Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stripes


So it's wonderfully humid again. It's always odd seeing all the fall stuff come out when it's still 30c outside. Thankfully I have AC, so I just flop down in front of my TV for some PS3. School is starting back up again in the next couple of weeks, so I want to relax as much as I can before then. I'm only taking one course, but what with assignments and everything, there goes all of my free time again for the next little bit. I don't know how I managed to do a full course load and work when I first started university 10 years ago. Maybe it was youth...and coffee. Probably coffee.

Being a bit older while perusing an undergraduate degree does have it's challenges. I clearly can't take classes during the day because of work, which leaves very little choice. Doing group work is next to impossible; your only days off are weekends and generally most students work those days, as they are studying full time. Having your classmates complain about how being 20 is super old is equally frustrating. This can't be helped though. I'm pretty sure I said the exact same thing at that age. The jump from teens to 20's is a big one. Despite the slight annoyances though, I am glad I decided to go back. I finally have the focus and dedication that was lacking years ago. I'm in a program I enjoy (so far) and there is something comforting to know that I'm just doing it for me, rather than trying to find a job after I'm done.

So for the clothes, this dress is super comfy, and stretchy. Anything with some spandex in it used to make me nervous. I figured it would cling to all my lumps and bumps. I clearly was wearing the wrong sizes when it came to stretchy stuff; lesson learned. This can all be for naught though, if you're wearing a crappy bra that's way to small. You end up getting those weird back lumps, or as I call them: back boobs.

Now for the hair, as I have mentioned many times, I'm always trying out different things to make it look less crappy. In this instance, I tried sock curls. So I'm sure you already know about this, but for those who don't, I would suggest you watch this video. You pretty much go to sleep with sock in your hair rather than curlers. My hair is already curly, but when I try to get bigger curls with some volume, they never really stay. By the end of the day, it sort of just goes back to it being flat, especially at the ends. Now even though socks are softer than some curlers, it's really not super comfortable to sleep on; I feel like I need to point that out. I kept waking up because when I tried to sleep on my sides, my ears would hurt. However, if you're willing to endure that, the results are pretty good. I took this photo after being out and about all day with work and whatnot and the curls still lasted. If you want curly hair, or want a different kind of curl if it's already curly, then I would give it a shot. All it takes is a couple pairs of socks.

Blue and white stripe dress: Old Navy-25$ (Buy it here)
White belt: Old Navy-12$
Blue flats: Toms-Gift

~Sarah

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Flowers



Back to pants! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy dresses, but every once and awhile, it's nice not to worry about a gust of wind showing off your bits. It's also super satisfying taking them off as the end of the day. A random memory; when I was a child, my mom(who passed away a while back) would come home from work and immediately change in to bummin' around clothes. She didn't work in an office or anything so it wasn't like she was in suits all day, but she would change in to some ratty ass stuff. I never understood why and used to give her a hard time for it. This coming from a kid who used to live in giant over sized t-shirts and boy polos (Also a Puma track jacket, hell yeah!). Now that I'm older with a 9 to 5, I get it. I really really get it. It's like peeling away the work day stress away.  I have this t-shirt I got  at a Tool concert years ago. It's got a giant hole in the armpit and I am never getting rid of it. Just throw it on and some yoga pants and I am good to go for the rest of the night. I would have really liked the chance to tell her she got it right all along.

So a friend of mine gets a discount at Anthropologie, and they had a day where instead of 20% off you'd get 40% instead. I had tried this shirt on in the past but I passed on it because I wanted something else more at the time.I'm glad they still had it when we went back. It's all embroidered flowers and even has some eyelets at the bottom. I'm always concerned with button downs because there's a good chance for button/boob gaps. Man I hate that. This shirt was an ego boost because it's a lot smaller than I would usually wear, and is gap free.It's sleeveless so great for the warmer months but also works well with a cardigan. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to put on a ratty ass t-shirt and make my mother proud.

Blue and white embroidered top: Anthropologie- 30$
Cream cardigan: Joe Fresh (old)- 5$
Black pants: H&M (old)
Blue and white shoes: Keds- 39.98$ (Buy it here)

~Sarah


Monday, August 12, 2013

Balloons



After much gaming, I decided that Tales of Xillia will be my go to for the rest of the summer. Such important decisions, I know. I managed to play a lot over the last few days, and so far I'm really enjoying it. If you have a PS3 and are in to rpgs, it's worth a shot for sure. A bit of history: when I was a little kid, I hated video games. My brother would never let me touch his SNES and when he did, it would be to destroy me at Street Fighter or Killer Instinct.  I'd sneak in to his room to practice when he wasn't around, but it wouldn't matter. On the rare occasion that I did win, he'd say I cheated and would turn the console off. Ahhh, memories. This went on for awhile until the PS1 came out with Final Fantasy 7. I was 14 when that game was released. That game was a huge part of my teens, as it helped through some particular rough patches that most kids encounter at that age. Who doesn't want to feel like they can save the world? That is a game that I can always go back and play no matter what. I know I'm not the only one who has a soft spot for a particular game or series. Final Fantasy has been my go to series for almost 16 years. Also, I am finally able to beat my brother at Street Fighter. I did it a few years back when Street Fighter 4 came out. I loved every minute of it.

On to the clothes. The dress is one of my few Mod Cloth orders. In a perfect world I would shop there all the time. However, it's a tad pricey with the shipping and fees, so I have to be really sure about what I'm ordering. I generally get my orders very fast although this last one still hasn't arrived and it was shipped mid July. I was a little concerned once I got this dress because of the length, but I think it's alright in the end. Besides, shipping it back and  refunds are always a hassle. I really liked the balloon pattern and because of all the colors, it's fairly easy to match with other articles of clothing. Bonus: pockets! Why don't more dresses have pockets?

Balloon dress: Mod Cloth-74.99$ (Buy it Here)
Pink Cardigan: Anthropologie-59.99$
White belt: Old Navy-12.00$ (Buy it here)
Blue flats: Toms-Gift

~Sarah

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Eyelets



Over the last few days it was nice and cool, and then BAM! Humid as hell all over again. You'd think it was summer or something.

So I took a couple of days off from work since I had ordered some video games and wanted to play them to figure out which one I would devote the rest of my summer too. I do this fairly often and while most people laugh, I enjoy it immensely, so that's all that really matters. Games I will always take vacation days for: Final Fantasy, Zelda, Pokemon and Tales. I ended up buying Dragon's Crown and Tales of Xillia. I've played games from the Tales series for quite some time, so I was super excited about there being a new one. I spent that last 2 days glued to my chair playing games and wearing pjs. I didn't even notice that Dave had gone to buy eggs to make me breakfast. I went back to work today refreshed but also bummed out because now all I want to do is play freaking video games. I think I'll probably devote more time to Tales of Xillia since it seems like it's got a more complex story-line to it. Plus a 60+ hour game really should be played before I head back to school in the fall.

So this is a dress I got a few months ago back in spring,and I have worn a bunch this summer. I just never bothered to photograph it, go figure. It's Old Navy so it was really inexpensive. I'm pretty sure I got it for around 20 bucks or so with their always present coupon codes. I love them for that. This dress is lined as well; makes sense with all the holes, but I like pointing this out because I'm surprised that many dresses aren't. I hate wearing slips...so...much. It's the worst thing in the summer.

Teal eyelet dress: Old Navy-20.00$
Navy bow belt: Anthropologie- 19.99$
Pointy ballet flats: Ardene-14.50$

~Sarah