I did some shopping over the holiday weekend because there were amazing sales everywhere and I need some new baking supplies.
Old Fashioned Timer from Anthropologie, $7
As soon as I saw this in the sale section, I dove for it. I always see these at Anthro and never want to pay full price for them. I think they’re handy if you have a ton of things you’re baking at once and you need another timer. In all honesty, it was also just cute!
Gingerbread Cookie Mold, $10
I got this at TJMaxx and I can’t wait to try it out! I think you can also use this for sugar cookies or other types of cookies beside gingerbread. The company is French so you have to do some reading to see what it can be used for, but I thought it was so adorable! Silicone is generally super easy to bake with and I can’t believe I found one this cheap. I can’t wait to decorate little gingerbread cookies.
Holiday Sprinkles, $4
I got these at TJMaxx too, and all I can say is that they are adorable!
Holiday Baking Cups, $3
I found these at TJMaxx as well, and these are perfect in every way. We always make so many treats for Christmas time and now we are prepared to be even more festive. I’m already looking for cupcake recipes to use these bad boys. The best part about them is you don’t have to put them in a muffin tin! They can stand straight up on a cookie sheet and have batter poured into them. Very convenient and easy to use.
Copper Cookie Cutters, $8
Last year, my family went through a cookie cutter crisis. We had no idea what to do because we had lost all but two of our cookie cutters. We vowed to get more, and never did. When I saw these at TJMaxx, I had to get them. Firstly, because they are copper and wonderfully on trend. Second, the shapes are lovely and wintery, I can’t wait to use them.
Paper Straws, $2
I actually have some red and white striped straws like these, but these are soooo cute. I love the striped green and the red polka dots. I think these will be good for drinking eggnog or other festive drinks for a party. Also from TJMaxx, I was surprised at how many were in here for the price, and I’ve started thinking up ideas for what cute things we can use them for.
Now that I have all these new baking goodies, I’ve got to get baking!
Quite a bold statement there, isn’t it? While these outfits might not be everyone’s cup of tea, these were my favorite pieces from holiday collections this year. My favorite time of year is fall and winter, and when the best stores bring out holiday stuff, I go crazy. These are my five favorite brands and I wanted to show you how I would put together a party look for each one! Each one has a different feel for a different type of person or party. But each of them have adorable pieces that I feel like I NEED in my closet!
As you can see, I added a few pieces that weren’t from the brands so that you could imagine how to incorporate things you may already own into the party outfit. While I love them all, I think my favorite is Modcloth. I’ve been the biggest fan of them lately and they have amazing sales going on right now! But since these are all my favorite stores, they all feel very close to my heart.
I was browsing around for some mid-summer sales and found some really great things that are on the Anthropologie website! A lot of these are on sale, and some are not. I really like putting these together because it’s interesting to see what’s in stock and on sale right now. I’ve noticed there are a lot of florals and pastels. I really enjoy both those things, so I’m quite happy.
No matter where you are on your shopping journeys, you must find yourself at Anthropologie.
This is my favorite store. I feel like it completely embodies my style and aesthetic. However, it isn’t always worth the prices. I like to go in every so often and buy myself a few things that I love and be done with it. I compiled a few things that are in stores right now that are totally worth the money, and a lot of the stuff I’ve included is on sale!
I officially have a new favorite piece of clothing in my wardrobe, and that is this little shirt full of birds.
I put “vintage” in the title in order to sound really indie, but this actually came from Forever 21. It does have the vintage vibe though, since the bird illustrations almost look painted on. I said this when I was wondering in there and it was one of those things that you feel the need to buy as soon as you see it. I didn’t care the price (even though I’m sure it was only $12) and marched right over to the register. It has a loose fit, and the sleeves are quarter length. It is pretty universally flattering and I’ve worn it with many different types of outfits! I even featured it in my Winter Lookbook which you can see here! I also noticed while buying it that I was wearing tights with little foxes on them and realized I have an unsettling amount of clothes with tiny animals on them.
Anyway, it’s quite sheer and goes with many things since the birds have mostly neutral colors on them. I think it goes well with my hair because the birds are pretty much the same colors in my hair (as you can see in the last picture). I wore it today with my new Kate Spade necklace (which was one of my awesome presents from my boyfriend) and it looks adorable with the shirt! I’ve noticed a lot of rustic-woodland-animal styles going on at the moment and this is a great addition to that look without breaking the bank. I’ve seen a few animal shirts and places like Anthropologie that go for $60+ but if you really dig around Forever 21 you’ll find some really great things. I think for awhile I was opposed to the store because they have so much stuff that honestly is crap, but they also have many gems in there as long as your looking with an open mind. I wore this with some new boots and it always looks good! I’ve been wearing it so much I thought it deserved a blog post. I’m also sorry I haven’t been on here as often, but with the holidays came many busy days and nights and I didn’t have the time to properly take some good photos and write up a post. I’d like to know how everyone’s holidays were? Have you guys seen the crazy sales in stores after Christmas? There was an incredible sale in Urban Outfitters and I ended up buying some great jeans. I hope everyone is having a great break and relaxing with the people they love.
Finding your specific style is pretty difficult no matter your age, but it’s even more difficult to maintain a certain style. There’s a lot of things you want to keep with you in inspiration, but feel that you can’t because you’re become an “adult”. But there is literally no need to fear, with the range of internet and style inspirations out there, transitioning your personal style is easy by using pieces from your past and adopting some new bits along the way.
Firstly, people are going to tell you to let go of your past; you don’t have to, especially in the case that things in your past make you nostalgic and inspire you to throw a new outfit together or redo your bedroom. There are a lot of things that make you who you are, and it’s important to keep that while adding to your collection of interests. The key to finding what works is to focus on a memory from your past that you want to keep with you, like big comfy leg warmers in Autumn, and mix it in with some of your new (and hopefully) more modern wardrobe.
Here are some more tips that kind of spell out how I think I’ve mastered my (still growing) personal style.
Watch a bunch of movies
I recently wrote down about a dozen movies that I used to watch all the time in high school and that I knew I was inspired by back then. I watched about half of them and remembered why I enjoyed slouchy hats and lots of patterns and eccentric characters, all those things can be refreshing when you dig into the things you used to love! Movies aren’t for everyone — which is something I sometimes forget — so you can also watch old TV shows or read a few books that will get your memory stirring. These are simple acts that can be overlooked. But making time for myself to sit down and enjoy a great film or two really made a difference in creativity.
Let yourself splurge a little
I did something pretty crazy last weekend-and it may have involved buying tights that were over $30. Anthropologie does some crazy magic on me! I had seen a pair of tights with little foxes on them over a year ago, and lusted after them hoping I’d receive them as a gift. I was having a pretty crappy week, and my boyfriend said “Just get them!”. I was amazed at how I felt when I just took the plunge and got something that is completely my style, especially after over a year of wishing I owned them. Sometimes buying unnecessary pieces that you know where created for you is as enriching as going to therapy.
Don’t let trends take you over
It’s easy to go crazy for something when everyone you know has it. Instead, ask yourself, “Is this me? Or do I enjoy it because I think I need it to stay relevant?”. The worst thing is to go shopping and buy every new trend and be the “trendy” gal, because there’s no personal connection between you and your style. Do some soul searching and only get the stuff that you really enjoy, you’ll feel so much better when you incorporate it with what you already have.
Just be yourself
I know, what a cliche thing to put in an inspirational blog post. But honestly, when it comes to your personal style, it doesn’t involve your mom or your best friend or your boyfriend, it purely involves yourself. Take notice for the things that you enjoy, not just what’s popular or talked about on E-news. Once you become comfortable with things that you know for a fact you like, you’ll carry it with you for a long time without any shame.
Surround yourself with people you can actually tolerate
In high school, you’re forced to be around a select amount of people that may be (for lack of a better term) kind of shitty. People like to pretend that who you are in high school reflects who you’ll be in real life as an “adult”. That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard, and I’d like to think I’ve grown a whole lot since then. Once you’re out of there, find people that have similar interests as you, and who are positive, and who won’t be intimidated by your awesomeness.
Don’t worry about other people’s opinions
There are like tons and tons and tons of people living on this earth. Don’t let a single person’s judgement of you make you feel inadequate, because chances are unless they’re your parole officer, they’re opinion doesn’t matter at all. (Kidding). But in all seriousness, I’ve had many people that were my age and plenty of people much older than me try to tell me who to date or how my hair should be or what dresses to buy. If you have a few friends and you trust their opinion, then of course listen to those people that you know are pure and honest. But allow yourself to make mistakes and learn things, because other people are worried about their own lives and most likely won’t give a second thought to an opinion they gave you, an opinion that can stick on your mind for a few days.
It’s hard to go through life changes and still keep your old style. It’s also OK to change. Allow yourself to enjoy the things you used to love and dive into new interests as well. It’s 2014, and by now there are about 15 different versions of “pale hipster” style, so whatever your personal thing is, just do it. Collect new memories and do new things that will help you discover your interests. When it comes to fashion, it literally always changes. But recognizing the unique things that you enjoy will give you some satisfaction and distinction from the rest of the people around you.
I’m sorry for my absence from this blog, most of my mid-term projects were group projects, and they were extremely time consuming! However, most of my final projects are under control, and I am ready to organize some things for blogging.I bought a few new dresses for summer that are standard “summer dresses” like sheer sundresses. But while in my fashion history class, I noticed one of my friends wearing a beautifully styled dress that I thought would look amazing on many body types. I looked around for some good ones, and came across a great version from Anthropologie, (AKA my favorite store). It is a bit pricey, and I’m aware of that. However, splurging a little for a dress this beautiful could last you a good few seasons. The color is in “blue motif”, and I think it could really be dressed up or down based on the occasion!