing a subtle t-rex necklace to top it all off.

I've been going to the movies a lot more often this year. I found a theater near my home where it only costs $5.50 for tickets AND every seat is a recliner, so I'm basically planning on living there. The theater I used to go to charged $12 for tickets, so it was more like a once-in-a-while treat. Not to mention there have been so many movies this year that I want to see (and then see again, and again) Inside Out was fantastic, I obviously loved Jurassic World and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Ant Man was great... oh and I'm looking forward to Everest and The Martian like you wouldn't believe. I read The Martian in January and it was one of my favorite books so far this year.

Friday, August 28, 2015

try, try again

First of all, progress on my hair is moving slowly but surely towards pink. It's more pink than orange right now but I swear in person it looks like I colored my head with a highlighter. Holy neon, Batman!

Second, please note how sharp and non-pixelated my images look. Observe how the colors are vibrant and the exposure isn't too dark. Is it magic??? No! I'm just finally using my DSLR! Yay! I've had this camera since 2013 and I never. ever. use it. I mean for anything, except like maybe 15 pictures of my cats over the last two years. The lens that I have crops everything way too close, so my iphone always seemed like a better option. I was telling my brother about this issue and he let me borrow his wide-angle lens. SO MUCH BETTER!! I bought my own (this is the one I purchased) and I think I'll be using my camera a lot more now. When I set up my tripod on one side of my room, the lens was able to capture the entire opposite side of the room - including carpet and ceiling. I'm so happy about it!

Lastly, you might have already heard about this but I was looking on Refinery29 last week and they had an article about a new website called Try. It's a service that lets you order up to five items from a store for free, try them on, and then only pay for the items you're keeping. It works with ASOS, which is a lifesaver for me since I can be a 6, 8 or 10 depending on the item. I can't even count how many times I order something in two sizes from them and then wait like 3 weeks to get the money back on the size I returned. Especially shoes, since they seem to decide at random whether a US7 is a UK5 or a UK4. It's seriously hit or miss, so I end up ordering a US8 and a US7 every time I get shoes.

Btw, this isn't sponsored, I just really love the whole idea. I don't have enough money to always pay for multiple sizes of everything so I pass up on a lot of things I might have really loved. It's also helpful (for me at least) with dresses where I look at them skeptically thinking, "will that actually fit over my hips??" Now I can find out without paying first :) I was able to sign up via Refinery29, since they have an invite link in their article here.

Anyway. I signed up, I ordered three dresses and this romper, and I only kept this. I'm really smitten with rompers that can pass for dresses (although on this one the pattern being cut-off on the inseam makes it kind of obvious that it's shorts)

romper - asos | shoes - I don't remember | belt - asos

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

orange you glad to see me

When I said I didn't want to stick to a blogging schedule anymore, I really didn't mean one post a month, haha! Sorry about that. I had a lot of friends visiting from out of town this month and that left very little time for outfit posts. Or sleeping.

So, once again, I'm returning with different hair and glasses. I've been having huge pangs of pink withdrawl for months and I finally bit the bullet and bleached the heck out of my hair last week. It's kind of peachy-orange right now but hopefully pink is just around the corner. I also chopped off a decent amount of hair, since I was falling back on top knots every single day and it's not my best look. I always think "when my hair is long I'll do all these cool updos!" and then once it gets long I'm just super lazy with it and hate brushing it.

I've been having issues with my appearance for about a year now, it definitely was a factor in deciding to quit blogging last year. I feel like I'm starting to come out of it a bit now, but for months I've been really dissatisfied with my reflection. It's not necessarily anything in particular, just a general feeling that when I look in the mirror I'm not seeing "me." Recently a lot of that has been tied to the dark hair, it's my natural color but I have never been happy with it. I started dying it at 16 and about every three years I give it a whirl again, but I inevitably go back to light hair. Even though this color isn't what I'm aiming for in the long run, I already feel so much better than I did with brown hair.

Ugh, so much emotional vomit. Anyway.

On a lighter note, have you seen The Man From U.N.C.L.E. yet? It's a spy movie set in the 1960's and I'm ridiculously obsessed. If you haven't seen it yet, definitely run out to your nearest movie theater right this instant. It has so much fantastic 60's style (I anticipate all of my future purchases being heavily influenced by this movie), a really fun, suspenseful plot and the two stars are so good looking, it's unreal. I may have fallen a little (who am I kidding, a LOT) in love with Armie Hammer in this film. Just go see it, I promise you won't be disappointed! :)

shirt - forever 21 | skirt - topshop | shoes - asos (similar)
glasses - eyebuy direct | belt - forever 21

Saturday, August 8, 2015

jumping for joy...

...because Sammi from The Soubrette Brunette is here for a visit! We both have this amazing Bernie Dexter dress so it only seemed fitting that we should take a matching outfit post (and then once we were doing that, it only seemed fitting to try some jumping photos, too!)