Wednesday, April 16, 2014

what i've been wearing but not sharing

I've been pretty good about actually getting dressed and putting together outfits I'm proud of on a daily basis, but most of the time I never get a chance to take out the camera. Sometimes I get a quick selfie as I walk out the door, though.. and now I'm just going to do a round-up of a bunch of those!

This was a day I didn't have any time to plan anything out, but somehow it still worked! 
-gray tee with an open back exposing my red cami from Kohl's
-red jeans from Papaya
-flats from Charlotte Russe [I think]
-skull earrings from White Owl Boutique
-necklace from Charlotte Russe

This was before I got my new chambray shirt and I was pissed I didn't have one that fit cuz I really enjoyed this outfit otherwise. 
-arrow earrings from F21
-chambray shirt from Target
-green jeans from Charlotte Russe
-terrible gray boots from JustFab
-silver bar necklace from Charlotte Russe

When I need to look decent but don't wanna put in any effort, I reach for one of my three wrinkle-free [mostly] button downs. 
-shirt from Belk for $6!
-Express jeans from TJ Maxx
-booties from Target
-new favorite necklace from Charlotte Russe
-Kate Spade radio bracelet that a listener sent me! [still my favorite thing ever]

As you can see, Slutty Cat is not cool with me taking selfies without her involved... skank. 
-extremely versatile sweatshirt from Target
-green jeans from CR
-lace up boots from JustFab [also terribly uncomfortable but worth the wear]

All of my new go-to's from the past couple months in one outfit!
-tribal graphic tank from American Eagle
-Express jeans via TJ Maxx
-purple-ish leather jacket from Target

Loved this color-palette for Fall! Keep it in mind for later!
-camel tank from F21
-mustard cardi from Papaya
-green jeans from CR
-Steve Madden camel boots 
-leopard scarf from CR

YAY for meeting some Redskins Cheerleaders! And for that fab new shirt. 
-embroidered shirt from Target clearance
-purple jeans from F21
-lace up boots from JustFab

I felt terrible for not having any Nationals gear for the first game, but I have plenty red, white and blue!
-My first ever jean jacket from my clothing swap
-white burn-out tee from Kohl's
-red jeans from Papaya
-fake Keds from Target

The easiest shirt I own. Never wrinkles, covers up any bloating, and looks mostly decent. 
-shirt from F21
-Express jeans via TJ Maxx
-booties from Target clearance
-pink necklace from CR [I think]

And excited for the return of don't-have-to-shave maxi season!
-skirt from CR
-plain blue tee from F21
-necklace from CR
-had aqua sandals from Macy's

I've decided to leave my entire photoshoot set-up out in my living room 24/7 now so I can easily make things happen from now on. Wish me luck.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

photo diary: my trip to the dc cherry blossoms

Even though I grew up around DC, I never really began to experience the city until after I graduated college. I've never been in many of the monuments, and only experienced maybe two of the museums. Now that I live in the city, it's like I'm experiencing a whole new place I've never been to! 

So when it was the perfect weather and the cherry blossoms were in bloom, I was beyond excited to play tourist for a day with one of my favorite couples.

It's been a really long time since I've been out to play with my camera and really take pictures.... and trying to get creative when thousand and thousands of people are walking through your shot is extremely frustrating. I still managed to get a few that I think are worth sharing, and experimented with some in Photoshop as I'm still figuring out everything I can for true photo-editing. [But don't go critiquing cuz like... I know they're not perfect or professional, MMMMKAY?!] 

Unfortunately, most of the trees had already passed their peak, but we still managed to find some of the gorgeous pink trees in the less-traveled areas. We also learned pretty quickly that while climbing a tree for a picture may seem awesome, it's definitely not allowed.

If you ever decide to go to the blossoms during the festival, I'd recommend going towards the West Potomac Park/FDR Memorial/opposite side of the Tidal Basin as everyone else. It was so much less traveled, way more beautiful, and a lot more space to walk around beyond the small sidewalk that most people choose.

And if you've never been a tourist in your own city for any reason, get over that reason and do it. Do it a lot. Use Yelp. Wander around. You'll be surprised how much you'll discover about a city you thought you knew so well.


Monday, April 14, 2014

my thoughts on real world: ex-plosion

It feels incredibly weird to be writing my first real post about a season of Real World after the finale has aired. Truth is, I didn't get a chance to put much effort into getting interviews. [And not to sound cocky, but I shouldn't have to beg and jump through a bunch of hoops for them at this point.] I definitely missed doing the podcasts and really wish I could have talked to a select few of them, but life happens.

THE BEST: Jenny. 
How can you not laugh hysterically at everything she did and said? I can't think of anyone who's been as funny [in all sorts of ways] as she was. I wanna be her friend just so I could actually sit back and watch someone else be entertaining for once.

Easily one of the best moments of the past 5+ seasons.

THE GOOD: The production becoming the final "roommate"
Showing the production laughing behind the camera, calling to interrupt something that would get them sued, and essentially tucking the cast into bed at night was a major win and step forward in being more real in reality TV... while also exposing the fake.

THE BAD: Confusion in character
It's hard to really get to know/get attached to everyone when there are so many people in the house, but I felt like they did a pretty decent job. I think Arielle's Ashley is the only one we didn't really get to know much about. BUT... during the reunion, did anyone else feel like the people they had seen all season weren't the real deal? Jay was called out big time, and Jenny not only ran back to Brian, but she broke her bond with Cory. This is a big reason why I wish I had gotten to talk to some of them. WHO THE EFF ARE THEY?! I feel like I'd never doubt anything that came out of Arielle's mouth, and Cory seems to keep it pretty real... so I'll go with what they say is true.

THE UGLY: Brian. 
I should maybe just call this the AWKWARD. It was awkward to see him try so hard to be friends with the guys. Awkward to see him throw his dignity away. Awkward to see him be so into himself. His "deep thoughts" and sentences were awkward... oof.

I wanna also mention Arielle. She was the refreshment of the season. She was a real friend for people, she helped out, seemed intelligent, but wasn't trying to play mommy of the house. There was nothing you couldn't like about her, and that deserves some props! [Plus, my blog had some pretty unfortunate first impressions of her based on what I had read and I need to recognize that and give another apology beyond a few tweets.]

Let me know how you felt about it all! Were all the changes enough to save the show?! What other twists can they come up with? Holler at ya girl cuz I miss having the convos about this!


Friday, April 11, 2014

friday morning hangover 041114

For those paying attention, I'm terribly sorry about the lack of posts this week. All I can say about that is... TGIF. Can someone get me a drink?

And maybe a little fun on the Internet.
Now please forgive me for this week... and for that tat pic up there.


Monday, April 7, 2014

what you mighta missed 040714

The last thing I want is for you to miss something really great, so here I am to help once again! This is everything I posted on my HOT blog last week, and some links I wanted to post for the Hangover but didn't get a chance to!

And from the rest of the world wide web: 
And also... make sure you check out the Nationals' new in-game host! AKA my little bro! 


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