Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Door Decorating Contest

Cue the Halloweentown music. Pumpkins and candy corn in place. And good to go! Earlier in the month I mentioned that our floor was doing a door decorating contest. Here is our end result! Keep in mind we are on a college budget and hurricane Sandy prevented us from being able to go out and look for more intense decorations. This was all done with a book of construction paper, newspaper, scissors, highlighters, tape, and the artistic skills of Beth St. John (design/cutting/taping/coloring), Drew McLoon (creepy eye drawings), and I (design/cutting/taping/coloring). Not bad, huh?

Needless to say we came in 2nd place, most likely for our DIY craftiness. But we still think we're the best!:) Happy Halloween everyone! Have a fun and safe night full of costumes and candy! 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Music Monday: Milo Greene

This past Saturday, I went to see Milo Greene at Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA. The concert was very fun and Milo Greene killed it. Milo Greene is an indie/folk band from Los Angeles consisting of four lead singers, Robbie Arnett, Graham Fink, Andrew Heringer, and Marlana Sheetz, who also sing back-up and switch off playing various instruments (guitar, keyboard, etc.). While Curtis Marrero keeps the band together with his powerful percussion beats.

[Sorry you can't see Curtis in the pictures, but believe me, you could hear him and he was awesome.]

I was first introduced to Milo Greene when they opened for The Civil Wars. Their talent blew me away and I bought their EP album right after the show. Then, I saw them at the Middle East in Cambridge with Family of the Year, and although there were some technical difficulties the band wasn't thrilled about, they still played a great show. This past Milo Greene show was by far the best, though. The audience was really into it and their energy was high, plus no technical problems this time. 

Milo Greene's music is very soothing with beautiful-sounding three and four part harmonies. It's amazing how the band can blend their voices so easily, yet when they sing individually, their voices are very distinct. The music also has strong drum beats in the background that juxtapose the smoothness of the vocals perfectly. Some of my favorite songs of theirs are "Silent Way," "Don't You Give Up on Me," and "Cutty Love." Definitely check them out. I highly suggest this band.

Get Your Sassy Pants On

Get your sassy pants on ladies and gents! This fall, pants and leggings are coming out in all sorts of colors and patterns that look fabulous and certainly stand out. Geometric, floral, animal, and even galaxy/sky printed pants and leggings are making their way on the racks this season. 

Statement Bottoms

1. ASOS Skinny Jeans in Metallic Baroque Print; $70.36 // 2. BDG Twig Mid-Rise Jean, Ikat Print; $29.99 (Sale) // 3. BDG Twig Mid-Rise Jean, Wolf Print; $68.00 // 4. Sparkle & Fade Floral Twill Pant; $29.00 (Sale) // 5. BDG Cosmic Legging; $29.00

The trick is how you style these pants; busy patterns on the bottom call for simplicity on top. Definitely stick to solid colors and classic lines. This may seem restricting, but there are actually many ways you can style statement pants. 

Pair statement pants with:
  • A black, white, or chambray button-up tucked in with a brightly-colored skinny belt. 
  • A simple V-neck with a sharp blazer. 
  • A big, comfy sweater in a solid color. 
  • Wedge booties in black or beige.
  • Solid-colored loafers or flats.
Be aware of the colors in the pants, as well. If the pattern is neutral, (including black, white, beige, gray, etc.) pair the pants with a brightly-colored top or with a simple, colored accessory, such as a belt, clutch, or necklace. If the pants have bright colors or an especially busy pattern with various textures, like the ASOS metallic baroque skinnies above, stick to a neutral top in black or white. Keep in mind though that the main piece of the outfit is the pants, so there's no need for additional patterns and extreme bling. 

Statement pants are a great piece to add to your wardrobe. Urban Outfitters has many crazy patterns and colors for reasonable prices, like the Cosmic Leggings I bought from UO shown above. Although statement pants can seem intimidating to style, they look chic and sassy. Try them out! Be bold. Be daring. Really, it's the way to go.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday Motivation

So, I'm having a bit of a crazy week with midterms and such, and this quote really made my day (posted by Lace Affair):

Photo From: A Savannah Redtop

This graphic pretty much says it all--nothing like a Tuesday night mini pep talk. Also, I'd like to add that every girl should try wearing red or any other bright color of lipstick. My favorite shade is Sephora's Rouge Cream lipstick in "It Girl." I love it, and I always feel sassy when I wear it. Anyway, I hope everyone's week is going well!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Dorm Decorating

Sometimes it's hard being away from home during holidays, especially when you think of how your house is usually decorated during certain seasons. College dorms just aren't the same. But this fall my roommate Beth and I are going all out to keep the Halloween and fall spirit alive.  Our room is filled with pumpkins, candy corn, and other fall goodies.

When I was home a few weekends ago, I picked up a few mini pumpkins for our windowsill from a local farm. Then, today Beth's parents brought us a couple more when they visited! Our pumpkin collection has really built up; we have six pumpkins lining our picture window. The pumpkins definitely gives our otherwise basic room a touch of Halloween and pretty fall orange.

We also put a little dish of candy corn in our room as a Halloween treat. My mom always had a dish of candy corn in our family room during the fall. It only made sense to put one out at school to make the dorm a little more home-y.  I also bought some apple cider for our fridge as a nice fall beverage. This was yet another thing that I always had at home during the fall; might as well bring some to school too!

Not only do Beth and I have pumpkins and candy, we also have some of our favorite Halloween movies like Halloweentown I and II as well as Hocus Pocus. We are also planning on decorating our door with spooky Halloween decor. Our floor is having a competition for the best Halloween-spirited door, so we'll be sure to deck out ours (we're not competitive or anything...)! It's always good to get in the spirit for holidays when you're in college.  The decorations will spice up your room and make it feel just like home. Take our advice when it comes to Halloween dorm decorating; if anything you'll get some candy out of it!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Not Your Typical Hair Tie

Lately I've been noticing girls in a couple of my classes with what looks like strips of ribbon tied around their wrists, and occasionally in their hair. I thought, what an adorable alternative for the typical black elastic that clashes with the rest of my usual bracelets. As I searched for hair ties on Pinterest, I found that they come in many different colors, patterns, and textures.

Mane Message (Etsy), $16.50 for all ten colors.

(Left) Sweet Ties Hair Ties & Headbands (Etsy), $8.00 for set of four.
(Right) Sweet Ties Hair Ties & Headbands (Etsy), $7.00 for set of five.

Source: {frolic!}

Hair ties are a great alternative to a boring hair elastic. They look like strips of fabric tied around your hair, but they are actually stretchy and easy to wear like normal hair elastics. Plus, they give a simple ponytail a touch of color and effortless flair. Many of the hair ties above can be found on Etsy for a reasonable price, especially for a package of multiple. I personally like the glitter hair ties because they add some sparkle and can be worn more formally. The crazy neon colors are fun, too. There are so many colors and patterns to try it's hard to choose! I highly suggest trying out these hair ties; I know I'm going to. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Be A Maxxinista

As a college student, I am very money conscious.  Even before college I would have a mini panic attack at the register if I spent a lot of money on clothes; you can imagine how I am now.  It's tough not spending a good amount of money for quality items.  That's why I love scouring the racks of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.  These stores carry designer items at reduced prices--what fashionista, or should I say maxxinista as they say on the T.J.'s commercials, wouldn't love the sound of that!  However, there are some great tips that every maxxinista should know when it comes to shopping at these stores:

1. Visit T.J. Maxx and Marshalls regularly.  Maybe even weekly.  These stores are constantly getting new inventory, meaning new fabulous clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories for you, all the time!  So, definitely stop in to poke around frequently--you never know what you may find that will make your day.

2. Expand your location options.  Don't just stick to your local T.J's and Marshalls.  Try these stores in surrounding towns or in nearby cities because some get a better selection of products than others.  For instance, a few stores have an "Off the Runway" section that carries clothes from designer brands at reduced prices.  I know some cities get a better selection, too, because they are catering to a typically trendier crowd, so check them out!

3. Try on everything.  I know it's a pain to go to the dressing room and change into multiple outfits, but it will be worth it.  Oftentimes, these stores get clothes, shoes, and accessories that are defects so they may not fit perfectly.  It's best to try on everything to make sure the clothes fit just as you imagine them to.

If you follow these tips, then perhaps you'll score some great finds like I did this past weekend:

Top: (Left) Nine West Vintage America Collection Sweater; Original Price: $79.50, T.J. Maxx Price: $34.99
(Right) Cynthia Rowley Striped Sweater Dress; Original Price: $68.00, Marshalls Price: $39.99
Bottom: Steve Madden Studly Leopard Loafers; Original Price: $99.95, T.J. Maxx Price: $39.99

I love shopping at stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls because they have a lot of fashionable pieces that I'm willing to buy, yet I don't have to worry about having that mini panic attack when the cashier tells me my total.  These stores are definitely hit or miss, but if you go at the right time, you may find exactly what you're looking for at a decent price.  Remember, you don't always have to empty your wallet just to buy something fashionable.  True maxxinistas know how to choose the pieces that are high quality, yet reasonably priced.  Being a maxxinista is the way to go.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Paint Your Nails For Fall

I'm home from school for Columbus Day weekend and it feels so much more like fall!  The leaves are starting to change (they haven't really turned in Boston yet), and as soon as I walked in my house I could smell pumpkin deliciousness.  It feels good to just relax at home for a couple of days and spend time with family and friends.  I was even more excited to be home when I saw my mom painting her nails with new Essie fall nail polish in Merino Cool.  Needless to say I had to try it.  Gotta love being home and mooching off my mom's stuff!  Anyways, painting my nails in this lovely fall shade made me think of all the other colors that are perfect for this season.  Here are some of my picks for the best nail polish colors this fall:

Fall Nail Polishes

1. Essie Merino Cool // 2. Essie Masquerade Belle 3. Essie Stylenomics // 4. Essie Good As Gold // 5. Butter London Big Smoke // 6. Butter London Shag // 7. Butter London Fash Pack // 8. Butter London Dodgy Barnett

These colors are perfect for the fall and upcoming winter.  I especially like the shimmery and metallic shades because they are sassy and stand out.  I'd really like to try Essie's Stylenomics, as well.  This dark hue of green gives the same effect as black nail polish but not as hard and edgy.  My friend Claire was wearing the color recently and it looked adorable!  

I hope to try as many of these colors as possible this fall.  They're all so pretty I can't resist!  Who knows?  Maybe my mom will buy more fall polishes like my picks above [wink, wink].  Okay, now get on painting everyone!  There are only so many weeks in the fall for all these lovely colors.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Family of the Year Show [Great Scott - Allston, MA]

Tuesday night my boyfriend Drew and I went to see our first concert of the school year in Boston!  We saw Family of the Year at Great Scott in Allston, MA. The performance was fun and entertaining, and Family of the Year sounded lovely as usual.  Here are some pictures from the show:

The venue's atmosphere is very laid back and intimate.  Great Scott is a one room bar with a small stage.  In fact, Drew told me that the bar used to be a hot spot for BC frat guys, but it's certainly made a turn around since the club changed hands.  Great Scott now has the atmosphere of an underground indie rock club hosting talented bands, famous or on the rise, and producing great shows at a reasonable price (the Family of the Year show was only $10).  The crowd was pretty small compared to other concerts I've been to at House of Blues Boston and the Paradise Rock Club, but I liked it because we were able to talk more personally with the bands performing.

Overall, I enjoyed singing and dancing along to Family of the Year and listening to a couple bands I had never heard of before--New Cassettes and White Arrows.  It was a nice change from the usual Tuesday festivities of classes and studying.  I hope to hear Family of the Year live again soon!  And, now that I have one show under my belt this school year, I'm excited for more to come.

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